Friday, January 30, 2009

tasty little nuggets

Here are some video clips from Kyle's phone...

Considering the nice little tan and buzz cut, this was sometime over the summer.

This was also over the summer... the crying battles at Mommy's legs while she attempts dinner don't happen as often as they used to. Thank goodness. Pay attention to Ellie's smirk. She loves pushing her brother's buttons.

This was last night. He was headed up to bed and not happy about it. Notice the path of destruction along the way. Yes, we have been cooped up in the house for three days and it shows!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

all dressed up...

and no place to go!

happy birthday grandpa!

Steve is such an inspiration to Kyle and I. We both want to be like him. He is a true man of God. A wealth of knowledge. He is one of the hardest workers I know. He lays everything aside once his family comes to town. He may have to work twice as hard the next day but you would never hear about it.

And Hayes, Embry and Ellie can't get enough of him.

Wii time with Hayes

Harvest 2005

Grandpa's pond

We love you Grandpa
Oh yes we do
We love you Grandpa
And we'll be true
When you're not near us
We're blue
Oh Grandpa
We love you!

Happy Birthday Steve/Dad/Grandpa!
We love you!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

iced in

Brrr... Hayes and I ventured outside to check out the ice. I finally coaxed him in with hot chocolate and popcorn.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

100 things

My 100th post! This blogging thing has turned out to be more than just journaling life around here in the Woodshed. It has been a release for me. An escape. Something I hope my kids can look back on someday and get a feel for what life was like through Mom's eyes.

I came across the 100 things idea from my friend Jessi and just had to do it. I thought it was the perfect way for lucky you to find out more than you'll ever want to know about me... and it made me sit down and focus on what makes me, me. Focusing on myself doesn't exactly happen much anymore. Can I get an amen mommies? Anyway, without further ado:
Warning: May cause drowsiness. I would hate to responsible for any face plants into the keyboard.

1. i have lived in oklahoma all my life. six towns.

2. i have been pregnant twice, but blessed with 3 kids.

3. i about died when i discovered we were having twins. my first reaction was "nooooo! how am i going to be able to go anywhere with a toddler and two infants?"

4. i didn't go anywhere that first year.

5. my first kiss... kyle in the eighth grade.

6. i started dating kyle after high school and knew I couldn't live without him... which is funny because i thought he was nuts up until that point.

7. i married kyle at the young age of 21, before our final year of college. well, my final year of college.

8. i am the first born. my younger sister (by 5 years) was way more spoiled than i.

9. i sweep the kitchen floor three times a day.

10. i do at least two loads of laundry a day.

11. i think dusting is way overrated.

12. i wish i had my mom's energy.

13. i miss my dog.

14. i am a sucker for bowls.

15. i'm not afraid to honk my horn. people that can't drive make me crazy. on the verge of road rage crazy. i'm working on it.

16. i took piano lessons for most of my upbringing... i have no desire to sit down and play. i don't even know that i could now.

17. i'm definitely more behind the scenes than center of attention.

18. i don't listen to the radio... because of commercials.

19. i don't watch much tv... because of commercials.

20. my favorite shows are the office and lost. we watch them online... to avoid the commercials.

21. a couple of my favorite movies are juno and how to lose a guy in ten days. deep, i know.

22. i wonder what in the world i did before my ipod.

23. i am a magazine ripper... i have a huge file folder filled with ideas i have ripped out of magazines over the years.

24. i love home decor. i look forward to the day i can make our house a home without feeling bad about spending money to do so.

25. i'm learning that our house doesn't have to look perfect for me to be happy. emphasis on the learning. i don't even really notice the popcorn ceilings anymore.

26. i am a planner. not the best at executing those plans. see number 23.

27. i love taking pictures.

28. i love taking pictures even more if my cutie patootie subjects would cooperate and look at the camera!

29. i love photoshop.

30. i get really really um, agitated while playing ping pong.

31. i play my praise music as often as i can to keep me out of the funk of everyday chaos.

32. public speaking is the worst thing in the world.

33. having my feet rubbed is one of the best.

34. so is lying on the beach at night with my husband.

35. and a clean house... which i'm not really sure what that feels like anymore.

36. i want to be able to afford a housekeeper asap.

