Tuesday, April 28, 2015


He had this coming....
I remember when my parents turned 40...and now my husband!?  (deep breaths)

Rod wanted to plan his birthday weekend, and he did a wonderful job.  He took us overnight to Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos.  It's an indoor water park and we had a really good time.  We've never been there before but heard good things about it.  The boys are at a really good age for it.  3 out of 4 were still small enough to go in the little kids area but big and brave enough to do the big slides.  Adam and Rod did all the big slides.  They were so fast, Rod's contacts came out on the one.  Adam loved them, I thought they were slightly torturous.

Wave pool

Lazy river

Clay is recovering from a fast ride called the "toilet bowl".  So if he tells you he rode the toilet bowl, you know why. 

The motel rooms have themes.  Bunk Beds in the "wolf den" 

Saturday evening we took a shuttle to a nearby Hibachi restaurant.  It was the best Hibachi we've ever seen or tasted.  This was the boys first time at one.  Nothing around here would ever compare!

His hat is on fire....No biggie

Happy Birthday Babe, i hope this is your best decade yet!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Clay is 5

Clay had a birthday last week too, 3 days after the twins.  This boy will forever keep me on my toes:

He always wants to help...with everything.  He doesn't even ask anymore, he just helps himself to the tools and supplies and gets busy.

between you and me it's rather annoying.  but adorable at the same time.  I don't want to change that driven, helpful spirit of his. 
My dad calls from the tractor last week and says "he's been rambling non-stop the whole time".  Which is precisely why he's at your house right now and not mine.  I needed a mental break!

He really is one lovable little guy. 

I'm still on the upswing from my face stuff/mystery rashes.  We don't have all the answers but i had 3 things happening at the same time...the first doozy, Eczema Herpeticum, then the allergy to a medication or combination of meds, and the last couple flairs was an allergy to a face product i've been using for years.  Hoping to keep those 3 things under control.  At least now most of the unknown is cleared up and i know what were working with.  

After talking with a friend i realized i need to slow down.  Last year alone we hosted 15 gatherings with 50 or more people (a couple of them 200+ people)  we also did smaller gatherings, hosted a fresh air child, had folks in our basement, added church responsibility, part-time homeschool, bees, a greenhouse, meat chickens, and more!  Somehow my blood pressure is okay with all of that, but i don't think my stress level is/was.  These things were all good things, but "good" stress is still stress.  I am learning to say no, and am liking it.  I am taking it easy and letting people help.  I don't go to all the boys school parties/trips and i don't feel guilty, i weigh in on what i have time and energy for and what i shouldn't have on my plate at the time.  I don't know if stress caused my strange health challenges, but it is out of character for me to even get a cold or a headache, so i think stress may have built up, allowing these things to happen.  Plus so many other things were tested, that it's starting to become the only answer.  

So life here of late has been low key, but so good at the same time.  Still never a dull moment with this bunch.  That will never change :)

Thanks to all who have been praying for me.  I've learned many things through this and one of them is that i have a great circle of supportive and caring friends and family! 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Easter & Birthdays

Happy Birthday Ben & Brad!  Their birthday was Monday, the most beautiful day so far this year..
It's convenient having all 4 boys birthdays surrounding a holiday, we double up our holiday get togethers with birthday celebrating.

Pics from Sunday:

I tried cake pops this year....egg shaped for Easter.

Birthday boys 

It was WINDY!

Pigs at the Farm..The white one will go in our freezer