Saturday, June 26, 2010


So yesterday was the last day of this year vacation bible school, and this was Austin's first time attending. He had a blast and I am so thrilled we got to do it! I met some amazing women and Austin met some great friends!

Thursday we had a huge outdoor party with a petting zoo of all baby animals, pony rides, bounce houses, dinner, train rides, and a night showing of toy story 2. It was so much fun and I love being surrounded by families who we go to church with and who love the Lord!

Here are some pictures of my little cowboys!











In other news, the fab people at CSN (remember this giveaway?) have offered to let me review an item for them! If you don't know about CSN you must check them out! They have over 200 stores and sell everything you can imagine from twin beds to kitchen appliances and utensils. I particularly love their baby store!
I can't wait to share that review with you!

Monday, June 14, 2010

a hand full

Do you see these two cuties? They are a BIG part of why I am never online anymore. But you can't blame me, right? After all, they are tons of fun!!!

Ej is now 16 months old. One year and four months. I just can't believe it. Seriously, he is growing so fast. We had a rough week this past week because his nap schedule is all over the place. He was doing so well, but all of a sudden refused to nap and then consequently wouldn't go to sleep at night till around 10. He was so fussy and so over tired. The past two days he has been napping again and going to bed at 8 like normal. I think things are leveling back out finally. He finally cut his fourth bottom tooth and now has eight teeth total BUT his molars are just poking through. No doubt that these are the culprit for the sleep issues.
He is 74 centimeters (29 inches long) and 10.6 kilos (23.4 pounds), still on the small side but he is growing. His favorite foods are pickles, cheese, and any and all meat! He loves pasta as well. Popsicles are a favorite of both boys, especially in this heat, and EJ loves bananas and apples. Veggies we are working on but he does like corn, potatoes and peas.
He is definitely a mommas boy in every sense and still likes to keep me in sight. Unless, of course, we are out in public. Then the little turkey LOVES to go off exploring. His favorite thing as of this week are bugs. He is obsessed with ants and all things creepy crawly. He is definitely a little wild thing.
I worry what the 2's will bring lol!! But what do I expect from a red headed little boy, HA! I am so thankful for this little miracle and he truly does complete our family.

Austin is a child and a half. He has me going and he NEVER stops. He is so full of energy and excitement, he will definitely brighten your day!
He is incredibly intelligent and very sensitive. Unlike EJ, Austin is very analytical. He evaluates everything. He has come out of his shell dramatically though. He use to be so shy it was paralyzing for him. Now he is a lot more outgoing and a lot more openly inquisitive. He does tend to have a bit of a temper but we are working on patience (particularly with EJ :).
He is a great big brother though and shares with Easton so much. He is kind and caring. He is a little warrior with such a kind heart. He LOVES animals and loves anything army. He is big into fishing and exploring with Daddy now. He adores our lab Bella, as they are best friends. Star Wars is still a favorite and he aspires to be a Clone trooper. He is excited about homeschooling and I just can't wait till we can do that together. Also, I am waiting to see what team we are assigned in soccer. You better believe that will be photo overload!
His hair is a force to be reckoned with and we are talking about a hair cut. We just cant agree on which style! We will see who wins out! (Adam and I, Austin doesn't really care too much!)
He is such a good eater and his favorite things are cheese, salads, and fruit. Berries are his favorite and this kid will eat whole cartons of blueberries and strawberries in a single setting. He definitely has a sweet tooth like his mom!
Life with two boys is so much better than I could have ever imagined. They bless me each and every day. I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

Yet He knows the way I have taken...He will certainly accomplish what He has decreed for me...
Job 23:10, 14

Monday, June 7, 2010

summer loving

Well if you stayed with us, you would never know that summer hadn't officially started yet!

Our days have taken on a totally different rhythm. Soccer sign ups have been completed and I can not wait to find out what team Austin is on! This is his first ever team sport experience! Sunday school is going great and Austin has made two friends in his class.

Homeschooling is still our plan as of now. Private school has always been my favorite choice, but I just don't see us being able to afford it right now. I trust in the Lord and know there is a season for all things, and now is the season of home school. I will say though, that my excitement has been replaced with a bit of anxiety over it all. I want him to have the best education, and sometimes I am prone to second guess myself. We will have a curriculum to help though, and I know we can do it!

EJ is doing great as well. He finally kicked this last bug and I hope we can enjoy a summer with out any more illness. He is walking everywhere and starting to try to run a bit. He talks all the time. Seriously. He is one vocal little one. He is definitely more strong willed than Austin ever was. He still wakes 3-5 times a night but we co sleep (still) so I am only up usually for a few minutes each time. He loves all his toys, and especially Austin's swords. He loves to play sword fights! His all time favorite thing though right now is reading. He will sit with you and go through 20 books. His favorites are the touch and feel although he does love "Mommy calls me monkey pants" as well. We go the library each week and always get new books for the kids.

He has two new teeth and I couldn't be more thankful for them finally breaking through. His fourth bottom tooth, and one of his molars. I know the other molars are right behind, but I am enjoying a little break from teething madness.
So for me, summer has taken on a different feel already, and I apologize for being MIA. I am working a bit from home now on top of everything else I have going on, and I am one busy Mama! Truth is I feel inadequate most days because I can't do it all. I can't raise my two boys, keep a clean home, work, and blog all perfectly at the same time. I don't know how you all do it! So blogging has taken a bit of a back burner. I will try to post more pictures at least, I promise!

Hope you all are enjoying the weather!


Because sometimes I forget...

With a quiet stillness sent from Him, let us rest and enjoy the rhythm and hum of each day. Nurturing, teaching, guiding, nourishing, and loving all that God has given us.
Spend each moment mindfully and willingly to enrich your life. Pray, practice peace, and build endurance.
Remember, the Kings water quenches all thirst and leaves you fully satisfied.
Let Him be enough, and let Him create in you who you were always meant to be.
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