Thursday, October 31, 2013

November Bucket List

I can't believe it's already been a month. It's no lie when they say the days are long but the years are short. I just witnessed the FASTEST October EVER! You can read about October's bucket list: HERE. Erika and I are still working on the linky tool but would love for you to join our bucket list fun! Who doesn't love a good list, right!?!?!
As weird as it sounds it was kind of tough to come up with this bucket list. As weird as it sounds now that Halloween is pretty much over but all the stores have moved onto Christmas I struggled a bit to stay in the Fall mood.
1. Try a new "clean" recipe each week. That's one 1 a week. I am not going crazy and our dinners, for the most part, are pretty good. Lately though I have been struggling to come up with new recipes that are actually good for us. A few friends we discussing this recently so we are going to get together soon and swap some fun ideas. ;)
2. Start/find a good Bible study....and do it 5 days a week. I want so badly to build this into my daily routine but don't want to jump in a fail and just stop so...Monday I will begin.
3.Finish sewing the Thanksgiving outfits. My niece and Sloane are matching and I made their pants. I need to finish them SOON!
4. Take the kids to the Magic House at least twice. We have a pass we could use WAY more than we do. The kids LOVE it so it's a win/win!
5. Finish my Christmas shopping...we are soooo close to being able to check this off.  I plan to finish and then TRY MY HARDEST to stay out of the stores!
6. Lastly, this month we are headed to DISNEY WORLD!!! The kids and I are going with Mark's mom for a week but Mark and his Dad are joining us for 1/2 the trip. I have such gracious in-laws and can't wait for the kids to see Mickey again!
Like I mentioned before: we don't have this post set up so you can link up so feel free to put it in the comment section!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sam A Baker Weekend 2013 - Eveyone loves an amazing family tradition! ( pt 1 )

*be ready for picture overload ;)

Last weekend was spent with family enjoying a campfire. I told Mark, as each year passes I look more forward to this weekend each year...I don't know if it's because I am getting older and enjoy the true meaning of relaxation or if I understand the value of family better each passing year. I think a bit of both?!?!? You can read about previous Sam A Baker weekends here: 2012 - 2011 - 2010

Since Mark doesn't work on Fridays we were able to get a head start and head out of town. Wyatt had a small "in-house" field trip Friday morning so as soon as that was over we headed out. The kids slept most of the way, which was all part of the glorious plan. Ha! As soon as we got there we unload our stuff and headed to the play ground! We took the wagon for the kids to ride in throughout the weekend. It was perfect! Yes, they were eating marshmallows...and getting incredibly sticky. It was an "anything goes" weekend-kind of like a mini vacation! ;)

The play ground was such a fun area. There was an area for smaller children and one that had bigger slides as well. Zetta arrived not much after us and played on the play ground with us. Sloane and Wyatt love their "baby Zetta."

Since it's been getting dark earlier we played for just a little bit before walking (some of us riding ;) back to our cabin. There was a campfire waiting for us!

 We spent time by the fire. We ate, talked, played, ate, then all called it a night and headed inside our cabins to sleep. In the a.m. we always eat egg, bacon, cheese sandwiches made by campfire...ya amazing! I am not even a big breakfast sandwich eater but once a year...I have to have one! ;) It wouldn't be Sam A Baker without them.

My mom and her brothers-getting their "cook" on! Ha!

As Saturday progressed we made another trip to the play ground, snacked, rode bikes, made huge piles of leaves, ate good food, took naps, ate again, took long walks...


Monday, October 28, 2013

Share Walk of Rememberance and Hope

A few weekends ago was the Remembrance Walk. I have been talking about it on my blog since July...the day finally came. It was a precious day. We had family and friends come support us and take a special moment to remember Ryder.

It's so important to us that Wyatt and Sloane know about Ryder. He was here on Earth with us...he is (not to be confused as "was" ) a part of our family. We don't want them to not know about him, he is their brother. Right now they know as much as a 1 and 3 year old little mind can handle...It would hurt my heart WAY more for them to not know him, after all he completes our family.

 There are a few fun activates before the start of the ceremony...then the names are read as balloons are released into the air. After all the names are read we take a 1 mile walk around the lake.

The Group:
My family:
It was a great day. Thanks again to all our friends and family who signed up, walked, and participated in such a special event we hold so dear to our hearts. You can read about 2012 here...

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Eesie Tuesday

Since Wyatt was born, Tuesdays have been my mom's day...she has tried to visit often, making it a point to be around the little's as the grow. ;) I am so thankful for that! Sometimes we do lots and sometimes we do nothing but a few weeks ago we headed to the Zoo. If you have been following for any period of time you know we go there A LOT! Wyatt wanted to show Eesie all the animals he knew. ;)
We had a great time with Eesie. There are certain areas of the Zoo under construction right now so our normal route has been altered a bit. ;) Wyatt has to see this monkey each time!

