Sunday, November 6, 2011

I'm glowing!!!

I cut 23 inches of hair off yesterday!! I'M FREE!!!

I am not pregnant! I have been asked if I was probably 8 times in the past week! My liver is enjoying all the raw foods I am pumping in and my skin now has a beautiful healthy glow!  I glow while pregnant, so I am guessing people see my raw glow and think number 6 is on the way. I even tested to be sure, I AM NOT PREGNANT!

I am doing well.  I've been 100% raw now 5 days in a row. I went to only 75% because we were gone all last weekend and it was so hard to not eat cooked out. I am home now and all raw. I feel amazing! I am going to try to get back to posting daily, but I am busy!  We leave 2 weeks from Wednesday for our vacation! I have so much to do it's not even funny.  I'm repairing diapers for someone, sewing clothes for a few more, and then I'm going to make some outfits for Jojo because he's way too big for the clothes he wore over the summer.  It's pretty hard to find summer clothes in November!

I am not going to be all raw on my vacation.  I also am having Thanksgiving at my house on the 12th. I can't wait to see everyone, however, I don't want to break my raw diet.  I feel amazing.  I feel more energetic, my thoughts are clearer, and I'm just over all happy!  I am only down 8 lbs (thanks to not eating very good for the 25% that was cooked...), but I feel my body is healing.  Ryan is also starting to feel good.

The kids are awesome.  Jesse has totally calmed down!  I was having serious issues with him acting out and just a couple days of tweaking his diet, he's really mellowed out.  I've got my boy back!  Kathryn is about the same, but her skin is also starting to take that glowing look.  Liam is having the hardest time, he hates salads. I have him mostly on fruit and raw nuts and he loves those.  He asks for curtain favorites daily though.  Tinkerbell is fabulous!! She loves being raw probably the most.  She found out that burgers were cows and chicken nuggets were chickens and she was so upset she cried!

She has enlightened me that you really shouldn't give your children meat till they are old enough to decide for themselves if they want to eat meat (or junk for that matter!) or not. At least till they are able to understand that they are eating animals.  I am for animal rights, but I do not think it is wrong to eat them. I myself enjoy a steak just as much as anyone every once in awhile.  But I think the person eating it should be able to understand that what they put into their mouth was once alive. It never even dawned on me that I didn't tell her she was eating animals! (OOPS!!)  She's an animal lover, I can see her working as a vet in a huge zoo somewhere one day. That was totally my mistake.  So raw agrees with her well.

My milk supply has had such a huge jump! Jonah and Jemima are really loving that!   Jonah is also eating raw fruits a little bit (bananas, apples, grapes... all pealed and mashed of course!) and he looks great. Once my juicer replacement parts come in I am going to make him raw juice.  I wasn't going to let him start on soilds so soon, but he made it loud and clear HE was ready.

(Yes, that is a sposie on his bum... as I said, we've been busy, we were gone all last weekend!)

Little goober is nearly crawling! He gets on his knees and rocks, and then crawls a bit and then starts this really funny looking inch worm movement to get where he wants to be. He is determined to be a big boy! That makes me sad.  I said to him the other day "listen here little man, if you want to be the youngest for a long time, you BETTER BE MY BABY!!!" He just giggled at me, not sure what that meant! ;)

Well, house work is screaming my name.  I better get to it!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Days 4, 5, and 6

I caught a cold.  It wasn't that big of a deal, just a slight sore throat and stuffiness.  Everyone but Jesse caught it as well.

Our dinner date was great!  We have finally found the perfect person to babysit!  Her name is Kelsey, and she's willingly agreed to watch my youngsters as often as I need.  My children adore her, so that's a plus too! So anyone in Lexington that needs a sitter, I'll give you her info, just so long as you don't take her away on the days that I need her! lol

I was 80% raw and still vegan on Thursday.  That's when the sore throat hit.  We had dance class, which was great for Jemima, but Kathryn isn't enjoying it.  They are dancing to kiddy songs and with stuffed animals, yes, that's perfectly normal for her age group, however she's just so mature it's boring for her. She loves dance, she dances around the house all day long, she just needs to be with older girls.  We go in for a fall festival tomorrow and I hope to get the chance to talk to someone and see if we can try another class.
Anyhow, with the sore throat and upset girl from dance, we decided on hot soup.  Bean soup actually, and it really hit the spot.  It was SO COLD out too.

