Angels and Their “Spare” Time

We had a horrible storm last night while we were at church. Had a meeting and Kendra and Carson went with me. On the drive home the storm was still pretty bad. I was getting scared because the lightening was streaking all around us and the thunder was quite loud. Kendra remembered a conversation we had had some time ago and asked: “Mom, why do the angels bowl?” Me: “What do you mean?” Kendra: “Well, you said that the angels are bowling when you hear thunder.” Me: “Yeah. Well, they can’t work all the time. They have to have fun too.” Kendra: “Well, can’t they just play cards or something?” Me: “Yes. Well, I guess they could (laughing).” After a couple minutes went by and we didn’t hear anything else she said, “I guess they are taking a break.” I think I laughed all the way home! This child is so smart it’s scary sometimes.

Published in: on July 26, 2010 at 9:28 am  Leave a Comment  

Kendra-isms and other cute stuff

1) Do a wheely pop with the car mommy.

The other day she came up to me and told me she was an ophan. She had been with a “new” friend who told her that! I told her she wasn’t an orphan and explained the difference between an ophan and being adopted.

…will continue

Published in: on July 19, 2010 at 2:57 pm  Leave a Comment  


We have had so much fun these last couple of weeks.  This past weekend I bought tickets for Kevin and Kendra to go to the Whitewater Center in Charlotte.  We all went down but since it was last minute, I was watching the kids.  Kev and Kendra had a blast.  I forgot my camera so we have a disposable.  I have to get them developed when we finish the roll.  I have a couple from the guide on the kayake trip.  They are did the rock wall and free jump.  We’re going to go back when I can do it too.  I want to do the rapids, rope course, and zip line.  Kendra had NO fear with everything she did.  Impressed me out of this world!  I can’t wait to go.

Today she started swim lessons.  Kevin took her and Brady because I have a girls night with some friends.  She is so great in the pool.  I’m thinking she may need to be in the next class up but we just kept her with the order.  We’ll see.  I’ll go with them tomorrow and she how she is doing.    Brady is a little fish as well.  We bought him one of the one piece outfits with t he floatation in it.  He kicks around straight up in the water.  It’s funny.  It’s like he bicycles across the pool! lol  I’ll get some pics one of these days.

And Mr. Carson started rolling today!  He has before from his belly to back but he is doing back to belly now.  Over and over he has done it in the last 30 minutes.  I’m in trouble now.  He’s going to be crawling soon…I feel it.  Man, three moving around the house.  I’m really going to need a nanny I think.  HAHAHA  Okay, maybe just some gates but another set of eyes would be better with Brady lurking around Carson now!  :-)

Here’s to the summer!

Published in: on June 21, 2010 at 7:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

4 Month Update

I took Carcar to the doctor today for his 4 months checkup.  He’s great!  Of course, we already knew that. He’s pretty much in the 50% across the board.  He started rolling from his stomach to his back two days ago.  He is holding onto things well, grabbing, trying to sit up, and laughs all the time.  The only thing he is NOT doing is sleeping through the night yet.  AHHH  The doctor told me to let him yell for a while because he is able to sleep through the night by now.  Easier said than done.  Maybe I’ll try tonight since the other kids are still at my moms.

When I got to the docs office I had to wait a few minutes so I picked up a parents magazine as something caught my eye.  There was an article in it about how to have painless shots.  There were several ideas but one I liked was about a cream called EMLA.  Sounded good so I asked the doctor about it.  Let me preface this by saying I don’t wholeheartedly like this doctor because she isn’t lovey, lovey most of the time.  Anyway, I asked her if they ever use it and she told me no.  She suggested trying sugar water on the paci and went on to say that s.w. probably worked better. She said the EMLA only numbs the top layer, where the needle would be inserted and not the muscle where is most likely burns.  Blah, blah, blah.  Okay, so maybe she is right but as a mother I want to give my child every possiblity of not having to hurt each month he visits the doctor.  Be a proponent or advocate for my children.  I asked if I called a couple of days before his next appointment would they give me a prescription for it.  It never hurts to try something.  If it doesn’t work…I won’t do it again.

So, he’s growing and eating and I’m going to try to get some sleep tonight.  I’m sure I will update the results of this experiement.

Carson and his buddy Ethan!

Published in: on June 10, 2010 at 5:44 pm  Leave a Comment  


“We’re juggling.  We used to just be throwing balls in the air but now we’re juggling.” 
“Huh,”  I replied.  “We had two kids now we have three.  We’re juggling.” 
Yes, that was after a long, hard but fun day.  I am in awe of my hubby sometimes. :-)

I thought that was cute!

And just a moment worth remembering:

Kendra and Faith were signing a song in the car on the way home from school that went something like this:
If you don’t pray and read your bible everyday, you will shrink, shrink, shrink.  If you read your bible and pray everyday, you will grow, grow, grow.  Oh, and they did the actions with it at dinner.  SOOOO darn cute.

Published in: on May 27, 2010 at 2:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

Poop is for the Dogs

OH, oh, oh….so much poop!  Today is the second day I have cleaned up poop from the carpet upstairs.  Brady wants to make mommy work harder than I already do.  He won’t leave on a poopy diaper.  He takes them off as soon as he does it.  Of course, who wants a poopy diaper on them?  Not me, but reason tells you that he should go to the potty.  Yes, we have put him on the potty many times but he is yet to go to it himself.  Why the heck does he know to take off his diaper but not go to the toilet?  This question has now stumped me twice.  I was totally disgusted today when I heard him saying, “poop” and coming down the hall.  I knew what he did and there was nothing I could do about it.  I was feeding the baby and I had been trying to get him to eat for over an hour.  He finally began to eat and was doing well when the poop machine decided to show up!  AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!  Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to have kids this close together.  Interestingly enough, while I was washing Brady up in the tub Carson also let loose.  :-)  My two poop machines.  This is what I decided to stay home for…makes me want to go back to work even more.  I love my children but some days you just have to ask yourself why.

