Tuesday, October 19, 2010


After listening to Meg try to say her whole name...

CONNOR: "Meg Jensen Elizabeth. That sounds awkward."

SIRRI: "No Connor. Awkward is when you kiss a boy."

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

My Husband...


does the dishes nearly every night.

never complains when I go out with girlfriends.

supports me in Relay for Life.


doesn't grumble (very loud) when I spend too much money.

keeps our lawn beautifully mowed and green.

does laundry

folds laundry.

doesn't put laundry away.

gets giddy during hunting season.


is hot.

can build or fix most anything.

doesn't snore.

helps me harvest and can the produce from our garden.


is handy. and handsy.

is a great cook.

makes a delicious breakfast every weekend.


does his own ironing.

reads to our children.

is a runner.

loves me.


my husband.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Just You and Me

Dear Meg,

Every single morning after the kids get on the bus and Daddy heads off to work, you look at me (typically grabbing my hand) and say, "It's just you and me, huh, Mama?" "Yep, sis. Just you and me." And it melts my heart and makes me smile. Spending time with just you every day has been such a delight!

Every night before I go to bed, I've found myself making sure to get all my house cleaning jobs done so that in the morning there will be plenty of time to play. To play, with just you! We have had dance parties, glam sessions (complete with mascara on those amazing eyelashes of yours,) soccer "games," walks to Aunt Wylene's for an apple, laying in bed reading or watching cartoons, sharing chocolate way too early in the morning (cause that what girls do!) and playing lots of make believe (typically you make me call you Grandma and I play the role of Meg.) Sometimes there are still jobs to do, but you don't mind and boy it is sure much more fun with a sweet little partner like you.Ever since you were a little tiny baby you have been such a lover. You love to snuggle and hug and you have a special way to make others feel loved and important. Sometimes when you are being "influenced" by others (ahem...Connor and Sirri) that side of your personality is harder to see. But, boy, when it is just you and me, your true self SHINES through!

I'm so thankful for this special time that you and I will be able have these next two years to be together. I hope it will be a time that you will be able to remember and look back on and feel joy. Because that is what you have given me these last few weeks....JOY!

I love you Meggers!


Your Mama

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


A third set of school clothes....

A third backpack hanging on its hook...
A third kiddo in school!
Meg has anxiously been awaiting the day that she would get to go to school at Mrs. Tammies and it finally arrived!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

my wishy washy, achey breaky heart.

Two weeks ago:

"Seriously, school could not start soon enough."

"Is it the 25th YET?"

"If I hear anyone (Connor) torturing his siblings one more time..."

First Day of School:

"Maybe I don't want him going to school."

"Do I really have to put him on the bus all by himself?"

"He grew up way too fast."

Second Day of School:

"Is it really almost 11:00 already? Kindergarten is too short. I could use a few more hours."

Man, oh, man. Do I ever have a wishy washy mama heart. One minute I can not wait to send the kiddos out the door and the next, I'm worrying about their day at school and wishing they were home snuggling on my lap. Sending Connor to school this year was so conflicting for me. He is SO ready to go and he could sure use a break from his siblings (and his mom. and vice versa.) But, with each child that goes to school, it just means that my season as a stay at home mom, whose job is to raise babies and play all day is coming to an end. Though, sometimes it's easier to do my job when I get a little break from the dears. See, my heart just can't make up it's mind. Am I crying as I watch the bus drive down the road because I'm sad or are they tears of joy that I have a little freedom? Maybe both. Who knows.

I do know this. He is one handsome kiddo.



boo. hurray! boo. hurray!
good grief.

Though...I do like hanging out with just this girl for a few hours every day.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

First Day of School 2010

Mrs. Miller

Mrs. Swainston

Bus Buddies
Sirri, Kennedy, Sydney

Thank goodness for friends!
Connor, Blaze, Russell

Monday, August 9, 2010

Things That Made Me Smile in July

An easy "do" for Sirri. It's fast, needs no curling and has no part to be sunburnt.

This face.

Being recognized by a cashier at Walmart when she said, "Oh, I know you. You're the customer who is always so nice. I love it when you come through my line!"

Going to Rigby Lake every week.

This face

Watching Kendon sew.

The kids doing their chores. (And having it actually be helpful to me!)

My beautiful growing garden.

Meeting Baby Jade. (Affectionately known as; Little Toad. Meg is her counterpart; Big Toad.)

The kids playing baseball.

This face.

Finding out that Kim and Rich and their kids are moving many hours closer to me.

Grandma and Grandpa Bigelow coming to town for the Blue Angels Air Show and meeting Greg Poe.

Heidi and Brian's wedding!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Two Years and Thankful

Ever so thankful!

Our own special rainbow of HOPE today.

Can you see {feel} it? It's there. Today and always. Some-days it's harder to see {feel} than others. But it's there.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Happy 7th Birthday Sirri!

Sirri at seven...
  • learned to ride her bike and loves it
  • is a total fish (hence the pool for her birthday!)
  • wants to do her own hair
  • spunky
  • growing up
  • into friends and getting phone numbers
  • loves to sing, dance, and perform
  • helpful
  • dramatic/emotional
  • growing "tall"
  • cute cute cute
  • a pleaser
  • sensitive
tie dyed cake-inside and out

Happy 6th Birthday Connor!

Connor at six...
  • ready for kindergarten
  • very observant
  • writes his first and last name
  • loves to tease his sisters
  • knows which sister "buttons" to push
  • thrives on attention (will take positive or negative)
  • so so handsome
  • has total beach boy, surfer dude, blonde streaked hair
  • loves to learn how things work
  • enjoys soccer
  • hard headed
  • has an incredible memory
  • skinny

Kendon made each of the boys these BLAST OFF ROCKETS. They were a huge hit. Thanks hon.