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Monday, December 13, 2010

twas the night before Christmas...Davis style

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,
Every creature was stirring...even Joe’s in the house!

The stockings are hung by the fireplace with care...
except for the one’s Carter wouldn’t leave there!

The children aren’t nestled all snug in their beds
They’re eating the sugarplums...their mouths are all red!

I’m in a T-shirt and Matthew a cap,
We only wish we could take a long winter’s nap.

When outside the condo there arose such a clatter,
we could only imagine what might be the matter.

We ran to the window, as quick as a flash,
Through open the blinds...don’t think we have a sash...

The moon shining down on the fresh fallen snow,
Gave just enough light to see the children below!
Running around, I could not see quite clear,
But I’m pretty sure Carter’s wearing just underwear!

With his sister in tow and the rest close behind,
They were TPing the complex, every tree, every vine.
More rapid than eagles those little legs ran,
But they all paused a moment when I yelled out “Young Man!"

"Now Cooper, now Ashton, Now Caleb come here,
You Carter, You Abbie get your hiney’s in gear!
To the top of the stairs, all three flights do not stall!
Go quickly, don’t wait...but please, do not fall."

As dry leaves that before the hurricane fly,
Those kids ran those stairs before I blinked an eye!
Up to the doorstep in a moment or two,
With a roll of toilet paper and duct tape too!

And then in a twinkling, I heard on the roof,
Some scraping and clawing...surely those are not hoofs.
As I closed the door and turned quickly around,
Down the Christmas Tree fell with a bound!

Carter was buried from his head to his foot,
He new he was in trouble when he saw “the look”.
A look of fear in his eyes as he lay on his back,
He looked like a thief getting caught in the act!

But his eyes how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry!
And his cheeks were like roses, little nose like a cherry.
How could I be mad? That sad face...I don’t know,
I must be quick to forget, for how quickly he’ll grow!

A small little smile began to show his teeth,
And his giggle burst out as I dragged him out by his feet.
We set up the tree, hung the stockings... again,
Fixed the presents and lights, and tucked the kids in.

Another day come and gone, another year too...
If we didn’t have our kids...well, what would we do?
I hear them all whisper as I turned out the lights,
Merry Christmas you guys....Let’s Pillow Fight!!

Thanks for stopping by!
(And have a very Merry Christmas!)

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life
Wendy Jo

Friday, November 12, 2010

Its been a little crazy...

Things have been a little crazy around the Davis’ house.  Thus, my delay in updating everyone on the comings and goings of life.

I thought I would slow down for a minute, light some candles, drink some coffee and veg out...which of course means I get to do some writing!

I have been working diligently on my e-commerce sights, writing a book or two, and of course, reminding Abigail to go potty IN the potty.  She is doing quite well, but with her verbal skills still in the beginning stages it is hard to tell if she is saying, “I potty” or “I play”!  Mix that with the craziness of this house and we have had a few misses!

Carter is a constant tornado of energy as always.  Most mornings I catch him with a pair of scissors, cutting into yet another package of leftover Halloween candy.  He is a gentleman and always opens one for Abigail too... and lest you think I am a horrible mother, the scissors ARE put away...Carter is just very creative in getting his hands on them!

Caleb was “Top Dog" at school this week.  He got to bring home a puppy named Marley for the week, make a big poster all about him and what he likes, and he got to have Mommy as his special guest for lunch.  It’s been a fun week for him.  He is also excited because we finally got some snow and he was able to get out and play in it.  He LOVES the snow.

Ashton and Cooper are turning into pretty responsible kiddos too.  We finally caved and got them cell phones so that they can keep in touch with us.  I HATED the thought of my kids having them, but I am trying to not become a non-progressive stuck in the 90’s kind of mom either! I remember my father refused to upgrade to CD’s when they came out...I mean, let’s face it, he was still converting his 8-tracks and Vinyl Records to Cassette Tapes...Dad was not about to buy into this “fad” as he called it.  :0) I guess in some aspects I am a little stubborn like he was...I do have an affinity for the vintage things, but then again, I do love technology!

For those of you who are faithful readers, I wanted you to know that I am in the process of bringing out a few ebooks/how-to guides that will be available in the near future.  I would appreciate any input, suggestions...ok, even criticisms as long as they aren’t too mean. :o) I am really trying to ramp up my writings to help others with some of those common things that we tackle as moms and wives. Working from home has always been the best route for our family so I intend to keep on plugging away and trying to help other moms who want to do the same!

Life calls so I had better get in gear.  The kids will all be arriving home from school shortly. (And Carter just popped up from his nap with his typical...”mommy, I hunry...” No “G” is completely on purpose!)

Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Pray for Gray

When I became a mom, I think my worst fears began to surface.  The “what-if’s” in life quickly rose to the surface.  I think among the most frightening was the thought of one of my children being injured, sick or even the fear of death itself.  

As a mom, I found myself slipping into protective mode, into fearing to do things that might be dangerous for me, or for my baby! Over the last few weeks I have watched as a fellow mom has watched her little boy struggle with a diagnosis of cancer.  I am learning that we have to enjoy life to its fullest every day, no matter what, because we have no promise of tomorrow.  

We also have to remember that we are not in control...but God is!  I love the saying that Beth Moore has...  If_________, then GOD!  Fill in the blank with your biggest fear and then realize that the answer is always right there!


Please click on the link below and take a minute to read about Grayson and remember to pray for this little guy and his family as they battle the unthinkable. 

...and don’t forget to live for today and enjoy your children!  The laundry will always be there tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo

Sunday, October 31, 2010

birthday fun??

Well, we have almost made it through the crazy month of October. One of my favorite months of the year because it brings with it the crisp cool weather of Fall. Also a fun time in the Davis' house because three of us have birthdays! Yesterday we celebrated Miss Abigail’s 2nd birthday. It was a fun day of playing at the park, family time, opening presents and to wrap it all up a trip to Casa Bonita.

Abbie was a complete Diva the entire day.

She gave me dirty looks instead of smiles almost every time I tried to snap a picture. (Even while getting her mani/pedi!)

She teased her daddy and wouldn’t give him kisses.

She cried...

and cried...

and cried...

And she was quite concerned at the sight of a burning cake.

All in all we had a fun day. I am not a big fan of the giant birthday parties so this quaint family fun day was perfect for us!

Hope you enjoyed the pictures from Abbie’s big day! (Yeah, she wouldn’t even smile for a shot with mom and dad!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo

Thursday, October 28, 2010

she finally got it!

Well, it’s official. Abigail finally got the potty training down and has successfully made it two whole days without an accident. Thank the Lord! She will be two on Saturday...No more diapers.

She is quite funny. She has figured out, with the help of her big brother Carter, how to climb onto almost anything. It is not uncommon to find her sitting in the bathroom sink, fixing her hair and pilfering through her big sister’s jewelry. She makes faces at herself in the mirror, bats her eyes and talks to herself. Funny thing is, no one can really understand most of what she says...Oh, she’s talking, just in her own language. Carter understands her perfectly though. He can translate and let us know what she wants or needs. Their own secret language.

