wife to Jake, mommy to my 3 crazy munchkins, Lily (7), Jonah (5.5) and Kate (4). Taking this crazy blessed life one day at a time.


Summer days

Last week was crazy hot.

Thankfully, with our house all closed up, the inside temp was around 76, which was wonderful compared to the 98+ degrees outside.

But, anyone that knows my kids, knows that we can not spend all day inside. Outside time is a must for us. So, to stay cool, we spent all day in swim suits, filled up the water table and played in the sprinkler! The kids had so much fun and I have a feeling many days this summer will be spent the same way.

Jonah's new favorite pose...



Love my boys!


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I am so blessed.

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My Spirited Girl..... HELP!

Okay, friends, neighbors, family and acquaintances, I need you help. I need some advice on how to deal my spirited 5 1/2 year old.

Almost every time we go somewhere (a party, somewhere to play, some one's house, or if people come over to our house), Lily goes nuts. She is fine before hand, but once we get there, she suddenly starts running around, talking/yelling way too loudly, climbing on anything and everything (including people), pulling at people's clothes, and most of all, not listening. It's like she is so wound up that she can't even hear anything. She usually ends up doing things that are too dangerous or hurtful or doing something that could break or hurt someone else. She is literally bouncing off of the walls and acts like she is going crazy!

I feel like I have tried everything and I can not figure out how to get through to her when she is acting like this.

I also do not know WHY she is acting this way. I get that she is excited and all, but the way she acts is totally overboard. She is uncontrollable.

I hate seeing her like that because I feel so helpless and I feel like a bad mom for not being able to get her to settle down. It is also rather embarrassing and I don't like seeing people annoyed with her.

Does anyone have any advice on how I can handle this or why she is acting this way??

Of course I love Lily to pieces, and I want to let her be herself, but she needs to learn that there are boundaries and we have to be respectful of others and of other people's things and property.

Also, when Lily gets this way, Jonah and Kate see what she is doing and start acting up as well. If you pluck Lily out of the situation, Jonah and Kate would be just fine and well behaved, but with Lily in there, all 3 start acting up and it just becomes way too much and too stressful for me to handle.


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My boy is 4!

Jonah turned 4 yesterday!

To celebrate his birthday, we had a party for him and the little boys in his class at Jake's fire station!

Jake took them for a tour of the station and told them about all of the different fire trucks. He let them all climb in the ladder truck. Even better, Jake took the truck out and put the ladder all the way up. Then the lieutenant climbed all the way to the top! The boys loved watching him climb up.

Everyone seemed to have a great time and Jonah definitely had fun!

The crew (minus Henry and Isaac)

Watching the ladder go up!

Waving "HI" to the boys!

My favorite picture of the day. Jonah's face just sums up how he felt about the day. Jonah with Lieutenant Raymond.

My birthday boy!

Happy Birthday little man!! We love you SO much!

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