April 23, 2014
April 22, 2014
Hayley brought a photo of Grandpa Larry in Heaven holding her as a baby. He loved that, too.
We had his favorite angel food cake on Thursday.
Then we spent a couple of days at home for the Easter holiday as well and decided to call it a mini vacation. We filled the days with umpteen chores and lists of things we both wanted to get done, but we also had a lot of fun.
The weather was gorgeous.
We made time for fishing, which was fun even though we didn't catch anything. I got to wear my boots and my husband breathed slowly and smiled a lot at me.
There were Peep s'mores on the bonfire and hunting games, too. There was even camping in the living room (more to come on that).
There were 16 tense minutes and then Eric Church tickets.
Annnnnd there was a lot of underwear in the ceiling fan. But that is what mini vacation is for - catching up on all of your favorite things. We had cuddles with all of the kids and spent time with family. We cooked a lot and worked until we were smelly together. Cleaned carpets! Thrifted. We even painted the woodwork in the basement and I did a canvas art project! I'm telling you, it was good and it was productive.
My husband actually slept through the night when work worries eased and he relaxed. We slept with the windows open and my fingers all knotted in his chest hair; that might have been my favorite part.
Makes me appreciate my favorite dude even more. Happy birthday, Baby.
April 21, 2014
She helped Daddy pick out two new Lego sets to build, both from the Lego Movie. There was Unikitty, yo! She was mostly concerned with WildStyle, though.
We allowed her to surprise her siblings with the new building blocks when we got home. Trevor isn't the legomaniac he used to be, so he drifted away to go watch movies downstairs. But the other 2 were squealing!
There were so many parts to build, they each grabbed a booklet and got to work. And in Andy's room, of course!
Even Mabel has learned how to follow the directions; the little booklets make it so easy!
Such a colorful mess. Unikitty and Snail were top on Mabel's list.
And Hayley immediately grabbed up WildStyle and Emmett.
Andrew worked on the ice cream truck at his desk.
Hayley used the table.
I guess you could say we are addicted to Legos up in here. We even surprised the kids over Easter weekend with the new Lego Movie video game.
Everything is awesome!
April 18, 2014
1. Oh hell yes. Love this feminine arm piece.
5. Cookie dough greek yogurt! Just add 1 tbsp. of creamy peanut butter, 1 tsp. of honey, 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract, 1 tbsp. of miniature chocolate chips and a dash of sea salt.
April 15, 2014
But this one. This little pip is far more mature than her 5 years and she has looked on with longing eyes. She wants to be big like them. She wants to be included. At first they tried showing her how to loom with her fingers because they didn't want to share their looms. She practiced, but gave up. It just wasn't the same as using the tools, man.
Then they allowed her to occasionally borrow their single loom tool, which she took to like... well, faster than the two of them, honestly. She was so eager to be like them that she was a looming fiend. Probably because her fingers are smaller than everyone else's. She made dozens of bracelets, took them out, and made them again.
Then something happened as Mabel conquered looming. She stopped caring that her two siblings had a super special secret looming meeting without her in it. She also didn't seem to care that they used a big loom while she still had the tiny tool they'd cast aside. She loomed alone, with joy in her heart. She loomed with her stuffed horse, Lucy. She loomed with Clover the bunny. She loomed in the kitchen while we made dinner and when invited, she'd loom in Andy's room with the two of them. But she did it, all on her own.
And then one day when Daddy and I were in Michael's (yes, that happens), he grabbed a full looming kit and put it in our basket. "For Mabel," he said.
There was never more joy in a child's eyes than when she received that surprise looming kit and pink rubber bands. Oh. My. We didn't see her for hours that day.
She's gone through (and lost) several bags of rubber bands since then. She does make a mess, but I almost don't care because she's doing this creative thing all on her own.
Occasionally, she still needs help. Usually her big loom gets turned upside down by accident or she grabs the wrong band. She is so eager to create and do it on her own like a big girl. Unlike the others, she doesn't scream or cry or throw a fit when she messes something up. She merely grits her teeth and stays the course. She lets the 'want' push her forward.
Right now she's learning how to double and triple loom. Instead of asking Andy and Hayley to show her how to do it, she reads the directions (mostly by-)herself. What took Andy a few weeks, she will have down by Friday. That's just how she is.
