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Park Pictures

Every Monday the boys and I go to a park that my moms group, MOPS, sets up for all us moms to continue to meet and keep our sanity.  This Monday however, not many people showed up.  So for about half an hour it was just me and the boys, but because the big boys were heading out with their Grandma to go school cloths shopping, I stayed.  They had fun and ran some much energy off and then 2 other moms showed up and playing with friends ensued and moms chatted.
Lee at the top of some toy thing.  He's getting better about letting me take pictures (knock on wood!).
Ian.  He's somewhere in the middle of growing up. Almost too big to play with littler people and just that much too small to be with the adults.  It's gonna be a long road.
Well here's mister cute himself!  I think he's telling me he's hungry (not sure when he's not hungry...pecks at things like  a dang bird!) Didn't get one of Dru but we all know he's a cutie patootie...or a pill...depending on h…


What can I say about nine? Nothing...I have nothing good or nice to say. 
Nine is NOT flippin' fine.  Nine is NOT divine!  Nine is NOT a good time!
Nine...Nine...Nine. Poop on you Nine!
This little boy...yes he's still little (even if he tells ya he's not) has been a serious thorn in my side!!  I know this must be some horrendous boot camp for what's to come, but if I'm honest with you I'd like to decline...decline 9 I tell you!  We are only 8 months from 10 (but whose counting? I AM!!).  What is it with odd numbers and boys?  Or maybe it's odd numbers and just my family. 
I tell you what...Dru is almost 5 and he's lucky to alive.  Lee is almost 8 and I hope that will be G-Rrrrr-eeee-Aaaa-Ttt! (imagine Tony the Tiger here) but honestly 7 is NOT heaven!  Eli will soon be 3 and you may or may not agree, but I'd take a roomful of 2yr olds over one 3 year old!  Then there's Ian and you just would not be believing how that boy is acting! (OK well you mi…

Out of Towners

Today was a wonderful day!  Today we got to visit with some wonderful and dear friends!  I wish we either lived closer to them or they us.  I enjoy being around them and they (I feel) genuinely like being around us and the boys.  They are just genuine.  I don't know it's hard to describe...I just know it's exciting when they come into town and soon it will be our turn to visit them.  I must go visit them...our friends are going to have a wee one of their own (their first and I think it's a girl!!!) and I must go visit and sniff their baby (she said I could!).
We had them over while they were in town and before I had out of town this weekend! I'm so glad we were able to.  We BBQ'd some salmon that Ian caught (he was very proud of that) and we ate the crab that was caught when we were at Dungeness a few weeks ago, and lots of wonderful side dishes!  It was really, really good! (and it's really weird to be saying how much I myself, and my children loved the sal…

Random Camping Pics

At Dungeness

Elvis LIVES!!!!



Sigh....this is life!  This is my life!  Thank you Lord for my 4 handsome blessings!

Just Can't Stop

I can't stop laughing at this boy!  His brothers have taken up this chewing on grass/straw thing.  And because he's big like the Big Boys he can do it too!
Cracks me up!


I had been worried about where I would find some raspberries for this year, last year my SIL had me go with her to her dad's house and pick.  This year didn't happen but I was provided with another option.  Thank you Lord!  This was the bounty for my 'hard' work.  A friend and I met at the place at 8:30 am with children in tow (8 total) and they played while we spent 2 1/2 hours visiting and picking.  Although the raspberries are good...the fellowship with a girlfriend was the best part and much needed on my part.  To get away!  So thank you friend and here's to more seasonal picking...blackberries, apples, plums, pumpkin, zuch's...
We will be enjoying raspberry  jam, raspberry-rhubarb, and who knows what else.  The sky is the limit!  Thank you God for this bounty!

A Walk With Grandma

The last night we were there Grandma suggested we take a walk...the boys were getting obnoxious and rowdy...not necessarily in that order but all the above!  Grandpa and the Uncle were out checking the traps before we settled in for the night, which left the women folk holding the fort down with 9 kids!
Here is Grandma with 8 of the which point myself and my sister in law should have run the opposite direction!  Kidding...sort of!
The boys....don't let them fool you!  They are trouble every last one of them!  But man I love them all to pieces (and my nieces too!) Next week we are looking forward to going to Crescent Bar with our Bestest friends ever!

There IS A God!!

Sunset at Dungeness.  This is my favorite and when I see moments in my life like this I think to myself.  How can people say/think there is no God?  Who do they think makes things like this?  I could have sat and looked at this until it was dark.  It was beautiful!
This one looked like brushstrokes in the sky, with a tinge of color, with the anticipation of more infusion of color later on.
Late on and farther down the trail.  The clouds were something else I thought. I hope you enjoy these, I know I did and do.

Explanation Needed

An explanation is needed...
I want to know why it is SO important to SO many people whether this baby has long hair or short hair?? 
I am sick and tired of people asking me...who gives a ...well I don't need to go there!!  Is there a reason or a rush on making him older? Is there a rush to not be a kid w/o cares? Can we let him be? Actually can we just let his momma be?

