Thursday, December 31, 2009

Something I want to remember...

Jess and I where laughing tonight about Ari's constant snitching of things from the pantry. He was cleaning it out and organizing it and in the midst of long lost expired food treasures, she found a Canterbury Egg from last Easter... I think she ate the tin foil wrapper, because we still can't find it. blech.
Anyway, It triggered a memory of something Trin did when she was about 2 and a half (see the above pic).  She talked really clearly from 2 on and her comprehension was spot on. We where grocery shopping and she asked for some marshmallows. In the interest of a peaceful shopping trip I said, Alright, but Trin, Look at me... DO NOT eat that whole bag.
Ok Mommy....
When we made it to the check out line I looked down, noticed what appeared to be an empty marshmallow bag and gasped... TRIN!! I told you not to eat the whole bag!
Mommy, I didn't.... she produces one lone smushed marshmallow from the bottom of the bag.... Look, there is one left!
She looked so proud of herself, too. Jesse laughed and told me to be more specific next time.
While I was paying she was tugging on my sleeve, Mommy... can I have the last marshmallow, now?
I ask you, could you have resisted?

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Thank You...

To say I am feeling grateful for my friends and family who have shown me God's Grace this week would be a gross understatement. It was a brutal week for me, this week. My spirits where as low as they have ever been, my peace was completely out of reach and panic set in. I literally hyperventilated at one point and it felt like as soon as I stopped crying I would start all over again. I am more likely to hide under my covers then reach out for help, yet God brought help to me. My friend Jen, whose children Ben and Zia we watched last summer, showed up at my door late one night and reminded me that God's Work is done even when you aren't looking for it. She left me speechless and humbled. Thank You seems insufficient, but I will say it anyway... Thank You, my friend. My sisters, Brandi and Cori showed me love, support and selfless generosity. My sweet beautiful sisters, Thank You. I am more grateful for your love, support and friendship than you will ever know. Your love gave me the strength and courage to pick myself up off the floor and reach out for help. My church family gifted, not only the most beautiful blue spruce Christmas Tree we have ever seen, but an amazing cherrywood crib for Ari that we can turn in to a toddler bed and then a daybed. Through this, we where blessed to meet another homeschooling family who has struggled much like we are. As are result, we feel a lot less alone in our struggle to find our footing again. Most of all my church family lifted me up in prayer, that my panic would abate and I would once again be able to rest in the peace that God promises to His Beloved. The end of the week has brought me peace and hope. I am still, finally, quietly reflecting and admiring all the small details that God took care of... He spoke clearly to me, through those around me... You are NEVER alone my beloved Child.
My mother has been a constant source of emotional strength and practical help, not only this week, but always. Mom, Thank You for all you do. Your strength, wisdom and generosity have been my touchstone. Dad said to tell you Thank You, from the bottom of his heart... yes, he really said that. He is grateful that you do what he wishes he was able to. Daddy, I love you. Our yearly trip to get the kid's Christmas presents always reminds me that we don't spend enough time together. Aunt Bonnie, you always do so much for so many people, quietly and joyfully. The chicken was delicious and we are making homemade chicken soup with what is left. The cupcakes where gone before you left and the clothes you have sent home for Talyn and Sylver are such a blessing to us. I admire you so much- your courage, your strength, your selfless, loving spirit. Thank You and I love you. Izz, Thank You so much for starting a new Christmas cookie tradition with the children. The cookies are long gone but they are still joyfully talking about it!
We are holing up for a couple of days because of a major winter storm.... the first flakes are falling now. I am looking forward to being snowed in with my family. For a small moment the world will stop for us and we will get to enjoy what God has brought. It means time with my family to decorate our Christmas Tree, finish making the kidlets' presents, set up Ari's crib, make some yummy holiday goodies and enjoy each others company. I am looking forward to seeing the children play in the snow and, particularly, Ari's reaction to it! The new year will likely bring some hard changes and challenges, but for now I want to just enjoy this peaceful reprieve made possible by my Loving Heavenly Father and the family and friends He has brought in to my life. I truly love you and am humbled by the love you have shown me. My Prayers for you will never cease. 
In Christ, In Joy, In Hope,

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Ariya's Area

Wish I could take credit for these, but only a couple of them are mine, the rest are Jesse practicing capturing catchlights. Ari had just had a bath and the kids decided to share techno with her via an iPod.
The out-take is priceless as well! I'm not sure why, but the compression for the web washed the colors out a bit. The version for print is a significantly more vibrant and rich-pinks are deeper and the brown is richer. I've never had that happen before, it's strange.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Our Weekend...

...was a breathless blurr of kitten clients (All 7 of the babies are at their forever homes now!). We get a nice 6 week break before our next litter! YEAH! I love this work, though, truly!


Sylver turned 9.

