Friday, December 5, 2014

dec 5

some weeks advent and calligraphy take priority over showers and blowdryers and sometimes it's the best decision you could make for yourself. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

dec 4

In contrast to a tough day yesterday with the kids, today was a breeze - thankful for a morning where no one needed a spanking - that's a huge thing around here!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

dec 3

there is nothing more fun than having to carry an almost four year old to the car because he's throwing the biggest temper tantrum about putting on his hat before leaving a store - luckily this time my mom was with me to carry nyla out behind me - but that isn't always the case - more than once I've had to carry them both out together - no wonder i have neck problems.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

dec 2

errands in the cold sleeting rain with two littles isn't the most fun in the world, but it feels good to get some things accomplished well before christmas.

Monday, December 1, 2014

dec 1

I've never been much of an online shopper but this year, with two adorable toddlers, online holiday shopping is my new fave thing - free shipping and today's cyber monday sales helped me knock out a chunk of my christmas shopping from the comfort of my couch.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

nov 30

how in the world is it already december tomorrow? i am not ready, but ready or not, our house is now decorated for the holidays and our tree has an adorable ring of ornaments around the bottom where micah and nyla gently hung them all.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

nov 29

it's not every day you get a front row seat of an unlikely love story and get to watch it begin and reach it's culmination through marriage - but today micah got to sport the cutest bowtie and suspenders to help celebrate a special wedding of special friends.

Friday, November 28, 2014

nov 28

made the mistake of hitting up the mall for ONE THING on black friday - such a mistake as i had to wait in line for an hour and  a half while curtis took the kids to the lego store - this is the first and only time i feel like i got the bum deal on not taking the kids.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

nov 27

when we go away for the holidays we spend the whole day with curt's family - but being home for the holidays means being able to spend the whole day with my family this year - an early breakfast, the parade, even a lazy afternoon of nap time and dinner with my fan - it was perfectly boring and relaxed with my peeps.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

nov 26

tomorrow is thanksgiving, and i was asked to bring two veggie sides, which feels like nothing compared to last week's cooking marathon - so today i prep roasted garlicky brussel sprouts and maple cinnamon roasted sweet potatoes.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

nov 25

despite a lingering headache, i haven't gotten nauseated this round of climbed - and i just remembered it's a short three-day work week for curtis - hip hip hooray!

Monday, November 24, 2014

nov 24

with fear and trembling i swallowed that bitter climbed pill, but this time i took an anti-nausea a couple hours before and made sure i ate breakfast well before i took it and thank you Jesus it didn't make me sick like it did last month - deep sigh of relief.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

nov 23

and just like that, a week of prep has come to an end and as we prepare for thanksgiving i also prepare to start month two of climbed tomorrow morning.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

nov 22

today i spent almost 10 hours in the kitchen sweating and stirring - i have a whole new respect for my mom who does this kind of holiday meal often - but it's over and i pulled it off and it was delicious (if i do say so myself) and we had a great night with our friends.

Friday, November 21, 2014

nov 21

tomorrow is our friendsgiving so today i prep gravy and cut potatoes and toast bread for stuffing, and chop veggies and make cranberry sauce and on and on - i am going to dominate this dinner.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

nov 20

this is the time of year that goes exceptionally fast and i always feel far behind - friendsgiving then thanksgiving then nyla's birthday then christmas then curtis' birthday then new years then micah's birthday - then before i know it it's february.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

nov 19

along with prepping an almost all vegan thanksgiving (besides the turkey and gravy of course) i'm also in charge of bringing a dairy and gluten free snack to our community group tonight - whew, the creative cooking juices are definitely flowing.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

nov 18

and then there are some weeks we really don't leave the house much - instead we clean and chop vegetables and make lists to prepare our home for a holiday.

Monday, November 17, 2014

nov 17

another monday, another week to start again - beginning with working out and cleaning my dang house.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

nov 16

today begins a week of friendsgiving prep starting with grocery shopping for everything besides the turkey - it's a lot of pressure to make the whole meal solo - but i always like a good challenge.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

nov 15

brought nyla with me to a wedding shower today - she was so adorable, the way she sat like a big girl and ate her food, gave everybody hugs and played so nicely with another little guest while the bride opened her gifts - it could have went either way so I'm relieved. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

nov 14

You know what's worse than Curtis leavingm for another two days? Curtis leaving in the middle of a snowstorm. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

nov 13

let it be documented that this morning we started "teaching your child to read in 100 easy lessons" with micah - let's just say he's a healthy mix of quick and smart and as stubborn as his momma.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

nov 12

days where we don't leave the house all day make me dread the thought of the coming winter months.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

nov 11

we took our last trip to the zoo for the year on the most beautiful day in the history of novembers (65 and sunny) and it was heavenly.

