Thursday, April 30, 2009


Love in the Air. . .

So happy for her!
Cambria eagerly helping Aunt Rebekah with shower gifts. . .
(brief thumb sucking session while we wait for the next gift)
Hard to say who is more excited about having this guy join the fam- "Little Bear" or Aunt Rebekah! *Little Bear: Rebekah's nickname for JD

AWANA is over for another year. . .

First night of Cubbies. . .
. . .and the last night!

First night of Puggles. . .

. . .and the last night!

Jacob and Cambria, August 2008
Jacob and Cambria, April 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


. . . the Big Hearted Moose. Wow, do I feel a kinship with you, pal.

If you've never read this delightful treat from Dr. Seuss, you must go to the library and check him out.

On second thought, you may want to wait until I return my copy. But there's always interlibrary loan, and of course Barnes and Noble! Thidwick is worth it.

A host has to go without all kinds of rest,
For a host, above all, must be kind to her guests.

(Hayley paraphrase.)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Barn Demolition

What we do for fun is so twisted. . . this weekend everyone congregated to help Dad tear down a barn for a neighbor; they salvaged all the boards they wanted by dismantling the structure and then tore it down. Plenty of hair raising moments for those who crave an adrenalin rush!
Dust settling. . .

You can see the cable taut. . . they are getting ready to pull it down.

Daniel and Caleb

JD in training

Hey! He is still alive! Yay!

This is the barn before they all started. Dad has tons of cool barn boards from this project if anyone is interested!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Everyday America Rally

I really feel like this picture could sum up my life: always racing somewhere in the car! We wore red to support traditional marriage!
Cambria getting a good view in the Capitol. . .

Jacob Daniel
Who did we run into but the cousin! (He supports traditional marriage, too, just not with his sleeper outfit colors.)
IOf course the kids tried to wake him up immediately. . .
This is at the beginning of the procession into the Capitol. . . there are hundreds more people down those steps! It was a great experience and we were able to speak with two of our representitives so the trip was totally worth it!

People Watching Gene. . .

It comes from my side of the family. I know it's not polite, I know it isn't kind. We stare at people. Yep, watch them walk by and let our heads turn as our eyes follow them. As soon as they are out of earshot, we comment.

"She has the cutest shoes."

"I don't think they were married."

"He tans, that is disgusting."

Daniel has tried hard to break this terrible habit I have. He definitely has succeeded at making me aware of the crime. (I thought everybody did this! Come on, they do, don't they?)

But here we have little Cambria, innocent and unaware of the genetic disorder we share. The neighbors had company and she just stopped everything to go stare. Jacob, his daddy's spitting image in every way, glanced over at the goings on next door. . . and unconcerned, uninterested he went inside. Not my Cambria. I had to pry her away!

Daniel's work is cut out for him. . .

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Before and After

This was one of my projects this week. . . find more great stuff like this at . . . Daniel's project was a little more involved:


After. He rocks.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Things I Say A Lot

change your attitude, don't touch those
please take your finger out of your nose
close your little eyes when you pray
don't tell mommy no, you say: "okay."
don't push. don't bite. hurry up! settle down!
can you please eat your sandwich without a frown?
if you choose to disobey that's your choice
when you're in the house use your inside voice
no, you can't watch a movie tonight
you don't need to always ask why
we don't say that, it's swearing
it's okay, baby, don't start to cry
let's read a story, go make your bed
if you do that you are gonna bump your head!
i like being with you (most of the time)
i love you, you're special, you're mine

Friday, April 3, 2009

Weird Relaxation Technique

It's hard to see who is under that blanket with her feet in a pot (that she pulled out of the cupboard). . . Oh, it's Cambria!
I wish I found pots and pans that relaxing!

Three Dollar Skateboard

Jacob has been eyeing skateboards for quite awhile. . .
And he finally gets to try what he's been observing the neighbor boys do. . .

Except that he's not quite as good. Whoops.
Cambria: "Well, this should be good entertainment!"
"You'll never catch me on that thing!"
Her garage sale find. . . (there is such a huge difference between boys and girls)