2008 highlights

Well 2008 has certainly been the year of our lives. It just keeps getting better and better, and we are fortunate that tragedy hasn't touched our life this year, and pray for peace and protection through this next year. Of course, I write that with much fear because when bad things happen, it right after something like that is said. Maybe I just worry altogether to much and need to put my trust in the one that holds my (and that of my family's) future and know that he won't give me more than I can handle.

I thought I'd take a walk down memory lane and revisit 2008.

Last New Years, we were anticipating our baby turning one and hadn't even made plans of when we'd add to our family again. On January 23, my post says Ho-Hum. Later on that night, I found out I was expecting another baby! I announced to my blog readers on January 25th that we were having a baby...you can read my thoughts and feelings here. It's amazing how each child is welcomed with so much love. It's insane, really, the love we have for our kids. Each new baby that comes along you love just as much as the others. I thought I wanted a baby girl. My brain makes sense of evens, so 2 boys and 2 girls seemed the most logical, not to mention that s/he was due just 3 days earlier that Brookelyn was 5 years earlier. On January 9, I came out and revealed what I thought I was having.....did I think boy?.....or did I think girl?

I'll briefly mention that I didn't get far in my New Years resolution....

My pearl of wisdom.....

We found out about some special little girls that would be entering our lives...pictures of the little darlings here and here, oh, and here. Did I mention pictures? Go here!

Elliot's had an on again off again relationship with Megan all year...currently it's on the outs...

I still haven't lived this one down....nearly every time we go out someone asks about his scar. I have to explain again and again. (I also wish people would stop telling this story wrong and saying I left the oven open for a second and he got to it, that's not what happened) Regardless, I feel ashamed every time I have to explain it to someone and I can just tell they think I suck.

We had known since December that we were going to aunt and uncle, we just didn't know yet if we'd have a niece or a nephew. We found out about the twins and in March we found out we'd be blessed with another niece!

I quit the job I loathed big time to pursue a career in something I love.

"I feel like a ton of bricks has been lifted off of my shoulders. I didn't realize how much tension my job actually caused. I feel much better knowing I have 6 shifts, and then i'm all done. How liberating. I called my boss, Tom, and asked how he was doing... "I'm good. I got a really good job doing photography and that's what I love, so i'll be done when my scheduled shifts are over"....short and sweet and awkward, but maybe I can sleep tonight. It's a dreary day today and i'm craving chicken nuggets and fries from McDonalds. I have been having really intense cravings lately. Saturday night I woke up about 2a.m. and was craving Waffle Crisp. I had to talk myself out of it. I figure i've made it through 3 pregnancies w/out nighttime feeding, so why start now?? Here's to a good day, and some chicken nuggets and fries. I feel like crying i'm so relieved. Now I am crying." ~March 31,2008

Even though wedding season is really April-October and the rest of the year gets sooo tight, I'd much rather have a job I love.

I share me here and here and here and here ahem, and here

We found out wonderful news about our baby here! He's cute! *

Brookelyn's turn to shine(er).

My firstborn turned 6
I turned 25

Took a family vacation to Montana

My baby sister got married.

We celebrated Jason's 6th father's day. I love this picture...

Celebrated 7 years of wedded bliss...

Very proud Mommy....

Romance...what's romance?

Annoying people....&*$%# Here

My gorgeous niece was born...and I remembered what I had coming in a few weeks.

Gracious I love my children.

My boy started 1st grade

Waiting and waiting and waiting for baby......and wait some more.

Then, on the same day my little girl turned 5, he finally came.

He was gorgeous and perfect and healthy in every way. Archer Cole, you complete us.

I heart our family!

A few things I'm doing for me...* and *

Tips for 2009!

2008 was a great year, I can't wait to see what 2009 holds.

Kisses at midnight for you all! Smooch!


My beautiful new journal.

I am addicted to journals....if you couldn't tell by how many blogs I have;0) This one has prompt things like When I look in my eyes I see...and then you fill the page. I love this stuff. I also bought one for the two of us called All About Us. It made the trip home pass quickly and we started really thinking back to our dating days. I bought both at Urban Outfitters. Maybe it will make good blog fodder and I share some entries with you, we'll see.

Pictures...mostly of cute babies.

The family.
What happens when you sit still for 7 seconds...
Olive loves stuffed animals.


