Saturday, May 29, 2010

My Little Helper

Addy & I made some rolls today.
(Yes that washing machine is in my kitchen and has some awesome wood-looking adhesive tile behind it. If we owned this would be ripped out today.)

Addisyn (my 2-year old) has been changing a lot lately. She is VERY independent...which is pretty annoying when I'm trying to help her. Hmmm...unfortunately stubborness runs through both sides of her family so she was doomed!

She has started being very helpful. This morning she snuck into the bathroom while her daddy was in the shower, and she laid a washcloth on the floor for him to step onto (I threw out our old bathmat and haven't bought a new one yet!)...then as soon as he turned off the water, she grabbed a towel and stood there to hand it to him! She does things that seem so random to us...but she's really just copying what she sees us do. She LOVES to help me cook (all my kids do though) and when it's my "turn" to put a scoop of something into the bosch mixer, she says "Good job!". She loves to ask "What doing?" anytime we are going to the store, or if I go outside for just minute to take the trash out. She loves to get baby wipes and "clean" the coffee table, as well as help me move laundry from the washer to the dryer, and fold washcloths.

On the other hand, she has started to hit her terrible two's!! I don't know if she hasn't been feeling well (she just got over the croop a week ago!) but she has been crying over EVERYTHING. I can see that Addy is going to be a pretty emotional girl, just like her big sister! When I have to count to 3 so that she'll do I say "1" she'll says "k", I'll say "2", she'll say "K" a little louder, then by "3" she'll says "K!" like "hello mom I'm already DOING it, stop counting!" That's how my oldest child acts when I start counting. They REALLY dislike when I count. Reminds me of on Transformers when the dad starts counting for his teenage son to open the door and the mom says something like "oh boy, now he's counting". Haha! She also gets into EVERYTHING now. As soon as I turn my back from her to clean something up, she's into something else. HOLY COW!!! Atleast she was potty trained by the time she turned 2...and rarely has night-time accidents...easy potty-training is a HUGE blessing.

Addy is also very funny with her baby brother. She sees how we all talk baby-talk with Zach, so she talks that way to him, is SOOOO cute! She drives me a little insane lately but she's so stinkin' cute that it's hard to be mad at her.

Anyway, I should be doing some dishes, but I figured I better write down these memories before they fly by and I forget! The kids are out of school for the summer so hopefully I'll have lots of fun things to blog about.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Trip to the Kauer's

A few months ago I met Tyler's cousins, Christy & Tyson for the first time! We've really enjoyed getting to be good friends with them and can't wait til Christy and the kids are down here permanently (well for 4-5 years...which is considered permanent in this transient military town)! One weekend the kids and I went down to their beautiful home in San Antonio...and we went to the Zoo while we were down there! I remember my parents taking us to the zoo many times so it's a special place for me!

Addy, David, and Cayden

This picture obviously wasn't taken at the Zoo, but I had to throw it in because Zach loved their feeding chair...apparantly it's like the one in Calvin & Hobbs? It's pretty awesome!

"A" is for Addy! Addy LOVES the letter A so she was really excited to get a picture in front of one!

Shaylee & Indlyss...beautiful names for beautiful girls!

So precious...Zach loved holding Indy's hand while I pushed the stroller!

So this is weird animal comes from the GIRAFFE family...I remember it started with a "K"...where do they FIND these animals??!! We also saw something that looked like a was a DEER pig!

I asked my kids to get together for just one shot...this is what I got. Shaylee is enthralled in the map, Cayden is undoubtedly mad that he's been pryed away from his new best friend/cousin David for two whole seconds, and Addy and Zach are just doing their own thing. Thanks guys, you are such troopers to humor your mom. ;-)

Here's the only pic I have of Christy, but I'm sure that even from this angle you can see how gorgeous she is!

The trip was a lot of fun and I'm so glad that Christy and Tyson were so willing to house me and all of my hyperactive rugrats! We love you guys!!

Monday, May 10, 2010


In honor of Mother's Day this past weekend, I wanted to share what I love about my mom, & Tyler's mom!
My mom is the best home decorator I know. Honestly one of the reasons I thought our family had lots of money (it was YEARS later that I found out we really weren't rich!!) when I was little was because of how beautiful our home always was! Those of you who have seen all my mom's holiday decorations know what I mean! She could coordinate so well as sew, crochet, paint, and so much more! She's a superwoman...and was self-taught with these things! My mom is a very giving and helpful person. She has a big heart. She loves family. My mom had challenges I can't even imagine while growing up but she was able to overcome them to make sure her future children would be born into a spiritually strong and safe home. I owe my mom so much for all the things she has taught me. I know girls who weren't lucky enough to have a mom like they struggle to know how to cook, how to clean, and how to decorate. That's another mom helped us learn how to keep a house clean, and how to cook. My mom is physically strong...she had 6 C-sections which is uncommon since the body normally can't handle that. She is emotionally strong considering she lost 6...I'm excited to meet my other 6 siblings someday. My mom is very spiritually strong. Losing my dad was something I know she hoped to never have to endure...but she did endure by leaning on the Lord. She also continues to endure "raising" ME so that pretty much sums up her strength! I love you mom and I could go on and on about how much I love you, respect you, and owe you!!!

On to my other mom (Tyler's Mom) Julie! I've known Julie ever since she was my Mia Maids teacher in church and I used to LOVE going to activities at her house (okay so that was PARTLY because she had a cute son I was scoping out)! Julie was fun at girls camp and was good at crafts, and she also enjoyed sewing. Since moving to Texas, Julie has let us live with them more than once. She continues to help us in so many ways. Julie has a big heart (especially when it comes to her kids and their spouses). She loves the Gospe. We would be lost without her here in Texas with us...not kidding! I love you, respect you, and owe you as well!!!