Friday, April 9, 2010

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

Welcome, party goers!  Glad you stopped by.

Meet my family:

I'm Michelle. I love to read and watch reality TV and I just recently started DVRing Ellen because she cracks me up!  I love Jesus and cloth diapers and baby wearing. I homebirth and homeschool and home stay, I mean stay at home.  (Work with me people.)  I'm also in the very beginning of a Biggest Loser contest on my blog...and I'm SO going to win.  Feel free to join us!

Here I am with our newest bundle, Jerusha:

Next is my handsome husband, hilarious Jeff.  (Wouldn't it have been awesome if his name started with an H.)  Nope, that's not a wad of dip.  It's sunflowers seeds, the bane of my existence. Oh how I hate unnecessary sounds.  You know, like dripping water, throat clearing, sniffling, ice chewing.  NO ICE CHEWING at my party.  All the ice is banished.

Here you will not see my beautiful daughter Ashlea.  She is 18 and having our first grand baby.  We are thrilled and excited.  She has forbidden me to show her face.  But trust me, she's beautiful.

And next we have Kori.  She's 12 and my biggest helper. She babysits for us but always waits until we get home to worry about poopy diapers. She must have learned that little tip from Ashlea.  She's really smart and enjoys school, reading and crafts.

Now on to Kati, who is ten. Kati is our rascal.  If you want to know what stress is, visit for a day. You'll understand.  Fortunately for her, she's cute.  And funny.  And occasionally even sweet. So I guess we'll keep her.  Her biggest help to me these days is calming Jerusha.  She is magic.

Here is little Mill, who is four.  What a ham she is. She is constantly kidding around about everything.  If you ask her what color she is wearing, she'll tell you the opposite.  If you ask her to add two things, she'll add four. You gotta stay a step ahead of her or you might get tricked by her. She means no harm though.  She just really wants to make you laugh.  She's learning to read. I'm proud. She's, of course, a genius.

Now on to Asa, our only male child, who is two.  OH, what fun to have a boy.  He eats anything, except table food; dirt, chalk, crayons, rocks.  He will climb anything, swing on anything, play with anything. He is very serious and always takes care of everyone by opening doors, taking out trashes and making sure everyone is in the car.

Lastly, our little Jerusha.  She is smiling all the time and laughing at us. (Of course, she loves me the best.)  She keeps trying to sit forward and roll over.  While this may seem normal for most of you, we have children who don't crawl until they are nine months old.  So yea, genius.  We grow 'em smart.

So that's us.  Hope you have read this far.  Can't wait to meet you.  If  you leave a comment I will mosey on over to your blog and get to know you a little better too.

Here are some of my favorite blog posts, if you have some free time:

I'm all about birth so you can read Jerusha's birth story (Asa's and Mill's can be read too) or a tutorial on trying to conceive.

My favorite blogging day is Thursday when I do Writer's Workshop.  You can read a funny one about super powers.  (Funny to me...and isn't that all that counts.)

And if  you are still here and reading how about a Survivor synopsis about Ketchup sandwiches.  (And for the record I called Russell before the season even aired.)

On to the prizes:

INTL 2 - Wordpress blog (OH PLEASE, OH PLEASE)
INT 3 - Blog redesign (Notice a theme?)
USC - 16 Graphic Design (I want this more than blog needs a new look.)

So yea, ANY blog redesign is what I want.  Apart from that one of these will work:

14 - bumper stickers
1 - $150 gc to pedal cars
69 - curriculum
72 - Wii game
USC - 61 Sleepy Wrap

And in the absence of those, I'm easy....a gc, a child's gift, or just about anything.


Annie said...

Nice to meet you! I am a fellow Jesus loving, cloth diapering, baby wearing mom! I haven't decided about homeschooling yet. My daughter is 2 years old and I am not going to put her in preschool at least :)

I recently switched from blogger to WP and loved it! I wish you the best of luck winning that prize!

Staci said...

You have such a beautiful family! It sounds like they keep you on your toes!

Cascia said...

Just stopping by from the UBP at Five Minutes for Mom. I love your site and am subscribing to your RSS feed. I would appreciate it if you visited my blog and did the same! I'm looking forward to reading more and getting to know you better.

