My name is Crystal and I am a 30 year old wife and mother who spends most of my time in and around the Annapolis/Baltimore metropolitan area. In addition to spending my time juggling my roles as wife, mother, and home maker (more details about me and those roles can be found HERE), I spend time serving in our local church. I enjoy camping, planning vacations, scrapbooking (both digital and regular) and running.
I am keeping my kids names a secret, because I just feel safer that way. They may eventually earn official blog pseudonyms, but for now you will have to get to know them by their circus titles. Meet my happy crew!
Meet Our Lead Clown
First up is my son. His arrival into the world forever changed my life. He continually keeps us laughing with his crazy questions, observations on life and active imagination. When he was born I became a stay at home mom and the circus had officially begun.
Age: 5+years old
Born: Spring 2004
Favorite Color: (Guess, we left a clue)
Favorite Sport: Baseball
Favorite Toy: nerf gun, army toys, stuffed animals
Enjoys: playing with sisters, singing songs, fighting bad guys with toy gun
Likes: Transformers,Spiderman, dressing up in costumes, Baltimore Orioles
Dislikes: new situations
Special Talents: writes and performs his own original songs
Favorite Foods: casserole
Strengths: great memory, logical, thoughtful gift giver
Meet The Acrobat
Our middle child and oldest girl has been given the title of acrobat because she is insanely flexible. Since she was 6 mths old she has been sleeping folded in half (literally she sleeps with her feet in front of her and her head on top of them almost like she’s doing a stretch to touch her toes). On more than one occasion I have caught her sucking her toes rather than her fingers! She has a wonderful sense of humor and a laugh that warms your heart.
Age: ~4 years old
Born: Winter 2006
Favorite Color: (guess, we left a clue)
Favorite Sport: gymnastics
Favorite Toy: baby dolls, Little People, doll house
Enjoys: swimming, playing with siblings
Likes: Snow White, super heroes, Pittsburgh Steelers
Dislikes: wearing her shoes, being cold
Special Talents: incredible flexibility (sleeps folded in half)
Favorite Foods: baked beans
Strengths: puzzles, high tolerance for pain, athletics
Meet Our Mime
The baby of the crew is almost always smiles. From the time she was a baby she has worked hard to copy and mimic the actions of her older siblings. As a result, she often seems older than she is and she didn’t stay my baby for long.
Born: Summer 2007
Favorite Color: pink
Favorite Toy: baby dolls
Enjoys: looking at books, being read to
Likes: Dora, Madeline
Special Talents: loves to sing, messiest eater ever
Favorite Foods: chocolate
Strengths: great verbal skills, morning person
Meet Baby #4
Born: June 2010
Favorite Color: we’re gonna go with a neutral green for now
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Meet the Lion Tamer
Scott aka Daddy is hard at work M-F taking care of us (a fact we are all appreciative of). When he is home the games begin, starting with hide and seek as soon as his car pulls into the driveway. He is the love of my life and nothing warms my heart more than to watch him reading the kids the “Special Bible Story” before bed and answering their questions about our Lord. It’s also great when he lets the kids help him on his special projects around the house. I know it takes twice as long for him when he stops to use the toy hammer while building our deck or letting the kids help screw in a screw for the cabinet door, but his patience and attention brings them such joy. He truly models our Father’s love for His children. He keeps the crew in line as head of this household, but he is also first to chime in with a silly song or fun game. I could go on forever about what a great Father and Husband he is, but you’ll see for yourself as you spend time reading our blog.