Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sometimes life calls for sitting in a bar...

Sometimes life calls for sitting in a bar with friends and taking guns to the woods to shoot stuff. We had planned a grown-up gettaway (long drive, long scenic hike, camping) with some besties but life happens. Deb's mom has been fighting cancer for a few years and is beginning to dwindle. It has been a very hard process for them and absolutely breaks my heart.  They still wanted to get away, just not too far. So we improvised and of course had a great time.


Caption this, Deborah. :)

Then we had Father's Day!!
My babies are lucky to have the amazing love of this man. 
And I love my Daddy.
The End.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Summer!

I love to squeeze the life out of summer! We try to fit in as many fun things as possible.
The kids LOVE Papa's pool this year! Ayla can touch the bottom and swim, Addy can kick around by herself with arm floaties and Isaac wants to jump in 3,000 times.
I took the girls for their annual haircut this week :) They wanted short hair for summer and I cringed a bit when the first cuts were made. But they look pretty cute.

We went strawberry picking for the first time and had a blast! 
Eli and I took the kids to Member's night at our zoo. It was our first time going and boy was it packed! But it was fun to zoo with daddy.
The walruses are probably my favorite animals at our zoo. They are so weird and almost always entertaining. This guy just hung out and stared at our kids for a good five minutes without hardly moving! It was so funny. We had to be the ones to break off the staring contest and walk away. 
Good 'ol Treeli, birds just love him :) He wasn't even holding a food stick in this pic. He just stretched out his arm and one immediately perched. Bahaha!!
Oh, and we finally got around to dedicating Isaac to the Lord!! It was a sweet morning :)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

This and that

Whew. We finally finished our tile project and I am never going to tile again!! We still have baseboards, painting and some decorating to do, but I have appliances again!! In my kitchen!!

The kids have been soaking up this warm weather and loving the slip n slide, spray park, sprinkler and papa's pool.

See my big beautiful strawberry plants in the background? They look gorgeous from afar and indeed were dripping with berries. BUT they had a fungal disease and had to be ripped out and disposed of and I am still mourning the loss two days later! I SO wanted all the berries!!! Boo. Thank goodness for a friend who helps you dig up your fungus and sings inspirational songs to you during the process to ease the pain. :)

The girls had their second recital last weekend and tap danced to Great Balls of Fire. They really enjoy their time with coach Kelsey who doubles as a Sea-gal. They think she is pretty cool. 

This is play date success...
Ayla had her final game of the season and was so excited to get her first medal and team pictures. 

We happened to be in the neck of the woods of the church Eli and I were married in. The kids were very excited to see it. I still love it. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Life be busy.

We have had so many new, busy, change, things happening. So much so, that I let my little brain get a bit overwhelmed. So we woke up this last Friday morning and I knew I was done with school, for the year.
The girls weren't too dissapointed with my decision. We only skipped a few things in the last week of our curriculum. These kids will continue to read and work on math and phonics during the summer too.
Also on Friday, we decided to buy a new (old) car! So now we are hoping our previous/current one sells quickly. To say Isaac was excited to hang out at a car dealership for a few hours, would be an understatement. He was in heaven!! At one point he didn't know how to contain himself so he ran around and head butted each car. Oh boy.
We also did this to our home this weekend. Removing linoleum to replace with tile is not an easy task! Eli and I demolished for hourrrrrrs. I'm so excited for this project to get done! We lived on the nastiest carpet in the whole world (thanks to the previous owners of this place) and waited an entire year before we got it out of the house! Thinking about it makes me want to cry. Seriously. If shag carpet looks dirty and stained from the top side, the underneath will make you lose your lunch.
We learned about metamorphosis in school and watched caterpillars become butterflies. We then got to release the butterflies into the wild. It was so much fun! 
Oh! The girls also finished their very first year of Awana! They enjoyed it so so much and we are already signed up to do it again in the fall.
We ended our long weekend with dinner cooked over a fire, playing, and relaxing with the kiddos after a super busy time. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's day weekend.

It was such a sweet weekend. We want our kids to learn to love hiking as much as we do. So we planned a short hike for them with friends on Saturday. It was a success! Adelyn, who usually requests to be carried halfway around our neighborhood, made it probably over 2 miles and was leading the pack! It was an awesome relief!  The waterfall on the hike was AMAZING. We will go back.

Sunday, my mom came over for breakfast, cooked by Eli. Then her and I took the afternoon off and did a little shopping and relaxing. We ended the day with a bbq with Sheila. It was a perfectly sweet day.I am one blessed mommy and have two super mom's in my life to look up to.

Monday, May 4, 2015

A fun week!

We had such a busy, fun time last week!
The kids and I woke up Monday morning and headed to the zoo. The weather was perfect and an old friend ended up joining us there!

A fun sciency play experiment.
A trip to a park after a doctor's appointment.
Isaac doing some "essise" with me.
Baseball games!!
A play date with some of our Bffs.
Over the weekend I got to snuggle the two newest men in my life! My brother's week old baby and my friend Beckys brand new babe. They are both SOOO perfect and adorable. I think I'm going to need to see them again very soon..newborn snuggles are addicting.
Eli and I also enjoyed a bit of time alone this weekend! We watched movies, ran errands, and went on a bike ride. It was our first ride maybe ever. It was such a fun time!! We biked from our little town to the next one (15 miles round trip) stopping for a light breakfast and to throw rocks in the river. The bones in my rear are so sore today! As fun as it was, I think we will stick to hiking!