Monday, July 21, 2014

my weekend in photos.

We had a perfect little getaway with friends to a lake in Bella Vista, Arkansas. It was nostalgic for my husband who use to visit his grandparents each summer in that same town.

I tried my hand at a couple of new activities - the paddle board and kayaks. Both were something I could definitely get use to.

 The older boys got their fishy on.

Owen managed to score two holes in one at his first time putt-putting on the same course his daddy grew up playing in the summers. 

These two spent lots of time on and in the water, making a lake-lover out of Owen. 

And this little guy enjoyed himself, too.

 On our way home, we had one happy dude with a stop to the world famous AQ Chicken, another childhood favorite.

We made it back just in time for an American birthday party for an English cousin. I think we counted 14 of Colby's grandpa's great grandchildren were there. I didn't manage to take more photos than this one, but a good time was had by all. 

Sure did love our weekend getaway with great friends and my little fam. Now gotta get my rear in gear for an upcoming birthday weekend!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

my weekend in photos.

We had a fun weekend! 

Here's the latest from Brooks. (Who, up until this point, had shown no interest in becoming mobile by foot. He's been a quite efficient crawler.) Go, Brooks, go!

Saturday began with a t-ball game and then out to lunch with my family [which was cut short due to some poor table manners displayed by my youngest.  He's in a "screeching" stage. So that's fun for everyone.]

After lunch, I found myself in a quiet house cozied up in bed for some photo editing and an afternoon snooze while the boys went to the pool. It was quite delightful.

While Colby headed to work for a late night, the boys and I ran some errands, and have had one of several summer evenings outnumbered 1:4. (and yes, I'm counting the dogs.)  Yet, I surprised myself by still managing to whip out a homemade dinner (i.e. not a turkey sandwich with cottage cheese and carrots) for all of us, and also making extra for my friend who just had her twin boys!

We had our monthly brunch bunch with a special out of town guest joining us on Sunday morning. Since she lives in England, we felt inclined to steer clear of anything European and found ourselves back at an all-American favorite of ours: Rye. (which reminds me, I've yet to blog about June's brunch visit to Julian!) 

After brunch I rushed home to get over to cheer on the Cheetah's t-ball team at their last game of the season. This little star of mine slid hands/head first on his way into home plate after his last at bat. When we asked what had made him decide to do that (I don't think anyone from his team slid all season, though there was an occasional boy on an opposing team who would.), he responded with "because I'm not shy anymore!" What a perfect season finale for my determined little athlete. He stood up grinning ear to ear, and couldn't wait to show me his dirty knees.

We also celebrated a 7th birthday of this sweet girl. And by celebrate, I mean we sang to her and let her have a few table scraps throughout the day. Macy has given us 7 amazing years - we love this dog so much.

Also enjoyed some time at the pool this weekend. This guy was quite content floating about in this little device. It was a good rediscovery. 

Meanwhile, Owen showed off a couple of his new skills - one being diving to the bottom of the shallow end to fetch a diving stick, and the other being able to swim the width of the pool. The latter is in the video below!

It's hard to believe we're over halfway through our summer!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

my weekend in photos.

Oh, the weekend is over, you say? Whoops.

Our low-key holiday weekend turned out to have a little more excitement than we had anticipated.
We filled our weekend with a parade, some pool time, cookout with family, the dog park, the farmers market, church, and more pool time. Here are some photos from our 3-day weekend... three days late. 

My attempts to get a patriotic photo of the boys together went like this. 

And this.

But Owen went with his cousin and the daddies to his first ever fireworks show. He talked about it a lot in the days leading up to the fourth. It first started as questions on whether he'd be scared, then later evolved into statements that he was not afraid of fireworks. Turns out he wasn't scared at all, and LOVED them. I stayed back with a sleeping baby and a couple of dogs suspicious of the booms occurring outside. 

This munchkin makes me smile so much.

It's crazy that a trip to the 'big' dog park is now a rare occurrence in our household, seeing that our lives use to revolve around it. Kids.

Our first trip to the market of the summer!

Surprise, surprise, we found ourselves at a family favorite for lunch: Spin Pizza.

