July 28, 2010

Take Advantage of the Moment

The truth is, I've been a pretty grouchy momma bear lately.

No no, its true. I don't think I've spoken so often between clenched teeth... and not so clenched teeth, as much as I have this past week or so. 

Grrrr... roar! Hisssss.....

 Yup, that's been me lately.

Oh, did I mention my kids have been incredibly grouchy too? Oh yes, yes they have. About put me over the edge!

But last night was different. 

The weather was cool and overcast with a stiff breeze, and there was a gorgeous sunset. 

And the best part? The kids were in a good mood! *gasp*

Okay, who are you and what have you done with my children!?

They were playing so well together and having a blast. I just HAD to take advantage of the situation to stock up on cute pictures!

Maybe then they'll forget all about having a mean mommy that roars and hisses and think that I was actually pretty cool.

Maybe?... Maybe if I bribed them with chocolate?

I'm not above bribing. 


My four ragamuffins. (I'm loving that word Amy, I may just have to keep using it!)

My little blonde-haired, blue-eyed rascals.
Me and my girls! (I know, bad picture of me so don't poke fun or I'll have to Hunt. You. Down!)


Me and my boys!

My kids, all five of them! - Take One

Haha, just kidding... sort of.

Love you honey!
Come on daddy! Give me a REAL smile! Take Two

Okay, close enough.


































The ones who lovingly gave me stretch marks - Take One


The one who lovingly kicked my ribs and punched my bladder - Take Two



To my sweet little ragamuffins: just know that when I eat all your chocolate, force you to take naps, refuse to buy you toys, or make other sacrifices that hurt me more than you, just know I do it all because...



I love you!

28 super cool people speak:

Garden of Egan said...

Very darling pictures Serene. You are one awesome mama.

Stretch marks? Bladder punch?
Ya, it's all worth it.

One of these days I'm gonna show up at your house with chocolate.....for the kids!

Marie said...

Great pictures! Darling kids :) Gotta love those stretch marks, right?!

M-Cat said...

Love the pictures!And what a great love note post to your kids!

Kristina P. said...

You have such a beautiful family!

iamwoman said...

This brought a huge smile to my face! Such a darling family you have there;)

T said...

so sweet - and pshaw - you never take a bad pic!

Kami said...

Love those blue eyed, blonde haired kid pictures. Stretch marks and kickings in the bladder and ribs equal those cute raggamuffins. Cute!

Cluttered Brain said...

Love the last picture and caption. I'll keep stealing your chocolate and NOT buying your toys cause I love you!
lol.

You are an awesome mama Serene!
Glad U had a cool day!

Teachinfourth said...

Great photos, you guys look like you're having a great time!

Jocelyn Christensen said...

Hello, Serene! You could NEVER take a bad picture!

Cherie said...

You have a beautiful family Serene! You are gorgeous too!
My favorite picture is the one close up near the end with the beautiful sky in the background - stunning!

Nicole said...

You are so good to take pictures of yourself. I go to look through my photos and I have a ton of the kids and hubby, but almost none of me (maybe that's a good thing). Looks like it was a fun night.

Patty Ann said...

Love it! Looks like you all had a really great day! Hope the grouchy's stay away for awhile!

The Martos Fudge said...

What beautiful pictures, I am so glad you are not afraid to admit you have stretch marks... You are beautiful and yet have them too. Sometimes I think I am the only one who has them... I was seriously refreshed to read your blog. I have been grouchy for the past few weeks, I am sure you can tell By my very positive posts lately. Thanks...

The Kooky Queen--Rachel said...

LOVE this post and you are freakin' gorgeous! Your family is SO cute!!!

Neisha said...

great pictures!

Mr. Stupid said...

This was lovely. Love the pictures. You have a beautiful family...:)

Joe and Heather said...

Those are some really great pictures! Cute family =)

Mama Smith said...

I love seeing pictures of you as a "Mama"...When you were all little...I wondered how all of you would turn out...what kind of parents you would be one day...and if all of you would be "faithful" in the kingdom of our Father...I have MUCH JOY in my posterity!

Doran & Jody said...

Cute, cute. Love the post.
NOW will you do one for me? I am SO behind on my pictures.

I'll buy you CHO...CO...LA..TE...(that was using my sweet bribing voice). I'm not above briding either.

Sue said...

What a great post. Your family is adorable.

=)

Polly Blevins said...

Are your boys twins? beautiful pictures. The sunset in the back was the perfect back drop.

Polly Blevins said...

Are your boys twins? beautiful pictures. The sunset in the back was the perfect back drop.

Larsen said...

I hate that you have the best blog posts ever.

Sara Lyn said...

I can't believe how old Savannah looks! Cute pictures!

Braden said...

Great pictures! You guys do good work! Your children are beautiful.

Valerie said...

Great ending to a fun post. You look awesome!

Evelyn @ Hanging by a Silver Lining said...

Serene...How come everytime you say a picture of you is going to be scary...it's totally gorgeous? Woman! I would hate to see a "nice" picture of you! ;)

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