Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween 2007

Richards Family Four
Pooh and Roo - no pics together
after trick or treating LE decided she did not want to take off her Pooh reminded me of myself about this time last year
5th crying fit of the day by a Richards
The Gumpls - first trick or treat stop - LE loves her "Elatalie"!!
Connor - our only trick or treater, not really but the only person I would give candy too!
I love my kids, I do truly, unconditionally LOVE my kids!! Just have to state that before I tell this story~ will there ever be a day we can go out for a family outing and not have tears?? The day started off with errands, so Bella's nap was delayed - yes, I know this is my fault, but I do run an at-home business and I had to run errands and put money in the bank! I thought she would nap in the car - NOPE! Our errands ended early b/c Bell's crying was "too loud and Bell needed a nap." So, her 10:00 nap started at 11:15 which meant she awoke at 1:15 as I was trying to get LE to lie down. LE did not lie down, she was wide awake, so we made a 2nd trip into town to finish errands. Finish errands at 2:30 and now time for Bell's second nap and LE's first - NOPE. LE finally fell asleep 4:15, right before Ben was to get home and begin to start dressing for our night out. Bell never fell asleep. When LE finally woke up around 6:35 she was crying and did not want anything to do with putting on her Pooh costume - which she picked out- I am not torturing my kids! We finally got it on her and Bell's on too and put into the car kicking and screaming. I felt like this idiot - we are going out, we are going to have fun and you will like it or you will get a spanking - I mean I caught myself thinking this! So my question is this...Does every Mother have high hopes of how these events, these life moments are supposed to occur? Am I setting myself up every time we walk out the door? I envision so many things differently and they never turn out that way. After play date last week I decided I would never leave the house again b/c LE wanted to keep the little girl's toys and had to buckle her in in front of my friends kicking and screaming. Then pumpkin patch - crying and refusing to have anything with me or the camera, now tonight - tears once again. Maybe I am asking too much? I just want a family picture (with no red eyes) to scrap book so it looks like my kids had a fun childhood!!!!!

pumpkin patch visit

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

official previous owners

We are now officially the previous owners of our home. We sold out house, yippe! Yes, I cried on more than one occassion today, but I am so glad that episode is behind us. The older couple who bought the home is adorable. When he saw me crying he said we could come visit anytime. I will have pics of our rental up soon! Thanks for all of your prayers!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


Gigi and PopPop's new back yard
This is where we will be celebrating Bell's birthday next month
Bella took her first steps this month
Landry and Daddy taking a walk at Camp Verde General Store
We had a family picnic this past weekend,
Mommy discovered her new fave place to shop.
Landry having her first tea party
Bella in her new playhouse at Mimi and Paw-Paw's
This month has been one of the craziest months of our marriage. We sold our house twice, our old house was broken into and three teenage runaways were caught at the house (as the perpetrators). Life has been interesting to say the least. I realized this week that I have not posted any of the pics of the girls, so here a couple from this crazy month.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


I've been tagged by Erica. I've been instructed to write 7 things about myself, strange, crazy, funny but all true.Tag 7 people and tell them they have been tagged by leaving a message on their blog.

1. I once got pulled over b/c my lights were out on my car when I opened the door (to reach my wallet which was in my workout bag in the backseat) my bra that was in my workout bag fell out at the officer's feet.

2. I can touch the tip of my nose with my tongue (some assistance required lately - can you loose flexibility in that muscle too?)

3. I love to cook, but HATE to bake.

4. I can say the alphabet backwards.

5. I am 4'10" which is only 1" above the state requirements for children to be sitting in a booster seat and 1" above the definition of a "little person."

6. I fell victim to peer pressure of changing the spelling of my name in junior high - Kristee. WHY? Why is that so cool?

7. We drove to Texas from Alaska when I was a child for a family vacation.

I tag Kayla, Carri, Stormi, Anna and Pam (even though they were tagged by Erica too), Susan, and Ben.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

call to prayer

Well, I have been off line for a week now and I am sorry I have not been keeping up with anyone this past month. I do have a prayer request for all of our readers. Please feel free to add us to any prayer chains that you might be involved in. We have spent the past 2 weeks moving into our new home. We spent last weekend, moving completely out of the house and cleaning our old home. Last Thursday 11th, we were supposed to close on the house, but on Tuesday we got a call from our realtor that our buyer had backed out. We weighed our options and prayed like crazy and decided we are going to stay in this rental until the end of November and see if we can find a new buyer. We will have two house payments and expenses for the next two months. So, please pray for a new buyer, the perfect buyer, the perfect family to purchase our home. Please pray that God will provide the finances to pay our bills and pray for Ben and my sanity.
Pastor Joe has been doing a series at the church on miracles and I know God is a God of miracles. We are believing for big things, please be in agreement with us. Please also forgive me for not keeping up with my blog friends lately, I am hoping now that we have internet here at the new house I can start reading and commenting again. Love all of you and God bless!!