Monday, February 8, 2016

Just because!

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   Apparently it's time to play Go Fish  

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Love me some Lindsay

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Friday, February 5, 2016

Tecate Grill!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

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   Bday treats for school  

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Riding home in our first Uber!

 Whoever invited Uber is just brilliant. 
I'm a big fan. 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Fun with buttons....

I found the seatac restrooms to be satisfactory  

Bon voyage....

I cant believe we're really doing this...  
Florida here we come!!

Taking off with this goof! ✈  

Saying goodbye is hard to do...

We will miss our little ones so much!!

Off to the Bahamas :)

Friday, January 22, 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Friday, January 15, 2016

Eeeaaattt ffaaasssteeerr Bennneeettt

This handsome devil seriously takes forevvvverrr to finish his dinner! Slow eating is what *I* should be doing, not him!

Dads n Donuts

As much as I'm NOT a fan of those deep fried diabetic heart attack inducers.... I'm glad she got some QT with her main man at school this morning. She was in heaven. And it almost didn't happen because I told Brianna her daddy couldn't go- not because I'm trying to salvage his health (though I am), simply because he's SO swamped with work (sales! World of constant pressure!) that I didn't want him feeling guilty for missing it, or choosing to attend it at the risk of losing important biz. But she told him last-minute, he picked her up from morning piano lessons, and off they went for daddy daughter sugar bonding.    

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Saturday, January 2, 2016

I loan out my children to Nonny...

... And she returns them hours later, freshly washed, wearing brand new jammies, girl's hair in curlers. Glitter curlers, no less.
Every mom needs a Nonny.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Out to the movies

We went to see The Mockingjay Part 2 tonight.  I really loved reading The Hunger Games series, and they've done a great job with the films, IMO. Though I'm a pretty easy one to please with movies, since I don't see very many, I'm easily impressed. Unless it's inappropriate/vulgar, I usually like it. Speaking of which... despite us posing with this Zoolander sign, I just want to clarify that I won't be watching it. Just thought the spinning sign was funny.
Going out to the movies falls under the guilty-pleasure category for me. I definitely enjoy it, but it's a huge waste of money - especially considering driving and babysitter costs. Waiting til the movie is out on Redbox saves a lot, and it's nice to watch at home on my own comfy couch, where I can check my texts without fear of people behind me hating me. But watching in-theater can't be replicated in terms of anxiety-inducing intensity.  I have to remind myself several times during the scary parts that it's NOT REAL. My heart gets racing so fast it's ridiculous. Speaking of ridiculous... we actually had to sneak into this movie! They told us it was sold out, but I was determined... so we bought tix for a different film, then walked into the Mockingjay. And yep, sure enough - found seats!

Maddie the babysitter!

I feel like a moocher if I ask my parents/Mere/Meg to watch our kids too often - especially when it's for something I'm CHOOSING to be out for, not like YW obligations or things like that.
So I'm grateful I have babysitter options!
Especially one that's not LDS, so she's available at times all my YW have something going on!
Maddie lives nearby and is awesome. Such a sweet girl. She leaves the house as clean or cleaner than she found it, and does the exact activities I have laid out for the kids. Definitely earned her $30 tonight! (we pay $8/hr, then round up - like if we're gone 2.7 hours, I just call it 3).
Tonight I left them with a chart to fill out:  the kids got to choose books for Maddie to read to them, then they got points for each book. Points are redeemable for minutes on or (their favorite sites to play on...shh, don't tell them it's educational). Courtney wanted minutes of back-scratching instead of website minutes. She's such a cuddly girl - loves hugs and massages and tickling. Brianna does too. Bennett totally doesn't. Such a stereotypical boy.

Skating @Pattisons!

One of the reasons I love Facebook is because I find out about local stuff happening. Like free-skate-day at Pattisons Roller Rink! I wouldn't have known about it if not for someone posting it on a mom's group I'm in.  So Brian took the kids today and had a blast (except Charity - poor babe. Kindof overwhelming.)