Trae loved having someone closer to his age to play with. It was cute to watch him talk to them and show them things. I never did get a picture, but he was constantly fingering through their hair. We joked they'll refer to him as the cousin that always wanted to touch their hair!
Brookelyn of course loved holding the girls.

5 Days with the In-laws.


  • Arrived around 5pm. Nate and Marsha came with the girls and we hung out and played Phase 10. Lame. Game. Cute babies though. I wanted to steal them.


  • Nate and Marsha left....we ran into town for haircuts for Jason and Elliot. Pam worked. The kids went sledding in the yard and helped Grandpa with a bonfire. Took down all Pam's cookie jars from on top of her cabinets. Washed and dried them, vacuumed the cabinet tops, and organized them all for her. (had to earn our keep....) Played some games. Hung pictures and curtains.


  • I baked GingerSnaps and homemade peanut butter cups. Pam made Turtles and butter cookies. My stuff didn't go over like the Turtles :0( Nate and Marsha came back and we played a few games and hung out.


  • Spa Day! We all had massages and I had a facial. Great to get out. Nate and Marsha had to leave shortly after. Teary goodbyes. Played some Rook. Pam went to work.


  • Talked Pam and Steve into humoring us and went to the Mall of America. Bought a few things. Urban Outfitters is an awesome store....played more Rook. I'm actually starting to like this game...except when I accidentally lay the wrong thing and get accused of cheating.


  • Meeting. Lunch. 5 hours packing time. Visit at Grandpa Scott's and Grandma Julie's. Didn't arrive until after 7, but the kids were begging and since we didn't have school we stopped by for about and hour. Exhausted.

This week...no plans tonight. Tomorrow Bingo and snacks with my Dad's family. Wednesday....no plans. Thursday...no plans....Ahem... Friday and Saturday sleepover at Mom and Dad's with all us kids and our kids. Charades. Win, Lose, or Draw. Good food. Videos of the kiddos when they were little. Don't Forget the Lyrics. Fooseball!! More food. Wrestling?.... Should be a good time.

It's Monday. I never write well on Mondays.


I'm out 'til Sunday. Have a great holiday, and rest assured if anything blog worthy goes down, I'll journal it and post when I get back. Ciao.


I'm sick of getting hit by deer. He hit me good and died. On the way home, he had 2 girlfriends by his side and they slunk across the road like they were sad. Boo hoo. My van has another dent.

On a side note, it's dumb to vacuum the van when it -10 degrees. The machine eats your quarters, and when you finally get one to work your hands freeze fast and it hurts so bad it makes you want to swear. Or cry. Or both.

And also, I got stuck in the driveway on my way out.

The Tale of a Mad Woman

This is the tale of a mad woman. When she gets mad, she gets very, very mad. One day, she woke up because her 2 year old son puked in her hair and on her pillow. She felt terrible for her little son and did her best to snuggle him all morning despite having a 3 month old that needed attention too. After things calmed down a little, she decided to take some pictures of the baby in his gorgeous new hat and mittens. The little baby didn't cooperate all that well, and about minuted into the photo shoot, the little boy puked on the set. She put her boy in their walk in shower while she stripped the set (her bed) of the dirty sheets. She got the baby to sleep while the little boy played in the shower, and then the woman showered too because of all the puke. Almost as soon as the woman climbed out of the shower, the baby began to scream because he was hungry, so she quickly toweled off, threw her robe on, and fed him while editing the pictures she'd just taken in Photoshop.

Imagine her surprise when all of a sudden there is a very loud rapping on her front door, a door no one ever uses. She hops up and finds her husband, we'll call him Jason, standing at the door, and his friend, we'll call him Jess, following behind. She spat out "Hello, I don't even had clothes on..." and then ran to her room as she called "why do you bring people over when the house is a mess?" The husband said he was dropping the car off and left. The woman had no idea what he meant by that as she breathed fire in the bedroom. When she was fully clothed, she called the husband on the phone he never answers and he actually picked it up. It shocked her because he had to know she'd be mad and usually would have ignored the call. Instead he answered it, and being very vague as not to let on to his friend what the conversation was about, gave her very generic answers that didn't pertain to what she was saying to him so she finally told him he better be ready to hear it when he gets home because she was VERY MAD ABOUT THIS. (or words close anyway) and slammed her phone shut.

