I’m a big fan of Passive Juice Motel. They won me over a long time ago when my friend Shannon surprised me with a set of dolls they made – a Campbell doll family. They are a local company and it has been fun to watch as their business grows and evolves. They are also way cooler than I could ever be, so having a few of their items makes me cool by default. I tell myself that anyway.

Recently, they sent my crew some new t-shirts. I attempted to get a couple photos of my kids in them…but I am missing one kid and my shirt. I’ll save those for later.

These shirts suit the personalities of my kids so well.

The 3 year old who loves the game “Paper, Rock, Scissors” and uses her hands for lots of communication in general.

3.15passivejuicemotel-01The 11 year old…who has been digging a 3ft hole in the backyard. Randomly. I don’t get it. Pre-teen boy in general, I may not understand but I sure do love. Also – its the Fresh Prince.

3.15passivejuicemotel-07There may have never been a more perfect t-shirt. Again…Fresh Prince of Bel Air fan for life.3.15passivejuicemotel-05Homeward Bound. My boy. His dog. Natural fit.3.15passivejuicemotel-06

I took these photos yesterday. Gloriously warm weather. Today is supposed to be beautiful again. I tried to convince Chris to help me move the ping pong table outside so I could spray paint it. Evidently, he thinks 300lbs is too much for us to move. Where there is a will there is a way….

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  • Sandy C - PJM is just too cool for school! I love their new designs. I ordered my little guy the shirt with famous scientists on Pi day. I like how you interpreted each shirt to fit their personalities. And I wonder how far that hole will go!

  • Southern Gal - Your boy and the shovel. Ah. I get it. Let me just say the hole diggin’ is something some boys just have to do. My older son and his friend dug a huge hole on the other side of our garage. One day the UPS man drove up to deliver a package, saw the boys digging in the hole and asked if we were having them dig a swimming pool by hand! Seriously, it was that big. I think it’s one of the best things we ever did for Jacob, put a shovel in his hand and say have at it. He and his friend made their share of bike ramps and trails. Right now at 23 and married, he’s digging and building another bike ramp on my parents property. Digger for Life!

  • Southern Gal - I meant to say I love all of those shirts. All of them.

  • jenny - these are adorable :) i will have to check out their stuff. and your right about the will and a way… you are always inspiring me in that department :)

  • Jo Moseley - Your Baby Girl is looking SO good! She has such a content look about her. It’s a gift, a true gift to watch her and all of your other Loves grow and change. I like ALL of the shirts.
    Hugs to All! Jo

  • suzy - Absolutely love Fresh Prince, so I naturally love these shirts!I totally understand the hole digging thing. My kids dig holes. Big holes that they stick their little sister in to keep digging because she is the only one that fits. All I can see is the little top of her head, and my boys looking down at her telling her how to dig. Pretty funny!

  • Emily - This reminds me…can you do a spray-paint tips/tutorial type post, please? My technique is lacking and I trust your wisdom with this :-) Thanks!

  • Maca - I love the rock, paper scissors tshirt! it looks great! I wonder how I could get them!

    Thanks for shearing!

    Maca

  • Susan - The shirts are great! My son was a hole digger for awhile. Didn’t hurt anything and burned a lot of energy. I never did find out what that hole was for, but it was about four feet deep and four by four.
    Do you allow the camper to be used as a playhouse on occasion? My in-laws used to bring their motorhome out to our house in the spring and let the children use it as a playhouse for a week or so. It is a good way to air it out!
    Enjoy the Spring weather!!!
    Susan

  • Molly Ann Quigley - I got caught up today on the last 6-7 posts. Thanks. Ya make my heart happy.
    Best,
    Molly

  • Evie - I love your daughters headband! Where is it from?

Just some phone shots from the last few days. Most of these I posted on Instagram – but sometimes I like to post them here too. It is fun to look back on every now and then.

I’m working on getting my ‘talk’ together for Hope Spoken. So many thoughts and stories, it is hard to condense it all down. Are any of you going to be there? Please come say “hi” – it really means so much to me when I get to meet people that actually read this blog!

3.15monday-01We meet my grandparents every Thursday for donuts. Grandpa & Grandma taught my youngest to shoot her straw wrapper at them. My girls are both pretty smitten with their Great Grandpa. I am too.3.15monday-03A certain little girl is making her acting debut in a promo video for Salsa De Mayo. The amazing guys at Signal Factory are creating the promo and my girl was completely in her element in front of the cameras. I, on the other hand, was tempted to beg them to let me be their intern. Incredibly talented guys there – I was in my element watching them work. Hopefully, I can share the video with you later. If you are in the Tulsa area, on May 17th you can join us for salsa tasting, face painting, dance lessons, pinatas and a whole host of other fun things. The event benefits 111Tulsa (the non-profit Chris works for).3.15monday-05We headed out for a little hiking over the weekend.  The boys were running up ahead of me when I looked up and saw them among those trees. I yelled and asked them to stop so I could snap a photo. They look so little and so big to me.

