Friday, July 30, 2010

Chloe is 7!

Oh my, how did I not post about this yesterday?!?!

My baby girl is SEVEN years old!!!! 

How did I ever live life without this child?

She is the craziest, funniest, bubbliest, quirkiest, most unique little girl I know!
And I'm so glad I can call her mine!
I love her more than words can describe!

Happy Birthday angel girl!
I love you, my little Princess!  Forever and ever!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

He's an artist

I heard fighting (like I always do) and knew it was over a toy (like it always is). 
Elijah was honest and said that he took the toy from Isaac's hand, so he knew he had to give it back.
He went into his room and started playing by himself.  I didn't know what he was doing in there, until Laney whispered "Mom, come look at what Elijah is doing."  I snuck into his room, and saw him doodling on his Magna-Doodle.  I asked him what he was drawing, and even before he told me, I knew.  I'm familiar with his work.

This little masterpiece is titled "NO TOYS FOR ISAAC!"

The letters on the left of the picture say "no toys".  The letters on the right say "Isaac".

But please, little child, tell us how you really feel.

Siblings are the people we practice on, the people who teach us about fairness and cooperation and kindness and caring - quite often the hard way.
~Pamela Dugdale

Sunday, July 25, 2010

What's up with this?

Ok.  Let me start by saying that, like most people, I have a TON of pet peeves while driving.  Things like backing into parking spaces (it takes longer to do that than to back out of one, people...especially women.  Let's face it, women can't back up.  Deal with it and move on.  Stop trying to prove to yourself that you can back up just as well as any guy can't, get over it!), or not getting over a lane when you're on the highway and people (like me) are on the on ramp trying to merge.  Folks, if there are two empty lanes to the left of you and you see people trying to get onto the highway that you think solely belongs to you, get the heck over.  Shouldn't that be common sense?  

But this next one just bewilders me every time I see it.  And I see it EVERY time I make a left-hand turn onto a highway or a busy road.  There are 2 turning lanes at the light, and yet somehow people seem to think that the right lane (which is ALSO turning left) is forbidden.  I will literally see people blocking an intersection because they won't get into that right (also left-turning) lane.  Are you kidding me?  You would rather miss the light to get onto the highway by waiting behind the other 427 people in the left turning lane than be the 2nd car in the right turning lane?  Seriously?  Am I in the minority here on this one?  Apparently around my town I am, but oh well.  I always get the right left-turning lane to myself.  so there. 

And in case you needed a visual aid for that little rant, here ya go. 

 You're welcome. 

So tell me, what are your driving pet peeves?

It takes 8,460 bolts to assemble an automobile, and one nut to scatter it all over the road.
 ~Author Unknown

Thursday, July 22, 2010

9 Month Jett

Oh boy. He is seriously edible. Right? nom nom nom

At 9 months, my baby boy is growing at an alarming rate.  He pretty much thinks he's a big boy.

He loves to clap.  He claps all day long.  Clapping's the best.

He waves hi all the time and actually says "haaa"  He's totally saying Hi.  The boy's a genius. or at least he knows how to say hi. :)

He loves watching his siblings play, and he's actually starting to laugh at some of the funny things they do, like making funny faces at each other, or talking in funny voices, or fighting and hurting each other.  you know...

He loves LOVES it when I tickle his belly with my head.  Oh, the laughter.

He'll stand himself up at the couch or table or whatever and just let go and stand there by himself for literally like a minute....just looking at us, till he decides to gently lower himself down to the ground.  Oh no, no falling for this kid.  He so knows what he's's like he's saying, yeah, I could totally walk if I wanted to, but I think I'll just let you carry me around a little longer. 

                              See?  and there he is clapping again...

He had his first jar of baby food...something with custard...I don't remember exactly what it was, but it was tasty.  Oh my, I love me some baby food. 

He's growing out of his 6-9mo clothes, and he needs a haircut.
He has stolen my heart completely.

