Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Paddleboarding, Canoeing, Paddleboating and building some sweet sand castles... 

We had fun in the sun!

Adrian always wants to go to a beach so I was so excited when I saw my friends paddleboarding pictures from this lake that's about 25 minutes from us. We've been waiting for a day that John was home so we could take the older boys and explore this place.

It ended up being easier than I thought it would be. The boys took turns riding on the board with me. 
There was a couple people with their dogs on with them, it was cute.

Such a ham :) I'm still waiting for his hair to get darker. Not sure if that's going to happen!? Or when?
Our blue eyed, blonde boy. 

John took the boys canoeing. That lasted about 30 minutes, then they switched to a paddleboat.

We had amazing views. It was unbelievably relaxing and peaceful out there. We can't wait to go again (next year)!

We had a wonky paddleboat. It would barley turn and took so much energy to move the darn thing! We were whooped! I think we should all just stick with paddleboards next time.

Then we walked to the other end of the lake and chilled on the beach for a few hours. 

We built an amazing castle and played in the muddy waters. Now we know we have a beach to go to next year when we need that "beach fix" :)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Adrian's Baseball League

Adrian played in a summer baseball league this year. He really enjoyed it! We're still testing out different sports and activities to see what the boys are really in to. So far baseball is Adrian's fave.

Resting at practice. 

Running hard for home plate.

Looking to make sure he made it.

And he scored a run. Happy dance time! Go Pirates!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

School is in session!

School-- gosh, it seems to have come upon us so fast this year. I think it had something to do with us being gone for what seemed like half of the summer with our Ohio trip.

I can't believe we have a kindergartener, a first grader and a second grader this year. And at home... we still have a busy body toddler that finally gets to have some one on one time with his mom, at least for the mornings.

A quick pic before heading out for our first day! Each kid seems to be going through this "half smile" phase that Adrian started last year. Bizarre. Makes me laugh. It's Kellen's turn.

 Adrian was sooooo soooo ready to get back to school!

Preston and a buddy waiting for the first bell.

Kellen's first assignment. Connect the dots.

How little man and I spend the early part of our mornings now. 

Grocery shopping. Yes, he still runs pretty much everywhere. I don't see that changing anytime soon!

We hit up the gym. And take some time to smell the flowers first. 

We're finished with week 3 of school already. Wow! 


Since school has started things have gotten a bit busier around here. Two of three kiddos keep asking every morning...."do we have to go again". Yes boys, just until your 18 :) Kellen only attends morning kindergarten. He's still trying to get the groove of going daily which is a big change from preschool. Preston has adjusted to full days rather well. And Adrian just loves school!

Our mornings are rather crazy right now. I've been incorporating new ideas in order to get our mornings running more smoothly. They are working, sort of?!? It's currently a trial and error process. 

Right now mornings go as such:
I usually get up before the kids. 6:30ish.
Chill for 2 minutes. Breath. (that's an important one)
Unload and load dishes. (my least favorite thing to do)
Pack snacks, pack lunches, fill water bottles. Make sure all book bags have the right library books/homework etc. in them. By this time the kids are up and fighting over legos already. 
I ask them to get dressed about 12x. They finally do it.
I ask them to brush their teeth 15x. They finally do it. 
We eat breakfast and talk about what a great day we'll have.
They go back to playing and fighting over legos. 
I threaten to make all the legos disappear if they don't get their shoes on :)
I ask them 14x to get their shoes on. What was I thinking buying 3 pairs of tie shoes for boys that can't tie their shoes?!?! I must have not had coffee that day or fell and hit my head. But Adrian is close, we're usually in such a rush that I need to do it faster than he can. I can whip up a super fast double knot. The kids blink and I'm done.
We leave with -5 minutes to spare. Make it to the car lane drop off which has changed my life forever! I LOVE that lane. Being able to drop off the kids and then pick them up in this magical car lane is just the best. In the afternoon I get there early so I get a spot up front for pick up, it gives me about 20 minutes of chill time and I bond with my Iphone, catch up on email, Instagram and Ebay :) It's great!!

However, I do miss saying hi, chatting and bonding with the other school moms for 5 minutes in the morning or afternoon, but Mason doesn't really allow too much of that since I'm usually chasing him around the school parameters most of the time. So this magical drop off/pick up lane has just been such a game changer in my world with children. 

Our schedule and life has changed considerably lately. We're now squeezing in homework, bedtime reading, online reading and still trying to maintain some all important social and fun time. I feel like our evenings are flying by!! I blink 3x and then it's bedtime already. 

A wise grandma saw me at the grocery store the other day having a grand time chasing Mason... She whispered to me "Life with kids... the days are long and the years are short" She was wise and so very correct!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Zoo


Once a year. It'll be time to try a new zoo location next year.

This turtle... he was huge! Way larger than the picture depicts it.

I love the opportunity to take shortest to tallest pics. Our stair stepped little men. 

Snakes give me the hibigebies. But of course the boys are into them ;-/

The party taxi. I can see it now.

The thought of Adrian driving causes me to have heart palpitations. And then with his 3 brothers as passengers... I shutter to think the day will be here sooner than I'd like. Oy!