Friday, December 28, 2012

More lessons in how to 'roll with it'

Santa was stopping by our house a day early this Christmas because we were going to be gone on Christmas morning. So Sunday evening we made our cookies to set out for the big guy, watched The Grinch, got on our Christmas PJs and were all ready to read our Christmas story book in Henson's bed together when plans changed juuuuuuust a tad....

As Henson excitedly attempted to leap into bed, he slipped off and caught himself with his elbow. Not. Good. After a good 8:30pm-4:00am hospital experience we came home with a broken elbow and a splint until we could get in to the pediatric ortho on Wednesday morning.
Santa did not forget this brave dude, though. Santa still arrived in time for the presents to be under the tree before H woke up (at noon the next day).
Long-awaited Green Machine

Getting his green cast on Wednesday

This week I have learned many lessons:
1. Things rarely work out the way you plan for them to. 
2. Kids can greatly surprise you by how resilient they are
3. Things rarely work out the way you plan.
4. How to roll with what comes at you; rearranging plans is a minor setback.
5. Things rarely work out the way you plan.
6. How to be grateful for the blessing of overall 
    health of my little boy.
7. Things rarely work out the way you plan.
8. It is possible to adapt to your unfortunate    
    situation without complaining (taught by my 3 year old, who       has yet to even whimper about only being able to use one arm, and is just   
      doing it.)
9. Things rarely work out the way you plan.
10. It could be way worse. We didn't have the  
     Christmas we had scheduled to have, but 
     Christmas happened. We rearranged and were   
     able to see all our family. The boys got     
     everything they asked for, and we were all   
     blessed by all being together.

Now we'll see what 3 weeks in a cast will bring...

Friday, December 21, 2012


Last day of Sonshine School in 2012. 

It took four months for Simon to finally go into class without crying when I left, (and in two weeks I'm afraid that will all be starting right back over again...but no time for negativity.) This pick makes my day merry and bright.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The BF

This is my best friend, Anna and I in eighth grade. We know we're awesome, but you can go ahead and tell us how sweet these looks are. We can't hear it enough. I looked for our 1st Place Talent Show  dance routine win pic with our matching outfits. I'll just let you imagine that one. 

This is us now.
I love this lady with all my heart. I have the best best friend. She lives in Abilene now with her little family of three, and I was missing her face today. So here's a shout out post for the funniest, godliest, self-less, most wonderful friend I could ever ask for.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I have said it from his beginning - he will be quiet, and mischievious. A dangerous combination. At least for a mom.
Well, this, my friends, is the look a mischievious 20 month old who got caught.
20 months will also mark the first time out of his life. And...the first time I have seen him cry the way he did with a look of such betrayal that I had to go hide in the laundry room for my own time out from putting him in time out. 
In more positive news, he is quite polite. He always says "please", "thank you! welcome!" (those always come together), and he excuses you if you sneeze or burb. Ahem. If Henson burps.
If you cough, he'll excuse you and then softly pat your back. He has definitely hit the "age of confliction" (dont' think that's a word, but that is what it is). That is, the "I want to be sweet, but the new awareness of free will will momentarily possess my body beyond my realm of control" phase? You know. 
Anyway, I'm much more ready this time. Cause now I have a laundry room with a door that also has a pantry, AND a lock. I'm totally ready.

Monday, December 10, 2012

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Another example of how to gain your chidren's trust

Force them to take pictures with a stranger in a big red, furry suit.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I dedicate this post to the things we do for our child that may be disgusting but are for their overall good.

I wish I had time to think of all of those things that I have already done since having kids, which I never thought I would do, like suck snot out of their noses using the suction of my own breath (SEE above picture. I have used this since Henson was a baby. This little contraption is a seriously genius invention which I now purchase for friends when they have a baby because it is so great.)

Another example: scrubbing things off my carpet that should be contained in a diaper. Be glad there is not more detail. 

A more mild example: all tings to do with food. Kids eating it, cleaning up after it. Wiping them up after it. Etc. I knew this one, but sometimes I just use the spray nozzle off the sink to hose them down. It's easier in the long run. I might be joking.

However, the weirdest part of all things that you could think of related to this topic is that when it's your kid it doesn't matter. You will do whatever it takes to take care of them. Even if it means putting your own cleanliness aside. I did get a shower today, though. It's already a great week.

Monday, November 19, 2012

It needed to go

All that hair, and that sad little Simon face below. Had to get that scooted on down.
That pile used to be on my child's head. Ca-razy.

Bode came for support, and both my boys did great. (Meaning Simon on cried half the time of his haircut. I consider that a success.) You can tell how much better Henson feels after a weight was literally lifted off his shoulders.

Monday, November 12, 2012

It Had to Happen Sometime

This little dude has been hit with the fits. The sobs. The whines. The 'mines'. This is the face of that dude. He is torn between these new emotions and wanting to be sweet as he is most known to be, but lately the former have taken over with a fury. 