Friday I decided to pack in the vitamin C and kick this cold.  I had 8 oranges and 3 grapefruits.  I felt great when Ryan got home and the kids somehow talked us into going out for dinner.  Whoops!  I had a headache and didn't feel like salad, so we did. ha.  We also went to Walmart to get a battery for my van and Kathryn wanted to get a doll with the money she had been saving.  Not just any doll, but the Tangled doll.  The only one this Walmart had!
Jemima did NOT understand that Kathryn PAID for the doll with her OWN money and boy did we have a melt down.  You have to know Jemima to truly understand this, she NEVER has a melt down.  She may be 2 1/2, but she's amazing and never has melt downs, she's a happy go lucky kid... This, Kathryn getting the Tangled doll (Tangled just so happens to be Jemima's favorite movie after Tinker Bell) and Jemima getting nothing broke her little heart.  So badly, she sobbed all through dinner, most of the way home (Kathryn let her hold her doll and that hushed her up till she took it back), at home and through bedtime routine, and then in bed... For a whole hour!!! She was just so sad! So we did what I swore I'd never do for a child just to shut them up... We got her dressed and Ryan took her to another Walmart (I live 10 minutes with in 5 Walmarts!) to get a doll for her.  She cried the whole way to the store till the doll was safely in her arms. It wasn't the spoiled brat yell "I WANT THAT BABY NOW!!" cry, no, she was sobbing as if someone killed her bestest friend.  Her heart was broken!  Needless to say, it was 11 when they got in last night.. That doll hasn't left her arms for more than a few minutes today.  She set her down when she had to eat, potty, shower, and brush her teeth.  You can bet the doll was right where she could see it though!

Today I woke up feeling fine, I was a bit tired, but otherwise okay.  We decided to go see Ryan's Mom and Grandmother who just so happen to be in the same nursing home. (Ryan's mom was just placed there... LONG story... she think's she's getting out next month, but I'm thinking she's going to be there for a long time)  No one had fevers, no more runny noses or coughing, so this was the perfect time to go.  That was nice. The other people living there were so sweet to my children, and the children really enjoyed being there.  I prepped them first, as they had never been in a home before.  I explained that the people living there didn't get visitors a lot, and they loved seeing children.  I asked them to say Hello to everyone they walked past and if the person wanted to chat with them, that they should respond.
Ryan's grandma has dementia and she didn't even remember him.  However there would be times she'd look at him and say "I know I know you, I just can't remember!"  She was so happy to see the kids though and we had a nice time visiting.  While she was hugging Kathryn goodbye she said "You are my first Granddaughter!" and no one had told her that before, so deep down, she does know us.
We visited mostly in the main room.  Many folks came up to see my 5 blonde headed blessings.  Jonah was a hit!  He grins at everyone and really showed off for whoever came over to say hello.  I let one lady hold him and that just really blessed her.
Jemima got a bit scared at one point.  There was this old man in a wheelchair that came over to talk and she was really friendly with him till she saw he had no legs, she started to cry and asked to go home.  I took her into the bathroom and we talked about it and I told her that man was just like Winter (Dolphin Tale).  He got hurt and lost his legs just like Winter got hurt and lost her tail.  She was okay after that and even walked over to him to say goodbye when it was time to go.
Liam is my most friendly child. He went up to pretty much everyone and said "Hi! I'm Liam! I'm 3 1/2 and I bumped my head a few days ago, but it doesn't hurt!" If the person was able to answer back, he would answer questions and then say "I love Bumble Bee, and Iron Man, and Spider Man, and Batman. Today Bumble Bee is my favorite!" He is the funniest kid ever. :-D
This was good for all of us.  If we are still enjoying good health, we plan on going again next week.
Bad thing was, I didn't even think about packing food.  By the time we left, I was so hungry I could have ate the food the nurses were serving there (and it looked YUCK!), so we had another cooked meal.  Let me tell you, it's HARD being raw when you are out.  At least I am staying about 75%  I hope I can be 100% tomorrow, but we have this dance thing, so I don't know.

