Lion Cubs.

Boys, when observed closely are not a large leap away from wild beasts.  This point is proven to me over and over by the way they eat their food, the amount of dirt under their nails or their sheer love of the fight itself.  Lately it’s been Lucas and Eli engaging in the wrestling matches, because really, I think Tommy has gotten a little big to wrestle with his little brothers without totally crushing them.  Lucas is a lot tougher than he may look, and he’s out to prove it.  I think that’s what makes him so, well, for lack of a better word ballsy.  He, with his complete being radiates the statement: “It’s not the size of the boy in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the boy.”

The dude is tough.

Then there’s Eli, Big E, The Scrapper, that boy WILL NOT BACK DOWN.  He’s the kind of kid that could have a leg ripped off and still be running after his competitor!

I secretly love this about my boys.  I love that they can stand up for themselves.  Now, we just have to mold them to understand how and when to use all that energy!

melissa - October 4, 2011 - 5:59 pm

your boys are super tough…ouch!!!

Isn’t she lucky?!

So as I realize that most pictures I’ve seen of kids raiding the cabinets end up with cheerios on the floor, I also realize that it wouldn’t happen like that in my house, and today Ruby proved me right.  I have been troubleshooting some problems with The Hubby’s computer and this morning I was pretty involved with it, so I put Dora on for Ruby while I worked away…

Then, it got wayyyy to quiet so I headed downstairs to find out WHY it was so quiet.  This is what I found.


She totally raided the cabinets and found her favorite snack!  Girls are SO different.  To this day when Tommy (who is 9) is hungry he still comes to me and says “Mom, I’m hungry can you get me something to eat please?”  to which I respond, “There’s the fridge, there’s plenty of snacks in there. Help yourself.”

Not ONE of my boys ever did this, they always came to me first.  Ruby being the very independent little girl that she is just took it upon herself to get the snack SHE wanted.

Later in the morning as I was making my bed, I found this glass bowl that she apparently filled with the Lucky Charms.

All she did was eat all of the “charms” out of the cereal and left a big ole mess of the actual cereal for me to clean up.

Ya gotta love the independent nature in her, although I could do without all the mess!

Melissa - September 30, 2011 - 4:31 am

Ha, ha! I thought Ella was the only one raiding the cupboards without asking because she is older. Julian will ask every time also.

Ruby is too cute.

Coco - September 30, 2011 - 10:03 pm

I love this – she’s a cutie pie! Zoe was never too bad on raiding the pantry but Karli is a total different story. Karli has started “storing” things in a drawer in her bedroom. Hence, last week during a lil’ potty conversation she told me that if I pooped she’d give me a treat. I said “really…what kind of treat?” Karli: “A treat I bought.” That peaked my curiousity….I said, “oh, where are they? Are they good?” She proceeded to lead me into her room & proudly display her hijacked bag of vanilla & chocolate marshmallows I had bought at Ikea & were never opened….until Karli. As I continue to find surprises in Karli’s drawer, I’ve prepared Pete that she’ll have her own episode on Hoarders someday. :)

Big Girl Quilt!

I am so excited!  We are almost ready to move Ruby into a “big Girl” bed and today’s package made it even more real!  The Boys were all out of their cribs (because they had to be, with a new baby on the way) by the time they were about 1 1/2.  But Ruby, being the baby and really just the ease of letting her stay in the crib a bit longer is STILL in it!  She’s a little over 2, and totally, knows how to escape the crib, but she seems content to just wait for me (or her brothers) to get her out of it in the mornings.  There was really no rush to transition her, and really I was not ready to start the fight of putting her back in to bed 100 times every night until she got used to a bed.

This quilt is amazing.  Ruby LOVES it.  I ordered it from a little Etsy shop she is amazing and I wish I could actually sew sometimes.  Anyhow, it’s pink, turquoise and red!  The colors I want to do her room in. Here is my Pinterest board with inspirations for it, the room will be rad!  One day when I can get around to doing it.


She had just gotten out of the bath and nature girl loved rolling around on it, “ohhh, softy mommy, me like it!”

What’s going on out there!

Thank the good Lord for my little village of friends and their help, or we’d never eat a homemade meal!  The Hubby was gone all week to Austin for a convention and I really wanted to surprise him with a special dinner when he got home, cause I KNOW he doesn’t eat well when he’s on his own!  As I was trying to prepare dinner (because my wonderful neighbor took Lucas to soccer practice and I had time), the kids kept escaping outside.  I couldn’t understand why they wanted to go out when they could be having so much more fun helping me chop veggies and get dinner ready.  I was trying to make this with a few twists and got interrupted like 1 million times!  But they were good interruptions, usually it’s fighting I have to break up, or a bloody knee or elbow…but this time it was silly, happy laughter and clamoring!

There will be no finished photos for this recipe as it was scarfed up by my entire family and really, by the time we got around to eating it, it was super late.  We TRY to sit down as a family for at least one meal every day.  Since soccer has kept us so late in the evenings we are not even eating until 7:30 which is LATE in our house.  Dinner is at 6-6:30 normally and I don’t want to leave anyone out so, we all wait for whoever is at practice so that they can be a part of the meal, too.  Even if it’s just Del Taco on the way home.

You’ll have to head over to The Pioneer Woman’s Blog and check it out.  She rocks the food, although I would not dare make 1/2 of her recipes if I was on a diet!  As she says, there’s butter involved.

And here’s what I was being interrupted for.  Apparently, one of the neighbor boys got a Razor go cart recently, and Ruby found it VERY entertaining.  She is such a thrill seeker!  Just look at that smile on her face!


After she crashed into the bricks she was ready to go again, and she crashed again.  Like 5 times, and she loved every second of it.

The kids were right, being outside playing with the go cart was much more fun than chopping stupid veggies!



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Carolyn Escobedo - September 23, 2011 - 10:23 pm

she is a doll!

melissa - September 24, 2011 - 4:27 am

andy wants one for himself…
he is now at the fridge wishing his wife had cooked him something that yummy.

anji - September 25, 2011 - 1:46 am

Andy, would of course need the gas ruled one, like Ruben now wants to get for tommy, the electric one only goes 12MPH and holds only 140LBS…WE MUST find the gas fueled one! I am sure Andy can assist with that purchase! :)

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