Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday Five: Honor Roll, Date Nights and Motherhood

Happy Friday everyone!  Are you all ready for Thanksgiving?  Here is this week's Friday 5.

5 Thoughts

1. Life sometimes takes you on interesting paths and journeys and the timing is often rarely what you want it to be.  But with faith and courage, things usually work out how they are supposed to.

2. I cannot believe Thanksgiving is next week!  We have family coming into town and will have a very full house, but I am so excited.

3. This week was the trimester awards assembly.  Ryder and Alex both got the highest awards.  Alex has a perfect 4.0 and made Principal's Honor Roll.  Lucas got to attend a Principal's Honor Roll Breakfast at the middle school this week.

4. I photographed my good friend Amanda's family this week and miraculously turned around her whole gallery in record time.  I wanted to get it done before family comes into town on Sunday though.

5. Tonight Eric and I are going with some other couples to an Escape Room.  I am so excited and hope we are successfully.

5 Pictures
date night

helping dad cook

mother and daughter

school awards

mother and son

Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday Five: Shoe Shopping, Time, and iPhone X

Happy Friday everyone!  No school today in honor of Veteran's Day tomorrow.  This country may have a lot of problems right now, but it is worth fighting for and defending.  So to all who have or are serving, thank you.  I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart.  

Here is today's Friday five.

5 Thoughts

1. I cannot believe it is November already!  Time is going so fast.  It will be Thanksgiving then Christmas then this year will be over.  We have a lot of family coming for Thanksgiving, so I am excited, it should be fun.

2. This week I read a book in one day, I will be sharing it here soon on the blog.  I definitely have a tendency to just dive in and plow through books, especially if it is a book I really like.  I have a hard time putting it down and wanting to do much else.

3. I am loving the new Apple iPhone X.  I have finally stopped trying to hit the home button.  The face recognition is pretty cool and seems to work great.

4. Had to take my kids shoe shopping this week, as the oldest two literally had holes in their shoes.  It is amazing how kids can be so rough on shoes.

5. No school for my kids today, I slept in until almost 8:00, it was wonderful.  Lucas is going on a campout tonight, so have to get him all ready for that.

5 Pictures
iPhone X

floating head picture
Love this picture-- but look Alex is a floating head! 
outdoor school
Open air hallways at my kids' school
dirty after soccer
Alex got a little dirty at soccer practice-- that is what happens when you are keeper
shoe shopping

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Halloween 2017

I am doing a little Throw Back Thursday to a little over a week ago to Halloween, as I never shared our pictures on the blog.

This year Lucas didn't really dress up.  He did 'dress up' for our Trunk-or-Treat, wearing lots of rings and metal bracelets to store his energy (i.e. a character from a Brandon Sanderson book), but I had a mom fail and did not even take any pictures that night!

We finally carved our pumpkins Sunday afternoon.  Ryder was the only kid brave enough to clean out the guts of out his pumpkin.  Everyone actually craved their own this year too, with a little help from Mom and Dad.
dad and kids and pumpkins

family with carved pumpkins

Ryder has been planning his design for at least six months now, with the upside down face.
upside down pumpkin

Eric, after being prompted by Lucas did half a face.
half a face pumpkin

Alex and I both made our pumpkins from a design
scary face pumpkin

mummy pumpkin

And Lucas had the Yay-- which is so him.
words on pumpkin

This year Alex dressed up as a Dark Countess and Ryder as a Ninja.  Ironically we actually had that ninja costume from Alex a few years ago, but forgot and bought one for Ryder. 
Halloween kid costumes
Countess costume
dark countess
It was a fun Halloween and I actually had a lot of fun handing out candy with Lucas.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Friday Five: iPhoneX, Student of the Month and Halloween

Happy Friday everyone!  I am stuck at home-- and well read comment one to find out why!  Here is this week in 5 thoughts and 5 pictures.

5 Thoughts

1. It's iPhoneX day!  Which means I am at home anxiously waiting for a delivery.   In theory I should be getting a ton done around the house, but I just cannot focus today!

2. This week Ryder was awarded Student of the Month, for the trait of Responsibility.  His teacher wrote "Congratulations on being Student of the Month this month!  You are receiving this award because I am very proud of you for showing the true meaning of responsibility.  I love the way you are a role model for others, you have self-control, and alway do what you know is right.  You are a very bright young man with a great future ahead!  Keep up the great work!"  A very proud mommy moment!

3. Lucas did not trick-or-treat this year.  He helped me hand out candy.  He loved standing behind the door and slowly opening it, hoping to make the kids think the door was opening on it's own.  I really had a great time, him being there with me, but also kind of sad for the things he is growing out of.

4. My church had our dinner and trunk-or-treat this weekend.  It is always very well attended.  Eric always makes all of the kids sing to get a treat.  Some purposely avoid our car and others were planning what songs they were going to sing for him.

5. Alex's soccer team had two games, it was league cup and they won the first round, so on to round two this weekend.  Unfortunately round two is on Sunday.

5 Pictures
daddy carrying his daughter

pizza bar
Toppings for a build your own pizza
kids halloween costumes

lots of icecream
mother and son

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Ten Things to Smile About This Month

It is technically November now, but I wanted to wait until I took some Halloween pictures last night before I did October's 10 Things to Smile About This Month.

Ten Things to Smile About in October

1. Becoming the parent of a teenager-- yes I am actually smiling about this as he is such a good kid
birthday cake

2. Being able to photograph cute kids every fall with pumpkin patch minis
pumpkin patch mini shoot

3. Lucas getting his next scouting advancement- all the sewing of badges that means for me doesn't make me smile though
boy scouts

4. This picture and that they ran a race together
2k race

5. My birthday and this amazing birthday dinner Eric made for me
smoked salmon dinner

6. Watching my daughter make a birthday cake for me all by herself
decorating a cake

7. Boot and Fall like weather finally!

8. Friends who take me out to brunch for my birthday
birthday lunch at Mimi's

9. Halloween
kids halloween costumes

10. And Pumpkins!
halloween pumpkins and ghosts