To this day she still can't figure out why her husband wouldn't call ahead of time if he was bringing people over, or why he would drop his car off at home. She did ask in the phone call if his phone was broke (obviously not, but it was meant to be sarcastic anyway) She wishes she could tell the friend the story about why she was sitting at her computer naked on a weekday morning so he doesn't have to wonder "what was that all about?" She has calmed down a little since it happened, and now that I've shared her tale with you, why don't you go ahead and share it with the friend if you know him, so she doesn't embarrass herself further trying to explain herself the next time she sees him.

As for the husband, he'll probably drag his feet to get home to avoid his lashing, but what he doesn't know is she'll likely be over it by then and actually be laughing about it....not to say it can happen again or anything, but she'll let it slide this time.

The End

My friend Alaina made this hat and mitten set for Archer. The mittens were a surprise...they are so tiny and adorable. For more info on ordering, drop her a line on her blog. Thanks again!


*&%$@$#&*%$# Sigh.

Last night I was so frustrated. Jason worked later than he figured, which of course couldn't be helped and I am grateful for the hours. However, as all you moms know, when you're home all day and are anxiously watching the clock and awaiting some relief, a few extra hours is a big deal. By the time he got home, I was on the verge of tears, and ready to lash out, which I did big time...I ranted and raved, raved and ranted...to a very un-sympathetic ear. (in my mind anyway, but I was over tired and missed my nap and didn't sleep well...on top of my teething) I even screamed that I just wanted to get away from you and the kids and go to Walmart by MYSELF! Then I started to cry and said I hate feeling like this. I did get out to Walmart for swing batteries (they've been 1/2 dead for 3 days, which is making Archer not sleep well) and diapers. (size 2!) I bought myself a PedEgg and a Bender Ball, I saw both on infomercials when I still worked at the group home, so I've wanted them for awhile. On the way home, I was feeling bad and hoping nothing happened to me while I was gone because I'd wanted to get away, and some chick almost pulled out in front of me. If she had, there would have been no way I'd have been able to stop, and I was doing about 50. When I got back, I hugged and kissed them all. I did 20 minutes on the elliptical when I got back (we stayed over at my parents last night so they could finish up the shower) and crashed out on the couch. Archer slept 9 1/2 hours...which makes sense because he barely slept all day, unless I stood and pushed the swing back and forth for him. I'll be glad for next week when we can veg out at Jason's parents and there will be plenty of helping hands, a playdate, and massages. I am tired and overwhelmed and I just need a break, that's all.


467th post!

I just booked an hour massage and an hour facial at Cheri's Dad's spa! I am sooooo happy and joyful and excited. I can't wait.

Pam, Kimber, Marsha, Brookelyn, and I are having girls day out!

and a big thank you to Cheri for the suggestion...

Happy 23rd Birthday, Baby Sister!!

We have lots of fun, we do!
I'll spank ya later if you want...

My new hang out...

I can hardly believe he's big enough for this already, but it seems to keep him occupied for a little while anyway.

My Little Angel

Elliot made this angel for me in school...he says it's him singing "Angel Band" a song they sang for their concert.


Fits & Giggles

Jason brought the work truck home last night with chairs for special meeting. He and the 2 older kids went early to help Dad set them up at his office and poor Trae was left behind. He wasn't feeling good for the past 2 days anyway, and I almost stayed home, but I didn't want to miss it and he ended up sleeping for part of the meeting and was good the rest. He did scream for about 1/2 an hour "Go, Mommy, pease GO!" and I felt horrible because he always gets left behind. On the other hand, he is to little for most things and I don't want him to get hurt or lost.

After meeting, Jason moved his car seat from the van to the truck so he could get a ride too. Trucks are the new thing these days. The whole ride home, he said "Twuck...Mike Twuck!" Elliot even said at one point that he was getting sick of hearing it. (wonder if he can appreciate
me feeling the same about his whining lately?) Anyway...here is the video, we think it's super cute anyway.

