Wednesday, August 27, 2014


We are on the birthday counting for this girl. Thank you Allie and Isabel for making pigtails cool and having them the same day paisley did cause they are my most favorite hair do.

I took this girl to the library today. I bought 40 books for $4. You had to get them in packs of ten or you didn't get the  10 cent deal. Well any kinda shopping with a three year old is nuts and she was being loud and kept running away while I was looking so that last ten was pretty funny. If you want to know about incas or Brazil you know who to call. Only wanted 3 more but cheaper to get the extra 7. Brandon that book might have your birthday present name on it... Looks like it's from the 80s ;) 

And then she did this. And was quiet. Thank you Dora and your touch screen computer. 

And then Jenn came in and we laughed good and almost got electrocuted while we were there for being loud in the library and laughing about things that we shouldn't have been. But it was just was the doctor ordered... Love when moments like that happen. 

Girls at Luke's practice. Luke is so cute in football. He really loves it and feels so comfortable there. Some good kids he is with this year and glad we did it. 

We mauled this poor preying mantis for sure. Everyone held it many times and i think the only reason it didn't flee is cause it was missing a leg and my girls were faster. 

When i showed paisley this picture of herself with the preying mantis she said, it looks like i have no teeth!  ha!  it does!

Read this book and so cool to know the author. Super fun and wow I know some talented people. Fire of the sea by lyndsay johnson. Totally got sucked in. Now why can't I be a mermaid? 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Changing our Parenting moments

I love a good idea.  Especially when its about motherhood or being a better mother.

I have a few friends and my sisters are awesome at exchanging good ideas when we hear about something that is life changing.

for example, years ago, Emily C told me about this book she read and I never even read it but I heard what she was saying and adopted the philosophies and loved it.  It was luke was a baby and it stayed with me this whole time.  It was the idea of when kids get hurt, physically or hurt feelings or whatever…don't say …your okay your okay, your fine.  INSTEAD, validate what they are feeling and they will actually feel better more quickly and be tougher for it.  So when they get hurt, GUSH about it and give them a hug and say, wow did that hurt so bad?  oh my goodness i'm so sorry!  and then in 2 seconds, it will be dropped.  This one totally worked and is counter intuitive to having 'tough' children but I swear i have some of the toughest out there and a huge part because I never tell them they are okay when they are trying to tell me they are not.

okay, so ready for the new idea?  I just heard about a few days ago and have told a few people already. Genius.  For ourselves but even more brilliant applied to other people.

This video I feel is life changing.  Watch it.  thats an order.

Who doesn't want to build people up?  So glad to know how to do it more effectively.

Okay here is my last good idea.

sometimes i bump heads with one kid more than others and usually that kid is constantly changing.  Anyway, but sometimes I get stuck in a rut with one and not sure when to do.

So, after a while of me and Baylie bumping heads I can't even remember where we got it.  But we said,  hey lets have Fitzy McFitzerson and Maddy McMadderson go away okay?  And we don't want to have them come back.  We will even pray that Fitzy and Maddy won't be there tomorrow.  And that way it takes if off of us because those yucky people aren't our real selves and say we don't want to be Fitzy or Maddy (Fitzy throws fits, Maddy gets Mad, get it?)  They will even go away a while and sometimes try and sneak back like the other day and I said, "Will someone please tell Fitzy to go away and I want Baylie to come back because I love her and she is wonderful and she is hiding and Fitzy needs to get out of here!"  and then the next morning baylie told me "Mom, Fitzy is gone!  I threw her away!"  And I say "Yay wahoo I'm so glad thank you thank you"

Anyway, its weird but it works ….if I were to give credit probably subconscious from my favorite book by Tamara Fackrell where we treat the poor behavior not as they really are, (even if its quite dang common) but say, wow thats not like you, whats going on?  I really like a few of her theories that I have adopted.

Anyway, Why are you so awesome?  And Why do you have so many good parent ideas?  and Why do you share so many parenting ideas with me, I love it!  So bring them on, I would love to here whats working for you?  And Why am I so Happy?  And why do I always pick myself and try again? And Why are we such a cool family?  #sharegoodness

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Fall schedule

We do not do sports year round. We like our down time. And I've always had littles and babies and practice schedules can be tricky. 

But this weeks weather has been absolutely gorgeous! And while it's been stressful getting out the door and nobody will sit still... We did it. And it's been nice. 

So hello sports nice to see you. Soccer we have never met before but will be nice to get to know you. The younger girls are dying to have their turn sometime. 

But boy we will always make our presence known on the sidelines :) 

Four girls near a tree. 

Retrieving ivy from running away... Again 

Meals after practices... And sometime cheat meals preserve sanity 

The sprinklers turned on and I just let them go for it... Who cares if they are wet. It was a hit 

Newly invented game ...step over your sisters. It's like monster truck with girls 

Yahoo it's Friday!