Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Family Date Night

This past weekend was a much anticipated pretty chill weekend. Our weekends have been full lately and so it was nice to be home without much to do. Well, Derek made quite an ambitious list of things to complete around the house so it's not like there was NOTHING to do. We put in some good yard and house work and decided it'd be perfect to take the kids out to dinner and a movie!

Some big news from back in February-- I won a year's supply of pizza from Pie 5 from a radio station. It's a cool pizza place around town that makes individual pizzas in 5 minutes. I can get 4 pizzas a month and it works out perfectly to take the family once a month or to stop by a few times on a lunch break. I haven't used my July pizzas so we headed out! The kids love crafting their own pizzas. Jackson's favorite is pan crust, BBQ sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. Belle likes a thin crust and lots of cheese.


Caroline just loves the freedom to sprinkle parmesan cheese on any pizza.


Jackson ate his WHOLE pizza.


We headed to the movie theater after dinner. I'm not a fan of paying for movie tickets for kids movies because we often just go to the summer daytime kid movies for $2 and opt for the new movies from Redbox or something. But as it so happens, when we came to daytime kid movie two weeks ago there was some sort of glitch in the system that delayed ticketing and so they delayed the start of the movie. The delay of the movie start time somehow caused some sort of problem with the system that they couldn't get it to start AT ALL. The theater was so gracious and we ended up with free popcorn and they comped us tickets to come back to see any movie-- so we planned to see The Secret Life of Pets! 


Belle asked to bring her pet Malcolm to the movie and was so excited that we agreed. She was going on and on about how excited Malcolm was because "he's never been to the movies before! He's going to love it!" He did accompany her in the girls restroom and informed the other patrons that he was a boy, but it was okay because he was just a dog. 


Family pic!


We had super comfy, reclining seats! 


See those little tables-- that's for ordering food and servers will bring it to you during the movie. We didn't order any food, but the gal next to me did get some french fries. Caroline reached over and snagged one before I even knew she was reaching! The lady was so sweet-- I was mortified! 


The kids loved the movie, lots of laughing. Caroline pointed out the "doggie" 9 trillion times and was pleased with herself each time she did.  It was a fun evening to spend together doing something we haven't really done much before.  only we could do it for $13 every time!


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Friday, July 8, 2016

My sister's getting married!

I can't believe I left this out of my blogging recap just a few weeks ago! My sister, Laura, got engaged in March to a great guy who is willing to join our crazy family! The wedding is THIS WEEKEND! Woo hooo!!!! I can't believe my little sister is old enough to get married-- but let's be honest, I can't believe I'm old enough to have three kiddos and a mortgage!

Sebastian proposed on a date up here in KC so we were able to celebrate with Laura the very evening he proposed!


Laura made special invitations for the Isabelle and Caroline to be her "flower princesses." And I get to be one of her matrons of honors! 


Caroline loved trying on flower girl dresses-- but we're still working on proper dress etiquette. 


Laura had a lovely shower down in Springfield.


We got to shower her with love!


And Isabelle and Aunt Laura had fun making silly faces. 


Derek and I managed a fun double date at the yummiest pizza place downtown!


And Laura had another lovely shower up here in KC!


Mom gifted Laura the "You are special today" plate like she did for me! It's a tradition to use the plate for birthdays and miscellaneous celebrations.


I put together a collection of recipes for her of all our family favorite recipes. I kinda wanted to keep it for myself, but instead I just took photos of the recipes that I didn't have for myself!


Tonight we are going out for her bachelorette party and then tomorrow is the rehearsal and then the wedding is Sunday. It's going to be so much fun celebrating her and Sebastian!

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Blueberry Patch

Fridays are my favorite. I mean, I know everyone looks forward to Fridays. But fortunately, my work week ends about 9pm on Thursday night and so Fridays are completely open, which means they are best days to do fun things with the kiddos!

Yesterday morning during our lazy morning of cereal for breakfast, followed by an episode of Daniel Tiger or two, I had the random thought to take the kids to the blueberry patch! It's something I've always thought the kids would enjoy, but we've never actually ventured out to pick anything! It was an overcast, breezy morning which was a nice change from the sweltering heat we've had the past few days. We traveled a short 20 minutes, packed an easy picnic, played a bit in the hay maze, and ventured out to pick some berries.


