Thursday, April 28, 2011

Kuykendall Family Photo Shoot

These are old pictures....taken last September for my wonderful in-laws' 40th anniversary. It drizzled rain on us the whole time, but with the covering of trees we were able to get a few good shots. Getting pictures of groups this large (and with so many children) can be a challenge! :) Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Pregnancy update...

....I'm HUGE!

I have now reached the 26 week mark. Both of our little guys are doing well according to the ultrasounds and measurements. The doctor believes they are mono-di twins (shared placenta and chorion, separate amnions). Even though this is my sixth pregnancy, I feel new to this. I have learned so much more this time around than all the other pregnancies combined! And besides being bigger than usual, I am a bit more uncomfortable too. :)

At times I am nervous about caring for two newborns. BJ and I know what to expect with a new little one....2 sleepless months, a healing incision, wacky hormones, etc.....but with two at once we are a little unsure. In my heart I know God will give us the strength and patience. I need to remember to accept life being a little crazy for a while. I will say, I am thankful they will be born during the summer and not during the school year. I am hoping to have this figured out somewhat by mid-September, ready to tackle the boys' school. :) Your prayers are always appreciated.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Gotta love those first drawings.....

I have loved watching each of our boys draw their first pictures of people. I find it fascinating how those beginning drawings always start with the big circle and lines coming out of the head. Daddy and I were so proud of our little J.R....reaching this new milestone. Daddy especially liked seeing his facial whiskers that he mistook for armpit hair. :)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Judson's haircut

Only his third trim and he is already not fond of haircuts. Actually none of my boys enjoy haircuts. I always tell them, "Guess what? It's not exactly the most relaxing evening activity for me!" :) I seriously think I would have benefited more from beauty school than my Human Development degree!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Kevin Swanson would be proud!

So, remember the bingo gift Jesse won at Grandma's? It was a shoe shining kit. As soon as BJ mentioned it could be a little money maker....Jesse was sold! He talked about his new business the whole drive home. Two days later at church he landed his first customer. :)

We talk to our boys a lot about being hard workers and wise with their money. They know that they will need to provide for their own families someday. We appreciate Kevin Swanson's advice to teach young men to be entrepreneurial minded. A college education no longer guarantees a family wage income. Our desire is that our boys would look for opportunities to serve others....while making a buck. I want my boys to be hard working go-getters, willing to get their hands dirty, see opportunities, and take a few risks. What better time for them to learn these skills and gain confidence then while living at home!
Thank you Mr. Johnson for supporting my son's new venture. :)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

My crockpot bit the dust....

It gave me 13 good years. A little reflecting on my slow cooker..... Anyone who knows me knows I can sometimes over-think decisions. I remember the summer Erika, Tammy, and I made our plans for the next year at WPC as roommates. We divided up the small appliances we wanted to share. My contribution was the crockpot. I still remember shopping with BJ and really thinking about this I go with the 4 or 5 quart. I knew I wanted five children someday and would be cooking larger meals. I finally decided on the bigger one...and it served us well. So many roasts, chilis, and spaghetti sauces were made in this thing over the years. Too bad it died with a chicken in it on a day we were out and about. :) Crockpots these days are so fancy with an on light and even a warming feature! Should I go for another 5 quart or larger?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Just like daddy

J.R. loves tractors and his daddy. You can probably guess what BJ was doing on this day. Johnny was right there ready to help.After he took care of fixing a few problems and filling his tractor with gas he was ready to go.
Here's a picture of Johnny in a few years....:)