Tuesday, June 30, 2009

So Proud

The weather was absolutely perfect yesterday: upper 80's, sunny, slightly windy, and very low humidity. The kids (and adults) had a blast at the pool, and we were soooooo proud of Camden! He jumped into the pool, he used the diving board, he used the big water slide and had fun! This is the child we could barely get into the pool last year. Rory was pretty fearless as usual. She really loved the slide and went down it over and over and over again.

Camden also had his first swimming lessons yesterday, and it went really well. I'm glad we had gone to the pool first because everything he did at the pool they covered in his lesson so he had a little bit of experience.

Brian's parents are keeping the kids today while Brian and I have run a few errands and go out for lunch. I'm hoping to eat here!

Here are just a few pictures from yesterday. I clearly do not have the settings right for the bright sunny day because my colors are strange, but at least you get the general idea. :)

First time off the diving board

Monday, June 29, 2009

Weekend Wrap Up

Our cheap $3 local theater (and by local I mean less than 30 minutes away) was showing Night at the Museum 2 this weekend so we took the kids on Friday night. I admit that it's kinda nice that Camden is almost 6 and capable of watching a few movies that we'll enjoy as well. We had lots of laughs, and Camden spent the rest of the weekend telling us his favorite parts over (and over) again. Rory, on the other hand, was not impressed at all by the movie and spent 2 hours climbing up and down off my lap.

Saturday and Sunday were pretty uneventful although when I read in the newspaper that a new local (and by local I mean 10 minutes away) nail salon opened up this weekend and all services were 20% off, I did march myself on over and got a manicure/pedicure Sunday afternoon. When Rory woke up from her nap, the first thing she noticed was the new polish on my fingers and toes and insisted on a little manicure/pedicure herself. She loves for me to paint her toes, but she doesn't really like the sitting still when we're finished part.

Today is very full. I'm meeting Amanda for iced coffee and some scrap and coupon talk this morning. When I get home, we're headed to our friend Shelly's pool; this afternoon I'm meeting Angel to practice music for Sunday; Camden's first swimming lesson is at 4:00, and we're going to a baseball game tonight. Whew! Anyone else tired?

Dani Mogstad: True Blue

Lauren Grier/Manda Bean: Along Came Miss Happy

Lauren Grier/Manda Bean: Whistle While You Work

Friday, June 26, 2009

For William and Xavier

According to Becky, William and Xavier gets hours of enjoyment out of Camden and Rory videos, so here are a few more to keep them entertained. (and I'm pretty sure that only 3 year olds and grandparents are going to find these very exciting)

Out of the blue, Rory started giving her baby CPR - weeks after we took a CPR class.

One of Camden's hits during his last game of the season.

Rory will sing this song to anyone and everyone who will listen. Can I just mention that she had JUST gotten out of bed this morning when she started singing it and I grabbed the camera. In case you can't understand her, she's singing "it's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring, bumped his head, couldn't get up the next morning."

Rory's new thing is to "shake it, shake it."


Oh, I would love to say that yesterday's kid-free morning was wonderful, but I spent it in bed (and the bathroom) with the stomach flu. It seems to still be persisting this morning so we're canceling our date night. So disappointed! We also had to skip the pool and the movie last night. Rory, of course, was pretty oblivious, but Camden was really disappointed. The good news is that we can reschedule both of those things.

Here are some random things from this week:
  • Rory prefaces everything she says by "I needs." She needs me to carry her, she needs her milk, she needs to go swimming, etc. And if you could only hear the drama in that little word!
  • Rory says, "Oh, maam!" all the time. Of course, she means "oh, man!" but I'm not going to correct her.
  • Because I'm sure you've all been on the edge of your seat waiting to hear, my Ambien prescription is working out wonderfully. I've had consistent 7 hours of sleep for the last 5 nights now. It may be the most well-rested I've been since high school.
  • Camden played at the kitchen table with play-doh for two hours one day this week. TWO HOURS. Rory, on the other hand, has been banned from play-doh because she just wants to eat it.
  • Rory's favorite game these days is to pretend that she's the mommy and I'm the baby. If you could only hear the sympathetic drama in her voice when she says, "ooooohhhh, baaaaaabbby, what's wrong?"
  • It's been very good for Brian to be at home the last several weeks. Gives him a whole new perspective on why I'm ready to pull my hair out by the time he gets home from school every day. If it's not the constant screeching from Rory in response to the teasing from Camden, then the never ending questions and descriptions of the Star Wars game Camden is making up and trying to teach 2-year old Rory will do it. Not to mention the play-by-play of every Wii game he plays. And how Rory repeats every single word Camden says. Yep, any of those things will do it!
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Brian is taking the kids out for breakfast and running some errands, which leaves me with a few kid-free hours. The mature and responsible way to spend that time would be to clean the bathrooms and vacuum the house, but who am I kidding. I'm probably going to kick back with a book for a while then get in some scrapping time.

