we are alive. and busy.

This is merely an informative post, in case there are still people out there who look at this blog on occasion...

I plan on getting this blog up to date.  Well, I've been planning that for a while now (a year or more, shall we say), but I'm really going to do something about it now.  I also don't want to get too far behind on pictures for 2012 while I'm trying to do 2011, so you may see a post from February of last year, and then the very next post could be February of this year.  Or not.  The date of the post (or when it would have been posted had I been on the ball) will always be at the top left corner of each post (if you're actually on the blog) to try to help avoid confusion, if you're not already confused.

I apologize in advance for the extreme plethora of pictures that will most certainly be posted, but I can't help it.  If you don't want to read a post because it's too long, I don't blame you (and I won't know anyway).  And if you never read this blog again, I probably wouldn't know that either.

Now that I've admitted to any readers of this blog that I'm back on board, I hope that's motivation enough to keep me on board.

And since I have a hard time posting without any pictures, here's one:

I figure since she's probably changed the most since my last real post, it would be fun to show you how our youngest looks today.

Here's to 2012!


my kids are famous

Well, maybe not famous.  But their pictures still grace a pediatric dentist's website that was completed last year.  The only picture that is not one of my children is the obvious one of an entire family seated in a row.  So there's a claim to fame, kind of.... except that nobody really knows who my kids are or who took the picture.  Check it out here:



making our own fun

When it's cold outside, which is often, the kids get creative in finding ways to entertain themselves.

They made this fort using our kitchen chairs while I was mopping the kitchen floor.

More often than I can count, they spread blankets or pillows all across the floor to walk on.

Cleaning them up does not happen as often.

Lindy is commonly a form of entertainment.

For a Family Home Evening activity one night, the kids acted out the story of The Three Little Pigs.

Shad was the wolf.  I was the videographer/photographer.

And Drake never ceases to come up with some sort of activity.  This particular one was a "carnival" in his bedroom.

There was a math game with pennies.

A toss the ball in the bowl game.

And another tossing game.  Fortunately, this carnival was free.

More often than not, our children charge us money to participate in their games.  Lucky for us, it's still pretty cheap.

lindy keeps growing

She's already growing up too fast.  This is just a whole bunch of pictures of Lindy.

The End.


sweet stuff

There is a local candy shop that sells novelty candy and ice cream.  It brought me back to my own childhood with candies like the little colored dots on paper and the rock crystal candy sticks.

It took the kids a while to pick out one item each.  Too many decisions.

But in the end, they were very happy with their choices.

Hooray for candy.