Wednesday, June 27, 2012

meatball madness.

Meatball madness... yes, I've started calling my kids meatballs... no clue why... just funny to me!  They are all growing SO SO SO SO SO SO SO stinkin' fast!!!  I figured it would be fun to do a silly little update on each...

Gavin Arthur aka lover of baseball and hockey and wii aka mr sensitive aka prayer warrior!  Gav just had his last tball game on Saturday; he LOVED tball and is really sad about the season being over.  He's already talking about getting to play 'real' baseball next year and how he hopes he can get red cleats then too!  such a goof ball!  Gavin is a great big brother, although he does get annoyed with middle and little quite easily.  He definitely enjoys having his own personal space to play.  He asks me at least twice a day when he gets to go to kindergarten and if we can go shopping for a back pack!  He loves reading books and listening to music.  He tries to tell knock-knock jokes but hasn't quite figured them out yet - which makes them even funnier!!!  Gavin - I am very proud of the sweet boy you are... I adore your sensitivity, your laugh, your kindness and your super silly side!!!

Gabrielle Louise aka miss independent aka lover of baby dolls aka miss adventurous aka crazy girl!  My sweet Gabby, oh my gracious, she is a firecracker.  I will be totally honest here and say that I have no clue how to parent her.  She is way too smart for her age and is just a pickle sometimes.  She is so much fun but she doesn't listen at all, she just does whatever she wants to do!  Fear is certainly not a word she's aware of.  She's braver than I think I've ever been!  She's also a lover of sleeping in my bed with me...  I cannot figure out how to get her to sleep through the night in her bed.  Frustrating to say the least!  She has a blast playing with baby dolls and old cell phones.  It's so funny to hear her 'call' family members and ask if they're coming over to play and getting mad when they tell her 'no' - she's got a great sense of humor!  Gabrielle - I am still so thankful the Lord blessed me with a daughter!  You're not quite the sweet, shy, quiet little lady I was envisioning but I am SO glad He had other plans for our family.  You're one amazing little chic and I am so excited to see you grow!  I adore your nose, your laugh, your 'I love you too' and your energy!

Gage David aka bookworm aka lover of the slide aka mr chef aka bathtub hater!  Gage David is the greatest surprise a momma could ask for!  He's growing SO fast - I can't believe he's already just 3 months shy of his 2nd birthday.  Holy macaroni, I remember when he was just 2 hours old!  He is becoming quite the little pistol too... I guess he's following more in Gabby's footsteps than Gavin's!  Gage doesn't like to be told no and he is very quick to tell you no if you ask him to do something he's not all about at that moment.  Gage loves being read to and looking through books - he was even reading through the newspaper the other morning while we were eating breakfast!  He loves playing with Gabby and Gavin but doesn't always share that well.  His sister seems to get him into trouble a lot but he doesn't really seem to mind too much.  He loves playing baseball with Gavin and also tries hard to play hockey.  The dogs and cats are tired of him pulling their hair and their tails but he still pests them every chance he gets.  He's obsessed with his paci but I'm trying to find a good way to break that.  Gage David - You are my sweet little peanut butter boy!  I always have so much fun playing with you and it's so neat watching your imagination grow!  I adore the pretend 'dog dogs' you make me for dinner, your adorable curly blond hair, and how your chubby cheeks jiggle when you walk!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Dear Grammie,

Happy 89th Birthday!!!

I wonder if you’ll indulge in a piece of carrot cake today.. or maybe a slice of apple pie with some ice cream.. whatever it is I sure hope you enjoy it! :)  Words cannot express how much I miss you.  I think of you often, always with a smile and sometimes with tears.  Honestly, I am still not sure I’ve completely accepted the fact that you’re no longer here.  Sometimes I think to myself, ‘oh, wow, I haven’t seen Grammie in a little while, I need to get myself and the kiddos down there to visit.’  Then, almost immediately, I think, oh sugar – we can’t – she’s gone – that’s right – how could I forget. :(

But, I don’t want this birthday to be full of sadness and tears because I miss you so much.  I am going to focus on the incredible, irreplaceable, super special memories I have of you.  Like those toasty warm blankets at bedtime, your beautiful laugh, the sweet notes you’d pack in my lunch, watching Wheel of Fortune trying to guess the puzzles.. I could go on and on!!!

I love you very much Grammie and I am beyond grateful for the priceless memories I have.  I am also so thankful for the countless pictures I have of you!  [although, I do wish I had more of you and Gage together since you only got to meet him once and he’s fussy in the ones I do have.. but.. I can’t worry about that!]  Enjoy your birthday, have lots of fun, be wild and crazy (haha), make a great wish when you blow out your candles and remember to tell Johnny T. happy birthday for me too!

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Betty Louise Cundiff – 6.21.1923 – 1.9.2011

Monday, June 11, 2012

ice cream.

or ouce-cream for the Full House fans out there :)

gavin ice cream gabby and gage ice cream

We enjoyed heading up to Jim Mack’s for ice cream the other night.  The kids had a great time and Steven and I enjoyed ourselves too.  Steven had a large GIGANTIC banana split and I had a cone with vanilla ice cream and rainbow sprinkles, just like I used to get when I was a little girl and would get ice cream down the street with my dad :)  Gavin absolutely loves ice cream but middle and little don’t really seem all that interested in it.  Don’t worry… I’ve done a good job at making sure their ice cream doesn’t go to waste! (so much for my ‘diet’)

gabby ice cream

I love the little yellow sprinkle hanging out on her chin ;)

Friday, June 8, 2012

Thankful Thursday. [on Friday!]

So... I've really neglected this thing lately, for many reasons.  There have been a lot of changes and hiccups happening around here recently and I haven't really had much desire (or time or energy) to blog.  BUT... I realize I need to get back into it, for my children especially.  I want them to be able to, in 10-20 years, look through this blog and be proud of themselves and proud of me.

Without further ado... my Thankful Thursday list one day late because that's how I roll :) (in words and pictures - but unfortunately separate because my blooger is acting up and I don't have the patience to make it all pretty and perfect!) 
  • I am thankful for curly hair and long eyelashes! (love you Gage David!)
  • I am thankful for family time watching Gavin's tball team walk in our local Memorial Day parade!
  • I am SO THANKFUL for all the men and women (past, present and future) who serve our country; your bravery and sacrifice blow me away. 
  • I am thankful for beautiful weddings!!!
  • I am thankful for my gorgeous nieces and nephews and special family time!
  • I am thankful that I live in the country and can appreciate God's beautiful creations every single day. 
  • I am thankful for my husband and his daily drive to provide for me and our kids.
  • I am thankful for the simple things in life, like fruit, a sweet baby doll, a flower, an ice cream cone, a funny picture of my children, a pretty cloud, a sweet card or a funny joke.
  • I am thankful for my job, my inspiring clients and my supportive and amazing coworkers.
  • I am thankful for my health and the health of my children.

      Thursday, June 7, 2012


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      So thankful for my new camera and my strong faith… two things that have been helping me through a lot of ‘stuff’ lately.  (more things I’m thankful for coming tomorrow!)