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

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Monday, November 05, 2012

Ways to reuse your dryer sheets.

I felt like a practical post. 

Taken from HERE (a great site to earn free magazines just for clicking on info like these tips)

Here are some ways to reuse your used dryer sheets:

- Keep some used dryer sheets in a container in your car for wiping the dashboard. Place one under the driver side seat to give it that new car smell. (I got this tip from a friend who sells used cars.)

- Use one to smooth your hair and prevent winter fly-aways.

- Use them for cleaning bug splats from your windshield. Just wet one or more softener sheets and wipe over splats. Wait a couple minutes, wipe again and then flush with water.

- Use on grill, headlights, side mirrors and any other surfaces.

- Place used dryer sheets in the bottom of your trash can before you add the new bag, It will absorb any drips or leaks and leave the can smelling fresh. This works especially well if you use paper grocery bags in your can, which tend to leak easily.

- Place a used dryer sheet near the trashcan at your next barbecue or picnic; it will repel bees and flies. Also, wipe one over your arms and legs to repel mosquitoes.

- Soften the soles of your feet by soaking your feet in some warm water and rubbing them with a used fabric softener sheet.

- Place a used fabric softener sheet inside your vacuum bag next time you change it to freshen as you clean.

- Place them in the rafters of your home to keep spiders and other bugs from nesting.

- They're great for removing stuck on foods from your pots and pans. Fill the grimy pan with water and drop the sheet inside. - - Let soak for about an hour and wash as usual.

- Use old dryer sheets to easily wipe up messes like talcum powder and flour.

- Use old dryer sheets in the bottom of flowerpots to cover the drainage holes.

- Stuff them in and around any place that needs freshening like tennis shoes, closets, laundry hampers, luggage and dresser drawers. Tuck one in your pillow and sleep on a fresh scent every night.

- Use them instead of paper when doing 'paper piecing' for quilts. First ironed them smooth, then trace your pattern onto the dryer sheets. They’re lightweight, don't add bulk to your quilt & they smell great.

- Use them to remove pet hair from your clothes and furniture.

- Run a sheet over a piece of thread before you thread the needle when sewing. The thread will glide through the eye and won’t tangle when sewing.

- Rid your house of unwanted pests. Find any place where pests like mice are entering your house and stuff the hole shut with used sheets.

- Use them to remove soap scum on your glass shower door, or use to wipe windows when cleaning.

- Used dryer sheets make great dusting cloths for your wooden furniture.

- Use just like you would a Swiffer sheet on your floors to pick up dust and pet hair.

- If your scissors are dull and not cutting as smoothly as they should, wiping them with a used dryer sheet will remedy the problem.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Halloween: A New Season

Halloween is not just for one night anymore. Over the past few years it has become it's own holiday season, as well. Now that I have kids that can participate it's a lot of fun to do everything, but exhausting. As little as they need all that candy, we, the parents, need it even less. And I know none of you out there are shy about admitting your share of candy snatching while the kids are sleeping. It's a right as a parent. is a lot of fun, and here are some highlights:
The day of costume purchases. Simon's confusion of that "tough" superhero pose is reflecting of ours, as well.
Picking out our pumpkins (decorating referenced here)

Trick-or-Treat at the OC dorms. You can see my game face as I coach my children to remember the kind of candy mommy likes.

Trunk-or-Treat at MRCC

We may need to work on Henson's "attraction" skills before he starts attempting to date.

This is my BFF's little Yoda. The amazing Spiderman truly living up to this discription.

I didn't even get shots of them on actual Halloween, but they did make the rounds. There you have it.  Now bring on the turkey!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Closer to Two

Photos by Mandy Stansberry Photography
Simon is 18 months. This kid is definitely finding his personality, his vocabulary, and his "self" awareness. And by that I mostly mean he has discovered "mine", and is not shy to voice it.

He is a champ at any stare contest. 
His favorites are his blanket, cars, books, and both grandpas.
Two of my favorites of his new phrases: "I don't know." and "Wha ya doin'?" The voice makes these.
He attempts to say anything that he hears, and we have about a 50% chance of understanding him. 
He has also picked up on the art of annoying your sibling, and will randomly pester him. 
He has also discovered a fake 'he he' laugh that makes him even cuter than he already is - cause I think he's the cutest little dude out there.
Love that kid!

Monday, October 22, 2012


Cousins on the road to Grandma Jewell's

Third year...

Breakfast together

River rock throwin'

We love great-grandma Jewell!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Random Picture Mash-Up

Cute Cruisers
Library Nerds
Family Pic Preview: Ross Family Band
   Had a garage sale. Sold my first refurbished furniture (from 5 years ago)             in hopes of something new...
A family that carves together awkward smiles together

   Picture day at school (this pic added for documentation of rare sweet brother moment) 

Green Friday: plate, cup, PJs, pancakes. This dude loves green.

And for some Friday Fun, here's H rockin' out to  
Matt Stansberry and the Romance.