Friday, January 6, 2012


I just realized that I hardly ever have pics of Darren and myself on these Insta-days. I will try to change that! That being said, here are some phone pics from the week...

Seriously, every three months, like clockwork, I get one of these. Each time, I fill out that part that says I take care of two children full-time and send it off - but they sure are persistent!

Taking advantage of the gift the kids got or Darren for Christmas - the awesome Starbuck's tumbler that allows you to get FREE drip coffee the entire month of January!

I love hand painted mugs by children. So much that I assume everyone would want them from my children. Nana and Papa have them, Jenny has them, Daddy has them. Of course for this to happen, mommy takes the kiddos to do it. The problem was, no one was taking the kids to make MOMMY the mugs she so wanted! What is a mommy to do? Start brainwashing her 5 year old in October that mommy wants mugs for Christmas. I just knew this would work! It did not.

So, a couple of days after Christmas, mommy took the kiddos to Cafe Art in Dublin and they painted their mugs.

Noah wanted to write his name on it backwards - I just love that it says MOM.

I cried when I picked them up.

Happy Mommy.

On New Year's Eve we took the kids out front with noisemakers at 6:55 and had a countdown to 7:00pm. We blew horns, exploded confetti, wore hats and feathers, and yelled "HAPPY NEW YEAR!" The neighbors even came out to join us! And the kids were still in bed on time :)

Found a bag full of my artwork as a child. Can I tell you how much I LOVE that my mom saved all of these things??? This is just a sampling. My favorite is the "all about me" book where I colored my favorite outfit on the "me". My gauchos and brown boots. I still remember them :)

I was Noah's age when I made the butterfly. There is something so cool about that.


You may recall Noah made a giant cookie on December 22nd at a Christmas Tea. I found the cookie the other day - double seat belted into the back seat of the minivan :) Apparently it was worthy of such extreme protection.

Thank you, Starbucks.

I get gray hairs from this boy.

Getting ready for Faith's Mickey Mouse birthday party tomorrow!! Just finished with the gift bags :) Each one has a child's initial on it.

life rearranged


The Gambrel Family said...

Fun pictures!! I have never been called for jury duty and I think it's because I really want to be called!

Have a great weekend!

Joann@womaninreallife said...

I love the mugs! There is something so special about things the kids make for us.

Carrie said...

Don't you LOVE it when you hint, hint, hint about what you would like for Christmas (especially when it is something like a handpainted mug...) and it doesn't happen. :) Good for you that you took the kiddos and got something that you will cherish. ;)