Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Zip City

Zip city is just like sky zone here in Dayton... But it's the only place that had a zip line in addition to the trampolines!

It made for a really fun family day!

Lots of new adventures as my littles get bigger! :-)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Happy Spring Break!!

I know I have been MIA for awhile now (just about 2 months since my last post)! 

And honestly, It's been a nice break!  One of my New Year's Resolutions was to be on Media less and do other things that I love and treasure and need to be doing more of... more!

I recently read the book, Hands Free Momma and it is, by far, my favorite parenting book I've ever read.  It does the most perfect job of capturing the beauty of parenting in the midst of how hard it can be at times to juggle it all.  It encouraged me to put down the phone, turn off the computer and soak in the moments that we have with our little loves while we still have them.    Media isn't in itself bad, but it sure can be distracting!
So, I have thoroughly loved being off FB and not blogging these past couple of months.  It's been refreshing and a great way to start off the New Year!

It's also made for more time for Reading, Bible study, Parenting, Date Nights, Parenting, Moving, Kinder Work, Cooking New Recipes, Cleaning, and Parenting some more! All of these things have been consuming me in a good way.  :-) 

So now, it's time to update and I'm slightly on a media binge since my kiddos happen to be in Cleveland with the grandparents for Spring Break!  It's amazing how much time you have on your hands when you're not running around chasing 3 little ones! 

Since I have no idea where to start updating, I'll just go straight to today and post of few pics of the kiddos having fun on Spring Break!   I've always been with them in Cleveland for Spring Break but since we are in the process of selling our home (we had our first open house today!), I stayed back to work on stuff around here.

It's not a beach vacation, but it sure is quiet, peaceful and relaxing!  And I did sleep in until 9am this morning which is unheard of around these parts, so I am soaking in a vacation free of parenting and relishing in the pics that my mom has sent, treasuring the fact that my kids are surely having a blast!
sassy little thing

those seals are real! crazy, huh!

easter egg hunt

don't you love the Easter dresses and tennis shoes look for the zoo! :-)
I love seeing my kids have fun with others and since they are gone, I'm going to knock off some things on my to-do list...maybe finish/work on Adalei's baby book!??  Work out for the 2nd time in the New Year?  The possibilities are endless!  I know I'll be organizing my pics and catching up the blog as well since time is definitely on my side! 

Happy Spring Break!!

Friday, January 30, 2015


After 5 very long tough years of my hubby completing his dissertation, it is soooo nice to finally be at the light at the end of the tunnel. 

He is doing what he loves and it's always something very exciting! 

He just had an interview last week with the Dayton Business Journal and it just got published. 

Click Here  to see what he's been up to lately, it's pretty incredible stuff!

So proud of that guy! :-)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

January Fun!

I LOVE January, it's like a breath of fresh air after the Holidays! 

This year, I love January even more because I've had 4 snow days already this month!  And when you ONLY work 9 days a month, 4 is quite a big number!  

I absolutely love my job, but there is an intense excitement about the prospect of a SNOW DAY!!
Here my kiddos are wearing their PJ's inside out and sleeping with spoons under their pillow as suggested by their teachers!  Teachers get really silly about hoping for snow days too! :-)
 We've been home a ton and having new Christmas Presents to entertain us has been super helpful!  These dot to dot placemats...awesome!!
 Braden loves his new bath robe and begged me to take a picture of the 2 of us as soon as we woke up one morning since we were both wearing our robes.  Nothing like being nice and cozy!
 We've had tons of b-day parties this month.  It seems like every weekend we are heading to Chuck-e-Cheese, Magic Castle,  or Leapfrog!

 She's just so cute sporting her winter gear!
 Mixels...an awesome lego set where you can mix up all the pieces!
 This munchkin started her very own class for the first time...Gymnastics!! She is in LOVE with it!
 Also obsessed with bubble baths, so this has become a daily routine around here!
 Puzzle Pro!
 Building Expert!

 Rec Center for Carson's Swim B-day Party!  These boys had a blast!
 And winter picnics inside. 
Before we know it, we'll be running through the sprinklers again outside,,, but for now we're in our jams A LOT, building forts and playing with all of our new gifts!

 Thankful for all the newness January Brings!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Christmas #4!

Ok, I might be able to move beyond Christmas after this post! :-) 

My brother hosted his first Christmas in his new house.  It was beautiful and perfect in every way!  He made a delicious brunch and we all opened gifts by the fire.  Everyone in our family was there together and we enjoyed our last bit of time hanging out together before my relatives headed back to Chicago.  Oh, and the highlight of the morning for me was beating my hubby in darts.  I just had to get that documented! :-)  

We sure had a sweet time together. Now, we are settling into January with all the freshness a New Year brings!! 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Christmas at Mimi and Papa's!

Well, our visit with Mimi and Papa didn't start out as we would have planned....we began our Christmas at their house by going to Urgent Care.  Both of the girls were sick and a quick visit to get meds turned into a 5 hour trip...but we got exactly what we needed to recover, so it was worth it!

Daddy loves sitting in the waiting room at urgent care for 2 hours.
 We loved spending time with cousin Nora. 

 The girls loved their new presents.
 Daddy loved his new sweater! :-)
 Mimi and Papa spoiled all of us with great food and company.
 I received this dark chocolate quinoa crunch bar and immediately fell in love. 
 The boys were being really silly in front of the tree....brothers!
 Aunt Norma always finds the cutest shirts for the kids from her trips.

 These 2 are so cute together!
 We can't wait for Aunt Val to have baby #2 so we can cuddle a new cousin!!
 And one of my very favorite moments from Christmas at Mimi and Papa's was when these 2 sung us Christmas carols before dinner.  It was the sweetest.  Love them so much!
It was a whirlwind of a good time...tons of presents, food, chocolate, movies, hikes, tea parties, laughter and love.   We are so blessed!