Treasuring The Journey

Treasuring the journey through life, one footstep at a time.

Seven Kids February 22, 2012

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Today I had to return a few items to a local store, Bargain Hunt, and when I entered the store and got in line, I encountered a Mom and her seven children ranging in age from less than 1 year old to maybe 12.  It was like a pack of kids.  Overall, I thought they were pretty well behaved, all things considered.  It was just before lunch time and I think the whole pack was hungry and more than ready to go, and of course there was a problem at the register.  In my past life (pre-mommy era) this type of scenario would have annoyed me and probably make me curse under my breath, but today, well today was different. 

As I began to scan the kids, 5 boys, 2 girls, and tried to best guess their ages, I began to think to myself, “Bless this woman.” I know I could not handle that situation as gracefully as she was trying to keep her composure.  The mom, above anyone else, wanted to get the heck out of that store and take her pack with her.  I tried my best to help entertain the little one in the stroller from a comfortable distance, but there was a lot going on and he was easily distracted.  The mom was trying her best to keep her kids corralled together and she was losing the battle.  At any rate, another register opened and I went about my day.  I am sure the mom was glad I was able to go to a different line and I was glad since I no longer had to stand there trying to not look uncomfortable.   The mom and her pack left and I assume got into a large vehicle of some type, probably a 15-passenger van or something similar. 


This could be their family bumper sticker on the van…

Family of Nine


So, what makes me want to write down this little story about the mom and her seven kids?  Well, so far Cason has been superb, all star baby and I know that at some point the streak will end.  I know that one day (probably sooner than later) Cason, or any other future children will inevitably have a meltdown or major tantrum in a store and I will be the frazzled mom trying desperately to look cool, calm, and collected, but really I just want to cry and run from the store with my kid(s) in tow…and I will want someone to be gracious with me and not be cruel or snippy or stare, etc.  Trust me, I will be wanting to crawl into a black hole when it occurs, so please be kind!  :-)  Today was an exercise of showing someone grace and sending out some karma vibes for when I need some good karma. 


And just in case you are curious, Pete and I have no plans to have seven children.  LOL! 


Y’all have a nice day!



Since the 22nd October 4, 2011

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I hope each of you had a great weekend; ours was splendid.  There was one minor rant while in Target over white shirts, but that issue is for another blog post.  Other than that, the weekend was superb.  The weather has become more fall-like, with crisp mornings, beautiful blue skies, and sunshine.  The sunsets have been gorgeous.  Purples morphing into warm yellows and orange sunsets. We caught one going over the Tennessee River that was lovely. 


Anyways, I want to get better at uploading pictures and keeping you all informed on what we are working on and how Cason is growing and being such a joy.  The following are pictures and videos on what the Williams family has been up to since Sept 22nd.  You have already seen some pictures from my birthday dinner on a previous post (here).  All of these pictures and videos were taken on my new phone, a Samsung Fascinate.  Pete bought me an awesome camera for my birthday and it takes AMAZING pictures!  I have many more to share, but I have not uploaded and edited those yet. 


Ok, ok, on to the pictures. 



Cason is now able to sit up on his own, unsupported in the past two weeks.  He can go for long periods of time balancing on his own.  These pictures were taken on 9/22/2011.





My friend, Katie, and I have been taking down wall-paper in the kitchen.  I found some great glass mosaic tile on clearance at Lowe’s and will be doing the backsplash around the sink, stovetop, and two other countertop sections in the kitchen.  Here is the tile…$2.24 per sheet on clearance from $9.89 originally!  SCORE!





I am undecided on paint color for the remaining sections of wall space.  Here are my samples so far.  I am keeping the cabinets and trim color the same and am trying to avoid painting them if at all possible.  What are your thoughts?







Cason is not crawling yet, but I think he is at least moving in that direction.  Here is a video on his progress.  This video was taken on the morning of 9/22/2011, right after Cason had his first morning bottle. He is very playful in the mornings. 



Morning Crawl





We had signed Cason up for Swim Lessons at our local YMCA, but have not been able to start the class yet, due to not enough people signing up.  We were already at the Y this last time when we discovered the cancellation.  We had our suits, were ready to go, so we played in the pool for almost an hour.  Cason LOVED it and was not scared of the water in the least bit.  I think Pete had just as much fun as Cason did.  Here is a video and pics to view, taken 10-1-2011.  Smile 







We have transitioned Cason to a high-chair now for most of his feedings.  He does really well in it and does not fight going in it, at least for now.  He is very excited about eating and gets very animated.  Here is a video to illustrate.  We think he could be the next E-Trade baby.  Smile   This video was taken in the morning on 10-3-2011.  The high chair is a “Duo-Diner” by Graco. So far I am pleased with it.






We have been giving Cason his bath primarily in the kitchen sink using a plastic folding tub.  It has worked great.  With Cason being able to sit on his own now, we will be transitioning him to the “big boy” tub.  I have non-slip liners ready to go.  Here are a few bath pictures and one last video, taken 10-3-2011. 







Cason is 7 months old today, 10-3-2011!  Holy Lord the time is flying by!  His 1st birthday will be here if I blink! Today he was feeling mellow in his green outfit, hand-picked by Mommy. 






Whew, that was a lot of pictures and videos!  Hope I did not overwhelm you, but I have discovered I need to blog when the mood hits me and on some days it will be a dumping of photos and stuff to get y’all wonderful friends and family caught up on how we are doing.  Many of you heard about Pete’s ear infection and subsequent eardrum rupturing.  He is feeling a lot better and is on the mend. 


So we are surviving, happy as clams, and looking forward to some family time this upcoming weekend.  Yea!