Thursday, April 29, 2010


It has been a year of firsts.
First breaths.

First tantrums.

First smiles.

First friends.

First "walks."

First staring contests.

Firsts foods.

First teeth.

First fevers.

First holidays.

First National Championship games.


okay, I am not really sure what this is. Maybe the first time Mommy realized life with boys is a whole different ball game!

Happy First Birthday, John!

We love you!

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There are worse places to be stranded.

Have you ever noticed how those relaxing vacations can tend to totally wear you out?

I just came back from the most exhausting relaxing vacation ever!

Don't get me wrong, Brad and I had a wonderful time in the Bahamas! And for 99% of the time, I did nothing more taxing than turn the page of my book as I lounged by the pool.

During that other 1%, I did venture down to the beach with my husband (I was trying to be a good wife and I have heard that "shared activity" is important to men. Whatever.)

We took out a kayak and then went "snorkeling." I say snorkeling with air quotes because when you are in only 3 feet of water, with one foot fin planted firmly on the ground and simply bending over to observe the fish below, I don't think it really counts as snorkeling. Just sayin'.
But mostly, I just stayed by the pool, reading my three books.

Brad joined me some,

but he prefers to be busy so he spent his time snorkeling (for real), windsurfing and scuba diving.

He did get to scuba dive in the real ocean, but first he had to practice in the pool.

The exhausting part of the vacation came the last day as we were checking out. We handed over our room key, only to immediately overhear the guy next to us say something about all flights being grounded in Miami due to the weather?


That would have been good information to have before we surrendered our room key! Subsequently, we had to spend the next 2 hours (along with 30 other guests not getting off the island) being shuffled around into new rooms. Which they charged us each $300 for. Nice, considering there were no other options on the island.

So we eventually make it back to someone else's our room and hang out (since it has started pouring down rain) until dinner. During dinner, the concierge brought us a printed flight confirmation stating that we would be leaving on the 5:15pm flight the following day.
So the next morning, thinking we had all day to lounge around the resort, we slept in and went to breakfast around 9am. When we returned to our room shortly before 10, the phone was ringing. It was the concierge calling to tell us that our flight is leaving at 11am and that the shuttle was waiting to take us to the airport!
We threw our stuff back into the suitcase and raced to the airport...only to find that the plane was not there!
So I am frantically calculating just how late the plane can be and still get to Miami in time to make our connecting flight, when the plane finally shows up. We make it to Miami with plenty of time...and then sit on the runway for half an hour.
We ended up making it through customs and to our gate with just enough time to go to the bathroom (thank goodness) and get on the plane.
I have never been so glad to come home from a vacation before...even to three whiny kids intent upon punishing me for leaving them in the first place!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I'm leaving on a jet plane...

I am jumping on one of these

with this hot guy

and spending a few days here.

We may or may not come back...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Livin' On A Prayer

Saturday night I got to hang out with two of my best friends and listen to the BEST concert I have ever been to!
Prior to the show, Emily, Cyndi and I went down to Channelside to listen to a Bon Jovi cover band, Slippery When Wet.
Don't we look hot in our cool tshirts? And doesn't the cover band lead singer look eerily like the real Jon Bon Jovi?
As good as the cover band was though, it was nothing compared to the real thing!
Jon and Richie played all my favorite songs! (And a few I didn't know...Em got on to me for not listening to their new cd beforehand.)
Anyways, I sang along at the top of my voice all night long, and when I didn't know the words I just screamed like a tweenage girl that has just spotted Justin Beiber.
It was so fun!! I love when she comes to town!
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Monday, April 19, 2010

Beth Moore Conference 2010

I just had the BEST weekend!

Em came back to see me and we went to the Beth Moore Conference at my church and to see Bon Jovi in concert. But more about Bon Jovi later. This post is all about Beth Moore!

Beth (she and I are on a first name basis now) is amazing, amazing, a-MAZING!

