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I finally feel like I'm in a spot where I can post about this.  This journey starts a few years back and with a longer back story which we don't need to delve into.  And mostly this is for me, the more I talk and write the more cathartic it is for me.  About 6 years ago we almost lost my mom and that was scary.  This last Tuesday we almost lost her again to a version of what happened last time.  I got a call Tuesday night that she was being rushed to the ER and it didn't look good.  So I made a few phone calls, hopped in the shower and took off for my mom.  When we could finally see her it was 6 years ago all over again.  I swore then that I never wanted to see my mother like that ever  again and there I was.  Seeing her hooked up to a bunch of different things, a ton of IVs, and she was put out because she was intubated.  It wasn't pretty when we saw her, scary is an understatement.  However, a few hours later when I saw her again there was a huge and visible improvem…

Ninja the afternoons I have Dru go in his big brothers room and wait while I put Eli to sleep and lay him down.  When I'm done I let Dru know he can come out of the bedroom.  Today was no different.
However...when he came out I saw the front of him and didn't suspect anything.  When I asked him to get something, THIS is what I saw!  I died laughing it was SO funny!!
I asked if that was his cape, he said yes.  My husband and his co-workers however have decided that he is a Ninja Turtle (you know, TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle) ).

And that folks is his shell!  Take a look....that's a sad, little shell!  Poor super hero!  But I'm thankful for the laugh!


When we went to Spokane awhile back, Grandma Lea asked Dru a question when we were there.
Grandma Lea: Dru.  Dru: Yes Grandma Lea: Are you doing T-ball this year? Dru: Yes Grandma Lea: Are you good at T-ball? Dru: (after some thought) Almost!
He had us rolling! So here is Dru the night of  his first game! Such excitement!
Dru getting some practice in before the game.
Lefty at bat!!! Swing batter!
Gotta love the batting hat!
Love looking at this picture, such joy in running from one base to the next.  Playing the game! It is so fun watching Dru play, he always has this huge grin on his face.  He also dances a bit...OK not a bit a lot.  Why I don't know.  Boredom?  Either way it's funny to watch, he's out there shaking what his momma gave him! GO DRU!



If you could go back to the day before you had children, what two pieces of advice would you give yourself?   This was really tough for me and then of course I kept forgetting to take pictures or write them down. 
" It is impossible to spoil a baby by holding them all the time"
I got so sick of hearing people telling me I hold my baby too much and how were they ever going to learn to sleep on their own and blah blah blah.  I'll have you know all 4 of my boys sleep in their own beds and the youngest one is working his way to sleeping by himself with out have me snuggle and rock him to bed!
Once or twice was all it took for me to 'get' this one.  My friend always told me this and I'm sure I've told every new mom I run into this one.  It is my cardinal rule (for my kids, however if it's your baby and I want to hold them it doesn't apply...KIDDING!  Sorta...)
"Never, EVER wake a sleeping baby!!!!!"
I don't care what mountains you have to mov…


While waiting for Lee to get done with his Flag Football Skills Assessment tests, we all fiddled around the field waiting.  So I took a few pictures. 
Dru , don't tell him that sometimes when he makes faces like this he's really hard to say no to or ignore (although the older he gets and the more annoying he gets it's getting easier for me!).  Isaac...I say smile and let me take your picture.  He says hold on until he gets this look just right.  Cracked me up!  We all were so excited to have Isaac! We got to have him over for a sleepover...Dru finally could have his Isaac for another night, yet again! 
 Eli...he's still cute.  Problem is he's going to turn 3.  I don't like 3 year olds...he's gonna get ugly soon!! Ish!
Hope you all have had a good start to your week so far.  We are busy the next couple of months.  We have started baseball and this year we have 3 in the league.  Which is fine just keeps us busy between practice and games.  And then after Easter…


Put your shades on folks!  There was some sun on Sunday...then it snowed about 1/2 an inch that night and into Monday morning.  Mother Nature is a fickled woman!

Mad Scientists

Don't ask me what these two are cooking up but it entertained them while I was making dinner.  (Ian got a microscope and other things in a container from his grandparents...sometimes I don't think they like me very much when they get things like this ;)   ).

