Friday, November 21, 2014

About this Week

Ty drug me into his room to play house Wednesday. Playing house is challenging when you have a real house to run. Playing anything with Ty is challenging when he wants you to play a specific role because all his imaginary people say and do very determined things. I fail to follow the unwritten script and upset the game often. He literally says, "we need to pause the game so I can tell you what to say next". He's bossy. So as I was being prodded down the hallway where I was to sit in Ty's room, in the far corner and "stay home" while he went to school with a loaded backpack of the most unusual school supplies I have ever seen, I was told that being the mom meant I just said no to candy. Don't I wish.

Lauren took Ty to McDonald's this week to pick up her schedule. Ty rode along because he loves outings with the girls, no matter how simple. Ty asked for a Dr. Pepper when they arrived and Lauren told him Mom would be mad. He looked her square in the eyes and said, "So! You are a grown up now!" She cracked up and has teased me with that line a few times this week.

We have a thankful poster mounted on the fridge this month. I started it with a few notes about things I am thankful for and the family followed my lead. Even Justin has written a few sweet contributions like "this family". And then there's Makenna who added, "tall guys that smell good".

Makenna rides to school most mornings with the neighbor boys. Brandon started playing Christmas music this week on the way to school. Makenna text me saying she was going to throw herself out of the car. I sent her a dozen different Christmas carols in response. After a period of silence she sent back, "I hate you." Have a Holly Jolly Christmas, Miss. Grinch.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Snow Day

The text alerts started at 5:30 this morning. It was a snow day for everyone, which is rare. The teens slept while the rest of us played.

someone came prepared for a snowball fight

After 45 minutes, wet gloves, hats, coats and pants went into the dryer while hot cocoa was made. No sooner than the dryer buzzed, they tackled round two.

I was pleased they chose Narnia over Frozen for our snow day movie. And surprised myself when I had thoughts of decorating for Christmas. I blame the cocoa. Clearly, it went to my head.
Our pumpkins are still displayed in five inches of snow. We'll manage one holiday at a time, thank you very much.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

(Almost) Wordless Weekend

"Mom! You have got to see this! Come quick and grab your camera!" He found it in the field and rolled it out into the neighbor's yard. Moldy pumpkins are quite the treasure.

His cape is tucked safely under his jacket. You just never know when the need to be super will occur.

He was supposed to be helping his dad bring in wood; however, the "traptor" was far more interesting. Brutus thought so too.

Saturday, November 15, 2014


Lauren has always done things her way. She doesn't necessarily choose the easy way, the most common method or even a path that makes sense to the world around her but she stays true to her bold, beautiful self no matter what. She is stubborn and passionate, strong and determined, exhausting and hilarious. There wasn't a parenting season where she didn't exasperate us while simultaneously entertain us. There were days she brought me to tears from laughter and then moments when the tears were far more intense. Raising Lauren has been challenging and rewarding. With her heels dug firmly into the soil, she will stand against whatever injustice she perceives, so being her friend or sister has it's perks. No one crosses someone Lauren loves without being called out for it. Guiding her to see that she too deserves to be respected has been quite a journey but she's arrived. We are ready to watch her soar. Too many times throughout her childhood we prayed for God to use her stubborn streak for His glory. It's exciting to see what He has in store for her future. Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Happy eighteenth birthday, Lauren.

Friday, November 14, 2014

This week

Mom, why didn't you name me Sportacus? Um...because I love you?

Mom! I just figured out what I want Santa to bring me for Christmas! Drums! I swear the boy's only mission in life is to stress me out. And Grandpa, if you are reading this.....DO NOT BUY THE BOY DRUMS!

Ty was taking an exceptional amount of time in the bathroom so I investigated. The singing had stopped some time prior and nothing good comes from a quiet kid alone in the bathroom. Even though I have enough experience to know this, I was not prepared for the scene as I entered. Ty was perched on the toilet seat ledge by his feet. He was literally squatting from said position with a look of pure glee on his face as he took care of business. I had no words. I still don't but wonder if perhaps this explains the obscene amount of time I spend cleaning that particular bathroom.

Mom, does my outfit match? Yes son, as well as anything else you would choose. 

And these two...don't let the innocent faces fool you. They are rotten to the core. We are honestly having conversations about the Christmas tree. We may not have one this year. They are tiny terrorists ALL.NIGHT.LONG.  Just this afternoon I walked into Kate and Ty's room to put away some laundry and discovered Ty had left a small package of gold fish crackers on his dresser. The cats were having great fun. The package made noise as they tossed it in the air and sent crackers and crumbs flying. They snacked while taking turns. I live in a zoo.

I often joke we need a "no fishing" sign to keep Spidey out of the aquarium. Although, I think Anna's got this.