After Brian gets home, we're headed to my friend Shelly's pool, and then tonight we're taking the kids to see Up. Should be a fun day!

Kristin Cronin-Barrow: Cherry Sweet
Traci Reed/Scrap Kitchen Designs: Shabby Daddy

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Do NOT . . .

. . . let these smiles fool you.
They fought.

Chicken Salad Recipe

We all survived grocery shopping (even left the house by 8:00 a.m.) and had fun putting the little backyard swimming pool to use. The kids love to splash around. At one point I just climbed right in with them in an effort to cool down. We've had mid-90 temperatures for the last 7 days, and it is just plain hot!

I made the best salad for supper last night and thought I'd share the recipe. Well, recipe is a pretty big word for what I did since I basically just threw a bunch of things together. I layered lettuce, rotisserie chicken, black beans, tomatoes, avocado, a little bit of shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and salsa, and it was delicious. I'd like to add a bit of fresh corn next time. I think this will be a staple in our summer menu. We had chips and salsa on the side so that probably took away some of the healthy points, but that's all right.

Rory was up again this morning before 6:00. I took her potty and kindly (but firmly) put her back in bed. I refuse to let her get into a habit of getting out of bed at a time that begins with the number five!
Not only does it make her very cranky later in the morning when she gets up so early, it makes her mama cranky to not have any quiet time first thing in the morning. And Camden, who typically sleeps until 8:00 or so is up at 6:15. What happened to lazy summer mornings?

Kathryn Wilson: A is for Amazement

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Puppet Show

Yesterday was a perfect summer day. We hit the zoo early, stayed for about 2.5 hours, and left just as the crowd and serious heat really hit. We didn't cover the whole zoo, but in the heat, 2.5 hours was about as long as the kids could take it and still have a good time (Oh, who am I kidding. The adults were melting in the heat!). We came home, had lunch, and then all took a nap.Yes, even the adults! I worked on laundry and all my coupon clipping and making a grocery list while Brian and the kids played baseball after supper. It was just a very relaxing, fun day.

We've already had an eventful morning. Rory was up at 6:00 (don't even ask me why) and had fun playing with Brian's new puppets (for VBS). She kept talking to them and addressing them both as "puppet show." She was having a blast until one of them "bit" her on the finger when she turned her back on them. You've never heard such screaming and sobbing! I think daddy and the puppets are now on her bad list.

Today we're taking a family grocery shopping trip (this is probably not the best idea I've ever had) then coming home to pop the kids into the backyard swimming pool.

Here are a few pictures from yesterday.

This one cracks me up. They didn't know I was taking their picture,
and I think it's so funny how they're looking at each other.

A group shot
One more group shot

Look at these sweet girls and their perfect smiles.

And this is what happens when I try to get a shot of my two.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Weekend Recap

Our photoshoot Saturday was hot, hot, and even hotter. Rory was so pleasant and gave us lots and lots of fake smiles as we wiped the sweat off her face and she tried to maneuver butterfly props. It was pretty funny, and hopefully the photographer got something he can use. Saturday night we took Brian's parents out to eat for Father's Day.

For Father's Day, I cooked one of Brian's favorites meals and made chocolate pie at his request. Unfortunately, he had to take a group of kids to camp Sunday afternoon so it wasn't quite as restful as it could have been, but we had a family movie night and had pizza and popcorn in the living room while we watched The Tale of Desperaux. By the way, this is probably the most boring moving I've ever seen! Camden was glued to the TV as usual (but it only takes moving objects on the TV to keep his attention), but Rory and I played the whole time and Brian slept (surprise, surprise).

We're headed to the zoo today with my friend Kathy and her kids. It's only supposed to be 95 here today with a heat index of above 100 so I'm sure we won't be too warm at all (sarcasm, sarcasm). The plan is to be there at 9:00 when it opens and leave before lunch so I'm hoping we'll not faint of heat exhaustion.

Here are a few pictures from the weekend:

Father's Day picture featuring Rory's new one-eyed smile.

Since it's usually a war zone around here, I was pleasantly surprised to see them "reading" together yesterday morning.

