something i did {you capture}

We have had some big, exciting weeks around here lately. I love summertime!


We have been playing with my chickens {I love them!}. They are amazing to watch. Really.


We bought 47 acres.


Oh, and we went to Florida. Rollercoasters and theme parks, followed by many days relaxing in the sand and chasing lizards.



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eleven things.

a clue!

I think it’s been approximately twenty years since I’ve done a meme. I have been suffering from a major case of blogvacationitis lately, so thank you Thea for giving me something to write about!

The Rules:

  • Post these rules
  • You must post 11 random things about yourself
  • Answer the questions set for you in their post
  • Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer
  • Go to their blog and tell them you’ve tagged them
  • No stuff in the tagging section about you are tagged if you are reading this. You legitimately have to tag 11 people!

11 Random Things about Me:

  1. My dog {Ozzie – the shiba inu} is a runner. He is highly intelligent, but once he knows he has an ounce of freedom from say, slipping out of his collar, he is outta here. I may be saying this because the little shit took off today and hasn’t returned home yet. GRR.
  2. I don’t drive through car washes. That’s what husbands are for, right? I don’t mind doing the U-Wash though.
  3. I am not a fan of talking on the phone. I much prefer texting, emailing, or going for a good old-fashioned coffee date.
  4. When I was younger, I never wanted to be married or have kids. Now here I am, married for 12 years this month, with four kids, three cats, two dogs, and am in the process of getting licensed to be foster parents. What the heck? Who am I?
  5. I have had a mole on my collarbone. It was approximately the size of a pencil eraser. I was extremely self-conscious of that mole while growing up. I remember in 8th grade wearing a tank top with a band-aid over the mole, saying the cat had scratched me. I had it removed a few years ago. One quick slice and buh-bye. Now, I just have a small flesh-colored scar.
  6. I have these weird eyelashes that grow out of the inner corner of my eyes. I never really thought much about it, until one day when Jdogg made fun of me. Every once in awhile I will pluck them… usually, when I am plugging that one black hair that grows under my chin.
  7. I long to be organized. I’m not.
  8. I have an extra bone in the roof of my mouth. You just checked to see if you do, too, right?

9.  I hate watermelon, actually I think I hate all melons?

10.  I had light, light blonde hair until I was a freshman in high school and died my hair strawberry blonde. It turned olive green. My hair has never been the same since.

11.  I have a dream of being on Wheel of Fortune.

Questions I was tagged with:

  1. In the movie of your life, what actors play your family? Geez, Thea. This is a hard one. I would choose Rachel McAdams for myself and Ryan Reynolds for my husband, because, WHY NOT?! My children should play themselves and earn their keep.
  2. What one area of your life do you wish you could hire someone to do for you? COOKING! My husband does a great job on his days off, but what about those other two weeks?
  3. If I’m peeking through your window between the hours of 4pm to 6pm, what do I see? A mess.
  4. What television show do you put the kids to bed early for? None, since I have a DVR. BUT, I do love True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, and Hell on Wheels. Those must be watched with no kids around.
  5. When’s the last time you wrote a card to someone when it wasn’t their birthday? I personally love sending my friends cards, but I don’t do it nearly enough.
  6. What’s the deal with time zones? Really. What IS the deal? I live in Central time, however think Mountain time feels the most natural for me. Not to mention, the next time zone over is only like 50 miles away. So everytime we go visit family in Dickinson, we gain an hour and lose one coming back.
  7. Do you prefer active vacations are lazy vacations? I prefer both. Any vacation is a good vacation. Sometimes, adventure is good, and sometimes, laying at the beach is what is needed!
  8. What one song represents your life right now? Sexy and I know it. Okay. Kidding. How about. Crap. I just don’t know.
  9. Do you do laundry every day or once a week? I do laundry several times a week. And then it sits in baskets, unfolded for another week.
  10. Someone gives you $5000, no strings attached. What do you do with the money? I’m thinking I would probably get the hell out of here for a bit! Take the family somewhere awesome. Norway? Iceland? Hawaii?
  11. Are you happy? Sure am!

