Stuart is 5. We tell him that he will drive a Studebaker when he grows up.
He says he's going to drive a dump truck.
Last week he told me while watching birds while I was driving, "If I was a bird I would fly all the way to Grenada."
He is very obsessed with highways and the turnpike. "Are we on the highway?" he can be heard yelling from the backseat.
This morning he said, "Mom said her legs are going to make her die." I gave him a funny look and it turns out that I did say, "My legs are going to be killing me tomorrow," as I was helping Nate put the flags in the ground and did a lot of squats.
Olive spends most of her days toddling after me with her coat in her hand. She just started to say, "go outside."
The other thing she says all the time is, "Hold It!" which sounds more like, "whole lit!"
It was one of those things I realized I am saying all the time.
I was telling someone about this and they did not even know what I meant by this phrase and then I was even more humbled. I just taught my daughter to say something so dutchy that commoners don't understand it.
Potato Stamping on some gauze fabric to make a Muslin Swaddle Blanket.
Some artwork in the NST room that I get to sit in every week. Checking up on baby.
When I was a
teenager, I’m going to guess 16 or 17 years old I had a low moment while
reading one of those junk mail flyers and I ordered a bottle of pills called, “Fat
The company, being very discreet, sent the package to a certain L. Zimmerman. My poor Dad his name is
Lester and when this package came for L. Zimmerman he tore it open and thought
someone sent him “Fat Busters” as a hint to lose weight. The bottle was really
corny looking with a huge fireball on it. I’m not sure how long it went until
he mentioned this at the supper table one night and I had to confess (oh the
shame) that I had ordered them. I’m pretty sure I never took them.
You might have heard
of Plexus by now. I’m taking it and I’m a fan.
The slim tastes great, has lowered my blood pressure, made
my cycle more regular, and best of all has eliminated my sugar cravings. I
would take it for that reason alone.
I started taking Slim because I struggle with crashing blood
sugar. Also there was the hope of losing weight. I was not serious enough about
my diet when I began and there was not an amazing weight loss for me. It did
help with my crashing blood sugar.
I went off of slim for a few weeks before I asked my midwife
about taking it and was so ready to get back on it.
The same time I started back on it I also cut sugar completely
from my diet and limited carbs. This is when I started taking ProBio5. Maybe it was adding the ProBio that
helped to take away my sugar cravings. I’m not sure but I do believe that if
you are taking Plexus products you should eat clean and drink a lot of water.
You don’t want to waste a good thing. I know for myself I saw a huge difference
when I got more serious about my diet.
Please don’t feel like you need to take Plexus if there is
nothing wrong with you. It seems like everyone is taking it these days and I do
get silly sometimes because anytime I hear about someone’s health I can’t help
but think, “Try Plexus.” It feels funny that it helps so many different
problems. Do some research on gut health related to the brain and body and you
will find that so much of this is related.
Plexus products have helped people with:
Candida (gut health) taking
care of a yeast overgrowth takes care of a lot of other issues.
High or low blood sugar
I’m sure I forgot something really important. Plexus
products are all natural. They are not approved by the FDA. I’m not sure about
you but I don’t trust the FDA anyhow. It’s not like you are going to feel
awesome on it after one day. Some people do see results that fast but it is a
healing process. I like to think that once my body heals I can cut back or stop
taking the products. For instance it is recommended to take 4 ProBio capsules if
you are fighting off a yeast overgrowth and only one or two to maintain. There is a 60 day money back guarantee.
Last weekend we worked really hard to get Stuart moved into the "Man Cave" aka: junk room that needed to be de cluttered. I guess I'm having my nesting kick now and things are flying around here.
Saturday we got a surprise call that a puppy was available due to a buyer not picking her up for weeks due to bad weather. Only six days before had we gotten our name on this breeders wait list hoping for a summer or fall puppy. We had a hard time getting to this point and had been praying for a puppy so imagine me asking Nate at 3 o'clock on a Saturday if we could get a puppy on Monday? Things were kind of crazy over here.
Mint Oreo Cake for Mia
Sunday was spent celebrating Mia's 10th birthday which was the next day. Friends came over and we all went swimming to an indoor pool. Good times. We had church in the evening and I laughed at all 5 of these children who looked beat and had bloodshot eyes from all of the swimming.
The long lonely drive to pick up the dog. Monday I drove far to get this puppy like one of those crazy dog people. Shake my head.
Stopped for gas, yup she's still back there. She was quiet for a few hours and the next time she yelped I jumped so bad.
It's been a week now, I told Nate that I still love him more than the dog.
Stuart runs around yelling at her, "Harley Martin"!
This morning I mentioned that she needs to get shots and this has Stuart very worried, will she get them in her fluff? Mia telling him that it's called fur.
I had a running list of dog names on my phone that I had been adding too. Stuart and I spent our days discussing dog names and Stuart would mock calling for the dog. So just for the fun of it, here is the list.
An organized closet shelf. This would mean so much more if I would have taken a before picture. Imagine horrors in this space.
My midwife has been on me to keep track of how often the baby is kicking. (my cord is 2 vessel instead of 3. While everything looks fine now it can cause lack of nourishment) I was wracking my brain to think of an efficient way to get this accomplished without drawing marks on my arm. Even that method would require a pen at all times. Online I came across some kick counter bracelets. Super cheesy and shiny. My search for a counting bracelet led me to a "stroke counter" for golfers. Thus the happy note that came along.
Strawberry shortcake got us through a few winter blues.
Hyper girls about to attend their first concert ever. Piano Guys.
I was scared I would lose Ellie in the crowd and told Mia to hold her hand. Mia being the type that jumps up and down and flaps her arms around when she gets excited, forgot herself and squeezed Ellie's hand so hard that Ellie was crying. Nothing like a little drama while waiting in line. We were just glad to be inside unlike their father who was waiting outside after parking the van.
My name is Lydia Jo, Lydia is after my Grandma. But everyone calls me Jo.
My husband is Nate and we are best friends. Love him! Also the mother to four children whom you will see many pictures of here. Mia, Elizabeth, and Stuart. The newest member to our family is baby Olive.
My love for photography was born out of a love to paint (oil paintings). I was always longing for that perfect photograph to use as a reference for a painting. Being outside during that golden hour when the sun is going down and everything is glowing? It used to just overwhelm me, I love it that much… that glow! Words can not describe that kind of beauty. Anyhow... photography turned out to be a dream come true in this case... I can take the picture and maybe paint it someday down the road. But really, photography is art to me. I love to see what I can do with the camera.