{where the longhorn cattle feed on the lowly gypsum weed}

It has been a full year since my last real post on here.  Wow.  I have decided to cut back on Facebook (even more than I already have) and start blogging again – on here, my photography blog, and my anonymous blog (no, I’m not sharing the address for that, but thanks for asking).  :)

We are getting ready for a full week of company and holiday fun.  It’s both exciting and stressful – so happy to have some of my favorite people coming to visit, and sooooo did not complete even half of my to do list.  Did I really expect to though?  Yes.  Yes I did.  I always do.  I really should cut back on my expectations of myself.  I probably won’t though.  Hopefully the store will still have turkeys and hams when I go on Sunday.

We took family photos (with my camera remote) for our Christmas cards the day after Halloween.  It was FREEZING, I had gained weight and could find nothing to wear, Paige was having major sensory issues (and so was Britta), etc… I wish I could say that the following two photos were “outtakes”, however, these are some of the best of the bunch.  Maybe we will skip cards this year…

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Redesign

I’m in the middle of redesigning my photography logo and website, and my blog header is included. If you actually are seeing the mess, that’s the excuse.  And I actually have blog posts in my draft folder that I intend to publish once I finish with my graphic design fun.  If only there were more hours in the day, I’d be done already. :)

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Monday, Monday…

1. After trying to get Feedly set up on my phone to read blogs, I really miss Google Reader! Is there a better app? I’m on Android. Please tell me this isn’t as good as it gets. And hopefully the WordPress app will allow me to post photos soon. This app was much better on the iPhone.

2. Speaking of which, if I could go back in time to June, when I upgraded my phone and decided to get this pos HTC First phone??? I would scream at myself, “GET THE IPHONE AGAIN!!!” My next upgrade date? June 2015.

3. Lest this sound like a typical Monday morning rant ( do you really think I’m posting at 7:30 on a Monday morning? At 7:30 on any morning? It’s 12:17 a.m. people! I just use delayed posting because I realize most of the world sleeps at night), allow me to count some blessings in the next few blurbs…

4. I love my husband. He not only let me sleep in on both days this weekend, he made sure no one came knocking on the door, no one said “mommommommommom” to me, there were no interruptions. Both days, I woke up and said “it’s what time??? How did I sleep so long???” That is love, people. Making sure your wife, the mother of your seven children, can sleep peacefully until noon on the weekend! L O V E.

5. I have the best kids ever. They are hilarious and sweet and loving. Do they make messes, argue, screw up sometimes, and even drive me nuts strikenow and /strikestrikethen/strike often? Of course! But they’re mine, I love them with all my heart, and I wouldn’t trade a single one of them for anything in the world. They’re the best.

6. God is amazingly good and merciful and loving. He has blessed our family so very much, and I’m grateful every minute. He has opened my eyes to so much these past few years, and I’m constantly learning and understanding more about Him. And of course, the more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know!

7. I have much to blog about. It’s good to be back. Maybe with time and good behavior (consistent posting), I will gain some of my readers again. :-)

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Making a comeback…

I haven’t blogged in more than five months. I have a blogging app on my phone, so there’s really no excuse. I love blogging. I miss it. I like it better than Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. But for some reason, I quit doing it. Well, no more excuses. I’m going to blog. And I’m going to read my friends’ blogs. If that means I need to give up Candy Crush and, well, sleep, then so be it.

Bring back the blogs!! Hooray!!!

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Potpourri, goulash, fortuitous, haphazard, unpremeditated…

I use the word ‘random’ frequently when coming up with unimaginative blog post titles, so I though I’d mix it up today. I always have the best intentions when it comes to blogging, however, there’s this matter of extra time combined with my brain being clear… and so obviously I just don’t blog very often. One day, one day.

As I lie here, not sleeping, playing on my iPhone, I figure I can at least type up a bulleted list of goings on around here. To spice it up, I might even include some random (there’s that word again) movie quotes. We all know how much I love movie quotes.

