Sunday, July 31, 2016

my weekend in photos.

I dodged some Pokemon hunters with a client and her family for a photo session on Friday evening.

Saturday morning, sleep sounded better than my phone chiming at me to get up for a run. Because when your running partner is unavailable, the motivation is lacking. But we got our crew out the door for Harrison's 3rd birthday party at the farm. And the farm never disappoints.

But after 3 hours of that, back home with 2 kids sleeping and the other watching golf with dad, and me on my laptop with photos.. I cancelled our babysitter for the evening.

Hung at the pool with a friend and her kids until storms threatened, then hung on our back porch for a bit while the wet kiddos ran wild. 

I worked up all the motivation I could, and managed a 4-mile run on my own before church. 

After church, Owen and I split off from the group to cash in on a date coupon from Mother's Day. We added back-to-school shopping to our date for supplies and new shoes for his first grade (huh?) year. I couldn't help but feel emotional about that. 

We sat at the bar where a golf tournament was airing, and I sat and listened to him talk about the players (whom he could name) and the game. He's become quite the golf enthusiast these days. Not my conversation topic of choice, but thoroughly enjoyed having the one-on-one time with this amazing kid.

I ended my evening with having our friends' youngest over for the evening while they went out. It's truly amazing to think that Sadie was that small, immobile, and dependent just a year ago.

Baby fix.

Great weekend back in our home!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

life::an outtake.

During our Lake Freeman lake weekend, a really amazing thing that happened. On the second afternoon after lunch, most of the kids were napping. The remaining few, along with their daddies found entertainment elsewhere. For two hours the four of us sat in one place. In one room. Without interruptions. (And with beverages.) We talked of nothing of great importance, but also everything important. Just like we would have done at a sleepover or trip to Pizza King or at the lunchroom table. We were just happy to be together. This was everything. 

Counting each of them as blessings; their authentic friendships that have stood the test of time. Thankful for our group texts that catch me up to speed, for social media that allows me to peer in to their lives from the outside, for being able to count on their support and prayers and encouragement whenever it's needed. These ladies are such a big piece of my heart. My homegirls.

Friday, July 29, 2016

my [very long] weekend in photos.

I got an early start into my weekend. (And a late re-entry back into my week.) Our family of 5 loaded our suitcases and headed for a 6-day trip to the Hoosier land.

There kids were over the moon to be reunited with Grandpa, Uncle Derek, and Bonnie. 

Paid a visit to my momma. Home isn't the same without her.

One of my favorite parts of our visit was that it happened to fall during my hometown's county 4H fair week - definitely a week I anticipated each summer as a child. 

I was able to introduce the kids to a couple of fair-favorites: lemon shake-ups and elephant ears. It was a success. We toured the livestock barns, and mosied through the carnival rides section (that wasn't yet open.) We left with sweaty kiddos covered with sticky cinnamon and sugar and headed back for good afternoon naps after the sugar crash.

Owen and Uncle Derek spent free minutes playing board games. They make a good pair.  Brooks spent all of his free minutes chasing Bonnie around. They make a good pair. 

After a couple of days at Grandpa's, we hit the road again for a couple hour drive down country roads to our Lake Freeman destination with 3 of my high school best friends and their families.

The kids all quickly found buddies, and got along swimmingly for the 3-night stay. We had lake entertainment, as well as a nice yard for baseball and corn hole and a stream leading to the lake that also proved to be entertaining. 

Had so much fun having our families together. My girlies and I picked up right where we left off, and somehow snagged 2 hours of uninterrupted girl-time one afternoon. 

It was hard to come back to reality after 7 days clocked out from real life, yet it always feels good to be home. We left Indiana that day with a newly 3-year-old.

FHS Lake Weekend 2016.

Once again, our family joined 3 others' under 1 roof for some time at the lake. My 3 very best high school friends, along with their husbands and 6 children, joined ours at Lake Freeman in northwestern Indiana for 3 nights.

When I first dropped this crazy idea last fall or winter in one of our group texts, I knew it would be a long shot. In my adult years, I have found that friendships take a lot more effort to keep up than what they did during our school-aged years. Scatter those friendships around to different cities (and states!), and the effort becomes greater. Add spouses and children to the mix, even greater.

My friendships with these 3 ladies began 17 years ago in the 9th grade at Frankton High School and 22 & 24 years ago in the 2nd and 4th grades at Leach Elementary. The time we get to spend together seems to be few and far between these days, and trending fewer and further with the addition of children to my family and loss of my mama a couple of years ago.