This morning Greg and I took Lauren out for a birthday breakfast because she will be so busy this weekend, it was our only opportunity to celebrate her. How are we the parents of two adults? Yikes, that happened fast. It was beyond pleasant to sit and talk over delicious food. Afterward we walked over to my favorite consignment shop for snow boots because rumor has it I will be needing them this year. As I entered, the shop owner pointed to a rack of new arrivals with my favorite label and in my size. Greg started to comment that we were there for the $8 boots and Michelle directed him to the sofas in the waiting area outside the store! She's a blast.
I was given strict orders against photos of us at breakfast so I captured the sidewalk outside Toast. Eyes were rolling and comments were made but I ignored my breakfast dates. I have to do that often. As the grey days are settling in more often than sunny ones, I have to breathe in beauty where I find it. I will not allow the long cold days of winter bring me down this year. Appreciating simple beauty should help.
I caught these two in a rare moment of looking studious rather than rambunctious. They are so much fun. Double the fun as they are both two years old.

As are these two....nap-time movie creates quiet time for the preschool team. Ty adores Gleason.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Coming soon to a Christmas card near you

We had family photos today. One of us voted against the idea. Betcha can't guess which one.

He really wanted to wear his Captain America costume once he realized he was going to participate and lost that battle too.

Despite having a hold-out, and we always have at least one, the photo shoot was fun.
Daddy's girls

Kate's facial is priceless. Apparently Erin had lipstick on her teeth. We're special.

This is my favorite shot

Believe it or not, this is the one Makenna wants framed

Despite his stubbornness, I love this boy.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Raindrops at Sunrise

I have been easing my way through One Thousand Gifts again. It's so rich and beautiful, I need time to digest it in small increments. Whereas I still don't maintain a Pollyanna world view, I do find gifts in unexpected places frequently and appreciate more fully the simple we often take for granted.

This morning I noted an orange glow through the windows and grabbed my camera, certain God was showing off a bit. He does this often. Once I realized it was raining, I ran out the front door and laughed as I located our morning rainbow. It was far more stunning in person as it often is. Little Anna followed me, also giggling. The neighbors are certain I am crazy. It's okay. We celebrated the rain and sunrise this morning.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

This Life

Sometimes you just have to laugh because the alternative involves the fetal position with lots of tears. This week has been rocky and I have ridden it with as much grace as I can muster. Translation: I am punchy, laughing inappropriately and owe several family members an apology.We've faced nothing major, just lots of little messes added up to create some very stressful days.

I woke to an eye infection on Monday and it was anything but pretty. We have family photos scheduled for Sunday. I will be the one wearing an eye patch and considering a pirate theme. Aaargh! Merry Christmas Matey! Why not? Sadly I joked about this enough Ty and Erin are fully on board. Stranger things have happened around here.

The BMV failed to process Lauren's proof of insurance from her accident in September so her license was suspended. I love calling government offices repeatedly. This would be read sarcastically for those of you who have not spoken to me this week. That little glitch caused an extra 100 miles on the van and countless hours of running Lauren to and from multiple locations.

Lauren vomited at school Monday. She is once again battling something. Awesome. And Greg ran to a quick lube place for an oil change on Monday morning. On the way home, the oil pressure light came on. Two mechanics, a diagnostic charge and several phone calls later, it's been repaired. Greg did not sleep on Monday and was a zombie by the time he got home Tuesday morning.

Makenna is on the tech team for the local high school theater department. This apparently means we have no life outside meeting the spontaneous demands of a director. We're not friends. The time change with practices ending at 10:30 every night this week has made for some colorful mornings. Makenna is exhausted. Her mother is too.

Yesterday we were supposed to vote but between the three of us, four failed attempts were made. All of them met with 2+ hour wait times. I feel irresponsible for not waiting but I honestly did not have a two hour window to wait with extra little ones and several appointments. I am still frustrated. Very few people we know were able to vote in this county. I hope the issues are resolved before the next election but Greg and I will be voting early in the future.

We had a conference with Kate's teacher last night. While we waited our turn, we read through "All About Me" posters written by the kids in her class. Kate filled out less than half hers with the following three answers:
1. Favorite color: black
2. Favorite food: stake
3. Favorite part of school: racess

We're so proud. Greg says we should pat ourselves on the back because the kids who said math was their favorite part lied. Sadly the highlight and most peaceful part of the week so far was the thirty minutes we waited to talk with her teacher. We don't know what distracted Kate the day she filled out her poster because her teacher had only great things to say about her work ethic, enthusiasm and sweet spirit. We really are proud but the poster made us laugh.

In other news, Anne stopped by with a gift for me today. I love this mug and cannot believe it exists! It's no secret I avoid alcohol due to the addiction issues throughout our family but a little butterscotch schnapps in my hot cocoa in the winter is an indulgence I appreciate occasionally. I thought it was a secret only I knew about but apparently Target agrees all mommies everywhere should know about special hot cocoa too. 
P.S. I have consumed more of my kids' Halloween candy than all of them combined. It's been a long week. Did I mention someone pooped on me today? Nevermind.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Snow Bunny

Our Katebug is one happy kid. She is the first to celebrate simple pleasures and the one we can count on to laugh at the silliest of jokes. She woke to snow on the deck and trampoline on Saturday morning and was outside playing in it before anyone else had their eyes pried open. She enjoyed two solid hours creating small snow balls and tossing loose snow into the air. She is the only Baughman child who appreciates winter weather.

Sunday we woke to a thick layer of frost on the ground. By 7:30 in the morning, Kate was bundled up and out making frost angels. I couldn't help but enjoy the crisp cold air right alongside her. Her enthusiasm is contagious.