Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Appropriate attire

N: Today we are playing in Wisconsin where it's cold.
Me: How do you know it is cold in Wisconsin?
N: Because I've seen them play before and the cheerleaders weren't wearing tank tops so that means it is cold. When they do wear tank tops that means it is hot. Me and Micah are in Wisconsin so we are wearing undershirts and pants under our jerseys.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Micah Says

Every once in a while when something we are discussing reminds me of a song I'll tell the boys about it. I don't remember the circumstance but apparently I've told them about Hungry Eyes. Micah brought this one up tonight:

M: "Why does it say hungry eyes." Pause. "I want it to say hungry mouth."

Friday, January 27, 2012

It is official

Noah will be heading to kindergarten next year. We registered for school yesterday afternoon. Thankfully I have about 7 months to get us...well me...ready for that.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


N: "Micah, I have a penis and mom has a magenta."

Sunday, January 22, 2012

"Is Notre Dame clean?"

Some days it is pretty fantastic that a simple yes gets me superstar status in this kid's eyes.

Friday, January 20, 2012


It is a sickfest around here and it is no fun. Instead of dwelling on that here are some recent photos of the kids playing together. These moments with absolutely no fighting are rare so I try to capture them - most importantly in my mind.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Scenes from a dance party

Shawn teaching the boys how to air guitar.


I'm not excited that Noah's new camera has games on it; however, it is hard not to feel good about finding these two like this.

10 months

She's not afraid to get right into the thick of it with her brothers.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


I was cleaning out my email inbox and came across these gems. Love them all.

Noah and his buds.
All three in the tent.

Monday, January 9, 2012


Three kids in a tub. Yep, that was a pretty nutty time.
Jealous of our peach tub, anyone? anyone?


Is there anything better than rocking a baby? I don't think so.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Christmas at home

These is something magical about Christmas at home. We are always in Nebraska for the actual day but coming home and celebrating with just our family is really special. Watching their eyes light up as they look to see what Santa brought, savoring them unwrapping the gifts we picked out. I like the calm, peacefulness of it all.

A camera for Noah.
Lego fire trucks for Micah.
My friend, Brennan, is so talented. She made the boys felt dinosaurs and Alice from Alice in Wonderland for Celia. I look forward to her handmade gifts every year.
Shawn thought of getting the boys these old school gym scooters since our basement is unfinished. It is open gym down there.
This track Santa brought is a big hit.
Celia likes it too, much to her brothers' chagrin.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Lucas Christmas 2011

My picture taking frequency really started to peter out at this point. My sister, Beth and her husband Jestin graciously host every year. This year turned out different than we expected as my brother and brother in law ended up taking my dad to the hospital for what later turned out to be an infection. He is going to be alright but it put a sad spin on our Christmas get together. That being said we ate, gifted and played.
Our little drummer boy.
Playing Just Dance 3. Once our boys got past the bumps on a log state it was really cute to watch. I realized we need more frequent family dance parties.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Mom For Heisman

Their daily clothes choice. Micah is sporting a jersey that was Shawn's when he was a kid. His cousin Tisha made it for him because pre-internet it was a little tough to find a Notre Dame jersey in the middle of Husker Country. Noah is wearing Shawn's high school jersey, taken out of retirement from Grandma Jane's cedar chest over Christmas, "Go Big Purple!"
Grandpa Dennis teaching the boys how to enjoy a football game. Micah wearing Shawn's other high school jersey.

The boys are obsessed with football at the moment. They wear football pants and jerseys every day at some point, usually all day, and Micah frequently wears his football helmet to school, the store, and the other places we go. They only like tackle football with Dad and have turned the living room couch into the end zone. Grandpa Dennis got them excited about football on tv and now they frequently ask if football is on. When we let them watch a few minutes they always pick out their team and which player they are and for some reason they always watch for the players with hair sticking out of their helmets and yell, "There's Mom!"

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Wagoner Christmas 2011

We celebrated Christmas with the Wagoners. The whole gang was there: 8 adults, 9 kids and 1 dog. It is fun, wild and busy to have all of the cousins sleeping, playing and eating under one roof. A great celebration for sure.

Grandpa Dennis reading Twas the Night Before Christmas
Every one of these shots made me laugh. This was the best of the bunch. I didn't realize until scrolling through the photos that Captain America was there!
Brooklynn and Julia wanted crutches. One of my favorite moments was seeing their faces when Shawn carried them in.
Our baby girl's first Christmas.
Uncle Darren had fun making a police helicopter with Noah. With 4 girls in the house they have no legos...I cannot imagine!
Aunt Deanna tried to broaden Micah's wardrobe with a Jayhawks jersey.
Molly got a cheerleader uniform too and this was the best attempt at getting them to pose together. Ha!