22 November 2010

Where is my time?

Life has been not so much hectic as just passing before my eyes lately and it's been way too long since i have posted... I have a quick 5mins before it's time to finish up setting up crafts for preschool and getting everyone dressed and ready for the day.. Chris has been layed of for a while and it's been great having him around the house. The boys are thrilled to have daddy home so much!
Christmastime is just around the corner and i am so excited! Today i will get all the decorations out and get the house looking ready for the wintertime.. I may be just a little ahead of myself here, lets talk Thanksgiving, i LOVE any holiday where i get to see my family. *smiles* We leave Wednesday to visit family for Thanksgiving and i am looking forward to a fantastic holiday and a great weekend!
Back to Christmas i have been getting alot of shopping done which makes me so happy! I have a bit left to do but that will be finished in the next couple weekends!
Okay times up gotta go! I'll be back with more later, until then enjoy my ridiculously adorable children!

{Don't let me forget to tell you about Kiah's first haircut!}




13 November 2010

Did you miss me?

Other than a couple last minute almost word free posts i have kind of been MIA for a little while. We have had a crazy busy couple of weeks over here, if you checked out my last post you saw some photo's from the Zoo, if you are a regular reader you know my camera is (was, just wait a minute and I'll share!) not all the great so we used my sisters while at the Zoo. Worked fine for capturing the moments until... yup you guessed it.. the battery died about 3 Min's into the Zoo and before we even got to the good stuff! I was so bummed but feeling okay about it because i had tucked my not so great camera into my bag just in case. I pulled it out to start taking more pictures only to discover.... I LEFT THE SD CARD AT HOME! oops. Well despite the camera troubles we had a great time. We actually spent the whole weekend down at my sister's house with her husband, our parents and my kids oh and don't forget the pup... it was a full house but so much fun.

Sunday we went to the Children's Museum in GR, having never heard of it before i was expecting a museum with exhibits directed towards children, boy was i wrong! This place was amazing! There were so many different things for the kids to do! I ran around (with my sisters camera again, battery fully charged this time) snapping pictures of the boys having the time of their lives.. i seriously want to move there just for that place alone!

As soon as we left the museum we headed home which is about a 4 hour drive, except for on the way down when we ran into a blizzard! NOT what i had been expecting when we left the house! As excited as i am for Christmastime (40 days to Christmas & 12 til we get our tree!) I am not ready to talk about snow yet.. give it a couple more weeks....




NOW FOR THE EXCITING NEWS!

I AM NOW THE PROUD OWNER OF A DSLR! No more point and shoot for me! My Canon arrived in the mail yesterday and in less than 24hours we managed to take over 300 pictures.... did i mention that the camera never left the house? They all just look so pretty i can't bring myself to delete any! I am so over the moon happy about FINALLY having my camera. I can't wait to get started on some photo challenges! No more low quality photos from me friends :)



Having shared that here are (almost) the last of the photos taken with the point and shoot!




{Zeke had SO much fun with the mirrors}

{Bumble Bee Kiah}


{Kiah & Grandpa playing the drums}


{Zeke making bubbles}



{Giant tinker toys are awesome}

{Fireman Kiah on the Firetruck slide}


{That other kid is tall!}

{flying the helicopter}

{vegetable garden}

{Apple Trees}
{sandbox}

{Daddy & Kiah checking out the fish}


30 Days of Truth

Day 8: Someone who made your life hell, or treated you like crap
Only one person comes to mind when i read this... this is another one of those questions where i would rather just not answer but what's the point of starting this if i can't finish..
When i was younger my mom married a world class jerk. Only at the time no one knew that, he bought my sister and i Christmas presents and gave us attention that we didn't have not growing up with a father. So when he proposed to my mom we were all on board.. after it was all over my mom learned that the reason he had wanted to marry her was more or less to gain custody of his daughters. I know alot of people have dealt with abuse both physical and verbal and i feel like what i delt with really wasn't all that bad and hey i made it out okay right? But that fact of the matter is that no child should EVER have to be hit, grabbed, shoved or whatever out of anger. Verbal abuse is something that sticks with you. I know that God really blessed me with Chris, he doesn't ever yell or get angry even when i do. In the 7 years we have been together he has raised his voice at me maybe twice, those times stick in my memory though because it takes me right back to childhood and scares the crap out of me.. I wonder sometimes what kind of person i would be if i had had a different childhood.. would i be the same? would i be more self confidant? There is no way to know, but one thing i do know, my kids will never have the childhood that i had. I want them to grow up KNOWING that everyone in their lives loves them for exactly who they are.


