Sunday, July 26, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pearl turned 8 on May 3rd








What can I say about Pearl that can truly explain just how fabulous she is? 
Pearl is one very sweet girl with a contagiously sweet personality. 
You can almost always find her doing something creative and fun-- making a rubber band bracelet for somebody, writing one of her letters to a friend in the girls’ club she started, or giving out her own personal merit badges to her little sister. 
She loves to find a place to draw a picture or paint a scene including her and someone special. 
She has the cutest little space between her front two teeth and the prettiest long hair which  she hopes to grow as long as she can. She amazes me the way she can braid her hair and do crazy splits standing against the wall. She’s like a human pretzel she’s so flexible. 
I think she’s the best hip hop dancer in her whole studio and amazed me the first time I saw her break dance. I would’ve never guessed. 
She loves horses with all her heart and cuts out pictures of cute animals and hangs them all over the wall next to her bed. 
Pearl is beautiful and reminds me of the Proverbs 31 woman even though she is only eight years old. 
She is truly amazing and I’m so blessed to call her mine. 
















Thursday, July 23, 2015

before I forget.

Jasper has been complaining that no one pinches his fat cheeks anymore.

I have a new favorite place that Chris takes me to after church almost every Sunday evening. We found it one night after leaving the kids at home to grub on bagels and cream cheese. Chris said, “If you’re down, I know a place we can check out.” I really got adventurous and ordered the “Huarache” (a thick sandal shaped tortilla). It was the bomb. Now, when Sunday evening service rolls around, I find myself craving it. They make the best asada. They even recognize Chris through the windows.

Chris is cleaning/fixing up the side yard to make an outside gym area for our future draft picks. And for him too, of course. Parker’s football Coach had left them rusting outside the field house and since they had new equipment in their facility, he said they were Chris’ to take. When I look at those old metal dinosaurs, I can almost hear the stories they’d tell if they could.  

Chris bought me new sneakers-- Why does buying new sneakers make working out more fun? Is that why people are always trotting around in their new work-out outfits?

We’ve been having Friday night Bible studies at our home this summer which has given Sophia and Ethan a chance to make batches of cookies. They are extremely willing to do this since it means that there will be treats for them afterward. Soso and Pearl have also been ruining any possibility of me losing weight by making something I could die for: Maple oat scones. Chris made some once before, but has now begun to fine tune the process (because he really likes them as well). Oh the temptation!

On one day last week, Parker had a morning basketball practice followed by three games (he played quite a bit in each) in the afternoon. When he got home he fell down and crashed on my floor.

How can my kids fall out of tree and be just fine yet someone sprays them with the  garden hose and they freak out-- I mean, absolutely hysterical? It’s enough to drive me nuts.

My husband told the boys: You catch it, you cook it. And Parker did just that. Made the whole dinner. Fried the fish (and some chicken and french fries too). It was good!


Ethan just built a DaVinci designed clock from Hobby Lobby and has been trying to come up with a name for the company he plans to own one day.

Pearl, Lincoln and Ruby have started swim lessons and Chris and I use it for some extra hanging out time together. It’s been nice.

River is wearing underwear now. We understand that for most kids they pee in the toilet first, but not River. He poops just fine in the toilet, but this morning he was sitting on our dinner table and said Mommy I just peed on the table with a puddle around him. That’s just precious.

Charlie is still doing his hook thing with the front of his hair. I am determined to get him to the hair cutters today. He’s not going to be happy.

Jace is by far the easiest and happiest baby I’ve ever had. He does everything good and makes everyone happy with his smiles and personality. 

It's hard to believe that I am now more excited about the start of football season than anyone... especially since I never really liked it growing up!


Tallulah wanted to sleep with Sophia one night and now it’s every night. I should of known better. 

And Daddy just bought us and the three oldest tickets to a Christian concert featuring some well-known artists in a couple months. I’m so excited!!

Running a large family might be the equivalent of running a small corporation... but the fringe benefits are outstanding!



*Oh, by the way--- I stole a few more pictures from Parker for this post!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

in the van again.


The week we got home from Bible conference, Chris’ Dad came for a visit from the East Coast. It’s always fun to just hang out with him. This visit was even better this time since it coincided with the girls’ dance recital (more about that in another post). 
A couple days after Papou left, we packed our bags again and loaded up the van headed for our favorite “go to” vacation spot. 
A few years back, Chris came up with a easy way to pack by making a list of necessary items for each kid on the computer. We even have different lists for different destinations, which makes sense. That way they can each grab the stuff from the list and I check it before it goes in the bag. It’s been perfected and makes things run so smoothly. 
We spent five days swimming, relaxing, eating and enjoying the activities at the resort. 
Due to a housekeeping inconvenience which pushed our check-in time back a couple hours, we got a $100 credit. Besides ordering food by the pool and activities for the kids, Chris and I even had a nice quiet dinner on the resort tab. What a blessing that was! 
The kids had a lot of fun staying up extra late, having half price Sonic shakes, making ice cream floats, sleeping in and just plain kickin’ back. 
I can’t wait till next May to go back. 










*Oh, by the way--- I stole a few more pictures from Parker for this post!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

we went to bible conference.

So... right after I broke my wrist and rib, we were in full force getting ready for our annual Bible conference which we have been fortunate enough to attend the last 15 years. 
Wow-- that was an extreme challenge packing for a family as big as mine with one arm. 
To tell you the truth, I wasn’t so sure we were going to make it. Due to the pain in my ribs and wrist every time I moved, I wasn’t able to get dressed, do my hair, put on make-up, open a water bottle, pick-up Jace to nurse him, switch him from one side to another... you get the picture. 
Every time I wanted to get in the shower, Chris had to put my hair in a bun (he’s learned a lot during this period) and help me wrap my cast so it wouldn’t get wet. 
The crazy thing about our conference is that even though it’s in June, I happened to start getting ready for it in February. Just doing things like taking inventory of who needed what (socks, underwear, a dress shirt, etc,) and beginning to order or shop for everyone to have what they needed. 
So when I got injured and we entered crunch time at the end of May and early June to get us all packed and ready, my early preparations were a big blessing since I could hardly do anything including driving. 
We had a fabulous time at conference busy with services, reuniting with friends and just hanging out. 
This time the girls stayed in my mother-in-law's hotel room at conference and their girl cousins which was a blast for them. And for the first time, Parker (now a more mature and responsible young man of 15 years) was hardly around since he made so many new friends and hung out with cousins and old friends each day and night. 
Nothing like being a teenager. He’s such a good kid. 
Ethan got to hang out with Parker and his friends a few times, but mostly hung out with his cousins which suited him just fine. 
We heard plenty of great sermons and had a ton of fun pool time. 
There were a few sermons which I consider my favorites. Because the preaching was so amazing and also because it hit so close to home on some things that had happened in our church. 
It’s good to know you’re in God’s will and even better when you hear confirmation from preachers that you highly respect in their sermons and from having one on one conversations with them. 
We are truly sad when conference is over and start counting down the days until the next one, the minute we leave our hotel parking lot.   
*Oh, by the way--- I stole a few more pictures from Parker for this post!