Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I've got to crow!

(The title of this post comes from Peter Pan in case you are confused--no I didn't get a rooster)

I just have to say that I have THE BEST HUSBAND!

I don't want to make all ya other women jealous. But I have to express my gratitude for the amazing guy that Josh is. 

Seriously as most moms know, pregnancy isn't easy. Esp. at first. Maybe a little bit better in the middle. Lets just throw in the towel at the end. But on top of my preggo-too-tired-to-function I have somehow killed my knee. Full on limpy here! (Spell check tells me I made the word limpy up...but you can figure it out can't ya?) 

I am feeling pretty helpless right now but my darling husband comes home and without complaint, pitches in and starts helping. He picks up, sweeps up, and takes up my slack. 

I adore this man and am so thankful for his patience with me.

Can we say BED HEAD? And major grump that I want to take a picture of it!

Twin bed head

We have to entertain ourselves somehow why we are getting new glasses for Daddy.

Silly boys. Cooper isn't pictured because he was in trouble for going outside the shop and licking the window. He got caught before I could snap a photo :)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

How many kids are the perfect number?

There are several reasons why four kids is the PERFECT number! 

1. Everyone has a buddy--makes it easy to ride rides at theme parks. 

2. It is a big enough family that at least one of your kids will take compassion on you in your old age. And maybe even a couple to share the responsibility. 

3. It is a big family but not too big to get too many comments--at least in the west.  

4. There are enough kids to help with the housework. 

 But for a long time now, I felt like someone was missing. And so we decided to mess with the perfect number... 

We are expecting baby #5 
October 2, 2014!

The twins are excited to be 
"big brother and big sister"

Turner takes after his dad and LOVES babies and all things tiny. 

He isn't excited however about taking stinky diapers out to the trash again.

Max keeps telling me that he wishes the baby could come out now. 

We (I) are excited!

Josh may be a little bit overwhelmed! 

But through it all--we will do it together!

Friday, March 7, 2014

My eavesdropping epiphany.

Our book-it lunch at the park earlier this week. Love the program, love the free food ;P

Doing math but wishing he was playing. 

Honestly, with all of the fines we pay at the library, I wonder if we wouldn't be better off buying all of our books! Almost $40 when I payed off everyone's cards.

Wednesday promised to be a beautiful day. I decided that after a little school work we wouldn’t waste the nice weather and we would head to the zoo. The weather wasn’t as nice as promised but with a light jacket, we were comfortable. Besides, there was hardly anyone there! Mostly moms and toddlers hanging out on a play date. I enjoy people watching…more specifically eavesdropping on other people’s conversations. 
We got to watch the elephant trainer doing her job. It was pretty cool to watch.
The first conversation that made me take note was a cute-spunky momma talking about how she uses a lot of caffeine. She stated that she didn’t know how mothers could possibly function without it. I wondered if it was due to a lack of nutrition that left her feeling fatigued or if it was a feeling of having to keep up with the Jones’—just made me think.
The second conversation though was one that troubled me more. There were two very beautiful, thin (and I only mention this because of the conversation that ensued) mommas. One was dressed very stylish and the other was also adorable wearing workout clothes. She was wearing running pants that were form fitting and a shirt that matched. I could tell that the girl was very fit. She was stating to her other friend that she didn’t know how she could get another five pounds off of herself. Her friend that was even thinner stated, “oh I think it is good for a woman to have some curves to her.”
I was floored. There weren’t very many “curves” to these women. Why in the world was woman number one saying that she wanted to get five more pounds off?

Now I don’t think I am a good candidate of what a person’s weight should be. In the middle of my own health journey I have to say that I don’t think that the number on the scale means a whole heck of a lot. It may be motivating for some but as a whole I think it is very damaging. I think our culture’s obsession with the scale is partly to blame for the obesity epidemic. You didn’t see so many overweight people before everyone had a scale in their home. 

Of course I don’t think that the scale is the sole culprit, I think an obsession with “nutrition facts” has a lot to play into it but mostly the lack of nutrition in our food is the biggest problem. But all of that is besides the point. The point is, WOMEN—GET OVER THAT STUPID NUMBER!!!! 
I think she looks so big with her hair down!
Focus on what makes you feel good. What is going to give you more energy and live a fuller happier life? Focus on that! QUIT being obsessed with a number and focus on being healthy—emotionally, spiritually and physically. And none of that is defined by a stupid number on a scale or in a tag or even on a tape measure. 
Throw out your BMI charts! Focus on being thankful for all of the wonderful things that your body does and can do for you. Start by being thankful for what your body does, not what it lacks. 
We all do better with praise than condemnation—our bodies are no different. 
Please please please 
love yourself today.

My kiddos in my nest

Cooper's favorite animal is a tiger

Max loves turtles and tortoises. This HUGE tortoise came right up to him!

tuckered out kiddos on the way home

Monday, March 3, 2014

Ode to March

In March the wind blows down the door
And spills my soup upon the floor
It laps it up and roars for more
Blowing once, blowing twice
Blowing chicken soup with rice

If I haven't said it before, I will say it now--I LOVE MARCH!

We don't have to use heavy coats and snow gear just to play outside. There will be birds and daffodils and tulips! 

I get to start planting my garden in a couple of weeks!Fresh lettuce and spinich--yum yum!

 There will be sun, and snow and rain all mixed up together this month--not the same 'ol same 'ol everyday. There will be park days and library days and stay at home days all this month because it will change. Oh I love you March!

 Saturday night Turner and Max were invited to a birthday party so Josh and I took Cooper and Amelia out on a double date.
 It was really fun to spend some two on two time with the littlest members of our tribe.

We love going to GG and Crapa's for Sunday dinner. It is even more fun since Justin moved home. These boys love their mother so much and aren't afraid to show it! She gets picked on a lot but secretly I think she loves it :)