Friday, April 30, 2010

Happy #5

The only reason I have been able to do all this, is you.

We have had 5 years of ups & downs, lefts & rights, twists & turns - and there isn't anyone in the world I'd want to experience this journey with, except you.

You are the love of my life, Dan

Happy Anniversary!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The UPdate of all UPdates!

So, a recent email made me realize that I update my blog without really giving much update on our lives... I think in the back of my blogging-mind I figured I could just devote entire posts on each of these topics at some point, but then it seems overwhelming and I don't ever get around to doing it (ie: all my new recipe posts that still aren't done)... so I figure I'd try this instead:

*My husband and I are celebrating our 5th anniversary this week
*Evan just turned 4
*Avery & Brynn are just shy of 15 months old
*my ears are still ringing
*I started a "couch to 5K" running program 6-ish weeks ago (and I'd consider myself the poster child of disliking running - well used to)
*I began a yoga class a few weeks ago *love*
*I've been seeing a chiropractor for a few months for the ear ringing, low back "clicking"
*I LOVE watching my children interact with each other
*I can't believe how independent Evan is becoming *sniff*
*I can't believe how the girls are becoming little people so quickly
*I am thinking/hoping to start my own vegetable garden this spring
*I am moving in the direction of calling myself a photographer for real (possibly the scariest thing I've said out loud)
*My brother just got married a couple weeks ago
*I photographed their wedding (with my very limited lighting and experience, it didn't turn out too bad!)
*We still haven't found a church here to call our family :(
*My Dad has had several surgeries on his eyes since the 1st of the year (please pray for healing)
*We have Kindermusik, storytime at the library and preschool that keeps us busy during the week
*I am getting ready for 3 garage sales in the next few weeks (not at my house, fortunately)
*I have had some great opportunities to volunteer and join various clubs over the past several months (busy, yes, but so rewarding!)
*I signed Evan up for swim lessons this summer (NOT looking forward to being in a bathing suit in public)
*I signed Evan up for a fun (I hope) week-long morning summer camp that is in the park behind our house!
*We are taking Avery to see an allergist next week to see what might be causing her eczema to flare up (we've thought anything from bananas, to peanut butter, to teething)
*Brynn had an allergic reaction to either penicillin or shell fish a few months ago
*Me and a friend are starting a bunco group next month
*We've been fortunate that Dan's company has an office in Omaha where we have been able to combine his business trips with visits to my family
*Evan loves telling stories and using his imagination (very hard still to get him to understand the difference between reality & make-believe)
*Avery loves to cuddle and be motherly
*Brynn loves books (haven't ever mentioned that, have I?)
*trying LOTS of new recipes (but still not doing a good job posting them...)
*possibly the biggest news of all is Evan's news flash that I posted about yesterday... if he really does keep it up with this new toy, I'm sure I'll post about it and reveal the new favorite toy!

I'm sure I've forgotten something in the midst of the craziness that is our life, and really, when I'm just living each day, it doesn't seem like much, but now that I look back through that list... we've had a lot going on.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

News flash!

I'm not sure if it's gonna be a trend...

but it seems as if Evan's favorite toy of all time has been replaced...

We left for the library this afternoon and he brought a different toy.

I stopped Evan to ask if he was sure that's what he wanted to bring.

He said yes.

I said I'd be writing this on the calendar...

so consider this the calendar!

Friday, April 23, 2010

B is for...

Brynn & Book

Go figure!
Those 2 words go together like peanut butter & jelly, like peas & carrots, like cake & ice cream... ok, you get my drift...

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Birthday, little man!

At 2:24am on this day 4 years ago, my world was rocked like I could never imagine.

I became known as Mommy, Mom, Mother.

I entered into parenthood.

Holy crap!

There is nothing that prepares you for it. The long nights, the longer days, the feeling like you do nothing right, and not even knowing what right is for that matter. No advice, no book, no talk show can help you. You just do the best you can and hope you don't screw up too bad.

The challenges, the growth, the love I have experienced in the last 4 years is like nothing I can describe in words.

My little man is 4 today.

Happy Birthday, Evan.

I love you more than I can express in words.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

We live on earth, silly

A recent conversation at breakfast:

Evan: Is daddy still in bed?

Me: No, daddy is already at work.

Evan: Why?

Me: Well, because he has to make money for us to live on.

Evan: I thought we lived on earth?

This conversation might not seem like much, but it really got me thinking.

Such a simple concept.

We live on earth.

God gave us ample resources on this beautiful earth to "live on."

But we don't.

We live on money.

I'm still sorting this conversation out in my head, so this may seem like a strange post, but let's just say I'm trying to figure out more ways to live on earth instead of live on money.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Communication Styles

I think Brynn was trying to tell me a few things here:

A: I'm hungry

B: It's time for breakfast

C: Put me in my REAL highchair

D: Get me outta here, 'cause now I'm stuck!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

A beautiful day...

...for a wedding!

Welcome to the family!

Monday, April 5, 2010

It wasn't a matter of IF... was a matter of WHEN.

Which is why I put a chair behind her. And I am hoping now that it happened, maybe she'll remember and not push herself off the table again.

Although, I doubt it.

*no babies were hurt in the making of this post. Scared, yes. Hurt, no. Phew.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Doesn't this make you wonder...

...what grasps their attention...
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