Wednesday, June 30, 2010

We Match

Rory declared, "WE MATCH" (yes, in all caps because it was just about that loud) Sunday after I shared my lipgloss and she realized we both had denim skirts on.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


For the last 3 years, Brian and Camden have taken an annual camping trip for Camden's birthday. This year July is so crazy that they've gone a couple of weeks early and are unfortunately only spending one night instead of 2. They always have the best time and Camden really thrives on having that special time alone with Brian. They left yesterday morning and should get back this afternoon. A few things:
  • Rory, of course, was not excited about Brian and Camden leaving and cried off an on as they prepared. Before they left, Camden came up to me and told me in a whisper that Rory could call him if she missed him during the day and that she definitely could call him before bedtime.
  • When I talked to him tonight, the first thing he told me, "Guess what, mommy. Did you know that I'm playing with fire and had two hotdogs, two smores, and fritos for supper, and accidentally fell in the water and got my face all wet, and was very heated up because it was hot, and did I tell you that Daddy bought me new beach toys and a flashlight that isn't just for camping but for everything? And I'm having lots of fun." And I'm pretty sure he didn't take a breath the whole time.
  • Brian says he keeps saying "This is just the best campsite in the world. This is my favorite thing ever." Brian said that as Camden was having the time of his life, he was struggling not to cuss out the tent while trying to assemble it. Camden came up to him and said he wished that he was big enough to use an ax so that daddy could just sit down and enjoy himself. Seriously brought a little tear to my eye when Brian told me that.
  • Rory and I both discovered yesterday just how accustomed we've both become to having Camden around as her playmate.
  • I don't generally sleep well when Brian is gone and last night was no exception so I'm running on about 4.5 hours sleep and woke up when Rory started yelling for me at 6:10 this morning. She's been waking up at exactly 6:10 for the last several mornings although after checking on her, we generally tell her it's too early. Despite the fact that it's broad daylight at that point. ;)
  • At some point during the night, I dreamed that my family and some friends had come to my house for a visit and I'd forgotten to finish cleaning my house. I was clearly still worried about it this morning since I had to fight the compulsion to empty the trash at 6:10.
Dani Mogstad: Light Up the Night

Dani Mogstad: Don't Feed the Animals

Emily Merritt/Gina Miller: Pearly Whites

Monday, June 28, 2010

Our Trip

Bright and early Thursday morning, my sister Elizabeth and I drove to St. Louis to meet my mom and sister Becky for 3 days. We laughed, cried, took pictures, made fun of mom - all before our first meal together was over.

We started off with lunch at Rue Lafayette and enjoyed quiche, chocolate croissants and ginger peach tea.

The park across the street looked so pretty that we decided to take a little walk. Seriously, how pretty is this!

Then it was time for Penzeys. Becky is an excellent cook and has been a fan of Penzeys for a while now. She turned my mom into a fan (who is also a great cook). And now, after visiting the store, I'm officially a convert. Now if I could only cook with all the great spices I picked up. Even Brian was impressed after smelling everything when I brought it home.
We shopped at St. Louis Galleria and found some great deals at Gap: $3 p.j.'s for Rory and $5 jeans for Camden. Mostly we just browsed stores that we clearly cannot afford.

