These pictures were taken the morning after the kiss with the rocking chair!
These pictures were taken the morning after the kiss with the rocking chair!
Charlee's favorite song to sing is Numa Numa! Here is a short HYSTERICAL clip of Charlee singing in the car at the top of her lungs. It is so funny because she is totally off key and so loud! I love that she has no inhibitions and can always be herself! If you have never heard this song, it is in Romanian and if you want to hear the whole thing, go to youtube!
Once the makeover is done, I will show you the finished product!
Mike's first words about the matter:
However, since it has been a day and we have tried to look at the more positive side of things, I realize that this is what I was talking about....patriotism. This is our country, several of men and women have fought for my freedom. It is now our turn to sacrifice and serve our country.
I know I could sit around and have a pity party for myself, but what is that going to do me? I am going to be positive (as much as possible) and make the best of this situation. And, if I get all whiny and annoying, just tell me to SHUT UP because things could be a lot worse!!!
All I ask is for you to keep Mike in your prayers. He is going to a dangerous place and is going to need all the blessings he can get. Pray for him to always feel the presence of our Heavenly Father, that he will never feel alone. Send him emails and packages so that he knows we are all thinking of him and appreciate all he (and all the other soldiers) is doing for us and our country.
As for the kiddos, please keep them in your prayers also. They don't understand a whole lot about this world we live in, and are unable to grasp the concept as to why their Daddy has to leave again.
So, as for me....I'm A Soldier's Wife.....Again!!!
First off, I have to say that I have the BEST BABY ever. I can't explain how utterly sweet it is to have a tired baby who is ready for a nap and I just wrap him up like a burrito, lay him down, give him the pacifier, and he goes to sleep....ALL BY HIMSELF! No rocking, walking, bouncing, holding, whatever. He just goes to sleep. Man, I love it!!!
Second, how in the world do moms all over the world keep up on LAUNDRY? I swear I just get it all done, only to find the baskets are all FULL again. How does this happen? It truly boggles my mind and somewhat depresses me. How my mom did it with FIVE kids is beyond me. I can't keep up with the three I have. So if anyone has any solutions to my sad situation, please give my some guidance!
Third, I love to go grocery shopping and save LOTS and LOTS of money. I started this Grocery Smarts program, and I love it. I have been able to build up for food storage and save lots of money while doing so. Today I went to Albertson's and my total (before my savings) was $105.57, after all my coupons and savings, I only spent $41.27. HOW AWESOME IS THAT?
Fourth, some people feel that store bought Shampoo and Conditioner are just has nice for your hair than salon Shampoo and Conditioner. I must tell you all that you are sadly MISTAKEN! Salon hair products are so much better for your hair. I decided to try a new SALON hair product - thanks to Chelsey!!! I was using Biolage (which I love), but I swapped over to Pureology and I am now in love with this Shampoo and Conditioner. It is amazing what it does to my hair. Call me crazy, but it really does make a difference.
Why am I rambling on and on about nothing? Well, I warned ya in the title....!!!
Mike served in the Army for three years and I was excited the day his enlistment was OVER! It meant no more going away for long periods of time, having a husband and father at home again, no more worrying about being deployed to Iraq, etc. But tonight I was talking to my great friend Alicia - who we met while in the army. Her husband too, served his time and retired from the Army. However, a few weeks ago he received a letter demanding his return to deploy to Iraq for 12-15 months. Paul is now active duty army, and being shipped off to Iraq to serve our country.
We pray for your safe return Paul, we love you and our prayers are with you always!
I know these soldiers put their life on the line for us everyday, and for that I am truly grateful. I would like to remind everyone of the sacrifice that a soldiers family makes as well. The wives that remain home with the children, being both a mother and a father, THANK YOU! It is not an easy job being a mom, and having to do it alone is much harder. Not only do you have the stress of being a single parent, but you also have the constant stress of knowing that your spouse is in danger every minute of every day. Being a soldiers wife is not easy. So hang in there Alicia, I know you can do it! I don't mind listening to you vent and complain - whenever you need it, I am here! And, thank you for being strong enough to let your husband go serve so we at home can enjoy our freedom!
Since it is Thanksgiving time and the time to remember what we are thankful for, I would like to express my thanks to those serving our country, in all areas. Be it soldiers overseas, at war, and at home protecting us here...THANK YOU! I am grateful I live in a country where I have the freedom to believe in what I want, the freedom to raise my children how I see fit, and the freedom to love and honor my God, my Heavenly Father.
I tell you this because........
Tonight we are making our Christmas List's. I gave the kids a paper with their names on it, and decorated it all up so it was all Christmas Cute! (ya know, it's gotta be cute lookin').
Cooper - "I can't wait for Christmas. I am so excited to see what Santa is going to bring me."
