Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween!

It's Halloween!

Maybe this Halloween you'd like to dress up like a chef
and decorate some spooky skeleton cookies

or maybe you'd like to dress up like a pumpkin 
 'cause you are a little pumkin

or maybe you'd like to set sail on the high seas
to capture your loot

or maybe you'd like to reminisce of Halloweens gone by
 I got you, Babe!
1999

Whatever your pleasure,

we hope you have a very HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

One year ago...

One year ago today, we were trying to wrap our shocked brains around this:


Today, our hearts are completely wrapped around this:

We ALL love you, Sweet Baby Maddox!


**Picture courtesy of C&A Photo & Design**

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Meet Elise!

Carson has a very special little girl in his kindergarten class.  
Her name is Elise, and she is a sweetheart!  

Elise is also a twin with her brother, Evan.  So, of course, we're extra partial to her!  
She has a very special story that I'd love to share with you!


Meet Elise Morgan, daughter of Brian and Wendy, twin sister to Evan, and big sister to Lauren. Elise was diagnosed with a malignant Medullary Brainstem Tumor on March 29, 2010.  

After an initial prognosis of just 6-18 months, Elise underwent 6 weeks of Radiation Therapy at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

Despite the odds, Elise's tumor shrunk nearly 25% and has shown no signs of growth for over one year!  Elise is currently symptom-free and is enjoying life as a typical kindergartener!


On Saturday, November 19, along with family, friends, and classmates, we want to honor Elise at the St. Jude Give Thanks. Walk.  St. Jude's is such an amazing children's hospital!

You can play a special part in this and support Elise's team, PRINCESS CUPCAKE!  Simply click on the link for more information!

You can also follow Elise's CaringBridge page to follow her story and leave their family some encouragement! 

We're praying that God would continue to work a miracle in Elise!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Random...

::Just heard the going rate for a babysitter for four kids is $18/hr.  Seriously?  At the risk of sounding like my mother, I use to babysit for $2/hr and thought I was really rollin' in the dough!  (she babysat for 25 cents/hr like 100 years ago and the people had a bear in a cage in the backyard...it was probably up hill both ways, too...just checking to see if you're reading, mom!)  Anybody really paying $18/hr for a sitter?


::Vanity.  Cody and I decided it would be a good time to have one of my front teeth internally whitened.  It had been 10 years and was getting embarrassingly gray.  The problem: the partial filling holding the whitener in keeps popping out.  Normally it would not be a big deal to run to the dentist for 20 minutes.  However, Maddox doesn't prefer his mama out of sight in a strange office.  So, with biceps of steel...errr jello...I suspend Maddox in the air: Superman style: the.entire.time. 


::The other day Carson said, "Hey mom, I know what ... means!  It means you really had a lot more words to say but felt kind and left them out!"  Boy, am I ever kind...


::Pinterest.  Need I say more?  Try these.  The blogger says they are like crack balls.  While I've never tried crack (I'm sure you're all relieved), they are seriously delicious, and we polished off a batch much faster than I'd like to admit.




So, what have you pinned lately?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Our Dapper Dude

Saturday, we had a crazy, busy line up of events.

McClain had a birthday party at 1:00. 

 Family pictures at 2:00.

McClain had another birthday party at 4:15. 

Cloe had a church bonfire at 6:00.

I had a dinner at 6:30.  

Plus we had to run to the mall to deal with our phones quickly.  

We pretty much just stayed on the go from 12:45 on...

Surprisingly, it was all going very well.  

We were staying on schedule--even Maddox was doing awesome--eating in the car, napping in his car seat, and just being a good happy baby.  

I fed Maddox at 4:15 while Cody took McClain into Chow's Gymnastics for his second birthday party.
Cody said all the kids yelled, "Hi McClain!" He seemed excited for another birthday party!
When Cody ran in to pick up McClain from the party at 5:45, it seemed to take them a really long time to come out to the car.

When they finally appeared, Cody got in and said, "Well, that was awkward.  I somehow dropped McClain off at the wrong birthday party!"  

McClain had gotten invited to a birthday party for a little girl from his class at school.
However, another little boy from his class also had a party going on at the same time (we didn't know this little fact).  
Cody said he wasn't for sure which room to take McClain, but when everyone started saying "Hi McClain!" in the first room, they just went in.  Cody said since they all knew McClain, he didn't even think twice about it being the wrong party. 
McClain didn't even notice he was at the wrong party until they were singing "Happy Birthday."
McClain told us he went to sing "Happy Birthday, dear Aya",
and everyone else sang "Happy Birthday, dear Mason".  

McClain didn't know what to do, so he just sat there quietly.  
(I'm sure he was wishing that he could somehow disappear!)

Soon it was time to open the gifts.  

It's really popular to have the gift-giver stand next to the birthday child while they open their gift.  
They had McClain go up front and stand next to Mason while he opened his gift...which was in a pink bag.
McClain said he acted very hesitant because he knew it was a girl gift.
He even tried to tell them the gift was for a girl, but they just encouraged him to go on up with his gift!
 Mason began to pull out the gift and tried to leave it in the bag when he saw it was girly.

However, McClain said all the adults encouraged him, "Pull it out!!! Let's see McClain's gift!" 
So he pulled it out:  a super girly, flowery shirt that said in large letters, "Flowers make me smile."  