When we got home, he talked about the truck for awhile while I decorated the plant shelf. He discovered one of his birthday gifts, a gun that shoots crotch rockets that zoom across the floor. I opened it for him since I felt bad that he's felt so crummy for the past few days. We played with it and he just kept saying "mow, mow?" (more, more) Finally I'd had enough and said it was time for bed. He threw the fit of the century! Screaming, kicking, rolling, flopping, crying, yelling, and then finally threw his nuk behind our bed. He would calm down a little and then remember he was in the midst of throwing a fit and get all dramatic on us again. He even used special effects and rolled off the side of the bed, careful not to hurt himself. Then he rolled under the bed. It irritated him that we ignored him and he came back on the bed about 5 minutes later asking for his nuk. (which we got and gave to him because we were exhausted and just wanted him to go to sleep) He did, very quickly and into his crib he went. All said and done, Archer was up 3 times that I remember (batteries are dead in the swing, we have to replace those today...) and Trae was up once and then tossed and turned and kicked and flopped around in our bed the rest of the night.
This morning he woke up saying (loudly, I might add) "WAWA?" (water) and Archer just laughed every time he said it. It's just us 3 here today, Elliot's at school and Brookelyn went to Grandma's last night. I decided to snuggle in bed with the boys and read my Bible a little. After I got my coffee, we snuggled down (not really, Trae was hanging from the head board and Archer was kickin' away) I read some and then Trae showed me the (dirty)q-tip he'd stuck in my coffee. There's only 2 things we use q-tips for around here: Earwax and Tiny baby boogers.

He then had to throw a fit because...well I can't remember why, but he ended up smashing his nose on the lip of our walk in shower. Then it was because I wouldn't let him press my keys, and then because I changed his wet diaper, and then he tried to do the special effects thing again and slide off my lap, in the process smacking his head on the bar. I put him in his crib for a time out and he stayed in there by choice for 10 minutes talking quietly to himself. Now he's in my lap again and nodding off, sleepily saying "Eyyiit?...Boppa?...Eyyitt...TWUCK!...Mike!....Eyyitt...Boppa?" They're so sweet when they're sleeping.


I suppose we can all take something from this...

40 Tips for a Better Life - 2009

1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.
2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
3. Buy a DVR and tape your late night shows and get more sleep.
4. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, 'My purpose is to __________ today.'
5. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
6. Play more games and read more books than you did in 2008.
7. Make time to practice meditation and prayer. They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.
8. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
9. Dream more while you are awake.
10. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants. Eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
11. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.
12. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
13. Clear clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing energy into your life.
14. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, or issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
15. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime
16. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
17. Smile and laugh more. It will keep the negative blues away.
18. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
20. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
21. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
22. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
23. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
24. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: 'In five years, will this matter?'
26. Forgive everyone for everything.
27. What other people think of you is none of your business.
28. Always remember that God can heal everything.
29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
30. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
31. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
32. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
33. The best is yet to come.
34. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
35. Do the right thing!
36. Call your family often. (Or email them to death!!!)
37. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: I am thankful for __________. Today I accomplished _________.
38. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
39. Enjoy the ride. Remember this is not Disney World and you certainly don't want a fast pass. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy the ride.

**The bigger, colored ones are my favorites.

Picture Princess Contest

Shabby Apple is having a picture contest....and an entire wardrobe is to be won!
Brookelyn loves this dress and mommy had to agree...and she's excited to see if she wins a bunch of dresses and gets to have her picture on the computer!

In her words....Brookelyn should be the picture princess because she would feel like a princess if she had all those pretty dresses.
In my words...Brookelyn is our one and only princess, with 1 older brother and 2 younger brothers. She has an awesome spirit and an amazing smile.


Brookelyn rolled around on an exploded pen all night....

I learned this weekend that when people have their jaws wired shut they grow hair on their tongue...I think like mold hair type stuff. They have some stuff to get rid of it but it discolors your teeth. I plan on never having my jaw wired shut, I would end up in the loony bin. Or I'd shut down, I couldn't take not brushing my teeth, let alone have hair growing on my tongue.

That's all I've got.


Over Load

Today, Archer was in a mood and although I had intentions of accomplishing a lot, I really had to stick to things I could do one handed. I got a lot of photo editing done and did a montage for Misty, and managed to do a floral arrangement while he napped in 5 minute increments. I finished the faux wash I started way back when, Jason was finally here to watch the kids and keep them off the ladder. Now I am in the mood to re-decorate but most of that has to be done on a ladder also, as a good majority of the decor in our house goes on the plant shelf across our living room. (bummer...I was going to give you a before and after, but I went back to my post with the pics of the house and I don't have a picture of it...) Anyway, I love to decorate and was feeling claustrophobic and bored with the entire house because everythings been the same for so long. We went to Gordmans and picked up a few things and I'm pumped to get them where I want them. I also finally framed a bunch of pictures that have to go up. It's frustrating getting into a project and doing it in increments...anyway, it'll be finished soon enough.

