Sunday, August 23, 2015

Saturday, August 22, 2015

paper mache.

Ever since I saw a paper mache hot air balloon on Etsy, I just had to have one. 

Since it was way over my budget to buy and I wanted to hang it in my Children’s church class, I decided to try and make one with the help of the girls. 

They really wanted to and their involvement made the whole process more fun. Chris even joined in when it was time to hang the basket and strings. 

I love how it turned out and then began imagining all the neat things me and the kids could make out of paper mache. I would create an entire paper mache universe! 

And then I realized I don’t have that much extra time on my hands... Ha!

Friday, August 21, 2015

little moments.

I woke up this morning with pre-game jitters. I know-- I'm not even playing! Tonight is Parker’s (#28) first varsity football game and I am sooo nervous.

We went to Ross this morning looking for a couple of cheap sports bags and ended up buying really nice Adidas cleats for Charlie and Lincoln. For $14.99, I just couldn’t resist. While we were there, we also got Charlie an early birthday present: Kenneth Cole sunglasses for $9.99. And of course, when we saw a blow-up Spiderman punching bag for $3.99, we just had to get it for Jasper and River.

Ruby kicked River by mistake while trying to karate kick Spiderman and “broke” River’s wrist (not really).

Yesterday, Chris & I went to buy our homeschool books without any kids. It was so easy. The books will be here in about two weeks which is just fine with me. 

Pearl and Sophia are addicted to sending emojees. Sometimes they send messages to me from Chris and sometimes the other way around. And when they send them, they tend to go more than a little bit overboard in the love department if you get my drift. 

We’ve had quite a few visitors lately at church and one of them asked Pearl if she was a movie star.

Chris freaked out the other day and put away every electronic device. He grabbed the X-box and all the kid’s Nintendos and told them that until everyone started helping without being told, they’d never get them back. (Pssst... I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time.)

Besides all that, we are still having a fun time enjoying Summer with as many trips to the beach as we can squeeze in and all sorts of crazy other stories I hope to get around to recording here for my kids to read one day. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015


Just one more testimony about a Good God and a football player named Charlie. 
It wouldn’t be a stretch of the imagination to guess how Charlie’s been feeling in the aftermath of breaking his wrist. I’m not talking about pain. I mean the frustration and disappointment he’s been wrestling with concerning the possibility of missing part or all his football season. 
In our home, we know that football certainly isn’t everything, but to a young man of nine, it may as well be. Charlie was definitely going to miss his team’s one scrimmage and the first three games minimum. 
But Charlie’s been praying that God would do a miracle for him. 
We hoped (for Charlie’s sake) that maybe Charlie’s team would have a bye (no game) during one of those weeks-- and something unusual happened. 
The team was having their helmets reconditioned and there was a glitch. 
Somehow they got backed up and several of the pop-warner teams would not be receiving theirs back in time for their first games. Charlie’s team was one of them. Ethan’s team was not. 
So... as luck would have it  as God’s favor would have it, because of the delay, which hasn’t happened in years past, Charlie may only miss one game. 
It’s great to know that God cares about everything in our lives from the most important events to the most insignificant. This whole experience has been a great lesson in faith for Charlie, and myself as well. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

author sophia.

I’m so proud of Sophia. 
While Chris and I were on one of our Target trips, I took a quick browse through the dollar bin section and found blank 5”x7” story books. They were the last ones left and I knew Sophia would love them. 
At almost any time throughout the day, you can find someone seated at the kitchen table drawing, coloring, painting or writing pen pal letters. And many of the times, that person is Sophia. 
From the moment I handed her the blank book, she wouldn’t put it down. For almost the entire rest of the day, Soph wrote and illustrated a story. She was so focused and I was amazed at the characters and story she created from her imagination.  
I was really proud to see her first book!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Saturday, August 15, 2015

it's in the air.

Before the girls began harassing me-- I beat them to the punch-- and signed them up for dance class. It’s that time of the year again, not just for football, but for dance season as well. 
The girls can smell it in the air and it was just a matter of time before they relentlessly began to ask when they were going to start up again and what classes they would take. 
And guess what-- Ruby will be taking classes for the first time also: Ballet and Jazz & Tap. She’s so excited that we had get her dance bag all ready to go-- weeks in advance. We sent Parker into the attic to pull down the box of shoes and dance gear and went through all the stuff. 
Today the girls are making calendars to count down the days till dance class begins.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

before i forget.

