Friday, November 7, 2014

Changing it up!

I realize I am no professional at blogging. My style, my page, and my consistency are lazy at best. The good news is, I started this for my family, to keep them up to date on the babies and our exciting life, and they rarely judge me for lacking perfection. The other good news is that other people read it too. I say this is good news because that means that they have found some nugget, or style, or phrasing (or maybe they have found our life), to be intriguing enough to dive into. Family can be brutal, but anonymous, internet strangers can be even more so... I sometimes struggle with that, feeling vulnerable or weird that people "google" us, and when they do they come across this sight and Lord knows what else... I haven't googled myself in a few years.  Granted, I have left the blog public, not having anything in particular that I feel I need to protect or hide but not ever assuming that anyone who doesn't personally know us would care to look. That said, I am trying to polish it up a bit, make it less haphazard. And maybe....just maybe, I'll actually start updating again!

In this effort, I have created a makeshift desk where my computer and printer are set up 24/7, which allows me easier access and it is constantly in my sight. Before, the laptop wandered around the house infrequently opened and often tucked away.

My goal these last few weeks has been to create scenarios for change. Rather than just wishing I were better at things, I am taking steps to help myself be better at them. Funny how helpful that is...

Friday, October 24, 2014

I haven't completely given up on this thing yet, I have just found life to be very full and haven't allowed myself time to devote here. In the past, due to some perfectionist tendencies it might take me three hours to write a post that takes you five minutes to read...and then you want me to do it again less than a year later. That is so much pressure! Here are some highlights from the last four months and a bit on my reality today. There is SO much to update, it feels like everything has changed and I am not sure how to put that to words. I'll try my best going forward to condense it and make it interesting, there may not be photos to it all.

Since the last post, we have moved 1100 miles, down to beautiful, sunny, Anthem, Arizona. When we moved out of our home in Idaho it was mid sixtes and when we moved into our home here it was 110 degrees. So much sweat. Good news is we have a pool that is quite refreshing in that sort of weather.

We watered the grass a whole lot. I mean, so much...

The wildlife here is a new adventure. Our back yard butts up to wilderness so on any given evening we might see Javelina(wild pigs), bobcat, coyotes, rabbit, hawks, snakes, bats, scorpion, toads, pack rats...the list keeps growing. Not many threatening critters but plenty that make your skin crawl.

Your friendly(until it rips your arm off) neighborhood Javelina.

They all love to swim, but Jetty loves it the very best.

Patio dance party. This also happens a lot. My kids love to dance, if only I had some of their moves.

At the Butterfly Museum. Little boogers didn't take one good picture for me.

Audrey graduated to a big-girl bed and is 98% potty trained. Most of my days are spent trying to accomplish ANYTHING in between trips to bathrooms. Everytime we go to the grocery store they claim to be fine when we walk by the bathroom, until we get to the opposite corner of the store and then we have an urgent situation and not just once, they take turns. Sometimes Audrey needs to go three times in our 45 minutes trying to buy grapes and milk. Doesn't it take you 45 minutes to buy grapes and milk too?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Oh, hello

Just a few snippets of what has been going on in our life. I finally found my little camera(which wasn't lost, just neglected) and popped the memory card in to my computer only to find a few little treasures to share.

My little sparkle pony

And…my superheros

This is how we paint

Look at this handsome artist

Jetty-boo puzzle maniac

Hot stuff modeling with his mini- pumpkin pies. A mohawk and loaner necklace makes for sassy Maddox.

Any accessory left about the house WILL end up on Audrey. Love her so much.

Little lovey was briefly unwell which made for the best snuggles.

Sleeping with the bowl. Classic childhood memory.

1…2…3 little rolling ballers

NEW YEAR'S EVE, man did we have fun. So much fun.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Christmas fun!

Thanksgiving was a blast with all of the family together again. I can only imagine the chaos and immense fun we should have if our cousins' cousins(the Womacks), and all of their spouses and offspring would come back for a holiday. We made great memories all through our childhood, raising raucous and running wild. It was a blessing to grow up and share life with a brood of cousins. As it were, we had 26 of us, nicely settled into Papaw's heated shop for the meal and loud fellowship. It seems I am able to eat much less than I did in my youth. Kind of sad really with all of that stuffing and potatoes just begging to be mowed down. The weather was a balmy mid 40s as far out as the forecast would go, until it dropped to -16. That didn't slow Audrey down one bit. The girl LOVES to go. She toddled around the yard with Sam by her side, digging in dirt and mud, swiping at the massive piles of snow atop every object left out, climbing through barbed wire fences and sauntering half way across the horse pasture while on my "watch". She is a fearless adventurer, even when the boys poop out and bag the snow for TV time. A week at home isn't enough time to see all of the people I would like to see and get quality time with precious friends and family. I suppose it is a good thing; We love and are loved by many incredible people.

Shortly upon returning from MT, we ventured out in the bitter, bitter, cold to cut down a tree. That was less fun than we make it out to be. I mean, it is a better tradition than buying one off a lot or inserting the branches on the fakey we have in storage but man was it COLD. We quickly picked a tree that was "good enough", lopped it off and hauled out of there. Nearly all of the bagillion lights we purchased last year were half dead this year, making me even more sure that they sell us garbage on purpose so they can get us to buy them again each year. I strung about one sixth the amount of lights on it this year and I am sure I will be thanking myself when I tear it all down.
The kids are old enough and just interested enough to help out and they did a nice job hanging the ornaments as far as they could reach. I also sprung for technicolor baby trees for the rooms and there is glitter everywhere one can imagine.

A friend from our small group at church does photography on the side, and caught some super snap shots of our family. I will share some with you now :)