Friday, October 10, 2014


It's all the little everyday moments that add up to something worth living for. So easy to forget in the craziness and hubbub of life. Sometimes it's loud and fast - and I usually desire it to be slow and quiet. Looking back visually via iphone pics helps me get there.  Enjoy!

Shepherd was star of the week and took this little robot we made as show and tell one day. Thank goodness his little friend believes in safety first:

 This kid can beat me in Chess.  Sad but true. I have no strategy, no planning ahead - hmm . . . . 

The kids sometimes like to go off into another room to do an assignment - it's quieter and less distracting. I randomly walked by this room and saw that Bethany had put out a "reserved" sign. Apparently she really didn't want to be disturbed.

I completely spaced this kid's picture day. He always dresses himself - sometimes that is fine and sometimes it is embarrassing. I rarely care - but this is NOT the shirt I would've picked for picture day. I was irritated at myself, and the failure was exacerbated by all the ridiculously cute kids prancing into school.

Then I picked him up and was handed the proofs. I laughed out loud and thanked God for humoring me and for his gentle reminder that it's not about the "picture days". I love that the photographer got a genuine smile out of Shepherd but there has never been an occasion when Shep has talked on a rotary phone and I can't quickly conjure up a situation in which it would happen ever again in life. Cracks. Me. Up.  I think I will buy a life size portrait of it just for giggles. When he's in high school I can follow him around with it - popping up at most inopportune times. YES. That's a fab idea.
 "Shepherd . . . . it's your 4 year old self calling . . . "

 Fall. As much as I hate to see summer go - I do love fall. And the changing of seasons. It's invigorating.

Some days school gets tough and attitudes are wonky - and fresh air does us all good. (sigh)

 We love our days when we get to hang with my nephew Caden. He is crazy for his cousins and they are equally crazy for him. It's so refreshing to have a 2 year old around - love it!!

 She's so pretty when she plays piano. And always - but something about her sitting at the piano plucking out the song. It's fun to watch.

Kansas skies have been utterly amazeballs lately. God is one amazing painter and He is so crazy good to us and generous with His gifts.

post signature

linking up as per usual via
life rearranged

Here's to a delightful fall weekend!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

do you like it?

Bethany's creativity amazes me sometimes. She's so random and fun - never a dull moment. I am finding out more and more that she seeks approval big time . . . which can be good and bad for sure!  One morning awhlie back while we were talking to Uncle Jacob she kept shoving these in the front of the screen and making Jacob and Ning vote of them.  It was a poll for hairstyles - lest you are confused.

There were at least 10 more of these bad boys. They were cracking me up. Some I wondered if she was trying to make them horrible on purpose? Was she just messing with us? Too funny.
post signature

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

State Fair

As another "field trip" we took the day off and headed to the fair. My mom and dad joined us for the day. I have to say the fair is one of my favorite things to do. I laughed more that day than I have in a long time. Seems like so many funny things happened! And trust me - there is a plethora of people watching to be had.  

I love exposing our kids to new and different things - and love hearing all the questions and seeing the wheels in their little heads turning.  I will say the birthing center at the fair produced more questions than I really wanted to answer . . . otherwise it was a super fun day!


And what's the fair without greasy fried food and fun rides?

The kids saw this and decided immediately it was slushy heaven and must be tried. Notice the orange flavor is missing the handle. No worries - Wesley ripped it right off and created a volcanic eruption of orange slushy everywhere. I was cracking up and really wish I had gotten some video of the event, but the worker was in a bit of a tizzy so I thought it might be safer to not mess with him.  Wesley felt bad and kept apologizing - I felt kinda bad for the kid, but it was totally an accident - what can you do?

 A sculpture out of butter? Hello randomness.  Little known fact - the fair fairies (or whoever creates these) use this same butter for 4 years - storing it in between time and recreating a new sculpture each year.

Face painting is one of the kids' most favorites. If that doesn't scream FAIR!!! I don't know what does. Other than maybe the funnel cakes. And pig races.

Shepherd busted out some of his best dance moves in front of a crowd of onlookers - he just felt the rhythm and couldn't resist. The guy performing even game him a gold medal. He said he definitely had gold medal worthy dancing.  Too cute. We could all learn a thing or two from this chap . . . 


