Sunday, November 28, 2010

Favorite Pics that should have had seperate posts:(

So I should have written posts about all of these events but I am feeling quite lazy so I will just post some of the pics and give elaborate and exciting captions:)

My nephew and Grace sledding on Thanksgiving. It was so much fun!! ANd these two were fearless.
Our little family of four in a very rare photo experience...judging from the cooperation level I now know why:)
Me and my love sledding down the big hill. It was fun.
My little Eskimo and her two missing teeth..yet another thing I haven't blogged about.
The kids having a safety meeting with my dad before there trips down the hill. My dads sled run goes between two ponds making the trip a bit scary. He told them in the event of you heading straight for the pond,"bail out". Thanks dad you are forever clear with instruction. So on the many journeys down small children could be heard screaming bail out bail out:)
Elliot took me on a date to see the wind symphony perform at Western. His drum teacher is in the symphony so he got VIP access to the Tympany and Big Bass Drum. This was a highlight.
A picture of us before we left...of course my son had a very clear vision of what a date is. This being said when he asked me he instructed me to wear a dress and he then told me he would wear a tie. He opened my door for me all night and took control of ordering dinner for me:) He also told me before the date that there was only one problem he had just checked his wallet and it was empty so I would need to pay, also he can't drive so would it be o.k if I drove:) Of course. These are the kind of memories I will remember forever...I absolutely love this little guy:)
We got a new game for our is called Head Bands. The funny thing is we haven't played it with our kids at all but it is becoming a Sunday Night Game night favorite.
And last but not least the newest edition to our family Layla Mae!! I am in love she is so, so sweet and her hair has a reddish tone...I think she got it from me:) In more family growing news my sister is having her first baby in April and we found out it is going to be a boy. Oh babies everywhere I am sure glad others are still having them it helps with my unhelpable( i know this is not a word but whatever) baby bug.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I am thankful beyond belief......maybe not the exact post you were expecting?

I love Thanksgiving(not as much as my mother but I love it just the same). So much so that we have three every year.

First we celebrate Friendsgiving, all the usual blokes and lovlies around my table enjoying each others company and me being incredibly thankful that we have these people in our know I hope you all have friends like these and if you don't you need to go out quick and find some because at times they are what God gives me to make my world go 'round. I can't explain my love for them but they are the type of people that are always there right when you need a pick me up, they call you out when you are being a jerk, and make you feel like a million bucks over any little accomplishment....they are not anything short of Fabulous. They are Family really.

Next up is The Units Thanksgiving...the unit being Beej's parents. This was a great day around the table. Much yummy food to be had. Little boy voices gathered behind us around the bar giggling about what not and shenanigans....little lovely ladies giggling simply because they are girls and they are growing up in a family that not only supports that but is so chalk full of strong women it bursts at the seems leaving them no choice but to feel entitled just for the simple reason that they are girls. I am so thankful for this it is beyond. This year was special because Bill and Savannah were celebrating birthdays so our Thanksgiving also included a birthday cake. I bet you are jealous now;) I must say my favorite part of that Thanksgiving this year is just the opportunity to be an Auntie.....this is one of the greatest gifts and one of the jobs or roles that I am most thankful for. I love them like my own, yet I have no need to discipline them, I just get to love and mildly spoil. Its Fabulous!

Next up is today Thanksgiving Day. My mom is over the moon in love with Thanksgiving. She loves every bit of it! If there is a stronger word than love feel free to insert it you would probably be reaching a closer replication of her emotion for this day. She always has the kids stay the night the night before so they can help with all of the preparations. She has been doing this since Elliot was the size of a Thanksgiving turkey himself. It is fun to watch them take ownership over parts of the meal. This year has been a rough one for our family but I think we have pulled through stronger than before. And I am thankful that we will be gathering around the table with an extra little baby girl and another baby growing within my sister's womb. Our family is still growing, much like some of yours and it is exciting to watch.

With all the excitement comes a bit of sadness for me but Thankfulness as well. My Grandpa died a year ago this month and it has been rough for me, I won't lie. I have thought a lot about him the last month in reflection to this day and the fact that he will be missing from the table once again. I miss him like crazy and their was no one in this world that appreciated and enjoyed holiday shenanigans around the kids as much as he did, he would always appeal for lighter discipline and always always slip them more sugar if they were told no from a parental. Something I noticed but let slip with him, because once you are a great grandpa I think you get to do what you questions asked. Plus he helped raise me and I turned out ok so I figure he must be enlightened to some parenting techniques that I haven't figured out yet.? So he won't be their this year and I know you all are probably missing someone as well that holds their own piece of your heart. But the part about this that I am thankful for is that I had him at all, we all have had someone who loves you unconditionally, that holds close always and looks at you as if you set the moon in the sky...that was my Grandpa. So I miss him but I know that no matter how long I am on this earth no one can take that love from me. And this I am thankful for!

So this year as you gather with your own friends and family I encourage you to look at each person and be thankful for each of them for who they are to you. Friends and family are a beautiful thing!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

I am a mother of four.......

I am a mother of four for 3 more days:) I am thankfully going to say that the two stow aways are very well behaved, sweet children and things could be going about a million times rougher:) But I have to tell you that being a mother of four does not leave much time to dilly dally, in the mornings. This has been a learning curve however I think that not having the option to waste time at all does help me stay on task. I think I have actually stayed quite enjoyable through it all as well...surprise surprise:)

It has also made me appreciate my husband so much more like this morning I found that he had actually remembered to pick up sandwich baggies for me...making my lunch making for four oh so much more easy and fun. I may have even sent him a lovey dovey text to thank him.

Well double thankfully all four are at school and preschool today so yeah for me:) I think I will kick my feet up for awhile and then catch up with a friend that has been gone for awhile.

Later today you can look forward to a post on Movember....Grace and well love probably.