five years ago...

...this little bundle of joy arrived.

happy birthday joshua!


more pictures soon to follow...


may 14th: bloggers without make up day

Yes folks, it is "Bloggers Without Makeup Day" and in honor of this, here is my naked face (which shouldn't come as a shock to many of you since most of the time, like 99% of the time, I am too lazy busy to get around to putting on makeup) completely un-photoshopped...you have no idea how much i hate that red spot/bump under my eye...and it's OH-SO-EASY to make it go away in photoshop...but alas, i wanted to stay true to the idea of the day.   For more information on where this idea came from, check out the Mummy Mayhem blog...I love the idea because I think alot of bloggers only show the "good stuff" and we as women are sometimes left feeling like we will never live up to what "those" women are like...
to that I say, "POO-POO!" we are ALL beautiful! :)


i scream, you scream, we all scream for...

ICE CREAM!  Yes, the boys have been a bit spoiled lately because while I'm off doing my Census work, the Ice Cream Truck has made its way over to our street and Brad has indulged them with sweet treats... 

Jakob is collecting these lids b/c he wants the free t-shirt..

I love that Joshy shared a lick of his Batmansicle with Drew...now THAT'S brotherly love...!

There is much, M U C H more to update about but alas, no time. Hopefully I'll get 'round to it eventually...

Till then...know we love you...know we are still reading YOUR updates...and love to see pics of what y'all have been up to...


happy mama's day

The Girl I Used to Be
Author Unknown

She came tonight as I sat alone,

the girl I used to be,

And she gazed at me with her earnest eyes,

and questioned reproachfully,

Have you forgotten the many plans,

and hopes I had for you?

The great career,

the splendid fame,

all the wonderful things to do?

Where is the mansion of stately height,

with all of its gardens rare?

The silken robes that I dreamed for you,

and the shining jewels in your hair?

And as she spoke,
I was very sad,

for I wanted her pleased with me,

This slender girl from the shadowy past,

the girl I used to be.

So gently rising,

I took her hand and guided her up the stairs,

Where peacefully sleeping,

my babies lay, innocent, sweet and fair,

And I told her that these are my only gems,

and precious they are to me,

That silken robe is my motherhood,

of costly simplicity,

And my mansion of stately height is love,

and the only career I know,

Is serving each day in these sheltered walls,

for the dear ones who come and go,

And as I spoke to my shadowy guest,

she smiled through her tears at me,

And I saw the woman that I am now,

pleased the girl that I used to be!