Thursday, December 31, 2009

snowy fun

what we've been up to...a lot this week in no particular order:






and lots of just good old fashioned fun. happy new year to you and yours...

Monday, December 28, 2009

not me monday

a few things me and the fam DID NOT do this last week...

i DID NOT forget it was monday until almost 9pm...and then write this post!

brooke's bmom, brit, DID NOT come and hang with us for an entire day this last week. paige, brooke and brit DID NOT go sledding and have a major snow ball fight whilst i took a nap! ahhhh. my heart DID NOT get a little bigger seeing the true joy of love.

someone DID NOT steal my b's nintendo DS lite from our car...that we DID NOT discover christmas eve at 9pm. paige, ryan and i DID NOT search everywhere, call everyone and take apart the entire house and the cars looking "just in case". after a blow by blow scenario breakdown, ryan DID NOT conclude it had to be stolen when we went to see santa bc it was there b4 and not when we got home. hubs and i DID NOT drive 2 hours around to every store praying that one would be case you were wondering, nothing but bars, liquor stores and drug stores. we DID NOT hit a blockbuster at 9:59pm...walk in and buy one of the last 2 DS lites with relief. we DID NOT get home, have a drink of starbucks liquor...and hubs DID NOT leave the bucks and a credit card for santa, as NOT noted in the pic.
nana and papa DID NOT come over way early to celebrate our early christmas morning with us and enjoy every single moment of the girlies being totally jacked up and excited, especially sofia NOT dancing to the mickey mouse clubhouse singing toy.
brooke DID NOT say in the car on the way home from target, "mom, we better get you home. you probably need to go and take a dump." where does she get these things?

the girlies DID NOT make and decorate 3 dozen cookies on christmas eve {on that obnoxious throw away tablecloth}. there was NOT so much icing on jada's cookies that it looked like mountain peaks!
i DID NOT get two venti's at starbucks after my workout this week bc the barista poured the mild java and not the bold. i DID NOT take them both and well, drink a little of the second before NOT deciding to give it to hubs.

i DID NOT workout on christmas eve with my trainer and stinking burn 850 some odd calories. oh no, who would do that...oh!

paige DID NOT take over the reading of the night before christmas before bed time this year. i was NOT a little taken back that my oldest is old enough for that...and that my youngest sat and listened quietly. i am NOT seeing them all grow up before my very eyes.
oh, did i NOT mention that the DS lite thief was found? oh yes...much to my relief. it was NOT my very own HUBS who absent mindedly placed it in his secret hiding spot to find it christmas afternoon. i DID NOT smile and say, "it's fine. it's fine." whilst gritting my teeth and taking deep breaths. he DID NOT feel absolutely terrible...and i DID NOT hand him the receipt to return it. sheeewww. good thing the thief was caught. i WILL NOT use this for ammunition for years to come to get my way...just so you know.
i DID NOT take paige, brooke and jada to see the princess and the frog and was NOT mortified at the voodoo and witchcraft that the movie was about. seriously, disney...can we have a princess movie that has a little bit of purity in it? i DID NOT love the grandma lighting bug with the clapper...or the super cute tiana...i mean, my jada believes that she can be a princess now, but i am NOT upset that she thinks she needs voodoo for that to happen! grrrrr.

we DID NOT drive brit home on tuesday nite and look at christmas tree lights on the way down and back...stopping at the circle in downtown indy to see the biggest christmas tree to which sofia DID NOT say, "wow! wow! lights, mommy. lights!!"
brooke DID NOT say on christmas afternoon, "i appreciate all the gifts. i really do, but santa just failed this year. i was specific. i wanted the talking house. love the DS, but i really wanted the talking house. fail. he really let me down." hubs and i DID NOT almost pass out and die thinking all that went into that stinking DS...oh well...DID NOT prove once again that we can not find love and strength in things that moths and rust can destroy...

