Saturday, November 20, 2010

He wants to take a spin!

Maybe it's the thrill of being in a dryer? Maybe it's the unknown? But whatever "IT" is he sure did enjoy it!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Missing Him Dearly...

Well I'm not one that is big on emotions, I don't like to cry or for people to feel sorry for me. So when I found out my grandpa's cancer had come back and this go round seemed a lot worse you can bet I had a ton of emotions going on. Around that same time I also started my new job. So not only was I sad that I wasn't able to be with Austin all day anymore but now I had to take my thoughts and sadness about my grandpa to a new job. I did great with hiding it. It did help that my job keeps me super busy and half the time I wasn't thinking about the cancer until lunch when it all was quiet again and my thoughts were able to take over.

After hearing that my grandpa had two weeks left to live... it really didn't set in until I went to visit with him. I was close to my grandparents. I would stay with them weeks at a time during the summer. They are awesome loving and christian people. Grandpa always had a smile and something funny to say. He was great to my grandmother. Even after 64 years of being together you could still see the love like they were newlyweds. I admire them and respect them both so much.

I had a good visit with them in West Virgina, he wanted all the grand kids and great grand kids to come see him so we made it happen. It was hard to really get a good visit because I still had Austin to chase down and Landon wasn't able to go with me. I had alot of help from others to keep track of Austin but it still was hard. Every opportunity I had I tried to sit with my grandpa and even if we didn't talk I just wanted be there with him. He was total exhausted that weekend and didn't do much talking or getting up. And that's when it all hit me.

If my grandpa passes away this will be the first person in my life that I was close with and that  I will lose. After arriving home I struggled with that and tried to process what was going on. A few weeks later we got the news. I of course was in the pediatrician office with Austin while he was screaming and being horrible. Some how I had it together and then dealt with it the best I could. So then the next visit back up to WV was for a funeral. I took off work and Landon came with me and this time Austin's gramme's watch him while I went to WV.

The funeral was lovely. They had a slide show and even at the funeral all my family still had smiles on and tried to make the best out of a horrible situation. My grandmother looked good and she seemed ok. It was pitiful seeing her at the casket looking down upon the man she had spent most of her life with and to know that soon he would be god. I ached for her and my heart broke. We all made it through that weekend and it was great being around family. We all made each other stronger and we all knew that grandpa was with God and we all took comfort in that. Now I know that my grandpa is healthy and looking down on me and all the family. It brings some comfort but I still cant believe it sometimes...I miss him dearly.

This was when Austin was 6 months :)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My Monkey Boy

I don't know!

what did you say Ma?

He is my monkey boy!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Trunk or Treat

Friday night was the Trunk N Treat at our church and as most of you know that is when we get a ton of cars and decorate the trunks and then let the kids have a safe time getting candy :) So our family attended the Trunk N Treat this Friday. I brought with me an Indian and a Mouse. They had a ton of fun. Austin got to run wild and Chandler got to eat candy! Everyone love there costumes and I love the fact they were homemade :) Landon's step-mom made the boys costumes this year.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Who is it!?

So I don't know if I'm on the phone to much and Austin has learned just what that green and white object is for OR I have a baby genius who knows how to use the cell phone. Either way he knows what to do with the cell phone and seems to be pretty happy with himself.

He sure was giggling

As long as it wasn't a girl on the other end I am fine!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010

Daddy's little helper

I'll help you lift this daddy I know it's heavy

What's next?

The water is low let me refill

I know I'm clean!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Oh yes I can!

I always seem to be saying the words "Austin no, you cannot do this" Usually because what he is trying to attempt is to dangerous but through the actions of my one year old, he is telling me, oh mommy yes I can. He is very adventurous and always finds the newest thing to do. Austin is very determined. If he can't reach his goal the first time he will try and try again until he is able to do what he has set his mind to. I just hope that this part of personality never changes. I always want to encourage and praise my children as they get older but in case someone happens to tell Austin he cannot do something I hope he simple shows them that he can.

I have to keep the chairs down because he will climb on the chairs and then make his way onto the table. So to me the logical step was to put the chairs on the ground and then this is what he does.

I am not to sure the purpose of this move but he was having fun and kept himself busy.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

One Week Down

Friday marked the fifth day that I have been keeping "N". I have really enjoyed myself. I was not sure how it would all turn out or whate exactly I was getting myself into, but I really think that keeping/ teaching this little boy was a great decision on my part.

I only started taking pictures Thursday but the next time I have him I will have tons more pictures to share.
Our special craft for the week


Have to have play time!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

School is in Session!

I have been behind once again on my blogging but I promise I have a good reason!!

Since Monday of this week I have been keeping a four year old little boy. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to attend any daycare or pre-school so therefore he is behind on a lot of his education. We will call him "N". “N” is very smart and very sweet. His parents are divorced and just like so many children in this situation it’s not their fault but they are ones mostly affected and hurt. So I wanted to take it upon myself to help him. I wanted to teach him! I wanted to make his time with me as close to what a pre-school would be like and since I was there when Chandler attended pre-school then I knew something’s about it.

I wanted to give "N" a hundred and ten percent. I made up a calendar and each week I have him, there is a theme. For instance his first week I made the theme "All about me" I found out what "N" knew or needed to learn and then each day he got to do some of his favorite things or bring in his favorite toys or wear his favorite shirts. Just in three days he has been to the Natural Science Center, which was his first time and he loved it) We went to the park, took a nature walk, then to Library. He has reading time, play time, then learning time. I am trying to teach him his name and how to write numbers and his ABC's along with a lot of other important skills.

Austin loves seeing "N" I think it’s helping Austin also because what he sees "N" doing he wants to do. "N" helps me with Austin by playing with him or makes him laugh when Austin is in that “whinny mood”. It can be challenging sometimes but over all I am enjoying myself and seeing "N" run to the kitchen table in the morning when he arrives and pulls out the ABC cards makes it all worthwhile.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Home Sweet Home

I have recenty started to take some cake classes. I go every Monday every week for 6 weeks. I was super excited about this because I want to eventually have my own cake business. But before I started my classes I wanted to do a practice cake and see what I could come up with on my own before the classes. That way at the end of the class I want to make a cake and compare the difference and see how much progress I have made.

This is a cake I wanted to make for my friend that just moved into her house.

                                                                Home Sweet Home

Just with making this cake on my own I know that my writing needs some work lol I have never had great handwriting. I can't wait to learn Fondant as well!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

You know your a mommy When-sDAZE

You know you’re a mommy when...

all of sudden the house is quiet and you just know he is up to something, so you go searching for him and sure enough he has either climbed on the bed, are in brother's shoes or trying to eat dog food!

The kids get gifts and as each gift has been shown to the child you are saying in your head, “he won’t play with that, that is going to be dangerous, or wow he will love that. You just know your kids :)

Even though he has the remote control and it will probably get miss placed its super cute that he is pretending it is a phone and you just watch him and smile.

Your plate becomes someone else’s food because apparently what you have looks better then what they have so you end up with ether left over’s or a cold plate.

and last but not least… you know you’re a mommy when you can dance as stupid and freely as you want and your baby will just smile and dance right beside you.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Ride me out of town

Apparently Austin's family knows him well...because for his birthday he got three different kinds of toys that he can ride. They must know that if he is not moving then he is not happy. He loves his riding toys and since he is a boy he chooses to find the most dangerous stunt to do with them.

Riding toy #1- Firetruck

                         #2- Thomas the Train

Of course he can't just sit and ride he must climb!

#3- Airplane