I've lost another pound though, so at least I'm not gaining!  My hair doesn't seem to be falling out as much either.  I am at least being careful not to eat junk! I am getting better. My pants are starting to be too big.  So all in all, it's going pretty well!!  Being 75% raw is better than no raw at all! :-D

(I'll have pictures next time. Right now I am typing on my NEW laptop Ryan surprised me with and the picture program isn't set up yet!)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

On this day 12 years ago.... and Day 3

I was 16 years old, and on this day on this day 12 years ago,one of the greater things that has ever happened in my life was about to happen! I was about to welcome a new baby sister.  (I can not find a picture of a newborn Susanna!)

6 months old and going potty! EC ROCKS!

She was welcomed by 3 much older siblings and we all fell in love.  We all fought for turns at holding her, I was usually the one that won!

Susanna Grace was my baby! I got to hold her for hours shortly after birth, I was the first to wash her, first to dress her, first to change her diapers. First one to get peed on (Yeah, thanks for that! lol).

She had many nicknames (poor kid!) given by her all too loving, yet well meaning siblings. Zannie was my favorite. I called her Zannie all the time.  She informed me about 6 years ago that her name was SUSANNA.  I sometimes slip and call her Zanna to this day, but she's pretty forgiving.  My Dad (He called me HOSS, so don't feel too bad Susanna) started calling her Baby Cakes (or BC for short).  Shortly after that, Jake started calling her that, and then everyone else took on Baby Cakes. Rachel called her Spider Monkey.  We each had a name for her! lol  She will always be Zannie to me though, even though I am forced to call her by her God given name, Susanna now.

She was a cute little thing, and just like her big sister, she had a mean streak. Partly to having so many big people wrapped around her little finger!  She said jump, every single one of us, including my parents asked "how high"  Grandma said "she's spoiled, I cal smell her all the way here in Florida!!" :-D  She wasn't spoiled though, just well/overly loved.

She was my girl.  I made sure to pack her with me everywhere I went.  Leaving her behind when I got married was one of the hardest things I had ever done. Luckily for the first year I was just next door.  I remember her walking her 4 year old self to my house with a change of clothes in hand wanting me to give her a bath.  Since birth that had been my job, and she wasn't willing to let someone take over any time soon! :-D

 Now she's nearly grown up on me! 12 years old! I remember being 12 myself, like it was yesterday!!  She's grown up to be a very beautiful and talented young lady.  You should see her dance!  You'd never guess she's only been doing it 3 1/2 years, she's got so much raw talent.  One of the best dancers I've ever seen.  She surely does have a huge future if she keeps this up. :)

She is now taller than I am too.  She has no problem reminding of my shortness every time I see her. lol

Now she's nearly grown and I got my own little girls to watch.  Susanna is the reason I am the mama I am, she pretty much taught me everything there is to know about being a mom.  She's no longer just my baby sister, she's one of my best friends too.

Such a good girl through and through. Loved by all.  Her nieces think she's the greatest person on earth. I've heard more than once from my girls that "when I'm all big, I want to be like Aunt Susanna!"

Zannie with my girls! 

Happy Birthday Zannie!! (hey, it's my blog, I can call you what ever I want here! ha ha!!)  I love you a lot!! Go for your dreams and follow your heart. I have no doubt life is just going to shine for you. I am so proud that I got to have a tiny hand in raising you. :) You make us all very proud. 

Day 3.

2 more lbs down!! I am not even exercising any more than usual. I had sweet potato pie for breakfast and apple pie for lunch.  I feel a lot more energetic today too! Who wouldn't after losing 12 lbs though!!  Got a lot done today, I've almost finished a diaper order, my house is almost cleaned, and the floors have even been mopped!  It's date night too, so even better!! 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Day 2

"Song, song of the South! Sweet Potato Pie and I shut my mouth!!"

My Mom posted a raw pumpkin pie recipe today ( and I knew that was something I must try!  However, the kids didn't want me to cut into their pumpkins just yet, so I used sweet potatoes.  Yes, it did in fact taste as good as it looks.  Actually, I think I like this pie RAW better!!!  The crust was out of this world great.  I changed the recipe quiet a bit, but this was amazing!  So good....
It was plate lickin' good!  The only one that didn't like it was Jemima. She hates pumpkin and sweet potatoes. No big deal, more for me!  100% guilt free, I can eat the whole thing if I want. :-D However, it is very filling and one slice after my cucumber, tomato, and dill salad, and I was very full!!

