Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Terrific Tuesday!

Have I posted this picture before? If I have, please forgive me. I just can't stand how cute this picture is! I was getting ready and Casey carried Erik down the hallway to me. Casey said, "Erik wanted to be held, so I picked him up!" So stinking cute!!

Casey and Erik made monsters for me on Friday night. I was at a work event till late and they were missing me. I got home after 9 p.m. and they jumped out of their beds to greet me and I had missed them so we snuggled on the couch and stayed up late. I love Friday's!

On Saturday we went on a gorgeous hike in Folsom.

Pedar is so hunky.

Erik fell asleep Saturday on the couch. So sweet.

Erik and I played on our skateboards Sunday.

I'm slowly but surely learning how to ride!

We were at a friends house for dinner and Erik made himself a little too comfortable!

Erik and I cleaned the house yesterday while Casey rested, sneezed and coughed. I have been meaning to clean under my bed for many moons, so yesterday was the day! It was gross! I lifted and moved every darn piece of furniture in that room and cleaned. 

When Erik and I were done with my bedroom we cleaned the fireplace and his room. We posted and already sold his glider/rocking chair on craigslist. Erik is getting a twin-sized bed in the next few weeks so we have to make room. Erik is excited about cuddling at night with us in his big boy bed.

I've been giving away a lot of our baby items like the jogger, high-chair, clothes and toys. At first I was sad, I was feeling a bit of remorse about stopping the baby-train, but I feel more at peace now. Pedar and I are working on our financial goals and once we have some peace around that, we can start making more fun lists like vacations, travel and house projects. 

Life is good. Hope you are feeling hopeful and loved too!




Monday, January 30, 2012

Coughing, coughing, coughing

I am home with Casey today because he coughed all night long. Poor kid sneezes all day and coughs all night. I had to keep Erik home too, because I had to, right? We have had breakfast and are now watching a movie. I wish Casey felt better, but I love being cozy wozy with him all day.


I don't think I ever posted pictures from our trip to Six Flags, Discovery Kingdom. We went on Dec. 29 with Bridget, Chuck, Liam and Lila. We ran into cousins and a ton of Mission Ave. families. We had a terrific day and look forward to spending more time at this awesome park.

We made it for most of the day and then Erik and Lila passed out. The drive is just a little over an hour. Short drive to a super fun place = we will be back!
This is the dolphin tank.
Watching the killer whale show.

These kids love each other!!

Casey didn't want to stop to eat! He just wanted to keep going and going and going!

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Isn't this little fox adorable?!

We ran into the Annear family (cousins!) at the park!

The shark tunnel was cool!


This fish just stayed at the glass checking everyone out. Erik was trying to show him the way out with his map!






Precious!!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Moment Junkie

Oh No! I just found this amazing website, Moment Junkie, of great photography shots.

http://www.momentjunkie.com/

What do you value?

I have several friends who are currently either seperated or divorcing. As my sister Margery once told me, "No one really knows the inside of someone's relationship, except the two living it, so don't form an opinion, just offer a hug, a casserole and a listening/non-judgemental ear."

It is hard to watch my friends go through heartache and financial chaos. I think the hardest part is hearing the regret. A dear friend of mine told me recently what she wished someone had said to her before she got married, "Couples really need to talk about shared values. You can make yourself believe the person will adjust/change, but most of us stick to our core beliefs and the older we get, the more likely we are not going to change our behavior."

We can make all kinds of excuses/justification/bull-shit in our heads about why our partner doesn't help/work/clean/socialize/pray/be more affectionate/be more active/eat better/spend less-- but believing that their behavior is going to change (when they... get a better job/stop drinking/have kids/get married/get happier), begins the countdown to relationship destruction.

Pedar and I went to marriage counseling before we got married. We talked a lot about our personal values and how we wanted our relationship to work. I knew I wanted an equal partner. I wanted someone to work with me equally on finances, housework and family. I didn't have a stay-at-home working Mom growing up, but I saw her doing FAR too much after she got off work. I wanted a man that prayed with me, danced with me, laughed with me and if I asked for help, wouldn't put me off, would help me, no questions asked.