I am actually feeling kind of melancholy about it. I was looking over her baby pictures and watching her grow through the last nine years. It made me feel a little sad that this part of my life is passing by so quickly. Sometimes I wish I could go back and live certain moments over again... I guess that's what memories, blog posts and pictures are for, right?

I will also admit to feeling a little trepidation about what's to come. I have done early childhood, over and over and over. First as a nanny (or mommy in training, as I think back on it) and then as a mother. I really am not sure how to be a mother of tweens and teenagers. There aren't many books on the subject, probably because most parents get by on a wing and a prayer. That would be a pretty short book,  you know? It would begin and end something like this....

Good Freakin' Luck.

The middle would consist of deep breathing techniques, headache remedies and, for when all else fails, cocktail recipes.

Sylver's birthday was very nice, but I thought I would let her tell about it on her blog. I will have her sit down and write Thank You notes and a blog post tomorrow. Thank You so much to everyone who remembered and sent a card/gift/e-mail. It really meant the world to her!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Ariya's Area

She is doing well today. Sore and a little swollen, but back to her normal impish self.
She ended yesterday by telling me she loved me. "I La Lu". I love the little reminders of God's Grace!
She started today chasing her brother around the house with a large plastic machine gun and "shooting" him. She makes the shooting sound and everything. I told Talyn no more war games with her, TEA PARTIES I said....
She is a caffeine junkie. It started innocently enough. She asked for a sip of my coffee, the bottom part with all the milk and sugar. By ask, I mean pointed and screamed until I gave her some. Now she charges in to the kitchen every morning, with a huge grin, points and shrieks "CawFeeeee!!!"

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

One of THOSE Days....

It's 2pm and I am ready to go back to bed with a bottle of tums and some chocolate (and man, am I missing wine, about now!).

Ari's latest fun thing to do is to spin in circles until she is dizzy.... you see where I am going with this, don't you? Yup, slammed her face right in to the corner of a plastic, square, litter bucket. Someone (I'm not saying who, but the little golden haired culprit knows who she is) had dragged it in to the kitchen to use as a stool and then left it there. My poor baby girl, busted her bottom lip, bit the side of her tongue and tore the top of her lip where it attaches to the gumline (frenulum). I don't do the whole blood thing very well. I tried to see the injuries through the blood and couldn't without totally becoming lightheaded and nauseated. I called Jesse and made him come home to pull her mouth open to see if she needed stitches (it's deep, but not something they generally give stitches for). I still feel queasy. I really don't do this particular part of parenting well. I am calm in a crisis until blood is visible, then it's a struggle to keep the panic at bay. She is fine, now.  A little swollen and sore, but cheerfully playing and eating. I am fighting the urge to hover and/or wrap her little body in bubble wrap.

But, wait! There is more! More?! Yup, more... (rolling my eyes, here... oh, the drama!)

Our bank made a $600!!! error, not in our favor (why are bank mistakes NEVER in your favor?!). It's fixed, thanks to my wonderful mother and her willingness to drop everything and go to the bank and pull some strings to get it fixed ASAP. I couldn't leave Ari (wasn't really in the right mindset to drive and deal with bank personal in a calm, non-freaking out manner, anyway). Mom has friends everywhere she goes, so she was able to get it fixed within 20 minutes, from Florida! Super Mom to the Rescue! Thank you, mom. I love you :)

All this before noon.
I am for sure NOT driving today!

Thank You, Heavenly Father, for your Grace and Faithfulness in every moment of every day. Thank You for Jesse, Mom, and Mr. Jim for bringing us lunch and company. I pray for healing for Ari's sweet little mouth and my re-occurring sinus infection/earache. In the Precious Name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Sylver's Sharing Swing...

Sylver has her own blog now Sylver's Sharing Swing . It would really make her day if you would stop by once in awhile and comment!

Welcome Vincent Michael!

My sister, Cori, and her husband, Mike, became the proud parents of Vincent Michael today at 1:09 pm. He weighed in at 7 lbs 15 ounces. Both mom and baby are doing fine. 

Welcome to our family Baby Vinnie!

Click on the Box to Feed the Fish!

Silly, fun little gadget! I added one to the bottom of my page, as well :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Sylver's Virus Protection..

I was rebooting my Mac last night and my virus scanner popped up.

Sylver was right next to me and said, Oh No Mommy- You have virus!

No, sweetie, that's a virus scanner, I said. I was in the middle of typing something, so I didn't actually see the perplexed look on her face while she pondered this interesting little tidbit of information.

After about ten seconds of silence she says, triumphantly,

Oh, I see, it SCARES the viruses away.

I stopped typing to look at her in confusion and then it hit me,

Instead of Scanner, she heard Scare -er....

