Wednesday, July 20, 2016

life::an outtake

On our way home from a class at the church last night, we were talking with the boys about our upcoming trip to Indiana. When I asked Brooks what he wanted to pack in his suitcase, his complete list included:

toy cars
mickey mouse cup
and mommy

I can't tell you how perfectly this sums up what he holds dearest in that sweet little heart of his.

Monday, July 18, 2016

my weekend in photos.

For Owen's last day of camp, parents were invited to come have lunch on the campgrounds. It was a week filled with dirt and kickball and animals and nature, and we roasted marshmallows over the campfire on a(n unusual-for-July) pleasant Friday afternoon.

After dinner, I made a batch of chocolate pasta - one of our farmer's market buys from last weekend. It was long overdue, as it's one of my favorite summertime desserts/traditions.

I ran errands with the babes on Saturday while Colby and O went to his brother's to help with a building project. Then while Sadie slept, Brooksy and I worked on making his chocolate chip cookie cake for his party the next day. It may look like flour on his face, but it's actually baking soda, which he said "mmm!" to. 

Perhaps a little more careless, but equally enthused as I remember his big brother being at this age with helping me in the kitchen. Love my little kitchen helper! 

Colby and I had a fun date night with a friend from work & her husband at Arrowhead Stadium for the Kenny Chesney (with Old Dominion, Sam Hunt, and Miranda Lambert) concert. It was another beautiful night, and a fun change-up from a dinner date! 

The heat returned with vengeance on Sunday afternoon, just in time for Brooks' pool party. It was a perfect day for the pool, but perhaps a little toasty for the "party" part. (Getting out of the pool to eat was a little painful without being submerged in water.)

Just her sweet little self walking out from church Sunday. 

Brooks couldn't take his focus away from the cookie cake that was coming, or then getting back home to play with his new toys once presents were opened. So while he spent little time in the pool with his party guests, he was perfectly pleased to be a birthday party star. 

Trampoline assembly and cleanup and baths and then it was to bed and back to the Monday grind.. but only for a short week!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

my weekend in photos.

The weekend ended too soon - one spent in KC, still recovering from a long weekend away.

While you were spending your Friday night out and about, I spent mine in a swivel chair at the hairdresser. And I wasn't mad about it. She had my hair looking bomb to spend the rest of my Friday night on my living room couch with a glass of wine and some HGTV.

We're so out of our Farmer's Market routine since child #2 (and #3) was born. We went to the local downtown OP market on Saturday morning, which was actually quite beautiful. Baseball season is over, so we didn't have anything to rush home for.

So we sat on a bench and watched as the boys drenched themselves in the fountain. Because.. why not? #summer


After lunch & naps, we spent some time at the pool before making the most successful dinner I've ever experienced in the history of these children we're raising. It was just baked breaded chicken "nuggets" with peaches from the market and some smoothies.. but for whatever reason, ALL THREE of them ATE their meat and at least one of the sides. So amazing.

Then I had a photoshoot with a pair of sisters and this guy.

We were back to our Sunday grind after missing the last two with church and Costco, then had a non-grind Sunday dinner date night with 2 of our very faves on the patio of Char Bar.

Don't mind the nipple grab.

Monday had me dragging to be back to work.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

my weekend in photos.

We started our holiday weekend early with a family trip to the lake.
We spent 3 nights in Bella Vista with Colby's parents, his brother & family, and sister & family in the beautiful Cedar Lodge. (Follow the link for more photos from the trip!) 

It was Colby & I's 9th wedding anniversary. We spent it all packed into a car headed on a trip with the family we've built together - doing very normal things like changing diapers, fetching dropped items to stop the shrill screams, listening to toddler radio, and splitting a pack of sour worms. Being able to picture this snapshot really made my heart so happy - a glimpse into our 'normal' after 9 years of marriage.

We arrived back home on a rainy Sunday and vegged around home while catching up on some laundry & house work.

It was nice to then have one full day at home on Monday for the holiday before returning to work. We paraded to the pool for our neighborhood's annual 4th celebrating, ending with an ice cream truck.

I prefer my OWN ice cream. ;-)

All kinds of festive up in here.

We headed back later for swimming & then made some homemade pizzas. 

That night, I left Colby & Sadie behind for bed, while I took the boys out for fireworks with all of the cousins we spent the whole weekend with - guess they weren't sick of each other yet!

Brooks was spooked at the first loud boom, and spent the entire show sitting like this. (No shelter from the noise, btw - and you could still see them through the blanket. But he refused to remove it.) Then on the way home, he said "I had fun at fireworks!" Ha.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Cedar Lodge 2016.

Our first annual trip to Cedar Lodge in Bella Vista, Arkansas happened this past weekend. We filled the house with 8 adults and 10 children - all members of Colby's immediate family, and their spouses & offspring.

The house was well-equipped, keeping toddler through middle school aged kiddos entertained and active. Aside from a trip to AQ Chicken, we packed groceries and had dinners at the house, each family chipping in to be in charge of a couple of meals.

Because I didn't take many photos of the interior, you can see more here.

Otherwise, check out a few of the (many!) photos from our family weekend at the lake!