Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Snow day in the back yard

Lucas was sleeping so Jack, Reagan and I headed outside to build a killer snowman and play in the snow. It was great fun. Jack threw snowballs and slid down on the inner tube, Reagan was CRAZY and at one point banged my face because she was running so fast and couldn't stop, ouch for me and I genuinely loved playing with my big little boy!


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Underpants on your head!

In our home we have some really extreme fashion statements; Underpants as Hats. I personally think they are very intriguing and becoming...right?


Monday, February 27, 2012

Family skiing day

We have been saying forever that we need to do a family skiing day and because we put it in the calendar we actually made it happen and boy are we glad we did?!

On our 2 hour journey to the mountain Jack asked and asked over and over "when will we be there?" and he went from hyper excitement to anxious crying. I thought "this is going to be an intense day we will be lucky if he lasts till lunch time".

Was I wrong or what?

Jack LOVED it. He did awesome too. I was more nervous than he was. After his lesson and bombing down the bunny hill multiple times we took him on a real run. He did great, smiles all the way. At one point it was pretty steep and I was being wimpy and going ultra slow but Jack didn't skip a beat.


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Friday, February 24, 2012

Sunday Morning

We actually were not running late for church so I took advantage of it and snapped a few photos.

Me and my boys! Actually it's mostly just me and Jack, Lucas did not enjoy this experience...

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Life is full of meltdowns...

...So prepare for them!

Regardless of who is having the meltdown; me, one of my children or my friend etc... the fact is life is full of them and while there are things we can do to prevent then from always happening I believe they will happen so we better prepare. 

I have had and watched many meltdowns in my life. For everyone its a little different; some people are very dramatic, some people get angry, some become very emotional, some become anxious, others isolate themselves the list is endless.  I used to think that the meltdown itself was a sign of weakness but I now feel differently. Now I don't dwell on the fact that a meltdown happens rather I think our weakness or strength is exposed through the manner in which we deal with meltdowns. Can we bounce back?

I think returning to reality after a meltdown is what we should be preparing for. If it is possible to distance ourselves from the situation so we can analyze it and find better judgment we will be more likely to bounce back and continue on with our day with little harm done. 

Yesterday, I had a meltdown. I woke up and my body was so sore from skiing, it felt like every muscle was screaming at every movement and my children seemed to reacting to life in a similar way. Jack's new found confidence from being awesome at skiing left him acting very arrogant and unruly while Lucas seemed to be finally cutting a tooth and was in a state of perpetual depression. I found myself looking at the clock and thinking "it's only feels like at least 2pm!" At this moment I knew it was going to be a rough day.

It seemed with every minute more toys and kitchen utensils were cluttering my floor, all my floors. I think I found a kitchen utensil in every room throughout the house. The dog was eating food in her cadge that she had stolen from the counter, my toddler was screaming because my four year old had zapped him in the face with the light-saber and I tripped over a broken hola hop that's littering my kitchen floor. Why is there are hola hop on my floor? and scissors? and cut up bits of paper? Before I know it I am yelling and becoming more agitated by the second. Luckily I see the horror on my babies face and remember that I need to stop! I put the brakes on. I need to distance myself so I can gain better judgment.

I need space so I can be a nice person. 

I put the dog in her cage and the boys in their room and crib, apologize and tell them I need a time out so I can make good choices. I bury my head in my pillow on my bed and breath and cry. BREATH; in and out, in and out, in and out. I find myself asking God to forgive me and to help me be better, to have more control and to feel peace. After a time, quite a while, I headed back to visit with the boys and hug them and tell them why I lost my temper and how they could help me be better. 

I am always amazed at how forgiving my children are, I wish I was more like them. 

I was feeling better but my disaster of a home was still agitating me so we all needed to distance ourselves from it. We needed to all get out and start over. We got bundled up and took our dog on an hour walk. The fresh air did wonders for us all. This walk helped me bounce back to reality and realize that I have so much and that life is good regardless of the mess in my house. 

