A pile of candy
A buzz and a ballerina
friends and family
church party first
trick or treating second
candy consumption
and apple before bed
a good teeth brushing
kids sleeping soundly
Happy Halloween


The night before Halloween.
Curlers in hair for ballerina-check!
Two very excited children heading to bed-check!
Dreams of sugar and bounce houses-double check!


Last night I went to check on the kids before I went to bed. Here's what I found:

My daughter who had taken all of her clothes off. She does this every night now because "she's hot." I think it is because she just discovered the option of undressing.

My son nearly undressed with his hand securely shoved down his diaper.
Being a mother to a boy is very interesting.
I have a feeling things will only get more interesting as he grows.


I used to think that kids were not really that expensive. When they were babies the main expense was diapers. For both Logan and Abby I received hand-me-down clothes for their first two/three years.


Now Logan is nearly three and Abby is four and I have no more hand-me-downs. This means a few trips to Kohl's to get winter clothes, new shoes, big boy/girl undies, socks, tights, PJ's, etc. $$$$$$$$$


Abby has moved out of the picky-toddler-eating phase, and right into the she-is-hungry-all-day-and-eats-a-bunch-of-food-whenever-possible phase.

I was thinking about my grocery expenses while doing 750 dishes tonight. I thought I'd break it down....just to see....

Today Abby and Logan ate:

  • one banana .20
  • two apples .50
  • 2 cups of peanut butter pretzels 1.00
  • 8 cups of juice (bad, I know!) 1.50
  • four pieces of wheat bread 1.00
  • 3tb of peanut butter .75
  • 1 tb of honey .50
  • one piece of chicken 1.50
  • two bean burritos 2.25
  • one small french fry 1.50
  • 3 cups of strawberries 2.50
  • one pudding .60
  • one applesauce .50
  • 1/2 cup of shredded cheese .75
  • three diapers (still working on potty training Logan) .75
That's approximately $16 per day, which is about $480 per month. Sheesh...that doesn't even count special treats, Abby's chocolate milk, and the food John and I eat. My grocery bill is steadily growing....

Kids = lots of money



I am in a women's bible study at my church. We are doing an inductive study through the book of Genesis. It is really good so far. A whole lot happened in Genesis and we're only on chapter 13! I learned something really cool last week as we were reading genealogy in chapter five. Here is the list of Hebrew names within the genealogy and their English meaning:

Hebrew name and it's English meaning
Seth -Appointed
Mahalalel-The Blessed God
Jared-Shall come down
Methusela-his death shall bring
Lamech-The despairing
Noah-Rest, or comfort.

The cool part is the meaning of the names is The Gospel hidden within a genealogy in Genesis! check it out:
Man is appointed mortal sorrow; but the Blessed God shall come down teaching that His death shall bring the despairing rest.