Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Pictures of the Kids

Okay, so these are for Cooper's 3 year, Clayton's 6 month and Kenndall's 18 month (give or take a couple of months). They turned out great even though certian little girls wouldn't smile (Clayton or Kenndall).

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Clayton's 6 month appt., rambling, and need a good read

Clayton watching the kids play in the pool.
Playing with the cube o fun.

She loves the cube.

She also loves her paci.

I took Clayton in for her 6 month appointment on Friday. I love doing that because I get to see how much she has grown. She weighed in at 14 lbs, which is 15% for weight. She measured 26 inches long, which is 75% percentile. So it looks like she is going to to follow along the same body type as Kenndall. She is wearing 3 month clothes, and some 6 month, but they are pretty big on her. Anyway. The dr. said she looked great. She is sitting up good and likes to eat applesauce with cereal mixed in. Oh and on Mother's Day, she said her first word, "da-da", of course.
This baby is the smiliest most easy going baby. I thank God each day for her and her great personality. She has been kind of a pill lately, she has decided she doesn't want to go to sleep. But she just cries for awhile when I lay her down. She is just fine if I let her play. So I guess I will have to move to a more structured sleep schedule with her. Wow, I am really boring tonight.
In more interesting news. Brian worked on getting the pool ready yesterday, I am so excited about swimming this summer! On a hot day, there is nothing like a quick dip in the pool and a margarita. Okay the margarita part may not be a daily thing, but margaritas by the pool, mmmmmm. That will be happening this summer.
Ugh, I have had a long day, church this morning. This afternoon we had the kids picture taken. None of them really wanted to cooperate. Kenndall acted very bratty and cried the whole time, and Clayton wouldn't smile, Cooper would smile, but not at the camera. Anyway, I am tired from that ordeal. Hopefully our pictures turn out good. So the point of this, a margarita sounds really good right now.
I am needing something to read. My friends got me to read the Twilight Series, I had read a fiction book in like 8 or 9 years, so it has reawakened a desire to read. Unfortunately I read the whole series in like a week, so now I need something to read. I will pretty much read anything, so your suggestions would be great. I just finished a really good book called, "The Power of A Praying Wife", I suggest that every wife read it. It has really changed my attitude and outlook toward many things in my marriage. Excellent book, very practical and easy to read, and very short, for those of you who do not like a long volume. Anyway, so I need some reading suggestions for this summer. Wow, I have gone on and on. See ya!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Cooper lined up all his cars in a specific order, it was very organized, by color and characters, funny kid. He is just like his daddy. Oh and he is trying to put his undies on.
Cooper cheesing it up for the camera

Clayton cheesing it up for the camera.

Kenndall sharing her juice with Clayton.

Let's see this morning... Kenndall smashed up her breakfast bar on the table and made a huge mess, Cooper pottied a little bit in the potty, but most got on his undies, a lid to a sippy cup was leaking milk on the couch, Kenndall dropped a cracked and stepped on it in the sunroom, I stepped on a cracker in the sunroom and smashed it to bits, both the kids wanted candy for breakfast and started crying when I told them no, Cooper head butted Kenndall and got a spanking and put in the corner, Kenndall pushed Clayton, so she got a swat and put in the corner, Cooper took off all of his clothes to go poop in the potty, Kenndall said, "hold you mama," at least 50 times. Anyway, I could go on and on. What is so funny to me, is that some people might freak out if all this happened to them, but to me it is just a very average morning, in fact, honestly it was a good morning. Why? Because I have discovered a secret to living a crazy life and still having the time of my life. Everytime something "goes wrong" or I have to clean something up, or whatever craziness is happening, it is an opportunity. An opportunity to serve, an opportunity to teach, and opportunity to learn to lean on God. It is so easy to think that when you sit on the toilet and there is no TP, "great, I have to replace the TP again." Instead that is an opportunity to serve. Everytime a mother changes a diaper, gives a bath, gets more milk, answers a toddler who's favorite words are, "I need...", each of those things stores up not only a beautiful treasure for her, but an incredible example is given to her children. By serving her family, a mother teaches her family to serve. There is no greater lesson in life, than one that is actually lived out. I have only just recently realized that God is not cursing me with spilled milk, potty on the carpet, dishes, laundry, baths, messes and more messes. These are gifts that are given to me to allow me an opportunity to grow. I don't know if that is amazing to any one else, but I am amazed that God has provided me with such an opportunity. Even in the small part of my life that doesn't involve my kiddos, when a driver pulls out in front of me on the road, when Walmart is out of my favorite cereal, when someone is deliberately rude. God is giving me an opportunity to grow. There are no coincidences in this life, the older I get the more I am convinced of that. An omnipresent Father will create a life that is exactly what we need, all we need to do is be aware of His voice and His hand. I don't think that everything that goes wrong in our lives is God's doing (ie the story of Job), but if He sees a growing opportunity for us, then in His love for us, He may let us hurt just for a little bit in order to be stronger in the long run.
My children have opened my eyes to so many things, I thank God for them each day. I am truly learning the deep involvement that God has in our lives, no parent just stands to the side and lets their child grow up on their own, God has a hand in all things that happen to us, no matter how small. So later today, when Kenndall is eating some crackers and spills them everywhere, I can just take a deep breath and say, God thank you for giving me this opportunity to serve. (That is much easier said than done, and most of you know.)