LOL Sweet, silly daughter of mine :)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

To Make Up For....

the lack of Ari Halloween Pictures, here are some from last week. I was taking kitten pictures for our website and she wanted in the action, as well! The first is "Fat Lip Moochies" It's how she gives us kisses, little goof! It's sweet and funny and very Ari! I did the 2nd in black in white because it's just such a classic shot and really captures her sweet, funny little spirit! Check out that dimple-if you click on the picture you can see it more clearly!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Our Halloween....

We had a fun Halloween! We drove over to Heather's neighborhood and ToT with 3 other families for a total of 11 children! What a wonderful, joyous, chaotic mess! Everyone had a great time. We had a very small Halloween Budget this year ($0, LOL), but I think they are our best costumes yet!
No pictures of Ari, though. She wore a tutu, missed her nap, but once the candy started flowing she was a much happier baby!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Coolest Birthday Present!!

My Birthday kinda sucks because we are all still sick, but I got the coolest gift from my super cool SIL, Brandi! It's made all of us laugh several times today.

Check it out!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Quickie Sicky Update...

We are all sick. According to Dr, likely H1N1, based on symptoms and prevalence in our area. Not getting the test though. No point in going out and spreading the germs to find out we're sick, LOL. The ER Dr. called back on Friday night to let us know that the culture they sent out for Ari came back positive for infection so she is on antibiotics and is finally, as of today, starting to feel better, ie less clingy. Talyn and Sylver are still feverish, punky and hacking up a lung. Trin was the last lone hold out, but finally came down with the high fever yesterday and is still in the sleep all day phase. My poor baby :( Gram has been visiting since the beginning of the month and is not sick at all... not surprising, though, because the CDC says that people over 60 have some resistance to H1N1 from being exposed to similar viruses over their lifetimes. Jesse seems to be on the mend, but I am still really weak. Likely because I am the one up all night with the kids, hah! This thing seems to be lasting FOREVER! The 4 day long cold wet nor'easter isn't helping with the cabin fever/slooooow days thing.

I am calling Wednesday as the official last day of sickness...


will be back when we join the land of the living.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Hangin' in the ER...

Jesse and I spent a fun filled evening at the ER with Ari. She had a 105.7, not a typo. She has a virus, so does Sylver. Might be swine flu, but the test is so incredibly inaccurate they aren't testing for it unless the parents insist. They said the flu is rampant right now and everyone there was wearing masks. The girls should both be fine in a couple of days. Ari got a cath test that she didn't even cry for, came back clean. She also got a finger stick that didn't bother her at all until they put a bandaid on it. Then she freaked out until we took it off, little goof!

There was a little girl that came in right before Ari... I overheard them say she had swallowed a metal hairclip. On the way out I saw the family checking out and she was the cutest little cherub ever! A Shirley Temple head full of curls in RED! Such a huge happy grin on that little one, as well! She was so pleased with herself, LOL. I normally find ER visits to be quite depressing, but this one wasn't bad at all.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Trinity's World...

You know that song, "I love the Night Life, I Love to Boogie" ?? (found a link to the original song and video... it's worth a giggle, snort, laugh, itself!!)

I heard Trin singing that song yesterday, only it was,

"I Love the Night Life, I Love the Cookie"

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Well, It's Over...

And it sure ended with a .... I was gonna say bang, but it seems like a bad choice of words given the circumstances.

The last day the business was opened, Friday, is a day that I can say with certainty will never be forgotten. Jesse said he should have known it wouldn't go out quietly.

Desperate times can make otherwise decent people do desperate things.

