Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Big News Around Town

So the rumor has been getting around that I'm pregnant??? How could that be!? Yes, I'm pregnant and Chad and I are expecting our 4th (hopefully only 4th!!) baby!! I don't know how far along I am and won't know until I see the Dr. but I'm kind of guessing that the baby would be due the first of August. No, we aren't crazy enough to plan something like this!! It was a bigger shock to us then it was to any of you, believe me lol! We, however, believe that this baby has GOT to be God sent because there is no other way, besides God, to get pregnant while on the pill, and nursing. I want to make that clear to people, I was on the pill AND nursing lol. So no, we were most definitely not planning on having another baby this soon. We're starting to get excited about it, and will deal with other things as they come, but having your prayers and support would most definitely make things a lot easier!!

So yes, the rumors are true. I am a fertile mertil! Now, to take care of that problem LOL. Love you all, and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Bickleton Lady Pirates!






Just thought I'd give a little update on the basketball team I'm coaching. We have 9 girls, 8 that are able to play right now (one's out with an injury until the end of the month). They are some of the hardest working girls I think I have ever coached. They're in it to win it, that's for sure! I love coaching girls who will do whatever you ask without the slightest wince. I'm so proud of them so far, 2 wins 0 losses!! Hopefully we can keep the winning streak alive :) Thanks so much to my mom as well who has been braving watching the kids for me when Chad is at work/gone. I definitely wouldn't be able to do this without her! Love you Mom! Here is a picture of the crew! Of course I had to throw in a couple fun ones too!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thanksgiving!






We had a great Thanksgiving this year at Katy and Mike's house. We deep fried a turkey(super yummy) and the kids had a lot of fun playing in the leaves. Mallory loved the food, as usual, but Her favorite were the buckeyes that Katy made lol. Chad went hunting that morning before dinner, but the pictures I have are actually of birds he got a couple days earlier. He got one Thanksgiving day too, but we didn't get a picture of that one. I guess, concidering this is my Thanksgiving post, I should add a few things I'm thankful for lol. I'm so thankful for my family and friends. I am so surrounded by people who love and support me that my heart is bursting with joy. Thank you Lord Jesus for what you have done for me in this life. And thank you for that ultimate sacrafice you made for us all. I feel like ending with this bible verse is significant, "Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.", Psalm 107:1.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Family Vacation!

These are pictures from the trip. all of them are taken from the car. We saw some beautiful scenery on the way down! We went down hwy 97 in Oregon, cut over to hwy 101, and stayed on 101 down the entire coast of California. It was awesome until we hit Salinas, and then it was pretty much just desert the whole way lol. We also got to drive through rush hour traffic in San Francisco and Oakland... not fun



We spent our first night in Eureka, CA and saw the redwood forest. It is one of the neatest things I think I have ever seen. These trees are huge beyond belief. We got to drive through one, and then we couldn't drive through the second one because of the cargo on top of the car. It was a site to see!



When we finally got to Palm Springs, we did a lot of swiming. Avery was in Heaven. Who'd a thought you could swim outside in November lol.



On Monday through Wednesday we went to Anahiem and went to Disneyland. That was so much fun! Avery loved it. She loved the rides, the parade. I think her favorite ride was the toon town rollercoaster or the carrosel. Not sure.


On Tuesday we went to the California Adventure park and the kids got their faces painted. They all turned out so cute.


Here we are trying to pull the sword from the stone lol.

Here are the characters that Avery got to have her picture taken with. It was the neatest thing to see her face when she saw the princesses, although I think Pluto was her favorite.



Every night they have a firework show right during closing time. These pictures do it absolutely no justice, but I caught a little bit of it! During the show, they sing a song about "remembering the feeling". There is no way to describe that feeling you get when you're at Disneyland. It's magical!




They also have a parade every night for Christmas. Here are just a few pictures of the characters that were there.



On the last day we came to see Chad's grandparents. They live down there in the winter. It was nice getting to hang out with them for a little while. Chad's Aunt Rae and her husband Jerry were also there.



