Saturday, November 5, 2011

A Week in Review

I hope everyone has had a beautiful week!
What a full one we had!
Owen and I went to visit Lora in Charlotte last Saturday...
fun for me!!
My wonderful mom came to watch MnS..
and I was able to take my time coming home since my husband took over when he was done with work!

 Lora did a great job..she is such a blessing!!
What adoration she has for the Lord!!
Each of her pieces she prays over..
if you are in need of a word from the Lord.. take some time in her shop or over on her blog..
what contagious love she has!!
 Owen was his sweet smiley self..

 all of her lovelies..
she gave me a necklace too..i forgot to take a picture of it..
so beautiful.
a simple leaf with two rough and one smooth..
i'm remembering that He is with me in ALL circumstances!!
Thankyou so much friend..for my mini get away!!
 On Sunday..we went to the park w/ Dad.
This was so much fun.
We each took a kid..
no blinking.
blinking=disappearing child
 Love me a rainbow..and a sweet boy hovering overhead..

 umm.cute kid in the train..
we spent over an hour there.
the boys had a great time!
Sam..sweetest pirate you ever did see..arrrr
I can tell from this picture that Sam is saying the /ween/ part of happy halloween..
and Myles is saying happy...but it sounds like he is Santa Claus.. hohoho..

yup..there's my matey!

Oh..Dada pulled out all the stops for the boys..
he shows them the pepperoni..
oh boy..
the pepperoni love was in the house!!
You know how much Sam loves spaghetti??
Well, the peps is equally adored.
His mouth may or may not have touched...bit.. into the end of that thing.
Just waiting for my fresh sliced peps..with my peeps..
one punkin peep here!
Owen was spending some time on the floor.. just hangin'
Myles decided to join him.
Map making with Dada.
For the love of school and all the learning going on.
Wednesday...CoGat testing...
at an unfamiliar location..
with strangers..
with no accomodations..
for 2 1/2 hours..
(with lots of breaks...and a snack of popcorn and juice)
Myles Rocked it!!
He came out at the end and said in his sweet tired voice.."hi mom"
we started to walk towards the car and I asked him if he answered lots of questions and he said...
"Yup! I'm Awesome!!"
Yup.. You Are!!
The teacher said that at first he was saying the answers outloud..woops.
but did much better after a few reminders to (keep it down in the back row)..just write his answers.
On Thursday we went back for ITBS testing..
yeah..his awesomeness was maxed out on Wednesday.
When asked to open up his test he kindly said.."no thankyou"
He spent the rest of the time in the hallway with a ( very wonderful) teacher.
I had gone to Goodwill..down the street, you know, because the first day was so awesome and Owen and I had sat there waiting for 2 1/2 hours..and Owen and I really wanted to go to Goodwill..
The teacher had called (whilst i was at goodwill)...but I ran into a friend I hadn't seen in a couple years..
and I didn't recognize the #..
What in the world..
I got back there and realized it had been the teacher..
who had called..

He is still awesome!
me..not so much.
Oh well!

Thursday was my 10 year wedding anniversary!!
We are totally official now!!
After I dropped the boys off at  therapy
(this is after taking sam to school..myles taking,but not really, his test..and
a quicky trip to goodwill..lunch in the car..and the 30 minute drive home..)
Owen and I picked up Dada..
He had gotten up at 3am for inventory at work..
and was home early..
at 2pm..
we went to a frozen yogurt place and then to Target..
I sure love this man..
he's wearing that hat..
I don't know what it is about it..but i think he looks extra handsome in it..
so we were on our date..celebrating our 10th anniversary..

he let me pick out what we got..
i chose..blueberry...and cheesecake...mmmm.
w/ fresh berries...and sprinkles (rainbow)..chocolate chips..and waffle cone pieces.
over $5.00 later..
we were in tutti frutti yogurt bliss.!!
(this looks like king tut-ti..frut-ti)
surely they mean fruit-ti!!