My Mom bought me a panini maker for my birthday (June 28) and it ended up underneath something in the closet...(you mean your closets aren't un-organized?)she asked me the other day(well, more like 2 weeks ago) if I had used it yet. I got it out last week and have used it everyday since. It makes a perfect grilled cheese, and if you've ever gone to Atlanta Bread and has their chicken pesto panini...I have come scarily close to duplicating it and it is delicious. I have yet to burn a thing, and I always burn the first grilled cheese. Anyone know if you can do pancakes on it? Jason is out pancake maker and he always burns the first one too!

Trae was running a fever today and along with it came diarrhea. I think we used 4 diapers in 15 minutes and he even went on the potty. Hopefully the rest don't catch what he has, but the chances of that are pretty slim, I suppose.

We went to the art fair at Erica's school tonight, she had an entire table of her things...Nicole asked me why I never paint or draw anymore. My response was "that was before I had a million kids, I have no time now..." I miss being creative. Photography is creative in a sense, but I do miss actually painting something or doing a scrapbook page or decorating. I mean to get my creative juices flowing again, I'm so boring anymore.

We are headed up to Steve and Pam's next Tuesday, and I am contemplating sending the 2 older kids up earlier...they have some kittens that need to go before hand because Brookelyn gets sick and I won't risk her having an attack when I'm not around, especially since part of the time Pam will be working and they'll be with Kimber. We'll have to see on that, I know they'd love to go. I am also super excited for the blogger union at Mindy's...and I'm thinking about going to Cheri's Dad's spa for some pampering. we'll see how Jason feels about watching the kids. (I know their his kids to, but, well, never mind. Can't go there.) Big thanks to Mindy for hosting it at her place, and Cheri if it works out I will probably send you flowers for bringing it up!

My photography class is great. I am acquiring a wealth of information on the technical aspects of photography. I'm only one the first module and would already recommend it to all you photogs.

I feel bad because after telling Elliot for the 3rd time to get to bed, I slapped his butt and told him to get to bed when he came out looking for a vase for some silk flowers. ( baby was crying, I was on the phone, Trae was fighting with Brookelyn over a toothbrush, it was past bedtime by almost an hour, Jason is gone...) Afterwards, I thought maybe he was going to give me the flowers and now I feel terrible. So, if he's been told 3 times previously but he's coming to give me flowers is it okay? Or did he deserve a spank on the butt? (it wasn't a painful spanking, more like a smack on the butt to let him know I mean business:0) I'll sit here all night feeling guilty just to find out they were for his "ex" to win her back...have I told that story yet? Megan broke it off because he said he didn't want to marry her until he graduates. He said he wasn't sad and I believe him because he hasn't talked about her since.

Brookelyn said something super cute today and I can't remember what it is, so I'm mad at myself for that too. I should have written it down somewhere, I should know by now that I forget everything these days unless I write it down.

On the upside, I've lost 7.6 pounds in 2 weeks.


This is Archers new favorite thing.

**Shannon, thanks for the tips on uploading actual videos, to bad my connection is to slow. boo.

Shannon's brave idea...

Shannon did this post all about her, and though I doubt very much I'm interesting enough for you to wonder about, if you have any burning questions you'd like to ask me, now would be the time. Neisha also did this post...I'm still thinking about what I can ask her. Anonymous comments enabled for anyone afraid to post with your name, but there's really no reason to be afraid! ;0)

Here's the video that seemingly was the inspiration...I wanna Talk about Me!


What's wrong with this picture?

This is our potty spot. Seems like the perfect place to go potty to me. Trae went in, sat on the pot, hopped off, and ran to me yelling "UCK!!!UCK!!!GWOSS!!..." and pointed into the bathroom. I followed him in and he pointed at the rug and said "boop." Sure enough.

How cute am I?

Last night I was a stinker in meeting...I just wanted to stand and bounce, that's all. I finally let me Mom sit as long and she let me lie on my back and pushed my knees into my chest, that made me smile and talk!

I fell asleep just as we were leaving at about 8:45, and then my Dad managed to wake me up when he got up this morning at 6:15. . . .. .. .... . . . ..