It started a couple weeks ago when a woman brought her car in to be fixed. The insurance adjuster appraised it at $3700 and she added on $1000 worth of work that wasn't covered. She agreed to the charges and signed off on it. The work was completed and the insurance company sent a check to the business for.... $1033. Upon calling the insurance company several times it became clear to her that she wasn't going to get the money from them... Jesse called several times on her behalf, as well. She, feeling trapped, decided to try to bully it out of the business by claiming that she was being ripped off. You can't fight big business, but you can go down to the local small business and throw a fit, you know? She did that and when that didn't work, she brought her husband back. Jesse said her husband was reasonable enough when they spoke on Wednesday and he laid everything out for them. Friday rolls around and it becomes very clear to them that they are going to lose their vehicle because they can't pay for it. They came in with $300 towards their bill which would have brought the total they paid towards the job to about $2000, including the insurance check. Jesse said the man was agitated and aggressive from the very start. He tried to talk him down, but the situation was escalating, quickly. The man stepped up to Jesse very aggressively and the store manager, Chris, quickly stepped between them and told the man to step off. Jesse said the next thing he knew, Chris was pinned on the ground and the man was on him beating him viciously. Somebody called 911 at this point. His back was to Jesse so he couldn't really see if he was using a weapon or his fists. He pulled his gun out of it's holster and told the man to step away from Chris. He came at Jesse and dared him to shoot him and then said he was going to take the gun from him and kill him with it. At this point, four crew members from the back of the shop where lined up behind Jesse. Jesse, who had no intention of shooting an unarmed man, put the gun back in it's holster and asked the man if he really thought that was going to happen. The man grabbed Jesse's shirt with one fist and attempted to punch him with the other. Jesse ducked his head back and he only caught the edge of his glasses, knocking them almost off. Jesse was cut and bleeding just below his collarbone from the way the man grabbed his shirt. Jesse, even at this point, was pretty calm. He took off his glasses, folded them and put them on his desk. He had pretty much decided at this point he had enough. He started to go after him and the man said, NO, let's take it outside and turned.... to meet my uncle's fist. My Uncle John, who is a small Irish pit bull with a heart of gold, nailed him straight out in the face 3-4 times before two of Jesse's crew member's rushed over to drag John off of him. When they did the man took advantage and managed to get John twice in the face while the crew member's had his arms. They feel really really bad about it, because it resulted in the worst black eye I have EVER seen and 5 stitches in his mouth. At that point the police came (within 10 minutes!!! In North Philly it can and has taken them an HOUR for them to show up!). They arrested the man. First though, they threw Jesse on the hood of the car and took his gun (which yes, it is registered and he has a concealed weapon permit). Four other police cars showed up-must have been a slow day in Philly!-. Several knew Jesse. They quickly told the over-zealous cop that Jesse was one of the good guys and to let him up. Jesse and John went to the police station and gave their statements. The guys rap sheet had been totally clean for about 9 years (he's 46)... and even then the offense was a minor drug possession. Even so, the police said that if they pressed charges it was a minimum of 2 years behind bars. John, being the most injured, was given the most say. He chose instead to go in to the holding room with Jesse and talk to the attacker. As soon as they walked in the guy was choked up and effusively apologetic. He said he didn't know what came over him and that he isn't "that guy". He has an 8 year old and coaches little league in the city for underprivileged kids! He said he was feeling desperate and ripped off (by the insurance company) and lost his head. He asked for forgiveness and Jesse and John gave it. Then they drove him back to the shop, took the $300 and gave him his car. The dilemma, for them, at this point was how to pay their crew their last paychecks, as this job was how they had intended to do it. They went to return some rental equipment they where using in the last month and instead of owing $3000, like they should have, the store owner charged them $1000! They had the money to pay the guys!!!

Praise God! for His Mercy, His Grace, His Loving Protective Hand, His Provision in the whole situation. Jesse and I are still in awe. But for the absolute Grace of God, it could have all ended so badly, for everyone. Grace, for those that don't know, is the unearned, undeserved love of our loving Heavenly Father. You can't earn it, you don't deserve it and yet He chooses to give it extravagantly. This is the absolute foundation of my faith and I believe it with all my heart.

We both feel, now, that God used this situation to show us that we are on the right path. The one He wants for us. Jesse begins building his Solar Power Energy Company first thing Monday morning.

After all that, the fear I felt about being unemployed has been replaced with a really peaceful, optimistic feeling. I am actually looking forward to seeing this....

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, September 21, 2009

We Could Use Some Prayers...

It's a difficult week for us, this week. Without going in to too many gory details, Jesse is under a tremendous amount of pressure and we are at a split in the road.... well, it's actually more like the END of the road with a big honkin' cliff on one half and a solid wall on the other. The Maaco will close it's doors permanently on Friday. All but a skeleton crew have already been let go and they aren't accepting any new business, just finishing what's in house. The crew could use your prayers, too, I am certain. It's not a great time to be looking for work. We know that it's been a long time coming. Still, it feels very sad and scary.

Here's to jumping off the cliff and landing softly... Jesse will be the one with his eyes wide open and shouts of glee all the way down... I'll be the one next to him with my eyes tightly shut and hands firmly on the parachute....

ummm, anyone seen my parachute?

If you are so led, please keep us in your prayers this week. We both need peace, rest, and the opening of doors that only God can provide.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Adventures in Homeschooling...

Today while I was having lunch with the kids Talyn rattled off the answer to a math problem we where discussing. It wasn't something I had taught him, yet. So, I asked him how he came up with the answer.

He shrugged his shoulders and said, "I don't know, I just read it in my brain."

Read it in your brain? I ask....

Yeah, he said in a nonchalant tone that implied-Doesn't everyone?

