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 
Good Grief Blog.
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Kid stories...

Time for some kid stories... ;)

Walking along the other day, Noah and Asher both insist that we all avoid stepping on any cracks. I'm sure you've heard that before, right? Curious, I asked them what would happen if I *did* step on a crack. I know I haven't ever said anything along those lines to them but I figured maybe they'd heard something along the lines of "step on a crack, break your mother's back". Isn't that what you've always heard?

So. Without missing a breath, the boys replied (in unison), "if you step on a crack a bear will come out and eat you up!" Really. Where do they come up with these things? Just to test this, I deliberately stepped on a crack. Since I obviously wasn't eaten by a bear, I looked at them for explanation. Their answer? "The bear is invisible!" How silly of me.

Another one. The boys were in the kitchen and I overheard them talking. Noah asked Ash, "what are you afraid of?" Asher thought and answered, "ghosts." (Seems reasonable to me.) Asher then, of course, asked Noah in turn what he was afraid of. Noah's response? "Extinction." Honest. What were you afraid of at six?

Just as another example of how atypical Noah can be...he was looking out the window earlier this week and saw some birds and a rabbit in the backyard. He turns to me and says, "My estimation of the age of that bird is 4 years." No joke. That's exactly what he said.

I'm sure any other mothers of young kids can relate...you're out shopping or running errands and you're trying to keep track of your kids. My general rule is that the boys are to stay where I can see them and they can hear me. So, we were at a store the other day and Asher kept ducking behind displays. I asked him to stay where I could see him. He says, exasperated, "but, Mommy, I'm a secret agent!" Oh. Pardon me. ;)

Okay, that's enough for now. Here are a couple pictures of the boys Friday down in Boulder. We met up with friends and threw rocks in the creek and wandered Pearl Street Mall where they had this strange rock playground (not very safe by any means, but the kids all seemed to enjoy it). Great fun!



Oh, and if you were wondering about funny Micah stories, well, let's just say he's a little mimic of late...totally copying everything his brothers do. And, since getting the big boy haircut, he seems magically to have decided he now *is* a big boy and won't let me hold his hand going down stairs or open doors for him or help him into the van or any number of other things...yeah, totally into the independent thing. Good thing he's cute. ;) 


It was time, but I don't have to like it.

Yesterday Micah got a big boy haircut...just like his brothers. They all needed haircuts (their hair grows like crazy) and we decided that it was finally time to let go of my sweet Micah's "baby" haircut and let him join the ranks of the big boys...he was just so hot and sweaty with all that hair that stood up everywhere and worked well as a napkin still. So. I knew that this day would come, just like the very first time he got a haircut. No going back. I'm still getting used to it, and I know he's still adorable. But he just looks so much older now! Here are pictures from Tuesday and Wednesday...what a difference a day makes:


At least he seems happy about it all. :)

In other news, still pretty busy here with tying up things and making revisions and general life. Oy. I'll try to post more this weekend, okay?

Oh, and if you were one of my RAK winners below and haven't contacted me yet, could you please do that today-ish? I'd like to get this stuff out of my office, so if I don't hear from you I may just split up the five piles into however many I hear from (two so far) and ship it. (And if you've already contacted me, huge apologies for not having this in the mail already, but this may work to your advantage, LOL!) :)

Okay, happy Thursday to all! 


My sweet baby boy...

Turned TWO today! How did that happen? The other two insist that I can no longer call Micah my baby any more, now that he's all of two years old. I disagree. I'm sure you understand. ;)

We didn't do anything grand to celebrate, though I'm pretty sure that the rousing game of "follow your brothers around screaming and hollering and pretending to be planes and birds and rockets and various other things that fly as you jump off the bed and run through the hallway and then go back and do it all over again and again and again" was plenty of excitement for Micah. He seemed darn happy. He also had some birthday brownies. His big brothers thoughtfully decided we should make brownies or a cake or cupcakes rather than buy anything..."so that Micah can watch and help lick the mixing things" they said to me. So considerate. :) Micah appreciated it:


Life here is starting to resemble "normal" again...will update on that later, along with more pictures!

Oh, and if you haven't contacted me yet about winning one of my RAKs below, please do so! :) If you have already contacted me, I'll be getting those out tomorrow or the next day! Thanks! 


And the winners are...

First of all, thank you for your patience! And thank you to all for guessing and celebrating with me.

Now, then, the important stuff. ;) Here are the winners. As I said before, Lauren guessed correctly first.


With the three boys, I use a LOT of blues, greens and oranges and just happened to use pink on a few layouts (not normal for me) about me. Purple, incidentally, is one of my favorite colors. But I apparently don't use it too much. ;) It was suprising to me because, after so many layouts in such a short time, I'd gone through a LOT of cardstock. Love my cardstock (by the way, Prism rocks!). In any case, heaps and piles of way multi-colored scraps around here...I foresee some "scrappy" scrap projects soon. :)

So. After pulling Lauren's entry, I put the rest into Asher's dump truck.  


Since it was his truck, he had the honors of pulling the random winner. But then Noah wanted to pull a name also. And they each wanted to do it more than once. And I *do* have a lot of stuff here. So. We picked a total of four winners beyond Lauren. Three were taken from the overall guesses, and one was pulled from the subset of you that actually did guess purple. Here are the names:





Yay! So, Lauren, Gloria Martens, Renee D, Lisa Mitchell and Andi D...would you please email me so I can get these RAKs out to you? You can email through the "Contact me" thingie over there on the left... ;) (And if you know one of these ladies, would you let her know? This system doesn't appear to track email addresses at all, so there's no way for me to contact any of you unless you contact me first.) Thanks again!

Look for more fun entries later...the boys have had some funnies lately and I have some pictures to share. But right now I need to sleep. ;) 



I'm *almost* done with my deadline. I'm having technical difficulties. It's making me a wee bit crazy. I've thus far, though, restrained myself from hurling the computer through the window (having been told that it's not my computer, it's our network or something like that...doesn't make me feel a whole heap better but apparently excuses the computer). In any case, the more important thing is that I am 99% DONE with my deadline...67 layouts and 4 projects thus far delivered for review...that's what I've done in the past three weeks. Wow.

So, I promised some RAKs. I am going to now ask you to hang on just a little bit longer. I'm crazy tired. I've slept about a total of 7 hours since I woke up Wednesday morning. The color I was looking for in my question was purple...which means LAUREN wins the first RAK for being the first to guess it. As for the other RAK (methinks there will be more than one, though)...I'm going to do the physical drawing later tonight. I'm sorry to leave ya hanging but I have got to get some sleep. ;)