Charlee - "I am on the naughty list....... Mom, is Santa going to bring me anything?"
Mom- "Maybe you had better write Santa a letter and tell him you are going to be SUPER good, and try and redeem yourself!"
Charlee- "But I am good sometimes mom."
Mom- "But you are mostly naughty Charlee."
Charlee- "Yeah, I know!!!" (with a little giggle)
Cooper- "I dunno Char, Santa has you on the naughty list and it is super hard to get off THAT list."
So, how mean am I for telling her she is on Santa's naughty list and she isn't getting anything from him this year?
Happy Halloween to everyone! I just love this day! I wait all month for it to come, and it is over, all to quickly. This year was so fun! Cooper was a MUMMY, Charlee was a NICE WITCH, and Griffin was a CANDY CORN! So cute.....!!!
My little Griffin man! I couldn't get a good picture of him with out the blasted pacifier in his mouth. Whatever keeps em' happy!
The Halloween Pumpkins! Last Sunday we had dinner at my parents house. Mike and I picked up some pumpkins and had each family carve a pumpkin. We had a great time together!
Here is Charlee and me, concentrating on the task at hand. Charlee picked out the face, and I got to carve it! We made Mike clean it out first. We didn't want any part of that! Jesse is in the background eating pumpkin seeds. He is trying to convince the kids they are yummy and they should eat them too. His feeble attempts failed, Charlee wasn't falling for it!
This would be Mike hard at work carving his and Cooper's pumpkin. Not quite sure where Cooper disappeared to? Ummmm....notice, it is light outside!
Here is Mike, still hard at work. It is getting much darker, but this time Cooper graced us with his presence for a picture. So nice of him, huh?
And finally, it is really dark outside! But, Mike and Cooper have completed the pumpkin. Isn't it great?
"Mom, are we done with our TRAVELS?"
What 1st grader says that? Are we done with our travels? You gotta be kidding me! Where do they hear this stuff?
Cooper is to funny!
In our family we love to celebrate birthdays! Here is Cooper blowing out the candles on his cake. It took him forever to make his wish, we had to encourage him to HURRY UP! We all wanted to eat the cupcakes!
In the morning, Cooper couldn't wait to get up and open his presents. Charlee and Griffin gave him some Star Wars figurines - which he loves! Mom and Dad gave him a few games for the Wii and a new Razor Scooter. He wanted a skateboard, but I think he is still to little for one!
After school Grandma and Grandpa came with a surprise! We made him go to his room and close his eyes (we didn't want to wrap it!) Finally, he was able to come out and see what it was. It was really funny, he opened his eyes and when his saw the box, he pretended to pass out on the couch. It was cute! My mom and I decided to go in together on this present, and we are glad we did. We couldn't get him to stop playing and it was way past his bedtime!
Here is the best Grandma in the world. We sure do love this woman! If it weren't for my mom, our family would be a mess! She is what keeps us all together. I love you mom, and I know that everyone else does too. Thanks for all you do for me and our family!
Cooper, Charlee, Ethan and Conner - they have so much fun together. Cooper decided that he wanted to have tin foil dinners for his birthday dinner. So, we had everyone put together their tin foil dinner and we cooked them outside in the fire pit. Actually, I think Mike, Victor, Scott and my Dad cooked every ones food. All of us girls stayed in the house and talked (we didn't want to smell like campfire....ewwww!) and the kids played outside.
Thanks everyone for celebrating the day with us. Cooper had a great day!
We want to thank all of our family and friends for being apart of this day. Also, as special thanks to Bob, Engor, Izeck, Hanna, Kallie & Macie - we are so glad your family drove all the way down here to join us. We loved being able to spend time with you all.
After sacrament meeting, we headed to my parents (who by the way, are the best parents anyone could ask for!) for a little dinner. I love having family dinner on Sunday's, it is the one day where we can all be together as a family. Thank you to all my family for spending this day with us. We enjoyed being with you and love you all.....and as Dad would say, I LOVE YOU MORE THAN YOU ALL LOVE ME!!!
Is this not adorable? I can hardly believe that Griffin will be two months old in a week. He has grown so much all ready. I love this little outfit and thought all my Ford buddies would appreciate it! Jared and his sweet wife Jamie at Dealer Collision Center gave this outfit to Griffin when he was born. I couldn't wait for him to fit in it, now I don't want him to outgrow it! Thanks for the great gift Jared & Jamie!
Griffin is smiling and laughing now...I just couldn't get him to cooperate when I was taking his picture. Little stinker!
Step 2 - Send Charlee down with Scotlyn. Is that truly safe? Mmmmm, I guess we get the "Mother's of the Year Award"
Cooper & Charlee some how managed to fall asleep, in the car, at the same time! On the other hand.....