Talyn has been able to do math in his head since a little before he turned four. He would sit in the back of the van and rattle off the answers to math problems, occasionally asking Jesse and me if he was correct... more often than not he was and when he wasn't he went back and corrected it himself. I have been trying to figure out how he comes up with the answers for years, but he still can't explain it to me. It's actually one of the big reasons that we homeschool. His preschool years and kindergarten year where fine, but upon entering the first grade in a different school, it was a sharp, steep, plunge to the bottom. The system took a kid that could answer math problems in his head, correctly, and decided he was "special needs" and "ADHD". Our pediatrician, who has known him since birth, vehemently disagreed... interestingly his kindergarten teacher, who adored him, went to bat for him as well, even though she worked at another school. They put him in special classes and tried to medicate him. That only lasted a week resulting in the worst mood swings I have seen since my sister was teenager. Why? Because according to our ped, medication only works if you actually NEED it. Imagine that.

The end result of all this helpful intervention?

A lively, energetic child who had an incredible spirit for immersing himself in learning and a knack for doing math in his head was, by the year's end, unable to complete 2 basic subtraction problems on a standardized test and was convinced he was stupid. He would walk to the bus every morning like the weight of the entire world was on those small shoulders. He would cry his heart out on Sunday nights. It broke my heart in to a million little pieces.

I was reminded again today, while I watched him fly through his math book and animatedly discuss math problems, how incredibly far we have come. We where at our homeschooling PE class yesterday where he competed, chatted and was completely comfortable with his peers. Thank You, Heavenly Father, for this amazing journey. You have shown me time and again that my plan is not needed. YOUR plan is all I need. Amen.

I still really want to know how exactly he figures the math out in his head. Hopefully, someday, he will have the verbal ability to walk me through it. Till then, I am content to just sit back, smile and marvel at my beautiful, smart, vibrant son.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Another Happy Mistake...

Ringside Seats to a Trinny and Sylver Wrestling Match on our neighbor's lawn, LOL.

A happy mistake and a learning experience. I am making something for a super special little lady (moochies Krynnie) and once again I needed to do a rough draft before the real thing. Soooo, ARI got a new dress, LOL.

Some Pictures...

I made the girls and their doll babies, Stacy and Mary, matching nightgowns with glow in the dark thread. They couldn't WAIT for bed tonight! Don't forget to click on the pictures to see the girls and their babies in all their cuteness!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Some Visitors....

We had a couple of really beautiful visitors last week. Jesse took Mr. Frog's picture... didn't he pose beautifully? And I took the Leaf Bug's picture... I had to hang out the front window on a chair to get him. -sigh- I always get the difficult models. LOL. Be sure to click on the pictures to see the bigger version! The detail is just amazing! I love marveling at God's hand in all of His creation!

Heard While Out to Lunch today....

"MOM Sylver just sprayed SPIT on me with her straw!" (that's Talyn, looking disgusted)

-Snort- .... that's me trying not to outright LAUGH, because, after all, I am a mature adult.

"It's not funny, Mommy! Sylver Spit could be classified as a Bio-Hazard Weapon!"

Outright Laughter could be heard all around... and not just from me :)

Friday, September 4, 2009

One More...

Yup, that's a colander on her head :)

Some Pictures of Ariya from Last Month...

Ariya is getting SO big! She drinks out of a big girl cup!

No denying this little one!

Loooook in to my eyes.... you will bring me all your candy :)

This is either, Daddy has cute cheeks, or Daddy needs help getting these spikey things out of his face :)

Trinny giving Ariya a hand Up and Away! Ariya was quite unhappy about the feel of the grass on her bare feet and Trinny, being the awesome big sister she is, rescued her!
Click on this one to see it full size! Actually all of them are click-able!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Why Do We Homeschool?

Jesse is fighting some major battles at work this week, so to distract myself I thought I might blog a bit about the above question. It's a question I hear constantly at this time of year. So I figured I would sum it all up in one place for those that are curious. Not to debate, mind you, just to offer some of the information we used to make our decision. If you aren't interested, no worries, but if you are read on!

Homeschooling wasn't a decision we took lightly and one that we feel very deeply is the best decision for our family. Anyone who knows me even a little bit (and I pretty comfortable that all 14 readers of my blog do, LOL), knows my children are my number one priority and I want the best for them. We talked to public school educators, counselors, and most importantly, Our Heavenly Father, when making our decision 2 years ago while Talyn was in public school. Talyn had a torturous 1rst grade year in an award winning school district that really opened our eyes to the limitations of the school system as it stands now... which, interestingly, has changed alarmingly little in the last century, with the exception of the sheer numbers of kids that are now pushed through it. Jesse actually went to college to be a high school biology teacher and was discouraged from the profession by other educators. I do tend to be an out of the box thinker, but my first reaction when first Jesse, and then Laurie, who was a former public school teacher, suggested homeschooling, was, Umm NO! and No and really, NO... I was really looking forward to some time for myself! It's funny, really, how often I find myself eating my own words. I began to research- I am a huge advocate of thoroughly researching something and then drawing your own conclusions... even "small" decisions get googled at least once! It took a lot of support from Jesse and other homeschoolers, knee shaking, a hefty dose of self-doubt, and a whole lot of prayer before we jumped in. I haven't regretted it, ever, but I do admit to pangs of jealousy when all the other moms send their little ones off for 8 hours of peace every day. Someday, I will have all the peace I could ever want, right? The journey has been enlightening and bumpy and most of all, educational, for the children AND the adults.

