Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Now, I am really counting my blessings.

I love it when you have an real good ahh ha moment.

Have you had one lately?

Well, today was just one of those days when I seriously had to take a good long look at myself, and wonder, "o my gosh girl what is going on with you?"

I will go ahead and set it up for ya, we all know I am not one that is too often short on words. So, for the past few weeks, I have been feeling a wee bit whiney. I know right, this is the time of the year where we go big on "thanks" and "giving" and "loving one another", but I have been so focused on what is not right with me and my goings ons. I feel like sometimes, I would not even want to be my own friend. I am texting my friends that I am ready for a girls night, I am competing with my husband saying that I am doing more baby feedings and diaper changes, I am complaining that I have not slept through the night since I had children, I think that Aron is on call too much, the laundry is not ever done, there is never enough money for us to take that vacation to Disney the beach and then to Paris, I am tweeting that I am tired of being tired, I am facebooking that my babies are grumpy and need a time out (when I am probably the one that should be in it). Some days, I look at the clock and it is 1 in the afternoon and the kids are so grumpy for a nap and I am longing for it to just be 845, if I can just make it till 845.

(I know right, you probably don't even want to read the rest of the post because it is so much mememememewhaawhaawhaa!)

I used to long for these times. When I dated, all I wanted was to have a husband. When we got married I was so quick to want the next step and wanting to be a mommy. Then I had to go through fertility issues and could not start having children ASAP. I wanted to do all of these grown up things, and now it is here and I am trying to RUSH THROUGH OF THIS SEASON OF MY LIFE.

It is so sad. I think that there are others of you out there that are like this. You do not have to say so, if you are.

There are the people that are hitting their alarms at 645 Monday morning and you are wishing that it was already 530pm, and you are on your way home from work. Then, there are the people that are just to the Wednesday of the week, and wishing that is was Friday. Then the rest of you may be the people that are lounging on your couch on Saturday night thinking- gez the day is almost done, and you are planning for your next Saturday.

Am I right or am I right? Yal holla if ya hear me?

We are contanstly rushing through these moments and I am beginning to think that if I do not slow down and embrace the place I am in, I just might miss it.

Here is the moment. Ya ready.

This morning, I received an email about a friend of mines father who has been battling cancer. He and his family were told that his cancer is growing, despite the extensive treatments he has been doing. Earth shattering news for them. Then, they went on to say that his time is limited. Heart breaking.

This news made me cry and then really think about my own life. Life is so very fragile. We are not promised tomorrow. We do not know how much time we have left on this Earth. I have so much to be thankful for right now, and I really need to be embracing this time of my life (because this time that I think is so stressful and not fun at the moment, could be someone elses joyous time that they would long to be in.

One day my babies will be grumpy teens and only want to be with their friends. I will long for those days when they are constantly at my feet saying momma momma and following me in the bathroom.

One day my babies will be moving out of my home to go to college or whatever dream they may want to pursue. I will long for those days when I can just go in their room and pick them up from their naps even though they were so very fussy!

One day the people that are stressing me out may not be here for me to call anymore. I will long for those days when my friends are here for me to call and go and see.

One day my parents may not be a phone call away. I will long for those early morning phone calls from my momma and the random evening that I make a dinner and my parents just happen to pop in to be fed- love that.
One day I may wake up and my husband will not be snoring so loudly in the bed causing me a no sleep night. I will long for those days when he was making me crazy and making me so very happy all in the same breath.

There you have it, starting today, well tonight, I am giving myself a attitude change. I am going to choose to see the joy in things, find a way to delight myself with the little things that I may be skipping over each day.

I am going to count each one of my blessings.

I am so fortunate to have a husband, my babies, my parents, my family, my husband working so I can be at home, my faith, food on the table, a house for my table to sit in, clothes to wear.

I am so Thankful for all of these things, because tomorrow, these things could be gone and I would probably be wishing for that season of my life that I was just wishing would move a whole lot faster.

Love to you all.


Please pray for my friend's father, Rick, and the rest of their family as they are going through this season.

Also, please pray for my friends mother in law, Susan. She is very ill at this time with cancer and lymphoma and has been suffering from seizures today.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Get ouch ya ladder....

unstring the lights, cause our house is gonna be a glowin' tonight!!

Not sure if you have heard of this little Christmas classic.....
It is one of my all time favorite movies! Have yal seen it? I crack up in tears each time I watch it. Funny stuff.

Ever since we have lived in our home, I have begged Aron to please hang some Christmas lights on our house. I think that they are so pretty, and I just L-O-V-E driving around during the holidays looking at other peoples outside decor. So, each year I beg, and each year goes by with no lights. The infinite sadness!!
This year, I am not sure what happened to Aron, but he has decided to take on this challenge.

I think it has something to do with these two!

