I made BBQ chicken the other night and Sam loves it. I like it because I put it in the crockpot and forget about it. :) We were halfway through dinner and I looked over at his plate and he had a huge pile of chicken bones on his plate... he had eaten 5 pieces! I am so thankful I am feeding 3 girls:)
It's 11:45 and we are both exhausted. We are getting ready for bed, winding down and looking forward to rest. It was a long, busy day and we are both exhausted. Sam is going downstairs to sleep because Ali hadn't been feeling good and is in the guest bedroom. All of the sudden we hear an alarm going off. We both run out of the room... "oh, please don't wake anyone up." At first we think it is the clock in Aria's room... check it... nope. We run downstairs and it is so loud! It's the smoke alarms..."hurry, take them out." Sam takes one down and nothing happens. As he stairs at the ceiling I yell to have him take the other one down. The sound seems like it is getting louder and I am not looking forward to coaxing 3 little ladies back to sleep.(Guess I probably shouldn't have yelled:) We eliminate the smoke alarm idea and proceed to look for the carbon monoxide detector...hmmm it's not even plugged in... The sound was getting louder and louder and I am starting to think something is going to blow up. We walk around the basement trying to find the source and finally decide it is coming from the wall by the computer hutch. We start picking things up and looking under them... I pick up the girls cash register toy... the screeching 'alarm' gets louder. Sam gets the look of fury on his face and I run upstairs to take the batteries out.
Sam " Throw it away."
Abby "No, they love this toy. I won't put the batteries back in it."
Sam "Throw it away"
Abby "Please... they love this toy."
Sam (look of fury going away) "Do not put batteries back in it"
Abby ... gets the giggles
Sam ... smiles
Abby... can't stop laughing
Now it is 12:15 and finally time to go to bed, but I can't stop laughing. :)
We had an open house on Sunday. 5 different couples/people came to look at the house. I was amazed, relieved, thankful. We are hoping that one of these Sundays someone will make an offer:) My house has never been so clean... never. I love it. Hoping it will stay clean. Ha! I have put away the majority of the kids toys so clean up time is a little easier. It is fun to watch what they do when they have less to work with. This was their most recent playtime idea. They set up their babies, horses, etc to watch their dance show:) There was pretend cheerig and clapping and even comments from the 'audience'. I love having girls.
My baby Ali is growing up. I went to check on her during rest time today and she was snuggled up under her blanket with one of her teddy bears (Penna:) - they still love those bears Laura!)
I wanted so badly to take a picture. She is growing up. I knew it would happen when I had her, but I am currently in denial. She was so small when she was a baby. She was sick... she was my first and I held her so much when she was a baby. The Lord has used her to teach me so much about love in the last few years. She's sweet, she's my little helper... just cherishing these moments as she changes. I praise the Lord for this precious gift in my life.
On Halloween the girls dressed up like princesses and we went to a few friends houses to 'trick or treat'. Then we came back to eat with gma pat, gpa Rannie, Uncle Tom, and Great Gma Mildred. Gma Pat and Gpa Rannie surprised the girls with their own special costumes. Happy Halloween!!!
Tuesday was a gorgeous fall day and we took advantage. After preschool we played in the leaves!!! This is one of my favorite fall activities. We don't have any leaves in our yard, so we took advantage of the Parker's leaves! What fun!
Our preschool group attended the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra's Family concert event on Sunday. They played the music from Peter and the Wolf and there was a Puppet Co. that put on a puppet show to the music. The music was wonderful. I have forgotten how much I love music. I love the kiddos CD's, but the orchestra was fantastic... brought tears to my eyes. The puppet co. changed the story to make it more modern, which was too bad, but the kiddos loved it! Pictured below... 'Glenda' the duck, Ali and Evan checking out the puppets after the show, the kiddos (minus Karin's kiddos), the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, and Ali and Drew. It was a great day and a great experience for all of us.
What a great weekend! Relaxing in a hot tub, Ali and Ava almost getting plowed by a marching band at Melody Round Up, a Husker win, family pictures, and the purchase of a new minivan.... there's more, but those were the most exciting things:) Pics to come!
A few weeks ago we had the privilege of spending time in Hastings, NE with family and friends. I gave a few updates, but hadn't posted any pics, so check out the slide show towards the bottom of the page. We were also in Imperial, but didn't come home with many pics because of craziness and sick kids. Enjoy!
I left Aria alone in her bedroom for a few minutes today. It sounded like she was a little frustrated, so I went in to check on her and this is where I found her:) She had to scoot about 6 feet to get under the crib and I wasn't gone very long. She is getting around pretty well these days!
