Happy Birthday to My Sweet Baby Brother..

My brother and his beautiful wife.

Today is my sweet baby brother's birthday.  I remember my mom and dad telling me I was going to have another brother or sister.. (I had just had a baby sister a few months earlier).  I rode my bike around our neighborhood thinking.. we are going to have 5 people in our house… FIVE.  That seemed like a lot to a 9 year old girl that didn't know she would one day live in a house with 8 other people. 

On the day he was born I was sitting in my 4th grade classroom in Wichita Kansas.  My dad came walking into the class with one yellow rose.. and told me that my sweet baby brother was here.  I wanted to go back to the hospital to see him and my mom.. but my dad said I couldn't. 🙂

I had lots of fun with him growing up.  He loved watching He-man, riding his Big Wheel, and playing the Atari with me. When I got my drivers license, he kissed the guy that gave me the test!

Happy Birthday to Jay! I love you so!

Happy 14th Birthday #3.5!

Today is #3.5's 14th birthday!

She loves giraffes. …

Seriously.. this is her with her giraffe in the backpack while she vacuums.

She makes us laugh all the time. (see the giraffe nails)

Before #3.5 was a 3.5 she was one of my girl scouts. I've known her since she was 8.  One time during a Girl Scout meeting, she was holding my hand and she looked up at me and said: "One day I'm going to live with you."  I laughed and said: "Maybe".. but I never thought it would really happen.  A chain of people making dumb decisions lead up to her living with us temporarily, and then one judge made a great decision and she lives with us permanently.  We LOVE HER beyond belief.

Happy Birthday 3.5! We love you and are so glad we are yours and you are ours!


** You may have noticed that yesterday was #3's 14th birthday.  They are 16 hours apart.  Pretty cool huh? 

Happy Birthday to THE MAN

It’s The Man’s birthday..

Sometimes I feel sorry for this guy.

When I tell him that, he says; “I knew what I was getting into when I married you.”

Then I don’t feel so sorry for him.. 😉

He always goes along with my hair-brained ideas.. Like the time

we took Batman all over St Louis just to make #5 happy.

Or when I asked him to model a nurses uniform.. because

I thought it would sell better as a “Batman Returns Joker”

costume.  (Hey we’ve got a Batman theme going here..)

Happy Birthday to my Sweet Husband!  I love you!

Space Shuttle Columbia, Babies, Birthdays and Bad Dreams

Seven years ago today I had this..

Funny picture.. but here’s a better one..

He’s pretty cute huh?

It’s never been easy for me to give birth to a child.  I know.. I know.. most women feel that way… but  my births always have 30+ hours of labor.

Look at that sweet baby face and big eyes.  Makes me want to squeeze him!

With this kid it was no different.  My doctor gave me some kind of pain killers that made me sleep.  I still felt the pain.. but I was knocked out…. Or maybe delusional was more like it.  On the same day #4 was born,  (February 1, 2003)  the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas.    During my drug induced stupor The Man was watching TV and chatting with the nurses or doctors that came in to check on me.

Look at those guns!

They were talking and  I was dreaming… vivid dreams in Technicolor.  I kept hearing about the Space Shuttle, but in my dream, I knew the last time the Space Shuttle had issues was 1986!  I thought, “HOLY SMOKES, I am 17 years old and knocked up! My mom is going to KILL me!”  When I finally woke up… I had tears coming down my cheeks. I really believed I was  17 and pregnant.  I was NEVER so glad to see The Man.. oh and this kid…

Here’s #4 modeling a vintage coat and hat for me to sell on eBay.  He’s that

kind of kid.  He’s always there to help someone out even at 2yrs old.

I guess he has a thing for hats!

Happy Birthday #4… our family would not be complete without

you and your sweet smile.  Oh… nice ‘stache