I also knew I wanted someone that wanted to travel and be adventurous with me. I wanted someone that would play outdoors with me. I wanted someone affectionate and generous with his talent and skills. I wanted someone that was willing to lend a hand to a neighbor or friend. I wanted someone that could create relationships on their own. That was really important to me. I wanted someone that was patient and kind to my parents and family. I wanted my husband to love my family as much as he loves his own.

The hardest part about watching someones marriage dissolve is knowing that in the beginning there was so much hope. In the beginning they probably helped each other more. They spent more time together doing things, and less time doing their own thing. They probably were more affectionate and supported one another. They  probably talked about expenses and made financial plans, they checked in with one another. What happens to make someone stop trying?

I don't think that a marriage ever has to become less loving, less helpful and less fun. I hate the destruction that divorce brings, but I am proud of my friends and family that have the courage to say,"I want more than this. I deserve more than this."

As in most things, the clearer we are about what we want and need, the better chance we have at getting it.

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”-- J.K. Rowling
“Power is the ability to do good things for others.”-- Brooke Astor

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Awesome morning


This morning Pedar left the house early to go skiing. Last night he made sure to set the coffee pot so I would have the energy needed to get everyone ready. Before he left he also made cheesy eggs for the kids. Pedar has been anxiously waiting to go skiing. I am happy knowing that Pedar is out doing what he loves most. I can almost see his huge smile from Alpine!


Getting everyone ready and out the door in time isn't easy for me. My neighbor had asked last night if I could take his son to school today too, what's one more kid, right? Sure thing, bring him on over. So, at 7:20 a.m. I added one more kid to my house-of-crazy. I didn't even see my neighbor. I was busy wrestling clothes on Erik.


I fed everyone breakfast, loaded them in the car and arrived at school with ten minutes to spare! I took Erik to school, held him for a little bit (he got a little weepy--he missed Daddy this morning!) and then I headed in to work. If I can get a few things off my plate today, I will consider today a HUGE SUCCESS!


I know it’s not an amazing accomplishment to get two kids ready for school, but some mornings (OK-- a lot of mornings) I just want to get ready without breaking up a fight and yelling, "Put on your shoes and brush your teeth, already!"


We've been pretty busy at work lately. I've fallen off the "working-out-at-lunch" wagon. I need to hop back on some kind of work-out wagon, and fast.

Small changes end up becoming Big changes

Oh, I have to share the sweetest thing ever!! Last night, Casey read two stories to Erik. He used great inflection and was very patient with Erik's questions. Pedar and I are so proud of Casey.

Hope you have a great day!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Ferni and Curly

Last night we made a fire and watched a movie. I made chocolate chip cookies and opened a nice bottle of red wine. It was the perfect ending to a yucky week!
This afternoon Aunt Dagny and Ferni came over to visit for a bit. Ferni is getting bigger and cuter!!


Curly and Ferni got along really well.
Ferni the wonder dog!

Mor-Mor loves her grand-fur-children the same!


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sprung

Last Thursday my Dad was told at his doctor's appointment to go to the Emergency Room. His heart was going crazy. He went and he ended up spending two nights and three days in the hospital. Today he went to the doctor and the lab and he got a call at 5:30 to go to the ER again. He didn't want to go. 

I received a very upset call from my Mom at 5:45p.m.


"Nora, they want your Dad to go to the ER and he doesn't want to go. He said he has an appt tomorrow and can wait," says a very upset Mom.


"Put him on the phone Mom," said a very bossy Nora.


"I'm not going. I don't want to go!" said Dad.


"Dad, you might not have to stay the night again. You are going, now," said bossy Nora.


They go. I get home, hug some boys and one super-hunky-man who has picked up Casey at 1:20 p.m., worked from home, picked up Erik at 4 p.m. and made a delicious dinner! I love PEDAR!! I wolf down amazing dinner, make lunches for kids for tomorrow and leave house to meet parents at Mercy General Hospital.


Mom said Dad was slurring and moving REALLY slow all day. His sodium and potassium levels we were told were way too low. His meds are off. They take more blood, more waiting, more listening to lungs and heart, but finally they let him loose. He is SPRUNG from the ER and the look on his face is beautiful.  Tomorrow they will schedule to "re-set" his heart. I don't understand this very well.  

