Words to live by...

From the fullness of His grace we have received one blessing after

Remember who you are and you will walk through life blessed and beautiful

When you reach the heart of life you shall find beauty in all things

Children are a gift from God

Never underestimate the power of prayer

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Proof we really went on vacation

As most of you are aware, we took our first "Spring Break" with kids this year. I know many of you have been patiently waiting for this evidence (thanks for your continued patience as i weed through the pix). It's quite a daunting task to weed through all the snapshots that were taken over 10 days. I guess that's what I get for liking to take pictures :) We had an EXCELLENT time, however (as previously mentioned), forgot the SPF rule of REAPPLICATION. I had peeling legs on a 10 month old (not something to brag about!). We had WONDERFUL, SUNNY, HOT weather to enjoy. We had to find some "out of the sun" activities to do by our third day down there due to the sunburn. We looked through the lists of reciprocal botanical gardens/museums (through our Frederik Meijer Gardens membership) and found a fun children's museum to occupy our time. We also visited a great outdoor (mostly shaded, thank goodness!) botanical garden (that was also free b/c of our membership in Grand Rapids - what great perks to have!) in which the boys enjoyed chasing chameleons all over the ground, plants, trees, etc. We made the trip to Sea World (thanks to my aunt that sent us free tickets!). We definitely got our exercise in that day (along with a HUGE test of patience as we waited early to get seats to the Shamu show). Lucas rode on his first roller coaster ride with me. The rest of the week we spent either lounging by our courtyard pool (only a matter of steps out our condo) or at the beach (across the street). We also visited Siesta Key (one hour south) for an afternoon. It was definitely worth the drive and wait for a parking spot (to me at least :) Tim just asked why we needed to drive an hour to the beach when we had one across the street (remember the beautiful turquoise waters and powdery sand, Tim?). I took the little ones for a walk along the shore in the double umbrella stroller - PULLING the stroller works WAY better than pushing the stroller through sand/water (remember that next time!). It put the little boys to sleep (on Siesta Key, go figure :) We topped off the vacation with an outdoor meal a few miles south of our condo while enjoying a beautiful sunset. It was good to get back and into the swing of things, but SERIOUSLY, when is the warm weather coming back??? And I sure am glad gas was NOT $3.76 while we were filling up every 300+ miles. Stay tuned, I might add more PIX to this posting (if i get a chance)......................

Monday, April 28, 2008

Sweet Baby Brooke

These are a few shots from a couple weeks ago I took of my newest niece, Brooke Lyn Kraker. There's just something about a newborn sleeping that just melts my heart!

Thursday, April 17, 2008


So I'm often intimidated to blog just text as I read other blogs (especially of those who seem to write so eloquently). So.......instead of updating this post with a few paragraphs I will be taking a different approach - one big list! Why not? I live my life in lists (grocery lists, to do lists, etc.) so why not blog in a list?! So here goes!
1. I realized tonight my oldest was singing a Hannah Montana song while picking up his toys (and Reece was singing along)
2. You get to guess which parent actually sings along to one of her tunes :)
3. Proof my kids live in the 21st century: Lucas asked me to "just email" his teacher because he forgot to thank her in person for a gift.
4. I would be rich if I could invent a computer that is voice activated (if that's already invented - please inform me!). Imagine how much MORE i could get done around the house if i could iron while blogging!!!
5. If you're wondering why I haven't posted pix of my kids lately, I'm waiting for my new photo software to arrive (and I've been buried in like 10 loads of laundry - SERIOUSLY!!!) :)
6. I'm having buyers remorse as i recently discovered this fantastic FREE software for editing photos at www.picnik.com
7. Tim and I failed SPF 101 this spring break as all 3 of our kids burned and PEELED!
8. I'm getting old - Lucas just said to me (as i was stumbling for words to say) "You'll get it out mom!"
9. Goodwill ROCKS!!!
10.I recently rediscovered the Lakeland Library Cooperative - what's better than being able to "order" books, dvd's, cd's, etc to be picked up at your local library (well, being able to do it while ironing would be WAY better!) - and they are all FREE!
11.I love posting this way as i can interject my most random/add thoughts at whim!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Stay tuned......

We are back from our trip to Florida (we got home Sunday am and have been catching up on sleep and laundry since). The kids survived the 50+ hours in the car (most of them consecutive 20+). We even made it back sans tickets/car problems (probably shouldn't have mentioned that last one, now we're due for some van trouble, right?!). I will post some pix once i get them off the cards and onto our computer and sorted/edited.......no guarantees on a timeliness manner though :) Sorry in the lack of posting lately - we actually went 10 days without the internet!!!