Saturday, September 20, 2008

Born to be an ArTEEst!!

I love to hear about what my kids did and learned in school each day. Sometimes I am amazed at the things that they are taught and remember!! I also love it when they bring home projects they have completed, especially art. I have always been a big fan of art. As a child it was always my favorite thing to do in school, and that love has always stayed with me. I enjoy watching my kids produce art, and enjoy sharing my love with them. The other day Josh came home with this little work of art. Just looking at their work makes my heart smile. My kids sometimes think I am crazy because I seriously get so excited about their artwork. Anyway, Josh brought this painting he had done home, and of course, I gushed all about it. I really love it, and love how well he did! He made good use of colors, and you can tell what the picture is. He seems to be very talented (no, I'm not biased at ALL!!), and better yet, shares my love of art. Way to go Josh!! LOVE it!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

the time has come, for... what?

With the kids being in school, I have a lot of extra time on my hands. I really don't know what I was so worried about... I worried that with them gone I would get bored, miss them too much, and just be plain miserable. That has so not been the case!! I have enjoyed and LOOK FORWARD to my time home with no kids. Don't get me wrong, I love my kids to pieces, and would prefer them to be home, but I haven't been miserable at all when they aren't. I have found time to keep the house clean, plan dinners, take a shower, put on makeup, read a book, and just enjoy being ME!!! This has been very good for me! I think also knowing that with a baby on the way, and that this time alone won't last too long also helps, and I am sure trying to bask in and enjoy every moment I can, because I know that this time 'alone' won't last very long. I think that moms and women in general need to take better care of themselves, and find time to do so. Find whatever it is that makes you feel like you, and then find the time to do it!! I promise that the rewards will be worth the sacrifice!! Good luck, and ENJOY!!!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Fall on its Way

I am so excited for fall. I have loved the nice weather, no more unbearable heat! It makes me nervous though to think that winter is right around the corner. I love fall, not so much winter. I was at the store the other day grocery shopping, and they already had a display out of pumpkins. It seems a little early to me, but I couldn't resist!! So now, I have this beautiful pumpkin out on the front porch in celebration of fall. I hope that this year fall lasts a little longer, and that winter is a little (or a lot) shorter. ;) I love the feeling of fall, it just gives me a warm, cozy, and peaceful feeling.

Sunday, September 7, 2008


It doesn't take a lot for me to catch my breathe these days, maybe it has something to do with being pregnant, I don't know. But I often find myself just STARING at the world around me in awe and amazement. It is so BEAUTIFUL!! I know that our Heavenly Father loves us because he sent us to this earth surrounded by things that are beyond words, and a person cannot help but feel good when looking at them. The other day I was outside with Josh, he was playing, and I was just enjoying the scenery and the perfect weather. I always have my camera on hand. I was looking up at the sky, and the clouds caught my eye, and kept them. I couldn't get over how utterly magical they are. I sometimes take for granted things like this, but that day I wanted to remember. I love to take pictures of the world around me, there is just something special about capturing nature in its simplicity!!


Another beautiful thing that caught my eye in the last couple of days... a sunflower.
I love this flower. It is so pretty, bright, and happy.
It is like it is a way of God helping us say good-bye to summer,
by easing us into fall.

Friday, September 5, 2008

ANOTHER Addition?


When Ryan read that last post he could not stop LAUGHING!! I titled it 'new addition' so he totally thought I was going to make a DIFFERENT announcement, and was shocked when he read what I really wrote. So here it is, the big announcement!! We are expecting a NEW ADDITION to our family, in March. Not another dog, lol, but a baby!! I am almost 14 weeks a long, and the baby is due the end of March. We are ECSTATIC!! I know we waited a long time for the announcement, but we wanted to make sure everything was well with the baby beforehand. SO, in another couple of months we will be able to have an ultrasound and decipher the GENDER of this baby. We will definitely keep you updated!! :)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


We have a NEW ADDITION to our family!! She is OH SO CUTE!!!

The other day Ryan came home from work, and asked if I would like a DOG. We had never really considered having a pet before, they are a lot of work!! Someone Ryan works with is moving into a place where they can't have pets, and wanted to find their little girl a good home. The kids absolutely adore her. Her previous owner had named her Kandy, and so we decided just to stick with that. She is very good with the kids, and just as important HOUSE TRAINED! WAHOO!! We have loved having Kandy around, and I am sure there will be some great pics to post soon with the kids and her.