The one thing she does say quite clearly is, “I beautiful”. Wonder where she learned that! ;0)

Today is Thursday which means no plans for the evening which I like. Today is going to have to be the official shifting of the clothes day. All summer out, all winter in. I have really waited too long, but I dread it.

I can say that living in a 1300 sf condo puts what you really need into perspective. Yes...7 people...1300 sf...not much privacy around here! (Or storage space) So, everything goes out, no room to save hand-me-downs. I just donate it all to goodwill and start fresh. I need to get more shelving, more dressers, more baskets...just to organize what little we have kept!

Well, Carter just stole Abigail’s “spot” by the fireplace...and her hot chocolate so I had better put back on my supermom cape and go rescue the little Diva. Then to the clothes...I promise! I must complete the!

Thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

a hopeless romantic

I have discovered that I am a hopeless romantic.  I believe that everything in life should revolve around a cup of hot coffee, a fire and a good book, movie or music.  (and yes, I am likely to be found crying over any and all of the above!)

I think I could waste away many days simply lying in front of the fire, dreaming of the inevitable happily ever after that, as a hopeless romantic, I believe is how every story should turn out!

I am sure that this and my terribly short attention span contribute to the fact that my house is never just quite right, nor do I always know what is on the menu for dinner.  I have a habit of starting projects and never finishing them.  So many things that I want to do, but alas find myself unable to complete due to my short attention span...or impatience...or maybe it’s both.

Either way, this blog is something that I hope, someday, I can turn into a book.  I know if I were to sit down and just try to right a book I would undoubtedly become overwhelmed and just quit.  At least this is at my pace, when I feel like it.  I suppose there are parts that wouldn’t be fit for a book...maybe none of it, but if a girl can’t dream, than what?

I don’t really know what my purpose is in my writings.  I suppose it is to let the world know what is happening in my life, my families life and that if this crazy mom and wife can make it through the trials of every day can you.  I really don’t even have any idea who even reads this. I mean, other than myself, my sister and a couple of friends.  But I hope, whoever is out there reading finds a little hope, a little laughter and a little romance along the way.

Thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mcspeed, snow boots and a plastic smile...

We are watching “Lightning McSpeed” as Carter calls it, in our house again this morning.  Abbie is running around in her footie pajamas and...snow boots.  I don’t even try to rationalize with her on mornings like this.  Choose your battles!!

The dog pooped and peed on the floor again...I am thinking he may be for sale sooner than later!

The wind blew like a Noreaster was coming in all night last night, except there aren’t Noreasters in Colorado!  It was equivalent though...minus the snow.  They got it in the mountains, but we aren’t getting any for a few more days. (which is totally ok with me!)

I made comfort food for dinner last night.  Homemade Salisbury Steak, Homemade Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans.  Yummy.  I love comfort know, the kind that warms you from the inside out and makes you want to snuggle in front of the fireplace and watch a good movie or read a good book...probably why I like Fall so much!!

I am grouchy today.  I hate being grouchy.

Most days I do okay.  I just pull up my chin and keep on trucking.  Today is one of those days where I am just sick and tired of feeling like life is out to get us.

I try to step back and get some perspective on things.

The sun is shining.  That’s a plus.
The weather is crisp making it feel like fall.  Also, a plus.
We are healthy, at least as far as I can tell.

It’s just the life part that gets overwhelming.  The everyday grind.  The feeling that if it could go wrong it would go wrong.  Grrrr.  It’s hard to enjoy the little things in life when you feel so overwhelmed with the big things!!

very, very tired...

It’s funny how you can know all the right scriptures, all the “right things” to say if it was someone else going through the situation...but when it’s you, it’s different!

I am not one to put on a plastic smile and tell everyone that everything is great.  That is just not me.  I think people need to know that I am real.

Real Pain
Real Heartache
Real Life

After being in the ministry for 15 years, I have seen a LOT of plastic people who try to make everyone think that all is good and well with them, when really they want to cry, scream, tell you their world is falling apart and know that it’s all going to be ok.  But somehow, the church has made these people think that if they show those true emotions that they are not saved, or at the very least sinning because they aren’t trusting in God and claiming the victory. Ostracized if you will.

Don’t get me wrong.  I AM trusting in God...if I wasn’t, I would have bailed a long time ago in life.  I DO believe that He will bring us through.  But that doesn’t mean that I am not human, that I don’t struggle.

How many new Christ-Followers have walked away from God because they have met one too many plastic Christians that say life is good all the time and they just don’t think they are doing things right or will ever achieve that “status” and so they walk away... I say BE REAL!

I think I am going to go exert some energy on cleaning.  I can get my house VERY clean on a day when I am grouchy.  Something about working out my aggressions!


Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

another year...

Well, another year has come and gone. I think this is a year that, if I could, I would just hit either a rewind to try it again, or a delete so I can just forget it.

Don’t get me wrong. There were definitely highlights that were unforgettable. The cruise that Matthew took me on for our 15 year anniversary tops that list.  Such good, carefree, and fun times! Little moments here and there...I haven’t forgotten those either.

But there were definitely lows as well, probably a lot more lows than highs this year. I suppose that’s life though. You take the bad with the good. I am trying to learn from the bad so there is a lot more good this year!

I think that I have ‘grown up’ a lot more this year than in the past years. Funny how the ‘bad’ experiences in life can do that to you. You know it’s true.  You really do learn a lot about who you are and about life itself in those times!

But, moving on...

A couple of things stuck out to me this week in my studying.

One is that we have to learn to balance our passion with patience...our timing isn’t necessarily God’s timing!  Those of you who know me well know that I am a woman of passion!  If I believe in something I am passionate about it...sometimes to a fault!  But the patience...that I am not so good at. That is a work in progress for sure!

On the heals of that, my favorite scripture, Isaiah 40:31. The thing that I had never realized about this scripture that Beth Moore points out is that so many times we are waiting (rather impatiently) on an event, a person, a thing to happen and we feel tired and not the least bit strengthened...but that is the problem. The scripture clearly states that when we wait on GOD our strength will be renewed...not on the things we want GOD to do!

So today, filled with many emotions, I choose to wait on the One that gives me strength...because I know I can’t make it through another year without HIM!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life,

Wendy Jo

Sunday, October 17, 2010

run-a-way train

The kids are napping and it’s time to go to small groups, but here I sit typing. I guess we will probably be late again this week. Part of me gets irritated with being late, and part of me kind of enjoys living at our own pace.

Sometimes, you don’t realize how out of control you are, how controlled you are by someone else until your life gets shaken into reality. Then BAM, it hits you like a ton of bricks. You aren’t in control, you haven’t even allowed GOD to be in control...

Have you ever been so consumed in doing what’s “right”, doing “good”, keeping your chin up and just keeping on keeping on that you don’t even realize that you are on a run-a-way train? Sometimes you need a gentle nudge from a friend to get you back on track, sometimes you need a whole lot more than that.

What’s really important?

Looking good to everyone else?

Getting the job done no matter what?

Making other people look bad to make yourself look better?

