Sunday, August 2, 2015


Spur of the moment trip to Crystal Caves in Wisconsin.  Then we had pizza in Hudson and hit up Willow Falls State Park to see the waterfalls  Henry said it was the best day! Looking through all the pictures of the cave and the falls...we had serious kids.  HAHA!  Hard to tell it was the BEST day.  But it was a great one!

Monday, May 4, 2015

May goals

This week I am digging in.  
It is May...the last month before I have all three home for the summer.

The idea of summer coming is both exciting and daunting.  I LOVE the idea of less responsibility with getting the kids to school each day.  But I fear the lack of routine and they need that reading and skill time too and I always make big goals to make that part of our summer but, it often gets neglected.  I LOVE the idea of a summer bucket list and taking each day and making a little adventure out of it.  BUT, the boys are bigger and their energy is fierce.  They desire friends.  Syd is used to just her and I.  It is a transition.  One I fear at times.  

So I am taking May and trying to get a few things out that will help make the summer ahead better.

This week I am meal planning so that after school I can focus on getting the boys to get their homework done and we can play outside.  Meal planning will be key this summer.

Getting to the gym twice in the morning this week.  I haven't been going and I feel it in the way my clothes fit, my energy, and my mood.  Getting there twice this week will be a start.  Starting the day off doing something for me is a no brainer.  So I need to make it happen.  

I am also going to walk each day with Syd and the stroller because she begs and I am lazy to say no or after she goes to bed.  I want to get 10,000 steps each day.  No excuses.
Drinking more water.

Not rushing the kids out the door, giving them enough time to get out to door at their own annoying pace.  Slowing down.  

Henry will read morning and evening. 
Charley will practice his math facts and his soccer drills.
Syd will water the flowers and she will go to bed better by June 1st or there is going to be some sad cancellations of summer travel plans.  

first grade concert

First grade is coming to an end really, really quickly.  Too quick for this mama!  
He had a little end of the year concert.  His class was the giraffe herd??? not sure what you call a group of giraffe kiddos.   He sang and I even caught a glimpse of him singing.  

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tuesday glimpses

 Just a few glimpses of life around these parts.  

Monday, April 6, 2015

little man

They just went for it.

"If you're willing to do something that might not work, you're closer to becoming an artist." -Seth Godin

So I took these two little ladies on an outing and this is where we ended up.  Manic Ceramic.  They worked hard for over an hour.  And I relaxed and watched them and learned....children are so different when approaching a $16 mug that needs some paint.  They just go for it.  They don't stress when something drips the wrong way.  They don't wait to make a plan.  They aren't afraid of ruining it.  They just go for it.  You know they are going to think what they made is incredible.  They give glowing compliments when they take moments to peek at each other's progress.   And they were little artists for this hour and I am so glad I got to sit and take them in.  

And here here is my adorable kindergarten lose too sporting little lady, Morgan.  Girl's tooth is mighty loose.  Can't wait to capture that smile with both front teeth missing :)


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