Monday, July 9, 2012


I guess everyone was wondering where this went, so Ill do some updating. We love summer and our ability to stay busy together nonstop, so Im not around to sit on actual computer much. I got an IPAD for my birthday so now im always on that for quick on the go usage, which i havent put this on there yet to do from there. Everyones super good, Ciaras seeming to like school way more than home haha, Dillons having a blast and teaching Cooper and Laila all the fun tricks and games, Cooper is finally coming out of his shell and loving all the things we do, Laila is hilarious and tries alot to be loudest and funniest :) We started going to Church finally, so thats nice. Took a couple times before kids started understanding its time to be chill. Vacation Bible School started it and the kids loved that. I took the twins and stayed with them every day, since they still pretend to be shy ;) , Now we are doing just fine.. Big kids do Sunday school then we all head over for second morning service. They have a kid corner which is pretty cool, all the kids in the room go and sit by Pastor and he has a box they pass around each week. Whichever kid brings items from home and he does a mini sermon over it . Dillon raised his hand and asked for it this week, so now we play the game of what to put in. And it was cute cause the Pastor was asking a question and Ciara answered it.. Makes me happy and proud to know that even though we havent attened till last month, they are picking it right up and very interested. We do riding and slip n slide about every weekend if not in between also. Weve been hanging out in the Kaskaski River lately alot, watching chad bow fish while there. and tons of Pool all day everyday. Im going to add some pics now and consider this updated :)

Monday, April 16, 2012

Grr kind of night

So first of all I put a fan in my window last night to catch some cold air.. It took me an extra hour or so freaking out I wouldnt hear twins if they cried in night, but thought hey they havent in a long time so why would they.. Well 230 comes around and I hear screaming, which I know means Laila and also that she peed her bed.. So I go upstairs and take care of that. Then I come back downstairs and stop for a bathroom break before back to bed, leaving lights off .. And step into a pile of mush right in front of toilet.. Thanks Bubbles I appreciate you pooping in my bathroom! So I curse and shower off my foot and clean up floor, then do my nightly rounds of looking out back from bathroom window to the front porch when on the front porch I step into another pile of mush! Yep thanks again Bubbles for freaking out since I went upstairs and pooping twice in my house! I hate dogs at the moment! and told chad next time kids wake its his turn :)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


I just walked up to the school to pick up Cooper and Laila with our dog Buster.  I think he was feeling left out since he didnt get to go to pet day last week with Bubbles and Bugsy.. Anyways, if we lived in Monsters Inc world (where laughter makes electricity, also twins fav movie) we could have givent power to everyone! They thought it was hilarious how many times Buster lifted his leg on every tree and pole.Cooper even started pretending to do it too. Im glad our dog has offered more than just a vacuum cleaner :)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

April Prettys

Bought some flowers from Aldi the other day, didnt expect too much from them this year, but thought oh next year they will come out nice.. But boy did they liven right up :)

And we definitely cant deny this girl , shes an April Pretty for sure :)

Thursday, March 29, 2012


So we are sitting watching American Idol as a family, and yes me and Ciara are sad HeeJun is gone... But thats not the point.. Laila ,who doesnt talk, was doing every commercial and show repeat she could, counted tons high , and was having a blast with it , when I looked and seen Ciara was playing with her(Lailas) hair just so casually without any kind of attention on it.. This is the moment I always dreamt of for my kids, since I didnt have a sister.For every fight sisters have and every jelous second, this will be a cherished moment in my heart of them.. Ciara was being big sister to her little Sis.. and it was ADORABLE.. I melted just seeing it, and cant wait for more of these :)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Real Quick

One sec please.. Coopers bus aide told me I need to have a talk with him about being quiet on railroad tracks on bus... added that Laila gets it so he should , but he doesnt... I somewhat feel her seriousness wasnt needed, a nice hey talk to him about it would have worked.. Not sure how I feel about my 3 year old not knowing about being quiet on railroad tracks... hummm.. Guess Ill mention it, Im sure his big ole mouth is distracting everything... (eye roll. only because Coopers pretty tame, still borderline shy, so I doubt hes doing it on purpose..)

