Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Psalm 127:1

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Our Marriage...

Reason #42 why our marriage works:

Me: "Honey, was I crying in my sleep last night?"
 Dan: "Hmm...I don't think so why?"
Me: " I was having a horrible dream that someone robbed me and took my wedding ring. I was devastated."
Dan: "Oh wait  I just remembered, was I crying out in my sleep last night?"
Me: "No, not that I remember why?"
Dan: "The Germans were attacking!"
Me: Que crickets.........

Friday, January 18, 2013

It's A Fact!

Stupid Fact #412
I have a love hate relationship with super glue. 
I mean I am so glad it's super and that it glues everything
 so ummmm....superly. (yes I home school)
But when I glue my finger to my thumb and then my other finger to 
an action figure that I am trying to salvage for my kids,
ummm...not so super.

Stupid Fact #118
Trying to get out of a sports bra after working out
and sweating like a sinner in church is so much fun;

Stupid Fact #17
Raising boys might bring it's share of broken lamps
and bloody knees, but raising a house of all girls is 
not and I repeat NOT for the faint of heart.

Stupid Fact #84
Remember when you were little and your dad
would put his feet on your stomach and fly you 
like an airplane? If you happen to walk by the living room,
see your husband "flying" your little daughter through the air 
DO NOT think it's still a good idea and loads of fun. It's not.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Two Things I Said I Would Never Do...

So I did something this past weekend that I said I would never do. Not ever! OK maybe it was two things; no three. Ya' know my life is an entire episode of things I said I would never do, eat, try etc. so just bare with  me. So in the past I have ALWAYS worn a two piece bathing suit. (see previous posts where I describe looking like a baked potato in a one piece suit) I think it has something to do with me having a short torso. You know, boobs want to meet stomach somewhere in the middle and without serious push up support it's just an ugly tragic sight. Ha! So back to God getting a hold of my heart....... God really started to convict me about modesty and what that might look like to the two girls I am raising. I don't think there is anything wrong per say about wearing a two piece it's just that when I started to see it through my pre teens eyes it burdened my heart. I started to think to myself,"Self, would you walk around the beach in your bra and underwear?" Well of course not! But really if were being honest it is the same thing as far as exposure goes.And I just wanted to set a standard for my girls and for our home so I find a one piece for our up coming vacation. See that price tag above? Yup' after all the sales and discounts $38! Do you just want to die?!?!!

And so this picture would now bring us to the second thing I said I would not do and that is buy a white suit. I have this reoccurring dream of getting out of the Caribbean Sea, whipping my hear through the air and strolling over to the palm tree where Dan is sitting with.....ooppsss wrong dream. My bad. But I always imagined white would be a no go due to the ach-umm see through qualities it might hold. But alas I went to the Tommy Bahama outlet with my mom this weekend and theirs are double lined AND have a strap around the neck to hold the girls up. SCORE! The third I wouldn't do you ask? Oh ya' that's try on bathing suits in January when it is literally freagin' 22 degrees at our house. The upside? There was nobody else anywhere near the suits or the dressing rooms so we had free reign.   Although the sales lady did seem mildly annoyed with me when I started walking around the store to get more suits with just my jeans and tank and bare feet. Whaaaat? Look, I can either try on suits which is a Zumba work out all on it's own or I can put my boots on 200 times to go back into the store. So I'm not judging you if you wear a two piece it's just my own heart. Honestly, I have been working out so hard and so I kept looking at the two piece suits and sighing but then I realized I can skip a few work outs, lay on the beach and let my gut be free to exhale. LOL!

We are blessed to have almost an acre of property out behind our house that has nothing but room to run for the kids and dog. The girls and their friends decided a couple of weekends ago to start tearing down an old gazebo on the property so Dan could build them a fort this summer. They have been pulling weeds, hauling wood up to the house to make piles and thinking of ways to earn money to add some fun touches to the area. They want to plant flowers and have curtains etc. It's fun because they went on line and did all the research on how much the wood etc. will cost and they are making cookies this weekend to sell to the neighbors. And you thought home school kids weren't brilliant. ;)

We bought the girls this Popsicle maker from William Sonoma and tried it out today for the first time. We figured it was almost a heat wave with temperatures reaching 50. ;)

If you have one or two kids then this is super fun and easy. If you have more (Andrea) you would need the bigger one that makes 3-4 at a time. But it was expensive and I'm cheap. So the single server it was. You just put the stick in, pour whatever juice you want, wait a few minutes and......

you have an apple juice Popsicle. My daughter did not want to cooperate even for blogging sake

But nobody not nobody can escape the new camera. Have a blessed week!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Happy New Year Part 2!

