My bloggy friend, Shortone, tagged me with the challenge of telling 6 random things about myself. Maybe not a challenge for some but for me....i found it difficult to come up with things that i thought were actually worthy of listing here. Or maybe i just totally over think things but regardless.......here it is!

The "rules" of the game are as follows:
1. Post the rules on your blog.
2. Write 6 random things about yourself.
3. Tag 6 people at the end of your post.

And drumroll please......

*1* I never finish a can of soda....EVER.....and i don't really know why. It drives John crazy and I used to deny it but i've just accepted it now. For whatever reason there will always be a couple of drinks left in any can that i open.

*2* I have expensive taste....put me in a room with 5 of anything (furniture, shoes, anything), don't put prices on any of them and i will pick the most expensive one! Every time....it never fails....i find something i absolutely love, check the price and it out of this world expensive.

*3* Street lights always go out when i drive by them...WEIRD.....people never believe me until they are riding with me and it happens. Its very strange.....

*4* I love baby feet but once they get past about age 2 feet begin to disgust me. I CANNOT stand them.....and don't even think about letting your feet come anywhere near my pillow...YUCK YUCK YUCK.......on the contrary i love foot rubs and pedicures for myself.

*5* I order the exact same thing at coffee shops....every single time and i have ordered it for probably close to 2 yrs now. The same thing...atleast 3 or 4 times a week! A non fat white chocolate peppermint mocha with half the white choc......and i've yet to get tired of it. ALL of the employees at my favorite coffee shop know my order...even if a friend goes and picks it up for me they always ask "is this for the girl in the brown crv" haha...it cracks me up!

*6* I couldn't come up w/ anything else so i asked John and this is what he had to say... "you always seem to decide you want me to get something for you right when i sit down. ALWAYS." haha....i guess that is kind of random and maybe i should pay more attention to that....

So anyway...there you have it.....6 random things about me! I don't know if i can come up with 6 people to tag but i'll tag:
*1* Ginger @ The Small Moments
*2* Girl @ a boy, a girl, and a pug
*3* Erin C.@ Crumpton Classics

I'm looking forward to seeing what kinds of random things you girls come up with!! Hope you enjoy!


Hubby Love!

So a few days ago a good friend of mine from church growing up, Erin C., tagged me with a Hubby meme!! I couldn't resist how perfect the timing was as today is our 4th wedding anniversary!! Hope you enjoy a glimpse at the man God blessed me with as my hubby w/ some pictures to make it a little more fun!!

1. Where did you meet?
At the car dealership i worked at.....long story but we did not start dating until after the 2nd
time he came in! (And he says he came back the 2nd time because of me!)

2. How long did you date before you were married?

1 year and 8 months

3. How long have you been married?

4 years today!!! =)

4. What does he do that surprises you?

I am constantly amazed how intelligent he is.....he's brilliant and doesn't even know it!

5. What is your favorite feature of his?

His smile

6. What is your favorite quality of his?

I'm gonna go with his dedication to whatever he does...its tough to choose just one!

7. Does he have a nickname for you?
Not so much a nickname.....he calls me babe but thats more of a pet name

8. What is his favorite color?

9. What is his favorite food?

10. What is his favorite sport?
Football w/o a doubt!

11. When & Where was your first kiss?
I'm not sure exactly when.....sometime in the first couple
of weeks of dating and it was at his apartment

12. What are your favorite things to do as a couple?
laugh, watch tv, play computer games, spend time w/friends

13. Do you have children?
2 wonderful, crazy, rough-n-tough, ALL boys!! Colby is 7 & Brayden 3

14. Does he have a hidden talent?
he is an amazing cook and he has a fabulous knack for putting foods/tastes together you
wouldn't typically think of and it tasting wonderful!

