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Thursday, December 4, 2008

thanks and things

we spent thanksgiving day with the wilsons. the boys always play football in the annual turkey bowl. it's tradition and trust me you should not mess with this tradition! =) the girls always hangout at the house and visit and start getting dinner ready. we got to spend lots of time together as a big family and just visit and relax. it was so nice. the kids had a great time playing with their cousins. the picture above is all of us including two new fiances (kevin's niki and her girls dezi and azlynn and karen's josh) and dave's girlfriend jen. jimmy was home from IU and it was nice to get to see him. we are such a blessed family and one that continues to grow and grow!
saturday we got together with the dewitts and the bromers (my mom's family). we were fortunate to see my uncle tom and his family for lunch then get to spend dinner with my mom's family. we are especially grateful to my uncle tom. he's a pediatrician (a fabulous one in fact) and he very sweetly checked out asher for us. asher's regular pediatrician found a heart murmur at his 2 yr check up. nothing he was worried about just something to watch. i truly was not worried and felt completely at peace with what he had said but having a pediatrician in the family i still wanted tom to check on asher. he actually had a hard time finding the murmur and confirmed that there's nothing to worry about. yet another thing to be so very thankful for this year. mia also got to dance with ethan and if i can get the video to download i will post that later. she was so excited to meet him and as soon as i mentioned his name he responded "mom, i think ethan can dance. will he dance with me?" i told her to ask and the minute he was in the house and she knew who he was she asked! it was so sweet of him and they were super cute! the kids then got to see grammie - their great grandma. my aunt, her son, my uncle and his girlfriend were there too but grammie is always the star of the show for my kids. =) it's a mutual admiration society let me tell you. we are so very blessed to have such wonderful families and that they are so very close. we just didn't happen to get a picture of the festivities on saturday. hope your turkey day was happy!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

ya gotta smile

i just had to share this picture. it makes me smile every time i see it and gives you a great insight into asher's personality. have a great day!!

winter wonderland

we woke up the other morning to this beautiful snowfall. it had been snowing a little bit the day before and mia was in heaven. she kept trying to catch it on her tongue and eat it. she kept hoping for more. so i had to smile when i went in to get asher in the morning and pulled open his blinds to show him the snow. he just turned sleepily in my arms and responded in all seriousness "Mia eat it." what a hilarious start to our day. mia's school was cancelled so we bundled all up and out we went. we had a great time playing. poor asher, the snow was up to his knees but once he got used to it he was all over it. i had to smile because while my girlfriend's little girls were noticing "white pixie dust" at their house we were pretending to be bulldozers and front-end loaders and "push the snow away to make paths". ah, the differences when you have a boy in the house. =)

mia had a great time making snow angels. asher was not so into it. mostly because once he got into the snow he couldn't get out. =) he loved to walk through mia's though and tell her how pretty it was. the irony that he was stepping on it while telling her this was evidently missed. so here's to the beginning of winter. if it's gonna be cold it can at least be pretty. =)

fabulous fall

we had a few amazing days this fall and the kids and i had a great time playing in the leaves. we didn't really have leaves at our old house (the trees were too little) so this was the first time they actually got to play in them. here's what we learned:
- kids love to jump in leaves - after they are assured that it's okay to mess them up

- waiting for leaves to get raked across a yard into a pile requires more patience then a 2 or 3 year old really want to display

- that when said 2 and 3 year old follow along behind the raker kicking the leaves back across the year it takes even longer

- remove sticks from the pile

- be sure removal of sticks actually means sticks leave the pile (not that they are simply placed on sibling's side of the pile)

- jumping into leaves is WAY more fun with a partner

- jumping in is fun but it's even better with a running head start

- in order to jump into leaves with a partner you must either run the same speed or not hold hands - this is very important!!

