Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Weekend Recap: Chiefs game, garage sale, trampoline!

This past weekend was super fun! I absolutely love my job and I know the kids really enjoy school, but I always look forward to our family time on the weekends. We started out heading out to a preseason Chiefs game. Watching football makes me happy and fortunately it was a great game!

We even managed a great family selfie-- on the first try!

Belle enjoyed meeting some cheerleaders, but more importantly, she was excited to hold a pom-pom!

Jack threw a pass in the target. He's bummed I won't let him play football until he's older. Sorry kid, until it becomes a concussion-less sport, you're not playing anytime soon!

The kids found a face paint booth and then we came across a booth that took our family picture! I never remember to print out pictures, so it's nice to have a hard copy photo!

We cheered on the Chiefs. Belle particularly enjoyed when we scored because War Paint, the horse, runs across the field.

The Chiefs were ahead the whole game and it was an enjoyable game to watch. The weather was fantastic. Well, until 3 minutes left in the game and the sky opened up and all the rain came pouring down at once. Our family now has some fun memories running from section 327 all the way out to the furthest corner of the parking lot in a mere 12 minutes. We were drenched! Fortunately the kids love to play in the rain, so they both thought it was all great fun. :)

For the past two weeks, we've been clearing out our house for a garage sale. I mean, how do we acquire SO. MUCH. STUFF? It felt good to purge! I had the prices marked low to ensure things would get sold and it worked. We only took two boxes back away to the Salvation Army!

This guy was super eager to have a "Limanad" stand on Saturday :) 

 Jack was invited to a super fun laser tag birthday party. We got to watch on security cameras-- it was neat!

I got Derek's name on a Coke can from the vending machine! How fun is that?! Good thing he doesn't like Coke so I didn't have to share.

We had McDonald's for dinner with Great Grandpa. Caroline got a little obsessive about her french fries. She cracks me up.

My goal with the garage sale was to make enough money to get a trampoline-- and we came up perfect! It took a bit of time to put together (thanks Grandpa Forrest and Aunt Mary for helping!), but the kiddos-- and adults-- have been jumping ever since!

Derek kicked the kiddos out at one point so he could practice his "tricks". The same tricks that have forced him to take a handful of pain killers each morning and evening. He is still young at heart, but his body has aged a bit. :)

Not that I live every week in anticipation of the weekend, but we're looking forward to a low-key Labor Day weekend coming up, which at this point looks like it'll be lots of time to jump around and then recover from all the jumping.


Friday, August 28, 2015

A picnic and an airshow

Today is overcast and a tiny bit chilly. Yesterday was a day of torrential downpour. But last Sunday was a gorgeous day. We met my parents at a park in Kansas City for a picnic and to watch the Blue Angels airshow from a short distance. It was a GREAT day. So relaxing to spend hours outside just hanging out with family! 

Caroline and I played our own version of airplane

I could kiss this girl all the time!! 

Love my boys! 

Cheeks are obviously a family trait! 

Everyone is looking, everyone is happy-- It's a family picture miracle!

Isabelle was "tired" and rendered herself unable to walk to the car, so Papa dragged her. :)


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Eleven Months: Caroline

Oh Caroline-- 11 months! How does it feel like these last few months have flown by? Well, I actually know the answer. First, you've been ear infection free for a quite some time and you've been sleeping through the night for equally as long. Woo hoo!!!!! 

You're taking two naps each day. One in the morning, one in the afternoon. We put you down around 8-8:30 each night and you sleep until 6:30-7am. Of course you're still swaddled. We've made attempts to put you down unswaddled from time to time, but it's just not working for either of us!!

You're taking 3 bottles each day-- morning, afternoon, and bedtime. We generally make 6 oz. Sometimes you finish it all, but you generally have a thing about not wanting anything to do with the last ounce. You can hold your own bottle, but can't bother putting in that effort that someone else will do for you! You are a great eater. You love fruit and meat and you'll tolerate veggies. You'd rather just climb out of the high chair than spend too much time sitting still to do petty things like eat. 

Girl, you have SO much personality. We all love it. LOVE it! 

You love to put things "on". Like necklaces or Isabelle shorts. You did this all by yourself and you thought you were so funny! Which it's true-- you are.

These are your friends from church. You love to play with others, but since you're used to wrestling around with your big brother and sister, you are always gentle with other people your size! 

Smiles! :)
I left one afternoon to get a haircut. It's quite a bit shorter and I got bangs again. You wouldn't smile at me all afternoon and you just kept giving me this look. I'll get permission for a haircut next time.

Check out those little curls that are peeking out. 

You are in pre-walking stages. You can stand up in the middle of the room and you might take a step or two before diving to whatever it is you're looking for. You can crawl like crazy, even though you still have a funky little limp-like crawl. 

I broke out a little jacket for you the other day. How cute are you in a hoodie?!? 

 Kisses-- I love your kisses. It's a family game to see who you'll give kisses to each day. They are open mouth and a little big gross, but they are oh-so-sweet that I just can't get enough! :)

We love you baby girl! I can't wait to celebrate your birthday next month! Jackson is adamant about having a joint birthday party so I'm off to brainstorm ways to have a 7yo birthday party and a 1yo party at the same time. :)


Monday, August 24, 2015

First Day of Preschool

Today was Isabelle's first day of preschool. How cute is this girl!? Gosh, I can't stop smiling from ear to ear while I was browsing through and doing a few quick edits on these pics. We love this girl to pieces. Such a sweet personality and she's an insightful little thing. I'm a little bit sad to have to share her with her teachers and classmates, but I know she's ready. She's going to have a blast! 

She's attending preschool with the school district and she'll go four mornings each week. 

They eat breakfast at school and so she is thrilled that she gets to pack a lunch breakfast box!

Her teacher, Ms. Lori, is fantastic. We both love her!

Belle said that her least favorite part of her day was having to sit and read while the rest of her friends came into the classroom. I know she loves to look at books and so I think she really didn't like that she couldn't play and had to sit in her chair. That's a tough request for this busy little gal. Her favorite part was playing on at recess and making new friends. This afternoon, she came and laid down on the couch next to me. She told me that school was "hard work" and that she was tired. Then, she fell asleep. :) 

I am sure going to miss my helper each morning, but we get some good one-on-one time while Caroline takes an afternoon nap before Jack comes home from school. I think it's going to be a great year!


Saturday, August 15, 2015

First Day of 1st grade!

Jack started school this week! Boy, was he ready. He was counting down the days! We had a fun summer, but he is a very social kiddo and he really missed his friends. He was thrilled to show off his missing tooth and his lunchbox that connects to his backpack. It's the important things, ya know?

BFFs. :)

I look at this picture of this group of boys and think, "their teacher is WAY underpaid." :)

On his first day of school, he came home and said his favorite part of the day was lunch. Typical! I think it's going to be a great school year.



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