Brushing things under the rug and “moving on”?

Doing so much good that you don’t realize that it’s not the good that you are supposed to be doing... Even too much of a good thing can become bad...

You may be guilty of one, or all or you may know someone who is...don’t let them stay on that run-a-way train. Be the friend that gives them the nudge and gets them back on track...or maybe get yourself back on track.

How many times have we been guilty of watching someone run themselves or run someone else into the ground and stood by, shaking our heads saying, “someone really should say something to them...” guilty? I know I am. Sometimes it is uncomfortable to do the right thing, sometimes it won’t be received. But I encourage you, if God is opening your eyes to something, don’t be afraid to let Him use you to be the voice of reason!!

Love this song...listen up!

Monday, October 4, 2010

terrible 2’s...and 3’s...what’s a mom to do?

So little Carter man is about to turn 3.  He has told everyone he was 3 from the moment he turned 2...really, he has.  He has, to this point, far surpassed his older brothers and sisters in his ‘terrible twoness’ and shows no signs of slowing down as he careens around our neighborhood squatted down on his skateboards, or (as we talked about before) colors my cream carpet with red marker...that did not come out...

Now we have yet another Davis’ child, the last of 5 who is about to turn 2.  Miss Abigail is already showing signs that she may surpass her brother in this thing called ‘terrible twos’.  Today...yes, just today, she has pooped in her pants, drawn on the floor with a yellow highlighter (thank you totally toddler for doing your job), and looked at her snack of chips and salsa and pushed it off guessed it, the cream carpet...(thank you AGAIN totally toddler for coming to the rescue).

Abbie has this way of looking at you when she knows she is up to no good. She cocks her curly little head sideways, puts on her cutest smile, shrugs her shoulders and...wait for you the princess wave.  Where do they learn these things?  I mean that doesn’t work for me...well maybe occasionally I can get out of ‘trouble’ with Matthew that way, but rarely!

So above all the ‘terrible’ things Abigail has been up to, potty training has involved some of the worst.  Previously Carter was my most difficult...Abbie has won that hands down! She has pooped in a number of places, including on her dad (I did laugh at that one) and on guessed it, cream carpet!

Side Note:  Who in their right mind invented cream carpet...and then who was dumb enough to think it was a good idea to install it in a house? Really?  I miss having hardwood floors!!

Ok, back to the poop on the carpet.  Abbie actually takes her ‘panties’ off and streaks naked quite often.  I really do try to keep her dressed, but she just keeps stripping...and before you all start gossiping...this is NOT something she learned from anyone in our house!  So a week or so ago, I look down by my feet to see a suspicious “lump” on the kitchen floor.  Curious I follow it to a second lump which lead to a whole trail of...much less lumpy stuff along a span of about 6 feet through the dining room.


This one is impossible.

I always have my kids potty trained by 2...and I am running out of time! She will do #1 quite well and easily for me...but the #2, I think she truly gets pleasure out of watching me on my hands and knees scrubbing the carpets...I mean, I am starting to spend a good part of my day doing just that...or maybe God is trying to get me to pray, let’s not get super-spiritual on this one...I think it’s the first one!

Well, I have some sewing to do and laundry to fold, and a bathtub to clean out after our latest I have to go for now.

Thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo

Friday, September 24, 2010

being home

Have you ever really thought about the deeper meaning of being 'home'?

People come 'home' from work...
People go 'home' to visit extended family and friends they grew up with...
'Home' is where the heart is...
Women love to make their house a 'home'...
People serving our country in the armed forces want to go 'home'...

I've been thinking a lot about what 'home' really means to me.

We've moved a lot in our life so no structure can ever really be home. I can make it 'homey' but it's just a building. I like to go visit my family and friends, but it's not really home to me anymore.  It's not the house I grew up in and most of my family is spread out across the country.

I think home to me is the feeling I get when my husband walks through the door and my children run and hug and kiss him and scream, "DADDY"!

It is the smell of a roast cooking in the kitchen and cookies in the oven.

A fire in the fireplace and a candle burning on the mantle.

It is kids playing tag through the house and jumping on the furniture, even when I've told them no 100 times.

It's a baby streaking naked through the house after a bath.

It's laughter, tears, joy, and pain. It is the fear that things will never be the same and the excitement of a new adventure...together.

I really think that is the key.  We are together.  Whatever we are doing we are in it as one. No man or woman can change that.  People can do things and say things, be it truth or lies, we are who God made us to be and we are where we are because God has a plan.

WE are 'home'.

Thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo

Thursday, September 16, 2010

love notes

About a year ago, I received one of the coolest, most thoughtful gifts I have ever received.  Now don't get me wrong, there have been a lot of really neat gifts along the road, but this one was special.

My husband had just returned from a mission trip to El Salvador and pulled me in to present me with this gift.  It was really a pre-gift to another gift he planned to give me, but this pre-gift is what I want to focus on today.

The gift was a planner/journal for the coming year.  Now I should probably stop here and explain that my husband is one of the most particular shoppers that you will find.  He doesn't LIKE to shop, but he, like most men, enjoys the 'hunt'... and inevitable 'capture' of whatever it is he is looking for.  That being said, I know the hours of research...'hunting' that went into this purchase.

I LOVE the journal.  I have jotted in it off and on throughout the year and journaled in it as I did devotions or just had a thought... but truly this is where the most special part of this gift really lies.

Within it's pages my husband had taken the time to go through and write something special on each day that meant something to us as a couple.  Little 'love notes'.  Kids birthdays, trips, special memories...each page carefully gone over and written in with love, for me to find as I went through the journal as the year passed.

Only God knew how much I would need those little reminders as I flipped through the pages on those particular days.

One in particular stood out to me a few days back.  It was a very unexpected little note that I had not remembered seeing and the day was not a 'special' day in our lives... but there it was.  It simply said, "I just love you, that's all."  Simple but so powerful on a day I needed that reminder...

It reminds me of how God has written these little love notes to us also, in his gift to us, the Bible.  How many times have we been flipping through the pages and come upon a verse or chapter that just reminds us that we are loved...that He is in control...that He will provide...that we are none worthy, not one...and yet, He loves us so much anyway...

Remember that you are loved today.

Thanks for stopping by.

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

some thoughts...

Ok so I know I said we would talk about potty training today but I need to get some things off my chest...

I am a stuffer.  By this I mean that I tend to stuff my feelings down inside instead of saying what I am really thinking.  I always have so many things that I want to say, but when it comes down to it, my will to keep the peace seems to override my will to speak my mind.  The problem with this I suppose is that I am also somewhat of a passive aggressive personality.  I can only bottle for so long before I let it all go...not a pretty sight I would guess...

I have never been good with comebacks either.  I will think of the most incredible things to say...long after the confrontation or conversation is over. I can sit and play out the entire situation in my head and everything that I would say, but I never have those things in my back pocket to just throw out there on a whim... nope I am the one that just sits there dumbfounded at the person with my jaw hanging to the ground and says..."well, well,!"

I have a lot on my mind today.

