Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fall Around Here

I could say once again how this little blog has fallen by the wayside right now, but instead, I'll give you a few snippets of life...

...Sophie's latest meeting with a doctor has us putting off her final hearing tests until he thinks it might be more necessary.  That might be never!
...Carter is loving school!  So far his favorite subjects are math and poetry.

...our cattle work is still going strong.  I think we have almost another month of this busy season before we can breathe a sigh of relief...and I've taken next to no pictures of it.

...Peter rode a crazy Sugarfoot the other day when Sugarfoot was lowering his head to buck.  We may have a cowboy (or two or three) on our hands.

...we have three ninjas, a pig and a strawberry for Halloween.  A few weeks ago they put on their costumes and Sophie loved hers so much she cried when it was time to take it off for bed.  Carter immediately said, "Oh how I hate to see a little pig cry!"  Then, I laughed.  And, the crying picked up.

...Genevieve has started screaming a lot, and well, it hasn't stopped in a long time.  She used to be our easiest baby.

...maybe the most entertaining part of our weekly lessons are the Bible illustrations and story tellings. Here we have the tower of Babel.  John Paul's version of the story usually includes blood, lots of rocks, a man on the moon, and John Paulie.

...recently in Mass our priest's microphone started acting up.  John Paul shouted, "Oh!  We have FIREWORKS!"

...Peter has decided that when he grows up, he will just fish all day, every day.

...we've fallen behind in the seasonal activities this year.  We haven't been to the pumpkin patch.  Nor have I really planned anything for Halloween (minus a quick Amazon purchase of costumes).  I don't know when we'll start getting ready for upcoming holidays/events.  And, I don't know if we'll do any of that - part of me feels like a failure, and part of me doesn't really care, ha!

...Carter lost his cat last week (via a day of very strong wind and a gate that slammed at the wrong time).  Boy, these kids get early lessons of life and death around here, and it's never easy.

...Sophie has started singing a lot!  No one really knows what she's singing about, but it's very serious.

...John Paul came in the kitchen as I was preparing lunch and said, "Momma, I've been thinkin' and I'm going to do something for you so you won't have to think about it."  Then he cleaned the lint from the dryer and put it in the trash.  Sweet little helper.

...Peter is writing up a storm.  He is loving practicing all of his letters and even writing cards for people.

...Jeremy and Dave Ramsey have become best friends ;)

...meanwhile I've become best friends with anything that makes me add a few more pounds to this growing bump (aka, I've become a glutton, haha).

...last night Sophie saw the big crucifix, and she stretched her arms as far as they'd go saying, "Jesus want to hug me!"

That's us in a nutshell.  All is well.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Mid-week Likes & Links

I might be staying alive via this these days.  

I know so much worry surrounds the next month and election results.  Before then, maybe you should listen to this.

A friend told me about these party favors, and they did not disappoint.

I've wanted to get these for the girls forever, and I finally caved.  They're the cutest!

I finally worked out, thanks to this.

Are these not the cutest things?  My aunt is making a version of them!

I'm currently deciding between these shoes and these for my last two weddings to photograph this year as I carry a few (read a lot) of extra pounds.  I know, I know --- so cute, hehe.  Maybe my legs won't look like tree trunks by the end of the night.  They probably still will.

Need a miracle?  Let's start this novena today.  

Monday, October 17, 2016

Peter - The New Five-Year-Old

A few weeks ago, when I asked Peter what he wanted for his birthday dinner, he quickly replied, "A Thanksgiving feast!"  Just to make sure I was understanding him (and kind of hoping I wasn't), I asked exactly what that meant.  "Well, you have beautiful plates, and candles, and then turkey, and ham, and 'smashed potatoes' and...oh, a blue cake."  He knew exactly what it meant and exactly what he wanted.  The blue cake was an addition.

So, luckily my mother-in-law was getting rid of her grandmother's china.  And, Mom let me have some of her grandmother's.  Done.
I thought this would be a fun blue cake...
And, we couldn't find a turkey, but Mom made a chicken, and we also had ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, a relish plate, and croissants.

Did I mention pickles?
Peter was SO excited about his "beautiful meal."

Come to find out, what he really wanted to do was eat a turkey (in this case chicken) leg.  I think it was the entire reason he asked for a Thanksgiving feast.

Then we quickly had cake and moved on to better things...


It was the sweetest thing this year...he just kept repeating, "Thank you to everyone for my beautiful birthday!!"
And, this little guy never even asked for his own present (which is a far cry from his reaction to Carter's birthday this summer, ha)!

He went to bed last night saying he couldn't wait to have a Thanksgiving birthday next year, and every year after that!  

We saved one last present for his actual birthday this morning - a retractable fishing pole and tackle box!

Fishermen are tough.

And, we went to Gracie's for a smoothie and breakfast!  

Who knows what the rest of the day holds...most of the kiddos have colds.  But, we're so thankful for this little 5-year-old.  


loves to fish, 
prefers to wear only polo shirts and jeans, 
is so very kind (even though he does his fair share of teasing and fighting, he always is willing to give in, even letting his brothers open his birthday presents), 
loves to be outside, 
enjoys riding his horse,
is a huge fan of Allsups' burritos (me too), 
wants to do everything on his own (including no help when hurting), 
prefers not to be cuddled much, 
loves to draw and write, 
is a bit quieter than the rest,
and is one tough little guy.

We are so very blessed to have had another wonderful year with our sweet Peter!