15. How old is he?

16. Who said i love you first?
that would be him and it was so cute.....he was so nervous and i could tell he wanted to say
something but it took him quite a while before he worked up to actually saying it! =)

17. What is his favorite type of music?
there isn't one favorite......he likes all kinds of music and rarely listens to just one kind

18. What do you admire most about him?
He would do anything to ensure happiness and security for this family. I love this about
him! And he somehow manages to find the perfect balance between giving his all to God,
this family, and his career. To sum it up....he's amazing!

19. Do you think he will read this?
Most likely yes!

20. Who are you tagging??
I'll tag Erin, Love, & Jean Marie....if you ladies would like to!

Happy Anniversary John! I love you more than i could ever put into words. You amaze me with your self less love for me and our boys. I cherish every day God has blessed us with and i look forward to all that lies ahead for us. The struggles, deployments, sleepless nights, sick kiddos, cross country moves and everything else we have faced together couldn't begin to come close to the joy i find in our love. I can't wait for each tomorrow with you! Thank you for being you and for loving me like you do. I love you babe!


Our Little Cubby

As most of you know Colby is involved in the AWANA program and loves it!! And we love it! And Brayden has wanted for soooo long to go to awana too.....and now he does! He is old enough for the Cubby program thru awana this year and he is l.o.v.i.n.g. it! And with both of the boys involved John and I are able to volunteer and help out! What a blessing it has been each week to spend time with all these precious kiddos and help them grow in the Word of God. John is working with the Sparks program which is Colby's age group and i am helping in Cubbies with the 3 and 4 year olds!

We are so proud of how well Brayden is doing learning his verses and reciting them for his leader each week. His enthusiasm is contagious and he couldn't be more excited to learn God's word! Last night was his first awards night where he earned his vest and book! He was so proud and excited that the whole family was there to see him receive his award.

This program has proven to be such a blessing for our family and we are truly enjoying learning alongside our children as we grow in the Word of God together!


I might just lose my mind!

We are sickly. Not fun! Sore throat, head cold, nasty cough type of yuckiness. That describes me and Colby. So we haven't left the house since saturday morning and i think i'm losing it. And now Colby's asthma is being affected and i think i am probably going to have to take him to be seen.....YUCK! I avoid the pediatric petri dish as much as humanly possible! And my fabulous visions of getting out of the house didn't include going there....uuugghhh.

And then there is the ear saga with Brayden. Remember when i posted that i thought he was on the mend....it wasn't so. I took him in to a previously scheduled hearing appt and the doc kindly informed me that his ear was still infected and that there was no movement of the ear drum indicating to her that the tube was blocked. GREAT! So into the pediatric clinic we went the next day where we found out that indeed the infection was still present but the tube was no longer in the ear drum. WHAT?!? In a matter of 10 days i was told the tube is in place(family med doc who diagnosed the infection), the tube is clogged(hearing specialist), and the tube isn't even in the ear drum(pediatrician). So....the pediatrician upped the dose of the antibiotic and prescribed 5 more days of it and a nasal spray for 10 days that is tons of fun to administer to a 3 year old! We follow up in about a week. Does it ever end????

So....welcome fall. You are usually my favorite season of the year....even though you usually bring some sickness to our home i typically get to enjoy your gorgeous color changing leaves and cooler weather and smoky air from the fireplaces of those lucky enough to have one before the sickness strikes. But not this year. I am hoping and praying this is not a forecast of what is to come and rather a "let's just get it all out of the way now" type of deal. Could we work out a deal like that?? Yes yes...Welcome Fall.

See that....i'm speaking to a season as if it is a living thing capable of deal making. I really might just be losing it! This too shall pass right?!? Oh how i hope that you can all somewhat relate to what i'm feeling.....and if you can than let me know! That might just make me feel a little bit better!


My new toys!!

I got new toys this weekend!! Like fabulous big girl toys!! =) I have been wanting a Dyson vacuum for a looooong time now and a new camera is something John and I have been talking about for a while too. So this weekend i got both!! A new camera and a dyson. And not just any dyson....a PINK dyson!!! Target had some pink items advertised in support of breast cancer research so not only did i get my new vacuum but $30 will be donated to the breast cancer research foundation. So enough talking....here are pictures of my new toys!!

