Sunday, August 30, 2009

A sad day

My sweet friend Cheri Liess lost her sister today, please pray for the Bufe family as they mourn the loss of Lori.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Indian Summer, The Fray, and some philosophy

Clayton in her new floatie.
Cooper swimming.

Clayton just being cute.

The kids playing in the laundry basket.

Good picture of Kenndall and Clayton.

Kenndall swimming. She has only recently started enjoying floating around by herself in the pool, I am so proud of her!

Clayton splashes as hard as possible and makes herself choke on the water, it is really funny.

The other day, we had a tea party in the backyard. The kids had fun.

Clayton playing in the new little pool.

Precious girl.

August is almost over, where did the summer go? I have been trying to let the kids swim as much as possible since we are still having 100 degree days. So we have spent a lot of time outside. I love the summer and I am really sad to see it go, but fall is my next favorite season. Just since I have had kids, there is just something about football, school starting, the colors, halloween, thanksgiving and the anticipation of Christmas that all blend together to form a wonderful fall. Anyway. I am ready for the kids to start school. Cooper will have such a great time this year, everyday he is getting more and more grown up. It is so exciting to hear him talk and talk and talk about everything. Some of my favorite phrases, "I was just wondering." (Usually he says this when he is in trouble.) "Mama, can I do something for you." (Which when I tell him something to do, he doesn't do it, he just likes to say that.) "Are you ok?" usually to Kenndall shen she is crying and then gives her a big hug. So precious. I love my little boy. Although he can be quite a toot and has been getting a lot of spankings and timeouts lately
I have been listening to The Fray a lot lately. I think they are really one of my favorite bands, I love their popular songs, but the other ones on their albums are just as good. What I really like is that their lyrics actually mean something, which is hard to find in the age of, "ma ma ma poker face" or "let's make the dance floor just like a circus", not that those songs aren't good sometimes. But, The Fray's new song, "Never say Never" is excellent, and very listen worth. IMO.
I have been thinking a lot about grace lately. I think that so many of us do not realize how we have one of the most powerful gifts, and that is the gift of grace. When someone does something to us that is wrong or hurtful it is so easy to react with anger and pain, but God has given us something so much stronger than either of those things and that is the gift of grace. If we can give someone else a portion of the grace that God has given us, then we are truly the embodiment of His Spirit. That doesn't mean it is easy or will feel good. Honestly I do not know if it can be done without some humbling of pride, which is always just a bit painful. Anyway, it has been on my heart lately. I hope that I can somehow be able to show someone the gift of God's grace to me and I encourage all of my faithful readers to do the same. Our faith is so dependent on personal decisions we make in everyday life, true faith is manifested when we can actually turn the other cheek, or realize that being right isn't the most important thing, or forgiving an unknown slight, or choosing to put someone else's needs before our own.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Pictures and Ramblings

Kenndall in the "new" pool. The frog pool got damaged in a storm and would not hold air, so we pulled out this little pool we got last year on clearance. The kids love it!
The new pool has a waterfall.

Clayton also liked the new pool

Kenndall checking it out.

Helping Dad fill it up.

Those are some cute booty's.

Clayton loved leaning over the side and yes eventually she leaned too far and went in face first.

The kids before church this morning. The girls looked so beautiful in their birthday dress from Grandma and Grandpa Cross.

My sweet girls.

Cooper and Kenndall love putting on their daddy's shoes.