We picked the boys up at 6.
and went to Whole Foods Market..
Did you know they have this amazing animal "exhibit" there now.?
Myles was in heaven.
We got more pepperonies for the boys..and I loaded up on my salad bar fixins..extra fruit and veggies for the boys..Lee got a hot bar dinner.. and we ate dinner out!! a whole family..
bring it!
we n.e.v.e.r go out to eat.

what a treat!
Ofcourse..Charlie was there too.
and Myles got to push his little buggy.
we were on ankle alert..cuz this kids got some work to do in the steering depo.
Back to the animal exibit.
Sammy really like these tigers!
hmm...which was Myles favorite.??
the only one.

My friend Ahisha, from my first job in high school, sent me this great apron..
a vintage one from her grandmother.. so pretty..I loovey it.
It has a rickrac L on it..for their name... I will think of it as standing for LOOVEY!
Thanks friend! what a sweet gift!
and my sister Jenny sent a box full of Gluten free mixes for baking and making..
I made chocolate chip pancakes for dinner...mmmm.
Thanks Aunt Jenny. We Love you!
sweet peas for my sweet pea!!
he liked them alot!

green was representing!
to the bath he went..
Sam has been so helpful.
When Owen starts crying, he brings him a spoon..
or a bottle..
sometimes from the dirty sink..but so helpful none the less.
What a week!!
We've been painting and doing therapy..and I am in touch with a friend from elementary school..
on a similar journey as ours..
the love.
Thanksgiving is in a couple weeks..3..
I've been doing a
i can't wait to decorate for Christmas.
what are you doing?
we are still in our pjs.
it is after 1 o'clock.
I think this video worked.
(from whole foods 10th anniversary date marathon)

and have a love-fully!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Off The Hook!

In an attempt to keep it real...
this is a little video i took on wednesday.
i didn't get around to the after shots..but it did look better.
i did do the jillian michaels dvd..
30 day shred.
i have 29 days left.
i skipped thurs and fri.
 a checkup...myles said something about..."arrrrr.nice costume matey!"
during this eye exam. :)
 and a hearing test.
Charlie even looks like he is raising his trunk to the left!!
 Good Morning!!
see the elephant biscuits in the background!!
i used one of those sandwich cutters and they turned out great! fun for my elephant lovin' boy!
 the kids were able to dress up at the clinic where they go to therapy..
I was thinking we would dress up as pirates for Halloween, because of the reference during the eye exam...and every time i wear my red boots myles tells me i look like Jake from the Neverland Pirates..anywhooo...
Myles played it safe and wanted to wear his tiger costume...
he LOOOVED the face panting...(just some eyeliner from my makeup bag)


 and what's a tiger costume without an elephant hat!!???
 Sam is not really the dress up kind of fellow..
but he loves him some motorcycles...
so i drew a quickie notor on his cheek.
 oh..the day looks like it is wearing on us..
my love was carving the pumpkin...
 Myles drew the picture he wanted carved and Lee carved at it while the boys and I watched Sally say "Blockhead" 27 times too many!!
What in the world!

Sweet Sammy turned on the camera today and took this himself.
funny boy!
I am very excited about tomorrow.
I am going to Charlotte to visit my friend Lora from Eagerhands.
She is participating in HarvestFest at her church and i'm going to stop by..
my Mom is watching the big boys..and Owen and I are going to steal away.

Did anyone see Extreme HomeMakeover tonight??
What a great presentation.
Totally wishing we could go to Hawaii.
you know.
who wouldn't? right.
Also loving the Sparrowclub organization.
I tried to view the website during the show and it had crashed from all the love.
Does anyone know if SC has a chapter of Sparrowclub?

do you serve in your community?
What do you do?
i would love to serve in some way..
Although..I could probably do a better job at keeping in touch with my besties..

****it looks like my awesome video did not stand a chance.
you only missed my messy house.
i'll try again..maybe with a happy baby video instead.

Thanks for the encouragement from the last post!
You made me smile.

Have a love-FULLY!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Busy Loving

I have been up to my eyeballs with the doings and beings in this family!!
There are a lot of pictures..i took a couple from each folder over the past few months...
just a little recap for you..
 oh sweet Sammy Love..

 and Baby Love..
here is sweet Owen in July...with a lovey blanket from my friend Lora..
he loves his blankie!!
 At his 2 month checkup he weighed in at 9 lbs 6 oz...
this put him in the 1st percentile for his weight...eek!
I am nursing and supplementing with formula..and he is a sturdy almost 13 lbs now!
Wahoo baby boy!

