Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Lincoln is 2!

My "baby" turned 2 on Thursday! I feel like I should be saying "I can't believe it" but reality is- I can! This little boy has been in the "terrible twos" for a while now. Kallen seemed to phase out of it around 2 1/2 so I am hopeful that by the time this next baby comes, we will be in a good place.
I find myself praying that God will take Lincoln's strong will and use it for good. I am not sure what that looks like exactly, but I am just praying that as his parents we can have patience and the wisdom to help him learn to control his tongue and attitude. (yes I just said that phrase in reference to my 2 YEAR OLD! What will he be like as a teenager!?!?)  Unfortunately I am not exaggerating- this is my child who's response to telling him to sit in time-out is "YOU sit in timeout mommy!". And my child who, after being told he will receive a spanking if he does something, weighs his options, does that thing anyways, then bends over for his spanking. Yikes!
But it is not all bad, I see so many good qualities in Lincoln that far outweigh the bad! For one he is smart! (am I allowed to say that about my own child?) Not genius smart, but definitely smarter than his older brother. (yeah I know, probably shouldn't have said that either) He talks constantly, has been able to count to 11 for a while now, can sing several songs word for word, recognizes a few letters, and has a few books memorized too! And he pretends to go potty ALL the time. I am very hopefully that when the time comes, potty training him will be a cinch! (It can't get any worse than what we went through with Kallen)
Lincoln's birthday was last Thursday, the 1st, and although his party wasn't until Sunday, we wanted to make the day special so we took the boys bowling for the first time! They were SO excited and did awesome......
 .....until the 9th frame when they completely lost interest. We barely made it through the last 2 frames, but I considered that pretty good for their ages and super short attention spans.
They were so amazed watching the balls shoot out of this thing, I told them to keep their heads back so many times, I was tempted to let them learn the hard way after a while.
Kallen insisted that he did NOT need to use the ramp. Don't worry, this throw was stopped before it left his hands. ;)
Lincoln had to take a juice box break half way through. This is the look I got when I said "smile and say juice box!"
On Sunday afternoon we had some family over for his big Dinosaur Party!
I had a really hard time getting into party planning mode this year, so everything was done last minute a day or two before.
Our menu was: Punch, cupcakes, Dinosaur toenails and Dinosaur eggs
Dinosaur Bones
(I know it was a stretch, but like I said....Last Minute!)
And of course: left over Halloween Candy :P
What is a party without a little balloon fight!?

My sisters guilted me into making Lincoln a shirt "You made one for Kallen, aren't you going to make one for Lincoln too!??"
So I did manage to find a plain shirt in the closet and make a shirt real quick.
This is the closest I got to a picture of the front of the shirt. It had a dinosaur peeking out of the pocket with a "2" below it.
While Lincoln opened presents, Kallen got some cuddle time in with Papa Ken. I'm pretty sure these two will always have a special bond. :)
Lincoln was pretty excited about this puppy guitar! :)

And I posted this picture because it really shows how Amazing our family is! I mean look at how happy they are to watch a little boy open his presents! And look at Grandpa Dave having a special moment with Kallen! We really are SO blessed to have such amazing family!!
 Check out this awesome chair he got! I was a little jealous! And someone else was pretty quick to move in and try to claim it too!
Lincoln leisurely finished opening his presents in the comfort of his new chair.
And then it was cupcake time!
And by the time it was dark you could finally see the rest of my attempt at last minute decorations. :P
I don't know why I drug my feet so much on having this party. We had a great time with family and it is always fun to celebrate another year!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Farms, Pumpkins, and kids...oh my!

I have had a couple rough weeks with the boys.
Parenting with 1 parent being gone a lot, while pregnant (which means 1/2 the amount of patience), with 2 busy and extremely ornery boys can be TOUGH (exhausting, emotionally draining, overwhelming, you get the idea)!
I wanted to blog about my children and how I would love to freeze the stage Kallen is in and fast-forward the stage Lincoln is in. But after another rough morning, I don't really feel like blogging about them anymore. :P
So instead I will do a little photo dump of our recent visits to the farm and Carrol's Pumpkin Patch in Grinnell (this pumpkin patch is AMAZING! Probably our favorite one right now!).
This boy LOVES kitties! (he does NOT get that from me!!)
And this boy LOVES puppies! :)
We always love quality time with Grandma Mary!!
Future football player?
(hey I will take any sport that gives him something to pour his energy into other than "working" on our house with his little, oh so destructive, tools)
Feeding the goats at the pumpkin patch with Papa Ken!