I went to the first session of the Beth Moore Bible Study on Esther last night.  It is going to be fantastic.  Just like Esther I feel like this study is "for such a time as this".  I don't typically put a lot of scripture in my blog.  Not necessarily on purpose, it just isn't what I typically write about it.  There was a scripture last night that jumped out at me.  It's found in Ephesians 1:11--'Even when we're blind to the evidence, God, "works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will."' Beth talks about how the book of Esther never once mentions God. In all of my years as a Christ Follower, I never noticed that.  I guess I just assumed that God was present and didn't have to be mentioned for you to know that He was the one working in that great story in the Bible...

Wow! Even when it seems that God is nowhere in sight, that everything that possibly could go wrong does...even when it is not evident that God is there...HE IS!! I am right now trying to learn this theology... God help me to learn it quick so we can move on!! :0)

Well, there are hundreds, probably thousands more things I could say I said, a LOT on my mind, but I will stop for now.

Trusting God for His promises today...

Thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo

Friday, September 10, 2010

Oh Carter...

Well, today has not been the best of days. There is something about a 2 year old that is built into their little intuition that tells them when mommy is not having the best of days...and they try really hard to make it...well, not better!

I don't even know where to start!

The fact that he and his baby sister woke up at 6:00 am did not bring a smile to my face. The coffee was not brewing, the sink was not clean and quite frankly I was not in the mood to be the one up taking care of it all...but there I was so that was the beginning.

The fit that Carter decided was necessary early this afternoon was also not helpful. My hands were full and there are three flights of stairs to walk up to get to our the whole neighborhood got to hear him wailing while I walked up, dropped my load of things (which included his baby sister) and then headed back down to see him sitting in tears.

OK. So I did have pity on him and carried him up the stairs. He looked so sad I just couldn't help myself. But...later that night he would have been left sitting right there after what he did...

So we rent. We rent a very nice, upgraded condo that is owned by people that don't have children so I live in constant fear of the kids doing something outrageous to the place. (not that I should be expecting my deposit back anyway since the last two landlords have mysteriously disappeared off the face of the earth when it was time to return our deposit to us...hmmm)

Anyway...I took 5 minutes to myself. Just 5 minutes. I didn't even lock the door, just closed it. Carter comes to the door and asks me to come draw him a puppy. Awww how cute! I tell him sure, just give me a couple minutes. He quietly (this should have been my first clue) waits for me. I open the door and our cream carpet now has a "house" drawn on it that is approximately 5 feet long by 2 feet wide, drawn in cherry red marker! Oh dear God help me before I do something I shouldn't do to this child!

As you can imagine the rest of my evening has been spent scrubbing to no avail, my now slightly orange carpet...I have to go get some more products tomorrow and work on it again. Fantastic!

I guess other than this fairly stinky day things have been going pretty well. Loving the sunshine and the gorgeous weather, the swimming pool, the hot tub, the mountains, my family and my new friends...while missing my far away friends very much.

I will try to be more consistent now that things have settled down a bit. I have started sewing again and have "tooshie" back up and running so that is keeping me pretty busy, but not too busy to sit down and write occasionally.

Next time I will let you in on a little thing called potty-training Abigail...oh my has that been fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo

Monday, August 30, 2010

getting settled

I have officially been a "Coloradan" for three weeks now and am starting to get settled in to the new condo, the new life, the new routines... It is not an easy process.

I still can't find my toaster so if anyone wants cinnamon toast I have to do it the old-fashioned way of putting the bread on a cookie sheet and warming it in the oven. The problem with this is that the oven doesn't magically pop up when it's done...needless to say I have burnt a few slices of bread this week!

You forget what it is like to have a well-stocked refrigerator. All of those little things that you forget that you have until you start to cook a meal and then you don't have it because you threw it all out before you moved...

Sleep...well this is just a given. I am not getting any! Late to bed and early to rise. Children that are two hours ahead of the time zone you are currently living in. Too many things to do and not enough hours to do them...and I am blogging!

I am sure this is going to be fun...we are approaching my favorite time of year which brings with it the shedding of the things of the year that have passed and the preparation for new things to grow in the coming year. Looking forward to the season ahead.

Thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Looking Back

Well, as I sit and ponder life I can't help but think of good times and fun that's been had.

Not unlike my father, I have saved little things here and there that have special meaning or bring back memories of good times. And...not unlike my mother, I have also purged my fare share of things along the way! (It really depends on the mood I'm in when I'm cleaning I suppose!)

So today I am packing boxes and preparing for yet another move and I came across a vase. Nothing unique about it really, except that it is the vase that my now husband of 15 years gave to me, filled with a dozen roses on the day he proposed. I don't pull it out often, in fact I don't think it's been out once in the year I have lived at this house, but I just can't bear to part with it. There is of course a story that goes with it. More than the proposal, a funny story of handicap parking and parking tickets. Part of our history that I don't want to forget.

I found a tiny little mug that says I "heart" chicago on it. Matthew bought this for our little Carter when he was still in my belly and Matthew was gone on a mission trip.

The cappuccino/espresso machine that we received as a wedding gift. It hasn't made a cappuccino in years, but it used to be the only little luxury we had for our stay-at-home dates...because that was..all we could afford! Now we slip out for Starbucks when we can, but I still hate to part with it...

Then there are the pictures. Oh man, some are pretty funny. I look back and wonder what in the world we were thinking with clothing and! And then there are the more recent pictures from trips and family times...all part of who I am, who we are today.

Everything that happens in life, good and bad, make up the pieces that! Although some things are fun too look back at, others can be painful, but they all ultimately make up our very existence.

Here's to looking back, and then looking ahead.

Thanks for stopping by.

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo

Sunday, July 4, 2010

The first half...

I thought that I learned everything i needed to know when I was in school.

I am pretty sure I was wrong.

Life has certainly thrown me a few curveballs along the way, I think anyone could expect that. Right? I mean really, life is just a series of unexpected events...waiting to happen.  Where we will live, how many children we will have...I mean, God knows, but no one else can even begin to guess what path our life will take.

The first half of the year has officially come and gone.  I have been reflecting a lot on what I can learn or have learned from 'the first half'...

10.  expect the unexpected...I should have learned this one already, but it has definitely been one to relearn
9.  sometimes when you give everything you have, it still isn't enough
8.  true friends are priceless
7.  my life is truly in God's hands
6.  some things are better left unsaid
5.  go with your gut
4.  the sun does actually shine in Pennsylvania!
3.  children need their momma, know matter how their momma feels
2.  I have a lot of baggage...personally and in my house that needs to be thrown out
1.  just keep smiling

(oh...and getting your nose pierced really matter what people say!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life,

Wendy Jo

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A sunny day and nothing to do...

Well we finally got another sunny day here in the Poconos, and I hardly know what to do with myself!

No, really.

What exactly do you do on a sunny day with no kids at home?  I have had the day completely to myself and basically wasted the entire day because I couldn't figure out what I wanted to do!!

Pitiful, I know.

I dream of days like this, of all the things I would do with a day to myself. I picture a day trip to any number of places...

I felt guilty going shopping...

What would I buy? Could I spare any money?

