Monday, August 29, 2016

Back To School Breakfast: Advice From a Tree

My babes started school on the first day of August and I'm just remembering I never posted about it! I was kind of in denial because I didn't want summer to end.  But it did anyway which is a bummer because we were having fun.  Anyway, I prepared their traditional Back to School Breakfast and had it set out the night before.  This year's theme was Advice From a Tree.  We also read Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree and discussed how serving others (vs. selfishness) brings true and lasting happiness.  

It was a whirlwind morning because as I was making apple pie baked apples for their breakfast, I had a very strong and strange case of vertigo- which has never happened.  So I tried desperately to regain my control over the universe and dad drove the carpool.  Miss B drives Mr. C as well as three other neighborhood kids to high school and back every day so they took care of themselves. EEEEEEK! So nice for me but maybe say a little prayer that they make it there and back safely.  Gosh it's scary business having a kid old enough to drive!

Q broke his arm on our last summer outing whilst falling out of a swing.  The boys had been doing swing tricks and alas...Q's arm was the only casualty.  Although we didn't realize it was in fact broken  for a whole week, because he's one tough cookie!  He got a cast after his first day of school and gets it off today in fact!  

For breakfast, we had apple turnovers, apple pie baked apples (you just scoop out an apple, fill it with apple pie filling and put on a little crust- so yummy!), apple cider and eggs.

advice from a tree:

stand tall and proud
remember your roots
be content with your natural beauty
drink plenty of water
go out on a limb
enjoy the view
-ilan shamir

And for some unknown reason (I'm blaming it on the rogue vertigo), I only took single pics of the two big kids that day.  I must've had wonderful intentions of catching the other two after school and we can see how well that happened!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

For the Fourth

The week before the 4th, we headed to our favorite flag wall for some photos.  It was a lovely 116* and we enjoyed the mild weather (actually we were quite toasty)! After that I bought us all a nice Frosty to cool down.  Sheesh it was a hot day. 

For the actual holiday weekend, we headed up to the mountains to the family cabin to cool down and visit family.  We enjoyed lots of nature, some small naps with a wiggly babe on a hammock, and beautiful scenery.  The small town parade we hit up was the best.  WP was half asleep but woke up quickly when he noticed they were throwing candy and toys!  Grandpa even took the kiddies for a ride in one of the parade wagons when it was all over.  We left Miss B at home because she had to work (growing up is the pits I say).  So after the parade and some playing in the park, we headed home quick to be with her. 

This summer has been non stop.  I keep thinking I will gets tons of projects done and I don't know why because we have been running from one thing to the next trying to stay away from the heat as much as possible and keep kids busy...not to mention the camps and the family visits.  I have mixed feelings about school starting next week.  I am ready for routine and a clean(er) house, but I love being able to pick up and go whenever we want.  Ready or not though, here it comes.  This week is one last rush for school clothes and supplies.  Annnd trying to fit in the last bits of summer fun.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Life Moves ReallyFast

I can't seem to keep up on blogging lately, mostly because Instagram is so much quicker and I suppose that makes me either very lazy or good at decide. :) 

The last few months we've visited family, enjoyed some great hikes and scenery, had Easter, watched an air show and had Mother's Day.  That should get me caught up a little more than I was.  And I can cross one more thing off my list...which I love because I hate checklists with nothing checked off!  I kept thinking that when summer rolled around, I would get so many projects accomplished and get caught up but it's been more like the opposite.  While we can sleep in longer and have free time here and there, it does seem like a mad run from one thing to the next.  Camps, vacations, weekend drives to escape the heat and packing and unpacking have kept us all pretty busy.  I've decided that life doesn't slow down.  You either have to adapt and get better at running and fitting it all in...or I guess the stuff that doesn't really matter falls behind (like capturing all those dust bunnies under my bed and organizing my closet and garage).  

Some friends invited us to watch the Luke Air Show from their parent's front yard and it was really cool!  The Thunderbirds flew right over our heads!  It was awesome!!

The kids and hubby spoiled me this year for Mother's Day.  As usual!  I got a mini spaceship, aka composter for my garden...I am so excited!  Dennis and I put it together and it was a beast but we did it!  It is fabulous and so much easier to mix than the kiddie pool and shovel I have been using.  The kids bought me all of my favorite treats and I also got new curbing in the backyard!! We are implementing a new backyard plan that includes a pergola, a garden, a fire pit and lots of new shrubs and plants to make my backyard a lush paradise--at least that's the plan (cross your fingers).  Of course it will have to be on hold until it cools off again.  

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Dapper Little Man Goes to the Library

This cute fella is seriously fun to dress.  It is the best.  So I have to take pictures of his adorableness--especially before it gets too awfully hot and we have to hibernate indoors for months on end.  Oh I just want to bottle up those squishy cheeks and soft baby hands.  Sigh.  They grow up way waaaaay too fast.  

We went to the library for our photo shoot and it was crazy hard to take pictures of a busy 16 month old but I did it!  After, we went inside the library to check out some books and he roared at the dino display.  Annd startled the librarians.  :)  It was a beautiful morning.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

My Four Sons

I never really thought I would have four sons!  But how fun they are.  They are full of endless energy, they are all pretty thoughtful and are as different as can be.  They can drive me absolutely nuts and make me laugh hysterically.  We found ourselves without Dad and Miss B one day and so went to tackle a hike and picnic and play in the water.  WP flipped out when we came upon a small stream and never ever wanted to leave.  He got soaked and had the time of his life throwing sand and little rocks and wading in the perfect baby-sized stream. 

Lately as the kids have gotten older, life has gotten more and more hectic and crazy with all the various events and activies.  I hope I can remember these times of crazy fun though, because even though they are tiring and taxing...I know I will miss these little messy, loud and fun boys of mine.

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