Living in KC has made it difficult to feel that I am able to really "know" their kids and it really hits me from time to time as I see photos of their kiddos looking older than the week before or a short video that gives a glimpse into their little personalities that I am not an active part of that.

Adulthood and wifehood (?) and motherhood changes us. So part of me knowing them is knowing their families. Who they've become. And they've become 3 very different and incredible women that I feel so lucky to have as friends.

Until the next time I can have them all in one place again, I'm savoring a weekend spent with 8 adults and 9 children under one roof that filled my soul to the brim.

birthday questions. [brooks at 3.]

What is your favorite color? Pink.

What is your favorite toy? Woody.

What is your favorite tv show? Mickey Mouse.

What is your favorite movie? Dogs. (He saw "Pets" in theaters with his Daddy.)

What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch or dinner? Nothing.

What is your favorite outfit? Underwear. (Which is not the truth...)

What is your favorite game? Marble game.

Who is your best friend? Canaan. (A friend from "night church.")

What is your favorite animal? Cow.

What is your favorite song? Old MacDonald.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Donuts.

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

What is your favorite drink? Milk.

What is your favorite holiday? Christmas!

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

What do you want to be when you grow up? Airplane.

What is your favorite book? Garfield.

What is your favorite treat/dessert? Big cookies.

What do you love about yourself? Golfing.

What do you pray about? For my slinger.

What’s your favorite thing to do with Daddy? Play with golf.

What’s your favorite thing to do with Mommy?  Play with toys.


We woke up on Lake Freeman in Indiana on Brooks' birthday, and went to bed in Kansas City. Spending your birthday strapped in a car isn't ideal, but he handled it like a pro. 

We got to celebrate his birthday the weekend before our Indiana visit with our KC family at the pool, then with some chocolate cake with Grandpa in Indiana a few days before his actual birthday.. so he definitely was not forgotten. 

Since he fell asleep at 4 on our trip back, we decided to venture right back out to our small group at "night church" where he loves to join his classroom buddies for playtime.

Happy birthday to our super fun 3-year-old! Love being on this adventure with you!

Friday, July 22, 2016

life::an outtake.

"Do you know what these big trees remind me of? Punking trees with Grandma." - Owen

"Punking" trees was this ridiculous game that Owen had made up on one of our visits to my parents house using large water pumping toys. He and my mom "punked" trees for the entirety of an afternoon on more than one visit, including the last visit we had with her before her health had taken a sharp decline.

She was the best at going along with his ideas. She was the best at a lot of things.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

life::an outtake

On our way home from a class at the church last night, we were talking with the boys about our upcoming trip to Indiana. When I asked Brooks what he wanted to pack in his suitcase, his complete list included:

toy cars
mickey mouse cup
and mommy

I can't tell you how perfectly this sums up what he holds dearest in that sweet little heart of his.

Monday, July 18, 2016

my weekend in photos.

For Owen's last day of camp, parents were invited to come have lunch on the campgrounds. It was a week filled with dirt and kickball and animals and nature, and we roasted marshmallows over the campfire on a(n unusual-for-July) pleasant Friday afternoon.

After dinner, I made a batch of chocolate pasta - one of our farmer's market buys from last weekend. It was long overdue, as it's one of my favorite summertime desserts/traditions.

I ran errands with the babes on Saturday while Colby and O went to his brother's to help with a building project. Then while Sadie slept, Brooksy and I worked on making his chocolate chip cookie cake for his party the next day. It may look like flour on his face, but it's actually baking soda, which he said "mmm!" to. 

Perhaps a little more careless, but equally enthused as I remember his big brother being at this age with helping me in the kitchen. Love my little kitchen helper! 

Colby and I had a fun date night with a friend from work & her husband at Arrowhead Stadium for the Kenny Chesney (with Old Dominion, Sam Hunt, and Miranda Lambert) concert. It was another beautiful night, and a fun change-up from a dinner date! 

The heat returned with vengeance on Sunday afternoon, just in time for Brooks' pool party. It was a perfect day for the pool, but perhaps a little toasty for the "party" part. (Getting out of the pool to eat was a little painful without being submerged in water.)

Just her sweet little self walking out from church Sunday. 

Brooks couldn't take his focus away from the cookie cake that was coming, or then getting back home to play with his new toys once presents were opened. So while he spent little time in the pool with his party guests, he was perfectly pleased to be a birthday party star. 

Trampoline assembly and cleanup and baths and then it was to bed and back to the Monday grind.. but only for a short week!