What about taking a walk? mmmm, nope, can't get motivated for that one either...

Sewing, nope, don't want to be trapped inside...

A, feeling guilty just thinking about it.

Clean the house...again, no.

You get the picture.  And now, it's 2:45 and the kids are going to begin filtering back into the house and wanting to know what we are going to do tonight.  Hmmm, I better start working on this now or I am going nowhere fast when everyone gets home!  Maybe a bonfire out back.  Easy and free!!

In other news, Little Joe is finally adjusting to the family.  He has learned who is in charge after a few short days of very strict training... I think we may be backtracking on potty training though so there is another project for me to tackle! He keeps sneaking off to a certain spot in the house and making his mess and then sneaking back in!  I have cleaned the spot with pet odor remover and bleach, but he just keeps going back.  Lots of fun!

Before, I go, a little Carter story to make you smile...he is up to his antics again.  He is obviously watching EVERYTHING that happens around the house and soaking it all in!  Unfortunately, what he seems to have picked up is Matthew's habit of popping me on the rear and saying "hey babe"...yeah, you get the picture.  Fortunately his teacher at daycare is also a very good friend and got a kick out of his "rear-popping"as he strutted by her the other day.  Oh my, what will we do with the boy?

Well, I have 5 minutes left to relish of my quiet...yet boring day!  Hope you have enjoyed yours!

Thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo

Monday, May 17, 2010

What was I thinking?

First, let me thank you for being patient as I took the week off last week to spend some much needed time with my wonderful husband and children, and also to get adjusted to the newest member of our family!

Matthew and I had a fabulous time at the Jersey Shore, drinking coffee, walking on the beach and enjoying the gorgeous views of the ocean and bay from our hotel room.  WOW!  I am always amazed by the beauty and serenity of the ocean.  It takes me to a calm place that actually allows this mind of mine to stop...which is a rare thing!!

After coming home we spent a couple of days spoiling the kids a little bit and running around to baseball games.  It was a gorgeous weekend and this week promises to be the same.  Thank the Lord for some 70 degree weather finally!  I was way past ready!

On to Little Joe.

Hmmm.  I have definitely had a few of those moments already where I have said to myself, "what was I thinking?'  Seriously, where were my friends telling me I had lost my mind in this process?  They were actually right there, telling me I had lost my mind, but I didn't listen very well!

So, here we are with this newest addition to our family, who is sooo super sweet, but also is occasionally going postal on us!  A friend told me that he (all 1 1/2 pounds of him) thinks HE is the "alpha male" in our house and apparently I have to teach him that this is not so!  It's a good thing he isn't any bigger than he is or I might be terrified of him!  He sounds downright vicious!!

I am serious!  He can turn as if he is bi-polar from super lovey to attack mode!  So now the poor thing is getting time-outs in his crate every time he acts like that!  As if I didn't have enough time-outs to worry about with Carter!!

Can you spank a dog?

I'm thinking yes...not too hard, just a swat...

I will keep you posted on how this goes, and if anyone out there has any pointers on training this ferocious beast let me know!  I don't want to give up on him already, but I have no idea what I am doing.  All the research I did said that the maltese was... "a calm, quiet family dog that is great with kids!"

I would like to talk to those people...


Thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo

Friday, May 7, 2010

Another Davis...

I think it's official, I've lost my mind!  I was at a baseball game, minding my own business, when this girl walks up with this tiny little ball of fur.  Now I am not normally a dog fan.  With five kids, the thought of cleaning up more poop, hair and whatever goes along with a dog...oh yes drool, it's just not appealing!  So I ask her about this cute little fur ball and it is a year old Maltese!  It's tiny, it doesn't shed, it's calm, it's good with kids...I want one!

Anyone who knows me knows that I can be a bit impulsive.  This was no exception.  I went straight home and started researching this little dog to find out if all of these things about him were true...which they are!  So before you know it I had found one and it is on the way to my house today!  

This isn't the best picture but it's the only one I have of the little guy! When he gets here I will take more!

I think we will call him Lil' Joe.  It's his given name and I like it.  Of course Carter, who I have told my secret too, is already calling guessed it, Bean!  This is actually Matthew's Mother's Day gift to me.  I am quite excited, although the fear of the unknown is is a big commitment.  I hope I don't get buyer's remorse, because this one isn't going back!

A good friend of mine decided to point out to me AFTER I had purchased Li'l Joe that this is normally the time I would be giving birth to another child!  She is right!  I think I just may be filling the void of not having another child with...a dog! Yikes...wish she would have told me that before I purchased the wouldn't have made any difference, and I am definitely not having more kids, so I guess a dog it is!

My only major concern now is that Carter will not sit on Lil' Joe because that would definitely be the end of him!  Definitely going to have to watch him close!  Normally he is terrified of dogs, no matter the size, so I am hoping that is the case with Lil' Joe.  At least for awhile so that Lil' Joe can learn to run and hide!!!

The kids are waking up and of course hungry so I had better get busy with breakfast.  The bus driver has zoomed past our house twice this week, not even slowing down, so today I will stand by the side of the road to wait, just to make sure...not sure what I'll do if she doesn't stop...probably start running after her like any good, crazy mom would do! 

I am attaching a link to the Parenthood sermon series from our church to the bottom of this.  I have had some requests for info on it and figured this was the easiest way to get it to you.  It will be updated each week with the new service for the four weeks I think.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Friday...and Happy Mother's Day to all of you moms out there!!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo

Monday, May 3, 2010

Put that away!!

No one ever said parenting would be easy, right?  If they did they must have been delusional because I am here to say it is NOT easy! Our Pastor is actually preaching on Parenthood right now and I am already learning so much...about what I am doing wrong! :0) Good thing I am in the learning mood!

Yesterday was an eventful day! We had church in the morning and then headed straight to baseball pitch, hit and run competitions for the two older boys.  It was a muggy, rainy, and then sunny day o' fun at the field. Carter and Abigail tend to get a little bored and therefore awnry while we are out there. I usually cram them full of food and drinks to keep them occupied and help pass the time. Matthew and I were sitting in the bleachers watching the kids run and play during a lull when we both look out in front of the bleachers to see Carter with his pants around his ankles, peeing on the grass! He looks up at us nonchalantly and says, "I pee on grass!" Fabulous.

The rest of the afternoon passed without incident and we made it to bed time.  Everyone was tucked in and Matthew and I were finally enjoying a few moments of peace when I hear someone stirring upstairs. Matthew goes to check it out and then yells at me that I might want to come see this.

There stands Carter, toilet brush in one hand, empty bottle of what used to be VERY EXPENSIVE hair gel in the other.  The toilet is filled with a mixture of hair gel and, you guessed it, and he is swishing and cleaning away!  He looks up with a quivering lower lip, "I cweanin'! I mommy's big hewpew? (helper)" How can I be mad...and yet, I am just a tad on the mad side...when will the boy stop?!  I can understand once, maybe even twice a week him doing something crazy, but twice a day? Really?