So I guess the long and short is that we believe that it is better for our children then the other options that are available to them.

Here are some interesting recent articles that back up that opinion.....
Studies have shown time and again that homeschooled children excel in academics, and not just by a little bit, but very significantly.

This article sums up how we feel about socialization concerns.

I would like to mention our area is considered a "hotspot" for homeschoolers and we have several clubs, groups, dances, field trips and sports teams available to us, so I don't really worry at all about the kid's social skills.... but their "social training" isn't just confined to their peers and I really do believe that is important. Our children are comfortable with people from all walks of life, including their peers. We are constantly complimented on how well spoken and well behaved our children are... a mennonite woman at the Farmer's Market last Friday told me that my children are very "mannerly". They aren't little robots, though. They are all independent thinkers and quite comfortable (a little TOO comfortable) negotiating with anyone they see fit to ... I had to remind my son tonight that contrary to what he believes bedtime is NOT negotiable. I don't think he believes me though, because it still took 30 or so minutes to get him to actually GO to bed. Which I should actually go do, as well.

Happy to chat via e-mail, so drop me a line!

'night :)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Some Prayers Please...

It was a very sad day today.

Our neighbor's, Tom and Melissa, are very good friends of ours. Adrian, their daughter, is Trin's BFF and Tommy and Talyn are video game amigos. They received some very devastating news in the wee hours of the morning this morning. Tom's dad committed suicide last night. We are used to seeing Big Tom in our cul-de-sac often. Trin, in particular, was quite charmed by him and I am quite certain the feeling was mutual. He spent all day with Tommy and Adrian Sunday before they went back to school today. It is going to be a long road to healing for this family. I am in prayer for them, his wife of thirty years, Cheryl, and his daughter, Shannon, who is pregnant with her first child, a daughter. If you can spare a moment to pray for them, I know that it will be heard.

The world seems topsy turvy today.

Heavenly Father, I would like to offer Melissa, Tom, Adrian, Tommy, Cheryl and Shannon up to you tonight. Please Father, comfort them and bless them with the peace and healing that comes from accepting your love in to their hearts. Please surround them with Your Love, that they might see it and accept it as a salve upon their broken hearts.
I pray for Jesse, tonight, as well. He is making some very difficult decisions this week and I just pray that he will follow the path that is Your Will for him and for our family. Thank You Heavenly Father for your Grace, your Love and the Peace that comes from knowing that Your Plan Is Perfect, even when I can't see around myself long enough to get a glimpse of it. In the Precious Name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

Monday, August 31, 2009


You HAVE to go to and check out the divorce cakes! I don't generally find anything funny about divorce, but I'll make an exception for these! The one with the groom's feet sticking out from underneath the upside down cake "Wizard of OZ" style is priceless! The garbage one is hand's down my favorite, though.

Go, Laugh!

edited to add... I just realized that Saturday was Jesse and I's 11 year anniversary because the cakewreck lady celebrated HER anniversary the same day. Kind of strange that's the day she chose to do the divorce cakes.
Anyway, we aren't big anniversary people so it's not unusual that we forgot. We forgot our 10 year until September 29... on that day I glanced at the calender and said, Hey Jess, I think it's our 10 year anniversary today and He said, Um, hon, I am pretty sure we where married in August. LOL
We are doing something big for 20 though! Maybe the barefoot on the beach vow renewal and an engagement ring. Only 9 more years to save money and get in shape for the white sundress! Better get on it.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Going Ons...

I can't believe it's been a month since I posted last! This month was a blur! Let's see....

Trin turned 5, our goddaughter, Gracie, turned 1, Sylver has another loose tooth, Talyn is obsessed with Fallout 3, Ari is recovering from a header out of her highchair complete with a black eye, Jesse went to a Wheezer/Blink182 concert with Kyle, I am knee deep in planning Cori's baby shower, Jesse is knee deep in changing careers (transition is scary and sucks), I am gearing up for our school year to begin, and to finish off the month I am on my 4th day of a really nasty "summer cold". Tired just reading it aren't you?!

Our fall itinerary, so far, ...Our school year begins, my Gram comes for a visit at the end of September until October 22nd, mom will be visiting at the beginning and end of Gram's trip and then Toad (my sister, Angel) comes for a visit in time for Halloween.... There MIGHT be a baby shower sometime in the fall....Sorry Cori, no hints!

I have some pictures from this month to upload, shortly.

I'll try to be better about posting this month.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Talyn Learns Irony and Ari learns a new skill....