Last weekend we went to the Great Wolf Lodge in KC. It is a large hotel with a large indoor/outdoor waterpark and fun for all ages! I was a pretty nervous mom going into the vacation because our kids have only 'swam' in an actual pool about 4 times. I was also nervous because we were going to a busy place with 30 + people with the last name McNair (and a few McBrides). Long story short... Ava almost drowned... ask her. She ended up having a great time! Ali was a bit timid at first, but soon wanted to go on the big slides and in the big pool with Dad. Dad had a blast! Of course! Sammy loves all things action. Mom had some rest time with Aria and battled the crankiness that comes with no sleep.:)
We are home safe and sound and back to learning our numbers and letters, praying for patience, and learning how to be kind and use our words. :) Here are a few pictures of the fish!
I have too much to tell... we have been gone for 9 days and 10 nights. Hastings was first. We spent time with gma Pat and gpa Rannie :), Great Gma Louise, the Ablott/Reynolds crowd, and the Stutzmans. We went the pumpkin patch and the Blue Moon and ate tons of good food with the grandparents. Grandma Louise took us out for Runza kids meals. It was fun.
Imperial was next. We saw all the McNairs... there are lots:) We ate good food, played with cousins, got our hairs cut (Aunt Kristi cut 4 inches off of Ali's long locks), and then everyone got sick. :) So we took care of 3 sick babies, looked at a few houses, and , and , and .... We had all kinds of fun in both places and are resting today. :) Praise the Lord for family and good friends.
I walked into the living rm a few mintues ago where Aria had been sitting and playing and guess what I saw........ (did you guess?) She was standing up next to this cube toy we have and holding on for dear life:) How fun! She pulled herself up on those strong little legs. Guess she wants to catch up with those sisters of hers. I love having kids.
The girls were playing dress up this morning and here was our conversation...
Ali - "Mom, how come you never dress up?"
MOM "I dress up sometimes.... just not in your dress up clothes."
ALI to AVA (whispering) "Mommy thinks t-shirts are dress up clothes...she is NOT a very good princess."
Yes, I wear t-shirts all the time. I get spit up on, painted on, snotted on, spilled on and pulled on. I don't like to spend the evenings scrubbing clothes. So I wear t-shirts. Ali has a good point though. I am not a very good princess. Better work on that..... Here are some pictures of the princesses.
Mrs. Karin hosted a messy party for preschool last week. The kiddos played in white mud, slime, shaving cream and finger paint. They practiced counting etc while they played. They had a great time. It is absolutely amazing to watch your child learn and grow. What a special privilege. Praise the Lord.
They are saying "PIZZA" in this picture... Ava loved it. It was hard to get her out of the pool to get washed up. Loved it!
Driving with kids can be a joy or it can be a lot of hard work and take a very long time:) Aria was not pleased with the second half of this trip...
Here's a summary... We had a flat tire 10 minutes outside of Imperial. Pat and Linda came to help us:) and we rolled in a little after 11:00 Lincoln time. The next day was spent taking care of tire stuff, doing a few rides, getting hairs cut, and playing with cousins. Saturday was the Fun Run, the parade, the BBQ, more rides, and a concert. Sam and I had a date night (concert and bingo) which was a blessing! Sunday we had church, Bryn's bday party, Sam golfed, and then a relaxing night watching Olympics. Monday brought the race to get the car (with new tire), get packed, say goodbyes, and get on our way. Whew! What a weekend. Busy, but fun! Check out the pics!
A few weeks ago I packed up the girls and went over to the Lincoln Children's Museum. We had a great time there! Aria slept most of the time and the other two ran around and checked everything, I mean everything out. A few highlights from our trip.... "Ava, get in the back.... I'm driving.", "Ava, I am bigger so I need to show you how to climb up here.", "Ava, you sit in this chair while I put on a show." :) Ava eventually walked away and did her own thing.
I had a great mommy moment that day. Ali wanted to play in the grocery store area. It is set up just like a little store and it was a popular spot that day. She filled up her cart and then patiently waited for 20-25 minutes for her turn at the cash register. There was a little girl who was taking a LONG turn and Ali quietly went up, tapped her shoulder and said, "There are a lot of people waiting... could you finish your turn please." I just about started crying. She kept looking up to the front of the line. So cute. Just standing there waiting to pretend to check out. I loved every minute of it! Praise the Lord.
While Ali was doing this, Ava was picking up every little Lego (that some crazy kids had thrown all over the place) she could find while repeatedly saying, "Let's get ornganized." (No, I did not spell it wrong, that's how she says it.) I love raising kids. What a privilege and a blessing. I would not choose to do anything else.
