Sometimes 'old' is the 'new and exciting'! You know.. like old toys that are stored away from the kids and then pulled out again means a whole afternoon of entertainment for them (if you are lucky)! Well, tonight i found this 'old' blog. So i'm trying it out again. I always was one to get bored quickly with my regular things and life. For example: 1) I paint often...making rooms change their looks. 2) I day dream. Yes, you read that right. At 28? Well, i got it from my mom. :) She was a dreamer too. 3) I'm not very sentimental...i pitch often. 4) When my husband decides to move/remodel once again, instead of becoming upset...i look forward to the change!  Altho...I must say. I hope this house takes him 'forever' to finish, because I wanna stay here always. Plus, he says our next move will be somewhere out of the country. Brazile was mentioned. Excuse me??

Anyways... I was bored with xanga. So i'm trying out a post on here again. It looks like the last time i posted was over a yr and 1/2 ago! It's a good thing i use the same password for almost, pretty much e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. :) Oterwise I woulda NEVER remembered how to get back on here.

School pictures coming up.... tomorrow. If your interested. It's just homeschool pics... not that exciting ... but it's what we are doing these days.

I'll be back!
 
 
I'll get a post written in here yet, while it's still January. :) That's good.

Wow....What a rough couple of weeks!! Jeff's back has been giving him lots of problems....but two weeks ago it totally gave out on him. He was out in the cold and snow and realized he couldn't walk anymore. He tried to drag himself to the house but he was in so much pain he couldn't. Two guys came over and half carried, half drug into the house. I cried, it was so awful to see him in so much pain. So it's been a lot of laying around and a lot of doctor appointments for him. :( Not fun at all. I feel so sad that he can't be out playing hockey this winter. Hopefully he will heal.....and sooner rather than later, God!

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I am SO into leggings for the girls!! So darling, they are....both the leggings and the girls. ;)
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Here's a little white pair from OLD NAVY under her skirt. Adorable!
Also, those wooden 'paper' dolls with the magnetic clothes are absolutely PERFECT for a 4 yr old!! Kenzie loves, loves, loves them!

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Well, i am sure i had more to blog about, but i had  just way too many interuptions....and Madi Jo is running a fever. My poor baby dear. I got to get off of here. It's a whole lot harder than it used to be to just sit down and blog!! But I'll be back....sometime. Love to all!!
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I wish 'doing' things would give me the happy 'spirit of Christmas'. Things like making chocolate covered pretzles and chocolate covered Nutter Butters....mmm. I wish hearing Chrismas music all over town and making cinn. rolls for the Christmas trays for the elderly would put me in the 'mood'. Surely wrapping presents would do it!! Or decorating the house?  But no....not for this girl. I even made snowflakes with Kenzie and the neighbor kids. Sadly, nothing seems christmasy to me....do catch up little heart & soul!!!! I'm waiting. Maybe it's cause I'm looking in all the wrong places for the christmas feeling.... But I've been looking to Jesus too, and I know He's the real, true meaning of Christmas. So what's wrong with me?
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I cant let you miss out on this little bit of cuteness. :) What a sweet chubby baby. But, wow, she's been a grrrrrrouch lately. My 'good, good' baby is now...well let's just say, not so good, anymore. But how I do love her.
And I get a break tonight!! Jeff and I are going 'out'. Quite giddy to be with him on a date. I get him all to myself with no littles to get in the way.

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Love you guys! And Merry Christmas!
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How in the world did my baby get from this,
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to this?
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I knew she was getting bigger of course....but wow. The other day I realized how much older she is acting. Watching her play 'peek-a-boo' is the cutest thing ever. The way she hides her face is just too adorable. And jumping off that fridge is pretty exciting for her too. :)

One thing I don't like about this stage is how fussy, demanding, and LOUD she can get! But her smiles and laughter and cuteness make up for it, I guess.

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Aw....she was just SO tiny here!

