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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Winter Fun!

I've really been wanting some snow days this winter. The season doesn't feel complete without at least one day of playing in the snow. So this past weekend when we started hearing about some icy weather headed our way, I decided that ice might be the best that this part of Texas was going to get this year. Monday we woke to enough ice to sled on and we took complete advantage of it. Jeremy stayed home from work even though the roads weren't that terrible. He got out our makeshift sled (the lid of a storage bin) and the boys had some fun outodoors. This was Abe's first time to really play in this type of weather. He went on the sled twice and then he was ready to be inside. On Tuesday the refreezing of the melted ice closed schools again. So Pax and Abe were home from MDO and Holden's morning class was canceled. Wednesday morning we had more ice and later some snow. Today we had a little more snow that didn't stick. But we took Holden to his class and then went to two grocery stores. We needed groceries badly! But it was flippin' cold. The wind...oh that wind nearly killed me as I loaded boys and groceries in and out of the van several times. As of right now, the weather is showing us that we will be seeing more of the snow and freezing rain for 2 more days. Honestly it has been a nice change of scenery. But after this week, I'll be ready for spring. I like to have a little time in each season and now I've had my winter fix. A few pictures from Monday when it was new and fun.
 
 
And a few pictures from Wednesday when the cabin fever had begun to get the best of us.
 
 
 
 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Flashback Friday

Spring 2012. Holden was almost 4 and sportin' some pieces from his last Halloween costume.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Valentine's Day Pictures

flowers for me
 
balloons for the boys
 
 apparently daddy led a little craft time while I was out doing a some shopping. The boys were very eager to shove these cards in my face as soon as I stepped inside the house.
the boys prepared their own heart shaped pizzas
 
 
and we ended the evening with cupcakes from Nothing Bundt Cake...which are just so so so good. It was a fun Valentine's Day, celebrated with the boys I love the most.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Flashback Friday

I have a Valentine Themed Friday Flashback today. Apparently I didn't snap a picture in 2009 or last year. So here's what I do have. My how they have grown!
 2010
 2011
 2012
2013
And 2015. I took this picture on Thursday before the younger two headed off to MDO and Holden to his class. 
Every year on Valentine's Day the boys receive a balloon from us and a little chocolate. A simple balloon is a huge hit every single year. And chocolate....well, who doesn't love chocolate. Besides Pax, who doesn't love chocolate. I was a little surprised by being asked out on a date by my sweet Valentine this year. But it was quite a feat nailing down a sitter. So we celebrated with dinner out and a play last night. And tomorrow it'll be the 5 of us and some homemade personal pizzas. Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Life with my boys.

I had a conversation with Jeremy a few weeks ago after someone looked at me and said, "I don't think I could do 3 boys". And the overwhelmed look in her eyes and facial expressions said as much as her words. I have had that comment directed at me twice in the past year. Maybe more than twice but these two times have stuck out. Neither of these were some random strangers at the grocery store. They were both more than an acquaintance. But not friends that read this blog or else I wouldn't be posting this. :) So when I had the conversation with Jeremy and mentioned this, he shrugged it off. As most men probably would. I'm not saying it hurt me, but it made me think about the off handed things I might say to people without really thinking through my words. Because with her words I felt her thoughts were, I would not want your life. And I think my life and my family is pretty great. It's not easy. But something God has been whispering to me for a while now is that he never called me to an easy/luxurious/relaxing life. He did call me to raise these 3 boys to the best of my ability. And while my own abilities fail me daily, I'm still determined to follow that calling. I will admit that dressing a girl would be fun. She'd be dressed cute if I had myself a daughter. That's what I think about the most when I think about daughters, though I know they carry with them their own special kind of blessing and bond that is so much more than the eye can see. I'm not that superficial. But since I'm not experienced in the world of daughters, I mostly think about having a little baby doll to dress. And I know boys can have boundless amounts of energy. They can be loud. {On Saturday I walked to our mailbox across the street and two houses down and I could hear my crew inside our house. No windows were open. And they were just having fun. But yes, they can make some noise.} Us moms and other females often just can't understand these little boys. They are obsessed with bodily fluids no matter how often I try to derail those conversations. But they can be pure fun. And they bring me more laughter and joy than I ever knew possible. I also love their simplicity. Boys are just pretty simple. I have a little boy that runs only to me when he is hurt. He wants his mommy when there is any type of injury. Daddy hung the moon and is typically his first pick in any other situation, but mommy will always show comfort and affection. He knows this with his 6+ years of experience. I also have a little boy that tells me often that I'm beautiful. That he loves my necklace. And if I'm wearing a long dress... I look like a princess. He melts me. Some girl will be mighty blessed one day. :) I also have a little boy that says "hold you, mommy. Wock" He asks to be rocked. He gives me the tightest squeezes around my neck when he hugs me. He now sings every word to You are My Sunshine when I rock him before bed and naptime. He is a complete momma's boy. I'm crazy for these three boys. Completely crazy for each of them for all different reasons. They are individually unique and different from one another and bring so many wonderful things to our family that make us the way we are. Before Abe, I was convinced that our #3 would be a girl. I was pretty certain about it. And then I fell in love with a third little boy. So completely in love. So much so that the thought of a 4th boy excites me. I'm not making any announcements. I'm not sure that there will ever be a 4th. But I'd take me another boy in a heartbeat. So maybe not everyone is cut out for 3 little boys. And maybe that seems less than desirable to some. But I can be certain that I was created for it and I'm daily being equipped to handle the task.
 
