Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sunday, June 17, 2012


Happy Father's Day!
I am grateful for MANY fathers today. First to Mike who has provided our family with:



SEVEN Fantastic years of Fatherhood
{Papa Zeke} 

Paul has given me years of hard work, patience and prayer as he worked to raise my Mike. He continues to be an exemplary father and grandfather.

 My Dad, another Paul, is of course who I am most grateful for on Father's Day. He has always been my biggest fan and supporter. He faithfully calls me, gently gives advice and is truly a 'grampster'.

{Grand Fathers}
Grandpa McKean, and example of leadership 
Grandpa Ray, my favorite sense of humor 
Grandpa Lowell, a fantastic listener
Papa Campbell, unconditional love

Monday, April 2, 2012

Tia, what is that smell in your kitchen?

To answer your question, it's parsley. Exciting, right? Not so much?

I tore out the winter garden on Saturday, my mom helped us put it in last conference. Anyway, we needed room for the pumpkins (from mom's donated seeds). We probably planted 8 or 9 seeds in a 4 x 3 box. If they all survive we are going to have to find some friends to take a vine, we won't have enough room. But I am happy to have the vines spill out of the box and into that end of the yard anyway. So I filled 4 pots with parsley transplants, gave 2 pots away and dried what was left. Well, what I had patience to cut, wash and dry that is. All that work and I've got about 3/4 of my mason jar full of parsley smelling parsley. I'd say it is a success.

For those still reading . . . we also planted watermelon, sweet corn, 2 tomato plants and a red and a yellow pepper plant. I left some carrots and onions in the ground to use as we need them, which will need to be before the watermelon and pumpkins take over!

Grand success of this winter's garden: Snow peas. None really made it into the house, which was my intention, but we would frequently go out with the kids to munch on them as they were freshly picked.

Monday, October 31, 2011

to My Love

On this special day:

I just wanted to let Mike know that I am thinking about him.


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday Morning Photo Shoot & Kiddo Update

She's six now, lost her first tooth and has to do homework each afternoon. Please, make time stop. She is growing up quick, but in a lot of ways she hasn't changed. She still laughs easily, giggles like a maniac at her own jokes, talks without stop some days, loves making friends (even if she cannot remember their names), and she tries to watch out for others.

Notice the missing tooth? She let me pull it out. I love doing stuff like that.

I guess this picture could be considered an out-take, but I've seen this face enough times to know that it was no accident.

{Asa Base}
My sweet rascal boy. He is a charmer with his big blue eyes and a smile that seems to take over his entire face. But don't let him fool you, he takes a real delight in mischief every once in a while, especially if it involves getting Anna's attention.
Mike says he told him to say "I love Mommy" and that this picture was the result. This boy melts my heart. He really does have me wrapped around his little finger most days.

Kai has proven to be his own self. Not to be confused with any other of my babies. He has been the most content, the most independent and curious. He'd rather be scooting around on the floor (no crawling for this guy) than in my arms. He'd rather eat table food than any puree I have tried. He had 8 teeth by 9 months no more hair than when he was born.
This is is scrunch nose stink face. I get this face constantly. Sometimes he makes it in displeasure (as seen here), sometimes he does the scrunch with a grin. With the grin I think it looks like Elvis when he curled his lip up.

Tickle fight and Kai is done with pictures.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Here is your present from me.

I love you and miss you!!!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

I'm Baack!

After an unacceptably long absence from my blog I am back and ready to update this thing. Be prepared for an embarrassingly large amount of pictures of my kids and vague details about the last 4 1/2 months!
* Being OCD about chronology, I have post-dated my posts. Scroll down and enjoy!