Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Check Twinfatuation to see who else is sharing some pics from the past!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Let's just take Tuesday, for example.
The girls and I had battled all morning over cleaning the playroom. We had planned to meet some friends at the park after lunch, but I had told the girls that we weren't having lunch until the playroom was clean (which should have taken all of 4 minutes).
The minutes ticked by, and the room was still not clean. In my frustration, I
Okay, stop laughing. I know...a picnic in the park on a beautiful day. How horrible!
Here was my logic - Instead of playing with their friends in the park, they would have to sit all alone and eat. While watching all of the fun they could be having if only they had obeyed Mommy at home, they would become extremely remorseful and vow to be obedient until the end of time.
Obviously, that didn't happen.
On the way to the park, brown bags in hand, Grace actually thanked me for letting them have a picnic. "Not everyone is lucky enough to eat their lunch at the park!" she said.
After eating their sandwiches and spending a few minutes in time out, they did apologize. I'm kind of doubting, though, that this will be a lesson they will remember. Unless, of course, the lesson I was going for was, "Mommy doesn't think too quickly on her feet!"
I wish kids came with a discipline cheat-sheet. I wish they made playbooks for mommies that we could wear on our wrists like football players. No huddle or timeout required. One glance at my arm, and I'd know just what to do next.
Could someone start working on that?
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
brown and pink polka-dot fabric: $2.50
red and orange felt: $0.50
buttons and thread: free
hand-making Thanksgiving tees (that are nothing like the ones I wanted to make) for the girls in under four hours (without tears or expletives) that I'm not too embarrassed to let them wear in public*: priceless
*Please note that the public I'm referring to is limited to my parents, sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew. The girls will most certainly not be wearing these shirts in the presence of professional seamstresses, perfectionists, anyone in a well-lit room, or the rest of the general public. The handprints are ironed on, the stitching is all over the place, and no two legs are the same length. The shirts will have to be removed before eating, as I'm quite sure they won't survive a trip through the washer!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Congratulations, Sara! I know you will love your new necklace!! And thank you, Lisa, for donating this beautiful piece of jewelry!
Thank you all so much for participating. I hope you had a chance to view all of Lisa Leonard's amazing designs. Maybe you were able to pick something out for yourselves! I don't know about your husbands, but mine sure liked getting my e-mail several months ago with a link to Lisa's website, the specific necklace I wanted, and exactly what I wanted on the necklace. After a few clicks, he was done shopping and he had something he knew I'd like! And there were no lines, parking lots, or crowds! Couldn't be easier!
I really enjoyed reading everyone's comments, and seeing how much we all have to be thankful for. No matter how different we all are, there seemed to be a few things that we all had in common. It all came back to faith, family, friends, and freedom. No one was most thankful for their possessions...it was all about people. People who stick by us through thick and thin. People who add love, joy, and comfort to our days. People who are willing to sacrifice everything to protect our freedom and fight for the freedom of others. And most importantly, a Savior who was willing to die for our sins.
In the busyness of our lives, it is all too easy to take these things for granted. We tend to forget that we have so much to be thankful for. We focus on what we are lacking instead of all of the blessings that surround us.
Maybe this week, we can start to change our thinking. Maybe we can use this Thanksgiving to change our hearts. And maybe, just maybe, that change can last!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Yay!! It's my 100th post! I wanted to wait until tomorrow to post this, but I was way too excited! I started noticing a little while ago that lots of people did something special on their 100th post. It seemed like most people either had a giveaway, or a list of 100 things about themselves. Knowing that none of you were really that interested in learning 100 random things about me, I decided to do a giveaway! I considered a gift card, a book, or maybe something handmade. A gift card is so impersonal, though, and who knows if you would like the same books I like. And really, who wants something that I've made? (except you, mom!) Instead, I thought about one of my absolute favorite things. It is handmade, just not by these hands. How would you like to win something made by Lisa Leonard's hands??? That's right...Lisa Leonard has so graciously offered to host a giveaway here! One very lucky reader will win an Original Necklace, just like this one...personalized just for you! If you've never seen her handmade jewelry, you've got to go check it out. She has lots of different designs, and each one is so unique and beautiful! I get compliments on my necklace every time I wear it. I've been stopped by random strangers (even the Sonic carhop!), asking me where I got mine. My girls love it, too, and think it's pretty neat that I have a necklace with their names on it.
Now, here is your chance to get your very own. Just leave a comment here before Monday at midnight CST telling me what you are most thankful for. Don't forget to leave your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win! That's all you have to do! I'll post the winner first thing Tuesday morning. And while you're waiting to see if you've won, pop on over to Lisa's website, take a look at the rest of her amazing pieces, and check out her blog. You could even do some Christmas shopping while you're there. Who wouldn't want to find something from Lisa Leonard Designs under the tree?
