Friday, June 9, 2017

100 Acres Playdate

Check it out, I'm ready for some sunshine!  
The hair is out of my face, got the glasses, sunscreen, sun hat.  Let's Get Serious! 

The kids love playing on the sculpture Free Basket.  
The lines trace paths of a basketball. 

The Cuteness!

Look Ma! No Hands! 

We were having a fine time playing on these, until we got booted off by an employee.  

Wildflowers at the 100 Acres Park. 

Black Eyed Susan

Rest stop. 
We weren't there 20 minutes before the kids had to pee, wanted a snack, and drank half their waters.
But they were Cute. 

They Loved "climbing the yellow" as Jacob put it.  
I think that's the best description I've heard. 

Swinging brothers. 

My three yahoos! 

We played a bit while we waited for our friends to arrive.  

When they did arrive, they all wanted to play on the swing. 
Except Emily.  She's getting too cool for the littler kids, at the ripe age of 11.

Wild Kids in motion!

I love that they put this swing sculpture in.  The boys love it.  
And the swing was strong enough to even bare my weight! 
Kristin was extra helpful pushing Jacob on the swings. At one point they were swinging together, and I watched as they fell off together, and Kristin literally put her body down first to save Jacob, instinctively.  It was Awesome.  Kristin got scuffed up pretty good. Jacob only got dirty.  
Well done!  

Funky Bones sculpture time! 
The kids have been climbing this since they could climb.   But they didn't remember it.  
I guess it had been a long while since we'd visited this park. 

All our Yahoos! 
They really liked stomping on the head. 

These were new, telescopes!  And they didn't even cost any money! 
Just free for the seeing.

Jacob loved checking out the turtles on the logs. 

Chris was having a bit of trouble adjusting the viewfinder.  
But we finally got it, and enjoyed counting animals. 

Check me out.  I used my phone to capture my view! 

All the turtle cuteness on a log! 

Everybody say Picnic! 
Kathleen brought a couple picnic blankets, and we had our lunch on a spread in the shade. 
I love eating like we're french, apples and cheese.  I wish I'd had break or crackers, but not too shabby.  We took care of our water problem.  

All our yahoos "climbing the yellows"! 

They asked me to make a Slo Mo video. 
But poor Em had jumped off the rock first in a pre-emptive strike, and fell, and tweaked her wrist.  
She wasn't up for another attempt.  So she just made googley eyes and funny faces to start our slo mo video. Mission accomplished.  
It felt good to be silly all together again. 

Hiking view.  
Normally, I don't like photographing people's backsides, but there's something beautiful about being at the end of the group, and seeing the backs of my loved ones as they walk back to the car, exhausted from a great adventure.  And only two of us ended up bleeding.  
Hopefully no hospitals will need to be visited.  
But we worked up a good sweat, got nice and dirty, and had some laughs.  
Perfect for a summer's day. <3

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Reading In Review

The last couple weeks, have been pretty interesting. I've been getting into doing a couple new things. Like reading. Perhaps to the neglect of my sons, I got to read some books for leisure. I know, it's wild, isn't it?! Books for leisure! I've been reading the same three books for 5 months. I've been Trying to read the Bible in a year, but the addition of Sam got me about 5 books within the bible behind. I also am about halfway through The Strong-Willed Child. And last but not least, I've been plugging through Your Baby:Week by Week. Of course all these are bathroom reading.
In June, we started reading Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince "to Sam", you know, a chapter or two as he drifted off to sleep each night. Once done, we saw the movie. However, I was so engrossed in the end of the that book, I picked up Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows. I finished it in 3 days.
Since it was such a refreshingly quick read, I got motivated to restart my bathroom reading books. However, they are NOT quick reads.

Then my girlfriend Carrie, lent me Twilight. I read it in 3 days too. I couldn't put it down. I had some thoughts, that I wanted to jot down. I liked it, but not as much as Harry Potter. There aren't subplots.
I can't really say it's well written, but it is an intriguing concept.

If your family says don't go out alone, don't.  Girl goes and does things her parents say not to, and gets in trouble.  Duh.  I learned that if we just listened to our parents, our problems would be so much less.
I did love the vision of the vampire skin sparkling in the sun in a meadow.  And the vampire who became a doctor rather than harm.  That was cool.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

19 years

Can you believe it's been 19 years since these two young whippersnappers got married?!

Last night before bed, we sat down and watched our Wedding video.  
We were so young, and we were so Blessed by having so many of our loved ones in one place at one time. It was like a wonderful Gift, being able to see all my Grandparents alive on video again.  My sister looks so young, and our cousins, Wow!  I look at the people they have become and it's amazing.  
I look at the people we have become, the family we have begun, and that's amazing too. 

Eric got me a gift of wooden panels, and though I was a little perplexed, he explained, these panels can become a raised garden.  Woohoo!  We can build it one or two planks deep now, and add on later. If we want to raise it up higher, it can become deeper  too.  That's going to be so nifty.  Obviously, it's too late to put in a garden this year, but hopefully by next summer, I'll be planting in my own garden! 
I got him a pack of DVDs with Ocean's 11,12, and 13.  I told him, "the thing at the place, I'll never forget it."  I won't ever forget our 'thing at the place' 19 years ago either.  <3

Selfie in the sun. 