So what I have learned is that by creating a plan of what I will do when I find myself heading for a meltdown I am able to bounce back and gain better judgment in a timely manner. Whether you are at home, in the car, at work or where ever you need a plan otherwise you may not be able to stop yourself from affecting others in a permanently negative way. Meltdowns are part of life and need to be addressed it is important to recognize them, deal with them and move on. 


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Valentines day

Jack awoke to a special card and treats from his daddy... He was thrilled to say the least.

I tired to embrace this day a little more this year, baby steps OK? I tried to approach this day as a day of showing my love for others that I may have neglected to show before. We (the boys and I) made a map for the day which included:
making hearts, baking cup cakes, have a group hug, dance to love songs, frost cupcakes, send gratitude emails to a select few, deliver our cup cakes, make a few "happy Valentine" phone calls and make heart pizza.

It was a fun easy day full of love for all.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012


One thing I adore about Denver is the FREE DAYS! The museums here have multiple free days every year and boy do I enjoy taking advantage of them. Leslie and I headed to the zoo with our kiddies bright and early the other day. Because we were among the first 20 people to enter the zoo we enjoyed a lovely time while avoiding the crowds.

Jack was enthralled with the Kangaroos, Lucas adored the Crocodile and I very much enjoyed the baby orangutan.


Sunday, February 19, 2012

The things Jack says

Heavenly Father,
Thanks for my shoes, thanks for my closet, thanks for my toys and thanks for our computers.... 
-A recent prayer

Miss Michelle my penis had an injunction....but I drank lots of cranberry juice and now its better! 
-I think he meant "infection"

Mom when will we be extinct? 
-he has been very concerned about dinosaurs lately and was worried that we might end up like them...extinct!

His response to me asking him to stop sucking his thumb:
I can't stop sucking my thumb its the way Heavenly Father made me...a thumb sucker!
-How do I get him to stop sucking his thumb????


Saturday, February 18, 2012


Saturday was snowy and cold so us Carney's bundled up and went sledging.

Ben loved it and got those twinkles in his eyes and had a blast trying to get Jack to go faster and be more daring.

Jack said he loved it but was quite reluctant to use the fast sledge and used the slow inner tube instead BUT he REALLY liked the slow inner tube and kept reassuring us that it was anything but slow.

Lucas looked utterly depressed and didn't appreciate going on the sledge with mom or dad but he loved playing in the car.

Me, well I was kept warm in my many layers and enjoyed a couple runs and playing with Lucas in the car.

Here are just a couple photos I didn't take my camera up to the hill but these are from the car at the end:

Quite a lovely family outing!

Friday, February 17, 2012


Wow, I just can not believe that my Lucas is one and a half! How did that happen? Seriously as a kid everything went so slow and now I blink and my kids are too big for their clothes.

He is such a sweet heart. I LOVES to snuggle. He loves to bury his head into my neck, pull my into to his hug and give kisses.

Whenever he is really excited he does a little drunken sailor dance which it utterly hilarious!

He adores his pacifier and blanket. When he sees his blanket his eyes light up and he giggles.

He really enjoys cuddling with our dog, he will crawl into her cadge and snuggle with her.

He loves being read to and choosing books to read and carrying books around.

Chap stick is his favorite toy. He steals Ben's chap stick daily and has a melt down when Ben retrieves it.

When we say "fold your arms" he tilts his head and puts his fist in between his chin and collar bone.

He adores his brother...mostly.

He can not say ANY words, any sounds or recognize colors and doesn't like to be social....not sure if i should be worried about that. He is so different to Jack it's hard to tell if I should be concerned about his slower developmental pace or not but in the mean time he is adorable and growing into his cheeks.

 The other day Lucas was practicing being a photographers helper by carrying around my bag.


Saturday Lucas and I had lunch together while Ben and Jack were out running errands and we had a lovely time...


Oh and I have been digging salads a lot lately! 

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