When Jace starts to get fussy, Charlie loves to tell him, “Come on bro, get it together!” At first I was like-- Don’t you tell my baby that! Until I realized that Jace loves it;  He immediately stops fussing and starts smiling. 
My favorite t-shirt on Amazon. 
Is our first football scrimmage really only eight days away?
My favorite Etsy shop. I want to buy her whole store since I am obsessed with embroidery art in the girls room. It’s so cute that I want to live in their room (but I don’t think Chris would like that).
Where I buy all my skin products (except when I use this as my day lotion). These are products that I refuse to run out of.
My “I can’t live without it” body wash.
You know you have jocks for sons when they wear gym shorts every s-i-n-g-l-e day, even when you’re going on a family day trip and nicer clothes are expected.
I have read “Happy Happy Happy” and “Good Call” by Phil and Jase Robertson and have just started a “New Season” by Al Robertson. All very good Summer reads.
Bought this doll for Tallulah and plan on buying more of the other dolls. We now sing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” every night during bedtime kisses along with her doll.
I’m convinced Vitamin C is the cure nearly for everything (that, and white vinegar). I found these vitamins and will never live without them. Parker and Charlie take their own version too. For Parker’s sinuses and Charlie’s broken bones.
I told Chris that if someone didn’t know us, they might think you’re abusing us with two broken wrists in two months. 

If I could do one thing every single day, it would be to get a daily pedicure. I love my pedicure get away time. LOVE! Having cute scrubbed painted toes does a girl good.
Tallulah is finally sleeping in a big bed. Chris finished Ruby and her bunk bed. She hasn’t had any problem making the transition except every now and then she slips into Sophia’s bed in the middle of the night (and Soph doesn’t mind).
Sophia was pretending to drill Pearl’s back with Chris’ power drill until Pearl’s hair got caught and spun her Rapunzel hair right into a big tangle. Ugh. Hasn’t anyone told Sophia not to touch Daddy’s tools?
Parker worked 15 hours the first day at the NFL football camp booth for his football team. He became the funnel cake Boss. He was so addicted to making them that he volunteered to go back a few more times. The funnel cake station became ‘HIS’ and no one was allowed near it.
Ethan has been comparing his height to me almost daily since he has nearly caught up with me. What a stinker.
The boys got their football pads and Lincoln is so cute drowning in his pants. 
Jasper insists every night that I come in his room after feeding Jace and kiss his chubby cheeks. And I can’t forget to squeeze them too. He asks over and over again. This happens every night even when he KNOWS there’s no way I would let him go to sleep without that kiss. 
River is the sweetest of souls. Always coming up and rubbing my arm and gives me kisses. I’ve even seen him do it to Daddy. He is the sweetest.
Daddy made me a giant ruler to hang on the wall in our house so I can measure my kiddos. I absolutely love it. He is the best and is always doing things to bring me a smile. Including making me the best fruit smoothies daily. I’m gonna miss him when school starts. My BFF.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

checking off the list.

I know it’s kinda trendy to have a ‘bucket list’, but I had the kids make one around the middle of July. I didn’t want our time to fly by and feel like we never actually did anything. 
We probably would’ve done most of the stuff the kids put on the list anyway, but seeing them written down and checked off makes us really feel like we accomplished something. 
Why so late? 
Because we finally got a breather after Bible conference, Papou’s visit and our two family vacations. 
One of my favorites so far has been our picnic at a really great ‘pirate’ park right on the ocean. 
Here’s why: after all of us sat on a blanket eating our sandwiches and having our snacks, Chris went to the playground to watch all the kids and left me alone with a sleeping Jace to lay on the blanket and read one of the Robertson family (Duck Dynasty) books. 
I was in heaven. 
A beautiful day on the grass by the beach, a sleeping baby and good book. 
I may have even closed my eyes for a bit. 
I can’t even remember the last time I had the chance to do that! 
We only stayed  for about and hour and a half and the prevailing thought in my mind was: Gosh, we need to do this again!