After visiting Grandma and Grandpa, we went to the air museum. It was so neat seeing some of the planes that flew in past wars. We got to go into one, a bomber I think is what it was, not sure . It's hard to believe that men spent so much of their time in these tiny quarters.
So that's pretty much it! We spent a couple days driving home through Nevada/Oregon/Idaho, but I could have taken one picture and it would have been what it looked like the entire way lol. A whole lotta nothin. We had a great time. Thank you so much, Mimi and Pappy, for the greatest Christmas present ever!!!












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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Going on a Family Vacation!

Hey everyone. We're taking off this afternoon to begin our trek down south. We'll be gone for about 11 days total! I'm really excited, can't wait to get out of here and give my camera a real work out lol. I'll be putting up a LOT of pictures when I get back I'm sure!! We'll miss everybody! But we'll be sure to have extra fun for all of you!

Ta Ta!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Visit from Uncle Charlie and an Update on the Girls!



Avery loves to get visits from Charlie. They have a lot of fun together when he comes over! Yesterday he came to the house and they had fun with the crazy glasses they got for Halloween. Avery is so serious. I couldn't get her to smile for the life of me lol.
A quick update on my kiddos. Avery is as stubborn as ever lol. She's a good kid, but definitely has a mind of her own. She's almost totally potty trained now! Yippee! Just needs to wear a diaper when she's sleeping, or playing with Joey! lol. No, she does pretty good. I knew she was close to being totally potty training the other day when she made me make a pit stop on the way home. Now that she has "pee'd on the rocks", as she calls it, I think it's safe to say she is definitely close!
Layla and Mal are growing fast! Both of them have gotten their first teeth. Layla got hers on Oct. 20th, and Mallory got hers on Oct. 30th. Now we're waiting for the other two that look like they are coming in right behind them to push through. They are both talking quite a bit! Layla loves to say Uh Oh, and wave bye bye. Mal waves bye bye, and growls a lot LOL. They both say Momma and Dadda, but only tend to say Momma when they are upset. Go figure! Everything's going pretty well in the Barnhart household! I can honestly say I feel blessed every day for my beautiful girls! There are plenty of times I feel like pulling my hair out! (the plight of any mother lol) But there's not a day that goes by where I don't get plenty of hugs and kisses from my little girlies, and every frustration melts away. Thank Heaven for Baby Girls! Now, ask me when I have three teenage girls running around the house if I still feel blessed... Come Lord Jesus!!

I was snapping pictures of the kids this morning, and I got this one of Layla. If it weren't for those darn boogy noses!

Avery being a silly sally

Mal... that girls always got her thumb in her mouth!

Avery decided she was going to be a princess today. She draped herself in the curtain in the living room and kept saying, "Momma, I beautiful Princess!" I couldn't resist taking these pictures. She is a beauty!


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Trick or Treat!

We had a lot of fun Saturday night! Avery was a carebear, Mallory was a spider, and Layla was a giraffe. Avery did really well trick or treating. She got a little tired towards the end, but was pretty content sitting in the stroller for the last couple of houses. There were a lot of kids that went with us! When we got back to Katy and Mike's house they had set up a "fortune teller" stand. My very theatrical mother was, of course, the gypsie lol. Chad had also dressed up and stood at the door when they opened it. I think he scared the kids pretty good. Avery wouldn't even got to him! He had a gas mask on with these glow sticks in the eyes. It was spooky looking!! All in all it was a fun night. The kids had a blast, as usual. Can't wait to see what my mom cooks up next year!
Chad in his spooky costume. I kept trying to get a decent picture without the flash, but if you move an inch it's fuzzy. You get the idea though lol.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My 100th post...

I've seen a lot of people do this, and I thought I'd give it a shot. I figure, if I only get half way through and can't think of anything else, I just won't post it! So if you see this, it means I made it lol.



