Saturday, August 29, 2009

Just for fun

We've gone country...For a night. Rachel and Tony invited us to the derby and had the grand idea that we all needed to wear hats, so that's what we did. We were pretty retarded but we really didn't care what people thought of us. That's the nice thing about growing "older" and being married, you stop caring about other people think of you. There were SO many people there we had to sit out in the boonies and couldn't even really see what was going on but we still had a blast. We resorted to taking pictures to keep ourselves entertained. It was good time haha! We love our friends and have so much fun with them.

Micah really did make a pretty good cowboy. He was cute :)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Mya's first soccer game

This morning we had fun watching Mya play soccer. She is so funny, she has been so excited up until this morning when it was time to go, then she all of the sudden threw a fit (surprise, surprise) and said she was not playing soccer, it was boring and to give her uniform back to the coach.
I tried to talk her into going then figured there was no point if she didn't want to play I shouldn't force her. I just decided to tell her that we could stay home and not go and right then she gave in said she would go but not play. Once she got there and saw her best friend Taya, she was super excited. It is so fun that they are on the same team, but then again, it might not be a good thing when it comes to game play. As you can see in the pictures, most of the time they just held hands and frolicked through the field like little girls do. It was pretty cute though.

So Cute!

Get it Mya!

there's always time for a hug

Run girls run!

Water break

First goal!

I did it!

Friday, August 21, 2009


As a mom I have found it is hard when you have kids to feel like you have a purpose other than sitting at home feeding kids, changing diapers, cooking dinner, cleaning the house and the list goes on... Micah has been wanting me to find a hobby forever because he knew I just kinda felt "worthless" in a way, even though raising our children is the most important things we as mothers can do, sometimes it feels pointless in a way. (At least for me it does. I sure hope I am not the only mom out there who feels discouraged at times.)
I love being a mom but it is HARD work. Like when we have just swept the kitchen floor and turn around to see Cheerios smashed all over it or see the little fingerprints all over the newly just washed 10 minute ago window. Or when we have all the laundry folded but haven't quite put it all away and the kids just can't resist picking up a pile and throwing it all over the room.

Anyway...I am glad I have found something for me that I can do that will in no way get undone by a little rugrat two minutes after I do it.

Here's what I have been up to lately to keep me busy I am not busy taking care of my little ones) and have cute senior pictures, more families and some little ones coming up so stay "tuned" for more.

Friday, August 7, 2009

What's with the faces

I have been having so much fun taking pictures and I just sold my treadmill (which is so sad...... not! I hate running) so I could buy a flash. I needed someone to practice on and Lexie seemed like a good choice.

She was cracking me up because she is not the most photogenic baby ever. She would not smile for me and kept pulling the funniest faces. (Yes she has some random things on such as a scarf and a Christmas hat that use to be Mya's but we were just experimenting with whatever we could find around the house.)

She is the sweetest little thing and I can't believe she will be six months soon!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Cost of a child

I was on Yahoo today and saw this article and thought it was interesting.

It's no secret that raising children can be expensive, but how about nearly a quarter of a million dollars expensive?
A government report released Tuesday says a middle-income family with a child born last year will spend about $221,000 raising that child through age 17.
Families with more income spend more money on child-related costs, the report said. A two-parent family that earns less than $57,000 annually will spend about $160,000 on a child from birth through high school. Those with an income between $57,000 and $99,000 spend about $221,000 and those with higher incomes are expected to spend roughly $367,000 through age 17.
Most single-parent households in the U.S. make less than $57,000 and are expected to spend about 7 percent less on child-rearing costs compared to two-parent households in that same income group, according to the report.
Costs of raising a child are highest in the urban northeast and lowest in the urban south and rural areas.
The USDA report helps courts and states determine child-support guidelines and foster care payments. It does not address costs specifically related to childbearing and paying for college.
One of the largest changes over time has been the increase in costs related to care for young children.
The report was first issued in 1960, when such costs were largely negligible, but with more working families turning to outside help with child care, it has grown to be a significant expense for many families. The report does not give total costs related to early child care.
A mother of three, Raben Andrews of St. Louis, said the government figures sounded right to her. "Well, that's not half of it," joked the 42-year-old public school teacher. "I still have to put the little buggers through college."

So they mean to tell me that in our income range I will spend $160,000 per child x three = $480,000 dollars! Sounds like a lot to me. I hope I don't spend that much. Good thing I stay home and watch the little stinkers myself or It might just be up there.