Thursday, July 31, 2014

{Target toy clearance}

Thanks to my long-time Jessica, I introduced Grammy to the Target 70% off toy clearance sale. I think we did pretty well:
What do you think?

Until later!
Barby

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

{Lilli + Stella}

The kids are always so happy when Baby Stella comes over. Lilli LOVES holding her. I got this pic today :)
Love it.

Until later!
Barby

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

{raspberry picking...and eating}

The kids, Grammy, Grandma, and I went over to Grandma's friend Paula's house to pick some raspberries from her raspberry patch. There were still a lot left. I think the kids really ate more than they collected :)
I put darker t-shirts over the ones they were wearing to prevent berry stains. As you can see from Caden's white shirt, that didn't work...
Grammy got in on the picking action, too:
 Caden couldn't even stop eating them for me to take a pic:
We ended up washing and freezing the berries so we can decide later what to do with them.

Until later!
Barby

Monday, July 28, 2014

{Casino + Daddy cooks}

The kids were with Tricia today, so Grammy, Pam, Samantha, and I headed to the casino in Green Bay:
Grammy was the only one to win :)

We also stopped at a school supply store for me to pick up a few new things for this school year.

Ryan was sweet enough to have dinner waiting for us when we got home. He made HUGE steaks. Check out this pic of Grammy with hers:
Notice the fork and knife? No, she didn't eat all of that :)

Ryan did, though:
Until later!
Barby

Sunday, July 27, 2014

{school supply shopping}

Grammy and I headed to Target today to get the kids' school supplies. Unfortunately, Lilli's list wasn't there :( We did check everything off of Caden's list. It was a nice relaxing day...

Here is a random pic to enjoy. This is about two minutes after she said she "wasn't tired."
Until later!
Barby

Saturday, July 26, 2014

{William's birthday party}

Happy Birthday to "Baby" William! The kids, Grammy, and I headed over to Grandma and Bumpah's house today for William's birthday party. The highlight of the fun was the swimming area Bumpah made in the lake:
video
I am pretty sure William had a great time, too :)
Until later!
Barby

Friday, July 25, 2014

{goodbye, Oma + Fond du Lac Children's Museum}

The day started on a sad note when we had to say goodbye to Oma who flew back to Florida this morning. We hope to see her again soon. We then switched the mood up by heading to Fond du Lac for the children's museum. The kids were thrilled because Daddy was able to go with us as well :) I didn't take a ton of pics, but the kids had a great time. They loved heading outdoors to see the vegetable garden boxes they had planted for the kids to see. Grammy helped them find some sugar snap peas:
Here are a couple of other pics. Sorry they are only Lilli. Caden ran off with Daddy:
It was a nice day :)

Until later!
Barby

Thursday, July 24, 2014

{Caden's last day of summer school}

Caden really liked summer school, so he wasn't super excited that today was his last day of school for the summer. We put together a little gift for each of his teachers. I got this quick pic of him while he waited to go inside:
I wanted to snap a pic of him after school with her teachers, but he didn't want me to :)

While he was at school, Lilli and I went to the library. She had a good time:
We also hit up Rainbow Park after lunch:
What a little man he suddenly is...
Oma and Grammy went to spend a little bit of time with Baby Stella at  Uncle Danny and Aunt Samantha's house.

Time is flying too quickly this summer...

Until later!
Barby

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

{warmer weather returns}

It was finally warm enough again today for the kids to play in the water. We made good use of the time :)
The kids played in the sprinkler with their rollercoaster:
 
 And there was also some painting of the deck with water:
 
Grandma and Bumpah also came over for dinner to visit with Oma, so the kids were happy to have a guest story reader at bedtime:
Until later!
Barby


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

{Oma meets Baby Stella}

Oma (my mom) was pretty excited to see the kiddos today. Here is a pic of her with Stella:
She was pretty happy. You can tell Stella was excited, too :)

Until later!
Barby

Monday, July 21, 2014

{Oma arrives}

Grammy and I headed to Milwaukee tonight to pick up my mom (Oma) from General Mitchell Airport. We first stopped for dinner at PF Chang. Yum:
I love Chicken Lettuce Wraps too much :)
Sorry for the blurry pic.
We picked her up with no issues, and then we were ready for bed when we got home :)

Until later!
Barby




Sunday, July 20, 2014

{nice day for a boat ride}

Today after church we decided it would be nice to get our grocery shopping done, and then head out for a boat ride at Grandma and Bumpah's:
My handsome man

 The Lillis
I don't know if it's possible to get my son to make a "normal" face :)
 When Ryan became the Captain
 Aunt Lexie and Bumpah
 The kids were very excited to see a mommy duck and her ducklings.
 It was a great day!

Until later!
Barby

Saturday, July 19, 2014

{Grammy arrives}

I drove to Chicago today with Alexis to get Grammy. The trip was pretty uneventful. Danny and Samantha brought Stella over right away to meet Grammy:
 Such a perfect little bundle!

Caden and Lilli were very happy to see Grammy as well. Lilli is thrilled that Grammy will be staying with us for five weeks. There was no warm up period. The kids just snuggled right in:
Of course Caden had to get in a silly face :)
Until later!
Barby

Friday, July 18, 2014

{summer school workbooks}

The kids continue to have fun working in their workbooks I got for them at the Dollar Tree. Here are a couple of shots with Daddy helping them:
Caden likes to work in them, but he tends to get frustrated at time if he doesn't get a concept immediately. I wonder from whom he gets that...
Until later!
Barby

Thursday, July 17, 2014

{pretty nails}

Lilli and I have enjoyed our mommy + Lilli time together while Caden is at school. This morning called for some nail painting:
Until later!
Barby

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

{master bedroom redecoration}

I have started to redo our master a little bit. No painting or anything, just some good old reorganization. It is one of the rooms on my list of rooms to reorganize before heading back to school. Who am I kidding? I want to reorganize all of my rooms before I head back to school :) I started with Ryan's side of the bed. We each have a night side table, but that is not enough for all of Ryan's journals and books. Here is a before shot:
Yep, spilling out everywhere. Here is a shot looking at the bed to see his side:
Can you tell that Lilli was a little tired in this shot?
Here is one from the side:
I took this pic down to take to my classroom.
I found a great shelf at Target (thanks to my friend Leah), and I knew it would be perfect on Ryan's side of the bed. So I got it home, and set to the task of putting the shelf together. I also knew I needed baskets for holding some of the items on the shelf. What do you think?
That large basket on the top...has my contacts in it :) I just have a few...
It is just a start, so I will keep updating you as I do more. You can see that little light on the small table next to the bed. That is a little spot light that will be anchored right to the wall. I plan to buy another one of these shelves for the other side of the window. It will be more symmetrical, and then it will also offer more storage. We do not have a large bedroom, so any way to add more storage is a huge bonus.

Until later!
Barby