1. I'm starting this post on Tuesday night, but probably won't be able to finish for a couple days!

2. I love my new camera! I use it all the time. I think Chad is getting annoyed with me snapping pictures at him lol.

3. I love that my sister and I share a bond that is unlike any other because we both have a relationship with Christ!

4. I love Jesus Christ and will never feel worthy of what he did for me on the cross, but am just getting to the point where I am completely accepting it.

5. I have three amazing daughters!! Two of which are twins!

6. My daughter Avery has some weird obsession with poop. She calls everything poop.

7. My husband works physically harder then any man I personally know, and I am so proud of him.

8. Did I mention that he is also my best friend, and I love him to death

9. I met a girl whom I concider to be one of the greatest friends I've ever had only just this year, and I don't know what I would do without her already (yeah, it's you Jen!)

10. I believe that I am a member of the greatest church on this earth with the greatest pastor on this earth!

11. I'm looking forward to taking Avery trick or treating on Saturday, but not looking forward to fighting with her over how much candy she can eat lol.

12. My birthday is Friday and Chad and I are going to dinner with Jeff and Jani at PF Changs!

13. My cousin Jeff and I share a birthday!

14. I think my nephew Cole is one of the funniest people I know, maybe one of the cunningest too, but definitely the funniest.

15. My Mom and Dad only live a quarter of a mile down the road from me in the house I grew up in, which means I have basically lived in the same area my entire life lol.

16. I think that my Mom and Dad are the greatest parents anyone could ask for, and I love them so much.

17. I can't wait to take off in a couple weeks to go down to California with my family! It's going to be so much fun.

18. I'm wondering what Avery will think about Disneyland, but I have no doubt she will enjoy every minute of it!

19. I'm the new girls basketball coach at Bickleton High School!

20. I'm not sure there is a school smaller than Bickleton High School... lol

21. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday are three of my favorite days of the week. Saturday I have worship practice, Sunday we have church, and Monday I have mainstream. Three days of great worship with some fantastic people!

22. I really hope the Lord comes soon because I'm scared of my kids growing up in this world.

23. Jane likes to feed my kids cookies, but I love her anyway lol.

24. I miss my Papa, and can't wait to see him again in Heaven!

25. I'm worried about my family and friends who aren't saved and pray for them constantly.

26. I'm still in shock that I gave birth to two babies at the same time. I don't thinkthe shock/amazement will ever wear off.

27. All of my daughters middle names come from people who mean a lot to Chad and I. Avery is named after my sister, Layla is named after Chad's mom, and Mallory is named after my mom.

28. I wish my sister lived closer so I didn't have to only see her once a week/two weeks.

29. We have three dogs, Homer, Harley, and Marge, and I love all three of them, although they make me want to rip my hair out at times.

30. I'm not sure we'll ever have a nice yard, because we love dogs too much lol

31. We live in a run down double wide trailer, and we are REALLY looking forward to being able to get out of here one day!

32. I get so many hand me down clothes for my kids from people that I never HAVE to buy clothes. This doesn't mean I don't, but I don't have to. Thank you to all of you who give me clothes!

33. Just in the last couple of years I've become much closer to my two cousins Dawn and Mo, and love doing things with them and my sister. We have a lot of fun together!

34. I wish my cousin Mia lived closer so we didn't have to wait months in between visits. Love you Mia!

35. I was a little annoyed tonight that biggest loser was cut short because of NBA stuff... I hate the NBA.

36. I love college basketball!

37. I'm a Pro-Lifer, always will be. I can't imagine truly believing that the "thing" inside of you isn't a life.

38. I need to go grocery shopping very badly!

39. I really don't like to dust, so if you ever come to my house and there is dust on the window sill or shelves, now you know why!

40. My oldest daughter Avery can be so naughty! I keep saying, "it's because she's two Emily, don't freak out" but sometimes I feel like she is way naughtier then other two year olds!

