Tuesday, August 31, 2010

outside dining

i love the creative and imaginative minds of kids...i mean, i don't like the messes that come with the imagination.

sofia is all about imaginary everything right now...her babies are always crying and need food or diapers, there's always food to be cooked or prepared, and there's definitely a lot of cleaning to be done.
{i have no idea where she gets any of these ideas, btw}

the sandbox is a great place to hang out and get some outdoor cooking, and dining done! and when jada's home, she joins right in, bc she's the "cooker" in the fam!
when the bowls and spoons come out...there's entree's galore, and of course, starbucks to drink.

and two cooks in the outdoor kitchen...wow, there's food flying everywhere!

mixing and cutting...

filling and washing...measuring.

and the fun is always super duper messy...but it's all just FUN.

Monday, August 30, 2010

not me monday

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

i DID NOT get what i've been asking for...i DID NOT have 4 scheduled shoots in 3 days and i am NOT thrilled to see that my work is really getting noticed...finallly.

jada DID NOT say in the car on friday night, "have you noticed that i am the only brown person in this family?"  
hubs DID NOT respond with, "jada, i believe i have the oddest part in this fam bc i am def the only man."
i DID NOT add, "paige is the only one with a different last name, brooke is the only one with a bio baby brother, and sofia is the only one with a bio link to daddy and me.  i guess we're all just different.  and well, different is good.  different is us."

i DID NOT have a total blast with 2 of my most fav high school girlies ever on a duo shoot saturday.  we DID NOT take an air conditioning break in the historical museum and fina all sorts of fun things, like wooden shoes the size of new hampshire!
i also DID NOT stand guard so bekah could straighten her hair in the alcove near the elevator...i mean, a girl has to have good hair in her senior pictures!

hubs DID NOT bring the girlies to the river where i was shooting on saturday to play in the water.  i DID NOT look over at some point during the shoot and see a man with his pant legs rolled up with three little girlies bouncing along int he river like ducks in a row.  i DID NOT think he looked a little feminine...but soon realized that he was the best hubs in the world for just playing.
we DID NOT have a fun family dinner over the camp fire this week in the back yard...we DID NOT make pepperoni pizza pudgy pies and they were NOT awesome!!!  we DID NOT have marshmallows for dessert...yummo!  i DID NOT get more raves from the fam on that meal than the parmesan crusted chicken with brown rice and mixed veggie meal i made this week.  i do NOT wonder why i even try sometimes.

brooke's teacher DID NOT send a note home saying, "is brooke right or left handed because she wrote half of this paper right, switched it up and finished it left.  when i asked her she said, "it's just the way God made me." "  brooke is NOT a true ambidextrous.

paige DID NOT have her very first practice on her new travel softball team this weekend! we are all NOT excited at all for the year for her and all the experience and exposure she will get.

hubs is NOT FINALLY taking me along a paris trip...i will NOT be in paris sometime this week and i will NOT be sipping espresso, eating crepes and taking pictures of things i have long to see since i was a very little girl.  i DO NOT have so many things i want to do...and i am NOT jacked!

while doing some ministry planning only a few minutes ago, sofia DID NOT color her feet blue while i was on a phone call. 

jada DID NOT decide that half way around the cul-de-sac that the "sweat on her face" was too much and lieu in of riding the bike, she would just plain walk it.  i mean, why ride the bike when you can do the same thing walking it and not sweat.

i DID NOT do 3 boot camps this week...and i DID NOT limp all day saturday from the muscle pain.  if i DO NOT look like a flipping super model soon i might hurt someone!!
i DID NOT turn around to find the flipping cutest puppy ever chewing my only pair of glasses!!!  grrrr!

Mckmama- Not Me Monday

Friday, August 27, 2010

princesses and fairy tales

i've always been the mom who never wanted their girls to be prissy or girly...but there are things i have learned with having 4 girlies...girls just like to be princesses.  it's something they are born with...

any my girlies are no exception.  the other night, hubs and i got a "show" from b, jk and s...and you guessed it, it was a princess show.
{and note...they are all smiling and loving each other.  that was the "show" part for us!}

so the story goes...prince mickey kisses princesses tiana

tiana is flabbergasted.
mickey is hurt.

the end.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


brit, b's bmom, had jordan about 2 weeks ago now.  she's just a beaming momma...and brooke, well, she's a super proud sister.  
but this little guy...he's so precious i can't hardly stand it!  being a faux grandma is awesome.  i get to spoil him and love on him and not have to do the ate night feedings.  i don't know why we don't do this always together!

and a boy...well, it's all different.  with my 4 girls and no boys in sight, this little guy is getting so spoiled it's not even funny!
it's already been so incredible to see brit parent jordan and be able to still have b and jordan bond as siblings too.  it's been a real gift...and i'm sure there's a lot more to come.
did i tell you he was precious???

