Monday, August 31, 2015

A very special day!

This post today is dedicated to a very special person in my life. In fact, he's my favorite human on earth.
My husband.
And he just so happens to be celebrating his 38th birthday today!!!!
Happy Birthday, Adam!
I already bragged about it on Facebook, but I'll brag about him here, too. Yesterday, I had an all-day teacher training and he was home with our four kids. I was picturing a disaster of a house, TV on, kids in jammies, and lots of chaos (I set my expectations low so I'm not disappointed. Ha!) But instead, when I walked in the door, I could smell my fall candles burning....and the house was spotless! It was almost unreal. He cleaned every room, including the laundry room and our kids' TV room (that was a disaster). He did all the laundry and the dishes, mowed the lawn, raked all of our flower beds, and somehow got the kids dressed, fed, and played with. Everyone was happy. It was truly a miracle. And not the norm. Don't get me wrong, he's great, but let's be honest, days like that don't happen even when I'm home!
So he gets a gold star and is a strong contender for "September Husband of the Month". Well, if there was such an award.
But, today, we celebrate him and what he means to our family. He's our rock, the one that keeps me sane and talks me down from my ledge. He's the strength and the stability in our family. He is truly one of the most well liked and well respected people I know. I'm not sure he's ever had an enemy. He knows the right things to say, at the right time and works incredibly hard for his family, his school and his team. He is the absolute best dad around...he's playful and fun, and I can see the love he has for each of our kids, just radiating.
I love you, Adam! Even if you are creeping up on the big 4-0. Let's grow old together!

Sweet Little Ones
Live Randomly Simple

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Our weekend

Another great weekend! And, yes, another slacker week for this blogger. Please accept my apologies! I have all these good intentions and a list of topics that I've been emailed about or have come up with, but no time to sit down and just write. Especially with the hubs in the midst of intense summer practice, I'm doing the single parent thing into the wee hours of the night. Exhausted is an understatement!
But I couldn't go on without showing off these two cuties and their new end-of-summer do's. Starting with Brylie. We cut about 5-6" off and I can't stop staring at her sweet face. Her personality fits this little bob and I could kiss her sweet (round) cheeks about 10 million times a day!

Believe it or not, Molly had almost the same amount cut off. This girl's hair grows like a weed! I'm happy to not be fighting the tangled hair battle, nightly.

Our weekend started on Friday morning, when we went through our summer bucket list and realized we hadn't checked off one of our very favorite museums. For anyone that lives in the Seattle area, you've got to check out the Olympia Hands-On Children's museum. Amazing is an understatement. It's one of the only places where we could go and spend an entire day. Unfortunately, Adam had afternoon football practice, so we had to head out earlier than we had hoped, but it was still really fun! We were the very first people to enter the museum that morning, so we took advantage of our time, for sure.

These next few were the highlight of the day, for us. Our kids were totally into the stage and the costumes. They spent a good 30 minutes "performing" for an audience and had people laughing and clapping. Sometimes I worry that Jake is getting too old for this kind of stuff, but he was so intense and having so much fun, that my worries were put to rest for now.
And please excuse the blurry pics! My kids don't hold still often. ;-)

Saturday kicked off my first season as a true (tackle) football mom. Of course Saturday also called for record breaking wind gusts in our area. Needless to say, our 3.5 hours in the stands were interesting, to say the least. Turns out we had lost power at home, so I guess we were probably better off at the stadium than in our dark house.

Here's where the tears started flowing. My husband and my biggest boy, walking out, side by side. (Jake is #14). I know they were both thrilled and my heart was bursting. What a moment for these two. I have a feeling this won't be the last father/son moment between these two.

The Jags had a GREAT jamboree. Jake had 4 TD's as the quarterback, and the team went 2/2 with wins! We are really looking forward to a fun season with some really fun families!

After Adam headed to Saturday night football practice (boo!), we held a private VIP Seahawks party in our living room. Complete with pizza and popcorn! Such a fun night for us 5!!