Monday, November 10, 2014

nov 10

after nearly two weeks off from working out due to the the cruelty of clomid, i'm back to my regularly scheduled programing, and feeling the pain of my atrophied muscles.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

nov 9

after a too-short visit with friends, we had a nice, productive drive home talking about "schooling" and parenting and what it means to teach and train our kids.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

nov 8

i just love the time we spend with the zeune's in dayton - but every visit makes me wish we were raising our kids in closer proximity to each other.

Friday, November 7, 2014

nov 7

Taking our yearly trek to see the zeune's in Dayton this weekend - can't wait to see some of my favorite people!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

nov 6

in a few weeks micah is in his first wedding for friends - all the little boys get to wear bow ties and suspenders, I'm so excited to see it!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

nov 5

After over a year and a half it was time to lighten my load and chop my hair - 8 inches gone is a bit of a shock, but I does feel really good.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

nov 4

It took a while but we finally finished our 12-week study through the book of mark - with a bunch of little kids, I'm pretty proud of us.

Monday, November 3, 2014

nov 3

Keep wondering if this drug will work as quickly as it did last time when we got pregnant with micah - part of me hopes it does and part of me wouldn't mind waiting a while longer.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

nov 2

Thank you Jesus that I didn't have to feel sick all week - tomorrow is the last day (of this cycle of clomid) then the fun begins.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

nov 1

Had our first preschool visit this morning and it was so cute I kinda wanted to cry.

Friday, October 31, 2014

oct 31

This year was the first time
Micah asked us why we don't celebrate Halloween - so we had an honest talk about convictions and how every family does what they think is right for their own family - and his little three year old brain seemed to get it just enough and the Lord protected his heart from jealousy, this year at least. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

oct 30

luckily today hasn't been nearly as bad as yesterday but it really isn't cool to have to be nauseaus just to try to get pregnant, ugh.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

oct 29

today is day one of clomid and while last time I had no side effects, this go around had me sick as a dog within two hours - Lord help me please!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

oct 28

already thinking and planning for the new year - although I probably shouldn't because I have a ton to do before 2015 begins.

Monday, October 27, 2014

oct 27

Just another manic Monday trying to excercise and clean my house with my two tornados underfoot.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

oct 26

My mom had my sister only 17 months after she had me, I can't imagine bit now I'm glad we're so close in age.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

oct 25

family dinner for jen's birthday at our favorite siam cafe - a birthday tradition.

Friday, October 24, 2014

oct 24

one of the smartest financial decisions we've made has been to save money for Christmas every year from September to December so we can make all our purchases in cash - and although it tightens our budget for a few months a year, not using credit cards has many rewards, and this definitely is one.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

oct 23

it's amazing how much stress is relieved for me through doodling - think I might start a doodle a day - at least for pms week.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

oct 22

I think for the first time since college I only put a few bucks of gas into my tank to hold off til payday on Friday - ironic because gas is cheaper than its been in a while.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

oct 21

another day that curtis won't get home until well after the kids are in bed - someone please put me out of my misery stat.

Monday, October 20, 2014

oct 20

micah has been having a problem with back talking lately (ex: "please be quiet, micah." "no YOU be quiet!") so after being disciplined for one such episode this morning he then said, "mom, can we try a do over, and this time i won't back talk, i'll FORWARDS talk!" hahah!!!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

oct 19

although she isn't two yet, we let nyla try to go to the 2 and 3 year old sunday school class with micah  this morning - and to our disbelief, she made it almost 40 minutes without crying, she even said bye bye mommy when i dropped her off, but then they said it just hit her that we weren't there and she started freaking out - but hey, we almost got to sit in the whole sermon - TOGETHER - so we'll take it.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

oct 18

who would've thought having a music teacher at a two year old's birthday party would be such a hit - and then there was nyla, dancing in the middle of all the little toddlers without a care in the world.

Friday, October 17, 2014

oct 17

before leaving the art museum after lunch today, we stopped to use the potty and while washing our hands micah said, "mommy, if i'm so so good and quiet and obedient can we look at some art before we leave?"so we did, and he walked holding my one hand as i pushed nyla in the stroller with my other and as we walked through one gallery he kept whispering "wow, look at that sunset, it's so beautiful, mom, isn't that sunrise one so pretty." it was so adorable and i'm so glad we took the time to do it.