brotherly love

oye! this moment was actually staged for a photo to represent sin in the VBS slideshow but its not an unfamiliar scene in our house.


Well the latest member of our ginormous extended family came a day before his scheduled arrival yesterday. Baby D was delivered via emergency C-section, June 18 at just shy of 8 pounds. He has a ton of hair and is OF COURSE adorable. You can count on seeing some photos of him soon, I know suprise suprise!

Isn’t he dreamy?

I had a friend do a painting for me from one of my favorite photos of Bryan. I asked for something sort of skyish, either moon/stars or clouds or something. And this is what she did and I think its AMAZING. I’m so in love with it!!!

One Day, Two Firsts

Yesterday was the first day of Vacation Bible School and the first TBall game.

I think both boys had a fun time at VBS, though we’re having a bit of behavior issue with Timmy. Johnny did great and both were excited about the things they did.
I am STILL exhausted and have 4 more days!! I was planning to take pictures but only got a couple and left my camera at church so my battery will probably die quickly today since it didn’t get charged.

And Tball went as expected. Both boys were in the “outfield” (as out as outfield goes in TBall) so they were playing in the dirt, twirling around etc. But both batted well and ran the bases well. Of course my camera (different camera) died after just a couple minutes so I’ll have to try again next week!

It’s official…

well it’s officially summer! Want to know how I know?
Because next Monday starts our week long Vacation Bible School at church.

This year I stepped up to head up the Preschool program. What does that mean…

Well in the last two days I’ve bought:

  • 60 chocolate pudding cups
  • 15 dozen sugar cookies
  • 500 5oz cups
  • 400 paper plates
  • 6 cans of cheese whiz
  • 2 boxes of crackers
  • 2 packages of baby wipes
  • 7 jump ropes
  • 2 packages of streamers
  • and that I am still in search of a dozen toy boats and toy people to put on said boats.

AND that I am supposed to know what is being done with these items…

Anyway its a cute theme, and should be tons of fun as usual. We have 30 preschooler coming. And if you’re in the area you’re invited to come out Friday evening and see the kids present a little of what they’ve learned.

Can I claim him?

I’ve known for a long time that Johnny (4 yrs) has a great imagination. Since he could walk and talk he would regularly be some character from TV of some random animal. And it was always required that anyone else only address him as his “character” if they desired a repsonce. This love of pretend play has continued and he loves to “play movies.” Last Christmas I walked past the boys bedroom and over heard a reenactment of an entire sceen from The Santa Claus word for word. But this latest development is a new one to me…his imaginary friend Jerry.
Now he will even tell you its his imaginary friend so no need to worry that I need to rush him to the shrink or anything. And I’m fairly sure we know what has brought this friend around after Johnny told us, “Jerry always plays whatever I want to play.” This is of course the exact opposite of his brother who only likes an idea if its his own.
But itis amazing how annoying a person we can neither see or hear can get. Johnny regularly talks about him until we all feel like jumping in front of a bus. But what I want to know is, he’s been at our house since Sunday…and if he doesn’t ever go home, ya think I can claim him on our taxes next year? 🙂

I hate storms….

We have been pounded with storms this weekend. And of course they have mostly held off until the late hours. And this means hours of lost sleep because my two oldest sons have inherited their mothers lack of appreciation for a good storm. As I left for work this morning both of them were asleep on the floor next to Tom on the couch. Doesn’t sound like we’re in for much of a break tonight either.
But I suppose if I chose to look at the cup as half FULL, we are very lucky in that we have not lost power (other than what must have been a quick blip while we were at church) and there has not been any real damage to anything around us. Some really nasty tornadoes touched down about and and half away from us.

Just for fun


Things have been pretty hectic lately so I’m going to do all the updates in one blog post instead of seperate ones.