37. i want to be able to afford a tummy tuck asap.

38. i dream about adopting a child someday.

39. i grew up in a small town so i felt obligated to play sports, which i never really cared for.

40. i want my kids to grow up in a small town and not feel obligated to play sports or for that matter, feel obligated to do anything that seems to be the norm.

41. i loathe whining.

42. and waiting at the doctor's office with three crazy kids in one little room.

43. also not high on my list of likes: hangers, cords, zippers, cling wrap, wind, people running red lights, cleaning toilets.

44. i think dads should clean toilets until they can teach their little boys to aim correctly.

45. i am a simple girl who likes simple things... but i like those simple things a very particular way.

46. i'm not a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, worry-free type of girl. sometimes i wish i was. but then that would make things too easy, wouldn't it? :)

47. i have too expensive of taste for most things. but i truly believe that you get what you pay for.

48. i don't really have an interest in jewelry. i rarely wear earrings, even though my husband likes me to. however, i am trying to change that with a significant amount of jewelry i brought home from the dallas market.

49. i love the killers.

50. i love addison road.

51. i love the all-american rejects.

52. i love jack johnson.

53. i love dancing with my kids in the kitchen.

54. i love the one-on-one time i get with each of my kids.

55. i love piling on the couch with all three kids and reading books.

56. i love cooking and trying new recipes. i try new recipes more than making old stand-bys.

57. i dream of a big kitchen with lots of room and all things williams-sonoma.

58. sweet and salty frozen custard = ultimate deliciousness.

59. brownies please!

60. i love pizza (cheese and margherita) and can't eat it without drinking a pop.

61. i could eat mexican food every single day.

62. i try really hard to drink only one diet coke a day.

63. i hate the feeling of being in debt... medical school/no income for 4 years kind of debt.

64. i don't regret the debt because it means i was able to stay home with my kids.

65. my first car was a red beretta. i've had 4 cars since then.

66. i had the glamorous job of a lifeguard for 6 summers... glorified babysitter and poop scooper (yes, people really poop in the pool... ewww.) at least I had a nice tan.

67. i have always had the problem of expecting too much from people.

68. i graduated from osu. go pokes!

69. i wish i could change my college degree from marketing to education.

70. as my first job out of college, i worked as an assistant manager, getting paid in pennies at stage. i had an apparel merchandising minor and i thought i wanted to be a buyer or do retail management. ugh. what was i thinking? that job didn't last very long.

71. i moved onto marketing for a d.u.i. school in oklahoma city. interesting. my favorite part of this job was the day trips visiting court houses all over oklahoma. my dog went along sometimes.

72. we moved to norman and i found myself as the campaign director of the united way for 4 years. it really opened my eyes to the importance of getting involved in your community. there are so many people that need help.

73. we moved to tulsa for medical school and i began the career of a stay at home mommy. it has been the best (and hardest job) so far.

74. i think God actually intended me to be one of those people who vacation for a living.

75. i want my husband to take me to bora bora someday.

76. i have these wonderfully great girlfriends that i don't call enough.

77. i feel encouraged when i spend time learning God's word.

78. i wonder why i don't spend more time learning God's word.

79. i don't think i ever really brush my hair.

80. to save money, i don't color my hair. i'm wondering how much longer i can hold off because the grays are running wild! and i'm only 31!

81. i love to purge! getting rid of stuff is one of the best feelings.

82. i get rid of a lot of stuff that comes back to bite me.

83. having twins rocked my world but i'd do it again to get two for the price of one pregnancy. i'm one of the lucky ones who is out of commission that first month thanks to morning sickness.

84. i love to read but it's been awhile since i've sat down with a book.

85. i got my first stamp in my passport last may. kyle and i went to turks & caicos for our 10 year anniversary/graduation celebration. it is the most amazing place i have ever been. hands down.

86. i prefer to chop with a knife... you'll never see a hand chopper in my kitchen!

87. my eyes suck.

88. i wear flip flops way too much.

89. i wear my hair in a ponytail way too much.

90. i wear my favorite pj pants from laura way too much.

91. after living back in our hometown last year, i am actually looking forward to moving back after residency. city life is great but there is just something about small town life that i want my kids to experience.