- even mommies and daddies love to jump in leaves

- being buried in leaves is also fun but does require a good hair brushing afterward

- babies like leaves but really should not be given them to chew on - even if you just wanted to share

and the winner was.....

okay so this is super late but the results of our dinner voting was as follows...

french fries and onion rings
chocolate milk

we decided not to break the tie between french fries and onion rings and just have both. =) it was a fun little thing and the kids really seemed to have a good time filling out their ballots and getting to pick their dinner. mia learned how disappointing it can be when the one you voted for isn't the one to win. she really wanted hamburgers (i think more because that was her choice to begin with) and when it didn't win we had a very good conversation about graciously conceding defeat ... ie it's not really nice to get so upset you have to be escorted from the room. she has brought it up several times since then and always talks about how it's okay if your choice doesn't win you just try again next time. so cute. we did decide to have hamburgers the next night. =)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


so my sweet little doodle bug you are 2. it got here so fast. i can't imagine my life without your sweet smile and your completely contagious giggle. you can light up a room with your fun little personality the minute you enter it. your birth was by far the hardest one. you were upside down and that should have been my first clue that you were going to turn my life upside down and beat to a rhythm of your own. not getting to snuggle you those first few days was the hardest thing for me. i just wanted to cuddle you and hold you close. you have more then made up for it now though and are still the best snuggler. you love to give bear hugs and when it's time to go to sleep you always ask to rock longer. you melt my heart with your tender spirit and the absolute love you have for your brother and sister. you are still learning how to be as gentle physically as you are spiritually as you are all boy all the time. you love to run and jump and play with your daddy. you love tractors and trucks and being outside. it's hard to get you distracted from a tractor fix - just ask your papa. =) i love to listen to you sing "jesus loves me" and you very often sing it to eli if he's fussing. you love to shout "amen" at the end of the prayer and pick up books and tell me you are reading about "fafer God". your vocabulary amazes me and makes you seem so much older. but when i look at you i see my little boy. it's an image i'm sure i will still see when you i look at you at 18, at 30 and beyond. the little boy inside a child, a teenager and eventually a man. you try so hard to keep up with mia and do all the things she does. you will do all of them my little one but in the mean time i love watching you learn and grow and figure things out. don't be in too big a hurry doodlebug. this time is so very precious and i am so very proud of you. i feel so truly blessed that God picked me to be your mom. i love you so very much. happy birthday doodlebug.

say (chuck E) cheese

so for the past few weeks every time i tell asher that it's dinner time he looks at me so hopefully and says "chuck - a - cheese". don't know where the obsession started but since it wasn't going away we decided to take the family there for his birthday yesterday. the kids had a blast. we sat in the little kids section right next to the Bob the Builder ride. asher was in heaven!!! thankfully it wasn't all that crowded because i am not exaggerating he rode the ride nonstop for almost 30 minutes. i was able to finally convince him to try a few other things but they were all short lived and back on to "Scoop" he went. he got down long enough each time to get another token and tell me "bye", "love you" or "have a good day". it was all really very cute. mia and pete were off winning tickets and playing other games. eli and i just watched asher hang out with "Scoop". he was so tired when we left but we still had to pry him out of the thing. pete was placing the extra tokens we had in the bag and they spilled - twice. the first time asher was happy to help clean them up. the second time he couldn't resist the temptation to snag one and climb back on for just one more ride. it was one of those moments as a parent where you know you're not supposed to laugh but it's so hard not to that you have to turn around for a minute or two to compose yourself. his little face was so excited that he had managed to get another token. oh my!

Monday, November 3, 2008

what's your vote??

we've been talking to the kids about the fact that elections are tomorrow and that we get to pick a new president. mia got so excited when we told her that we get to vote and then was so upset when she realized that she was too little. so we decided to have our own vote. as you can see we're voting on dinner. each of the kids got to pick what they wanted for an entree, a side dish and what to drink (we figured that was enough choices for the first time we try this). pete voiced his choices and we left it at three ... that way we were guaranteed to have a winner in each category. so here's your choices - entree: pizza, hamburgers or tacos, side dish - french fries, granola bars or onion rings (really healthy huh??) drinks - lemonade, juice or chocolate milk. we used the pictures to help the kids think about their choices. so far mia has already changed her mind a few times and asher seems to agree with whatever his sister is voting for. =) so cast your vote and let us know what you think should win. we'll post the winning dinner tomorrow night! don't forget to vote tomorrow!!!