Nicer days

I dont know about everyone else, but boy am I happy its been nice out.. I think the weather decided to follow us back from Florida, and its perfect.. Its been flip flops and sunny days. We got to do slip n slides, creek playing, hot dogs on a fire, smores!!, hide n seeks outside, a short pond swim, yard work, flowers are coming up, were getting a pool set up, and we got to go mushroom hunting which all the kids cooperated good for..All these things are my smiles lately. I cant wait to summer with 3 year olds, instead of 2(that one was a hard one) , my super happy outdoor Dillon , and Ciara running around everywhere. And of course sitting on the back porch with Chad watching our kids play  :)))


Me and My mom got our hair did, mine not as drastic just a trim and some bang,.. My mom decided to get a chemical straightner and cut and boy did it come out marvelous! Great treat for her 34th Anniversary :)

Monday, March 19, 2012

My twinny pies

Yes they are fighting over the seat on this fourwheeler, that may I mention does NOT work

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Rocking it

Ciaras Cake

So usually I try to make something special for a cake, this year Ciara didnt say what she wanted and asked for me to just suprise her, so heres my creation :)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

March 14th

This is My Daughters Day :) Happy 8th Birthday, we all love you so much <3

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Florida :)

We just had the most perfect trip to florida :) We rented a place on the beach for cheep, and was impressed by how nice and non fraud it was haha. It was gorgeous.. We went to St Joe Penninsula. Nice and warm, we all got some sun, and walked on beaches and Islands every day..Its not often that we can do overnighters and feel wonderful about it all with four kids who like to be on schedules,, But all four kids even slept in one room and didnt have any troubles. We saw dolphins on our beach daily, and rode on a boat right next to several. We got starfish and sanddollars and shells we found, and saw jellyfish..The 14 hr road trips went smoother than a trip to town 15 min down the road.. It was amazing.. We saw lighthouses and two seperate state parks. Two different Islands , one without roads that we just got to explore for hours after being shuttled out on boat to it. After our week was up, we had  to come back to reality.. Heres a couple of Pics from the trip..I plan on putting up some favorites off my camera once I load them up, instead of mobile pics..

Monday, February 13, 2012

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Just me

Just a quick shot of me getting ready for the day.. My weeks are busy busy and I like to try to take a pic of myself, cause i love me duh! haha

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Tumble Girls

Well Ciara started gymnastics at 5 when she started kindy and is now in tumbling since its local and a little better suited for her I believe.. So we decided to let Laila try it out and help get her used to more people to beat the shy factor and see what she could do.. She loves practicing with her big sis and seems to "get it" , So last night was her first night. We are proud to say she did it! on her own, we expected to have to sit with her, and brought Ciara along to try to help smooth the transfer. She rocked it! Listened the best , did what they asked, kept the full hours concentration without a second of hesitation.. Im so happy she liked it and we will def be keeping her in.. Her coach even said we will probably keep her in this class only couple of weeks and bump her up since on her first day she was better than most of others.. Could tell we had a trampolene at home since she had such good  coordination, and said she listened fine and could see she would be a little Ciara JR...:)) heres her heading to class showing all her personality haha Go Laila

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Stupid candle

Ill paint you a picture.. I come home after speech, groceries, and driving home slow pondering the stuff our speech therapist said.. And we unlock the door and I smell smoke... Or more so smell a candle that has been blown out.. So I go into living room where i remember Chad lit a candle the day before while I was at tumbling with Ciara, and yup foot high fire going.. The glass is black, super high fire, smoke filtering... My slow self goes up and tries to blow it out first.. Notta.. So I debate smother? fire extinguisher? guess Ill pour water on it for now?? And so i grab some water and throw it at it (ontop the tv) and watch it then flame up to the ceiling, pop like crazy , shoot ashes everywhere , glass break, and slowly burn out.. GOOD LORD I was freaked out, Laila was balling, Buster bolted out the door (he hates fire!)  I just stood there thinking are each of those ashes going to start another fire, what now? how long do I wait to assume its over, all while Cooper and Laila run out the door yelling for Buster..So we hop in car to get him, got him, and I call Chad who semi blows me off, and  then call my mom for a couple mins... Go back in and see looks fine, open windows and unload groceries.. Very odd day, kinda confused on what to think of that, and left all the wax and mess for Chad since he lit the candle the day before when I was gone .... Heres some pics. Good thing I got home when I did

