December 30, 2011

Thoughts As We Enter 2012

"I don’t really want more time;

I just want enough time.

Time to breathe deep & time to see real & time to laugh long, time to give You glory & rest deep & sing joy…

I just want time to do my one life well."

from ann voskamp's One Thousand Gifts

December 6, 2011

Holiday Stroll

Our cute town has a "holiday stroll" each year and we are blessed in that we can actually stroll into town (about a 10 minute walk!) and enjoy all of the festivities. They had the main street all decorated and decked out for Christmas including Santa, S'mores, and an old-fashion fire engine the kids could climb on. Such fun!
Checking out the choo-choo with Pops

Who doesn't love a S'more?
Even Daddy after work :)

Climbing on the fire engine

Our first peak at Santa...not so sure



December 2, 2011

December Theme Song

As we begin the month of December and the craziness of the holiday season, this is going to be my theme...
Can I get an AMEN?? Happy Weekend everyone :)


November 30, 2011

My New Viewpoint

Confession time...I have never had a monitor. Not a video monitor, not an audio monitor-- nothing. Does this make me a bad mom?? Perhaps...but I just figured I could hear them well enough one room away and I knew I probably would have been one of those moms that sat and watched their child's back rise and fall to make sure they were still breathing (and if you are one of those moms, more power to you!).
Anyways, all hell kind of broke loose when the twins moved into their big kid beds. The control I once had.....gone :( I mean, hello?? If you had a built in playmate in your room, would you stay in your bed?
Even after removing--well, pretty much everything from their room, I would somehow hear crashes and bangs followed by tears and never really know if it was because someone's feelings were hurt or if someone's eye had been poked out. Soooo....I broke down and got a video monitor. And by video monitor, I mean I got this iPhone-looking, touch-screen machine that can pan the entire room and I can talk into it. Y'ALL!!! This thing is crazy. And yes, it is a little creepy too. The twins look like they are deer caught in headlights when Jono and I speak into it and tell them to stop pushing or throwing books, etc.
BUT, it has worked wonders so far. They get bored much faster and eventually end up in their respective beds asleep- HOORAY! All of you mommies that told me to get a monitor....I should have listened sooner!

Here is a cute shot of them in Emma Kate's bed-Jackson was "reading" her a story after I told them to get into bed :)



November 28, 2011

Remembering to be thankful

My babes sure do keep me humble...in so many ways. But recently, Jackson has loved to share with me what he wants to thank God for-- and it has blessed my heart (and perhaps made me giggle a bit too...). What I love about his thankful heart is that he takes the time to think about what he is thankful for--and he is thankful for all things, big and small. Here is just a little video I captured of him the other morning giving thanks.

video

November 16, 2011

Cozi


Ok...have y'all heard of Cozi?? I am sure I am just one of those gals that is behind but y'all-- this site is amazing! I am kind of an organization nut in that I am always looking for the best out there and I'm thinking this might be it.
Here's the thing--it's ALL in one place. Your calendar (including color coding for all different family members), your to-do lists, your shopping lists (specific to wholesale, grocery, pharmacy, etc), a meal planner, and a place to keep your recipes-- including links to the internet site where you found the recipe. I think I have just scratched the surface of what this wonderful little website can do but I have saved the best part for last. It links up with your blackberry, iPhone, or other smart phone device. So when you are out and about, you not only have every family member's calendar, but you also have quick access to all of your to-do lists and shopping lists-- linked to ONE place.
Ahhhh, I heart organization....


November 14, 2011

Recently...

We've been pretty busy recently...hanging out and enjoying these last few warm fall days
We celebrated my Dad's birthday
Have you heard of "Big Red'? Only sold in the deep south and my dad's favorite drink. Kind of tastes like cough syrup...
My sweet grandmother came for a visit!
Reading a book to Grammy