And we all enjoyed some lunchtime entertainment from this ham.

Pooltime with my boys.

And a sunset to close out our holiday weekend.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

my weekend in photos.

A full weekend has made for one tired old lady.

I lunched Friday afternoon with the cutest lil' lady and her momma. Little P is 2 months (to the day) younger than Brooks, and it had been quite some time since I'd seen her last. She's gotten so much bigger (and deliciously rollier) since I'd last seen her.

Then Friday night was a family date night. We tried a new spot downtown - one I'd certainly revisit. It was a beautiful night to sit outdoors, and love family nights out so much!

We had a wedding to attend on Saturday evening, as did the other two sibling-in-law couples, so our boys heading to Nana & Papa's for their first Cousin Camp.

Meanwhile, Colby & I got our weddin' on, and I danced the night away with some of my fav ladies. (And also pulled a muscle and am feeling it today? Yet another sure sign I'm getting old.)

We took advantage of our kid-free morning and joined a few people for brunch. I thoroughly enjoyed my spread.

But, we sure did miss our little crew. And bless Nana & Papa's hearts for surviving a house full (9 kids, 10 & under) of grandchildren.

 We then headed straight to Owen's t-ball game where Brooks broke into claps sporadically throughout the game to cheer on his big bro.

Bedtime couldn't come soon enough. Looking forward to our upcoming low-key long holiday weekend already!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

owen, lately. [4 year old edition]

I'm about a month late, but wanted to reflect on a newly four year old.
(You can see our 3-year-old Owen here.)

Up until this last week or two, his current obsession had been basketball. I think this came, in part, because we were able to play this indoors before the weather became nice. And it's one of those sports that is a little easier and more enjoyable to play by yourself. We have a Fisher Price goal - all the way up that's way too small for him that he plays hard on daily.

With the recent soccer hype for the World  Cup, he has since taken up soccer as his outdoor play choice. He even fell to the ground and stood up saying "yellow card" to his dad.

This is all very ironic since we began t-ball at the beginning of summer. Which, by the way, has been a really terrific experience. He loves to play. He loves game days. And he sports his new birthday cleats, letting everyone know they are the same as Eric Hosmer's (KC Royals reference for any non-baseball, non-KC folk).

He loves to write. Made-up words intertwined with the handful he knows from memory. And he has pretty darn good penmanship for a 4-year-old. His most often go-to words from memory are the names of his family and this past year's classmates.

He picks a book to read each night, and we often end up in cycles of reading the same book for a couple of weeks until we force him to make a new selection. And the cycle continues.. For such an antsy little guy, he is super attentive during story time.

He's skinny. I've found myself for the second summer in a row switching him back to whole milk for some time to try to put a little extra meat on his bones. Just today, he wore size 18-24 mo. swim trunks to the pool that hung from his waist, bottom crack out for all to see.

Yet, this past year he has blossomed into a "decent" eater. This is a huge milestone in our household, 3+ years after being introduced to food. While he is still picky, he's not as picky. And we're able to ask him to eat a few bites of things he may not otherwise enjoy without expecting it to be heaved back up at the dinner table. And with significantly less resistance. Huge.

Speed and strength are of utmost importance, and high values of either are the best compliments one can give to Owen.

We can still get the occasional nap out of him - but only after a really active morning.

Television and movies seldom hold his attention for long before whining follows.

Most used whiney phrase: "I'm huuungrryyy," which actually means "I'm bored," and neither phrase - especially in a whiney voice - get much sympathy.

He's not a fan of bugs. Frightened by all kinds. We're working hard to teach him that flies are just pesky, ants are not scary, and bugs are just a part of life.

He loves to ride his scooter, and this just in: his bike! Hills and bumps are a thing yet to master, but riding circles around our garage is now a piece of cake.

With another summer off to a chilly start, we've only just recently started getting in decent pool time. But once again, going to the pool seems to be one of his most requested activities.

He's curious and thoughtful. He has a serious side. And he's really funny. He's athletic, determined, and sometimes easily frustrated. He loves his family well. He's growing up. We're just so proud of this boy.