92. i was an aunt for the first time this past summer! one precious little maddox and another nephew, jude is on his way this spring!

93. i have never used my china... or crystal... or fancy silverware in the ten years we've been married.

94. i'm left-handed, but only when i write and eat.

95. i started recycling this fall and don't know why i didn't start sooner. it's kinda fun.

96. kyle and i want to live in a barn after residency. a really cool barn. :)

97. i was in a sorority in college and pretty much hated every minute of it.

98. i would do the sorority again just to have those 3 girls in my life.

99. i'm learning to love me for me. it's taken me longer than most to discover who i really am.

100. i once got busy in a burger king bathroom. not really... this was just in my head the whole time! thank you middle school rap music.

still with me? wow. you made it. all. the. way. to. the. end. coming up with 100 things about myself was way harder than i thought. let's not do that again, okay?

on call, again

Getting this off my chest... Waiting around to make rounds is ridiculous. Especially for HOURS with nothing else to do. A person's time is important, regardless of pay grade. Thank you and have a nice day.


We'll miss you tonight Daddy.

Love you.

Monday, January 26, 2009

happy monday!

Friday, January 23, 2009

on my mind

Here's some good stuff from Craig at Life Church. It's from the first message in the Zip It series. Oh, does this hit home. It's so easy to let the negative creep in, isn't it?

From a negative heart overflows negative words which generally become negative actions resulting in a miserable life.

Your words reveal the condition of your heart.
James 1:26
If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.

Think about what you have been complaining about and look at it from a different perspective.
Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

I will not hang out with negative people.
Corinthians 15:33
Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."

I will speak words of life.
Proverbs 18:21
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

I will be thankful for what I have.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 12:34-37
"You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. 35The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. 37For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."

Thursday, January 22, 2009

puddin' face

seventy degree weather

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

time out, twin style

For your viewing pleasure... an attempt at redirection.

For the record, Ellie was mad because I washed her hands with a wet one instead of in the sink. Embry was mad because I threw his strawberry stems away.

We could all use a little redirection. Like this morning for instance, the police officer could have redirected me to the tag agency instead of slapping me with a ticket for expired license AND expired tag. Oops!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

larza weekend

Larza Design made its debut at the Dallas Market this past weekend and I got to join in on the fun! I had such a great time with Laura and Bev. We learned a lot, ate alot and shopped alot. Oh dear market, how I love to enter your gates with thanksgiving and your stores with uh, not enough money.

I am so proud of Laura and her courage to attempt something like this. She and Andrew worked so hard preparing for this show and it really paid off. She had some amazing leads and lots of interest. I bet you'll be seeing her stuff in stores in no time! Thanks for letting me tag along!

It was so sweet to walk into the house last night and see a Welcome Home Mommy banner. I know I have said this before but my mom is amazing. She hung out with the kids so I could make the trip to Dallas. Thanks Mom for a much-needed getaway!

Feeling refreshed, I'm ready to take on the troops again. I sure missed them. And Mr. Roamer of the Hands...

me: I just wanted a hug.

Kyle: My hugs tend to go places.


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

jack is back

Embry came home from the hospital this evening. We've still got our work cut out for us with the nebulizer but he is doing so much better. We now know that we are on the road to dealing with asthma. Looks like Pulmicort will be added to our daily routine. Thanks so much for the prayers and sweet comments.

Hayes completed his fall semester at Little Gym today.

Monday, January 12, 2009

almost an ER night, but... a trip to the ER

Kyle did end up taking Embry to the ER at about 3:30 this morning. His stats weren't good enough to let him go home so he was admitted. Please pray for him... and Kyle. Kyle's got to go to work today on no sleep. Hopefully Embry won't have to stay overnight.

The doc did say that he believes that Embry has asthma... seeing that this is the third incident with his breathing in the last year. I guess it is good to be making progress in figuring things out.

We have never been able to pinpoint one thing exactly when this happens. This time, it started when he was exposed to peanuts this weekend at a baby shower. (They were in a bowl on a table that I didn't see until the end... he never even touched them but other than the candles in the house, I can't think of a reason that he started breathing differently just as soon as we got there.) It is so frustrating to not be able to figure this stuff out.


