Quote of the Day

"If we knew everything God knows, we would will everything to be the way that it is."

-a priest that Monica knows. I stole the quote from her blog. Good one, huh? :)


Judah's Video Debut!


Still Catching Up...

Well, as you can see, I was still pregnant when this video was taken...that give away the not-so-secret that I am REALLY far behind on sharing pictures and videos!! Anyway, this is a pretty good example of what it's like to live with Roman. He just brings us so much joy...


Right Now...

Want a peek in at my world right now? Well, right now...

  1. Joe is standing on our neighbor's tool shed cutting branches off of a tree. Tony is helping. The neighbor is sitting in his lawn chair watching this process. (Dwain, our neighbor is probably in his 70s...a very sweet man who sometimes mows our lawn because he's so annoyed at how ridiculously long we let it get every week because he's so generous and helpful.) Occasionally, Dwain will get up out of his chair to come supervise and give some suggestions. He stands under the tree, hands on hips, and tells them of his vast knowledge on how to do anything regarding lawn or tree care. He was a farmer, you know.
  2. Roman is napping. Well, not so much napping as laying in bed singing "Happy Birthday" at the top of his lungs. But that's okay with me...he slept until 10:00 this morning!!!!! It was the best morning of my life. Not because I didn't want to be playing with Roman all morning...but because, at this point, I would do close to anything for an extra couple of hours of sleep.
  3. I know right now you're thinking, "How did you get a two year old to sleep in??" The truth is I have NO idea. It might have something to do with the fact that yesterday Joe only had one appointment so we spent the morning at the library, went out for pizza for lunch, then went to the zoo, and finally ended our day with DELICIOUS dinner at Kathleen and Ryan's new duplex! He didn't go to sleep until 9:45 on the drive back home. But I never would have expected that he would sleep until 10. God is good. :)
  4. Judah has been super smiley and talkative all morning!! He is such a good baby and I promise there are more pictures coming! I can't believe how much he has changed over the last five weeks!
  5. (Well, this one isn't right now, but...) Roman tried to pick Judah up on Thursday. Yeah. Praise God I was in the same room and it didn't end in tragedy, but it sure made me stop breathing for a while. Now I feel that it is no longer safe for me to leave a room - even for .3 seconds. Neat.
  6. While we're on the topic of Roman....a few tidbits (none of which fall under the "right now" title):
  • He is back to pulling poop out of his diaper. Awesome. Although, this time he was grossed out by it - hopefully that is a good sign for potty training?
  • He ate dirt on Wednesday. I know, I know...I am really good at supervising toddler play.
  • I gave him a bite of my yogurt the other day and he said "wow. that's amazing". :) You have to understand that Roman has a deep and profound love of all things dairy. Milk, cheese, and yogurt are his favorite things in life. One day he spilled yogurt all over himself and I actually caught him licking it off of his toes. Mmmm.
  • He has been trying to teach Judah how to "pound it" and how to "feed the chickens". I know what you're thinking "What the heck is 'feed the chickens'?" I don't think I can even explain. Just ask Roman next time you see him.
  • He asked me this question the other day: "Did you watch Laura the Carrot on the computer?" Uh...yes, that is a NINE word question. And for the record, the answer was "no". Not as exciting.
  • This one is from before Judah was born, but I still haven't shared. I was looking in the fridge for something to eat (because that's pretty much all I did when I was pregnant). I said "Roman, mommy's really hungry". He replied "Do you want some grapes?". Why yes, yes I do. Too bad we didn't have any. It was a nice thought. :)

You're probably wondering how you got to the end of this post with there really being no point to it whatsoever. In fact it was all over the place. I apologize.


Chrissy and Jon's Wedding

Well, I took some pictures at the wedding, and I'll share them eventually, but really, you all need to see what an amazing photographer Sarah Davis is. Check out these photos from Chrissy and Jon's big day (of course, I am a little biased, but I think the pictures of Roman are particularly cute!)


Why Yes, Yes, I am Playing Catch Up!

Roman playing in the rain...in May.

Fun With Frosting

There are really no words... :)


In the meantime...

So, I really should have titled my last post "Roman's Shenanigan" (singular). I realize I only shared one story when I had promised many...and the promise stands...I just couldn't get them all done in one post. Maybe better to spread them out anyway. Let's not get too carried away with blog story gluttony.

But, in the meantime, here's what we did today (because it was such a riveting day) :) :

  • Roman put together his Veggie Tales puzzles approximately 23 times. I even took a video (I also have lots of fun videos to post...you know, sometime before 2012).
  • My high school girls came over for our small group. We just started Captivating. If you haven't read it, you should.
  • I thought about what I'm going to say for my speech at Chrissy' wedding (on SATURDAY!!) I am really excited...but I'm feeling the pressure to get the speech done - how do you strike a balance between funny and sentimental, not too long, not too short, something meaningful to the happy couple and interesting for everyone else to listen to? Yikes. I mean, it's Chrissy. So, it has to be awesome. Pray for me!
  • We played in the sand box
  • Roman "drove" his play car. He told me that he was going to the mall. To "see water". (That means the fountain, in case you didn't catch on.)
  • I fed Judah and cuddled him...lots of times. :)
  • Roman tried to teach Judah how to "pound it".
  • Roman and I gave Judah sandwich kisses.
  • I changed lots of diapers.
  • I talked with Adam for a bit. I asked how his Grandma was doing. Roman stated "She's brushing her hair. She's talking on the phone". Hmmm...She lives in Fort Dodge.

Always a fun day with my boys. :)