This was so great, all the kids ate seconds.  It has onions, garlic, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, and liquid aminos, as well as dill, cucumbers, and tomatoes.  I saved the "juice" left over and will use it in a salad for later.  

We also had raw egg plant pizza today.  Surprisingly, this was awesome too.  Tasted just like pizza.  

It was a great raw day food wise. I ate a lot of bananas and apples. I was never once even tempted to eat something else.  The best thing about the whole family being raw, there is no temptation! The food I've been making lately though, it's not even missed.

Otherwise, this day was pretty lousy.  Everyone was in a mood, including the dog! Kids did the school and chores, very grumpy and grumbling. They were picking at each other too.  It is not because of the new diet, that I am sure.  My whole entire family is under stress right now (I mean family outside of my home) and the little guys are feeling it too.  They aren't really old enough to understand what is going on, but at the same time, they know something is up and are feeling everyone's sadness.  My sister was really abused by a jerk (who is now in jail, thank goodness!), but it was really bad. Please be praying for her and her 3 sweet boys! 

Tomorrow is cheat night. I'm not wishing for it as much as I thought I would! Ryan and I are going out kid free with his company. I plan on going pretty much full, that way my cooked intake isn't a lot. It's a sushi place, and that's raw, SO! Not really cheating all that much! :) I am looking forward to getting out of the house with just Ryan and I!  We don't do that often enough.

And now for something adorable!

Look who's sitting!! He can sit this way for a long time now. He can catch himself before he falls now too. He will be 5 months old one week from today! 

Day 2, nearly 3 lbs down. I still feel exhausted, though I am only getting about 4 hours of sleep at night and no naps.  I hope once my body gets use to being healthy I will either not need sleep OR I will be able to sleep.  Jonah only wakes up once or maybe twice, after he wakes up, I'm up for good.

Until tomorrow!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Day 1

My breakfast. Oranges, raw almonds, pineapple, and dates
I wasn't going to talk about going raw this time, too much negative response makes it harder to stick with it! :)  However, this time, I feel like if I blog about it, I'll be more likely to keep it up.  My goals really aren't all about weight loss. My thyroid is out of whack and I feel lousy!  I do have extra pounds that need to go, and I know that will come as I get my health back.

I was 100% raw for 4 days 2 weeks ago and I lost 8 lbs. My Mom had a family get together, which I had planned for, and I ate. That didn't really break the diet totally, I have been 75% to 50% raw ever since.  My weight didn't budge and I still felt pretty bad.  I think that is because when I did have something cooked, it was mostly junk! :-D  We were on the go way too much though, so it was put on hold till today.

The difference this time, there is no other food in my house.  My kids saw me raw two weeks ago and begged to try it too.  So we are on a trial run this week.  So far, so good!  We are planning 2 cheat days a week to make this easier.  Not something bad for you, but cooked.  My kids will eat everything and anything, today was normal, they didn't missed cooked at all.

Snack was green smoothies!

Liam didn't want to try it, he's the one that looks at something and if it looks strange he has to be forced into trying it! :)  I made him take a sip and he then finished the whole glass!  Easy snack, 2 frozen bananas, a whole pineapple, and a bunch of kale, and then blend. So yummy!

Lunch was AWESOME! 

Raw Burritos!! 

They were so yummy the kids were pretty much licking the bowl clean. :-D  All it was, 2 avocados, 5 roma tomatoes, 3 ears of corn (raw), a chili pepper, cilantro, and an onion. We rolled them up in bib lettuce.

Dinner was a huge salad with mango salsa (2 mango, 4 tomatoes, 2 onions, and cilantro) which was great.

Raw "Apple Pie" for a before bed snack.

Today was a good food day!  We didn't get a whole lot done today.  The house is a total mess.  We did get school work done, meals all made (raw egg plant pizza in the dehydrator for tomorrow!) and cleaned up after.  It takes a bit more time making meals raw. It's a lot of chopping and dicing on my part! :)  Jojo is teething big time and he's so clingy! He doesn't want to be in a pouch, wrap, or ergo. He wants to be in my arms.

I am going to try to blog everyday, might not get to everyday, but I will try!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Everyone needs a 5 year old!!

