Monday, November 6, 2017

The Baby

These photos are a few months old...as is anything I'm posting lately.  Why do I feel I need to catch up instead of just skip those months?  Who knows.  Anyway, it's what I'm doing.  

I am so.in.love.with.this.child.  I know, I know, I'm in love with every one of my babies, but this one really loves me right now, and there is nothing quite like that feeling.  He laughs when I walk into a room and crawls at fast baby speed to get to me.  He smiles when he catches my eye.  And, right before he lays down for naps or night, he lays his head on my shoulder just for about a minute.  It doesn't happen any other time of day, but it's like he knows I need that, even for a brief minute!



He's a smiler, and he brings so much joy to a room...and to our family.  I've heard that his namesake (my great-grandfather I never knew) was a wonderful man full of so much love.  I have a feeling this little Henry is following right in his footsteps.


He brightens our days.  He makes us laugh.  He reminds us to slow down.  


And, he is exactly what the miracle of life is...a gift...of the very best kind. 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

If Only It was All the Time

Have I mentioned before how much I love when my sister and her family are here?  I know, I know. Only a million times.  Well, this summer, we got almost three entire weeks knowing they were only fifteen minutes away, and boy was it wonderful!

We spent our days working out (Rozann teaching me High Fitness




The kids spent theirs on bikes, in the water, watching fireworks, and just playing all day long.









John Paul thinks Kolbe is his godson, so he got to stay the night with him one night and help him with everything he needed, being three years older than him, you know.
These little ones are the very best and I love when they're together.  I just miss them way too much when they're gone.  But, absence is supposed to make the heart grow fonder, right?!! 

I still wish they lived next door.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

It's Like Riding A Bike

One day this summer, Carter pulled out his bike with training wheels.  Elley was on her way over, and he wanted her to see him ride it.  She got here, and he quickly asked her to come watch him.  Not knowing, she said, "Oh my gosh, you've learned to ride your bike without training wheels!"  He hadn't, haha.  

But as soon as she left, he asked for a wrench.

And then, he called me outside to see this.



About a day later, Peter took his off.  And, they've been riding ever since!

They've raced, gone on adventures and have had to replace a few tubes.



She's next.




Sometimes I forget how fun it is to be a kid!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Oh How They Love Him

My gosh how the kids love Henry!  We all do, really.  But, what a blessing this has been to see.

They want to be there when he wakes up, feed him his bottle when he's hungry, and help everyone else know just what he needs (even my grandma who clearly knows).  

He sees them, and his face lights up!

They see him, and theirs do the same.

I guess I just never really expected this.  I mean, sure, I loved my siblings growing up, and I don't remember what it was like to be four years old.  But, these kids...man, they show me how to love.  Who sits in the Church pew and looks around, pointing to Henry hoping someone will see him and love him, too?  They do.

Yes, they fight.  Yes, they say mean things to each other.  But, when all the stars align, you should see their love.  And, while I know there is that love in families of every size, I am so grateful to see it in ours.  They truly do take care of each other.  They truly do serve each other.  And, they truly do love each other.

Sophie picked up a toy catalog this week and mentioned something in it that each of her siblings would love before she asked for anything herself.

Genevieve was recently having a hard time learning not to say "no" to Mom and Dad.  When she was about to get into trouble for doing so, Peter went over to her, taking her hands, and gently saying, "Say yes ma'am" quickly followed by, "Momma, I don't think she understands."

John Paul was the first one up this week when his daddy left early for work and his momma missed her alarm.  Instead of yelling that he needed something, he made breakfast for everyone.

Getting out of the van to go to speech, Carter yelled to Sophie, "I hope you have the best time with your new friends while you're away!"

They share laughs, help when others are sad and try to be the best they can.  

I'm constantly amazed by their love and am so thankful they are mine.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Mid-week Likes & Links


























These kiddos.  They are so often such a reminder to slow down.  And, I need that reminder all too often!  I had just made my first round of cupcake cones, and I'd highly recommend them - so much less messy than just cupcakes!

If you love Zella leggings like I do, you might also love these.  Truthfully, I feel a bit weird about the see-through part when I have them on.  I like them on other people but wonder about them on me.

I am in love with this scent!  I have it in hand soap and also counter cleaner!

I made these the other day.  I'm truly not a fan of things like this...protein stuff, trying to make baked goods with protein, or a lack of flour (I know I'm blessed that finding alternatives to wheat isn't a necessity!).  So, I do't know why I made these, but really there aren't bad!

These little doughnut holes on the other hand...

I never was a fan of salisbury steak when it was that day in the cafeteria, but I've been changed by The Pioneer Woman's recipe. All the kids love it, too!

My mother-in-law told me about this as a moisturizer, and I love it!

Have a great week!


Monday, September 25, 2017

Capulin

It was supposed to be ladybug season, so I really wanted to go to Mount Capulin - a short drive from our house - this summer.  The kids were so, so excited to hike down a "real volcano!"  We had to remind some many times that no, it wouldn't explode while we were walking down.  









It turned out that the lady bugs were on the outer rim, so I suggested we go.  No one really wanted to. Except me.  So, I talked a few into it.


Then, things became too much for some, and well, they started whining, and then crying, and I looked down and saw these before I turned right back around in a hurry to get.outta.there.

Truly, I'm glad we took them, and they had fun.  For a short time, ha!


Friday, September 22, 2017

Learning to Ride

When I was young, we helped with cattle work a lot.  That meant I was riding before I started school. I loved it and never thought anything of it.  But, for some reason, I haven't made it a priority with my kids.  Yes, I want them to know how to ride and to feel comfortable and confident doing so.  But, I haven't felt a need to rush that.

So, when Sugarfoot is in the pens, and when it's a good time, we get him out and practice in the round pen.  This was one of those days...

It goes a bit like this:  We have one serious rider who loves it.




We have one who could take it or leave it.


(with a little help from his brother trying to get the horse to go faster)









We have one who would prefer a bunking bronc.






And one who just loves to do anything her brothers do.








Thank goodness they have the best teachers and are able to learn to ride when they can!