Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New blog!!

So i've made the switch to word press and i'm loving it.

Please join us there if you want to continue to keep up with the crazy mac boys.

The address is:


I don't know if it will work with google reader but i love the format and ability to have multiple pages, etc.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Great mother's day gift idea

I would like to introduce my new best friend..."Roomba".

If you haven't heard of this wonderful invention...let me quickly fill you in. Roomba is a vacuum that moves around your house by itself! You just push a button and voila! it's magically off making your life better. AND when it's done it finds it's way back to the docking station to re-charge.

I got my new best friend for my birthday from my mom and mother-in-law.
The first night i used it was when i realized it's more than just a household help...it's a NANNY!

Bruce and i sat at the dinner table having wonderful conversation while the Roomba cleaned my floors and entertained my children. The boys followed "Rumbo" (as quade as named him) all around the house.

Oh, another perk of my new best friend is that the boys clean up their clutter due to the fear that "Rumbo" may vacuum it up! i'm telling you it's the best invention ever!!
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

little discoveries

With three boys around it's hard to keep track of them all, all the time.

This is what i found on the counter after dinner.
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010


On April 13, 2010 Quade scored his first goal! Prior to that day quade loved to just run around the field and "pose" and pretend to be playing soccer...which was hilarious and great. He still does it.
BUT once he scored a goal something clicked and he is actually trying to kick the ball now.

The best part is that he is having fun and getting exercise!
(these are pics from that game, not necessarily of the goal...hard to capture that exact moment while entertaining a 2 yr old and feeding a 8 month old)

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Since we've scaled back quade's time in school, we have more time at home, which has been good on so many levels.
In this instance it allowed me the opportunity to say "yes" when quade had the idea that morning that we needed to have a lemonade stand.

Price was his first customer
Once price was sugar-high on lemonade, he started marketing (aka yelling at our neighbors that ventured outside). They legitimately sold 2 glasses of lemonade. making $1.50

Watch out world! The Mac Brothers are coming!
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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter 2010

We were in San Antonio for Easter with Bruce's sister Sherri. Easter morning we were rushing to get 6 boys aged 5 and under to church on time...so the typically Easter day pics were taken in the parking lot at the restaurant we ate that day.
These are the boys that day.

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Friday, April 2, 2010

boys don't do flowers

Fortunately i have come to accept and enjoy the fact that boys and flowers just aren't quite the same as girls and flowers. AND trying to get a cute pic of all 3 boys, looking at me, in cute matching monogrammed outfits with flowers in the background is impossible.

So what i do is just show up...and put them all in the same general area and take as many pics as i can...just capturing the stage of life i'm in and the fact that i have 3 sweet boys that don't need to smile to show personality.

could they look more bored?
um, yeah
love this one
the best pic of the day, thanks to some stranger who felt pity for me and tried to get their attention.
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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

photo shoot of a chunky baby

One day i was inspired to take some pics of one of my favorite stages...the sit and be cute stage.
Here is Watts at about 8 months

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

the bus stop

tonight while driving home from small group price was throwing a major tantrum. While we were trying to figure out what this typical 2 1/2 yr old was upset about and trying to distract him, the idea of going to the zoo came up.
He immediately stopped crying and announced that "yes" he wanted to go to the zoo.
Unfortunately he wanted to go right now. He kept saying "go to the zoo". We try to tell him that we couldn't go to the zoo right now and again the tears...
So Bruce said that if Price wanted he could take the bus to go to the zoo. To which Price responds, "okay". oops.
Then we decided to talk him through the realities of this decision.:
I said, "oh wait, do you have your money? you'll need money for the bus".
Price: "no i no have mine money"
Bruce: "i'll give you a dollar for the bus"
Me: "where are you going to sleep? outside in the rain? b/c the zoo is closed"
Price: in a sad voice "no sleep in the rain. i sleep on bus".
Bruce: "ok. when we get home i'll get you a dollar and walk you out to the bus stop in front of our house."
Price: "okay"
So we get home and Price is totally fine with this plan. Bruce hands him the dollar and walks him outside in the rain down to the bus stop in front of our house. Bruce walks back to the house, says goodbye and pretends to shut the door, standing outside to keep an eye on him.
As soon as he shuts the door he hears Price yell "bus! come! where are you ?"

I was inside with Quade who was getting upset saying "i'll miss price. i want him to sleep in my room with me. not on a bus" So we decided to go outside and rescue him. Despite Quade's pleading Price was determined to go to the zoo. I told him we were going inside to get some dinner...he didn't care.
Then Bruce said "would you like a snack?" to which price responded "sure" and inside he went.
Boy are we in trouble!
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Friday, February 5, 2010

Poop on the ground...looking like a fool with your poop on the ground

(title stems from the american idol audition song "pants on the ground" check it out on youtube)

On a lighter note from my previous two posts, i thought i would share one of my recent adventures living with young boys.

