Monday, February 27, 2017

2016 year-end videos.

February is trending to be the month we finally get around to recording our "year-end" videos.

First up, Sadie Lady (with guest appearance by Brooks):

Then, our Brooksy outside in a t-shirt in February:

And last, but not least, Owen:

See our 20132014 and 2015 videos, too!

Monday, February 20, 2017

my weekend in photos.

After my latest bedtime in longer than I can remember, I was up before 6AM and had me and the kids out the door by 6:25 AM for my next couple of days as single mom. Thankfully, only 1 of us had to be dressed (myself), and none of us had to be fed. Nana & Papa were on duty while I was at work, and I got to experience the weekly tradition of Friday morning french toast.

After I picked up the kids, I couldn't resist an excuse to be outside to enjoy the weather. We (and a lot of other mommas) drove-thru Chik-fil-A for a dinner to go then stopped at a park for a picnic and play. It was fun to be spontaneous, but not as fun to convince them it was time to get in the car.

We had a fireplace project we started this weekend, so Alan instantly became Owen's new BFF when he let him use the drill gun. I'll share before and after pictures soon!

I was in bed before 9 after a chaotic rush to bed, and then up and out the door by 7:30 the next morning. We spent the day in Topeka cheering on the Lancers to a 3rd consecutive state championship.

Then we headed straight to Owen's last game of the season. He scored 12 points in his final game, and hustled hard against one of the more aggressive teams he's played this season. Proud of my little baller!

Feels nice to end both seasons on the same day in time to enjoy the rest of this weekend's amazing summer-like weather.

Since Monday was a holiday, for the rest of my family, I took a half day from work and wrangled everyone in for some outdoor fun outside of our normal routine. Since the WHOLE weekend was nice, everyone must have hit up the zoo on Saturday and Sunday because we had the place to ourselves!

Little sister refused to ride in the double stroller, which has me a little nervous with our Disney trip coming up. But either way, this Daddy of hers didn't mind the extra weight. <3 br="">

Sadie was especially fond of the orangutans (likely since she loves her some Curious George), Brooks was entranced by the penguins, and Owen loved watching the polar bear swim. We had a great day together at the zoo!

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.)