Monday, September 12, 2016

BBQ in the Hood


So, I love my neighborhood.  I especially love that we have events, and although I can't make it to all of them, it is so fun to have them.  It is fun to meet new neighbors and connect with old ones and just be social with the people that live next door.  We just went to our summer BBQ this weekend and had so much fun.  I am fortunate to have several close friends that live in my hood, even my BFF lives across the street. This year they helped me with the kiddos at the party since my hubby couldn't be there until a couple hours later, it's so nice having a village...my kids benefit immensely from our village. It includes:  all the Grandparents, the Davis', the Christensens, the Voelkers, the Plums, and the Lasleys.  These families are my village people and without them, All the things that happen around here just wouldn't happen at all.  They say it takes a village to raise a child and no doubt my kids have the best village around!!! 

First day pics!!

Everyone that is going this year has started school!! Kevin and Adam are at Goals Academy, Owen is at Tiny tots Academy, and Isaac is at iLead 360.  It's
Going to be a crazy year with lots of driving for me.  



Saturday, September 10, 2016

Friday Night Lights

Flag Football season has started!! We had our season opener last night!  The three older boys were super excited to get started!! Owen was very sad he didn't get to play.  This picture below was taken by one of our friend's daughters.  I didn't even know it was taken until I uploaded the photos but it kind of captures how the night went! I'm watching Isaac's game and Bryan is watching Adam's game behind me while Bash is being fed.  

Owen discovered Barbies with all the little sisters! 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Owen's First Day

First day of preschool for Owen this week!  He had his big brother Kevin help him get ready in the morning, which is why I was so surprised when we arrived at his school and his shoes were on the wrong feet  and his shorts were on backwards and he had "forgotten" to where underpants.  So we switched the shoes and pants and he went commando to his first day of preschool!  Here is to an awesome year of fun for this little man who consistently keeps us on our toes. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

We are back...


Sometimes when life gets crazy it is just that, crazy,  and there is no way around it and you just have to make it through.  This was the past 10 months of my life.  We got pregnant it was an emotionally and physically strenuous pregnancy for me.  We made it through and have a beautiful baby to show for it.  He is healthy which was everything we had prayed for and he is a miracle which is what we needed.  I made it through the year with the Bigs in their 5 day a week public charter school and I homeschooled the kindergartner and tot-schooled the 3 year old.  I also took on a job as a nanny for 5 months to a newborn baby girl (that was a little crazy, but I loved it ).  But here we are on the other side with a brand new baby and the Bigs are back in school and the littles are waiting for mom to recover.  I get another week.  We decided to try a homeschooling charter this year with our now 1st grader and he will be attending classes twice a week all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays and I will only be teaching Math and ELA while the other subjects will be covered at school aside from projects he will be doing at home for the classes.  My preschooler will also be at preschool twice a week for his obligatory 1 year away from the mama to learn how to be friendly, sit quietly, stand in a line and listen to someone else.  He will then be homeschooled for Kindergarten next year. I have decided to keep up with my blogs this year because I fear I will not remember this year if I fail to document it while it is happening.  I am embarking on life with 5 boys, 3 will be playing sports this year and four will be in "school".  I am excited and worried, maybe terrified a little but, I'm up for the challenge! So, if you follow my blog let me know and hold me accountable to update it!  I'll need all the cheering on I can get! 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

🎶Oh Christmas Tree🎶

This year we got to set up two trees. First we set up Grandpa and Grandma's tree and then we all got together and set up our tree!










































Oh I love Christmas! It is so magical and being near my lit up tree in the dark has its own kind of magic!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Thanksgiving In Overgaard, AZ (part 3)

So we had big plans to go out to eat for Thanksgiving. That meant no big cooking for Mom and just a simple fun family Thanksgiving. Too bad the only place serving Thanksgiving dinner was the senior center within a 100 mile radius! Anyway we had to rethink our plan. I decided I would cook after all and ended up making a pork roast in my crockpot. I also picked up stuff to make a couple desserts and we had mashed potatoes, rolls, gravy. Deviled eggs, and olives.






I had met another family (the parents) at the fitness center (I went a few of the mornings) and we had hit it off. We decided to do Thanksgiving desserts together at the club house!








The kids had blast! Their little gir,l Elise, and Isaac hit it off great and were fast friends. Adam and Isaiah were peas in a pod and their oldest son Carl was Owen's best buddy!






As for the parents, we were fast friends too...we love the Baca Family and hope that we will meet again soon.

Meanwhile when we were not field tripping we hung out at the condo. We watched movies from the redbox that was at the circle K. We sat in front of the fireplace and played lots of card games because it was dang cold outside.






We made tin can robots...


And played by the onsite pond!












We met some locals...






We did lots of time in the hot tub!



We even got to see our pond freeze over and skip rocks across a now frozen pond!



We did some Black Friday shopping at the only getting place in town.



And played with our new found friends.



Isaac even got talked into going to a craft at one of the boutiques. Elise was going so he wanted to go too!









This was such a fun trip. We will definitely be visiting Overgaard again. It was a fun adventure!