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Cooper's Birthday

Okay, this is not a birthday picture, but it was cute, the kids were playing dress up as superheros, Cooper of course is Superman, Kenndall is Wonderwoman, and Clayton is Hawkgirl.
Cooper opening a huge Thomas book from his Grandma and Grandpa Cross.

Playing lightsabers with Kenndall, Cooper is dressed up as a ninja turtle.

The Larrymobile (Veggietales), he loves it!!

Yummy cake!

One of Cooper's favorite toys he got from Aunt Tracy, a bubble blowing lawnmower.

Cooper and all his presents.

Blowing out the big number 3!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Cake, decorated by my talented husband.

We had Cooper's birthday party today. It was fun. We had a Ninja Turtles cake, and pizza to eat. (Very nutritious.) We had a houseful of family, it was great. Cooper had 6 cousins, Aunt Tracy, Aunt Kim, Allison and Dustin, Uncle Nat, Papa and Janet, and Grandma and Grandpa, and Aunt Wendy and Uncle Matt. WOW!! We had a great time. He got way too many presents, he is very spoiled. :) And he loved every bit of it!! I am so thankful that Cooper has such a wonderful family, he is very blessed.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Cooper is 3 years old!! Clayton is 6 months!

Kenndall taking a drink from the sprinkler pool.
Cooper and Kenndall in the frog pool

Hmmm, water is so interesting.

Clayton's sweet smile, she love to play!!

Cooper dressed up as Bob the Builder.

My big boy is 3 years old today!! The last three years have changed my life forever, and I cannot wait to see what God has in store for this wonderful boy! I am so proud to be his mother and I look forward to seeing him grow into a strong servant of God. Cooper loves to sing, play with his cars, superheros, and dress up. Every day we dress up as something new. Batman, Superman, dinosaur, Snake Eyes (GI Joe character), Bob the Builder, Lightning McQueen. He is very creative in his dress up and he must always have matching socks and glubs (gloves.) He is pretty much potty trained. He still has accidents sometimes when he forgets to go because he is playing. But, I am really proud of him. He only wears a pullup or diaper at night. What a big boy!
Clayton Kass was 6 months old on the 2nd of May. Wow! She is getting so big, and her sweet cheerful spirit is a daily encouragment to me. God knew what He was doing when He gave me Clayton. She is often just what I need, a cheerful smile, just because I am her mama. She is sitting up great by herself. She hates it when I try to feed her cereal. She loves to laugh at her brother and sister and she smiles all the time. She is the easiest baby.
Kenndall is 20 months this month. She is getting to be so verbal. She speaks in complete sentences and loves to repeat everyword you say. She thinks her big brother is the greatest ever. She is always ready to help me with everything. She will be a great mother someday. Kenndall loves to read, she would want me to read to her all day if I could. She is very strong and thinks she can climb on anything. I am sure she will by my ER child.
Anyway, I am so thankful for my children. God has used them to open my eyes to so many things. I can't imagine what wonderful things He has in store for them and for me.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

My new nephew

Colby Nathaniel Joyner was born today!! He was 7 lbs. 7 oz and 21 inches long. Here is a picture of him, his proud daddy, and his sweet big sister.

My husband the fisherman, part 2

Okay, so Brian wanted me to put these pictures of him and his bass up. He said they were better because the fish was more alive. So here is my hubby and his huge bass.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

My husband the fisherman

Here are a couple of pics of my man with his big fish!! I don't know what you guys think, but that is a sweet bass!! And the man is pretty sweet too. My honey gets back today!