 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Trying new things.

So far, 2015 has been a brought a little adventure for our family. January has now come and gone. But we all started this year with trying new things!

Jeremy - began a new job this month. Same company, but new manager, new team, new project, new building, new job. So far, so good. Not a work related picture, but I thought it was too funny not to share.
Me - a friend offered me an opportunity to do an EARLY morning outdoor exercise class for free. I'm never one to turn down free/cheap exercise programs so I jumped on it and signed up. Friday was supposed to be my last class with Camp Gladiator. When I began staying home and raising our kids we gave up our gym memberships. And mostly, I've been dedicated to working out on my own over the last 6+ years. But that was an easy expense to sacrifice when we gave up my extra income. But on my drive to my last class yesterday at 4:55am, Jeremy (who I thought was still asleep) texted me and told me to sign up for a year. My heart nearly melted. Seriously. I was in shock he was giving me the go ahead on this. I was smiling through my warm up burpees at the thought that I was going to get to do this on a regular basis. Camp Gladiator is incredible. You should check it out. There are 550 camps in the nation...or something like that. So surely there is one near you. Tell them I sent you! I'll get a friend credit, which adds $$ in my account towards camps. :) Just a little something from my FitBit after one of the workouts. I'm a little bit in love with my new gadget!
Holden - My biggest boy began a new little class outside our home this month. Two mornings a week he goes to a homeschooling school...for lack of a better word. Haha. It's not a homeschool co-op. It's not a part time private school/homeschool program. So I'm not sure exactly what to call it. But it's been a good thing for us. He enjoys it and it's challenging him a lot...which he may not enjoy the challenging part. But it's good for him. After an evaluation they put my little 6 year old in 2nd grade level reading/writing/spelling and 1st grade level math. And it has kept him plenty busy! And me, it keeps me busy as well! :)
Pax - our game boy. This boy has now added Skip-bo and Uno to his list of favorite games. The cards said for ages 7 and up so I questioned if he would be ready for them. But he is. And he loves to play these two new games!
Abe - this crazy kid that doesn't really like sweets and breads had his first donut hole this month! And he really seemed to enjoy it! Then I offered him a second one and he told me no. He just happily went back to his oatmeal and fruit. I've never met a person that can only eat 1 donut hole. But good for him.
I guess that wraps up our adventure of the past month. We shall see what new experiences February will bring us!

20 to 35

Yesterday we celebrated Jeremy's 35th birthday. Old man! ;) Fortunately it was his Friday off so that was an extra birthday bonus. On our way to the bowling alley I was counting up his birthdays that we have celebrated together. Our 20th birthdays were our first to celebrate together. So this year marks 15 birthdays! This was the fun lovin' guy I fell in love with. Affectionately named "King of the Electric Slide" by one of my college roommates. Which I'm sure is what he is doing in the picture below.
We've both changed so much over the years. But it's funny to me that we both didn't really shy away from the attention for a good chunk of our lives. But center of attention is definitely not the place we like to be now. We can be very similar personalities. We definitely have our differences. But I've always described us as like-minded. I'm thankful for this guy. I really am.

We celebrated with Friday morning bowling and dinner out that evening.
Goodness, Abe was all over this bowling alley. He is 2 years old in all ways you can imagine. It's exhausting being the mommy of a 2 year old!
I'm not going to lie, growing old does not sound fun to me. I'm definitely starting to see in the mirror that my face is beginning to show the years. And I don't enjoy those changes AT ALL! But I'm thankful to be growing old with Jeremy. And it helps that he's 2 months older. ;)