lord help me make this post as un-wierd as possible! so, i made this game up with nathan that turned out to be so stinkin' cute...at first!!!   and it goes a little something like this...hit it! we were sitting on the couch and i started saying "mommy is sooooooooo hungry, i think i'll eat your nose" (while i proceed to nibble on his pudgy nose).  carried on by a,  "that was delicous, i'm still hungry...i'll eat your ear too".  then i continued on to nibble on his toes, fingers, and all the cutsie body parts. there was a whole lotta laughter involved so i thought i was on to a very awesome mommy-and-son game. then, i say (which i never should have), "your turn, bud".  he starts off with an "i'm hungry, i'm gonna eat mommy's...nose" (while he nibbles my nose).  we laugh so hard.  at this point it was the cutest ...

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my 18-year-old nephew is here to visit with us for a few days, and i am just thrilled about it.  i am drenched with pride.  he has turned into a fine young man. lucky for him, an aunt that lives a few hours from me was on her way back to florida, from north carolina.  so, he hitched a ride with her and is catching a one-way flight back.  lucky for us, my aunt grace had her grand babies in tow which made her little pit stop at my house a very, very special treat for my littles.  annya is 4, aysia is 5 (i'm pretty sure i just butchered their names).  they played for hours while aunt grace went straight to my bed for a little snooze.  nothing says family more than showing up to a nieces house, with two grand kids, and making a bee-line for the nearest bed.  ...

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i remember the first few months with nathan.  i remember how, in those days, i thought it would never end.  i thought i was never going to sleep through the night again.  i thought he would always cry, and want to be held all the time.  i had no idea how fast those days were fading.  :(   look at my nathan, all teeny-weeny. CHRISTmas 2007!! with lucy, i knew that it was going to slip by, fast as lightening.  AND...it did.  :(  little sweetheart! my first glance of her! soaking in my second born. when i got lucy all prettied up this morning, i put her down, and began to watch her run free.  i always like to take in a fresh, and clean little outfit.  one that hasn't been jelly and juice stained.   that is when i noticed that it was time.  i was in denial and have been putting it off for a few weeks, ...

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i was inspired, encouraged, and unbelievably moved  by this particular blog, and felt pressed to share my thoughts on the subject.  every single person has special gifts and talents.  no matter the size of that talent, it was destined to do BIG things.   sure, from the outside looking in, that girl from school who dances like a dream, who can sing like none other, and her hair air dries-needs no product, and has natural blonde high-lights. she is, hands down, the most popular, the MVP at each sport she attempts, and extremely smart. everyone adored her.  everybody remembers that girl, right? then there's me.  i danced pretty good, i couldn't carry a tune to save my life, i had to blow dry my hair in sections, then use a straightening iron to get the wave out.  i was an average student, and i was average at all the sports i ...

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7 MORE SLEEPS!!  that would be how many sleeps are left until we have my mom here with us.  i don't know who is more excited about it.  every single time we get in the car nathan says "are we going to get nana?".  it kills me every time to say "(however many) more sleeps" instead of "we sure are...to the airport we go to get your sweet nana".  soon enough, i suppose.  in an effort to keep extra busy this week, to eliminate that oh-my-goodness-i'm-freaking-out-due-to-excitement feeling, we have scheduled play-dates or special outings every day this week.  in hopes to not watch the clock tick...and tock.  okay, i win!!  i'm the most excited about her coming to visit.  i must say though, this week is turning out to be pretty scrumptious and nathan is winning the funniest-kid-ever award by a land slide these days. monday, i took the little's on ...

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what is yogurt mountain?  well, let me do the honors of describing it's radness and deliciousness.  back home, there is this place called TCBY that serves the best frozen yogurt in the world...until now.  yogurt mountain has gnarly lime green walls, trimmed in purple, and the environment is so frozen-yogurtly awesome, and fun. when you walk in, you get two sample cups to taste test the yogurt.  it's a self serve place.  the right side of the wall is jam packed with tons of flavors of frozen yogurts and sorbets.  from banana pudding, to rocky road, to white chocolate mousse, to mango sorbet...you name it, they've got it.  the left wall is equally as packed with toppings galore.  from captain crunch, to sour worms, to nerds, to sprinkles (my favoirte), to hot fudge, to reeses pieces...just to name a few.  it's like an adult toy store.  we get to play ...

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the kids are napping.  well, lucy is napping.  nathan gets to pick a few books and a few dinosaurs, and play quietly on his bed for an hour.  i like quiet time.  alot.  i should be doing that mound of dishes that are in both sink holes. but, that would require me to put away all the dishes in the dishwasher first.  i just stood there, starred at the task ahead, and chose to blog instead.  so, i write. cute nathan story...i ran into the cabinet door that was left open, and hurt my butt.  i no sooner turn around and my sweet nathan was in the process of kissing it, followed through with an "allllll better, mommy."  you know what...?  it really did work, my butt felt better!!  here's my take:  when my kids bump, stump, scrape, or hurt themselves in any way, i am truly sad for them.  ...

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it was every bit of 5:20 am this morning, and miss molar (lucy) was wide awake, cutting those pearly whites.  lets just say i was displeased, and i said to josh before getting out of bed, "i am SO OVER her morning early wake-up's, i don't want to do today".  so, i annoyingly jerk the covers off me, let out a prayer for strength and patience to get me through our day, and tenderly scoop up my sweet lucy.  she is so sweet and in so much pain.  i would switch mouths with her in a heartbeat, but, i did not want to be up that early.  it wasn't seconds after i got her up when i see josh walking down the hall.  i'm usually the one who gets up with the kids and especially when they aren't feeling well.  josh immediately started a fresh pot of coffee, and brought ...

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ROAD TRIP READY!! just the kids and i got an early start on thursday morning.  with baby dolls and dinosaurs in hand, we loaded up all of our yummy snacks, and headed a few hours up the way to my cousin's house in orlando...there's nothing quite like a first cousin.  off we went and i must say, i have two of the best travelers.  we were making great timing and everything was smooth sailing, until i looked ahead at what seemed like an eternity of cars ahead of me at a complete stand still.  it was unavoidable, and we were definitely about to come to a complete halt.  i was only minutes from cousin lindsay's exit, which just wasn't cool.  i was disappointed until i looked back and caught eyes with lucy.   in that moment, i got so happy to be at a ...

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before i was blessed with the title "mommy", i had one more list of things that i was NEVER (ever-ever-ever) going to do.  against all odds, i was going to be a perfect mother.  just you watch.  uhhhh, joke is on me! i narrowed it down to a few "NEVER'S" that i have totally broken, maybe just once...a day. i will NEVER let my kids eat on the furniture i will NEVER let my kids have more than 20 minutes of television or electronics in a 24 hour day.  AND...i darn sure couldn't possibly break both of these "NEVER'S" at the same time.  surely not... oops, double whammy!! i will NEVER raise my voice.  (these definitely sound like rules of a non-mommy, don't they?). i will NEVER have my living room turned into a kid zone, toys stay in their rooms.  what?  that is lucy's bedroom!  ;) ;) there are a few "NEVER'S" that i have actually ...

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