"Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."

Isaiah 30:21

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Olivia turns 11 in 2011

I'm so behind.

This is Olivia. Almost a year ago.

Happy 11th Birthday Oliv.....you'll be 12 in a month!

I'm so bad.

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Adventures of Jack

Emmitt: "Mom, I'm gonna use your cell phone to call Jack. Ok?"

Mom: "Sure, that's fine Emmitt."

Emmitt: "Cuz I have to make sure he's healthy today."

Bedtime Rituals

My mom tells me that when my twin sister and I were little, every time her or Dad put us to bed, we had this little ritual.

This is what Sue and I would say, every single night before we went to bed.

Love you.
Love you whole bunch.
Love you whole bunch, yup.
Love you whole bunch, yup, night.

After each of these phrases, my parents would have to repeat what we said.

We just laugh about this now. I don't remember doing it, but my parents say it was quite humorous :)

Well, little Em is all about a bedtime ritual right now. Each night when Eric or I tuck him in, he has to say the same thing.

And it just cracks me up.

First it's "night, Mom."

I repeat.

Then "love you, Mom."

I repeat.

Then "do good, Mom."

I repeat.

Then "have fun, Mom."

I repeat.

Then "sleep good, Mom."

I repeat.

Then "see you tomorrow, Mom."

Every.Single.Night

Hahahhahaha, I love this little ritual we have. It will be fun to bring it up when he's older :)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

More from Emmitt.....I just have to write this down because otherwise it's gone forever.

And it's to precious not to write down.

"Mom, I wish this didn't have to happen to me".....puke......"Mom, does Martie (our dog) puke?".......all done puking......"Mom, thank you for holding the bucket for me Mom." 

Oh Emmitt, my love. I'm here to hold your bucket. Always. 

That time of year

It's 11:58 pm right now.

I'm sitting up with my sick baby.

I knew it was coming when he said his tummy hurt earlier. He said his brain hurt too :)

Yes, it's that time of year. Seems any time around December/January each year, we are plagued with the dreaded stomach flu. 

And seriously, is there anything worse than the stomach flu?

Not much.

It's running rampant around here right now, so I knew it was only a matter of time before we caught the rotten, stinkin bug.  Grrrrr.

I don't like interrupted nights. I don't like to see my babies with tummy aches.  I don't like cleaning up the mess. I don't like not knowing who's next. 

On the flip side though.....(I'm trying to be positive here), this is an unusual time for me. I get one on one with my sweet boy.  He's in and out of sleep, but when he's awake, we talk. 

He asks me why people puke?  Why do we have to get sick? 

He just looked at me and said, "Mom, my life would be so much better if I didn't have to puke."

Ohhhhh, my poor baby. This is when I want to play God and make him feel better instantly.  I loathe when my babies hurt, or are sick.  It just plain sucks.

He said he'd try and be quiet when he was puking so he didn't wake up Daddy.  What a thoughtful boy.

He told me earlier that he wishes he was God, so he could make trees and snow just like God does.  I just love the way a 4 year old brain works.

So, we sit and wait.....into the wee hours of the night.

One down, four to go.

It was a paper bag day

If you haven't yet read this post.....please do so now. You'll laugh your fool head off, and then you'll go get yourself some paper bags.

Which leads me to my paper bag experience today.  Cam got off the bus. When he gets home from school, if he doesn't have any homework, I will let him play the I-pad.

This morning though, before he got on the bus, I told him if he didn't turn in his papers to his teacher today (he had forgotten for 2 days), he could not play the I-pad this afternoon.

Well, he didn't turn in his papers. Hence, no I-pad time for Cam.

This does not go over well. At all.

We get in the van to go pick up Emmitt from daycare.  I'm firmly, but nicely, telling Cam why he can't have I-pad time. He is getting more and more upset as we drive.  By the time we pull in Amanda's driveway, Cam is bawling upset. 

"I wannnnnnnt the the the I-pad. Waaaaaaa."

I leave him in the car, crying, while I run in and get Emmitt.  I was gone probably 10 minutes.

We get back to the van, and he is crying even harder.

"Why can't I pppplay the I-pad? Waaaawaaaaa."

"I told you Cameron. You did not do what Mommy told you to do this morning, and in order for you to learn your lesson, you need to suffer consequences and get punished. That's why you can't play the I-pad." 

Cam: "BAAaaWaaaaaaaaaaaa."

Insert Emmitt:" Mom, can I have a piece of gum?"

Myself: "No, Emmitt."