Our Goodbye's

Sad to say but our time had to come to end, we can't stay there forever you know!  So we met up with my little brother and his niece and my nephew!  Can you see just how sad Samuel looks!  He just knew this was a goodbye! He is going miss his Auntie SO SO much!
It was so nice meeting up the next day after having him all day long.  He came right to me!!!  I am the COOLEST Auntie!  Whoopeee!!!!!  We met Uncle David and the kids at the North Town Mall, to have a snack and visit before we took off for home.  The kids were wired before we got there (should have made them run laps around the mall, too bad the mall is at a busy intersections!).  Pictures I keep taking of Ian...well look! He's looking so much older, how can turning 9 do that???  He sure is a handsome boy!
 It almost looks like there's gonna be a confrontation...or a fist meeting a face.  I don't think they were fighting but playing some game.
 Look at those eyes!  I'm gonna miss him and he's going to miss …

The Farm

The day we've all been looking forward to...THE FARM!!! Woohoo!  The boys have been waiting for some place to just run free.  My dream someday is to have some land for my boys to play on (I'm sure I'd still hear from Ian just how boring that is).  On that chunk of land of course would be my dream house (let's not forget that!). 
Well off we went to my friend Nikki's mom's house (that's a mouthful and I'm my own grandpa!), also known as, Grandma Lea's farm.  We got there in the late morning and spent almost all day there!  The bigger boys played outside for that except for meals. 
There is a back story here and I won't do it justice cause I was not fortuitous to take pictures of it. Grandma Lea's farm there is this 'puddle' but we'll call it a lake (to particular 4yr. olds it would appear that way).  Before we were at Grandma Lea's house, like a week or more, Grandpa got his 4-wheeler stuck in this 'puddle' …

Chillaxin know, chilling and relaxing.  That's what we were doing at my brother and his wife's house and at the hotel during our Spring Break. 
After eating lunch at Zips (post from yesterday) we headed to their house to visit and let the kids play and get reacquainted.  I decided that when my friend got to the house I would allow Ian and Lee to go across the street and play at the playground with her older children.  I will tell you I didn't allow Dru to go because the boys would not have looked out for him and would have walked all over him...just wasn't worth it for him to go.
He, however, had different thoughts and was very, very angry with me.  Here he is with his brother and cousin looking forlornly out the window watching the bigger kids play.  Dru carried on for close to an hour, he was dedicated to his cause, he didn't even stop when put in a different room...he wanted his Isaac and NOTHING was going to do until he had him with in arms reach.  He didn…

Riverfront Park

So day one of our trip and we find ourselves at Riverfront Park.  It's kind of a cold day, nothing we shouldn't be used to already, but cold none the less.  We walk around the park and find the part with all the rides and the Imax theater.  Score!  On our way to that we found the goat that eats everything...I think it's a garbage can of sorts.  You turn it on and the air sucks things up, the kids loved it (Lee kept feeding it small sticks, wonder what that does for the diet?).  Here are the boys minus Eli.  Ian cracked me up the whole time he was with my friends' son.  Whatever he did (he's 12) Ian did.  So in this picture Ian is trying to look like his friend (they have known each other since they were babies, funny boys!)  What's a walk in the park with out a look at the ducks/geese?  Might as well take a picture of it and document it!  Eli was quite taken with these guys...they were on a mission.  Word got out that someone down the river had bread and that…

Where's Charlie?

Let me know if you find Charlie.  This dog cracks me up sometimes, so desperate to be loved and petted.  He's also a dog with OCD and blanket issues (along with many other things).  Good Boy Charlie!

On Our Way

A few days ago the boys and I went on a road trip to see my brother, sister in law and my nephew...we went along with my good friend Nikki.  We had such a good time!  We stopped at the Wild Horse Monument just after you go over the Columbia River.  I'd never stopped before and my friend said she was stopping so I did.  It looks really cool and someday I'd like to make the climb up there and look at them.  Sadly if you look close enough people have been 'decorating' the horses...naughty!   Quite the view from the turn out for the Monument...I like the clouds.
 Loving my boy Eli here!  If you are wondering, he really does his own me!

This is not a good picture of all of us, it's a good picture of me though! HA!
 Time to have some fun!
We had some fun and the drive wasn't bad.  It is getting easier the older they get and before you know someday we should be able to drive straight through...OK maybe not but at least we'll be stopping cause it's …