We realize that Nana is too busy being a taxi to all Dad's medical appointments. I keep getting these frantic calls that she can't pick up the boys and it makes a busy work day a bit more stressful because now I'm trying to leave work early or coordinate someone to get boys. Nana's awesome after school care for boys needs to pause for awhile. We're sad to break the news to Casey, but we are relieved that Discovery Club has a space for him. Maybe things will settle down and Nana can take care of boys again in a bit. I really hope so.

I drove home tonight and five minutes after I got in the door my Dad called to tell me they got home safe. Pedar picked up the phone. 


"Hey Ken, glad you got to go home," said Pedar.


I whispered to Pedar, "Tell him you love him! It will make him so uncomfortable!"


"I love you, Ken," said Pedar.


Awkward silence.


I grabbed the phone. "I told Pedar to say that, Dad. I knew it would make you uncomfortable and I needed a laugh!"


"I love Pedar," said my Dad. "But I love you more!" he said laughing a little bit.


"I know Dad," I said. "I know."







Tuesday, January 17, 2012

7 Baby Steps

I've been reading Dave Ramsey's website a lot lately. I think his 7 baby steps are very helpful. I didn't even have to buy a book to read his words of wisdom. Free is great!

 

We really try to stay out of debt, keep a decent savings, put money in our retirement accounts and put money aside for the kids college accounts, but it doesn't always happen.  We talk a lot about the day we are not paying big daycare fees once Erik is in school, but we are over two years away. We need to feel more in control than we do. We need to pay off the truck and build a nest egg and then really work on retirement and college. We've been trying to do it all and its been like throwing pennies, it will never amount to much.

 

Baby Step 1


$1,000 Emergency Fund

An emergency fund is for those unexpected events in life that you can’t plan for: the loss of a job, an unexpected pregnancy, a faulty car transmission, and the list goes on and on. It’s not a matter of if these events will happen; it’s simply a matter of when they will happen.

This beginning emergency fund will keep life’s little Murphies from turning into new debt while you work off the old debt. If a real emergency happens, you can handle it with your emergency fund. No more borrowing. It’s time to break the cycle of debt!


Baby Step 2

Pay off all debt using the Debt Snowball

List your debts, excluding the house, in order. The smallest balance should be your number one priority. Don’t worry about interest rates unless two debts have similar payoffs. If that’s the case, then list the higher interest rate debt first.

The point of the debt snowball is simply this: You need some quick wins in order to stay pumped up about getting out of debt! Paying off debt is not always about math. It’s about motivation. Personal finance is 20% head knowledge and 80% behavior. When you start knocking off the easier debts, you will see results and you will stay motivated to dump your debt. 


Baby Step 3

3 to 6 months of expenses in savings

Once you complete the first two baby steps, you will have built serious momentum. But don’t start throwing all your “extra” money into investments quite yet. It’s time to build your full emergency fund. Ask yourself, “What would it take for me to live for three to six months if I lost my income?” Your answer to that question is how much you should save.

Use this money for emergencies only: incidents that would have a major impact on you and your family. Keep these savings in a money market account. Remember, this stash of money is
not an investment; it is insurance you’re paying to yourself, a buffer between you and life.

Baby Step 4

Invest 15% of household income into Roth IRAs and pre-tax retirement

When you reach this step, you’ll have no payments—except the house—and a fully funded emergency fund. Now it’s time to get serious about building wealth.

Dave suggests investing 15% of your household income into Roth IRAs and pre-tax retirement plans. Don’t invest more than that because the extra money will help you complete the next two steps: college savings and paying off your home early.


Why shouldn’t you invest less than 15%?
 Some people choose to invest a small amount, if anything, because they want to get a child through school or pay off the home in a hurry. But the kids’ degrees won’t feed you at retirement, and if you throw all your money into your mortgage at this point, you’ll end up having to sell the house and buy the book 72 Ways to Prepare Alpo and Love It. Bad plan.

Baby Step 5


College funding for children

By this point, you should have already started Baby Step 4—investing 15% of your income—before saving for college. Whether you are saving for you or your child to go to college, you need to start now.

In order to have enough money saved for college, you need to have a goal. Determine how much per month you should be saving at 12% interest in order to have enough for college. If you save at 12% and inflation is at 4%, then you are moving ahead of inflation at a net of 8% per year!

