Thursday, December 31, 2009

My New Year's Eve Toast

If I were to give a toast tonight...which I won't...cause me and public speaking (even in the comfort of my own home, with family I love) don't mix...this is what I would say:

"Here's to another year gone. A year filled with heartache and tears and smiles and laughter. A year of "firsts", a year of "lasts"...a year of "never agains". Here's to friendships made or rekindled...may we continue growing strong...and friendships lost...may you receive all that your heart desires. Here's to a year of pain, that made us stronger and a year of love, that made us weaker.
As we look forward to the new year, let's not forget the lessons we learned and the mistakes we made. Let's not forget the laughs that made us cry, the jokes that still make us giggle or the hugs that we shared.
Let's move into the new year with the decision to do better and be better. Let's keep our eyes on our goals and let nothing stand in the way of achieving them. Let us be thankful for all that we have and all that we have accomplished.
I only surround myself with the best, so if you are hearing this (reading it), consider yourself the cream of the crop and the top of the top! I wish for you a very Happy New Year!"

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Daddy's Little Helper

Pres loves standing up, climbing on things and getting into things she shouldn't..., needless to say, she comes crawling pretty quick, when she knows the dishwasher is being loaded! :)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas Photo Overload

Okay, so these pics are actually in reverse order of when they happened, but I am too tired to switch them all around! :)

~ Cousins ~
~ My beautiful girl ~
~ Don't make fun of my Snuggie. I love it! ~
~ Someone found a candy cane... ~
~ His "model" ~
~ Playdoh! Santa hates me. ~
~ My little gamer ~
~ Figuring out new toys ~
~ One happy girl ~
~ POKE! ~
~ I love all the new "boy" toys ~
~ She was a little excited! ~
~ All she wanted for Christmas was her front tooth... but she loves Barbies, too. ~
~ Fun new toys! ~
~ Transformers! ~
~ New jammies! (Pres was already in bed.) ~
~ Her tongue is always hanging out lately. ~
~ So cute! ~
~ Crazy kids on Christmas Eve ~
The kids were spoiled rotten and so were we. We couldn't have asked for a better Christmas. It was wonderful spending time with family and the days off were great.
Another year is almost gone...where does the time go?

Monday, December 28, 2009

~Finding A Family~

Boy meets Girl. They fall in love. They get married. They have children. doesn't always work like that.
My beautiful friend, Nikki and her husband Terance, would very much like to have children, but due to medical issues are unable to. So, they have decided that the best way to add to their home, is through adoption.
They are currently in search of a birth mother who has made that momentous decision to give her child up for adoption.
Perhaps you know someone? Perhaps someone you know, knows someone? Please keep your eyes, ears and hearts open. Every child deserves a home and love.
Somewhere there is a baby...waiting to meet their Mommy and Daddy. Somewhere there is a Mommy...trying to find the perfect fit for their greatest gift. Please help them find each other.

Thursday, December 24, 2009


...and I heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight...
and to all...a good night!"

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Trouble Comes In Threes

We have had an eventful morning in our household. What started out as an already crazy day, turned into...I don't even know...there are no words to describe it.

Luke was screwing around at the kitchen table eating breakfast and all of a sudden, we heard CRASH! I hear Josh say, "Oh NO!" and I see him quickly herding Luke into the bathroom, cupping his chin.

I followed them in there and all I see is blood. It was pouring out of Luke's mouth, pooling in Josh's hand and pouring on the counter top. (You know how mouth wounds are...) Thankfully, I have the kind of "medical mentality" (or whatever you want to call it) that I do and this kind of stuff doesn't stress me out at all.

I couldn't tell where the bleeding was coming from, at first. After getting him cleaned up and applying a bit of pressure to his mouth, I could see that he had split his face open, from outside, to inside. "Umm...Josh...he's gonna need some stitches..."

Luke barely even whimpered during all this. I thought the sight of the blood would freak him out, but he didn't even bat an eye. As Josh got ready to take him to urgent care, he just kept saying, "I need stitches. I gotta get some stitches.".

So, off they go and get stitches. End of story, right?

Who's blog are you reading? Things don't go that smoothly in this house...

Josh walks in, carrying a sleeping Luke and lays him on the couch. I turn his head to the side, to check out the doc's handiwork and...NO STITCHES! He had popped them out, on the way home and it was starting to bleed again.

Another band-aid and another drive to urgent care later...two more stitches.

The End

Or is it?

About 20 minutes later, he pops another stitch out! He kept sticking his tongue in the hole, that is inside his mouth, and it was popping the stitches out on the front. to urgent care. Again. This is time #3, if you aren't keeping track.

This time, they stitched it from the inside, so we should be okay. He's so exhausted from the craziness, that he actually fell asleep during the stitches. He's now currently knocked out cold. I kinda hope he stays that way for a while.

Momma needs a nap. :)

(pictures were taken after stitches #2)

This still doesn't do it justice. It's really a deep slit, but I'm stretching it open. Crazy, crazy kid.
My tough little man

All I Want For Christmas...

"Mom, you know what I want most for Christmas?
On the top of my list, I asked for Grandma to be resurrected.
Just for one day...on Christmas Eve."

I wish that I could give that to you, Bailey.
I really, really do.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

It's "DO"...Not "DON'T"

As I browse through blogs of people I went to school with (yeah, I'm checking up on you...if you're reading this, you must be checking up on me, too *waves hi*), I'm struck by how many of them have gone on to do amazing things and live in amazing places.

I take a step back and look at where I came from and where I am.

Location wise...I've made it about 2 miles away, since high school. I've not been around the world. I've not lived in exotic places. I've not learned new languages or been exposed to new cultures.

