Thursday, July 12, 2012

Nerf Nose: The Wanna Be Wordless Wednesday Post

Ever have one of those days? You know the ones where you are for sure you've lost your mind because things have unraveled severely.
That day was yesterday around here and I'm not sure what started it all. I'm thinking it may have had to do with my failing to prioritize correctly and skipping my quiet time with God ... which come to speak of it ... I'm not off to the best start this morning either.

But after a 10:30pm to 2:30am trip to W@lmart to refocus myself and lose my thoughts in dodging the aisles around stockmen and boxes and actually getting to read a label and consciously consider what I was putting in my cart ... it was heavenly bliss--(Not to mention the DQ Cappacino-Heath Blizzarrd that I stopped for prior to the only other store open at that hour in these parts)--I think I've recovered.

I think back over yesterday and I can see the slow erosion of my patience over the course of the day along with the continual build of boys picking on boys in true summer fashion. (Did I mention that ALL the school supplies are out now in the stores? Hmmm ... maybe I should have taken the boys WITH me and threatened reminded them how dear these days are at home with mom.) It is not easy being a mom sometimes ... especially of all boys. It can be downright lonely and frustrating ...

And then I come across a photo like this from Sunday ....
Ahhh ... and I'm reminded how sweet they are--even if they at times are snips and snails and puppy dog tails ... oh yes, and nerf suction-cup bullets.

All is right with the world once again.
I think I'll make sure to get my prioritizing right today from the start. I'd hate to miss out on a moment like this.

*I just came across this on a friend's blog (thanks Shannon!) and I have to put it here ... 
I'm going to chew on this today.

"You're blessed when you're at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
4 "You're blessed when you feel you've lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
5 "You're blessed when you're content with just who you are—no more, no less. That's the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can't be bought."--Matthew 5 (The Message translation)

May you live today in the knowledge of just how blessed you really are.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Our RV *aka: We are not red-necks ... really

So Jeff has been looking for an RV for about 4 years now. He's been an Airstre@m fan ever since staying in his brother's during hunting trips in South Dakota and further out west. In fact, soon (we're talking within the first THREE weeks) of Nolan's life we camped overnight in Jeff's brother's Airstre@m at a camper park up the road from us. Ya, all of us, including a wee little 3 week old baby! There was also a tornado that night ... THANK GOODNESS we were in that sturdy silver bullet (Airstre@ms are those RV's that are giant silver metal, rounded retro looking campers) and thatfully God was watching over us and kept us safe!

So we're not impulsive shoppers ... and we've walked through quite a few crummy "fixer-upper" units that were definitely not our cuppa tea! So when this one showed up in Jeff's path ... and at an incredible price ... it was kinda a done deal. (in fact I'm still kinda waiting for the other shoe to drop ... like hmmm ... what's really wrong with it??)

So we tried it out last weekend ... when it was INCREDIBLY hot outside! Believe it or not, it has AC and was cooler than our house. Crazy.
And the RV park up the road (7 miles)--no, we didn't go far ha!-- has that putt-putt golf course that you may remember that I've mentioned before. (No one was injured this trip btw)
The boys had a super time with that!
And it is pretty cush I will admit.

 And suddenly Jeff's dream of taking the boys out west hunting and having ME go along (to cook and watercolor paint and sew NOT hunt mind you) isn't quite so crazy.

It's ABSOLUTELY huge though ... we're still trying to come to grips with its enormous mass. One thing is for sure ... I'm glad Jeff's driving ;-)

Friday, July 6, 2012

The look of NINE: Brayden

And continuing back even further yet ... just before school let out and things got REALLY busy around here with flag football and baseball for TWO boys and THREE boys all home from school all day for the summer ... Brayden turned NINE.

Despite the fact that his birthday parties in the past have been slightly ... challenging--huh,  kinda like his birth come to think of it, we had a get together for a small group of guys at the local PlayStation and then to a park for pizza. (In case you missed his Birthday #6  when he got hit in the head with a golf club at a mini-putt-putt course and ended the party in the ER getting stitches you can click on the link above. Also, I will also note that the boys are still BEST of friends and it was just a terribly misfortunate accident. Who knew Putt-Putt Golf could be so dangerous?)

It's hard to believe that these boys have already grown

to be THESE boys!
What attitude!

This year his most favorite gift was chosen by his dad. Yup, no more mom-trips to the Walm@rt toy section are going to suffice I fear. This is the look of a very happy birthday boy and his first bow.
Hopefully there will be many safe hunting stories in store with his dad and this bow.
We love you Brayden!
Happy Birthday!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Nolan--The BIG Four!

So, continuing to work backwards through time ... before Jeff's birthday/Father's Day, it was Nolan's birthday!

Sadly, a couple of days before the BIG day ... I came down with a doozy of a cold. (three weeks of suffering later, last week in fact, I buckled and finally went to the doctor and found out it had blossomed into a nasty sinus infection--Ug. Just a side note.)
Ya, like wipe me out on the couch for a day-fever-soar throat-aches-sneezing-congestion-cough-puking (ewww TMI) I think the recovery time should have been three days which never can happen to a mom--Jeff considered out loud Saturday night if I would need to go to the hospital? REALLY JEFF?! 
I couldn't tell if he was being concerned or trying to flush out a bluff?? (shea, bluffing? I'm not that good of an actress!)
I rallied (aka: faked that I was maybe getting better) the day before the birthday in order to make Nolan's cake ... but my big plans to have the older boys help make a Lightening McQueen pinata had to be ditched. And the yearly poster with the boys' name and age and favorite thing on it ... that wasn't even in the running of getting done.

And yet, we all survived.

Since his birthday was on a Sunday this year, we had church and Sunday School in the morning and then went from there to Easton's baseball game and FINALLY got to celebrate upon our return home around 4:30 pm ... and you know what? We celebrated by having cake first before anything else, even supper.

I must say, I think the cake (a homemade DQ Peanut Buster Parfait cake that is SO, SO, SO good and a family favorite!) turned out pretty well despite the lack of coherence on my part while making and decorating it.
I can post the recipe if there is any interest. (The really great thing about this cake is that any leftovers go back in the fridge and last for weeks ... although ... it generally has a hard time not getting eaten in that time frame. And it is the ONE ice cream dessert that inspires my husband, that YES we should have ice cream tonight. haha!)

That's crumbled oreo for the dirt by the way--Oreos make SUCH nice faux dirt especially over a few boulders of Chocolate Chip ice cream for added height!

And there were gifts that followed the cake ... so all was good even if it wasn't as I had hoped it would be filled with.
This is one of the TREASURED items along with his Power Rangers Samuri Sword that he also received 
(he truly wanted "a Fire Smasher" ... but they were $30 and not all that different in my book. I just wasn't convinced I needed a $30 toy in time-out on top of my fridge ... I was much more comfortable with a $14 toy up there ...)

boy + sword + brothers = toy in time out 
on top of fridge and boy in corner was my fear 

But amongst the sword and the race track and some clothes from Grandma, this other present that was a BIG fav is a "Happy Napper Penguin" from W@lm@rt--it was the last one left ... no price tag ... and I ended up resorting to asking a passing clerk for help. Luckily she was a manager and asked me what I wanted to pay for it ... 
although I was silently thinking maybe hmmm ... a dollar? 
I was more than happy when she said $2. But really, hearing the "Happy Napper" commercial over and over again in your house ... 
that's priceless.

The family

The family