Sunday, October 12, 2014


It is time that I introduce Nugget!

We promised the kids that once we moved into our new home, we would get a dog.  To keep.  Not to foster and give away, but to keep as ours.

One Saturday, I took the kids to Pima Animal Control to adopt a pit bull.  We all know that pits are my favorite, and PACC is FULL of them.  I even thought maybe we would bring home a couple of puppies!

Alas, my children fell in love with probably the only chihuahua in the entire shelter.  She's so sweet, so snuggly, and tiny.  The kids named her Nugget.  Welcome to the family, sweet girl!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Cousin Trouble

Boy oh boy do these cousins love each other!  At 30 days apart, they are bound to be best buds.  I sure hope so!

We spent some of our fall break days at Courtney's house.  We took Nugget.  That's an entirely different blog post!

I think the kids spent 80% of their time outside, and about 99% of their time outside in the awesome treehouse.  Next time, I'm taking my nice camera!

These two little boys had such a grand time following each other, and playing with each other.

Two little cousins who are smart enough to close the door.  However, neither of them is tall enough to open the door back up!  So they stood their and cried.  I had to get a picture before we rescued them!

Probably their favorite thing to do was push each other around in this baby doll stroller.  It took them a while to figure out how it all worked.  But once they did, they zoomed around!

Until someone was ready to be done.  But then they didn't just climb out.  He FLOPPED himself out in frustration.

I die everytime I see that picture.

Saturday, October 4, 2014


These boys adore each other.  James is the best big brother because he loves to play and snuggle his little brother.  There is something comforting, as a mother, that these two have each other.  Looking out for each other, playing with each other, even figuring out how to argue with each other.

I was a little worried about the transition of getting them into the same room now that we have moved.  I was being so silly!  They couldn't be happier sharing a room together!  Often times, I will put Seth down to sleep and he won't fall asleep until James his joined him.  James and I will sneak ever so sneakily into their room, and Seth will pop up with a huge smile on his face almost as if to say, "Finally!  My brother!"

I hope to do all I can to foster this friendship, and help them know how lucky they are to have each other.  One of their favorite things to do is basket rides.  I am not quite sure which one has more fun!  (The boys have different outfits on.  These were taken on 2 different days.)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Conversations and Teddy Grahams

This boy is 16 months old today!  How in the world did THAT happen?  He jibber jabbers all.the.time.  He will tell full stories, with 0 coherent words.  But by the looks on his face, he sure knows the stories he wants to tell!  His new thing is saying prayers.  He will sit on your lap, or anywhere for that matter, and fold his hands.  He'll jabber something, and I'll say "Do you want to say a prayer?"  He will then excitedly exclaim "DA!"

He woke up starving from his nap.  So we walked out to the kitchen, and I asked him if he wanted a snack.  He squeeled, wiggled out of my arms, ran over to the pantry, and pulled out the bag of Teddy Grahams.  Is he really big enough to pick out his own snack?  He understands so much, and I am fascinated by all the brain development!  Now if we can only get him to talk so I can understand.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Puddle Jumper

It rained today.  So we went outside and played in the water.  Watching Seth explore was just too funny.  I adore my little puddle jumper!

The big kids are starting to realize that Seth and I do some fun things while they are at school.  They feel left out, which always leads to the "it's not FAIR!" conversations.  Until they realize that they get to stay up later, go to the movies, etc.  These conversations crack me up!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Joyous Mayhem

One child was wonderful.  Two was even better!  But 3?  Joyous mayhem!  And both of those words are magnified more than I ever thought possible!

 Seth is climbing things faster than I can keep track of!  He has found his way to the top of the kitchen table, and he has figured out that he can climb just about anything if he pushes over a chair or other stepping stool.

(Nice photo-bomb Sariah!)

James is so sweet, loving, snuggly, and...EMOTIONAL.  He swings from happy to sad so fast, and sometimes that is tough to work with.  No matter what position I am sitting or laying in, he'll always find a "nest" to curl up in.

Joyous mayhem.  We're about to start 3 weeks of fall break.  Let the mayhem continue!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Ants Up My Pants

Seth crawled across an ant nest.  Poor guy got bit 100+ times.  Sariah was quick-thinking and ran and grabbed the hose so I could spray him off.  It took about 2 weeks before the bites, and the remnants of them, were completely gone.

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Cookie Monster

Oh this boy.  He is full of jibber jabber, destroying everything in his path, colorful temper tantrums, and slobbery kisses.

AND he has discovered how to open our doors.  Awesome.

With that came the discovery of cookies.

The following pictures tell his tale...

And yes...pants are overrated.