Sunday, December 4, 2011

blessed to GIVE.

Is it December already?  Crazy how fast this past month flew, but I am READY for the Holidays.  I absolutely love December and the start of the advent month to remind us what Christmas is all about.

  A couple weeks ago my church handed out paper ornaments with names/ages of kids to buy a gift for them, and pray for that child as that ornament is put on our tree.  I went up to the table and selected a 3 year old boy named Sebastian.  I figured that was an easy place to start since I have a 3 yr old boy myself, and know what boys like! 

So written on the back of this ornament were 4 things that Sebastian wanted for Christmas. 
1.  Snowboots-size 8
2.  Comforter
3. Movies
4. Toys

I don't know why...but I immediately looked at "comforter" and felt a big place in my heart to get just that for  Sebastian for Christmas.  If any of my kids needed a comforter to keep them warm at night, you better believe I'm not going to let this little guy go without one too.  Things we take for granted. 

So last Friday evening I took the day to get my Christmas shopping done and stopped at JoAnn's to find the best fleece blanket to make.  I love making tie-blankets, and thought any 3 yr old boy would love a Superman blanket right?:)
I am blessed beyond words to gift this to Sebastian, and wish I could see the look on his face when he gets his comforter for Christmas.  I'm blessed I could be put in a position to give to another human being on the best time of the year, and give him something to keep him warm at night.

Why do our own kids need more things? I encourage all of you to take the time to give to a stranger, or a family in need you don't know....just because.  I'm promising myself to teach my own kids to do this too...instead of counting each present they get each year.

  Remember the reason for the season....and bless someone this Christmas:)
Merry Christmas Sebastian!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

newfound anxieties.

Can't I'm working on getting my thoughts outta my brain onto here.  It's gonna be deep...but let's see how it goes....

I watched my show Parenthood tonight.  Absolutely love it.  I make myself stay up for it since it's on from 10-11 at night.  Kinda stretchin' it for me to be functional the next day, but tonight is a different story.  After watching this particular episode, my mind just would not rest.  I discovered a couple newfound anxieties that I haven't acknowledged much until now. 

Parenting a teen.....and bullying.

The boy, Max, suffers from Aspberger's, which is a high-functioning form of Autism.  The parents decided to mainstream him in a public school this particular grade.  He's a junior-higher I believe.  Having Aspberger's, he's an absolute genius at math, however has some odd habits and is awkward socially.  So, of course, he is made fun of by his so-called friends.  Max is oblivious to the fact that this is happening, but the parents see it happening after school right in front of them.  So, the mom decides to do something about it and approaches the bully herself.  As parents, they feel better about confronting the situation, and the episode goes on from there. 

It really got to me.  I'm going to be a parent dealing with this situation someday.  And I keep asking myself how I will handle it.  I can completely picture myself being that "Mama bear" and taking control of it right then and there.  I tell ya, it gets my blood boiling just thinking about it.

My problem is, why are there so many darn kids that do it?  Why aren't we teaching them as parents to not be mean and not bully others?  Why aren't we teaching them why some kids are different than they are?

Just the other week I had to answer questions from a child about Isaac.  The conversation simply went like this:
child: "Is Isaac mean at school?"
me: "Why are you asking me that?"
child: "Because he doesn't know how to talk and share."
Me: "Well, that is why he is going to a special school to help him learn how to do those things."

Short and simple conversation with this young child, yet SO MUCH I felt was underlying in these questions.  Why do you think Isaac is mean?  Do you think kids that don't know how to talk are mean?  Do you know my son?  Obviously not.  And WHY aren't your parents talking to you about this child that you're around so much, yet know so little about his "differences"? 

If you're a me a favor.  TEACH them differences.  TEACH them that not every kid is like them.  Take their blinders off at an EARLY age so they don't hurt another kid by asking them what's wrong with them.  TEACH them that not every one is perfect like they think they, themselves are.

Help them to not be that bully.  It only takes a couple words.

So as I'm awake tonight I also looked up my devotion for the day to see how it would speak to me...and here's what it said:

The title was "Labels"  (how appropriate, right?:))

here's a small excert from it....

Jesus did not create us to wear the labels of this world, even the ones we place on ourselves. Instead, He created us as His “dearly loved children” (Eph. 5:1 NIV).

     Labels get in the way of this. They keep us tagged with unhealthy stigmas, emotions and pieces from our past that weigh on us and stifle His intention for our life.

