Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Camping...or Oh my aching back....

Our kids LOVE camping! Although, their only experience with it was last year on the coldest night of the summer we camped in our front yard. And, since we didn't own a tent we stayed in our screen-house freezing our behinds off! Sean and I tried to talk the kids into going inside that night but they wouldn't hear of it. We had on sweatshirts, tons of blankets, and hats! Sean and I bemoaned the fact that our nice, warm, comfy beds were so lonely inside without us in them. LOL! Fast forward to this summer...
Again the kids begged to go camping. Sean and I explained why it wasn't a good tent, we're old, we like to move the next day and lying on the ground all night makes that difficult....but they just wouldn't buy it. :)
So....we bought a tent! Isn't she a beaut?!

She's a big'un. She sleeps 10 so we have lots of room. In fact, she's the perfect size for us to haul out the spare mattress for Sean and I to sleep on....not that we'd know or anything. LOL!
But boy did our backs feel better the next morning! 

The favorite part is the campfire night before and breakfast over the campfire.
We had what I dubbed my "mommy grand slam". 
Eggs, bacon, pancakes, fruit, hot cocoa.

And yes, if you look closely you will see a toaster on the table. What?! That's not camping!
Well, um, yes, yes it was. :)
We stuck close to home because at this point it just makes life easier and they didn't care, they LOVED it! 
We plan to break out the tent a time or two yet this summer because well, our babies are growing fast and we are trying to soak and savor these moments in when we can.  :)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


In an effort to make summer extra enjoyable for these treasures we have answered their wishes and taken several fishing trips. :) I'm glad to say all 5 have caught at least 2 fish so far this summer! Woo Hoo! That is terrific and makes the trips so much more exciting! Of course, the fish are quite small but who least it's a fish! LOL! 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Missing this guy so much....

My boy turned 21 this year.
He's been serving his country since right before he turned 18.
He's only been home 1 time and that was too long ago!
To say we miss him is quite an understatement!
He has become an incredible man
full of wisdom, character and compassion.
He is a leader and has been leading men older than himself for over a year.
He may be the "baby" of the team (age-wise) but he earned their trust quickly
by his responsibility and integrity.
I couldn't be prouder to call this man my son 
I can not wait until he is back in the states where we can talk face-to-face!

Monday, July 13, 2015

So far today....

I  just love to hear those people who tell me (after hearing I stay home) 
that they could NEVER do that. 
They would be SO BORED
Ha, ha, ha, ha, haaaaaa!

Oye! Well...yeah...that like never happens here!
So far today (mind you it's only 12:19 pm!!)
I've had a non-stop barking dog as he chased a turkey up a tree and said turkey is gobbling and cackling 'cuz he's scared. (rightfully so!)
I've had 3 children needing constant re-direction,
I've had  a beloved daughter who asks me the same question 567,930,333 times! :)
I've had 2 very active boys run into one another causing one a head bonk on the hard cement - OUCH!
And the other a small slice on his arm which appears to him to be the size of the Grand Canyon. LOL! 
I've had multiple children interrupt every.single.task I'm trying to complete.
I've had to give the head bonked child a quiet task to do because his head hurts (of course) which means I had to gather, open and pour a million bottles of paint, supply him with a sheaf of paper and water to wash off his brushes because he could do it but...his head hurts. 
Then of course, like little ants, several more  come to check out what's going on and decide they too need to paint.
Happily (ok, ok, not quite) I set them up and thought NOW I can finish what I started....
but alas...
beloved daughter seeks me out and tells me to "close your eyes" and amidst my mumbling and muttering about "not getting anything EVER!" she places into my hands her paper she painted which states:
It is the most beautiful masterpiece I've ever seen! 
It is multi-colored (because I love colors)
and has a heart.

And I am reminded the tasks will always be here (baby, you aren't kidding!)
I'm accomplishing more than tasks....
I'm accomplishing a life well-lived, well-loved. 

Boredom...yeah...doesn't happen here (at least not for me - my kids may say otherwise)
and I may still be trying to accomplish the tasks I started back in 2002 but in the end 
completing the tasks aren't really what matters, is it?!

P.S. During the writing of this blog post I was interrupted 857 gazillion times,
had 436 "very important things to tell you conversations" 
oohed and aahed over a myriad of painted pictures,
kissed another boo-boo,
re-directed a son who thought mommy wasn't looking,
listened to my 5 year old tell me 999,999,999 times he wanted to shoot his brothers BB gun,
and already forgot my above message! 
Don't worry, 
I'm sure I'll get lots of practice at reminding myself of it in the hours to ensue. :)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

This Guy....

the BEST gift God ever gave me....
the BEST gift God ever gave our kids....
Amazing in every way possible....
So very, very thankful for this man to walk beside me,
 to lead us,
 to love us,
 to show us by example what it looks like to live our faith outloud. 
So proud to be his wife! 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Another Awesome Field Trip!!

U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center
It was AWESOME!! 
We can't wait to go back!
They have a very informative and educational museum to tour and then there is a one mile loop outside with tanks, planes, WWII trenches, military obstacle course and so much more.
Kids loved it and so did mom! :)