This is what happens when you let a 2 and 5 year old be in charge of the socks and underwear on laundry day.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

Lauren Grier/Kristin Cronin-Barrow Just Like Dad

Friday, June 19, 2009

Kid bits

Rory's dentist appointment yesterday was a success, and her teeth are perfectly fine (thank goodness!). She walked into that dentist's office and never stopped talking. And by the way all the office staff were gathered around her, I'm pretty sure she charmed the pants off them. The dentist told me he'd never had a 2 or 3 year old have such a great visit.

I had yet another eye doctor's appointment this morning. There's progress with my crazy cornea's, but they're apparently not finished reshaping yet so I'll head back again in 2 weeks.

Brian has spent every spare moment working on VBS this week (starts Sunday). I'll be glad to have the initial class over with and maybe we'll get to enjoy some family time.

Tomorrow includes Rory's photo shoot for the publication, maybe a little bit of sight-seeing since we'll be in Franklin (although the 96 degree weather is going to seriously put a damper on any outdoor activity) and a Father's Day dinner tomorrow night.

Here are a few kid bits:
  • In the last week or two Rory has suddenly become a fan of all things "pwincess." She asks for her "pwincess" bowl and washcloth (okay, those are about the only princess things we own), and she also is very specific in wanting to drink from her Dora cup.
  • Her mean streak in telling her daddy no continues. She's got a little stubborn 2-year old thing going on.
  • After 5 years of being traumatized with every little scrape and scratch, Camden is now wearing his scars proudly and thinks they're cool.
  • He's also pretty darn proud of those silver crowns on his teeth, and I'm pretty sure he's shown everyone we know. Hopefully, he's recently brushed before showing everyone.
  • Rory is clearly feeling a little left out in the doctor/dentist department because she's been going around the house in a pitiful voice saying, "I need to see Docta Heil. He need to see my egg (a.k.a. leg)."
  • And speaking of those legs, have you ever seen mosquito bites that immediately swell up to a crazy size, blister over, and then burst? Yes, this happens to Rory and then she's left with these open sores. It's horrible!
  • Camden continues to spend hours a day either digging in the yard of playing with his miniature set of Magnetix (which gets smaller and smaller as he continues to lose pieces). I think we might replace it with a big set for his birthday.
  • Rory continues to be my potty partner and tells me "good job, mommy, good job Missa, give me a hug" each time.
  • Last night after VBS when we asked Camden what he learned, he said, "oh, Jesus and whatever."

Lauren Grier/Manda Bean Cinemania (available 6/20 at SSD)

Thursday, June 18, 2009


For the second time in two days, I was stuck sticking out a tornado warning. Tuesday was in Target, last night was in the church basement! Maybe these "spring" storms will be over by the time July hits.

When I received an email several days ago about a local Christian publisher looking for an Asian model for the cover of their spring publication, I went against my natural instincts to send this poor woman every single picture I own of Rory and instead just sent the first one that came to mind and then didn't give it another thought. But yesterday morning I received a call saying that she had been chosen for the cover, so we're off to see this guy Saturday morning. Should be fun!

I'm taking Rory on a shopping trip (for the photo shoot) and then her first trip to the dentist. She went with us to Camden's appointment several weeks ago and doesn't seem to be nervous. However, she never seems to be nervous to see Dr. Heil either until he walks in the door and she starts sobbing uncontrollably. Hopefully she'll keep it together. I'm pretty sure she at least has two cavities -hoping that they're not as serious as Camden's!

Dani Mogstad/Eva Kipler: Girls of Summer

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


It's official. I'm getting old. Not that I didn't know that, but a trip to the doctor today and a diagnosis of border line high blood pressure confirms it. He said to watch my salt intake for 2 months and then come back and we'll see what happens. There's lots of family history of high blood pressure so this news was not exactly a big surprise. I also left with a one month prescription of Ambien in hopes that we can jump start my crazy sleep cycle. Unfortunately, I took it last night, and it did nothing. How is that even possible? I think I might as well resign myself to never getting a full night's sleep again.

I combined the doctor's appointment with a trip to the mall (of course) and Target. Note to self: do NOT go to Target when you haven't eaten for over 8 hours. Of course, the shopping came after I was stranded in the back of Target during a tornado warning. This has happened to me twice now in the last month or so. My favorite find of the day (besides the free salsa, free 2 liter of coke, and free soap) was this clearance dress at Janie and Jack (which I love, but doesn't often fit into the budget these days). Can't you just see Rory in it?

Camden thoroughly enjoyed VBS again last night, and they must be wearing him out because he slept until almost 9:00 yesterday morning. Rory and I have enjoyed two quiet evenings at home. She has insisted on the hokey pokey both nights and then giggles hysterically throughout it all.