Meanwhile, Eric's parents were kind and generous enough to watch all three yahoos while we escaped for a date night dinner.  
On a Tuesday - Madness! 

So we went to the Rathskeller downtown for German fare. 
I so wish I'd been able to take him to Germany this year. It's not financially wise, but since I've known him, he's wanted to go to Germany, and do a Luther tour, during the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation year.  But we can't be that financially irresponsible.  So we did German Dinner instead. 
Also, not too shabby. 

I got my jagerschnitzel, all that mushroomy goodness on top, and Eric got the schnitzel cordon bleu.  Mmmm.....

These two kids don't look that different than on 19 years ago. 
Though, life has changed, down in the core, we really haven't.  
I still love him, he's still my closest friend, and vice versa.  

I see relationships changing around me, and I'm so Thankful for this one. 
It's hard work, don't get me wrong, it's taken us some effort to get through the hard times, but it's been Totally Worth It. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Last Day of School

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Photo Session

Today was probably the prettiest day we've had all year so far. 
Gorgeous, beautiful May weather. 
Perfect for getting outside.  
Daddy did do a bit of yard work, but since it's Mother's Day, I couldn't resist a picnic. 
We decided to do a small photo shoot and have a picnic down at Arbuckle Park. 

My Boys on the bridge. 

The boys thought that peeking through the planks was Awesome! 

The boys head up the stairs to the playground to play. 

Boys on a rock.  
I love this one. 

Trying a different angle of boys on the rock. 
Jacob wasn't quite as happy up there at this angle though. 
He got nervous, and eventually grabbed Chris's hair to hold onto. 
That didn't go over well.  
But we played for a while, had a KFC picnic lunch. 
And Mommy got her first sunburn of the season for Mother's Day. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Taking a Moment

I read something this morning, about why we do what we do.  
Specifically, it was an article about parents, and why those of us that stay home attend all the rehearsals, and be home after school, just to be available to our kids.  
Because it doesn't last.  
My baby is 4 now.  With the last two kids, by the time they were this age, I was expecting another one. That is no longer the case.  The shop is closed.  
Some days lately, it makes me sad.  My littlest is getting so big.  

This article made me want to treasure my time with him.  
Today was a Beautiful day, so we got out and did that. 
We've only got one more year left of Preschool. 
Time for Mama to stop and smell the roses. 
Well, not literally.  
But Jake and I went outside to play. He climbed, slid, and got in the hammock with me. 
And it was good. 

The roses aren't quite ready to stop and smell yet, but the Allium is blooming. 
When we planted a 3 pack last year, Eric called them Dr. Seuss flowers.  The nickname has stuck. 
We're still calling them Dr. Seuss flowers.  I may need more than 3.  I think I like having them around.   They are kind of funny and fun at the same time.  They really are a Dr. Seuss sort of Flower. 

Speaking of fun and funny, taking an outdoor break with Jake was exactly what I needed. 
He was giggly and creative, and it's good to see him get a little crazy on his own.  
He's growing so fast.  I'm gonna miss having my baby around.  
My baby is 4, I need to take a moment just to work on stop calling him My Baby. 
Nah, that's never gonna happen.  I'll just take some time to treasure each age. 
They really do go fast. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Happy Birthday Baby!

A Top Ten of my Sweet Boy and his Birthday! 
I can't believe this sweetboy is now 4!  

1. Jacob was not too patient once he realized there was Birthday Pig Present for him. 
He woke us all up a bit early, and wanted to open it right away.  This was the only picture that wasn't blurry, the boy was in Motion! 

2.  Originally, Jacob was so interested in his new Rescue Bots robot Blurr and Salvage, he didn't care about opening the other presents.  Then Sam grabbed one and tried to help him open it.  His big brothers were as pumped about his birthday as Jake was! 

3.  Jacob is 4.  He has no problems showing off these 4 fingers now! 

5.  As soon as he was dressed, he carried his cushion upstairs, by himself, and his Rescue Bots. 
He thought they all needed to watch an episode of Rescue Bots. 

6.  Jacob also received all new bedding for his room. He had requested in passing the Lego Batman sheets, so he got the sheets, comforter, and giant batman pillow.  Mommy made up the bed while he was at school and he was very surprised.  

7.  Daddy came home just as he was waking from his nap.  He was in a snuggly mood.  And it was Beautiful. 

8.  When we asked Jacob what he wanted for his Birthday Dinner, he told us Macaroni with Macaroni. Daddy made him the equivalent of almost a whole box.  He and Sam both got helpings like this.  He was so happy, but mildly annoyed that Mommy kept wanting to take pictures. 

9.  Since we're having a cake at his party on Friday night, we just got him a tiny cake at Kroger for today.  He picked out the chocolate peanut butter cake.  He blew out the candles before we even finished singing.  

10.  This was our last hurrah, curling up in the hammock as the day came to an end.  
A perfect ending to a great day. <3