 A baby is an angel whose wings decrease as his legs increase.
~Author Unknown

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Disney World, Here We Come!!!!

So we've planned on going to Disney World twice in the past 4 years, and somehow (somehow), I kept ending up pregnant right before we were about to make the reservations.  So now that I will never be pregnant again (or so the urologist tells us), we are free to plan Disney World trips again!  We were originally planning on going next August, before Elijah starts Kindergarten.  I was looking at their packages online, just to get an idea of how much it would be for next year, and I saw the deals they had for this year...for next month.  The Kids Stay and Play Free deal caught my eye, so I entered all of our info, including my mom, who I was planning on going with us, and the price that came up totally shocked me.  in a good way. 
I called Mike at work, and told him the specifics, and the first thing he said was, "Sarah, I could really use a vacation, like immediately." or something like that. 
I called my mom, and sadly, she couldn't get time off work to go with us.  We're taking my niece instead, so we'll have someone to help us with the kids.  She will ride the exciting rides with me, and she knows how to use my camera, and the kids really love her, so while I'm bummed that my mom can't go, Chelsea will be equally as fun! 
We told the kids last night with a treasure hunt around the house...I got video of it, so I'll post it as soon as I edit it.  I posted it..(I'm sure no one really wants to see all 20 minutes of the kids wandering around our messy house.)  They are very excited, we all are.  We haven't been on a family vacation (other than going to see family and stuff...but I'm talking about going somewhere on an honest to goodness real life airplane) since I was pregnant with Elijah, 5 years ago...coincidentally, the last place we went to was Disney World.   I think we're due for one.

So in 31 days, we'll be leaving for the happiest place on earth.  And seriously people, it really is!

If you ever had a dream, and had that dream come true,
then you know a little something about the magic of Disney World!
~ A Dream Called Disney World

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Something occurred to me the other day, as my sisters (who are 10 and 11 years older than me) and I were talking about nicknames they used to call me.  I figured I should probably write down those little unique names I've bestowed upon my own children.  Because we all know we just love the nicknames, right? :D
Okay now, brace yourself.  My family is weird.  and we make up weird nicknames.  You're gonna see some crazy ones. 


~ Landy
~ Lady
~ Lane
~ Lady Bird Johnson
~ Laney Love
~ Sis


~ Chloester
~ Chlo Chlo
~ Chloington
~ Coco
~ Chlody (she HATES this one!)
~ Tiny girl
~ Bird or Birdling


~ Eli (of course)
~ Lije
~ Lijey-poo
~ Eli Joe
~ Tiny guy
~ Stinky


~ Ike
~ Ikey
~ Iggy
~ Iggy Bob
~ Ike the Spike
~ Iggle-pop
~ Soggy (I snatched this from Miss, who calls her little Trigg her soggy boy. Thanks Miss! :))


~ Jettsy
~ Jett-pack
~ J-bird
~ Poo port
~ Bubbles for my troubles (this one I started saying when he was a newborn, and cried alot...)
~ Busy or Busy Boy
~ Baby Jett (this name was bestowed upon him by his siblings, his cousins, and our friends' kids...pretty much every child that is around him calls him Baby Jett :D)
~ Mr. Higginbottom (derived from Bessy Higginbottom from the show Mighty B.  You don't know of the show Mighty B, you say?  Well, it's probably best that you don't.)

So there you have it.  I guess they're not that weird.  I don't know.  This is coming from a girl who had an imaginary friend named Danny Jarfus, who lived in the bathtub. 

Oh and, for the record, my sisters called me Shovie.  Because neither one of them ever wanted to hold me, so they shoved me back and forth.  Aren't they mean?  No wonder I'm my mother's favorite. ;)

Nicknames stick to people, and the most ridiculous are the most adhesive.
~Thomas C. Haliburton

Friday, July 2, 2010

Sometimes in life... just need a great big blow-up water slide.  Am I right?

        Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.
 ~Russel Baker


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