Happy Halloween!

so i truly have mixed feelings about this holiday. i am very not into the scary part of it at all. you can draw your own conclusions as to why that is but i will simply say that it's not a spirit i want in my house or near my children. that said ... i love the fall aspect. i love watching little ones get all excited to dress up like something new and fun. i love the crispness in the air and the gentle falling leaves. i love visiting pumpkin patches and carving the pumpkins that come home. i love to watch all the families leave the house together for a night of fun and being silly together. i love getting together with friends and seeing everyone's creativity.

so this is how we spent our halloween. mia chose to be a princess. it was a decision that came down to the wire. she kept switching between a butterfly and a princess and finally made up her mind. asher was a construction worker (see the previous post if you're curious about that one!) and eli fit into the lamb costume so that's what he was. our only problem was that asher did not want to wear his hard hat or his tool belt. well, without these things he looked rather like a regular 2 year old in jeans and a plaid shirt. i felt like i was taking my 2 year old out in a "this IS my costume" t-shirt that you see high school kids wear. it was terrible! =) he boycotted his outfit on two occasion so for trick-or-treat we changed the plan.

we headed over to sarah and daniel's to meet up with a bunch of the kids friends. now when i say a bunch i literally mean 16 kids under the age of 5. i think people were a little overwhelmed when our crazy group arrived at their doors. they were quiet a sight all running around, saying trick-or-treat and thank you (not always in the right order or context) and laughing at anything. it was lots of fun. anyways, sarah very sweetly offered asher his choice of costumes from her selection and he chose the koala bear. it was very cute ... very much too small for him ... but very cute. he did actually wear the hat for a little while but that didn't last too long either. he's two, what are ya gonna do? so here's one of the attempts to get a photo of all the kids before we left and yes, quiet a few of them had run off.

so here's the tricky part of trick-or-treating that i can't believe i am actually posting. mia had not napped in two days and had finally fallen asleep at 10 the night before only to be up at 6:30. needless to say she was tired. friday nap time came and no sooner did i get her into bed then she got out ... and got out ... and got out. this went on for almost an hour and a half. so reaching my limit i simply said to her that she could either chose to stay in her bed or she wouldn't be able to trick-or-treat. of course no sooner does this leave my mouth then i am praying that she will stay in bed. you know what happened ... out she popped. so there was no trick-or-treating for her. she was allowed to go to the party since the choice just involved trick-or-treat and she had the choice to either walk with her friends (just not go to the houses) or stay back at sarah's. she chose to walk with her friends and did amazing!! she didn't try to trick-or-treat and every time she was asked about it by an adult this was honestly her response (no prompting) "i can't go trick-or-treating because i chose not to listen to mom and got out of my bed. maybe next year." though it broke my heart it was so awesome to listen to her and know that she was learning how much control she had of her own life. that her choices directly affect her life. it was probably one of the hardest things i have had to do as a mom but i am so proud of her (and of me for sticking to it!). pete and i have been told not to act powerful unless you mean it ... well, i guess i mean it. so i hope you don't think i'm a terrible mom but i figure it's better for her to learn the lesson at 3 at a halloween she probably won't remember then to have to learn it later when the stakes are even higher.

hope you all had a great halloween!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

three months in three minutes

okay so it may take me longer then three minutes to update you all on the past three months but that's probably about all the time i'm going to have. =) it amazes me how fast time flies and how bad i have been about posting things on here. hang on to your hats cuz here we go....

mia started preschool and loves it. she gets to do 1/2 hour of dance each time she goes and is very happily teaching asher everything she knows. the two of them now have a favorite game they call "cha-cha" in which they hold hands and "dance" (or spin) around the room as fast as they can. this is something i am still trying to accurately catch on video as it is hilarious (though there have been a few mishaps and asher has been "cha-cha"ed into the wall and the big plastic rocking fish).
this is what's been going on down the street from us so this is where we have been almost daily for ... well for a long time. let's just say that all the guys on the job site know mia and asher on a first name basis and stop what they are doing to come over and say hi. they have each been offered a ride in the excavator (their favorite machine) but both decided it was too scary. the excavator operator is their buddy that's for sure.

