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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Summertime Lunchtime

My girl is in pigtails now.
She looks so.....
so not like a baby.
Her personality is in full bloom,
much like our garden.
I'm hanging on for dear life.
My wild-child, (aka, Mama's clone) fills our days with silliness & sweetness.
He is so kind to his sister and learning how to be kind to his brother, his "best friend."
We were at Turkey Hill the other day and here is the conversation that took place between the cashier and Tyler:
"Hi, what's your name lady?"
"My name is Tyler and I'm 4 and this is my brother Luke and he's 3 and he's my best friend. I have a sister too, her name is Paisley. I got a new engine, his name is Hiro. Bye."
And our 3 year old Luke! He brings the balance to us all....just like his Daddy.
He loves to play "uno" and as the cards are being dealt he's chanting his line, "I finka me a winning!! I finka me a winning!!" (I think I'm winning, I think I'm winning)!!
He's very sensitive to others, (except when he pushes Paisley down). He LOVES to sing and most mornings my "alarm clock" comes from his room, "If you're happy and you know it clap your hands", (clap-clap) or "I've been workin' on the railroad all the live-long day, I've been workin' on the railroad just passin' the time...."
Paisley in pigtails & plaid with the
little melt-your-heart grin.
We enjoyed some fruit shakes and chocolate cake for lunch because, well, because I'm the Mom and I can make whatever I want to and call it "lunch."

It must be Summertime.
I've been a "busy bee" as my friend Kara calls me! And she's right. I've been working on a lot of different things in addition to my 3 full time jobs!

*caring for our garden, (it IS hard work, just as you told me it would be, but it's the most amazing feeling cutting spinach for our salad and that's just the beginning of our harvest).
*planting our flowerbeds & window boxes , that look exceptionally happy this year.
*cleaning the attic to make room for a play area of sorts, (still wondering how I'm going to keep my children and their guests from having a heat-stroke up there)!
*cleaning one house a week to make some "extra money." (Thank you to Shrish for being my faithful day-care service)!!
*giving 1-2 massages a week. I'm not sure who enjoys the massages more, my client or I? It's not everyday I get to enjoy one hour of uninterrupted time with candlelight and soothing music!
*Blogging has been on the back-burner for awhile and I have to admit I miss it. The only trouble I'm having is finding a place to store my pictures which makes it easy to upload to blogger. Although I think I have a misconception in my own mind that "blogging" has to have pictures and really that's not true. I can just write out my thoughts and dreams and little stories and go from there. I read several blogs that barely EVER have pictures and they are some of my favorites. I'll be changing some things around in my head I guess.

Have a happy day & I'll see you soon~

"If you have the time to open the back door in the morning while you're drinking your coffee and look at the sky or hear the chorus the birds offer, you have time for the marvelous....Most of life is fascinating if looked at closely enough."
~Diane Ackerman~


Lynda C said...

oh but I like the pictures! and what a great ending quote. loooooooooove to yoooooouuuuuuu!!!

Lynda C said...

oh but I like the pictures! and what a great ending quote. loooooooooove to yoooooouuuuuuu!!!

Jeane` said...

Janelle...she is full of spunk, spice and sweetness-all at the same time, isn't she?? I can just see it in her darling little eyes.
(and pigtails + plaid = absolute adorableness!). My favorite part was Tyler's introduction of himself (and polite asking of the cashier's name) and the description of his siblings. PRICELESS!!!!!

Thank you for a thoroughly entertaining post WITH pictures (i still love pictures!).

Smokers in the Valley said...

What a busy yet rewarding life you're leading. There's nothing quite like growing a garden or a family of sweet, happy little children! Ahhhh, life. I enjoy reading about it.

Kara Stoltzfus said...

love it.

consume me... said...

No NO!!!!!!!! I love the pictures!!!!! Please don't stop!

StoltzyMommy said...

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SOOOOOOOOOOO SOOOOOOOOOOO love seeing your beautiful family!!!!!!!!!!

Happy to have met you guys!

Bess said...

ADORABLE! I could just pinch her! :) (But I won't, because she'll cry...and you'll probably hit me.)

Meg said...

pictures are best! Girls in plaid with 'to die for' smiles...make those posts all that more fun!

Jena said...

plaid on paisley=HOLLA
paisley in pigtails=HOLLA

Tyler introducing himself and giving an intro to his life=HOLLA

Cool Hand Luke=HOLLA

Fresh spinach=HOLLA

and, when I stopped by the other day with the belts, I did inDEED notice that your window boxes were looking particularly happy and joyful