Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Summertime Splash

So, it's Hot out.
REALLY HOT!

That said, it's been a good summer for spending time in the water!
The girls have been taking full advantage of our little pool, and we are lucky
to have a few folks in our lives that have access to water we can play/relax on!
I finally picked up my camera and dusted it off after hardly using it lately
and managed to capture my little ones in all their sun kissed, splish-splash glory!


Getting brave and holding her breath under water!
That grin... I tell ya! 



We got out on the boat last Saturday, and it was about as perfect as you can get!  The girls
had a blast playing and our water skittish Ellie, FINALLY (with the "help" from me) got her
sea legs and realized that her life jacket works in the river just as well as in the pool at home!
After a pretty proper freak-out when i dragged her in (yes, i'm That mom)... she figured it out
and was cruising around like a pro.  She also happened to be the last one out of the water! Ha!
And for those that know me... I'm usually one who prefers being ON the water rather than IN it...
but even I went for a nice swim and it felt AMAZING!
Why Hello handsome!

Brave girl!!!
Little family swim!

Someone was TIRED!!!

In addition to the water lovin we've been doing, we've had some other stuff going on.
Boone got sick.  Really sick.  The sick I wasn't sure he'd pull out of... 
but some meds and IV fluids finally pulled him around and he's back to his hyper, barky, self.
Along with him... I got sick.  Crappy sick.  Took me almost a week to get myself back on even keel.
Dumb.

Because everyone hangs outside in sweats when it's 90degrees out.  Ack. Stupid fever.
I started school shopping with the girls.  Both of them.   Wait... what?  
And yes, its July... but I figured as I'm usually a procrastinator, I might as well go for it
on a tuesday afternoon when Target was stocked and empty of people.  School supplies... check

Ryan and I went to neat little shin-dig.  Kinda fun ;)
good excuse to put myself together



Rio is still a punk... but she's funny.  And very patient

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I went out for breakfast Mimosa's with some work ladies!! 
Keys Cafe.  Nuff said!


And this past Sunday, Ryan and I went and donated blood at a blood drive for a special little girl!  
Little Miss Kaiya turned 4 and every year they do a blood drive in her honor! This is the first year I've not been working or out of town, so I hauled Ryan with and we rolled up our sleeves!  (And... I like to brag that I beat his time by over a minute!  5:20 baby! WooHoo!)
He was showing me his Band-aid ;)
We then went home to spend the rest of our afternoon doing this...
Coffee, relaxation, and Crossfit galore!!! By the way, it was a really good Games! 
Such impressive athletes!! 

And I suppose I can end this post with one last "Splash picture".... 
Last night, we had an impromptu neighborhood kid pool party... perfect night for it! Lots of fun!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Summer stuff

Summer is flying by, as it usually does!
We have been keeping busy and doing our best to enjoy it as much as possible 
amidst a lot of stress and loss.  The girls are at amazing ages right now to spend
time with and do fun things with!  I'm constantly amused with the conversations
I can now hold with them, the stuff we can do together, and how grown up they seem!

I've been very poor at using my big girl camera and most of my summer documentation
thus far has taken place on my phone... but it's ok, it's enough to remember the moments
by and allows me to participate more, which is more important anyway!

Because it's a lazy Saturday morning, and I haven't fully digested and processed my first
cup of coffee, I'll ask you to excuse the lack of flow in this post.  I'm going to toss my pics
up and just roll with it. Bear with me!

~Over the 4th of July holiday... Well, I spent my days sleeping and my nights at work.~
 ~But I work with some pretty awesome compadres... and we got to watch some fireworks, so it wasn't terrible!~

~Ryan and the squirts had some company over and did 4th of July stuff... like S'mores, and playing in the sun and water, and sparklers!
Thanks Ry and Kim for snapping a few pics!~




~Ellie doesn't do so well with shots... no, she doesn't flinch or flail or cry... 
she just completely drains of color and will dry heave and shake for 20min after.  And
being the mean mama I am, I take pictures of her in her pasty, pale lipped awfulness.  Poor baby!~

~But she recovers after some sugar so we can go out on Grandma Brenda and Grandpa Alan's boat!~

~Ryan and I have continued to move forward in our fitness journey! Its fun to see the girls modeling after us and actively participating as well...
at least we're doing One thing right~

get under the bar

~Our neighbors are kind enough to indulge our girlies in their Chicken-love!  Yes, Lila looks a little like she's pooping, sorry... ~

Looks less like she's pooping

~Some days at work are just Shit.  No other way to put it.  I love my job, I do... but c'mon, 
nothing makes this less gross...~
i'm not going to explain this.. if you don't know what it is, you don't want to


~Thankfully, I have a man at home that knows when it's been one of "those" days... and
greets you at the door with beefy deliciousness, sushi, and a loving "please go take a shower, you stink"~

~Even with crap times at work, I still go through it with some pretty great ladies.  And I got to 
go out with a few of them for a night out, that I thoroughly enjoyed! Thanks Tina for having a 
birthday and giving us a reason to go out! ~


Dancing fools! #sweatyhairdontcare
~And last weekend, I actually did pick up my camera while we had a relaxing day at home.  Just 
to capture a little of what our family looks like together.  We baked cookies, and played Legos, 
and just enjoyed each other.  I love them so much!!!!~





Hopefully I can be a little better about posting a bit more often, but no promises!!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Fathers Day Weekend

It's been a rough couple of weeks, lots of stress, lots of just being busy... but last weekend, 
we took advantage of the Father's Day holiday and did nothing but just enjoy being a family!

Ryan and I had a few hours together in the afternoon Friday while the girls were at school,
got a great workout in, and just enjoyed each others company!  We got food out at Big Bowl
for the family for dinner and spent a relaxing evening together.
Saturday we "celebrated" with Ryan!  We had him open his presents, and made him coffee and breakfast decided to head on over to
Cascade Bay to spend a few hours splashing in the water!  The weather wasn't ideal, but we had fun anyway!  Then it was home to change and off again to chill out for a few hours and catch a movie.  We took the girls to see Inside Out, which was cute, but kind of sad.  The girls were pooped from playing hard at the waterpark, so they got a little antsy towards the end, but it was still fun.  
Sushi and seared tuna (and perhaps a few adult beverages) for Ry and I for dinner finished out the night perfectly!

Next morning it was up and out the door in a hustle, heading to Wisconsin to see my Dad.
We visited for awhile, took a nice walk, and had some burgers on the grill for lunch! Always so
good to see my Dad!  We love you Papa!
Then back in the car and off to Stillwater... out on the boat with Grandpa Alan for the afternoon!
Unfortunatley, my mom had an accident and broke her wrist, so she wasn't comfortable coming out with us, and we missed her.  But we enjoyed time with Alan and the weather was perfect for boating and playing in the water!

Overall, the whole weekend was about as perfectly relaxing as we could ask for!
A great way to spend Fathers Day!

To the great men in my life that share the title, Happy Father's Day (although a week late)
And to Ryan, my greatest man, my friend, my companion for life... thank you for everything
you do for me and our girls. We are so lucky to have you!!
We love you so much!
New barbell!

Who knew? Also works as a balance beam!



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Movie time!

Taking a walk with Papa Dave
On the boat with Grandpa Alan
Beautiful view!


We love you!