the stars aligned and all 3 napped

Taryn and Jude have a fitness class on Mondays.  We usually come home and Jonah wants to eat right away and go down for his nap.  I walked out from putting him down and found this.  I’ll be honest, I sat and stared in disbelief that all 3 little kids were napping and at the same time.  That never ever ever happens.  Taryn and Jude don’t nap anymore, so for one to nap would be a big deal, but both?!  It was so quiet in the house, it honestly made me anxious and nervous….I didn’t know what to do with myself!  So I ate lunch in peace, I didn’t have to share at all and no one tried to steal my food.  And then I just paced the house anxiously because I was afraid of waking anyone up.  Yeah, not all that productive.  Even still, fitness class for the win!

2013-06-06T20:17:46-05:00June 6th, 2013|Funny Places Taryn Sleeps, My Family|

The view from my desk at approximately 7:22 pm

Tuckered out after getting up at 4:45 am this morning with a bad dream and not going back to sleep.  She almost made it to the bathroom to take a bath, the door is *right there*.  The arguement as Jase lifted her up, all limp noodle like, and gave her a bath was priceless.  She kept fussing at him for keeping her awake in the tub.  I could picture the scowl and I wasn’t even in the room.  Bless his heart.  Surely, at some point, she’ll stop doing this and I can get the book printed.  I’ve enjoyed this series of images so much, they make me laugh and I know she’ll treasure them someday as well.

2012-01-04T22:32:46-05:00January 4th, 2012|Funny Places Taryn Sleeps, My Family|

10 on Tuesday

1.  Our Thanksgiving was awesome.  I hope yours was too.  If you want details about ours, you can find them over on Finding Our New Normal, complete with menu and photos.  I get a lot of questions about how we eat so I thought a pretty detailed post would be fun.  I will say all those carbs had me running for salad and extra fermented food for several days.  But maaaaan, it was good.

2.  Speaking of good great food, I got an email yesterday from the Executive Director of the Non-GMO Project.  Shortly after that, this happened.  Way cool right?!  That photo was taken at the Real Food Rally in Austin in October.  You can read about this amazing experience here.  I’m pretty proud of my girl.  Do you consume GMO products?  Do you even know?  Have you done the research?  If not, I’d encourage you to start here, it is definitely worth a look.

3.  I am 2 days away from reaching my goal of a complete photo a day 365 project.  I can’t even tell you how happy it makes me!  365 (well, almost) days of simple, every day moments that will live forever.  They would have been forever gone without this project.  Thank you Erin Cobb for the nudge, I am forever grateful.  There were quite a few days when I begrudgingly picked up my camera and I had to make myself do it, but I’m so glad that I did.  Childhood captured.  I saw a quote the other day that will be my theme for the next year and round of 365:  “Photograph us today, and we will live forever.”

4.  Another one for her book.  Crazy kid.  She fell asleep in the closet before bath time.  I woke her up, she went and took a bath, did her supplements, and went right back to the same spot.  Don’t you know she had to pass up two perfectly good beds to get to this spot in the closet?  Crazy kid!

5.  Instead of buying a big frame for our wordle, we chopped up a free pallet, painted it and used velcro to attach the big print. So cheap and easy!  It is now hanging in our master bedroom above our dresser and I love it!  Want a free, full resolution, wordle template just like this one?  Click here.

6.  Another idea I’ve had floating around the house that is finally finished.  I bought this huge posterboard printed like a sheet of paper from our local teacher supply store and framed it.  We write about something we love on the glass with dry erase markers.  We ended up not letting the kids use this, as it hangs in our bedroom.  I have absolutely loved getting little love notes from my husband each day.  We take turns writing something.  Sometimes funny, sometimes sweet.  I want to do a separate one for the kids somewhere else in the house, I just need to figure out where…

7.  T and Cody.  Cody is a horse Ty gave to her and she is rarely without it.  Cody goes ev.ery.where.

8.  Our family is significantly cutting back at Christmas this year.  We’ve decided to take a totally new approach for give giving within our immediate family.  We will do 4 gifts each:  something you want, something you need, something you wear and something you read.  I can’t even tell you how awesome this is.  Shopping is a breeze, I will be able to stay focused and not do the constant, oh no, which kid got more, battle / running tally in my head.  It will bridge the spending gap with the age differences in our kids too.  1 Ty gift is always more costly than 1 Teagan gift just because teenagers and their gadgets are more expensive and then of course it “looks” like Teagan got more on the day of even though the same amount was spent.  I’m so over all of that.  We are focusing on GIVING this year.  And we will each receive 4 gifts.  Simple.  I love simple.

