Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Yes...I've been quiet here...but there IS a reason.

I'm tired...  
It is so dark here so early & these boys,
the loves of my life,
can wear a mama out.

But mostly I'm tired 'cause when I am pregnant...I'm tired! 

So, right now I go to bed soon after I get the kids to bed.

The lil' Babe was a totally surprise,
as I was pretty sure I already had more than I can handle.
But...God has other plans,
better plans,
for my family & me.

And I'm about ready for another one of these:

The kids are completely excited,
Annie says it's all she can think about.

She's already making the babe a hat.

She's making one pink & one blue.

Roo is pretty sure I am having two little babies 
& they are up in my chest.

Bo says, "It better be a boy."

Rocco wants to name it buttercup.

Roo wants to name it Jello, just what every woman wants,
 kids rubbing her tummy saying "Hello, Jello".

Me...I can't believe I have to name another child!

And Kit will be in for the surprise of his life.

So Baby Doyle #6 is due May 2nd.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

It Happened...

Once upon a time I had this little baby girl.

and she grew...

and grew...

and grew.

And she was pretty sure the world belonged to her.

Then, one day I looked in my rear view mirror 
& I completely lost my breath.

The little girl was gone.

And in her place was a little teeny-bopper.

Who lies on her bed & talks to Danny.

(Don't worry friends...Danny is a girl.)

But it's okay,
only cause she still grabs my hand when we go shopping.

And 'cause she's the best big sister in the world.

I just hope she still believes the world belongs to her.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Always an Adventure...

When you are a mom of little boys there is one thing you just have to do:


Yuck...I know...

So, last night for the first time EVER we loaded up our new tent, drove 2.5 hours to a beautiful state park.  Got our spot, got the tent out & it started to rain.  No...It started to POUR, thunder AND lightning, as Kelly and I attempted to put this tent together in the dark, (except for when it would lightning...then we could see for a sec), all with 5 little faces peering out the back window of our SUV.  After 20 minutes we got back in the car SOAKED, buckled everyone in & drove home.  True story.  

The kids never pouted once, in fact, they thanked us over & over again for trying.  It really was pretty funny, 5 hours in the car with 5 kids and no vacation.  

So this afternoon...

The tent went up in the backyard.

They were all pretty pleased with themselves & I'm pretty sure they were all thinking last nights tent fail was my help vs. theirs.  

Dinner was Franks & Beans over the fire.

With camping it's the little things like cooking your own dinner,

and getting away with drinking your beans cause you can't remember where you put your spoon down,

sneaking the chocolate for the s'mores,

and chilling with Daddio.

The boys gobbled the beans,

(and apparently put their hot dogs right on the driveway.)

(Don't worry when I noticed it in the pic I got the kid a plate.)

Rocco took delight in gathering firewood...

...from my rock garden.

Okay, Okay, so we are not legit campers.

I won't be earning this badge:

I'll admit that when the rain started tonight I snuck inside with Kit as the rest of the crew hurried to the tent.  

So they are out there:

while the 2 of us will be snug in our comfy beds...

...oooh scratch that...
the door just opened & 2 boys in their tighty whities are coming in with their flashlights claiming it's too hot (Its 69 degrees).

Well, the 4 of us will be cozy 
& Annie, Rocco & Kel will earn this tonight:

Good night friends!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Little Tour

No matter how much I want to deny it...
my baby girl is growing up.

We moved her into our home office last September & FINALLY this week we put the last piece in place.

So you want to see the rest?

Well, I hope you said, "YES!" 'cause I'm gonna make ya :)

(Moms with lots of kids are bossy)

I asked Annie if I could invite you in.

She thought I was a weirdo, but of course, she said yes.

So come on in!

Kelly & one of his good friends built the cupboards.

It pays girls, marry a many who is a hottie & a handyman.

A girl needs a good place to stash her goodies & let me tell you...no one has more goodies than Annie.

When you walk in,
the wall to your right has her desk.

She keeps things special to her heart on display:

Her family,

Her friends,

 & the game pucks her coach gave her. :)

The wall to your left is filling up fast!

And only in a girl's room could there be a 
hockey trophy tucked behind a ballerina bunny.

And the head of her bed bears little moments 
 she never wants to forget.

Well girls...that's the tour.

Not too fancy, but just perfect for my girl,

and little brothers,

and cousins.

And it's my favorite room in the house.

Thanks for visiting! 
I'll tell Annie you stopped by! 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Little Things

Holidays are about family.
The Fourth of July is my favorite!

It's the little things that make them extra special.

Today we needed a little more red, white, & blue in our lives
so I hit the cupboards for the needed supplies.

Tape              Straws             Streamers

Two minutes later we had fun.

We taped these little babies to our bikes.

Even my tricksters who can ride with "No feet" loved them.

And ever single car that passed got huge smiles & waved.

No bikes needed...they would be fun for little runners too :) 

Have Fun today!