Until next year my fair friends . . . 
post signature

Monday, September 22, 2014

flag football

Whew! I've had a bad attitude about organized sports this fall.  If only I ruled the world and everyone followed my schedule. I may not hate it so much if it only took up a few nights of the week, but as luck would have it the nights for practice are nice and evenly spread out all.  week.  long.  But, it's only 8 weeks right? And the kids seem to really be enjoying it this year, they are getting older and understand things a bit more.

 Come Saturday mornings when it's game time though - and it's a little crisp out so I have to don a sweatshirt . . . all of a sudden I'm a total fan of organized sports.  Especially flag football. It's Wesley's first go around with football this year and it's SO fun to watch! 

They actually run plays and stuff . . . not sure what I expected?

And the huddle? Darn it's adorable. I know, I know . . . he's too old to be adorable playing sports. Let's pretend when I say "adorable" it can double as "tough". He's gonna be adorable for a long long time in my book - and I guess a little toughness never hurt either!
post signature

Friday, September 19, 2014


Today I've just felt a little sad, a little lonely and overwhelmed, and once again not good enough. Sometimes I just really suck.  Which is dumb - I know - I will never.  ever.  be good enough, and I do suck in a lot of ways - but isn't that the point? The reason we need Jesus in the first place? Anyways - my heart is lifted when looking at these random pictures from our week(s). Life really is good, and overall doesn't suck so much after all.  It's all about perspective and not staying in your own pity party too long. As the kids often say - without the proper "r" a party can quickly turn into a potty and no-one wants an invitation to a potty. SO, it's time to get out of that potty and move on! Enjoy the random sneak peek into our week!

Found this little guy in our garage and we had to catch him for a little investigation. He was a fast booger:

I've been reading Harry Potter to the younger two (mostly Bethany, Shep usually falls asleep) - but Bethany decided that I was too slow and she would be better off taking things into her own hands. I love seeing her walking around with this huge book in tow.  She can't be bothered to put it down and has been reading a little bit every day. Ah - brings back memories:

We've been trying to soak up all the sunny weather we can, it's been beautiful around here.  A few weeks ago we went to the park and I made the kids exercise with me. Shep thought this hill was too steep so Beth came back up for him to help him down. Talk about warming my mommy heart - 

After our exercise time they played at the park for almost 2 hours! I had to continually tell myself to chillax. They were having so much fun and getting along fabulously - and yet I kept wanting to move on to the next thing (which there wasn't really a next thing this day). Trying to work on enjoying the present - and really being present!

 I may be partial - but she is just all sorts of fabulous. I sometimes think back to the first week with her - I cried and cried. I didn't want a girl. It was too scary, too messy, too much - and Lord knows she can be scary, messy, and too much . . . but God knew how much our family would need this one. 
She's such a gift to us.

The kids decided to hold their own car wash and wash all their toys - which quickly turned into an all out sponge and water war. There was so much giggling. I'm gonna hold onto that memory when it's dead and freezing in february!

She's SO proud of herself when she finds a huge stick. It's hard not to smile when she's trotting around the yard showing off her treasure:

Fall means firepit. I could sit at the firepit every night - one of my most favorite things to do:

Fall also means soccer. I may not be a huge fan of the sport, but I'm a huge fan of this kid - and he sure looks cute in his uniform:

If gnomes could talk . . . I think this old chap would have quite the story to tell.  The kids found his top half and went searching and searching for his bottom half with no luck. Then, a few days later a friend was over and her little boy tripped over the bottom half while playing in the yard.  Totes normal to have disconnected gnomie legs in your yard, right?

She was playing teacher and kept having Shepherd come in for lessons after his "recess".  When I asked her how it was going she said "well, I think I'm letting his have a little too much recess but also I really am teaching him stuff!!"  We used to play school for hours and hours and hours - I was always the teacher. My poor siblings . . . it's a wonder they ever played with me!

linking up as per usual via
life rearranged

Here's to a weekend being present in the present with those that are present. And to grace . . . for myself and for others.  WHEW!!
post signature