Saturday, December 06, 2014

it's been a long time

I haven't blogged in ages.  But you either knew that or forgot. haha :)


I live in AZ now.  It's so pretty here.  I love the mountain views, the wide open spaces, the gorgeous clouds and bright sunny skies.  I do not love the many scorpions in and out of my house or the one furry tarantula who came to visit our yard.  Thank God no snakes, yet....


Judah is in Kindergarten and loves to write....on anything he can find...which is interesting.  Hello sharpie marker all over the walls of his closet and other mystery places we find him practicing his letters.

Lucas is going to start a preschool program in January.  We visited it this week.  I can't wait.  He is going to love it. He keeps asking if he can go back.


Lance is either flying, or out in his shop working on stuff.  We don't see much of him otherwise. The boys sometimes spend time near him while he works at least.  He's done a couple markets and has a fun name and logo for what he does. WyldeByrd.  So that's good.

I spend a lot of my time working on my Young Living Essential Oils business.  It's been a crazy year with the business side of it....crazy as in good.  And the oils themselves have changed the health and wellness of my family drastically.  I can't tell you what a blessing they have been to us.

So that's the "christmas card" update of my life.  I haven't even decorated my house for Christmas yet muchness done a card this year.  Maybe it will still happen. We shall see. I make no promises.

Anyone out there? say hi if you are :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Our "shellebration" for Jbyrd's 5th birthday!

Judah picks his theme every year, and for months now he's been asking for a turtle birthday! Lucky for me, since I waited till the last minute to party plan, there is a whole line of turtle party products...amazon prime delivered ;) 

I can hardly believe he's 5!!!! My joy boy. 

Here's our "shellebration" in pictures:



The night before! Getting the scene set.


Giant turtle and some presents...including a pet turtle rock to paint later.


Love their brotherly love!


He was as excited as his brother ;)


The many faces of my Jbyrd 


Watermelon turtles...I'm even more proud that I mastered the art of melon balling! Thanks YouTube. 


Piñata time


Instead of candy, we filled the eggs with a 100 piece puzzle...yeah, we never found 1 of the eggs...our puzzle may never be complete...it was fun though.


The dads made sure we got all the piñata goodies out. 

We ended the night with a swim. 

Love my kissy faced love bug

Sunday, February 09, 2014

A paper chain...

I think I need to start one of those paper chain count down thingies for when we move out of this apartment...wait, that sounds negative...for when we move into our new home....there, that's better.


I am not sleeping well with all the apartment noises (yes, we have white noise going and humidifiers and I wear earplugs...it's just my sleep freak ways on overdrive.)

It took me a long time to sleep well when I moved to Nashville too...it's just part of my adjustment. Which I will get to do again around roughly March 12 when we close on our new home. It will take a few more days to get moved in too...so more like the weekend after March 12th...hopefully.

I am really looking forward to sleeping in my own bed again (the apartment is furnished with 2 queen sized beds).

I guess I am realizing as I type this blog...it is all about my sleep...or lack thereof. So maybe instead of blogging I shall go and rest my weary head...upon my squeaky apartment bed in a room with my restless 2 yr old who is cozied up in a too small pack n play across the hall from my darling husband and my sweet 4yr old boy who have the privilege of using the diffuser (#essentialoilsrockmysocks) in their room. (why oh why have I not bought a second diffuser yet?! sigh...)

Yup. I need a paper chain.



Tuesday, February 04, 2014

bikes and moments and paths chosen

There was this moment last October when we were in AZ visiting...we'd already entertained the idea of living in AZ for about 24 hours and we were driving to a friend's house in Mesa, right about the time of day school gets out.
And there were kids on bikes.
Everywhere.
Biking home from school.
Judah was watching from the back seat and all of a sudden I heard him say "they are riding their bikes...alone. There's no one with them, mommy." with awe in his voice.

For me, that was the moment I got excited to move to Mesa.

I spent hours upon hours as a kid, riding my bike through our neighborhood with friends. I want that for my boys when they are old enough to ride their bikes around like that.

This is not a reflection of what I didn't like about where I was living, I loved where I lived. We had friends in walking distance and neighbors we loved and it was wonderful.  Just very different.  Not a bad different, just a different different.







Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Last sleep at Nashrock

Judah is cozy in his warm bed. Lucas is dreaming in his teeny tiny toddler bed. Lance is snoring in our room. There are boxes everywhere. Anticipation is high.

The boys will probably all be up early. Like dark still early. The movers are coming. It's Judah's last day of school. It's a big day. So big. And I get to visit my dentist one last time...good stuff. Wish I could see my chiropractor too, but probably not likely.

I'm enjoying the last hum of our dishwasher, a great cup of tea and a grateful heart for my home. It will be someone else's home soon. It feels good that someone else will get the joy of finding rest in these walls like we did.

I think I'll be sad not to spend time in my blue nursery with my babies, but they are no longer babies anyways. Seasons change no matter where you are.

Tonight is the calm before the whirlwind that will wisk us off to new adventures. 

Soaking it all in. The past. The present. Our future. So much blessing. 



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