Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day in Idaho

Our holiday weekend started off this week with  Hope losing her very first tooth. The level of excitement in the house was record breaking. The pressure is on to see who will be the next one to go. 

When the girls got out of school on Friday, we picked them up and headed out to some frozen ice at Rita's. A nice cold treat to kick off the weekend. We spent the rest of the day out in the yard tossing the ball around and soaking up the warm sun. 

The rest of the weekend was quite similar. 

Cool treats.
Rest and relaxing.
Ribs and slaw.
Splish-splashing around.

The girls want so badly to spend hours in the water, but they're slowly learning that we aren't in the south anymore. Idaho weather holds true to the seasons. Spring is Spring and Summer will be here eventually. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

10 Joyful Things// No.1

Here lately, the days have seemed long. Summer is almost here and the girls are full of anticipation of all the things we can do here in Idaho. I've just been trying to make it through each day so the thought of trying to make their summer as amazing as they imagine it is overwhelming. By afternoon time, this Moma can be worn out and running on E. So, I've been trying to look for the little moments of joy instead of waiting for a fall out. So when I find it, I snap a picture and make note. Here are a few that I've found this week...

1. My Savannah color sorted the cookie cutters while she was cleaning up the play-dough. She was so proud. The littlest things can be the biggest in their eyes.

2. I've been waking up to more and more scenes like this. It seems that Hank has been sneaking out to the  living room in the middle of the night to snuggle on the couch. Such a sneaky dog.

3. When they listen, behave, and get along without fussing, a day full of errands isn't so bad. 

4. When the twins were babies, Hank would guard them very closely, listen at their door, and let me know when they were awake. Here lately, he's been letting them love on him and sitting as close as he can to them. It's such a sweet sight to see them have a dog to love on. 

5. We don't get very many, so this thunderstorm was a joy to sit and watch as it rolled it. The clouds sit much higher out here than they did in South Carolina. 

6. When you've gone an entire week and the girls clean their plates at every meal, it's time for a round of applause. Moma loves it when everyone leaves the table with full bellies.

7. Making it to church on time and with smiles on everyones' face. What's not to love about that!?

8. I love when she plays. Making the sound of the vacuum. I could eat her up!

9. She's been listening to her big sisters practice their reading every night. I found her this week reading to herself and trying to sound out words. I love hearing her little voice tell the stories. She's trying so hard to grow up too fast. 

10. We've been going to the library more and more. Bringing home multiple bags of books for the week. I'm soaking up every minute that they pile on my lap for reading time. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

My People

My people. They're pretty amazing. A little on the wild side but they bring great balance to my world. I can hear them now, wrestling on my bed. A good round of thumb war just ended and now they're all giggling and talking in silly voices. The girls just ran out and showed my their new belly rolling trick. The things they learn when they spend some one-on-one time with Daddy. It's pretty funny. 

On Monday, they celebrated me turning 32. So crazy to think that I'm finally up there but I can't think of any better way to meet this mark than with my people. My silly, crazy, hilarious, dramatic people. 

Ellie and I have been working hard on her potty training the past couple of days. She's been so adamant about this transition it's about turned my whole head grey. I finally grabbed the bull by it's horns and we've made some slow progress. Very slow. Slllooow. There's something about the baby wearing her big girl panties...bittersweet. 

I have to say too, this man...I'm so proud of him. He sews on his Tech stripe on Friday and I couldn't be any happier for him. He's such a hard worker and is doing great at his new job. So grateful for such a determined husband. We laugh because we celebrated his last promotion in South Carolina with sunshine and a kiddie pool. This go around we pulled out the fire pit and marshmallows. Keeping it real folks. 

Hope the rest of your week is amazing. 

But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more Psalm 71:14