41. My sister's son Joey and my daughter Avery get along so well, I love to watch them play together.

42. I don't love to watch them be naughty together!

43. Chad, the girls and I are going to go to the Redwood Forest, and I'm so excited! I've never been.

44. Chad and I went in with my sister and brother in law and bought my grandparent's cabin in Goose Prairie.

45. I wish we'd had more time to go up there this year. But I'm planning on going up a lot next summer and a couple times this winter!

46. My friend Jen has the same camera I do, that's where I first fell in love with the camera, so it's all Jen's fault!

47. I'm so happy that the summer is over and that Chad has more time to spend with us, he works too hard!

48. I have eaten my mom's and my sister's taco salad hundreds of times, but up until this year had never made it myself.

49. I love to bake, and I fancy myself a decent baker!

50. I just went on a girl's scrapbooking weekend this last weekend and had a blast. I got a lot done!

51. I had to take the twins to scrapbooking weekend, and Layla decided not to let anyone sleep Saturday night. Sorry girls!

52. Chad and I are worried that if we decided to have another baby, we'd have 3! lol

53. It's funny how you think you know how you're mom feels, and then when you have children you realize you had it all wrong!

54. I think it's funny when I hear things come out of my mouth that my Mom used to say to me, and I swore I would never say.

55. My mind is constantly wandering, and I will laugh outloud sometimes thinking about random things. Sometimes this makes me look a little silly.

56. Because my mind wanders, it's hard for me to focus on conversations for long periods of time. So fi I ask you to repeat yourself, I'm sorry in advance!

57. I had a much sharper brain before I had kids, now I think it's been blended into oblivion.

58. Now that the temperature outside is cooling down, we have these huge brown house spiders showing in our house. Avery thinks they are awesome. Me, not so much...

59. I'm on the worship team at church and I love everybody who's involved with that.

60. I feel so blessed to have the opportunities I have to travel places and see things others might not be able to.

61. When the wind blows it sounds like the roof is going to blow off of our house.

62. One time it actually did...

63. I still miss my first dog Maggie. I hope we get to see our old pets in heaven, because she was my best friend when I was little. I loved her.

64. My cousins and I used to have a club when we were little. We would have meetings on the bus ride to school. It was called the Helpers club.

65. I'm pretty sure we never really helped anyone.

66. I have a letter my cousin Matt wrote to everyone in the club and everytime I read it I laugh so hard I cry.

67. Jane made some 7 layer dip for mainstream on Monday, and I'm still thinking about it... It's sooo good!

68. I have a horrible sweet tooth.

69. My cousin Jeff and Jani moved up on the hill a few years ago and I couldn't be happier! We do quite a bit together.

70. Even though my Mom and Dad live very close, I see them more in town that at their home lol.

71. My parents have become two of my best friends. I love that I can tell them anything and know that they will be honest with me.

72. My pastor and his wife are like my second set of parents. I love them like they were my first.

73. Pizza is by far my favorite food and I could eat it every day. I know because when I was in college I worked at a pizza place in the CUB and I ate pizza every day lol.

74. I miss playing basketball competetively, and have dreams about it a lot.

75. I love those dreams where you are running, and you never get tired. It feels so great!

76. I hate to run in real life lol.

77. I just got done watching the Hannah Montana movie, by myself, and I loved it.

78. I'm wondering why blogger is all of a sudden double spacing my numbered comments when I put them in here in single spaces... hmm

79. Layla got her first tooth on the 20th and has one coming in right behind it! Mallory's teeth are right there too. It's always exciting when your kids get teeth, not sure why, but it is!

80. As of today I have all the girl's halloween costumes, and I can't wait to get them on them and take pictures with my awesome camera lol.

81. I got a birthday card in the mail today from Nedra Smith, she never misses a birthday or an anniversary! She is an awesome person.

82. We are doing a Christmas play for church, and I have a small role. It's going to be so funny!

83. We did a long study of Roman's 8:28 in church and it is now officially my favorite verse in the Bible!

84. I think Avery's favorite thing to do is throw rocks in Katy and Mike's pool. Sorry guys!

85. I think her second favorite thing to do is rip the paper off of crayons...

86. I want to paint the wall behind the kitchen sink but I've been waiting for my cousin Becky to have another WOW blog to do it lol.

