Monday, December 8, 2014

fall action shots

Little Edward has learned a lot about football this season and has grown to love it. He goes outside by himself and plays against imaginary opponents. Usually the dolphins! 
I brought my camera out and he loved taking some action shots!
 five. three. one.
Challenging ages in their own respects. We are in constant motion.
But having these three ages is really sweet, too. Just when one grows up and out of an adorable phase, the next one is right there in that same phase. And each one is very different in that cute phase. 
I love how they are each so different. 
Five is on the brink of reading, loves crafts, has the most tender-heart, and strives to keep everyone happy. I keep saying he will be the best husband :)
Three is three. This is the best and worst age. ha! Three loves to be silly, snuggle close, test the limits, and plays well. He has a faith that is unshakable and asks questions about heaven a lot.
One is a dreamboat. He is handsome, independent, loves to be held, love to be outside, and lights up when ever his big brothers are around.   

I love feeling settled in this season knowing that I am right where I am supposed to be. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Baptized the Babe

I read some where that when you baptize a baby you ignite their flame of faith… 
And I absolutely love the thought of that.
We had a special time with family and Godparents.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


This picture took my breath away. 
They get big so fast.

Monday, May 12, 2014


Our afternoons around here have been tremendous! It's my favorite time of day. All the boys are up and the sun is starting to go down behind our house, the breeze is constant off the river - it's all amazing.
Andrew is loving the sand box and all things treasure-related. 
 Walker sits up and watches. Content to be outside. He gets it.
 It is easy to fall in to the same old thought patterns. The hustle of the days make them all feel the same and time runs together. Everything is good and simple, but i forget how blessed we really are in the mundane thought patterns of the day.
 Mother's Day was a good reminder of what I have and what other's are longing for or have lost. It's sometimes easier to watch one more show with the boys, or to look at my instagram feed rather than play cars or build legos. I need to spend my time with them living well, loving always, and pouring in to them the way they pour their hearts in to me. 
To approach every moment of the day with a grateful heart.
These are my boys and this is my season.
Thanks be to God.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Raw and Weekend Update

After 3 days on the raw diet - I have kept going!
I felt like 3 days wasn't enough time to see the real benefits of raw eating. 

My favorite breakfast smoothie so far is a blueberry-grape:
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1 cup grapes
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup water
This morning I added strawberries and it was awesome!

I have lost 1 pound.
I miss coffee and cheese the most. Sharp cheddar in particular.
I have had one glass of red wine (some people say it's raw).
I have not cheated, although I accidentally ate a spoon full of yogurt as I was feeding Walker.
We went to Mamacita's and was able to eat raw amidst all the mexican food!
I am more comfortable in the kitchen trying raw things and I have found some great websites. 
It's a fun challenge!

We babysat one of our older girl cousins for a couple days and I think we hit every activity at camp!
We have 11 cousins (and 2 on the way)! 
It was special for me and the boys to get to spend one-on-one time with Rhea!

Thursday, May 1, 2014


I found some information on eating Raw foods and decided to try it out for 3 days and then see where it takes me. I have heard so much about the whole30 diet and looked at it a little, but then took a tangent to raw eating and it seems simpler to me. And right now, the simpler the better for me!
I found an app called "3 day raw food cleanse" and just started today.
In order to keep myself accountable, I will share my experience here.

Day 1:
Breakfast - Orange, Strawberry, Banana Smoothie
- 1 orange, peeled
- 1 frozen banana, peeled
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1/2 cup water
This was nice and I didn't feel hungry until right around 12:00.
(I did cheat and have black coffee with friends mid-morning).

Lunch - Chopped Cauliflower Salad
- 3 cups cauliflower, chopped
- 1/3 cup red pepper, diced
- 1/3 cup celery, sliced
- 4 Tbsp basil, chopped
- 4 Tbsp parsley, chopped
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 3 Tbsp sundried tomato, diced
- 2 Tbsp Kalamata olives, diced
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 2 Tsp lemon zest
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
This was very labor intensive! And then they recommended putting it in the fridge for an hour before you ate it. That's a lot to ask of someone who only had a fruit smoothie for breakfast! The flavors were good and there was a lot of it. I also ate some as a snack mid afternoon.

Dinner - Raw Faux Tuna Walnut Wraps
- 1 cups walnuts
- 1 cups carrots, chopped
- 1/8 cup raw tahini
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 cup celery, chopped
- 1/4 cup yellow onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup fresh dill
- 1/8 tsp salt and pepper
- 5-8 romaine leaves
1. Combine walnuts, carrots, tahini, and lemon juice in food processor - process into rough paste.
2. Add other ingredients
3. Scoop mixture in to romaine leaves
This was REALLY good and there was extra. It feels like hummus and chicken salad. I would make this one again. 

Also added 96 oz of water to my day. I never drink enough water.
Exercise: 3o minute run/walk

I haven't done very much research and look forward to learning more of the do's and don'ts of raw eating. There are conflicting reviews but most everyone lost weight which is my main motivator. As of right now I have committed to 3 days, but would like to go for 30!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

i want to be better...

When you are having multiple kids, people always tell you how different their personalities will be. I get that we are our own humans and all, but to see the differences growing up right in your face is really incredible. We have raised our boys in the same fashion, and yet they are so different. 
Different is good. Different can be hard. 
Birth order really does matter.
I want to remember and embrace their differences. 
I want to be the best version of myself that they need. 
I fear any sort of spirit-crushing that I might inadvertently be doing. 
It takes time to understand each child and what they might need in each particular situation. 
It takes putting down my phone. 
It takes being present. 

Andrew, the middle child, is just that! 
He loves to get a laugh out of people, is loud in all situations, is more independent than Edward, and handles disappointment well after a failed attempt at negotiating. 
He also licks his runny nose (probably because we weren't always right on it)!
 My Edward. Good in all situations, boasting that he has never had a time out in the two years of preschool (unconfirmed), perfectionist, tender, and always thinking about his little brothers (parenting).
In classic first-born achiever style, Edward will try something a few times and quickly become an expert. 
 Walker's personality is emerging but he definitely is a social being and very adaptable to any situation. 
 I want to remember them in these stages together. The joys they bring each other. Their favorite things.
 I want to be more consistent. To journal firsts and feelings about who we are as we are raising our family. I want them to have this record of their lives. 
 To memorialize the people in their lives that they may not remember they knew. The times that we got to spend with our ancestors and learn their heritage. 
 The simple times we were just being together.
 I want to remember the times Andrew says "Can you swing me high up to the sky" and me never being able to get him high enough... 
"this is not high up in the sky." 
His love for Superman.
 And I want to remember the vacations - like that time we took them all on a Disney Cruise...
 without really thinking through how hard it might be :)
I want to be better.
I love to set goals and write tasks in my planner... but often fall short of the finish line. 
So, simply put, I want to be better.