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Happy Monday!

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  • Southern Gal - Sweet times with great-grandparents. When I saw that last photo on instagram, it floored me. So beautiful.

  • suzy - How exciting about the video! We do not live in the Tulsa area, but I hope we can see the video one day. The picture with her grandfather is precious. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kate S. - Love that last photo!

  • Jenny B. - Oh my goodness! How awesome is that last photo! A work of art. :) And so sweet that you meet your grandparents for donuts every week. And Firecracker in the promo… I’m sure that will be adorable! :)

  • Debbie - What a beautiful photo! I love that you are able to meet with your grandparents every week. So awesome that you take time to do this…..your kids will appreciate this for years to come.

  • Christin - That last photo is just awesome…theres just so much it says about being boys and brothers! It needs to be blown up big for their room :)

  • Allison - that last photo is one of the very best I’ve ever seen from you- amazing!

  • Tina - What a great photo! Nice job, mom!!!

  • Natalie @ Being Mrs. Olson - Love the donut date! How awesome for them to get to spend time together. I hope we will have the same opportunity when we become parents. I love this quick post with an honest look into your life, thanks for sharing!

I glanced across the table – a bowl of cereal and a little boy grabbing a spoon.

And all I could think was what a miracle it was.

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A few days before, his youngest sister ate applesauce soaked cheerios for the first time. Such a simple thing – cheerios and little ones – but it is a huge hurdle in the arena of oral aversions. She worked up the bravery to eat a ‘solid’ and the reality of it not being such a simple thing was not lost on me.  Granted, they were mushy cheerios and their ‘solid’ state is debatable. Nonetheless, it was cause for great celebration in our house.

When her older siblings first ate cheerios, we clapped and welcomed the new stage. I didn’t see the miracle then.  A miracle in the mundane. A miracle I counted as routine. Ordinary. Regular.

What is routine and mundane to some is miraculous for others. This week my kids reminded me that what I often mistake as ordinary is actually pretty extraordinary. It is a matter of perspective.

Today I am grateful for miracles in the mundane.

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  • Michele - Thank you for this beautiful reminder. This post also reminds me of the Bethel Song, “May We Never Lose Our Wonder” I hope everyone has a full of wonder day!

  • Tanya - Thank you, wonderful reminder!

  • emily@everydaymom - Beautiful! And a great reminder!

  • danielle - This was just such an amazing thing for me to read this morning. Thank you.

  • Amy @thelittlefarmdiary - Yes- the ordinary can be the most extraordinary! It’s the little things.

  • Mrs.T - Beautiful reminder. We take so much for granted. Thanks for sharing this today.

  • Ashley Green - Love this! I can totally relate. The first time Gage sang a song I had to pull over because I was crying so hard. He was three. He would yell any time we sang. I hadn’t realized how quiet I had become because any noise seemed to upset him. This was 2 weeks after starting migraine preventatives. You never realize how miraculous the little things are and how you took them for granted. Thanks for tho post!!

  • Terri J. - You made my day! Love the Mundane.

  • Caitlin Weaver - I feel you :) My youngest has a heart defect, and to make a long story short, babies who have heart surgery shortly after birth often have a very hard time regaining their suck/swallow reflex and learning to drink. There were times I wondered if we would ever get rid of his feeding tube, but here we are, and he loves his bottle now! Before him, I never thought about eating being a learned skill, but it totally is, and I’ll never take that for granted anymore.

  • Christin - Beautifully said!

  • Susan - My mom couldn’t walk in her last months due to cancer, and I remember going to the grocery store and watching in amazement at all the people walking around shopping. It felt like such a miracle and a gift to be celebrated — walking, shopping, living the mundane, and the luxury of taking it all for granted.

  • Sophia - Too often we think that because something is common it’s not miraculous, i.e. CHILDBIRTH, CHRIST’S LOVE, etc. — among other things, like cheerios. Thank you for the reminder to treasure the “mundane”.

  • Christy - Oh yes! Both of our boys have been through food/speech/occupational therapies for their SPD and I can totally agree that the tiniest of bites can be the biggest celebration! When I was reading all the books before my first child came along they never mentioned what a monumental task food might be. Luckily great therapists exist to guide us through those things “the books” left out! So happy for your girl! Celebrating with you!

  • Janna - I am hoping you got your muscle up for 15.3??? I tried and tried but still have a ways to go :). Was thinking of you though! Hope you found yours!

  • AshleyAnn - Janna – I tried for it. I got up once, but couldn’t lock my arms out. So incredibly frustrating!!! We’ll get them soon :)

  • Janna - Wow, great job!!! at that rate you’ll get it soon :)