87. I think my cousin Becky is one of the strongest people I know having overcome everything she's been through, and I love her for it!

88. I am the 8th person in my class to have twins (that I've heard of). Our graduating class was 197 people.

89. I'm so happy I have a husband who not only supports me as a stay at home mom, but wants me to be happy with whatever I do!

90. It's almost time to take Avery's power wheels and put it in Mimi and Pappy's garage to stay out of the winter weather. Thank you so much for letting us store stuff in there Mom and Dad!!

91. I hear so many horror stories about in laws, and I feel very blessed to have the ones I have, they are great!

92. Our neighbor had a huge vegetable garden this last summer, and kept our fridge fully loaded with zuchinni, onions, cantaloups, watermelons, jalapenos, cucumbers, and much much more!

93. I'd like to have my own garden next year, but I won't do it unless I can do a raised garden. It'll probably be a small one!

94. My mom's cousin Toni gave me a rooster lamp for my wedding, and originally I wasn't really sure about it (just being honest people) but I'm so glad I kept it and have it on my desk because now every time I look at it it reminds me of her :)

95. Same goes for the glass bowl that Mable gave me sitting on my dining room table! I miss those gals.

96. There is no better feeling then the blessed reasurrance I have that, no matter what, God has set asside a place for me in heaven, and I will see so many that I love again!

97. I love roller coasters, and haven't been able to go on one in so long because of beign pregnant every time we go to a theme park. I can't wait to go on one again in a couple weeks!

98. The thought of anything infinite or eternal is so mind boggling, and people wonder why we don't understand everything God does...

99. I can't believe I only have one of these left! This wasn't as tough as I thought lol.

100. I have the most wonderful people in my life. You all know who you are! I doubt everyone I care about will read this, but those that do, thanks for taking the time out of your busy busy lives to read a little randomness about me. I hope I didn't bore you lol.

Carving Pumpkins!


The other day Chad walked in the house with three pumpkins, one was gigantic! Ever since he brought them Avery has been beggin me to play with the pumpkins, so today we decided we'd better get it done so we're not rushing to do it at the last second! I decided it was best to wait for the twins to go to bed, so ended up staying up way too late, but Avery had a blast. She loved sticking her hand in the pumpking guts, or "pumpkin poop" as she called it... We took out all the seeds, cleaned em up and baked them too! Once Avery got ahold of some seeds she wasn't quite as interested in the pumpkins, but she did draw a face on hers for us to cut out. Ok, so we did a little editing on the drawing. All of them turned out great! If you're looking at the finished pumpkins, Avery's is on the left, Mine is in the middle, and Chad's is on the right. I was so glad Avery liked it. I was thinking she might get bored or crabby, but we stayed up until almost 11 and she was excited about it the whole time. I love to carve pumpkins!
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Sunday, October 18, 2009

The, "I'm enjoying my camera too much" blog...

It seems like fall has finally arrived! We had really cold weather, then it all of a sudden it was too warm for fall. Now, it's perfect. The sun has been shining, well, off and on lol, and we've been really enjoying the outdoors. I have been taking way too many pictures with my new camera, and just can't help but share some of them. It's so much fun to catch a great picture. Of course I won't be printing them all off, so I figure I'll put em on here :). Hope everyone else is enjoying the fall as much as I am so far!

A breeze came up and Avery and Jo were chasing the leaves fall from the trees. It was so cute.

Jo and Avery playing outside myhouse. Jo has started posing for me lol, it cracks me up.

Playing in the grass outside Mimi's house.

Gracie, Charlie, and Abby playing outside Mimi's house too. Those kids had a lot of fun together!

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Hangin at the Pumpkin Patch

Today Katy, Jani, Mary and I took all the kids to the Country Mercantile pumpkin patch in Pasco. We had a lot of fun! I was able to really play with my new camera and I love love love it!! Before we left Katy's I went outside and snapped a couple of Avery and Jo playin.