we headed out to the pumpkin patch and had a blast. asher's favorite part by far was the hayride out to the field. i think he could really have cared less about the pumpkins after that. they also had a wooden tractor the kids could play on and he would NOT get off of it. it was a great day for the adventure though and mia got to ride a pony too. what more can you ask for?

we've been lovin' on the littlest. he's one loved kid that's for sure and he doesn't lack for attention from anyone. i do try to steal a few moments alone with him everyday though it's hard when he's such a popular guy! he's three months old already and rolling over already. it's amazing to me how fast the time is going. i love every moment ... they just go too quick.

we've headed to the beach a bunch though that's starting to end since it's getting so cold now. the kids love to go and we usually pack a picnic dinner. they love to eat dinner like that and it makes the trip so fun. they don't seem to mind that's it a little chilly and love to run around on the sand and play on the dunes. the last time we were there a group of guys was there playing percussion and just jamming. they loved dancing around and just having fun.

i'm sure there's tons i'm missing but there's footsteps on the stairs and it's way too late for that. i better go.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

meet the man

Elias David Wilson
8 lbs 2 oz
20 3/4 inches
arrived at 6:54 am

so here's our beautiful new boy! he's so amazing and sweet and looks just like his brother and sister did. he has the most laid back personality. he arrived early thursday morning with little complication. there was initially some concern about his breathing but that seems to be true with alot of c-section little ones and he did just fine! we are home now and doing great. thank you so much for all of your prayers! i am recovering well (much easier then asher - hooray!). little eli is the most popular member of the house and there are often "discussions" between his brother and sister over who gets to hold him and how long. they are both completely in love with him and it's adorable to watch them with him. i'll post more pictures soon but here are a few highlights.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

2 days and 2 weeks

so here's quick update on our family as a whole. our big days are in 2 days and in 2 weeks.

2 days
we move into our new house. pete has been working so hard on getting it done and it just looks amazing. i am continuously astounded by the things he thinks of and that he is able to do. he has done something amazing to just about every room in the house. it as been a complete house overhaul and it looks wonderful. he refinished the floors this week, put up the new trim, and built a custom pantry (just to hit the highlights). it's amazing and we are so thankful for all his work. we have a beautiful house to go to now. he is simply amazing and i'm so lucky to have him. here's the picture of the new floors and of the basement (the half wall by mia is new and so is most of the space behind her).

2 weeks
in exactly 2 weeks our third little miracle will be added to our family. everything is going fine with the pregnancy and this little one. my doctor is guessing this baby will be the tiniest one yet and her prediction is 7lbs 4 oz. we'll see. still guessing whether it's a boy or a girl though everyone around us thinks boy. we'll have to see about that one too. thankfully this little one is not following in asher's foot steps and is head down. hooray. i haven't been that good about posting (or taking) pregnancy pictures but i've seen this shot a few times and just loved the concept so here's my self portrait two weeks before i get to meet my new little one.

those darn stairs

well our horse ride was great. no injuries, nothing crazy. we went through the rest of our day just fine. had friends over to play and watched daddy play softball. then wouldn't you know it as we're heading into the house for the night mia falls up the stairs in the garage and does it very well. she split her chin open very nicely. thankfully after a few minutes and a better look we did not have to go to the hospital for stitches. it did require some butterfly bandages though. thankfully grandma and grandpa wilson followed daddy home from the game and grandma ran out to get our girl some special bandages so she could stay cuddled at home. once she got her special band aids on she decided that mommy and daddy each needed one too. so here we all are in our special band aids. =) she's already doing fine and her chin looks much better. thanks again grandma for helping save the day. always gotta have an adventure!

