Wednesday, March 31, 2010

can you help me out?

So I submitted a picture of my boys for a photography contest to win a free session... if you wouldn't mind going to this site

scrolling down and voting for my boys #6. Unless of course you think one of the other kids is cuter, then by all means vote for them.

You can actually vote once a day on the site and on the facebook page and it only lasts a week.

Here's the facebook link. You just have to leave a comment under the picture of my boys.!/photo.php?pid=3707427&id=144615358940

Thanks to anyone who spends 30 seconds of their precious time to help me try and win. You're the best!

And to anyone who doesn't... you're still the best! You are reading my blog afterall. ;)

Monday, March 29, 2010

monday moments

photographers in the making...

"There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are
in yourself, for what we see is what we are.
Ernst Haas

Sunday, March 28, 2010

guess who's 3/4 of the way to a year?

Sure wish it wasn't my baby! But it is. I can't believe how fast time just keeps on going. My baby is 9 months old!

Right after his very first haircut.
I love his expressions in the next pictures

What a wonderful, happy baby boy we have!

Monday, March 22, 2010

monday moments

(I read this quote this week and LOVED it, couldn't find a good picture to go with it, but still wanted to share the quote.)

"Listen earnestly to anything [your children] want to tell you, no matter what. If you don't listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won't tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff."

- Catherine M. Wallace

Want to participate in Monday Moments too? It's really fun! You can do it here.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

top o the morning to you

Our St. Patricks Day Morning:

-The boys had to go on a hunt to find clovers with the letters for their name. Once they spelled their name, they got a pot of gold - terra cotta pot painted black filled with rolos - and a note that said "We're so lucky to have you in our family!"

-Green pancakes, green eggs and green milk

I put this in Seth's truck last night after he went to bed.
Dinner tonight will be pasta with green pesto sauce, shamrock bread sticks, cucumbers, broccoil, and peas. (I might as well tell you instead of taking another picture, since it will be pretty much the same picture as breakfast except what is on the plates. :)

Monday, March 15, 2010

monday moments

"Child rearing myth #1: Labor ends when the baby is born."

You can see more Monday Moments at The Daily Dewey and join in the fun. It's really fun! :) I'd love to see some from all of you.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

things i love this week

It seemed like anything else I wrote for my boys and Seth seemed extra silly next to what I wanted to share, so I'm just sharing what I love this week.

Being a mom. I know I take it for granted. I know there are so many who desire to be a mom but haven't had the chance yet and also so many who have lost children. Late last night I was wasting a little time online and somehow came across this site, it's all about a 2 year old girl who just passed away this week from a horrible form of cancer, that was only found in her less than a year ago. I was going thru older posts and read this (it's from less than a month ago as Layla was getting worse and worse)-

Towards the end of a pregnancy, a mother will wake up to go to the bathroom every few hours. I think this is the body’s way of preparing you for a newborn and the sleepless nights that come along with it. Layla now spends most of her days sleeping. 30-45 minutes after she wakes up, she is ready to lay down and sleep again. Is this God’s way of preparing me for all the quiet time that is coming soon? The house is quiet. I am able to go through the motions of laundry, dishes, cooking and picking up without interruptions. But I WANT interruptions. I WANT Layla to be under my feet asking for cookies. I WANT to hear her playing with her toys. I WANT to take 45 minutes to unload the dishwasher because she keeps trying to help. For every time I uttered the words “I just can’t get anything done with these kids under my feet all day” I am eternally regretful. The days that I looked forward to naptime so I could get a grocery list made, or finally fold all the piles of laundry…I regret those days too. If I could do it all again, I’d enjoy EVERY SINGLE WAKING MOMENT I had with her. I would never wish for her to sit still or take a nap or go to bed early. I would never look forward to the days when she could sit through an entire episode of Dora silently. I would treasure every second with her.
(you can find the entire post here)

I didn't even try to hold back the tears. I've been so amazingly blessed and need to do so much better at treasuring every moment with them. My dirty bathroom, sink full of dishes and computer can wait.

and the winner is....

I can't believe how nervous I was to do this. Every time a new comment posted I was like "Oh! I hope they win!" I really wanted you all to win. Maybe I could split it up and send each of you 8 of the blocks. :)

Sadly, only one of you could win... and it was comment #8! (I tried forever to figure out how to copy a view of the results, but couldn't do it.)

Congratulations to

Tara Wengert Hendriksen

My sister in law! :) who is due to have her first baby in a couple months. Yipee for you! And sorry for the rest. I wish I had more giveaways for you all to win something, but alas, I think that was some weird random fluke that I was contacted.

Have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

"No, not that!

it's a girl shirt!"

Thursday, March 4, 2010

it rocks like BLOCKS with lots of socks

(That's supposed to be the Taco Bell commercial about the 5 Buck Box. Seth knows the entire thing (I'm so proud) - I obviously don't. But I thought it was a slightly better title than "Blocks Review and Giveaway". Did you catch the GIVEAWAY part? Make sure you make it to the end of this one.)

I was given the chance to review something from CSN Stores and chose the EduShape Educolor Toy Blocks. I've been wanting to get the boys blocks for a while now and loved how these looked. As soon as I pulled them out of the box, Cole said - no, exclaimed - "Wow Mom! Thanks!! You're the most amazing, wonderful, awesome, best Mom!" (I may have added a few adjectives in there.)

We dumped them out and they got right to work on building things. They had so much fun, right from the start and it lasted a long time.

I love how they let their imaginations run wild. They would build something and then describe to me everything that was going on and then break it down and build something else (or copy something they remember seeing in a book).

I love the great variety of colors and shapes and they come in a great case.

I LOVE that they are foam. Trey can sit with the boys while playing and I don't have to worry about any towers falling over and hurting him. The foam is also very firm that Trey can put them in his mouth and not ruin them. Or on the very rare occasion that my boys argue while playing and a block goes flying, nobody will be hurt.

These are great blocks and we are all very happy with them. They already have given us many hours of fun and I'm sure there will be many more hours to come. I only wish I had another set or two, so their castles and cities could get huge and they wouldn't have to wait for the other to be done with pieces.

Now the exciting part, one of YOU will be able to win your very own set of these blocks! All you have to do is leave a comment. Yep, just one, single comment. And let me tell you, your odds are going to be pretty dang good. So if you're reading this, then leave a comment! Even if you think you have no need for blocks at this time in your life, you could win them for your future kids, your grandkids, your nieces or nephews, your neighbor, your husband... (Btw, don't feel bad leaving a comment on this one, even if you've never left a comment on another, I'm not easily offended.)

So there you have it. The giveaway will end on March 11th. Thanks to CSN Stores for providing the blocks for me to review and the set to giveaway.

Monday, March 1, 2010

monday moments

"A characteristic of the normal child is he doesn't act that way very often." -Author Unknown