Wednesday, June 11, 2014


I haven't blogged in a while, but hopefully now that Summer is here, I can get caught up...but I'm sure they will all be short and sweet.   I'll start with Softball.  Bailey gets better every year and this year I was really excited when the Coach asked her to be the catcher.  It also caused us both a little stress because this was the first time she had a really important job to do where all eyes would be on her several times throughout each game, but she really enjoyed it. 

She also liked the group of girls that she got to play with. 

and her two favorite coaches....
The Season was filled with fun, drama, laughter, tears, learning, great games and not so great games.....and of course at the end of it, there was a PARTY!!!!



I'm proud of You Bailey girl!!!!
  You learned a lot this season and you put it to good use!
I will always be your BIGGEST FAN!!!
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Let's play Ball!

 It's that time of year again!  The time of year where we have somewhere to be almost everyday after School.  The time of year where homework is rushed, bedtimes are compromised and Saturdays are planned around what time the games start.  I actually love baseball/softball season.  I love the feeling of being at the ballpark.  I love it even more when Kinley cooperates with me.  Oh wait, that never happens.  She is usually all over the place and I have to keep one eye on her and one eye on the game.   Women really should be equipped with eyes in the back of their head.  It would make life so much easier. 

One minute she's on the concrete refusing to move.....

and the next minute she's climbing the fence....

They had a dancing taco as entertainment on opening day.  The kids seemed to really love it.

Bailey's softball team. 

Aren't these little guys cute!
When I asked them to make funny faces, one of the Coaches said, "This isn't Softball!"  REALLY!!!!!
I didn't know you had to be a girl to make a funny face!


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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

It's the little things..

I found this one day last year and just found it again under a bunch of papers hanging on the fridge.  I figured I would post it on my blog for safe keeping.  Hopefully one day I will make this blog into a book for the kids and this will be something fun for Colton to look back on.  


     Just in case you forget...Big Blue and Big Red are your favorite drinks, chicken is your most favorite food and you love wearing your GMC Covert Hat :)

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Before I was a Mom

Dear Colton, Bailey & Kinley,

   I saw this and wanted to share it with you, and then I decided I needed to write my own version of  "Before I was a Mom" just for you. 

Before I was a Mom
I never thought about how much worry I would feel when you stepped on the School Bus.
I never felt the real fear of  losing someone in the store.
I never knew the real comfort of holding a sleeping child.
I never felt the joy of a sleepy child  just waking up and coming into the living room and lighting up when they saw me.
I never knew how nice it was to go to the grocery store alone.
I never thought I would say, "Quit sticking your fingers in your mouth!"  'That's how People get sick!"
I never thought I would say, "You can't take your clothes off in a Restaurant!"
I never realized how much I would be relied on.
I use to say, "I would never let my child act that way!"  Now I understand what picking your battles means.
I never understood what endless laundry meant.
I never realized that not all kids like Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches.
I never knew how emotional it would be to drop someone off for their first day of Kindergarten.
I never realized how fast time would fly.
I never rocked a baby and cried because I felt so blessed.
I never rocked a baby and cried because I was so tired and just wanted them to go to sleep.
I never felt the excitement of hearing a child read for the first time.
I never thought about how many times I would say "Stop picking your nose!"
I never danced to the theme song of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
I never carried a camera everywhere I went.
I never realized how imaginative kids were.
I never realized how much more there was to learn about life.
I never truly felt the joy of a child's laughter.
I never thought I could LOVE someone so much!!!!!
I really could go on for days, but I'll stop here.
I am so proud to be your Mommy and want the very best for you.
I love you to the Moon and back!
Love,  Mommy

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

The "Griswolds" Family Christmas!

This year we had Christmas with my family the weekend before Christmas.  It always seems like such a quick trip.  We got there Friday night, had Christmas Saturday and left Sunday Morning. 
My Sister and her husband decided to go with a tiny tree this year, but we made do :)

 O.k. so in no real order.......