9.  Bob the concert pianist?!  Who knew?!

10.  Speaking of Bob, I found out this morning and a few of his, eeeeeh-hum, indiscretions (and Ty’s underwear), showed up over on Babble.

5 on Tuesday cause I don’t have 10 in me.

1.  Only 5 on Tuesday because I’m barely trucking along on less than 3 hours of sleep.  After Ty’s game last night he got hurt messing around on the sidelines.  Hurt to the tune of an ER trip after a sharp piece of metal dove in to the palm of his hand.  Ouch.  I am not a fan of hospital or ER’s as they tend to question our crunchy ways.  Or really, I tend to question their medical ways a bit more than they are used to and it ruffles feathers and I’m one of “those” people.  Works for me, I like to read labels on medicine bottles and question the necessity of medical interventions.  But I’d rather avoid it all by not having my kid get hurt to begin with.  Really.  4 hours and 4 stitches later, we were on our way.  He’s ok today.  Not in too much pain even though they had to cut a good portion of his flesh (!!!!!!) out of the middle of his palm to put stitches in.  He can’t write though as he’s left handed.  Boys!  They should come with bumper pads.  I swear!!

2.  Speaking of boys.  Last week as I dropped Ty off at the 8th grade dance I offered to get out and show him some of my moves.  He very enthusiastically declined.  I was bummed, I have some mad moves, dude.  Teagan overhead me tell this to Jase when I got home.  A few days later we were all out as a family at one of my most favorite, peaceful places to visit and pray and just breathe.  I turned to watch my boys and soon realized that Teagan was also offering to teach Ty some of his dance moves!  He even broke out a few to show him!  HA!  Ty declined.  I flipping LOVE these two photos, hilarious!  You can see Teagan trying to convince him and then they both look annoyed as Teagan walks off.  HAHA!  I can see him thinking “Ok, but I have good moves that I was going to share but I’m not now….”  And Ty is glaring at me thinking I put Teagan up to it, I swear I didn’t!

3.  I’m so mind numbingly exhausted that I’ve been sitting here listening to the Chipmunk’s Holiday album for God only knows how long without realizing it.  1 – why do I even have that on my itunes?!  And 2 – I am tired.  Truly though, I will sit and listen to the kids science music or some random veggie tales album for an hour while editing and then realize it and be all WTH?!

4.  Another chapter for my sweet Taryn’s sleep book.  We went looking for her at dinner and found her sacked out on her bedroom floor, blankie under her, cuddled up with her most favorite stuffed friend, Cody the horse.  I love that I have these of her.  This is just so her right now, straggley from the end of a long day of learning and going and doing, funny random socks paired with plaid, cuddled with Cody who never leaves her side.

5.  Looking for a way to take back the family dinner?  We did it.  And it’s worked so well for us, it’s now a nightly thing the kids love.  Check it out here, good idea!

My girl up there has the right idea, I’m off to catch some zzzzzz’s!

2011-11-08T21:53:37-05:00November 8th, 2011|Funny Places Taryn Sleeps, My Family|

Another entry for her book…

I’ve been glued to my computer just about day and night in an effort to proof my marathon of 8 sessions in seven days a week or so ago.  Sunday afternoon, while sitting at my desk, I heard Taryn stomp in my office grumbling something about “Super Duders are too loud….”.  A few minutes later I turned around in my chair and saw this.  I ran and got my camera.  Not sure what the rush was, she stayed like that for several hours until she smelled dinner.  My girl loves her some good sleep.

2011-04-18T23:03:30-05:00April 18th, 2011|Funny Places Taryn Sleeps, My Family|
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