....9:45, 10:45, 11:45, 12:45, 1:45, 2:45, 3:45, 4:45, 5:45, 6:15. Wait. 123456789...and 1/2 hours? Yeah, thats what my Mom said. She was all surprised to hear my Dad's alarm go off at 5:30 and told him to check on me. He did and I was just sleepin' away. My Mom's heart was beating 100 mph, and my Dad just made sure I was breathing and forgot to tell Mom. Finally she got so worked up that she wanted to be sick and yelled "Well, is he okay?" My Dad said "Uh, yeah." and then got ready. My Mom almost cried with relief. She gets really worked up about us kids, especially me and my brother Trae. Him and I, we decided that we were gonna sleep all night so Mom could sleep. I slept for a little while longer and then my Dad had to bring me to my Mom....she couldn't roll over. Her, ahem, teets kept getting in the way. Funny thing though, we must be really in sinc because she didn't wake up in a puddle...yeah, me and my Mom, we're like this.



Elliot was telling me that Santa came to school today..."Da real one!" He added that he doesn't come in through the chimney anymore (we don't have one) because they get too dirty. He asked for a new snowboard. The holidays are hard for kids who don't do the Christmas thing.

Jason is getting the kids dressed to take them out in the snow. I just realized that we don't have winter boots for Trae. He is wearing a pink pair now, but we will get him some before we go up the Steve and Pam's as we have a sledding excursion planned and can't have our son in pink boots. Brookelyn says he's cute anyway. :0)

Daddy's home early!!

Jason's home...not so great for the paycheck, but they have 2 concerts and Mom, the kids, and I went this morning, but now we can all go back a 2nd time @ 2. Elliot will be surprised to see us, and Daddy, again! Maybe Jason can take the kids outside when we got home and I can squeeze a workout in....we'll see.

**Elliot was happy to see us...Trae kept waving and waving. Also, we saw an old lady (65-70) in a see-through shirt with a lacy granny bra underneath. (think family dollar) I'm dead serious. *shudder*

Funny Stuff.

I pulled Archer in bed with me last night to nurse him....mind you I was exhausted....and he kept rooting around but not latching on. I kept dozing off, only to be woken again when he fussed and threw his head back and forth. Finally, I woke up enough and asked him sweetly "What's the deal here? Mommy's tired, let's just eat..." and then realized I had been putting my nipple in his ear, and he was rooting around to find it because he was trying to be a good baby and eat! I chuckled out loud, got him latched on, and promply crashed out again. ;0)


Feeling Lucky?

I am hoping to win an artist's rendition of my favorite picture from The Poppies Blog! Go there now to check out the awesome prizes and details on how to enter! Good luck!

Mindy....Shannon A....Jenny.....Shannon G.....Neisha

....am I missing anyone? We are coming up to the in-laws the 23rd-27th, and I'd love to get together with as many as can make it....somewhere. So, the 24th, 25th, or 27th work for anyone? They live in Elk Mound, about 2 hours from the cities, and I think all of you are from around there....I'd be happy to come into the cities to meet up. I'd especially like to meet Shannon in person;0) Let me know...I know it's a busy time, but thought I'd throw it out there.

On a side note: Elliot had a snow day today. After playing in the snow for roughly 15 minutes, the kids (Elliot & Brookelyn) came inside and Elliot asked "Is da heat even running?" They were so cold and took it upon themselves to run a bath....(usually one goes, then the next...showers actually) They were all in there (I was sitting at my computer not paying a lot of attention, but I could see them) in their clothes. I suppose they didn't want to be naked in the same tub, but they had to walk to me because their clothes were so wet they couldn't get them off. (huge, wet mess) Trae was buck naked...we can't keep his clothes on to save our lives.

After lunch, I made the kids take naps, as we've had a lot of whining and arguing. I should've put away the clean laundry or perhaps swept....but I crawled in beside Trae and crashed. The kids (except Archer) slept for a full 2 hours. Archer is having belly pain today, and he (we) were in and out for the 2 hours. Either way, it was blissful. Tonight Jason will be working on the tile shower at my parents and I'll be home doing the chores I neglected today.

Trae used to call cookies crackers, but now he calls them crack-ok-ers!


