"The real winners in life are people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better." - Barbara Pletcher

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

This and That.

Our JDRF benefit garage sale was a huge success.  We sold a LOT.  Huge thanks to everyone who donated such great quality items for us to sell!  Since we didn't even have an official garage sale plan until about two weeks ago, we were all pretty shocked to bring in over $800.  Combined with the hotdog sales at the Shrine parade a few weeks ago, we're sitting at $945.  I still have a few bigger items to post on craigslist, and if those sell we'll hit Ryleigh's goal of $1000, easily.  Whew!  Feels so good to be done with that.  I feel like I heard a big fat "CHECK" at about 4pm on Saturday :)  Of course the leftovers are still sitting in the garage, but we hadn't been parking in the anyway.  Ha!

Rowen, eating his donut under a table to stay out of the rain.  First year we've had that happen. Holy torrential downpour. 

Mitch, his parents and I hit up a Cardinals game on Sunday.  Super awesome seats.  Such a fun (hot!) day.

The last Jazz in June this year.  

Reise was madder than a hornet by the end of the night when she was dragging her chair, baby, blanket, and a backpack through downtown Lincoln wearing her Heelys.  Notice here she's sans chair and backpack thanks to her compassionate siblings.  Her parents, who warned her about this, weren't so helpful.  Life's hard when you're six.  

Ryleigh is hiding her book here, because that's all I ever do is take pictures of her reading.  Well, that's because that's all she ever does!  And, Rugger is always running somewhere, so I never take pictures of him, period.  

I feel like this was a really random depiction of the last several days over here :)  I'm just sitting around here thinking of things to do while checking my phone obsessively for news from my brother.  Please pray for his son, Tucker's big surgery today.  If you haven't heard about him (unlikely, since all of you are probably relatives! ha!) you can read my sister-in-law's blog, here


Friday, June 22, 2012


The kids are loving their swim lessons.  Now half over, I'm questioning how much they actually learned in their four 40 minute session vs. just going to the pool and doing it on their own...

Still, they're having a blast.  The 40 minutes I have to chit chat with the three moms I happen to know going to the same session isn't terrible ;)

The seven pairs of 75 cent goggles I threw into my cart on a whim have been a huge hit. 

I'm pretty sure Miss Mary doesn't realize these two are cousins, which I think is pretty cute.  I love it that we have so much family in town!

My little pool rats in the making!

I'm hoping to take a break from the sale today so I can to and take some pictures of Ryleigh at swim team practice.  I know it will end up being her last practice after she DIES from embarrassment over my showing up on the pool deck with my camera.  Oh, well.  It will have been a great last week of life for her!

Happy Weekending out there!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Hello, Thursday.

Time flies when you're having fun.  This week all but disappeared on me.  I feel like these two pictures acurately sum up the majority of my time the last few days:

JDRF garage sale prep!  The best part about garage sale time is that all my best buddies show up at one point or another to drop off their donations, or help out with sorting the donations, or pick thru the donations :)  Nothing better than friends showing up on your doorstep all week. 

We started two weeks of swim lessons this week, so this is what my deck looks like every afternoon :)

We took a break for Jazz in June on Tuesday, and spent yesterday afternoon at the pool.  I told my friend, I feel pretty good about the work/play balance around here.  It doesn't always work that way, and I'm so thankful right now that I don't feel completely overwhelmed :)

If you're out and about, stop over and buy a soda from the kids at the garage sale this weekend!  Word on the street is, they'll have temporary tatoos and baked goodies for sale. 

Monday, June 18, 2012


You Only Live Once.  After seeing it on teenage boys' hats, bumper stickers, and Twitter, it finally dawned on me.  I love it.  Every time I want to procrastinate doing something dreadful, like cleaning out the garage for the JDRF benefit sale...I will just declare YOLO.

Exhibit A:


So, who wants to come over and mess around in my garage this week?!  {I work better with a partner.}


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's Day

My kids got pretty lucky in the dad department. 

Black Friday, 3am, Sears, in line to snag an air hockey table for the kids' Christmas.

Take Your Daughter to Work Day.

He handles that mess of drama better than anyone.

I got pretty lucky in the dad department, myself.

This picture is just because I wanted to laugh at that face on my brother (another exceptional dad!).

"The father of a righteous son will rejoice greatly, and one who fathers a wise son will delight in him.” Proverbs 23:24

Happy Father's Day! Love you both!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Summer Shandy.

I cannot handle beer.  Lord knows I've tried to acquire a taste for it, but it just isn't happening.  I feel the same way about wine.  Why do I keep trying when there are so many other delicious options?  It just. tastes. so. bad. 

Enter the Summer Shandy.  Possibly my gateway to beer.  Mitch says it's not really beer but I'm counting it, what with the brown bottle and all.

So, anyway, this happened on my deck the other night while I was enjoying my "beer".

Homemade bird feeders, with my Aunt Nan and Cousin Joseph.  An idea out of a book he bought at a garage sale with items he rescued from the recycle pile.  So many things about this that I love.

Shut the front door.  The cuteness of it all!  Rowen was sharing some pretend food with Nan, and she really made his night by playing along.  I love them both!

I have two words to explain Reise's fake fingernails: Birthday Money.  

Adorable, right!?  Such an easy project.  Especially easy for me since I did nothing but sit in my folding chair and take pictures.  My gosh I love my family and the way they share life with my kids.

Here's to summer fun!

Sunday, June 10, 2012


Because, there's not really much going on around here...but so much going on at the same time. Etc.: additional odds and ends; extras.  

Our hens have been fun to watch lately.  They're getting bigger, trying to catch bugs (you were right, Aunt D, hilarious!) and they're smart!  Around dusk we go to put them into the coop for the night and they just file right in on their own.  We kind of miss watching Rugger chase them around and shove them in, but it's good to know they are getting into a routine ;)

Ryleigh wanted the tips of her hair colored bright red, so she spent some of her birthday money on dye. 

She loves it.  We only left the color in for 12 minutes, so it should wash out in about 6 weeks.  Maybe sooner with all the pool time we hope to log in!  Ryleigh is joining the pool's swim team, so she'll practice up to an hour every weekday.  She does NOT want to compete, she just wants the practice.  We decided she could always change her mind mid-summer and compete towards the end of the season.  Should be fun!

Reise and her outfits, ha!

Library story time continues to be a favorite, and we go even more frequently now that we can get there on our bikes in about 5 minutes!

Oh, Isaac!  I snapped this and then said, "let's just scooter like normal the rest of this hill, OK?"  And then, lo and behold, he wrecked doing it the correct way.  I swear!

Pool rats, I tell you.

Staged.  (Still funny.)  We party so hard!

Ryleigh makes no bones about it.  She couldn't care less about Rugger's baseball game.  HA!!!  I don't know what's appropriate here.  Do I let her bring her books and tune the whole thing out?  She doesn't complain about going, she just quietly puts a book into her backpack and that's the end of it.  Rugger doesn't seem to care one bit that she's uninterested in every way.  I feel like everyone's happy here, so why rock the boat?  Is it a rude habit, tho?  Hmmm...

I just could not be prouder of my super handsome baseball coach of a husband.  Those boys played so well in their first game of the season.  Last year's coach's wife taught me how to manage the score book...I had no idea there was so much involved with coaching 2nd graders.  I mean, for the love of the land!  I think we have a decent handle on it, and it's been fun so far.  Go Buccaneers ;)

Mitch is making one final Wal-Mart trip before the big week of camp commences tomorrow.  Sigh.  Those of us being left behind have big plans to eat ice cream for dinner and watch TV before bed all week ;)  Staycation!