  • My husband is home! My husband is home! As of five and a half days ago, Andrew has returned from Afghanistan, where he was deployed for what seemed like years, but in reality was just eight and a half months. I have been giddy, and so have the kiddos. Our family is complete once again.
  • Britta has also returned to us! Hooray! She is with us for a short time, and then she plans on heading back to Greensboro, which is so much closer than Atlanta. Yay.
  • “Leave my elevator alone!”
  • Vega is a year old! Crazy town! She is so adorable. She is a non-stop ball of mischief and fun. She had her checkup today (with shots – boo!), and she is beyond all the 12 month milestones in every area, but she keeps dropping on the growth chart, so they are going to do a few tests just to make sure there is no metabolism or malnourishment (gut) issues. It’s probably her literal nonstop energetic movements combined with genetics, but we do have some gut issues in the family, so we are going to go ahead and rule those things out.
  • One of my best friends, Ali, was in town for a day last week, and she took some one year photos of Vega for me. They turned out so cute! Visit her blog, and if you are in the Northern Virginia/D.C. area, hire her for a photo session!

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  • “Fortuosity. That’s me by-word. Fortuosity, me… twinkle-in-the-eye word.” (that’s been playing over and over in my head since I wrote the title of this post)
  • School is out for the summer! Hallelujah!
  • I’ve been doing physical therapy for my neck pain/headaches, and my hip pain. My tension headaches are virtually gone (I was having them daily), and the neck exercises are really helping my pain. My hips, well, I have an unstable sacroiliac joint, and my pelvic bones didn’t line up right after having Vega (they separate during pregnancy and go back together after delivery). My PT is trying to fix me, and we’ve made improvements, but I’m just messed up. It’s a slow process. I’m hoping to be able to run and do crossfit again, but we shall see. Right now, we are basically just (sort of) managing pain.
  • It’s time to upgrade my phone, and I’m seriously considering switching to Android. I’ve had it before and loved it. I think Apple just isn’t keeping up in the smart phone arena.
  • We were looking at Jarvis’ baby book today, and gas prices were 85 cents per gallon! I wish it would go back down to that!
  • “I know I’m different, but from now on, I’m gonna try to be the same.”
    “The same as what?”
    “The same as people who aren’t different.”
  • Jacob got his curls cut off last week:

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  • Britta keeps making cookies for me. It’s fantastic. I’ll miss her when she leaves again!
  • Britta is getting close to 20! That will be 20 straight years of having a baby and/or a toddler – with zero breaks. And 4 years to go. And we are 7 years in to 29 straight years of teenagers – with no breaks. Jealous? ;)
  • My math might be slightly off on that last point, because my brain started hurting, but I think it’s right.
  • “…and I have to sing everything I say…”
  • Did I mention that my husband is home?!?!?! Sooooo happy about that!!

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Another photo update

Since I can’t seem to ever blog, I figured I’d at least do a quick photos-from-my-phone update…

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Another photo update

Since I can’t seem to ever blog, I figured I’d at least do a quick photos-from-my-phone update…

edited to add: this post was started a few weeks ago, so I’m hitting ‘publish’ as I found it in the drafts folder (where posts usually go to die)…

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The one where I share a crazy dream…

note: the following story is about one of my more normal dreams. I don’t generally share my dreams with the public because they are way too insane.

This morning, I took a nap when Vega did (because most mornings, my to do list is extra long, and nap is almost always first on the list of priorities). I had this ridiculous and long dream that I was a pink power ranger, and I was on this complex mission with other power rangers (including one with a Hello Kitty head and rainbow pants) to basically save the world. My family didn’t know I was so important, because ya know – power rangers have a secret identity (or do they? I have never actually watched an entire episode. Well, they did in my dream). Between missions in the big complex plan to save the world from some crazed lunatic who was trying to blow everything up, I was trying to call Andrew, but I couldn’t type the numbers into the phone correctly and it was very frustrating. Then I went into the other room (of this extensive underwater building where I worked), and Andrew was sitting there. I was shocked to see him, then he reminded me of his clearance, and that he had known for a while that I was a power ranger. I was so relieved that he knew, and I was excited he was there and was going to help on the next mission. Before we left, I had to change Vega’s diaper (I learned at this point in the dream that I had a nanny during save-the-world missions). I went into the bathroom, and Vega pooped all over herself and me. The nanny came in and couldn’t take Vega because she was cleaning up some other mess…. and the whole rest of my dream, I was cleaning up endless amounts of poop.

