Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Mark this down…

Someone actually asked me, Kelli Hooyer, for one of my recipes.

This was even AFTER they tried the food. Mind blowing, right?

Miranda, you made my day!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Intended Picture Post

I intended to get a video (or at least a picture) of Karter riding his big boy bike for the first time (other than inside at his birthday party). Why didn’t I get a video? Because Brody started eating the Ice Melt, and I thought I better tend to him. Weird, huh?

Picture Post

I haven’t posted pictures of the boys lately, so I thought I’d do that once. Enjoy!



My big muscle men


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Karter can’t wait for Saturday mornings so he can help Daddy make scrambled eggs.

Brody can’t wait for Saturday mornings so he can EAT scrambled eggs that Daddy and Karter made.

Have you noticed a trend with my kids? They love to run around with no clothes on. I must say, though, little boys are adorable running around in their skivvies.

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Eli came over yesterday, and we played outside. It was so beautiful out. It had been sunny all day long. It felt so good to get outside and let the boys run. And then we woke up this morning to this site:


I thought I had a picture of the snow on the ground, but I guess it didn’t work.


Here are a few more cute pics. Have I mentioned how much I love these little boys? (Note: Karter would interrupt and say he’s NOT little. He’s BIG Karter Henry Hooyer.)

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I love this boy, too!


Monday, March 15, 2010

Simplifying for Sanity (Attempt #1)

If you read my last post you’re probably wondering why I haven’t posted any pictures of my living room or my bedroom. Let’s just say that my first attempt at this little project didn’t go as planned. Here’s how my cleaning projects usually go:

1 – Start cleaning the living room by picking up the boys’ toys

2 – Bring said toys to the toy room

3 – Get distracted by chaos in toy room, so I start to organize toys

4 – Realize that my living room is the main goal, so I go back to the LR

5 – Pick up laundry lying around in the LR

6 – Start doing laundry

7 – Go up to sort laundry, put laundry away, etc

8 – Get distracted by how badly I need to go through the boys’ clothes and put away the stuff they’ve grown out of

9 – Grab a tub and start sorting what is ours and what goes back to Kristi’s house

10 – After an hour of doing this, I realize that I’m not working on the LR.

11 – Decide that as long as I am getting stuff accomplished, why does it matter if a whole room gets done at one time anyway?!?

12 – Kick myself for not completing one entire room.

I must say, we did get a lot accomplished this weekend. It just didn’t include fancy before and after pictures with dramatic results. We brought a ton of clothes to the 2nd Hand Store. We’ll be bringing more once they start accepting fall/winter stuff (which is April 1st. Can you believe it?!?)

Speaking of bringing clothes away… I brought away all of my maternity clothes. Every last one of them. I must say, this was harder than I thought. (If you’re confused, see this post.) Thankfully, we know that God has a plan for our lives. We’re not sure what that plan is. Maybe His plan is that we are the parents to two beautiful boys. Maybe it’s more than that. Whatever His plan is, we love where we are at and we look forward to where He’s taking us next.

Have a great week!

Monday, March 8, 2010

7 Quick Takes

I read a ton of blogs. It’s a bit of an addiction for me. One of the bloggers does something called 7 Quick Takes. Instead of writing a long update on their life, she takes a little time and writes 7 things (they’re always random, and I love random thoughts) that are on her mind. Here is my first stab:



Karter is doing great at the whole potty training thing. He even stays dry during naps. Here’s my question: how do you get them to stop peeing during the night? I love not buying as many diapers. And I look forward to the day I don’t have to buy pull-ups.



If you look at the side bar, you’ll notice a button called Simplifying for Sanity. This comes from another blog that I follow. She’s going to be doing her spring cleaning one room at a time, and she’s invited her blog friends to do it along with her. So, I’m hoping to play along. If I can figure out what’s wrong with my camera, I’m hoping to take before and after pics and post them here so you can see my progress. Check out her blog if you’re interested in joining.



Last night we had supper at Mom’s house. It was great. Her birthday was last Wednesday, so this was our little celebration. Karter thought it was crazy that we didn’t go swimming for her birthday, and he couldn’t figure out why she didn’t have a barn cake. Brent and I (and the boys) stayed and hung out for a while after supper. Mom just got some new Gaither videos, so we watched one of those with her. Oh how I miss Dad!



Saturday night we went to a YATEC reunion. It was a ton of fun to see everyone again. We had a chili cook-off. As I sat and watched the 5 judges taste and rate each of the 9 different chili recipes, all I could think was “I am NOT jealous of them right now”. I don’t like chili, so I brought potato soup. The boys came along and they were so good. I think everyone there had a great time.



Karter and Brody finally got their hair cut again last week. They were hippies and needed it really badly. If I can figure my camera out, I’ll get some pics of them. Have I ever mentioned how much I love them? Cuz I really, REALLY do!



You don’t realize how hard it is to come up with 7 Quick Takes until you try it.



On Saturday, March 27th, we’re having the 2nd Annual Relay for Life Poker Tourney at our  house. If you play poker, or if you know of someone else that does, let me know and I’ll get you more info! We had a ton of fun with it last year.


That’s it. I made it!