McClain said it was then that everyone really laughed. 

Poor Mac! 
Cody came in shortly after that to pick up McClain.  
Cody was so embarrassed when McClain said, "Hey, you dropped me off at the wrong party!"  
He apologized profusely for leaving our son at a party to which he wasn't invited.  

The parents were really kind about it.  

Cody was able to get the girly gift to the right room and the little girl.  

Then he and McClain slunk to the car...the party crasher's walk of shame.

Mason's mom did send us a really nice email and encouraged us not to feel bad.  Her son really likes McClain and was glad he was there.  She actually thought they had invited McClain.

Still...so embarrassing!  

Today, when school was dismissed, we were there waiting with a boy gift.

We plan to double check the identity of the birthday person at all parties
.from.now.on.



Sunday, October 16, 2011

Winner!


 Drum roll please!

The winner of the $20 Shutterfly code is...
Congratulations!
 


Also...you may have read this comment:
Elizabeth said...OK, this is going to sound disgustingly suck-upy and pathetically pathetic, but I want to win becaaaaaaaause, I want it for my little nephew. Anything on the computer to keep him entertained for awhile will be great as he's in the hospital for the next 6 weeks. Without siblings! Without visitors! And with only pre-approved and completely sanitized items; he's got his computer approved, he loves pictures, etc :) Sooooo, if I am the lucky winner, I'm going to pay the love forward. 

Liz's nephew, Michael, was diagnosed with leukemia this summer.  This sweet boy is heading into a long stay at the hospital for a bone marrow transplant.  The coolest part is that his six year old brother is the bone marrow donor!  Love the awesome display of love by this little boy to his big brother!
We were so excited to have an extra $20 Shutterfly code that we could slip into the mail for Michael, too!  If you'd like to follow Michael's story, check out their family blog.   

Join us in praying for Michael!  We're trusting God to strengthen, protect, and heal this little boy!  Michael is able to check the comments on their blog, so leave him some encouragement!



You'll want to check back here tomorrow for possibly the funniest yet most horrifying thing to ever happen to us as parents!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Want to win???

Awhile back, I won this FABULOUS Beco Baby Carrier from the sweet Mama over at Savvy Little Women...and one little man.

It was a complete shock to win such a fun and practical item for baby and me!  I'm usually the person whining, "I never win anything!" 

When I got the winning message, there were squeals and giggles, texts and phone calls:  LOOK WHAT I WON!  Even more fun  was getting the special box in the mail, ripping it open, and trying on the new fancy-pants baby carrier!  I love it!

Winning something is just tons 'o fun!

Soooo, I have decided it is time to pass along some excitement and fun to one lucky reader of this here bloggy!

Our family loves photo books from Shutterfly(you probably already know this--I don't keep many secrets)

A Shutterfly photobook is a wanna-be scrapbooker's dream come true!  They are so easy to create!

Not only does Shutterfly have awesome photobooks, they also offer a lot of cool personalized items like aprons and mugs!

So, here's the deal:

I've got a $20 gift code for any purchase from Shutterfly.  (oooooooo...awwwww...)

To be entered to win, just leave me a comment and let me know what you would like to order from Shutterfly!

One lucky winner will be picked this Friday at 4:00 pm.  So, hurry up and leave a comment!

I'm thinking this picture might be *perfect* for my next apron!

P.S. Shutterfly has in no way compensated me for this post.  I wish...that would be so cool!  This $20 gift is just something special from our little family to one of you neato people.  I wonder how I could get Shutterfly to be a sponsor for my blog...hmmm...Shutterfly, are you feeling the love?  Contact me...

Friday, October 7, 2011


These kids 
melt.my.heart.


It probably comes as no surprise, Maddox is not lacking in the attention department!  He's the motivating factor in getting dressed quickly for school, in finishing dinner, in cleaning bedrooms, in completing homework...whatever the task, whenever it's finished, it's playtime with baby!  (and baby loves it!)

The kids are so determined to teach Maddox how to play peek-a-boo.  I'm not sure he's completely caught on--he smiles at them no matter what they're doing!

Speaking of peeking...nice transition, yes?

We tried this Rachael Ray crock-pot dinner recipe this week and loved it!  For her original recipe, click on the recipe name.  Here's our version...it was yummy!


No Peeking Peking Chicken

4 bone-in chicken hind quarters, skin discarded 
Salt and pepper 
3/4 cup chopped onion
4 cloves garlic, chopped 
1/4 cup soy sauce 
3 tbsp. honey 
1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger
 1/4 tsp. sesame oil 

1/4 c. chopped green onions, for garnish

Season the chicken with salt and pepper and place in a greased 6- to 7-qt. slow cooker.

In a small bowl, combine onion, the garlic, soy sauce, honey, ginger and sesame oil. Pour the mixture over the chicken, cover and cook on low heat until the chicken is tender  (6 hours).
Serve with the pan juices, basmati rice, and sprinkled with green onions.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

MADDOX

M - Magnificent Baby
A - Adorable Smiles
D - Double Chin
D - Delightful Squeals
O - Overjoyed Family
X - Excited Siblings

Happy THREE months, Maddox!
We love you!