Next up was The Hill, an Italian district in St. Louis. It's a historical neighborhood with lots of family Italian restaurants, bakeries, and little grocery stores. We had a blast walking around and then ate supper with my aunt, uncle, and cousin at Mama Campisi's.
Isn't this sign pretty? We really wanted to come back for gelato, but ran out of time.
Friday morning we had some down time and spent more time laughing/crying/making fun of mom. :) We made a second trip to Penzey's Friday afternoon and then at Elizabeth's request, we visited the Arch. Since she put up with all our shopping, we thought we'd better include her request into the itinerary! We bought our tickets and then settled in for the wait. While waiting, we ran through the museum and took this picture of Elizabeth, Becky, and mom. I have no idea how many times I've been to this museum growing up, and I'm sure I enjoyed it at one point, but mostly I remember hating the museum as a kid.After over 2 hours of waiting, we made it to the little capsule that would take us to the top of the Arch. If you can believe it, two more people had to fit into the capsule before departure!
The Arch was SO crowded that there was little room to move so we pretty much just got back into line to head back down. I did take this picture of Busch Stadium for Camden (he's a Cardinal's fan).
Supper was at The Fountain on Locust. It was really beautiful inside, but our waiter had clearly gotten up on the wrong side of the bed.
We decided it was completely appropriate to have ice cream for supper.
The rest of the weekend involved the Living Proof Live conference with Beth Moore and was really phenomenal. She is such a gifted speaker and I loved being challenged through her lessons. The music was also amazing and almost my favorite part. It's pretty awesome to sing and praise with 7,500 women.

A few random things: I had high hopes of taking lots of pictures, but it was blazing hot and the camera felt like an added weight around my neck so I ended up not taking many at all. Using Becky's GPS made navigating through St. Louis so fun and easy! I will not be visiting the Arch anytime in the next 10 years. :)
I have to admit that I was not a fan of my drive home alone Saturday afternoon, but shouldn't complain since Becky's drive was much further.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Rocking Chair Pics

I took advantage of the white rocking chair at Gram and Gramp's house last weekend. I had all of 2 minutes to get these taken before we were both covered in sweat, but I think they turned out pretty well.

Sweet, right?

Yep, a real smile.

Maybe a little cheesy, but still sweet

And then we have this gem. :)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Random Thursday

I'm leaving this morning with my sister (Elizabeth) to meet my mom and other sister (Becky) in St. Louis for a couple of days. We're hanging out, shopping, eating, and going to a Beth Moore conference. In the meantime, here is a little list of random things from the week.
  • Camden informed us Sunday that he wishes there was a Camden's Day (because we were celebrating Father's Day and emphasized that Brian got to have his favorite foods, do what he wanted, etc.). Apparently, he's unaware that most days around here are Camden's (and Rory's) Day.
  • When we told Rory this week that I was going to be gone for 3 days, her little face started to fall, then she brightened up and asked if she and Daddy could watch something fun on TV.
  • Not sure exactly how this conversation started at supper Monday night, but somehow we made it around to the fact that babies live in their mother's bellies for 9 months until they're ready to be born. Camden giggled and said, "But how do they get out. That's the question." I can't decide if this was the right answer or not, but Brian casually said, "Remember the goats? It's about like that." I guess there's some benefit to grandparents whose goats keep popping out baby goats when the grandkids are around.
  • Ever since the little dancing episode the other night, the kids have been practicing moves and routines including such accessories as backpacks, hats, capes, and make-shift pirate head gear. It's hilarious, and I have no idea where they've come up with this whole idea of dancing. I promised Brian that we don't sit around watching music videos.
  • Rory came running into the kitchen last night and informed me in such a proud voice, "I growing up, mama! I don't have to stand on tip toes to reach the sink water. Aren't you so proud of me?"

Sahlin Studio: Grunge

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wordless Wedneday

Usually I'm bribing/threatening/pleading with Camden and Rory to let me take their picture, but on this day, they were all about the camera. They were begging me to take pictures. Something about water guns clearly turns Rory into a member of Charlie's Angels and Camden into a member of the militia.

Trying for a mean look.
Nope, couldn't hold it together.

Okay, she didn't beg me to take this one. I just couldn't resist.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Videos for Family

I'll just warn you that if you're not family, you might not be too interested in these videos, but I'm putting them up for those that love us. :) (these are all from March/April)

A hit early on in the baseball season

Coming home

A little snack

Plan B

We had big plans to take the kids to the BiCentennial Park Fountains yesterday, but discovered as we were headed out the door that they were closed due to the Nashville flooding in May. Good thing we double checked for directions! The kids were disappointed, but we cheered them up by letting them . . . . . . . . . . . wait for it . . . . . . . . wash the car. Fortunately, when you're 6 and 3, washing the car is a whole lot of fun.

