The Five Powell's

Changin’ It Up… March 1, 2010

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Merry Christmas! :) December 26, 2009

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Toys Make Me Happy! October 12, 2009

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This morning, we cleaned up all the toys in the playroom and vacuumed…not tripping over toys for even half the day…that made me happy!

This afternoon, we stopped by our favorite store in the universe…if you’re willing to buy me a gift card, I’ll gladly give you the name. Anyway, the girls wanted to buy their favorite little man a new toy so we did. I mean, how can you say no when out of the blue, both of them say “can we buy Handsome a new toy today?” Uh..yes, yes you can. They make me happy!

This evening, I pulled out a toy that I’ve had for a while now and haven’t really played with it too much. But tonight, the kids were in bed, The Hunk was at a meeting and I had a fresh batch of pictures on the camera…so I decided to see what I could do. Here’s a few of the results…they make me happy too!

all 3 kids pumpkin aged

emma grace pumpkin darken edges

sarah beth pumpkins old

jack wesley pumpkins aged

sarahbeth & jack old


My 1st “Not Me! Monday” September 14, 2009

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I’m so behind on what I should be posting. We have had grandparents here, two birthdays, another lost tooth, another 1st day of school and lots of other stuff going on…I promise to get to it soon!

In the mean time, I follow this cool blog that does this thing most Mondays called “Not Me Mondays” and I love it! It was designed to admit some imperfections & share those moments you wish you could just forget….heaven knows, I have enough of those to write a book!

So, I thought I’d participate this week….here goes in bullet point format because well, it’s easier.

  • I would never arrive early on a rainy day to pick up LoveBug from school and promptly fall asleep in the pick up line RIGHT IN FRONT OF WHERE THE KIDS WAIT OUTSIDE causing a huge traffic delay and awaking only when the principal and music teacher knock (bang) loudly on my car window. Nope, not me.
  • I would never allow my 2 year old boy to wear his hair in a ponytail along with his sisters dress up clothes & shoes out in public. Nope, never.
  • I would never fix¬† or even allow my children to eat cereal for breakfast & lunch followed by chocolate chip cookies because they were still hungry & then buttered pasta for dinner simply because I was too lazy to go to the grocery store. That would never happen in our health food only home especially because I am on top of the grocery shopping thing at all times. Right?!

It’s been a fun week. Especially that 1st bullet up there…wow, that’s all I’ve got to say about that!


Sibling Love… August 26, 2009

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Who’s Feet? August 25, 2009

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Who do you think they belong to?

egp sbp jwp


LoveBug’s First Day Of School August 24, 2009

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I have long dreaded the day that has arrived….The 1st day of school.

My precious LoveBug took her first big step towards independence this morning when she walked into school and I had to give her over to someone else to take care of on a daily basis. I am not excited about this at all. She’s MY baby and I’m completely unready for this part of growing up. I tried to avoid it by homeschooling…and I succeeded….for a year. But now the time has come to send my sweet precious little girl into the big unknown world of 1st grade. I know I’m going to read this in a few years and think how ridiculous it sounds…or maybe it’ll only take a week for me to realize how ridiculous it sounds but the fact remains that at this moment, I am not ready to send her to school.

Time has flown.

I remember this moment…(3 days old – first time I got to hold her!)

3 days Mommy

and this one…(1st birthday)

Eating Cake

and this one….(2nd birthday)


and they seem like just yesterday.

And yet…this is now…

emma grace

egp mommy

walking off

egp school

Some sweet side notes:

1. PunkinBear is completely unsure of why LoveBug is at school and she’s not…she’s not liking that at all.

2. When we were leaving school, PunkinBear realized we were leaving LoveBug and she ran across the room to give her big kisses before she left.

3. I’m home with my two little ones and we all feel like someone is missing….and she is.

4. Handsome keeps giving me kisses and looking at my teary eyes with the most quizzical look on his face.

5. I LOVE my kids!