Archive for September, 2013

We do quite a bit of traveling around the US.  Between Chad’s and my individual travels as children, and the trips we now take with our children, we’ve covered pretty much the whole country.

Lately, though, we’ve been tossing around the idea of traveling overseas.  We’ve gotten conflicting advice….some people say that there’s no way we should attempt a trip to Europe with children, others tell us that’s bologna and we should absolutely be exposing our kids to different cultures.

Our family trip overseas is still in the “idea stage”, but we know for sure that when we go, we want to visit Europe.  My dream trip is to visit London, Ireland and Scotland in an all-in-one trip.  I think picking out the accommodations is one of the best parts…..I would love to stay in a bed and breakfast, but Chad thinks that is weird {he’s weird}.  So we are poring over hotels, checking ratings, and trying to narrow down our choices.  Like I said, the trip is still in the “idea stage”, but the planning and dreaming is a blast!

If we’re able to pull this trip together, we’d love to go next fall so that we can go with friends.  Once we get the flights, hotel  and rental car squared away, then we can relax and figure out what the must-see stops are, and how long it will take to visit them all.  I can’t wait!

 

The kids sang two songs in the children’s choir this year.

When I say kids, I actually mean just Ava.  This picture was taken during their practice, and while Kelvin is in this picture, he did not perform.  He started running to get in line to perform, and then did a 180 and came running right back to our seats.  Poor guy got a case of the nerves!

They both did a great job in rehearsal, and Ava did a great job performing.

The kids really enjoyed our church’s family dance during the Feast.  In spite of her “shyness”, Ava did quite a bit of dancing and got her first “crush”.

She announced her “crush” to everyone she talked to.  Hahaha!

And Carter looooved dancing with his “Uncle Aaron”. 🙂

There are no pictures of Kelvin because the boy refuses to dance.  I think Chad may have gotten some pictures of him sulking on the sidelines….I’ll have to look!

One of the first things we did here in Branson was visit the Butterfly Palace.

Both big kids got their faces painted.  You can tell that someone was more willing to sit still for a long painting than someone else was!

While the big kids got their faces painted, Carter had fun crawling up and down the big ramp that leads to the second story.  And by crawling, I mean, doing his funny little scoot!

They had tons of animals like lizards, frogs, toads, snakes, etc. on display.  Even Carter loved checking them out!

Then it was time to check out the butterflies!  They had fun hats and binoculars and magnifying glasses for the kids to use while they looked at the butterflies.

…and the adults had fun checking them out, too.  🙂

I didn’t get any pictures of our favorite part….the mirror maze!  We spent the majority of our time in there, but it was dark so it didn’t make for good pictures.

 

We’ve had such an awesome Feast of Tabernacles here in Branson this year!  We got a 3-bedroom condo with our friends and it’s been great!  There’s always the possibility that things can go south and you need to hire some sort of lawyer ( immigration attorney ?) to sort out the mess, but things have gone great!

We will be heading back home tomorrow after 10 days here, so I will be doing a bunch of posts about all the fun stuff we have done while we’ve been here.  Stay tuned!

We are headed out in a couple hours for a 10-day trip to Branson!  We are so excited and so overwhelmed with everything we still need to do!

I more than likely will not be doing much posting here while we’re gone, but you can follow along with our adventures on Facebook and Twitter!

Welcome to my new visitors from Blogelina!  I’m Lora and I’m excited to introduce myself and show you around my blog a little.  I decided to do a get-to-know me post about all the things you’ll typically find me blogging about here.  In no particular order, here are 10 random facts with details that even my most faithful readers may or may not know about me.

