Friday, May 28, 2010

HoW dOeS yOuR gArDeN gRoW?

Mike has worked really hard to get our garden up and going this year. Last year was our first experience with this and I think the deer got the best of our garden. We got a good bit of cucumber and some squash, but the tomatoes went to the deer. Seems every time we would get one close to picking, the deer would visit and make a meal out of it themselves.
This year, we started off just as we did last year, only expanding the garden a little and growing some new things.

We're growing cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, bell pepper, okra, watermelon, cantaloupe, onion, and corn.

I think we may have even outsmarted the deer with this fence!

Our peaches and our squash are doing great!

The bees are working hard too


Oh how these girls love each other! I keep wondering when the jealousy is going to creep into their relationship. While I still think it could rear it's ugly head, right now these two are the best of friends!
Avery was giving Morgan a "pedicure" in the baby pool.

Avery doesn't like it when Morgan gets hurt or is left out of anything and Morgan always wants to know where Avery is. Last week Avery was gone all day on a field trip. Morgan asked me over and over "where my Avery go?".
It warms my heart to see the interaction between my girls.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

One Year

I've come here many times hoping to find some inspiration to update and it just hasn't happened. Days between posts turned to weeks and those weeks eventually turned to months. At that point, I figured what was the use. I was already so far behind. I also couldn't bear the thought of one more thing needing my attention and time. I just didn't have it to give. This year has been an overwhelming one to say the least. We've started homeschooling Graysen and Avery for 3rd grade and Kindergarten. If I did have a moment to spare, that has definitely filled it! This has also been a year of loss. Mike lost his grandfather and I lost my grandmother, Bubba. Ironically they both had Alzheimer's. Though it has been a crazy year for us, we've grown much closer as a family. However, here I sit, one year later and try to wrap up the last 365 days in a couple of posts.

Bear with me please. This isn't going to be an easy process! I'm putting one foot in front of the other and I'm trying to make it happen! There's a lot to fill you all in on. Brace yourself....it's gonna be a long ride :-)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Dance Recital 2009

Avery is such a girly girl and loves to dance. It's so funny to watch the little ones at the recital. Miss Debbie is up on stage with them doing the dance off to the side. The 1st year, Avery looked at her pretty much the whole time to see what she was supposed to be doing. Last year she still looked at her a good bit. But, this year she actually did a bunch of the dance without looking. I was so proud of her. I don't think she has any concept of stage fright!

For ballet, they did a baby doll dance and for tap, they danced to the song Sugar Sugar. It was precious!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

I find myself playing a never ending game of catch-up with this blog. I started out updating daily. That moved to a couple of times a week. Not too bad for a mom of 3 kids I don't think. But, seriously, I looked at a friends blog the other day and it said mine was last updated over a month ago. What has happened to me. What has taken up my time so much that I can't even sit down and document our daily life? Then I remembered. Soccer practice, dance classes, homework, soccer games, awards programs, dance recital, 2 weddings (one that included a weekend away in Charleston!), and a garden project that ended up with my husband in the hospital for 3 days. That's what we've been doing and now I need to back up and document it all so that when I look back on this in a few years, I'll remember!
Graysen started soccer in March. I know I've mentioned before that I LOVE Upwards sports and my opinion still stands. It is such a great program for the kids. We started out the season with a bang winning the first game 11-4. Graysen and his buddy were talking big about being the best team and I think an undefeated season was even mentioned. The second game..... reverse those figures and chalk it up to a lesson in humility!

We finished up the season this past Saturday with a win. Soccer is definitely Graysen's sport. We've tried baseball, but it seems we always come back to soccer. I was happy to hear that this church will also be doing a fall season starting in August!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Happy Birthday Morgan!

