Friday, June 20, 2014

cupcakes, waterparks and a happy birthday

For Jackson's birthday we asked him what he wanted to do and after a list of several things Jeremy said Water Park and he said "Nes!" (I never/rarely correct the kids on the cute ways the pronounce certain words, its sad for me once they finally start saying them correctly! Rylee said "Ok" for "Off" and "Moonie" for "Movie" I miss hearing those sweet words now...)

So it was decided, we would go to a water park for his birthday! Jeremy (the master of google searches.) found a great kid friendly water park in Dallas and we booked the boy his party. 

We are so thankful our whole family was able to come to celebrate his day! We always have so much fun on those rare occasions when we can get both sets of parents together in one place at the same time. I know our kids especially enjoy those moments! This mama also got to enjoy spending the day with her best mama friend, and her 3 sweet kiddos! 

The water park was perfect. It seriously was the most kid friendly water park I've ever been to, and there was still plenty for the big kids (aka the dads...) to do.

We ate lunch, opened presents - Jackson opened one thing, and it was a car, so he didn't need to open anything else, he just wanted his car to play with. So he got to drive his new car on the bushes and Rylee opened the rest of his gifts and told him everything he got, everyone wins! 

We sang happy birthday and Jackson blew out the candle sitting on top of his sad little melted cake, haha, always take a picture before. The cupcakes kept their shape at least.

We didn't spend too much time with the cupcakes and gifts, everyone was ready to get back out and play!

Both kids were exhausted. Jackson fell asleep sitting in the wagon on the way back to the car, and Rylee fell asleep in Mimi's arms. I think we all felt the same way.

We all had a great time celebrating our little mans second birthday! We love you little mister.

until next time,

ps: check out the tiny little farmer tan, ha! I love it!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Jackson is 2

Finding it so hard to believe our sweet little guy is now 2! A glimpse of his second year:

Oh this boy. I can't begin to describe what he brings to our family. He is so sweet, so bashful and so much a boy! He also is the chattiest little 2 year old I've ever met! We are so thankful for all that he is. We love you bud.

until next time,

Monday, June 16, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

We are pretty lucky to have such awesome men in our lives who have taken on their role as Dad. Jeremy mentioned in his sermon this morning that they have found that children form their first views of God after their view of their father.

I am thankful for their spiritual influence and guidance and above both, their example that has taught and is teaching their children, and grandchildren what it means to be a follower of Christ.

Love you guys.

happy father's day to the best dads around. we love you! 

until next time,

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Tutus and Tap Shoes

Last week Rylee started dance class. She was sincerely thrilled about getting to go to dance class... until we got there. Our sweet and nervous little girl just about changed her mind until she made a new friend. And I still call her our little girl, but man oh man, she acts like such a KID! I cannot believe she will be four in just one month. 

Once she warmed up a bit she took control of the class!  She came out beaming from ear to ear and ready to tell us about everything she learned and all she can now do (After one class!) "Heel, Toe, Heel, Toe..."

So excited to see what our shy little girl is going to gain from this!

until next time,

Thursday, June 5, 2014


We managed to go camping 2 and a half times (The half was just in the back yard ;)) this month despite our crazy calendar, you make time for what you love right? Sleeping in a tent in the mountains is so very good for you me... I've met plenty of crazy people who think its nuts. But for me, it feeds my soul so breathe in mountain air and be completely unplugged.

Ry and Jer putting up our tent

Blueberry pancakes for breakfast!
Jeremy signed up to run a half marathon trail race in Los Alamos, NM so we drove up a couple days before the race to camp and play. We stayed near the Bandelier National Park and spent a day exploring the monument.

I gave Ry one of our small cameras to use and she loved taking pictures of all the cool stuff we saw on our hike. We hiked a little over a mile with both of them, Rylee did the whole thing on foot and Jackson hiked the second half once he was awake from his nap :)


We climbed steps and ladders to check out the cool cliff dwellings, I was so proud of her for going up and down those tall ladders without hesitation (I was pretty nervous, but she did great!)

The day before the race we drove into town to the packet pick-up for Jeremy to check in and get his bib and to get all excited about seeing awesome trail runners like Anton Krupicka (He really is so awesome! A celebrity of trail running!)

I forgot to mention it was very rainy while we were there, the first night there were two huge thunderstorms that came through; thunder and lightning storms seem way more intense when you are in a tent! The kids slept right through it though and we stayed dry. The second night it poured all night long and made for a very cold wake up call at 6 the next morning when we got up to head to the race.

Jeremy did great and had an awesome time. Me and the kids played at the park for the couple hours Jeremy was running and then we waited anxiously to watch him finish! I am so very proud of Jeremy for following through and doing this race, finishing the race and for his renewed mindset on health and running. He just blows me away at his enthusiasm and passion for running and completing these races.

14 miles later! (The race was technically longer than a half, because trails won't accommodate perfectly to our racing distances.) Probably the hardest race he has ever done but definitely the most joyful finish I've ever seen from him!

