March 28, 2012


the rogue river truly is the heart of where we live.
and our kiddos are finally old enough to start
enjoying everything the river has to offer.
purchase raft = check
trailer ready = check
supply list for sotar's spring sales event = check
waterproof river map = check

we have about a month to get everything together...

this summer is going to be so much fun!!!

March 27, 2012


sooo........where have we been?
that is a very good question.

{yum, guess what's in season!}
 i keep buying myself spring flowers for my pretty jars,
only to have them bloom in the house a few days later,
me wonder why the heck i'm sick again,
and hubby reminding me that i'm allergic.
{go figure}
somebody may have had a birthday this month.
and that certain somebody may have gotten their own room
after sharing one with his younger brother for the last 8 years.
{nobody warned me just switching rooms would be so emotional}
 that means little bear and monkey are now in the room together.
little bear was so excited to become the big brother in the room
and be able to move to the top bunk, cause that's only for the "big brother" {so cute}
they are adorable in here and the room feels like a little boy room again
with emmett in his own big kid room.
room move = success!
 in honor of his 9th birthday {and to break in the new room}
Emmett had a baseball/sleepover party with 6 of his bestest friends!
 we had a blast.
it stopped raining for one day only and we got lucky it was our day.
we took the boys down to the school for a little baseball.
i don't have any pictures, because i was all time outfielder.
 we bought an Xbox 360 off of a friend of ours
and i absolutely l.o.v.e. the excitement on Emmett and his buddy's face.
priceless parent moment!
 little bear has been doing so good with all that has been going on this month.
they've hardly went to school, lots of teacher in-service days
professional days, conferences,
and now we're on spring break.
plus the whole switching room transition and emmett's sleepover party.
he's maturing quite nicely, we're so proud.
we recieved the final report from Eugene, submitted it to his school, and should be
getting a nice little curriculum in place {i'll keep y'all posted}
 and as for monkey these days....
words cannot express the amount of craziness this boy is.
we are trying to break him like a wild horse these days.
he's adorable, and in the same breath you want to wring his cute little neck.
the boys are on spring break this week.
it's pouring rain and should stay that way all week
baseball is starting this week {both emmett and little bear are playing this year}
and it's the last week of march...can you believe it?

hope things are great in your neck of the woods!

March 08, 2012

16 {harsh truths} that make us {stronger}

{photos of my mason jar tinting craft with instructions found here mine didn't turn out as awesome as her's, but they are still pretty awesome. side note....i have horribe lighting in my kitchen for photos.  photos also from the boy's club house remodel and i filled up the hallway....yeah me!}

It takes more courage to reveal insecurities than to hide them, more strength to relate to people than to dominate them, more manhood (or womanhood) to abide by thought-out principles rather than blind reflex. Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles and an immature mind.
- Alex Karras

1. life is not easy. - hard work makes people lucky.
 2. you will fail sometimes - the faster you accept this, the faster you can get on with being brilliant.
 3. right now, there is a lot you don't now.  the day you stop learning, is the day you stop living.
 4. There may not be a tomorrow, not for everyone. spend your time wisely today and pause long enough to appreciate it.
 5. there are a lot of things you cannot control - invest your time wisely in that in which you can control.
 6. information is not true knowledge.  knowledge comes from experience.  you must experience a task first hand to truly know it.
 7. you cannot be successful without providing value.  when you're valuable to the world around you, you will be successful.
 8. someone else will always have more than you.  it's not about how much you's about how passionate you are about collecting it.
 9. you can't go back and change the past.  accept it, learn from your mistakes, and run like hell in the other direction.
 10. the only person that can make you happy is you.  nothing matters more than how you feel about who you are on the inside.  be your biggest fan!
 11. there will always be people who don't like you.  what others think and say about you isn't all that important.  what matters is how you feel about yourself on the inside.  you rock!
 12. you won't always get what you want.  look around and appreciate what you have.  some people aren't so lucky.
 13. in life, you get what you put in.  if you want love, give love.  if you want friends, be friendly.  if you want money, provide value.  it really is that simple.
 14. good friends will come and go.  people grow apart, it's perfectly normal. everyone is brought into your life for a reason.  enjoy their moment in time, soak it in, and be better for knowing them.
 15. doing the same exact thing every day hinders growth.  growth happens when you change thing, when you try new things, when you step out of your comfort zone.
 16. you'll never feel 100% ready for something new.  most great opportunities in life force us to step out of our comfort zone.  if you're thiking about it, don't be scared...just do it.
trying to be something else, is a waste of the person you are.
strength comes from being comfortable in your own skin.

happy friday, y'all

March 01, 2012


monkey's safe word is "mom"
any room he walks into he just says it over and over again.
i don't have to answer, he doesn't want or need anything from me.
he just needs to say it a few times...

slightly annoying {yes}
but i know there will come a time when he will hardly say it at all
so i'll take it.