 Did i tell you Sam loves painting...??
Like serious LOVE!! He has been painting everything he can get his hands on..
 Goggles!! What more can i say?

 Sammy's first picture of his house!!
It looks like we live in a smurfy village..
I love our home...and our swagger wagon!!
Yay Sam!
(that's Myles...on the pot...who could have let the water overflow...hmmmm???)  
 We celebrated Sam's 6th Birthday on September 10th!!
What in the world!!

 We started online school for both of the boys..
It was TOOOOO much for me..
What was I thinking...???
Myles is still chugging along with the program..however we have enrolled Sam back in school.
He has only been there for a week and a half..but what a different.
I'm a busy gal...but I have recruited the most awesome help!!
 My parents live here in SC now...
I have been waiting my whole life for this!!
It has been unbelievable sharing this little life with them too.
The children love their Mama and Papa so makes my heart so swollen with gratitude every time they are near!!
 a little math lesson...
 after several years of bad allergies..and a allergist..and and ENT...we were sent to get a CT scan ..
 Myles nurse carrying him back to the room..
 he  was quite loopy for about 30 minutes..
 the CTscan hasn't shown any abnormalities that would require immediate
 we are diapering with cloth!!
some days i feel super empowered..
not so much.
 Mauldin is doing great!
He is still a dog you know..
and he loves squirrels..and cats..
but he also loves us!!
Sam has actually become a flight risk recently..
so so so so very scarey!!
We are concentrating only on his love for Sam right now...
(please pray...i cannot even say the what ifs...)
 Dada time...Owen LOVES his Dada!!
He smiles so big when he comes home..and before long, I am sure he will be chasing behind his brothers to greet him upon his arrival..
Oh the love.
I caught Sam  

a rare sighting..
a beautiful moment for this Mommy!

 Well hello there!
Owen is not a fan of tummy time...but he is a social butterfly..
the "other baby" helped him endure longer..

 My boys..
 A Sweet Sammy Smile after eating some chocolate fondue dip...with avacado in it..
sounds yucky..tastes....YUUUUMMMMYY!
 Our girls are the best!!
They are so accomodating to the boys..
They are so kind!
They are very smart!
They are intensely committed!
They are permanently a part of our hearts!
They are so dear to me!
 bulking up..
 Dada has been taking Sam on one on one outings..
Sam loves going to Dada's work..he color while Lee checks important work stuff out..
 typing added to Myles' ABA program..
 for the love of chesseburgers!!
 This was this morning..Owen is looking at himself in the mirror..I am looking rather disheveled..
I have a hefty patch of gray hairs glistening on the top of my head..
all of a sudden..if its not gray it is falling out..
post baby, getting older season...:)...bring it!

 today..painting on the tree..
 We made a fort under the picnic table...and had a snack..

I have thought to do many a post...
and then i think..nobody would want to see this life all disheveled like..
so now i am resolving to just show it..
a dear friend recently shared with me that when she first met me it was hard for her to
spend time with me because it seemed like everything was always so perfect...
and i was always so happy..
Smoke and mirrors baby!!
My life is far from perfect..
my disposition is WAY far from perfect..
I was heartbroken to hear this from her..
What did I miss out on because I gave the illusion that all was always well???
I do feel it is important to be positive..
and truely i strive to be overflowing...
half full is not enough for this girl..
I struggle..
I long for this..
I fear a dry cup..
I have plenty to share..and I keep to avoid being vulnerable..
I don't want to miss out on opportunities to reach out to others...or just express who i am and this beautiful life we have ..just because I DON'T HAVE IT TOGETHER!!!
Where am i going with this..??
I don't really know.
and that is okay.
it has been heavy on my heart.
I love others.
I love to have others over..and peeking into this big life we have..
So I will show it.
If you have already told me to post..thankyou!
I needed that!
If you want me to post about something..tell me..
I would love that too...
if i haven't reached out to you lately..please forgive me..
I miss doing that.
This season of my life is a tastey one...
I love my portion..
I am happy to share!

That's all.
Have a love-fully!





The Nester

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