Wednesday, February 15, 2017

life::an outtake.

If you could imagine this in a perfectly adorable toddler voice and "L"s pronounced as "W"s and the fact that I've seen these VERY sweet glimpses into the other side of age 3 in these last few weeks and the fact that he has NEVER volunteered to pray (and REFUSED to pray more times than I can count) you can maybe catch a glimpse into the melted puddle of mush that is my heart after listening to this prayer, as prayed by Brooks tonight:

Lord God, You made me and you made the sun. And you like the sun. And Jesus loves me. And he made the lights and the wall and the pictures and the roofs. And he made my superman jammies and the other things and the whole world. A-MEN.

Scratch Art Valentines.

I'm back with another kids' valentine reveal!

This year I was all about just getting these finished with as little effort as possible. We had my dad in town last weekend, and then everyone but me with some form of the stomach flu the week leading up to V-day,  so I didn't even bother with having the kids help with their valentines this year.

I whipped together another pinterest-inspired non-candy valentine for all 3 of the kids' classes. I made some slight modification to the free printables (linked below) that I found to make it more ink-friendly on the ol' printer, and added in the kids' names to save time with signing names later.

Scratch Art squares (125 sheets for $7.99) (or you can get heart-shaped sheets - i just decided for 3 kids it was more economical to buy the squares + bulk styluses!)
Wooden stylus (100 count for $5.62)
Label Printables (free!)
5x7 Plastic bags (100 for $5.95)

I had enough supplies to make 100 for $20 - or .20/valentine. Thankfully, I only had to put together 50 the night before Valentine's Day, but I plan to assemble more (with a different label) for goodie bags for Sadie's birthday party!

See my past candy-free valentine creations:
Main Squeeze
and Choo Choo.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

life::an outtake.

This throwback. It makes my heart so happy.

But also: tears. Because this was my first visit since her diagnosis. A month after we had returned from our visit at Christmas [that aside from my momma coming down with the flu and then passing it on to Colby & I to bring home to KC, it was normal and wonderful and filled my cup]. Then a few weeks later, less than a week prior to this visit, she was dealt the worst news of her life.

I can remember sitting on the loveseat across the room from her where she sat in the chair and verbalized much of what the doctors had told her. Her treatment plan. Her prognosis. The inevitable nature of this terminal diagnosis. The swarm of logistics regarding work and travel and finances and leaving my dad, my brother, my family, and the house and land behind. As she lost her composure, through the sobbing and tears she said, "Just give it a minute - this will stop. The waterworks are like a tick I can't control - but it will stop shortly."

In that moment, I kept my composure. Just as I did throughout that year in the moments I was faced with a lump in my throat and my heart breaking into a million pieces inside when I talked to her. But amidst the many things she had said to me during that conversation, that one had stuck out the most. She was less than a week into this battle and had shed enough tears to know their pattern. Oh, how I wished away her reality.

This morning, though, my composure is lacking. But being 3 years out from my sweet momma's cancer diagnosis and 2 years from her passing, I've shed enough tears to know that mine, too, will stop shortly.

(Original appearance of this photo appeared in "my weekend in photos" here.)

Monday, January 30, 2017

my weekend in photos.

During a busy time of year for our family, I sure do look forward to weekends for some extra time with them to regroup after a long work week.

A no student day allowed for the two of us to sneak away for a rare lunch date at a new spot.

We loved it and plan to go back soon!

 Macy watches tv, too, when a canine is on.

We were fortunate to have Daddy around for the morning and capitalized on that time with a trip out for breakfast, then to cash in on Owen's Christmas gift at iFly.

I think Colby & I, as spectators, enjoyed it as much as Owen did. (And Brooks and Sadie, too, thanks to cheez-its from a vending machine, and a little boy who liked to share his candy with his new friends.)

The toddlers and I stayed home after a long morning out while Owen and Colby ran off for his game.

Then, much to my liking, they arrived home after a pit stop to the grocery with fixin's for dinner and dessert.

Sundays are kind of like a broken record with our standard church, Costco run, family time at home, and back out for small group. But it's a routine I love.

We had a good weekend together - ready to take on another work week and dive into February!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

life::an outtake.

January is busy. And coming off of the holiday season, that is usually hard on us. Somewhere between mid-January and mid-February, one or all of us are coming down with colds. Add the cold weather, lack in sunshine, and long work days (for both of us), and you can guarantee I'm counting down the days until spring is here.

Swim season allows for very little reprieve from being on dinner-duty. My Hyvee freezer meal night is my saving grace for our healthy dinner menus (with an occasional meal from my MIL!), but crock-pot dinners wear themselves out after awhile - especially when dealing with picky eaters who groan at anything that comes from my beloved slow-cooker.

So last night when Colby and Owen showed up with grocery bags after his basketball game, I couldn't have been more excited to have a non-slow-cooker/casserole dinner. He made us steak, a fresh salad, and some homemade bruschetta with avocado and salmon.

They also picked up a box of brownie/cookie mix, which is against my from-scratch dessert standard. However, I let the box mix slide out of principle of a sweet gesture.