My Questions for you:

  1. Do you lie about your weight on your driver’s license?
  2. What is your favorite quote/saying?
  3. Where is the best place you’ve ever traveled?
  4. Do you put your dirty dishes in the dishwasher as they become dirty, or do you pile them in the sink a mile high?
  5. Name your all-time favorite blog.
  6. Are you more like your mother or your father?
  7. What time period in your life has been your favorite so far?
  8. Share one of your long-term goals.
  9. And a short-term goal.
  10. Can you shoot a gun?
  11. Do you consider yourself judgmental?

People I’m Tagging:

  1. Brooke
  2. Mary
  3. Nancy
  4. Jen
  5. Alice
  6. Steph
  7. Mindi
  8. Trish
  9. Megan
  10. Laura
  11. And YOU, the lurker.

Come back and leave me a comment with your link so I can read them! Fun!

just be.

I sit here on my favorite corduroy chair with my warm blanket and a steaming mug of coffee, with a computer on my lap and a cat at my feet. The kids have just been whooshed outside to meet the bus at the end of the driveway, and I sit as I do every morning for a short time. This is the most peaceful time of my day. So quiet. So un-chaotic. I love the chaos {most of the time}, but sometimes it’s lovely to just be.

I think about how I arrived at this place in my life. Many, many mistakes and lots of hasty decisions. It’s so odd to think that if I had just made one different decision all those years ago, my life may have veered off on such a different path. But, all of those decisions and mistakes added up to be so right.

I am blessed with an awesome husband, who has put up with me and my quirks for over a dozen years {not to say that he doesn’t have his!}. Children who know they are loved, get it, and are able to pass this love onto so many others. Some may think our hearts and house are overflowing, but we have so much more to give. We will open our doors {and hearts} to those children that may not know this kind of nurture. My family will be the love, acceptance, and stability that they need to thrive. I’m excited {and nervous} to see what our new journey will bring.



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a year of loss, patience, and growing

2011 kind of kicked my ass. I’ll admit it. I am not one bit sad to see it go.

The losses were hard. Not that loss is ever easy, but I never expected to lose so many wonderful people in my life. Cyndee, my Grandma Krank, my Grandma Barnhart… there is not a day that goes by where I don’t think of them or miss them terribly. It’s painful to think of just how big the void in our family is without their physical presence.

This was the year we went forward with our plan to have more children. Never in a million years, did I think we would be wanting more little people running through the house, but over the years, we have grown to love the chaos, the loudness, and the crazy. Justin had surgery in March, but that story is best left to be told face-to-face, preferably while consuming alcohol. If you’re lucky, he will probably show you photos, too.

No luck with making babies, yet, but we will keep on trying! If anything, this whole journey has taught us much about patience and strengthened our marriage. We have opened our eyes to the possibility of adoption and foster care, not as second-best, but because we have taken time to see, learn and realize that our hearts have more room than we ever thought possible. We have so much love to give to more children, children who otherwise might not ever experience the love of a family.

The spring was filled with sadness, anger, and shock as we learned of certain betrayals. It was not easy making the decision we did, to cut people out of our lives completely, but it was necessary to protect our family. There are just so many chances you can give someone before you say no more to the hurt. Our family is stronger because of it. We’ve grown. We have become closer.

Having our oldest kid home the past few weeks, on Christmas break… we know that we made the right decision in sending him to boarding school. He is changing, we are changing… the tension, the anger, and the hurt on both sides, it’s better. So much better. He is excelling in school and has been given opportunities that he would not otherwise have been given, had we kept him home this year.

2011 has grounded us and strengthened our family. We have learned once again to take nothing for granted.

“She turned her cant’s into cans, and her dreams into plans.”

“Some people come into your life as blessings, others come in your life as lessons.”


Anderson Snow Bowl 2011

It was the perfect day for the first annual Anderson Snow Bowl 3-on-3 tournament!


Don’t be jealous of my cornstalk overalls. They’re pretty hot.

Averie, Bridger, and I versus Justin, Kane, and Ashton.

Bamboo vs. Outlaws.

It was fierce competition from the get-go.

Not really.

I think my teammates were more interested in eating snow than getting the football into the endzone.

The Outlaws prevailed.


Better watch out. We’ll get you next year.

water = life. clean water for Christmas.


life rearranged

We had a pretty awesome week!

We packed, loaded up the coffin on top of the Ford, and set out on our Colorado adventure! We stopped along the way and grabbed my Dad, who was desperately in need of a break.

