Thursday, July 30, 2015


It's been a good week.  We've gotten a lot done around the house.  The kids have enjoyed having their dad working on projects here for a few days so they can help (fence building, really).  And, things have just been normal - no places to go, nothing that has to happen, etc.  So, it's given us ample time to rest (and get over the colds), and just do our day-to-day things.  

Carter // 5 - Thanks to the suggestion of Kathleen, I got a couple of these Hot Dot kits for Carter's birthday, and we just pulled them off the shelf.  He's loving them, and it's so much fun to see him so excited when he gets an answer right.  So far, his numbers are better than his letters. 

Peter // 3 - He found what looks like a tomato worm outside, although we don't have a garden this year.  He put some leaves in the little bug box and I heard him say, "Hey little you want to go live back outside?  Okay."  Then he let him go.

John Paul // 2 - When we went on our little weekend trip, John Paul developed what I thought was a little cold sore on his bottom lip (I get them, so I felt bad that his started so young).  But, as the days went on, more and more appeared.  Still contained to his face and neck, I'm not so sure it's not another round of hand foot and mouth.  Poor guy.  It's almost over though!
Sophie // 1 - Sophie found John Paul's hat and put it on like this.  Then, as she was crawling around the yard, John Paul found her and wasn't too happy.  Needless to say, she didn't wear it long!

Friday, July 24, 2015

29/52: Staining and Quotes

I decided it would be a good idea to re-stain and seal our little treehouse/playground.  My not-so-good idea was to have the boys help with it.  Ha!  But...they had fun!

And, I haven't done a quotes post in a long time, so I think I'll include a few here.

Carter // 5 - The other week when we were taking him to swim lessons, we had a lot of great conversations.  After his first day, we went to the grocery store to get a treat, and he talked (for a long time) to everyone he saw.  I've told all of them how important it is to talk to people, especially when they are asked a question.  So, when we got back in the car, I was bragging on him.  His response: "Mom, that's just called caring for others, and it's a weally, weally good thing to do."

Then, the next day,  I got a bit worried about the whole stranger danger thing, so I told him if anyone ever made him uncomfortable or if someone he didn't know tried to take him away, to scream for help.  Confused, he said, "Mom, if any bad guy tried to do that to one of God's children, God would send them straight to hell."  Yikes.  I haven't been saying that.

The last day of swim lessons, we got in the car and I went to turn on a movie.  Carter said:
"Mom, no movies today.  I missed Texline (a tiny town we pass through on our way to swim lessons), and I don't want to miss it today.  So, turn on some wok and woll and we'll just visit!"  We did.

Peter // 3 - We were getting ready to leave the house one morning and he came in after using the restroom and said, "Mom, if you ever want to lose me forever, just flush me down the toilet and it will take me far, far away!"

He always starts whatever he wants to say with, "Can I tell you sumping?"

He's also asking a ton of "What would happen if..." questions these days.

And, he loves and notices clothes.  So, when I'm a bit more dressed up, he gets excited and says, "Momma, you look so pwetty in your dancing clothes."

John Paul // 2 - This little wild man just likes to make up jokes and then say, "Oh silly me!"

He'll also point out something he sees (like a truck on the road) or something he pretends to see and when you ask where it is, he says, "Ahhhh, you MISSED IT!"

Every day he asks someone if they've been "bwanding" and he refers to almost everyone as "cowboy."

Sophie // 1 - I think she was mad when she woke up and saw she missed the staining session.  She doesn't say much, but her looks say it all these days. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hatch Prints: My Favorite Hand-Lettering and a GIVEAWAY

I met Katrina in Dallas almost a year ago.  I loved getting to know one of the ladies I followed for so long.  She's an ND grad, and I always feel I have a connection to the Irish since my sister went there. I know, I know, it's a bit silly.  Oh well.  

Katrina is a talented artist and recently opened up her own shop at Etsy called Hatch Prints.  She hand-letters beautiful quotes, and sometimes I think she picked them just for me.

I ordered a few prints a couple of weeks ago and have just recently found places for them in my home.

"Offer it up" is one I knew needed to be in a prime location, so it's near my kitchen, where I spend a ton of my waking hours.  It's where I'm constantly asked for another cup of milk, where that very cup is often spilled, and where I have to always remind myself to be more patient!

This quote of Edith Stein really hits home.  As one who is constantly striving to be more productive (sometimes at the expense of more important things), it's a beautiful reminder of my true vocation...being a mother.  That's all my children need...for me to be their mom.
And this one..
I just love it.  So simple, yet so beautiful!  It's in my dining room.

I've always been a quote person...writing them down in various places, especially while in high school, to serve as reminders or encouragement.  I love cards with beautiful quotes.  I have bought countless books solely made up of them.  So, when Katrina opened her shop, I was so excited!

Now, I have her beautiful hand-lettered prints throughout my a reminder of what's important and of a beautiful friend who lives just a few states away!

She's generously offering one of you two prints of your choosing!  All you have to do is enter the giveaway here or on Instagram (or both!).  If you'd rather just purchase a print now, use THEFISKFILES15 for 15% off your purchase!

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