"Enjoy the little things in life ~ one day you'll wake up and realize they were the big things"

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Let them eat Pi

It only comes once in a century.  "Super Pi Day" . . . and here it is!  Let all math-heads, nerds and lovers of dessert unite!  The pie is gone, consumed on 3.14 15 at exactly 9:26:53.  Celebration complete . .. I can now go to bed!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Semi psychotic, kale crazy dog!

This dog.  LOVES. Kale,  Sauteed kale.  I have NEVER met a dog who was as crazy about kale as this silly little 4 lb thing is.  Sorry, puppy ~ you are nearly irresistible, but you may NOT have my lunch, you already scarfed yours down.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Something to think about . . .

In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”
“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”
The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”
The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”
The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”
The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover if there is life, then why has no one has ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”
“Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”
The first replied “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?”
The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her this world would not and could not exist.”
Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”
To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Double Digit Midget!

We enjoyed celebrating Samuel this past weekend. After donuts and presents at home in the morning, we went to Brunswick Zone and played laser tag.  Friends came for a sleepover on Friday and there were lots of laughs over "Chubby Bunny", Wii party, Hide & Go Seek (in the dark), more laser tag at home and sledding.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Love my hippie oils!

My oldest daughter woke up this morning feeling pretty yucky (almost no voice and a super sore throat) completely out of the blue. She is the last of my children to EVER ask for an oil . . . but was willing to take two of my "killer capsules" throughout the day. Just 12 hrs later, she sounds (and feels) remarkably better

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Snowy and snuggled

Trying to decide if we want to venture out to enrichment tomorrow or not . . . it's been snowing off and on for the past 36+ hours and it's currently 5 degrees out! The kids enjoyed having some fun in the snow with friends yesterday. We've also discovered that Selena LOVES the snow! (even though it's deeper than she is tall right now!)


Saturday, February 21, 2015

A little bit oil crazy!

"Yes, there IS an oil for that"  smile emoticon 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Free Days and Fun Times with Family

Today was a free day at the Denver Zoo . .. a perfect excuse for a short field trip  smile emoticon and we were even able to talk Grandpa into joining us!  It was a gorgeous day and we had a lot of fun.  After the zoo, we enjoyed a joint birthday celebration for Grandpa and Samuel (who share a birthday and a middle name)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day 2015

There will be pink milk & heart shaped pancakes, a candy bar bouquet, Valentine's fondue, heart shaped pasta & little treat bags (our doorway hearts will be late this year, but they'll be coming too). Aside from all of our silly family traditions, I am thankful that this man will be at the head of our table. I appreciate his steady temperament & fun-loving nature, his great sense of humor, his warm smile and sparkling eyes, his unwavering devotion and deep faith (in the One who IS love), his quiet commitment and gentle touch, his ready wisdom, hard working nature, boundless creativity and endless love of dark chocolate . . . you are 'one in seven billion' and we love you smile emoticon xoxo


Friday, February 13, 2015

Chocolate what?!!

Emily got her cast off a few weeks ago and has been eager to get a pedicure.  I happened to come across a special for chocolate pedicures on Living Social!  smile emoticon

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Special Times

THIS beautiful girl had a fun time at the Father/Daughter dance last night with her awesome dad! I had a great night out with 3 amazing boys (Emily helped Anna get ready for the dance and then went to a friends' house church ~ bittersweet to accept that she's probably outgrown father/daughter dances) :-( . . . "to everything there is a season" (sniffle!)

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Inklings of Spring . . .

It was 70 degrees in CO today . . . first chance Selena has had to explore (for any length of time) outside and get her paws in the snow and the mud! Happy puppy!


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Out of the mouths of . . .

We were playing a simple game during dinner tonight ~ grab a Scrabble tile, choose a category and see who can blurt out a valid answer first. I pulled a "D" out of the bag and said "a food starting with a D . . . ". A few of my kids quickly blurted out "dingo meat"! Did that REALLY come to mind BEFORE . . . donuts?? I don't think they're really my children!  smile emoticon

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Rubiks Dudes!

Our cube-crazy Daniel was SO excited for some cancellations at the CO Springs 2015 Open. He and our friend Ryan were both able to get in at the last minute! One event down, five to go ... so many "Rubik's Dudes" all in one place!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Pup tent?

Monday, December 29, 2014

The excitement of children . . .

We woke up witness to a collective manic phase this morning! Several of the kids bought themselves new sleds last night and were up scurrying about the house at 6:30 (this DOESN'T usually happen with our kids), chattering excitedly, gathering boots and gloves, getting ready to go SLEDDING! We made them at least wait until daylight! Wow ... and I thought the new puppy was the only one with THAT much energy around here! (my older, wiser teen stayed in bed where it's WARM!)


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Meet our newest little bundle! . . .

We had a temporary lapse of reason and now have a very cute puppy in the house! Nine week old "Selena" is a very sweet, cuddly, playful Poodle/Chihuahua mix (a Poo-Chi) . . . all 2 1/2 lbs of her! The other dogs are still deciding what they think of her and I'm discovering that I've been spoiled by uninterrupted sleep at night for the past several years!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Squeezing in Family Time Where we can . ..

Between the light show and the campground, it has been much harder to come by family time this holiday season. We've actually never attempted this sort of thing before, so our creations were not very elaborate or fancy . . . but it was messy, tasty and fun!