They are such goofballs! Best buds one minute, and screamin at each other the next lol. I love to watch them together.



Here are a few pictures from the pumpkin patch. It was a really nice day! We actually got a little bit of sun. Everybody stayed farely happy, even the babies!
These next four pictures are my favorite ones from today. They turned out really great!
The lovely miss Avery, one of the few times she wasn't scowling today...
Eli with his big toothy grin!


This is my friend Holly's daughter Fiona. That red hair is awesome!

Here's the Jo, posing like a real man lol. what a stud!

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

WOW Results!


This last week I decided to join in on the fun at my cousin Becky's blog and do another WOW (Within One Week) project. This chair has been aching for a coat of paint! When I first looked at it, I figured I would do green and brown, I like those colors together, I had the paint. But the more I thought about it, the more I said to myself, "Come on Emily! You need to get out of the unisex color mode, you've got three girls for goodness sakes!" So I went all out, and did two shades of pink lol. I put stipes on the sides and the back, and under the
seat, then did a solid shade on the back and the top of the seat so I can put a rub on on later if I want.

Here was Chad's chair a week ago. I waited and waited to get to it because I was dreading pulling out paint with kids around, but I made myself do it yesterday and am very pleased with the results:

Doesn't Avery look happier lol. She wouldn't let me take a picture of just her in the chair, she had to hold Layls...She was so excited to see it this morning! I still would like to get a rub on for the back, maybe the Letter A or a flower, we'll see. The hard part is definitely over! By no means is this chair perfect, there are little flaws everywhere. I spent so much time taping, untaping, taping again, and I still messed up in a few places, but all in all I think it turned out really cute :)
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

New Camera

I bought myself a new camera, and I've been snapping pictures like crazy. It's been too fun!! The weather hasn't been very nice lately, so everything has had to be inside, but I love how fast this camera is!! A lot of these photos, especially the ones of Avery, were taken in darker rooms, and still turned out so nice, no blur. Anyway, I figured I'd throw a few pictures up here.

Layla and her tongue. I swear she's always got that thing sticking out lol.

My beautiful girl. She looks so sweet in these pictures, but she sure was being a pill that day!

Mal in her pumpkin t-shirt. She's such a sweetheart. She's going to be my little helper, I can tell already :)

I have to say I feel so blessed with the kids God's given me. Before I had kids, I always said I wanted boys. I just felt like I wouldn't be a good momma to little girls. God knew better. I love my girls more then I could have ever imagined loving anyone, and I feel like I really got the "pick of the litter". I wouldn't trade em for anything... Most days LOL!! I can't imagine life without them.

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

My Smarty Pants

Avery can almost sing the ABC's all the way through correctly. Here is her version of it lol. Still, I think it's pretty good for a 2 1/2 year old!!


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Also, some of you that are my facebook friends have seen this video, but I was asked to put it on my blog because other's were having a hard time seeing it. So, here is the "love hate relationship" video of the twins. They really do loving kissing each other :)

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

W.O.W.!! It's about time...

My cousin Becky is throwing another W.O.W. (within one week) blog giveaway! If you want to join in on the fun go to Becky's blog and link your site! Anybody can do it! The more the merrier!!

My wow challenge this week isn't a really hard one, but one that's been a long time coming lol. This chair was Chad's chair when he was a little kid (hence the C on the back of it). His parents gave it to us a little over a year ago and Avery sits in it all the time, but it's a little blah, so I said when we first got it I was going to paint it and put some sort of rub on on the back of it... Well here it sits over a year later still blah. SO, that's my challenge for this week, to paint the chair!! I've got some extra paint sitting around, some pink and some green I think, so we'll see what comes of it! And hopefully I can get to Tri-Cities to grab a rub on or two to put on the back. I think a flower would look cute! I'll get back to ya in a week with the results!
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