The Healthy Moms

Mom's Place said...

Those are really cool prizes!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Stopping by via the Ultimate Blog Party! What a wonderful family!

LindsayDianne said...

I'm so happy to meet you. Made my way over here because LINDT chocolates are amazing, and I just had to see who was listing that giveaway!
Your children are each beautiful, and I bet it's so much fun learning and growing with each one of them.
I look forward to getting to know you in the coming days. :D
Party on!

[johannah.] said...

So, I'm pretty sure I should count as a family member. Lol.
Ohoh! You should link to my blog. I blogged about my shirts.

L Harris said...

Oh, I think I will love your blog! So glad I stopped by!

Please will you visit me too!

Happy partying!

Yara said...

uh huh. Whens the last time you were over at my blog? **crycrycry**

Amy said...

Sounds to me like you have a fun household! :)

My party post is up HERE- I hope you'll stop by and say hello! :)

Kelly said...

Well, if you don't win a blog makeover, I'll see if I can do something you might like.

Ann said...

Wow! There's never a dull moment at your house, I bet!

Stopping by from the UBP at 5 Minutes for Mom :->

Sheri said...

HI there, we homeschool too and our 3rd child was a home birth. Loved it (well not the pain) :0)
Nice to meet ya. Hope you get a chance to stop by my blog(s) as they are pretty much hs related and life related. Having a giveaway too-

Take care-

Maggie said...

Beautiful family Michelle! Have fun partying!

Trish said...

Homeschool blog hopping for UBP!!!! Great Blog! Beautiful family! Have a great weekend!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Great glad that I stopped by.
Blog hopping and having a many great blogs....This is a GREAT party.
I have a Fun $100 Gift Basket to give away and all it takes a comment.
I am number....294 and 295......


Plowlady said...

Coming from the UBP -- I have met so many new bloggers out there! Hi there and thank you for a wonderful blog here, I am having tons of fun surfing through it! I am #986 Blog, #734 Twitter & #462 Facebook

The Praying Mom said...

Coming from UBP. Your family is beautiful. I'm also a Jesus loving, cloth diapering, soon-to-be homeschooling, baby wearing, stay-at-home mom. Congrats on the soon to be grandbaby too!

Sephysmomma said...

Hopping on over from UBP. I am a new follower. You have a beautiful family.

Tree said...

Hi there!! Stopping by to party with you from UBP! You have some beautiful kiddos. Congrats on becoming a grandmom soon...I'm grandmom to 2 little girls.

I'm following you with both of my blogs, and would love to have you visit them when you get a chance!

One is my personal blog, Mother of Pearl It Is, and the other is my blog that features the best Top Sites and Blogs on the web through two Voting Topsites. Mommies Faves Top Sites and Blogs.

I would also love to invite you to join us at our new Mommies Faves Mom Bloggers Network as well! :)

Now back to the party, have fun!!

Quinn said...

Stopping by from the UBP- I'm bookmarking your site to come back and visit. I'm planning my second homebirth in the next couple of weeks and I love a good birth story to get me in the zone ;)
Hope you have a great week!

Karen said...

I am stopping by from the UBP to say Hi. It is so nice to meet you and you have a beautiful family!


Amy's Blah, Blah, Blogging said...

What a beautiful family you have! I miss it since my youngest (15 months) was such a chunk and my back is weak I had to give it up prematurely. Bummer. :( These days she is so busy though I highly doubt she'd even go for it! LOL

Hope you have a great time at the party this week and meet lots of great bloggers and friends! Stop by and say hi when you get the chance.

Kim said...

So I'm not apart of the 5 Minutes for Mom thing, but I kind of love them. I love jumping from blog to blog and getting a lovely little synopsis of who they are and photos and everything! Your kids are adorable, even the belly shot of your oldest! :)

Tiffany said...

So nice to find your lovely blog! Your children are beautiful! I am a fellow Jesus lover, homeschooling, stay at home Mommy, and I LOVE it! I also love coffee! {grin} Please come visit anytime, I would love to have you.

bigguysmama said...

You are one busy MOM!! WOW! I have no idea how you do it with so many little ones. My step daughter's son (born on her 19th bday) is only a year younger than my son (his uncle). Visiting from UBP '10

Mimi @ Woven by Words

joeandbridge said...