Kathryn Grace age 5

This little girl, wow, some days I would be totally lost without her!!!

Today for instance, is one of those days!  

I haven't been sleeping much due to my adorable 4 1/2 month old!

 He still thinks night time is for playing and eating. He nurses ALL. NIGHT. LONG! Which has been great with my others, I could sleep too. Ha! Not with Jonah! He insists on being playful! Every time I shut my eyes, he wacks me in the head!!! Then giggles when I jump awake.  Such a stinker!

This morning, I dragged myself out of bed, stumbled down the steps, and just sat on the couch willing myself to wake up.  I felt sick I was so very tired. I must have looked awful!

Kathryn comes in the room just as cheerful as can be and says "here ya go mama, this will make you feel all better!"  She places in my hands a hot cup of tea. TEA?!? Where in the heck did she learn to make tea??  I took a sip, thinking it would either be too strong, or not strong enough.  But no, it was perfect!! She had even sweetened it to my liking.  She then brought me a blanket and a plate of strawberries and bounced out of the room to play with Liam, Jemima, and the sleep thieving Jojo.

I sipped my tea, and it did the trick. I felt better.  We then went on with our school day, got everything done but math, and Ryan brings in lunch.  We get everyone fed and he helps me get the littles down for their naps (I was starting to crash again) and I laid down myself.  I told the bigs to finish math, if they came to a problem they needed help with, first help each other, and if that didn't help, wait till naps were over.  I was never once bothered.  

Not only did I come down to math lessons being finished (and books put away!!!), but I came down to a bathroom scrubbed, laundry going, dishes going, and glory be! Everything else was picked up too!!! 

Everyone needs a 5 year old! Today would have been rough without mine!!

I love you Kathryn Grace!! 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Jonah's new diaper cover!!

In Ooga Booga!!

He really loves it too!!

It's made by Charis Baby Designs, my friend Kim is the owner.  It's probably my favorite cover ever!  I like the velcro closer a lot, Jonah is a wiggly baby, and I can get this one on him almost faster than he can flip over! It's also holding up amazingly well! I have thrown it in the dryer at least a dozen times (I know, shame on me! It was raining and I needed it!) and it's still as good as new!

Check them out! She's got an Etsy, facebook, twitter, and blog!

Thanks Kim, we love it!!! 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

7 years ago today!

Dear Jesse,

I welcomed a beautiful 8 lbs 23 1/2 inches long boy into my arms after a 54 long labor.  My first born.  All children are special, all are a gift, but that firstborn, there is just something about them!  You are the one that made me a mama!

7 years.  How is it possible that this sweet baby boy is already nearly half grown up?  You're such a fun kid! You always have been!

Jesse on his first birthday

I couldn't have picked a better first born!  You are everything I would have wanted and more. Kind, loving, caring, helpful, compassionate, smart, willing, and driven.  Once you set your mind to something, you go at it with all your heart.

 Jesse at age 2!

You love life!  It's very rare to see you without a smile on your face! (the picture above, it was nap time. LOL)  You're a team player and a friend to all.

Jesse the cowboy age 3

I can always count on you to keep the little ones in line.  You are so good at keeping them happy when I really need to get stuff done.

4 years old!

You're a really gifted kid. Excellent in math, a great problem salver, and a deep thinker. I only have to tell you how to do something once and you got it! 

5th Birthday

Even when times have been tough, we can always count on you to bring so much joy to our lives and cheer us all up.

6 years old, I miss that hair!!

Your passion is baseball!  You don't just play the game, you tare up the field! You know the game by heart. I've seen you make plays a child shouldn't even know about yet.

It's in your blood. I do believe you were born to be a ball player!

I'll probably never forget your last All Stars game.  You were about to go up to bat and I called you over to me.  I said "hey Jess, this is the last time you'll bat off a Tee... make it count!" The grin on your face stayed there as you stepped up to bat and whacked that ball all the way out into the outfield. Amazing hit sent you straight to second!!  

You couldn't wait to be 7, 7 you get to move onto coach pitch.  I know you had been dreaming about playing real baseball ever since you were a tiny little boy.

Only one more game left, and you haven't struck out once this season!! That's amazing!!

7 years old!!

