Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Hey everyone! So I'm making this blog private until I get things up and running on my new site. So if you're interested, shoot me an email and I'll add you! Thanks!

Monday, April 26, 2010

I'm working on getting a new blog spot up and running. I'm fed up with the glitchy one you're looking at now. So until I have a little more time on my hands, please enjoy some adorable Natalie faces. Thanks Tiffany for taking the pictures!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Happy Birthday Natalie!

Happy Birthday to Beebes, B, Baaaaby, Baby Sister, other words Natalie. We love you!

Here are some pictures from her birthday party. I think she knew it was her day. She had so much fun playing with her brother and cousins. And by play I mean run around with them and share cake and strawberries.

Friday, March 19, 2010

What In The World???

Natalie has got to be the easiest baby in the history of babyhood. This past week, she has shocked the living daylights out of me by deciding that she isn't going to nurse anymore. This from a baby that wouldn't take a bottle or a binky. Ever. While I wasn't crazy about strictly nursing, she was such a fast, quiet, good nurser that it wasn't all that bad...I guess. So now I am no longer nursing! Yahoo! And to add to that.....SHE SLEEPS FOR 12 HOURS STRAIGHT!!! No more night-time feedings! Rest has been restored to the weary! All of these changes just happened one day. Like, snap! She was done nursing, and done waking up at night. This all really threw me for a loop and I walked around in a dazed stupor contemplating how she could change up our entire routine without any help from me, and that a baby of mine would be so...easy. Wow. I can't take credit for a single thing here. She did it all herself. So here's to easy babies! I wish one of these on all the future moms out there. May you all be blessed with a little Natalie.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

No Pictures. Just Words. How Can You Read That?

Avid reader and wannabe writer seeks outlet.
This is what outlet I have...for now. So this is what I have been thinking about a lot lately. Here goes: Running. Hoping I'll still be able to run after all this time. Hope it's like riding a bike. Riding a bike. Sleep. Potty training. Carpet cleaner. Avatar, that really awesome movie. Hunting for food. Cooking lessons. Sleep. School. Finding a good Pre-School. Pretty baby clothes for my pretty baby. Money to buy those pretty baby clothes. Egypt. King Tut exhibit. Sleep. Writing a blog about...something.
This may seem like a random post about random things, but to me it's about being a mom. A mom with very young kids. When you're a mom, you give up yourself. It has to be that way, at least for a little while. Because while you're in charge of making sure that another human being survives their first year of life without too much diaper rash, ear infections, swallowing something hazardous like plant food or marbles, learning how to walk and talk etc, it takes some serious time and dedication. Then come the two's. It's a four letter word. Tantrums, talking back, selective hearing, the word "no", potty training. Ok, it comes with some pretty serious perks too. Laughing, pretending, the words "I love you Mommy", sometimes sharing (hey, I'll take what little I can get on this subject), playing. But all of this leads to mom forgetting who she is for a while. At least this mom. It seems that for our entire lives, we are taught to think about what we want to do, who we want to become, how we want to look, where we want to work. Focusing so much time on "me". Then you have kids and me changes to we which then changes to them. So here's to me looking back at who I was and looking forward to who I want to be. It seems to me that this time of my life, and my children's lives, is when I get to simmer on the back burner waiting to turn into a seriously good soup. Or sauce. Then I could be "saucy". Anyway, so while I'm making plans about my life with, during, and enduring this journey that is motherhood, I hope that it brings back a new and improved...Me. Then I'll be able to really enjoy running, riding a bike, reading good books, testing out all my theories about who I am now that I've become a more rounded me. Because without my kids, I wouldn't be half the me that I am now.
More rested, but not complete.
This has become a serious mom blog, but I feel that purging myself of all this has helped. So now it's off to bed for a series of short naps, after which I'll wake up not rested in the least, but happily simmering while Lucas and Natalie laugh, share, have diaper rash, and try to swallow everything.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Yes, I Still Know How To Type.

Our computer was busted. Ask Lucas. "It's busstttted!"
And that is why I haven't been on here in a long, long, long time.
Here are some pictures of my darling daughter. Anyone know a good agent? Natalie was meant to be in pictures! She let's me dress her up (although squirms to get away with such power you wouldn't imagine from such a tiny one) and smiles for the camera. Lucas is beautiful as well, however, the terrible two's were not meant to be photographed. Too much standing still is required. And don't even think about changing his clothes again. It was almost too much to get out of his pajamas. They have Buzz and Woody on them! I have to admit that if I had comfortable pajamas with my favorite things on them, I wouldn't want to change either. Now I just need to find pajamas with books, movies and popcorn, Vanilla Coke, and Friday nights alone with Jake on them and I'll be all set. However, if I wore those I don't know how excited Jake would be for those rare Friday nights alone.

