Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day 2010

Sleeping In. Big Family Breakfast. Unplanned Naps. Flag Light Sticks. Popsicles. Paisanos Pizza. Cheering on the Tigers. Backyard Fireworks. Popcorn. Candy. Family Movie Night. Cuddling.
Such a wonderful day.
Happy Memorial Day Everyone!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Friday, May 28, 2010

Operation Aunt Keri

for your birthday we brought over balloons, lunch and more kids!!!

Jon Won!

Last night we attended Parkway's Graduation and Isaac was so excited to see his friend Jon graduate. He kept tapping my arm to tell me where Jon was sitting, what Jon was doing and what pictures Jon was in. Finally, when they were passing out the diplomas and they called Jon's name, Isaac came up to tell me "Jon won!!" and started jumping up and down. He was such a fun date to have!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

i want "pretty" toes

Today I had my day.
She wanted her toes "pretty"
So fulfilling!
She keeps putting them in Isaac's face to show him.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

some daddy love

Bunk Family Secret:
Some nights I am not allowed to put the kids to bed on time.

Monday, May 24, 2010

why am I still surprised?

This weekend Isaac was begging me to jump in a bounce house. "I haven't bounced in a long time, mom!" I decided to take them to a bounce house this morning, but after looking it up online, I decided that $10 per kid was a little too much for me to spend, so we would just go to my sister's house and go to the park. Isaac understood, but was very bummed. I prayed today about it. I don't want to spoil my kids, but as a mom, I do love being able to make their day by doing something special they want. I asked God to give me that balance. About an hour ago our neighbors came over with this:They told us their daughter had outgrown it and they would love for us to have it. Are you kidding me? Today of all days? It was God's little reminder that He cares about the details and is constantly involved in our lives. Isaac is over the moon and is right now wrestling with his dad in his brand new bounce house.

my lil' zo-zo

I have had such a difficult week with Zoey. She just seems to be at that age where she wants her independence, but still wants me to wait on her hand and foot. I am exhausted! I love this girl to death, but she has been pushing every single button I have and it takes every ounce of patience to keep myself going. I told Chris this week I have been at my wits end and even had to call him at work to calm me down when I over-reacted to something she had done wrong. Well, today I had a couple of hours with just the two of us. She woke up from her nap and we spent over an hour just giggling, cuddling and rubbing each other's back (she is a really good back-rubber, by the way.) Why does it seem I need to constantly remind myself to take it all in. In my head I know that I need to allow her to grow, learn and explore, but I still get frustrated when she dumps the blocks on the floor that I just put away. She is my gift from God, and although every hour might not be the most relaxing, I still smile ear to ear when I hear her say things like "mama, love you" or "mama, where are you?" Thank you Lord for giving me my amazing blessings and help me to remember the many reasons they are in my life.
Now I have to go because she is tap dancing in a cup of milk she just spilled all over our hardwood floors.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Thank you Dad and Mom!

I have a few friends in my life that I can always relate to because of the way we were raised. We joke about growing up watching Superbook, listening Psalty the singing songbook and being able to quote the entire Jesus Movie. I've always referred to myself as "sheltered"... but I think I am using the wrong word. My parents were definitely very careful and purposeful with the things that were allowed into our house: music, movies, TV, friends, etc. and I was never up-t0-date on the popular things my friends were into, but I am now confident that I was far from sheltered. I received my first passport at age 11 and by the time I was 16 years old, I had traveled to 3 different continents, 2 third world countries, and participated in outreaches and VBS every summer in the heart of Detroit, New York City and Atlanta. I remember the doctor being slightly confused when the week I had received my driver's permit at age 15, I was at his office to get my malaria medicine and a yellow-fever shot for my trip to Uganda. I was very "protected" by my parents, but they were very good about giving us cultural experiences as well as allowing us to go in any direction we felt God was leading us. It has definitely given me a heart for people as well as an awareness of what God is doing all over the world. I am so grateful for each experience I've had and can honestly say that I get excited when I think about my kids having even greater experiences than me!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

When is deer season?

It's not a secret that we have a strange family life, but this one had me laughing so hard I could barely breathe. Our neighbors must get such a kick out of us!

and in all things... session 27

Things I am thankful for on May 17, 2010...
  1. Proverbs 16:20
  2. UPS Trucks
  3. Fresh Air
  4. That seasons only last for a season
  5. Baby Feet
  6. Good doctor reports
  7. God's loving-kindness
  8. Navel Oranges
  9. Running Water
  10. Accessible Scripture

Monday, May 17, 2010

the infamous rUtAbAgA

Tonight was the night we tackled the RuTaBaGa!
Thanks to everyone who provided the yummy recipes, but we ended up with the just the simply made "mashed rutabaga." Isaac and his dad weren't big fans, but Zoey ended up eating thirds! Not sure that we will add this to our family meals, but if we have a girls night, it will definitely be on the menu!

i heart spring

How real is TOO real?

