Tuesday, November 13, 2012

get busy living, or get busy dying

"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 anxiety crazy season when it comes to family events and my work.  The business is taking off again while I struggle to contain it's growth and Joel just got a second interview as Lieutenant at the prison (prayers and positive thoughts appreciated).

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!"
"Happy Holidays!"

(takes off snow pants off)

"It's almost Christmas day!"
"Don't do it all Mom!"
"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!"
"Gimmie that!"

(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!

What's that you ask?  That's my brother-in-law, Kyle, carving his pumpkin in our backyard.

Here's Joel after he shot carved his.

And the rest of us carving our pumpkins in the basement.

And the pumpkin patch where we got our pumpkins.

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.

Joel wanted to be batman.  So while grocery shopping with the boys, we surprised him with his very own costume.  He was ridiculously happy!  And you should have seen him trick-or-treating... he actually stopped a car and let kids cross the road and talked in a deep voice all night.
                                                               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. 

Half of my nieces & nephews on Halloween.
Time is moving so fast.
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.


  1. So crazy the way life has been! But so glad you are still taking in so much and enjoying every ounce! To avoid the light night sew you better get ready for next years costume! I'm sure jack already has an idea for jude. Crazy how fast time in moving. We notice it everyday with the presence of a newborn more then the toddler who has the same growing vocabulary. I hope joel does well with his interviews. They must really respect him there. Law enforcement is hard to be in...they love you or hate you! So thumbs up! Sounds like Joel also spends time helping you...which is even more awesome. And proves even more the reason why someone picked the two of you to go through this thing called life together. While you were drinking out of a wine glass...I was drinking wine....hahaha mascato. My new love for life. Next time treat yourself :)I can't believe how fast these babies are growing up liv. It just seems like we ached for pregnancy to end sometimes..and now...here they are. So glad that life is wonderful for you!

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  3. I loved this...so much love and life!! Your photos are stunning and so are you - that photo of you and Jude is so beautiful! And omygosh, his lion hat - ahhh, I can't take it!
    So sweet that Jack cried when the monkey cried in his favorite book - I love when children recognize emotions - makes me cry.

    Oh, and I love that you were drinking out of a wine glass in the morning. :)

    Sending lots of love


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