horses, horses, horses

so for the past few months every time we see a horse mia has to comment about how much she would love to ride. at first i thought this was a phase and would pass. nope! it's here to stay. so i called mia's aunt mel (who used to ride competitively in the area) to ask her where to go. we got to go with a wonderful lady named libby (whom we actually know through other events) and mia got her first ride on a horse this week!! she was a little nervous at first. they are much bigger in person then they initially appear from a car window. asher seemed to have no fear and walked right up to the stable door waving and saying "hi horse." after watching libby's granddaughters ride mia was definitely ready for her turn though. on went the purple helmet and away she went. she asked often if i was watching her and the grin on her face was huge. i somehow have a feeling this will not be the last time i am standing on the fence of a horse arena watching my daughter ride. =) she's already asking when she can ride again and loves to tell everyone about her adventure. libby, thank you so much for a wonderful first experience for her!
even asher got a chance to sit on a horse. no riding for him yet though. despite his initial bravery actually getting up on the horse made him a little more nervous. and yes, mia's cowboy boots are pink. can you get more girl? horses and pink boots - that's my girl!!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

happy 4th of july!

hope you all had a great 4th of july! pete spent the day working on the house so we headed to the parade. though it was small it was just fine for two little kids. my parents joined us and we happened to run into our friends matt, erin and their son jaxson. after the parade we hit the playground then headed to our house for a little mini - cookout. it was a really nice day. after naps we headed to the new house for a picnic dinner with dad (something we are enjoying a lot lately). matt and erin surprised us by offering to come over to watch the kids so pete and i could go enjoy the fireworks togther. it was so sweet and so nice to just have an hour or so to ourselves. we haven't really seen the fireworks in a long time so it was fun. thanks again matt and erin! happy birthday america!!!

fun at the farm

so i'm a little late posting these pictures but a little while ago we teamed up with our friends the hansons and headed to a dairy farm a little ways from our house. oh my! the kids had a good time but most of the things were a bit over their heads. of course we goofed and started our day at the 4D movie theater. bad idea. the seats shook with the combine and then we got a little blast of air from the wind followed by a few squirts of water while the cows were being "milked". needless to say it took me almost 45 minutes to get asher out of my arms and he still to this day will bring up that he's "scared ... cow tv." with which we have to reassure him that it's over and he's okay. note to self for next time - no movies that do weird stuff! they had lots of fun playing in the dairy land playground

then it was off for a bus tour of the farm. we didn't get to get up close to the animals (they don't want you to give the animals diseases or anything) but we got to see lots of cows, a few new calves and a couple of tractors. we got to watch the cows ride the big carousel type ride to get milked

then headed for lunch. we did venture into the birthing barn and (thankfully) did not see any calves being born but did see two that were less then 2 hours old. a good day but we'll probably wait until the kids are a little older to try this one again.

gotta get some yummy ice cream!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

summer fun pictures

there really isn't much to say about most of these pictures. they are simply ones that have captured parts of our summer so far. they are mixed together and possibly out of order but i just love the way they capture the kids and the joy of life.

the joy of exploring, the joy of being outside, the joy of just being. does it get better then that?
watching your kids love to do things that you remember doing. running through the grass barefoot until you felt like you were going to fly.

loving to "drive" anything with wheels because that's what grown-ups did and it was just so fun.

riding on a swing and trying to get your feet to touch the sky. oh if only they would stretch just a little farther.

watching the bright colors of summer become the backdrop to the most beautiful things you have ever seen or ever will ... your children just being who they are. hope you're having a wonderful summer and enjoying every moment.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

wonderful water

the kids are loving the water this summer. well, most of it. asher's not too sure he likes the big
pool .. okay he really didn't like it but as you can see he loves the pool in the backyard. i think we just have to get him in the big pool more often and he'll be fine.

then the other day it started to rain when we were out playing. mia wanted to stay outside and play in the rain, so we did. it was just a nice summer shower. still warm but definately getting ya wet. it's one of those memories that my kids may not remember but i will. where the rules get suspended and time kind of seems to stand still while you watch your children enjoy such a simple thing that brings them so much joy. it's a blessing when you realize you're in one of those moments ... here's to both creating and noticing them more. hooray for kids!