Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Safe to say...

that the girls dig our pasta sauce...
the recipe is from my Grandma's longtime friend Carl.
Miss those guys...

Still warm our hearts and our bellies...
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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sunday School Sam

I was recently thinking that I hadn't had any good Sunday school stories from Sam lately.  I was wondering if we were starting to get out of that phase.  (shoot!) But alas...Sam delivered.

The other night during bedtime stories we were reading about Moses and the Pharaoh and the ten plagues   Sam was half-listening when all of a sudden he zeroed in to when the Nile turned to blood! He replies, "What'dya just say Mommy?"

"Well, Sam, Pharaoh wasn't listening so God turned to the river to blood."

"Was it red and bloody?"

"Yep.  It was."

(a few pages later,)

Sam: "Can we go back to the bloody river?"

(the next night)

Sam: "Can we read the bloody river again?"

(while playing batman)

"Now you'll go in the bloody river you bad guy..."

me: "But Sam, the cool thing was, eventually Pharaoh listened and Moses and the Israelites got to leave Egypt."

Sam: "What color was that bloody river again, Mommy?"    siiiiiiiiiiigh.

Dear Mother Nature

Dear Mother Nature,
Yesterday it snowed.  It's April 20th.  You owe us an Indian Summer next fall.  Just saying.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Cinci: EnterTRAINment Juction

Oh my word, if you have small kiddos and you're ever around Cinci...
You HAVE to check out this place...
Model train exhibits...

Play area...and...
a FUN house..

best pic ever...

Sometimes it feels like I have this many kids!

slanted room!

So fun...thanks to Shell & Steve to another wonderful weekend in Cinci!
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Cinci Trip

We took one of our semiannual trips down to see Shell & Steve in Cinci last weekend...

Here we are packing up the children, literally.

Here we are re-orging Shell and Steve's cupboards.
I'm starting them early.

Super cute park...

Spring is such an awesome gift, isn't it?
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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Happy birthday to our favorite brother....

Phil has had a lot of phases in his 30 years. His confidence, though, is certainly not a phase

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Every night Mike and I snuggle in the bunk beds with the kiddos (we switch who tucks in who each night)...but every night Mike has to tell a bedtime story.  He recently started taking requests about what sort of character or creature might appear in the story.  He takes a request from Addie and one from Sam.  Then he creates these hilarious stories.  Oftentimes, he even has me cracking me up.  He's so spontaneously creative. I love it.

So, without further set up, I present Addie and Sam's bedtime story requests.  They couldn't be more representative of the difference between raising a son and a daughter (or three).

Addie: "I want a rainbow princess unicorn."

Sam: "and a box of stinky, stinky goo."

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Brussel sprouts

If you know me, you know about my son Sam. He's quiet sometimes and I do that mom thing where I worry about him being a middle child and the only boy and a myriad of other things. And then something like this happens in the middle of dinner and I realize he will be just fine.

Sam: knock, knock
Me: who's there?
Sam: brussel sprouts
Me: brussel sprouts who?
Sam: brussel sprouts...Sam doesn't want to eat any.

Make me smile. :-)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


We hope you had a lovely Easter!  We watched the final fourth of the Bible show on the History Channel on Easter night and I totally recommend it.  It was really well done and seeing the Bible sometimes helps me connect in a new and fresh way.

Our annual egg dye with Aunt Shell (Uncle Steve missed it this year, he was uber sick.)  :(

Easter treats with Grammy & Larry

Easter baskets (and yes, it's still dark outside because it was so early!)

Jake and the Neverland Pirates camera!

The gang...

omg...look at that suit Sam is wearing...

Easter at Nana & Papa's

the bottom of my mom's apron says, "If you don't like the food..have more wine."
Hope you had a great Easter.
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