Monday, June 11, 2012

bbq corn

McKinley loves to eat, she isn't afraid to try new foods and has a healthy appetite. Last week Tim grilled some steaks and bbq'd some corn on the cob. Reagan also has a healthy appetite and loves corn on the cob, just not bbq'd. Thinking McKinley would prefer boiled corn on the cob I gave her some and then started eating my bbq'd corn on the cob with a homemade butter rub that has parmesan, basil, and onion powder. She was happily eating her corn until she saw my corn. It had some blacked parts and the butter rub which leaves little basil flakes all over the corn. She instantly started protesting and insisted that she try my corn, which turned into commandeering my yummy bbq'd corn on the cob. I snapped some quick picture's with my iPhone and I thought they turned out pretty cute.

Oh and she LOVED the steak too, cut up into very thin slices and dipped in ketchup. We just love this girl!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Keeping it real

My friend Jocelyn is keeping it real over at The Comptons. She writes beautifully and I love her honesty and vulnerability.

Last Thursday after Lincoln's Kindergarten graduation Tim took the kids home and put them to bed while I stayed behind and helped clean up. I drove Tim's car home from the school that night, came home, kissed the big kids and went to bed myself. I was looking forward to sleeping as long as McKinley would let me, because school was out for the Summer and we didn't have to go anywhere until late morning. At approximately 5:30AM Tim wakes me up asking me where his keys are. I sit up and can't recall where I put his keys, I asked him where he looked and he said, no where really, they aren't downstairs or in the bathroom. I start looking and then realize I left them in his car that is parked in the garage. He drives a Prius (named Sebastian) and the car knows when the keys are close and it can drain the battery. I apologize and wait with fingers crossed I didn't drain the battery. I watch him from the upstairs window and crawl back into bed. But I couldn't fall back to sleep and instead start to think, why did he wake me? He didn't even look in the car or around the house for that matter, everyone in this house always asks me first before looking on their own. Later in the day its still brewing or stewing, call it what you want, but I wasn't happy about it.

My Mom comes over to be with McKinley during her nap so I can take the big kids to the end of the year school party at an local aquatic center. We had a blast and on the way home I decided I was going to talk to Tim about how rude he was and all the things he could have done instead of wake me up. Then something happened between 4pm & 5pm, and the Holy Spirit was talking to me and showed me how ridiculous I was being. My husband gets up most days at 4:30am so he can swim before work and then drives 40 miles to his job and doesn't get home until 6pm. He does this for our family, so I can stay home raise our 3 adorable kids. He works so hard for our family and I'm so thankful that I didn't rag on him that night. Instead I told him what I was planning on doing and apologized. He thought I was silly but of course forgave me.

Why is it so important to be right, or to make my husband feel like I do more or work harder than him. I have told him that even though I know he works hard and his work is hard but sometimes I feel like he is on vacation, that going to work full time sounds better than staying home and raising these kids into humanized citizens. Its hard work and I'm glad that I don't have to do it alone. He puts the kids to bed every night, its his thing with the kids, he does the dishes most nights and is the main clothes folder in our home. He is amazing and we are amazing together because we have Jesus as our savior.

So this is me keeping it real.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Week in review

Starting in the left column from top down, I took picture's of the kids sleeping. We cleaned up the office and set up an extra twin we had, the kids take turns sleeping in there just for some Summer fun. Below that is McKinley climbing out of her crib, we took the bumpers out and it hasn't happened since....thank goodness!!

Middle column, McKinley favorite place to be is close to the food. Below her is Lincoln graduating from Kindergarten, I just can't believe that in a few short months it will just be McKinley and I during the day....what are we going to do with ourselves??

Top right, since school is out, Mama's Summer School is now in session. In the morning Lincoln must right his name nicely and complete 1 worksheet. Reagan must write in her journal and also complete 1 worksheet. In the afternoon when McKinley is sleeping they both must read and complete 1 more worksheet, either math or language. Next we have Lincoln in the tub with one of Daddy's old G.I. Joe toys. Nana Sue found a bunch of old Lego's, G.I. Joes and Transformers that use to be Tim's. They are dusty,dirty and some are broken, but this boy doesn't care....he loves them all! Why do I even buy new toys? Lastly we have McKinley and Tim and McKinley is eating steak, she loved it!! The other kids won't touch it, but not McKinley, she ate more steak than me! Please refer back to the picture of McKinley in her favorite place....enough said.

So that is it, our week in review. School is out and our Summer adventure begins :)