Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pumpkin Patch Twenty-Ten!

We had another fun trip to the pumpkin patch! It's a great tradition, and our kids look forward to it every year. I love that we have a great patch close to home now, it's so easy to just load everyone up after school and go have some fun! I have been cracking up at some our past patch pics, and wanted to share some with you!

Austin's first trip to the pumpkin patch!

And the next year, my first trip to the pumpkin patch with 3 mobile children. (I think I look a little stressed!)

And the next year...

That year Austin had a great "picture face!"

And finally, this year!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Kindergarten friends

Annie and Liberty!

Annie and Morgan!

At the fall party in Mrs. Howard's room. Fun times!


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thursday Thirteen!

Why not do another good 'ole Thursday Thirteen?

Thirteen things I am doing while all three kids are at school...

1. Deciding that 3 hours goes by WAY too fast!

2. Making friends with my treadmill again. Sometimes.

3. Staring at my walls and going crazy because I'm not used to all the quiet!

4. Cleaning out every closet in the house, and realizing I'm really not organized.

5. Finding out that apparently I put a bunch of stuff in those closets about 8 1/2 years ago, and never looked back.

6. Realizing that the past 8 1/2 years has been a whirlwind...and wondering how I survived!

7. Doing laundry, dishes, and cleaning, all while listening to MY music!

8. Wondering how come the kids rooms always have a smell...

9. Planning meals, making lists, and still not cooking much.

10. Thinking about scrapbooking again. We'll see.

11. Having phone conversations without the background...Who's that? What? What are you talking about? MOM!

12. Eating breakfast with a friend. A few times. I need to do it more!

13. Starting to think about Christmas! Yikes!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Fall Festival!

The church I grew up in, and the one my parents still go to, does a wonderful Fall Festival every year. Tons of crafts, games, bouncy places, and more. It's become a tradition to go every year!

Annie making a craft...

Austin and Ellie sliding together!

Face painting!


Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Good Ole Thursday Thirteen!

13 Realities of Motherhood.

1. I had no idea what I was getting into.

2. Toys are a waste of money, for the most part. Instead children play with drawers, pots and pans, boxes, electronics, remotes, phones, or anything in general you don't want them to play with.

3. My children will hate the wonderful meal I made, even though they loved the same thing at the restaurant the week before.

4. If you try to maintain perfection, you will go insane.

5. Even if you don't try to maintain perfection, you will come close to going insane.

6. You will lose sleep. Lots of sleep.

7. Clean sheets are a magnet for throw-up/pee/poo/?

8. An empty laundry basket is a magnet for throw-up/pee/poo/?

9. A clean car seat is a magnet for throw-up/pee/poo/?

10. My couches aren't for sitting on anymore. They are for jumping on, climbing on, and making forts with the cushions. The same goes for the beds and their pillows and every blanket in the house.

11. You cannot imagine life without your kids, but sometimes would really like a week by yourself.

12. Kids are gross. Seriously, I never really knew until I had them. They are dirty, germy, and disgusting. Keep hand sanitizer close by.

13. I wish I could impart all of my knowledge of the last 8 1/2 years on people wanting to have kids. I want to sit them down and say...Okay, here's how it really is. It's good/bad/happy/sad/exhausting/etc. But honestly, I think I'd scare them!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

I love online shopping!

I discovered my love for online shopping soon after I discovered the internet. The combination of easiness, and the fact that I had just moved to a small town with limited shopping options, made internet shopping a dream come true!

I remember my very first online order, a set of cool looking hand painted coasters (that later my first born destroyed!). I was so excited as I clicked the "buy" button! My heart pounded as I entered in my payment and shipping info on my chunky monitored, large towered, dial-up internet, computer. I felt a rush, almost dangerous as I finished my order. After all, who knew what could happen in cyber-world! Would my credit card get hacked? Would I actually receive those beautiful coasters? Oh I was living on the edge! :)

But as luck would have it, my coasters arrived safe and sound, and I was hooked on online shopping. I just discovered a new website that I am loving, and I wish would have been around when my first baby was born! and it's sister site are my new favorite websites. How many times did I need diapers and wipes, but it was so hard to leave the house with one or two babies in tow? How many times did I think to myself, if only someone could come sit with my sleeping child so I could run and get diapers? Now you can shop while they sleep, and within 2 days have your diapers delivered to your door! (Mine came the NEXT day!) I compared a few prices to my local Target store, and I was happy to see that they were fairly comparable on most things. Right now they have a special offer where you get a 30% credit on any diapers you order. I tried it, and it works! I ordered the pull ups we use and some wipes, got 15% off at check-out with my coupon code, and then a few days later got an email that my credit was in my account. And I used my credit today to buy some things on that we needed! Anyway, I just wanted to let my friends know about it. If you have babies or toddlers, I think it might be a life saver! Use the code below to get 15% off your first order, and use the code "30LOVE" to get the 30% cash back credit! Oh and they have free shipping on orders over $49, which with diapers is easy to achieve! Have fun shopping!

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

My People

These girls are my people. Who else can you spend hours and hours with, talking, laughing, and sharing life with?! 

We went through some stuff lately. Some hard stuff with a friend, that didn't end well.  It made me realize how important it is to share life with my friends, to be there for each other.  The six of us were there for each other, forming an even tighter bond than we had before.  Love these girls!