Sunday, December 12, 2010

The pink candle

"Momma, can we please light the pink one?" is a common question I have heard from Gracie Ann this Advent season.  She helped get out the Advent wreath a few weeks ago and carefully placed the three purple candles in their spots.  At first she requested another purple, not so sure about the only pink candle.  After a little explaining, she agreed to include it, as unfitting as it may have seemed. 
Every night she asks if it is time to light the pink candle and every night we have had to tell her, "Not yet."  Well, today as we were getting ready to walk into the church, Monsignor asked us if we would like to walk up with the clergy and light the candles on the Advent wreath.  "YES!" is what came out of my mouth!  What a special thing for us to get to do as a family, and I knew Gracie Ann would be thrilled to help.  We got up to the front, and Josh lifted her up to help him light the candles.  As we came around to the pink one, Gracie let out a sweet and happy little "aawww".  I was so excited for her!  It was finally time!
Monsignor's homily was over patience and preparation for the birth of Christ.  It made me realize what patience my little four year old has practiced the past few weeks, and how we are all called to have the excitement of a child.  Even though I don't have one gift under the tree, I am feeling prepared for Christmas day and I think I have a little girl to thank for that.


Friday, December 10, 2010

Maxwell's Pumpkin' Farm

I can't stand the thought of leaving this post out since we had so much fun!  I took the girls, along with my friends and their kiddos to Maxwell's Pumpkin' Farm here in Amarillo.  This is just one of those things I hope sticks and becomes a tradition in our family.  We arrived at 9 a.m. and  I finally had to drag the girls out around 1 p.m.  They have everything:  hay ride, pumpkin patch, corn box, giant slides, maze, etc.  And GREAT customer service (thanks Josh for giving me a whole new appreciation for this):)  

My favorite place to take pictures is outside, so fortunately we captured many sweet memories from the day.

Here they are forcing a smile for mom because I just had to have the "hay bale" picture --->

Going down the slide.  Last year, Josh and I enjoyed this slide WAY more than the girls :)

Corn maze!!

Peek - a - Boo!

I love this picture of Claire!  She's so excited to feed the goats :) Or, just excited because all of the other little girls are excited.  Either way, cute pic!

A little nervous to touch it...but I'm pretty sure they all eventually did.

My favorite!  This would have to be the best picture of the day.  #1 - The big kid in this picture is my friend Amy.  Our children FORCED us to get on this thing!  #2 - Totally kidding....this trampoline was hands down the coolest thing I've ever experienced. 

Me and my snug-a-bug getting a ride in the over sized wagon.  Livi didn't want to get in with Gracie, so the nice man told me to get in with her.  I resisted at first, but it didn't take him long to convince me to get in :)

Taking a nice hay ride over to the pumpkin patch.

Looking for the perfect pumpkin, or 2...

 "iiiiiii got it!"

With the perfect picture to end this post.  She could totally be in a marketing add for this place!

This post didn't quite flow the way I had imagined.  There was just so much to do and as usual, I took too many pictures leaving me with decisions of which to post.  I think I could have put a million more, but these are my favorites from the day. 

I have really come to enjoy and appreciate the season of fall. 

Thursday, November 18, 2010


The pile of pillows and blankets is what the girls call their mouse house.  Not sure where the name came from, but it sure is cute to hear them talk about it and watch them work together to build it. 


Today they discovered they can do this.

One moment they are on each others nerves, the next they are best buds.  Always in a constant state of love.

Only one word for it....


I love how they help bring up memories from my own childhood.  Spending countless hours imagining and creating things with my own sisters.  Thank you God for giving us siblings to share our lives with.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Playing catch-up

It's usually the holidays that get us busy around here, but it's surprisingly slowing down a bit compared to our crazy October.  We had so much fun on various trips, a retreat, Halloween, and a birthday to top it off.

Josh started the month with a trip to California.  Our friends Ryan and Jordan had their first baby, Natalie, who I hear is perfect and beautiful! (Can't wait to meet her, by the way)  They asked Josh to be the godfather, so he happily accepted and was able to be at the baptism at the beginning of October.  The girls and I spent some good quality time with Grandpa and Grandma and the Brockmans.  Grandma came up and we all went to the Fair on the Square/Homecoming parade in Canyon and the carnival at St. Mary's.
Next came a boys weekend in Colorado.  Josh and his good friend Matt went up to do a little fishing and some R&R.  I know Josh has some pics on his iphone, but me being slightly computer illiterate decided he can put them up later if he wants. :)  I know they had a great time!

This next thing may be the most memorable part of the month for me.  Ever heard of a little place called Maxwell's Pumpkin' Farm?  Well, it's amazing.  And I have lots of pictures to go with it.  You know what?  I'm going to have to make it an entire post of its own.  To be continued...

The third weekend of October was my ACTS Retreat.  I thought the month was going to be too busy for it, but it couldn't have come at a better time for me.  It was just what I needed - to take a weekend out of my busy schedule and dedicate every last second to the Lord.  I really got to know Him better, and my faith is stronger.  If you have never been on one, stop dragging your heels and go (hmm, hmm Guy Raef) :)  Kidding Guy, I know it's not your thing.  But like my dad said, "If you don't think you'll like any part of heaven, you definitely should not go on this retreat."  he-he, Love my dad! 

The last trip of the month was supposed to be a business trip for Josh, but we ended up all going and making it a little family get away as well.  It was pleasant.  The drive was nice, the girls enjoyed themselves, and I'm really glad we all went.  While Josh was in his meeting, I took the girls to the San Antonio Children's Museum downtown. 

It was all good and fun until mommy got us lost walking in an unfamiliar downtown.  Livi wanted nothing to do with the stroller, and may have thrown a fit in the not so nice part of town.  I was sweating like a horse by the end of it, but we eventually made it back to the hotel. Our hotel was connected to a shopping mall, so we walked over and let Gracie pick out her birthday present.  This is what we came back with.