So after all of that I figured today would be an easy day, but it started with him aiming and shooting (you know) all over the bathroom, himself, me...yep, it's been yet another long day here~

This one is short and sweet because if I don't go the house will be destroyed and we will be late for yet another baseball game!  (It's a good thing Ashton doesn't play softball or we would really be in trouble!) Fortunately she is into acting and singing so we have nooooo problems there...(note the sarcasm) We will talk about that at a later date!

Have a great evening and thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo

Thursday, April 29, 2010

And then there was Caleb...

Well, as any good parent, I force my kids to eat their meals. Maybe not all of it, but they at least have to try a bite.  Like it or not, my mom made me do it and therefore, so will my kids.  I definitely am not as strict as my mom was about dinnertime. I had to clean my plate, I mean it had better have been shining when I finished...and of course now I have a complex if I don't finish my meal...even at a restaurant when they give you like a triple portion!!

Hmmm, maybe that is why these last 17 pounds are hanging on!

And then there is Caleb.  Caleb was born with a gag reflex like you would not believe...he could smell something gross, look at something gross, merely think of something gross and BAM, we had puke!  I would be changing Carter's diaper and if Caleb walked in, I had two messes to clean.  And, quite honestly, nearly three, because I am right on Caleb's trail when it comes to that gag reflex! We were at a friend's house and she was cooking sauerkraut and when he walked in and smelled it he started gagging and headed straight back downstairs!  Good thing she was a good friend or we wouldn't have been invited back!

So I decided that we hadn't had an incident in awhile with Caleb and it would be a good time to try to get him to eat some normal food with the rest of the family.  I made my yummy little meatloaf muffins that I was telling you about and they turned out so yummy, I just knew he'd love them....wrong.

He was actually doing fine until he saw a teeny tiny little carrot on his plate.  He said, 'what's that?' and I of course told him which was immediately followed by him spewing all over the table...and then everyone was done with dinner...just like that! They all just stood up, picked up their plates and much for that yummy dinner.

I guess we will try again...a long time from now!

Another little side note about my sweet little middle child.  Caleb is quiet and has always been able to flash those big brown eyes at me and get pretty much whatever he wants. I feel terrible because sometimes, he is so quiet and good, I do actually forget that he is in the house!  I am bad about remembering to send show n tell with him, because he isn't one that gets really worked up about it, and quite honestly is very forgiving if I forget to remind him...still doesn't stop the guilt trip that I am sure to give myself though!

Caleb is also finishing up his Kindergarten year and has learned to read quite well.  He has a sense of humor that pops out every once in awhile that surprises even himself.  He was reading his list of words to me the other day and gets to the word 'but' and quickly points to his rear and says, 'not this kind mom, it's like, "I want to play my DS, but you won't let me!"' I was trying so hard not to laugh, but just couldn't help it.

The kids just got home so I had better go start getting dinner on the table. Caleb just informed me that today was the very special "Qu" show and tell, and he was the only one that forgot their item from home to give as a gift to the "queen". Really? The only one, no one else forgot..."nope, but it's okay's okay that you forgot my snack too, because we had brownies!!" ...sigh...

I don't know if I will ever get this parenting thing right, but I will sure keep trying!

Thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo

Monday, April 26, 2010

Summer is coming...36 Days to June 1

Well, although we have been bombarded once again with cool rain and fog here in the Poconos, my mind is still set on Spring and the much anticipated Summer break!  With that comes the overwhelming fear of...shorts and swimsuits!  (If only we could all look cute with our fat rolls like miss Abigail!)

Let's face it, after five kids I just don't feel like the glowing picture of athleticism that I would like to.  I try to keep in trip up the stairs for dirty laundry and then back down, forgot my phone upstairs so up I go and then back down, someone is crying upstairs so up I go, again, and then back down...not exactly the ideal workout routine, but I will take what I can get!  (And when the Dr. asks if I exercise  regularly...well, of course I do!)

That being said, I am stuck at somewhat of a plateau.  (Yeah, been there awhile, I remember mentioning it a month or so ago...) So here I am stuck, 15 pounds over my "ideal" weight. (well actually according to the scales 17 pounds...but it changes daily...maybe the scale is broken)

Who decided ideal anyway? Some non-exercising, unhealthy scientist in a lab? Hmmm, well regardless, being the perfectionist that I am, I want to be at my "ideal" weight.  Soooo, beginning today I will be tracking for the world to see, my journey to taking off those last, frustrating, post-baby pounds, and really more correctly my overall body health.  (I will NOT be posting pictures!)

Pounds to Lose: 17
Pounds Lost: 0 (Yep a big goose egg)
BMI: 24.6 (Just barely in the top end of the normal range by .3) Aaaah

I exercised (actual real exercise) for 15 minutes today.
I a horse!  This may be more difficult than I thought!

One more thing, I realize to some of you I may not look overweight, but the doctor says I am; and yes, I have checked with my doctor before beginning this exercise regiment and you should do the same!

If you want to join with me, than post your status in the comment section as we work our way toward summer time! (Pounds to Lose...Pounds Lost...BMI) I am doing a 12 week plan, with the intention of losing a pound a week.  So I won't actually reach my "ideal" weight by summer, but I know I will be feeling better!  (June 1 will mark just over 5 weeks so I should have lost 1/3 of my weight by then).

In other exciting news, I will be making low-fat meatloaf muffins for dinner. I know, sounds amazingly not fun...but I pulled it from a friend of mine's blog and she is a fabulous cook, so I am going to give it a try.  I'll let you know how it goes!

Off to make a Tooshie Tote, and take care of a very whiney 2-year-old!

Thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life (Really Crazy today)

Wendy Jo


Friday, April 23, 2010

Tooshie Totes

I thought I would take just a minute to update you today about my business, Tooshie Totes. I know, kind of a funny name, so let me explain.

When I started making totes several years ago, I actually started making diaper bags...out of necessity, because I wasn't really into Pooh Bear and I needed something stylish to tote all of my baby things in! And I couldn't afford the cute bags I saw at the local boutique, so being the creative do-it-myself kind of girl, I decided that I could just make one. Thus the beginning of my business, that has been kind of on-again, off-again for the last 15 years. Since I carried things to clean a baby hiney, I wanted to name the bags accordingly...and since I didn't figure that Butt Bags would really catch on, I went with Tooshie Totes instead!

My true passion is design. I love to decorate anything and everything. I just don't have the money to actually decorate the way I really want to! (Something about needing to feed five children and put clothing on them tends to take priority over my design fetish!)

I can talk myself out of just about any purchase when I stand in the store aisle long enough debating..."Shoes for the baby...fabric for new for the baby...fabric for new for the baby" get the picture! And of course, being a bit on the creative side, I tend to think I can do any task, be it big or small, so I have a really hard time buying ANYTHING because, after all, I could do that!! (Yes, you can roll your eyes here, because that is exactly what my husband would be doing!) I am the insane friend who tells my friend, 'Sure, we can strip that table and chairs down and repaint the entire thing in one weekend...with 8 children and no husbands to help...piece o' cake!'