Indescribable, uncontainable, awestruck I fall to my knees as i humbly proclaim.... You are amazing God. I am continually amazed at the beauty of God's creation. I see it every day in my children and so many things around me. The picture of the sky on the right was taken on the way back from Omaha on I-80. love it love it
We are still here and very much alive and well. We went out of town, I got sick, Ali got sick... now we are on the mend and I think I'll start posting again. Here are a few catch up photos and moments from the last few weeks.
The parties all over and we are eating left over cake. Ali had a blast with family and friends. She loved the hotdogs, horse races, and cowgirl hats. She probably had too much fun! Thanks to all who came and partied with us. Ali is truly blessed.
Ali turns 4 on Sunday and we have been talking about it for quite some time. We love birthdays at our house and usually end up celebrating or having parties 2 or 3 times for each person! Ali has 2 parties this weekend and she is so excited. I cannot believe it has been 4 years. Everything about her first months of life is still fresh in my mind. Praise the Lord for the many works he has done in her heart and life in the last 4 years.
We have been counting down the days, which is pretty funny to do with me, my 4 year old and my 2 year old. Most of the time I don't know what day it is, so I change the countdown frequently as I remember what day I am on. Ali is still saying that it is just 1 day away. At first it was 1 month away all of the time. And little Ava just has to chime in because her sister is talking, so she says it is 8 weeks away. I love it.
3 days until her 1st party, 4 days until her 2nd party, and 5 days until her actual birthday.
We love Aria so much. She brings so much joy to our home. Her smile is so big that we sometimes worry that her face will break:) She is such a special blessing from the Lord. I remember praying that the other girls would not be jealous, and that they would love her. Praise the Lord. They love her so much! It's amazing how one day she was in my tummy, the next day she was here and now I cannot imagine life without her.
Her name means a melody. An Aria is a song in Italian and is usually sung by one person. My prayer for baby Aria is that the song of her life would be a song of praise to the Lord. We are working on choosing a verse to go with her name... what a blessing! Tears come to my eyes whenever I think of my girls. We love them so much.
Yesterday I was at a garage sale and saw two big balls with handles on them for the girls to bounce on. They were covered with a stuffed animal thing that looks like a horse. I debated about whether or not to get them for the girls... they were only $3.00 a piece and they looked like they would provide hours of fun. I decided not to get them. We have sooo many toys and Ali's birthday is next weekend....
When Sam came home I sent him down the street to look at the garage sales because there were a few grills I thought he might be interested in. Guess what he came home with. :) The squeals of delight thrilled Sam and it was all fun to watch. The girls have bouncing around ever since. They have also put their bouncy ball horses down for naps a few times:)
I often contemplate how to teach the girls to have thankful hearts. We have so much more than we need and we are able to go and do many things. We have family that gives, gives, gives. At first my answer was try to control how much they get from people and when they get it. I am slowly realizing that I need to let people give to the girls and then make sure that I am praying for their hearts, teaching them about gift giving and why people like to give them gifts, and being a good example in their lives.
As Ali frequently says in her prayers, "Thank you God for this good day, and for all of the things you gived us..."
This morning I woke up and made my list for the week, looked at my calendar, and tried my best to prepare myself for what was to come. Most of you know me fairly well and know that I am not the best housekeeper. I am pretty unorganized, never do things in the right order, and have a hard time completing tasks. I have been working on improving the way that I run our household because it really impacts every part of our lives. I often reflect on the Proverbs 31 woman and all that she accomplished. She worked hard, she was efficient, and so much more. The kicker for me is that she was wise and kind in all that she did. Sometimes I get a lot done, but am cranky in the process. Other times I don't get anything done, but have a blast teaching and playing with the girls. I am trying to learn balance in that. Most importantly, I am trying to set aside times to reflect and be with the Lord so that I can grow into a woman who fears the Lord and speaks wise and kind words. So next time you are at my house you can check my attitude, how clean the house is, and how I am doing with the girls and Sam. :)
My victory today is that I made a long list of realistic things to do and have already checked half of them off. They are even fully completed:)
We were shopping at the Fort for boots and a hat for Ali and Ava today and had some pretty funny things happen. First of all... Ali picked up a little (hem hem) naughty looking figurine off of a shelf and asked if we could get it for the top of her cake. (She's having a cowgirl birthday.) The salesperson about wet her pants laughing:)
While I was helping a screaming Aria, Ava wet her pants and proceeded to take off her panties and shorts and hand them to me resulting in 1 half-naked child, 1 screaming child, and one in boots that were 3 sizes to big. I wanted to take a picture or video or something. I cried with Aria instead:)
Today is one of those days. 90% of the time I love my 'job' and am pretty good at. (by the grace of God) 10% of the time I wish I was somewhere else because I am selfish and horrible at what I do. I am just praying that those little girls will grow up to be kind, gentle women who know and love the Lord. Pray with me:)
Because I am truly thankful for my beautiful girls I will post a picture:)
Every morning that I wake up I pray for patience, love, and self-control. Only the Lord has enough of that for three little people. He faithfully provides when I depend on him and for that I am thankful.
