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!!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Papa bob to the rescue!

Because I think Cleveland is only a few minutes away, I spontaneously asked my dad To come over and he said YeS!!

We welcomed him with a cookie party!

And he already has the kids wrapped around his finger!

Love my sweet dad, he's a breath of fresh air for us right now while my hubby is working a lot,lot,lot lot!!! 

Excited to spend the next couple days together! Thanks dad!! Xo

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Best date ever!!







Love spending one on one time with my kiddos, I could not have asked for a better date!

Love summer, love him!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Look who came to town!!





We were so blessed to have another visit with my sweet friend Ali! She came in town to spend the day with me and my kids! She has not seen Braden since he was just born and has never met Reese so this was a huge treat for us all!! We took her to a few of our favorite places and had such a fun day summering together!! :-) 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Sky zone

We ❤️ this place!!!





Braden was soooo tired after an hour long bounce!

This place is amazing and I'm so glad it just opened up here in our city!

Braden already declared that his next b-day party will be here!  ��

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Girls Weekend!!

Dear Ali,

Next time I come to visit you, I am only going to put underwear in my purse and hop on an airplane! (You just wait!!)

Because that's all I need when I"m with you!

You have it all... fabulous clothes (and bathing suits!) for me to wear, delicious snacks (yeah for cheeries!), and every detail planned to hilt!

When I am with you, happiness overwhelms me, I feel like I'm home.  There is not a care in the world.  We can sing our hearts out in the car, talk hours into the night and share all of our hopes, dreams, and hurts.   There are no walls between us, only grace.   


God sure knew what he was doing when he made us roommates 12 years ago in Ocean City.   Has it really been that long!?   Because, regardless of what those girls thought, we haven't aged a bit! :-)

Our Home
We made the best memories of our lives that summer.  Every day was a gift.  I knew it was going to be an amazing summer, but I had no idea God was going to give me a best friend for life!

It was so hard to leave our little bubble of Heaven.  I dreaded that day we'd have to say good-bye to a place that we loved and treasured so much.  We grew in so many ways that summer, we made memories of a lifetime.  
We always wanted to go back and I knew one year we would.  Having 12 years pass by us made it nostalgic. 
Next time, we'll take our little ones along.   Yours and mine.  And we'll take them to the top of the Ferris wheel and tell them that the very top is one of our very favorite places on earth because we can see it all, where we worked, where we shopped, where we prayed, where we grew into the people that God wanted us to be.

 And then we'll chase them into the ocean and dive into the waves.  (ps. thanks for doing that with me, I needed it.  LIVE life to the fullest, no regrets!)  And then we'll buy them matching sweatshirts to wear at night when it gets chilly.
This trip meant the world to me.  I've looked forward to it for 12 years and I know we'll return again some day....

Love you sweet friend and miss you already,
Jill