August 25, 2014


Being a mom is so weird sometimes. Little kids can be so funny, and you really never know what's going to happen next.  The boys are particularly weird.
I was trying to get the kids ready to get out the door this morning and Andrew put my tights on instead of pants.  You can't tell in the picture, but he also has several pairs of my socks in there, too.  He loves so much to be silly.
Charlie begs for pictures all day long.  He gives cute little smiles.  Sweet little baby.
I went to the bathroom and when I got back, Charlie had climbed up on the counter and was energetically pounding away on the keyboard.
This is what he does when he gets even a little upset.  A little melodramatic.
I love when he makes this face.
On Sunday, Charlie and I were napping, and he wasn't quite ready to wake up.  I love that pouty little lip.

August 22, 2014

When You're Sick...

Andrew has had the sniffles this week and it has turned into a cold.  He has come up with some interesting ways to feel better.  When he woke up, he had some dried snot on his upper lip.  His remedy?  Take my toothbrush and dip it in a cup of water and use it to get rid of the "wax" on his lip.  I'm so thankful that he came to me to show me.  He was pretty proud of myself.  And yeah, time for a new toothbrush locked up in a safe. 
Here he is with a bandaid on his upper lip.  Another clever way to help heal up his poor little lip.
He told me he got a bump on his leg, so he got an ace bandage.  Later, he got a twin sized fuzzy blanket and tied it around his leg.  Whatever works.
Emily is also super helpful.  She got some medicine from the bathroom and a spoon.  Well, more like a medium sized ladle.  Welllllll.  That would make him feel better. 
We decided to get a medicine spoon instead and that seemed to work better.  Then we got the little gal some clothes on.

August 19, 2014

The Little Artist

I decided to post a couple pictures that Andrew has drawn this month, and couldn't stop myself from posting a bunch.  There are a lot more, but I had to put a limit on it somewhere!  :)
I accidently put that a turtle was there.  As far as I can see, there isn't one.  Just two kids.  I love the big CAT sign above them.
One of my personal favorites.

He just comes up with this stuff all on his own.  Such a little creative smarty.
The goldfish is by far my favorite thing ever.  (And the letters for each color.)
...and their babies.  This was a direct quote.  Adorable.
The tape holding up the pictures!  The tape!  The hat!
Oops, forgot to flip it.
The dinosaurs eating. The dinosaurs saying I love you and I love you too.  The one saying "rar" (rawr).  Bottom left:  One says "Rar" and the other responds "Col" (cool) The dinosaur with the steam coming out of his head.  All. Too. Cute.
A boat on the water.  The boat is carrying letters, you just can't see them he says.

Sweet, Sweet Freedom

Charlie has really grown up lately.  Sundays have been a bit of a challenge, because he is so active and there isn't a class for kids until they are a year and a half. 
But THIS Sunday was so wonderful!!!  It was his first week in Nursery and he had a great time.  We, on the other hand, had a fabulous time.  We got to go to our classes the whole time and really focus on the lessons.  Nice.  :)
 And the best part was that he liked it.  He got to play, learned a little lesson, sang songs, and see his big sister Emily.  Hooray for Nursery!


My husband is tricky.  Normally on Wednesdays, he has an all day docket, and then Scouts that night, so we don't get much time with him on those days.  Our anniversary was last Wednesday and he surprised me by an all morning, most of the afternoon date!  He arranged to get the babysitter and planned a fun day together.  It was a great way to spend our 9th anniversary.
First we went to Aunt Martha's Pancake House in Springfield.  Normally pancakes are not super exciting to me but these were goo-oood. 
Afterwards, he took me to the mall where we walked around for awhile, went shoe shopping, went to several thrift stores, and just basically spent time together talking.
When it got to be lunchtime, we went to a place called Farmers Gastropub.  It was so good!  I loved the atmosphere, too.  We actually get to go back this week because Mike's office is getting together for dinner.  Yay! 
 We loved trying new foods.  One of the best parts of being with Michael is that there really isn't ever a dull moment.  We talk about important things like our past, our future, our children, our hopes and dreams.  But we also talk about silly things.  We just have a lot of fun together.  And I think that is part of the story of our success.
Thanks for the fun date, sweetie! You can surprise me like that anytime.

August 13, 2014


I don't think it's a big secret that I like Michael Jacobs.  He's pretty much the best person ever, plus he's cute. 
Nine years ago, we were married in the St. Louis, Missouri temple.  I've made some good decisions in my life, but that was by far the best one.  It's cliché to say, but it's amazing how much more I love him now than I did then. 
Mike and I when we were just babies, newly engaged.
 I'm so thankful to be married to my best friend.  He helps me, I help him, we help the kids (CONSTANTLY), and we grow as a couple and a family.  I'm so happy, and I love him lots and lots!
Making doughnuts with my pal
And to think....the girl in this picture married the best guy in the universe.  Miracles do exist. 
But this picture DEFINITELY shouldn't exist.  I mean, seriously. I have to laugh every time I run across it.  (FYI, I was not on board with the rose.)
 Oh, 15 year old Karen.  What were we thinking?  We've come a long way, baby.