I love this picture so much! I can hardly look at Sloane's face without crying. The smile at her Eesie and how she watches her every move is priceless to me! I pray the relationships our children have with both sets of grandparent's only continues to get stronger. *After the recent death of Mark's grandpa is has only confirmed the importance of grandparent's and the effect their relationships have on grandchildren, children, etc.  
It was a great day with beautiful weather! *BLESSED!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

You've got a friend in me...Boo at the Zoo 2013

Last weekend we went to the Boo at the Zoo! We go every year and this year was no different! We had a keeps getting better and better each year. There was a maze this year and the kids loved it! Kirsten, Kurt, and the Dumey's joined us as well.
The Zoo has a few areas under construction so the "set up" was a bit different this year. There was some really cool lights and fun pumpkins. They do a great job of making it kid-friendly and more "fallish" than anything...
This picture is a bit fuzzy but I love it! Their little hats...crack me up! They are SUPER excited to be Woody and Jessie. They picked their costumes months ago and still love them! ;)
This is a fine looking group...ha ha! It's the best picture we could get. ;( Love them!


After the Zoo we came back to the house and enjoyed a little Chinese food. Aunt Kiki read the bedtime story and all were in bed on time! Another great evening with friends!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Death-it just sucks...that word isn't part of my vocabulary but I felt it appropriate here. Death really isn't ever fun for anyone. You can try all you want but no one is ever prepared for matter the situation. Also though NO TWO situations are a like...even though it seems some how you always hear the "I have been there" speech at some point during the "process," they aren't the same.

Mark's g-pa passed away suddenly last week. Mark's dad was 1 of 4 children. His grandpa was an elderly man but like I said above it never makes death any "easier." Even though I wasn't close to his grandpa personally it hurt to watch his children be sad. It hurts to see loved ones struggling.

Also recently a friend of mine lost the baby boy she was carrying at 18 weeks. Things like this hit home...and they hit hard. You won't EVER find me saying "I have been there," "I speak from experience," but I can relate to her. Losing a child is unlike any other pain I have ever felt...holding a baby that isn't alive that grew inside of your own body, it's beyond terrible. Then the casket...the one that's words.

These past few weeks have been pretty terrible for me in my head. I am glad I am to the point of being able to recognize it but it's still awful. Then these 2 situations happened last's a reminder from the Lord to let him drive. I am a terrible driver and it shows.

The Lord has spoken so much to be these past few weeks. I love it. I want to be a listener ALL the TIME. I continue to strive in my daily walk to continue to listen even when I begin to feel the "I got this, things are going well" feeling. I want to be the person that still clings to him steadfast. That's my burden.

On Sunday our pastor talked about loving our God. He talked about making him #1 all the time. He was talking mostly in relation to money but grouped it with the actual "love" for something more than God. We discussed being aware of greed-the greed of all kinds(Luke 12:15) . Greed of money, someone else relationships, their clothes, cars, and the list goes on...Pastor Shawn talked about his love for books and how he always wants more. I quote him, "when you pursue (fill in the blank) you will find emptiness but when you pursue contentment you find joy." It goes back to the old saying the more you have the more you want...isn't that so true.

It's interesting to watch other people and couples at the point Mark and I are in our life. We all know them, the people who have all the "stuff." Then you take a step back and realize those are usually the most unhappy people.

Through all this and the past few weeks my prayer is for me to be content. I want to strive and pray for contentment in my life, even when things don't go the way I planned...even when deaths happen, feelings are hurt, I want to be content. Trust in the Lord always...

"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed." Psalm 34:18

Thursday, October 17, 2013

1st Annual Ryder Cup Memorial Tournament

(Mark's parent's had tee gifts made for the all participants. Thanks Krista and Matt at Pickins Stickens for creating an awesome logo and printing these great gifts!)
Last weekend was the 1st Annual Ryder Cup Memorial. From what I have gathered it was a huge success!! Kyle and Shelly organized the event and we couldn't have been more grateful for their thoughtfulness...

Since Mark isn't great at taking pictures and there weren't any women there (ha!) this is the only picture I have. Mark, his dad, his brother, and a good friend of their's played on a team together. It was a scramble set up. I know they all had a great time and are already looking forward to next year! Thanks again Kyle and Shelly for all your hard work.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Fall Fest

(all the pictures are '16 October 2013');
Last weekend Wyatt's school had their fall fest. It was the same evening as the Ryder Memorial Tournament (post coming soon) so I took the kids myself. It was crazy but we had a blast together! I am so glad I already feel comfortable enough at his school to take the kids by myself at an event like that! ;)

There was crafts...

There were lots of fun games...Sis played every game Wyatt did. I am pretty sure this is just the beginning of her thinking she can do everything her big brother can do. We have decided we are "in for it." The 21 months between the 2 might not have been enough. *that was for you Punk. Kiss! ;) J/K
Lots of great food...

