Monthly Archives: May 2014

Planting spring flowers

The older I get the more and more I love flowers. I didn’t really like them in high school, but I love planting them now.  The practical side of me says not to spend the money since you can’t eat them. But I get so much enjoyment that it’s worth the money I spend. James was with me when I was picking out the flowers. He got caught up in the spirit of flower buying and picked out flowers for his own pot.

I showed him how to break up the roots before putting it in the dirt. I made a little hole for each plant and he put them in.


Then Gideon felt left out and I had some extra flowers so I found a broken sand bucket for Gideon to plant some flowers. He helped get the dirt.


When ever you do something with little children distractions always happen. Faith started to cry so we had to wait until she went down for a nap.




While they were waiting they played with their lawn mowers:



And checked the rain gauge. Poor Daddy! I guess the early bird gets to dump the water out first. 😉


I think I ended up finishing the flowers. But I had fun with my little people.

James’ flowers:


My flowers:


The the sand bucket flowers:


Carrying some of the flowers to the front steps:


Now our house looks pretty!

James goes to MN

A few weeks ago James was gone for a week and a half visiting both sets of grandparents in Minnesota.  We  missed him terribly (although I may or may not have said, “It’s so easy going places with just two children!!” more then once). He had a great time in MN. His Aunt Angela took him horse back riding for the first time. I am so sad I missed it. He had a blast!

Aunt Angela showing James how to groom the horse.




James and his cousin Eve riding horses together.


Playing with cousins. James only has cousins on Titus’ side for now.


And getting a ride on the tractor with Grandpa.


We were so happy to see James again. Gideon was sleeping horribly while James was gone, some times getting up 4-5 times a night! The night James came back Gideon slept through the night. I think he missed James more than we thought. I have never seen Gideon so excited when James walked through the gate! He had a great time in MN. I can’t wait for my turn to go! 😀

Healing a cut with Lavender oil

Warning: pictures of cuts, blood, and puss are in this post. Weak stomachs not advised.

My little brother Levi cut his ankle while in Texas. It wasn’t a big cut, but it was wide and a bit deep.  He probably needed stitches because that would have helped it heal much faster.  This is a picture a week after he cut it. As you can see it had started to heal around the edges but wasn’t making much progress.  Levi had also started complaining of it being swollen, and it had not so good coloring. It also had failed to scab over, even a week later.


So I took action! Okay, not really. It was more of  an experiment than anything. I wanted to know if the essential oil Lavender really does aid in healing the way I had read about. So we started putting one little drop of Lavender 3 to 4 times a day on Levi’s cut.

This is the morning of the fourth day after starting the drops of oil. The cut is quite a bit smaller, and the body is starting to push the infection out. Levi said he had gangrene infection. You could hear the excitement in his voice. Boys are so weird.


The next morning we had a set back when Levi scraped the cut again on the edge of the fridge. Poor boy!


Sadly this exciting story come at a screeching halt: Levi went back to MN before I could fully heal his ankle. I tried so hard to take a quick picture before he left, and it didn’t happen.  I also asked people at home to take a picture, that also didn’t happen. Even thought I don’t have picture proof I am happy to say that his cut finally did form a scab. A week after doing the oil his cut was smaller, his ankle was not swollen, nor was it infected.  Just the other day I asked someone at home how it was doing and they said it’s almost healed.

I specifically asked him if it hurt when I put the drop of Lavender on his cut. He said it did not, but after a few minutes maybe had a bit of discomfort. This was important information to me since I could be doing this treatment in the future to my children. Some of the medical ways to heal cuts can hurt a lot (liquid band aids comes to mind), and I wanted to know if this would be easier for my little people to handle.  I feel the experiment worked well! I am very pleased with the results, and plan on using Lavender in the future for big scraps and cuts that my very active children will more then likely be getting.  😀

I really wanted to end this post with a picture of Levi and myself together, but apparently I am lacking in picture taking in that area. But I did find this very cute picture of Levi and Lincoln with their homemade bike trailer.  This was the summer after Gideon was born so James is almost 2, Levi is probably 10 and Lincoln is 8.


My 100th post: How blogging has changed my life

This is my 100th post on this blog! Looking back 100 posts I’ve come a long ways in my blogging.  I had wanted to start a blog for quite awhile, but didn’t think I had the time to keep it up.  Titus practically forced me into it (set up my account and everything).  2 years and 100 posts later I am so happy he did!

James at 8ish months (I think he looks like Faith!)


I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m not the most articulate one in the bunch. I don’t have perfect grammar, and spell check is my best friend. Sorry to the English police, but thanks for sticking with me and reading anyway! 😀

James and Daddy (again around 8 months)


The top 5 ways blogging has changed my life:

1. It has helped me take pictures of my kids. I took pictures anyway, but not very many.  Now I take my camera almost everywhere I go and take pictures all the time.

2. It has helped me share pictures and stories of my little family with all the family that lives far away. My blog took on a new meaning when we moved a few states away from our family. It helps the grandparents and aunts/uncles keep up with we’ve been doing.

3. It has helped me document our lives. I love reading back on my blog. Often times I have forgotten some of the things we did.

4. It has helped me be positive.  No one wants to read something negative.  I started out that way, but really made an effort to change that.  I still have bad days, and maybe once in a while I’ll write about it (motherhood isn’t all about chocolate you know), but for the most part blogging has taught me to see the funny and or positive in almost every situation. And make sure you get a picture of it!

