Saturday, March 31, 2012

Day 44. 2012.

Embarking on this journey of project life has taught me a lot about the kind of person I am, and the kind of person I strive to become each and every day.

Certain aspects of my life have always remained at the top and they are of utmost importance to me... family, faith, friends, education, service.

But there is one certain aspect that seems to come and go, and falters from time to time and that is....

My health.

I used to consider it a huge part of my life and then somewhere amidst changing diapers and screaming babies and a life that seemed to get increasingly busier and busier, I let it fall by the wayside.

I caught myself always thinking that tomorrow would be better, and I would get back on the bandwagon and eat better and exercise more.

Well, those tomorrow's keep passing me by and are blending together to become my life.

And then, these past few weeks, I have had a breakthrough.

I realize that TODAY is the day that I will start living the life I was born to LIVE.

To truly be happy with me, myself, and I once and for all!

I am not focusing so much on weight loss (although it would be NICE to beat my sister at the little 'bet' we have going right now!), but on transforming the way I think, act, and live each and every day.

One day at a time has never meant so much to me as it does now.

Afterall, what doesn't kill you makes you STRONGER, right?


And I realize that the quote I posted above says that I am not trying to impress you...

but I can't help but post this photo...

I am so proud to have made it 4's been a LONG time since I saw that number!


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Day 43. 2012.

If there is something that I am extremely passionate about and that I seem to talk about an awful lot, it is educating my kids.

I am a mom first and foremost, but as a mom I feel that it is important that I be my children's first teacher.

From those first moments of reading to my growing belly, to trying to find math problems that stump my seven year old (which can be quite the challenge with my math minded kid, I have to say!), I am always 'teaching'.

Most of the time I don't even realize that I am doing it, I am just playing and having fun with them(or trying to get them out of my hair).

And sometimes, they surprise me by revealing just how much they know, especially when it's a subject that I don't feel like I have worked with them much on.

Tyson doesn't like to show us how smart he is, in fact, when we ask him to count he will often start by saying, 1, 2, 7, 8, 13 (with a sly smile on his face...he knows he isn't doing it right).

So, when I got the math mat out for the older kids to play with, I didn't think that he would want to have anything to do with it.

When he asked for a turn and I set it up for him (to identify the numbers 1-10), I was extremely shocked that he knew a lot of them.

The way that he learned them was by playing with his Thomas choo-choo's.

He was associating the numbers with the engines they went with.

For instance, Thomas was 1, Percy was 6, and so on.

I smiled, it was such a GREAT moment!

I knew then that all of those hours spent playing with, and watching trains was paying off!

I wish, that as a teacher, I was able to discover what motivates each and everyone of my students to learn and then create individual plans and goals for each of them.

I think that I can do this to a certain extent, but I worry that there aren't enough hours in the day!

Tyson was able to learn his numbers and his colors simply by loving his trains and playing with them...not by us counting with him or showing him the numbers.

This time, I was the one who was the one getting the lesson.

I love it when my kids teach me a thing or two! DSC_1145

Monday, March 26, 2012

Day 42. 2012.

First of all, I have to say a HUGE thank you to all of you who made my day extra special and made me feel like such a celebrity!

You made me smile!

One question that has been weighing on my mind lately though, is just what in the world did we do before facebook and social media entered our lives?

We often hear from critics about how these tools can be such a drain on society, and a huge waste of our time, but there is something to be said about the tremendous good that it can do as well!

I believe there is nothing better when celebrating your birthday than to hear from all of the people who have touched your life in some way.

Just a simple happy birthday let me know that you were thinking of me and I want to say thank you!

I appreciate you more than you'll know!

Hearing from all of you brightened my day tremendously....this isn't the easiest day in the world for me, and hasn't been for the past five years.

My dad would have been 55 today...and even though he is no longer with me, I still feel like it's 'our' day.

Happy Birthday in heaven dad...I love you!

And since I don't want to end on a sad note, I am going to share a photo from our fun (and just a wee bit stressful) night.

DSC_1132 Thanks to my happy (albeit a little wild and crazy) family for a memorable NIGHT!

 Love you!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Day 41. 2012.

There are so many times that I say this, but after witnessing how fast my nephew's first year went, I will say it grow up WAY TOO FAST!

I mean, really...look at this post (just click on the word 'post' and you can see what I'm talking about!).

Hard to believe that this photo was taken just over a year ago!

I know that my kids are growing up extremely fast, but with this little man it is so much quicker! 

It seems that time is passing by in the blink of an eye!

Gosh, I love this kid! 

Happy Birthday little man!

DSC_0929 He wasn't quite sure what to think of this whole BIG cake thing until mom helped him out a bit... DSC_0943 'mmmm mmm...this is so good!' DSC_0945 DSC_0955 DSC_0964 This next series of photos cracks me up, I mean had me laughing VERY LOUD! DSC_0966 Just watch Angela's face! DSC_0967 Priceless! DSC_0969 And all I could think was, 'hehehe, so glad it's not me!' DSC_0971 He stuck around to see the goods from a couple of gifts, but honestly, who has time sit still long enough to open gifts when there is so much to EXPLORE! DSC_0996 He is such a little daredevil and LOVES all slides at the moment! DSC_1017 DSC_1018 DSC_1020 All of the kids LOVED the slides! So fun! DSC_1044 DSC_0984 DSC_0987 This one was pretty fun too! DSC_1052 DSC_0869 DSC_0899 Love you little guy, I know that you had a FANTASTIC first birthday! DSC_1089

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Day 40. 2012.

This weather has been so good for our family time!

The boys had a great play time on the porch tonight after we went for a bike ride...

I couldn't help but grab the camera...I absolutely love taking photos like this!

These are those moments that I will look back on and want to remember!

It all started with a race....




(or in Tyson talk...ready, setty, GOOO FAST!) DSC_0711 DSC_0733 Someone didn't want his little brother to beat him! DSC_0745 All of this racing led to a good ol' fashion round of rough housing! DSC_0750 DSC_0759 'Come here Tanner, I WILL get you back!' DSC_0754 This is the face they gave me when I said, 'BOYS!' in a mad tone with a HUGE smile plastered to my face (they knew I wasn't the least bit mad!) DSC_0752
'I wuff you Tanner' DSC_0768 But I can still get you! DSC_0774 DSC_0778 My kids aren't so into 'posed' photos, can you tell? DSC_0804 DSC_0807 DSC_0808 And this was the best I could get, an annoyed...'MOM!' face....lovely. DSC_0813 Even the little guy doesn't like posing, even though he is the man of a million faces! DSC_0832 DSC_0831 DSC_0830 DSC_0839 And success! DSC_0845 We are so {HAPPY} that spring is here!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Day 39. 2012.

Why do these kids of mine keep on growing up so fast?!

Travis taught them the basics about driving the lawn mower tonight, one of them took the experience pretty seriously and the other was full of pure excitement!

Can you tell which is which by looking at these photos?

Oh, and don't worry, this lesson wasn't intended to get them to drive the lawn mower and really mow the grass....well, not yet anyway!

They were just having a good time!

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Day 38.2012.

Records were broken all around our great state today, as temperatures climbed into the 70's...yes, it can get that warm in Minnesota in mid-March!

Pretty unbelievable when we are just as warm or warmer than places in California and Florida!

These were some of my favorite shots of our outdoor time (which has been in abundance lately thanks to this spectacular weather!)

DSC_0552 DSC_0559 Somebody can't enough of the slide! DSC_0567