Sunday, December 28, 2008

fun moments...

a first smile...
a creative way to bring the groceries in...(totally O's idea!)
brotherly love...
daddy time...
party time...
We've had so many fun moments this holiday season, I will be doing some catch up posts of our fun Christmas and visitors soon...

Friday, December 19, 2008

this is how Jon puts Ian down for a nap...

(who needs a blanket when you can be covered up with your dad's sweatpants?)

not to be left out...

Molly doesn't really enjoy the snow, because she can't wear her leotard or ballerina dress outside. Here she is doing Pilates with her mom (I edited out myself because Jon took a very unflattering picture of my big bottom).

snow days...

Sunday brought four inches of snow to town, a very rare event, and church was cancelled.  The kids (and their dad) had LOTS of fun playing in the snow and sledding down a nearby hill.  

Our snow angel
Then, school was cancelled Monday, and then Tuesday, followed by Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  I feel like I am living the movie "Groundhog's day."  Each morning when I wake up, it feels exactly like the day before...luckily, Jon wasn't able to get out of the driveway Monday or Tuesday, and had to cancel his business trip Wednesday through Friday.  The snow was a blessing in more ways than one...and there is more to come tomorrow! We just hope it waits until our visitors arrive safe and sound, after that, let it snow!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Zoo lights

Our first adventure to zoo lights!  The local zoo was decked out with holiday lights with fun animal themes.  So fun and festive, we think we'll make it a tradition!  And, thanks to Jonny, we all stayed toasty warm!  The entire ROOM in the basement full of outdoor gear easily outfitted our family of SIX, with coats to spare.  The cold weather gets my husband WAY too excited!

(note:  Olivia refused to smile because I denied her cotton candy request!)


"Though I've grown old, the bell still rings for me as it does for all who truly BELIEVE."

Friday, December 5, 2008

I would stay in bed...

If I had WHITE flannel sheets:  particularly the super softies at Crate and Barrel.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

another wish...

I need a good chef's knife.  I love this one by Wustof, and I also love Cutco.  

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I believe in miracles...

(shhhh....he is actually asleep!)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

I can smell them already...

Mmmmm...on sale at Crate and Barrel!

I want these jeans...

But not in the size that I currently am...maybe I could lose 15 lbs and then win the lottery.  I have seen these jeans on a number of girls and they are quite flattering.  You can pick up a pair at Nordstrom.

the wish list plunge...

I am taking a cue from some of my cute blogging buddies and creating a fun little holiday wish list (in hopes that my sweet husband might at some point actually look at my blog and surprise me!).   I am a girl who always wants a lot of things, so watch out, this could be long...

Bamboo Salad Hands:  I love this darling way to serve salad and I think I would get much less of it on the table if I had something more manageable than tongs to toss it with!  I found some I love at Crate and Barrel.  

These next two items are from Anthropologie.  I would like to disclaim that anyone could buy me ANYTHING from Anthropologie and I would do a back flip, but I especially love the following:

Bird Calendar (I am nuts about birds!)

These darling throws are awesome.  This is not the exact one that I want, I can't find a picture of that one online, but they are on sale right now.......only $99!

Monday, December 1, 2008

many thanks...

The arrival of baby Ian has left me little time to blog, however, with late nights, early mornings, and more time at home than I have ever cared to have; my mind and heart have been full of gratitude for the service that our family has received during this transitional time.  We have had many, many wonderful meals brought to us, treats dropped by, and kind visitors who came to welcome our sweet new boy.  We've had flowers, fruit and cards sent, as well as gifts and kind phone and email messages.  We have been overwhelmed by how many people care about our little family.  Hopefully we remember to thank you each individually, but know that each act of kindness has lifted a burden and brought many smiles.  My other children have LOVED the attention that so many have shown to them, as well.  

We also have had some far away visitors come to help, and they REALLY saved my bacon! Erin, your visit meant the world!  You never stopped!  Please come back again soon when I can treat you like a guest!  And, WHY oh WHY did I not take any pictures while you were here?  Any hoo, the pictures in my mind of you loving my kids, holding my baby, and cooking your yummiest lasagna are clear and crisp.  Thank you!

And then came our AWESOME Grandma Bonnie.  She stayed for a week and worked her little tail off.  From cleaning up spilled hot chocolate powder (M and M tried to make their own while we were both otherwise engaged) and cooking dinner, to letting me sleep in and take naps EVERY SINGLE DAY and getting Olivia ready for school; there are no words to express how grateful I am that I have such a great mom.  I have missed her every single day since she left.  Especially the days where I have been alone!  I think having four kids is too much for me, but I am pretty sure it's too late now.

Here are some pictures of why we love Grandma Bonnie:

I can't do this alone, Mom, PLEASE COME BACK!  

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Ian Matthew


**Photo by Kristen**


It's what I do these days...I rock.  Not to Guns N Roses anymore, but at 33, I do still rock.  Even at 4 AM, I'm still rockin' and have been since 2 AM.  I am thankful to my newborn son for that. He is keeping me young, although I think Garth Brooks said it best when he said, "I'm much too young to feel this damn old."  I have decided to be thankful for this fussiest of all babies, because he is forcing me to slow down, let things around me fall apart, and just ROCK.  It's the only thing that calms us both.  So, in case you are wondering why I don't call, email, or post on my blog anymore, it's because I am way too busy rockin'!  