So, if anyone has any tips, tricks or hints about how to potty train a 2 yr old or how to keep poop in the diaper please let me know.  Onesies don’t work by the way.  He just pulls the diaper off between his legs.  Yeah, smart lad huh!?

Published in: on May 20, 2010 at 4:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Quick Update

So, 2010 has been a great year so far.  Carson was born end of January and we have managed to survive with three kids!  We have had a few ups and downs but what is life without them?  I promise I will get back here soon and post pics.  Things have been a little busy thus far.

To start, Kendra is loving kindergarten and has made a lot of friends.  She is learning and is too smart for her own good.  Of course, we treat her like an adult sometimes so it is know wonder it comes back to bite us in the butt.  She is starting to love church (yeah, over a year now we’ve been going!) and is really getting into it.  It helps that she is in the Christian school as well but that is about to change.  We wish we could keep her there next year but there are many reasons why it is just not the right time.  On another school note, Brady will be starting Mt. Zion in the fall.  WOW!  Preschool already.  We are hoping that maybe he will calm down a bit and start taking more clearly.  If not, we are contacting a speech therapist.  I’m not so worried as much as daddy ;-) 

Brady is still his vibrant, active self.  Wants to be outside all the time and we like it that way too.  When he is not, he is hitting his sister upside the head.  Yeah, he hurt her yesterday.  Not much you can do with a two year old when that happens.  He forgets the next minute that he did it.  We’re working on it though.  Kendra is getting – sorry, has gotten – to the age where she knows it all and thinks she is boss.  Again, we are working on it but mommy and daddy like to give in a lot with their precious baby girl.  Yep, not making it easy for us in the next few years.

They all continue to grow and amaze us each day.  We’ve had a lot of help from grammy too and that is greatly needed.   Without mom, we would probably not have made it.  Well, if we did it would be by sheer praying and luck. 

Will post again soon…

Published in: on March 31, 2010 at 12:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

R.I.P. Bodie

Our little kitty of 12 years tragically died today.  I almost feel worse about how it happened than the fact that he is gone.  I prayed for Kevin today because he kind of started the incident (though not his fault at all) and he had to deal with the clean up.  We plan to bury him later today after Kevin gets home.

The strange part about all of this is Kendra is being weird.  I don’t know if she just doesn’t understand or if she is laughing it off.  She has been smiling about it all day and said she doesn’t care if the cats die.  Maybe she really didn’t like them..ha but it is strange to me.  I wouldn’t let her see him this morning so she also kept saying we lied to her about him being dead.  It was very hard to deal with.  She is so mature in some respects but I’m just not sure she gets this…the importance of his life in ours (mine and Kevin’s). 

I’m okay for the most part.  I just keep seeing things and places that remind me of him and I break down.  I know it’s only been 6 hours but I’d like to feel at peace about this.  Kevin said there is a lesson in this somewhere and I’m sure there is.  Maybe we need to communicate better.  Maybe we just don’t need any more pets.  I don’t know what it is but it is hard…very hard.  I know little Carson will be here any day now and maybe his life will be given to us in place of Bodie (so to speak).  I know that is silly to say…a cat vs a baby…no comparison but Bodie was our baby for so long.  It’s just hard.  We love you Bodie.

Published in: on January 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Some Dec. Photos

Just wanted to post some memories…

North Hills Thanksgiving Feast




New earrings: new piercing

Published in: on December 10, 2009 at 10:36 am  Leave a Comment  

Gene Pool of Trouble

I wish my son would have gotten some calm mannerisms from someone in one of the families.  I don’t think there would have been many to pull from other than my father, who is too slow!  His father and I certainly don’t back down from confrontation, though we have learned to take it in stride as we have gotten older.  I have been battling all day with little man.  Well, actually all afternoon.  I try to play with him and he just hits and smacks and bites.  You can’t get in his face or close to him because he just throws up a fist!  What is it with him.  I so hope it is his age. 

He did well this morning playing with me but since Kendra has been home it’s been crazy.  And you know, it is usually that way.  There has to be something to that – and the fact that his nose is a little runny, he didn’t sleep well last night and he was tired I think.  I really wanted to keep him up today so he would sleep well tonight but maybe he just needed a nap.    I will love it so much if little baby Carson is just the mild mannered kid that we didn’t get so far.  I mean, Kendra is good and listens (most of the time) but she is loud and rowdy too. 

I need to find some way to get through to Brady that hitting and biting and throwing are not the right thing to do.  He just has the worst temper.  I put him in timeout and he gets up right away.  We’ve battled for minutes about him being in timeout.  He just doesn’t get it.  I know he’s not two yet but come on.  He knows what we are saying…he knows everything else we are saying so you think he doesn’t know what No and Stop Hitting means?   Uh, huh.  He knows.  He’s so smart we’re in trouble! :-)  Oh my.  I hope he can tame his temper when he gets older or we are going to have some issues.

Published in: on November 19, 2009 at 6:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

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