Saturday, August 31, 2013

photo books 

Every Easter the kids get a photo book 
the book contains all the pictures of the year before
I started this about 4 years ago and they loved it.  
They would like me to go back and make some from when they were born as well.
    I am not a scrap booking person but I love these
My kiddos are not into what the book looks like at all, they just love and want all the pictures
When they look at them they all get so sad because they know they are growing up 
They all want to stay small
I wanted the same thing when I was little too
never wanted to get older

I make our books through Shutterfly 
I download the pictures continually and then work on every kids book once a month 
this way I stay on top of it
At Easter they have so many sales and coupons you are usually able to get 2 or 3 books free
It is an awesome gift for 
and can be really cheap if you watch for sales..

Friday, August 23, 2013

Pudding day
every year we have a pudding war to see who can get the messiest and have the most fun
Each kiddo gets one box of pudding and they have free range
Most of them like to eat a little first

We had so much fun
we had a neighbor girl join us to
Next up...whip cream

I  will be taking a break from blogging next week
so I can get all my homeschooling stuff ready 
and make sure we are ready to go
We are super duper excited!
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

my dad gave this little man an oreo for the first time

                                                            can you tell he loved it

we have been having lincoln log/lego battles gallore
Jeremiah got these as a gift last year and the kiddos love them

they love to read to him but Gabe is not so sure about sitting there and listening

love this girls' style
believe it or not this was my old shirt from high school
some how I fit into it

                                                             can you tell this girl  love's the dirt

we went to my brother's house a few hours away for a birthday party
and the kiddos loved his pool

                                                    Does this Batmobile rock or what!!

wrestling in the pool always leads to some kind of argument

Gabe loves his little pool and
of course the kiddos just love when he's naked

I love my life!

Monday, August 19, 2013


Wow... the kiddos and I had the chance of being the recipients of a random act of kindness and it totally broke me...
I have never been on the receiving end of a random act of kindness
When Grandma Mimi and Papa Julio were here we made a trip to Best Buy for some things 
Julio stayed in the car with all of the kiddos and the ladies went in.
As we came back out into the parking lot I noticed Julio outside of the mini van talking to 2 young men
low and behold
they informed us we had a flat tire
Seriously...I was thinking I could just fly over to the gas station and get it filled
but it wasn't happening
it was completely flat
So of course we were in a hurry to get home because I was supposed to be going to the Dr. with Dave
these 2 men jumped in and got that thing changed in no time at all. 
We just had to find out where everything was located on my van
It was hot outside and they wouldn't take any money for it
I was just shocked how they just appeared out of nowhere and went to town doing this for little old me
I would of had no clue how to do any of this.
thankfully the kiddos were great while they waited and they were so happy that we were just blessed by 2 awesome angels
Thank you so very much!

"Love in action is service" 

God is an awesome God!

Friday, August 16, 2013

"He tends his flock like a shepherd:  He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young." (Isaiah 40:11)

keeping busy with play dates , baking, hanging out with family, schooling a few kiddos already  because they couldn't wait any longer...they wanted to start
hanging out enjoying these last few days before we go into school full force
I love my life and am so blessed to be married to such a wonderful man!

Monday, August 12, 2013

We took one nice camping trip to Door County
It rocked
we had so much fin hanging out
nice weather and lots of fun memories
Gabe did not like his bike helmet 
every time we went for a ride the poor guy got a head full of dirt

               the kiddos love to leave notes of encouragement for whomever passes by

                                                                this is our campsite

        these 2 little rascals love playing in this and making anything with rocks, dirt and water

                                          Gabe likes the tent as much as the big boys do.  
                                                            they loved sleeping in there. 
                                             thanks for the awesome gift Auntie Annie

                                                    the  cage worked great for Gabe
                               I never owned one of these things with the other kiddos
                                       he was constantly trying to eat rocks and sticks

                                   Making name pancakes for the kiddos with M & M's in.
                                       My dad always made these minus the chocolate

their favorite place
Sister Bay

                                                        I love that my handsome grey
                                                  haired husband can still do back flips!

these kiddos love to help

going for some nature walks

I am not sure what is going on here....

 too much swimming for this kid

 his riding buddy on the long hauls

Olivia's added touch

testing out the dirt here in Door County

Papa and Nanee came for the day

We dig s'mores and camping!
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