A Belle barbie doll.  We also got a change of clothes for Belle, which I may think twice about on the next barbie purchase.  Four year olds aren't that coordinated yet.  We proceeded to get ready for supper.  We took the girls to The Rainforest Cafe for a birthday celebration!

The staff sang happy birthday to her and had her do a crocodile chomp and bottom wiggle, which I must say was pretty darn cute.  She's a good little dancer :)

Enjoying her sunday!

 To end the trip, we took a night boat ride on the Riverwalk.  This was so nice and peaceful.  We got some good San Antonio history while the girls looked at the pretty lights and snacked on M&M's. 

San Antonio will always hold a special place in our hearts.  Josh and I honeymooned there and we will be returning for Seminar in February.  SOOOOOO excited!!

We ended the month with a fun night of trick-or-treating with our two little fairies.  We joined up with our friends, the Ramsey's, and brought in a pretty nice haul.  Praying all of our dentist check-ups are good!

I know we already did the birthday thing in San Antonio, but I just couldn't let that be enough.  Here is the big 4 year old on her big day with her most favorite breakfast, pancakes and eggs.

We had fun together making the cupcakes for the party and had a very nice evening with family.  We love you big girl and wish you many, many more happy years.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010


We've been getting a little burnt-out on the game Candy Land.  When I say "we" I mean "me."  I'm tired of finding the little colored cards all over the house, and stepping barefoot on the little plastic men.  I decided it was time for a change, so we loaded up and headed to Toys-R-Us in search of a new game.  This is what we found.

It's called Elefun - a plastic elephant who blows butterflies out of his super-long trunk.   As you can tell by the pictures, the girls are having a blast trying to catch all the butterflies.  

Gracie actually got pretty good.  Her strategy was to stand as still as possible and wait for the butterflies to land in her net.  

 Livi's strategy, on the other hand, was to swat at them as they came out, then step on them after they fell to the ground :)

Of course this game could not have been the solution to our game boredom.  We ended up taking the game back the next day.  By the end of our afternoon of fun, I swore I would never get that game back out again.  SUPER fun for the girls, but tiring for the adult who has to load the butterflies, stretch up the trunk only to do it again approximately every 7 seconds.  The girls must have thought the game was on loan anyway, because there were no fits about the return.  

So, I have learned to appreciate my Candy Land after all.  Set up the board, stack the cards, and you're good for at least 20 minutes.  I also love the way the girls sit together and name the colors.  And the way Livi totes the little men around with her after a game, like they are her buddies.  Not to mention the bonding time it offers for our family.  So, for now, no more complaining about cards under beds or little men in the bathroom...I'll just be thankful I don't have to spend an entire afternoon reloading the elephant.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Comfort foods

I'm on a mission to try every flavor of Coffee-mate.  If you would have asked me a month ago, my favorite would have been Belgian Chocolate Toffee.  I'm not sure what my answer is now - this little guy is pretty darn amazing!  AND makes for a very pleasant morning after a certain little 3 year old has decided to take up a new hobby of 20 questions (or shall I say 20 requests) at 3 a.m.

While Josh has been gone, the girls and I have done some baking.  Try these!!

They are great for breakfast or a mid-day snack.  The girls love them and they are relatively healthy. 

Tonight I shall pair the two and listen to the heaven's sing!  Happy Friday everyone!  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

A day with Daddy

Last month I had a day planned to take Livi in for her 2 yr. doctor visit.  Josh and I thought it would be fun for Gracie to go to work with daddy that morning.  We told her the day before so she could get excited about it (just like her momma likes).  You know when she is excited about something because she can't hold back the giggles.  Well, the giggles started and she immediately started asking questions, all kinds.  What are we going to do?  Who will we see?  What will I wear? etc.  Here are a few pictures of the morning.

Here's Josh and Gracie.  She decided on her cow print dress (pretty appropriate, I thought) and Josh even made her a little name-tag.

Josh secretly hopes to present this picture to her the day she becomes an operator :) 

She got to run the deposit to the bank , pick up produce at the grocery store.  She even checked on guests in the lobby and offered them a mint.  She finished up her morning work with an episode of Curious George in daddy's office. 

Overall a very fun morning for her.  Fun for daddy too! 

There are many times Josh and I just look at her and think, "Where have the last 3+ years gone?"  She's growing up fast and we are doing our best to soak it all in....

Friday, October 1, 2010


here we go.  I've had this blog for months and haven't typed a thing.  I guess it's hard for me to just jump into things like this. 

To tell you a little about my blog, I'm planning to use it as a creative outlet.  I love taking pictures...not so much the writing part, but I figure I'll get better as time goes on.

I used to keep a written journal, and then I had two children.  Typing is way faster than writing and time is very precious around here. :)  For me, writing things down and rereading it helps me to become an outsider looking in.  It gives me a better perspective on my life.  Sometimes that's a good thing, sometimes not, but I hope to learn about myself from this experience.

As you may be able to tell from my title, I have a Mother Teresa obsession.  I think she was one of the wisest women of our time.  I love to read about her life, her mission, pretty much anything that came out of her mouth.  One of my favorite quotes from her is "Little things are indeed little, but to be faithful in little things is a great thing."  I read this quote often.  Sometimes I feel like it was written for me.  I'm a stay at home mom, so my day is filled with little people and little tasks. This is what God has asked of me, to be a wife and a mother, and to put my whole heart and soul into it.
So, to those of you reading, I hope you enjoy.  I'd just like to close this first one with another favorite Mother Teresa quote since I've got her on the brain...

"Yesterday is gone.  Tomorrow has not yet come.  We have only today.  Let us begin."