Monday, November 30, 2009

The December Shuffle

I absolutely love Christmas, always have. I love decorating. I love making the goodies. I love family gatherings. I love giving gifts. I love receiving gifts. I really do look forward to this time of year. In the recent years I've noticed that this time of year is much more hectic than it used to be for us. I think you take the usual baking, buying and gathering, and then add all the kids' programs, parties and "other stuff" and you get a bit more chaos. I think it must take some very intentional planning and some very graceful "no"-saying to keep this time of year from getting out of control. I want to feel reflective, peaceful and joyful as all those beautiful Christmas cards are telling me. I want that. I need that. I've got a new game plan for next year: slow down, take in the wonder of Christmas because it truly is amazing! I'm going to say "no" more often and be intentional about enjoying loved ones!

I hope that you've managed to keep the chaos at bay. If you have, would you please share your secrets?

Here are some pictures of our brood that reflect the general atmosphere around here. Enjoy!




Monday, November 23, 2009

What in Tarnation?

Every so often I attempt a group photo of the kids. I don't know what it is about the moment I run to get the camera! Will you look at this picture?!? It's just classic! Derek is trying to fulfill his oldest child duty by holding the same pose for as long as necessary while trying to manage the baby. I'm not sure what Lukas' deal is with pictures but it's always something with him, here he doesn't want to sit too close to Hanna...must be cooties. Hanna won't smile for pictures and usually won't even look at the camera. And Drew has just started putting his finger up his nose anytime I ask him to do something. They are ALL getting a copy of this picture in their picture books, mabye an 8X10! Frustration.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Diva in Training

D'ya think she could be a Diva!?! You wouldn't want to remove the shades for any reason! Partly she just loves things like sunglasses, jewelry, purses, shoes and phones. But she also knows if she puts anything down...the "stuff monster" is going to snatch it, slobber it and potentially break it! As seen in the photos. What's a girl to do?







Oh, he looks all sweet and innocent in the photo but he's a sneaky little guy! Mmmm...cute too. (couldn't you just smooch those cheekers?!?!?)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Baby Bird

I believe I've been given the "Baby Bird" from our youngest little monster. I had been frustrated about never being able to make it to laundry day before he was running out of socks. He has several so it shouldn't be a problem to go the better part of a week without needing to wash them.

The other day, I was annoyed that he was out of socks and it had only been a couple of days since I had done laundry so I went on the hunt for the missing socks. When I pulled his crib away from the wall, this is what I found:



Chris says he was telling me off. I'm always putting socks on him, especially before bed because his room is a little cool (and I have a thing about needing to wear socks, especially at bedtime). He's always pulling the socks off and I just put them back on assuming he's only taking them off because it's a new trick or simply because he can. Chris has pointed out that the poor kid's feet are always warm and he's probably P.O.ed that his mom keeps trying to jam the socks back on his feet. Thus, the "Baby Bird". Point taken youngling.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Deep Thoughts From Lukas

Lukas (on the return of Christ): "Hey mom!", "If we have to go to the bathroom right when Jesus comes back, we can just stand on God's hands when we're going up and pee off the side!"

Me (at a loss): "That might just work buddy."



The cranks are ALWAYS turning in that head!!!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Things That Make You Go HMMMMM...

As some of you know, Hanna was diagnosed with Celiac Disease last winter. I found this very strange article while searching through my favorite Celiac website. CAUTION: ONLY FOR THE STRONG OF STOMACH! Read it HERE. I don't think we'll have Hanna try this just yet!!!!