The conference started Friday night and before she got into our bible study topic, she spent about twenty minutes just talking to us. Now, if you are anything like me and one of your primary goals is to have Beth get right in your face and say "can I get an amen, sister?" or sit on your lap or give you a hug and tell a room of 5000 women that you are the cutest thing she has ever seen, I have a few tips for you that will help you achieve your goal:

  1. Sit on the end seat of your pew and don't be afraid of the last row, as she does walk laps around the sanctuary.
  2. Avoid the balcony.
  3. WRITE HER A LETTER AND MENTION THE EVENT YOU ARE ATTENDING!! This one was so obvious, I can't believe I didn't do it. She called out several names of ladies that had written to her from our event.
  4. Write her a card, mentioning her keen fashion sense. (That girl got a hug.)
  5. Sit on the front row and be 9 months pregnant. (That cute girl also got a hug.)
  6. Have a Hungarian accent. (Or be the one that invited the girl with the accent. You will both get hugs.)
  7. Be sitting right in front of Beth when she says something so funny that she cracks herself up!

Unfortunately, I met none of the above criteria, but I will be prepared for next time!

Now on to the good stuff.

Our topic for the weekend was family. Specifically, our families of origin and what Christ's plan for the family looks like. I have over 4 pages of notes, but it is just way too much to share it all in a blog post so I am just going to give a general outline. My outline will in no way give justice to just how incredible her teaching on the subject was!

We started in 2 Timothy 3:1-5. She then pointed us to the phrase in v. 3 "without love." The Hebrew word translated to "without love" is "astorgos" which means: without natural affections, the lacking of familial attachment, a hard-heartedness towards family members.

This verse was the jumping off point for the rest of the bible study. She defined family as: a consistent group of multi-generational people from a common progenitor with whom we share life, heart, purpose and promise; an interactive group that exercises the many dimensions of (what we'll call) "family love."

She then gave us these 8 points. In the current society in which we live, the following is true:

1. We increasingly lack family.

2. We need family.

  • We can't fulfill our destiny without it.
  • We need familial conflict to mature.
  • We were created for depth, not breadth of relationships.

3. Family is meant to grow, not shrink. (Then she gave us a bunch of verses showing the metamorphosis of Jesus' own family. )

John 2:1, 12; Mark 3:20, 31; Mark 6:1-6; John 7:5; John 19:26-27; 1 Corinthians 15:4-8 (with emphasis on v.7); Acts 1:12-14

A. Christ came to birth a new family.

B. Christ can also resurrect an old family.

4. Any family can have calamity.

2 Samuel 13:20-22

5. Family calamity is most complicated when it comes as a consequence.

Hebrews 12:10

Psalm 103:10-13 (all discipline of God is to get us to healing)

6. Family calamity doesn't have to be irreparable.

7. Christ came to bring honor back to the family

Matthew 1

Hebrews 2:5-13

8. We ARE family!

Psalm 68:6

There it is in a nutshell.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Let's Get this Party Started!

I am headed to the airport to pick up this chick.

Sorry Em, it was the most recent pic I had of you.

We will be hanging out with this awesome lady Friday and Saturday.
And then heading downtown to spend some time with these guys! We may or may not be in costume. You will just have to wait and see!
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Toilet Talk

I never want to put my children in a box.
But that being said, there are certain things about each of them that are just true.
Take Libby for example. Yesterday we were at the park. Libby went down the slide and immediately after her came a little girl (that we did not know) who was probably 2 and a half-ish. Libby waited for this girl at the bottom of the slide and then tried to pick her up to "help" her off of the slide.
This of course, made every other mother on the playground burst out laughing. I just shook my head and thought, "yes that is my daughter. She is a mother hen!"

And then there is my Emma Jane. She and I had an all out battle over a sippy cup yesterday.
She asked me for some more milk. I said, "Sure. Please bring me you cup." She said, "No, you can get it."
Oh no, honey. That is not how it works!
So I calmly informed her that if she wanted milk, she was going to have to hand me her cup. She responded by falling down on the floor and!
I spent the next ten minutes saying, "Emma Jane! Just give me the cup and I will give you your freaking milk!" Okay, I didn't say freaking to my daughter but I was thinking it in my head!

