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Tulip Festival

Last Saturday (May 16th) Rory, the kids and I all went to the Tulip festival in Orange City, IA. We had sooo much fun. I have to admit, as the kids have gotten older, doing things has just become so much more fun…and less stressful…no more strollers, no more diaper bags, no more bottles…etc etc etc… Regretfully, we didn’t go on any of the cool rides (way too expensive…and scary looking!) but we had plenty of funnel cake!! Plus there was an art show and a car show. SCORE! We also had lunch in a plush grassy field and watched this amazing Indian group play some of the most awesome music ever… Trent loooved it. He hates listening music, which all of the rest of us love, however, he could not stop dancing while the band played. Adorable? Yes! Should have taken more pictures, like always, but we still got some really great ones. Enjoy! ♥

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Last week in pictures…

I was laying in bed last night going through the pictures on my phone and completely forgot I could send them to my blog! So, I would like to present: Last Week (and some of this week…) In Pictures!

On Tuesday (May 5Th) my sister and I took Trent shopping and to get hair cuts…He made his first purchase:

The Indiana LEGO game! He was VERY happy and proud!:
And I really needed to get my bangs cut:

I had them thinned out and cut at less of a slant…I do not know that I like them as much:

Trent got his Mohawk done for summer! Yay! :


Sometime last week it was rainy and I took this picture of my sexy car. One day this baby will be pink…:

Saturday (May 9Th)! I love Saturday’s. Starla and I always have a jammie outing to go buy breakfast food. 😀 She thinks it’s pretty cool I let her wear whatever she wants…I never have on makeup and I’m
always in my beloved flannel:
And an awesome breakfast was had indeed! :
After a great weekend and a long Mother’s day nap on Sunday, it was back to work on Monday (May 11Th). I was so busy I asked Rory if he and Trent could please help with some house chores…This was not the kind of help I was hoping for:
And yesterday, Tuesday (May 12th) Trent and I went on our weekly shopping trip and he found this AWESOME Boba Fett shirt. Had to get one for Starla too! (Would have gotten on for me also, but they didn’t have one in my size…):

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Enjoy your children ♥


I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day! The kids made me a bunch of awesome cards (which I will be saving forever!) and my amazing husband got me tickets to go see The Offspring later this month. Woooo! ♥ The best Mother’s Day ever. Plus I got a guilt free four hr nap. *swoon*

I have been thinking all day about this post and now that I am sitting here, I do not know what to type. I feel like I should have some in depth advice or some mountain moving instructions on parenting. I mean, we ALL have advice on parenting and on a day like Mother’s Day it seems fit to spill your guts on how and why being a Mother touched and changed your life forever.

I feel, what it comes down to is enjoying your children. I know all to well that at times, it is indeed very hard to enjoy your children….Don’t get me wrong, I have very well behaved, intelligent kids and I take great pride when other Mothers glare at how “easy” my children look. I love those moments when a nearby mother, fighting with her child, glances over to see mine quiet and content with nothing more than holding my shopping list. This all came from a lot of tough love…and it was not easy. I’ve had to to give up a fair share of “me” time in the process.

I am going to go on a tangent here for a second. It’s Mother’s Day and it my blog so it can be as long and as off center as I’d like… Anyway, I can admit that I have not always been the most patient wife and mother. There have been many times I had just simply left the kids with my husband and did my own thing, traveling to see old friends. There have been times I had looked at my family life as a burden, something holding me back. But, I feel that going through these experiences have only made me stronger. They have given me a point of reference in this whole motherhood thing. I am able to look back and compare what kind of mother I could have been and strive to be something better, something stronger. Everyday we make the choice to be what we want to be. It is honestly that simple. Its not that easy, but it IS that simple.

