December 21, 2015


I wrote this post months ago and promptly "lost" it.  Ta-da!

Often in the summertime, daddy plays guitar outside. The kids jump on the trampoline, play football in the yard, or basketball in the front while he just sits to play and relax.

One particular afternoon after the kids ran through the sprinkler, the bigs were feeling very big and decided to just sit on their towels and discuss politics and world issues. Actually, I think they were talking about dinner and Pokemon, but they were all done playing for the day. Hot and worn out. They also asked if they could please come inside where the air was on and there was bottled water to drink. Ohmygoodness.

Except for Moo.  Moo is never done playing. Life has her on fire every day and on this afternoon while the bigs sat, she did not.

She asked Daddy if she could run some water out of the hose for Bean to drink. Daddy said yes and since there is little Bean loves more than water flowing from a hose, he said yes, too.

Mabel decided she was thirsty, too.

And figured if she's going to drink from the hose, she might as well dance in it, too.

Dancing to the beat of Daddy's music, and to the sound of her own little drummer.


December 7, 2015

The Def-ication

Yes, I am aware that that pun is ridiculous, but that is indeed what Bryon and I exclaimed when we secured four tickets to Def Leppard this summer. The boys LOVE Def and Styx - and well, Tesla sings Love Song, so duh.

It would be a Def-ication. And their first concert experience. WHOOP.

I had me some punk fauxhawk hair.

The boys were pretty excited. Also, snacks!

Also, could we pause for a moment to observe the man child with the amazing hair and muscle shirt? Amen.

And when it was on, you guys, it was ON. They LOVED it.

Trevor and I walked up to the top level to watch Styx sing Renegade. It was amazing. And my boy sang every. single. word. A stranger stopped me and said I'd raised him right. You bet your ass!

Def was superb. They always are. We made memories none of us will ever forget.

November 24, 2015

Dr. Mabel, Stuffed Horse Vet

Lucy the horse has been around since Mabel was 2. She's been back and forth across the country, participated in lots of sleepovers, gone to school and church, ridden in the car, and played with Mabel every day. She goes to tea parties, Barbie parties, spa parties, plays Pokemon and doctor, attends school, and gives the best hugs.

She's been restuffed twice. Recently she busted her rump and Mabel wanted to fix her first thing on a Saturday morning.

She patiently listened to directions and did a wonderful job securing Lucy's tail back to her bottom.

Mabes was so proud.

After her veterinary work was complete, she decided she should work on another sewing project. So she made a stuffed dog in about 45 minutes.

As far as life skills go, this one goes to Mabel. At least the other 3 will be able to take their sewing repairs to their baby sister when they are grown.

November 3, 2015


Andrew George turned 13 in August! He asked for his favorite - yellow cake with chocolate frosting. I obliged because making their birthday cakes is a morsel of joy that the Lord provides to me as their mother and it is my favorite. Also a morsel of joy - when he asked me to make it gluten free so that I could eat it, too. Precious Roo.

Dude was spoiled this year and got to go to Valley Fair with church friends for his birthday. Heck of a celebration, I say!

Oh, this child. He is so special. He is so strong and confident in such unique ways, such an old soul. He's also silly and distracted by anything shiny.

He loves to layer music, did you know?

He also got a shiny new haircut and my heart exploded!

So proud of you, Andy. We are so very blessed by you every single day. And the pets - you love the pets harder than any one of us. What a heart you have! So proud.

October 15, 2015

And By The Way, The Fair

A few weeks ago the fair rolled into town. And so, on half-price wristband day, we went.

First, there was livestock. And boy, do they mean it out here!

Goats, cows, sheep.

Honestly, it was all over when we reached the pigs. Hayley is obsessed with pigs of any kind and Mabel quickly followed her big sister in squealing at the babies.

They had babies that were hours old. Oh my, the cuteness! Oh my, the umbilical cords!

I almost put one in my pocket.

It's scary how fast they grow. One minute they fit in your hand, the next - bacon.

Sorry, was that rude?

There were also rides. Have I mentioned the rides? Oh my heavens, it was crazy pants. Moo Rae wanted to ride EVERYTHING, especially the upside down, inside out, loopy doopy, salt shakery rides. Her brothers were game, but Hayley was not. She's a girl more aligned with the teacups.

I don't think anyone is surprised that Mabel wanted to get it on like Donkey Kong. She shows her armpits on rides. And at church.

All of them safely tilt-o-whirled together several times.

And the up-and-coming driver loved the bumper cars especially.

It was a blast!