Hi there.
This is me...a happy wife, mom to three awesome boys, teacher to two of the aforementioned boys (we homeschool), chauffeur to karate, archery and all sorts of other activities, former scrapbooker and founder of the 
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Life is good.



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My never ending project...

In case you were wondering (which you probably weren't), I'm yet again working on reorganizing my office space. This time, I'm actually rearranging furniture and all. Here are some pictures of how it looked at the end of July after my whirlwind of a month working on stuff for my book:




Yeah. It was a bit of a disaster area. Up until a few days ago, it hadn't seen much improvement...maybe a little tidier but more cluttered (if that's possible). :) So. I'm cleaning and purging and have new shelves and a new desk to set up. Ideally, I'd just have a bigger space altogether, but that's probably not going to happen at this house. Besides, for all that it's small, this location is great...it adjoins to the family room so I can totally be in here while the boys are in the other room playing or in the kitchen eating, and I can keep an eye on them easily.  

Anyhoo. That's what I've been working on scrapbook-wise of late. Well, that and a half dozen layouts for CK that I can't show you. ;) I'm going to a crop this Saturday and hope to make plenty of progress on that memorial album about my dad I have planned.  Which means I need to get a move-on with this cleaning/reorganizing project if I want to be able to also plan my stuff to take with me Saturday. Or I can just wait till after Saturday... ;)


Seven years ago today...

This boy changed my world.


I can't believe my sweet boy is seven already! Nathan pointed out the other day that this means Noah's more than half way to teenager status already. Oy. I'm still trying to break the habit of referring to Micah (who turned two this past summer) as a baby. I'm not ready to have a full-fledged seven year old on my hands. :)  

(Oh. In case you're wondering, the bruise on his chin is from bonking heads with Asher, who has a very hard head. I'm still trying to figure out why it's so very specific and small in shape, but it doesn't seem to bother him at all.) 

No big plans for today. We'll probably take him to dinner tonight and let him open his presents from us. Tomorrow he's having his party with friends...just a small party, but hopefully good. 



Cutest cowboys ever!

Okay, I have to show you the three cutest little cowboys ever:


Yes, Micah had a matching vest and chaps (found a great deal online!). Kid stubbornly refused to have anything to do with them. I'm talking adamant yelling and running away as if they were made of goo or something.  Strange. Regardless, at least I was able to get him to wear the bandana, hat and gun belt. And he wanted to carry his stick horse just like his brothers. So, I think people figured it out. :)

Obviously, I decked the boys out during daylight hours (so I could get the pictures and also because they've been wanting to wear everything for the past few days). Managed to hold them off until just after dark and then we set out (yay, by the way, for weather that cooperated for a change!). Micah still hasn't quite gotten the whole "trick or treat" thing, but he managed to say "thanks" and "bye" and had a great time...AFTER we switched his goodie bag. Poor thing was terrified of the one we had for him (a frankenstein-type face matching his brothers' zombie and vampire that Nana sent a year or two ago), so he ended up with a brown gift bag, all I could find on such short notice. He was, though, quite the moseying cowboy and Nathan had to carry him by the end to keep up with his brothers. We just hit a couple cul-de-sacs in our neighborhood and the boys ended up with a manageable size stash by the end of the night. Fortunately, we also handed out most of our candy to trick or treaters (never mind that we were doling out big ol' handfuls by the end of the night) so we don't have a heap of candy left in the house.

Everyone was impressed by our little cowboys and also by our jack o lantern display...we had six this year and it was our best yet. (We're already planning for next year.) This was one of my favorites...totally inspired by something I saw by Janet_O over on Two Peas last year:


All in all, a very fun Halloween. How was yours? 


CK Message Board!

Woohoo! I'll be chatting tonight on the CK Message Board from 9-11 pm EST (that's 7-9 pm MST folks). It's called Happy Hour and there's a drawing (maybe more than one?). So come on by and ask a question or just chat, okay? See you there!


Busy weekend.

Wow. Lots to report from the weekend. Here’s a recap:

1. Noah and Asher finished their first soccer season on Saturday. (Join me in doing a little happy dance!) It was freezing (almost literally) but the boys had a great time as usual (except Micah, who did not appreciate the weather at all). They looked so adorable with their stocking caps and gloves on, in addition to the layers and fleece and soccer gear. We had blankets, too:


I won’t bore you with the details, but between the two games and the two end of season parties, logistics were problematic…leaving us not in any hurry for Micah to be old enough to play also. :) Regardless, both boys proudly now display their trophies on a shelf in their room. To quote Noah, “having a trophy just makes me feel good.” As well he should. In fact, both boys earned “most improved” kudos from their coaches, and it’s true. I think back to the first practice (where Noah adamantly refused to let go of his ball or participate in the drills) and the first game (where Asher took each bump personally and we had time outs for crying rather than injury) and am amazed at how far they’ve come. Both are looking forward to next season already.

2. (Total turn-around on the weather and it was beautiful and in the 70s Sunday.) There are definite benefits to having the biggest front yard on the block. The boys were rediscovering the tee ball set we had yesterday. One neighbor boy came over and joined in. Then another. Before long, we had almost 12 kids out there playing an impromptu baseball game. The kids ranged in age from 12 to 2 (my three being the youngest with one exception), and I was just so impressed at how well they all played together and how polite they were. At one point they picked teams, and the two captains (without any prompting whatsoever) selected Noah and Asher first, regardless of the fact that they obviously had the least experience (having never played a “game” before and not knowing the rules). The other kids then proceeded to cheer for my guys and give them little pep talks and individual coaching. So very blessed to live in this neighborhood.

Oh, and while the “big” kids were playing, one neighbor kept Micah occupied with a little game of catch:


3. We carved our pumpkins yesterday also. I didn’t remember to buy candles ahead of time, so we’ll have to do pictures tonight or tomorrow. They turned out great, if I do say so myself. Noah even braved it all and stuck his arm right into the pumpkin finally this year. Asher still refused and Micah just looked at us as if we were insane to even ask such a thing. Still, fun times.

Hmm. Listing it all out, it doesn't seem like too much, but it definitely felt long. :) Hundreds of pictures (still sorting). Happy sigh. :)