I was standing in the kitchen after lunch. Price was upstairs. Quade was running around the house downstairs (around our little circle of hallways). I was holding watts and getting water ready for nap times when i hear a "splat" sound. followed by a little voice saying: "Need a new diaper"

I went in the downstairs hallway (where quade had just run through) to find the following.

yes, that is a diaper and yes those 3 little piles are poop that shot out from the diaper when it was dropped from the upstairs.

I was dumbfounded to say the least. Holding watts i just started pacing the hall, not knowing what to address first. I told quade how lucky he was to have just missed having poop on his head (of course he thought that was a hilarious idea) I decided that i needed to find price and clean him up before he sat anywhere...you can only imagine the damage a poopy bottom left uncovered can cause!

needless to say, it was all cleaned up and everyone survived the diaper bombing.

However, i will forever be more careful when walking that fateful hall. I will keep my eyes upward and vigilant, for fear of being the recipient of an unwanted surprise.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The STOP button (an update)

When i last wrote on this blog it was the first day of December and I'd realized that life was moving too quickly. I discussed the treadmill concept. Well the holidays and the automatic commitments that come with that time of year did not help me get off the treadmill. There was a week in December that i had a Christmas party or event every night...which culminated in me crying with a stranger at a christmas party. um yeah.

The following day I was late to set-up for Quade's class christmas party (that i had signed up for at the beginning of the year). I spoke with his teacher about how hard it was to get all 3 little kids in the car to get quade to school every day. I asked if in the Spring if she thought it would work for him to come only 3 days a week. She thought that was a bad idea...and of course i started crying. Then she suggested i join a carpool (yeah one more thing i need to coordinate)...then she offered to pick quade up, which is very kind. However, the bigger issue wasn't just getting him to school 5 days a week it was not having him home...he is going to be in school the rest of his life, no need to rush it!

So that conversation happened on a thursday, that Saturday we left for Houston and i had the best part of my December. This was unexpected because we were in one house with 19 of us, 9 of which were kiddos aged 5 and under. (i need to write some posts just on our christmas...).

It was such a relaxing week. I got to play with my boys, have conversations with adults, play games and hold watts a lot!

Then we came home and i had some decisions to make. I was considering pulling Quade and Price out of school and having a a home school semester. I got really excited about the idea, but a little fearful of not having any break during the week. So looked into getting a nanny to come to our house one day a week to watch all three boys. but those options didn't pan out...

I had a week to decide if i was going to take quade to school this spring, then i realized i needed to decide about next fall (because his current school's contract for the fall was due january 5th...seriously!). So i started doing research on schools in the area. I decided that proximity was most important, i also wanted a place they could all attend, a place quade could go as a 5 year old (since most 5 yr olds are in kindergarten), and only a few days a week.

Well Sunday night i emailed a school and the next monday morning i called that school to follow up...after i introduced myself saying I'm a mother of three young boys the assistant said "oh, is this Heather? I was just responding to your email"...amazing!! This was their first day back at school after the break and she was able to respond to my email.

She told me that they would be able to take all 3 boys in the fall. She then said "I don't know if you are interested in this Spring but we have a spot for both your older boys on tues/thurs". God answers prayers!!

Here is a list of amazing ways God provided in the next 24 hours:

-I was able to tour the school that tuesday (the day i had to decide whether to return to quade's school and whether to return in the fall).

-The school was minutes from our house (instead of the 15 solid minutes it took to get to quade's previous school).

-school was AMAZING! (i didn't care if it was mediocre).

-The facilities were fabulous

-The teachers were engaged with the kids and at least appeared like they wanted to be there.

-they have chapel once a week (his other school was not part of a church)

-Quade would be in Spanish once a week.

-There were only 6 other kids in the class Quade would be in and 2 teachers! (his other class had 12 kids to one teacher)

-If we were students in the spring we wouldn't have to wait in line in February to enroll for the fall.
-The director took her time and showed me every detail of the school and was so patient with the boys (who were with me...wanted quade to see it and see if he liked it before i made the big move).

So I DID IT! I HIT THE STOP BUTTON!! I called Quade's old school and told them we wouldn't be coming back. The two boys started that thursday!

Of course satan tried to get involved and tell me the lie that perhaps quade's new class was so small because the teachers were bad.

nothing could be farther from the truth! they were wonderful. loving and caring and sweet!!

GOD IS GOOD!! He knows exactly what we need, when we need it!

Bruce's mom was so helpful in talking through this decision. She told me that when something is wrong with us physically we experience physical pain. When we experience emotional pain (stress, tears with a stranger) it is another way that God tries to tell us something is wrong.

May God give you the awareness of where there is stress in your life, the strength to hit the stop button and the faith to know He will fill in all the details!