In these past couple of months, Lucas has really started showing us who he is. Meaning, how he is incredibly intelligent, funny, messy, and well-spoken. His vocabulary is well beyond his 2 and a half years. He carries on meaningful conversations with us and his toys and pops out words that make us wonder how in the world he knew how to use it correctly. He is so observant! And his way of pronouncing things is incredibly sweet, like "Gwandmaw" and "kEEtchen". Until you hear "I wanna go in the kEEtchen" for the 90 time that morning. The kid sure can pack it away for such a skinny guy. He plays pretend all the time, and has a new-found love of talking on the phone. Still likes to dig in my utensil drawer for treasures though. Can't wait for him to move on from that. He gets more and more handsome every day. Handsome because he looks like a little boy now, not a sign of my baby left anywhere.
Natalie is walking! At 9 months old she started taking her first steps and loves loves loves to walk! She's almost a pro now, because the girl knows how to practice! No matter how many times she falls down, she's back up with a smile and can't wait to go again. And now that she isn't falling so much, she likes to talk while she walks. More like yell. But she is just as sweet and smiley as ever. Really, easiest baby in the world. She is teeny tiny and beautiful. Lucky girl! Scary for mommy and daddy looking into her future. Gonna have to beat the boys back, but I don't worry too much. Jake has a light saber and knows how to use it.
I have some pictures of my two darlings together, however they are not on this new and improved computer yet. So hopefully that will be coming soon. And if anyone still reads this, highly unlikely as it's been so long I think I'm a lost cause, check back for cute pictures of cute kids soon.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Hello. Is It Me You're Looking For?

I know, I know. I haven't posted in a while. Ok, in a long time. But life just keeps on moving! Even though I wish on a star every night that for a few precious hours life would just halt and I could get some much needed sleep, it never does. Oh well. Such is Life! The capital L in Life is there for a reason. Now, Life is noun. Life pulls me in every direction. Life who cries in the middle of the night to be fed. Life who spills chocolate milk in the living room and oh so sweetly tells me "ah oh mommy, I spilled choccutt meelk". This is the Life that gives me the sweetest kisses in the whole world, that gives me the best hugs, the best smiles, the most love anyone could feel for another person. And while I sometimes feel like Life if walking me instead of the other way around, I love both of my little Life's -- whom I wouldn't trade for another life in a million years.

We went to San Diego with our family the first week of October, and had a blast! Both kids were awesome on all four, yes that's right, four airplanes. Lucas loved the beach so much he stills asks me if we can go on an airplane and go to the beach. He would walk around with a little shovel, scoop some sand, walk a few steps and scoop up some more. He loved to play in the ocean and could have lived there. Natalie was as perfect as ever. Truly, she was absolutely perfect. She never stopped smiling. Wherever we went, there was a wake of smiles and coos at the beautiful baby as we walked past. I never got tired of hearing flight attendants and strangers remark at how beautiful and well behaved my baby was. We went to the Wild Animal Park and Sea World, and both were really fun. But the beach is what will stay in all our minds and keep us longing to go back.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Insane or Something Like It

Life has been insane lately. There isn't any other way to put it. Insane. I am going insane. With a new house, a new-ish baby, an actively destructive two year old, and other every-day stuff like cleaning, shopping, cooking...showering...I think that one of these days I will grow extra arms, purely out of necessity. Proving Darwin may have been right, a loving God has seen fit to help a poor woman out, or I actually found that vat of radioactive waste and did a swan dive in while crossing my fingers that I come out with retractable appendages.
Awww, it's not all that bad! I have a husband that does so much for me, family that lets me come over and sometimes just crash, and my kids are so cute that it's all worth it! And things just get easier and easier every day. So much that I'm actually thinking about unpacking my bedroom! Yeah, that still hasn't happened......

Monday, August 24, 2009

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary! 4 great years, 2 cute kids, 5 moves in 2 different states, and countless other life changing events, add up to 1 happy family. Life just gets better and better! And we thought things were pretty great to start with.
Here are some wedding pictures. Jake and Jenni back when we were fit, tan, and well rested.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

R.I.P. Elmo

We have taught our child well. He is so polite when asking us to cock his gun. The many things he has learned, and will yet learn, from his father. I blame him.