matthew 6:19-21...
"do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves {ha} break in and steal. but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

oh and in case you were wondering, i DID NOT get my share of a well for christmas! yeah! or NOT yeah! hubs DID not buy me a (RED) water bottle and put the note in...oh, you say you wanna know how you can buy a portion or a whole well for those in africa who desperately need clean water? go HERE to world vision gifts and help those who really are in need.
the fam was NOT singing "oh happy day" in the car and b DID NOT sing "oh happy day. happy day. you washed my sin away. oh happy day, happy day. you washed my mom away." good to know that i am NOT synonymous with sin. good stuff.

bump in the photography road--i heart faces

i get a lot of great pics as a photographer of my kiddos...but there's a whole lot of hilarious outtakes that don't make the wall in the house, let's just say..but are def worth remembering every now and then.
so this is my entry this week for the i heart faces "hilarious outtakes" was during our fam photo shoot in early november...

sofia is screaming her head of about something...maybe not being able to run around like a maniac or something.
as you can also see, jada is terrified of something...maybe the screaming tears of sofia.
brooke is being her normal "helpful" self, which means not looking at the camera and trying to soothe sof. cute, but doesn't make for the best pics.
and paige, doing all that she can as the eldest...straightening collars and holding sof and well, just anything to get the darn shoot over with getting one good pic.

...which we did, by the way. but this is a hilarious least i think so.

Friday, December 25, 2009

merry christmas

merry christmas from my gang to yours...
from luke 2...

"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ[a] the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told."

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

santa lectures?

there's something to be said about indoor is indiana and it's snowing and it was FREEZING waiting to see the big guy. i took the "it builds character" road on this one.
but it was all worth it once we got inside the cute house that santa had those elves build right in the middle of our outdoor mall! amazing!
and then in the amazing christmas spirit, i read this...yep. merry christmas...give us $20 minimum. seriously?
it didn't matter, i mean the girlies loved santa...sof zoned in on the candy canes on the other side of the house and darted across to grab them. dang kid...just like her dad ;)
...but she chatted it up with the big guy...after staring him down first, of course!
my fav part this year...i mean the girlies were adorable, but when santa lecture paige and brit about not breaking boys hearts and being good, i almost lost it. he was hilarious!
turns out that b and jk changed their list and will likely be terribly disappointed since the big guy only gives one gift a year and he's already made that decision/build/purchase. uh oh.

in the end, we got a pic with all our girlies and the big guy! and they are so stinking cute.
merry christmas to you and yours!

Monday, December 21, 2009

not me monday

a few things me and the fam DID NOT do this week...

sofia DID NOT make "bucks" coffee for us with her tea pot after dinner. she is def NOT a girl after my own heart.
brooke DID NOT say, "wow mom, be careful when you make turns. that one just about killed my n*uts." after i DID NOT almost wreck the car, i said, "what are your n*uts?" brooke DID NOT reply, "you know, the body part next to my bottom. logan said he got hit in the n*uts at the bus stop. i think my nuts hurt."
i DID NOT try to get paige to take it, but ended up being the responsible parent and say it was "not a bad word but not a nice word."

jada DID NOT play the leapster under the couch in the office to have uninterrupted and unchallenged play time with b and s. she is NOT pretty smart to head to the lowlands for quiet time.
brooke DID NOT sneak so many sweets at the mc fam christmas party that she had to ride home with a puke pan on her lap "just in case".

i DID NOT workout like a dog again this week to keep this overweight bod reducing weight...i DID NOT got to the gym twice one day and burn 1100 calories!!! i'm NOT kinda proud of myself.

i DID NOT take my hs girls bible study and my 3 other girlies caroling to the elderly in the 20 degree snowy weather on wednesday night. we DID NOT fill many hearts with joy and recieve so much more in return by just giving. brooke DID NOT tell nana that we "went and sang to a bunch of old people at their houses and the smiled and cried and some of them even hugged us."i DID NOT take b with me to get one last gift for jada...the princess tiana doll. brooke DID NOT proceed to take jada to the exact place where i put it for safe keeping and show her. i DID NOT find both of them giggling in my closet, door closed and lights on, with excitement trying to figure out how they could play with tiana in the box.

