Sunday, August 31, 2014

Prayers Please!!!

I have soooo many things I want to blog about... Fun "Frozen" birthday parties, Labor Day cookouts with family, school updates and fall goodness...

But, right now, NOTHING else matters to me but Little Harper Joy!

One of our dear friends delivered Harper 5 weeks ago, she was 25 weeks along.  She's been doing GREAT everyday and making tons of progress until this week.  An infection set in, and then her kidneys started to fail...

I spent the afternoon at the NICU with our friends today praying for a miracle. Please join me in praying for little Harper JOY!  Pray her kidneys start working again and that she pulls through, she is already such a miracle baby.
You are so loved Harper.  God has you in the palm on His Hands. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Aren't these the coolest straws ever!!



I was pretty excited when I saw these because I took a brain research class a couple years ago and learned  that when children drink from twisty straws, they have to suck harder and that makes their brains smarter because connections are taking place! 

So I've always wanted to buy some fun straws, and this was the perfect gift!

Thanks Uncle Brett and Aunt Val for being so thoughtful!
 Drinking has never been so fun!! :-)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

We had a whirlwind of a weekend with lots of family in town!

Reese had her first soccer game of the season...
thankful Daddy is coaching.


Little Cheerleaders!

 She was so happy being goal until the ball went RIGHT between her legs into the goal.
We had tears! :-)

Brett also had a bday celebration this weekend!  Happy Birthday Uncle Brett!
 They celebrated his birthday by going to a Baseball Game!



Even with the crazy hot temps, it looks like they had a blast!  Thanks Mimi for the great pics!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

Hello Mess!!!

For some reason I thought it was a good idea to give all of my children push pops in the car!  

I must be an inexperienced mom!
Summer is winning!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

First Day of Preschool (round 2!)

Here we go!

Our Summer chapter is closing and our school year is just beginning...

And I'm glad because I think summer just swallowed me whole!

We are still trying to keep up with going to parks, farms, friend's houses and festivities as well as going to my classroom now in the mornings and having out of town weekend visits with best friends/college roommates all while house shopping, soccer, ballet and prepping for the new school year. Phew!

I'm learning that I love to over commit :-) and I think I hit my wall yesterday when I realized that we have no groceries, no gas in the car, no diapers, a to do list that is mostly undone, and piles of laundry on the couch (that last one is pretty normal around here!)  And I'm coming to the sad realization that Adalei's baby book that I promised myself I would do last summer will probably not get done!  So, I'm thinking that Slowing Down is in my near future.  (After I go to Youngs Dairy with the kids today, gotta get that in first! :-)

I am very thankful for such a fabulous summer and I'm ready for the school year to begin.  I need some stabilization in my life, ha ha!   Our classroom is 100% done and it looks AMAZING!  I'll share final pics soon!  I met some of my new students this morning at school and I can't wait to for them to be my students next week....

But, first, I need to celebrate my own starting the school year!  This morning was a Big Day for this sweet pea!
She was READY TO GO as if she'd been doing this her whole life!  
And everything was exactly like it should be..  She was all smiles and I was all tears as the bus rode away with her in it!  How do you ever put your child on the bus for the first time without balling your eyes out!?? 
Reesie, Mommy is so proud of you!  I'm praying you have a fabulous school year!!
Love you!  Keep Smiling and shining your little light!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Love seeing my girls in these dresses

Made from my mom's wedding dress!




We've tried to wear them a bunch this summer! They are so precious to me!!

So thankful for sisters!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Happy birthday Dave!!

We loved getting To celebrate with you!!

We love you!!

And adalei loved blowing out these candles over and over again, she sure is ready for her bday coming up! We have one month left with a 1 year old, sigh!

Monday, August 11, 2014

We did it!!!

We accomplished our Summer Bucket List!!
WOO HOO!

The very first day of summer (which feels like yesterday!), we sat in the backyard on a blanket in the shade and chatted about all of the fun things we wanted to do this summer!  I jotted down all of their ideas and this became our Summer Bucket List...
We looked at our list almost everyday and the kiddos loved crossing things off the list after we enjoyed doing them!  Looking at this list now, I know that we did so so much more than this, but at the same time there are things we would have never done if they weren't on this list (such as adventure golf, surprising Daddy at work and having a sleepover to name a few!)   Adding these out of the ordinary things to our day brought us so much JOY!  And we found that we did some of the things on our list (such as picnics at the park and playdates with friends) just about every single day!  

The kids enjoyed our list so much they are already brainstorming our Fall Bucket List to write up there soon! But, not too soon!

On August 5th, We checked our Very Last Item off the list...Blueberry picking!!!  YUM!
It was the perfect end to a wonderful summer of fabulous memories.

Another blessing was blueberry picking WITH our new friends!  I met Gretchen a few weeks ago at VBS.  Our kids were in the same rooms and they instantly become friends.  So did we!


We've LOVED hanging out with our new friends a ton over the last few weeks! 
And Big SURPRISE!!  Daddy left work to come pick berries with us! :-)


This little one was obsessed with the berries.  Once she put one in her mouth, there was no stopping her!
This pic. was from the very beginning of the night...once she realized she could eat the berries, she ditched the bucket!  Silly girl! 
I'm happy we ended the summer on such a sweet note!  I'm pretty sure we saved the best for last!

We're prepping for school now, shifting gears...buying school supplies, containers for lunches, thermoses, Halloween outfits (oh yes, we couldn't pass up an Elsa costume!),  and new shoes are next on our list!

My Kids are definitely getting excited and now that I am setting up my room, so am I!

Sneak peak of my new classroom!  This was from just a couple days of setting up last week.  We're actually just about done now, so I need to take some final pics!


Looking forward to meeting my new little ones soon!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Welcome baby Emilia!!

Our good friend Megan is back home! And she came back with a sweet addition to her family!

Megan has spent the last 2 years in Turkey with her husband doing missionary work, we have missed them dearly!

We were awfully excited to see see them again and meet miss Emilia Sue!





We love you Meg and we're so excited that you guys are back!!