Monday, August 26, 2013

Photo Dump

I was taking some pics of Ryder this morning in his "red shirt", since it's his birthday and all.  As I went to download them to the computer I realized I still had pics on my camera from, umm, February.  So yeah, it's been while.  So here are some random snapshots.  Some recent, some not so much.  

naked foot

birthday boy

taking pictures.
i miss her.  

winter flint hills
I love you, Kansas. 


Wren and one of her boyfriends

I'm sorry, but there has never been a cuter picture taken.

broken wrist + trampoline ≠ parent of the year

illegal photo at museum of science and industry.  BTW, that's an inside out giraffe.  

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Oldest 4 Year Old I know

People have always commented on how well Wren speaks and communicates.  She's forever been an overachiever when it comes to talking.  She practices A LOT.  My girl just turned 4 last week, but it seems like she's always been this age.  Always talking and asking questions like a big kid.  There is a lot going on in that little mind of hers.  
But she is lacking in one department.  Weight.  Girl's only got 29lbs.  Which is also how much my forearm weighs.  The doctor tells me she falls in the 3rd percentile.  She need's ice cream - stat! 

She's got some height on her, though, (35th percentile, if you're keeping score at home), which explains her ginormous feet.  
She is as funny, sassy and outgoing as ever.  Can't believe she is my girl!

Friday, December 7, 2012

What's in a Name

This is Wren.  We also call her Kibnesh, which is her (first) middle name and her original Ethiopian name.  When we first met Wren Kibnesh we were told her name means to "encircle with riches".  Our guide in Ethiopia also mentioned to us that Kibnesh is not a popular name.  In fact it's kind of an old fashioned name, one that you would expect of an old lady.  Probably the American equivalent of Ethel or Gladys.  
Her other middle name is Lee.  Which is also my middle name.  And my mom's and my grandma's.  Girl has a long name   So if all that isn't enough, we've also given her a long list of nicknames: 

Wren K
Wren cakes
Wrenny Roo
The Wrenster

Who knows what else we'll come up with.  Her nicknames are evolving all the time.  Maybe we'll start calling her Gladys.  

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


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Christmas is my favorite.  I'm so glad we got that pesky Thanksgiving out of the way.  I no longer have to hear but it's not even Thanksgiving yet!  Haters gonna hate.  But now.  Now I am free to decorate the tree (which has been up for 2 weeks already).  Now I can turn on the Christmas lights.   Now it's perfectly acceptable to listen to Christmas music.  Now I can bake Christmas cookies.

Well, actually I can't do that last part.  Just before Thanksgiving my oven done gone and died.  Which was bittersweet because man, I hated that oven.  It had always been a little wonky. But I also hate dropping a load of money on a new appliance when I would rather spend it on fun stuff, like CHRISTMAS PRESENTS and boots.

So, merry Christmas to me.  A new oven is what Santa is bringing me this year.  Thankfully he delivers early, and I should be baking cookies by this time next week.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Adoption Art

This post may be a tad overdue.  Like a year or more.  Back in 2010 and 2011 when we were raising money to bring Wren home, we started a little art project for her bedroom wall.  We gave a small 3x3 canvas to everyone that helped to fund our adoption.  We asked them to paint, draw, write - whatever they wanted to do - knowing that it would be for the little girl we were bringing home.  I didn't keep track of the number of canvases I passed out, but I think it was about 30.   

They are now on her wall, looking super spiffy.  They are all amazing.  We know some seriously talented people.  I LOVE them.  She LOVES them.  She studies them, points to them, talks about them.  She knows they are for her.  Made by all the people who loved her before they knew her.  

Notice there is still some room for more pictures.  I know there are a few more canvases out there that people may have forgotten they had (Grandma).  So maybe someday they'll be returned or maybe someday I'll have to get crafty myself and fill in those blanks.  Either way, it's a project I am so glad we started.  So many people from different pockets of our lives - church, work, neighbors, people near and far and young and old.  I'm still amazed and grateful for all of the support.  

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The never ending stairs

When I jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon about a year and a half ago, this was one of the first things I pinned.  It was just the inspiration I needed to get rid of the icky carpet on our stairs.  

So one day, on a whim, I ripped out all that carpet.  My husband was thrilled!  

Hiding underneath the carpet were perfectly good pine stair treads.  Yay!  But they were covered in 50 gajillion  staples.  Boo!  Turns out that pulling up the carpet was the easy part of the job.  Removing staples was not.  Them suckers were in there good.  Not to mention all the hole filling and sanding that followed.  Let's just say this wasn't weekend project that I thought it would be.

see how thrilled Jeff looks?
adorable child labor
So we filled and sanded.  And filled and sanded some more.  And finally had nice, smooth, naked stairs. I decided to paint the risers white and treads black.  All the while thinking and plotting about what clever song or saying I could paint on the risers.  Maybe a bible verse?  Or a Bealtes song.  Something inspirational.  About walking, or taking steps.  I'm so clever.

But eventually I stopped dreaming about the stairs and whatever clever/funny/insprationl mumbo jumbo I could paint on them.  I was down to the final coats of paint and I just couldn't seem to get a nice crisp line in the crease of the tread and riser (all the seams were caulked, so that made it really tricky - painters tape was no help)  It was driving me crazy.  So I quit.  And left the stairs 90% finished for about a year.

But I recently regained the motivation I needed when some furniture delivery men removed our old mattress.  They slid the old boxspring down the stairs. Scraping and gouging each step.  Jerk faces. So I finally carved out some time to fix the stairs.  And I went ahead and used an artist brush to try and straighten up all the wonky lines where black meets white.  

good enough
So if you come to my house, you'll see these pretty stairs.  Only your not allowed to slide furniture down them.  Or walk on them.  
I still have no motivation to paint anything witty on the stairs.  Maybe it'll come to me someday.  Or maybe you have a brilliant idea you'd like to share.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


I got to hang up my mom hat last week. I traded it for a plane ticket to Nashville to see some of my favorite peeps. It was such fun! I got to hang with my sisters and sister-like friends. I ate we'll and then I ate well some more. Cheesecake and coffee at 11pm at a Memphis hole in the wall? Heck yeah. Barbara's fried chicken and biscuits in Nashville? Yes 'em. I heart Nashville. Not to mention I was smack dab in the middle of autumn. Surrounded by the rolling rocky top hills in all their fall glory. Every fenced pasture framed with color. Yeah. It was a good trip. You should go there sometime.

Memphis mecca
I40 on a dreary day
home of amazing biscuits

I did miss the children, though. But not until about the 4th day. I didn't think I would be missed. But I was. Well at least by one of them. A simple FaceTime chat started the frenzy. Then there was inconsolable crying and crocodile tears. And snot. "Mommy, I want you here right now" was what really got me. Then we both had crocodile tears. It was nice to missed. Jeff sent me these pictures shortly after.


Happy to have friends that live in fun places and happy to be home.