Saturday, October 31, 2015


Halloween this year was probably the nicest one I've had with my kids yet!
It was mild, and almost rain free. 
My dad started us all out on his hayride, like every year, and then we walked with the kids for a while after that.
There was no complaining, no soggy feet, and no freezing kids! 
It was really enjoyable actually. 
 I was able to get a group shot of some of the kids while we were waiting for Michelle and the kids to arrive.
 My little group were troopers all night. 
A witch, Princess Elsa, the blue fairy, and my little lumber jack. 
I had every intention to get Ben into a chicken costume, but he wanted nothing to do with it.  He was actually thanking me as I was drawing on his beard.  I didn't know he had anything against chickens! 
We had a fun night, but I was happy to go home, get into the shower and have a quiet night at home afterwards. 

Halloween, that's a wrap! 

Friday, October 30, 2015

halloween party

Matt just recently started going on a hunting trip with his dad and grandpa. They book the cabin for a week starting on the first Saturday of November every year. This year, the first Saturday fell on Halloween. Bummer.
Matt was so disappointed, and he knew that I wouldn't be happy about it. So, he decided to make up for it by throwing a party for the kids. (and adults)
He went all out and picked up strobe lights, black lights, fog machines, and zombies. 
The best part? He was going to set up at Kristyn and Brian's new house. It's an old farm house - and in a perfect condition (in need of some indoor, cosmetic TLC) to set up a spooky party. He made the main haunted attraction in the unfinished basement. 
It turned out to be pretty perfect actually. 
We were all a mess!


Friday, October 23, 2015

I don't even say that!

Hanna: "Where the hell did you get this?!"

Me: *gasp* "Excuse me? You do not say that word!"

Hanna: "What? Hell?"

Me: "Yes. You don't say hell!"

Hanna: "What the hell do you mean?" *laughs hysterically*

She was in big trouble after that one.  Ugh.

Thursday, October 22, 2015


Today marks seven years since our Hanna was born.
I'm telling you, she's caused more than a few of my grey hairs, in her seven years.  She's caused me to hope, pray, believe, and wish, like never before. She's proved that miracles happen, because she is one herself.
 Our girl is a running, skipping, swinging, biking, talkative little stinker. She's got the sweetest heart, and a sensitive soul 
She's silly, and loves her family more than anything. 
She loves being home, and keeps herself busy. 
Sometimes you can find her just playing by herself, with a doll, acting out an entire dialogue that she came up with all on her own. 
She's still a peanut. But, don't try to tell her that. She's "a big girl!", at just 32 lbs. She's growing steady though, at her own rate, and it's amazing to watch. We see growth every day from her - although physically, the rate is slow, developmentally, she's blowing our minds. 
 She's smart. Very smart. She uses her disability to her benefit, to either get out of doing something, or the opposite - to be able to do something everyone else can't. 
She doesn't get away with too much though. We have to treat her just like everyone else. That's how she thrives. 
She's reading many small words. 
She's doing simple math equations. 
 She's learning braille at a crazy rate - reading and writing. 
She likes learning, but gets frustrated if she doesn't catch on to something right away. We have a lot of discussions at school, and she fully participates in them, proving just exactly what she's been absorbing into that cute little head.
 This morning she ran into my room, excited that the tooth fairy came, and almost forgot it was her birthday. As soon as I started to ask her what day it was, she cut me right off screaming:
And everyone gave her big birthday hugs. 
I went out into the kitchen to start getting breakfast going, and she runs out yelling "Do you feel seven coming, because I can feel it in my blood!"
That was unexpected, to say the least, and I don't think I stopped laughing about it all day long!
We waited for Matt to get home, sang Happy Birthday and gave her our present. Anna and Elsa singing dolls, as she requested. 
My mom made special birthday cupcakes with her a couple days before, so we had some of those after that. It was a good day. Just quiet, and perfect. 
Happy Birthday, my miracle.
Just keep doing what you're doing. You do it well. 


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

lacking some.... patience

*As we're sitting down at the table to have spaghetti and meatballs*

Hailey: Mom! You know what is so yummy? Soup! 

Me: Oh yeah! Soup is good, I can make soup soon. 

Hailey: Good idea. How about you make it now. 

Me: Well, I can't right now. I don't have the right stuff.

Hailey: Well, what do you need then?

Me: Lots of stuff. We'll go shopping and get it when we shop for groceries.

Hailey: Okay!

Literally 3 minutes later....

Hailey: I'm full. I can't eat anymore.

Me: Okay that's fine. You had enough.

Hailey: Wellllll....I'm a teensy bit still hungry. Just a little bit. For something else.

Me: And what exactly do you think you're gonna get now?

Hailey: Soup!  


Saturday, October 17, 2015

play on

I just love watching my Hailey play. 
Right now she's into making all of the stuffed animals pretty. She puts rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings wherever they will fit on their ears or tails, and then displays them until I come see her masterpieces. 
This particular day she was also treating the animals with checkups on the house. (And don't mind the playroom - it's well played in.)

Play on Hailey. 
Play on. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015



Although she's been doing it for quite some time, I realized I had yet to get a video of her writing her name on her brailler. 
She has a braille pen pal that she tells me what to write, and helps with some of the smaller words. She knows about half of the alphabet on the brailler. 
That's pretty darn good in my book.  
It's not the best video, and she was already "done" by the time I wanted to take out the camera, but it shows how awesome the brailler is, and even more, how awesome she is.
She even capitalized the "H"  before I turned the camera on. 

Pretty awesome. 

Monday, October 12, 2015


Today is Thanksgiving. Matt's mom made an amazing dinner last night, and we celebrated September and October birthdays. 

And today, we celebrated a couple more birthdays. 

 And had a huge dinner for about 45 people. It was a great couple days, and once again, reminded me how lucky I am. 
Happy Thanksgiving. 
I know I have so much to be thankful for. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Birthday Boy

Today was Matt's birthday. The kids wanted nothing more than to finish school as fast as they could, so they could help me bake him a cake. 
Turns out, school was late. We didn't get done until about 3:00, so I decided that I'd let them make the cake. They were in charge. 
They decided to make cupcakes, and they voted for chocolate.

I got them what they needed, but they did the majority of the work. 

 When it was done baking, the kids ran into our room and jumped on him until he got out of bed. (He works midnights - he's not lazy.)
He opened his gifts and I took him out for dinner, just us. 
Happy Birthday Matt. I'm proud to call you mine. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

new room

A few months ago, Matt and I switched rooms with the girls.
They had a bunk bed in the smaller of the rooms to share, and we had Ben in our room with us, in the crib. 
He's no longer in the crib, but since the third bedroom is being used as a playroom right now, Ben still has to share one of the two rooms.
The girls drew the short straw. 

:) Just kidding. We didn't draw straws. But we did decide that the little guy would fit nicely in the big(ger) room with his sisters. 

A bigger room, also meant that we could retire the bunk bed, and get them all their own bed. 

We got the girls each a twin and Ben has his little crib-turned-toddler-bed. It works perfectly! 

 I gave them permission to jump across the beds. Just once, while I took their picture. Hanna doesn't know these beds well enough to start jumping across them (smart, cautious girl), and Ben was stuck on the toilet at the time. Otherwise, they would have all been jumping across them. 

Now I'm on a mission to find cute, girly, matching bedding sets. Then I'll paint the walls, and somehow personalize each bed with their own stuff.

Ben is going to have his own corner. His own little boyish things in his own little spot in the room. I can't wait to get going on it all. 
Hopefully sooner than later I'll have a picture of it all finished.