Doing the things you love with your kids is the coolest thing ever, watching them get excited about the things you get excited about is just awesome. It is so fun to see Ry and Jackson's excitement over the things we love to do.
On the way home (8 hours...) Jackson woke up from his nap and kept asking (and asking, and asking, and asking...) if we were going back to camp. The first few times we told him we were on our way home, but he was not ready to be done camping, so the next 5 million times he asked we just changed the subject or asked what his favorite thing about camping was. It worked for a little bit.
Hoping this summer we find ourselves sleeping in the tent and breathing in the mountain air a lot!
until next time,

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Happy Easter!

Our Easter weekend we spent in Dallas at the LTC conference with our youth group. Even though our weekend is full of traveling and running from event to event at the conference Jeremy and I still try very hard to give Rylee and Jackson a fun weekend.

It is hard to tell by their facial expressions that they did actually have a fun weekend. I don't think I have a single picture of them both smiling... Just keeping it real. They really did have a great time though. Rylee would have been pleased if riding in the big van with all the big kids was the extent to the trip. We also met up with Mimi and Papa while we were there and they spent Saturday playing with them in the big hotel... which mom and dad enjoyed very much too :)

Easter morning the kids opened their Easter baskets on our hotel bed, we all got ready for church and then had breakfast in our room with the youth group. For church we worshiped together with hundreds of other people in the hotels beautiful ballroom as different selected youth lead us in singing and shared their speeches with us. It is such an encouragement to see young people (the youngest was a third grader) utilizing their talents for the Kingdom. 

After church we snapped a quick group photo, recruited all the boys to load up our van and took a few family pictures. We hid eggs in the hotels beautiful park and Rylee and Jackson got to work!

We had a great weekend and a fun trip home, even in the 2 hours we sat still in construction traffic on the interstate. Man, our kids are really awesome. They didn't cry, whine or complain the whole trip home... perhaps a youth group in the car is the key to traveling with toddlers? ... or is it the awesome parenting? ... I think its just our kids, they totally rock!

Last quarter I taught Rylee's class at Sunday School and we spent our time talking about the Good News! The kids learned about Jesus and what the Gospel is, and the end is the most exciting part! He died on the cross for our sins, but He rose from the dead! It is so exciting to be able to start making those connections with her and showing her that there is a much bigger reason than candy and pretty outfits to be excited about Easter! 

It was a Happy Easter for us! 

until next time,

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

surprise surprise!

By now you have probably heard our exciting news! I am pregnant and due in August! I cannot believe how far along I am already... and that we've (I've) waited so long to share our news with our friends on the world wide web! 

I am feeling better this pregnancy than I did with my previous two. I had some pretty ugly morning sickness for about a month, which is completely normal for me, aside from how short lived it was. With the first two I was sick nearly the entire pregnancy. And, a big plus, I have energy! Probably because I don't have much of a choice chasing around two, but I am thankful for it either way!

Rylee and Jackson are both so excited to be adding another brother or sister to our family. Rylee has been persistent about wanting a sister... she already has a brother, so a girl it must be :) Jackson does not grasp what's going on, except that there is a baby in mommy's tummy... but even that is hard to get, because he thinks he has one in his tummy too, haha! 

Thank you for all of the love you have shown to us, and for celebrating with us! We are as excited as ever for this beautiful blessing from God! Looking forward to sharing more of this journey with you all.

until next time,

Saturday, April 12, 2014


We made it through winter with barely a runny nose and just as I was giving my self a mommy high five I turned around just in time to see our first victim getting sick on her dinner plate.

Ry and Jackson got a hold of the stomach bug and it held on tight here for 3 days... the same 3 days that Jeremy was gone to the mountains for a backpacking trip with a buddy. We all made it through until daddy got home and shared his cold with us and then fell victim himself to the stomach bug.

Just as everyone seemed to be on the mend (for an entire day!) Jackson started running fever and after taking him into the DR we found out he has strep. Kicking us while we're down. Jeremy was not far behind, just today he went into a clinic not feeling well and found out he has strep and a sinus infection.

Mom is a little worn out. I love spring time so this is just torturous for everyone to be out of sorts around here. The swing set and playhouse are just calling to be played with!

Rylee is doing great, back to her old self now. Jackson is starting to come around and act a little more Jackson today, hopefully tomorrow he'll be back to himself.  Jeremy feels worse today than he has all week.

I'm so thankful for the incredible mom genes that seem to keep you immune from everything while you live in a germ-y house full of 3 other sick people. But I'm SO so ready for everyone to be back to their normal healthy active selves!

We are set to leave for LTC this weekend. Praying we get healthy and stay healthy through our little trip!

Until next time,

Sunday, March 2, 2014

family weekend

Last weekend we took a long weekend to visit my family near Dallas. It was an exhaustingly great weekend! We stayed in Denton with my dad and got to visit my Grandma in Gainesville and spend some time playing in the city too!

The kids had a great time getting to hang out with their crazy papa mike. 

We had pancakes and farm fresh eggs for breakfast! Rylee was in charge of pancakes! Delicious. 

Rylee was ready to get back in the shop and get some work done 

 They worked on building an "Airplane Car"

I did take the rope off of him, but I had to get a picture of that face first!

Airplane car in action

We had such a great time and can't wait to get back! 

until next time,