Answer Me This and Gender Reveal!

Hubby is picking up kids from VBS so I have a little bit of time for Kendra's Answer Me This link-up before the link-up closes.

1. What's currently on your To Do list?

To Do List, what is that?? Oh gosh, I am normally all on top of things, but the last few weeks I have been totally enjoying summer. The kids have been out of school, I finished all the planning for next years school year and a couple other things I wanted to get done. Now I am just sitting around reading books, drinking sweet tea and throwing Popsicle at kids every once in awhile.

Greta is still going for the Merida hair style. 

2. Better type of superhero: magic/radioactive powers? Or trauma/gadgets/hard work?

I don't get the whole obsession with super heroes like Superman, Spider-man, etc. Honestly, I told my Hubby I am so thankful that he wasn't into the whole super hero thing because that would have been a major turnoff for me. Also, don't get me started on the whole Clark Kent takes off his glasses, puts some underwear on over his pants and all of a sudden no one knows who he is. I get kids need make believe and fantasy play, but I just can't learn to like the super hero craze. I much rather have my boys have real life historical heroes and play cowboys vs. indians. Now that being said, I would have to go with the gadget/hardworking hero.

Wait...who are these boys?! I don't recognized them with goggles on.

3. Finding out if baby is a boy or a girl before birth: Good idea? Bad idea?

We have always tried to found out because I am a planner and like to know what clothes to wash. Ha! We had ultrasounds with all the kids and only Harriet was too shy to show us if she was a boy or girl. Since ultrasounds can be wrong, I still wash a couple of the other gender clothes just in case.

Harriet wants to be incognito too. 

4. Have you ever appeared on a stadium jumbotron?

No. I have only been to maybe two stadiums in my entire life to watch a sporting event so I haven't had very many changes for it to happen.

In NC on a very hot day. 

5. Are you more book smart or more street smart?

I think I am book smart when it comes to some things (not math or science) and street smart in other things. If I stare at something long enough I can normally come up with a solution to a problem. I used to be sort of bad with directions if I happen to be in a new area, but I solved that problem. How?? Well, when ever I thought "I should go right" it turned out to be wrong so now when I think "I should go right" I automatically go left and I am going in the right direction. You are probably thinking I am kidding, but I am not. This has worked quite a few times for me. Try it!

Ike isn't book smart or street smart, but he uses his weight to get what he wants. That and his smile. 

6. Have you had that baby yet?

No, but I am only 21 weeks so it is a good thing that I haven't. We did found out the gender though! Drum roll, please.....

It's a BOY!

That was fun. Have a great week!


A Year Later

Linking up with Bonnie from A Knotted Life who is hosting for Kelly who is at Edel 2015.

Tomorrow it will be a year since Joan's entrance into heaven and the last few days has been hard. You think you are okay then you think of something or hear a song and all the emotions come rushing back.

You are happy for your daughter who is experiencing true happiness in heaven, but are also sad that she isn't in your arms. You are strong one minute then the next you are a muddle of tears. 

Your heart breaks when yours child ask you "Mommy, is the new baby going to die like Joan? I hope not because I really want a new sister on earth." 

Your heart is glad that your children have such a love for their baby sister and treat her as such. People will make the comment "oh, you have five kids" and they are quick to tell them "No, we actually have seven. Our little sister is in heaven and there is another baby in Mommy's tummy."

I asked the kids what they would like to do for Joan's birthday. They quickly said "we want to make her cards, paper flowers, princess stuff, and maybe get her some real flowers. Then maybe we can talk about Baby Joan and say some prayers." So little and yet their hearts are full of love.

Happy Anniversary on your entrance into heaven Joan!



Songs on Video
Just You by Amy Stroup
Nothing Is Wasted by Jason Gray

Poem on Video
"When the Heavens Open Up” by Cecilia Escobedo


Answer Me This Link-Up - The 4th of July Edition

We are at the in-law's house and half the kids are taking naps while the other ones are playing with Hubby's old toys so I thought I would have a little fun and link-up with Answer Me This. 

1. How did you celebrate the 4th of July? 

We came to the in-law's house where there is a pool, tons of food, and fireworks. What more could you ask for?

Ike was leery of the fireworks.

2. Do you sunburn easily?

No. I am of Mexican decent so always have a nice base tan. I have to be out in the sun for a really, really long time to get burned. It did happen when we were in NC for a week. Before that I burned around 8 years ago. 

Edith loves the fireworks, but not the noise. Notice her covering her ears. 

4. Have you ever personally set off fireworks?

Yes. As long as the fireworks don't leave the ground, we are allowed to set them off where we live. This year we had the excitement of someone burning their hair with the fireworks. I may or may not have also bought mortar fireworks from a different state and then set them off somewhere in VA. 