For Lunch my Mom wanted to have Sloppy Joes.  As usual, they weren't being prepared to Greg's satisfaction, so as expected, he took over.

 I attempted to take a picture of the three older kids with Giselle, but as you can see it didn't exactly work out.  Somehow, Corbyn, Colton and Giselle were looking in three different directions and not one of those directions were at me.....Bailey is looking at the back of Conner's head because right before I took the picture he decided to be a photo bomber :)  At least he's a cute photo bomber!

 When it came time to open presents, Kinley wanted no part of it and rebelled by stripping off her clothes.  It's one of her things she does when she gets mad! I really don't understand this child and her actions a lot of the time, but she is who she is and I love her to pieces....weird quirks and all!

My nephew Conner on the other hand is as sweet as they come.  Here he is trying out his new ride.

I'm happy to say that I will never again have to hear, "I REALLY HOPE SOMEONE GETS ME A RAINBOW LOOM FOR CHRISTMAS!" 

 There are really no words.

As you can see, we got a pretty cute picture of my Mom and Dad with all of their Grandkids.  Kinley usually tries to make sure this doesn't happen.  I pretty much forced her into this picture. (Did you notice she's a tad bit taller than the rest of the kids)  I was holding her up and tickling her all while trying to keep my face hidden.  I guess you could say I'm a multi tasker!  Side note:  Greg has always called my family "The Griswolds", so when we saw these shirts we had to have them.  This is the one time of the year that I FORCE Greg to wear something he doesn't want to.  I may or may not have tried to guilt him into it by reminding him that my Mom had spent good money on these shirts and he was going to wear it!  He's not exactly a "I want to match everyone in the Family" kind of guy.   

Bailey and the Sweetest Dog on EARTH!!!!  I kind of feel bad calling her a dog because she thinks she human and pretty much acts like she is too.

Teri and Jeri

Conner, his finger and his finger's favorite resting spot.

Kinley eventually let me put clothes back on her and my Dad eased his way towards her so I could try and get a picture.  This will just have to do.  I didn't want to push it by actually asking her to look at me and smile. 

Greg thought he was being clever by pretending to watch TV when he was actually napping.  I knew when he pulled up that high chair and his feet went up that it wouldn't be long.  Of course the snoring gave it away too :)  His bald head looks so weird from this angle.  I should have at least drawn a smiley face or a target on it or something.

We spent the whole day just hanging out, trying to make bracelets with Bailey's new rainbow loom (which by the way is a lot harder than I expected), playing games, watching TV and eating.....and in Greg's case napping! 

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!!!!

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas Pictures 2014

The time of year has come where my kids have to get dressed in their Christmas attire and smile for the camera like they're actually enjoying it, when we all know that they are not.  There are so many ideas for Christmas pictures on Pinterest,  that I decided to scope it out and see if I could come up with something cute that the kids might actually have fun doing.  I came across a picture with a Mommy and Daddy tied up in Christmas Lights and the kids were on the other end of the cord looking like they're the ones who had tied them up.  I thought I would change it up a little and wrap the lights around my two older ones and let my three year old be the villain.  I thought they would all have fun with it and I might actually get some cute pictures out of it.  BOY WAS I WRONG!!!!  My three year old wouldn't even participate and Colton and Bailey were not thrilled with the idea either.  So, with that being said here are the pictures that will not be making the Christmas card this year.

The lights we were going to use went out and Kinley was hiding so I told Colton and Bailey that I wanted to take some practice pictures and have everything in place before we brought Kinley into the mix and brought in more lights.

I told them to try looking like they were surprised to be tied up. 
Colton ended up looking like the kid from Home Alone and Bailey....well in her defense she did have a tooth pulled that day, but was was perfectly fine until I asked them to take pictures.

