Thursday, October 30, 2014

End of October

It's the end of October!  Tomorrow is Halloween and the next day we're going to visit friends in SC for their son's birthday party, so I figured I'd better catch up on my pictures while I can.  And then I realized it's been over a week since I've done it.  So it took me over an hour to go through the pictures I've taken in the past 9 days. 

I seriously may have a problem.

Day 140 - My hair has gotten really long, so I play with it a lot without realizing it.  This day I was braiding it while the kids played and Piper looked at me and exclaimed, "Anna!  Let it go!"  She was so excited.  It was adorable.

Day 141 - Laying around at Xander's soccer game

Day 142 - In retrospect, I probably shouldn't have given Paxton an entire baggie of Goldfish in the car

Day 143 - Sitting on the porch of their playhouse like little old people

Day 144 - A few weeks ago, a "buffet" came up and Xander wanted to know what that was.  I explained it, and told him there was a pizza buffet near the house.  He talked about it for weeks.  So finally last Saturday, I took him on a "date" and we got some delicious pizza.  He's a fan.

Day 145 - The kid looks really cute in hats.  I wish he'd keep them on his head longer than 10 seconds.

Day 146 - Xander's final soccer game (I know you've seen this picture, but I had to pick it.)

Day 147 - What's cuter than twins in a box?  Twins in a box, only wearing diapers

Day 148 - We had to get out of the house for a showing (that lasted longer than expected), so we went to our friends' house to play.  Our friends have 2 little girls, and Piper was amazed at all the girl toys.  It was a land of pink.  (Paxton didn't mind either.)

I'm hoping to get the twins to wear their costumes at least long enough to let me snap a few pictures, but I make no promises.  Either way,  I'll post some of Xander dressed as a ninja for sure! 

Happy Halloween, and happy weekend!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

More Pretty Days

I do realize that a lot of what I post about revolves around the weather.  That's sort of weird, huh?  But a lot of what we do revolves around the weather, honestly.  If it's pretty out, we're almost always going to go play outside.  We just like outside.  Outside's our favorite.  (We also may have watched Elf this weekend.)

I think the thermometer has hit 80 for 3 or 4 days now.  It's pretty fantastic.  And odd, considering this is the last week of October.  Maybe odder that despite the heat, we still feel the urge to watch Christmas movies.  And by "we" I mean "I."

So anyway - yesterday me and the twins went to the park to meet our buddy Evan and play a bit.  I put both of them in jeans (they're usually in knit pants or leggings) and they just looked so big to me.  Like little kids instead of babies.  I guess they're in between, but yesterday they were leaning more to the "kid" side.

Then we went home for lunch and "naptime" (again - no sleeping), then we picked up Xander, came home for a snack, played outside some more, then Xander had his last soccer game for the year.  He scored 7 goals!  And he got a trophy, which he was very excited about, although he didn't want anyone to know it.  He tried to hide his smile when anyone complimented him on it.  He came in the house after the game and went straight for his room to put it up.  So cute.

The money is from his Mimi, who pays him $.50 for every goal.  I think his great grandfather actually gave him some last night too.

The twins are upstairs alternately giggling and fighting, so I'm going to go get them.  I'll try to get up some photos of the day tomorrow.  And maybe in a day or two I'll compile some Xander quotes for you too.

Happy Tuesday!  Thanks for reading!

Friday, October 24, 2014


It's funny how much you learn because of your kids.  Big stuff like unconditional love and little stuff like the best way to get crayon off of walls (Magic Eraser).  I changed a lot when I had Xander.  And again, and more so, when I had the twins.  I'm still me -  still sarcastic and stubborn - but I listen more and fret less.  And really - this isn't the kids' doing.  They are instruments that God is using to teach me things.  I just hear Him more clearly through them, sometimes.

Like today.  Quick backdrop:  the house has been a perpetual mess for a few days.  I'm not sure if it's more than usual, or if the cold setting in is already making me remember being stir-crazy and I'm noticing the mess more.  Regardless, my mindset is that I'm living in squalor, despite making efforts to clean even more than normal.  Lucas isn't coming home until very late tonight.  I made the kids' dinner then let them eat it in the living room while I cleaned the kitchen for the 3rd time today (earlier I made cookies from scratch for small group tonight so the kitchen has stayed dirty too).  I came back in the living room to get them in the bathtub and found a giant mess.  my fault for letting them eat in there, but still.  One more thing to clean.  So basically - I'm tired.

But all of the kids were playing nicely in Xander's room for the moment, so I decided to sit down and look at a blog post I had clicked on earlier but never got a chance to read.  It was about adoption and foster care and I have always had a soft spot for those subjects.  So I was crying while reading it when suddenly Paxton bursts into the room laughing.  I looked up and smiled at him through my tears, but he stopped in his tracks.  He walked to me, climbed up on the couch, and laid his head on me.  He looked up at me with his big bottom lip stuck way out and tears in his eyes.  I told him everything was okay, but he stayed right by me for a good while.  He just looked at me and put his little hand on my leg and sat there.  Just sat there.

Isn't that amazing?  Isn't that what we should do sometimes?  Instead of trying to fix or offer solutions or even empathizing - which are all good things - maybe sometimes we should just sit beside someone.  Cry with them.  Say "I'm sad that you're sad."  Just be there.  You don't always have to know what to say.  It's okay if you haven't experienced the same thing.  Just be there. (Bonus points if you stick your bottom lip out.)

Since then I've gotten 2 other reminders to just "be there."  And one was from a totally fictional detective book I've been reading.  I don't know why I need this lesson, but apparently I'm supposed to hear it.  I'm thankful that God "speaks" to me in these ways.  If I had to learn things from Him only in church on Sunday mornings or in the middle of the deepest holiest prayer ever uttered, well, I wouldn't learn nearly as much.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday happenings

I've been battling myself with whether or not to get Paxton's hair cut.  It's fairly long, but it's really pretty, y'all.  I know it won't stay blonde long, and it's just so cute.  I envisioned him having cute, shaggy, surfer-boy hair.  (You know what I mean?)  But it won't flip out or look cute, really - it just hangs over his ears looking like a helmet.  So this morning I bribed the twins with suckers and "Mimi Coke" (which is Coke) and we headed to the barber shop and Pax got a little trim.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Quick Post

I've got about 10 minutes before I have to get the twins up and get Xander from school, so this will be quick - like this week.  I can't believe it's Friday.  It flew by.  We didn't do too much, really.  I got to hang out and watch a movie with my pal (with no kids around), we had a tornado warning and crazy storms, we had a make-up soccer game, we had small group.  Yep.  That's about it.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Family Pictures

These were supposed to be anniversary pictures.  August 14 was our 10-year anniversary, and so I had this idea of going back to the place we got engaged and the place we got married to have our pictures made.  It was going to be mostly me and Lucas, and a few of the kids, too.  But as time got closer, I realized - I want more pictures of my kids.  So it turned into mostly family/kid shots, and a couple of me and Lucas (thanks to my mom who came along to watch the kids while we did a few of just us).

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Apples and Showings and Ghosts, Oh My

So last time I posted, I went ahead and chose a photo for that day, even though the day was just half-way over, and I said I wouldn't take anymore pictures.  But then I got my new phone in the mail, and we went outside to play, and I took more pictures with the phone.