Can't attend a fall fest without a little body art right!?!?!? They were SUPER proud of this but even more proud with the ink they woke up with on their face on Sunday morning. LOL!

And best of all...a petting zoo...that had a turtle....!?!?!?

We took a tractor ride together too! Wyatt purchased a few items at the bake sale as well. We had a blast. So happy Fall is here...hopefully to stay for a bit. We love this weather!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Pumpkin Pickin'

Friday afternoon Mark and I took the kids to pick out their pumpkins. It's always such a great time and they enjoy it so much. We took them to Stuckmeyer's this year. It's closer to home and has awesome activities for the kids.

Below is the best picture I could get of the kids together. Terrible, right!?!? Back to smile camp he goes...LOL! They wanted to get pickin'. ;)

Growing up my mom had a rule while picking out our could only take it home if you could carry it to the car. ;) Such a great rule to keep in the family. Ha! Wyatt tried so hard to pick many different sizes did Sis.

 Wyatt and Sloane were able to play on the playground, we took a fun hay ride, and even got to see some animals.

The weather couldn't have been more perfect. This picture isn't edited AT ALL, God is so good! Look at some of his masterpiece...

Family Selfie ;)

We had a great time and can't wait to decorate our pumpkins. We save the carving for Sam A Baker family weekend in a few weeks!!! We can't wait!!!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Taking deep breaths...

It's October...yup, in my teacher mind it's the end of 1st quarter. Kids are in a routine, friends have been made, Christmas break is getting closer, and well...we still have a child who cries everyday we drop him off at school. ;( It's terrible! The first day was like a dream. He went in all smiles and enjoyed every minute of it. Now it's October and we are still peeling him from my body every Tues. and Thurs. morning.

I mentioned to Mark Tuesday morning that the situation has shown me a few positives...1 being I am so happy I choose to send him to only 2 days a week instead of keeping him home another year. I know it would have been more harm to him than good. He is child who THRIVES off routine. The teacher says he has a great time but is quite. He still has his sad moments but they are getting less. After hearing that the mother in me wants to keep him home another year, at home, where he enjoys it. But the teacher in me knows better. It would be a selfish move on my part.

I think sometimes as mothers we forget. We know what's best for our children but it's just hard to act upon it. It's hard to let's hard to let them do something we feel so uncomfortable doing. This little 2 days a week preschool has reminded me of such things. There are "bigger" situations that have and will arise, I want to be prepared.

I have mentioned Lots of Scotts before on this blog but I love her so much. The Lord really uses her blog to speak to me...a lot! It's always perfect timing. My dad always said "your mom and I raised you in a Godly home, taught you right from wrong, and tried to be the best examples we could be so once you were own your own you had the right tools to make the correct decision. At some point we HAVE TO STOP making those decisions for you..." He is so right...what's crazy is now I am on the other side. I am the mom. I realize it's not just one day we are making the choices and the next day the child is making all of's a gradually process and IT DOESN'T (and shouldn't ) always be when we as PARENT'S feel ready.

So after dropping Wyatt off at school on Tuesday I read this post. She is talking about how her daughter loves running and how she has been running with her. They signed up for a race together and during the race her daughter took the lead and left her behind...

A post from Lot's of Scotts..."Always one to look for a lesson, I thought a lot about preparation, parenthood and pace as we ran. My little energizer bunny started out so strong. I wanted to teach her how to keep a steady pace. For the first mile we ran together. She wanted to sprint, and while she seemed to need my companionship at first, once she got comfortable we both realized I was holding her back.

During the second mile she found friends to run with and they eased away from the parents with whom they'd started the race. Occasionally their erratic sprint/recover strategy would create a window for me to check in. By the third mile the young crew had found their competitive groove and moved far enough ahead that I could merely watch (as I huffed and puffed) marveling at their youth and energy.

I thought a lot about my role as her mother/running partner. Should I be trying to stay with her? Was it wise to hold her back with me? Ultimately, I decided my role was to keep a steady pace and be ready with an encouraging word for her when our paths overlapped.

The implications on motherhood were clear--especially as she approaches the tween years. I've already run my race of childhood. It is inappropriate for me to relive each age and stage trying to keep pace/redo. Trying to ride all the emotional waves up and down--sprinting then gasping--would exhaust us both and render me essentially useless.

I am running a race of my own, but it's a different category with different expectations. My role in my children's race is pace setter/keeper, encourager, coach, supporter--but it is important that I stay conditioned for that role. My pace should be set by keeping in step with the Spirit through prayer, accountability, Bible Study and working out my faith.

"Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus." from Hebrews 12: 1-2"

So can read the entire post here. I pray if you need to let go and let your child make a decision or complete an action let them. I pray the Lord will give me the guidance to not pass my own worry and fears onto my children.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Another AWESOME photo dump...

I have so many cute pictures on my phone that want to make sure get printed in the blog book so every once in a while I need to do a "photo dump.";) If you wish to see some super cuteness stick around....ha!

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