Never save for college using:


  • Insurance
  • Savings bonds (only 5-6% growth)
  • Zero-coupon bonds. (only 6-8% growth)
  • Pre-paid college tuition (only 7% inflation rate)
The best way to save for college is with Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) and 529 plans. Remember, college is possible without loans!

Baby Step 6

Pay off your house early

Now it’s time to begin chunking all of your extra money toward the mortgage. You are getting closer to realizing the dream of a life with no house payments.

As you attack this last debt, you will gain momentum much like you did back in the second step of the debt snowball. Remember, having absolutely no payments is totally within your reach!


Baby Step 7


Build wealth and give!

It’s time to build wealth and give like never before. Leave an inheritance for future generations, and bless others now with your excess. It's really the only way to live!

Golda Meir says, “You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist.” Vow to never hold your money so tightly that you never give any away. Hoarding money is not the way to wealth. Save for yourself, save for your family’s future, and be gracious enough to bless others. You can do all three at the same time.

Everything is practice

Life as a Conscious Practice



‘Everything is practice.’ ~Pele

Post written by Leo Babauta.


When we learn a martial art, or ballet, or gymnastics, or soccer … we consciously practice movements in a deliberate way, repeatedly. By conscious, repeated practice, we become good at those movements.

 
Our entire lives are like this, but we’re often less conscious of the practice.


Each day, we repeat movements, thought patterns, ways of interacting with others … and in this repeated practice, we are becoming (or have already become) good at these things. If you constantly check Facebook or Twitter, that is practice, and you are forming that habit, though it’s usually not with too much awareness.

When you smoke, or eat junk food, or speak rudely to others, or put yourself down internally, this is something you are practicing to be good at. You may already be good at these things.

 
What if, instead, we practiced consciously, deliberately, and became good at the things we really want to be good at?

 
What if you first, above all skills, learned to be more aware of what you are practicing? What if constant conscious action is the skill you became good at?

If you could learn to take conscious action, you could learn to practice other things you want to be good at, rather than the ones you don’t.



What Are You Practicing?


Ask yourself these things throughout the day, to practice conscious action:

 
•Do I want to practice rushing through my morning, or can I wake a little earlier and simplify my morning routine so that I practice a slow, enjoyable morning ritual?


•Do I want to practice checking my inboxes when I first get to my computer, or can I do something better?


•Do I want to practice leaving dirty dishes out, or can I practice washing my bowl when I’m done with it?


•Do I want to practice leaving clothes strewn about, or papers lying on the counter, or can I take a few seconds to put them where they belong?


•Do I want to speak angrily to my kids or spouse, or can I speak to them with kindness and compassion?


•Do I want to practice complaining and self-pity, or can I practice gratitude?


•Do I want to practice rushing and being busy, or can I practice simplifying and going slowly?


•Do I want to practice eating fried foods, sugary foods, salty junk food snacks, fast foods … or can I practice eating whole foods, vegetables and fruits, nuts and beans and seeds?


•Do I want to practice surfing time-wasting sites, or can I practice clearing away distractions and creating?


•Do I want to practice watching mindless entertainment, or can I practice moving my body and exerting myself in activity?


•Do I want to practice smoking, or can I learn a healthier way to deal with stress?


•Do I want to practice shopping, or can I practice giving?


These are only examples … your life will show you what you’ve been practicing, and you can decide what you might rather practice instead. Or you might be completely happy with what you’ve been practicing.

Some ideas for creative practice from Ali Edwards.

How to Practice


The first step is always awareness. When you are conscious of what you are doing, you can decide whether this is an action or thought pattern you want to practice, or if there’s an alternative you’d rather be good at.


As you go through your day, practice this awareness. It’s the first skill, and it’s the most important one. Be aware, without feeling guilty or angry at yourself, of what you’re doing and thinking. You will forget to to this, but remind yourself. You might wear a rubber band around your wrist, or carry a talisman, or make tally marks on a slip of paper each time you remember.

 
As you get good at conscious action, start to practice those actions and thought patterns you want to be good at. Start to notice the ones you’d really rather not be good at, and see if you can deliberately practice other actions and thought patterns.

 
As you consciously, deliberately repeat these things, you’ll get better at them. It takes a lot of repetition to get good at a skill, but you’ve got time.