My husband is a die-hard Lions fan, so I had bought tickets for the Lions/Broncos game a few months back. He convinced Ashton to be a Lions fan, too, and the rest of us sported our Broncos gear!

The game was a blast! My husband might have claimed it was the best day ever… The Lions kicked some serious ass and after the game we and 70,000 other people tried to leave the stadium. Justin decided he and the boy would take a victory pedicab ride all the way back to our hotel. I made the pedal-er promise to take good care of my little one and off they went! My Dad, BB, Averie and I got in line behind, and I’m not exaggerating, 300 other people waiting for a cab. Five minutes later, the cop told us to go meet her down the block a little and she would help us out. We kept it on the down low, and snuck down the street. She inconspicuously wandered over to us and told us to back up a bit so the rest of the crowd couldn’t see us talking. The plan? She was going to talk to another cop and he would flag us a van-cab before it got to the mass of people. She talked to him, he gave us the nod, and two minutes later we were happily on our way back to the hotel. Seriously. We roll VIP like that.

We spent the next morning shopping the streets of downtown Denver. Bridger wore his costume, and the sign we had made. Totally heartwarming moment? A random {assumed homeless} man came up to me and gave me a handful of change for Bridger’s charity: water campaign. $2.47. How awesome and selfless is  that?

We trick-or-treated in a random neighborhood in Cheyenne the next night, as we made our way back home. The kids made a total haul.

Now, it’s back to the grind. We are trying to pull off a garage sale before the snow hits tomorrow, and I have nothing done. We are giving everything away for donations, and every cent will go to the boys’ charity: water projects!


My twins are raising money for charity: water:
Ashton’s Thrilling Drilling Campaign
Bridger’s Clean Water for Christmas Campaign

instaFriday {october 21}

Another week has come and gone {where did it go?}!

We started the weekend off with having some friends over… They have twin boys as well, and the cutest little baby that I hogged for hours. The two sets of twins, kept busy with Wii:

This boy lost a tooth and woke up to find $2.00. He immediately asked me to donate it to his brother’s charity: water campaign {he’s giving up presents for Christmas to provide clean, safe water to communities in need}. He also has his own campaign!

We took a trip to the Pumpkin Patch with the kids… which would be great, only the wind was wicked and blowing hay and dust specks aren’t really that fun.

We left with a wagon full of pumpkins, then proceeded to pull out their guts and destroy them into masterful pieces of art. My pumpkin:

I bet you wish your husband had this tee in his collection! {no, he is not allowed to leave the house in it!}:

Soaking up the rays, before the sunshine leaves for the next six months:

How was your week? What’s new?

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My twins are raising money for charity: water, and would be so happy if you could help:
Ashton’s Thrilling Drilling Campaign
Bridger’s Clean Water for Christmas Campaign


three months

three beautiful women that i love so much, lost.

my heart is so






i know in my mind that it’s


that they are no longer in pain,

but my heart isn’t ready to listen just yet.


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scenic drive: beartooth highway

Upon departing Yellowstone on Thursday, we had a last-minute change of plans and decided to head out of the northeast entrance towards Billings instead of north entrance as we had originally planned. We had no idea THIS was in store for us:


Those black squiggly lines? Roads.

This is the Beartooth Highway. This drive from Yellowstone to Red Lodge, MT is probably the most scenic drive I have ever experienced. It’s just plain crazy and not for the faint of heart, but you must experience it at some point in your lifetime.

We cheered loudly as we climbed closer and closer to the clouds. 10,000 feet…


That’s nothing.

This highway kept climbing all the way to 10,955 feet. Over TWO MILES up in the air.

Awaiting us was this beautiful storm cloud, complete with thunder and lightning. AWE.SOME.


And because I like the dramatic-ness of black and white:

cloudburst -bw2

I should also probably mention the snow. There was a little bit. It’s only the end of June, I mean, we should have expected it, right?



As for the way down? Don’t be alarmed when you see THIS on your navigation screen:


As long as you don’t cough, sneeze, or blink you will be just fine.


**WARNING** Things may explode in your car as you reach the summit. Especially snacks like Pirate’s Booty and your favorite red Justin Bieber nail polish.

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you capture:: smile


this past week wasn’t really of the smiling kind,

but we gathered out at the bunkhouse after the funeral for a special tribute to a special lady,

and lo and behold, SMILES.

she would have wanted it that way.