Emmitt: "Why not??" (winey voice)

Myself: "Because Emmitt. Every time we get in the van, you ask for a piece of gum. Then we get home, and you want a snack, so you have chewed your gum for maybe all of 10 minutes. That's a waste of a piece of gum."

Emmitt: pause........"So I have to chew my gum forever?"

Cameron: "Waaaaaaabaaaaaa.....I want the I-pad waaaaaaaa."

Myself: "No Emmitt, you can't chew gum forever, but you should really chew it more than 10 minutes."

Cameron: "Waaaaaa, I wish we could go to school right now so I could turn in my papers.....baaaaaaa."

Myself: "No Cam. (I'm trying to have a gentle tone here) You were at school all day and didn't turn in those papers. Why would I drive all the way back to school now, when you should have done it like I told you? Plus, your teacher is gone for the day and school is over."

Cameron: "Well, well, we can just lay them on her desk! Waaaaaaaaa."

Emmitt: "Oh, that is so annoying!"

Cameron hits Emmitt.

Cameron: "Why can't you drive me to school Mom? Then I can turn them in and play the I-pad."

(He's not getting this)

Myself: "No Cam, then you wouldn't have learned your lesson. You have to learn to be more responsible, and do what Mommy tells you to do."

Cameron: "This is so unfair! Waaaaaaaa.......pause......I'll turn them in tomorrow Mom?"

Myself: "Yes, that would be good. And if you don't, you won't play the I-pad tomorrow either."

Cameron: "Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa."

Emmitt: "Ugh, that is so annoying."

I'm dying for a paper bag at this point, but I'm driving. Probably not too safe?

We are home by this time now. Cameron is still crying.  Emmitt is still taunting him. 

Cameron takes his coat off and I notice that his shirt is on backwards.  Wouldn't really matter if there wasn't a giant GAP logo on his back. 

How did I miss that this morning? 

I guess he wore his shirt backwards the whole day. 

I'm getting my paper bag out right now.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Lavished

lav·ishadjective

1. Expended, bestowed, or occurring in profusion: lavish spending.
2. Using or giving in great amounts; prodigal (often followed by of ): lavish of his time; lavish of affection.


I struggle every day.

With so many things.

Being a good, patient Mom.

Wearing my "Christian" face.

Selfishness.

Respecting my husband.

Forgiveness.

The past.

Envy.

My prayer life.

I look at this list and think, I am not a good person.  I have so many faults. 

I fail Him daily. Over and over again. 

How can Jesus even begin to love such a sinner as I? 

But, oh. He does. He loves me more than I can truly fathom. He loves me more than I can even begin to realize. 

1 John 3:1 1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

I am so thankful for a God full of grace. That I am a child of God!

A God who lavishes His unending love on me, day in and day out.

Thank you Jesus.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Adventures of Jack

Emmitt: "Mom, do you know what Jack's dog did to the bear?"

Myself: "No, what?"

Emmitt: "Jack's dog bit the bears chest. Then the bear ran into his cave and got makeup on his lips, and turned into a girl."

The Adventures of Jack (Emmitt's imaginary friend)

Emmitt : "Mom, do you know what the grizzly did to Jack?"

Myself: "No, what?"

Emmitt: "It bit his leg off."

Saturday, January 21, 2012

We woke up this morning to freezing cold temps. Like zero. Brrrr. 

But oh.so.absolutely.beautiful.

We were on our way to Duanes for a birthday breakfast for my mom.  I told the kids to simply look outside at everything around them and recognize the beauty that was all around us.

Glistening white.  Sparkles.  Frosted branches on trees. Fields and fields of gleaming snow.

I said, "Doesn't God paint a pretty picture?"

Emmitt said, "I love how God puts sparklers on the snow Mom.  He is so amazing."

Yes, Emmitt. He is Amazing.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

melt

This afternoon, I was busy in the kitchen making lasagna for supper.  Emmitt repeatedly kept asking me to come help him with a game on the I-pad.  I just really wanted to get it in the oven, and then help him.  He asked and asked and I kept saying, "just a minute honey....I'm almost done."

After several minutes of this, he said, "ugh, MOM! I thought you said it'd be just a minute?!" 

"I know Emmitt, I'm sorry honey. Mommy's trying to hurry for you."

His reply, "It's ok Mom. You're still the best Mom I ever had."

.....melt......

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Vacation!