We also went to see Toy Story 3. Rory could pretty much care less about the movie, but she's a big fan of popcorn. The last 10 minutes or so of the movie, I spent more time watching Camden's face than the movie - he was so into it and so darn cute.

We finished up the day with that little dance session and the video I posted last night. Seriously laughed hard at those two all night! Sometimes there are these little moments in life when your kids are deliriously happy and everything seems just about perfect.

Brian is participating in the Go10 Walk today. Unfortunately, he's got the afternoon time slot and I have a feeling 10 miles is going to feel twice as long at 3:00 this afternoon. Did I mention it's supposed to be 99 degrees today?

No scrapbook page from me today, but I was chosen to be on Krista Sahlin's creative team over the weekend, and I'm very excited to start working with her!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Two Things

1. They did not learn their moves from me.
2. Ignore the messy laundry room in the background.

Revisiting my Teen Years

Camden and Rory were invited to spend the day at Gram and Gramp's house Friday so Brian and I ran some errands and then went to see The Karate Kid. Yes, the new one. Like most girls in the mid-to-late 80's, The Karate Kid movies were my favorite. I distinctly remember sitting in the living room with a friend rewinding certain parts over and over again. And the new one was fun. Although Jaden Smith looked all of 8 years old and I found myself wanting to mother him when he got beat up, which is quite a change from how I felt when I watched Ralph Macchio in the original. LOL

Saturday was very low-key, and we all did absolutely nothing. Sunday was a bit busier and involved an early meeting at church, then regular church, a serious melt-down from Camden which resulted in his missing lunch, but the day improved. Until Rory got bit by one of those big red fire ants and from the way she screamed, we thought she'd been attacked by bees. Of course, she was "playing" with the big ant, and we've warned her many times that she'll get bit. I bet she takes us a little more seriously now. :) We ended the day with a game of Phase 10 with Camden and then an episode of the Next Food Network Star after the kids went to bed.

Because we're busy every other day this week, we've decided to cram two big kid activities into one day. I'm sure there will be pictures of the event tomorrow.

Dani Mogstad: Take Me Away and Gina Miller: Roundabout #3 template

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Project 365/52 - Week 24

Align Center

Friday, June 18, 2010

On My Own

Since I'm going to be out of town next week for 3 days and Brian will be playing the role of Mr. Mom, I decided that we should give it a trial run. Okay, actually, I just had my annual MRI scheduled for much too early yesterday morning and I decided to make the most of it and meet my friend Tina for coffee (iced for me, hot for her) and then hit the mall, library, Target, and then another mall.

The Stash: I should know by now that I should keep away from any sort of retail store when they've got mid-summer clearance happening.

I arrived home around 3:00 having eaten a Krispy Kreme donut for lunch and feeling quite exhausted from all my partying. Apparently, Brian was exhausted from a day with the kids since he fell asleep on the couch at 7:00. Rory had definitely missed me and spent the remainder of the afternoon/evening on my lap. I took advantage of it and rocked her to sleep, which just never happens anymore. It dawned on me this week that my girl is almost four. FOUR! How did this happen and where did the time go? And let's not even discuss the fact that Camden turns 7 in less than a month. I've decided to be in complete denial about it all.

And how are we going to spend our Friday? I'm so glad you asked. :) Brian's parents asked if they could spend the day with both kids, and we quickly said YES. So Camden and Rory are spending the day at Gram and Gramp's house while we kick back and do nothing. Actually, we might run out to see a movie, but other than that I plan to enjoy a day with few responsibilities.