Frank liked the sparklers. 

5. Have you ever jumped off the high dive?

No and I never plan to do it.

Unrelated photo of Edith eating a hot dog. 

6. Do you do anything weird in your sleep?

I shared a room with a friend before I was married and she told me that I grind my teeth and sometimes muttered in my sleep. My Hubby says I still grind by teeth and sometimes chomp down in my sleep. I should probably get a mouth guard or something since sometime I do wake up with a sore jaw. 


I hope you had a great Independence Day!


Seven Quick Takes: The Outer Banks Edition

Linking up with Kelly for some Quick Takes

Hello from the Outer Banks! Hubby, the G girls, and the three older kids went to the beach. The two younger kids are down for naps so I have a good two hours to myself. I figured I would spend some of the time getting out some Quick Takes and then I am grabbing a book and reading until the kids wake up.


Reading: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. This is my vacation book and so far I am enjoying it. I hear there is a movie, but I refuse to watch it because all movies based on books are never as good as the book. I am also super excited to get my hands on Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania. I loved his other works so can hardly wait to start this one.

Eating: There may or not be a bowl of popcorn next to me.

Listening: To the quiet in the house.

Wearing: Capris and a black shirt.

Praying: For all those who are experiencing extreme heat.


We rented a beach house out here in Kill Devil Hills and it has been great. Level one as the laundry room and a bathroom; the second level has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a sitting area; then the third level has the master bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, dinning area and living room. There is plenty of room for everyone and it doesn't feel crowded. However, there is a number of differences between living here and living back home in the country.

1. They have trash service here. You just put your trash in the bin and the dump truck comes and gets it. No, trips to the dump. 
2. Everything is close. You drive five miles and you will pass everything you could ever need. 
3. The ocean is right there. Hours of free enjoyment for the kids.
4. The internet. Free unlimited internet. We can use Amazon Prime movie and music. 

1. There are street lights that shine into your room all night. The bedroom is never dark. I need a dark room to sleep so this constant light isn't much fun. 
2. There is so much noise at night. There are always cars going by the house. Then in the morning the above dump trucks are out and about making a bunch of noise. 
3. Sand everywhere! True at home we normally have mud everywhere, but at least you can wash off mud. Sand never really leaves you. 

All that said, it is a nice place to visit but I like living in the middle of nowhere with no one around me. 


Field trips galore on this vacation. The kids love a good museum and Edith is always full of questions for the tour guides. 



We heard Baby K's heartbeat a week ago and it was wonderful and scary at the same time.  It has actually been sort of hard since then. With Joan it was only her little heartbeat that I ever heard from her. Never a cry or laugh. In the back of my mind, I keep wondering if that is all I will ever hear from Baby K. I continually pray for the strength to endure whatever may happen. 


This picture was from our trip to Rochester. I realized Ike was being really quite and when I went to look for him this is what I found....him with a doughnut that was halfway gone. He has such a guilty look on his face. 

My Hubby and I joke that Ike isn't happy unless he is covered in dirt or mud. This is him EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. I am not joking. He goes out and comes back covered in mud. I have learned to sort of just let it happen. He is a boy and a kid. His siblings also join in the mud fun, but never get as dirty. If you don't want your kids covered in mud than remember to never come to our house. 

When you are at the beach and it is hot, you get ice cream. 

The view from our beach house. That is the ocean out there!

The big kids play while I hid under the umbrellas with the little ones. 

Vacation is awesome because there is plenty of free time for coffee and reading. 

Hubby is growing a beard on my request. Swoon...there is just something about a guy with a beard.

She has the whole ocean and she plays in a bucket of water. 

The beach = hours of free entertainment. 

I don't burn easily. The last time was probably 10 years ago. Well, it has happened again. 

7. I leave you with some pictures from our adventures this morning. 

We first had to pick up some kites. 

Then we headed to the sand dunes and got the kites ready. 

Hubby getting the kite up. 

Hang gliders near by. 

The G girls getting their kite ready while Edith and Greta watch on. 

Both kites are now flying.  

Sand is fun. 

Have a great weekend everyone!


Day 4 - Another Day at the Museum and Lake Ontario

Ike needed a much needed nap so we hung out in the hotel in the morning and then headed over to The Strong Museum of Play (again) in the afternoon. 

Sorry, some of the pictures are dark. 

The museum also has toys on display and I find it funny that a lot of the toys are things I played with as a kid. 

Once they found this area they really didn't want to leave. 

After dinner, we headed out to visit Lake Ontario. 

The kids are thrilled. 

There was a park there and the kids can't pass up a park. 

Have a great Thursday Everyone!

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