I am so proud to be your mama! You're such a good boy, most only dream of having sons as awesome as you!

Happy Birthday Jesse!  I love you so much!! I know last year was "the best year ever!", but I hope this one tops that one.  Always reach for your dreams, and don't let anyone tell you it's a long shot.  You have it in you to be anything you want to be, and do anything you want to do.  Always reach for the moon, worst thing that will ever happen is you'll land on a star. :-D You are great, you are important, and our lives are better because you are in it!

Love Always,

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Camping trip

A couple weeks ago we went to our favorite camping spot for 2 nights!  We had been wanting to go all summer, but with baseball, we didn't have the time.  It was rare we had a Saturday off, so Ryan got off work early on Friday and away we went!  We had to get home early Sunday though, because of baseball. But at least we got to go! :)

Kathryn and I had that tent set up in record speed.  The boys went to get firewood and we had everything totally set up way before they got back.

The camp host remembered us from last year! He told Jesse the trout stream was well stocked and wished him good luck with his fishing... As if he needed it!
He bagged the biggest trout I've ever seen caught out of that tiny little stream!  Jemima didn't really remember going last year and I guess she didn't remember fishing.  She wanted to touch Jesse's fish so badly!

You have to know her personality! She's even more girly than Kathryn! She thought the fish looked slimy, so she was really timid about touching it.  

I wish now I had taken more pictures, but I was too caught up in fishing, hiking, and just being with my family.  Camping is one of our favorite things!

Jonah loved it.  He slept all night long both nights we were there!  I guess those crickets lulled him to sleep!

No camping trip is complete without tossing the baseball around waiting for breakfast!

 Or burnt marshmallows after supper!

I wish the weather would stay nice one more weekend so we could go back! :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Jonah is 4 months old!!

My sweet baby boy turned 4 months old yesterday!!  He is almost 16 lbs and about 27 1/2 inches long.  That puts him in about the 60% for weight and 97% for height.  He is almost as long as my sisters 1 year old son, Zachary and his hands are bigger than Zachary's.  I think he's going to be like Jesse, really tall, but really skinny.  He is the happiest baby I've ever seen. He giggles more than cries and is always cooing or jabbering.

He's a lot like his sisters, he wants to be a big boy much too fast for me.  He loves to jump in his jump thing and army crawl around the house. I can see it already, he's going to be the type to get into everything!

I am guessing he will walk before he really gets crawling. He loves to stand. He will hold on to our hands and walk all over the place.

He's also teething!  I am so glad Hylands brought back the teething tablets! We would have been lose without them.  The Amber Teething necklace is really helping too.  Before getting anything, he kept a high fever and just looked so sad.  Now he is back to his normal happy self. I just hope that first tooth doesn't take forever to come in!

The big kids have showed him growl and to blow raspberries! He keeps us all highly entertained!!  He has been giving kissed and real hugs for awhile now too. He is so sweet and loving. And such a cuddle bug!

I can not imagine our lives without this wonderful boy.

Friday, September 9, 2011

I have forgotten how to update a blog!

Take at the Legends game last weekend!

  Facebook is so much easier.  My life is a whirlwind lately! Between homeschooling two second graders, keeping an eye on two preschoolers, meet the demands of a 3 1/2 month old (who thinks he's 6 months!!), pageants, dance lessons, t-ball, and baseball it is no wonder! I rarely get a chance to sit and EAT, let alone sit and blog.
  As it is, I'm suppose to be cleaning out the van. Jojo is sleeping and here is my golden chance to get it done. Then I cut my finger wide open on one of Ryan's tools and I am waiting on the blood to stop gushing. Since my arms are free (I spend my facebook time while I am feeding a baby!) I figured I'd do a fast update!
  Forget the arms being free. Tink just noticed I am SITTING and my arms are FREE!  She just had to get on on that deal. :-D

 My 2 year old beauty! She's such a sweet little girl.  She loves cheering her siblings on at ball games, helping out with the baby, doing "school".  She just started back to dance!  We are at a new dance studio this year as the old one no longer provided what we needed. At first she was really upset because the put her in a 2 year old class that doesn't do tap. Tap is her very favorite! God was looking out for her though, because she was the only one that signed up and they had to cancel that class! She is now with the 3 year old's and gets to tap. So that worked out perfectly.  She acts so much older than 2, so she will do well with the other girls.

