Thursday, June 15, 2017

Summer time 2017...

Summer so far...

Puddle jumping after a rainstorm.
Swimming lessons were cancelled but the puddles were open for business, and we took advantage.

 I planned a surprise birthday party for Matt. We all met at Lion's Field and played a family game of softball. So much fun! It was an incredibly hot and sweaty day but well worth the time out there. We followed up the game with a water balloon fight at the field and lunch at our house. Below is a picture of the ice cream cake I made. I was awfully proud of that thing.

We haven't had much rain at all so far this month but when it did rain we didn't let the puddles go to waste. More puddle jumping...

I found this picture on my phone. hahaha

Maddie asks to go to the pool at all hours of the day. Typically "pool" is the first word out of her mouth when she wakes in the morning. "Night, night, pool?" Our visits to the pool are often followed by popsicles at home. SUMMER FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And SOMETIMES everyone plays together AND gets along. And it is literally pure bliss.
Here the girls took turns wrapping each other up like babies. Haha

Summer has also been filled with swimming lessons, softball games, coach pitch softball games, basketball camps, summer enrichment classes, Matt's basketball, men's and women's golf leagues, dance class, and of course, visits by Taryn to help me out and babysit this wild brood.
I love summer! 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Update on things around here...

Hey little blog and future are a few things going on around here. Better document it so you can remember! I mean with all these pictures I take on my phone I feel like I need to write down the story that goes along with it. Nothing more fun than looking back on what life was like when.

Matt decided to sign on for another year with the Cedar Valley CourtKings. He's calling it his retirement tour. So far this season the CourtKings are 8-0. Last season they were the league champs. Below is an action shot of Matt receiving his championship ring and a high five for Loo.

Mom and I took the younger three girls to the Easter egg hunt while Matt was with Kate at a soccer game. Maddie semi-patiently waited to collect eggs and then stuffed all their contents into her mouth as fast as humanly possible. Natalie found TWO golden eggs and won a slew of prizes including, pool party passes, two beach towels, a gift certificate to Tootsie's, AND a bike!! She was beyond thrilled. Sadly CJ found only one egg and it contained taffy- her least favorite candy. It was a wide range of emotions from many girls.

A few weeks back we had a cold streak which forced us to begrudgingly dig out winter coats again. We made the best of a chilly situation and jumped in puddles. 

Everybody had themselves a good, messy, dirty time.

But then when you least expect it, the weather takes another turn and we find ourselves in sweatshirts at the park. This picture was taken during Maddie's no-nap phase. Here I made them complete some hard labor in hopes of a joyous, quiet nap time. It worked. :)

We also celebrated this little lady turning TWO! She loved her birthday. How is she 2 already? I know every parent asks themselves this question as each of their kids turn a year older and I'm no exception. The days are long, and the years are short. Since turning two she has started doing some light talking. Her first official word other than mom or dad was banana but it's said more like a minion. Growling voice yelling, "NANA!!"

Homemade malts. I can smell and taste summer!!!

I'm pretty sure I've mentioned this before but our yard is referred to as the vortex. Nearly every afternoon you can find various children playing in our yard or on our porch. It's mostly good. We typically have nine kids. It's a little overwhelming at times but I think everyone has fun. It does get a little old when kids are peeking in the windows during dinner but at least I know where my kids are playing rather than disappearing into someone else's world. 

Nine and a half more days until school is officially done for the summer. Our June calendar is PACKED! Here's to hours and hours of outdoor play whether in the yard, on the softball field, or in the pool.
I heart you, summer!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Having fun...

I've been having so much fun lately with Natalie and Maddie. They are both super goofballs who love to dance and pretend. Kate and CJ are lots of fun too, of course, but they aren't here as much as the two littlest girls, so they don't get into as many photos. With the weather warming we've been outside a lot too which makes EVERYBODY much happier! Also, everyone in our house (with the exception of Matt) is growing out their hair which makes for fun hairstyles each morning. NOTE: The hairstyles don't last long which is evidenced in these photos. Ha! I love these girls!

We make tiaras, bracelets, necklaces, and garlands with Natalie's "special beads." I also step on countless "special beads" which doesn't feel too good but they are at least fun to play with. Lots of creativity happens when these beads are pulled out of the closet (or from under the bed, dresser, etc.)

Clothing is optional. Diapers are not.

Nacho, our pet cat, went to the vet overnight to get fixed, get shots, and declawed! Poor thing. The girls were missing her something fierce. The day she was set to return, CJ made Nacho a banner at school and we set up a "kitty buffet" to welcome her home. I sent this picture to Matt and he responded, "Is CJ eating cat food? Why is Maddie naked? And is Natalie drunk?!" I laughed, and laughed, and laughed. This is our crazy house day in day out.