 
 
Like I said, life was busy...all of a sudden busy! It seemed like a long time till Jenni's wedding (Jeff's sis)......and then all at once there was so much to do and only a few weeks left! She had a beautiful wedding. I will miss her now that she is gone. We always had so much fun together. She's a crazy kid - I love her so.
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Such pretty girls!!
After the wedding we hung out with family for awhile. Lots of talking, kids, rook, and drama. Yeah, there's always the drama. :) And also in the middle of all this, MacKenzie turned 4! She is DELIGHTED to be so old.
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We had 2 birthday parties for her and then of course 2 cakes. A birthday party with the Millers and one with the Zimmermans. Yesterday she asked for another cake. :) I think she wants to re-live the birthday fun. :) But then of course...maybe it's just because she loves cake so well.
Oh and I also took photos of kids. Yeah, it was fun.
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And then there was THANKSGIVING! I think it was my most favorite thanksgiving ever. It was low key, no stress, and FUN. Troy and Jenny came home from their honeymoon ....and then we all hung out for days and even slept overnight at Ma and Pa Zimmerman's. :) Anyway, it was relaxing and the food was GOOD. We even got some shopping in.

Well, the girls seem to be getting loud, so....later!!
 
 
So I've been busy....that's partly why I haven't been updating. But like I told Jeff tonight, "I have way too cool of friends". Everywhere I look/read you guys are doing something fun, creating something awesome, your decorating style is out of this world, and you're dressing way too cute. etc etc. :) I'm so discouraged with myself! 
 love you anyways and all your awesomeness! I will post soon, like maybe tomorrow, but Jeff needs my computer- his is on the blink. So we must share. Bummer - I hate sharing. :)
 
 
Jeff had to get up early to spread fertilizer....I got up too after I blinked the sleep out of my eyes..... and we talked and smiled together while he ate his breakfast. The sunrise was pretty.  
Early mornings. Today when I woke up, it brought back memories of when I was little. Happy little memories of just mom and me - early - before everyone else got up. :)

Today i am going shopping!! Excited! Kenzie is staying at grandma rose's and 'helping' with yard work. I am taking Madison, but at this point she is EASY peasy to take along! I need a bunch of house items and winter clothes for the girls..... but we are also doing more wedding shopping for Jeff's sis. Bring it on!!!

I am so proud. My little fam took christmas pics last night and i found/made the picture-card design myself. I ordered 100 pics for less than $20!! Go me! :) I love saving money in ways like that!!

Gotta get off here! Luv!
 
 
I had other plans for today.... but I woke up SICK. :( So now I'm just wasting the hours away in bed. Uggg.
 
 
Been thinking ALOT about relationships lately. I am blessed to have some very GOOD friends and relationships in my life........
 
But there are those that take work to make the relationship work. :) I really want to be the kind of person that gives up my ideas/things for the sake of others.....for the sake of a good relationship. The kind that forgives when mistreated. And I also want to be the kind of person that accepts others just as they are. Believe me this stuff is hard to do and sometimes I want to run away from it all.....lots of times I mess up.....but i keep trying. And maybe that is what matters the most?

Here's a shout out to my friends and family!
  *Do not think I did not notice the sweet card from my mom-in-law. it meant alot.
 *The kind words from my Dad, written to me in a little note then sent from his mailbox to mine...They were just what I needed. 
*Do not think I did not notice the cute onesies for Madison from a lady in my church. I can never get over how genuine and kind you are. Even if we dress different from eachother - you always look past my clothes to ME. You do not judge.
*And {{Marlea}} I felt loved when you made me those yummy cinn. rolls. And you even cared enough  to give me a beautiful Bible cover only because I wanted one.
 *Mom, I loved that you canned applesauce in 'little' jars, just for me
*And to another dear lady in my church, I loved that you were my prayer partner and stopped in last week just to give me a little friendship book. I like that I can be friends with you and you 'get' my humor even if you're twice my age.
*To all my FFE friends--- you will never know how much the cards, the words of affirmation meant to me the other week. Thank you so much.

I could go on....about the texts, the dried apples, the phone calls........... but I will just stop and say this:
It is rewarding to do your part at keeping those relationships in your life, good....Sometimes the blessings in doing this may seem few and far between....But they are there. Sometimes you can't even go on, but God gives strength, one day at a time. It may be that you can do nothing at all about a certain hard 'relationship'....but just pray. And that is all that is required of you.....you are doing your part! And God will take notice. 

 
 
 Been packing up this morning - getting ready to go on a little family get-away. So excited. Just ready to do nothing but RELAX for 2 days. :) Yeah, I know. We still got the kids - so not sure how much relaxation I'll actually be getting, but oh-well. Still fun. 
 
Well, I must go finish getting ready to go.......happy friday!