And now I'm speechless.  God works in the ways only we can understand, because that says it all right there.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Nothing like havin' some big 'ole trees chopped down to provide some free entertainment around here! 
The lot next door to us is squeezing in a home built by Habitat.  So they started the process yesterday by taking these guys down. Not so sure we're going to be thrilled about our new view in a few months when we'll be looking at a wall of another house instead of this=/  Hopefully it's not too bad. 

But here's what Kahler got to watch all yesterday morning:)....

1st 2 trees on the left taken away.....

Those 2 on the left also had some branches right over our house so I'm thankful they'll be gone, however they also provided our yard with much-needed shade=/


Kahler kept looking out and saying "aw mess!!"

It did look like a big mess...but they did a very good job keeping it out of our yard!

and the new view after. 

Every time I look out the window now, Kahler thinks another tree is going down! ha!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Knollbrook Farm Outing

Finally had the opportunity (with everyone being HEALTHY for once) to do a little outing with the corn maze/fall fun thing with the kids.  Normally we go to Fashion Farm in Ligonier as a tradition, but missed out on that last weekend.  However, Kahler still got to go with Papa, Grandma and the Wogoman he got his fill of the fun there!

This year we tried out Knollbrook Farm which is right down the road from us.  It's a super fun, spread out area that's kid (and parent) friendly!  We had our friends, the Clarks, go along with their 2 kids and had a great time!  Weather was definitely feelin fall-ish with the wind, otherwise it would have been perfect!

Isaac on the tractor-bike

Kahler getting his turn on the GIANT slide!

Jenny and Lilly down the slide....Isaac close behind

Tractor-bike Round 2: Brock and Isaac.....VS.....

Graham and Lincoln!!

Me and May in the corn maze!

Hayride pic opportunity:)

The whole crew!  Had so much fun with you, Clarks! 

and I guess I'll mention that this was our "pretend hayride".  We waited...and waited and waited after getting on at 7pm for our ride and no driver showed up...until we were literally deboarding the wagon! But we sat on there and enjoyed it...just no movin'! ha! 

Fun little Saturday....glad our kids had a good time:)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

It's time for a facelift!.....

.....on my flower bed:) 

FINALLY got around to it and bought myself some cheap-o mums on Monday.  And from Walmart out of all places and was super happy with how they looked.

Like the before and after affect??

I'll give it to ya, k?

Here's BEFORE.......

wait for it.......

wait for it........

Ok ya ready??:) 


Ended up mixing things up and did a variety of colors then....

See Mr. Special Ed mum on the lower right?  Decided to keep him around and see how I like him next year:)

Got 3 baby ones into 2 pots.  Each were $1 so I was happy with that.

                                                 Don't you just love a makeover?!:)

                             Now I just need my cornstalks and pumpkins and we're all set!!
                                    HAPPY FALL!! What a beautiful week for it right?!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wedding makeup continued....

Leah's professional pictures by To the Roof Photography are finished!  Wanted to share these after seeing just the candid makeup pictures from the first post of her wedding.  Thought these photos really captured how beautiful Leah and her ladies looked! 

Thanks Leah, for making me so proud of what I love doing! You looked stunning and "showcased" the makeup beautifully!

More of a candid shot, but Leah was still a blushing bride even towards the end of her night!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Birthday "Surprise"

Yes, I feel like a big disappointer for those just counting down the minutes until our departure to our mystery destination last weekend!  I know you were all at the edge of your seats in anticipation!!.....


yes....I know you all are not a bunch of losers either....(most of you!) ha!

As you might have noticed....the cat was out of the bag on Thursday night.  Brock was having issues with the overnight arrangements to stay on Saturday as well.  He didn't feel comfortable making the call on who we should stay with, so that's when he decided he needed my input. 

And spoil his surprise:(  boo. 
So the big scavenger guessing mystery whatever-you-wanna-call-it wasn't such a big mystery anymore, however he had one very excited wife! 

We ended up venturing to the Noblesville area to visit lotsa friends with Kahler and Maylin in tow.  Isaac got to stay with the grandparents, so he had a fun-filled weekend as well!

Anyways, we have 5 couples down in that area that live within 15 minutes of each other that we're good friends with.  It's crazy how many people we get to see within a short couple days! 

Friday night we stayed with Brock's cousin Davie and Jen, then Saturday we spent the day going to my gal pal Andrea's, then my cousin Brandi's, then hit up Josh & Angie's new crib on their moving weekend.  That was exciting!  Then our last stop was at the Loy's for supper, football, and the first Loy/Maust sleepover!  Our boys had a great time together!

