Monday, June 30, 2008

Family visits

There are ten people in my house right now. Yes...ten. My sister and her two kids were here all week and were set to fly out last night and their flights were cancelled. SO, she is staying on with us til Tuesday. I'm happy for the extended visit, though I'm sure she's cursing the Atlanta airport since she's stuck in my house with 7 children! :-)

We've had a busy few days. We spent ALL DAY Friday at the IOP beach. We packed a picnic lunch, ate there, and then spent hours on the beach. Saturday we hit the Tanger Outlets for some bargain shopping (got a BOATLOAD of school clothes for Cait and only spent $21--LOVE that!), went to Cupcake in Mt. Pleasant (so yummy), and then went to Wannamaker Park to let the kids play in "The Sprinkler". They loved it. Even Hayley. I about cried when she ran right in there to play with the other kids. She's usually terrified of all things unfamiliar, so it was a big deal. She actually had a big day. We've been working slowly on potty training and she told me twice that she had to go yesterday and went both times! I'm so proud of her!! Anyway, so after the park, Will got home with his three kids who are back to join us for their second visit of the summer. We ordered pizza and then the kiddos went to bed. Then Sunday, we got up and went right to the beach (Folly this time) for some seashell hunting and a morning swim. We even saw a dolphin! Very exciting.

So that's been the last part of this week in a nutshell. Here are some favorite photos.

And a few more...

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Finally a page

Wow...I have to just catch my breath from this past month. It's been craziness. My poor sister has been here cooped up in my house with me because I am SO worn out from having Will's kids here, and then the traveling, and just no rest for the weary to be found around here. Luckily my sister and I were able to get some scrappin time in the other night and I completed this page, otherwise I wouldn't have anything crafty to share yet again! How disappointing that would be! We are planning on doing some more scrappin another night this week, so hopefully that will be a productive crop as well! I need to get some cards done and I am determined to do that this week! :-)

Anyway, here is the page...the photos are from a trip to Libby Lu while we were in Indiana. The girls had a blast and looked so so cute! Sorry for the bad photo of the page...again, my laziness and lack of attention span to get a great shot! :) I'm just happy to be able to share something!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Home again

Phew...we are FINALLY home again! And on round 2 of visitors for the summer. My sister Stacey and her two kids, Kylie and Logan, are here to visit for the week. More craziness...and hopefully lots of stampin time because my sis is a stamper too! She is actually the one the got me into it. And I teach her my scrappin' tricks. Lots of fun stuff planned for their I'll be in and out this week too, hopefully back to normal daily posts starting on Sunday!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Hello From Indiana

We are in Indiana for the week, so not much posting happening this week (sorry!). I'll have lots of photos to share when I get back home on Saturday. We are having a great time visiting with family and friends. It's always a scramble to fit everyone we want to see into our schedule so we're doing lots of moving around. We spend Friday and Saturday night with Will's dad and step-Mom. During the day Saturday we had Cait's birthday party with family and friends. Saturday evening, Will and I went to the Taylor Swift/Rascal Flatts concert in Noblesville. (It was WONDERFUL!). Then Sunday we had to split up--Will to his mom's for visiting and dinner and me to Evansville to meet up with my ex-inlaws for them to see the kids and then to my Mom's for dinner. Then tomorrow night back to Will's Mom's house. Wednesday back up to his Dad's house in Fishers...thursday dinner with Alaina, Friday Cait is going to Libby Liu with my sister to get a makeover...AHHH! :-) Crazy busy...we'll definitely be ready to be back home! Hope you are all well...lots to share next week!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Happy Birthday, Caitlynn!

Seven years ago today at 4:59 pm, Caitlynn made her way into the world. (6 weeks ahead of time!!). She had a rough start, having to spend weeks in the NICU, but you'd never know it looking at her today. I am a naturally nostalgic and emotional person, but looking back to see how far she has come since those days always makes me tear up.

Happy Birthday to my baby girl!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Another onesie card

Wow. Life is crazy with 5 children in the house. It's messy. It's loud. It's 6 am wake up calls. It's triple the temper tantrums. Double the food bill.'s also triple the hugs and kisses, triple the laughter and happy banter. It's crazy and chaotic yes...but some how still a very beautiful thing. This messy, crazy, beautiful life...I love every second of it. And while I thought this might make me change my mind about wanting to have another baby, it actually makes me want one even more. How insane am I? :-) Probably pretty insane. But that's okay. I am blissfully happy this week. is another onesie card. I have SO many friends that are pregnant or just had babies, so I am loving these cards! They are super easy and super cute!
And here are a couple of my favorite pictures from this week so far!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

They're here!!

Will's kids have arrived safe and sound. We had an interesting night last night to get everyone adjusted, but we are having so much fun. The kids are really enjoying each other and playing SO nicely together. I definitely love having a large family like this. Meal time is the best, seeing them all sitting together with us, interacting and laughing with each other. Love it. I am making it a goal to take TONS of photos while they are here. I started on that today. We played outdoors a lot this morning. Will was tossing a ball and the kids were trying to hit them with their new bats. And then after lunch we ran through the sprinkler and had some popsicles. Here are some photos of our day so far...

And here is a page I finished yesterday when my friend Maddie came over to scrap with me for a little while. Things are pretty busy, so this is a quick post, but I'll have more to share later!! :-) Hope everyone is having a great weekend!