Career wise...I don't know that I'd call it a "career". (Please, dear God, tell me what I'm doing isn't a career!!) It's a job. It's flexible. It allows me to work from home and I help bring in a little money. Not too exciting.

School wise...I'm not graduated from a prestigious school. I don't have a gigantic diploma hanging on my wall...yet. This part of my life is under construction.

It's kind of a tad depressing.

I see what everyone else has accomplished and I feel...blah. It's like I'm running a decade long race against my old school peers and I'm trying to finish it one-legged.

Then, I look at what I DO have...and I'm reminded of all that I have accomplished. I DO have a wonderful family that I am raising in a loving, happy home. I DO have a wonderful husband that loves me and supports my dreams. I DO have goals and I'm beating a steady path towards them, every single day.

I DO have this:

...and they make me the luckiest person in the world.

Monday, December 21, 2009

~ Sour Puss ~

Presley LOVES pickles. I tried to get a picture of her sour face, but she rarely got one and it never lasted long enough.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

We all got together on Thursday night to make dipped pretzels. My wonderful friend from Colorado sent me a beautiful jar full of these and I loved them so much, that we had to make some more. They sure didn't turn out looking as good as hers, but they were every bit as yummy!

Shoving a pretzel in the face of the pregnant woman. Really? I don't think she needed any persuasion to eat chocolate... :)
Patti, her daughter Jamie and her son Wyatt. We weren't sure if he would want to try it, but he did really well. He is just adorable. He kept disappearing up to my room to watch the fish in my big fishtank.

We sure made a mess...but the kids loved it!

~ " We do not remember days, we remember moments. " ~

Deck The Halls

We let the kids decorate the tree this year...all alone.
It mattered much less to me, what it turned out looking like and more that the kids did it and were proud of themselves.
The ornaments we used are all plastic, not glass, so even Presley got in on the action!
Bailey is getting so darn big!
See the intense concentration?
~ My Fantastic Five ~
I haven't put any of their baby ornaments on the tree and I probably won't this year. I'm so scared that they will get broken and they were all given to them, by Mom. One of my best friends gave me a beautiful ornament this year, of a breast cancer angel, that I'm also not putting out.
For now, they will sit high on shelf, where we can still enjoy them, by remembering each of their first Christmas'... and remembering the woman that made them so special.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Define Your Life

I remembering hearing on the radio once, where people called in and had to describe themselves or their lives in six words. Only six words. No more. No less.

Because I wonder about crazy things like that, I tossed that around for a while, trying to figure out what my six words would be. Finally, it came to me.

"Always Running Forward...Always Glancing Back"

I always have plans and goals for the future. I'm constantly making lists of things of things that need to be done, or goals that I want to accomplish. Once I make a decision, I always run full steam ahead, until the task is done. It might take me a while...but I'm always running forward.

I'm also always glancing back. Second guessing myself. Rethinking choices I've made. Hoping, pondering and praying...that I've done the right thing.

I need to stop it. I need to find that confidence in myself and realize that I always choose what is best for myself and my family. I need to remember that I don't need to explain myself or my choices to anyone. Regardless of anyone else's opinions...I've done what's right.

My life speaks for itself. How do you define your life?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I Have Learned...Have You?

It's getting close to the end of the year. That time when one sits and reflects on the past, while hoping for the future. I've been through so much and learned so much this year.

I've learned that joy can be found in a five pound miracle and laughter can make my soul soar. I've learned that love doesn't heal all things and neither does time...but life does go on. I've learned that minutes are precious and I shouldn't take any of them for granted. I've learned that people can change and so can I. I've learned to really listen when my children speak, because sometimes they aren't just whining and they have something important to say. I've learned that I really like Diet Coke with lime.

I've learned that I may not always make the best choices, but at the time they made me happy, so I can't regret them. I've learned that a hug can better a bad day and a small "Get Well" gift sent to a neighbor, teaches my children about compassion. I've learned that garlic tastes good in nearly everything and how to make hair bows. I've learned that I should ask for help when I need it, but I've learned to appreciate those that don't make me ask. I've learned that I love seeing tulips peeking out of the snow and jalapenos are really good on a cheeseburger.

I've learned (and I'm still learning) not to judge a book by it's cover. I've learned that friends, new or old, are not to be taken for granted. I've learned that every day, my children are learning from I better make sure they are learning the right things. I've learned that I can always count on Josh, even if I forgot it for a while. I've learned that a person can make fun of a Snuggie, but once you try it, you will love it. I've learned that everything doesn't have to be done right now. I've learned that I am stronger than I thought I was. I've learned that courage and confidence are a daily lesson. I've learned that my attitude is a choice and no one can make me feel a certain way.

I've learned that even though I'm tall, I'm going to wear heels because I like to. I've learned that I need to keep those people that matter, close to me and to let others go. I've learned that no one can destroy me, but myself. I've learned that my life isn't perfect and it never will be. I've learned that I love the sound of the rain and I don't mind the kids sneaking into my bed, as much as I tell them I do.

I've learned that yesterday does matter. It tells my story. It tells the future who I was and what I contributed to the world. I've learned that I have to live today, so that my yesterday is something that I am proud of.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Lunch Date

I got to meet for lunch with a friend of mine, on Saturday. She lives in Nevada and came this way for the weekend. It was so wonderful to see her! Her daughter is absolutely adorable and seeing her interact with Pres, was priceless.
I'm so lucky to have so many wonderful friends in my life. Whether I see them often, or never, I know that I have amazing people to count on. I love my c-mommas and c-babies! :)