Hi there! Just popping in from the UBP to be your newest Google Follower! Hooray! Hope you had a great weekend and have a great week! Swing by my blog when you get a chance!

Bridgette Groschen
The Groschen Goblins

JamericanSpice said...

It's nice to meet and learn more about you. I'm visiting from the UBParty2010.

You have an interesting site. I'll be perusing. :)

Enjoy the party!

Susieqtpies said...

Stoppin’ in toot tootin' my #ubp10 party horn!!

Love your blog and I’m your newest follower, fb fan and twitter follower! We homeschool, to

I love meeting new peeps!

@Susieqtpies at Scraps of Life (

Tessa said...

Just hoppin around the UBP! You have a beautiful family. I don't homeschool yet, but I do home stay. I mean ~ stay at home ;)
Blessings to you!

3 Boys and an Old Lady said...

Nice to meet you Michelle! Just dropped in from the UBP 2010 link. I luv Survivor and Biggest Loser also. Good luck to you in your Biggest Loser Challenge!

Visit me at

Stephanie Manner Wagner said...

Hi! I'm Stephanie from "And Twins make 5! - A Mommy Blog". Just making the rounds via the UBP 2010, hope to see you around my blog too!

Amanda said...

Dropped by from UBP. Nice to "meet" you. :)

Jen@Scrapingirl said...

Thanks for stopping by!! Very cute family.

Jamie~ said...

You have a full quiver, indeed! That is AWESOME!

I'm now going to follow, because I'm hoping that someday our quiver will be full-er and I need to see how it's done! :)

Dropping by from UBP!

Brooke said...

Dropping in to say Aloha... Your kids sound wonderful (and a handful)... I'll have to come back later after the party and see what you are up too...

Michele @ Frugal Granola said...

Stopping by from the UBP! :) It sounds like we have a lot in common!


Laura said...

Stopping by from UBP #2010. I lost count on exactly how many children you have, but you must have your hands full. I'm from the south & we love to eat ice!

Kris said...

Stopping by from the UBP. We have a few things in common. Cloth diapering, babywearing, etc. And being christian.

Valencia said...

Love you're blog. Very family oriented like me.

Hope @ It's a Vivas Thing! said...

Came to join the party on your blog! You're right...I laughed at your super power blog! I have a load of children myself, ranging from 4-22!

Jenny said...


Nice to meet you! :D Just stopping by from the party to say howdy. Love your blog.

Have a great weekend and happy UBP! :D And hope to see you stop by sometime!!


Brandi said...

Hi there! Just popping in from the UBP to be your newest Follower! Hooray! Hope you had a great weekend and have a great week! Stop by my corner of BloggyLand when you get a chance!

suzie said...

just hopping by with the UBP
love the pictures of your family

robynl said...

I love Jesus also. But no diapers here anymore.

enjoying the party on UBP'10.


Marcy said...

Stopping by to leave you some love! :)

ilovemy5kids said...

Awww....I have a pretty full more diapers at least today.

Blessings to you,
Lana @

Donielle @ Naturally Knocked Up said...

Stopping in from the UBP! Almost didn't make it! :-)

And thanks for stopping in my neck of the woods - it's fun meeting other natural mamas!

Tina Hollenbeck said...

Hi from another Christian homeschooling momma! I'm going to bookmark you and come back after the hubbub of the UBP is over. I hope you can stop in to visit me (#225), too:

Jenilee said...

Hey Michelle. I just came by from the blog party even though its over. =( But I love your blog. And I love the biggest loser and I would totally love to join the contest you have. I'm not very good at motivating myself though. I watch the show every week and wish I could just get in a routine like they do. I'm really bad at time management as well.

Anywho...I've already subscribed in my reader and hope if you get a chance to please drop by my blogs..and subscribe too if you want. I love meeting new people!

Color My World Photography + Design
The Holbert Household

Jenn said...

What a beautiful family! Hope you had fun at the Ultimate Blog Party! I know its over but I'm still partying and visiting some new blogs! :)

Jenni ("Miss Tutu")
My UBP blog post: How to Make a Tutu blog - hope you will stop by, say hi, and grab a free tutu making lesson! :) and Mom Blogger $100 Cash Contest