So anyway…Enjoying your children. Life is hard. Gas prices suck. The economy sucks. Health insurance (or lack there of) sucks. There is so much negative surrounding us everyday that it can be very hard seeing the joy and wealth in something as simple as our children. No, no…children aren’t simple…but the joy that they bring is. I think that is something a lot of us lose in parenting. We become so overwhelmed with everyday life that our children just get lost in the shuffle. Even as a parent, we still have to have our own sense of being. We still have to be our own person. That’s where the enjoyment comes in. My husband and I love Star wars, so rather than put that on the back burner, rather than tuck away that part of ourselves, we embrace it with our kids. We pause on the weekends and watch a Sci Fi movie with them. Now we have a son so obsessed with space, we always have something to talk about. Our daughter loves making things, so she runs around Rory while he works outside and that bonding could never be replaced. We listen to music with our kids and read books that interest us with them. We shop with them in the stores we find interesting. From sharing what we like with them it has opened the flood gates of communication. We enjoy exploring their interests as much as they do ours. We enjoy our children and at the same time we are able to touch base with who WE ARE. I feel that because Starla and Trent know us as individuals they respect our decisions because they know why we make them. Respect is a big thing in this house.

So go enjoy your children. Share something with them about yourself. You may be surprised to find they have the same tiny seed of interest, it just needs guidance in blossoming. ♥

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Bikes ♥

Another great weekend has come and gone…Yesterday Starla got her very first big kid bike. Like a REAL big kid bike. She even paid for half of it! How I ended up with a child who saves every penny she crosses is beyond me. I was excited about her new bike because it is the exact color I want my Trans Am. Rory and I decided Dodge Red and a pearl white would blend nicely to create the pink I want…. I digress!

Anyway! Starla handed down her little bike to Trent, who reluctantly gave it a try. He wasn’t afraid of falling off or anything (He wants to be a Jedi and Jedi fear not the bike riding…) My son was just simply too lazy to pedal…

Sooooo, Sunday was spent bike riding! Trent eventually got the whole pedaling thing down…but I doubt he will be as enthusiastic as his sister is. I even rode my bike! I will say, as far as the whole inconvenience of living in a tiny town, it is amazing being able to just ride around with the kids and not having to worry about traffic and such. Heck, after six at night we passed only two cars even on the road. I will admit, as the kids get older (And as I get older…), I appreciate living in a small town more and more. What’s happening to me?!

Starla is cute and all, but Look at our sweet Bonneville! :
Annnd Rory still hasn’t gotten the bumper back on the Cutlass. Nice Rory…

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Busy Week!

I mentioned in my business blog that it has been a crazy work week for me, so I haven’t been able to blog…Buuut the weekend is finally here so I can enjoy my coffee (while the kids run around screaming with Rory) and listen to my music in my jammies…

Last weekend, after church the kids decided to make one of their favorite characters (Well…one of MY favorite characters…) from Star Wars. Boba Fett. Yay! My kids rock. I just thought it was so cool because kids these days don’t sit and make things out of paper anymore…they need flashing cartoons and loud toys. However, there was a giant fight afterward as to who got to own this awesome creation…Guess everything can’t be perfect all the time.

Starla gets her new bike tomorrow so I will be sure to post a bunch of pictures for everyone! Also, hello and welcome to all of my family who has found me here and commented. ♥

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Reading Contest

Every month in Starla’s class they have reading goals of 30 books/chapters a month. April isn’t even over yet and she is well over 30. Each one of the flowers represents 5 books/chapters. YeeeeAH… Starla pretty much rocked it this month. They have had to start over-lapping her flowers. ♥ (Click the picture to see it larger)

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No Refill

The weekend went by too fast, as always. I am very ready for sleep, I have to get up extra early tomorrow, but before I do I wanted to blog the cutest conversation with Starla…One of those “Mom Moments”, ya know?

After dinner, Starla was looking at an empty cream soda bottle and said we could put water in it. (Starla is learning about recycling in school) Then she mentioned “Reuse reduce recycle”. As she was looking over the empty bottle, no doubt ideas running wild of how she could reuse this bottle, she read “No refill” along the bottles side…

Me: “Guess we can’t reuse it then”

Starla: “Well we can’t in the store, but we can at home because nobody can see us”.

I love being a Mom. ♥

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