Barbies, barbies everywhere, everyday! Natalie loves Barbies!

I cleaned up so we could actually play with the Barbies. Natalie promptly left. Apparently it is more fun to play with Barbies strewn everywhere. Oh, kids.

And here is a random photo from January when we went to one of the local bouncy house places with our neighbor friends. We've gone bouncing quite a bit this winter. The kids burn off SO much energy!

What fun days...most of the time. I'm looking forward to summer with excitement and mild anxiety. It will be busy and exhausting, and hopefully, filled with lots of laughs!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Truth and tired...

Each time I open my blog and reread old posts, I get nostalgic. I also get grumpy with myself. I'm not documenting the days of Natalie and Maddie being little squirts like I did with the older two girls. As if I need any more pressure on myself to do more, and yet, I do just that. I'm not gonna lie, four girls is major work. Four kids is major work. I'm nearly forty. Ack, how did that happen? People tell me regularly things like, "You look tired!" or "Your teeth look yellow." or "Losing baby weight is hard, huh?" Thanks all! Add to my aging body the fact I can't run because of my stinkin' hip, that's right, this old lady has a hip injury, and it's not exactly easy to stay in shape. I'm trying to take care of myself but apparently 39 isn't treating me well. 

Little girl laundry...

Maddie is a bundle of happiness that climbs like a mountain goat and explores like a burglar in a diamond store. Does that make sense? She likes to destroy. I have a hard time keeping up with her. But dang, she is adorable.

My brother and sister when they were little...

That's me on the right. I thought I looked so good in that coat. And my hair! I probably spent a solid 30 minutes perfecting that coif. Now I barely spend three minutes on my hair.

My mom and dad a few years back... Look at my mom's mane. So beautiful!

That's me raiding my grandma's refrigerator. Maddie and I could be twins!

Maddie's twin (me) again...
That outfit. Love it!

What's the point of this post? I don't know. I barely documented anything of importance related to my children but maybe one day I will look back and think, "I tried. Even though I often was tired, and apparently didn't look my best, I at least tried."  

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Joy is contagious and there is no one better than your child to remind you of that.
My Natalie can change emotions faster than sound travels but when she is joyful- we all feel it.
Love, love, love it!

To watch your babe enjoy sweet corn for the first time? JOY!
(Yep, old picture, but still worth sharing.)

Giant block tower built by my curly haired CJ. JOY!

And Kate's giant personality? JOY, JOY, JOY!

I love these girls!
They bring me so much JOY!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Christmas Countdown 2016...

Missed a few days in my Christmas countdown. Eh, I'm cool with it.

We've been enjoying holiday cartoons on television.
We have also enjoyed stealing mom's phone and taking random photos.

This morning Maddie decided she needed to get up at 3. She cried for awhile in her bed until I finally got her up for the day at 4:15. First thing I did was make myself some coffee and make her clock in for work. She refilled K cups, read some books, watched some Mr. Ed (not much on at this time of day), and dragged the cat around by the neck. (Maddie's not gentle with Nacho.) Needless to say, I'm feeling ready for bed. 

So many random photos...

Three more days until Christmas!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas Countdown 2016...

A few weeks back we made our annual visit to a Christmas tree farm to chop down our tree. It is always a serious debate on which tree is best and this year we picked a doozie! She is tall and gorgeous; Amazonian-like except that you wouldn't find our Christmas tree in the rain forest. Only 12 more days until Christmas and it feels more like deep, dark January out there with 3 degrees and frozen, solid snow on the ground. Today we watch Scooby Doo instead of playing outside and I will warm my hands with a mug of coffee and frothy milk. I started my baking today. I've got Kringla and cinnamon roll dough waiting for me. Maddie sat in her high chair for an HOUR eating cereal while I mixed and spilled and cleaned. That right there is a Christmas miracle. And now I type with Nacho on my lap and Scooby Doo on TV. These ramblings may seem unnecessary now but I find it fun to look back on what life was like. Sometimes the days spent with only two girls instead of four seem like a far-off dream. I thought things were challenging then. Now I laugh in the face of my former self. I'm working hard to be intentional about everything around here. If I don't keep these sweet, little tornadoes on the right path then I loose my head, and frankly they loose their's. These are days I will never get back and I don't want to waste them being angry with everyone. Cheers to simple days. Cheers to little faces and fingers. Cheers to nap time. Cheers to Christmas lights and cozy blankets. 

I'm thankful for this wild and crazy life. 


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