Thursday, July 31, 2014

Random July-ness.

Before July sneaks away from us... a few events captured on the ol' iphone!


Our pugalicious little Harley turned 12 this month. He is wobbly and slow. He is smelly and snores. But we love him with all our hearts. Soon, I think, the time will come that he will be going home for good, and it will be a sad day for us, but until then, we will snuggle our puggy like the squishy ball of furry wrinkles he is!


Buckbeak has her first cabbage!


Now, don't let this chair fool you.

It's the "new" chairs at the OB/GYN office. Looks harmless enough until you're flipped freakin UPSIDE -DOWN and you get exposed to the fact that there is no longer horizontal drilling going on, it's plain vertical. Think hanging upside-down on a playground bar. Oh yes, it's grand. As if it wasn't bad enough before. 
There IS a hilarious string of texts between me a friend during this ordeal, but I should save that for another time....


Allowance cashing-in at the snow cone stand!


Summer workshops at Bass Pro! 
(and a pin earned for each workshop)


Sometimes we weigh all the produce at once. Just because we can.

We were cheering for Germany.

Breakfast of champions - a zillion berry muffins. Yum.


Some Crazy Dayz shopping with Court & the rain.
Unplanned, we wore our matching rain boots from the previous years' Crazy Dayz sale and coordinating rainy running jackets. That's kinda how we roll.

I'm kinda loving the skin smoothing that rain does to iphone cameras...just sayin....

The whole gang at the zoo the other day. The lady that took this cut off t-rex's head, but, whatever. 


The girls "aged out" of VBS this year and Em had been a storytime co-leader for their first VBS in June. During that experience, she decided that she wanted to be a crew leader "next time". 
It turns out, the "next time" would end up being at another church in July! She was an assistant crew leader with a co-teacher of mine, and they had SO much fun!
The director told me that she had several parents that came up to her complimenting Emma & Niecey and their "job well done". This momma was beaming with pride. Em has a heart of gold, and it doubles in size when children are involved. She's in her niche. :)

Ms Diane & Emma and her friends - Sam, Josiah, & Niecey

Evan was recognized in an awards ceremony for his reading this summer. He logged over 20 HOURS of reading! And he's reading ON HIS OWN this year. No help from us!
Can you believe it?! 22 hours of self-reading!
We're SO proud of him!

Some flowers outside the library...


We took the kiddos to build a taco truck at Lowes last weekend. Mostly because the girls have been painting everything in sight, and this would be a good distraction from the dozens of Littlest Pet Shops that have been given new painted coats. 


I want these.


Every campus of LifeChurch decorates for the big At the Movies series each summer. Our local campus chose Cars this year for ours, which couldn't have made Evan any happier.

The last At the Movies sermon at church, Evan wanted a picture in this car. 

and afterwards, we met up with a family from our last life group who moved away last year. :(

We miss you guys!!!!


At the apple store earlier this week, we ran into Hasheem Thabeet, who plays for OKC Thunder. He took a selfie with Ems. Have you EVER been able to get that much of your body into a selfie?!? I guess if you were 7 foot 3, you could do that, too. 


I scheduled the einsteins annual well-checks for the same time this year. It just seems easier to not take her during the school year. This year, it worked out even better because she needed a sports physical for cross country next year anyway. (and three vaccines!! Yikes!!)

Einsteins in their medical gowns. Love it. 

We are always the ones celebrating things like "Sneak-a-zucchini-onto-your-neighbor's-porch" day, and the Halloween "Boo-ing" and Christmas "Secret Santas", but we're never the ones that find things on our own porch, so when we got this on our doorstep yesterday attached to a bag filled with ritz crackers, fruit snacks, and pop-tarts, the kids FLIPPED OUT with excitement! They gobbled it up within minutes and had the MOST fun trying to figure out who it was from.  

So, that's about it, July! 
Had a blast!
See you next summer!

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The Baby Grows.

It's no secret I have a hard time dealing with the fact that our littlest einstein is growing up. It just seems Everything he does is the LAST, ya know? The LAST time I'll have an infant or crawler. The LAST time I breastfed, the LAST child at hime all day. The LAST everything! It's like I need to suck every last drop of childhood out of every moment because I'll never get it back. I suppose when you've lost a child, you feel this even more often throughout the day, remembering what it was like to not have tomorrow, but I still felt this way about Emma, regardless, and I'm pretty convinced it will never go away. (This is my laaaaaaast 40 year old child...)
Empty nesting will be rough for me...probably even worse for the hubby. :)

Anyway, this rambling leads us to my baby turning SIX. 
(Has it really been that long??)

