16 September 2014


It's time for Fall decorations. Over the years I never really thought much about holiday decorations other than Christmas, but I made these paper pumpkins from books as center pieces for a Thanksgiving dinner at church a couple years ago, and then I found the little grape vine pumpkins, and I love them together. The perfect autumn decorations. Simple and sweet. 

Now I just have to figure out exactly how to use these cute chicken wire baskets I found for a great deal the other day. I've got a few ideas of how to use them as decorations for different holidays, so we'll see what I can come up with. :)

When I Grow Up . . .

Yesterday Camden told me he has two ideas of what he might want to do when he grows up: either a parkour teacher, or someone who takes care of pets. :)

11 September 2014


We'll, it has started. We're on our way to braces for the two oldest boys. Lijah just got his upper expander (and he'll also get a lower one at the next appointment). And Kolby got his expander. (He has a less-crowded mouth, so he only has to have one expander. Lucky kid). Fun, fun. 

First Parkour Class

So, we found a brand new gym that opened not far from our house and they have parkour classes that work for our schedule.  We signed the boys up, and they had their first class last night.  It was a lot of fun to go and watch.  I'm excited for them to continue with this sport.  They all really enjoyed the class last night.  Afterward Lijah told his teacher, "There was only one bad thing about the class: it wasn't long enough."

(That blur in the air is Isaac doing a vault).

22 August 2014

Simple Pleasures

Simple pleasures in life:

•riding bikes with my kids to school

•playing volleyball, (especially when I hit the ball really hard, and it actually goes where I want it to go) 

•my dogs running to me each time they hear the ice machine on the fridge so they can each catch a piece of ice that I toss them

my boys giving me hugs when I pick them up from school

•chatting with neighborhood friends on a quiet evening at the dog park

•watching as my youngest son starts to be able to really keep up and do the same thins as his big brothers on our outdoor adventures

•being available to volunteer at school for the first time now that our "baby" has started kindergarten

•watching YouTube videos and trying out moves in our favorite new sport, parkour, with my boys

•those days when the kids have finished their chores early and I've kept the house tidy and it's just nice and clean (yes, that does happen every once in a while).   :)

•Saturday morning bike rides with my husband & my parents

•the boys being so excited about the piano we just found on Craigslist that they are actually arguing about who gets to practice piano first 

•outdoor adventures: camping, hiking, exploring new beaches with the family

•my husband and I putting all the kids to be and finishing whatever we have to get done at night and then sitting down to watch a favorite show together

•watching my boys climb higher and jump further off of playground equipment than most kids their ages, remembering when I used to be so proud that I could do those same kinds of things when I was a kid, and just letting them do it because I know they can

•when I plan a good dinner and it actually turns out really great

•being happy to finally be settled down in a home and a neighborhood where we can stay and watch out family grow up

•my sweet husband making little comments about how much he loves me

20 August 2014

Courtland's 1st day of Kindergarten

I picked Courtland up from his first half-day of kindergarten. He hugged me a couple times, then told me that they learned songs, he had at least 3 teachers today, and he told me about a book that a teacher read them. We rode our bike home, he wanted to play a card game with me, then he played on his own a little while before falling asleep like this on the couch:
(Now the only hard part is going to be waking him up in a little while to ride back over to the school to pick up his brothers. Luckily we have a tag-along bike for him that hooks to the back of my bike, so he doesn't actually have to do any work to make the bike go). 

The first day of school

Today was the first day of school for the boys: Kolby started 5th grade, Elijah 4th, Camden 2nd, Isaac 1st, and Courtland kindergarten. I actually have to leave pretty soon to pick Courtland up because. The kindergarteners have half day school for the first several weeks before they switch to full day. 

It took a little time getting everyone situated on their bikes with their school bags and lunch bikes this morning, but we got it all figured out. And Nana surprised us and rode up on her bike right when we came outside, so she got to go do the first day drop off with us. What a good surprise. 

When we got there we got all the bikes and helmets locked to a fence (the new school will have a bike rack, but they don't have one yet). And then took a picture of all the brothers outside the school together. 

Then we all went and dropped each boy off at his class.

No tears, everyone seemed happy and excited. I can't wait to hear how everything went today!

Last Day of Summer

We had a blast yesterday at Point Loma on the last day before school starts. Perfect way to end the summer!  (It's too bad we lost cell phone service there, and we never were able to meet up with the friends who invited us to the Tidepools in the first place, but we still had a lot of fun climbing all over the rocks and getting wet). 

18 August 2014

Beautiful Morning

Look at those pretty clouds after my morning run today. 

05 August 2014

Cousin Time!

We have one of our nieces and three of our nephews staying with us for the rest of this week. 8 kids age 9 and younger -- wish me luck!  :)