Brian is off to help his dad cut up a tree while the kids and I stay at home and enjoy our air conditioning instead of our 95 degree weather and seriously high humidity. I don't do 95 degrees.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bible Verses

Rory learned her first two Bible verses in less than 2 weeks with very little practice time. I was completely amazed at how quickly she picked these up!

And in case you can't understand her perfectly clear pronunciation, I'll spell it out for you. :)
Romans 3:23 All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (this was Camden's first memory verse at age 2, by the way)


Yesterday was a good lazy day, although it still felt productive. I got lots of housework done, 5 loads of laundry washed, dried, folded and put away, but managed to avoid getting dressed or cooking supper! Brian took Camden to VBS at our friend's church, and he had a blast. Considering the fact that he spent what felt like most of the day in time out for his horrible attitude, he's lucky he got to go! I'm hopeful today will be better.

Brian is on kid-duty this afternoon while I head to Nashville for a physical. Hopefully I'll fit in a trip to the mall for a quick exchange and maybe a Starbucks run.

I've been meaning to post this for several days. Mary from Owlhaven recently took a trip to Korea with two of her sons. She writes here about one of their experiences. If you're an adoptive parent, go ahead and grab a kleenex before you read.

Lauren Grier/Lliella Designs Day at the Pond

Credits here

Monday, June 15, 2009


The first 2 weeks of summer (having Brian home) have been crazy busy! We've had a great time, but now I'm ready to slow down and try to plan some family time and some date nights before the summer is over and school starts up again.

On schedule for today is laundry, laundry, and more laundry! My kids (and husband) are going through clothes in this hot weather at an alarming rate. I'm pretty sure that I'm not going to be able to keep to my once-a-week laundry plan during the summer weeks.

Camden survived his trip to the dentist very well. He took the medicine, then lounged on Brian's lap for about an hour before they carried him back to put the crowns on his teeth. When they came to get us, the dentist said they wished all their patients were like Camden. He went to sleep right on time, woke up, and was perfectly fine. He was groggy and slept for 3 hours when we got home, but woke up with lots of energy. I'm a little disappointed because the crowns are large enough that you can see them in his smile - was not expecting that! Oh, well. Only 5 or 6 years to go until the new teeth grow in. :)

I've uploaded several cousin pictures from the last week. Unfortunately, (and I'm just sick about this!) my camera was left on manual settings from when I was playing last week and the pics are very grainy and not very printable. (Becky, this is officially the end of my quest for shooting in manual).

Rory, Camden, Cheyenne

Rory and quite possibly the fattest healthiest baby in town.

I thought Rory's face was so funny in this one (and look at how brown she is!).

Cheyenne eating a smores

"Playing" in the fire kept them busy for a very long time.

Gramps and the goat

Beckee and the goat

Jon and the goat

Do you notice there are no pictures of Brian and the goat or Melissa and the goat? That would be because we're cold-heart animal haters.

Brian actually poured WATER on my head to get these smiles.

Totally cut out the big kids so you could get a close up of Sienna's chins and arm rolls. :)

And the four of them

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Headed to see the Dentist

We're taking Camden this morning to get his two teeth crowned. They'll put him to sleep, fix the teeth, and hopefully he doesn't wake up like this.

Manda Bean/Libby Weifenbach Easy Breezy Beautiful kit (available 6/13 at SSD)

Gina Miller Acid Rainbow paper pack

Gina Miller/Kaye Winiecki A Secret Garden

Dani Mogstad/Eva Kipler Girls of Summer kit (available at SSD 6/13)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sleeping in

Well, the kids are apparently worn out from all the playtime with cousins they've had this week. Rory slept until 8:00 this morning and Camden is still in bed! They've had such a good time!

We're taking it easy today. The house is clean, laundry is done, and we have no plans. I'm looking forward to a slow day. I might even get some scrapping done (haven't even started one page since Saturday!). Here's an older one I never posted.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Some pictures

Having Brian home for the summer is working out well this week! He kept the kids while I grocery shopped yesterday, and today he is keeping Camden, Rory, and their cousin Cheyenne while the girls go shopping!

Last night on our way from seeing Uncle Jon, Aunt Beckee, Cheyenne, and Sienna, Camden informed us, "Cheyenne is my favorite cousin. Logan and Ashton too. And William and Xavier cause they're rough with me." (they wrestle with him). Rory looked at him and said indignantly, "Logan and Ashton NOT here!"

Camden trying it without training wheels.It didn't end well.