Here are a few pics of beautiful Aria. She is the best baby. Smiles, giggles, and toots a lot!
I bought this purple bumbo chair from someone on Craigslist and I LOVE IT! It is so fun to see Aria sitting up like that. She loves it. Her sisters love it. (We have to watch pretty closely:) Her Daddy loves it! She can see everythings and when she spits up she doesn't choke.
I love this pic. It sums up Ava so well:) Big cheesy smile and upside down glasses! She is always putting her shoes on the wrong feet, her glasses on upside down and her legs in the armholes of her shirts. I love it!
This is my first blog post and I'm a little nervous. Who, besides the good Lord and Sam really cares to read this... we shall see!
Awhile ago Sam and I talked about the possibility of me starting a blog and decided against it. We thought that I might not share things with him if I was writing it down for others to see. Well we changed our minds. I have a lot of words to get out during the day. Hopefully this will spare his ears from my many stories that rarely have a point. It will also be a great way for the grandparents to hear stories and see pics of the girls! So check back regularly!
I love Jesus. I love Sam. I love my girlies. I love my hounds. I like to cook. I like long walks with friends. I like Danielle's porch swing. I like to laugh. I like to be weird. I like to give gifts. I cry when people succeed. I want to learn more about my heavenly Father. I want to grow and be stretched. I like life.
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She wants cake!
Having her cake...
She's reaching, she's grabbing, she puts everything in her mouth. She is growing up way too fast. Oh, that makes my heart ache...
Date with Daddy
While dad and daughter are out on their date, I try to make an effort to do something fun with the other child. Ali and I put on our aprons and bakers hats and made cookie dough a few weeks ago. She was so cute. She kept saying, "We are good bakers mom. We are really good bakers." Ava got to have ice cream and cookie dough that night. :) I love this time as they have been less frequent since Aria has joined our family.
When Ali went on her date, Ava and I played computer games and she got to help get Aria ready for bed. Two year olds are so smart and so much fun. I love my girls!
A loving Father...
Daddy has started date nights at the McNair house. He did this a little bit last winter/spring, took the summer off and is starting again. Each week one of the girls gets to go on a date with Daddy. The last two weeks it was ice cream and the park. They love it! They think they are sooooo special... and they are and that's the point. The girls are blessed with a Father who loves them, wants a relationship with them, and works at it! What an impact parents have on their children... I look at my wonderful husband and praise the Lord that he is such a loving Father. I am thankful that I had a loving Father growing up...and that my heavenly Father loves me. Mothers get all kinds of weird (but good) attention.... let's give those Daddy's some hugs today!
Snuggling with Laura :)
This is our friend Laura snuggling with the girls. Our girls have been blessed by Laura and her husband in many ways. We love them so much!
Drew Duwelling, Ali Mae, Evan Parker, LiAnna Peters
Here are Ali's preschool buddies. I love this pic because it reminds me of a picture my mom has of the All 'A' carpool we had when I was little. I think it was for preschool? Mom? Andy, Aaron, Abby and ??? How fun!
We decided that I was going to teach Ali everything she needed to know at home this year. :) But on Tuesdays, we get together with three other families who have preschoolers and have preschool. The Moms take turns teaching, hosting, and watching the smaller kiddos and it works out well! Last week they went to the fire station... there will be pics and stories on that later...
Aria's first real bites:)
I mean really...how cute is she????
We gave Aria her first real bites of cereal this weekend. The first bowl didn't go so well, but this pic is from the third try and she loves it now. :) I let Ali and Ava feed her a few bites during the second feeding session. They thought they were pretty cool... I thought they were pretty messy. Ali in particular thinks it is great that Aria is finally eating cereal. I love to watch my girls love each other. It tugs at my heart!
storm door installed
Aria's new face
I don't know what to think :)
Hangin' out with the Froehlichs
The Birthday Girl
How cute is she...
I had to post this picture! It makes me want to go wake her up so I can see her cute little smile!
Smiles smiles smiles
always upside down
what a cute little cowgirl!
I am a 26 year old momma with 3 kiddos under 4. I am crazy. I am loved. I am growing up. I wish I was a cowgirl. I love the country. I love quiet places. I love my little blonde beauties. I love Jesus. I love blue skies. I love caramel hot chocolate. I love trials, challenges, and changes. They refine me. I love the word. I love song. I love to dance and sing. I love my girls. I love my Sammer. I love God's music. I love the rythm of life. I love smiles. I love tears. I want boots and a hat. I love. I live.