Lauren Reid/Designs by Lili: On Cloud Nine

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Goodbye, All-Stars

When Camden was invited to be on the all-star team, we were concerned about the time commitment (practices 7 days a week seems a bit extreme for 6 year olds), but specifically the time commitment on Sundays. We try to keep Sunday free of activities except church so that we can honor the Lord's Day. We were willing to compromise for a few weeks and let him practice and play the occasional game on Sunday afternoons, but we weren't willing to miss church. After talking to the coach and having him reassure us that the games would be in the afternoons, we decided to give the all-star team a chance. But after only one week on the team, it became clear that the initial information he gave us was incorrect and the head coach asked us to commit to 4 straight Sundays full of baseball games, and we decided that we just couldn't do it. We were all disappointed, especially Camden, but I feel like we made the right decision for our family. And we've enjoyed this first real week of summer with no baseball practices and games - just lots of time together and lots of Camden and Rory playing together. I did manage to take one picture (of course!) of Camden in his all-star uniform before we returned it.

And if you can stand another swimming picture, I happen to adore this one!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Make Shift Pool

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Stop. It.

I told you Camden would torture her with the water guns. :)

Monday, June 14, 2010

No More Shopping on Monday

Two Mondays a month I head to the grocery store. And each time, I vow to never shop on Monday mornings again. And two Mondays a month, I have amnesia and forget all about it. And so yesterday I left the house at 7:30 on yet another major grocery shopping event and spent over two hours looking for items on empty shelves, dodging boxes in the aisles and listening to employee team meetings while the check-out lines got longer and longer. The only redeeming quality to the morning was that when I stopped at the local coffeeshop for an iced coffee (which is my routine after those marathon grocery trips), I ran into my friend Russell who is recently home from Laos, and we talked a mile a minute while my groceries warmed up in the trunk of the car.

Camden and Rory have played together so well in our first few weeks of summer, but if yesterday is any indication, the honeymoon is over. Even Brian who is generally very calm and patient was feeling frazzled after spending the day listening to them. I'm hoping to chalk it up to being worn out from the weekend and that today will be better.

The weather has been so warm (as in upper 90's and ridiculous humidity) that the kids have been worn out after playing a few minutes outside. And the adults in the house aren't too fond of the heat either. I bought a cute little foam farm craft kit last week that I'm hoping will keep them entertained for a while this morning, and I'm sure we'll pull out the sprinkler or pool today. I also bought some new water guns that I'm sure Camden will use to terrorize Rory.

After hurting my foot last week and using it as a (somewhat) valid excuse for not using the treadmill, I must get back on it this morning. Soooooo. . . . treadmill, laundry, and keeping the kids happy make up our agenda today.

Gina Miller: May BYOC
I've been trying to scrap the rest of last summer's photos which is why the blog has featured older pics recently.

Designs by Lili: A Little Bird Told Me
I love these pictures. Don't they look happy?

Weekend Highlights

The weekend kind of went by in a blur of busyness, but here are a few highlights:
  • Watched the World Cup Game with Korea vs. Argentina. Camden promptly went and found his soccer jersey and wore it the rest of the day. Did I mention the soccer jersey is from 2 years ago?
  • Church workday on Saturday and since we live in the parsonage, we get the benefit of that. A more secure deck, trees trimmed, and new driveway.
  • Camden sang with me at church on Sunday. He did a good job and was very sweet. He told me that next time he'd like to stand on stage and sing by himself.
  • Our church connection group met at our house last night, and we enjoyed talking with friends. The kids completely wore themselves out playing. I have many childhood memories of late nights at church with friends, and it felt like our kids made one of those memories last night. They both came in about 9:30 completely soaked in sweat and insanely dirty, but thoroughly happy.

Jenn Barrette: Feet in the Sand,
The Digi Files #18

Shabby Miss Jenn: Wild Animals, Vol. 2

Lauren Grier: You Make Me All I Was Meant to Be

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Project 365/52 - Week 23

Friday, June 11, 2010

Two more

I am feeling slightly overwhelmed this morning with a busy week behind us and a crazy weekend ahead of us as well as thoughts/vents that are probably best left unsaid so I'm just going to leave you with two more pictures from the front yard this week. Who knew a sprinkler could be so much fun?

I have absolutely no idea what was going through her crazy little mind here.
PSA: I used Everyday Ordinary kit by Emily Powers/Paislee Press for my new blog design.