"It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?"
-Henry David Thoreau
It has been non-stop here. It's
I found myself sipping out of a wine glass last night and this morning... (wait for it)
because all the other glasses were dirty.
And today Jack took his bowl from breakfast and washed it in the bathroom sink to "help wash some dishes".... geeze, I am slacking on the cleanliness of the forefront. I gave him a kiss and hug and told him how awesome he was (and then proceeded to discreetly put the bowl in the sink for later washing).
This evening after our family photoshoot, I fell asleep with Jude on the couch for several hours. Joel did dishes, bathed Jack and put him to bed- all while I was sleeping. AND he beat the new call of duty. The man is a superhero. Batman. Seriously.
Here's just a small bit of our craziness...
A spontaneous family shoot today at a nearby field. Joel took this photo of Jude and me.
A family outtake. Jack getting ready for our photoshoot and our little lion Jude.
It snowed, and snowed again and my little four-year old came running into my bedroom early one morning to let me know, and exclaimed that Santa was coming that night.
Which later prompted the constant nagging to put the tree up. So we did.
Jack is so in love with Christmas. He was hilarious while putting up the tree. I actually got out a pen and paper to record all the things he was saying.
I'll just share a few... by the way, he was wearing snow pants (he insisted) so you can get a visual.
"This is a happy Christmas day... ho ho."
"Happy Christmas Dad!"
(takes off snow pants off)
"It's almost Christmas day!"
"A latter! Latter! Mom Latter!"
"It's Christmas Jude!"
"It's Christmas coming up!"
"Mom it's almost Christmas!"
"It's almost Christmas for meeeee!"
(gives a thumbs up to Joel and points at the tree)
"I love Santa Clause!"
"It's a Christmas holiday!"
(puts snow pants back on)
"No breaks!" (as we tell him it's dinner time)
Like I said, he's sooo in love with Christmas!
Onto other things, here's how we spend our October!
Here's Joel after he
And the rest of us carving our pumpkins in the basement.
Halloween came way too quickly. Jack brought me a book one day and pointed to a monster and said that's what he wanted to be for Halloween. Like the crazy I am, I promised him I'd make him the costume. I spend several hours at my Mother's house sewing that costume. I hope he remembers it.
Jude was a police officer, but he didn't really like his costume. I wanted to be a witch but couldn't bring myself to spend $15 on the hat, so I grabbed the fro. The fro is my "go-to" costume... I've had that thing since high school. Jack wanted me to be Cinderella.
The leaves are gone... and soon it will be Christmas.
I've been working a lot...
Trying to be there for the people I love the most...
My friend, Kadie at her baby shower.
And the night before me forcing her out in the rain for part of her baby shower gift.
Baylen you can come out nowwww!
Taking my nephew for a night so my sister and brother-in-law could relax, and of course because Brayden is Jack's BFF.
Photographed my cousin and she asked me to be in her wedding... which I am totally stoked about!
Left my other sister a love note in her driveway when I missed her.
Took Joel for a routine check-up... his first ever. Only took me five years of marriage! We also visited the eye doctor last week, Jack had his first real eye exam, and Jude got his first round of shots.
I voted and celebrated. #donthate
And I read this book to Jack more times than I can count in the past week.
(He cried the first time I read it when the monkey cried.)
Can't forget all the thrifting and grocery shopping in-between it all!
I read a friend's facebook status about bethematch.org, and decided to join.
And guess who's making a special trip to IKEA soon for Christmas shopping.... THIS GIRL!
I can't believe how crazy our lives have got since Jude made his appearance. It's nice-the craziness.
I kind of like it.
And to end this post on a positive note, here are all my thankful posts for the month of November so far...
Day 1: I am thankful that I met the love of my life early... when I was 15. He is my BEST FRIEND. Nobody makes me laugh like he does. And he gave me two the greatest gifts in this world-- Jack & Jude.
Day 2: I'm thankful for my boys. They have taught me more about life in their few years of existence than all of mine combined. When the world starts to seem scary and uncertain... just looking at them makes me realize what is really important and what is pure and true in this world. There is GOOD, there is LOVE still here. They are my constant reminder that love (God is love) is here and is strong. It is a beautiful world.
Day 3: I'm thankful for my parents. They love me for me. They support me and my decisions... even if they don't agree with them. I can honestly tell them anything. And if I needed them, they would be here in 2 seconds.
Day 4: I'm thankful for my sisters. They are my best friends. I would do anything for them, and I know they would do anything for me.
Day 4: (opps a repeat!): I'm thankful for my crazy big brother. He was the best playmate growing up, and he's the type of person who would give you the shirt off his back. And I know if I needed him, he'd be there in a heartbeat.
Day 5: I'm thankful for books. I have lived many stories that were never mine and traveled many places I have never been.
Day 6: I am so thankful for the right to vote. Women were the last to have that right given to them.
Day 7: I'm thankful for my warm bed... because today I had my whole world- Joel, Jack & Jude in it snuggled close and warm, and I don't think there is a feeling more whole than that. It warmed my soul :)
Day 8: cloth diapers
Day 9: the silence that comes from living in the country
Day 10: anxiety medications :)
Day 11: I am thankful for the opportunity to be an entrepreneur like my father. I will never forget when I hung up the phone after speaking with the State of Ohio about my business license, the lady on the other end of the receiver saying to me, "... and Olivia, congratulations on the opening of your business." It was a real monumental moment for me... one you don't forget.