So go ahead...start commenting!
Catherine: Mommy, you know how last night I picked that really big ear booger (ear wax)? Well, I put the big one in a tissue, but I also picked a little one.
Me: Oh, really? What did you do with that one?
Catherine: Well, umm...I ate it!
Me: CATHERINE! That's gross! You don't eat things that come out of your ear. Or your nose. Or any part of you body. Didn't it taste bad?
Catherine: Well, no, not really. It was just a little sour.
UGH! Seriously! What do I do about this???
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
What are you waiting for? Go vote!
Remember to check Twinfatuation to see who else is playing along!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
So here are my questions to you...
Do you buy organic foods?
What are some healthy snack options you give your kids?
What are some healthier alternatives you have found for some traditional favorites (like substituting Annie's for Kraft!)?
I really do want to know more. But I don't just want to hear from a middle-aged author who doesn't have little kids at home to feed. I want to know the text-book stuff, but I need to know the real-life stuff, too. So, help me! I really want to know your thoughts!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
GIVEAWAY INFO... Only 8 more posts until the big 1-0-0!! To celebrate my 100th post, I'm going to be having an AwEsOmE giveaway!! Seriously...you won't want to miss it! I can't tell you what it is just yet, but I can promise you that it's something you're going to want. Keep checking back to see if I've hit 100 yet, then be sure to enter to win. I may drop some hints in the next few days, so stay tuned!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Grace: CATHERINE!! Put your hands down!! Quit picking those boogers out of your nose! EWWWW!!!
Catherine: Oh, fine. I'll just put 'em back in there.
Nice. See why we need so much Purell???
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Today is Way Back When-esday! Share a picture from way back, then check Twinfatuation to see who else is playing along!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
As far as the wedding, things couldn't have been nicer! Everything was beautiful and elegant, but kid-friendly at the same time. There was a hayride at the rehearsal dinner, and pizza and cupcakes at the wedding. The wedding was outside in a gorgeous setting just a little before sunset. The reception was also outside with plenty of room for all of the kids to run around. There were even a few peacocks for the kids to chase! A little to my surprise, the girls did really well at both. I don't get to see my cousins very often, and it was so much fun to watch the girls interacting with them. My only regret is that we didn't take more pictures!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
As I sit here, there are 8 bags of memories on our porch. 8 bags of sleepy pajamas, innocent dresses, and well-loved shoes. There are even a few pair of shorts that made a trip or two to time-out. I hope that those 8 bags will bring as much fun, love, and memories to their next families as they did to us. Minus the time-outs, of course!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
This picture is of Catherine and my dad, taken the day she got her cast removed. She was almost 2 1/2 at the time, and had apparently tried to jump off the bedrail in her bedroom. Not a good idea, just in case you're wondering. Despite having to get creative with bathtime, the cast wasn't too bad. She didn't even use it as a weapon!
Now it's my turn to tag 5 people to play along...
Anna at Anna and the Boys
Sarah at Short Stop
Stephanie at Stephanie's Spot
Mandi at Stories from the Savages
Karen at Doubly Blessed
Have fun, girls! I can't wait to see what pictures you find! Even if you weren't tagged, you can still play along. Just leave a comment so we can visit your blog and check out your pictures!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
There were so many questions. So many fears.
Four years later, I can still feel those emotions. Even though we've come so far, those emotions are still so real. Maybe it's because I still have the fears and the worries, but for a different reason. I don't worry about the pregnancy, but I worry about their health now. I don't worry about taking care of two babies anymore. I worry about keeping up with two toddlers in the mall. I don't worry about being able to tell them apart. Now I worry about really knowing each of them. And no, I don't favor one over the other. I just worry that others will. Or worse than that, I worry that others won't see them as unique individuals, just twins.
We've learned to do all of the things "normal" families do. Except I've realized that no family is really normal! As they've grown, I've learned how to manage two baby carriers at once, get two babies into and out of the car without the carriers, maneuver a double stroller like it's nobody's business, and get two toddlers (who are most likely to run in opposite directions!) safely through busy places. I've said it before, but it's really true...raising twins is a totally unique experience. It's nothing like I thought it would be four years ago. It is harder, more exhausting, and more unpredictable than I imagined. There is also more love, more laughter, and more blessings than I ever thought possible.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Dear God, please keep us safe on the way to church. And thank you for the green trees and the green grass. And thank you for our friends. And please don't ever go away. You're our Father! Amen.
(And yes, we did make it to church safely!)