Wisdom to Live By

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Gray Hair Moment

Well, it looks like my big man is getting glasses. Over the past week, big man has had some visual disturbances that scared him and frankly scared us too. It happened 4 times on Monday, so first thing on Tuesday I called the Dr. and we were in by 10:30. They said, neurologically, he looked just fine and referred us to an ophthalmologist. His appt. was this morning and they said that there was nothing major to worry about, but that he was farsighted with an astigmatism. That's funny. My very first eye exam they looked at me and said, 'you are farsighted with an astigmatism'. We hope, as parents, that are children look like us, take on some of our personality, and some of our more attractive traits. We hope to pass on our morals and beliefs, but I manage to pass on my pathetic eyesight. Isn't that a hoot. I will post pics of the cuteness soon. All for now.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Good Times

Well, what can I say? Christmas was absolutely wonderful this year. Why? This year all five of us were under the same roof again. That's what makes for a great Christmas. I was reassured that the principles we try to teach our children to live by are sticking. As we watched Charlie Brown Christmas on Christmas Eve, Bryson looked at me with a huge smile on his face and said, "Mommy, I remember this story, this is what you taught the other day" as Linus began "And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace, good will toward men." As he finished I looked at Bryson and asked, "Bryson, do you know what Christmas is about?" and he said, "Christmas is when we celebrate Jesus's birthday, right?" It's all worth it. Children are our true test of character. I hope my job is pleasing in the eyes of God. I thank Him everyday for what He has given to me. All for now.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Great Week for Nutrition

This week has been such a fun week in our homeschooling journey. We have always, at some point, explained the importance of eating healthy to Bryson, but this was the week we started teaching about nutrition and the food groups. So far we have been having a blast with doing awesome activities everyday. Bryson is learning it so quickly and having a ball. I really felt the need to share if you haven't already stumbled upon it. Go check out http://familyfoodzone.com/educators. It is such an awesome website with lots of great resources and printables. I will post more info about this week soon with pictures. All for now.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Ahhh traditions

It makes me a little sad to think about not going to see Nature in Lights if we ever leave central Texas. Every year since 2004, we have visited BLORA for the wonderful 5 miles of lights. This year was Ava's first year and probably the funniest year yet. All 3 children were asleep before we made it through. Good times. And as we do every year we take the wonderful family Christmas pic, which has slowly become just the children because it seems to be so much easier to just get them dressed and snap away. We actually several cute shots this year and had a blast doing it. Except for the fact that I had to use my point and shoot because I thought I broke my camera, they turned out pretty good. More blogs on our other traditions later. All for now.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Oh, The Joys of well-baby check-ups

How is it possible to walk into a room with your child's dr. and within 15 minutes you feel like the crappiest parent alive. Ava is 6 mos. old today and we had her well-baby check-up this morning. She had to have 3 shots. My little woman took her shots like a trooper. The part that I hated was the weigh-in and the doctor visit. Ava is now 16 lbs and in the 60th percentile and 26 3/4 in. in the 75th percentile. The doctor then tells me she is not eating enough. I explained the "strike" from food that started a couple of weeks ago, and she tells me, "Well, you're just going to have to feed her." Maybe somebody can explain just how I'm supposed to feed someone that doesn't want to eat. I have decided that this is a load of crap and reminded myself that Ava is 16 lbs at her 6 month appt. So was Gavin. Bryson was only 15 lbs at his 6 mos. My little woman is gorgeous and I refuse to get stressed out about this. After all, she is a girl. Don't we want our girls to be smaller than our boys. Well, all for now.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sleep is overrated and Girls are so different.

So, as I stated in the title, I'm declaring that sleep is overrated. My little woman, apparently thrown off kilter by the daddy coming home has decided that she doesn't like to sleep or take naps. It's apparently a waste of her time. On top of this sleeping dilemma, a couple of weeks ago she decided that food was overrated too. She only wants to nurse. Now, so far she has been exactly like the boys, she rocketed to 15 lbs by 4 mos and both of the boys then slowed down and didn't gain very much by 6 mos. I expected that from her as well. Now with the whole "I'm on strike from eating", I'm a little nervous that she won't gain any weight at all. My worst fear is that we will walk in that Dr.'s office and they will tell me she is still 15 lbs. This is still a good weight, especially for a girl, but she was 15 lbs at her last appointment. I'm just going to take it in strides and hope for the best and forget the rest, (he he he).

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Going the distance

Well, my wonderful husband comes home in 2 days. During his time of absence, I decided to do some changes. One, I was determined to get rid of the baby weight from Ava and get back down to size. I have pushed myself more than I ever have. I have been doing P90X and loving it. I am currently on Week 7, and I am already seeing improvements. The other change is the kitchen. Why we get it in our heads to paint our kitchen with the husband gone and 3 children to take care of I will never know, but it is almost finished. I will take pictures of the completed project soon. I hope you all reading this have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know I will, my hubby will be home. All for now.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Out of the mouth or minds of babes

What is amazing to me is how honest our children can be. Today during our homeschooling for Bryson's art project I gave Bryson some magazines and told him we were going to make a collage of things we are thankful for. I asked him about some of the things that he is thankful for and then told him to look through the magazines. I left him alone to work and cut and paste while I worked with Gavin. When I came back, to my surprise, there was a small picture of a mommy and a daddy kissing a baby, a very large picture of some cookies, a very large picture of some chocolate and a large picture of a pumpkin pie. I guess we know what never leaves Bryson's mind. On another note, I have to say that I am very thankful for the fact that Gavin will find something to do while I'm working with Bryson. A couple of days ago during Bryson's reading and writing time I went to check on Gavin and found that he had built a small town out of blocks. You gotta love the imagination that went into it. I had to take a few shots. I have to say, God gave me great kids. All for now.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


I don't know how I do it, but I always seem to fall behind on developing my photos. One of my greatest passions is photography and yes for all you old school haters, I have a FILM camera. My kids are always so disappointed when they can't view the pic as soon as it's taken. One day I will upgrade. I know my monetary limits and I refuse to go into debt for a new one. So, to try to catch up, here are some pics of the kids on Halloween. We had so much fun going trick or treating with friends. The sadness of this Halloween was that it is our last Halloween trick or treating with these particular friends. The army's cruel joke, but a life style we chose. I hope you enjoy the pics. All for now.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Welcome to blogging.

Well, here we go. Whether anybody actually cares what I have to say, I'm going to blog. As I said in my profile, this is my attempt to reconnect with family and friends far and wide, my attempt to inspire others to do maybe a little more than they thought they could(thanks to my best friend Kasey), my attempt to ease the thoughts and minds of other moms who think their child is the only one that could do such craziness, and my attempt to remember everything about this life and what God has given me so I can be thankful to Him each and every day. Feel free to tag along as I try to catalog the craziness that is the Frisk life. Whether it be what's going on with our family and the army or our homeschooling journey or just everyday life, I'll try to get the moments down. Don't expect too much though. Above all my children come first, so I will not be sitting at the computer for hours thinking of something inspiring, I will be living and enjoying my children. All for now.