Important Conclusions


You won’t be able to change all your habits at once, and I’m not implying that you should try. The habit you’re really changing is consciousness, and practice. Other habits will be difficult to change, especially if you’re trying to change all of them, but it’s OK if you mess up. Give yourself permission to make mistakes without guilt, and instead just deliberately practice again, and again.

 
If something is too hard, and you can’t get it right no matter how many times you practice, you can try it in smaller steps. If you can’t quit smoking, try not smoking once, and instead relieving stress through walking or doing some pushups or meditation or self-massage. If you can’t quit junk food, just replace one snack with a fruit, or add a tasty veggie to your dinner.


I’d like to emphasize that this isn’t about perfection. There is no perfect way of life, and you don’t need to strive to be perfect every moment of the day. I believe you’re already perfect. This is just about conscious action, which is a useful skill to have.

 
Remember that we become good at what we repeatedly do, and what we do repeatedly can be done consciously. It’s when we’re conscious that we are truly alive.


‘If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.’ ~Dalai Lama






Monday, January 16, 2012

Change and prayers

This weekend we helped our dear friend Melanie move into a beautiful new home. Please pray for Melanie, Jim and Jacob so they can adjust well through these changes.

My Aunt Barbara was told her breast cancer is terminal. The cancer has spread to her liver. I am angry and sad that this awful disease is taking her from the loves of her life, Stephen, and her children and grandchildren. Please pray for Barbara, Stephen, Bill and Stephanie.


My Dad spent two nights in the hospital this week, complications from his pulmonary fibrosis which has now caused pulmonary hypertension. He is home and hopefully mending and getting better. Please pray for Kenneth and my Mom (Chris). I pray that my Dad's health improves. I pray he can have a higher quality of life than what he has been experiencing these past few months.
When I was little we would put some money into a box at church and light a candle for someone we were praying for. I am lighting a ton of candles tonight!!


Much love to you all!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

What's the word, mockingbird?

Lately some of my favorite bloggers Kelle and Karen have written about choosing one word to focus on for 2012.

Abundance

I want Abundance in 2012. I want more of all things good. I want more fun, more money, more travel, more passion, more creativity, more beauty and more LOVE. Yep, I want it and I'm gonna get it.

This year is already so much better than last year. Last year, almost to the very day, I was told I may be out of a job in 90 days.

Today I am in a new job and it is the BEST job I have ever had, hands down. Every job has led me to this one and I am so grateful. I have been in this job for less than four months and I feel more challenged and productive than I have in years. And don't even get me started on the people at this job! I am so darn lucky. I have made amazing friendships in my short time here. I really do look forward to getting up and going to work! How many people can really say that? And!!! And!! I am exercising at lunch, something I have always wanted to do and I am doing it!! Pedar has been working out at lunch for over a year now and now I have embraced the same beautiful routine and I can't tell you how wonderful it feels.

Want to know something else I am excited about?? Tomorrow morning I leave for an overnight in Napa to attend the Leadership Sacramento retreat. I applied several months ago and found out that I was accepted a bit before Thanksgiving.
Leadership Sacramento, is a program of the Sacramento Metro Chamber, which develops community-minded business and civic leadership. It is a year-long interactive program, limited to 35 participants each year, that provides a behind-the-scenes understanding of the issues that impact the region's economic prosperity, quality of life and culminates in the completion of a community betterment project.

I think I am most excited about meeting the other participants this weekend and choosing our year-long project!!

I have so much to be excited about. Life is SO good!!






Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Unconditional Love

(I had to share this post written by Kristen Wolfe. This story of an older brother's unconditional love for his little brother brought me to tears.)

Dear Customer Who Stuck Up For His Little Brother:

You thought I didn't really notice. But I did. I wanted to high-five you.

Yesterday I had a pair of brothers in my store. One was maybe between 15 and 17. He was a wrestler at the local high school. Kind of tall, stocky and handsome. He had a younger brother, who was maybe about 10 to 12 years old. The only way to describe him was scrawny, neat, and very clean for a boy his age. They were talking about finding a game for the younger one, and he was absolutely insisting it be one with a female character. I don't know how many of y'all play games, but that isn't exactly easy.

Eventually, I helped the brothers pick a game called "Mirror's Edge." The youngest was pretty excited about the game, and then he specifically asked me, "Do you have any girl color controllers?" I directed him to the only colored controllers we have, which include pink and purple ones. He grabbed the purple one, and informed me purple was his FAVORITE.

