My sister sent me this video and I'm sure many of you have seen it, but if you haven't, please take the time to watch it. It is by the mother of a sweet 6-year-old girl who lost her life in the Sandy Hook tragedy last year. In such a busy season when the days can often be long with my kiddos, it just put things into perspective for me. Her faith is inspiring and she speaks so much truth in this little clip. If you're not at a place where you can do the ugly cry, you might wait to watch. :) I am so incredibly thankful for God's gracious love to carry us through life!
December 11, 2013
December 10, 2013
Well I think it's safe to say I'm officially on a roll...this is my second blog post in December! Already doubled my production from last month. Things are looking up friends. ;) Thought I'd share a few random things today...seems to be what I'm best at anyway. (randomness, that is)
1. You know it's my favorite time of year for many reasons - one of which is getting Christmas cards in the mail! I saw Megan display her Christmas cards like this last year and filed that idea away for this year. It's sad how excited I was to try this, but I really really love it! My kitchen is so cheery and I can easily see all the cards instead of picking them up for the thousandth time from being dropped in the depths of my stretched out Christmas card wreath. I just used packing tape to secure the ribbon to the top and bottom inside of the cabinet, and clipped the cards on with smaller clothespins.
2. While I'm super excited about my new Christmas card display, I'm even MORE excited about the opportunity to try out the Reverse line by Rodan + Fields! I was thrilled when Meghan asked me if I'd be interested in doing so because I've heard so many great things about it, and I desperately need something to help with all those misspent years in the tanning bed and lathered in baby oil at the lake. I took some before pictures that I am not brave enough to share just yet, but plan to post at the end of 60 days. Nervous already thinking about it. ;) If you are interested in Rodan + Fields, feel free to contact Meghan at email@example.com - she has been so incredibly helpful getting me started and would love to do the same for you.
3. So my niece Gabi ran into a pole the other day while she was walking into her school and looking down at her phone texting. Being the good sport she is, she went to her principal and asked him to pull the surveillance camera from the parking lot to see if you could see it. And it's our lucky day - you SURE can! ;) I have probably watched this 100 times and still laugh hysterically. What is it about people hurting themselves that is so funny?! Regardless, this is a must watch. It will definitely brighten your day. And Gabs, hope your headache has gone away! Thanks for letting us laugh
at with you.
4. Yesterday I took pictures for Candice to use on her Christmas card. We thought we'd just snap a few real quick of just her kids, but then I had Candice get in some too. Wouldn't you know that Manny and Maeva then decided they HAD to be in the pictures too. The children who never want to be photographed were front and center.
This picture cracks me up. Manny was really working the photo bomb, and Jas and Judson were kind of done too. It was chaos at it's finest and I was laughing so hard I couldn't breathe!
So that's about it for today! Writing this has made me realize how much I've missed writing, even about little random stuff like this. Maybe I'll even be back for a 3rd time in December. Such an over-achiever. ;)
December 9, 2013
Well our big winter storm did not disappoint, and turned out to be everything they said it would be! We ended up with some nasty ice and pretty snow. Of course we had to get out and play in it. It was FREEZING but so much fun! I couldn't resist and ate some snow collected in a bowl. The taste instantly took me right back to my childhood...the good ole' days. :)
Finally Patrick pegged him when he wasn't looking.
Then he wanted Patrick to do it over and over and over again. :)
It was a super fun day and I'm so thankful to have healthy kiddos to enjoy simple moments like this with. And I'm also glad Patrick got some good pictures of us! He's getting better about picking up my camera if it's sitting there and snapping a pic or two. :)