Monday, August 16, 2010

not me monday

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

baby jordan {b's birth bro} DID NOT poop in brit's hand while i was doing his photo shoot saturday.  he DID NOT proceed to pee TWICE all over the place either.
brooke DID NOT come and stand next to me at the end of the day, after the birthday party and say, "mom, i really loved the party and thanks.  dad said i had to come and say this and i was just trying to go to the bathroom.  so thanks, mom."

paige DID NOT harf her entire freezie drink right in front of her boyfriend on friday night...3 times!  she DID NOT have to miss the first day of travel tryouts on a team bc she was still harfing!!

brooke's birthday party was NOT simply a time for her friends to get together, play with zeus and each other, run around and scream and just be kids.  they DID NOT follow that chaos up by nailing a pinata with a broom handle and scavenging like wolves for the prizes inside.

sofia DID NOT come into our bedroom on friday night saying, "i am big girl. i eat food. drink juice. jordan...he a baby.  he can't eat real food."  it was NOT 12:30am when she had this revelation...

i DID NOT do the one thing a photographer NEVER does...i DID NOT delete a flash card without checking to make sure all the pics were downloaded.  i DID NOT delete all of b's birthday pics like a loser mom and NOT a pro photographer.  i {hubs} DID NOT have to do a file recovery and the files are NOT just fine now on the computer.  i am NOT an absolute idiot.

i DID NOT drive by "mr dan's hot dogs" and have a total flashback to childhood. i DID NOT text my dad and ask if we ate there to find out that we did...and dan DID NOT change the name in the 70s from gay dan's to his new name.  i DO NOT think he made a really good decision on that change.

jada DID NOT say "i really just need to do this alone with you, mom. i really think sofia just doesn't get it sometimes."

i DID NOT do a 3 hour a photo shoot in 100 degree weather of one of the cutest, sweetest girls ever! in spite of the heat, it was NOT one of the best shoots ever.
brooke DID NOT say to me, "jordan and i have even have the same looking breasts mom. that's amazing.  he's a boy and i'm a girl."  i DID NOT gaze into the sky thinking i had no idea what to say.

sofia DID NOT say "daddy, you the big daddy here" to hubs on sunday.  hubs DID NOT get a huge smile on his face on that one.

Mckmama- Not Me Monday

Thursday, August 12, 2010

...and she's 7 now!!

it's brooke's bday today...
i can hardly believe that 7 years ago today we were in a labor/delivery room with brit...worried so much about brittany and at the same time, so incredibly excited to see the baby that we had waited so long for.
brit was so young...we loved her so much and we just wanted everything to be okay for her.  
i have to say, i specifically remember actually feeling the room was full of holy angels...there was this powerful sense of God's presence and peace and love.  we had tons of people on their knees for brit...and for that, i am so grateful.  bc that day, that moment, brooke was the witness of God's love to a number of people who had never felt that kind of love before.
and then the little horse was born...and there was a sigh of relief that all was well.  i remember looking for ryan while i was holding brit as the nicu doctors took care of brooke's lungs.
ryan was in the hallway outside the room, prostrate on the floor, sobbing.  he was overwhelmed with the beauty and grace we had just witnessed.  from that day on, i really believe he and i saw a true picture in like real life of what's God's grace looks like...in flesh.
brooke is a vivacious, hilarious, beautiful gift from God...and every day i'm so grateful she's my daughter {even on "those" days}.  and so are her sisters...i promise!
{i put this pic in to make sure to remind paige that she was overly jacked about getting brooke...this literally was the first time she held her and she could not wait!!}
one week ago, we were back at that hospital where b was born...with brit, delivering her baby boy, jordan. and that was another huge gift from God.
because not only do i have an awesome 7 year old that will def change the world, but i have a super courageous, loving, honorable and humble "daughter" in brit...and a "faux grandson" in little jordan.
more importantly, i see God's hand working...brooke was just the beginning.
watch out world...bc my brookie cookie is gonna rock this joint out.

thanks, brit.  love you brooke.  happy bday, girl.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

a sea of red

family is super important...and we have a HUGE family!!!  every year we have the big old fam reunion...and since there are 5 fams represented {grandpa and his 4 sisters}, we all have a color we wear...and our color is red.
my dad is the oldest of 8...and well, all of them have a number in their fams now, so we're a huge group...a real sea of red.  at he reunion, there were 127...and that was missing a whole bunch!

and come reunion time, we bring our a-game...because there's some pretty fab stuff.  i mean, we are quite the people. not!!!  grandpa died 2 years ago and so grandma is the matriarch and she loves the reunion!  she's the cheerleader...

we have major competitions, with huge prizes.  this year...wait for it...watermelon seed spitting contest.  {i refused to participate...sorry about that}.  but in the spirit of fam, gab tutored brooke...

then brooke passed on the info to her sister and cousin...i mean, we NEED to win!!

no matter what, there's always time for hugs...