I don't know which I enjoyed more, the movie, or Eric Snider's interpretation of the movie!  

(Thanks so much for the 4 AM entertainment, Rebecca!!!)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Friday, November 7, 2008

Ian's first bath

I must have given away  my baby bathtub, but my big stainless steel bowl worked great!  Don't you love the well placed bubbles?
This first bath is a good job for Dad!

He didn't love it, but he sure smelled yummy when it was all through!

Monday, November 3, 2008

welcome to the planet

Trick or treat???  This year it was definitely a TREAT!  We welcomed our baby BOY, October 31st at 1:33 PM.  He was 9 lbs. 1 oz. and 21 1/2 inches long!  We are thrilled that he is here and that we are home from the hospital healthy and happy!  This is the best I could do so far on pictures.  I will keep them coming!  

Welcome, Welcome!!!
Ian Matthew

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

false alarm

Quick update: I went to the hospital this morning after being up since 2:30 AM with contractions. They monitored the baby and me for three hours, and determined that I am simply not progressing much, so they sent me home.  This is the first time in my life I have ever hoped for something to get MORE painful.  I am hoping this is the beginning of the end.  Sorry to all who have guessed days gone by for the big day.  Also, I am worried no one has guessed a high enough weight.  The doc assured me that this is a BIG baby.  I will update or have Jon update if anything changes, but for now I am looking forward to a big Halloween week with the kids, while I suffer through these non-painful-enough-contractions!

Friday, October 24, 2008

fall carnival...

Here's a family photo from Olivia's school fall carnival. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


We took a trip to a pumpkin patch.  The kids loved finding their perfect pumpkin!  Olivia hauled hers quite a ways once she found it!
Molly had a hard time picking one out. She wanted a "teeny" one, that she could lift and carry herself.  She finally found one that she could at least heft.
Max and Molly on the hay ride!
And, here is the finished product.  All decorated in their pirate and princess glory! 

We heart Halloween!

a little pumpkin or a little sucker?

I thought it might be fun to have a little contest.....leave a comment and let us know your guess for this baby, who will be arriving shortly.  Leave your guess for gender, weight and length (and if you are daring, when you think it might arrive).  All of you blog-stalkers that I know are looking, but not commenting,  now is your chance to speak up! 
The latest news is that I am HUGE, ready to POP (and yes, my arms are totally chubby, I hate this picture).  I am dilated to a ONE (that's it???) and having some irregular contractions.   I am hoping for a baby any day, but the reality is that it could be a week or two still.

Friday, October 17, 2008

a tribute to greatness...

My dear Aunt Carolyn passed away this afternoon after a long struggle with brain and breast cancer.  She was 62 years old.  This is a picture of her(on the left) with my mom, her younger sister.  I have so many wonderful memories and thoughts of Carolyn going through my mind tonight.  My heart is aching for those she left behind.  She was such a force for good in her family, her neighborhood and her community.  She had so many friends and touched so many lives.  She was amazingly kind to everyone.  We would always say, "Carolyn never meets a stranger."  I was so shy growing up and I would just look at the way she treated people, and the way she brought joy to people, and I was always awe-struck by the magnitude of her heart, and the fearless way she reached out to everyone from the bag boy at the market to the people she took care of in her long career as a nurse.  She had a love for her Savior that she was never afraid to share with others.  Her faith was inspiring.  It is a comfort to know that the painful ending of her life is over and that she has found rest with God.

She lived in North Carolina, but my best summer memories are of vacations at her home and at her beach home in Myrtle Beach.  She had no children of her own, and when my siblings and I would visit her, she treated us with amazing love and generosity.  She was a true Southern Belle, beautiful inside and out, and always the lady.  She inspired me in life, and will continue to inspire me as someone who walked her walk and lived life every single day to its fullest, all the while loving and serving everyone whose path intersected her own.  

Tonight my heart is broken for her mother, her husband, and her siblings.  Their family will be left with a hole without Carolyn's joyous laughter.  I pray that they will all feel comfort at this sad time.  I know that I will hold my memories of her close to my heart and try to emulate her wonderful qualities that touched my life and changed me for the better.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

No cavities!

M and M went to the dentist this morning and got a clean bill of health.  No cavities, no bite problems!  Yippee!  The bad news's Olivia's turn on Friday (and her mouth is always a can of worms!).  We LOVE our pediatric dentist.  If any of you are in need, let us know.  We would refer him in a heartbeat.  His office is just what my kids need to feel safe in an otherwise scary situation!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Tubby Towels

Tubby Towels! Order one for your kids (or even for YOU, check out their adult sizes!)

Max Mosaic

My creation, originally uploaded by veggiegirl1975.

Who doesn't love a guy who does floors in his underwear?

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Introducing the letter of the week...

The A says aaaaaaa and aye!  Can you tell which child painted each of these?

I love having a boy AND a girl!