we DID NOT have a santa sighting at mc d's this week while eating lunch. apparently, santa loves big macs and cowboy boots...

i DID NOT love driving 45 minutes to my bff's house on saturday morn to grab b after a sleep over. i DID NOT sit in silience for 29 minutes then listen to fab worship music the remainder of the time. i DID NOT enjoy the alone and quiet time. at all.
i DID NOT ask brooke if she had a hollow leg to put all the food in that she was eating. b DID NOT reply, "no mom, i just poop it right out when my body is done with it." good news, i suppose.

when i asked b in the target restroom, "b are you ok?" she DID NOT answer, "yep. just wiping my butt. oops. did i just say that out loud? sorry mom. that was pretty rude."

Sunday, December 20, 2009

after church

like any lover of the camera, there's never a place we go without our friend...
today after church, as we were walking out, the fam just was being normal and i had to capture this glimpse of what normal is for us....
yes, that's hubs...and yes, that is paige's coat. she's 100 pounds soaking wet, so you can see that it's not the best fit.
and sofia was obsessed with the fresh snow...again. but look at those sweet eyes. look closer...there's hair!!!!
and paige was cracking many things...but mostly at hubs being silly.
b and jk decided they wanted to play on the playground...we barely stopped them before sliding down the snow covered slide. we have a 40 minute drive home...wet pants all the home spells whining!
and even with the best of parenting, it turns out that leaving a super fun parking lot in front of the church {every single sunday} can bring any of the kiddos to tears. today, it was sofia.
happy sunday...

Friday, December 18, 2009


sofia is heading up on 2 in less than a month now...and well, i'm not sure i'm ready.
i've said it before, but i'm really feeling it now...she's not a baby any more.
i don't get another little one to cuddle and feed bottles to and blow bellies while changing diapers...sofia is the last one {according to hubs, for the record}

and i'm not ready. i feel the urge...the urge to have another baby. and since i can't do anything about that urge right now, i'm gonna keep her that way as long as i can, so this is my admission...

if she wants a bottle still...well, she's gonna get it.
would you refuse that face?
and if i can only get snuggle time by buying her off with a cup of ice chips to chew on, then so be it!
she even looked at me and said, "mommy. feel pee pee." we all know that means she is so ready for training...and i just hate to see her take that next step. don't get me wrong, i'm so grateful she is healthy and progressing, but this is about me...wanting to not have the attitude and no chores attitude that looms in this house with the older girls.

i'm gonna cry i'm warning you. i want my baby to last a little bit longer. i want her to grow up, but do you think santa will give me another baby for christmas next year? i mean, 5 kids is not THAT it?
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

the eye's have it...

paige is in photography class...which i love...and she just finished a project on eyes. i had to share these fun and amazing shots with you...

boys eyes are right eyes, girls are left...and she's mounting them side by side making 5 sets. i think that is totally awesome!

remember krystal...yep, this is her eye! look at the colors!
and my jada...funny how a brown eye only looks brown until you see it up close.
and the fab miss brooke...can you say BLUE?
i'm boring...yep, just brown and really in need of a touch up on the eye brows in this shot!
{right after i saw it, i did a touch up...i promise!}
miss sofia takes the blue to an all new level!
who knew that eyes could be tie dyed...this is matt from our youth group!
ok, this is a little freaky, but this is josh, paige's boyfriend. orange and green...hmmm.
and then ryan...i can't believe how gorgeous his eyes even all can totally be jealous of me!
i'm proud of her...this is good work! yeah paige!
have a happy thursday peeps...hubs returns from his trip tonight so that makes it a fab night!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


humor me, okay? i thought this was hilarious when i took it...i mean, a drop down on the couch, belly laugh funny.

everyone sees hubs as such a sweet guy {and he totally is}, but to see him with devil horns is hilarious!

it's all i got today. hubs is off on another business trip, which started this morn at i'm beat, it's freezing and well, please just humor me.
and 5 minutes for mom are helping me out today!