Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Great Wolf Lodge

The weekend before Easter, jeff and joe were going hunting for the weekend, so jennifer and I decided it would be crazy fun to go take our kids to great wolf lodge.  It was insane.  and fun.  and insane.
The kids all did really well, considering, we were more than out numbered and we had two babies under 6 months old, a three year old, two fives and an eight.  The cards were really stacked against us.
But everyone had such a great time and isla was really the only one who stayed up at night!
(win, win for everyone but isla...)
My kids are pretty obsessed with elly, to say the least.
she had probably not been touched so much in her life.
Shea thought she was pretty funny, too.
Elly was a litttttttle skeptical of the whole thing.
Shea wore Avery's old swim suit, and it was pretty much the cutest thing in the world.
This is a side view of Avery wearing it so you cant tell how much they look alike, (and aves is a little older here) but you get the idea.
Unfortunately this is the only pic we got while at the water park (while we were eating, of course).
We also hung out, dressed up, and colored in the hotel; all while looking out our amazing view of the highway.
Overall, it was a crazy, crazy fun filled, and exhausting time.  (But I cant wait to do it again!) Thanks for being on board with my crazy ideas jenn! Heres to next year :)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!
We rode our bikes after school and actually got to trade in a bag for a tiny baby tree at one of our very favorite local eateries, Patina Green, downtown.  It was awesome.
We are going to plant our trees in pots and see if we can keep them alive.
Speaking of keeping things alive, meet our new chicks-
Sunshine, Oreo and Rosie.
So far, it looks like Sunshine is in charge.  She is always, always standing.  No matter what time I check on them.  Oreo, on the other hand, is usually laying down.  I dont know if thats because she is Ben's chick and rarely gets a moment to herself, or if she just gets tired easily.  Either way, they are all still alive.
And its been like five days.
I call it a victory.
As we speak, Jeff and Ben are killing flies with Felipe's salt gun, feeding them to the chicks and watching them run and chase each other to try and get it from the one who has it.  Hilarious.
And, in honor of Earth day, here are some pics of my flower children after playing in Nana's flower shop the other day.
Happy Earth Day!
Keep doing whatever you can to keep her clean and beautiful!

Friday, April 18, 2014


Our lately has been full of matching homemade shirts for shea and I, lemonade stands, Dr. Suess's bday where the kids dressed up as The Cat in the Hat and the worried goldfish in the bowl, Ben's 30th Birthday that was just SO MUCH FUN, sister time, dad and Shea at Ben's soccer practice, being featured on spoonflowers front page (WHAT?!), a sleepover on hilltop, snuggles and new hair cuts with matching outfits.
non stop partying over here.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Shea's Mobile

shea in bed2
When I was pregnant, I asked a few of my crafty friends to make things that I could hang on a mobile for shea to put over her bed.  I also saved some stuff that I had made with my kids or with friends that I knew I could use for the mobile, as well.  I didnt have any specific requirements except that it be a neutral color.  At that time we didnt know if it was a boy or a girl, so that kind of a played a role in what everyone made.
Having homemade and unique pieces from people that I love for her to look at, and to remind me (and her eventually) how many people love her, is one of my favorite things about this mobile. I knew it would be cute because all of my friends are so talented, but I didnt know how neat it would be every time I looked at it.  It is definitely one of my very favorite things.
Lindsay made the rainbow, allison made the cloud, shannon made the cross stitch heart, brooke made the star, julie made the elephants, blair and mel made the pom pom and sassy and I made the hearts.
She just smiles at it every time she is in bed.  She kicks her legs and talks to it.  She loves it so much- it is just the best.
And jennifer made her a cloud with a beautiful rainbow at the bottom that was just so pretty by itself that I framed it and hung it on her wall.
I am going to hang up the hat she came home in and the beautiful rainbow hat brooke made her too. I just haven't gotten around to it yet....
Thank you everyone who gave me the coolest things ever to hang over shea's crib.  I cant tell you what it means to me to look at it every time I am trying to put her to bed. SO so thankful for everyone in our lives and how so many people have given their time and creativity and love to make this transition so much easier.  I am truly blessed with the most amazing people in my life and I am so thankful my kids get to experience them too.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Bike Gang

I have no idea when kids are supposed to learn how to ride bikes without training wheels.  We are not the most athletic of families, so we never really pushed it.
Then, one day Ben asked to take his off and the rest is adding baby bike seats-biking to dinner- riding around the neighborhood kind of history.
There have only been a few near death experiences so far.  We call that a win (win win).