Tuesday, April 17, 2018


Someone has been putting in the hours to solidify a legit swing. I think we are almost there. Lookin' good!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Kendall rides a bike!

Kendall has been pretty insistent for a couple years now that she doesn't want to ride her bike without training wheels. She's a stubborn little creature, for sure! She finally decided yesterday, as we were loading up the car for baseball practice, that she wanted to ride. Right then. Without the training wheels. We actually took the training wheels off a year and a half ago and the bike has mostly sat in the garage. But I saw the look of determination in her eyes yesterday, so I told everyone to just sit tight for a few minutes, to see if this was the real deal. And it sure was! She rode up and down the street for about 30 minutes. Finally!!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Spring Break Fun

We had all three kids for the first half of spring break, so I made sure we had plenty o' fun packed and ready to go.  The very first thing we did was put up a big fort, naturally. This is always a hit with the kids as they love dragging as much stuff as they can fit inside and making their own designated sleeping areas. And I can't even count how many bowls of popcorn they went through for movie night.
We also had casino night, a/k/a work on your math night without you knowing you're working on your math. ;) Sneaky mom move. Hi-five!  Now that the kids are fully versed on the game of 21, it's a nightly request.
Kendall finished out her last lesson of this session. She really progressed this session, and always with a big smile on her face.
Spring in Idaho is wildly unpredictable, so one day we woke up to snow, and the next we were at the park playing.
I finally had a solid block of time to finish out another year's full scrapbook album. Whew! On to the next.
And while I was doing that, the kids did some Easter crafting of their own.
Over break, it was also my mom's birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM!!) I put together three different meats for street tacos (because who doesn't love street tacos??) and we had a great dinner/celebration for my mom.
We also discovered that night that a pair of ducks is using one of our front flower beds as a nesting spot for their unborn child. The cat and dog are mostly uninterested in the ducks and egg, so I'm fairly confident we will be able to monitor and watch this baby chick come into the world.
The second half of spring break was spent without kiddos, so we did a lot of "retail therapy", finalizing everything we need for our upcoming trip.
And then my Easter goobers returned home. :)

Monday, March 19, 2018

March Madness

We bought these tickets almost a year ago, and the time had finally come! I was a kid the last time I got to attend March Madness, so when the tourney finally came back to Boise, it was definitely a given that we would be going. I wish I could find some way to get paid for sitting around and watching live sports all day long. What a blast! I'm glad Boise nailed some really good teams - the excitement level at Taco Bell Arena was really high, which made for a really fun atmosphere. Can't wait for next time!
Following March Madness was the inaugural poker night - the first of many, for sure. I spent quite a bit of time teaching Matt how to play, and then we had to teach Veronica the "art" of a poker face. ;) I'm not sure we accomplished much, but there's always a next time!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Go, Go, GO

You know, there's a relaxing beach vacation on my horizon and that thought alone is what gets me through these insanely busy weeks. Work is busy. Home is busy. Everything in between is busy. And baseball just started, so you know what that does to an already busy schedule. Eek!  Here's a glimpse of recent activities:
Building snow tunnels
Kendall's swimming lessons
Getting some fun beach hats
This warmer weather is definitely great for our hikes!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

What's That Noise?

So last weekend, I was reading in the family room when this noise drifted to my ears. What's that? Surely it's not LAUGHING. Surely it isn't MY children actually getting along? Nope. No way. But I kept hearing it, so I snuck off the couch, through the dining room, and into the kitchen where I could peak around the corner to witness what this foreign sound was:
Cheese and rice! It WAS laughter! And yes, when you see a FRIENDLY game of Uno (versus the fighting version so often overheard between these two siblings) you capture the hell out of that moment.