Thursday, May 29, 2008

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow!

For weeks now Brandon has been trying to convince me to buzz Caleb's hair, or as he( and apparently ever other male) calls it give him a "summer do". I think the Disney trip was the straw that broke the camel's back when Brandon would constantly point out Caleb's hot, sweaty hair. Reluctantly, I gave in. We went today and I literally teared up and had to leave the store as the woman shaved off my son's beautiful, shiny locks. So, thought I'd share some before and after pics of sweet little Caleb.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Believe it or not I am updating ( if anyone still reads this)

I am sorry that it has been so long and that I haven't responded to any of your encouraging comments, which I so enjoy! I guess it was right after Christmas I felt like the Lord was leading me to slow down a bit. I had been going so fast and furious for what felt like forever and I was exhausted physically and mentally.
Ever since I found out we were moving I was in overdrive- getting our house ready to sell, house-hunting, packing, finding schools for the kids, moving, remodeling the new house and then trying to acclimate to our new life. I'm such a creature of habit and I completely detest change. I felt like when we moved here I spent the first several months grieving what I had left behind and trying to figure out where me and my family fit in here.
I had forgotten about the "small town" mentality many people still have here- so many cultural and racial prejudices, it's sad. I also sensed a lot of pressure to keep up appearances that I had not felt in years...I'm sure part of it was seeing so many people I had grown up with that I hadn't seen in years- I felt like I was in high school all over again trying to "fit in".
I got caught up in a sinful cycle of trying to be what I thought others expected of me and not what God wanted me to be- bottom line was I was fearing man instead of fearing God. It was affecting every area of my life- especially with my family, so I decided to slow down and listen to what God was trying to teach me. I knew I was wasting a lot of time on the computer trying to keep up with my blog and constantly checking all my friends' blogs. It was one thing I needed to do to make more time for enjoying my kids and getting back in God's word on a more consistent basis .
So, I don't know the future of this blog, but check in from time to time and maybe there will be an update.
In other news- we are all doing great and looking forward to a trip to Disney in May. We haven't been since Daniel was born, so it will be very interesting now that we are outnumbered- Pray for us!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Please Tell Me You've Been Here Before

Just thought I'd share some pictures of what my house looked like this morning at 10am! I was getting a meal ready to drop off at Lindsey's (for her to deliver) and I stopped and looked around and felt totally overwhelmed and I thought you know what this is crazy-so I went around my house room by room and took pictures. Why? I don't know exactly- I thought maybe it would make other moms feel better, maybe I'll show them to Brandon and he will tell me that I've GOT to get a house cleaner. Whatever the reason - I did it. When I called Lin to tell her I was on my way, I mentioned the OHMYGOSH state of my house and she said well when you get here you might feel better. You know what? I did. Thanks Lindsey!

I say next time we have a playgroup or dinner- don't clean up and we'll all feel right at home.

Friday, January 25, 2008

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Happy Anniversary Blog

Blog, it's been a great first year. There was the "honeymoon period" where I just thought about you night and day- writing almost everyday, wondering, waiting-will I have comments? oooh, I hope so...yea, that was fun. Then there were periods where I got comfortable, even bored with "us". We've had our ups and downs, but hey, we made it and isn't that what really counts?

Well, friends it's been a whirlwind of a year for our family. But lately I have truly been making a conscious effort to slow down and let the little things go. I've so enjoyed my kids these past few weeks. Emily is now seven!! I cannot believe that I have a child that old-it can't be. We had a fun Pajama Party- I was not quite ready for a full-on sleepover, so this was a great alternative. Caleb is still as sweet as ever- he loves people- he even gave himself a cute moniker of "friendly Caleb". Daniel is such a funny kid- typical third child- knows how to push the buttons of his siblings and always trying to make everyone laugh.

Well, it's late -so hopefully I will update later with pictures from the holidays and Em's party.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Great Games for Kids (and Adults)

(Part 5 from the Editor-in-Chief) (I gave myself a new position)

As a guy and as a semi- computer geek, I am prone to wasting alot of time on computer games. I have tried my best to squash this temptation by never buying a gaming system as an adult. As a kid, I had the most atari cartridges of anyone on my street (64 to be exact, until Raiders of the Lost Ark got run over).

The other day, Caleb and I happened upon this neat little website that has about 50 games or so, all original games, and they are all set to calming music. The graphics are great and I think that readers of this blog and their kids would enjoy wasting a little time on this site. At the bottom of the screen is a button that will play acoustic guitar music and rain noises, which is really cool, too.

Caleb's favorite game is the Star Game, located in the second row of the board. Enjoy....

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Double-Edged Sword of Trees

(Part 4 from the Guest Blogger)

One of the best things about moving back to Louisiana is the abundant number of, and varying species of trees here. In Texas, both sides of the highways were developed with commercial buildings and pavement parking lots as far as the eye could see. Here, our car is darting in and out of the shadows of tall pine trees.

We had 26 trees on our lot when we moved in, and just going into the back yard is like going on a science adventure. We've seen the weirdest bugs and former shells of bugs, hummingbirds, cardinals, and families of squirrels. The house is shaded, and it seemed like we could stay out longer during the summer because of it. It is not uncommon for me to drive up in the evening to find Em and Caleb halfway up the front yard tree.


I have had to work harder than ever just to maintain some even ground when it comes to the maintenance of my yard. I believe there are 3 times as many leaves on the ground than there ever were in the trees themselves. On a good windy day, I can accumulate fallen leaves from 4 houses down. These leaves tend to choke out the grass if you don't quickly remove them (hence the dust cloud that hovers over my house for about a day after mowing). The boys got a trampoline, and I have all but given up trying to keep it clean of leaves. The kids have just learned to bounce in a sea of pine straw and leaves. I cut down 5 of the original 26 trees to try to allow some sunlight into the yard, and spent about 4 weekends in a row hauling tree limbs from the back yard to the front.

I could go on, but when it comes down to it, the experiences of these three make having the trees worth it...