Life Laid Down » Blog

Masthead header
Life Laid Down bio picture

    Hello, This is merely an account of my life with three Littles and a fabulous husband. I made it with the hopes to stay connected to my dear loved ones that I unfortunately don't get to see everyday. I guess and hope that this will evolve and become something else with time, but for now, it will just be an honest account of how I spend my hours, minutes, days.

Entertaining and being entertained

There are sometimes when a week goes by and we don’t see very many people other than ourselves. Then there are weeks where they are so packed with people that we barely see ourselves. Sometimes I strategically pack our week with people when I feel like I am living in the neverending-hamster-wheel. But then, sometimes I strategically bunker down because I feel like I am living in the scattered-don’t-get-anything-done-frustration. There are times and seasons for all things. Sometimes Balance is just doesn’t quite accommodate my needs.

I packed last week with people. We had people over, went to people’s houses and had 2 kids birthday parties. It was great. Exhausting but distracting. Distraction is good. When you are on for the long haul, you do what you gotta do! I just am grateful that I am now at a place where there are people that I can pack my days with. I mean, really! Isn’t it wonderful to have people in your life! I like people. A lot.

This is what the kid’s room looks like when friends come over.On a sidenote: She made friends with her dolly. The one she got for her birthday a few posts ago. (She covers herself like this by the way. I just stick her in bed and find her in the cutest positions.)Kid’s party! Ah, If you have nerves of steel and have had about 6 cups of coffee, this place is for you! It is called KuddelDaddelDu. It is a kid’s heaven. Way better then Chucky Cheese.I found a very dangerous Pirate along the way and thought I’d bring ‘em along.Then there was another Pirate.And a beautiful princess.And a very normally exceptionally cute little girl. I brought her too.So, have you ever been somewhere and it is really dark and all your pictures are turning out like this?And then you turn on the flash and it looks like this?I was so fed up I did what I am usually too conservative to do. I jacked up the ISO to 1000. Which still didn’t really do the trick so.. up I 4000! I have never done such a thing because… they turn out like this: Pixely Pooxely Mess of Noise. But I was fed up and chucked my instincts overboard. At least I got rid of the blurry running kid pictures.  That slide is a rocket slide. I went down with Preciousbabe and tried to take pictures and hurt myself cause I tried to break and got burned by frictioned plastic. !I then went down the same rocket slide and Netanya tried to be silly and ‘catch me’. Then I rocketed with my camera right into her teeth. It was a bloody mess. (it wasn’t that bad. Just a little shock and blood. But we were both fine in a matter of time) She even got blood on her pretty dress! I then put my camera away and wiped up the blood. Later, I was bummed I hadn’t taken a quick picture. I mean, why not take a bloody picture!? oh wait, let me answer that: because your kid is in despair and all your are concerned about is getting her sorted out. oh, right.

Then we were home and the next day I found another pirate.

A dangerous one!With a snotty nose.Doesn’t she look comfortable? She drags as many toys junk as possible into her bed. Do your kids do that too? I mean, how do you fall asleep like this!!?? (In case you are wondering…she is in a sleepysack. She likes to have a blanket AND a sleepy sack. Don’t ask. If it means she sleeps, I just nod.)We are going to be gone for the next two weeks. And then, I will have a plethora of beauty to share! I am excited. See you in 3 weeks!!!

Just the everyday

We went to the zoo with Preciousbabe and company for a little birthday celebration. I had to break down and go to the doctor and let him perscribe me some antibiotics. It snowed outside. We have been playing a lot at home. And… That was prety much my week. Not sure what to photograph these days. I am trying to figure out how to make really boring things look interesting. I am not quite that good. Maybe someday I’ll figure it out…or maybe not. Maybe I will just remain content taking ‘cute’ pictures. Although, I like my ‘cute’ pictures.

And then, the highlight of my week. A girly package from my mom. Long distance travel and customs and all that made this a little late but! it added some entertainment to our house.It was full of individually wrapped goodies. Nail polish, fake girlie nails, makeup (for me, folks- not the kiddos), and just Fun.The Hu was so excited about the new nails that she immediately had to put them on when she woke up the next morning. She asked about 15 thousand times by the time she finished her breakfast and needed immediate attention. It was dire. So, her wonderful Papa had compassion and took on the job. Oh yes, Yes he did. It was glorious to watch. My dear husband grew up with 3 other boys. He had no such things as fake nails in his upbringing. This was a whole new ballpark for him. He liked it. He did. Then the Girl needed pretty hair and a pretty dress to go with it. The Hu’s Diva Needs could not be hidden behind her normally ‘sporty’ demeanor, she broke out all over into Girlfantastic!Then Curly Q also needed some special lovin.After they were all dressed and primped they went back to their horsey game they play pretty much the whole day without tiring.