Well, we almost took Embry to the ER tonight for wheezing and fever but he made a comeback at the buzzer. It's frustrating to me when my kids are sick. Tonight, Embry is wheezing pretty good but won't let me listen to his chest. Hat's off to the Pediatrician. I'll stick to operating and asking questions later. Just kidding. Here are some excerpts from our evening -Kyle

Saturday, January 10, 2009

jack jack paddywhack

He's my favorite.

Favorite child to photograph, that is. He gets the whole look at the camera thing. And it's nothin' to get him to laugh. And that smile... those teeth... I just want to eat him up!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

in his hands

Embry and Ellie were approaching one. Walking wasn't their main mode of transportation. So things up high weren't really on my radar. I for sure didn't think they could reach the top drawers in the kitchen. Specifically the one with knives.

I heard a crash, followed by crying and went running into the kitchen to see what happened. Ellie had pulled up on the cabinet and yanked the entire knife drawer out and on top of them. Knives all around them. Not one scratch. I sat down on the floor and cried with them.

Seeing what happened, it's impossible that not one single knife touched them. Well, not impossible when God's got a hand on the situation.

It makes me sick to my stomach to think about what could have happened, especially with them both looking up watching the knives shower down over them. Isn't it comforting to know God is there to protect our babies when we're not? Even when we are?

I am going to start praying more for my kids. More specific prayers... not just a blanket prayer that covers the bases.

I don't ever want to take the power of prayer for granted.

I don't ever want to take these little blessings for granted.

Like with everything else, time will go by too fast. Before I know it, they will be grown and I will be wishing for that tug on my leg from a little someone who wants Mommy to hold them just because. I will be wishing that I would have stopped what I was doing more often and just soaked up that baby love, not giving a second glance to a dirty kitchen or a pile of laundry. I want to be that Mommy now.

I want to be their comfort, like my God is for me. Always loving, with arms open.

May I never be too busy to love them.

May I protect them the way only a mother can and find the peace knowing that God will take care of the rest. Like he did one night when a mom was too naive about a knife drawer.

He's got the little bitty babies in his hands.
He's got the whole world in his hands.

Psalm 91:9-13

9 If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, 10 no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. 11 For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. 12 They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. 13 You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

Psalm 34:7

For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him.


Clean out closet so you can walk in again.


Ahhh, that feels good.

I give it a week.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

do the mash

5 lb. bag of potatoes + one lover of mashers = huge dent

We had mashed potatoes the other night for dinner. Hayes finished them off today for lunch. He probably consumed 3 pounds of the 5 pound bag himself.

family matters

Who goes with who...

Here's my family. My dad (Papaw) and mom (Minnie), my sister Cady (Auntie) and us. Take note of the lovely smile on each kid's face. At least they are all looking at the camera!

Kyle's family. Back row we have Kyle's brother Drew and Liz, me and Kyle, Kyle's sister, Laura (LaLa) and Andrew. Grandpa and Nana in the middle holding Drew and Liz's baby, Maddox. Down in front... Embry, Jordan, Hayes (nice) and Miss Serious.

These two cuties are awaiting the arrival of their little Jude in March.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

on my mind

Mark 11:23,24

I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Friday, January 2, 2009

don't let the sweetness fool you

I am about to lose my mind and it's not even lunch time.

Some days are harder than others. I get that. But why today?

My house is a wreck. I am trying to put Christmas decorations away. But meltdowns, fighting, tattling, whining, whining and more whining are getting in the way. I'm trying to find my patience but it appears to be missing.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

lions and tigers and bears...

all snoozing in the sun. Can't really blame them. It was the most amazing zoo day.

I have to admit, we went all summer without a trip to the zoo. I'm not really a fan of the heat. It makes me cranky. And the times we've actually made it to the zoo, the animal action leaves a lot to be desired.

But we jumped (well, I jumped... Kyle more like scooted) at the chance to go today with the beautiful weather and one less kid to chase around. Hayes was ringing in the new year in Blackwell.

Oh and in case you are wondering what our big plans were for New Year's Eve... let me sum it up for you:

pajama pants
sloppy joes
Step Brothers
Batman Begins
prying Kyle's eyes open to make it to midnight
The exciting life we lead. But I wouldn't have it any other way.

Happy New Year!

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