Things have been going good, I have been trying to enjoy the last few days of summer before we get into the school routine. The kids will start September 1st. I am very excited. Every year my kiddos are at Superkids, I love to watch how much they learn and grow. We had a garage sale yesterday, after it was over, we cleaned out the garage and now we can park the Excursion in there. YEA! It is so nice to be able to park inside. I need to take a picture of that because it is pretty amazing that it even fits. Just barely. Today we spent the afternoon swimming. We won't be able to keep doing that all the time and it is such great family time, I love it.
I am going to be getting my Principal Certification this year, LCU offers an online program that I am going to go ahead and get done. So, the PhD is on the back burner for a bit, the coursework is just so much more difficult, I do not have the time or energy to get it done at this point, but that is ok, and I will continue with that probably next fall.
I am excited about Kenndall's 2nd birthday party. I cannot believe that she is almost two! We just converted her crib to a toddler bed and she has really done quite well. She has climbed in bed with Clayton a couple of times, which we immediately hear through the monitor her saying, "no Clayton, no! Mama, Clayton pull my hair!" It is really funny. Sometimes I think that Clayton does it on purpose. Clayton is quite a hair puller and pincher. I need to crack down on her before Superkids starts. I don't want her to be the bully of the nursery. :) But back to Kenndall, she is about to be 2 and she is a mess. Brilliant, but a mess. She is so full of love and so many emotions. Sometimes she will just come up and give me a kiss on whatever body part is closest to her, usually my leg. I love it! She loves singing and when she is singing a song she will look at me and say, "sing it mama". It is so funny.
Oh, and Clayton has decided that she can use anything and everything to help her walk. She loves to pull up on anything and take steps away from it or towards other things. The other day she was holding on to Cooper's pants and walking behind him. It was funny. I think she will be walking within a month. none of my other kids walked that early, but she is nothing like the other two! I have had to put her on Lactose-free formula, after 3 weeks of diahrea, I am so thankful I found out what was wrong with her. She is doing much better on that, however she doesn't really like the taste, but she drinks it anyway. She has been pretty picky about food, so far all she really likes is Cheerios and Puffs. So, that is what she eats. I keep giving her other items, but she does NOT like them. It is funny, because Kenndall loves just about anything. So seems like Clayton is taking after her brother who survives solely on fruit and crackers.
I have not been reading anything lately and it is driving me nuts! I really need something to read all the time just to occupy my mind. I know that will be solved once my online classes start, but I think I am actually going to go get a book from the library, it is called, "The Birth Order Book" by Dr. Kevin Lehman. My cousin Jessica had it at the family reunion and I really liked what I read while I was there, so it has gotten me interested enough to actually brave taking my 3 kids to the libray and getting a book.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Prayers for a friend

Please keep my dear friend Cheri's family in your prayers, her sister is suffering from cancer and she is 28?. It has been especially difficult for them lately, they have spent much time in the hospital. Her name is Lori Bufe. Cancer is such a terrible thing and many of us have been affected by its horror. Pray for comfort, strength, and for God to just give them an extra measure of his peace.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Kenndall's 1st Ponytail

Are those some great eyes or what??
I know it is tiny, but I am so happy her hair is finally long enough for a ponytail!

Sweet smile.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Family Reunion

The cousins ( most of us) and uncle paul and grandpa, this one is out of order.
Janet and Clayton and Grandma Joyner.

Grandma Joyner and Kenndall

Grandma Joyner showing Kenndall a picture of herself when she was 3, wearing the exact dress that Kenndall has on.

The star of the reunion, Maddy Fletcher. I love her sweet smiles! She is such a precious little girl, and I am so excited to watch her grow up.

Cooper about to throw a rock in the stream.

Kenndall picking up rocks to throw.

Throwing rocks in the creek.

Most of the group.

My pictures are blurry, I don't know why, they looked fine when I downloaded them. hmm

We had such a great time at my family reunion. We left Wednesday night and went to Albuquerque to see Grandma Joyner and then headed up to Pueblo for the family reunion on Friday. We talked, ate, hiked, played games, played sports, and just enjoyed being with people we don't get to see very often. Dad and Janet were absolutely wonderful helping me with the kiddos. I couldn't have done it without them. I think that Cooper and Kenndall walked miles and miles all over those mountians while we were there, they loved being able to just walk and climb and discover and play. I took a walker for Clayton to play in while we were there, and she got really good at running in it and backing up and going around things, she pretty much had the run of the lodge since it is all concrete and she loved that. I didn't let her crawl around much, but when I did, her little hands turned black! She also had a couple of pairs of socks that will never be the same. But that is part of the great memories. The kids had baths in the sink every night, they enjoyed that. I am very thankful to have such a great extended family. They were such a great help and all played with kids and spoiled them a little bit. :) None of us got enough sleep, so we all have been tired today. A couple of days at home and we will be back to our normal schedule.

While we were gone, several important events occured. Clayton Kass is now 9 months old! Wow! Last night she tried to take some steps by herself. Crazy! That girl will be walking soon. She is such a delight to me, she is always smiling. Her only downfall is her yelling. Yes, the girl yells. It is very loud and obnoxious, but I don't know how to make her not do it. She hardly ever cries, but she yells instead. So, I need to figure out how to make her stop yelling. Other than that, she is the most wonderful baby.

Also, our anniversary was the 3rd. 7 years! Wow. I thank God for my husband everyday. The other day I figured out, dating included, we have been together 10 years. That is a long time. I pray that the next 10 will be just as great as the first ten!

Well that is all I have time for, I have laundry, unpacking, dishes, etc. I plan to enjoy this last little bit of summer before school starts.