Monday, September 29, 2014

{our new normal}

As you may have noticed, the blog has been pretty quiet lately. I can't tell you how many posts I have started for this last month, but then something comes up and I don't get the pics attached. That seems to be a theme: there is always something else to do. After a lot of thinking (while doing other things like the dishes...), I decided I need to just let it go. (Do you like that Frozen reference there?) This is a new start, a new normal for us. With both kids in school now, our mornings are a little crazier. Caden needs a lunch for school every day, so our evenings are a little more packed. It may not seem like that much has changed, but losing a little bit of time here and there makes for big changes in my book :)

Now that I have the (almost) first month under my belt, I am learning our new normal. I realized that while I LOVE keeping the blog updated every day with fresh pics of my kiddos lovely faces, that simply may not be realistic right now. I do plan to update as frequently as possible, but some of the posts may be pictureless...and that's okay. This is still a great way to keep in touch with those who are not able to see us every day. Or those who just want to know the latest thing I may be trying with my little ones. (Stay tuned for a great point system we are using with Lilli to make our mornings not horrible...Yes, my beautiful little girl does seem to have to power to transform into something not quite so sweet when she doesn't like the pants we are trying to have her wear....)

I need to use my extra time with the kids and Ryan; they are more important than anything. For example, my Project Life book is still really behind. But that's okay. I keep telling myself that :) It's more important for me to be making the memories than recording them right away. It's okay.

Now I am not going to forget about posting things from the last month. I will feature some items along the way. One of the best things that has happened in this last month is that Lilli started gymnastics, and she LOVES it!!! I am so excited for her. And she is really good. It appears that she is simply a natural. It was a little rough at first, because she was being very shy. She ended up not wanting to leave. Here are some pics:
Look at her cute little legs.
 
I promise to do a better job keeping you updated about what is going on in the house. We have actually been doing quite a bit.

Until later!
Barby

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

{best dog-sitter ever}

Ryan is very serious about his dog-sitting duties. While watching our nephew Foster, Ryan saw his eyes looked irritated. Then this happened:
He even had a nurse to help him:
Until later!
Barby

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

{First Day of School!}

How is it even possible that it is the first day of school? Caden is starting kindergarten:
 And Lilli is starting 4K:
Both of my babies:
I thought I would be really sad this morning, but I was really excited for them. They both had great first days. Yes, Lilli cried a little at drop-off, but we expected that. Caden's favorite thing today was "everything," and Lilli even asked if she gets to go back tomorrow.

Until later!
Barby

Monday, September 01, 2014

{Tunnel Trail Campgrounds: Aug. 28- Sept. 1}

We had a wonderful time camping this weekend. Yes, there was rain, but we made the best of it. Here are pics from our long weekend.

By the time we got there, we had to set up the camper in the dark. The kids hung out on the bench with the lanterns that Grandma got for them
 
All throughout the night, and well into the afternoon, it rained...a lot. We had some fun stuff to keep us busy in the camper:
 Once the rain let up, the kids really wanted to go swimming:
 The kids favorite thing to do in the pool was jump and have us catch them:
 Lilli looks like a little frog:
Here are also a couple of funny slo-mo videos:
Caden thought it was great that he could jump in alone-
video
Lilli's jump was not quite as graceful-
video
We loved roasted hotdogs and marshmallows (not together):
Of course, we went for a bike ride. Sunday was the best day for this. The weather was perfect. This time we decided to search for some geocaches along the way:
 Here we are with our first one:
 It was a great weekend :) Now back to reality...

Until later!
Barby