The girls lost interest at some point. Not shocking. So, I set up "Minnie's Bow-tique" on the laptop while we finished watching the game. Win, win.
Sunday kicked off MOPS registration at our church. As the coordinator this year, it's been fun (and stressful) putting together plans for the year. I'm loving the theme, "A Fierce Flourishing", and am more than excited to meet new moms and spend the year together. Seriously, moms, if you haven't heard of MOPS, you need to find a local program in your area and get involved. SO MUCH FUN!

Our day ended with a salmon dinner at my parents' house and this beautiful double rainbow. Whenever I see these, I'm reminded of our two babies up in heaven. I can't wait to meet them someday! Oh, and Adam missed dinner because he was up in Seattle doing a TV interview. Stay tuned!

I hope your weekend was refreshing and relaxing. And to my teacher friends, soak it all up....starting tomorrow, it's back to the grind. A week of teacher trainings and only 9 days until the first day of school!!!

Monday, August 24, 2015

The weekend!

We've had a fun weekend, trying to fit in some of those summer activities that never happened. And realizing that we only have a couple weeks until school starts! I'm loving Adam's football schedule this year, because he's got mornings off. Nevermind the fact that he's gone until midnight each night, at least we get the morning and early afternoon to hang out as a family. I really feel like we've made the most of it this season!
The children's museum is a favorite. I was worried that Jake would be a little old for it this year, but I think he ended up having as much fun as the other kids. It's a great place!

After daddy headed to football, we headed to fro yo!

Friday morning, we set out for a local wildlife park called Northwest Trek. Our temps have been ridiculously hot this summer and the thought of walking around here was not high on my priority list. But, Friday, temps cooled to the low 70's (which called for sweatshirts and jeans!), so it was the perfect day to go! The animals were all out and we really enjoyed our time.
And, of course we had to wear all of our Seahawks gear for BLUE FRIDAY!

Saturday morning called for a trip to the local farmer's market. We treated the kids to shaved ice and it was delicious!

And you can't leave without a fresh bouquet of market flowers!

Saturday afternoon, I was beat, so I put Brylie down for a nap, let Molly play ABC Mouse on the kindle and I curled up with a coffee, a blanket and a book....for 2 hours! I can't even tell you how heavenly that was!

Saturday evening we had a birthday party for a couple of our sweet neighbors. Look at all these cute kids!

After church on Sunday, Brett and I headed out for our annual back-to-school shopping trip. He's so funny. I offered to buy him things (shoes, clothes, whatever....) and he'd reply, "that's okay mom. I already have so much of that stuff." I'm serious, I practically had to beg him to let me buy things!

Sunday afternoon and evening we had a much needed family evening at home. We spent hours in the backyard and just hung out and relaxed.
You may notice the haze in the air. It's actually smoke. The wildfires up here in WA have been devastating. Please pray for the 3 fallen firefighters and the one still in recovery. They are true heroes. And please pray for rain!

Adam left for his meeting once the girls went to bed, so Brett and I spent time learning how to tie his shoes. Brett has always struggled with fine motor skills and has never fully learned to tie. I was determined that he wouldn't go to second grade without mastering this skill. We looked up a new technique on YouTube (magic fingers!) and it worked! I'm so proud of him!
And this pic is out of order, but we had Chinese takeout for dinner, which is a favorite! Adam and I are starting another round of the 21-day fix today, so we celebrated last night! I'm so excited that some of you, my blog readers, are in the group!! It's been amazing, meeting people through the online world, and feeling like I know them. This will be my third group this summer and they keep getting better! If you've thought about joining, but haven't pulled the trigger, send me an email and we can chat. ;-)

I hope you had a fantastic weekend, too! Hard to believe that school starts two weeks from tomorrow!

Linkups:   Biana, Meghan, Kristi, Meg, Erin, Elizabeth, Ashley