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Sunday afternoon bike ride.

I am ashamed to say we really haven’t been biking since moving. We have done a little bit around the house but that’s it! The children have been playing so well in our new house that we don’t seem to be spending much time outside. This last week was really really cold too. But this week we are supposed to be back up to the mid 70’s every day. So we went for a nice bike ride today after naps!

It was so windy when we started out James kept pushing his bike instead of riding. It is almost always windy here (thanks to the chinook winds from California), but we only had a few blocks to go before turning and then the wind wasn’t so bad.


James leading the way!


Once we get on the bike path this is our view to the left and right of the path. Beautiful!



The little ones enjoying their ride.


No make up! Don’t care! (actually I did have make up on at one point today…)


We didn’t see anyone else on the path today. Such a change from our bike rides in Denver. It was kind of stressful riding with James on our paths in Denver since there were quite a few people and many of the bikers were exercising and going fast. I was constantly telling James to get over and to stay on his side. This path is much much more relaxing (as long as I watch out and don’t get hit by James!!).


The bike path goes to what James calls Our Little Beach. It is really a sad substitute for a beach, but the kids love it.


I asked James where he was going and he said, “To that big rock in the middle that Levi and Lincoln went to.”.


So I helped him. He was very happy!


I don’t know what the appeal is to sticking one’s feet in very cold water, but it must be done. every. single. time.






Faith telling me the water is cold.



I love the colors of fall! And I love this girl’s smile!


Faith trying to do everything her big brothers do.



 On the way home we had to stop and admire James’ skid mark he made on the way to Our Little Beach. James is really into making skid marks, which means he goes really fast and then hits his breaks (and then I almost hit him!). It kinda scares me and if he does it on gravel some time I think he is really going to wipe out. But so far he is just leaving cool marks behind.

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New Park

While we keep moving every few years we at least get to keep trying out new parks. We have already been to the city park, which isn’t all that great other then the swings. This Saturday we tried out the school park. I was having an awful few days and figured we all needed to get out of the house. So I packed snacks and headed to the park with the kids.



This park is full of monkey bars. I realize it was made for school kids for recess but my goodness! It isn’t very kid friendly.


James is almost 5, Gideon is 3 1/2 and Faith is 1 1/2


Even though most of the park is monkey bars they love this little bridge. We play “The three billy goats gruff”. Guess who gets to be the ugly troll? 😉




This park also has three slides all in a row. This is also a lot of fun. Because we were the only people at the park I let them take off their shoes and climb up them.


Going to the park really helped our moods. However we had some major falls that were really scary. I am so glad the kids are alright. Here is my facebook post when we got home.

“Today I decided to blow off everything I needed to do this morning and take the children to the park. They had not been out of the house since Monday and I had only left once all week for a brief appointment. We had fun except Faith had a major fall, from pretty high up, and landed straddling the handrail which flipped her over and landed on her face. I honestly don’t know why we didn’t have to run to the ER and have her put in a body cast. Other then some bruises and scrapes she seems fine (I have been closely watching her walk all day). She cried not even 5 min. Less then 10 minutes after Faith fell James had a pretty bad fall out of a swing. His mommy might have pushed him too hard. He seriously flew through the air head first and landed on his face. Amazingly the skin was not broken. He also cried less then five minutes. Gideon was the only one that didn’t get hurt at the park, however this evening James knocked Gideon over and I think he bit through his top lip. Blood on both top and bottom of his top lip. the cut its self seems to be pretty small, so I think he will be fine. I am over this day and injuries! I can not believe how fast kids recover from falls! If any one of the top things happens to me I would be at the doctor or at the very least the chiro whining about all my pain. Giving thanks today that every one seems to be alright.”


Sadly by 11 it was so hot we had to leave to get out of the sun. There is no shade at this park. But the kids and I had fun, and when we got home Daddy had cleaned the whole house for me! 😀

23 Questions with Gideon

Gideon was a little bit harder to do the questions with then James. But still the answers he did do were pretty cute.

WITHOUT ANY prompting, ask your child these questions and write down EXACTLY what they say. It is a great way to find out what they really think.

Gideon 3 years old

1. What is something mom always says to you? No

2. What makes mom happy? Mow the grass

3. What makes mom sad? when books fall on her head

4. How does your mom make you laugh? play in the bath with me

5. What was your mom like as a child? She pushed buttons on noses
6. How old is your mom? 8
7. How tall is your mom? She is big

8. What is her favorite thing to do? eat food

9. What does your mom do when you’re not around? close the doors.

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? for a teacher

11. What is your mom really good at? 

12. What is your mom not very good at? Cheating

13. What does your mom do for a job? swards

14.What is your mom’s favorite food? food!
15.What makes you proud of your mom? Because she cuts hair

16. If your mom were a character, who would she be? She would be in a house

17. What do you and your mom do together? climb up and down

18. How are you and your mom the same? I pretty much lost him at this pint

19. How are you and your mom different? 
I do not want to talk about it

20. How do you know your mom loves you? 

21. What does your mom like most about your dad?

22. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go?