She is just bull-headed!

And then there is John. Being only one, it is hard for me to know which facet of his personality this current behavior falls under.

It could be the adventurer/explorer in him. Or perhaps that inate male gene that is drawn to all things gross.

Who knows at this point?

What I do know is that whenever my back is turned, John takes off.

And he is always headed to the same place.

Just to check if maybe Emma Jane someone left the door open this time.

And sometimes, he strikes,

Not to worry, we washed hands thoroughly!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The newest member of our family...(Republished)

You may have noticed that I have been off my game lately.
I have been trying to fight it, but I give up.
I got nothing.
So I am jumping in my DeLorean and going back in when my life was interesting.
Hopefully we will return to regularly scheduled programming soon.
Until then, it is April 13, 2009...
So how many of you read that title and got really excited?

Sorry to disappoint...I have not given birth yet. But Libby has...

In the past few weeks Libby has become extremely stressed about her "pregnancy." For two nights in a row last week, she cried hysterically about her tummy being too small. My poor sweet girl was seriously concerned that her doggy was not growing like Mommy's baby! So after getting some good advice from my mom, I decided to have a talk with Libby about her doggy. When I first told her that her doggy was just pretend and that she wasn't really pregnant, she said, "of course I am Mommy." It took some convincing that she wasn't!

I told her that I had made her a special doggy to have and take care when the new baby came, but that if she was ready to stop being pregnant she could have it now. (I know, this is a bizarre conversation to be having with a three-year-old!) Of course, she wanted it now. So I made sure she understood that getting the toy dog meant that she was NOT pregnant anymore and would not be copying mommy anymore.

So I now introduce to you...Bakissa! (Who knows where that name came from!)

Libby was visibly relieved to have the (self-imposed) burden of pregnancy off of her. She said, "Mommy, I am so happy the new baby sent me Bakissa!" She is already taking such good care of her baby.

The first thing she did was sit down to nurse her baby! (So she isn't totally finished copying me!) She didn't want me taking pictures of that private moment though...

So she quickly covered with a blanket!

Now if only I could stop being pregnant so easily!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

PSF and Killer Seaweed

We just spent a wonderful 4 days hanging out with our favorite family from Atlanta! They came to visit for Spring Break and since Spring Break + Florida = Beach, we loaded up the four big ones and headed down to Pier 60 in Clearwater.
Now I am not a beach person. And up to this point in her life, Libby hasn't been a beach person either. She would literally refuse to step even a toe off of her towel for fear that the sand might touch her.
And water? She would have none of it! I mean, she would have to walk across sand to get to the water so swimming just wasn't even a consideration.
Until this time...

Apparently all she needed to feel safe in the ocean was for Jack to take her hand and lead the way...
She walked right out into the ocean with no fear or trepidation whatsoever! Turns out the ocean isn't so bad!

Seaweed on the other hand, she could do without!
That sent her running for her life towards the shore.
When I tried to explain to Libby and seaweed was just a plant that lives in the ocean and couldn't hurt her she exclaimed, "Just because seaweed is grass that grows in the ocean doesn't mean I have to like it!"
I really couldn't argue with that...
I don't like that grass that grows in the ocean either!

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Family Portraits

We recently had some family portraits taken. Our photographer was Kathleen of Captured by KD. She came to our house for the session and when she arrived all three children and mommy were on the verge of a meltdown. The first words out of my mouth when she walked in the door were, "This is probably going to be a disaster!"

Kathleen is a mommy of five herself so she has lots of experience with meltdowns with taking real life moments and making them kodak moments. And she solidified her superphotographer status when she accomplished the impossible:
She got three children to look at the camera and smile all at the same time!

These are some of my favorite shots.
And yes, these beautiful creatures are my actual children, not models!

And because no photo session is complete without Libby trying to lick my face while Emma Jane pouts:

Captured by KD photography is based in Concord, NC but she frequently travels to Florida to visit family. So if you live in either of those areas, you should definitely try to book a session with her. You won't be disappointed!