"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

Sunday, June 30, 2013

June Etc.

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.

A little Saturday morning fun at my sister's.  Nothing better than cousins. 

Not shown: Dakota having the time of her life in the pond, mud, and whoknowswhatelse.  She required a bath.

The Lincoln Running Company put my handsome runner of a husband into the man version of the same Asics I have!  Twinsies!  We are training for the Green Lake half and taking the kids over Labor Day weekend.  Anyone want to make a quick road trip?  I'm booking the hotel this week ;)

The last Jazz in June.

The girls went with their BFF to Sports 'N' More VBS/cheer camp in the evenings for a week and had a blast.  They don't even know how lucky they are to have such great friends. 

The 2nd annual Camp Uncle Brandon was followed by a morning at Aunt Becky's.  A bunch of really tired boys, the girls and I headed for the park to kill an hour while my sister went to the dentist.  Love these kids!

Not much was said about C.U.B. but all three of our boys required a nap ;)  I saw one picture of pizza, pop, and light-up swords and heard something about a 10-foot retaining wall that I chose to ignore!
I took the girls shopping with their birthday money, which is never my favorite thing.  I've come to accept the fact that I don't really enjoy shopping as an activity.  I very rarely do it.  I go to Super Saver ONCE a week.  I might go to Wal-Mart once a month.  Target even less frequently, and I'm not kidding when I say that's about it.  My wardrobe proves this.

Reise is just seriously too much for me to handle when it comes to shopping.

Exhibit A:  "MOM.  Please take a picture of these shoes and send it to Tiffy and ask her what she thinks."  This was before she tried to stand up in them. 

We walked out of the store with three dresses, a pair of wedge sandals, a notebook, stapler, extra staples, and a pack of mechanical pencils.  I will give you one guess on who bought clothes and spent all her money, and who bought the school supplies and still has $53 to figure out what to do with.  

I LOVE THEM!!!  So happy to be their mom ;)


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day Fun

We do love our daddy for the fun and funny man that he is.  A few days before Father's Day this year I asked Maeson, "what should we get dad for Father's Day?" and he immediately replied, "A GOLD PLATED TOILET, that's what he always says he wants!!!!"  I laughed like a hyena and made everyone at the swimming pool turn to stare at me which is exactly what I love to have happen since I look so awesome in my bathing suit and all ;) 

Maeson was completely correct. Mitch does always tell them that he wants a gold plated toilet.  When the kids whine that they want something, he replies, "Well, I want a gold plated toilet, but we don't always get everything we want."  

He will need to come up with a new phrase.

Yes, it was heavy and gross.  We went to the Eco ReStore and I can't even talk about the toilet graveyard we found out there.  Can't.  Even.  

Of course Mitch didn't leave for work until after 9pm that night.  Ha!  It was a late night working my little slaves to the bone in the garage ;)

We actually did crack the garage door after this pic for ventilation.  Holy fumes!

I was so tickled with myself I could hardly stand it.  It's so pretty!!

The kids got such a kick out of it, and Mitch had a giant laugh.  

Happy Father's Day to the best dad, ever.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Strawberry Pickin'

Such a fun morning!

Caught these two sampling...

28 POUNDS of strawberry picking later...

We froze a bunch for smoothies and made 2 quarts of jam which is quickly disappearing!


Friday, June 7, 2013


Rugger was baptized on Sunday, June 2nd and we rolled that event and the girls' birthday celebrations into one big, happy lunch party at our house afterward.

With presents.

And cake.


On Ryleigh's actual birthday, all she wanted to do was make cupcakes.  Easy enough!  She had the day off from doing chores, picked all her favorite meals, and we went to Jazz in June in the evening with some of our buddies.  

Reise was happy to find out that it was National Donut Day on her actual birthday!  We had fun making homemade donuts and sharing with the daycare kids ;)  We took some friends with us to the spray ground and hit up the library at the birthday girl's request.  It was a fun day. 

There aren't adequate words to do justice the pride we feel when we see these kids of ours growing yet another year older, and making big decisions.  Big love.


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Jazz in June

One of my favorite parts of summer is meeting our friends and sitting around at Jazz in June on Tuesday nights. 

Rugger is such a clown.  I just snapped away as he tried to look cool tipping back in his tiny kid chair, and then proceeded to collapse the chair and fall all the way down.  I took more of him attempting to untangle himself and get up while saving his bagel, but they really aren't flattering and even though they were doggone hilarious, I thought I would save him a little tiny bit of dignity.  Hahahahahaha!!  He slays me.  He's honestly been copping such an attitude lately, I had just said, "I feel like he's gotten just a tiny bit big for his britches" and then I realize in moments like this that no, he's just 8.  I've still got this.  Maybe he does need a bigger chair ;)

Notice the bagel never touches the ground.  

Saved it.  

Nights like these make me feel like everything is right in the world!