23. How old was your Mom when you were born? 9


23 questions with James

This spring these 23 questions went around Facebook. Basically you ask your child the question and they answer it. It was great fun to hear James’ answers to the questions.

WITHOUT ANY prompting, ask your child these questions and write down EXACTLY what they say. It is a great way to find out what they really think.

James 4 1/2 years old

1. What is something mom always says to you? Put clothes on

2. What makes mom happy? When I listen.

3. What makes mom sad? When I don’t do something.

4. How does your mom make you laugh? When I (mom) do funny questions.

5. What was your mom like as a child? She liked reading stories
6. How old is your mom? 17
7. How tall is your mom? He showed me about 2 -3 feet.

8. What is her favorite thing to do? She likes to go to school

9. What does your mom do when you’re not around? Talk to DeeDee, keep my sister and brother safe.

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? Because she talks to God

11. What is your mom really good at? Sleeping

12. What is your mom not very good at? Castles

13. What does your mom do for a job? When she goes to work

14.What is your mom’s favorite food? Noodles
15.What makes you proud of your mom? Because I know the questions about my mommy

16. If your mom were a character, who would she be? daddy would watch mommy in a movie.

17. What do you and your mom do together? We cook together, watch movies, and go to sleep together.

18. How are you and your mom the same? Because we wear different clothes.

19. How are you and your mom different? Because we are both white

20. How do you know your mom loves you? Because she is proud me.

21. What does your mom like most about your dad? Because he is the daddy and you (mommy) are an amazing person.

22. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go? Go to McDonald’s.

23. How old was your Mom when you were born? 17.


How to put Jamberries on a baby.

Ok, technically Faith is a toddler, but she is my baby until the next one comes along. 🙂 Faith is almost 15 months, and was a very willing participant in this first try of applying Jamberries to her little nails. So here goes: my step by step instructions on applying Jamberries to little nails.

First you want to let their nails to grow. This will save you time later, trust me.


Then take clear tape and trace each little nail. This will be helpful when you are choosing which wrap to use. When you are done all you have to do is hold the clear tape up to the wrap and pick the closest one to each nail.


After you pick the wrap cut it off and hold it to a heat source (I used a space heater). I think it’s easier to use tweezers and not an orange stick.  These are very little wraps!


I cleaned her nail with alcohol just like I do with mine. After I put it on and pressed down on all sides I clipped it off. Remember I told you to do this with long nails? Just trim your baby’s nails after putting on the wrap. This way you do not have to file her nail.


After all of them were done I did use a hair dryer on each little nail and pressed down once more. Just trying to ensure a good bond.


Faith’s Jamberry mani!


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As a side note, this works wonderfully if your baby/toddler is terribly sick and only wants you to hold her. And all you do is hold her while your house is torn apart by the perfectly fine older brothers. If nothing else it will give you something to do while sitting there trying desperately not to look at the house.


Except if those older brothers decide they want Jamberries too. Then it’s time to put all Jamberries away. James asking me to put a big one on his thumb nail (I didn’t).


I told Faith to say cheese. She tried, bless her heart! She sat perfectly still for all 10 fingers. And it really didn’t take long at all. AND NO DRY TIME! For little fingers of little people, Jamberries are awesome!


Mommy’s and Faith’s Jamberry nails!


Christmas 2014

We really had a wonderful Christmas this year! The kids opened their jammies on Christmas Eve again. That is a fun tradition we have done for several years now.


This year even Titus and I got new jammies!


Christmas morning:


The cutest super hero ever!


Titus’s new shirt! It says, “I love my wife”


Faith was kinda hard to shop for. She got this cute pink lady bug that spits balls out the back. She likes it a lot although it hasn’t held up very well.


Opening presents:


Looking at the presents:


Faith got a snack cup from Daddy. She absolutely loves it!


Playing with toys:


James and Gideon got How to train your dragon 2 movie and stuffed animals for Christmas. Here they are watching the movie with their very own dragons.


Loot pictures: Titus got some shirts and the all the seasons of Hogan’s Heros.


Titus did so well getting me things off my list! That makes me so happy!


Merry Christmas!

Penners and a Pumpkin Patch!

I have been wanting to go to a pumpkin patch since last fall. My news feed on facebook is full of my friends taking their little ones to pumpkin patches. It is the thing to do in the fall if you have little kids. At the end of Oct we finally went to one. I. was. so. excited! James was excited too. I quickly figured out that there is much more than just pumpkin picking  going on at a pumpkin patch.

First we went down the 80 foot slide. James showed no fear at all and promptly went down by himself.