They amaze me.(don’t worry, you worrywart mommas outthere. no one is getting strangeled in this game. it may quirk those momma hearts of yours but, everything is under control)

Have a lovely weekend!

January 24, 2014 - 10:14 pm

Mom - What a wonderful surprise!!! I just got the courage to look at my precious family here without missing them and YAY! What a blessing! I have never seen more beautiful children and that includes mine! And Olivia looks exactly like my mother, Olivia, her great grandmother. And whats with these perfect noses and gorgeous eyes! Must be a Wintermann, Parkinson, Gordon mix. I love you all sooooo much! These pictures are so cute. I love the cute. Thanks Sammy for being such a good sport! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoMom

Preciousbabe turned two!

Today is Preciousbabe’s birthday! Her sisters were very excited to wake her up with the birthday song and immediately let her know that there was a present waiting for her at the breakfast table. They even helped her out of bed to quicken the process. They love her. They also love presents. Who doesn’t?

This is my goofball. (Not on her birthday, but I love this picture. She was playing in her bed before she went to sleep and called out to me. I came in to find her looking pretty cool.)This was this morning.She got a book about Ponies. She loved it. Had to read the whole thing before she opened her next gift.Which was a dolly. She wasn’t into it. Can you see the face? It means…’I am not quite sure about that.’This is my 2 year old.


She loves her sisters.She likes to do things she shouldn’t. Like climbing up and standing on the table. (she is harmless like that.)She likes to play ‘horsey.’She is extra snoofy and squishy. (and sweet and wonderful!)But she has turned two, which has brought a new shade to my life as a momma. This lil thing is one feisty girl. Her newest thing is so scream in my face and spit afterwards. Nice, huh? She usually gets a little time to herself in her crib when she pulls that number. Yippee for a two year old!

This is a little look at her past birthdays. All two of them!

I know many of you have seen these pictures of Esther’s very very first birthday a million times (or maybe not) but I love them so much. I could look at them everyday!So, let’s celebrate Life. Thank you God for giving us life and for giving me such a precious little babe. Happy Birthday, Esther!

Winter Hibernation

Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Hanukka, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year!

I have not been around here online because I have been hibernating. I wish! Well, there are times (which begin usually around November and goes till about April…) when I feel a deep need to pull away from it all and Recollect. Resort. Rethink. A little Life Inventory. So, that is what I have been doing and in order to do that, I dropped all else. The inward voice- that soft quiet one that is real hard to hear when you are spending all your free time gorging yourself with the lives of others through social media etc. has been speaking, calling me away. To the deeper places. So, in I go and look at all that mess of thoughts, hopes, plans, disappointments, newmade goals etc. and find a wonderful friend who I had long since neglected in many ways. His name is lovely.

I have not been using my camera very much due to my funk of emotional thought, but I still picked it up here and there. Here are a few of the last month.

I pray that this next year you would be exceptionally aware of the every present love of Jesus. Happy New Year!

January 24, 2014 - 10:24 pm

Mom - Jocelyn, never give up on your amazing talent. You are such a gifted beautiful heart. You also are such a special blessing to others, especially me. Don’t hibernate too long! Keep taking pictures.

Warm weather in these parts

We have been having very warm weather here. It has been around 18-21°cel/ 65-70° fer. Last year around this time we had a foot of snow. When it is so wierdly warm I start getting worried about things like polar bears and penguines.

Although it is strange to be walking around in October in nothing more than jeans and a sweater, it is a little bit nice to have sunshine and golden leaves.

At this point I gave Sam my camera and let him have some fun. I notice that very few mothers have pics of themselves with their kids. I am practicing giving up the artistic freereign over to my husband. I looked at the pictures and I realized that he must love me…


“Wow! She is really heavy!” I was saying. I think this face says it all.So, had enough of pictures of me? Here is one of someone very lovely.

December 24, 2013 - 10:30 pm

Danie - You are so lovely Jocelyn.