Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Kyley's "big girl" room!

So, with the help of a lot of people contributing to this, Kyley's room is now a 'big girl' room :)





She is absolutely in LOVE with it.    Happy Birthday sweet girl!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Happy 6th Birthday Kyley Grace!

I love you more than you could ever know! You are one special little girl!




Friday, December 3, 2010

Homemade Christmas Ornaments

 (I want to point out that our ornaments are NOT finished yet, we  are still in the drying process, but I'll post more pictures when they are complete!)

My kids are all about the crafts.  Photobucket
Ok KYLEY is all about the crafts. So we made some ornaments. Here is the recipe we used:
Craft Supplies:

Apple Sauce
Craft Glue
Cookie Cutters (cut by hand if you like)

Craft Project Instructions:

Mix equal amounts of apple sauce and cinnamon and add 1 teaspoon of craft glue for every cup of applesauce.

Mix all the ingredients until you have a firm but wet dough. If you like you can substitute small amounts of cinnamon for a little nutmeg or ground cloves.

Roll out your dough to at least 1/4 inch thickness (less than this will make your ornaments a little weak and they break easily) and cut shapes with cookie cutters.

With a toothpick, poke a hole at the top of each ornament that is large enough for a ribbon to be pulled through. Place ornaments on a cooling rack or tray to dry completely. Depending on how large your ornaments are, drying could take a couple of days; it's best not to touch your ornaments during this time.

Once your ornaments are dry and if there are a few rough edges, you can easily remove the roughness with a little fine sandpaper. Sand your ornaments gently, as it doesn't take much to remove the little edges.

Tie a ribbon through the hole and, if you like, you can paint these ornaments or add a little glitter. Be sure not to cover the entire ornament with paint or the wonderful scent will be lost.

oh and Elijah thinks they're cookies... and he wants this one.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Rockin around the Christmas Cards

Ok, so I am SERIOUSLY the worst Christmas Card sender in the WORLD! I have always had good intentions of buying cards and sending them out, but I somehow always seem to run out of time! 

I've been browsing the Christmas Cards at Shutterfly, trying to pick just the perfect card, for the perfect picture for our card this year. 


They have so many awesome cards to choose from, that I can't make a solid decision.

Do I go with a traditional, simple card?  With just a single family portrait?

Or how about something with more pictures, where I can share my faith as well? 

Or, maybe even something fun and whimsical with fun pictures of the kids

I just don't know! I even like this for whimsical and different!

or how about another simple one?

I don't know. What would you choose? They have TONS of Christmas Photo Cards to choose from!
Or if you choose to go with something more "holiday" rather than "Christmas" to meet all of your needs they have PLENTY TO CHOOSE FROM HERE AS WELL! 

They even have INVITES for your favorite holiday party.

AND I still don't know what I want to order!
Thankfully, Shutterfly has made it easy for bloggers like me to jump into the Christmas Card giving this year!
I just joined in on this FUN PROMOTION and I'm going to get 50 free Christmas Cards delivered right to me! I can't wait to get my order and ship them out to our family this year! 

Monday, November 1, 2010


I sure love these two superheros!


Hope you all had a super Halloween!

Friday, October 29, 2010


My boy has a new favorite toy.

He LOVES this bear, because it reads his book to him.

And then he sticks his finger in the bears mouth.

And giggles.

Because "mommy, the bear bite me!"

Thursday, October 28, 2010


is what the men of my house were doing just a few moments ago :)


Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Seriously, the last two weeks have been a blur. WOW.

We are prepping for our annual "Hallelujah Festival" at church, so we've been spending insane amounts of time working on that.

I had two photo shoots in the last two weeks that I've been working on getting edited and ordered (ALL DONE! Just waiting on them to be printed!)

Obviously, school work, and normal house work etc.

AND I've been working hard trying to get Elijah potty trained. We're getting there but not quite "there" yet.

Yesterday he used the potty 4 times and had 2 accidents in the amts of time we were home and he was not in a dipe. yay!

Everyone is doing well, we are just busy!

Friday, October 22, 2010

It's Your Life

 I've been hearing this song on the radio a LOT the past few days and I don't know what it is, but I just love it. I've loved it since the first time I heard it.

