Wednesday, October 29, 2008

my family

Let me introduce you to my family:

Meet Beth she's almost 7! I think she looks a lot like me (but with blue eyes) and has a personality like her Daddy. She is very creative & artistic but she is her daddy's little girl all the way! She likes school, and she is a really responsible little girl and a big help to me. She likes to dance, take photos, read, draw and ride her bike!

Emma is five and is 18 months younger than Beth. She is my most passive-agressive child. She is quiet at school but one-on-one she is very talkative. She reminds me a lot of my younger sister! She is very affectionate, she loves to dress like a princess and is my most picky child. She loves to dance, cuddle and play dress-up

Katie-Abigail is three and is my "mini-me" she looks like me and she acts like me. She's still quite the handful at times but generally is adoreable and a ton of fun! Josiah is the baby and so very cute! He's a happy little guy who fills our lives with joy.

And this is my husband Daniel (with Josiah a while ago). He is my number one fan and I love him dearly.

So there you have it! You can see more photos of the fam on my Flickr site a lot of my photos are only viewable if you are listed as a friend or family in my contacts so please feel free to ask me to add you as a contact (you'll need a free Flickr account) so that you can see more photos!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

life is good

I am, generally speaking, so very happy with my life right now. Life has slowed down a lot with the girls at school and I enjoy my two "babies" at home very much. There have been so many days that I just smile to myself because even though everything isn't perfect life is just good.

Tonight my kiddos and I took a walk around the subdivision and we were choosing new names for ourselves - it was so much fun. During the course of the walk of course my girls changed their minds a couple of times (we are girls after all!) Katie-Abigail was, well it's taught to spell the name she came up with. It's a shortened version of her middle name "Elise" without the "eh" at the beginning, well say "Lisse" that was when Emma wanted to be called by her middle name "Alyssa" but then Emma changed her mind and wanted to be called "Belle" (sigh) at which point Katie-Abigail decided that her name should be "Cinderella". It was so silly! I'm saying "Belle don't walk so far ahead" and "Cinderella, get out of the middle of the street!" ha! I, of course, was "Ann" that's my middle name and a name I identify with much more than my first name and my rather boring name of choice for any occasion with the girls when my real name simply won't do. Then Beth decided, after a long and heated debate with Mommy, that she would be "Betsy". She was so thrilled with her new pretend name. That lead us to a discussion of Betsy Ross and when we got home we looked up the Betsy Ross flag on the Internet. So that was cool. It was fun calling each other by our "new" names and laughing and being silly. These kinds of walks don't happen very often so I treasure them (and write blog posts about them!) when they do.

I have started saving for our very first trip to Michigan. I told the girls about it this evening, how I'm planing for us to drive to my Great-Grandparent's little cottage on the lake and we'll swim every day in the lake. I was expecting them to be excited but they actually both cried! It's going to be our very first real trip since Emma has been born so it was just too unknown of an idea for them, I guess. They asked a hundred questions like will I be able to watch kid shown on their TV and will there be strangers living in the house and will we fly in an airplane and will I be able to bring stuffed toys and blankies and how will I get dressed and how long will it take to Michigan? Days and days? I'm excited about this and I really really hope it works out for this summer.

I got my hair cut. I like it. Though I'm glad that my hair grows quickly. It says to me that I can be myself. I don't have to style myself like something off of TV or a magazine, I don't have to have long hair just because Daniel likes long hair, for crying out loud! Daniel took this photo of me and I did the post-processing/touchup on it.

this is just who I am by you.


REALLY trying to get a picture of my new haircut by you.

I like this one 'cause it's so crazy and convoluted.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

OMG!

You have really really got to, immediately and without delay, head over to we are the Parsons to view this wedding. It is so amazing! I totally (almost) cried. The love that you see in these pictures is amazing!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Working working working

I've been working on the house today and have a big long list of things to do for the house that will take me at least a week to finish. As soon as the kids are in bed I'll start painting my bathroom which I started painting the first couple days of August and haven't touched since!!
I spent nearly the entire afternoon going through Beth's clothes. This picture is of Beth's clothes alone!!

It turned out there were a lot of hand-me-down clothse that were for next year in the pile, but still that was a lot to sort through!

It seems like a pretty normal part of life now that there are these days when the entire house - every square inch of it - is messy. I used to feel like some sort of loser-mom for allowing my house to tumble into such disrepair but now I'm getting used to it and realizing that pretty much all of my friends experience the same thing from time to time.
This morning I had my big long list of things to do today and I was all ready to start on my list when Katie-Abigail says "Mommy, I want waffles for breakfast" and I thought "why not?" so Katie-Abigail and I made pancakes this morning and I felt like I had finally taken another step in the direction of maturity. When Beth was her age we never made pancakes together, I found the whole experience too exasperating! But we Katie-Abigail and I some kick-ass pancakes together this morning. Yay!

Friday, October 10, 2008

just life today

Katie-Abigail had the hiccups today for the first time in forever. She was so funny! She thought she was going to throw up at first but then she got a little more used to the sensation and started to giggle we put together a puzzle to get her mind off of her hiccups - it was an amazing little moment.
Later we (Katie-Abigail, Josiah & I) played in the living room with balls and listened to music. I was trying to get laundry done but as Katie-Abigail said "dance with me" I couldn't resist. So we danced and we wrestled and we rolled balls around and I just sat there on the floor thinking "this is all I can do" for now anyway.
See, exhaustion is just a part of every day these days. Life is very busy and very full and I never ever get even half of the things I would like to do done in any given day but when I stop thinking about everything I think I should be doing and just concentrate on what I am doing I find my boundaries more quickly. I find myself saying "this is just all I can do" and being content with that. In that place of peace within myself I find the strength to do those extra things that we all dreamed about as our bellies started to swell and we felt new life growing inside of us. You know, dancing with little feet, baking cookies with little hands, drinking in the little laughs and wondering at the miracle of their little lives. I treasure my two little ones so much remembering how quickly their big sisters grew out of their littleness. I don't want to waste these precious days beating myself up about what I can't do, so "this is all I can do" has become my little mantra to remind myself that I'm not super-woman.
I think I tend to (in my mind) hold myself to super-high standards. Sometimes I feel like I need to treat each child as if they were an only child, care for my husband and my home as if we didn't have any children at all and keep up my appearance as if I were single. That is totally impossible when I've got four little kids! It was impossible when I had two little kids!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Rachel

On Sunday one of the awesome singles at church come let me take her picture, she was my best model ever, so far!

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