Liam just turned 3 1/2!! My facebook page reminded me today that on this day 2 years ago he got off his knees and started walking! (If you're new, this is why this was a big deal...  The only thing, he was NOT early. Long story why that was even said... The hospital did tests on his lungs and bones. I was right all along, he was nearly a month LATE! The bleeding I spoke about was probably his twin...)  He is so funny, he was even the first one to get a laugh out of Jonah. Such a happy guy, and so willing to help. He is not interested in playing ball or dancing, but wants to take karate lessons. I am trying to find a place for him to do that. Once baseball ends for the year I will be able to fit that in.  He is really smart and talks very well. His favorite thing to do is eat! Tell a boy "you'll be on a feeding tube probably the rest of your life" and he will spend most of his time proving you wrong. I have to cut him off at meal times he likes to eat so much! :-D

Kathryn is the worlds greatest big sister! She loves to help out. If she's not changing a diaper, helping with a meal (ALL HER CHOICE!), she's reading to a little one or playing with them. She loves to do the dishes, imagine that! I haven't done dishes (or laundry except for folding) in nearly 2 weeks. She is playing fall t-ball after finishing off an amazing spring and summer t-ball season.  Dance has also started back for her.  She is taking tap and ballet as they don't put almost 6 year old's in jazz till they are 6... even if you are in the second grade. She's okay with that now, because she's back to dancing with her BFF, so that works out well.  It's at the same time as Jemima's class too, so less time I have to spend at the dance studio!  She is still doing pageants here and there. She made it to Miss heart of American state which is next weekend. This system is amazing. All natural, they are not judged on beauty at all.  It's a pose and personality contest. They host food drives and raise money and food for so many food banks across America. She wanted in on this system just for that.  You have to bring so many canned goods to each pageant (they even help you host your own food drives). If she wins, she goes to Nationals in Orlando!  Jemima is also in on this and is having the best time.  Kathryn still wants to be a World's famous chef and spends a lot of time with me in the kitchen creating food. We've come up with some great stuff lately!  It's not been good in helping me lose this baby weight though! ;)

My little Jojo.  He has decided he does not want to be a baby.  He rolls everywhere, gets on his knees, sit in a highchair, tries to eat my food, giggles all the time, and is always smiling. I've even got him to say "mama!" Though I know it's just baby babble. (I drill my babies to say "mama" so they don't say dada first. So far, Liam has been the only one to say "dada" first!) Yes, he's 3 1/2 months old.  I see Kathryn all over again (remember, she was my one to walk at 6 1/2 months!!!).  He is the best baby ever though.  He loves life!  He loves me, he loves going to the ball park, he loves his siblings, he loves his daddy, he loves his toys, he loves it all.  Pure sunshine that one is! He is even giving real hugs and kisses.  Slobbery baby ones, but sweet just the same.

Jesse, my first born offspring.  He turns 7 in less than 3 weeks. Yes, 7!  No, I can not believe it.  He is everything you would want out of a first born and then some. Kind, loving, helpful, smart, respectful, fun, obedient and just good.  He's a friend to everyone.  He's the laundry king!  This young man LOVES to do laundry.  And he's better at it than Daddy.  I never even asked him, he just does it, twice every single day.  Most days the wash is going before I even get out of bed in the mornings.  Jesse is one amazing ball player.  I mean, probably one of the best 6 year old's that's ever been.  I am not too surprised.  I remember him at 8 months old sitting on Ryan's lap and watching the Reds game from start to finish never taking his eyes off the tv.  He use to wear baseball pants as a toddler everywhere.  When the ball season ended he dressed like a cowboy, but as soon as it got warm it was back to cleats and baseball pants.  I remember Ryan teaching him how to properly slide into the bases when he was 2, because he was worried he'd hurt his knees because Jess use to slide on them.  Not only did he catch on at age 2, but he is so good at it while All Stars ball was going on, his coach had him show the whole team how to slide into base.  I can see a good future for him in this. He has God given talent for this game. He wants to take the base stealing record when he's older. :-D

  So as you can see, we are all doing very well!  I am very much enjoying life and loving my family.  We have had a wonderful summer! Probably one of the best summers of my life so far.
  I had better get back to work! :)