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Chalk Art

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Peter did the first two pieces and Libby transformed the squiggles and outlines into animals... a whale and a pig.




This is her personal artwork.


Late Night Fights...

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What happens when boys try to sleep in the same bed... and one just happens to have a cable with a hook on the end and then extends it and it snaps in his brother's face. This. This is what happens. Ian has quite the shiner and the pics don't even begin to show how bad it looks. Yes, this is how we start school this year. looking like a fighter. That's how we roll...

A Shower for Miss Sunshine...

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It was my honor and privilege to host a shower a few weeks ago. What a treat! I was trying to coordinate yellow and orange (like Sunshine) and also incorporate Noah's Ark and God's promise via Rainbow. Showers are so much fun....








I'm guilty of this...

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Pirates, Passy, and days without Mike

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Days without Mike are LOOOOOOOOONG. So grateful for him to have work but sometimes by the end of the day it takes all the energy I have to just crawl into bed. And I just plain miss having my husband/AKA Best Friend around to hang out with and talk to.
The kids and I have been trying to keep things adventurous and plan fun events as well as times of relaxation and chill time. From scrapbooking with a friend (Thanks Vicki) to going to the zoo to swimming at a friend's pool to playing at home with Sizzles (the rabbit) and eating popcorn and watching a movie from the library. 
Recently when Mike was home, we took the kids to the Regal Summer Movie Express at Greenbrier when movies are just a $1.00 each! We went and saw Rio 2 as a family. And this past week we even traveled up to N. VA where Mike was working and stayed with our friends the Ivy's.... between the hair chalk, swimming at the pool, icecream treats, air and space museum and bounce house... the kids had in their words,…

Parenting in the Raw...

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Kids are screaming and wild. Mike's been at work since 11 last night and still has yet to come home and it's after 11 this morning... bless his heart. I think that I get it together and then realize this idea of control is just an illusion. Laundry may get done... and then there's dishes. Dishes washed but then I need to vacuum. Sweep. Clean bathroom. Sort out what's all over the floor and couch... Go-gurt? Applesauce? Oatmeal? Science project slime? 

Creating. Destroying. Cleaning. Messing. Playing. Fighting. Laughing. Crying. 

Everything seems to happen so quickly and on such intense scales. A moment to breathe. A moment to eat. A moment to fix a tea that I never get a chance to sip.

Letting go of my expectations for the day and instead asking God to let me be apart of what He wants for my day. So, Lord, this is me surrendering. Whatever you have, whatever you want... I will trust you. Even if it means picking up legos from under my bare feet... or wiping another poopy …

This week...

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Be prepared for longest run-on sentence ever....

Oh you know those days when your child spills his bowl of cheerios all over the bed but it's okay because there happens to also be dried blood on the bed from when another child had surgery and slept in bed and got blood everywhere from his mouth because he continues to suck his hand in spite of just having 9 teeth removed.... and the toilet is overflowing... and the 3 year old is having soupy poop spill out of his pullups and get on everything including the new play rug you just purchased... and your Ipod suddenly stops turning on or off and is broken... and the air condition isn't running right in the house but you're somehow getting a $500 monthly bill for using it... and the warrant of debt has come from a bill in 2009 that was already paid... and your husband is out of town... and your son breaks down and throws a colossal fit on the floor kicking and screaming in the homeschooling supply store (sorry Mrs. Moore)... and …

Surgery, Sizzles and Losing Sanity...

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Michael had his much anticipated and awaited for surgery last week. He had 9 teeth extracted (we were anticipating 4). His teeth have suffered so much damage from him having been born premature, cleft palate, a feeding tube for over 5 years, and severe reflux. The acid produced from sucking on his hand and dealing with reflux and g-tube feeds have contributed to every teeth needing either serious repair or removal. His surgery was referred to as "dental rehabilitation".

He did great before surgery and great during but he was so traumatized when he came to that they pulled me into the PACU to calm him down. Of course all he wanted was to suck his hand and that stimulated blood flow from his poor mouth... We got it worked out after I convinced the nurses that he was going to suck on his hand whether we liked it or not (He's been sucking on his hand since he was in the womb)... So we instead focused on keeping his  mouth clean and alternated hand sucking with a wet washclot…