This looming thing is Mabel in a nutshell. In true Mabel fashion, she picked herself up by the bootstraps and promptly kicked ass at the very thing someone told her she couldn't do. She's decided she's not bothered by what other people think. Haters gonna hate. Friends gonna friend. Be joyful regardless.
That's my girl.
April 14, 2014
Mabes ripped her top tooth out. Never seen a kid so excited to bleed. But she's growing up too quickly. She'll be driving soon.
She's all full of gumption, this one. She got into trouble at school Friday because it was 80 degrees and she decided to cool off in the water fountain after recess. Seemed logical to her, I reckon. She cleaned up the water drips from her face and hair and neck, but the teacher wasn't very fond of gumption anyway.
I like gumption, myself.
Incidentally, this one got invited into bed with us last night to watch Harry Potter. It was a whole moment. She wasn't feeling great and Daddy wasn't tired yet, so when she wandered up, he asked her to cuddle in the middle. Possibly because she's all gap-toothed and darling and her hair was standing on end when she asked.
Kid couldn't get any cuter, I swear. This will become problematic in her teen years.
April 10, 2014
1. I may have a slight English bulldog obsession just now.
2. Love, love, love this unique and vintage-inspired invitation.
3. Repaired jeans seem to be all the rage right now. I'm loving it. Before for a DIYer who accidentally chopped too far. Ha.
4. Be still my ever loving heart. Black and white in the shape of kitties?
5. Love this outfit. Hard. Like wow.
6. I have this kimono. I passed out when I saw it, ordered it, and then passed out again. I have worn it five times and I'm not sorry.
7. Erin Wasson, please stop being so awesome because I can't take it. Love the rolled, destroyed denim with the sloppy tee and blazer.
8. Glitter eye is my favorite now.
9. Mary, you're killing it, girl. The skirt and the tee are awesome.
10. I'm desperately trying to choose sandals this summer and ... maybe these?
11. Love this bedroom. Clean and neutral with pops of color.
12. Gorgeous earrings.
13. Perfect above a bed or couch!
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April 9, 2014
You know, I didn’t know it would be like this. I didn’t know that the love would feel so powerful and deep sometimes that it overflows my heart and comes out of my eyes. I didn’t know that I would give of myself so deeply that I am changed for the better, forever.
When I sat up, we smiled. He gave me a kiss and brushed my hair back from my face. I wiped my nose on the sleeve of my sweatshirt because I'm classy like that.
The truth is, we don't have forever. We just have to make the most of the time we have and take advantage of opportunities to love on each other. To play and laugh and go to the hardware store together.
For whatever reason it all hit me at once. I guess it was the power of the Home Depot.
April 7, 2014
The other night, Bryon arrived home from work exhausted. There was not time for weight lifting in the basement to relax and there wasn't a game on television to watch for unwinding. It was too slippery outside to run. He was a work zombie. Mabel and Trevor were otherwise occupied and so when Andrew arrived in the kitchen, he asked Bryon to help him work on a space station.
My husband was intrigued by Andrew's level of engineering detail and wandered into the kitchen.
Within moments, they drew up a plan for expansion, which included boosters, turrets, and a laboratory.
The building went on for hours.
The smile on Andrew's face was priceless. Watching my husband fully-relaxed and engaged in Andrew's imagination? Also priceless.
They laughed at one another and had fun and I stayed completely out of it, except to sneak-capture these photos. Andrew talked about his breakup with a girlfriend [he's not bothered]. Bryon told Andrew about the machinery he had to fix that day.
There was much quality time.
There we turret and gunfire noises from both of them. Lots of, "Oh! Let's use this! Use this! OOOH! COOL!" Also, Bryon made a space toilet and was very proud.
I haven't seen my husband so relaxed in weeks. I have prayed for peaceful, playful moments like this a lot lately and I am beyond grateful for it.
When they were finished for the evening, Bryon left the diagram for Hayley and Andrew was excited to make a plan of execution for her next visit. When she arrived the following day, Dad gave her a guided tour of the new space facility. The quality time from the night before bled right over into those moments as well, as she gasped and giggled at what Daddy had started and left for her to finish. There was lots of hugging. She asked him questions about the aliens in the lab and the satellites on both ends of the station. Within an hour, she and Andrew had the whole thing reworked and it had been properly Hayley-fied. It was awesome.
A week after the space odyssey, Hayley helped her dad pick out new lego sets. Stay tuned for photos!
Apparently legos are a key to quality time, yo.