My son caught me crying the other day.
Actually, our whole family was sitting on the couch Saturday morning just finishing breakfast and a song came on that has really meant a lot to me over the years and tears started to run down my cheeks. My husband knew exactly what was going on and started cracking up (mostly b/c he knew how hard I was trying to keep it together and was confident it was only a matter of time.) When Isaac heard his dad laughing, he looked over to me and saw I was crying. "Why are you crying, mom?" I explained that sometimes people cry because they are hurt or sad, but sometimes people cry because they are happy or really moved by something. I assured him that these were happy tears.

Well, today he caught my emotion again, only this time it wasn't happy tears... and he knew it. I tried to play it off, but he wasn't convinced. I had just read something that made me feel like a failure, and although I would like to blame the pregnancy hormones, I truly felt thrown under the bus and completely misunderstood. It's fine... I'll get over it, but I was worried that this flood of emotion would upset and confuse my little man. I mean, I'm supposed to be the one wiping his tears and telling him everything is going to be fine, and here I am in a heap, dealing with a lot of insecurity and personal frustration.I am in the middle of a audio series by Dr. Dobson that talks about raising kids and the type of parents we should strive to be. One of his main points was to allow our kids to see some of our reality, in bite-size ways, so that they can see how to handle situations appropriately and not just become delusional about how "easy" life is. I felt like this might be a good time to put this into practice. I explained to him that mommy got her feelings hurt, but that ultimately I wanted to grow in God and become a better person, so I listen to what people have to say, even when it's difficult, so that I can always challenge myself to grow. I then used an example of how sometimes I say things to him that he doesn't like to hear in order to help him be a better boy.

I think he got it.
Well, enough to hug me and tell me that he loves me
...and that I don't need to worry about other people helping me grow because the baby is making me grow bigger every day.
UGH- just the kick I needed while I was still down.

Anyways, it was a learning lesson for both of us today,
and ultimately I'm grateful.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

back to the zoo...

Yesterday was Chris' birthday so we set the day aside to whatever he wanted to do. After much cuddling, a homemade breakfast and a car wash/water fight with the kids, we headed back to the zoo. It was the perfect day and we wanted somewhere we could walk (plus Isaac was very bummed that we didn't see the kangaroos last time we were there, so we HAD to go back). It was such great family time and we were able to love on the man who makes this family possible. We love you Chris!

Friday, May 14, 2010

There is this man...

There is this man...... he stole my heart over 17 years ago
... he has no fear in shooting me endlessly with nerf guns (even while I'm pregnant)
... he always has the last word when it comes to pranks
... his favorite steak is the ribeye
... his favorite pastime is wrestling with his kids
... he loves ANYTHING Milwaulkee
... he has 3 adoring fans (and one on the way) that scream and cheer when he gets home from work and he will always be loved more than he will ever know

HaPpY BiRtHdAy Chris!!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

{baby names}

Chris and Isaac came up with some baby boy names tonight. Any votes?
Brewster Bunk
Foogie-Bo Bunk
Iron Man Bunk
Jump Bunk
Boy Bunk
Optimus Prime Bunk
Boogy Bunk

Honorable Mentions:
Gregory, Henry, Larry and Carl

my sisters hate dogs.

The other day Isaac and I were on the couch and he leaned over to me and very sweetly said "Mom, I am so sad right now I want to cry." After I asked him why, he explained to me that he is sad because daddy and I won't let him have a dog. After laughing in his face and then seeing his heartbroken face, I pulled myself together and explained to him the bad news: this Bunk family will never have any pets of our own. He was crushed. He asked me if Papa and Grandma ever let me have a dog, to which I responded a resounding NO. I did tell him, in their defense, that I never wanted a pet. I was busted when I found this yesterday in a book my mother made me:Oh well, I lived... so will he!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010


My son is obsessed with rutabagas.
I don't really know why... I think it started when he watched the cartoon Olivia and she talked all about them. We decided to take a field trip to the fruit market today to find a rutabaga and learn all about the fruits and veggies. He decided he really likes zucchini as well.

So we are going to make something with a rutabaga.
I'm embarrassed to say that I have no idea what to do with one. Isaac said I should clean it and put it in a pot of water, but I have a feeling he won't be finishing his plate with it done that way!

So I am pleading for help. Anyone have any good recipes or ideas for rutabagas? I found a couple of good ideas on and, but I'm not convinced any of those will work. (To be completely honest, I'm more concerned my husband will refuse to eat them than my kids.) Any help I can get from all you wonderful cooks would be greatly appreciated!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

i LUV being a mom.

I had one of the best Mother's Day weekends EVER! It started last night when my husband and kids took me shopping and out to dinner. It was such a great time just being all together. Then today we spent the day at the zoo with my mom and family. The weather was perfect, the animals were walking all over and my kids were so excited to everything. It was so relaxing and fun. I love being a mom. Happy Mother's Day!
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