The boys had been taking awhile, so their father eventually came in. He saw the game, and the controller, and started in on the youngest about how he needs to pick something different. Something more manly. Something with guns and fighting, and certainly not a purple controller. He tried to convince him to get the new Zombie game "Dead Island" and the little boy just stood there repeating, "Dad, this is what I want, OK?" Eventually it turned into a full-blown argument complete with Dad threatening to whoop his son if he didn't choose different items.

That's when big brother stepped in. He said to his dad, "It's my money, it's my gift to him. If it's what he wants, I'm getting it for him, and if you're going to hit anyone for it, it's going to be me." Dad just gave his oldest son a strong stern stare-down, and then left the store. Little brother was crying quietly. I walked over and ruffled his hair (yes, this happened all in front of me). I said, "I'm a girl, and I like the color blue, and I like shooting games. There's nothing wrong with what you like. Even if it's different than what people think you should." I smiled, he smiled back (my heart melted!). Big brother then leaned down, kissed little brother on the head, and said, "Don't worry, dude."

They checked out and left, and all I can think is how awesome big brother is, how sweet little brother is, and how Dad ought to be ashamed for trying to make his son any other way.


This piece was originally published on Kristen's blog.



Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Monday was a doozy

Maybe it is the crazy huge full (a.k.a fool) moon, but yesterday was a doozy. Not even my lunch hour makeout session with weight machines helped me. Nothing went right, communication was screwy and my workload seemed to double with each meeting. Just incase you were wondering I had three meetings yesterday a 10 a.m.,11 a.m. and a 2 p.m. I finally got home, slowed down a bit and started to feel better.

Casey LOVES his cowboy boots!!
We took Casey to get some new kicks because the two pairs of shoes that we were going to return and get new ones were taken out of Pedar's truck back in October. Casey starts baseball camp at CSUS tonight and he needed closed-toe shoes. He almost never takes his cute cowboy boots off that his Nana and Pop-Pop got him and although I think baseball in cowboy boots is super adorable, we need to take care of his ankles. Casey is now wearing a 4 1/2 shoe. He really is only in a 4, but I have to buy them a 1/2 size big or I would be shopping all the darn time.Yes folks, my son has HUGE feets. He has been eating a ton more lately and sleeping harder too. Pedar and I can only guess how tall this boy is going to be. He is so darn precious!



I love this artwork. I love this entire website. I am inspired to make my house more beautiful!! Get to work, Nora! Get to work!


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Craftastic

 I was feeling crafty this week so Erik and I took a trip to Joann's and bought some felt hearts. I joined them with some twine and starting hanging happy-love banners all over our house! The house felt a little plain after taking down Christmas. It feels festive again with the happy hearts everywhere!

Pedar spent some of Saturday at Urgent Care getting tested for Strep. Yep, he had it. Fortunately he now has medication and is on the mend. I'm praying that Erik and I don't get it again. I'm hoping Casey doesn't get it either. He's managed to stay healthy amongst the rest of us sickies.

Even with Strep, Pedar managed to change the brakes on his truck and help me with a ton of chores. I just adore him something fierce!! On Saturday evening we celebrated sweet Melanie's Birthday with our super awesome neighbors. 

On Sunday, Pedar organized the garage. It looks so awesome!! Our neighbor gave us great shelves. Later in the afternoon we went to an Epiphany Party. We were invited by Pastor Herman from  Carmichael Presbyterian. We've been attending lately and have been so happy with the warm welcome we have received!! Several families, including two of the Pastor's, have kids that attend Mission Avenue. The people we have met have been so kind and down to earth. We are very excited about getting to know these great people better and hanging out at Carmichael Presbyterian a lot more. For the first time in awhile, we feel a part of a Church community again and it feels good.


Casey made this awesome "Man in a raincoat with umbrella in a rainstorm" recently. It is so cool how he propped the guy up and showed the rain falling down behind the man. I love my little artist. He is so cool. I think Casey wants to play in the rain!! I hope it rains soon too. This warm weather is a little weird for January. Poor Pedar would like to ski soon. Please Mother Nature, let it rain soon!

The boys decided after bath tonight to be ninja-pull-up-heads. They were hilarious!


Crazy adorable pull-up-heads!

We hope you have a great Monday!