Monday, January 30, 2012

In need of some reads...

Any body have any good books to recommend?
book pile

Friday, January 27, 2012


While Tell has been learning to get from here to there, I have been learning just a couple ways to get some things done with the kids around. I've learned I can wash my hair with both of them awake -- in the sink. It is better than not at all and uses less water. And I can do my exercise video with both of them -- of course during downward dog I will have one child between my hands and the other between my feet.
Ahhhh, focusing -- a thing of the past.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Special Visitors.

This week we had a nice visit from Stacey and Oliver. It went, as it always does, way too fast, but was so lovely and needed.

All three of the kids had fun playing together, but I plopped these two down to take some pictures quick. As you can see, Ollie is a fast little turkey so it wasn't super easy. Tell tried to keep up with him, but was passed rather quickly. I think he must have taken some notes from while Oliver was here though, because today he is moving so much better. He can sit up, lay down, move from A to B. Although not an all-out "crawl" yet, I think it's only a matter of days. Lord help me, I am not ready.
So lucky to have these two sweet lil' fellas in our lives:

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Child's Ten Commandments for Parents

Found these on Pinterest a while back. They were written by a Dr. Kevin Leman and always enter my mind on those hard, about-to-lose-it, I'm-no-good-at-this-Mom-thing days ...

My hands are small; please don’t expect perfection whenever I make a bed, draw a picture, or throw a ball. My legs are short; please slow down so that I can keep up with you.
My eyes have not seen the world as yours have; please let me explore safely: don’t restrict me unnecessarily.
Housework will always be there. I’m only little such a short time—please take time to explain things to me about this wonderful world, and do so willingly.
My feelings are tender; please be sensitive to my needs; don’t nag me all day long. (You wouldn’t want to be nagged for your inquisitiveness.) Treat me as you would like to be treated.
I am a special gift from God; please treasure me as God intended you to do, holding me accountable for my actions, giving me guidelines to live by, and disciplining me in a loving manner.
I need your encouragement, but not your praise, to grow. Please go easy on the criticism; remember you can criticize the things I do without criticizing me.
Please give me the freedom to make decisions concerning myself. Permit me to fail, so that I can learn from my mistakes. Then someday I’ll be prepared to make the kind of decisions life requires of me.
Please don’t do things over for me. Somehow that makes me feel that my efforts didn’t quite measure up to your expectations. I know it’s hard, but please don’t try to compare me with my brother or my sister.
Please don’t be afraid to leave for a weekend together. Kids need vacations from parents, just as parents need vacations from kids. Besides, it’s a great way to show us kids that your marriage is very special.
Please take me to Sunday school and church regularly, setting a good example for me to follow. I enjoy learning more about God.
Hope these speak truth and encourage someone else, the way they encouraged me.

Monday, January 16, 2012

New life, new family, new beauty.

Without further ado, here is the man of the hour: Mr. Asher.
We were so blessed to get to meet him and hold him for the first time today. New life is so wonderful. New family is a blessing.
Ever spent time gussying up this sign I made for the kids' room. I'd been mulling over how to incorporate the saying into their room for a few weeks. I like how it turned out, although the old-school oval frames have a bit too much formal feel to the room right now. Everthing is a process... New beauty.
"I'm going to make everything around me beautiful -- that will be my life."
-Elsie de Wolfe

Friday, January 13, 2012


Pinned Image

Another very special birthday.

Today a new baby boy joined our family tree:

Asher Wrangell McMahan was born to Johnny and Johana.

Welcome little one -- we can't wait to meet you... xo

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cast your vote!


I want some.

I think.

What do you think?

Seriously... Give me some feedback here. A couple things to factor in:
1.) Bmen is not here June or July, so its just me and the tiny crew.
2.) Even while Bmen is here, he has vowed to have nothing to do with chickens.
3.) Bmen says I am on my own to build a coop.

What do you think? Can I do it? Should I do it?

Check out this incredible coop that is nicer than my house:

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A picture for Saige and some rambling.

This is what was in the big box that Ever is opening in one of the pictures from her birthday post -- it's the coolest piggy (I mean moose) bank that you have ever seen. You put the money in her mouth and it travels down to her tummy. Ever has already cashed her out once to buy a barbie doll at the local grocery store (Argh. Barbies. Don't get me started. Baby dolls I adore, but barbie's I am having a hard time warming up to. Sorry, Mom.)

Anyhoo -- the bank is awesome. And Ever is into everything moose right now so it is perfect :) Just tonight I was in the store to pick up some essentials and started to see the store through Ever's eyes -- they actually have a lot in there for the kiddos! I was impressed, which is unusual there.

The other thing on my mind tonight is the term "birth vigil" which I had never heard before. I read it on the SouleMama blog, which I really like, and it sounds like it basically means the act of sitting by your phone and computer for baby news. I am officially on birth vigil. I stare at my phone all day. I checked my e-mail obsessively today. It is kind-of nice to have a term for this sort of behavior :)

P.S. Her birthday cake was a chocolate cake out of my new Southern Living cookbook from Maggie with marshmallow filling and buttercream frosting -- it was d.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s.

And, yes, I still have our Christmas tree up. It is so beautiful, I just can't part with it yet....

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Friday, January 6, 2012

Happy birthday beautiful girl...

Another candle on her cake! Will write and post more later ...
Thank you all for the super special calls, gifts, skypes, and wishes. She is loved.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Hello New Year.

I can't believe it's 2012. I mean, really, I can't believe it. Where was I for 2005? And 2007? And 1998 for that matter? It took me a full two minutes last night to really accept that it was 2012. It just flat out doesn't sound right. I have a five-year calendar and I realized it would be 2017 when it was full. What?!? Speaking of, I thought this was hilarious:
Anyway, my pictures by now may have made it obvious that I only really "blog" when Ever is gone. Here is a small peak at the new color in the living room. I really like it and am getting anxious to get our pictures and things back on the wall.
Today I considered googling what to do when you haven't got much sleep in over seven months and then I realized I already know what I would find -- nap, exercise, quit thinking coffee is going to work a miracle -- Ah, to just eek up enough energy to actually attempt change. That is the challenge.

Beautiful snow is falling. The house is temporarily quiet. I am blessed. Thinking of loved ones today -- especially the birthday girl... xoxo

P.S. A new Ever quote:
"Oh Telly, you are so cute I can hardly 'tand it."
My girl.