Sunday, April 28, 2013

My Babies

Babies grow so fast.  Amazing how time goes by.  Finn has started to pull himself in his crib, and on furniture around the house.  It seems like it is early, but who knows?! 

I decided to pull out the other boys' calender and see when they started to crawl and then pull themselves up. 

crawled at almost 10 months
pulled self up at 10 months

crawled at 7.5 months
pulled self up at almost 9 months

crawled at 7 months
pulled self up at 7.75 months

So amazing how these little ones learn from watching!  Finn saw a boy on Easter Sunday crawling around in the nursery at church and within 4 days he was doing the same thing!?! 

Enjoy your week!  Aloha.

Friday, April 26, 2013


Don't forget to shop for your mama!  If she is anything like me, she would love one of these special items!!!  


May 7th is Teacher Appreciation Day.  Carson's teacher left right before spring break for maternity leave, so the T.A. that was assisting became the teacher for the rest of the year.  29 Kindergartners.  With boys.  And girls of course too!  Amazing what they do, and that the kids are learning and the teacher's are not just avoiding certain situations.  :)  Oh wait, maybe that is just what happens at my house. ;)

I really wanted to get Tia (teacher on leave) something nice since she taught most of the year, and b/c she has really worked and talked with us about different ideas for Carson.  But, I also didn't want to leave out the other two teachers who are now taking care of all the little guys.  So, I decided to make some Trades of Hope purchases!  I hope they love where the gifts have come from and that mamas have made these special items.

So, whether it is a nice card from the child and family, a craft from home, or something from a store, show some love to the teacher's who are spending so much time with our kids!


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Pick and Choose

I love "to do" lists in the sense of being able to see what needs to be done, doing the task, and crossing it off the list.  I do not like lists that aren't finished in a day so that you have to pack the list around to make sure you remember everything you need to.  However, with life, kids, marriage and everything in between there just isn't enough time in the day to really get everything I would like to done!

I have recently realized that with the lists, you have to pick what really needs to get done on that day.  Some of my things I had to choose today were, getting Finn a bath, watch a library movie that is due tomorrow (which I started and didn't finish), pick up Carson from school, get everyone food throughout the day as needed.

Tomorrow's list includes, riding bikes to school, having my mom trim my hair, and working on some Trades of Hope things.

 My dear friend, Leah, who has been in Romania the last 7 years doing Missionary work is home visiting for the month of April!  This was taken after Andrew, her English bf, the boys and Leah played some American football.  1st time for Andrew!  4.11.13

Finn looking all Ashland-y with Gabe's hat.  4.10.13 

Gabe, Grandma and Finn at Carson's 1st {freezing!} soccer game.  4.13.13

Carson playing Spring Soccer!

The pictures below were taken in March.  Carson had a cut down birch tree trunk land on his foot.  It was too heavy and he couldn't get his foot out so Gabe pushed it off of him and came and got me.  Carson couldn't walk so they came up with the idea of Carson getting in the back of their dump truck and Gabe would push him to the couch so he could hope up on it. 

Gabe was so concerned for Carson.  Saying "I'm so sorry Carson.  I love you Carson."  And offering a lot of hugs.  And of course, "I love you" in sign language.

I am thankful for the special moments with my sweet boys.  They are very active wild boys, but I love 'em and am so blessed to be raising them.  

Enjoy your family.  Things change.  They grow.  Hold on to the special moments.

Teacher's and Moms

Along with shopping for our Mama's, we can shop for our kids teachers as well!  Teacher Appreciation (May 7th) is coming up soon!  Give a gift that helps a mom in Africa feed her child, or a mom in India send her daughter to school! 

To shop, head on over here:

Let me know if you have any questions!  Thanks!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Trades of Hope Mother's Day Special

It's HERE!  IT'S HERE!  The Mother's Day Trades of Hope Special.  The sale starts Monday, 4.15.13.  Get a great deal on these lovely items!  Remember you are buying something for your Mama and helping a Mama across the world!!! 

To shop, head on over here:

Thursday, April 4, 2013

7 Months?!!

Finn is already 7 months old today!  Wow.  Time really has flown by.  And with that time so has my time to get normal things done.  Yesterday, I went to the dentist and they asked me if I was still brushing 2-4 times a day?!  Ha., now it is once, maybe twice if I am lucky.  :)  This cutie really has added some business to our family!  Life just gets busier as the boys get older. 

Finn.  7 Months.  4.4.13

Our crawler.

Gabe burping his new bear.  4.1.13

Uncle Carter, Carson and Gabe.

Carter, me, Christian and the boys.

Finn loved being held by Uncle Carter.  He just melted into his arms.  It was so sweet and makes me wish they lived so much CLOSER!!!  

GG, Finn and Carter.

Grandma and Finn,

Gabe is 4!  Amazing. 

Uncle Carter, Marta and cousin Christian visited us the second to last week in March.  It was very busy, we did way too much cooking and eating, but it was so amazingly great to spend time with them.  Christian hasn't visited Ashland since about 1996, so it was great to have him here.