Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Little R

This week and last week we broke out somethings that have been in storage for Little R. It is hard for me to believe that she will be 7 months old on Saturday. Where does time go?!?!?

The first thing she got last week was the Jeep walker. She loves it and has not really even figured out how to cover ground with it yet. MC loves pushing her in it!

The next huge step was yesterday. I pulled out the good old high chair. She looks like such a big girl in it.

Both of these bring back so many memories of MC. Makes me realize how fast it all goes by.

Here are to the little milestones in life that keep us laughing, loving and living!

Monday, March 26, 2012

One of those days...

Have you ever had one of those days that when it is all said in done you are just drained. That was today for me for sure. I pretty much flunked this Monday. My kids, husband and everything else today tried me and I gave them my all but still managed to get an F when it was all said in done.

I am exhausted and border line sad, but tomorrow is a new day right?!? I sure hope so! Send positive thoughts my way I am in need of them and a big glass of red wine!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Watch out Target...

Yesterday started out with a great trip to Target! We were out of food for the cats, big dogs and puppy.  We needed some other things as well.  When I pulled into the parking lot, parked right in front of the spot where I parked was the buggy pictured below (please ignore MC's finger in her nose).  I thought this is a sign, this big thing was what I needed to push to make sure I could get all I needed with both of the kids.  In a regular cart there is not a whole lot of room left over if I take Little R in her bucket.  

So I load both kids in and head towards the front of Target.  As I start to push this "super cool buggy" as MC was calling it, I say man this is a huge shopping cart.  That is no exaggeration, I really felt like I was driving an 18-wheeler through Target, and thanks to the addition of groceries to the Mount Pleasant Target, I have not clue where anything is, resulting in lots of u-turns which was a little challenging.  Please keep in mind the whole trip about every 45 seconds MC is going "Momma this is a huge buggy" or "Momma is this the hugest buggy her?" It was pretty darn funny, I think every other shopper we passed got a good chuckle out of it for sure!   I felt like a needed a bull horn announcing "wide load coming through, watch out!"

Here are the trips to Target with kids that keep us laughing, loving and living!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Fun with Daddy

I know I have said this before but I love living in Huger. There is good quality family fun to be had all the time! MC had so much fun with her daddy this weekend, I think Little R is still getting use to the thought of tractor fun!

Friday, March 2, 2012


So I know many of you know that B and I made the decision 2.5 years ago to make the move to Huger, a little town right outside of Mount Pleasant.  We are just a far enough out of town to have peace and quite but close enough to go grab a quick bite.  At first I felt a little disconnected but quickly realized how awesome it is out here!

Three weeks ago, at our friends wedding we (B and I) spent sometime with a great young man from South Africa that was in town for the wedding.  John D is the most incredible kid in the whole world.  (I hope we can be the parents that Ken and Jo have been to their kids and have MC and Little R turn out like theirs.)  B spent a ton of time talking to him about hunting and everything under the sun.  John D was so animated, respectful and endearing I found myself choosing to talk to him over some of the adults (he is that amazing).  I thought to myself several times, this is the type of boy I want MC and Little R to fall in love with, then on second thought I remembered he lived in Africa and that I could not have my girls that far away!

I spent several days after the wedding thinking about how great this kid was and how being a great parent really shapes your kids from the very beginning.  What was Ken and Jo's secret, after some major thinking I came up with my own conclusion (Jo if you are reading this, I hope you take this as the greatest complement in the world).  My conclusion was simple the value of family is so strong in South African families.  You spend quality time with your family, you teach them and lead them by example.  When they ask questions you answer them.

In America we have gotten so self-consumed with the gluttony of our society that the value of family has suffered greatly in my opinion.  We want to raise great responsible kids, but how many of us actually eat and pray as a family?  Do we take the time to answer questions?  Do we teach our children by our example or do we think that is it is someone else's job?

Okay here is the point were I am going to tie all this together I promise.  The Ball's run the family farm together with love for each other and God.  They spend more time enjoying the pleasures of life than the new video game or trying to keep up with the Jones' next door.  This time together is one of the main reasons B and I made the move to Huger.  It was just spending the time with John D that reminded me of my focus as a mom and a wife. reminded me the importance of what we teach our kids and how we do.  I am excited that MC and Little R will learn how to plant and harvest a garden, kick a ball in the yard, ride the golf cart to go see the neighbor's horses and most of all spend quality time together as a family.

On my way to work this week I saw these billboards and I this sums it all up, I just want to instill in the kids the importance of getting unplugged...

Here is to the family that keeps us laughing, loving and living!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Quinby goes to the vet...

Well it was like herding cats this morning trying to get out the door for school. MC was freaking out because I threw away her two blueberries that she left on her plate, Little R was not having her swing and Quinby was going with us this morning because after school drop off was a trip to the vet. It is days like this I question why in the hell I thought it was great timing to get a puppy! Sometimes I feel like my life is mass confusion, your only young once right?!?!?

Anyways this is how Quinby rode to the vet...
Here's to the confusion in life that keeps me laughing, loving and living!