Friday, April 17, 2009

Keepin' it Quiet

Olivia stayed home from school today so we just hung out. I had to go pick her up early yesterday because her tummy hurt. She ran a fever and threw up (sh...don't tell her I wrote that here) , but 24hrs later she seems much better. This was her yesterday. She fell asleep on the recliner.

Nathan sits right in front of Luke, almost on top of him. He likes for Luke to hug him.
Can you see the evidence of chocolate still on Nathan's lips? He got into his Easter basket.

I let Luke play in the playpen every day for a little while. Nathan always wants to
get in there with him.
Nathan playing with some cars. Don't you love his shirt?

Nathan helping clean up the toys. I love those cheeks! He's sleeping right now so it's quiet right now.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


There are so many opportunities to get involved in helping others. Love what they are doing.

The Tom Movement

Child wearing TOMS

One for One

TOMS Shoes was founded on a simple premise: For every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of shoes to a child in need. One for One. Using the purchasing power of individuals to benefit the greater good is what we're all about.

Our Story

In 2006 an American traveler, Blake Mycoskie, befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created a company that would match every pair of shoes sold with a pair given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by caring TOMS customers.

Since our beginning, TOMS has given over 140,000* pairs of shoes to children in need through the One for One model. Because of your support, TOMS plans to give over 300,000 pairs of shoes to children in need around the world in 2009.


Why shoes?

Most children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or just getting around, these children are at risk.

Walking is often the primary mode of transportation in developing countries. Children can walk for miles to get food, water, shelter and medical help. Wearing shoes literally enables them to walk distances that aren't possible barefoot.

Wearing shoes prevents feet from getting cuts and sores on unsafe roads and from contaminated soil. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected. The leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted parasites which penetrate the skin through open sores. Wearing shoes can prevent this and the risk of amputation.

Many times children can't attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don't have shoes, they don't go to school. If they don't receive an education, they don't have the opportunity to realize their potential.

There is one simple solution...SHOES.

Four of the planet's six billion people live in conditions inconceivable to many. Lets take a step towards a better tomorrow.

One Day Without Shoes April 16 2009

Here are some sweet toes from our home to yours. Olivia said "Oh, you are not taking a picture of my feet to put on your blog!". Who knew she was embarressed about her feet?? Nathan was too much on the move today to get a picture of his piggies!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

"Watch this, Mommy!"

That is Nathan's new phrase. He's heard Olivia say it so many times when she wants to sing, dance, or show us some new accomplishment. It's funny when he does it because he either tries to do what she does or like this morning (when big sis is gone) he says "watch this mommy" to show me he can drink out of his sippy cup. I had just praised Luke for trying to hold his bottle without any help. ;)

Friday, April 10, 2009


All three kids have changed so much over the past few months. Olivia has grown taller, yet again! Nathan also has grown taller and his speech has just blossomed wonderfully. He is a real talker. Luke is on the verge of crawling any day now. He is also very vocal. Here are just a few pictures taken in our backyard on Sunday.

This is how he shows "I'm 2!".

I got to go on a field trip with Olivia today. This was a pic of us on the bus. :)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


We went to the library today after we picked Olivia up from school.

Wonder if he'll read early like his big sis.