Today at VBS was crazy hair day.  Now I don't do the hair color stuff and whatever, it's not me.  But it so happens that they needed a hair cut and it was crazy hair day.  So therefore I commenced with the Paulson Salon (I just came up with that).  The big boys got their hair cuts, well more of a buzz and we went off to VBS.  There was this man, who as soon as I saw him look at Eli I knew where his brain was going, so I avoided him...make no eye contact people!!!
At the end of the night the staff at the church did a slide show...a few of the pictures had my boys in it with their latest styled cuts from the Sa…

Mommy and Eli

Still Day 2 of camping but while the big boys were on the boat Eli and I went for a walk down the beach.  I wanted some time with him.  He is so darn cute who doesn't? 
Anyway, walk we did and I got some good pictures of him and the both of us.  Well as good a picture as you can get when you take the picture yourself.
Here is one of the two of us
Buttt I also like this one, so they both get posted!
Eli did quite a bit of playing by himself and I happen to catch him like this while we were sitting and throwing rocks.  What a lover!
Not a great picture but he asked me to take his picture.  So I did. 
We had a nice walk and had some nice time together. I was thankful for the quiet time with him, doesn't happen too often.

No Guts No Glory!

Day 2 of camping and we have gotten done eating and packing our lunches.  Well, actually I packed my whole darn cooler (which is what I understood the whole plan was) while others made their sandwiches ahead.  That would have been easier, as it was it took me a good half hour making lunch for 4 kids and 1 adult.  I think I ate...something.  Anyway, kids had a good time and so did I.  The only bummer was that I got sunburned...pretty bad.  I usually do pretty good work of staying out of the sun and doing the sunblock thing.  I did the sunblock thing this time but no staying out of the sun this time around. The last time I was that sunburned I was pregnant with Dru.  I spent a few days after that camping trip laid up in my bed, swollen and in pain, drinking what felt like tons of water.
Before lunch the Uncles took the 2 boats out with the kids.  It was quite an effort to get this done...had to take the little boat with the big boats passengers to that boat. Come back for the little boat…

Fishing and Other things

This last weekend the boys and I went camping at Dungeness, near Sequim.  Unfortunately Frank was unable to join us so we went with out him and missed him terribly (it was cold...I missed my personal heater!!). We were there with Frank's parents and brothers and their families.  Thankfully it didn't rain!! Thank you Lord for that!
It was an eye opener for me this trip, the point, outside of spending time with each other, was for fishing/crabbing.  That is not my area of all.  It dawned on me 3/4 of the way there that I was gonna have to bait hooks and do it well!  What!?!?!  I know right!  Well, it wasn't too bad and the Uncles, Grandma, and Grandpa stepped in quite a bit...mostly cause the boys didn't come near me to ask for help, mostly they went to the guys.  Stinkers!  I do have to say that between Grandma and myself we spent a lot of time undoing knots and tangles and whatever else you call those fishing line messes where you have to just cut them a…

The Best For Last

A good summer picture of the boys...and yes even the dog!


Last year we were invited to tailgate while waiting for the firework show.  I had never done this and it sounded like so much fun!  So we made plans for doing it again this year...I have fun hanging out with my friends and my boys have a blast hanging out with their friends.  This time there were light sabers and epic battles were waged, and in the end good won!
Dru and his friend figured out they could get on the hood of the truck, they were quite tickled with themselves! I'm bummed these 2 won't be going into Kindergarten together but it will be OK, they are good friends and play well together!
Eli had a good time too!  He found long lost snacks in the portable cooler and thought he was too school for cool that he could walk around in the bed of the truck with out someone hollering at him! It really does sound like we never get out...
Ian and his friend.  Somehow word got out that it's not cool to smile...Ian only read half the memo.  This boy cracked me up.  He wanted to g…

Parade Fun

As I said before, the parade this year wasn't fantastic but each of my boys did see something that got them excited (outside of the candy and a few Popsicles that were being handed/thrown to the crowd).
Our excitement this year at the parade starts with Dru.  He got excited because they had an orange motorcycle!  The great thing was, this was not the only orange thing we saw.  We saw a few more orange motorcycles, and orange diesel truck, orange car...I think there was a lot of orange this year.  Orange you glad I didn't say what more orange things we saw??? BWAHAHAHHA!

Ian and Lee about jumped out of their skin they couldn't believe such a sight! Mario AND Luigi were at THEIR parade!!!  How do you top the year 2011 after that???
And Eli saw loons (that's what he calls balloons, we just go with it, so should you).  We saw loons through the whole parade! I didn't know there were so many of them at functions...I do now! Just a few highlights from our parade that got the …


I know I just a post on Charlie a few days ago, but this dog had a rough go of it the day before the 4th and of course on the 4th.  He was tense all day and really didn't want to be all!  Poor dog!  Last year he did fine, this year not so much!  Now we know he needs meds for the 4th! 
I thought this was a pretty good picture of took awhile for him to settle down for me to get this shot.
I really like this one though!  Wonder what he's thinking here?  I think this picture is a keeper!  He needs a doggie buddy/sister...Don't you think?