Friday, August 28, 2015

Manly Man

My Hubby is a manly man.  He eats fire for breakfast and kills a bear for dinner.

When I asked my manly man to take care of a wasps' nest inside the side view mirror of my work vehicle (the car had sat dormant all summer), I should have known that his manly encounter with wasps would not stop at my side view mirror.

After eradicating the next in my car, he circled the house to see if any other nests had deigned to be built on our property.  Low and behold, he saw one at the cornice of our roof and immediately decided to attack.

In his shorts and flip-flops, he climbed a ladder up to our roof, walked on the lower level up to the cornice, aimed his wasp spray and let 'er rip.

The wasp spray did its job... but as you can imagine, fumigated wasps began flying, flopping, and falling everywhere.  And, as you can imagine, Hubby began dancing and prancing -- on our roof -- in his flip-flops trying to avoid them.

Well, my manly-man eradicated the wasps without a single sting (I never doubted him), but did leave us discussing possible safer ways to handle wasps nests in the future.

I love my manly Hubby.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tracey Ann - 19 Months

I have certainly fallen down on my monthly posts about Tracey Ann's progress... and even tonight, I don't think many pictures will accompany this post, but she is doing some awesome things that I want to make sure I remember down the road:
  • Tracey Ann LOVES to dance -- anytime she hears music playing, she starts flapping her arms and stomping her feet... it is absolutely adorable!
  • She has an "attitude look" that she will give us randomly -- not necessarily when she's upset with us... just randomly when she feels like it.  She narrows her eyes and points her head down and then looks up at you with a pout on her face, and it is absolutely hysterical.  After weeks of our wondering what in the world she is doing and where she learned this, we started giving the look back to her, and she immediately bursts out laughing.  So, we still don't know exactly what is up with this look, and I REALLY want to get a picture of her doing it, but it cracks us up!
  • She has recently started putting words together to ask "yes, please", "more, please", "help, please" and I am THRILLED!  I love that she is learning manners at such a young age.  The only problem is, she thinks if she says 'please' the answer should always be 'yes', and she gets upset when that is not the case.
  • Her hair is long enough for a pony tail or pigtails, and I absolutely love it!  I have quickly learned that I am not adept at toddler hair styles, but I LOVE that she is old enough for little pony tails.
  • She has started giving us hugs when we say that we need a hug, and it is adorable.
  • She can drink small amounts from a cup without spilling -- well, she can drink large amounts from a cup without spilling too, but after a few gulps, she gets bored and starts playing with the remaining milk in the cup, which makes a mess
  • In the past month, she has started saying "Hi" to everyone she sees.  Now, I know a lot of children that do this at a much younger age, and I've been theorizing why Tracey Ann has waited this long to be so social with strangers, and I think I know why she was hesitant before now -- As a baby, she was very cautious of strangers.  She never threw fits or clung to us, but when she saw people she didn't know, she would study them with a very serious look on her face.  She would not smile, wave, or talk to strangers, long after she was smiling, waving, and talking.  I think she is just naturally a girl who takes her time to warm up and feel comfortable in new situations and with new people.  Now, months later, she feels confident enough when we're out and about, seeing perfect strangers to smile, wave, and say, "Hi" to everyone she sees.
  • She is such a sweetheart and we thank God every day for such a precious, healthy daughter.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

New Appreciation

Well... I am 17+ weeks pregnant with twins -- not even halfway along (Lord Willing), and I must say... I have a brand new appreciation for tv shows and movies who depict women who are pregnant and miserable.  Now, I am not miserable... but I am finding these plot lines much funnier than I ever have before.

For example, this montage of Rachael and Phoebe pregnant on Friends had me laughing hysterically.  Phoebe is carrying triplets, which I love, and Rachael is just a wimp... but it's still really funny.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Bradley Training

I haven't meant to be silent for the past few days, but I have been exhausted!  I have been down in Denver taking classes in how to teach Bradley Method of childbirth, which, if you remember, is the method of natural childbirth that Hubby and I studied and had a wonderful experience with in birthing Tracey Ann.

I have spent the last three months reading, studying, and completing academic assignments... then I've spent the last four days in Denver attending 12 hours of classes a day becoming a Certified Bradley Method instructor.

My mom flew in from Michigan to watch Tracey Ann while I was in classes... and it was a very long few days.  While they were a whirlwind, I learned SO much, made some good friends, and I'm returning to Rifle fully certified as a Provisional Teacher to start teaching Bradley Classes.

A huge thank you to my mom, dad, and Hubby for helping make this training possible for me.  I am so excited to begin teaching expectant parents out here.

Stay tuned...

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Inexpressible Comfort

"Oh, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person: having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them out.  Just as they are--chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with a breath of kindness, blow the rest way."

~ Dinah Maria (Mulock) Craik 1826-1887

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Happy Birthday to my wonderful Mother!

You are my best friend! 
You have taught me everything I know about being a wife, a mother, a daughter, and a decent person.

Thank you for everything you've invested in my life and for running anytime I need you.

Perfect example:  Today, my mom is flying to Denver to spend four days watching Tracey Ann while I attend conferences.

Thank you so much, Momma!