I have so many things to post and rather than have it all in one big run-on, you get bullets.
  • Today we went over to Mom's to make sugar and gingerbread cookies. We took some crazy cute pictures of the kids "helping" but they are on my internal memory and I have to figure out how to get them off. We are getting a blizzard now and expect 10-14 inches or something crazy, so I'm banking on Elliot not having school tomorrow. His concert is tomorrow if school is on.
  • My sister, Erica, hates feet. The other day Brookleyn was licking my feet just to gross her out. It worked.
  • Archer slept 7 hours one night, and then 5 the next!
  • I am tired of pumping me breast in bathroom stalls. Apparently the sound of a breast pump is "freaky" and "hilarious" and the adult women of this world just can't leave it be, they have to laugh and carry on until I assure them they're safe, I'm just milking. The last wedding in Nov. I had to set the pump on the baby changing station and a group of girls came in and were laughing hysterically. Really?....it's not that funny. Then it went to "OMG!! What is that? I am seriously freaked!! LOLOLOLOL...." Are you kidding me? They continued laughing in all their freaked out horror, and finally I piped up that it was just a breast pump. "Oh, it just scared us..." Yeah, really, grow up........So then Saturday, as I was perched in the handicapped stall on a chair with my pump teetering on my lap 8 hours into the shoot, another bunch of ladies come and and laugh hysterically again. It seriously never occurred to me to sit and laugh like a hyena at the sound of a breast pump.....I can't believe grown women do it. Oh, and I managed to spill 2 ounces of milk on the floor. (the bag folded when I was dumping it) Archer only drank 8 ounces in the 11 hours I was gone, so I have 14 ounces frozen. One last thing: for whatever reason, my right boob was like a full cup size larger than my left all day Sat. & Sun regardless that I pumped to try and even it out. The girls are back to (nearly) identical twins today so they must have been in a funk, but how am I supposed to camouflage that the F sized breast is much larger than the E size one? They're hard to miss even if you're not looking.
  • I filled the van up for under $25 today.
  • I sold my snowboard and boots...which happened to be a huge part of our dating days. Jason was a little bummed to learn I have zero desire to ever hit the slopes again. I hate the cold, and I hate that I have back and neck problems from falling on my snowboard. I sold the board to a 13 year old boy, and the boots to a jerk. He called me on my way to the chiro this morning (which happens to be in Clintonville, where he was) and I happened to have the boots with me. He met me at the chiro, and then brings out $25 instead of $30. He says "25, right" and I say "no, $30...." Of course then he said "really? I think it was $25, is that okay?" It's 5 bucks you idiot, and these are $140 boots that have been worn like 5 times, maybe. What is your problem? "Whatever, it's fine." "Are you sure? I'm sorry." I believe that was bunk, and that he was pretending to be a clueless piece of turd to save himself 5 bucks. I really wanted to tell him that was my gracery money for the week for me and my 4 kids, but let it go. Apparently there is a sign on my forhead that screams "I love to get ripped off, especially if you act all shocked that you "forgot" how much we agreed on for this item that you are getting a great deal on in the first place!!" Seriously, I had a guy talk me into selling him a chaise lounger for $70 instead of $80 and then show up with $69 and feed me this line that he was sure he had $70.... Get off my lawn. Peice of crap. Then I get 9 more calls about the stupid thing and could have got every penny I was initially asking for. Anyway....


Furthering my Education & Career....

...I'm now a photography student at the Photography Institute of New York! I'm happy.
If you could go back and change 1 thing in history, what would it be?



Elliot has plans to get married on Tuesday.

He came home from school on Monday and said that he was going to move in with 2 of the triplets, Megan and Jessica, but they weren't his girlfriend or anything...

Yesterday, he started talking more and said that Jessica wasn't his girlfriend. Of course, I asked if Megan was then and he said "Yes!" He is really very giddy about the whole affair. He has it all figured out....

They are going to get married Tuesday (that's the day she wants to do it) and then they will move into my Mom and Dad's basement....He even moved an art easel, Lego table, a sword, random books, and a few other fun things into "their" room. I asked him how long they'd been dating and he said "2 days!"

I asked him "what if she wants to have babies with you...?" and his exact words were "That'd be alright!" said with a huge grin.

We also had to probe him to make sure there isn't any kissing going on, and there isn't, but they hold hands on the playground. I told him he can't kiss her and if he does he could get in a lot of trouble...(there was a case around here recently where a kindergartner kissed another kindergartner and he got suspended)

He was giddy and couldn't stop talking about her all night. He seemed so glad to be getting out of his parents place, after all Grandma's place is much better. Finally I told him he couldn't get married because he was to young and I wasn't letting him move out because I'd miss him. He asked me "like what?" and I told him I wouldn't be able to tuck him in or wake him up for school, and he assured me Grandma could.

I asked Brookelyn if she would be sad if Elliot moved out and she said "No, cuz I'm movin' out to...the udder room I'm gonna sweep in."

They crushed me.