On Sunday we headed out the the Children's Museum, which was a great way to top off the weekend for Kahler!  Maylin had her share of fun there too:)
Kahler and his new pal, Brayden....playing with the dinosaurs!!

Riding the racecar

BIG choo choo train!!

The kid-zone room....specifically designed for kids 5 and was awesome!

Kahler playing with boats in the water

They even had a little area for kids 2 and Maylin enjoyed that...she's loving herself in the mirror! what a girl:)

My cutie:)

Brock DID manage to get away with one surprise out of the entire weekend.  To have me curious he asked me a few days before to "pick a color".  He was probably thinking I'd choose something super basic or whatever, but I said "lime green".  Yep...that threw him off.  His response: "hmm,..that does make this a little more difficult" :) we were scrambling around to leave the house on Friday we jumped in the car and what do I find on my seat?!?

A LIME GREEN I-pod shuffle!! 
I'm pretty excited.  I had yet to own anything with "I-" in front of I'm pumped!  Especially the fact that I've wanted one of these to be my new "running buddy" for a long time now!  Now it's the fact that I haven't ran in 2 weeks that will be a tad tough to get back into the groove due to Brock's pneumonia episode, followed up by me being sick.  We've both come to the conclusion that we both got sick a lot easier when we stopped working out super faithfully ever since our work out buds moved away!  (Yes, Angie, if you're reading this I'm blaming YOU!) ha ha! U know I still love ya:)

So yes...beautiful weather ahead this week.... so back into the running game I go!!  Now I need some new running tunes...suggestions??:)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

One day away.....

Happy Thursday!

First off, wanted to give you all a Maylin update from her lab results, since some are asking.
Both tests came back no pin worms...nothing yucky goin' on in her insides.  That's good! 

Her typical late morning post-breakfast place to fall asleep:)
So our next move?  I will feel more at ease once we take a little trip to FW to her surgeon.  He performed her umbilical surgery when she was 2 weeks old in the NICU.  Underneath her cutie belly button is her incision site, and a gathering of cartilage in between.  Part of me thinks it could be pulling at her skin, so maybe that's why she does what she does? And another part of me thinks she just does it for a simple soothing sensation.  But I do not think she is showing us an Autistic trait. As a baby, she is completely different from Isaac and a lot more "with it" we aren't leaning towards that.  Which is a great thing!! 

Anybody watch the show Parenthood?  It's become a new favorite show of mine. I'm intrigued with the family with the boy that has Asperger's. The mother of the boy is pregnant with another baby, and they just had an ultrasound on the last show and decided to know the sex.  She was terrified at the thought of having another boy, knowing the chances of having another child with Autism disorder is a lot higher in siblings and boys. When they told her it was a baby girl...the relief on her face was incredible! Pretty sure that hit the spot and watching that moment gave me a piece of mind too.  Hey if it's from a TV show...that's ok with me:)

So that's where we're at with that. Thanks to all those that have prayed about Maylin and what we would find out!

And tomorrow.... is the big day for my Mystery Belated Birthday Date/Getaway! I'm very ready! Still no clue as to where we're going...but I'll keep you all clued in as much as I will be on facebook:) 

The only things I know?  We're taking Kahler and Maylin along...and it's 2 nights instead of 1 night. So I'm clueless! Oh and he said to bring I'm guessing a hotel room somewhere now. But that's it!  How do I pack for something like this?!:) I know we're not going "out out" with having both that kinda helps. 
Sooo....make sure you help me make my random decisions as we're going on facebook tomorrow!

Adios people!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

1st Wedding Makeup Post!!

Lately, my big passion is doing makeup on women for their special occasions:  weddings, proms, special dates, etc.  I absolutely love it!  I've been an Independent Mary Kay consultant for 6 years.  I used to be really big into doing all of the parties and all that before kids.  Now I just don't have the time to do what I used to.  However, I love meeting with women one on one and getting the chance to personally do a look for them, especially for fun occasions.

So last weekend I had the honor of doing my friend, Leah's makeup for her big day...along with all of her bridesmaids including one of my besties:)  It was a ton of fun "transforming" these girls into a great look for the day.  As they got their hair done I worked on the girls inbetween so we were able to get a couple before and after favorite!

Here's one of the bridesmaids (and my amazing friend:)), Angie, getting her hair done...and a before picture....

And after!  Minus her lip liner....(I got on her for that!:))  She looks awesome!

Working on bridesmaid, Amanda.....

and Amanda after...she wears dark lipstick really great....loved how it turned out!

