Thursday, December 29, 2011


Have you ever cried for no reason?
Yup, that was me last night!
Had myself in a full-out blubbering cry but never could quite pin-point the reason.
Ehh, I think I'll blame it on the pregnancy and my volatile hormones.
Someone please tell me you've been there!

I can't believe that my baby boy will be a big brother in a few short months!
He loves babies, despite his aggressive and wild nature.
While I am sad that he will no longer be my youngest, I can't wait to see him embrace the role of big bro!

Come to think of it, maybe this was the reason for all my tears.
Time is going way too fast.
My babies are becoming boys before my very own eyes.
And that's just a little too much for this mama to handle.
Love our boys so much!

Monday, December 26, 2011

J-Lo comes to town!

Had a BLAST with my sis, Lauren, and her adorable family when they came to visit a few days before Christmas.
The kids did very well together and it was so fun to see the boys playing well with their cousins!
I L.O.V.E.D getting to snuggle my 7-week old nephew!
And how adorable is my sis? Umm, hello, I never looked that good 7-week post baby. Heck, I never looked that good post-baby. Period!
Will also enjoyed snuggling with little JP.

We had to watch him pretty closely or it could have ended real bad. :/
So sad to say goodbye!
But look forward to our next meeting!
And hopefully lots of these!!
Love you, Aunt Lo-lo, Uncle Jolly, Mojo, and JP!! Thanks for squeezing us in for a visit!

Thursday, December 8, 2011


When Greg asked this guy...
to say one thing he liked about this guy...
He replied, "I like to tackle him!"
Not exactly what we were going for, but hey, it's progress!
Hmm... I wonder where he learned it!
Happy tackling, friends!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


We gave the boys a little hair trim last night.
They sat surprisingly still.
With a little help from the Berenstain Bears.

After a nice bath, we snuggled up in their Christmas jammies,
had a family devo on the meaning of Christmas,
and enjoyed the kids' tree in their room.

I wish we had more evenings like this one!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

O Tannenbaum!

How lovely are your branches!
Just wanted to post a few pictures of our boys since my blogging skills have been less than impressive lately.
And our Christmas tree. A couple pictures of our tree. :)
Love getting the house all ready for Christmas!
And now on to the boys...
Will was mad when I pulled him out of the tub tonight.
When they've splashed more water out of the tub than what's left in the tub, bath time is over. That's what happened tonight.
As you can see, our Will-boy was not a happy camper.
He recovered quite quickly.
I want to know whoever came up with the name "terrible twos"!
Umm, more like terrible threes! This child has been tough lately!
I'm thankful for the sweet moments he manages to squeeze in between temper tantrums.
Tonight he told me that "Jesus is my newborn King!"

Will post more regularly this week.

Monday, November 21, 2011


I swear I've seen this guy on the streets of NYC...

Cutest cowboy ever!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Christmas Cards!

Can't believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner!
Which means that Christmas will be here shortly thereafter!
Which also means that I better get my Christmas cards ordered!

I'm thinking our Christmas card will look something like this...

I will keep the inside a surprise :)
I liked the simplicity of this card.
And I wanted a card that incorporated a little red from the boys' shirts. :)
It allows me to put a picture on the outside, several on the inside, and one on the back :)
It also has room for a short message.
Years ago I started quoting lyrics from my favorite Christmas songs on our family Christmas card. And this year will be no different!
I can't wait to get these addressed and mailed.
I also can't wait to carry on old family traditions and start new ones with my little family this year.
I'm off to fine-tune our cards and get them ordered so I can get these puppies out before Christmas :)
Hope you are gearing up for the holidays at your home!
Thank you, Amanda from a.tonagel photography for taking our family pictures :)

Monday, October 31, 2011


Pro-We have beautiful color-changing trees in our backyard.
Con--We get TONS of leaves in our backyard.

We've spent half of every Saturday for the last few weeks raking and piling fallen leaves.
And I'm not a fan of raking leaves.
I am a fan of, however, my children finding joy in the outdoors.
And the fallen leaves have something to do with that joy.

Saturday, October 29, 2011


Our Will-boy hasn't been feeling too hot lately.
It's been a rough week.
I was so happy when I woke up and realized it was Saturday.
But then I realized I'm married to a basketball coach and that mean's he has to work on Saturday's. :(
It all started with a runny nose.
Then turned into a cough.
Then the flu.
Then the little guy fell and bit through his tongue (not fun!)
And now I can proudly say that he is on the mend.
Can you tell?

Goof balls.
Happy Saturday, friends!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fun and Frosties!

Have I mentioned that we have a live-in nanny?
Ok, not exactly a live-in nanny.
One of Greg's former student-managers is now an assistant coach for us and is living in our basement.
It has worked out great so far!
He's super easy to have around, he's clean and organized, AND he is beyond good with the boys!
He babysits one night a week for us so we can go out.
On Friday night he voluntarily took the boys golfing and to Wendy's for frosties.
They had an absolute blast.
I got to stay home for a couple hours and enjoy the quiet.
I had a blast too. :)

Could he take a bigger bite?
And Ethan himself wondering why I was snapping a picture of him.
Thanks "Uncle E" for being so fun to have around!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Brian Regan

Went to the Brian Regan comedy show a couple of weeks ago with this awesome couple.
It was a blast.
We ate at an Irish Pub in South Bend and walked straight over to the theatre.
We laughed so hard we cried!
We especially loved the material on marriage and children.
So funny and so true!
If you haven't checked out Brian Regan, you should!
He's goofy, hilarious and clean!
What else could you ask for in a comedian?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Brownies and flashlights!

Made brownies with the boys last night.
Obviously I let them lick the bowl.
And I may have had a few licks myself.

I didn't even tell them to hug.
I said "Ok boys, look at me and say 'brownies'!"
Jace looked at me and yelled "Brownies and flashlights!"
Thanks for the flashlights, Papa Hughie.

I'm off to make the boys some pancakes.
We do it up real healthy 'round here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


We headed to the pumpkin patch last week.
Just the three of us.
We usually make this an annual family outing, but since Greg's season seems to have snuck up on us rather quickly and our schedule has filled up with other things, we had to put the pumpkin patch on the back burner this year.
It actually worked out perfect. This way, we were able to go during the week and hardly had to compete with other kids to do the fun stuff! For example, there was a 10-minute limit on this awesome kid-energy-burner-thingy, but there was no one waiting in line so my kids got to jump for an hour straight (a mother's dream, right?).
We had a picnic, went on a couple tractor rides, jumped, fed donkeys and goats, enjoyed some pumpkin goodies, and finally, chose FIVE pumpkins to bring home.

A great time was had by all!
And as a bonus, they both passed out on the way home.
A rarity these days!
Love fall! Don't love that winter is coming! :(