Tuesday, November 8, 2011

different is good...

when i sent these 2 munchkins to a charter school

i didn't think it would better

i thought it would be different

different is good

different is working

straight a's for lils

straight m's for ev (meaning he has "mastered" every concept taught so far)

it's ok to be different

because different is oh so good!!

proud of my 2 little munchkins:)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

another dance

Saturday, October 29, 2011

cowboys and indians

Friday, October 28, 2011

halloween 2011

barbie head won this year for "best costume"

a jensen didn't win last year

so losing this year was not an option.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

in training

i guess we are going down this road again

evan is starting a little earlier

he even has the spitting down

he might just throw as many strikes as his brother

maybe a tad bit slower

but still strikes:)

and we spend hours planning our outfits so we can look this good.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

makes me smile

Thursday, September 8, 2011

last but not least

she has been asking for weeks, "is preschool open yet?"

today it opened.

and she was so happy.

5 hrs a week i get all to myself.

what will i do?
enjoy it:)

Friday, August 26, 2011

9th & 11th

9th grade~wow.
she wore her pink in honor of her friend gabe.

who was killed this summer in a car accident.
pink nails, pink shirt, pink bracelet and pink shoes.

i hope he LOVES his junior year as much as i did.

and a junior? and then a senior?


Thursday, August 25, 2011

4 is for fourth & k is for kindergarten

new school year.

new school.

new friends by lunch time on the first day.

so proud of lily.

she is going to rock the 4th grade!

i know evan i can't believe you are in kindergarten either:(

Friday, July 15, 2011

a day at the lake

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

the big 1-6!

16 presents

what a lucky boy
and it was so fun

to have all of his friends and family

take time out of their day

to bring them

i take this exact picture every year

my dad gets frustrated every year

sorry dad

i wish he would stop growing too.....

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


lily draws me lots of pictures

this is going to go down as my favorite

lily is saying "come on" to jess

telling her to hold hands with brendan

jess says "no"

only one thing wrong with this picture

i am not quite that skinny

i want to keep this picture forever

but my track record is not that great at keeping track of things

thats why i posted it

my lily

seriously the cutest 9 year old i know

and not just because she draws me super skinny:)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

graduation day

he's off to the "big school" now

he actually sang and did all the actions

and made sure i clapped after each song.

congrats evie!

we love you:)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


he looked so handsome even with that "ginger" colored hair he was sporting.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

a boy and his dog

the older 3 begged and begged to get a dog

the little 2 had no idea what was going on

i gave in

guess who takes care of jack jack the best

the little 2

they feed him, they play with him and they hold him


thank goodness i have 2 responsible children:)

tis the season

as rick would say, "it's the most wonderful time of the year." i have to agree with him.
our "B" pitching varsity. yes we are proud. all his hard work is paying off.


easter 2011

what a wonderful easter we had

has to go down as one of the best

the hunts, coloring eggs

spending the day with family

celebrating the one who gave us everything

there is nothing better.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

his first date

MORP 2011
this made me feel very, very, very old..........

Monday, March 21, 2011

my weekend

watched a baseball game in the freezing cold and even snow
it was worth watching it in the snow
my boy played varsity for the first time
it was awesome
they lost but it was still awesome
took care of my sick, really sick jess
let lily make the biggest fort (mess) in the basement with her friends
rushed to church
rushed to work
rushed to a birthday party
sent my little boy off to disneyland
oh how i wish i went with him
helped clean out b's closet
and laughed when he tried on all the clothes that i was sure would still fit
and of course didn't
watched a great movie with popcorn and LOTS of butter
it was a good weekend
now it's monday
spring break can't come soon enough

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

eye of the storm

i taught a lesson on choosing faith on sunday. i prepared my lesson way ahead of time and felt pretty good about the whole thing. except for the fact that i get ridiculously nervous. i hope that part goes away or gets better. anyway i taught about choosing faith over everything else. choose faith over fear, choose faith over doubt, choose faith over the unknown or unseen and choose faith over pessimism. it is time for me to practice what i preach. i write this so that maybe someday my kids or grandkids will read this and learn something from it. something has happened that is unfair and will make life a little challenging for us this year. i am mad about it and frustrated, but that gets me nowhere. i heard that in life we will encounter storms. some storms will be small and some will be big. but during big storms there is the eye of the storm. that is where it is peaceful and calm. i must choose faith to get to the eye of the storm and realize that somethings are out of our control and someone else is in charge. i still will be in the storm but i will not let the storm inside of me.

that was kind of deep but i loved that analogy.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

and i cried

brendan got asked to his first dance
and i cried
i have no idea what that is all about
but when lily brought this stuff into the kitchen
i knew what it was
abby is her name
abby is taking my big boy on his first date, first dance whatever you want to call it
they do grow up way too fast
but this is really kind of fun and exciting
and he tried to down play all of it
but i am his mom and i know him quite well
and he was excited.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

who knew

who knew black electrical tape and the halloween box could be so fun on a lazy sunday afternoon.

Friday, February 25, 2011

at last

we did it
you would think with potty training 4 other children i would be a pro
she was a stinker and took a while and i took a while
but she did it
and i am so happy
no more diapers
no more babies

Friday, January 21, 2011

i wanna be cool

so i decided i wanted to be a cool mom when i was entering the world of having teenagers. not so cool that i dress like a teenager or act like a teenager but just a mom thats cool. i won't be cool and take my kids toilet papering. jess thinks these moms are just the coolest but i guess i will never be that cool. probably because i know that the mom and dad are the ones that have to do most of the cleaning up. i know this because rick and i just had to clean up soggy wet toilet paper in our yard. i want the kids to come hang out at our house and feel welcome and comfortable. i also decided that i want to be really nice to the girls that brendan brings around. and really nice to that girl that someday will be his girlfriend. too many moms were not that nice to me and i was always scared to death of them.
the other day he told me he was liking a certain girl. wow. he told me that. a day later i asked him a really silly question like," so are you guys like together?" he told me no, because she wasn't sure she liked him and she was trying to decide between him and another guy. this is what was going through my mind.
that is what i think. so maybe i will be kinda cool but this business about being nice to the girls that are going to come around is going to be a lot harder than i thought. just sayin.
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