...and some comfort food from nana!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

just in...

my trainer shared a little news just released from UCLA...and it's def worth noting.

a study conducted by UCLA's department of psychiatry has revealed that the kind of face a woman finds attractive on a man can differ depending on where she is in her menstrual cycle. for example: if she is ovulating, she is attracted to men with rugged and masculine features. however, if she is menstruating or menopausal, she tends to be more attracted to a man with duct tape over his mouth and a spear lodged in his chest with a bat up his booty while he is on fire. 

no further studies are expected on this subject.

just thought you should know...

Monday, August 09, 2010

not me monday

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

ryan and i DID NOT play in our first co-ed softball game together in like 5 years.  i DID NOT realize that turning 41 was more than a number when i could not see the flipping softball coming at me.  i was NOT totally embarrassed that i stopped on a play bc i thought i was on the fence line and apparently i was NOT still in the middle of the playing field.  i am NOT ready to flipping redeem myself from the sucky horror of my playing skills last week, tonight, on the field again.
when asking brooke to jump in the shower, she DID NOT run out of the bathroom screaming, "shiver me timbers dad...it's freezing!!!"

i DID NOT have a big ole family shoot on sunday afternoon with one of the funnest and cutest 3 generation fams ever.  i was NOT laughing the whole time at little brady, 3, who totally gave me flowers for being a good photographer.  i am NOT considering adding that to my pro resume, btw.
sofia DID NOT decide she couldn't walk on saturday unless she had shoes on...when shoeless, she would stand and scream, "i bleeding on my feet. you come get me someone. i can't walk."  the injury seemed to NOT subside once we hit the park at nana's house and there was NOT a ton of running and playing.

at nana and papa's new house, i DID NOT totally make a challenge game for the girls to pick up all the fallen branches and put them into a pile...my mom was NOT surprised by my ingenious chore/game ability and NOT happy that the sticks were all in a single pile for her!
hubs and i DID NOT watch a red box that i picked randomly that was NOT the flipping most depressing movie ever...especially when i DID NOT pick it bc robin williams was in it and i DID NOT think i would laugh the whole time peeing myself...when in fact,  i DID NOT have this "what am i watching" look on my face.  it was NOT a good experience.
i DID NOT see the inside of the bburg starbucks 2 times in 5 hours and both times have chatty time with my fav college age group students/young adults about life and the decisions that need to be made.  i am NOT the most blessed person to be involved with them...and i am NOT way more blessed than what they think they are...bc they are NOT awesome!!!!

hubs DID NOT send me a text last night that said, "the cicada's are so loud that i can't even hear myself molting."  and i def DO NOT think he's a total dork.

brooke DID NOT become a bio big sis for the first time ever this week.  she DID NOT stand in awe of how "boney jordan's butt" was...and how cute he was.  she DID NOT say, "he's so stinking cute, i think i'm just gonna have to eat him right up mom!!"  brit, b's birthmom, is NOT totally amazing and doing fab...and she and jordan are NOT coming up this week for b's bday party and a few days overnight to chill as a newr, bigger fam!  and i def am NOT a faux grandma...bc i'm only 41!!!!
jada DID NOT wake me up one morning at 6:30 am asking me to paint her nails bc they just looked awful.  i WAS NOT completely exhausted and a little annoyed even processing at that hour that i had finger nails.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

i love college

i love college...students!
ryan and i have been in student ministry for a number of years, but about a year ago we really felt the call to move from high school to college.  making a long story short, we jumped in and became the "old faces" in what we are calling "the bridge"...college age and young adult group.  it's a place where younger adults are doing life together, serving God and others and getting some old fashion mentoring from a few old folks...ryan and me :)

oh. my. word.  how fun!  so we tossed together a little shindig for the church's high school students to just hang out and have a coffee shop night...and the college students brought their a-game!

we had REAL starbucks iced and brewed coffee...bc we have style!  just saying...

live music all night long...even when the storms came around!

decor...well, it speaks for itself!!

delish eats...

and did i mention, FUN!!!!

and of course, when you are in student ministry, you do it with the fam...so our kiddos are just part of the gig.  they love "the big kids", as they call them...and what great role models for them too!!

yep...paige was thrilled to be part of the hs group and NOT one of us this time!!

and one of the coolest things EVER is this...God is with this group!  these people serve others in big ways, give beyond themselves, love Jesus and have a lot of stinking fun in the meantime.  i love them all so much...
and of the group, the 5 in this pic...well, there's a little extra special-ness!  ash, erin and hannah were all students in my hs girls life group...tyler and parker in ryan's.  {not to mention like 80% of the group we were in hs ministry with...} but to still be a WANTED part of their lives, is just awesome.  awesome.

and...that's all i have to say about that!