My family is once again all under one roof! Ariya was absolutely delighted to see Talyn and Sylver! It was so incredibly sweet- she smiled, squealed and ran to them. Of course they are all now irritating each other, just like normal.

Ariya is my little helper. She toddled over to the open dishwasher today while I was putting dishes away and took two spoons out. She then toddled over to the open silverware drawer and while teetering on her tip toes, put them in! She also took a gift bag to the trashcan yesterday! She couldn't open it (it's a step on lid) so she stood there and screeched at me until I did it. I may have finally gotten a neat freak child! Woot Woot!!

And one more "remembory" from Talyn before I go fall in to bed. Last night he asked me to kill a daddy long legger that had taken up residence in the kitten room. I grabbed a random book and went to take care of the little interloper and then his buddy in the other corner. I put the book down and started to tidy up the room. About 20 seconds later Talyn says,

"Mom, That's not right."

I look up and wrinkle my forehead at him, "What??"

"You just killed those spiders with "Charlotte's Web""

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I bet...

if the ceremony was this much fun the reception was the best ever!

I love it when people think outside the box!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Trinity's World

A picture of Trin at Summer Kids Club ... I ran an action on all the pictures to make them seem older to go with the craft, which was an old looking frame. She had a great time, as did all the kids. We saw record numbers this year! I didn't get to stay to see the slideshow on Friday night, though. Our water heater burst in the middle of the night Thursday so I had to come home and help clean while Jess and Uncle John put the new one in. It's just as well, I would have picked all my pictures a part anyway. What is that?! I recieved several enthusiastic compliments on the individuals and I had to fight the urge to say, They are really not that good.... I watched Heather get up at the quilt guild to share a quilt she had finished and it was really beautiful. She pointed out the flaws in it, though. So, I guess it's not just me who struggles with accepting compliments. Must be a girl thing, though, cause I don't know a single guy who has that problem.

Cute Trin Story from today... We got some glow sticks and let her have one at bedtime tonight. She put it in her mouth and I said that wasn't a good idea.
Why? she asked Will you DIE?!
No, I said, but it could make you sick. Besides it wouldn't taste good.
Really? she replies Have you tasted one?
Well, no, I say, but I am sure it wouldn't taste good because it's not food.
She ponders this for a moment and comes out with....Well, I think it's Jelly Bean Juice in there, but I won't eat it.

Being that I haven't actually tasted one, I guess I just can't know which of us is right, LOL.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Talyn's Summer Vacation

Talyn left for Florida today with Aunt Angel. He was really apprehensive about flying today and it was hard to see him struggle with fear. He cried at the airport, but tried to be brave and quickly rubbed his tears away. That broke my heart. I cried on the way home. All part of growing up, I know. Both of us are growing.. he is learning to stand on his own faith and strength. I am learning when to let him stand strong... I am in constant conflict with that mothering instinct that screams in my head- QUICK! Pull him back in to the safe circle of our family and protect him always.

I told him on the way to the airport that when he felt fearful to pray about it. He looked at me in the rear view mirror with a DUH look on his face and said, Mom I prayed about it 5 times at summer kids club. I assured him that God was listening to each and every prayer. It brought me peace to know that he brought it to God first and then me.

The psalm at Summer Kids Club today was Be Still and Know That I am God.

I think I will go do that for awhile.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

My Jet Set Girls and Some Happy News!

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Cori had the BIG ultrasound this week. My nephew, Vincent Michael, will join our family in November. Talyn is relieved, to put it lightly.

The girls enjoyed their stay with Gramma-I took some pictures of them right before they left. It was so hard to see Trinny go. It was her first year and she looked so little standing at the airport. When I was loading up their luggage I found that Sylver had labeled her backpack. Triny did really well with the separation. She is home already! That ten days went really fast. Talyn will join Sylver in Florida with Gramma on Thursday and then our family will be reunited at the end of the month! Sylver will spend next week at horse camp and she only found out about it tonight! She is just Over The Moon!! What a huge blessing for her and us. Thank You very much Heavenly Father for my mother. She is an amazing grandmother.

The Creation Station...

I made Trinny a new dress... I would normally never put black on a child under ten, but I messed up the baby doll top I was making for Cori (don't worry Cori I ordered some more fabric!). Happy Mistake! The photo shoot was FUN and Trin was quite the little performer as you can see. The pout was me saying "Give Me Sad"!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

We had an earthquake!

SO weird, but we had an earthquake this morning! The house shook for about 5 seconds while I was in the shower. Talyn ran upstairs and said, Mom what WAS that?! I figured it was a plane or a refinery explosion or construction, but according to the local news it was a 2.8 earthquake.

Some interesting Delaware earthquake facts Talyn and I looked up.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Ariya's Area...