  1. I have been married to my husband Chad for nearly 8 years.  We got married when I was 10 days shy of 19 years old.  It has been a crazy, chaotic, awesome roller coaster ride and I wouldn’t have changed a thing!  We now own a business called Aire-Master of Eastern Kansas.  It provides deodorizing solutions and restroom sanitation for businesses.  Basically, he does all the service work and I try to squeeze in the office work during my “free time” (bwahahahahaha) while staying home with the kidlets.  Some days that’s easier than others.  I wouldn’t trade it though…our business is what gives me the opportunity to stay home with my children, which is a huge blessing to me!
  2. I am a Christian.  Chad and I have been baptized for almost two years now.  We were both raised in our church and it was really awesome for us to be able to be baptized at the same time.
  3. I have three children.  Ava is 6 and she is spunky, full-of-attitude and a total princess.  Kelvin is almost 5 and he is determined, focused, and superhero-obsessed {at swimming lessons last year, he had his teachers convinced that his name was Peter Parker}.  Carter is 14 months and is throwing me for a loop!  I thought I had it figured out since I already had two babies, but he is proving me wrong!  He is a sweetheart, super-high-maintenance, and a CLIMBER!  He also has minor developmental delays, mostly involving eating, so I post about that periodically.
  4. I cook nearly all of our meals and am told I’m good at it, but I absolutely hate to cook.  HATE. IT.  I think it might be partly season-related.  My current season of life involves having small people constantly hanging on me, or making horrific messes while I’m distracted, or whining, or trying to “help” or all of the above simultaneously.  I’m pretty sure I used to like cooking and I’m hoping that when the kids are older and not so high maintenance, I might like it again.
  5. I home school my three kiddo’s.  Ava is starting first grade, Kelvin is beginning kindergarten, and Carter is just along for this crazy ride!  We will be beginning our school year at the end of September and I’m more than a little nervous about it.  This will be my first year doing a full curriculum with more than one child.  We use My Father’s World curriculum (for right now) and I love it.
  6. I love cloth diapering.  I started using cloth diapers on a trial basis when Kelvin was a baby.  I almost instantly fell in love with them and started using them on Ava, too (Ava and Kelvin are only 18 months apart, so I had two in diapers for awhile).  We started with prefolds and covers, but eventually transitioned to pocket diapers.  With Kelvin, I liked having a variety of brands and styles.  Now that I’m cloth diapering Carter, I find myself moving toward only using Bum Genius pocket diapers.  Funny how those were my first pocket diapers and now they’re pretty much the only ones I want to use!  Somewhat related to this crunchy fact, is the fact that I am a huge advocate for attachment parenting, co-sleeping, breastfeeding and babywearing.  Yup, I’m pretty crunchy.
  7. I’m hopelessly addicted to coffee.  Seriously, you should have seen my posts on Facebook last week when I thought my coffee maker was broken.  At one point, I was referring to myself as a homicidal maniac if I didn’t get it fixed or get a new one.  So maybe I exaggerated a little…but Carter is a horrific sleeper so I really do rely on my massive 3-cup cup to perk me up in the morning.  It’s either that or propping my eyelids open with toothpicks…so coffee definitely seems like the more pleasant solution!
  8. I try to convince myself that I’m crafty but I always end up irritated and frustrated about halfway through a project.  I see all these tutorials for “easy” projects on Pinterest, but apparently I can’t even handle the easy projects without a meltdown.  There’s a reason my grandma has always been present during my only meltdown-free projects!
  9. We have two big dogs.  Amber is a German shepherd mix (she was a rescue, so we’re not 100% sure what she is) and Bella is a German shepherd-black lab-pitbull mix.  Even though they’re fairly big dogs, I wish they were bigger.  My next dog will be a mastiff.  No joke.
  10. I recently gave this blog a makeover facelift and spent hours obsessing over the perfect name.  When I finally came upon “Adventures of an Imperfect Supermom”, I knew I had found the one.  I spent the first few of my years of motherhood chasing perfection and the illusion of a supermom.  Truthfully, I think I still am to a degree, but I’m getting better.  My Type-A personality doesn’t let the dream of perfection die easily!  Somewhere along the way, I began to realize that the words “perfect” and “supermom” aren’t even related.  None of us are perfect, but every mom that gets up in the morning, does the best she can with what she has, gives of herself for her family, and finds the joy in the little moments is a supermom!

Whew!  I literally thought it would be hard for me to come up with 10 things, but I’m actually reining myself in and refusing to change it to 15 facts!  They say to keep mystery in your relationships (or something like that), so you’ll just have to come back and visit me again to learn the rest of them!

Or…Keep up with my adventures on Facebook and Twitter.

So tell me…now that you know more about me, what do we have in common?

With having three kids (including one extremely attached baby), we don’t go out with friends without the kids much.  We much prefer having friends over to our house to spend time.  That requires some creativity so that people don’t get bored.  Sometimes we play games, but I think it would also be fun to get a voco karaoke machine to use when we have groups here.  I’m going to have to bring this up to Chad!

Ava’s hair grows very slowly, so she has only had a few tiny hair trims.  The ends were looking pretty raggedy and thin, so I decided it was time o give her a “big girl haircut”.

Before:

During:

After:

I love it and she does too!  It’s so much thicker now that the thinned-out ends are gone and it’s so easy to comb through now!

I’m excited for my kids to be old enough to pick an “elective” instrument (a basic knowledge of piano is not optional, other instruments are).  I really hope one of them picks the guitar.  I think it would be so fun to start guitars for beginners with one….or two….or all of them!  And maybe they’ll teach me to play too….the guitar has always been on my list of things to learn!

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