Monday, June 25, 2012


Before Father's Day, Hayley and Tia invited their Daddy out on a date to a restaurant and a movie.  
This is him reading Hayley's invitation.

Here is how it started:  
"My bong bang handsome dad is rocking the streets of Paladin!  He's teaching his skills of Passion and love he gives for his guitar."

Dad oh Dad could not stop one bit.  He's awesome at dancing and the beat.  'Rithem' as well and washing his feet."
etc. etc.
Then the invitation part:
"Dear Dad, I love your beard and your little mustache growing.  Your eyes are so cool and blue and your handsomeness will never end.

We are going to go to _____________.  We will wish to find tickets for _________.  We hope you enjoy your awesome date.  I've got money so don't worry.  I've got lots but you're gonna just have to wait."

I stocked Tia's purse up with candy for the movie and sent them off.  They had a great time.

What can you say about this picture, really? 

He always does this with his lips when he's concentrating.

This is Ty's favorite position.
Lounging like he doesn't have a care in the world.  At random times of the day, he'll just walk over to whoever, plop down on their lap and relax.  He even sits like this at the dinner table, often times with his feet on the table.
If he wasn't so cute....

On my second official day of training for the MudManX , getting ready to run my fanny off. (see previous post)  
Rascall Flatts is currently the only thing on my ipod today I ran while I listened to "Bless the Broken Road"
over and over and over again.
I think I may need to work on this playlist a little if I want to be taken seriously here ;)


Ty doing a modified/old man version of his usual dance.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

We're all going to die SOME day right?

So then why not die doing something this:






These are electrical wires.

This is what J and I, and a few of our friends have signed up to do in  33 Days.
Which means I have exactly 33 days to grow something they call "Biceps."

If you can't get a hold of me this next month, it's because I'm in my basement doing curls.
Probably crying.

I'll get back to you when it's all over...assuming I make it.  ;)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Dirty dirty

Here is Ty enjoying a little music in the park last Sunday.  I don't think I've ever mentioned how much Ty loves to dance.  If there's even a hint of music playing, his body is in motion, even when I'm in the middle of nursing him.
Not that I'm still nursing him.

Mom had a sick day this week.  If we had tv, it would have been on all day.
But since we don't, my kids sat on top of me and watched Baby Einstein on youtube while I got some sleep.
Yesterday was the mud run that Hayley trained so hard for.

And I do believe the training paid off.  She was a superstar.

We cheered her on for a lot of the race, but she never lost focus.

Except for maybe 3 seconds right here, when I was like "Hayley give me a thumbs up!!"

When we picked her up at the finish line I asked her how she felt.  
Her answer:
"I feel like I pooped my pants."  

She hated it every step of the way.

But here is the hilarious part.  During the race, she "had to go pee soooo bad" that she just couldn't hold it any longer. So in the especially deep muddy parts of the race, she felt it necessary to let it ALL out. 
I personally apologize to every runner who had to swim through my kid's urine.
It kind of makes me wonder how many kids peed in the mud before we got there.

Summary of the mud run: SEEMS like it would be great idea, but in all reality  it's only fun for the spectators.  And even for the spectators, not so much fun, because we're the ones that had to touch the dirty kids afterward.  

Sunday, June 10, 2012


For Christmas, J bought me some fabulous white towels. 
This weekend SOMEbody accidentally threw those towels in the washer with a RED tie dyed shirt,
(it was me) and as you can imagine every single one came out pink.
Instead of making me feel like an idiot, J just said,
"Everyone will just think it's for breast cancer awareness." 
Hahaha.  That's how awesome he is.
And here is Daddy covering up with one of those pink towels, sporting a farmer's tan that only he could make hot.

Posing before church. 

Why do I have to be the only normal one in this family?

Friday, June 8, 2012

In training

I signed this cute little thing up for the Mud Run next week.  It's a 1.5 mile obstacle course race through the mud, and I am super jealous.
I wish it was me.

But since it's not, I have assigned myself to be her trainer.  

 And you all know I don't mess around.

This morning
She ran around the high school track.
She ran up and down the highschool bleachers.

She pushed a stroller loaded up with heavy weights.

All before 10 am


 After a while she said MOM this is so hard!  Can you push it?
That's when I chose to give her my very wise "When things get hard, just push harder" speech.
"We aren't quitters" and what not.

But I decided I could cut her break since I had pushed her all morning.
Tia was nice enough to let Hayley on the back of the double while she pushed the weighted stroller back to the car.
At the end of her workout she said, "Mom do I have any muscles yet?"
I told her that sometimes muscles take a few weeks to show up.
In some of our cases, muscles never actually make an appearance...but this isn't about me.

At the pool with some friends later on.

Wow did that water feel amazing.  

I think we're going to have to do this all over again tomorrow.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Summer has begun

My daughter the artist.  We got a letter in the mail that said Tia's art piece had been chosen to be displayed at the school art show.  We were all excited and wondered which one of her pictures would have caught her art teacher's eye.
It was this one.

A big black bird with blood coming out of it's beak and behind.
I have a lot of questions about this...
but high five for getting it in the art show.

Whenever we are missing something, like dvd's or the remote, this is the first place we look.  It's Ty's sneaky spot.

 I wanted to see what he would do if I shut the cupboard a little bit while he was in there..
 He didn't cry, but he high tailed it out of there so fast..

Today was the first day of summer vacation.
And what better way to spend it than shoe shopping.

Ty hated every pair I tried on him, however we did end up buying him some sandals.

We also splurged on a few items to help get us through the this.

And these.
The girls also caught a few dead bugs 
And we hung out at 2 different parks.

By the end of the day, I was spent...and my kids were all like:

So I posted them "For Sale" on facebook.
(in hindsight, I should have gone through craigslist)

When J got home, I slipped on my pink Chinese slippers 
and headed over to the clubhouse to sit in the hot tub and soak up the peace and silence.

Back at home, the girls were too scared to go upstairs and brush their teeth because the smoke alarm would periodically beep due to a very low battery.
My kids have a thing with noises.  
So J risked his life by climbing up on the railing to disconnect the smoke alarm.
Now we all feel a little safer. ;)

I asked J out on a date for this weekend.  He suggested a movie, but I have something waaaay better in mind.  I can't wait for this one.