Wednesday, November 9, 2016

life::an outtake.

I support my friends who are sad today.
I support my friends who celebrate today.

I support the PEOPLE I share this country with. The people whose convictions are so deep that they can't help but FEEL today. Because in a presidential election campaign that most days felt like a practical joke, we've been gifted a great freedom to have a voice and a vote. To view the world through lenses colored by our own life experiences, and act upon it. While both candidates left much to be desired in a leader on many accounts, I believe in the good in PEOPLE. That votes were not placed as a means to justify a candidate's poor choices or poor character, but instead were for a party or platform that most aligned with what their personal beliefs through THEIR lenses deemed best policy for our country. For our people.

Take care of each other today. Show kindness. Extend grace. Have respect. And above all, BE LOVE. Because that's my deepest conviction today and yesterday and tomorrow.. to be a light and example of LOVE to our children - the future of America.

Monday, November 7, 2016

my weekend in photos.

So I realized I was a little food-obsessed with my weekend photos once I browsed through to upload my weekend. You've been warned. 

Since this fall has been so summery, I volunteered Colby to make my fav meal on the grill.

And then invited our neighbors over to enjoy it with us. Seriously loving this neighbor thing. 

A girl brunch at Urban Table could never disappoint.

While Colby went to the Chiefs game for the entirety of Sunday, I had adventures with these guys. Baking which quickly became a circus was among said adventures. 

Chocolate chip rolls, get in our belllllllliiieesss!


Target (+Starbucks) was our outting for the day. 

Fall walks turned into a mommy-mobile when all 3 wanted to ride in the wagon. Weekend workout. 

Can't help but love this warm weather with the fall views! 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

life::an outtake.

While Daddy spent the day at Arrowhead, I enlisted these 3 darling children to help mama BAKE! (they got to choose their aprons😍😂) It all started out so nicely.. until it didn't and I shoved them all outside and locked the door behind them. Literally. #sugarexplosions #rainingchocolatechips #toddlersoncountertops #flourfootprints #mayhem

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween 2016!

We couldn't have had a better Halloween eve over here. Between the good weather and the good children, Colby and I were on Cloud 9. Seriously. Best. Halloween. Ever.

The evening was warm for October - low 60's - making for a pleasant temperature to take our time. Both boys could hardly wait to begin our adventure out. They'd been begging to wear their costumes for days, and the night had finally come. We took the wagon, but everyone - including Sadie - insisted on walking. And they did. The entire way around our block. Brooks enthusiastically gave each house a hardy "Trick or Treat," "Happy Halloween," and "Thank You." Sadie happily took candy one piece at a time for as long as they held the bowl at her level. Owen was superstar big brother with holding Sadie's hands up and down steps and encouraging Brooks to "take only 2 pieces." I pulled the empty wagon and Colby walked Macy from house to house and watched proudly from the curb.

For as long as my children will allow, we'll coordinate their costumes. After a lot of back and forth between options, we finally settled on Brooksy's choice, as I felt his disappointment in a costume would play out least favorably between the three. ;-) I ordered the boys' costumes from PBK, and did some crafting to make Sadie's pant/shirt, and ordered the ears and tail from Amazon.

So, firefighter he was!

And his brother, too.

So naturally, little sis was our puppy dalmatian. 

Standing still for a picture wasn't what she had in mind.

 But we snapped a few anyway.

 And ended with my favorite of the shots, thanks to a LOT of shutter clicks.

Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

my weekend in photos.

In lieu of a holiday party, our company had a fall fest this year. And that fell on Friday night. We Oktoberfested the night away into some wee hours, further continuing my streak of post-midnight bedtimes and pre-7 AM wake-ups.

Saturday was a recovery day.. mostly spent following children from room to room as they pulled out alllllthetoys. Owen finished his last game of the soccer season that afternoon. I stayed home with napping toddlers.

I had to pull it together for family photos Saturday evening. It was unseasonable warm for late October, so I had to pull a last minute wardrobe change out of a bulky sweater. But it was beautiful, and so is my family.

We rewarded their good behavior (/fulfilled my day-long craving) with Mexican for a later dinner.

Bedtime and the rest of the night were rudely interrupted by my youngest toddler, and morning came too soon. We got ourselves out the door for early service, anyway. Then after church I did a Christmas shopping trip & brunch with my mother-in-law - a new annual tradition!

And then we squeezed in some pumpkin carving (and painting for the toddlers) before heading off to meet with our small group after a couple of weeks off.

Halloween eve, and we're sporting summer wardrobes. (I have to mention that HE picked out this ensemble.. aqua on seaweed on brown bear socks on blue sneakers.) Peeing standing up (and now outside?) has become part of our continuous potty-training efforts. I take what I can get.