Elliot had a change of heart after a talk with Grandpa and decided he's "not gettin' married til' he's 18 and done with high school." I suppose Megan's heart will be broken today. I'm sure he won't be real delicate in telling her he doesn't want to marry her on Tuesday.


Trae biting his toenails. hilarious!


If anyone can enlighten me on how to upload an actual video instead of the link, please enlighten me! Thanks.

  • The other day Elliot saw a picture of Beyonce and JZ in a magazine. He showed it to me and said "Mom, here's a picture of Abe Lincoln and his wife!"
  • I can't believe I forgot to post this....Trae pooped on the potty at the cabin last weekend, yea!
  • My new favorite cereal is Kashi U Black Current and Walnut. Delicious.
  • Archer LOVES when I clean out his ears. He sits really still and looks about ready to fall asleep. (Not with q-tips, he hates that...just when I get all the dried milk out of his ear folds when he wakes up.)
  • Archer also almost dozes off in the shower, just like Trae did. One of these days he actually will, and then I'll take a photo.
  • I got a new Flip Video camera. We have a big video camera, but I wanted one for the diaper bag. It's green, like my laptop. We've probably created a monster here...I apologize in advance if I post to many videos of my kids. :0)
  • That's all. Ciao!



I hate dieting, but alas, theres weight to lose (40 pounds, but who's counting?). Take a gander at my new blog Project Re-Vamp if you so desire and leave me all your tips and tricks to how you got your rockin' bod. I'd especially love to hear how the pounds melt off while you continue eating all the delicious things you love, but if that can't happen, I'll take all the others to. Thanks Y'all, I'm about to get crabby!

11 weeks.

This is me & Trae...I'd say Archer looks very similar.
*Compare the photo above to the one of Archer on my sidebar...that's the difference 10 weeks makes! Unbelievable...


This morning, it's 10 degrees out.

I had Elliot sit on the front porch to wait for the bus, since it's rather windy out at the end of the driveway and there is a 15 minute time frame of when the bus shows up. (usually between 7:35-7:50) At 7:33, she flew past as Elliot was on his way out to the end of the driveway. Usually she slows down and honks, so I don't know what the problem was today, but I was rather irate at having to drag all four kids out in the frigid weather to do the job that I pay atrocious taxes for her to do, not to mention that he rides the bus almost everyday (like unless we're at my Mom's when Jason's hunting and I drive him) and she was going right there....why not slow down at least and give the kid a chance to get out there. I really want to busdrivernap her and tie her to a chair at the end of my driveway for 20 minutes (and then flick her in the nose...) and see how much compassion she has for these kids then. I sent a note with Elliot to give her tonight, but if she keeps up this attitude it will be war. I wrote in the note that I would rather not have to load up all four of the kids in the cold....and also that he was outside today when she flew past. It's so frustrating because I had to wake Trae up, and bundle them all up, and we have this weird thing with our heater where it blows on high continuously, which would be fine if I had the time to warm it up before bringing me newborn out in it, scrape my windows, drive the five minutes there with a screaming baby, drop him off, drive home, unload all the kids, take hats/coats/mittens off. In other words, A really big pain.

The kid, Braiden, that was picking on Elliot on the bus? He was sharing a seat with him....now, he sits with two other kids, and the principal told me there is plenty of room on the bus for him to have his own seat.....

Oh, and on the topic of Braiden. The principal called the two boys down to figure out a "solution." Braiden claimed he doesn't ask Elliot for his things, he was just kidding. They also established that if Elliot doesn't want Braiden to "kick him in the nuts" that he shouldn't play kickball with Braiden anymore. Of course, this is Elliot's rendition, but if they seriously allow kids to kick people in the privates when they play kick ball, that's really ridiculous...anyway, remember the missing compass? It showed back up on Elliot's backpack the very next day.

I think I better spend some time reading my Bible, as I am so tense right now that this bad morning is destined to turn into a very bad day. I need to work on my spirit.


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ESFP - The Performers

The entertaining and friendly type. They are especially attuned to pleasure and beauty and like to fill their surroundings with soft fabrics, bright colors and sweet smells. They live in the present moment and don´t like to plan ahead - they are always in risk of exhausting themselves. The enjoy work that makes them able to help other people in a concrete and visible way. They tend to avoid conflicts and rarely initiate confrontation - qualities that can make it hard for them in management positions.

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Well I am totally a planner, and I initiate confrontation with people I know readily....I do love beauty and soft fabrics and color, I'll let you decide for yourself if you think I'm entertaining or not.:0)

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