And onto the bride!! Before....

And after! 

All of the ladies....I wish I had pics of her sister (far right) but we didn't get them=/  They all looked great! 

And the beautiful looked amazing, Leah!  Thank you for the opportunity to trust me with your look on your wedding day!

Hopefully we'll see some formal wedding shots of Leah in the near future to show off more of her makeup, and see the bridemaids in their chocolate brown dresses.  I'll be sure to post them when they do:)

And as always, remember me for your next special occasion! (referrals are great!)  I would love to be doing this a lot more often!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Happy Fall??

Yes....that's what my title is...with a question mark.

Even today on facebook my status is:

Really...what's my deal?!

I can't seem to make up my mind right now because I really do LOVE fall!  September especially is my favorite month for a few reasons:

1. It's my b-day month:)  Hooray!
2. I love football season....just not all the take-away-my-husband time that comes with it.
3. fall clothes!
4.  Campfires
5.  The colors!  and it gave me a chance to add some of those pretty colors to my site to vamp it up a little bit for the like?:)
5.  The start-up of MOTTT's  (Moms of Tots to Teens).  A group I finally get to attend EVERY Thursday morning and see some amazing mommies each week.  Another plus to being a SAHM too:)
6.  Mums!  so very perdy. what the heck is my problem, you ask?

Well...the fall season thus far has not been very kind to our family lately.  It's officially the first day today and we've already been hit with the sickies.  Just a couple weeks ago I was touched with a 24 hr flu bug, then this entire past week the hubs had a small case of the flu, followed up by a good case of pneumonia. 

 He was home for an entire week.  This never happens. And it's football season!

So into our basement he went, cooped up down there like he was in a dungeon.  The doc gave him a script to help him out so finally today he's been fever-free for 24 hrs. and things are looking much better for him.  Thank the Lord.

Now also today, little Miss Maylin woke up from her nap with a nice little fever goin' on.  Lovely. Pretty sure it's not a teething fever with all the germies running around in our house.  So I hope this girl doesn't get anything too serious. 

My 2 sickies.....

She's so sweet...even when she's not feeling good:(

She does make the cutest little sick person you've ever seen though, right?:)

Due to all the sickness factors, my birthday, which was yesterday, was not a whole lotta fun.  This entire week I've been running my hiney off non-stop taking care of not 3, but 4 kids (Brock!) and literally doing EVERYTHING around the house.  I definitely started feeling a little run down yesterday with all of that. A couple bright sides of the the day was that I was able to go to MOTTT's in the morning and had my short "me-time" there.  Then in the evening one of the football coaches treated us to an humungo pizza for supper. What a life-saver!  Then my mom and dad picked up the kiddos in the evening so that Brock and I could just rest and sleep.  An entire uninterrupted night of sleep was super nice!

 So.... I'm not too bummed out, because I only turned the big not like it was a big milestone. Just the last year in my 20' not trying to get too depressed about that fact;) 

What I'm REALLY ready next weekend!  Wanna know why??  I'm going to include all of you in my Mystery Belated Birthday Date/Getaway!  It's gonna be fun...and I have NO idea where we're going! Brock's got something up his sleeve...and even has me making random decisions on this little adventure.  You'll be able to catch me on facebook with my random decisions...and can help me vote!  Fun right?! so stay tuned for that!

And since this post is dedicated to my love/hate relationship for fall right's my next thing on my to-do/birthday to myself item: 

Isn't it so very pretty?  I have a little problem tho....this is my ONLY mum that is this big and bloomin' right now. It's kinda my "special ed" mum because he doesn't know what the heck is going on:)  So either I need to add more to his little family or do something with him....what should I do?  ideas?
Also....need to fill in my bed with some color too.  Thought some little mums would do good in towards the front there....and a couple up top next to another itty bitty one.  Thoughts on colors? We have a light yellow house so didn't know if the orange like above looked best? Do a variety?  Not sure.  Input would be lovely!

I'll leave you with an entertaining pic of the week.  The boys are kinda in a regressing stage with their potty-training of doing #2 here I'm constantly swapping one boy for another to sit on the john.  It's super fun. Be jealous.  But Kahler manages to keep the potty scene interesting! =)

And welcome blog follower #40!  Was stuck at 39 for a while 40 is a nice round number...thanks:)  let's get this baby up to more round bout it?!  Just click the "Join this site" button and you can see the new posts when they roll it...and maybe this can get bumped up to 50...maybe 60 followers soon??!:)

Have a great friday all...and a HAPPY FALL! right???