Sunday, October 5, 2014

This and That

Brady turned 11 1/2 a couple weeks ago.  We almost missed the big day...thankfully 
Eric remembered and I was able to pick up a brownie at Panera's after dinner with a friend.  I think it was close to 10pm when I got home...better late than never I guess!  Brady seemed somewhat embarrassed that we were making a fuss.  Oh least he knows he's loved. :)

Brady went to a big Barn Bash at our church Friday night with hundreds of 5th and 6th graders.
He was the lucky winner of this ridiculously large inflatable swan.  He thinks it's perfect for t.v. watching.  I think we now need a swimming pool. :)

School pictures were this week.  It's the first time in 7 years that I didn't buy them.  We usually give  5 x 7's to the grandparents and then the rest of the pictures never see the light of day.  I did buy a class picture.  I feel somewhat guilty about not getting them....although the school pictures of Brady have never been spectacular.  I quick snapped this one on picture day before we left for school.  I'm no photographer but....this smile is more natural than any school picture we've ever purchased.

Speaking of photographers....we had our first family photo session (ever) scheduled one day last month in the park.  I just needed one good family picture for something we're working on.  I was pretty excited about it since we've never had one taken before.  I wanted something fun....not formal.
Anyway....we waited and waited at the park and the photographer never showed up.  As we were leaving a lady walked over and asked us if we wanted her to quick take a picture.  Her kindness (and my frustration) made me a little teary.  She said she had seen how long we were waiting and figured we had been stood up.  Yep, we were.  I never contacted the photographer and she never contacted us.  Weird.  And disappointing.

Even though this picture is blurry and exactly what I didn't still makes me smile.
I am blessed.  Hopefully soon we can try this again...with a different photographer.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Brady's 5k

Brady ran his first 5k this morning with his friend Luke.  
Eric and I were not there to see him run. :(
Luke's dad and his sister also ran, so they had arranged to pick Brady up on the way.
I could have followed them to the race...but it was one of those times where I decided I would give my boy some space and wait at home patiently to hear the details.

Brady ran three evenings this week to "get ready/train" for the race.  Oh to be young and in shape like that!  I remember when I ran a 5k I had to train for months...and even then, I barely made it to the finish line!

I took this picture when he got home....he was all smiles.
Brady said he ran at Luke's pace and then decided to run ahead....and then he turned around before he got to the finish line and ran back to meet Luke and finish with him.  

And now, he keeps asking me if I will run a race with him.  Unlike him, I will need more time to "get ready" for this race.  Maybe I will try and be ready this spring.
Wish me luck....because running is not my thing!  However, I'm not sure how much longer my son will want me to run a 5k with I better make this happen.  

Congrats on your first 5k Brady!

We are super proud of you!
~Mom & Dad

Saturday, August 30, 2014

First Day Of School

I'm so excited that our school district decided to move 6th grade from the middle school into the elementary school this year like many other schools in our county.  I get to have him with me one more year before he goes to the middle school!  Brady on the other hand is not as excited.  He said, "in all the history of this school...they wait until my grade to make this big change!" He was ready to move on.  I'm hoping that our principal mixes it up a bit and gives the 6th graders some extra responsibility in the building to keep it different for them.

Brady was excited and ready to go back to school.  There are two 6th grade teachers and he will go back and forth between the two with science, math, communication arts and social studies.  He will also have music, gym, art, library and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

It's crazy to me that I have a 6th grader.   It seems it was just last year that we were registering him for kindergarten.  He was this little boy in this big scary school.  And now, he is this confident and kind young man that continues to make us proud with the way he conducts himself, the choices he makes and the way he treats others.  Here's to a great school year!

Friday, August 29, 2014

It's Been A Year

Has it really been a year since I last blogged?  I'm not even sure I remember how to publish a post!

Lately, I have been feeling guilty about not documenting our memories.  My husband and dad often ask me when I'm going to start blogging again.  My dad lives eight hours away and I think he feels more connected to us when he can read a little something every now and then.

There are a few reasons that I haven't kept up on here.  I sometimes just feel too busy and too tired to sit down at the computer at the end of the day.  I also worry some about what people really think and I wonder who is reading.  Isn't that silly?!  I'm sure I don't need to worry anymore about that last one!

However, I do miss being able to look back over the years and remember exactly what was going on during that time because I had taken the time to blog about it.  The days are flying by and I like using this space as a journal.  I've said it many times before that writing doesn't come easily to me.  I think I'm just going to put less pressure on myself, blog when I can, and use this space for preserving things I want to remember.  We'll see  how it goes.