12 November 2010

Trip to the Zoo & 30 Days of Truth

*captions to come, i only have one hand right now..
















Day 7 ~ Someone who has made your life worth living for

This is kind of the obvious answer for a lot of mom's but the truth is my boys. I feel like i am nothing without them. My whole life is defined by being a mother, it's who i am, it's what i do. Everything changed the day the day that I became a mother and i never want to go back.

09 November 2010

Hezekiah Joel

I was going through my photos for a friend to find any that i might have of her adorable daughter and i ran across these, i had almost forgotten about them.. These are the photos that Chris took when Kiah was born... *Please don't look if your not interested in seeing what a cesarean section birth looks like.




One of the happiest and most terrifying days of my life.. The day i became a mom to no longer just one, but two amazing boys.

05 November 2010

Flashback Friday & 30 Days of Truth

I think i am right around 9months pregnant with Zeke here, feeling like a house and ready to have my first little boy... Now i am trying to decide if i want to make it 3!

Chris and i have been talking alot about whether or not we want one more... i think we both go back and forth on the issue so for now we have decided to put it on the back burner until May, since that would be the earliest that i would want to get pregnant, that would make Kiah well over 2 before we had another baby, and i really like that age gap... I think i would like to be settled in a new house before we had another baby though because i really want a girl and i would love to be able to have a nursery set up and done just the way i want it... The boys never had that, we lived in an apartment when Zeke was born and they were both in our room until 6-7months... Now they have a nearly completed room that i am very happy with but i think if there is an next time around i would like to do things a little differently.. although i think i really only want a girl for the stuff...

Day 6 ~ Something you hope you never have to do

I hope i never have to lose someone i love.. I know it's almost an irrational thing to hope that, however it's not something that i ever want to have to experience...

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04 November 2010

Feeling Crafty....

I found this little cork board wall hanging at a consignment shop for 2.oo, i have been wanting to give this a try for a while now and i had a empty space on the wall in my office that really just needed something... so when i ran across this i got really excited, i love a good deal! This whole project cost me $5.

I know it's not much to look at here, but once i got my hands on some cute fabric.....

and some matching ribbon....


I just folded it up "gift wrapping style" and hammered tacks in to hold it down, i know there has to be a better way to go about it but i was just kind of making it up as i went...

Fabric on and ready for some ribbon! I did the same basic concept with the ribbon...

And came up with this!

I am really happy with how it turned out and now i can slide some photos in the ribbon and tack anything else in the cork board part! Plus it gives my office/guest room a little something extra i think! Now i just need to go out and find a mirror for the last wall! I think maybe i will go out and do that today, wish me luck!

Before & After ~ Henry William Johnson

Before


After



Every week i watch my husbands cousin's little boy, This is Henry {ago 4months}. His Mom asked me to snap a couple pictures of him with one of the MANY pumpkins we have. (Zeke is something of a pumpkin fanatic so every trip to the farmers market resulted in the purchase of yet another pumpkin..)
Being me i couldn't very well just take a couple pictures and call it good... i kind of went a little crazy and set up a little "stage" in my living room and snapped away!
This kid is so amazingly sweet and such a joy to have around our house. He has possibly the most adorable smile i have ever seen (you know aside from my two perfect children ;)
He smiles with more than just his mouth, this little boy smiles with his whole face! I love it! However i didn't get alot of good shots of that because he had just woken up so my timing wasn't the best... we will try again for some Christmas shots soon though!
Here are a couple more edited shots...












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