Thursday, January 29, 2015


It was quite the day of helping out:

He wanted to get his own breakfast. It consisted of three pieces of bread (nothing in between). 
He ate the whole thing.
 And he fed the dog!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


He sits...kind of....

...can't believe how fast this little guy grows!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


This kid is something else. 

He told me he was a ninja!

Last night in his prayers he said: 
"Thank you God for my dad being a big baby
and going to Church. Amen."

Monday, January 26, 2015


We came across this fruit at Hy-Vee and were intrigued. 

Should have done some research before purchasing this 
spendy little bugger ($6.99). 

It is a citrus fruit, similar to a lemon but you eat the whole thing (peel and rind). 

Won't be spending that much money on a "fancy lemon" again.

Sunday, January 25, 2015


Miles found a mint on the counter and requested it. 

After a few licks in his mouth he told Kyle and I: 
"It's too eggy! Me no like it. Put it in the dungeon!"

We don't know where he comes up with his adjectives for food. 
His latest complaint of my cooking has been that it is "too smart". 
Maybe he will be a food reviewer one day!

Saturday, January 24, 2015


 Don't be mistaken by their lack of clothing.
Although it was a "warm" day (45 degrees) we still have snow on the ground.
 These crazy kids could jump all day.
 Check out that form!

Friday, January 23, 2015


Friday Night in the Rouse House = Family Movie Night

Pippi Longstocking this week.

Thursday, January 22, 2015


I think our little mister will end up with dark eyes like his big bro.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


It is no wonder my middle child already has stitches.
I have a feeling we are going to have frequent flyer miles to the ER.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015



Day 15 of the Whole 30 Challenge

Lately it has been a 3 eggs frittata, sliced turkey, 
salad greens, and a splash of hot sauce for breakfast.

Monday, January 19, 2015


Queen Lauren

Ruler of Messy Rooms, Incessant Talking, and Candy

Sunday, January 18, 2015


Lauren got a "new" dresser. Her previous one had broken drawers. 
We say our nightly prayers in Lauren's room and
Miles thought it would be fun to lay in the drawer. 
We all got a really good belly laugh watching Dad try to slide him in the opening. 
Much needed laughter!

Saturday, January 17, 2015


multi-purpose pillow!

I got into a rear end accident shortly after Miles was born.
Thankfully, no kids were with me. 
My neck took a beating so my chiropractor gave me this special pillow for extra neck support.
It has a notch in the center. 

It works perfect for a baby seat!

Friday, January 16, 2015


2.5 years old today. 

Accomplishment only because that means we are halfway through 
the terrible twos!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


It has been above freezing the last few days. 
That calls for playing outside until dark!
Something about the winter sunset that warms my heart on these frigid days.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Delicious, the taste of biscotti dipped in invisible tea.

Monday, January 12, 2015


{Pic from last week}

Miles was so happy on a snow day when Lauren 
went over to the sitter's for a b-day celebration
and he got to indulge in her packed lunch for school 
that was cancelled.

Sunday, January 11, 2015


We showered Aunt Amanda with gifts and fun in anticipation of her first baby. 

I made cake pops for the first time...and didn't even indulge! 
I've wanted so badly to quit my 30 day food challenge but have been strong (thus far). 
 It was a nice gathering, fun games, cute gifts, and lots of smiling ladies!
 A great Pinterest game find!
Now we wait for Baby G to make his/her appearance come late Feb (or early March). 
This will be my third niece/nephew but my first one after having my own kids.
There is a different kind of excitement and anticipation now that I have gotten to experience the joys of parenthood. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015


On Mother's Day of 2014, we bought this little cactus for GG. 
We didn't make it over to her place that day but had every intention of bringing it soon.

Unfortunately, GG's health took a turn for the worse starting then. Looking back now, this could have been a sign of the onset of pancreatic cancer but symptoms did not lead in that direction. 

She had a short stay in the hospital and then a skilled nursing center. I figured once she returned to her apartment, I would bring the cactus over. That never happened. 

In the meantime, I had been tending to it. Watering and looking it at everyday on my kitchen windowsill. It really needs a new, bigger pot. I think I am just going to keep it.

