Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Isaac "where da pepper go?"
Me "what pepper?"
Him (pointing to the sugar) "der it is!"
"Honey, that's sugar."
"I want sugar"
"On what?"
"On my bowl."

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The 80s?!

I've been taking advantage of this beautiful Saturday morning to introduce the kids to some of the music I grew up on. Of course Isabelle was not thrilled. She asked me "How old is this music?" I said "Some of it is older than me."
She exclaimed, "like from the 80s?!" 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Girls' cute sayings

At 4 am I heard little Ellie calling, "Mama, Mooommmy". I went into her room and asked, "what do you need?"
"More candy"
"Oh water"

This morning Isabelle says to me, "Mom, did you know that most of the world is not earth?" I asked for clarification and she said, "like, there's way more water than earth". I asked "oh, when did you learn that?" Thinking maybe it was discussed in Sunday School. 
"Just now, this movie has a spinning world at the beginning and I could see it."

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Smell funny?

Elijah went running past me and I caught a whiff of a familiar odor. I said "Elijah? Do you smell funny?" 
He stopped midstride, looked at me and breathed heavily through his nose making a sniffing sound.  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Isaac was practicing "one, two, free..."
I asked "what comes after three?"
With no hesitation he exclaimed,
"Spank your butt!" 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

She's so young!

Isabelle "How old is Grandma?" 
Daryl "oh, shoot, sixty-"
"SIXTY?! But she looks so young!"

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Defiance in the first degree

This morning Ellie was walking around with a snack cup of cereal. She started dancing and accidentally spilled some. I said "uh oh, we better pick it up" 
"No!" Was the response
In tried gently coaxing her but she was adamant.
I finally said "you need to pick this up with me our you're going to get a swat."
Her response?
She walked over to the spot where she had spilled and dumped her remaining cereal. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

"I'm almost a grown up"

Last night while talking to me Isabelle announced, "Mom, I'm almost a grown up!" 
I asked how she figured that. She said "after 7, comes 8, after 8, 9, after 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 , 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, and then I'm a grown up!"

Monday, September 29, 2014

A Wonderful Weekend

Hubby took us on an Excursion this weekend to explore some local beauty. 

The views were fantastic! We found some places that we may like to camp as the kids get a little older. 

None of the pictures do justice to how high we were or how steep the sides were. I'm normally quite calm while riding in mountain terrain, but I shrieked in terror a couple times on this trip. 

As Daddy contemplated our proceedings, the kids started drifting off for naps. 

Those tracks in the rear view are where our heavy duty 4x4 started sliding sideways on the freshly rained upon clay road! What a spooky feeling to be up so high and sliding! By the Grace of God it was on level ground with bushes and trees lining the sides of the road. 

The days are long, but the years are short. I'm glad we abandoned a boring Saturday of housework for an adventure as a family.

And then we ended our weekend as perfectly as possible with a houseful or potty-training kiddos. You see, for a week the kids' bathroom had been out of order. Our only clue was Isaac had been sitting on the toilet and flushing repeatedly and then told me "I flush it all gone". This is what was found...

Friday, September 26, 2014


When we moved Isaac into a Toddler Bed earlier Isabelle predicted "Isaac is going to climb in with Elijah". I didn't think anything of it.
Until tonight.
Some odd noises began escaping from the boys' room and when we went to investigate Isaac had relocated all of his bed things to Elijah's crib. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A New Chapter

We're driving home from Phoenix, Hubby and I. It's a time of discouragement, for me at least. In the last few months I have seen my health declining. I've begun attempts at exercising, along with vitamins and good food, but I've gone into Atrial Fibrilation 4 times in the last 2 months. It has been frustrating because it requires rapid response, someone has to come watch the kids, we have to make the 4.5 hour trek to Phoenix, get checked into the Emergency Department at St. Joseph's hospital, wait for my cardiologist to approve a cardioversion, then they shock me and we head home. Until this time. This time they shocked me three times and I remained out of sync. At that point they decided to admit me for the night, put me on an amniodarone drip (it's a heart medication that helps convert to a normal sinus rythym) and try again in the morning. Which is what they did. And it worked, Praise The Lord! 
But what has caused this to happen so frequently? But is there a way to fix it? But this isn't fair to my husband. But this isn't fair to my dear mother-in-law who has been watching my kids for 2 days! But I have little kids who I'd really like to raise into amazing God-fearing adults who give us oodles of grandbabies to spoil! 
So, I'm on an increased dosage of my heart medication and we have an appointment with an electrophysiologist next Friday. Maybe he will have some answers. Maybe he won't. 
For now I need to figure out how to focus on my priorities: My relationship with Christ and training my children why I love Him. And then that other stuff, try to make my body get stronger, so that I can have a smooth running household and I can be a cheerful wife and I can homeschool my kids. 
At this point all prayers are greatly appreciated. I know that the Creator of the Universe is not surprised and can be glorified in all of this, but it sure feels easy to be discouraged. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Isaac's telling stories

Isabelle tells me "Mom, Isaac has a poopy diaper!"
Me "Isaac, did you poop?"
Isaac "no..."
Me "no? Did someone else poop in your diaper?"
Isaac "yes, Ecknell" (Isabelle)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tummy aches

My kids keep me giggling. Today it was Isabelle.... She kept running to the restroom, and told me she'd had diarrhea earlier in the day. I was concerned because there are a lot of bugs going around. Then I noticed the Fiber One bar box from Sam's Club on the table, and I questioned her,
 "how many of these have you had?" her response "like...when?"
"Isabelle, how many of these bars have you eaten since Daddy brought them home yesterday afternoon?"
"Well, I had one, well, actually two, for bedtime snack last night, and one this morning for breakfast."
"Isabelle, I think you now understand why we told you that you could have ONE each morning for breakfast!"