I intend to put both of my toys to very good use!! I've never been so excited about vacuuming!! And i can't wait to take pictures of my quick moving kiddos and not miss the shot because i'm waiting for the camera to be ready!!! Hope everyone had a great weekend! I'm off to vacuum!! =)

p.s.~ Brayden is doing much better.....still occasionally complaining of pain but the drainage has stopped and no more fever so i do believe he is on the mend!! Thanks for all the well wishes and prayers!


Quick Update!

So...we were able to get in to see the doctor on Monday for Brayden and indeed he has an ear infection....in the ear that still has a tube in it. WEIRD! No idea how that happened but so far he's had 6 doses of the antibiotic and is still complaining of pain....i'm really hoping that things turn around tomorrow or i will start to wonder if the meds possibly aren't working. =( We have a trip to the Great Wolf Lodge planned for friday so pray that his little ear will feel better so that he can enjoy the trip! I will update this weekend on Brayden, Great Wolf and saying goodbye to the Martin's. Hope everyone is having a great week!


Mumble Jumble

Things have been crazy in the miculka household lately!! I have been so exhausted by the time i get a chance to post that i just put it off.....but i'm back! Atleast i think things are going to settle down a little bit! =)

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey was in Everett this weekend!! We got tickets for opening night and after Colby's 1st day of 2nd grade we hit the road for the circus!!! The boys were so excited and while i'm not a big fan of crowds at events like that i do love the excitement and environment! We ended up having to leave at the intermission because it was getting late and we had a long drive home but we all enjoyed the time we had!! When asked what their favorite part was both boys excitedly exclaimed "the motorcycles!" Of course...silly me! I didn't get as many pictures as i would of liked but it was soooo crowded and it was too much to try to keep track of the boys and take lots of pictures so....here are a couple that i did manage to get!

And today we had Colby's 1st soccer game of the season! They are the green vipers this season and they had a great season opener!! Its always fun to see the improvement from season to season and they have all grown in their game play this fall!! I forgot the camera in the car so i didn't get any pictures at the game but i will post some in the future!

After the soccer game we headed to Home Depot for their monthly kids workshop! We made paper football goals! And they even gave out directions on how to fold a paper football! FUN!

And last but not least Brayden is sick. =( Poor little guy......i'm pretty sure he has an ear infection. It started with him complaining that his ear hurt yesterday morning. I noticed that he did have some dry gunk on the inside of his ear so i cleaned it with a q tip and figured it must of just been bothering him to have that there. Well....he continued to complain throughout the day and i noticed a little later in the day that there was more dry gunk. I started to suspect that there must be drainage. Today he is just not feeling good, still complaining of pain and has increased drainage. Right before his nap he spiked a low fever. We struggled with ear infections when he was an infant until we had tubes put in when he was 18 months old and we haven't any problems since. It is odd to me that this would be happening now so please keep him your prayers. We are hoping to be able to keep him comfortable and control the fever until Monday morning so we can avoid the ER!

I think that's about it for now.....that seemed like the longest post ever! So if you are still reading this than congrats for making it through all my mumble jumble!! Hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend!


Where Has Time Gone?!?

My baby started 2nd grade today! 2ND GRADE!!! How did that happen?? It seems like just yesterday i was taking him to his first day of preschool and then i blinked and he is in the 2nd grade! He was excited and nervous and had the normal first day of school jitters! It is such a blessing to watch him grow and become the person God has made him to be!

Colby~ Mommy is so very proud of who you are and all that you do! I am looking forward to hearing each day about your adventures in 2nd grade and being your biggest cheerleader as you continue to learn and grow. There will be challenges as there always are but remember that daddy and i will always be here praying for you and helping you learn to navigate this wonderful thing we call life! I love you more than you know!

I will leave you with a picture of my handsome little 2nd grader.....

Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ~Elizabeth Stone