Winter Wonderland

 

I am so over winter. I hate being cold. And this has been a COLD winter. I mean, I get cold when it gets below 70 degrees so I’ve been freezing since summer ended. 

The girls did enjoy getting out in the snow yesterday. Unlike our last snow day, this was good snowman, snowball making snow. Audrey even made her a bowl of snow cream. She wanted to make it last time but there was too much ice mixed in. 

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With the trees covered in snow it truly did look like a winter wonderland. It was so peaceful outside too. Not a sound. 

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Catching Up

It is freezing here!! My goodness can we just hurry up and get to warmer weather!! This past week has been full of snow, ice and really cold weather.

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So, the big girl received her driver’s license. Just about everyone has asked if I’m nervous about her driving, just a little, but mainly excited because now I can stay at home! She can do all the running back and forth to all the places the kiddos need to go! Until she gets tired of it but right now I’m sure it will be fun 🙂 

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 Audrey has been playing around with the sewing machine for the past month or so trying to get the hang of things. She made the cutest little owls! Sarah now wants to learn to sew! I printed her out a couple of sewing patterns to practice on. She did really well. Both of the girls girls are much better at sewing than I am lol 

The girls doubled up on their schoolwork Monday so they could take a “snow day” on Tuesday. David took the girls out sledding while I stayed inside watching Netflix!! Here is a video that Emily made with her GoPro

Looks like they had lots of fun playing out in the freezing cold!  

ColorI downloaded the Project Life App for the iPhone and I’m loving it! Now I can just plug in a few pictures from our day and save it to my phone and flickr. Another great thing, you can have 12 x 12 pictures printed from the app! This will make it much easier for me to document what we’ve been up to. 

 

Crock-Pot Potato Soup

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Ingredients
  1. 8 - 10 potatoes, peeled and diced
  2. 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  3. 1 onion diced
  4. 3 to 5 cups of water
  5. 4 chicken bouillon cubes
  6. 1 tsp dried parsley
  7. 1/2 tsp. garlic, diced
  8. 1/3 cup butter
  9. 12 oz can evaporated milk
Instructions
  1. Place potatoes, carrot and onion in slow cooker with remaining ingredients [except can milk]
  2. Cover and cook on low setting for 10 - 12 hours or high setting for 4 to 5 hours. During last hour of cooking stir in evaporated milk.
Notes
  1. I leave out the carrot, parsley and garlic.
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I Used To Take Pictures

Photography is something that I love, something that I [used to] want to learn as much as I could about. But over the past two/three years I have hardly picked up my camera. When I think back and try to pinpoint why I put it down, the only thing I keep going back to is someone very close to me found out some very bad news. With their life being turned upside down because of sickness I felt guilty capturing happy moments. Honestly, I didn’t just stop taking pictures, I stopped enjoying life. I sank back into depression and I didn’t even try to fight it.  
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It wasn’t until David, in a not-so-pleasent-way, helped me to see that my depression was not just affecting me, but our family.  The thing that hit me the hardest is when he asked, how can you even begin to help her when you can’t even get out of the bed? I felt ashamed and selfish. 

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This post was supposed to be about getting back into photography.  I guess it all ties together somehow 🙂

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I miss it. So much! When I look through my Flickr account or the many folders I have on the computer, I feel like there are so many moments missing. Moments that I didn’t capture, a smile, a birthday, a surprise,  a kite being flown,   games being played, and even  the unpleasant, a messy room, a pile of laundry or a pile of shoes.

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I am determined to pick my camera back up, to get in the habit of having it with me and ready to go. My goal is not to become a professional photographer by any means. I just want to document the moments in our lives, no matter how big or small, good lighting or bad lighting, blurry pictures and all. I want to be able to look back through the snapshots of our lives and remember when.

It’s Hard Having Good Kids

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Before David and I started having kids I was determined that I was going to raise, to the best of my ability, well behaved kids. Once Emily reached the “terrible twos” I started reading every parenting book I could find. Then a year later I read them again because now I had two toddlers under foot and I had no idea what I was doing. While the crying, screaming, fighting and just plain disobedience was enough to bring me to tears on a daily basis, that was not the hard part. 

The daily discipline was much harder. So much harder.

There were days I wanted to give up. There were days when I thought letting them talk back, be disrespectful, tell me no & run around the house like wild animals would be easier. And to be honest, it would have been.

But I love my girls and I want what’s best for them. David and I made a commitment to God that we would do our best to raise them to bring honor to Him.

When Emily and Audrey were 4 and 5 I hated for people to tell me how well behaved the girls were because it was usually followed by, you’ve got it so easy.

Even now having a 14, 12 & 7 year old I hear some of those same statements and it makes me cringe on the inside. I know people mean well & I know they don’t mean anything by it and really it is a compliment but something about “having it easy” just irks me.

Because frankly, being a mom to these three girls is THE hardest thing I have ever done. Having to discipline your children when needed is anything but pleasant. It’s not fun having to spank, say no, take toys and fun things away from the girls as punishment. It’s an awkward thing to have to call up a friend and cancel plans because the kids will not behave or cancel a sleepover because a child is being so dang stubborn.

David and I have been asked so many times over the years what’s the secret, how do you get them to behave, they are so polite. Once we start talking about discipline nine times out of ten they lose interest. I don’t know what they expect us to say its not like we have a magic pill or anything.

My girls do not tell me no now because I did not allow them tell me no when they were little. They do not raise their voices in anger to us because we did not let them get by with it when they were little. Just as we don’t make excuses for their bad behavior now we did not do it then.

Two of my favorite books are The Strong Willed Child and Creative Correction. And I had lots of creative ways to discipline the girls. Some were thought out well in advance while others just came to mind right there in the moment. There were times when this momma broke the rules and was “caught” by the girls and like a big girl I had to take the same punishment I gave to them. Even if it meant I had to wear a lollipop stick on my nose for five minutes.

I’m not saying our children are perfect, in fact they are far from it. But it was hard getting them to where they are now. And while our days of the terrible twos are far behind us we have reached a new season in our lives having teenagers and just like we did when they were two we will figure it out one tear at a time.

A Little of This and That

We are taking a much needed break from theater. Seussical kept us crazy busy with early mornings and late evenings. We will be auditioning for Annie in a couple weeks. All 5 of us. The girls are super excited that we will all be in the show together.

Emily turned 14 a couple weeks ago. FOURTEEN! Where in the world did the time go? We spent her birthday hanging out at the coolest place – Airbound – wall to wall indoor trampolines. The girls loved it! David was able to bounce around and play around with them. Me and my bad back sat in the lobby reading.

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I was going through Light Room hoping to get it cleaned up a bit. Instead, I got sidetracked looking at all the pictures the girls have taken these past couple of months.

They have totally taken over the D40

Do your kids run around outside with bed sheets? Mine do. A lot.

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water droplets on plate taken by Audrey

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My little nerd girl