Monday, September 15, 2014

A Royal Birthday!

 No, I'm not royalty. :) I'm not wearing the crown because it's my birthday, but because I was the "Queen of Books" at Sir Readalot's Castle at school. Our fall Book Fair began on my birthday, Sept. 4th, and lasted though Sept. 15th. It's a fun time in the library, and I enjoy playing right along with the theme every time! My 37th birthday was GREAT! Jan sent me flowers and balloons to school along with a snickers and diet coke. (He knows me so well!) I had to work late on my birthday:(, but we celebrated with CAKE (my favorite-strawberry made by Mrs. Baugues) after I got home. We all ate in our pajamas. It was perfect!!
My coworkers gave me such sweet cards and even treated me to lunch! I FINALLY got a new phone, and I LOVE it! I opted for the one with the best camera seeing as how I never carry my camera with me anymore. I need a phone that takes somewhat quality pictures because it's the easiest thing to carry with me as I RUN form activity to activity with the kids!
Do you see all that icing? I usually have a stomachache after eating so much sugar at once! Once in awhile indulgence...
My flowers from Jan. (Couldn't fit the balloons in the picture with the OLD phone!)

 My kids made me the sweetest handmade cards. Made me cry! (And I didn't take a picture.) But I will! I never throw away the cards they make me. I have a special box where I keep every Mother's Day card and birthday card they have ever made for me. Super special!!
I'm 37 years old now. Wow! Maybe not a royal birthday, but a blessed birthday FOR SURE!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Tales from Summer 2014

Jonah went to his first football camp this summer. I was so proud of him! He loved it! Future football player??

Not the best quality picture, but we are still trying to keep up with running. It's hard with busy schedules, but somehow, we are managing to train for another marathon. Last fall, the marathon we had been training for was cancelled due to ice. I got very sick with a staph infection in my nose and ended up having nasal surgery in January. It was a little bit of a setback especially when after recovering form the surgery, I sprained my ankle while running a trail race. I was in a boot for a few weeks. I am slowly, but surely getting back in to a routine. St. Jude marathon is Dec 6th!! Jan and I would like to run it together. :)

Yes, that's me. Yes, I am riding a roller coaster called the Tennessee Twister. Yes, I was probably the only person screaming loudly. The picture says it all. Need I say more?

Two handsome fellas waiting in line to ride the rides at Dollywood.

One tired little girl after a week at VBS in June. Fell asleep at the dinner table in her chair...

Here they go! These boys live for thrill rides!

Acting the part...:)

John Owen and his relay team paused for a picture after they had just won their event. Great swimmers!

My three triathlon competitors! Great job, guys!

Mimi and Mary Claire enjoyed some fireworks and snuggles after the Stars and Stripes 5k.

This just SCREAMS personality, right? Well, this girl's got plenty of it. :)

Mary Claire and me at the 4th of July celebration at church. It was a little smoky, but the fireworks were AWESOME!

Monday, August 4, 2014

A New School Year!

Mary Claire started to kindergarten! I can't believe that I'm typing those words...
(Our baby is growing up.)

And the boys are excited about 5th and 3rd grade!           
While I can't believe Mary Claire is in Kindergarten, I REALLY have a hard time believing this guy is is 5th grade now! Seems like yesterday I held his hand to walk down the Kindergarten hallway. He is becoming a wonderful, smart, handsome young man. (Gosh, it's too emotional typing all of this.)

And the best part of an oreo, the middle child, started to 3rd grade! My sweet Jonah...:)

Hope everyone has a great 2014-2015 school year!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Summer...Not Yet a Distant Memory

What a summer! A blessed summer for which I am thankful...
Thankful for moments such as these:
Mary Claire participated in her 1st triathlon this summer! She got 3rd place in her age group!
Look! We have another swimmer in the family!:)
Mary Claire did great for ther 1st swim team season.
Cutest swimmer in (and out) of the water!
In July we took a little trip to the Biltmore in North Carolina. Beautiful and amazing are the two words that come to mind when I think of this historical mansion and property. Will never know what it's like to live that lifestyle, but that's o.k. God has blessed me with the life I live, and for that, I am THANKFUL!!
Just a candid shot of these people I love taking trips with...:)
See, I was there!!
Thank you, Jonah for taking the picture. Mary Claire, see what you look like when you act that way?:)
The only child that would pose by the statue entering the grand mansion!
Finally, everyone is smiling! Love these kiddos with all my heart!
Honestly, I don't know where he gets it...haha
John Owen learning to enjoy games from another era. What?! No video games were around?
After the Biltmore, we met up with my mom at Dollywood and had a blast riding roller coasters!
My kids love some rides!
However, in my "old" age, I have developed a dislike for the rockin' and rollin' roller coasters in such a way that I scream so loudly and make the worst faces (with pictures to prove it) on these rides. But I endure the fear for time well spent with my children and memories they will forever treasure (ha!) of their dear mother screaming her head off. :) Why must they find so much amusement in torturing me?
To be continued...

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Happy 6th Birthday, Mary Claire!

I can't believe that I'm typing this, but my "baby" just turned 6 years old! We celebrated this special birthday with a mermaid party! A few mermaid friends, a pool to splash in, a cake, mermaid cookies, and presents to open...What mermaid wouldn't be happy on her birthday?
Here's some pictures from the party:
We had so much fun planning and getting ready for the party! Then we had so much fun at the party, I completely forgot to take pictures while we were swimming! The pearl gumball necklaces we made for Mary Claire's friends were a BIG hit at the party. And her big brothers even helped by "hooking" treats on the girls' fishing rods as they "went fishing"! (Thanks, John Owen and Jonah!) Happy birthday to you, Mary Claire! And many more...:) I LOVE YOU!!

I have loved every minute of the birthday parties we have planned and celebrated. It's a lot of work, but it's FUN at the same time. Sadly, I am done with planning themed birthday parties. I vowed that after my children turned 6, the themed parties would end. But we can still have loads of FUN with a sleepover or activity with a few friends. A special birthday dinner and a cake or cupcakes, of course...Whatever the birthday boy/girl requests! We LOVE birthday celebrations!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

We Love Colorado!

I think it's safe to say that my children fell in love with the state of Colorado while we were skiing in Winter Park last week! It's been almost 12 years since I've been snow skiing in the Rocky Mountains, but surprisingly, it was like riding a bicycle. I loved it as much as the kids did. The first day we were there, all 3 kids took their first ski lesson. I must say it was an awkward feeling being on vacation and turning my children over to "people" on the mountain for the day. Jan and I got our skiis on and headed up the mountain ALONE!! I kept skiing down, frantically searching with my eyes to spot them and purposely skiied by their class area multiple times to make sure they were doing o.k.
They did GREAT!
Winter Park was very family-oriented and the instructors were awesome!
John Owen is already asking when we're going back!:)
I took lots of pictures with my phone, so maybe the quality isn't the best, but we had the BEST time!

Jonah, me, Mary Claire and John Owen

The boys and me at the top! Most incredible view!

Mary Claire loved this polar bear we passed everyday as we entered the Winter Park village.

This picture was taken at the top of the Pioneer Express lift. It was such an awesome sight! There was only ONE green run from this point, so I told the boys to be sure and follow me. The other runs were BLACKS (very difficult terrain!)

They loved the Mary Jane area at the top!

Jan and his boys

John Owen playing on the train in the village

This is what skiing all day does to Mary Claire...She was WORN OUT!!

Jonah with a chair lift and the mountain in the background

Riding the cabriolet!

To be continued...