The birthday began with the annual trek to ToysRUs.





and, 2014. 

How long can I get him to don the crown and balloon? Who knows. But I hope I can still fit him in the cart when he's twenty...just sayin'...

The morning started out with daddy grabbing some fresh donuts from his favorite donut shop at 6am. We fashioned a "6" out of them for his birthday breakfast.

His favorite lunch came later on - Japanese onigiri that my great grandma used to make for us when we were little. 

His favorite dinner is cheeseburgers, so hubby grilled 'em up and we scarfed them down on Skylanders party plates and napkins, and then came the cake.
I'm not a fancy cake maker. I'm not even a normal cake baker. But he liked blue, and so this was my attempt to make a Skylanders "portal" out of blue cake. 

Among other fabulous things like Legos and dinosaur digs, he got the one thing that he could NOT go without - Skylanders, the game. 
I held out for as long as I could. I'm not a fan of video games. But if you would have seen his face and heard his voice when he spotted Skylanders ON PS3!, you would have caved, too. It was like he had found a $100 bill in the gutter or something. His eyes got all big and his little still-a-bit-baby-fat hands were gripping the sides like a cat on a tree. 
It was adorable, and funny, all at once. And since it was over half off on sale that week, I let those little fingers clasp it right into the cart, touching each word on the box as if it were braile, reading the package like it was life or death. 

So, when he opened it that morning, I knew daddy would set it up with him, and I wouldn't see him again for awhile. And that was going to be okay. 
It was his day. 
The day that we rejoiced for all the world that our son had arrived, alive and well, healthy and happy. 
 So, if he spent it in his Skylanders pajamas playing his Skylanders game, that was just fine with me. 

And actually, in the end, he ended up playing for a little bit and then turning it off for awhile before playing again. 
I got to see him a lot that day :)

Favorite Food: Corn on the Cob
Favorite Sport: Soccer
Favorite Show: Peppa Pig
Favorite thing to do at school: Recess
Favorite thing to do at home: Play Skylanders
Favorite Color: Turquoise & Black/Orange/White
When I Grow Up I'm Going to Be: A famous soccer player
Favorite Song: Radioactive
Favorite Book: Froggy Series
3 Words that Describe me: I'm Always happy, I'm smart, and I pay attention
When you were little, you used to: Play with the play cabin and I was the customer and Emma was the worker that talks (the drive thru window) and I picked table #2 so I sat outside and ate. Table #1 was sitting in the car to eat.
Favorite time of year: Winter! Because I like to play in the snow & go sledding
Favorite Snack: Pop Tarts
Best Friends: Scout & Ashton
Places I Want to Go: White Water Bay
What I'm Good At:  Playing soccer in the backyard vs. my dad. 


We love you, peanut. You are the happy ending to our family's story, and it couldn't have been a better person to do it. You are kind, thoughtful, sweet, and happy. You are brilliant and fascinating. I see God in your heart, in your thoughts, and in your actions. You are SUCH a blessing to us all. 
Happy Birthday, little one.

We LOVE you!
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014


This weekend, we participated in our first family mud run! It seems like most adult mud runs don't allow kids, and the kid mud runs don't allow adults, so when a friend told us about this one, that we can do all together, we jumped on it!
(even if it meant waking up at 5am and running in the cold mud before it even reached 70 degrees outside!)

:: The before ::
 There were about 6 or 7 obstacles, which just got harder to get through as the mud became slick and smooth. 
Hill #1 - Evan + I tried to stay together
 Em + Niecey went at their own pace...and Niecey apparently made her own trail? 

A couple laps in, we were starting to get muddier...

By the third lap, we were soaking wet and weighed double our starting weight.

Even the tiniest hill climbs were worthy of a happy jump at that point!
 By our last lap, we were EXHAUSTED!
It's a lot of work lugging around shoes covered in inches of mud!!

We totally had to walk for a bit...

The aftermath:

Yes, Niecey gave herself a facial...
 Our medal was a (soon-to-be-muddy) pool towel!

We did it!

For every lap you made around the 1/2 mile track, you earned a ticket. And at the end, tickets were drawn for prizes. 
Evan won! And he chose... 

Who wants an ipod mini when you can have a big green ball?!?
Right? Right?

These started out white...

The handprints from a little boy trying to help push his momma up out of a mud-filled ditch. 


I'm keeping my fingers crossed they'll do this again.
Like EVERY weekend.

(Or my dad could just make one out at his place....hint, hint...)


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