Thursday, August 29, 2013


These are videos that I took with my phone over the summer

Monday, August 26, 2013

End of Summer

Summer is winding down, school starts next week and will steal 2 of my babies

 One of the biggest things I worried over Michael being gone so much was...wait for :)  He is hands down so much better at cooking than me, now I can out bake him, but the man can cook.  He makes dinner most nights unless its pizza or crockpot and by george I rock those dinners.
We actually have eaten really well since he's been gone and this one night I needed a picture because I thought our dinner looked so yummy.  We sat down to eat and the taste, was not so yummy.  The kids and I pretended to like it.  Cohen told me "the shrimp doesn't have much taste, but the pear is awesome"
 We have finally gotten into a nighttime routine with Norah and after I put her down, Savvy wants me to roll her hair and every time she falls asleep.  I love it and hope it continues

 Caleb hates underwear... he wants to wear a diaper, bathing suit or boxers.  Whoever came up with toddler boxers was a genius
 Caleb dropped one of Cohen's hotel keys he collected from our Redwood trip in the toilet...oh the drama!  Then somehow the toilet was flushed.  I tried everything I could come up with to try and get it out but couldn't reach it...when all else fails call dad.  He suggested to have Savvy reach in and try to get it...brilliant...what would we do without her :)  Dad called later and and was scared that her arm could get stuck :) He said he could imagine me calling 911 because my daughters arm was stuck in the toilet :)  Savvy's arm is fine, the card is out of the toilet and she has been disinfected

Thursday, August 22, 2013

All's Well That Ends Well

Today...phew, today.  Words that came out of my lips today, "no, stop that, you are not allowed to slap your brother, you wont get anything with that attitude, were going home, go to your room, go to time out, your getting a spanking,'s okay that you accidentally got toothpaste in my hair." 
But, BUT the last hour of our day was beautiful.  We played the piano, Savvy read, Cohen read his sight words, Caleb went over his colors, I read, rocked Norah to sleep, put rollers in Savvy's hair-which put her to sleep.  Now all the kids are asleep, the house is peaceful and I'm so forever grateful for these wonderful, wild babies....
and thankful that I bought a bottle of wine before Michael went out of town :)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Caleb has knocked my socks off with his potty training.  Him leaving the poopy trail through the house was quite possibly the best thing that could have happened to us.  It scared, no terrified him so much that now he won't go anywhere other than the potty to save his life :)
After getting Norah dressed and seeing those bloomers we had to do a photo shoot.  She is so precious!  She "talks" so much and Cohen is convinced that she told him "I love you"

 Cohen started piano.  Him and Savvy are sharing one lesson a week for the rest of the year.  We are just crazy about Mrs. Huie, she has been our only teacher but I can't imagine anyone better.
 Michael came home after being gone for the week and she might have been a little giddy

 She made me cookies out of floam :)  I'm so crazy about her adult teeth, really just her whole face... just in the last few months I feel like she has gone from 6 to 16

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


I can't get enough of him in his underwear, he knows how cute he is
Even though he is adorable in his whitie tighties, he is doing the best with potty training when he is completely naked.  So this morning he was in the nude running around our house.  I had put Norah down for a nap (successfully), cleaned the kitchen, put a load in the wash, Caleb "tee teed" in the potty and I was going to brush my teeth.  I was giving myself high fives all around.  I was getting dressed when Caleb ran in screaming, it scared me and once I picked him up I smelt what the problem was.  He had pooped, which is fine, we have to have accidents to learn.  But he had pooped in his room stepped and smeared it in and run through the hallway, living room, kitchen and our bedroom leaving poopy footprints all along the way.  There was so much that I used Lysol to clean it, that was the only thing, besides bleach, that I thought was appropriate for this job and might be okay to use on carpet.
 After I cleaned the kitchen and had moved on to the living room Savvy and Cohen were re-cleaning the kitchen...Ziploc bags on hands and feet for protection, Michael will be proud:)  I believe and hope our house is clean and Caleb made it to the potty for the rest of the day!

Monday, August 12, 2013


We went to Harrison Park this weekend and I'm sure got a few questioning glares... its a sweat band and root beer

 We have started serious potty training.  He has been ready for a while but I couldn't muster up the courage to take it on.  So far he is doing really well.  He likes to go a little often and is loving his treat bowl.  It has candy, a motorcycle, batman washcloth, finger flashlights, and a super hero.  We went to the dollar store and he picked out his goodies.  The whole neighborhood knows when he goes because he runs through the house yelling "I did it" and wants everyone to see
 I walked in the kitchen to find Cohen with tape and ninja knives (plastic) and it doesn't even phase me anymore.  I love how creative they are... he said he was going mountain climbing :)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Photo Booth

We are obsessed with photo booth on the computer, always have been, always will be.  I need to get on video how hard the kids laugh doing this, complete belly, hard to breath kinda laughing.  After an hour I put it up and they pouted :)

 One of the challenges of having 4 children is keeping the house quiet during nap time.  Caleb is the best napper on the planet and occasionally Norah will nap with out being held.  So we watch cartoons, eat, craft, eat, go outside, eat, workbooks and eat.  I can't imagine how much they will eat as teenagers.  Today, a hour after lunch Cohen had watermelon, granola bar, a carrot and was still hungry.  We were sitting outside eating when I noticed Cohen had on a bib...then I thought, every time we eat watermelon he puts on a bib.  He is hilarious

                       He loves books, naps, and his bed.... He is definitely my baby

Sunday, August 4, 2013


Every year there is a basketball tournament downtown called the peach classic.  It's 3 on 3, takes over downtown and super fun to watch

She lost another tooth and woke up when I was putting a dollar under her pillow.  I pretended I was tucking her in and she didn't even remember in the morning
Caleb rocks my world. I was putting his boots on one morning and he said "momma... I proud you" And then we were praying at dinner and he likes to pray but repeat what we say so I said thank you God for Cohen and he would say "Cohen" and so on going through the whole family but I didn't say me.  After we said Amen he looked at me and said "and you"... I desperately needed this :)
I love Cohen's helmet because the longer he has it on the more hair sticks through the top.  Speaking of helmets, the kids riding their bikes scares me to death.  They are fearless and go way to fast and turn way to sharp and are just reckless.  Michael says over and over "look where you are going" "watch out".  I can't imagine teaching 4 children how to drive a car

Thursday, August 1, 2013

3 Months

Our Norah Jane is 3 months old.  She is beautiful and precious and I had a friend call her magical on several occasions :)  But to say the last month has been hard would be the understatement of the year.  She has been really really REALLY hard.  She's a cat napper, snacker and screamer which equals a stressed out momma.  I don't know if it's in all mom's DNA but I can't stand for her to "scream" so all month I've been rushing to finish whatever I was doing to pick her up and walk her around.  The plus is  I get about 5-10 minutes of happy Norah right after I nurse her and I can get her to stop crying, I just  swaddle, hold her and walk around... oh my Norah this is hard with 3 other children.  I've come to the conclusion that she is refining my character, this is just a phase and a bad baby equals a good toddler...fingers crossed :)

But still she takes my breath away

                   I believe she is pondering how many times she will get up tonight