We're in for a hot summer. Do you see the sweat on her face and her wet hair?
It was about 82 and she was just playing on the deck.

Rory couldn't wait to get her hands on Sienna!

Dani Mogstad/Jacque Larsen Fun Land
Lauren Grier/Eva Kipler Over the Edge

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Weekend Rundown

We had quite a busy weekend, but it felt kinda good because we got alot accomplished. Friday morning Brian made a trip to camp to pick up the church kids; got home just in time for me to head out to my eye doctor's appointment; I made it home just in time for him to head off to a meeting (this is how our week went - we tag teamed). Friday night we took the training wheels off Camden's bike and had his first solo bike lesson. (I won't even go into how traumatic that was.) Saturday was spent cleaning house and attending Camden's final baseball game. The team did a great job and won the game. Camden had 4 at bats and 4 good hits. We're finished with baseball until spring; the coach told us that each team does it's best to keep the same players so we're excited about that. Sunday we had church and then hosted 20 people at our house in our new small group format. We won't be hosting it each Sunday night, but we will be meeting in small groups from now on. Should be fun!

Brian's youngest brother and his family arrive in town this morning so I'm sure we'll spend some time with them this week. Brian also has a dentist appointment and two in-service days at school; Camden has a dental appointment to get 2 crowns put in; we have an end-of-the season baseball party; I have our final Esther study to go to so this week looks pretty busy.

A few random things about the kids last week since I was too busy to post it Friday.

  • When telling her daddy about the baby goats we saw last week, Rory informed Brian that they were born in Korea.
  • Camden, in not-so-typical boy fashion, has always been pretty easy on his clothes. I've always liked dressing him in cute clothes (well, not so much now that I've got a girl to dress), but this year he is ruining clothes faster than he can put them on. The other day he wore a shirt for the first time to church and it came home with a hole in it. What part of Sunday School involves getting holes in your shirt? Not to mention the crazy stains I see on his clothing these days. Oh, well!
  • Rory has been putting us to the test this past week. Well, not me so much, but Brian. She has told him no over and over in the last several days. She doesn't try it with me, but she has decided there's no reason to obey daddy. Fun times.
  • A lady at church yesterday offered us some breakfast, and I thanked her, but told her we had just eaten. When she left Camden, said, "well, it was nice of her to offer anyway." Nice manners for a 5 year old!
  • Rory's phrase of the week was, "Guess what, mommy! My dad told me . . . . " I'm sorry - she's 2! No grown-up terms allowed in this house! :)
  • A couple of weeks ago Rory decided that it was okay to hug and love on Camden. I'm sorry to say that this week she's back to thinking that he clearly has the cooties and it's okay to scream bloody murder if he tries awful things like helping her out or actually giving her a hug goodnight.
  • Rory has been semi-dressing herself for months now, but she still struggles with shirts a bit. Most of the time I still dress her (once again - no growing up in this house allowed). Last night we had told Camden to go get his p.j.'s on and get ready for bed. A few minutes later, Rory came out of her room completely dressed in her p.j.'s and was SO proud of herself. She kept jumping up and down with the biggest smile on her face saying, "Me did it! Me did it!"
Well, I have pictures and 2 scrap pages to share, but my desktop is having issues once again so I'm using Brian's laptop and do not have them available. Maybe tomorrow!

Friday, June 05, 2009


Manda Bean/Julie Billingsley Children At Play (available tomorrow at SSD)

Thursday, June 04, 2009

A Big Day

Today's a big day for Becky. She's currently in New York with my mom and Micah having her b.r.e.a.s.t. reconstruction surgery. It will take approximately 10 hours and is a huge surgery/recovery process. Micah will be updating the blog throughout the day if you'd like to follow along.

Today we're running a few errands, taking both cars in for new brakes, and attending a retirement party tonight.

Here are a few pictures from our trip to Kentucky Tuesday.

Miley and Rory

She wasn't too happy about having her picture taken on the dock.

Gram with the bathing beauties.
(It was so hot we just put the girls in their suits all day)

My favorite picture of the day: Rory and Logan.

It was cute enough I edited it with a fun photo effect.


She was so hot and tired that she camped out in the chair.

Gram tried to get the girls to play with a spider. Yes, a spider.

Uncle Tim and Rory on the boat.
Falling asleep on the boat!

Camden wasn't about to fall asleep on the boat!

Rory liked sitting on the edge of the water in the sand.

Camden did so well in the water!
(typically he's a big chicken so this was alot of improvement)

They discovered that sand makes mud when wet.

Yep, mud.

She was so tired she couldn't keep her eyes open.