Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Monday, March 2, 2015

Ruby's Best Day of Her Life

After we got home from church today,
I started some pancakes for dinner.
Christopher did the majority of them, then got called away.
Linnea stepped in for a round, but then she, too, needed to leave the kitchen.
Ruby jumped up and down, saying, "Can I?  Can I????"
I told her she could, and she did so well!

She declared that THIS was the best day of her LIFE.

and then got really goofy.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Number Eleven

I filled out a customer satisfaction survey that came in the mail a few weeks ago. 
It said I could win something, I don't remember now what it was, but I figured it was worth a shot.

I got a call from the company last week. 
The lady said her job was to verify some of the answers if there was a question. 
She said, "Ma'am, one of the questions was 
'Including your youngest child, tell us the number of children you have' and you wrote the number eleven...did you...really mean...to, ah....write eleven?" 
*small chuckle from lady on phone*

I told her, "Yes, I wrote that number because I have eleven children."

She said, "Okay then...I'll send this on through. Good luck in the drawing!"

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The One About Teeth

Ruby lost her first tooth this week.
By lost, I mean asked Daddy to pull really really hard
while she tried her best not to cry and succeeded.

Now, our kids know all about the tooth fairy
(and Santa and the Easter Bunny and Where Babies Come From)
so they got very excited to help Ruby put her tooth under her pillow
and told me about forty bajillion times that I'd need to
remember to "be the Tooth Fairy" that night.
Even so, it took me two nights to accomplish that.

Pro tip:  I tell them that part of the "magic" is not knowing just when
Mommy will remember!

all this talk about Mommy gathering teeth in the middle of the night
led to recollections of other kids' lost teeth
and then Elijah said,
:"Mom?  Where do you have all my old teeth?  I want to look at them."


At this point, I launched into an abbreviated explanation of how that could
look bad--forensically speaking--if I were to keep a jar full of children's teeth
in my dresser drawer.

So this week we've been hearing all about how everything feels different
when a tooth is missing from your mouth.
She's also been busy making sure everyone notices that fantastic space!
Ahhhh, milestones.

Speaking of milestones,
Cece got her first tooth!
It was a tad bittersweet for this mommy
because it means she's growing up.
I tend to get a bit more nostalgic about some of these firsts
as I get to be an older mom,
knowing that some of these firsts could be my lasts.

Monday, February 9, 2015

This Boy...

This boy...
I'm not sure if it's the cheeks,
 the look of determination,
 the pudgy hands,
 the sweeping eyelashes,
 the mastering of a skill,
 the extra peanut butter,
 or simply that he's mine,
 but man I love this boy
so much.

Sunday, February 8, 2015


Sometimes Abram decides one hat is not enough.
A fire truck hat to match his fire truck spoon...
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