I know, I know you just didn't get enough Christmas and New Year cheer in my last post so a part two was highly necessary. Or it could just be that I am in denial that we start back to school, dance, circus and just plain insanity in less than 48 hours. Sigh......raise your hand if you think we should all just move to a deserted tropical island and be bored and dumb. HA! We did get to do lots of fun things over our break and spend time with people we love. Every year we try to get a photo of all the kid cousins in height order. The youngest member was not having it this year.....I remember when that was my little Ry who didn't want to stand in the she's 5th back in line. Go RY! ;)

Dan's aunt and uncle hosted the cousins party down in Santa Ana this year and it was super fun. Not to mention the vegan chili they made. YUM! It's always good to hang out with everyone and catch up.

For years I have had a dream about writing a book. At first I thought maybe  it would be about infertility and adoption. Then possibly marriage and how God has given me a heavy heart for our marriages to honor him. But more recently I am thinking the title will be" Raising Ryanne." I mean the kid gives me lots of material. For she got the glove stuck in her braces......sigh. Yes Raising Ryanne it will be. ;)

We got some snow last weekend and drove to the hills behind our house to let the girls and dog run. Here Ryanne is saying,"I am sorry Mr. Snowman but the time has come that I must rip your head off and throw it at those unsuspecting boys across the field. You've been a good snowman and I promise it's nothing personal."

Ans so it was that the snowman lost his life thanks to the 3ft. dynamo.
Love black and white!

Could someone explain to me again how this sweet little fat baby that used to hang on my every word is rounding the corner to being a teenager? We were out to dinner the other night and as she walked by this table full of boys roughly her age; every single one of them whipped their heads around to look at her. This has never happened before. I started crying hysterically and went for their throats. Bail was expensive but it was worth it. Actually I got home and called the convent.She could be a nun right?

If you sit on our back patio for just a few minutes right as the sun is setting.......

You get to watch God do this.............

And this. So good.

I Heart my new camera. I love it so much I'm giving you the bird. Get it? Sorry.

For New Year's Eve we had some friends over and played girls against guys in trivia pursuit. We won't talk about who won.....the boys. But they cheated. We only lost by one. Whatever.

The ten kids played games and ran around outside in the warm 32 degrees weather. Brrrr.....

We lit up the fire outside and made smores. Yum! I had sugar over load.


This is your hair on New Year's Eve recovery

Enough with the birds......I can't help it. My zoom is soooo fun.

So speaking of New Year's resolutions; I'm not really one to make them. I mean I have in the past and then the second I do I feel trapped. Like I can't breath. You know? Maybe it's just me. I mean if I'm going to do something I just do it or if I have a goal then I work towards it and BAM! But the minute I make it official I am doomed. It's psychological I know. For instance back in December when I was going to post a photo a day for the photo challenge; ya' I knew the minute I posted the first day I was never going to get it all done. Ha! Maybe I should see someone. Anyways, no resolutions but lots of things to look forward to this new year. February will be 25 years since I accepted Christ into my heart. So good right? May will be 4 years that I have been off all medications to treat any symptoms of RA. I have been completely free of chemo and treating the disease only with food, vitamins and exercise. This coming Spring we are looking forward to a trip to the Caribbean with friends and family. Can't wait to squish the warm sand between my toes. Also, still doing Zumba 2-3 days a week and staying fit, feeling good. Lots of energy and no joint pain. I am not doing the Vegan diet 100% but mostly...about 98%. I still cook Vegan meals at home but when we eat out if nothing sounds good I will eat chicken or fish. But I really do feel better when I do it 100% so I am striving to do that. Lettuce wraps tonight if you all want to come. :) We move into our new church building in a couple of weeks. That's exciting. So lots to be thankful for and look forward to. Hope your blessed and enjoying getting back to routine. :)