So I’m not sure what any of that means, but there ya go.

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This, that, & the other…

I started this post in the wee hours of Monday morning, when I wasn’t sleeping…

  1. Vega can stand up on her own for a couple of seconds, and she does this often throughout the day. She’s pretty sure she needs to be one of the big kids.
  2. This deployment is halfway over. I cannot wait to see my husband again! I miss him terribly. I’m just not whole without him.
  3. Teenagers. I love them like crazy. But they are a lot of work sometimes. I don’t divulge all the ins and outs of our everyday lives, but just know that we face challenges just like every other family. (Ya know, in case you thought we were putting on some facade of perfection.) I will say this ~ Sunday [and Monday], the teenagers were loving, hard-working, helpful, and just plain amazing! It was a good day. And a good day was needed. ;)
  4. Does anyone else let their socks gather in the “sock basket” until no one has any matched socks left in their drawers and the pile has become so overwhelming because you know it will take at least an hour to get them all sorted and matched? Is that just me?
  5. I seem to be over the flu that hit me on Wednesday, but Jacob was down for the count Saturday night, and Paige went to bed with a fever Sunday night. At least it doesn’t seem to be a week long thing.
  6. I don’t care for passive aggressive behavior. I’m just saying. If someone has a problem with me, please just be open and honest with me. Passive aggressiveness damages so many relationships, and really, I believe it’s rooted in big, fat, ugly pride. (in case you were wondering how I felt about it)
  7. Vega is not cooperating in my efforts to get on a “normal” sleep schedule. At all.
  8. Is it spring yet? I am craving sunshine and warmth.
  9. I’m thankful for two hour delays. We all needed the extra sleep this morning! (<— added later Monday morning… during the second of four attempts to publish this post…)

And my late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning update…

  1. With the help of all three boys and Paige, I got Vega’s new crib put together today!!  AND… she is currently asleep in it!  I’m in my bedroom, late at night, and there are zero children in here with me.  This is the first time this has happened since before Vega was born, nearly 8 months ago.  I hope it lasts all night.  Hey, one can dream!
  2. I got all the socks folded and distributed to the correct rooms, and I’m all caught up on laundry.  Miracles are happening, people!
  3. Justice asked me to make some more green juices (if you aren’t on facebook, he and I had a day of drinking only green juices a little over a week ago).  I’m always trying to get Justice to eat/drink healthy, so even though it was late and I was *done* for the day, I juiced what I found in the fridge, and made enough for me and Justice each to have about 14 oz of juice in the morning, and Jarvis and Darby can each have about 7 oz.  Yay!  Glad that’s waiting for me.  I tasted it as I was putting it in the Mason jars, and it was actually pretty good!  I included kale, spinach, apples, lemon, carrots, orange juice, cinnamon, turmeric, and ginger (the last three in powdered form since it’s all I had).
  4. I mentioned passive aggressiveness in the above post - that I never published and am including together with this all in one giant post…  and it dawns on me that the people I am closest to, my friends that I confide in, the few people that are nearest and dearest to me – they are ALL blunt and in-your-face open with me!  They don’t sugar-coat things to keep from hurting my feelings, they are just honest with me.  I guess I’m not just *saying* I hate passive aggressive behavior – I really, truly hate it… and I’m not close friends with anyone who exhibits it.  Huh.  Who knew?
  5. Well, Vega has been asleep for over an hour in her crib.  I’ve had a shower, a snack, and chilled on my computer for a few minutes.  So, now we do the real test… I will lie down and turn off my light and take a deep breath… and we’ll see if she chooses that moment to start crying for me.