Monday, January 30, 2012

My Laila (Pixie) Bug

This is currently how we all feel right now.. So quick recap, Lailas birth to three Speech therapist mentioned she thought Laila fit the typical signs for Apraxia.. A brain issue where the impulse doesnt get to the tongue to tell her how to make the sound.. Leaving us to not have any idea if or when she would/could ever be able to talk in an understandable way..Weve been evaluated couple times, but Laila is my shyest and most stubborn out of all, so it makes it real difficult to make a complete diagnosis.Also hard to diagnose at her age. So the at home therapist mentioned Eastern Illinois University does evaluations in there speech department where the students and high end faculty bascially pick her vocab and sounds and make a diagnosis and report back with all the ways to help. So we made the appt back in November and have been waiting for this end of the month appt with high hopes of more answers.. By time the week actually came Chad and I became pretty bummed out that we would end up no farther in our quests for figuring out anything and assumed Laila would fight way too hard against them to answers.. We were happily proved wrong. Stunningly even.. Sure the first 20 min was Laila crying bloody murder with three therapists crowding her in a room (one being a male which is even worse for her) without her Mom to ease her, but then they came and got me and said lets try with you.. Me and CHad were behind a two way mirror to watch it play out, he ended up staying in there with the three other faculty and therapists to be..So two and a half hours later,they (and more so me) got all the words they needed to hear and an idea on my baby girl and had us wait for a few min to conclude what they figured out. To our surprise they came back happy to report they did not agree with apraxia.. They said she was too smart and receptive and soaring in all other categories that apraxia exhibits that they just kept crossing it off the list :) Plus once they had the mouth puppet out to show her how to move her tongue for the sounds, she copied every single one.They think more of a severe phonological delay.. Which isnt anything to brag about, but sure for us makes us happy to know its not brain related in her case, making it much much more treatable.. She told us in a year we would be surprised with the difference we will see. Between getting her used to people thru preschool and she uses school speech 3 days a week, and hospital speech twice a week, we are doing everything right and getting it all worked out early enough to hopefully have her straightend out once real school begins.I personally am blaming the non stop ear infections and then tubes in her ears for the reason of this, seems to be the big common cause, course Ciara was the same way and is now soaring so could just be my preemie babies. None the less , my sweetie pie has put extra big smiles on our faces this weekend.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Previous Post ,Part 2...

So today I go in to get the twins from school to head towards Effy for speech, when Dillons teacher finds me again... Yes thats a clear dot dot dot.... So she says I was gonna put a note in , but Dillon said a bad word today... She goes on to say he didnt know it was a bad word, and she believed him from his tone and face.. So here I go again running a list in my head of possibilities and finally ask her the OH NO WHAT ONE? She leans over and says the "F word".... NOW wait one min.. I tell her that Im NOT taking the credit for this one.. I do not use that word, ever.. Chad does not use that word.. And said I bet he has no idea its a bad word hes never heard it..Everyone that knows us knows that word is not allowed in my house or even yard.. (yes its funny to see grown men start to use it and then apologize and use a different word.) So she said she knows he coulda got it from other kids, I quickly said yes might not have been a classmate but definitely not from us, and thanked her for telling and said Id have a talk with him.. Now heres the tricky part.. Most people know , you tell a kid a word is bad, its instantly that much more exciting to think about.. I cant tell how much I want or need to say... UGH!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Kids say the darndest things :)

Well I was getting my twinny pies from school today, and Dillons teacher comes up to me and says "I dont know what your teaching your son" (In a funny tone) I said "oh great what!" She says "well we were talking in class about foxes and coyotes out in the country and Dillon stands and tells the whole class 'In some countries people eat people!' "  SO I laughed and she explains she didnt know where he got it from but now the whole class knows hahaha.. I told her "My bad, we were talking about dear meat and pigs and he thought it was weird people eat animals (hes kinda getting to realize we eat meat of animals..) so I told him ya but whats gross is some countries and islands people eat people but you gotta do what ya gotta do for food... :) So thanks to me informing him of stuff , now alot of parents will be explaining it also tonight hahahaha Whooopsies..

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Worlds Cutest Dog

Our Bubbles in her Winter gear :)

Man Vs. Food

Today we went to the local diner here in Altamont to try out the Man vs Food challenge.. Or Chad was going to try it. As they bring out his plate, he may have already known defeat.. hahah.. He tried for the thirty minutes to eat 4 biscuits, 4 eggs, 4 sausage patties, 2 full orders of hashbrowns, all covered in gravy and smothered in cheese... ten minutes left and almost half food gone and 2 mountain dews later, he was no longer able to eat. So wall of shame photo on wall, Ciara wrote eat up piggy on it! heres some pics

Saturday, January 7, 2012

This Year

Well This year is a great start already, we had a nice peaceful New Years and then was our big 10 year wedding anniversary.. We took the kids ice skating with cousins and then came back and let Gramma D take over so we could sleep to prepare for our trip.. Morning of the 3rd came and we took off for Kentucky.. We have went to the Lighthouse Landing for several Anniversaries so thats our go to place.. Also we want to get a big trip to Mexico later in the year so we didnt want to do too much. SO that was perfect, heres a pic of us walking on the beach :)
Then that made for a nice short week which weve been finishing up kitchen stuff that we put off way too long. Now today was perfect as well.. WE shot guns, four wheel rode, and sat by a fire.. Now tonight kids in bed , I made some yummalicious stuffed peppers, watching country strong and relaxing on couch with a beer in a moment :) Enjoy the New Year everyone, we sure are.