My husband has also decided to not take advantage of the most beautiful and unusual warm weather we have been having and chose this afternoon to hang lights. Well, if you live in NWA, you are laughing cause folks, it be chilly outside!

Here is Sophia watching her daddy through the window. Every few minutes she runs back to me and her brother and says, "Momma it's cold, Daddy cold." Yes, my genius child can tell this is not a good day to be on the house hanging lights, but o well. Hopefully, she cannot hear all of the Christmas cheer coming out of his mouth each time he drops a light hanger. Also, our ladder is a 5 foot, this makes for a interesting climb onto and off of the house. I am sure that the neighbors have broken out their hot cocoa and video cameras filming my dare devil guy jumping off of the house. This is his look at me when I asked him if he checked the lights before hanging them.

His answer: No, I am just hoping that they will work. They are new.

Me: Oh, well yeah. Sure. New lights.

Well, after almost three hours, and only 1/2 of the front of our not mansion size house completed, we have run out of lights, and hangers.

So, tonight.... we rest.


Tomorrow night, we will hopefully have a house that can be viewed from outer space, a house that passer byers must put on sun shades because of the amazing brightness, a house that will bring people from miles and miles.....

Yes, I want the Griswold house!! Beauty.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Pretty Pretty Princess and Shark Boy

Time is sure flying by. I just cannot seem to find enough time in the day to keep up our family blog! I am slacking! Today, I have decided it is time I get back on track with our daily posts. The babies are growing so quickly and doing such quirky things, and I am starting to forget to put them in a more permanent place!! So, were back!

So, Happy Halloween!

This year, the kids were so cute! Just loved getting them dressed up and taking them to my sister's house and then to my parents. What a fun time we had! Sophia wanted to be a pincess (princess) and Brayden, well he had no choice in the matter, so he was a shark.

Introducing.... Pretty Pretty Pincess and Shark Boy!


These two are such characters!

Sophia is so excited!!

Lovey shark

Fun family picture!

I tried to get a pic with Honey, Granddaddy, Kitty, and Aron with kids (this was the best of the bunch!!)

This was taken outside with my cellphone, so the quality is not so great and their eyes all look scary. But this is Aron and his sister, and the kids.

It seems so funny to do this post now, since we have just eaten a Thanksgiving dinner and are decorating for Christmas! Ha!


I think this week I may start potty training Sophia, is that crazy? Is this going to be too stressful? She is showing some signs that she is into it, but do you have any tips of how to p.t.?? Would love the input or any tricks (or special pills that you give them and they just start going, in the potty!) HELP a Momma OUT!!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

He's growing up!

Well, it is official! Brayden is growing up. He will be 11 months in a few weeks, the boy army crawls every where, he jibber and jabbers all day long, eating puffs and cereal with his hands, saying dadadada!! Soon, he will be dating and applying for college...sob, tear, sniffle, sniffle. Just wanted to share his latest accomplishment. Last night he pulled up to the standing position, the video is his second try. This morning, it is all that he wants to do. Heaven help me, but it will be soon when he and his sister are chasing each other around the house and knocking each other off of the furniture!

After I recorded the video, I looked at Aron and just blurted out, "O my god". Not the best choice of phrase, but it just came outta my mouth. Well, for the next 10 minutes it is all that Sophia would say. She is a repeater yal!!

Note to self: watch what I say and the tone of how I say it, I am setting an example for my little people all of the time!!

Love yal!


Sunday, November 13, 2011

I got tha feva!!

In case yal have been wondering what has happened to me??? Well, I got tha fe-va!

Not the scarlet fever. Not the rheumatic fever. But.....

Razorback fe-va!!!

Yes, each weekend, this family is camped in front of a television cheering on our favorite team or we are calling those HOGS at the stadium!!

Do you have a favorite college team? If you do not, you should check the HOGS out!
Here we are with my brother Richard! This was from last nights game when we played Tennessee. We won like 49 to 7 or something! It was a big win for us!

My Uncle Robert sitting behind us last night!!

Me and my boys!

A few weeks ago.

Yes, my child has on Razor-shoes!!

B-baby does so good at the game! Hopefully, he will choose to be a Razorback too!

Aron and his boy!
My other brother and his friend Nicole!

G-daddy and his Brayden

Bray cheering for his team!

Woo Pig!

Too cute!

Our cheerleader!

Daddy and his girls!

Kisses for G-daddy!


This was the last time we will tailgate (for awhile)! 2 kids 2 and under= 2 much!!

Aron looks concerned that G-daddy is restin' before the big game!

Razorback fan!

Aunt Kitty and Brayden

Sophia teaching her daddy about an iphone!

Mikey Sean and Jason

G-daddy gettin in the ZONE

Sophia and Taylor

I am already tired and the game has not even started!

He is why I am already worn out!

The girls before the game

Uncle Rich and Bray

Woo Pig Sooie!!

Just wanted to let yal know, I am doing fine with the fe-va! It is very contagious!!