Before I go, here are a few more iPhone pictures.  I have also taken pictures with my ‘real’ camera, and I’ll try to get a post together with some of those in the near future.  :)

 

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This photo of Britta with the horse, wasn’t from my phone, but it was ON my phone, because she texted it to me – and ya know, I never did get the story behind this photo! So don’t ask me what’s happening, because all I know is that my purty kiddo is in it.

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Jacob with his birthday loot from his awesome Aunt Christine and Uncle Chris!  They’re the best!!

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A screenshot of a Skype session with my wonderful hubster!!! I miss him.

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Vega loves bananas!!!  And all food.  Except baby food – she doesn’t like to be fed baby food. She wants the REAL stuff!

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Paige got her snow pants on (and I think it’s the first time snow pants [hand-me-downs from our good friend Robyn’s children] have actually fit Darby or Paige in the correct season), but she didn’t want to put a hat and shoes on, but she really wanted to go see the ice, but she didn’t really want to be cold…. etc… So her big brother Justice, good big brother that he is, offered to just carry her out there for a few minutes, and she decided that was the best option of all.

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Screenshot of one of my wondrous husband’s Instagram photos.  He’s being all sexy and soldier-ish.  Yum.

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This one is dark and blurry, but Jacob and Vega are too cute.  She loves him SO much!!!  She thinks he’s just absolutely hilarious, and Jacob, by far, gets the most kisses and hugs from Vega.  The rest of us are jealous.

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Darby sculpted a turtle and painted and glazed it in her middle school art class.  She did a great job.  She’s so crafty and artsy!

I asked Justice to open and unpack the box that the crib came in, but Vega wanted to keep climbing and crawling on it.  She really feels like she should be in the absolute center of whatever action is taking place at all times.  No exceptions.

So I had Jacob distract her with blocks.  That lasted about three minutes, then she was back in the middle of the box action again.

And voila!  A put-together crib!!  Now, to paint that dresser white and get new knobs for it, get a rug, hang some art, make a mobile, take that warning sticker off the crib, etc, etc, etc… :)

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…stars shining bright above me…

  1. It’s fun to say “uh-break it downnn” like DJ Lance.
  2. Vega says “do-gee, do-gee, do-gee, do-gee” over and over and it’s adorable!!! :)
  3. I just made the mistake of asking Darby questions about this show she is watching. Example:

    Me ~ “I thought they were mermaids. Why do they have legs?”
    Darby ~ “They turn into mermaids if they get wet, even if they just have one drop of water on them… so they have to be careful.”

    There were multiple questions and answers, and gaining more knowledge about this tween show made me lose IQ points.

  4. I made a sizable dent in cleaning the garage this week. There’s a lot left to do though. My office is next!
  5. Netflix is awesomesauce. I’m just saying.
  6. I can hear Paige grinding her teeth in her sleep from across the house. It’s way worse than nails on a chalkboard. Any tips on how to get her to stop?! It might literally drive me insane.
  7. I saw a meme the other day that made sense to me – “Get hoarders addicted to crack, they’ll sell off all their [crap]. Boom, problem solved.”
  8. That last point was a joke. Lighten up, people!
  9. I have ‘real’ topics to blog about, and I’ve been thinking more and more about doing some writing… maybe if I stop getting knocked up every couple of years, my brain will start working again. :)
  10. I miss my husband. Can I make it 4-5 more months without him? Only time will tell.
  11. I read I Timothy again today – there’s so much good stuff in there!
  12. There’s a new widget on my sidebar linking to my brother’s fundraiser site. He and my sister-in-law update often. Please keep them in your prayers!
  13. Someone please come make me some cookies! Britta?? Come back!! ;)

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I know that photo is blurry, but I just love Vega’s on-the-move happy face!

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Paige’s hair is finally growing out some. And she’s a mess! She’s a sweetie though. And she gives the best hugs!

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Darby has grown up so much! She’s really starting to get into fashion, and have her own style. She’s definitely an original (& I love that about her)! Did I tell you she uses her middle name at school? So if I say Darby, they are like “who?! Where’s Aliya??”

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