Friday, January 9, 2015


Lots of snow days and late starts this week. In an attempt to keep the kids occupied and not at each other's throats, I decided to indulge them in a "messy craft". 

Shaving cream, cornstarch, and food coloring
 It was semi-success. 
 Required a bath for this child.
 Mom, take a picture of me praying. (APAD)

Thursday, January 8, 2015


The only logical thing to do on a snow day:
jump off the chair in your underwear!

It may be dangerous wind chills outside,
but apparently our house is toasty.

I also discovered I have a speck of dust on my lens.
Got that taken care of!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


It has been a rough last few months in the Rouse House. In November, we found out my Grandma (GG) had pancreatic cancer. It was abrupt, sudden, and they gave her 3-6 months left on this Earth. Thanksgiving, it seemed like they were false on their prognosis as everything appeared "normal". By Christmas, however, the symptoms arrived in full force. My mom "moved" up here shortly thereafter and we decided to let the kids (Lauren and Miles) know what was happening. 

Lauren has had faith like a child throughout the whole process. She sees the physical deterioration of GG's body and mind but ultimately knows that she will eventually be in Heaven. Miles just walks around saying, "GG, sick". We pray for her a lot in our nightly prayers. Kyle and I try to process the death together after the kids go to bed. So many hard emotions to wrap your brain around when you watch someone's body slowly give out on them, in pain. She is moving into a nursing home this morning in order to receive some more skilled help and extra support. It is a hard transition on everyone, as I can imagine leaving your "home" for the last time and knowing that you will not return.

The other day, Lauren made a bracelet for GG and a little card. We opted to just give the bracelet to her for now and my mom has possession of the card. It reads:
"Dear GG,
Please have a good
time at home and have 
a good time in Heaven.
I love GG love

Continue to pray for GG and her family/friends. We know she will soon be celebrating in Heaven but we will miss her dearly. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


You know that moment as a Mom where you can either: cry, scream, run to your room, or grab the camera?!?! This was one of those moments. Kids were picking up the dinner table to prepare for supper. I was on day 1 of 30 of no sugar (and starting to get cranky/hungry). Lauren went to put her beads away and she spilled them all over the floor on accident. We picked them up (one by one) and started putting food on plates. Then...Mr. Miles reached for them and away they went AGAIN! It was tragic for Lauren. We opted to sweep them up this time, place them in a colander, and shake out the dirt and dog hair. It worked for the most part and we were able to enjoy supper before it was cold. 

This first picture is so classic. Miles, completely oblivious to the fact that he is making his sister cry.
 Oh, you are sad I spilled your beads, here...I will pick out the remaining ones in the container and throw them on the floor as well. 
Thanks, GG for the set of 1000 beads for Christmas :)

Monday, January 5, 2015


This little guy
is 5 months old today!

My how time flies and kids grow!
He is itching to move and tries to flail himself 
to get to things/people he wants. He will be moving soon!

Sunday, January 4, 2015


We enjoyed one last day outside before the crazy cold temperatures hit us. 
Nana made the kids their hats for Christmas. Miles's has a long scarf attached to the top of the hat and Lauren's is a fox cowl. This little boy stood by the door begging to be let in. 
 Little did he know the temperature would drop 30+ degrees a mere 10 hours later. 
 All the while I am taking pics of him, my dear Lauren thinks I am snapping pics of her and she is posing in the background. 
And now...we begin the long winter stuck inside! Today the temperature barely stayed above 0 degrees with a windchill averaging -18. High on Wednesday is below zero!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Friday, January 2, 2015


Lauren read a story in her National Geographic for Kids magazine 
about a lady with extremely long toe nails. 
She used some supplies from her 
to make her own toenails. 

She practiced walking around the house 
and doing simple tasks. 
Her final thought: trim your toenails!

Thursday, January 1, 2015


I followed 2 fellow bloggers through 2014 participate in A Photo A Day (APAD) challenge. It was fun to watch their families grow, their photography get sharpened, and take a glimpse into their lives. Here's to hoping I can do the same. 

 This boy.

01/01/15, 10:52 am...still sleeping.

Must have partied a bit too hard last night. 
Let's hope his enthusiasm with sleep continues throughout 2015.