Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Documenting And Such

I've been slacking in documenting the last few months.  I'm blaming it completely on pregnancy.  Growing a human is hard work people, but the good news is I am 25 weeks.  Wahoo!  As long as I stay away from sugar and fat, I seem to feel okay.  I want to eat yummy treats so, so badly though.  Christmas goodies, look out!  I should be able to eat you once the wee babe is here.  I am making a list now.

In May, Q graduated from Preschool...which I am sure you assumed since he has already started Kindergarten.  It was a lovely event held under the trees.  We were serenaded with a few songs and entertained with a science experiment and then diplomas were handed out.  He was very sad once he realized he wasn't going to be seeing his teacher on a regular basis anymore...she really is a gem!

We braved the scorching heat of summer to get pictures for Fly Little Guy.  Here are a few of my favorites that didn't make the cut.  And man Dennis is looking handsome and grown up these days.  I swear he was just climbing shelves, flooding the bathroom and dripping honey across the living room.  Where does the time go?

After a few insanely toasty photo sessions, I bribed them with a trip to Rocket Fizz...which seemed to do the trick nicely.  We found the Key Lime Pie Soda to be astoundingly tasty.  Also, I realize I have zero pictures of Mr. C.  He has been busy going on some epic scouting trips that he has thoroughly enjoyed.  And then he has come home thoroughly stinky and dirty.  Boys.

Miss B had a Promotion Ceremony for graduating from 8th grade and heading into high school (in May as well).  They did not do these types of ceremonies where my husband and I grew up, so it was a strange new experience.  And it was kind of a big deal.  There were speakers and a huge stage with stage lighting and three giant screens.  She looked beautiful and I was able to snap a couple of pictures with her friends, but they were difficult to catch with all the billions of people and the hugging and goodbyes (a lot of them are going to different high schools).  Dad got her some beautiful Stargazer lilies and the three of us went out to eat at Olive Garden after with about half the school!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Open Shelving: Dining Room

We finally got around to hanging the shelves I've been wanting in my dining room for the last year or so.  The boards have been sitting in my garage for months.  But we buckled down, got them measured and hung and I happily set to work gathering all of my milk glass and setting it out for display.  I love how they turned out and I even love that the top shelf was super warped and uneven.  It straightened out just enough when we screwed it into the brackets, but also left enough of it's uneven character for me to admire.  I wanted some super thick salvaged boards but they don't seem easy to come by around my neck of the woods.  I guess if I ever do find some, I can switch them out.  So...we just bought simple pine boards from the home improvement store and stained them with Minwax Special Walnut...one of my favorite medium stains.

My hubby picked out the white metal brackets and I LOVE them.  I had originally bought some simple wood brackets that I intended to paint white but he thought these would be easier to attach.  I ended up liking them a ton better because of their sleekness and simplicity...plus I didn't have to paint them!  Bonus.

I love what the shelving did to the entire feel of the room.  It changed it entirely.  Now I want to utilize my vertical space in every room.  What a difference and what a storage opportunity!

Plus now I can buy more milk glass.  :)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Newborn Photos: Cuddly Baby Boy

Good gracious...aren't new babies the sweetest?  I still cannot believe that I get another one here in a few months.  Pretty surreal.  

My really good friend had a baby recently and I got to go take a few photos.  He was such a squishy sweetheart.  And I'm so excited because he can be my baby's buddy. :)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Back to School Breakfast: It's That Time Again

School is officially in session!  And Q gets to be a part of it this year... a fact that has left him super excited and dancing around the house for days.  

For our Back to School Breakfast this year, I decided upon a time theme because the older ones are getting busier and need to use their time wisely and the younger ones are learning about clocks and time, so it worked for everyone.  The night before school started we had a great discussion on prioritizing time and not wasting it.  We read a great talk by Elder Dallin H. Oaks.  For our breakfast, I made a poster out of chalkboard paper and added a quick banner (made with lined paper, book pages and red chevron paper) and spray-painted my SCHOOL letters a metallic silver.  Then I decorated with a few clocks and we served clock pancakes with blueberry numbers and bacon or strawberry hands. :)  I gave each kid a journal to help keep track of things (or to doodle in..whatever), and a candy watch bracelet along with a few quotes on time.

The entire (current) crew.  The boys all started a new school this year and now wear uniforms.  Miss B started High School (gasp) and doesn't have to any more.  So the tables are turned from last year. :)  I actually love uniforms.  They are so easy.  And also I love Dennis' stick legs.  They are adorable.

Once we got to school, dad and I walked Q to his classroom (the other kids had confidently found their own way of course)...and he headed off on his own like a professional.  Straight out into the wide world.  Sigh.  All grown up.  He got right to work in his classroom, hung up his backpack and waved goodbye.  He loved the first day and said he already made a few friends.  Which is perfect.  The other three did great as well.  Mr. C is still apprehensive about the school change, but I hope he settles in quickly.  Here's to another year my friends.  I think we are ready...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Day of Golf and Pictures

Sometime back in March, when the weather was superb and the birds chirped and a light breeze blew through my hair...I took Q out for a golf photo session for Fly Little Guy.  We went to an actual golf course and I thought Q would die of excitement.  He LOVES golfing, although we've never taken him and my husband isn't really into it, so we're really not sure where this love came from.  Anyway, I dressed him up in some golfing-type duds and we grabbed a club and a ball and played golf on a little corner of the golf course where we were sure to be out of the way.  I'm not sure he had his hand placement right (and truly I am a poor teacher because I've only ever been mini-golfing a handful of times), but he got a kick out of the adventure and I got some fun pictures of my little man.  Although the skinny jeans made him look exceptionally tall.  

Q is getting ready to start Kindergarten in the next couple of weeks and is absolutely beside himself with anticipation.  I am filled with a lot of hope that he does well and listens and doesn't drive the teacher nuts! :)  He is quite the ball of energy as I am sure you've heard me mention a time or two.  But hopefully he will be so busy learning new things and filling his little busy mind, that he will be fully occupied.  I remember feeling the same way about Dennis and he did swell, so that has eased my mind a bit. I sure will miss him though.  Luckily I have a new wee one on the way to occupy my time, eh?! 

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