Ok, so I have gone completely off track here, but what I am trying to get to is that designing totes has been an outlet for me to release my inner-designer without putting the family into bankruptcy! The totes have been on hold the last month or so because I needed to take care of some family stuff, get my life back in order a bit. But...I can feel the design bug creeping up on me, so new totes will be emerging soon!

Crying babies and a night at the baseball field await me so I have to go for now. Enjoy your weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Best Laid Plans...

I awoke this morning, once again to the sound of a frantic child, much earlier than I had planned. We have already established that I am NOT a morning person! Far from it. However, I have been doing better. Waking up before anyone else has helped, as well as faithfully following my flylady routines so that when I go to bed my sink is shining and my laundry is caught up. was kind of an accumulation of several long days that started in a similar fashion to this morning and I had pretty much had it. I had made plans for the day and they did not include two sick children!

So my alarm was still waiting to go off, but I was up, cleaning up yet another child covered in vomit and wishing that somehow we could just start this day about two hours! What I don't understand is how you can throw up and then act fine the rest of the day, having more energy than 10 grown men!!

So Carter is bouncing off the walls and Abigail, who is also sick, simply walks around and whines and moans and cries and complains! Not a good or easy combination. Add to that the fact that I also have come down with something and just want someone to take care of me! Just for a day! But, no, I must do as all mothers across the world must do...put aside my own exhaustion and sickness and take care of my children.

I don't say this to sound pitiful, although I probably do sound quite pitiful...I am just stating the simple fact that every mother at some point or other reaches this milestone (I don't know that that is the right word...but you know what I mean)! I am really good at just plugging away and doing what has to be done.

Day after day after day...

I might drop an occasional hint that I am nearing the point of no return...

you know that point when your head spins 360 degrees and then flies off?! But I just keep bottling it up, until...

...about 6 am on a Thursday morning when I am awoke by the frantic yells....yeah you get the picture. My poor husband doesn't get it. After all, I've really said nothing clearly to him that would make him think that I was reaching that point of no return...I mean, in my mind I suppose I have with the little hints, but let's face it, men's minds do NOT operate that way!!

Nope, he has been completely blindsided, hit out of nowhere with my head spinning antics and he knows nothing but to run!! (Actually to be fair, he did take the sheets off the bed and get them to the laundry room).

So it is now time to try to get these sickly children to lay down and take a second short nap so that I can catch a cup of Chai Tea and an episode of something on HGTV to inspire me. (Not exactly my big plans that I had for the day, but at this point it will do!) Here is to all the mom's out there who need a day at the spa, but instead will settle for a lukewarm shower with children beating at the door! Try to find a little "me time" in the chaos of your day!

Thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo

Monday, April 19, 2010

Just another Davis day...

We have a saying in our house when things seem to go a little crazy...which seems to be quite often! We will say, 'It's been a "Davis Day"' or something along those lines when everything that could go wrong, does!

I had one of those days last week. Actually it was two in a row...but I will spare you the pain and just tell you about the first one for now. I am driving down the highway, minding my own business when I hear a strange noise coming from under the car. (I was driving Matthew's car because he had mine) Low and behold one of the front tires that we were going to replace the next day was flat as a pancake!

So I get out the jack and start working on raising the car to change the tire. I get the car up high enough to get the tire off when I remember that you have to keep the weight of the car on the rim in order to loosen the lug nuts! (My dad taught me how to change a tire, but that was a long time ago!) So, back down I crank the little jack, which takes almost as long to crank down as it does to crank it back up!

I finally get it low enough to start tugging on the lug nuts. I get one very stubborn nut off and am working on the second one when a nice, big, muscular man stops to help me. (I'm pretty sure he could have just lifted the car with one hand and changed the tire with the other...) Anyway, I am pretty independent, pretty stubborn, pretty bull-headed, but I was wearing my new sweater, good jeans and my great black I was not complaining when he took over!

Long story short he got the tire changed, replaced it with the donut, only to find that the donut was flat! (At which point I am really thankful that he is there, because I am pretty sure that my attitude would not have been very good if it was me changing that tire!) So he took the donut back off, took it to the gas station, put air in it, then came back and put it on the car!

A side note here, when I was telling the kids what happened when I got home, Carter was soooo excited, because he thought that I had brought home donuts for him to eat! The boy never stops thinking about food!

Back on track...

Well, as if this weren't enough, I go to start the car...and the battery is dead from running my hazard lights! Thank goodness Matthew had showed up by this point so he gave me a jump...

Oh, no, it's not over yet!! I take the little car and go to pick up my daughter. All goes well until I pull back into the driveway at our house only to hear the air hissing out of the OTHER front tire! Are you kidding me?! Remember, we were getting the tires replaced the next day!!!

I guess I should be glad that I made it back home instead of getting stranded and having to tow the little car. But it still qualifies as a Davis Day, hands down! Thank goodness the kids weren't with me, and the rain had stopped, and, and, and!!! (Next time maybe we won't wait quite so long to get those tires changed either!)

Well, surprise, surprise, Carter is streaking through the house naked, playing a harmonica! Nap time must be over, so I have to go...

Thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I have to poop...

Well, we all know that I could write stories about Mr. Carter every day and we would all get a laugh. The boy is destined to be a comedian or something... I try to spread the love amongst the kids when I tell my stories, but today Carter takes the cake. Here are a few of his funny moments over the past week!

Okay, this one was too funny not to post. How many times have you been in the middle of nowhere and one of the kids has to...go, not just number one either! Well, the other day at baseball practice my little Carter announces from the back seat, 'I have to poop!!'. He sounded quite desperate, but there was nowhere to take him so I tell him to hold on a minute... The next thing I know I hear him grunt and then announce, 'I pooped.'


Just what I needed!

Of course then I discovered there was a lovely little outhouse/port-o-potty on the other side of the fields so we walked across the field to take care of business...not an easy task in a 3x3 foot space, while holding your breath and trying not to touch ANYTHING!!! Wow!

Then there is the ongoing complaint that his tummy he telling the truth? Is he sick? I'm thinking the answer is no since he then proceeds to tell me that, 'It's pwobly the poporn and tittles from the movie theatow!' The kid doesn't forget anything! I had told him the night after we went to the movies when he complained about his tummy hurting that it was probably the popcorn and skittles...enough said. Now of course, he thinks that the solution to his upset tummy is...chocolate! I don't think so!

Then there was the trip to Kmart this week, looking for shoes for Caleb. Of course the shoe department happens to be right next to the lingerie department! Carter announces in his NOT inside voice...'Look mommy, BOOBIES!' Oh yes..such a proud moment for me as I duck into the shoe aisle!

And, last, but not least, I am sending you over to my husbands blog to see what Carter's teacher caught him reading in Sunday School class last week! Not sure what this book is doing in the preschool class, but of course Carter found it...boy do we have our hands full! Click below to check this one out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo

Monday, April 12, 2010

The Buddy System

When you start having children, you are overwhelmed at the thought of bringing home that precious bundle of joy from the hospital. You wonder how you will remember to feed it, how you will know when it is hungry, when will you sleep...the questions go on. Those first few days and even weeks seem to fly by as you try to adjust to life with this third little person in your house.

