Thursday, September 1, 2011

Young Ty

Having a very active young male as your oldest child can sometimes prove to be a…. um….. challenge to mom who is an only child and tends to like…. quiet…..peace…

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I’ve read all the books (really…. and there are a TON!) claiming the amazing academic success of homeschooled students, the simple, peaceful lifestyles while the children in the home work together, the outstanding delicacies made by the 4-year-old as soon as her mom ground her fresh flour (yes, that one I do—the flour part anyway), and, well….

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BaHAhahahahah!!!  Let me tell ya~ in our home, I could write my own book, and it would probably tell just a bit of a different story Smile.  Yes- this mom is a bit of a worrywart, constantly fearing missing a huge gap in education.  And at times, our house is anything EXCEPT PEACEful.  But…

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On the more difficult days, I always think of my guy, Mr. Ty Pennington.  (And seriously WHERE is that guy when you need him??)   He was a little ‘hyper’ as a child, right?  Even claiming the ADHD thing… 

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And look how his life turned out!  So, I’m thinking that my eldest isn’t too much unlike him and it gives me hope Smile  Just look at those delegating taskmaster skills-  he doesn’t even need a bull horn because his voice carries well enough (TRUST me!).

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This go-cart was his ENTIRE idea- planned, cut parts with power tools (ugh!), and assembled all himself.  (With a few squabbling sibling’s and a puppy’s help.) 

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But, the rewards were great!

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And this mama’s proud!

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I did give the disclaimer that any ER visit co-pays would come out of allowance, thus reducing Lickity Split trips.  I think they heard me.


Just wait til you see his doghouse!  Look-out Ty, I think you may have met your match?! Smile

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

a seasonal update? :)

I know!  It's been oh…. 3 months or so since there’s been an entry here- but who’s counting?  In those three months, what’s been going on?

Well…. let’s see…..

puppy life…

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beach living…..


Mommy traveling….


What could make for a more perfect summer?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

he was a good little tadpole…

Little Cooper hung right in there—all the way to Florida and back—even enduring the torture of 4 lively children.   But even little tadpoles just can’t do it all…  R.I.P. little Cooper~

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We’re sorry the excessive, record-breaking heat wave just didn’t agree with you. Sad smile  You will be missed.  And possibly replaced with a hamster….    sigh…at leaat it’s not a snake

April 31, 2011 – May 30, 2011

May you find sunny swamps in froggy heaven.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Thank you!


To all of you who have served, or are still serving, thank you!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

he’s growing


Because I just KNOW you’ve (esp. you Lauri! ha ha!) been losing sleep over the status of Cooper- rest assured, he’s alive and kicking.  And ugly.

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He’ survived the many many many miles to Florida and back while providing entertainment for 3 young ones~ did you know how thrilling it is to flick a tadpole’s cage and watch this creature (him?, her?, it?) jump?? 

As for the saying about some babies being only beautiful in their parent’s eyes….  let’s take it a step further… there is a reason some creatures eat their young.  Frog legs anyone?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Introducing… Cooper


Thanks to a nifty little Learning Express Store, Lydia fell in love.  With a frog.  But not just any frog- instead one that needs nurtured from the beginning frogish cellular level.  Oh goody!  And so arrived the Styrofoam box on my porch yesterday.  If I had been as excited as she was, I would have remembered to take a picture of that first container.  It was pretty cute… as far as stryfoam goes.

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Meet Cooper~

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And Cooper’s new home.  Now, this special frog can’t just survive in any water source, but MUST have SPRING bottled water.  But not just any spring water-  bottled spring water that IS NOT distilled.  Have you tried to find that lately?

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Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this water will work just fine…

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And so we have it.  Cooper’s new happy little home.  Now for the best part???  He, oops- (Lydia tells me he’s a she!) SHE has to travel 1000 miles to Florida.  Hee hee!  Can you imagine how much Daddy is loved by the Grandparents right now??  Do you remember Monty I AND Monty II, the praying mantis from a few years back?  Smile

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~Welcome home little frog~

Happy travels to Florida—snicker snicker…


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter!

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Over the years, our family has been realizing what’s really important in life~ It’s not the stuff you strive for, but instead simplicity that counts most~

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Sharing~ taking turns~

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Working together as a family~

Not crushing one another’s eggs (ahem ahem….  I will not mention any names Daddy)

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And creating memories~

or LOTS of egg salad sandwiches…. and deviled eggs…


Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Growing Up~

Black Belt Elisha April 2012

Parenting may be the hardest job on the Earth, but there are moments when it is also the most rewarding.


Congratulations new Black Belt! 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Morning Smiles~

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For the mornings you need a sunny smile~ 

Breakfast, silly glasses you find at the park, and UNO- what could be better?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Life’s Treasured Moments

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It’s the little treasures of life that are important~

Like those moments when all ya need is a cup of coffee, and are welcomed not with some dried-up biscotti to go with it, but instead a tray LOADED with warmth, straight from the oven!  Let’s not forget  SCRUMPTIOUS biscotti dough that will forever rival ANY cookie dough!  If you know me, that’s saying A LOT!  We also can’t forget the ‘warm-your-heart-right-up’ lentil soup and most importantly, the refreshing conversion to go with it! 

It’s these things that truly “soothe the soul!”  Thank you!!!


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Fly the Friendly Skies


 Just in case you’re planning little getaway, you may find the following sites useful. will allow you to track any flight of your choice and email you all price changes.  You can use it to track flights before you book, or follow the flight after purchase.  If the price of your purchased ticket drops, you can request a refund from your carrier of choice.  Who doesn’t like a refund? will allow you to compare a variety of flights while you view the ‘ease’ of travel with each one.  Layovers, flight times, and meals will be compared with a nifty little bar graph to help you find flights that best fit your personality Smile

Happy travels!  Hope you’re headed somewhere sunny!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

New Inspiration

Yes, it has been a long time. I pray you are all well! Since the Christmas season, we've been... busy ... just like everyone else :). I contemplated quitting the blog thing for good. Didn't feel like I had anything of importance to say and figured no one cared anyway. While that may still be true (on both occasions) I've realized that I miss adding little blogs here and there, and, for our family, it's been a great way to journal our lives. Since I will never ever scrapbook, (this time my 'never' REALLY does mean NEVER) it's time to get back to the updating. I figure this blog's pretty much for me anyway, all ya have to do is hit the delete button if you're not interested. :)

It's been an incredible year to date. Full of so many things on so many levels. Full of the personal turmoil that I think sometimes only mom's can know, and yet still, wonderfully, full of adventures. Short unexpected jaunts to Punta Cana, weekends with Bruce Springsteen, gala events in Nashville, and most importantly- priceless, lifetime memory-making with friends~ what could be better? Along with all of that, we are in a stepped-up, organizing, simplifying mode around here, but yet READY for more adventures!

The signs of spring have brought new inspiration on many levels. What's been going on with you guys? If it's dreary where you are, just THINK SPRING!! xoxo...