As we left the house in the morning, our intention was to get out in the field to beat the rain. Only for us to get to the field in time for the sun to come out and get super hot. But it didn't slow us down!


The kids were great pickers!


Blueberries (aka "ba-be-ee") are Caroline's favorite. I was a bit concerned she would eat every single one she picked. But, once she saw that we all picked and put berries in the bucket-- she did the same thing! 


Belle picked enthusiastically for a little bit but then spent time in the shade with Caroline. She did provide a "tasting" sample from each plant we stopped to pick. They all passed her inspection. 


Jackson was a great spotter of ripe berries. We worked well as a team. I'd get berries up high and he'd get the ones that were lower.


Caroline only picked for a bit. The heat was beating down so she just mostly sat in some shady spots between bushes. But it didn't stop her from picking berries within reach.


And maybe eating a few. This was after she DUMPED the berries we had both picked like it was some game to fill up the bucket and then pour them out. I picked up what I could from the ground (fortunately it wasn't too many!) and proceeded to share a bucket with Jackson instead. 


We picked until Caroline had enough. We were dripping with sweat and tired from the heat and I knew it was passed her normal nap time. But when I got to my car and looked at the clock-- it was an hour earlier than I expected! Ha! It felt like SO much longer. :) 

We brought home almost 3 pounds of blueberries.


Earlier this spring, I did plant two blueberry bushes. To date, we have one single blueberry. Three kids. One blueberry. This is how wars are started. Or years of future therapy. Who knows. Hopefully more berries start to pop up! 




The kids did each enjoy some fresh strawberries from the garden today. Along with making a few different blueberry treats. We made two batches of blueberry muffins and made frozen yogurt-covered-blueberry kabobs. We still have about half of our blueberries left. Do you have a favorite recipe we should try? 


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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

I'm baaaaaaaack!

Hi friends!

So it's been a long 7 months, but I have made a summer goal to invest more of my time into this space! You may or may not have even noticed that I haven't been around, but I know that I have sure missed it.

I figure too much has gone on from when I last blogged to try to catch up. I mean, it was before Thanksgiving. So I'll just start with a quick rundown of our family life these days.

Jackson, still 7. Finished first grade. Loves paper airplanes. And "electronics time". We've been going to the pool several time each week. He loves his freedom, now that he can touch and swim and spends tons of time going down the slides! He has lost a few teeth, reads chapter books, and rides his bike without training wheels.


Isabelle is 5 and lives so wonderfully in her own little world. She finished preschool and is looking forward to kindergarten! She plays pretend doctor to all of us in the family, has started reading basics. She likes to ride bikes, tell jokes, and play pretend!


Caroline is 21 months, officially. I always tell people she's a little over 18 months. I certainly don't tell people that by baby is almost TWO! She traveled to California with me earlier this month and loved "the bubbles" which most people just call the water. She's an excellent copy cat of anything big brother or big sister do. She's affectionate, funny, and has started saying several words. The most popular is "Mama" about one million times a day, but she also says blueberry "ba-bee", "num-num" -- which is any type of food, and "ball". 


Derek and I celebrated our 10th anniversary this month! We celebrated the actual day apart while he was at annual training and I was in California, but we had a date night last weekend. It was wonderful. I'm still doing therapy three nights a week for teenagers, Derek's still working his computer nerd stuff. And really, the rest of the adulting stuff is far too boring to blog about! 


Thanks for visiting this space once again! I'm glad to be back! :) 


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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Grandparent's Day (and a pseudo Aunt's Day)

I'm not sure if the kids or the grandparent's enjoy Grandparent day at school most! Either way, there are smiles all around! 

Grandparent day at Belle's school was in September and Grammy came down to visit. 



Jack's was in October was it was a little easier for more sets of grandparents to come! How fun are these pics?!?



Jack with his cousin Gabe, Grandpa Forrest, and Great Grandpa!



My sister, Laura, has voiced her complaint about the discrimination of special days for aunts. So, she tagged along as a helper for Belle's class when they visited the pumpkin patch. Again, I'm not sure which one had more fun! :)



We're so fortunate to have so many loved ones close by! 

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