Ari continues to leap forward at a staggering rate! Her vocabulary has really taken off... for example, she thinks hair is called OW and French Fries are called HOT... three guesses why, LOL. She also has Pizza, Popeye, Bye Bye, Ni Night, and Ba Ba down. She calls our neighbor La La, Sylver is EEEEYA, Talyn is still Talyn! clear as day when she feels like it and Bub Bub when she doesn't. Trinity gets hugs (aaaa-waaaa) and mooches more than all of us combined. MINE has come out this week, as well. What she can't communicate in words she is consistantly doing in signs -More, All Done and Eat. We are working on Book and Drink this week.
Gramma is here and will be taking Trin and Sylver to Florida with her for ten days on Tuesday! When Trin comes back with Aunt Angel, Sylver will be attending horse camp in Florida. Talyn will be flying to Florida with Aunt Angel to spend the last two weeks in July with Sylver, Gramma and Poppa. Trin and Talyn will go to our church's summer kids club the week Aunt Angel is here and I will be doing the photography for it again. When Talyn leaves, Trin will be going to Praise Dance camp for a week! So all in all a SUPER BUSY month coming up!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


I am going to put this montage on our family room wall as it seems to catch just a few of the many complexities that make up my eldest daughter. I wasn't going for this particular effect on purpose, just playing with light and camera settings. But, I actually really like the "feel" of them. Dreamy, whimsical, soft, maybe a little melancholy.... all seem appropriate, somehow. And, seriously, isn't she exquisite? She looks SO much like my mom! We plan on locking her away in a tall tower as soon as possible (Sylver, I mean, not mom!).

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


has a phenomenal imagination. She makes my little pony villages around her treehouse in living room and will play with them for hours. That orange striped box in the picture (click on it to see it bigger) has been a cave, a boat, a hat and the cat scratching pads that where in it became the pony's airplane. I love to sit near by, pretend to read a book and listen to her spin her tales in her imaginary world. She has a really sharp sense of humor and that comes out in her play. She is pretty darn cute, too! She is losing the baby look more every day and really lengthening out. She is starting to look less like a preschooler and more like a kid... SIGH...I don't recall giving her permission to do that.

Shameless Child Bragging Over.

For Now ;)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Reason #237 to Pick Up Your Dirty Laundry...

Tonight while I was downstairs I heard a blood curling baby scream coming from upstairs... it was of the "I bumped my head" variety, not the "I am gushing blood" variety (yes, I really can tell the difference- it's all in the pitch, LOL). I heard Jesse go running, so I figured it was under control. Then, I heard him laughing so hard he could barely talk. Ari's latest skill is to try to dress herself. She uses diapers (clean), blankets (mostly clean) and, now, Daddy's Boxers (ummm, Not Clean). And as if that wasn't bad enough, she got her head STUCK IN THEM. So, no, she didn't bump her head, she was STUCK IN DIRTY DADDY UNDERWEAR and was, understandably, horrified. Even her little baby mind knew, This is Wrong, SO. VERY. WRONG.

My poor poor baby. I better start saving for the therapy that is going to require right now.

Life is busy, never boring :)

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Some Blessings to Celebrate!

I am going to be an aunt!!




Both Cori, my baby sister-ACK!!,  and Brandi, my super awesome sister-in-law, have announced their pregnancies. 

This is Cori's first with her husband, Mike, and they are due on black Friday! No shopping this year, sweetie {{hugs}}.

Brandi and Josh have our little Krynnies already, moochies cutie! They will be welcoming the newest little bean at the end of January! Of course, if Krynnie's prediction is correct, Josh and Brandi are in for a BIG surprise at Chuckie Cheese! 

I am predicting boys for both and since I am ALWAYS wrong wrong wrong, it's going to be girls for both of you, LOL. Poor Talyn and Caleb NEED some testosterone around here though! Speaking of Caleb, the video of him eating applesauce had us laughing our heads off! He is SO priceless. We fall in love a little more with every picture and video. 

We love you guys SO much and are just thrilled for you. We can't wait to meet our newest family members. 

Remember, my sweet sisters, to wear sunscreen (LOL, is it just me or is that song on every 15 minutes?!).  Honestly though, I want to tell you that this season is so incredibly short and it passes in the blink of an eye. Stop for a moment every day and admire the small details that God has woven together so carefully and lovingly in your life. Store them away in your heart. In the end that love is the only thing that will stand the test of time. Everything else that seems big, stressful and important right now will fade in to the past. But those moments and the love God will show you through your children will last forever. You are both loved more than you know. I pray that God will bless you both with uneventful and pampered pregnancies and beautiful healthy babys' ..... babies that sleep through the night 8 solid hours and only cry when wet or hungry... can't hurt to ask, right? 

And seriously, wear sunscreen. ;)

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Laugh ...

I spend a lot of time on this website when I need to laugh. It never fails to make me chuckle, snort and occasionally cry with laughter. 

Some gems I came across today...
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