Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Brianna-Mommy time



She LOVES playing with my hair while I read to her!

She insisted on reading "sweet books."  That means stuff from the likes of Max Lucado, ie: "You are Special."  Such a great message! 
I love that Brianna is really FEELING it. I hope she always does, and we always remain this close.

Brainy Bennett


He begs for educational activities everyday. Not exaggerating or joking or even bragging. I'm in awe of it. And very supportive of course :)
Today he learned how to look words up in a dictionary and read the definitions! He loved it! 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Overheard just now:

Lily: "which twin was born first?"
Bennett: "Courtney was, because I'm a gentleman."

"WHAT, we're School Shopping already...?!!"

Raspberry picking at Papa's!

every moment

She starts each night in her own bed (sharing a room with Brianna, she loves it) but sometime during the early morning hours almost always finds her way into mine. And I love it. I'm sure someday I'll miss having my squishy baby next to me  (she's already a couple years past the time where most would consider her a baby....) so I'm enjoying it while I can! I love her sweet sweet peaceful expression and huge smile when she wakes up and crawls all over me. Or occasionally scoots away to the other side, it's funny!
I'm so grateful to my Heavenly Father for entrusting me with this angelic little one.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Patriotic Charity!

Tubing with my baby

I don't love this picture of me, but I looooove the memory of the event, so it makes the blog!

Neighborhood Parade


Sunday, July 9, 2017

4th











Just a few images from our fantastic trip to Endicott for their awesome small-town (but BIG fireworks!) celebration.
Totally worth the 2 hr drive. 
Hours of outdoor swimming, games, treats, more games, more swimming, playground, live band, dancing to the music, juggling entertainer....  we love this place on the 4th!!
So glad Aunt Jenny gets us in every year :)
5 of my mom's 8 children were all there! That's pretty cool!

I got to hang out a lot with Kiya. I adore that sweet girl! She's just so pleasant to be around. No drama, no sass, kind and thoughtful... I hope I get that lucky in the teenage department when we get to that stage!

REALLY loving the temple

You know you're a big fan of the temple when you tell your kids to Dab in front of it... :) Brian took them all to go see a sweet fireside featuring Claire Crosby, an adorable 4 yr old YouTube star. It was at the Stake Center next to the temple. Meredith and Lily went too. And what did I do? Seeeeeriously enjoyed the 3 hours of nonkid time at home, and got the house cleaned up! Win-win, everyone happy!

Spending summer evenings right

Brian got home from work and was immediately pounced on by 2 eager little bike riders. They made it all the way to the Colbert Store (6 miles roundtrip!) and bought icecream cones. 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Bethany's 5th

It's pretty neat to be able to send my kids out the door to walk over to their cousin's birthday party!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

No Yokeing

I became in charge of dessert for an impromptu family dinner party, so I took advantage of the fact that this is the time of year where bringing a bunch of popsicles as the dessert is perfectly acceptable. However that meant managing 4 squirrels at Yokes....for a "quick trip" (kinda impossible, since they MUST hit the deli for the free cheese stick, bakery for free cookie, and produce dept for free piece of fruit). All while each pushing  their own individual mini cart.
It's ok. I've accepted that we just make a scene wherever we go. 

Tae Kwon Do tips

Bennett earned some "tips" (colored tape) for doing great sparring today and board breaking!

Dollar Store outing

Somehow my children - Brianna especially - were convinced that there is a magical place called the dollar store and life wouldn't be complete until they got to go. So finally I gave in and took them. It happened to be one of the items on our Summer Service calendar anyway - "buy a gift for a neighbor from the dollar store to brighten their day" - so we got some cute pink ribbon/cancer/cure stuff (stickers, glitter tattoos) to make cards for our neighbor Mary who has cancer.
Aaaaand the kids all got to choose one thing, since they earned a dollar from Nonny the night before when she paid them to go dance with the dinosaur at the Endicott festival. 
Bennett was sooooo sweet - he used his dollar to get a gift for Charity!
Shopping with these 4 little people is a little chaotic. But fun to see them get SO excited over something as simple as a  dollar store trip :)

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Farm fun

Our Martial Arts instructor also happens to have a little farm going on! Goats, horses, dogs, cats, rabbits. Charity loooooves greeting the animals every week. 

Gettin dirty

Meredith was awesome enough to do VBS pickup and Y lunch with all the kids, so I had several hours all to myself. YARDWORK time, whoohoo! I actually enjoy getting yard work done,  I just struggle to do it while I've got all the kids at home because I wanna be with them. Both to keep them productive, and just to enjoy their little selves.  I've tried to get them out there working with me, but it's tough keeping all 4 engaged. So the big jobs - like removing this stump!!! - get put off.
But I got to tackle all the weeds, clean out the shed, leaf-blow the porch, driveway, garage, shed, patio (hello dust storm up my nose), plant cilantro, and do a few other things....besides the ONE THING I actually intended on doing - getting some flowers planted. I have an avoidance issue I think. I'm great at doing everything besides the one thing I need most to do. Hmm. 

New clothes from Nonny

Sometimes new duds just magically appear on the front porch! Brianna was especially grateful for new shorts. She's outgrown all hers - just lengthwise anyway. We definitely teach our girls that the way to respect themselves and honor our Heavenly Father is to wear appropriate clothes. And it will help them have more fun because they're totally comfortable and don't have to worry about wardrobe malfunctions! That means summer time isn't for tiny shorts and little tank tops.

I'll miss my sweet kindergarteners!

Fort making at Annalee's Art Camp!

All of Annalee's art students worked together to make this during art camp, then Courtney won the drawing so we got to take it home!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Teaching pet care responsibility




It's a dirty job but someone has to do it.

And it isn't going to be me!

Although, as every mom knows, it's more to work coaching a child thru completing a chore than to just do it myself....

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

Matching Father-Son ties from Grandma!





Looks great, they love it, thank you!!  

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

School's out celebration with Nonny

From mom: 
"Ready to golf! Now we're at Methods for healthy treats - next farmers market!"

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Dressing up the guinea pig




Oh Brianna.... you and your fascination and adoration of this little rodent....