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There was a maze:


Go carts


We spent quite a bit of time playing laser tag:




James was a bit short:


Faith standing all by herself!


They had a big hay bale pyramid. The hay smelled so good, and I’m not even a farm girl!

Daddy and the boys:


Mommy and Faith. (check out that blue sky!)


Launching little pumpkins. James really enjoyed this. Gideon enjoyed collecting them after shooting them.


James the scarecrow!


Waiting for the hay rack ride:


Family picture. I highly recommend taking all pictures before you have been at the patch for 2+ hours in 80 degree weather. Your children will be hot and tired and will NOT want a lot of pictures taken. If we go again I would take all the pumpkin patch and family pictures first!




But Lord, I want her life!

     She had on a cute bangle bracelet, skinny jeans and the highest heels I’ve ever seen. The cute Filipino girl singing in church that day made me miss my old self. I heard thoughts running through my head like, “I miss dressing cute.” “I miss wearing necklaces.” “Did I even put makeup on today?”


James 3 1/2 years old

Those thoughts didn’t start that day. Oh, no my friends. A year ago when my life seemed to be in an up roar between being pregnant again, and moving 2 states away from family, a friend was buying a house with her husband that they plan on living in forever, have 2 kids and live happily ever after.  It was all planned out. I found myself thinking, “How nice it would be to know how many kids I’d have.” “I wish I had my life all planned out!” “Why do we keep moving?” “I want to live in one house forever.”


Gideon 2 years old

As if that wasn’t enough a month ago I was outside sitting around our little fire pit in the backyard. I’m sure Faith was sitting on my lap, I had 5 -6 boys/men running around screaming throwing water balloons at each other. (In case you are wondering, my two boys, my two brothers, my husband, and my cousin.) I glanced over across the fence and there was my neighbor sitting peacefully by herself by her fire pit making a list. I had thoughts like, “That looks so peaceful.” “What would that be like?” “I wonder if we are bothering her?”


Faith 6 months

When I am so focused on other people’s lives I become discontented. Sometimes I wonder if it isn’t the work of Satan whispering in my ear, “Oh, look at her life. Wouldn’t that be nice!” Satan is the great deceiver, wouldn’t it make sense that he would place discontented lies in my ears? Life is short, and I need to enjoy the life that I have been given, not wish for other people’s lives. It robs me of my own happiness and I miss out on what a blessing my life really is. All those women sound happy and their lives sound great. But what you don’t know is that the girl in church, her husband is a pilot and is gone for days at a time. My friend has serious health issues, and my neighbor has told me that they want to have a baby but are having trouble getting pregnant. Who knows? Maybe she was sitting across the fence wishing my life was hers. 😉

You know what the true really is? When I’m not lusting after other women’s lives I am so happy. Life right now is great; I have never been happier.  For me happiness is looking into my children’s big blue eyes that look so much like their father’s, it’s sleeping next to them in bed, it’s reading stories, and looking for bugs.  It’s going on walks, and eating ice cream. It’s hearing my children call me Mommy! I have been blessed beyond measure. I have three beautiful and healthy children. I have a wonderful husband that loves me and loves our children. Really, who wouldn’t want this amazing life I’ve been given?


June 20th 2014

Biking with Mommy

Today we did lots of fun stuff.  Daddy is baling hay today and need something to drink.  But we couldn’t drive the van because of the construction so Mommy decided to take the bike.  It’s only one or two miles out and we didn’t care. We’d rather go in the bike trailer then the van any day.  Mommy was a little bit sad she couldn’t ride her bike, but it has a missing bolt and she can’t ride it right now.  It’s a good thing anyway since Daddy’s bike has more gears that Mommy needed.  Mommy did really well on the way there. 

When we got there Daddy gave us rides on the tractor while Mommy rested.  Mommy was really sad that she didn’t have her camera with her to take pictures of us. Silly Mommy! When is she going to learn that she has to have her camera with her at all times?  You never know when we will do something cute!

Then we started home.  The wind was against us on the way home, but we didn’t mind since it kept us cool.  Mommy seemed to pedal slower though.  Mommy started breathing heavier about half way home and started saying things like:

“I am so out of shape!”

“Almost to the top. Almost to the top!”

“Feel the burn!”

“Almost home!!”

“I’m going to have to eat a big steak to get energy back after this!”

We weren’t sure why she kept yelling it.  But we liked the “Feel the burn!” one and said it after her!  Mommy admits defeat  on one hill.  She just couldn’t get up it without pushing the bike.  We were nice about it, even if we did go slow.

Gideon fell asleep on the way home. Mommy wasn’t too excited about that because he won’t go to sleep early now.

When we got home Mommy said:

“Well, not bad for being 4 months pregnant.”

We aren’t sure what she meant by that either…..


Due December 10th

Due December 10th