Monday, May 30, 2011

124|365 looking back and moving on joy

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”
-Ecclesiastes 3:1

It is hard to express in words my feelings about leaving this home in the country. This home I designed for my family and built up from the dirt on which it stands. The home I always dreamed of. It is difficult because I have so many conflicting feelings. I feel sad to leave, but happy to move on. I feel blessed to have had the experience of living here among the trees and ponds and cattle. We raised little ducklings and set them free. We have “moo-ed” at the baby cows and watched tall beautiful birds go fishing in our ponds. We were visited by turtles. The tree out back held a swing that my boys used to swing in as babies. The pond is full of fish that we have caught and let go. We have celebrated numerous birthdays, Independence Days, and Christmases. Kyle took his first steps in this house and the boys had their first camping adventure here. We had a toddler and a newborn when we moved in and now we are leaving with two boys and a baby girl. These will be cherished memories and I am so grateful for the unique experiences we have had because we have lived here. This home will always hold a special place in our hearts and minds.

Living here has taught me so much about myself and life. I have learned that my marriage is strong. Strong enough to survive the construction process and I am proud of this testament to our relationship, not to mention our own blood, sweat and tears. I have learned that true friends don’t mind a taking a long country drive to see you. I have learned that I can accomplish great things that I once thought were out of reach. I have learned that living in the country does not magically give you more time for the simple things. I have learned that when you are running late and on a country road, you will, without fail, get stuck driving behind farmer john on his tractor. I have learned that there is a season for everything, and sadly, right now is not the season for us to live in the country.

I am excited about moving closer to friends, kids’ activities, doctors, restaurants and shopping. I am excited about living in a neighborhood where we can go Trick or Treating. I am excited that when we decorate the house for Christmas, others will see it. I am excited to throw more parties and not worry that no one will come because we live so far away. I am excited to make new friends and neighbors. I am excited to volunteer in a way that I have been unable to due to my lack of proximity. I am excited to have reliable internet access! I am excited that Cody will have more time to spend with me and the boys and less time commuting and maintaining acreage.

Since I was very young, I have always wanted to design and build my own house. I think this is something I had to do. Had I not had this experience, I don’t know that I would be content living in another home. I think the most important thing I have learned is that time with my family and friends is more important than living in my dream house.

Whether the five of us were in the 800 square-foot, 2 bedroom apartment while building, or in a 5000 square foot house on 82 acres, we just want to be together. This home holds many cherished memories that we will take with us.

Here’s to a new chapter in our lives!
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

120|365 swimming in his eyes joy

Barrett was laying down in the empty kiddie pool and I loved the blue with his eyes.
bear blue

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

119|365 graduation joy

My baby just graduated from preschool! There were tears...happy and sad.



Saturday, May 21, 2011

116|365 100% boy joy

I was swinging outside with the boys and Annabelle and I noticed that both boys had holes in their jeans. So I bribed the boys to let me take a few snaps.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

113|365 so cute in her brother's shirt joy

It was one of those know, the kind of day when the baby blows through her diaper 5 minutes after you leave and it's too late to go back. I had a spare outfit and put her in that. It lasted a few more hours, before that one also got the trumpet fanfare and royal salute. Looking at my nuthin-but-a-diaper-on baby, I searched the car for anything she could wear. A blanket? Another outfit hiding in the diaper bag? Nothing. Then I spotted Barrett's karate bag. It would have to do until we went home. Hope we have no more blowouts.
bro shirt

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

112|365 public display of affection joy

PDA. Some friends and I took the kids to lunch and play at the mall. The kids walked ahead of us holding hands on the way to the play area.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

111|365 conquering the monkey bars joy

It is a huge accomplishment in the life of a young boy when he learns to get across the monkey bars. Today was that day for Kyle. I like his arms-above-his-head "pose" with his superman shirt he was wearing...happy accidents!
monkey bars

Monday, May 16, 2011

110|365 Her smile is back joy

Annabelle has been sick and I have missed seeing her sweet smile. She is still not feeling great, but she's smiling anyway.


Friday, May 13, 2011

107|365 close ups joy

I took some individual shots of the kids because I need to put some updated pictures in these 3 frames I have over our fireplace. I took these close ups but I don't think I'm going to use them in the frames.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

106|365 Annabelle in da house! joy

We went to a friend's house and they had this little play house. Annabelle played in it for the longest time.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

105|365 "my hair is so cool, i can't stop looking at it" joy


Barrett got out the gel and fixed his hair this morning. Then, he asked me to take his picture. He asked me at least 5 times if it was still sticking up.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

104|365 a bad day made better joy

Kyle had a bad day at school. He sounded just like Alexander in the book Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day. I asked what would make his day better and he pathetically wimpered "ice cream."
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"What? Do I have something on my face?"

Sunday, May 8, 2011

102|365 internet world travel joy

I walked into the kitch to find this scene. They were using Google Earth to explore the world.

internet trav
(The laptop is behind the globe.)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

101|365 toast and jam joy

I made the boys toast and jam for breakfast (I know, Mom of the Year) and I belted out my soulful rendition of "I like bread and butter. I like toast and jam, that's what mama feeds me 'cause I'm her little man" (Lyrics changed to apply to the situation). They both plugged their ears with their sticky jelly fingers and begged me to stop singing! So I sang louder.


Thursday, May 5, 2011

99|365 happy cinco de mayo joy

We took the kids to our fave Mexican restaurant for Cinco De Mayo. We even splurged and got sopapillas.
cinco de mayo

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

97|365 budding artist joy

Kyle's class had an Art Show today. Here he is looking spiffed up in his tie, holding his canvas painting. "A rocket carrying a sputnik to Mars"

art show

Monday, May 2, 2011

96|365 being someone's "security blanket" joy

Annabelle enjoys watching the boys play baseball until we all get excited and start shouting and cheering loudly for our team! She felt a little safer sitting in between my legs and I love the feeling of knowing she feels safe there.
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Sunday, May 1, 2011

95|365 pulling up joy

Annabelle pulled herself to a standing position for the first time! She used the bottom drawer of the stove. Why there? To see the baby inside!

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pulling up

Saturday, April 30, 2011

94|365 it's not permanent marker joy

It was time to walk out the door and Kyle came downstairs like this. Luckily it was a dry-erase marker and came off pretty easily. And now I have another picture to show his future girlfriends :)


Thursday, April 28, 2011

92|365 golden hour joy

The golden hour is the hour before the sun sets and everything has a warm golden hue, even the air. A great time of day for pictures!


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

91|365 finally finished the puzzle from Christmas joy

Finished...minus 9 pieces. But that IS finished when there are three kids in the house who want to "help" with the puzzle.


Sunday, April 24, 2011

88|365 whopper joy

On Easter Sunday, Cody and Papa took the boys outside for a little fishing. A few minutes later Barrett came running in saying, "I got a whopper!"

B fish