Brady was at a friend's birthday party all afternoon and came home just quick enough this evening to change his clothes and he was off to the first home football game of the year.  Without us.  I wanted to get a picture of him before he left but it all happened so fast I didn't get a chance.  I took this picture last week of Brady and our neighbor's dog...I guess it'll do!

Friday, August 30, 2013

First Day Of School

Things I want to remember....

You were so excited when I woke you up for've been ready for a 
couple of weeks now!

You were so PROUD to wear your safety patrol belt to school.

After school your first words were, "Mrs. Girvin is amazing!"

Your safety patrol position is in the front lobby.  You are the first patrol person that
students see upon entering the building.  On the 3rd day of school, I was coming out
of the office and I saw how you were greeting the younger students as they made their way
into school.  My heart was so full.  What a big responsibility you have in helping
to make it a great start to someone's day.  I think it's the perfect job for you.

Everyday after school this week when I ask you how your day was, you first want to hear
all about mine.

You were the first person to volunteer to present your "getting to know you" assignment you had this week in front of your class.  You are so confident.  I hope
we can keep that going.

At the end of the first day, Mrs. Girvin moved Brandon's desk next to yours.  Brandon is so lucky to have you for a friend.
He counts on you and you help him throughout the day.  Whenever I see you in the cafeteria,
he is always right next to you.   You do this all on your own and Dad and I are so proud of you.

I quick made you a cake after school that first day.  It's not easy working and doing
special things like this last minute & there wasn't any frosting in the pantry...
but it's important to me.
When you walked in the door after tennis practice
and saw the cake on the table, you came running to give me a hug.
It sure makes it worth the effort when I see how appreciative you are.
And, you didn't even say anything about not having frosting on the cake!

I have loved listening to your stories about school this week and hearing the
excitement in your voice.  I have a feeling it's going to be a great year!

Our first week is over and we are a little tired!
We're looking forward to a four day weekend!

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Steffi had a birthday yesterday!  We showered her with lots of hugs and kisses and attention...just like any other day!   Brady got her a new toy and a new bone.  She obsesses anytime she gets something she was preoccupied most of the day.  We also 
made homemade dog treats.  Our neighbor makes her dog treats and she gave one to Steffi to try and she loved it.  So, Brady got the recipe and asked if we could make them for Steffi on her birthday.  

It's hard to believe she has been a part of our family for 9 months now.  She is just so sweet, and loving and feisty and I can't imagine not having her.  (Yes, I was the one who didn't want a dog!)  We love her...and she loves us back.  

I love how crazy excited she gets when we walk in the door after we've been gone.  She even
gets excited when we come out of the bathroom!

I love how much she loves Brady and how she absolutely cannot wait to wake him up in the 
mornings.  One of these days I'm going to video tape her when I ask her, "is it time?"  She
stands on her back two legs and hops all the way to Brady's bedroom door!

I love how much Eric loves her and I appreciate that he takes on the bulk of the responsibility
with her.  He drives home everyday on his lunch just to let her out and break up her day when Brady and I are at school.

I love that she loves to go bye bye and will sit at the side of the van door hoping she gets
to come along.  It's also sad when we pull out of the drive way and we see her sitting on Brady's bed looking out the window at us as we leave.

The transition for us having a dog went smoother than I could have ever hoped.
I think we lucked out with our girlie.
We love her bunches!

4 ingredient dog treats

Mix 2 cups whole wheat flour with 1 cup oats.
Heat 1 1/4 cup water in microwave.
Add 1/3 cup peanut butter to hot water; stir
Stir peanut butter mixture into flour mixture.

Knead well.  Cover with plastic for 15 minutes.

Roll out to 1/4 inch and cut with cookie cutters or whatever.
Bake 20-30 minutes @ 350.  Let treats cool.

*We made hearts and 1's (1's were a bit smaller than the hearts) and we
ended up with 60 treats!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Finally, Doing It!

Yep, two weeks before school starts and I decide to dive into a kitchen makeover!
What was I thinking? 
I've been painting for over a week now now...and I still have a ways to go.  The cabinets
are done and hung back up.  I am now working on the trim, doors and baseboards.
Back to work and school starts one week from today.

I'm really excited about the changes.  Eric's brother helped us install the floor last weekend and
we ordered new counter tops a few days ago.  

Our week is filled with school shopping, appointments, meetings, haircuts, I won't get much
done this week.  It probably wasn't the best time to start a big project...but when my hubby gave
me the green light...I ran with it!

I can't wait until it's finished...I had researched quite a bit before tackling this...but, you just have
no idea until you get started what you're really getting into!  I never want to paint cabinets again!
  Hopefully we will get it done before Thanksgiving too long.

I will be so excited to show you before and afters!

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