Sunday, December 30, 2012


Had a wonderful evening with our niece, nephew, children and neighbors as we spent an evening at Zoolights. We took a picnic dinner and then enjoyed the lights as we walked around the Phoenix Zoo!

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Zach going down the slide


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Pudding Face

The Kids and I went over to our friends house to play and have lunch. I made a special treat for  all 6 of the kids. Some enjoyed it more than others. ONE child enjoyed it the most. He sat by himself at the picnic table and ate his treat. When finished, he walked in with bowl and spoon. Looked up at my friend with a huge smile and such pride that he finished his snack. In attempt to capture that smile on camera, she bribed with him with another bowl of pudding… When he saw the second bowl. He looked down at his empty bowl and spoon; set it down, with vigor, on the floor and gratefully accepted his second treat of the afternoon. I just love this little guy!


If you notice, his shirt is a little wet. That is NOT pudding, he didn’t waste any on his shirt!


On another note. We met our same friends at the park today and Jeremiah said “I love Max, Sam, and Drew. Even when we go to church I still love them. And even if they had a girl.”

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Tea Party–Girls Only!

Last week after a LONG week of playing with boys, my daughter made a simple request. After I tucked her into bed, kissed her and said goodnight, she sweetly asked, “Mommy, can I have a girl tea party at my house? With NO BOYS!” I told her we could probably make that happen, and then she proceeded to make it known that boys were not allowed. “I want NO BOYS! Daddy can go to work, and Jeremiah can go…. uh I don’t know where Jeremiah can go, but he can’t be here. No boys! I just want girl time.”

A lot of the time, in this busy and hectic life, these type of requests get forgotten or put off for awhile. This time, I really wanted to grant her this wish. Short on time and money I decided to just invite the four and five year old girls we knew. Only 3 other girls showed up, but it was a wonderful afternoon.

Alexis helped with many of the preparations and chose the menu for the party.

Chicken salad and crackers, Melon, Apples and Carmel, Carrots and Ranch, Jellybean Tea, Pumpkin Pie Tea.


Desert Time: And things got a little serious…


After the girls went home and I was almost done cleaning up after the event. Alexis came up to me and said “Mommy, I really liked my tea party. I think my friends liked it too. And liked the food and all the flowers and the decorations and stuff too. Oh and the butterfly necklaces, I gave them.” It wasn’t a “thank you” but it was better. My little girl showed her gratitude, yes, but my heart was so happy because she wanted to host her own tea party in her own house and I am grateful, that I am her mommy and was able to give her this special moment.


**Alexis and I are planning our Spring Tea Party… For ALL our friends. Big Girls and little girls. We are excited!**

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Baby Crocodiles

Instead of calming down before bed, my kids decide to be baby crocodiles. The older two were crawling around the couch, and the little one decided to join in on the fun. Back and forth they all went… laughing the entire time. The older kids were going a little to fast, so I said “You guys need to slow down, you don’t want your little baby crocodile to get lost and eaten” Jeremiah stopped dead in his tracks stood up and looked at me with a concerned look and said, “Mom we are playing crocodiles, but we are human people.” I said, “Yes, but you are going to fast for the baby crocodile, he can’t keep up.” Still standing and staring at me he said again, “But we are just playing crocodile, right? We are really human people, right?”


I love my little “human people!”