5. It has helped me do fun things with my kids. The years of James and Gideon as babies were very hard ones. But blogging has helped bring me out of the you-can’t-do-it-they-might-cry- and you-don’t-have-the-engery attitude. It has forced me to enjoy life with my kids and take pictures of them, even if it’s a mess or they are crying. 

For example: (taken May 2014, I thought it would be cute to have all the boys on the fence. They thought not!)


The top 5 things I’ve learned about blogging:

1. You should always always have a picture on each post, even if that picture has nothing to do with the post.  It helps break up the long wordy posts, and gives people something to look at.  Face it, people would rather look at a picture then do a bunch of reading.

2. If you want people to read and comment on your posts, then post it on facebook every time you write one. Now that I do that many more people are reading and commenting.

3. Try to be funny. I’m not very good at this, but give it your best shot. People like to laugh!

4. Write about what you are passionate about. If you don’t like it, then skip it. I write about my family and the fun things we do.

5. Write about the little stuff. I’ve been surprised at the posts the people comment on the most. Sometimes I write something I think is great, but no one comments. Other times I’ll write something I think is ho-hum and people will comment like crazy. If it’s on your heart, write about it.

Chantal teaching in Ecuador 2008


And now for some site stats

My most viewed post was: The birth story (probably because I had several people repost it on their facebook walls)

My most commented post was: Faith Natalie’s Birth Story

My most memorable post was: Submitting to a big move ( I was so very touched at all the people that took time to comment on this post. This move was not easy for me and the support and love I felt from all of you that commented was amazing!)

I am not sure I really have a favorite but I do really like Biking with mommy because I wrote it from the children’s view point. (and YFI i had a different back ground back then and now it’s really hard to read. I highlighted all of it and that made it readable.)

Probably the worst blog post I wrote was No one wants to hold a crying baby. It’s full of self pity and down in the dumps. But it truly was the way I was feeling at the time.

My only regret is that I didn’t start sooner. I wish so much that I had blogged while living in Hawaii.  I do hope to some day blog backwards and fill in some gaps after Gideon was born, but it won’t be the same. Maybe years were lost. Some day I hope to print off my blog in a book, and have a hard copy. Since I hate to scrapbook this is the next best thing!

Lincoln’s 10th birthday

One of the sad things I brought up to Titus when talking about moving was birthdays. Our kids would miss out on family birthdays and family would miss out on our children’s birthdays.  We have so much family that lives so close together in MN that I used to have to make two cakes in order to have enough for everyone.  Unbelievably, we haven’t missed out as much as I thought we would. Emma was here for James birthday, which made it very special. Emma was also here for her birthday, which we tried to make special for her.  Then Levi was visiting here for his 12th birthday (sorry no pictures, I was sick) and Titus’ parents were here for Gideon’s 2nd birthday . And Lincoln was here for his 10th b-day! (And no, you don’t have to read all those links. I recently figured out how to do them and I’m practicing. 😉 )

Lincoln decided that he wanted to go to Focus on the Family’s Whit’s End for his birthday. If you haven’t been there put it on your to visit list! It’s a great center for kids! The biggest reason Lincoln wanted to go was because he wanted to record an Adventures in Odyssey at the Kid’s Radio Studio.  This is free to do and you get to take home a CD of your recording.


Levi and I did the speaking parts and Lincoln did all the sound effects (walking, door closing, pencil sharpening etc.).


James was very sad he wasn’t included. He sat at the door until we were done.


Playing with puppets. They have a whole puppet stage set up for kids to put on shows.


All the boys eating pizza at Whit’s Soda Shop. (Notice James doing the thumbs up too. He does everything his uncles do!)


Levi took this. Great picture of Faith, not so great of me.


Climbing through the secret passage with daddy.


Because we live so close we were only gone for the morning. After naps we opened presents and had cake.





In case you haven’t been reading shirt through all the pictures all four boys have shirts on that say awesome on it. 🙂


Happy Birthday Lincoln!


A week of 4 boys and 1 girl

After Texas my brothers really really wanted to come back to CO to visit us. It was liking having 4 sons and one daughter!

One of the best things about having ‘older’ kids here was the help.  I was doing something in the kitchen and Faith started crying. I asked Levi to hold her for me just so I could finish what I was doing.  I came into the living room and this is what I saw:

Faith contentedly curled up in Levi’s lap while he played the Wii.


It is incredibility helpful to have someone do that! I can’t wait until I have older kids!! I took all the kids shopping one day at the local second hand store. My brothers talked me into buying two bags of army men.  They played with them for days!


I have to admit, this is pretty cool!


One day they found a bunch of golfing stuff in the shed. So they all went golfing together!


The cutest little golfer you will ever see!


I also took them swimming one day.  That was a bit stressful, and the only reason it went so well is because my brothers can swim so well! I’m happy to say that I didn’t lose anyone!

I really wanted a picture of all of them on their tummies looking at me. I tried, but it didn’t go well.

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Then I tried one on their backs. It’s pretty hard to get 4 boys in water to corporate for a picture.


We had lots of fun and we are so glad they came to visit!

While in Texas part 2

While in Texas we went to a splash park. My boys loved it and so did my brothers!

Waiting for it…


Jumping out of the way as the water shoots up.


James just loves water!

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Water that shoots this high is very very exciting!



Gideon doesn’t like to get his face wet, so he didn’t get very close.


Trying to figure it all out.


Riding the wave


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