Thursday, April 29, 2010

Getting up at 4:30 AM

So after the last post, I decided to compare myself to my husband. I asked him for 3 things he would be willing to get up at 4:30 in the morning for. His answers came very quickly:
1. Hunting
2. Fishing
3. Motorcyle riding

After a long thought process, I came up with 3 things I might be willing to get at 4:30 in the morning for:
1. Hot coffee, dark chocolate, and a very good book (must have all 3 to make it work)
2. An Hawaiian sunrise
3. A full day at the spa (I'm talking every spa treatment known to man!)

And to close this post, I'm including a picture of the two of us from my iPhoto archives. I think this was the summer of 2004. Don't we look like a happy couple!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Trout Fishing

Saturday Noah and his dad got up at 4:30 in the morning (I don't know anything worth getting up that early for!) to go trout fishing! They were very excited to sneak away all by themselves. They had donuts in the car for breakfast, talked about guy stuff, and quickly caught their trout limit of 5 each. Noah was very excited to catch the biggest one.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Five Year Old Twin Boys!!

The boys were very excited about turning 5 yesterday. Yes, their Birthday is also Earth Day. We don't really celebrate Earth Day, but we did have a great day celebrating being five!

It started out with some Tom & Jerry on the couch.

Then they got to chew some bubble gum. I decided many years ago that they could have gum when they turned five. (I just didn't want to deal with a bubble gum mess times two!) This has been talked about on an almost daily basis. I have never seen two people so excited about chewing gum!

They went to preschool on their birthday and got these crowns. Moose tore his to pieces the minute we got inside the house.

And lastly we went to see the new Disney Oceans movie. There was a total of eight people in the movie theatre (5 from our family!). It was a little disappointing and I think the boys got a little bored. But it was a fun way to end the day.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Great White Hunters

My husband called me at work and told me to check my e-mail right away. He sent me a picture...which if you know my husband, you never know what it might be. I once got a picture of 2 naked little boys digging worms out of the compost pile (yes they were my children). But on this particular day, they both caught baby bunny rabbits. One of the boys ran over their nest with his monster truck and the bunnies went flying. My husband said he never saw Moose run so fast in his life. Needless to say they were very proud of their catch and quickly released them back into the wild backyard.

*No bunnies were harmed in the making of this blog post*

Thursday, April 15, 2010


We live in a sleep-deprived world. There are many life-altering problems associated with sleep deprivation. In this book, families are challenged to look at their sleep habits and make positive changes.

My favorite quote from this book is “The family that sleeps well, lives well”. Oh how true this statement is. My family has gone through various phases of sleeping patterns, from staying up way too late to crashing very early in the evening. After reading this book, I am definitely going to be more intentional about healthy sleep patterns for myself and my children.

In this book, I learned good sleep habits are taught from a very early age. Right now, my 3 sons have pretty regular sleep habits and I am very thankful for that. One concept new to me was the idea of a “Sleep Bank”. Just like any bank, deposits and withdrawals are made. When you sleep, you are making a bank deposit, and when you are awake, you are making a withdrawal. The idea is to always have a positive balance in the bank.

One topic I also enjoyed were the categories of “Sleep Killers”. These included: stress, anxiety/worry, caffeine, and depression. As a busy wife and mom I am prone to all of these at some point or another in my life. So now that I have ways to keep these in check, I will definitely put it into practice.

*Tyndale Publishing provided me with a free copy of this book to review.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Have you Ever?

Have you ever moved the couch to sweep under it and realized what a bad parent you are?

Have you ever cooked bacon on a Pampered Chef stoneware bar pan? It will literally change your life.

Have you ever wondered who invented Mighty Beanz and wanted to go tell him or her that you are so over the Mighty Beanz!

Just curious if I'm the only weird person who wonders about this kind of stuff!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Mission Trip Letdown

Last week my husband, oldest son, and myself went on a mission trip with a great group of people. A great time was had by all. I love not worrying or thinking about anything at home. No laundry, bills, shopping, meal making, cleaning, taxiing, etc... I even joked with my son that I didn't yell at him all week!

It was a huge reality check when we got home at 1:00 AM on Easter Sunday! And this week I've been slowly (very slowly) getting back to life. I've paid bills, went to the Walmart, yelled at my kids, fought with my husband, and been down right mean! My prayer is that I can go back to the mission field mindset while I am at home. I think everyone (including myself) would be much happier.