Tuesday, January 18, 2011


I know...I'm horrible...

And now I have bad news....

My computer doesn't work :( Let me rephrased that...neither of our computers work. can't get internet on either...so I'm at the library.

That's one nice thing about small town living...the library is always 2 blocks away! I actually came here tonight to figure something out for Nathan. He was here earlier trying to do his books for class and he couldn't figure out how to turn off the ad blocker so he could see his study guide. And since I didn't know how their internet was set up here, I couldn't tell him through texts, so I came to check it out and then tell him when I get home :)

In other news, we are waaaaay excited for next week!!! Although I'm running out of things to do. I have most everything packed, which isn't much, and since all the kids' toys and everything are boxed up too, we've been watchin' lots of movies...which also gets old. But I'll try to hang in there for another week or so, and then it won't be boring for awhile :)

Kids are doing well. Tiernan calls Caedmon "Martin" and Caedmon calls Tiernan "Chris". Ariella won't stop playing on the counters and in my chapsticks and is still playing with the contents of her dirty diaper every chance during nap that she gets. And Brayan likes to gather all his toys in a cardboard box and carry them around the apt like this (even though he only has a few out).

There's more I want to write about but I'll have to take notes and do it another time. I have to get home to help put the kids in bed. Hang in there while I'm on computer hiatus!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

not tonight

Here's the deal....

I sat down at the computer...well, actually I sat on the couch with the computer on my lap...and I had the greatest intentions in the world to do this great post with pics (if my computer would cooperate) and all the to-dos of our family, but after checking some emails, and replying to a few, I have run out of time!!

Nathan was home today due to the cold weather. I think it actually was an excuse though bc he said something about the 'guys' not wanting to work today so they can work Sunday. Sunday is double time. So anyway, he was home today, which gave me some time to bring my loads of stuff to the thrift store to get rid of it! Well, you know me, I cannot bring stuff to a thrift store without actually looking a little, so I did some browsing and found a book for Nathan!

I brought it back to the apt and he quickly swiped it from me and started to read it. (Ted Dekker). I haven't seen him since. Well, he did come out for a little while to peel the potatoes so I could continue making homemade eclairs! Yeah, they were awesome. (That's coming tomorrow). But anyway....

After supper he said that if I took care of the kids and put them all to bed without his help and he could just go to our room and read, then he'd rub me. He says those words and I'm in...I will do anything for a massage.

So there you have it. He's done reading and I needa get the kids in bed. So no time to post...except for this...so I hope you enjoyed! :) I will try my best to post all about everything tomorrow!!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

it's not just me!

Because I have been getting more and more passionate about these kinds of things, I thought this too important and shocking to most, not to share!

I knew artificial colors were bad for you and and at home we avoid them as much as possible, which is quite easy to do if you cook from scratch, but if you don't or if you use a lot of pre-packaged stuff to cook with, you might find it a little harder to avoid dyes. But I think, especially after reading this, it's so worth it to your health, and your children's health, to avoid them at all costs!

I was searching through this blog "Food Dye Diaries" about a mom who's learned the hard way about what dyes can do to the health of your children and her research she's found to support her views.

She says:

"In case you are new to my blog I have to break it to you. It's not just the sugar that is making your child act "that way." It's the coloring. REALLY! Don't just take my word for it. Look at all the research articles I've found on the right hand column. Food coloring causes all kinds of behavior problems and even serious health problems in some people. Moms have written to me from all over the country describing hyperactivity, asthma, motor tics, hives and other issues that are probably diet related."

"Would you feed your child chemicals that would cause them to be hyper, moody, or distracted? Of course not, no parent wants that. Well, this blog is to help parents understand that your kids probably eat foods at every meal that could really keep them from being their best. It's time to get the word out."

"Wonder why your kids have a hard time listening, behaving, or keeping basic self control? Does your child get hyper, defiant, or have lots of tantrums? It could really be the foods they eat."

Here is a little about a few dyes that I thought were incredible!.....(She said she found all this info on the site:

RED 40
Acts like a neurotoxin and excites the brain.
Causes hyperactivity, mood swings, irritability
It’s hidden in everything from vanilla ice cream, mayo, chocolate, brownies, cake, bread, yogurt….
It’s not just the really red foods like strawberry, blueberry, or fruit punch
They use this chemical to mask when they’re too cheap to use real fruit/berries or real food

Yet it’s still often in candy and sweet treats
It’s in fruit roll ups and Kid Cuisine
Found in lots of other food marketed to children
Banned from cosmetics, but we still eat it?

(yes! Like feeding your kids a little gasoline)
Causes hyperactivity, mood swings, irritability
It’s in your pickles, ice cream, candy, mayo….