Alydia is SO good with Lincoln!
Makes me wish we lived closer so I could have her come over and babysit. ;)

Can you find Lincoln?
So a cute story about Alydia: she asked her mom "When Tiffany has her baby who will I play with?" and I got to thinking about how Lincoln is getting to that age where he will soon probably ditch her to hang out with the boys. Don't worry Alydia- we have a cute snuggly baby on the way for you! :)
Little ornery buddies!
That is all for now- hopefully coming soon is a blog about my boys. ;)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Ode to Mothers

My Aunt just gave me a book that I am really excited to read: Out of the Spin Cycle by Jen Hatmaker. I opened the front cover to read this and just thought it was worth sharing (because let's be real- we could all stand to read this):

A (fairly lame) Ode to Mothers
An ode to the marvelous woman called "Mother"
Though not one of us is exactly like another.
From the second we're born to the minute we die
Our preference are as limitless as stars in the sky.
We might have been perfectly gracious before
But childbirth entered us in the Mommy War.
Rather than letting everyone else be
We criticize perenting that isn't exactly like...me.
So once and for all let me put this to rest
None of us owns the title of "best."
Natural childbirth does not make you a hippy
Epidurals are not just for women who want to feel trippy.
In a bathtub with a doula or in a hospital bed
We all got a baby with limbs and a head.
Nursing is great if nothing goes wrong
But some nipples turn inward and refuse to play along.
This is a choice for each mom- it's her route
So it's just A+B= and everyone else can C their way out.
Schedules and timers do not make you cruel
Feeding on demand does not make you a fool.
In the nursery with a monitor or in the family bed
Every chick gets to pick where her baby lays his head.
If I see one more mom roll her eyes at "organic.."
"Partically hydrogenated" throws some of us into panic.
But neither judge Sonic burgers and fries
Some of us just want to enjoy food before we die.
Preschool, home school, public, or Montessori
Listen, my friends, and I'll tell you a story:
Two moms differed on favorite school trends
Their kids turned out pretty much the same. The end.
If a girl gets the title of "mom" accidentally
The worst thing we can do is treat her judgmentally.
How about some love,  some help, some advice?
She needs our love and we shouldn't think twice.
Discipline through various methods will prevail
Look, we're all just trying to keep our kids out of jail.
These things are just preferences, not right or wrong
What matters more is teaching our kids to get along-
To love and to share, to speak gently and kind,
To obey so that mom won't go out of her mind.
Showing them Jesus is our common groun
Teaching them how he can always be found.
He's present in public school and Waldorf (so trendy)
He's over at Whole Foods but also at Wendy's.
Jesus never cared about these sorts of things
It's our hearts that he wants to the worship we bring.
It's time for us moms to declare a truce
Regardless if we buy Capri Sun or 100 percent juice.
My way is not your way, and  your way isn't mine
But both of our kids will turn out just fine.
Rather than judging and looking down our noses
Let's enjoy the common ground motherhood poses.
As believers, we all love the same good Lord
We all have children who tell us "I'm bored."
We all need more sleep than these tiny five hours
Most of us struggle to find time for a shower.
We haven't been to the bathroom alone in an age
Our mothers have all told us, "Relax, this is just a stage."
We all love our babies so much we coud die
We'd take a bullet for each one without batting an eye.
Though we are different, we're in the same tribe
Motherhood requires a similar vibe-
Love and affection, sacrifice and grace
laughter, which keeps the whole mechanism in place.
Though different, by the grace of God, I suspect:
ALL our children will rise up and call us...collect.
She looks well to how things go in her household...Her children rise up and call her blessed.
Proverbs 31:27-28

Monday, September 24, 2012


Hey boys lets line you up and take a cousins picture!
Mr. Cru I did not say wrestle! Now everybody look at the camera and smile:
Ahem, Cru you are still trying to wrestle!
Oh my goodness I think we got one!
(although I'm pretty sure Cru is thinking ok I'll lay here but I'm not going to be happy about it)
Maybe if I keep looking at the camera she won't notice my arm sneaking over.
Ok, I think we'll call it quits.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Unfortunate Mishap

This picture is from last Sunday, but it still makes me laugh out loud every time I see it:
This is why you do not let your kids play in the tackle box (ahem- Shawn :P).
Lincoln got himself into quite the predicament!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Ledges

So I realize it is a little late to be blogging about labor day weekend, but that is the story of my life. :)
Have you ever been to Ledges State Park up between Boone and Madrid? It is AWESOME!!
Shawn and I used to go there a lot when we lived in Woodward, but we had not gone since we had kids. I really don't know why it took us so long to take the boys there, they were in heaven!!
They started by sliding down this nice little dirt slide:

And headed straight for the stream!

Shawn had them trying to catch minnows but they were a little too fast for my boys.

I can't believe how easy this picture was to take, I just told them both to sit on this rock and smile and they didn't even hesitate. Definately a first for these two.

Lincoln has been into picking up rocks lately so you can imagine the pure joy he felt when he saw how many there were. Once his hands were full, he started finding other places to stash them. :P
"Mom, look at my strong muscles! I moved all of these rocks!"
You know a little boy is having fun when his clothes look like this:
We packed a very "manly" picnic of deer brats, and Dorritos. ( I know terribly unhealthy)
Then, after a quick change of clothes, we decided to try hiking.
Kallen actually turned out to be a Great little hiker! But with Lincoln and his obsession of picking up every single stick and rock he sees, we were doing a little too much of this:
So we ended up hiking like this:

 Kallen spent a lot of time exploring off of the trails
And a little bit of time doing this:
Kallen was excited to make it all the way to the top and thought he needed to touch the sign.
A quick family photo to capture the moment and our day was complete.
Like I said, I don't know why it took us so long to take the boys there but we will definately be doing it again soon!