Tuesday, May 29, 2018

10 Things to Smile About This Month

It is the last Tuesday of the month which means it is time for 10 Things to Smile about.  This is when I look back and find 10 things that made me smile during the month.  I love doing this, especially on the hard months as it helps me keep an eternal perspective.

10 Things to Smile About in May

1. Being invited to a Cinco De Mayo party with friends
Cinco de mayo party

2. Watching Alex perform in her class play
School play_0200

3.  The Hope of America Performance
Hope of America performance

4. Mother's Day and how much my family spoiled me
eggs benedict

5. Ryder turned 8!
captain America birthday cake

6. Watching Ryder in karate

7. Utilizing the Movie Pass and going to lots of movies with Eric
at the movies

8. Finally doing a photoshoot again.
editing newborn pictures

9. A good spring season, and it ending and us having a couple week of break

10. May flowers (and thunderstorms!)
purple iris

Friday, May 25, 2018

Friday Five: Cub Scouts, Screen Time and the Summer

Happy Friday everyone!  Hope you have some fun plans for Memorial Day weekend.  Here is my week recapped in 5 thoughts and 5 pictures.

5 Thoughts

1. One week!  My kids have one week of school left, well technically not even a full week since Monday is a holiday.  I cannot believe this school year is almost over.  Yesterday would have been their last day if we were still in California.  I have felt a little sad looking at all of the end of the year parties and 5th grade graduation pictures, I have felt sad for what Alex is missing out on.

2. This week Ryder had his first Pack Meeting for Cub Scouts.  I got the badges off of Lucas old uniform just in time, though it might still have this troop number from California.  He is actually really excited about Scouts.

3. This week I have been editing a lot of pictures, I almost have the newborn session finished that I took last week.  I definitely plan on finishing it today.   Then just to update my website and all of that fun stuff.

4. Alex had her last soccer game of the spring season last Saturday.  They lost, but she played amazing the last little bit when she was put in at keeper.  After we had at team party, it was fun and I think we will be good sticking with this team this fall.

5. We are going to be starting a new screen time policy this summer, otherwise I know some of my kids could waste away the entire summer if I let them.  They can have screen time in the morning while I am sleeping in, I love having older kids, and then after that there will be a checklist of things they have to do before having any more screen time for the day.  My SIL does this, and definitely taking some inspiration from her.

5 Pictures
silly boys


editing newborn pictures

Stormy sky

Cub Scout Pack Meeting

Friday, May 18, 2018

Friday Five: Birthday's A Musical, Home

Happy Friday everyone!  Hope you have a fun weekend planned.

5 Thoughts

1.  Ryder managed to survive waiting one more day to celebrate his birthday (Mother's Day was hard for him).  He had a great birthday and we were able to open presents early, since Eric got home early, and then went out to dinner at Culvers.  I cannot believe he is 8 years old.

2. All this week Alex has been participating in her class play.  She did an awesome job and actually had three roles, including singing a solo.  She didn't want me to see her solo before, but I was at a dress rehearsal and so then was able to give her some tips on her movements while singing.  I don't think I would have been brave enough to do a solo at her age.

3. Alex also had a soccer game on Saturday, they ended up tying.   She had an amazing save at the end to persevere the tie.  She played a great game despite the rain for the second half.

4. This week has been a bit hard for me... for the first time since moving I have just really missed my friends back in California.  Alex's old class is doing a lot of end of the year stuff and getting ready for their 5th grade graduation.  She is doing great in her school year, but I am sad for her missing out on that with the kids she had gone to school with since kindergarten.

5. Lucas said he wants to get his Eagle Scout before the program ends next year.  I hope when it comes down to the work and things he needs to do he remembers he is the one that said he wants to do it.

5 Pictures
eggs benedict

Mothers Day 2018
captain America birthday cake

eating at food trucks

Monday, May 14, 2018

A Special Birthday

There were tears yesterday, lots of genuinely sad tears.  "Why can't I open my presents today?"   Last year, for the first time, Ryder and I shared Mother's Day and his birthday.  This year my day came first, and his excitement and anticipation was more than he could bare.

Today- today finally my son is your special day, your 8th birthday.

Ryder had a spectacular entrance into the world, coming 8 weeks early when we were over 600 miles from home.

When we finally arrived home a month later, the adventures continued, troubled feedings, horrific reflux and low iron levels; but we loved him.

When he finally was able to sit up the reflux seemed to magically go away, though still to this day if he laughs a lot he will get the hiccups-every single time.

Time seemed to fly.

Life was filled with joy and the cleverest sense of humor.  He could stack a tower of thin blocks perfectly at 1, could hit a ball with a bat at two, he just continue to grow and amaze us.

I have always said he seems to be a combination of his brother and sister.  First approaching things a little tentatively, a little unsure, a little shy even- but once in jumping in fully and succeeding at the things he does.

He is one who knows what he wants once he knows it, but sometimes has a hard time figuring out what that is.

He is still my cuddle bug to this day, and as my children are growing older and taller than me, I truly love having one who still wants to cuddle.
boy and a bear

Now he is eight, I can hardly believe it.  Next month he will get baptized and I know it all just seems to go so fast from there.
ice cream

Too my youngest, my baby.  I love you and hope you have a truly wonderful birthday.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Friday Five: Hope of America, Cinco De Mayo, School

Happy Friday!  What are your Mother's Day plans?

5 Thoughts

1. Our school year is winding down and I cannot believe it, time really has gone so fast.  The kids all had a good school year and I think next year will be even a little better and easier for them since we won't be switching schools and moving halfway through the school year.

2. Ryder earned his first stripe on his white belt in karate.  Once he gets enough stripes he will advance to yellow belt.  Last time they broke boards, it was fun to watch.

3. On Saturday we went to some friends house for a Cinco De Mayo party, it was a lot of fun and Eric and I took 2nd place in the Cornhole contest, which we got so close to totally winning.

4. This was my last week of helping in my kids' classroom as the year is winding down.  It was great to be able to help though it did make make miss our old school and how much I knew the office staff, the teachers, just everyone.  But we have only been here half a year I just need to be patient.

5. Last night we went to BYU to watch Alex perform in the Hope of America performances, it was with other 5th graders from about 20 different schools.  It was an incredible performance that truly honored this country.

5 Pictures
Cinco de mayo party

hitting a pinata

hitting a pinata

silly kids

Hope of America performance