It’s in mac and cheese, dressing, sauces, popcorn, cakes, cookies, pickles, frosting, etc.
Some studies show chromosomal mutations
Can cause sudden severe allergic reactions

Linked to tumors and neurotoxicity
Studies showed inhibition of nerve cell growth
It’s in your marshmallows, candy, sport drinks
Face it, bodies weren’t meant to eat bright blue

Wow! She has another post on some alternatives to buy if you want some candy for example but don't want the dyes that go with it. There are actually a whole bunch of options. Looks like we will be saying 'goodbye and farewell' to foods with these colors...don't worry, we won't miss them (or their side effects!)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Christmas trip

(I will try to do another post with more pics but it's always a guess if it's going to work!! :)

We are back in Jackson and all unpacked. Today is Nathan's last day off before going back to work to start 2011! I am super excited about this year as I think that it's going to be super exciting for us!! Life really just keeps getting better and better. It seems as though each year is filled with fun and surprises! I didn't think last year could be beat as far as 'exciting' goes...I mean, what's more fun than living with 6 people in a camper on the east coast? But I really think the Lord has a ton of stuff in store for us in 2011 and we are eagerly looking forward to it!!

While we were back home, our friends Scott and Angela were going out of town during the same time we were coming in and offered their home to us!! It was SO nice to be able to stay in a house where we didn't feel like that we were encroaching someone elses space. We could leave the hussle and bussle of Christmas parties and go to our own space. It worked out very well. Thank you again guys!!

What did we do on our stay? Well, we started by seeing the house first thing...you didn't expect anything else, did ya? We drove directly there, where we had a super nice surprise waiting for us! Our builder, Steve, hung Christmas lights on the outside of the house...but that's not all. Once we walked inside, we saw a Christmas tree, lit with lights, with 4 stockings hanging on it with the kids' names on them! The tree was sitting in the living room with lights hung around the windows as well. The kids were super excited as even the stockings were full of little gifts for them! I could not believe it! Talk about going above and beyond?? It made the home feel so 'homey' even though construction dust was spread about :) What a special surprise!!

Here are some "sneek peaks" :)

We spent Thursday moving our belongings from Nathan's parents garage to our garage. There was more stuff than I thought packed away in the attic...boxes and boxes of books took a majority of it, not to mention about the same amount of boxes of Nathan's baseball cards. Have a ever said how much I hate baseball cards?? Now once closing comes, we will just have to move the stuff from the apt to the house and everything else will already be at the house waiting.

We celebrated Christmas with the Legatt family on Christmas Eve. 9 of the 11 siblings were there which made for tons of people and tons of laughs! Most of the night was spent taking pictures as it's been awhile since that many siblings have been together at the same time. All 5 boys were there and then 4 of the 6 girls. Naomi even surprised everyone with a flight in from DC and we were super happy to see her!

The "Irish twins" Second Generation...Nathan's siblings, Amanda and Keith are 11 mos apart and so are Caedmon and Brayan!

This is an example of how much fun we had at the Legatts :) Nathan and his youngest brother Jonathan have a good laugh.

Then Christmas day was spent at my parents where all 3 of us siblings were together which has been had to coordinate in the last few years with us moving around and my sister living in Arkasas...but this year it was accomplished! The cousins loved to play together and had a great time building tunnels in all the snow outside!

Gma and Gpa with their grandkids

Our time in St Cloud also consisted of a couple sledding adventures, both of which I spent sitting in the car with the little ones. The second time was just me and Ariella as Nathan took a 3 boys sledding. Nathan's bro Jonathan came with his family and they had a blast. Although someone had the bright idea of letting Tiernan go down the hill on the huge sled by himself. (He was sledding by himself on the smaller sleds and he would always stop at the end of the hill). This sled was bigger and thus carried Tiernan farther....a little too far and he ended up smashing into the chain link fense at the bottom of the hill. I looked out the window and Nathan was holding Tiernan who had nothing but blood on his face. He brought him in the van and since I couldn't find a tissue or anything to put on his face, in a hurry I grabbed a clean diaper, unfolded it and placed it on his face. Worked like a charm :) After we got him all cleaned up, I put a couple bandaids on his cuts and over his huge lip and through the tears and while still crying he said he wanted to go back out on the hill!! So once he got his composure back, he was back up on the hill! Tough as nails that kid!

On Monday, Nathan and his brothers surprised their dad with a 'boys trip' to Millacs Lake to go ice fishing. They left at 4:35AM and got back around 7PM. They caught 3 perch and threw 1 back. In other words, it wasn't a very successful fishing trip, but the guys had fun. While they were fishing, I went selection shopping for the last time with Steve. We picked out the tile and design that will be on the backsplash in our kitchen. The trip also made for a stop at the furniture store where we picked out our couch set!

Once we got back to our apartment, we walked in the door and Tiernan says "Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet home!" It was well said :)