What a Dad!








*things I want to remember*


Mom: Natalie what are you doing? (wearing a construction vest, scarf, backpack and carrying a sheet and a cell phone)

Nat: I’m going on be-cation with my Daddy. Daddy are you ready? (Daddy on the couch trying to relax for a minute)

Mom: Nat, can I come?

Nat: Yeah! You want to go on be-cation too? You can come on my be-cation!

Mom: I just have to finish these dishes. Where are we going?

Nat: On be-cation. With my Daddy.

Mom: Oh. But where are we going on vacation?

Nat: In my room. Here sit on my leash and I’ll pull you (referring to her sheet)

Mom: Oh. I hope we get to sleep on vacation. (It’s 9:30 pm and she’s wide awake!) 

Nat: No it’s NOT a sleepover Mom. It’s a cuddleover!

Mom: Sounds even better!


Lately, she also likes to take an old cell phone in the car and “turn on” shows for us, particularly “funny cat shows” and “silly cat shows,” however she often can’t find any good “mommy shows.”


On Sunday, Luke got a little toy dinosaur from his class. Nat really wanted to see it, but he wasn’t ready to share.

Nat: When I get big and be a boy like you, I will get a dinosaur too.

Luke: You can’t be a boy, you’re a girl.

Nat: But when I am a boy like you, I will get a dinosaur too.

Luke: No! You can’t be a boy.

Nat: Oh. (sounds kinda sad)

Mom: Nat when you turn 3 and get to go Sunbeams you will have Luke’s teacher and then you will get little surprises.

Nat: oh! ok! (much happier) Luke when I turn three I will get a dinosaur too. Can I see your dinosaur?

Luke: No. (still not ready to share, but when he gets a treat from his teacher, he often asks for one for his sister too, which she loves!)

sweet things


The kids talked me into taking them for an ice cream cone at McDonald’s. They then played in the PlayPlace and with some new friends for an hour and a half. There went the rest of the afternoon! Fun times. I’m sure they ate all of their dinner that night too Smile

Cumberland Caverns

Last weekend we had a family fun outing. Thanks to the community greeter we received a couple of passes to Cumberland Caverns, a savings of $36—thanks again! It’s an awesome cave system right here in McMinnville, over 32 miles of cave explored with lots of huge rooms and active growing formations. 


The tour guide was fun and they have a light show as part of it.  Now its 56 degrees year round in the cave, so we brought jackets for everyone. But Darin and I soon realized we didn’t need them, thanks to trading off with Natalie throughout the tour!

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Natalie said it was a lot of fun. Luke said it was “cool” but not fun because he had to do a lot of walking!

Of course there is a gift shop and spot to sluice for gems and a maze box to crawl around in. The kids really enjoyed themselves outside as well. They got to get a lollipop which lasted for two days, making it quite memorable too.





We attended the annual Relay for Life here in Warren County and had a blast. Enjoyed some Prater’s BBQ, grilled corn, kettle corn, cotton candy, and lots of inflatable fun. The kids didn’t want to leave. It goes all night, but we didn’t think it would be good to stay up too late, so once the allotted funds were gone we said our goodbyes! Here’s to a cure for cancer!

someone is getting older…

so I had the big birthday. I left behind the crazy fun of the twenties, and welcomed a new decade. So we had to go big. Fifty partyers joined us at our house for Darin’s delicious grilling and lawn games and cupcakes! I think everyone had a blast, I know I did. but of course I didn’t capture too many pictures.

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Thank you all for celebrating with me! We also enjoyed Aston’s baby blessing on my birthday and dinner with my parents. YUM! and homemade birthday brownies, double yum.


Then we stretched the birthday celebration out to Monday and ate out at Applebee’s (thanks Kenny & Chastity!)… fabulous.


and Natalie slept through the whole meal, so it was like we only had one kid!


Yay for birthdays. I might be done with them though. I’ve almost caught up to my 35-year-old mom!