I remember finding it difficult to find time to grab a shower, eat, do the dishes...I was completely overwhelmed! Little did I know that a few years down the road I would be trying to figure out how to juggle FIVE of these precious little kiddos! Wow! Never did I imagine...

Now I mentioned Baby Wise was a lifesaver for me when it came to getting my kids on a schedule. I can't imagine trying to make it through those early years without that book...and a lot of prayer!

But, the kids are getting older now, ranging in age from 12 down to 1 and so I have found that in order to get everything done that needs to get done, we needed something to help us a little. Let's face it, if you want me to be happy, do not make me try to cook dinner for 7 with 2-3 youngsters clinging to my legs, fighting, screaming, crying, get the picture, and it's not pretty.

Just like when I am talking on the phone, cooking time also seems to be the time that EVERYONE needs something from me!

I want to teach my kids to cook...

I want them to be able to do these things...

but I am pretty sure that dinnertime is NOT the time to do that!

No, my kids prefer to play a game of, 'Who can knock whom off the couch with a pillow first?', or another household favorite is, 'I am older than you and I can make you think that I will actually run over you with this battery powered four-wheeler'!

So...we have instituted the 'buddy system' in our house. Any time I need to be focused on a task at hand, or if we are preparing to go somewhere, or even at bedtime, each child is responsible for another.

The kids seem to be really grasping the idea and learning to, not only help each other, but also love each other a little more along the way! It isn't always perfect, but it is certainly making things go much smoother! I find that I am not constantly yelling up the stairs at my one very willing child to do everything! Instead things are more balanced and fun!

Cooper feels a little stressed about his job, because, quite frankly, it is the hardest...he is in charge of Carter! Even at that, Carter, after a week or so is finally learning that punching his 'buddy' in the face does not help him get ready to go out to play, it only gets him in a whole lot of trouble! He actually knows that Cooper is his buddy and looks for him to help him with his shoes, etc. So cute!

Ashton is in charge of helping Caleb and then Caleb, who is a big 5-year-old now, is in charge of Abigail. (Of course most of the time she is with me, or Ashton helps him with his 'buddy', but it gives Caleb that sense of responsibility...he likes to make her happy!

I will keep you posted on how this goes, but so far so good! I feel like I may just be able to get dinner on the table tonight without having to lock everyone in their bedrooms!

Thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo

Saturday, April 10, 2010

A little spring spruce up...

Well, it is Saturday afternoon and I have had a busy morning with the kids. Cooper and Caleb have baseball practice today and we have church tonight and we have church tomorrow and and and!!! Lots to do, always. It doesn't seem to stop! I am thankful it is sunny today, although a crisp 55 degrees with a strong northwesterly wind makes it feel much colder than it looks outside. The children are very confused because it was 80 last week and we lived outside, now they can't go out because it rained and it's too cold! Summer is coming!

I thought I would share with you one of my favorite money-saving tips to spruce up your house for spring. I have had to come up with inexpensive ways to cover the 30+ windows in my house because we rent and I refuse to spend the money on curtains that may not work at my next house.

You can purchase twin size flat sheets at any of the 'superstores' for around $5-$6. One twin sheet will nicely cover one window. You can get white or any other fresh, spring-like color. You then have two choices for hanging them. You can get some of those lightweight little curtain clips to hang them from a curtain rod over the window or you can put a small slit in each side of the top end of the curtain and you have a curtain pocket. Using the clips allows you to adjust the length, creating a small over-hang along the top if you need to shorten it. (Or you can hide the over hang on the inside if you don't like that ruffled look.)

No sewing, super cheap, and very easy to do this little trick will make your house feel a little fresher after the long winter and give you some inspiration to do some spring cleaning too!

Off to the next baseball practice! Enjoy your Saturday!

Thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The bathtub is green...and not the earth-friendly kind!

Okay, I said that we were going to talk about organization, so here we go!

Now with me, my five kids and my beloved husband, we have a LOT of stuff.  Some is necessary, some I suppose is not, but regardless I get so overwhelmed I just want to escape sometimes! Seriously, I just pack up and leave for the day! Then I come back, and it's all still there and I'm even more depressed than I was before, because unfortunately, ignoring the clutter and the filth does not make it go away!

So about a week ago I went up to take a quick shower and I looked in the tub only to discover that the tub is green...again.

We have a very high amount of minerals in our water...

I know, if I washed it when I should it probably would not get to the shade of green that it had arrived at on this particular day.  Now the kids love it because they think I have put special coloring in their bath water to make it pretty!  HA!  That one always makes me laugh!

So I start to look around and realize that my whole house is in chaos and therefore, so am I.  There is a thin coat of dust on everything...has it been a month since I dusted? There are dust bunnies peaking out from under the couch and spider webs hanging from the ceiling corners...I am being very real with you here so don't use this against me later, okay? :0)  There are at least 5 loads of laundry on the floor from when I started it a week ago and I smell a load souring in the wash, and of course there is one in the dryer...not to mention the clothes that actually got folded, but never put away!! I realize that I am stressed and never feel like I have accomplished a thing at the end of the day, but somehow I am exhausted!

I suppose on this particular day, I was ready to receive any kind of help I could get to figure out my chaos.  I couldn't go another day like this.  I believe I was living out the definition of insanity...doing the same thing over and over, but expecting different results.  Yeah, not working!

So I was actually goofing around on the computer,avoiding looking at the laundry, when I stumbled across my lifesaver!  Now, trust me, I was a skeptic when I first saw it...that is my nature!  (I actually have a personality test to prove it!)

So I decided to quietly give it a try for a week, just to see.  (Of course thinking in the back of my mind that this will fail like every other thing I've tried to get myself organized with...always so optimistic, I know!) And, not wanting anyone to know that I had failed at my attempt at getting organized, I decided not to tell anyone that I was doing it.

I was scared.

How hard was this going to be?

If I failed at this, this thing that claimed to be so easy, could I ever get organized...ever!

Well after the first day I was afraid to look at what I had to do the second day because the first day was much too easy and I thought that at this rate my house would NEVER be in order so they must be starting me off easy and then gonna hit me with a ton of bricks...WAM! Fooled ya! You just thought it would be easy!

But, no, the second day was easy too, and the third, fourth, fifth...and my house is becoming very clean...I mean very, to the point that my husband has even noticed! So of course I couldn't keep my mouth shut for a whole week (also my nature) and told a couple of friends who are now getting organized right along with me!

Before you think I am trying to sell you something...I'm not!  This is totally free and I encourage all of you who are feeling overwhelmed with the insanity of life...Crazy Life as I like to call it, to go check out  You can google it right over there to the right in my google search bar.

This site will walk you through, step by step (baby steps) on how to get your house and yourself in order and you can actually start enjoying life!! No more spring cleaning, because you have kept up with it all year long, just a little at a time...

I know, I know, I will be quiet and you go google it...right now...don't put it

To my fellow flyladies...go shine your sink!

Thanks for stopping by!

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, (Not quite as)Crazy Life

Wendy Jo