This time 1 year ago, I was heading to the hospital for a scheduled c-section and anxiously awaiting the arrival of my 3rd baby. I had been on bed rest for a couple of weeks for elevated blood pressure so I was ready to get the show on the road. Graysen and Avery were so excited to finally be meeting their baby sister. At 8:05 am, Morgan Claire was born. She was 8lbs 4oz of sweet baby girl. I can't complain about any of my babies. But, Morgan has by far, been the easiest one. She has slept through the night since she was 5 weeks old. And even before that, she was going 6 hours in between feedings. She rarely cried and was perfectly content sitting back and taking in all the action around our house. But, best of all, she slept in her own bed! Even if I screwed everything else up this time, I was determined that she would not sleep in the bed with me.

This year has flown by. I can't even believe that Morgan is 1 yr old. I have truly soaked in every minute of her 1st year. I have been there for every first and let many a chore go to get in some extra snuggle time with her. She is a bundle of joy with a sweet smile and the biggest blue eyes I've ever seen. She is saying simple words like mama and dada, dooce (juice), sasen (Graysen), nack (snack), piper (diaper), tanks (thanks), and pees (please). Much to my mom's disappointment, she still doesn't say Mimi. She is cruising all over the place on her hands and knees but hasn't quite gotten brave enough to let go to walk. She stands by herself for short periods of time and then plops down on her bottom. Best of all, she falls asleep by herself and sleeps in her own room!

She lives up to her nickname of "Peanut". I've called her that since she was in my belly and I first saw her on that 8 week ultrasound. At 1 year, she weighs 14lb 5 oz and is 27 in tall. Petite may be an understatement! The doctor isn't concerned, just says she's gonna be little. She loves to eat, so that isn't a concern and has met every developmental milestone that she should have met. I think it's funny that she started out as my biggest, yet has turned out to be the littlest.

Sharing some Apple Jacks with Daddy
Notice the big bruise on her forehead. It's hard learning how to stand up with out a few bumps along the way!

We had a fabulous time this weekend celebrating with family and friends. Morgan loved her cake and got some cute clothes and fun toys. Here are some pictures from the party...
Trying to be a lady while eating her cake
Still not so sure she was supposed to have it
Totally going at it with 2 hands
Maybe on a little sugar high about now. I love the look in her eyes!
All laid back smacking on her hands. What you can't see is that she had her foot pulled up into the seat and had been playing with the icing in her toes.

Thanks to everyone who was able to brave the nasty weather on Saturday and help us celebrate!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Long Time Overdue

I have been horrible at updating this blog lately. I've sat down several times to do it, but seems I either have trouble uploading pictures or just a lack of enthusiasm to write anything. I guess I've just been in a blogging funk and let it slip to the back burner.

Life around our house has been at top speed for the past month or so. We always have a lot on our schedule, but seems it's gotten even crazier if that's possible. Spring soccer started last week so that's one more thing added into the mix. As much as I talk about how we're on the go so much, I wouldn't trade it for the world. Being a full time stay at home momma is right up my alley and I thrive off of the chaos that is our everyday life. I'm thankful for the normal things that fill up our schedule. I'm thankful that when my baby girl is up a bazillion times a couple of nights in a row that it's nothing but her being cranky from some 1 yr old shots or that she may possibly, hopefully, but probably not be finally getting a tooth or two. I'm thankful that I'm doing homework and running back and forth to dance and soccer and school. Because there is a momma out there who has been in a hospital for over a week now watching her precious baby boy lay in a bed with a heart rate that is totally out of control. Stellan isn't doing well at all. His family needs our prayers more than ever right now.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Praying for Baby Stellan

Prayers for Stellan

Please keep this family in your prayers.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Saw this on another blog and thought it was well worth posting. So true how fast these babies grow up. I'm savoring every moment and soaking in all I can.

Song for a Fifth Child.
Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

Mother, O Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
Sew on a button and butter the bread.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I've grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,
Lullabye, rockabye, lullabye loo.
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo
The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew
And out in the yard there's a hullabaloo
But I'm playing Kanga and this is my Roo
Look! Aren't his eyes the most wonderful hue?
Lullabye, rockaby lullabye loo.

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Avery: (just coming downstairs from a good night of sleep in her own bed) "Momma, is Graysen at school today?

Me: yes, he is.

Avery: Oh, who delivered him today?