Boys Stuff

Hayden just LOVES doing anything that the guys are doing.

Funny story: this morning the kids and I were out running errands and Hayden sees the tractors in the fields and points out every single one of them. Yvette quickly chimes in “MY tractors!” Hayden immediately gets serious turns to her and says, “No Yvette, MY tractors. Tractors are for boys.” “OOHHHHH……okay Hayden.”

Boys will be boys will be boys will be boys will be boys. 😉


Fun In The Sand

Justin and Megan came again for a visit this weekend. SO FUN!!! We spent the afternoon at the park and this evening was spent outside in the sandbox and having a bonfire. Megan and Yvette had so much fun in the sand!

Yvette is our “sparkle child”. She does seemingly random things that only make sense to her. I don’t question anymore…..I just go along with it like I know exactly what the plan is. It works better that way. 😉

(note: 2 different sized socks, jelly shoes – thanks Mom!, brown hiked up leggings, a jean jumper, green spring jacket, and a blue skull cap) YES, she dresses herself!!!! and NO, I have no idea what she was planning on doing with a shoe in one hand and an empty bubble bottle in the other. No clue.

I say she’s in great proximity to fill that little bottle and dump it down Megan’s pants. But that’s just me. 😉
                              Yes. Yes, she is MINE.

THIS one is Justin’s:

Newly Weds

John signed us up for possibly being premarriage sponsors. I said, “That’s great but I think they probably need/want people who have been married longer than 6 years to do that.” His response, “No. Actually, the priest said they’d love newlyweds to sign up for it because it would be a great ministry for them to together during those first few years of married life.” John gave me this melting….smoldering look and continued, “I mean….we’re still newlyweds. TO ME, we’re still newlyweds.” *sigh*

6 years, 4 babies, multiple deaths, multiple moves, sufficating stress…..and to him we are still newlyweds.

How sweet is that?!!!


We drove past a Hooter’s and Yvette says, “Look….OWL.”

John replies, “Very good.” He looks at me and says with a smirk, “You know, they’ve got great chicken wings.”

Hayden hears the word ‘chicken’ and says, “I love chicken.”

“Hayden, do YOU want to go to Hooters and eat some chicken?” John askes.

Hayden pauses and says, “No Dad. Not yet.”

Subject closed (indefinitely).

Seeking Silence

Seeking silence to focus is about as acheivable as world peace. Seriously… is a beautiful concept that is likely to stay only an ideal rather than a reality (in my world). So what is my realtiy? My reality is better than silence. My reality is “Mom! I need you….Mom! I love you…..Mom! I need help… Mom! Can I have some tickles?…Mom!” My reality is dirty diapers, piles of laundry, a perpetually messy kitchen, shoes everywhere, crying, laughing, screaming. My reality is the opposite of silence. My realtiy right this second is a two year old girl who seems to think she doesn’t need a nap and she is communicating this by screaming at the top of her lungs until she gets her way…..or passes out. Whichever comes first. How do I handle a screaming two year old with a trantrum (or someone acting like one)? I have to remember that I am the adult. I am the parent. And I have the final say. And so I am silent though the world around me is not.

Growing Up…

My oh my. I can hardly believe how big they are!! Wyatt is 1 week away from his first birthday already. Yikes!! And Hayden is such a little man……a great helper, so articulate, and such a boy! And my Miss Yvette…so girly and growing up too fast. Will it always be this way?…..the growing up?…..the reality of it always sinking in in hindsight?……*sigh*……..

I’m getting old.  


Seasonal Love

A favorite meal option during these warm, fruitful garden seasons are the cold veggie salads. I love them. Love, love, love, love. For me, they serve the purpose of most anything….snack, full meal, side dish, heck….maybe even dessert. 😉 And, seeings how we have had above freezing weather for quite some time, I think that I could assume that perhaps the snow is gone for good (until fall) and that spring/summer dishes can be added to the menu. With that said, this afternoon I wallowed in the making of my most favorite summer veggie dish: BROCCOLI SALAD. Yum. Yum. Yum. I know this is probably nothing new for anyone who reads this blog. It is like chocolate chip cookies. Everyone makes their own variation of this salad. Mine variation isn’t anything special……just a recipe I took from an old church cookbook I got as a bridal shower gift. (FYI: those church cookbooks are usually worth the small fee. They usual hold tried and true old family recipes and they are delicious!!!)

1 1/2 heads broccoli
1 cup chopped or sliced carrots
1 medium onion
2 cups shredded cheese
1/2 cup sunflower nuts
1lb bacon….fried crispy and chopped in pieces (YUMMY)
dressing: 1 cup mayonnaise + 1/4 cup sugar + 2 tablespoons vinegar

mix the veggies
add the dressing
chill for a couple hours