The boys have had a couple weeks of T Ball practices now and the coach this year is much more serious about them actually learning some fundamentals. They are given and area when in the field and reminded to stay in that area and then they throw it to first base, even though there are no outs in TBall I think its an improvement for them to get used to this key thing in defense. Timmy is actually really strong in all areas (ok he could use a little work on his running but who am I to comment on that) if only he would stay focused. If he’s at the pitcher or short stop position he does better but in the “out field” he is totally distracted because in his words “the ball never comes to me.” Then there’s Johnny, he doesn’t appear to be gift athletically but he listens and tries and seems to be having fun so that’s all that matters for us right now. I took some pictures the other day and will post them in a bit.
Last Thursday Bryan turned 4 months old and his mean old momma took him to the Dr to celebrate! He got a couple shots which he was not too happy about but the Dr says he is doing fine. He is a whopping 19 pounds 9 1/2 ounces and 25 3/4 inches (for as accurate as that measurement can be at this age). He’s not doing some of the things he should be yet but the Dr said that he’s still well within normal if he starts anytime before his 6 month check up. Some of those things are grabbing for things and rolling over. He does however smile and laugh like crazy. I have a funny video I’ll post later of Tom getting him laughing and then spitting up on him. Ok Tom might not find it funny but I did.

I also did a photo shoot to make some Father’s Day gifts, for obvious reasons I won’t post what those will be or what photo I ended up using but here are some of my favorite shots from that shoot.

And lastly but certaintly not least, my mom. She is continueing with the new chemo which has been gentler in most ways but it has been giving her some pretty serious dizzy spells. These speels are to the point that Monday she actually feel downt he stairs and bruised herself up pretty badly.

Our weekend

Hope everyone had a good Memorial Day!

We had a fairly eventful weekend.

Friday night we went up to Miller Park in Milwaukee to see the Kenosha Mohawks play. Because we were worried about holiday traffic and construction we left real early and got there around 5. The gates didn’t open until 6:45 and the game was at 7:30. But they have a TGIFridays in the park so we popped in there and ate before hand. The resturant over looks the field and the boys were just dieing to get out there but it was still a fiarly nice dinner, including some awesome cheesecake!!
When we did head into the ball park it was a bit chilly. But because it was a special event only the lower level was open and available on a first come basis. We sat a few rows off the field and between the dugout and homeplate on the third base side. It was a really fun game to watch, lots of good hits and base stealing. If you’re in the area I highly suggest checking them out at thier regular games in Simmons Field, Kenosha. (Link to their site to the right)—>

Saturday, Tom worked for a bit, but was home before 11:30. So we went to the mall to pick up Timmy and my new glasses. Tom’s aren’t in yet cuz he’s OLD and needed bifocals 🙂
Timmy looks soo cute in his but it will definitely be a struggle to get him to put them on and not play with them (read BREAK them). Will again have to post some photos when I take them.

After getting the glasses we got lunch did some quick shopping and went home to watch Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark, which I’d never seen before.

Sunday we skipped church (shhh don’t tell on us) so that I could help set up for a baby shower without everyone feeling all rushed and crazy. Not that we ever get all rushed and CRAZY on a Sunday or anything. (psh only every week) The baby shower was great. Yummy food getting to see family. I was of course terribly jealous of all that beautiful pink but I’ll have to get by buying pink and frilly stuff for Josie. (The irony being that the outfit I bought for her had no pink in it LOL) After a while Tom brought the older boys up and they got to play with their cousins and then we stayed for a fire and making s’mores. It was about 11pm before the boys got to bed.

So yesterday they slept in a bit for me. But Bryan was a crabby butt most of the day. I think he had a bit of a tummy bug though. He seemed really miserable a few times throughout the day. But at night I gave him a shot of Tylenol and 4 ounces of formula and he was just waking up when I had to get up to get ready for work. Timmy and Johnny weren’t particularly happy either as I wouldn’t take them outside because Bryan was fussy AND had gotten a bit to much sun at the Baby Shower. And Tom was away all day painting. So we’ll be grilling the burgers that I got for yesterday tonight.