It's Your Life by Francesca Battistelli

This is the moment
It’s on the line
Which way you gonna fall?
In the middle between
Wrong and right
But you know after all

It’s your life
What you gonna do?
The world is watching you
Every day the choices you make
Say what you are and who
Your heart beats for
It’s an open door
It’s your life

Are you who you always said you would be?
With a sinking feeling in your chest
Always waiting for someone else to fix you
Tell me when did you forget


To live the way that you believe
This is your opportunity
To let your life be one that lights the way


So, what I want to know is. Are we living the way we believe today? Are we living our life like it's the open door it so clearly is?   Do we see Jesus in our reflection (2 Corinthians 3) ?
So many times it's easy to SAY what we believe, but when faced with the moment of SHOWING what we believe in, we fail. And we fail miserably.   Anyone out there with me on that? I know I do.

Lord, help me to live my life the way YOU want me to live it, to live out my convictions every single day. To be more like You, and to love like You.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

a donut? or a burger? or both?

Derek just had to try this Krispy Kreme Donut Burger at the fair this week. (it probably has more calories in it that you should intake in a day in that one burger!)
He really seemed to enjoy it. One of his best friends enjoyed one and well and they both said that what made it awesome was that they grilled the donut before putting the burger together!



Monday, October 18, 2010


This weekend was a special moment for us. 

Our sweet Kyley, made the decision a few months ago that she wanted to be baptized, but she was a bit scared as she wasn't exactly sure what to expect.

 This weekend she finally got her chance to find out, and we couldn't be more proud of her. 

 It was made sweeter by the fact that she was joined with 4 other girls who are some of her closest friends.  What a party that was going on in heaven I can imagine!


(I love that even though these pics aren't great quality I captured her daddy's smile in the background too!)





 Matthew 28:18-20 (New International Version)

Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Saturday, October 16, 2010

18 weeks!

How Far Along: 18 weeks
Size of baby: Week 18 shows your baby measuring about 5 ½ inches long, with a weight of almost 7 ounces.
Total Weight Gain/Loss: none
Maternity Clothes: trying not to wear them, but I've pulled a few things out.
Gender:Guess we'll see when we see :)
Movement: Feeling a bit here and there. 
What I miss: my clothes that don't fit well anymore, and energy.
Sleep: some nights I sleep well, others not so much.
Symptoms: stuffy nose and a few aches here and there, nothing major. Still a bit nauseous here and there.
Best Moment this week: Just making it day by day. They keep on ticking by! Come on March!
What I am looking forward to: scheduling an ultrasound (hopefully soon!)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

a trip to the park

It isn't often these 4 kids are all in one spot.  We are loving it!



Wednesday, October 13, 2010


I tell ya what. I miss this girl.


She's been over an hour away at her nana's house while the school year is going on, so we don't get to see her very often.

Kyley has missed her terribly and Elijah asks to see her often.

So, this week is her fall break, and she's here visiting and the kids couldn't be happier! We're so grateful to get to spend some special time with our Lu Lu!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

my boy

I can't have a post of Kyley pictures (HERE)  without a post with Elijah pictures to follow soon. So for your viewing pleasure, here is my boy. Who just so kindly threw my spare set of keys into the toilet and flushed them. I kid you not. Boys will be boys huh?




Monday, October 11, 2010

new this week.

My niece Lily is in town. Kyley is STOKED to get to spend some time with her! Today we (my daddy and I took all the kids to the park (look for many pictures to come soon!) and the kids had an absolute blast! They wore us out!

The fair is also in town for the week. We are looking forward to taking the kids and enjoying the circus, etc.

17 weeks! I haven't done a weekly update in 2 weeks, I keep slacking. Things are going well! I still haven't gained any weight, which is good for me since I was a bit overweight to begin with. I can't believe it's almost half way over already! The second half should seem to fly by seeing as how the holidays are coming up and such! I can't wait!

We are working on plans for halloween. My kids STILL don't know what they want to be! Hoping to pick out the costumes this weekend!

I have two big photoshoots within the next week. Looking forward to those and the fun I'm going to have!