Friday, June 2, 2017

May's Bits

Oh May, you were a whirlwind.  There was so much involved with closing on the sale of our home, searching and searching for a new one (still doing that, by the way), and end of the school year stuff. Fun as it was, at times, it also left me exhausted and ready to move on.

Mother's Day was a good one.  As hectic as life can get, celebrating that I'm the mom to these three is special and wonderful.

We lost Luke for a little while one day.  That silly boy was so quiet and giggled with excitement when he finally popped out of the trash can.

The picture doesn't show half of the dirt covering this boy.  Baths were an absolute must after Noah's baseball games.

Nate's annual conference was in Nashville.  I figure if you're going to be away from home better be worth it and by the pictures and reports of what he did while he wasn't in class, I'd say he did o.k.

One day, not too far in the future, I'll be his traveling companion and he won't just be texting me pictures of his hotel.  Looks beautiful, right?

There's a long story about being locked out of our house by our buyer's realtor (twice!).  One of those days we ended up at Grandma's so Leah could nap.  Luke found K.C.'s graduation cap while we were FaceTiming Nate in Nashville.

 The rain mostly let up, and we finally had some warm days.  It's funny how novel and fun the sprinkler is when you haven't used it since last summer.

Noah could hardly wait for his Open House night to begin at school.  Leah hung out in Mrs. Chan's rocking chair while the rest of us got a tour of Room 4.
Noah took his job as tour guide seriously and triple checked his list to make sure we'd seen everything.
Mrs. Chan told me that she was so proud of Noah for choosing to write about being a mayor, especially since that was a community helper she hadn't even talked about during their unit.
I'm so grateful Noah has had a teacher he loves.  Every day he has walked out of that classroom with a smile on his face and a story about Mrs. Chan.

Leah wore another one of my dresses and looked adorable.  The knee socks made the outfit.  I just love it!

Luke came out of his room and declared he was dressed as a Jurassic Park dinosaur hunter.

Luke finished his first year of Joy School!  We kept the celebration pretty simple and enjoyed a morning at the park.  This was such a fun group of kids!

It would be easy to follow Leah around and take pictures all day.  This girl is so full of life, so full of personality, and always keeps me wondering what curious thing she'll do next.

This girl loves glasses!  My neighbor (and dear friend Sandy) helped me out in a last minute pinch.  When I came to pick up Leah she was wearing McKenna's glasses from when she was little.

Is it weird that one of her first five words was ga gas?  Goggles, glasses, she doesn't care.
More glasses cuteness!

It finally got warm enough to go swimming!

Leah is loving the water this summer.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Bakersfield and Abby's Baptism

School got out and the next day we drove to Bakersfield for Abby's baptism.  Cousin time is the best time, and all of us were looking forward to being together.

Don't let the cuteness of that milkshake drinking girl fool you.  She is a terrible road tripper!  Stopping in Fresno for a strawberry shake cooled her screams for a while, but all too soon she was back to her screaming serenade.  It won't last forever...right?
 Abby's baptism was so sweet.  I loved the talks and Sammie and her friend played a violin duet that was just incredible.  Noah is the next grandkid to get baptized, and I so appreciate Abby's good example of choosing to follow Jesus by being baptized and just by being an awesome kid.
 We were just missing Charlie in this cousins picture.  Oh, Ohio, you are TOO far away!

Not only is she a terrible road tripper, Leah is also a pretty pathetic sleeper away from her crib.  I'm so tempted to just disassemble that crib and take it with us whenever we travel, because the nights can be bad!  Surviving the exhaustion was paramount to picture taking, but I'm so glad I captured this cute one with Olivia when we went to the park.  Olivia, Sammie, and Abby just take over when we're with them.  They look out for our kids and love spending time together,

 The primary in Bakersfield is a little small, so Luke's age was combined with the Sunbeams.  It was perfect because he and Brielle got to be in the same class.  His lesson was "I am thankful for my eyes," and he thought these glasses his teacher made were the best thing ever.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Baseball: Season Three

We weren't planning on a season three of baseball, at least not for this year.  But at the very last minute Noah wanted to play, and we were able to make it happen.  It was too late to get on his team from last year, so it was a bit of a gamble to end up on a team of unknowns.

But these coaches and parents were awesome.  All season long it felt like Noah had ended up exactly where he was supposed to be.

Opening Day back in March is always my favorite.  There is so much celebration involved for little kids playing baseball.

Nate had to work, but Luke and Leah were a great cheering section as we watched the parade and cheered for those Braves.

Every season Noah improves.  This season his hitting was fun to watch as it transitioned to coach pitch.  He was usually 3 for 4, which I'd say is a pretty good start.  He worked incredibly hard to earn the game ball, and, oh boy when it finally happened he was all smiles.

He thought receiving a medal instead of a trophy at the end of the season was awesome.

I love this boy, and I love watching him play, whatever the sport is!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Last Day of School!

As the last week of school approached Noah said, "Mom, guess what?  Mrs. Chan said on the last day of school we get to come and just play.  Can you believe it?  Just play!  No learning or anything!"  He could hardly wait.  Actually, all of us were excited to welcome summer and the fun that awaited.  I couldn't wait for him to walk out of that door and be done with kindergarten!

I coordinated the last day of 'just playing' with Mrs. Chan.  Being the room parent this year has been more work that I expected, but I've loved being involved.  And Noah has told me over and over how much he's loved that I'm doing it.  It's been awesome for both of us.

So, naturally, I couldn't miss the last day.  I was too busy running the snack station to see Noah do much else.  But I did make sure he got seconds (and thirds) and as much whipped cream as he wanted on his treat.

This boy has grown so much.  He's a fluent reader, a whiz at math, and (my favorite) he's just a good friend.  I have loved watching Noah grow and experience the magic of learning at school.

These three other cuties are in primary with Noah.  We had to snap a picture of the sixth ward kindergartners before the fun was over!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

City Works Day

Once a year our awesome city fills up the parking lot by the library with all of their working trucks.  It's little kid heaven: a street sweeper, garbage truck, fire trucks, ambulance, a city bus, police cars and motor cycles, a rescue boat, the list goes on.

I wondered how Noah would handle missing it this year since it's in the morning, but thankfully he also had something fun scheduled at school that day.  So Luke, Leah and I headed off for a morning of fun.

By the pictures it looks like the morning was all about Luke, and I guess it kind of was.  The easiest way to manage Leah was to keep her contained in the Ergo.  So I held her while Luke ran from vehicle to vehicle and I took pictures.  It was perfect!  Look that this cute bus driver!

 I had no idea that our police department has an armored SWAT truck.  I sure hope it doesn't get used often! ;-)

 The street sweeper was Luke's favorite.  He thought it was so cool that there were two steering wheels.

Thursday, May 4, 2017


There was so much involved in getting our house ready that I was thankful Easter came along and 'forced' me to think about something besides cleaning, organizing and perfecting our house.

While Nate worked on Saturday the kids and I tried out the city's egg hunt for the first time.  The crowds of people were amazing, but so was the number of eggs Noah and Luke collected.  It was such a fun way to spend the morning!

We also soaked in as much cousin time as possible.

On Saturday afternoon we met up at Nana's house for egg dying.

And Easter Sunday we tried to (mostly) leave the Easter bunny behind and focus on the Savior.  I tried to get a picture of the kids, but Leah kept running off.  So I scooped her up and joined the picture.