This place holds a LOT of memories for me. Our church used to rent out the whole rink every year for a ward party! I loved the game where you stop on the numbers and win a prize, and the song where you do bird/chicken moves, the YMCA, and the couples' skate (romantic highlight of my childhood ;)

I'm so glad my kids are learning the essential skill of skating.  Next: roller blading!

Protective sister!

She takes her "little mommy" role very seriously, and it's heart warming

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Last swim of the year!

  Now that Charity is a little more self-sufficient in the pool (ie - less likely to drown, as she's understanding natural consequences), I enjoy taking them swimming.
I can just stand knee-deep or sit on the sides, catching up on all my texting.  Not even joking, I send and receive hundreds of texts for YW - between working with the other youth leaders, and interacting with the girls. It's crazy.
So grateful that unlimited texting plans are pretty much standard these days!
And I also do a lot of texting with family around here - just being silly, or making plans for whatever the next party is. 
Because there's ALWAYS one coming up ;)

Yay for pools! Tools of child exhaustion.

Strolling with my hommies

 Though I would've much preferred to be joining the family jumping Party at Get Air, it was equally satisfying to know that Lindsay got to!
Savana and Charity seemed to enjoy their tour of Northtown Mall. Or at least tolerate it. I had to keep moving constantly or Charity would try to get out. And I had to avoid eye contact with Savana for fear she'd burst into tears.... (she's got a very healthy sense of stranger danger. Hopefully I get out of the stranger category someday soon!!)

I saved Bennett from getting beat up

I was in the kiddie pool with Charity when I saw a boy go to his older brother and tell him, "that boy over there called me FAT!"  and the brother looked ready to pummel the culprit. Which, in some cases, I might be inclined to say - yeah, that's right, go defend your bro!.... but NOT when the name-caller they're pointing at is my 5 yr old boy. 
So I jumped into action, got Bennett out of the pool and onto the "Think About It Bench"  (aka - Time Out). We talked about the various reasons why it's not ok to call others unkind names....even if it's true...
These reasons include - first, it's not nice. It's not what Jesus would want us doing. 
And if that isn't persuasive enough...
It could get you beat up by a kid's brother. 
So be nice.

Photo: Bennett having a Time-Out, unknowingly saving his life.  And next - him going up to the victim of his socially unacceptable honesty and making a forced apology. 

My TRX buddy

Brianna had many options of things to do while I did my TRX class at the Y.... but she just wanted to sit on the side and watch us! Then afterwards... do what these straps were REALLY made for - swinging! 

Sidenote: I love TRX class. Awesome way to strength train. 

Happy birthday LINDSAY!!

 I got to throw a birthday party for mah sista!

It's been the party house here lately - like 5 in the last week.  It's been fun but exhausting :)
And very motivating for me to have the main areas of my home very clean!  (which means the back rooms - like the office and master bedroom - are a MESS). 

We did a special video presentation for Lindsay (hilarious), mexican-themed decorations and food, presents, and a few little games.

I love my Lindsay!
Next year is her FORTIETH.... I better start planning the party now!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Party for Coug!

   Cougar's bday is the day before his mommy's, which is just after Christmas and just before New Years... so it's major partying week around here.  Very awesome, very exhausting, very worth it. 
After Get Air, everyone convened back at my house (mostly because mom and dad's driveaway is too dang slippery so we don't dare attempt it!)

Lots of DDR dancing, playing, watching the Cougar video I made last year (always fun to see Lindsay cry over it ;) and singing to this awesome kid!
We got him the latest Rick Riordan book (all the range for kids his age, apparently), an origami set, and the Brick of Mormon!!  Super excited about that one.

The 1st annual Winfield Women's White Elephant Party!

We kicked it off with QUALITY over QUANTITY, in terms of who/how many actually showed up :) Hopefully next year we'll get BOTH!

Spin class buddy

She's so funny.... she made it through the entire 45 minute class! (well, not quite 45 minutes... I was a few late... as always...)
I love spin class!! 
And I love my Brianna. I'm going to love it when she's older and we get to do more working out together - classes, running, swimming, cycling.... it's going to be great!
It kind of blows my mind that the majority of people think of this as drudgery. Or a chore. Or "being good."
Exercise is what I look forward to every day! I love it. I'd do it even if it wasn't good for me :)