Monday, May 30, 2011


Summer is here and along with summer comes kids getting to stay up later, little ones that never nap and so are so exhausted at night that they fall asleep if they stay still too long...

The older kids get so tired they actually choose to go to bed some nights. We spent the weekend with cousins swimming in the rain and going to Worlds of Fun in the rain for part of the day. I didn't have my camera either day so no pictures...

We are hoping for a semi sunny day tomorrow so we can head to the pool. I went to the store today to stock up on pool candy (fun dip, airheads know the candy they sell at the pool for three times the price you can get it for) They were out of fun dip and the lady said "i'm sorry, people come in and buy the whole box". (she acted like she didn't know why anyone would do that. Really, who does that?? ;)

We had a very relaxing Memorial Day. John built the forms for our patio (ok so maybe that part was not so relaxing for him) and then we went as a family to see Kung Fu Panda 2. The kids enjoyed it. Ethan has been doing his moves and "finding his inner peace", he cracks me up!

Hope you are having a great start to your summer!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Back in!

Just seeing if i can actually post! I have been locked out for the past few days, but looks like i'm back in...

Monday, May 23, 2011

Catch up

Busy busy May! That is what it has been! Here is a little of what we have been up to the last week or so...

Avery and her friend Mikayla participated in the school talent show. They sang and danced to a little Justin Bieber or "justin biever" as Raegan would say...

Ethan had his last soccer game. Avery got to hang out with her friend Emma and do a little hula hooping...

Ethan got a medal, something that he was super excited for!

he posed for a picture with his bud Will

We have started our trips out to Worlds of fun and Raegan can't wait to ride the patriot roller coaster so she practices sitting in the test seat...yea right, i can't even get her to go on half the rides in planet snoopy. It takes a while to build her bravery back up since she hasn't been on them for some months now...

Tomorrow is the last day of school!! Half day! This school year has flown!

I have been busy working on my calendar. I have a list a mile long in my head, lot's of little things to do before leaving the country! I am now starting to get that all down on paper and actually accomplished a lot today to check off. Here i go with my lists. I am so obsessed with lists!

John and I celebrated our 16th anniversary. We just went out to dinner and wandered around the Legends and bought nothing but socks for one of our kids, how is that for date night! :) 6 days in Mexico will make up for a low key anniversary night, that is for sure!

A few random moments around here that make momma smile, blush or shake my head:

walking by the pineapples in the grocery store Ethan stopped and said "alright, which one of you does spongebob live in?!"

picking raegan up from sunday school and realizing she has gone commando under her little skirt(when she announces, "i'm not wearing any panties!" followed by a gasp from me!'s not like little 3 years olds are always lady like so i can't even imagine...hopefully she sat like a little lady the 2 plus hours she was in there!

after running tonight tucking raegan into bed i leaned down to kiss her goodnight and she said "oh mommy you smell awful, what is up with that?"

Ethan didn't seem to care about my awful smell he followed with "i love you more than the whole world!"

Hope your having a great start to your week!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011


12 days and counting till the pool opens! I'm not sure who is more excited, Mommy or the kids!

First year of the pool when we will have to use NO SWIM DIAPERS!! woohoo!

6 and 1/2 days of school left! I know who is more excited for this but i would have to say i am pretty excited as well. We will be spending lot's of days at WOF and the pool this summer!! I have learned the best way not to go crazy during the summers in our tiny house with all 4 kids home is to get out and stay busy. The two little one's naps are quickly approaching an end as they rarely nap during the summer!

We had the annual "amazing race" that our ABF class at church puts on. So Fun! We started out great finding the cat in the field quickly and getting out in the lead. We opted not to take the 8 minute penalty in order to use gps or internet access on phones. We lost time at the Oak Park Mall when we searched for the next clue for about 15 minutes and we got a little lost in Gardner for about another 10-15 minutes later but we finished 2nd after 13 legs of the race. We had a blast and actually work together pretty well under pressure besides a couple of "shut up and listens" that was probably caught on video. John tends to want to keep talking when stressed and i just want to concentrate :) I'm just glad that he does all the nasty food eating because i would never keep it down. It was durian fruit this time and the smell every time someone burped after eating it was bad enough to possibly kill a small animal!

Here is our kitty, (our first clue) and the remaining legs of the race

We are rapidly approaching our trip to Mexico. We are getting so excited!! The kids are jealous that we get to go on a plane. One of these days we will take them all on a plane...that might be way down the road!

Hope your having a great start to your week!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Trey had his final 6th grade orchestra concert last week. He would rather crawl under a table than have us take pictures of him at his concert but sorry will thank me someday :)

They did a great job. I especially liked when all 3 grades played Canon in D!

on a different note, i can't believe this guy is going to be in 7th grade next year!! We are at 10 and 1/2 days on the countdown till school is out! But, who is counting?

Monday, May 09, 2011

Little blonde scoring machine

Ethan has had so much fun playing soccer this spring! He plays his little heart out, He has one more "game" before his session is over.

he learned to dribble the ball

to dribble and run at the same time...

he played lots of freeze tag

He was a little scoring machine! Great job Ethan, loved watching you play your first season of soccer!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

A night at the K

Avery's choir at school had the opportunity to sing the national anthem at the Royals game last night. She came home from school the day before yesterday and said "i have exciting news, my name was drawn to go out on the field early and watch batting practice".

Avery was worried sick that we wouldn't make it in time since we were stuck in lot's of traffic but we made it in plenty of time much to her relief!

hanging out on the field watching batting practice. avery got a ball and the officer tossed ethan a ball that the player hit back so ethan was pretty pumped about that!

it was pretty neat seeing the choir walk out onto the field! they did a great job singing!

of course had to take a picture of them on the jumbo tron!

and then they were brought up to us up in the sky section/nose bleed section :)

and hung out with friends the rest of the night. We stayed till the start of the 10th inning, and they won the game soon after we left. Fun night and something i'm sure avery will never forget!

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Midnight run

Trey and i stayed up late Friday night and went and ran a Midnight 5k benefiting the Special Olympics. Weather was awesome for running, very windy but perfect temps for running!

I have a only ran one other race with Trey and that was back when he was just starting to run. A cross country season and track season later and boy he is a different runner! We ran the whole thing together until the very last stretch when he turned it on with a sprint and mom didn't have the sprint left in her. His finishing time was 23:54 and i followed 2 or 3 seconds later. We have joked about how much longer i was going to be able to beat him and it seems that has officially come to an end.

He placed 40th overall out of 377 people and 5th in his age division (10-19). He got passed by two 14 yr old boys right at the end that we had been running right with the entire time so he was kinda bummed that they got by or he would have gotten an award.

I completely enjoyed my night out with my boy running and look forward to doing some more with him this summer hopefully!

Here is my poor quality picture that we had someone take with my camera phone but it's a picture nonetheless.

Great job Trey! You obeyed well when i said to "time to kick it in", guess i need to work on my kick a little so i can "kick it in" with you! :)