Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mother's Day 2015

Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also. And he praises her.
Proverbs 31:28
I just love that verse and thought it was appropriate for Mother's Day!  It doesn't seem like we celebrated that long ago, but I guess it really was!  It was a great day for sure - we went to church and to brunch at one of our favorite restaurants!  Jack was excited to sit in a big boy chair!
We took a few pictures when we got home :) Don't you know the kids were so excited about that.  But it was Mother's Day - so no complaining was allowed!
And we got to celebrate with both of our mommas too!  Brad's mom went to church with us (and brunch) - and I got a picture of them together too!
Later that day, we met my mom and brother at the park for a picnic and playtime on the playground!  And we got a picture together too!
It was a relaxing day, which was perfect!  I saw this somewhere and thought it was perfect.  So I thought I would include it with this post.
I am so blessed to be able to celebrate with my three kiddos - they sure make motherhood exciting!



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

May Moments: Part One

 Woohoo! A new month of catching up! Here is a glimpse into what the early part of May looked like for us.  Time is going by SO quickly and rarely are we at home doing nothing (which makes the days where we do stay home that much better).
May 2 was a Saturday - and I started the day with a run.  That is a TERRIBLE picture of me, but I guess it shouldn't be too glamorous since I had just finished running! 
Later that morning, Katie had a soccer game!  And we actually got a picture of all the girls between warming up and playing the game.  Such a sweet team -- I actually just registered Katie for soccer for this fall.  Initially she told me she did not want to play; that she wanted to do cheerleading instead.   I did some digging around and we missed the deadline to cheer for a local youth football team.  And then she decided she did want to play. So we went with that momentum!  I am looking forward to helping coach again too!
Jack and Ryan wore their soccer gear to cheer their Sissy on...looking at these pictures makes me realize just how much these kids change in just 2.5 months.
That afternoon, I got my hair done!  Love this picture - and I haven't had my hair done since, so it is nearing that time.  My roots are starting to look a little ridiculous.
A few days later, we toured a fire station with some friends!  I had these iron on felt applique designs, so I thought it was the perfect time to make these shirts for the boys!
I can't get over this picture of Jack - I need to get a print framed for his room, especially since his big boy room is still transportation!
And we got a picture together!
And a picture of Jack with his buds!
Later that night, Katie had soccer practice and then the end of season party!  We all ate dinner at a restaurant that also happens to be in our neighborhood and then the coach handed our trophies and talked about each player.
And just a random day of cute kids :)
I think this was just another random day - ha!  Whenever I would take Katie's picture, Jack would insist he was in it too, so I ended up taking one of them together instead.
I love witnessing sweet moments with these two!  Brad was fixing something on Ryan's dresser and Katie and Jack just sat looking at books for probably close to 30 minutes!  Amazing!
I can't believe school starts in a matter of weeks - love this picture of us before we headed down to the bus stop one day!
And Katie's girl scout troop voted to spend the money they earned from cookie sales on a Build A Bear party!  So here they are with the bears they made!
Katie certainly was proud!
And then that night, we hosted (us, our neighbors, and a friend of mine) a re-do of the Bluebird benefit for my brother!  The songwriters basically auctioned themselves off for a night and we all went in together and won it!  It was another amazing night!  If you want to see the post from the first event, {here} it is!  I think in this first picture, it was a show of hands to see who was at the event at the Bluebird.  Either that or who had a drink and was ready for the night to start :)
And there's my brother, Will!  I think they were talking about him here, so he was likely a little embarrassed!
 And in the midst of performing!  They all took turns down the line singing songs they had written - most of which we have all heard on the radio.  AMAZING night.  I'd definitely do that every weekend!
And one of old friends - me with Andrew and Tanja!
And the night ended with a dance party in the driveway.  So fun!  I have the best friends ever!
Coming next is Mother's Day, Field Day, end of school, and the rest of May!


Friday, July 17, 2015

Katie's Birthday Celebrations

One thing is for sure - we sure know how to drag out a birthday!  We started celebrating Katie's birthday about a week before her birthday and then went almost a week past!
We had a family dinner at one of our favorite restaurants to celebrate the April birthdays!  Ryan ate everything that didn't eat him first...he sure loves his food!  Not too shabby of a picture!
And then the night before Katie's birthday, my mom and brother came over for our own celebration!  We even had a cake for her!  She was so excited to blow out candles before her actual birthday!
Notice the end-of-the-day crazy hair situation - ha!
And I had to get a picture of Jack loving on Uncle Will - he loves to climb up in his lap and give him big squeeze hugs!
The day of Katie's party, Sydney and Reagan came down beforehand so they could watch Katie open their gift :)  Such sweet friends!
And Katie and Daddy-o snuggled on the couch to read a new book that she got before we got ready to head to the party!
Of course I had to have a little photo shoot before the party...
 I just love all the colors!
 And a neighbor picture (minus Ryan)!  Love all these cute kiddos!
And I even managed to get one of Katie and Jack together!
Katie has been buddies with these two sweet girls since they were about 16 months old - amazing!  It is so fun to watch them grow up!
And Katie with her buddy, Ian!
The whole crew!  Such a fun birthday party - and I especially love that the adults can wear socks and play too :)
 And since it was a rainbow party, we had to have a rainbow cake...clouds and all!  Love how it turned out!
 The clouds looked like marshmallows - but they were icing :)
 Everyone was getting seated and getting ready to sing happy birthday!  They were also watching the slideshow of pictures so they could look for themselves!
 Ready for singing!
 And she huffed and puffed!
Lots of rainbows!  Sweet SIX year old!
And I took pictures of all the friends at the tables - so here they are!
And this cute guy gets his own picture - he was there...and he actually got out and went down some of the really big inflatables' slides with us!  He loved it!
And that's a wrap - another successful birthday party in the books!
When we got home, Jill took a family picture for us - love this one!
 And one more of the birthday girl :)
 Jack kept delaying going inside our house by asking me to take his picture.  How can I resist a cute smile like that?!  Love how this one turned out!
 And Katie was ready to open all her goods!  She got some great things for sure - such generous friends!
And just so you can see how cute the invitation turned out, here it is (with some info blocked off, of course)...
And here are a few vendors just so I can keep up with them :)
Invitation: LollipopInk
Cake: Puffy Muffin