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.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

my weekend in photos.

Weekends are getting busy around here as the school year winds down, and warmer weather rolls in. Well, at least it was suppose to roll in. The school carnival was all indoors, thanks to some chilly temps and rain.

I woke up like this.

I went out for brunch with my sisters-in-law, and had a cup of chai with so much beautiful froth.

 After brunch, we headed to the strawberry patch with friends. Sadie taste-tested her way through the aisles. She also was a strawberry bandit taking bites of strawberries from everyone's boxes then putting them back. 

Meanwhile, Brooks...

Thankfully, I had Owen along. He picked most of our loot since I was wrangling toddlers. 

After Colby's day of golfing, we joined forces and took the crew to a friend's for a cookout. These two little ladies have a budding friendship demonstrated by communal carrots. 

Easy like Sunday morning.

Sunday errands: Costco edition. 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

life::an outtake

Today at the strawberry patch:

Owen: "Hey mom! Look at this strawberry I found. It kinda looks like a naked human walking."

And... it does.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

life::an outtake.

Owen came with me to work early this morning until it was time to take him to school. While I got right to work, I set him free with a pen and post-its.

"Mom, I wrote you a note."

I picked it up to read. He read it aloud over my shoulder:

"I love you infinity times up to heaven and back down. And I love you more than that."

We had to hurry off to school shortly after, but I cannot tell you how many times I've read and re-read this love note from my Kindergartener. It's now hanging on the wall by my desk, and will be filed under I. can't. even. 

Monday, May 9, 2016

my weekend in photos.

I got to celebrate our sweet nanny's baby girl on the way at her shower on Saturday morning. The kids helped me "decorate" the gift wrap.

And THEN.. I took photos at my first ever wedding with one of my favorite people by my side. Aside from wanting to amputate my toes by the end of the night from a poor shoe choice, I really enjoyed the experience and hope it's not the last opportunity I have!

For Mother's Day on Sunday, Colby made my favorite breakfast and my current favorite dinner. We had stuffed french toast and grilled chicken quesadillas and my belly was so happy.

The morning was sunny and beautiful. After we were all ready for church (with time to spare?), we hung in the back yard and on the back porch.

After church and the babes were down for a nap, I may have fallen asleep for a quick cat nap while the storms rolled in.

It was the perfect amount of dark and stormy and rumbly with a steady rainfall for sitting on the porch again for an entirely different kind of perfect. The younger two were napping which allowed me some personal space and a peaceful afternoon sitting and reading and chatting with Colby & Owen.

Sadie and I took a girls trip to Target and perused the aisles until she decided she wasn't having it anymore. Home just in time for bedtime to kiss each of my people goodnight, and tell them how happy it makes me to be their mama.

Was missing my own mama this weekend, but feel really fortunate that she has given me so many reasons to celebrate her on this day.

Happy Mother's Day to all of you amazing mamas out there!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day to my angel mommy.

I have your hair - it's voluminous, unruly, and it even mimicked your early onset of grey. Like yours, my eyes squint when I smile, and my hands and feet seem to look more like yours by the day. We share the same middle name (Elizabeth) and same favorite color (green). I share your love of fresh strawberries, beach vacations, country music, and bargain shopping. You taught me there wasn't a Julia Roberts movie that isn't worth watching, that purging your belongings regularly is a necessity for my sanity, and that a girl can never have too many pairs of shoes in her closet. But most of what I learned from you was what you taught by example. About character. You wore your heart on your sleeve, and it bled for you family. Your gentle and welcoming presence drew people near, and your kindness, empathy, and capacity for love kept them close. You had the ability to laugh in crummy circumstances, and to find good in the bad. Your example of humility, selflessness, grace, beauty, and unfailing love are what I strive to mirror. You have given me so much to celebrate.

Happy Mother's Day to my angel mommy.💞

Monday, May 2, 2016

my weekend in photos.

Colby left Thursday for his annual trip to the Ozarks with his friend Dave (and Kirkwood) for the NFL Draft. I'm just happy it didn't fall on Mother's Day this year.

Sadie celebrated the first couple of nights by several wake-ups after she had been put to bed. Like... several. So any hopes of a full night's rest in my king sized bed all to myself (well, and Macygirl) went right out the window.

I celebrated with nightly homemade chocolate shakes. Because they are so good it's not even fair.

I did some brave/crazy things like take all 3 to an open house to see if this house was worth bringing Colby back to the next day.  (It wasn't.)

And to look at some handy-work of Colby's cousin in his high school shop class. (Um, jealous of that skill!)

That one worked out because there were some kid-friendly hands-on exhibits. Like this one. (Eek!)

A friend had recently taught me that she counts her husband's time away by number of bedtimes. This photo was taken just before bedtime #3 - the final one I had to pilot solo. These people are crazy, man.

 Meanwhile, life at the lake...........

So on Sunday morning I was patting myself on the back for getting our crew all up and ready and out the door for church. But I was a little too high on my horse, and instead of waiting in the long drive-thru line at Starbucks (because caffeine), I thought it would be a good idea to unload all 3 of them to go inside. Brooks make the biggest scene I may have ever had to endure in a public setting, and I almost left less one cowboy. (Kidding... kinda.)

But there was this moment before church when Owen, from the next room with Sadie says, "Mom, would you come LOOK at this girl?! She's so cute. That's as much cuteness as I've ever seen."

But my caffeine, my children, and I made it from the parking lot and in the door and checked into Sunday school and church service. I needed Jesus. And my parenting partner. Thank goodness, Daddy was on his way home.

Just in time to head to O-man's first game of the season!