This past July, we camped for 6 days at Burt Lake State Park in Indian River. It's minutes from the bridge. We had such a fabulous time. We took one day to go over the bridge, visit Oswald's Bear Ranch, and Taquemenon Falls.  Absolutely breathtaking! The kids had so much fun.

Olivia's first BUCK!

So every year, in September, we have what's called a Youth Hunt. This is where kids from ages 11-16 can go hunting with an adult for just one weekend, and try to get their trophy buck! 

I can't tell you how stinkin proud I am of our daughter.  She went out with Eric a couple times before they saw this nice little 5 point.  She shot it compltely by herself and it was a perfect shot!  WOW Girl! So impressive.  She was completely esctatic. 

First day of school, September 2011

Oh where oh where does the time go?

Olivia started middle school this year. Yes, that's right - Sixth grade! I KNOW! Can you believe it?! I know I can't.  She is really loving it and getting good grades. She played on the volleyball team and they had a winning record - she did great!! She loves her i-pod, doing her nails, shopping (especially at Claire's), and reading.  She is really into the Northern Lights Series by Lisa Tawn Bergren right now. If you haven't read it - do it!  She helps me so much around the house and is a caring girl.

Cameron started first grade this year.  He's reading like a pro.  Amazing how quickly he caught on to that.  He played soccer this past fall and did really good.  He loves playing his dsi, the Wii, our I-pad, and also playing Farkle and Yahtzee. He's darn good at it too! 

Emmitt goes to Miss Amanda's 3 days a week right now, and to Aunt Sue's 1 day.  We didn't have a good option for pre-school for him this year, so he will be starting Young 5's this coming fall. He's a bright kid, let me tell ya. Oh the stuff he comes up with.  His imaginary friend, Jack, does all sorts of crazy stuff. I am thinking I need to start writing on my blog about, "The Adventures of Jack." Cuz they are quite something! :)

My little fisherman!

Cam is addicted to fishing!  This was taken last August. He caught himself a big ol bass.

He was so proud - he didn't have any help from Daddy at all....did it all himself!!! Good job big boy!

Following Daddy's footsteps

Eric is a avid bow hunter. Always has been.  We recently got our boys new bows to start practicing shooting. They were immediately hooked. 

I adore this picture. Love my 3 hunters <3

My sister is an amazing photographer. Her business name is Suetibles Photography. You can find her on Facebook! We did a family photo shoot in November and these are a couple of my favorites. There are a few more on my side bar. She is awesome!!!

8 Mile Race on Mackinaw Island

This past September, Eric, myself, my twin sister Sue, and Chris, my roommate from college all participated in the 8 mile race on Mackinaw Island.  What an amazing day it was. The weather seriously could not have been better - perfect temperature. The sun was shining and guided us all the way around the island as we ran.

What an absolutely gorgeous place here on God's earth. 

I, unfortunately, was not feeling well that day :( I ran this same race a year before and never stopped running once. Ran the whole thing! Yes, I was very proud of myself. I finished in 1:30. ...which to me, is great because I am so not a runner.

But this year was different. I had terrible sideaches the entire way, and couldn't catch my breath. So I ran/walked it in 1:40, which still isn't too bad considering. It was still a wonderful experience again, just enjoying God's handiwork and some time w/ my hubby, sis, and bestie.

My husband on the other hand, rocked the race. He was amazing. I admire that man so much. He pushed through a torn calf muscle and still ran the whole thing in 61 min. WOW! 

Yeah, he pretty much rocks. Love him and his determination and stamina.

Chris finished in 1:22, and Sue finished about 10 minutes after me. They both did amazing as well.

Thank you Lord for the opportunity to do this!

A broken foot :(

This is long overdue....but wanted to share it anyway.

Cuz it's kind of a big deal.  To us.

We were camping last July, and had literally gotten camp just set up and were nicely settled. The kids were begging to go to the swings and slides, so we walked over to the playgroud. Emmitt, being a normal boy, decided to not sliiiiiiide down the slide, but rather to slide half way down, and then jump over the side. He did this a few times and was fine, but the last time he did, didn't pan out well. He ended up breaking his foot in 3 places.  Right on the top, right behind his toes.

My poor baby.

It swelled up nice and fat and got purple.  He was such a trooper though and handled it way better than his momma did.  He only had to have the cast on for 3 weeks, but right in the middle of summer, and no swimming allowed = not fun.  He healed nicely though, and there should be no lasting effects. We're thankful for that!
This morning Emmitt told me that he is going to have 4 kids when he grows up, and he's going to name them:

-Babyhead
-Jack
-Eric
-Angelina