Monday, June 13, 2016

my weekend in photos

A college friend was in town for the weekend, and I was invited to take some pictures of her sweet fam. Love reuniting with old friends!
My dad came to visit this week, so we headed out to dinner for his last night for a late birthday celebration. It was a hot day, and a margarita was on the mind - so we chose Cactus Grill - a first time for my dad.

It was a good thing we had margs, because the toddlers in tow were not on their best behavior.

Summer showed up in a hurry, and we didn't have anything pressing on our Saturday agenda.. so we spent most of the day at the pool. Our favorite neighbors were there, and we packed lunches.

We took a break for naps, then headed back for our neighborhood pool party that evening. Sadie was feelin' it.

Owen is our little fishy, and the other two are warming up to it by the day.

Sunday morning, I thought I would get a run in to beat the heat. But as it turned out, 8:30 was already quite muggy and hot. But my running partner had me running a faster mile to get us back to the A/C quicker

We made it back to the pool - we'd be silly not to.

And then made it home just in time to watch a brief summer downpour from our window.

After a delicious dinner from the grill the boys prepared on the grill, I spent the evening NOT at my laptop, and down for an early bedtime. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

life::an outtake

This morning, for the first time in a very long time, I had reached the point where after almost a week without running I found myself itching to go for a run. My runs are normally accompanied by a friend - having someone meet you at the crack of dawn keeps you accountable. Although I always feel good after I run, most 5AM alarms aren't welcomed. Reaching the point of wanting to run - without my running friends, after a 4-hour night of sleep, and on a day I'd otherwise not have had to wash my hair (the struggle is real) - I'd say it's a game changer.

Some takeaways from this morning's run with Kirkwood: [a] 8:30 AM is a lot different than 5:30 AM in June. Holy humidity. [b] Having a running partner who is quicker than you becomes painfully apparent about a mile in. [c] I may have had a faster mile time, but running partners who can talk Bachelor or toddler shenanigans with you during the run make the time pass MUCH more quickly.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

my weekend in photos.

We had a super fun Memorial Day weekend.

To start it off, a certain little (but not) boy of mine had a birthday. So we celebrated #6 with a couple of friends who came for some cookie cake and ice cream before heading to the Royals game with Colby.

It turned out to be an exciting game, as the Royals beat the odds (I think I read 1/1000) for a 9th inning comeback for a win. While many of the fans had left early, my boys stayed on.

Owen was exhausted after spending a day high on sugar and baseball and friends (and non-stop talking from what I hear) and headed to bed early on his birthday.

Meanwhile, I spent the day hanging with Brooks & Sadie who kindly napped at the same time, giving me some quiet time on the porch. After naps, it was a cycle of fussy toddlers and breaking up toddler fights and enjoying toddler antics and cuteness and constantly holding someone which left me quite pooped, so I piggy-backed off of Owen's early bedtime for everyone.

After church on Sunday, we headed straight to our back yard/porch for some Royals baseball & cold drinks. Colby and I spent our Sunday night at some Hoosier friends house for a Summer kickoff party san kiddos. We enjoyed the relaxing evening with good food, good drinks, and good company.

Our final day of our long weekend started with a donut and play date with one of Owen's old preschool pals. It was actually a perfect way to keep the kids happy and entertained while we sipped slowly on our caffeine, recovering from the previous late night.

After our play date, we made a trip to the local nursery for some flowers. I'm no green thumb, but I do love walking through nurseries. My little lady was a pleasant companion in my cart.

The boys went to the neighborhood pool for a short while during Sadie's nap, but rushed home when a random short-lived storm rolled in.

I ended my evening with a family photo session with one of my fav families on a beautiful evening at the park.

Long weekends rock!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

birthday questions. [owen at 6.]

What is your favorite color? Pink.

What is your favorite toy? Monopoly.

What is your favorite tv show? Planet Earth, How Its Made.

What is your favorite movie? Frozen.

What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch or dinner? Curry, Pizza.

What is your favorite outfit? Royals Cain Jersey and athletic shorts.

What is your favorite game? Checkers.

Who is your best friend? Reece & Izzy.

What is your favorite animal? Python.

What is your favorite song? This Is Indiana, Royals Ready.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Mommy's Chocolate Chip Pancakes.

What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play golf.

What is your favorite drink? Rootbeer milk.

What is your favorite holiday? 4th of July.

What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Little Mickey.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Golf Player, Basketball Player, and Baseball Player.

What is your favorite book? Matilda.

What is your favorite treat/dessert? Mommy's homemade cookies & ice cream.

What do you love about yourself? That I'm smart.

What do you pray about? About people having a really fun day.

What’s your favorite thing to do with Daddy? Watch his golf players (on his phone).

What’s your favorite thing to do with Mommy? Do snapchat.


Owen chose to forego a birthday party this year, and instead bring a couple of friends along to a Royals game. The game fell ON his actual birthday, so we had the boys over early for some lunch, cookie cake, and ice cream before they headed off to the game with Colby.

It turned out to be an amazing game to see - the Royals made one of the best comebacks in history by scoring 7 runs the 9th inning. Final score: 8-7. 

A lot of fans had left by the 9th inning, but Owen's birthday crew stuck it out and got to see the whole thing play out. He was exhausted after a day of cookie cake and cotton candy sugar highs and boy craziness and the Royals roller coaster day with friends, but I'd say it was a successful birthday for my boy.

During prayers that night, he wanted to thank God "for all my dreams coming true." <3 div="">

Monday, May 23, 2016

my weekend in photos.

We had a really wonderful weekend going into the final week (well, final day.) of school. An impromptu dinner out for burgers.

I started my Saturday morning with a run with my old running partner, and it felt good.

I got to shower baby boy Brooks on the way with some lovely ladies, including one little cutie. :)

I returned home to this disaster after playing outside (and perhaps in her yogurt) with dad-on-duty. It was nothing a bath couldn't fix.

We packed our Sunday with church, Owen's baseball game, a birthday party, and small group.

We had some great summer weather before the typical Memorial Day stormy weather rolls in next week.