Colton and Bailey were getting a little better, but my hopes of getting a decent picture with all three kids were quickly diminishing since I could hear Kinley in the hallway yelling, "I'M NOT TAKING A PICTURE", and Greg is sitting in his recliner saying, "Let's just do this on Saturday when everybody is in a better mood."  I'm sure it had nothing to do with the fact that he was trying to watch football and this had become a distraction for him.
Needless to say, these will not be making the cut.  As a matter of fact, I went to bed that night and gave myself a mental pity party and pretty much had myself talked into not doing Christmas cards at all.
 Moving on to the weekend.....There was no talk of Christmas card pictures on Saturday, mainly because I didn't have the energy to deal with it.  I wasn't even sure I wanted to deal with it at ALL!
Sunday evening I decided I would give it one more try, but this time I would try a different approach.  It went something like this....ME:  "Kinley, do you want to go sit in a tree in the back yard?"  KINLEY:  "Sure Mommy!"  ME:  "It's a little cold outside, so we need to get you dressed."
KINLEY:  "O.K. Mommy"  ME:  (thinking this might just work)  I tell Colton and Bailey to get dressed and meet me outside which they reluctantly do.  On the way to the backdoor I decide to try and get a picture of Kinley standing in front of the tree.

Enough Said!
She LOVED being in the tree.

 Greg came out to see if I needed any help making her smile.
She didn't know it in this picture, but he had one of the biggest grasshoppers I've ever seen on his back.  He picked it up out of the yard and put it on his back in hopes of entertaining her and making her laugh.

 Why didn't I think of this tree thing sooner?
Colton and Bailey came outside so I took a few group shots.


Greg suggested that we sit Kinley on the riding lawn mower and have Colton and Bailey sit in the trailer and take their picture.  I then suggested that if the riding lawn mower was a Great Big Tractor that would be a Great idea.  Sorry, I really don't want to send out Christmas cards with my kids sitting on a lawn mower...but that's just me.  The kids climbed on anyway so I figured it wouldn't hurt to take their picture.  Kinley was on the lawn mower seat, Colton and Bailey were in the trailer and remember that HUGE grasshopper I mentioned earlier?  Well, he was on the lawn mower hitch.  I was getting ready to start taking pictures when Kinley turned around, picked up the HUGE grasshopper and threw it into the trailer with Colton and Bailey.  Before I knew what was happening, Bailey jumped out of the trailer and landed belly flop style on the ground.  Colton didn't hesitate to laugh at her and Kinley didn't know what to think.

They decided the lawn mower wasn't such a great idea.
Colton wanted me to take a picture of him chopping wood.  We compromised and he just stood by the wood pile while I took his picture.

 and then Kinley decided she would pose by the wood pile too.

Meanwhile, Bailey was climbing a different tree and getting in position to have her picture taken.

Colton and Kinley decided climbing the tree was a good idea and joined in.

It was a little hard getting them all into place and comfortable enough to sit and smile for a picture.

 but we managed to get it done.

After Kinley decided she didn't want to be in the tree anymore, a miracle happened. 
Colton and Bailey actually agreed to take a picture together and Colton didn't even freak out when Bailey touched him. 

During all of this Greg had gone in the house to watch a little football, but came back out right as I was finishing up with the kids.  I took this opportunity to get some pictures of them together.  Again, Kinley would not agree to posing for another picture.
By this picture, you would think that Greg had a head full of hair.
I hadn't planned on being in any pictures especially since I was in my warm pajamas, had no make up on and my hair was a mess, but at the last minute I decided differently.  It was getting close to dark and when I told Greg my plan, his response was "It will be dark before you can get yourself dressed and ready for any pictures."  He thought he was home free until I ran in the house, slapped on some make up, ran a brush through my hair and dressed myself from the waist up and was back outside just in time to get a few shots before the sun went down.

Colton and Bailey took turns taking our picture and we did manage to get Kinley to take a couple with us.  
 This picture had the potential of being a good one if Colton wouldn't have been standing behind Greg with deer antlers. 

I couldn't take a picture with Kinley and not with Colton and Bailey, so here we are.
  I have officially survived another year of Christmas pictures.
Next year I think I will just hire a professional........even though I think I said that last year too and possibly the year before that.

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