August 20, 2014

I Mustache You a Question

To say that Hayley has an obsession with mustaches would be a heavy understatement. She has mustache washi tape, mustache duct tape, mustache scrapbook paper, mustache socks and shirts...

She also loves plaid, suspenders, and ties. She asked me to take a picture recently of her full get up. I love it. Get it, girl!

She has passed her love for mustaches on to Andrew in full and together, they've convinced Mabel that she needs a mustache as well. While at the party store recently, I came across a package of hairy mustaches in the cowboy-party section. And duh, had to bring them home!

This might be one of my favorite photos of all time. It's one I will certainly share with all of their future spouses.

August 15, 2014

A Welcome Home Party

Weeks before the kids came back, we began planning a welcome home party for them. And end of the summer part of sorts. A SURPRISE party.

I called their best friends and their best friends' mamas. I made arrangements and made them promise not to squeal once the kids came home.

I looked into fancy cupcakes and abandoned that idea when they were $4 each. Yowza. I got cookies instead.

We also planned chicken legs and hot dogs. And lots of water balloons. Seriously, I bought up the last stock of water balloons at two party stores in town.

I found decorations and hid them in my closet.

Then the night before arrived... and we decided to tell our four so that they could try to sleep through the excitement AND help us clean the house for guests. And clean they did.

The weather was perfect. About 90 degrees and high humidity - perfect for wanting to get wet!

One of Trevor's besties was first to arrive. He's a 6'1",  7th grader. He'd spent the whole week with Trev at football camp and the kid didn't say a word. Love him.

Andrew's best friend was at his dad's wedding on the day of the party. So another friend came to rock it out with Andy at the party. Wicked good with a balloon, too, that kid.

Trevor, Andy, and the two boys spent more than an hour filling up over 400 water balloons.

Which were gone in less than 5 minutes.

I took one in the face from Someone. Trevor took one in the ... boy parts. Bryon took eleventy five of them in the head from the boys. Inherent water balloon risk, see. Nobody was injured.

There was lots of football passing and trampoline jumping.  

We made a huge slip and slide and soaped that sucker up. Children were running everywhere through the water - little, soapy people slipping everyplace. Bryon gets Best Form award. All in all we used up 3 bottles of dish soap (thanks to our neighbor for not getting upset when her son swiped it from beneath their sink - twice).

I enjoyed the slip and slide, too, but don't have any pictures of me in my Ice Man tee shirt to prove it. Bryon and I raced a few times and overlaunched the tubes. Funny. Love him so much.

Around dinnertime, Hayley's best friend came to spend the night. The girls ran and played hard through the sprinklers!

The twins from next door (including Mabel's bestie Peyton) came, too.

Grandma Sharon and lots of neighbors were there to welcome the kids back. We listened to Neil Diamond, Journey, and Def Leppard all day and soaked in the sunshine with our babies. Who aren't babies.

We had a bonfire and roasted marshmallows for s'mores.

Overall a raging success.  I'm sure I won't be able to surprise them again, but I'm also sure we will repeat this party. It was a blast. Felt so good to smoosh them and kiss them and hear them giggle. They deserve to know how much we love our family of 6.

And all is right in the world again.

August 14, 2014

Things I Love Thursday

1. Sometimes!

2. I have a kiddo who needs these badassed shoes. I had a pair in high school - granted my Docs were plain black combat and not floral - but these are amazeballs.

3. Dear JCrew, lower prices. Mmmm-kay? Love this skirt!

4. This coat from Zara is amazing.

5. I adore this living room. Warm and rich and lived in.

6. Love this.

7. I am certain one of these will exist in my life. Right now, its in the Black Hills of South Dakota and I'm'a gonna go get it soon.

8. LOVE this sink and mirror. SO simple and perfect.

9. Beautiful mix of styles. Love this bedroom.

10. And this one.

11. I absolutely LOVE this rug.

12. My Andy Roo needs this in his room.

13. Hello, Beautiful. Seriously love her style.

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August 11, 2014

The Little Fisherwoman

It was Mabel's turn to have some fishing lessons with Daddy. He woke her up at 5am and I could hear his muffled voice from our room, "Mabel, want to go fishing today?"  The kid popped up out of the bed and shouted, "Yes!" and was dressed and upstairs in literally one minute.

She was in charge of worms. She divided them and handed them to Daddy to load up her hooks. She hauled in several catfish and a smallmouth bass. Oh for the love of pete, my dad in Heaven did a backflip when she caught that bass, I know he did.

She studied the fishing guide, too, and read all of the fishing limits.

She was peaceful and sat (mostly) quietly. Just waiting for her fish and watching the pelicans.

Eventually, Daddy got a big walleye. She wasn't too fond of his sharp teeth even though he was dead, but she was proud to be his assistant when they got home to clean him.

He was delicious.

I'm so proud of her. God gave us this big beautiful world full of fish and animals to respect and replenish our bodies with. And what beautiful memories! Best to learn early, I say.

August 7, 2014

Things I Love Thursday

1. Above all, Friends... this.

2. Oh the midcentury dresser, the round mirror, and the snake plant in a basket make me SWOON.

3. Well this is fabulous hair.

4. Adore this. Lightweight for summer and totally professional.

5. Me and the doubled-banded Birks (the official name for them escapes me just now) might have to revisit things this fall. When nubbly socks start begging to be worn with them.

6. Ah yes. Fall is coming. And so are booties!

7. Love this pink stadium coat!

8. Gorgeous living room. So totally love the white walls and high ceilings.

9. Dear chesterfield sofa, please come live at my house forever. Amen.

10. And don't let anyone tell you that wood paneling is cheesy. Because, this. And the Eames chair.

11. Might be my favorite color of bathroom tile.

12. Okay, black and white together is my favorite color of bathroom tile.

13. Obsessed with round mirrors much?

14. Love this white tile and natural wood together, too.

15. It's time for us to buy a grown up sheet set for our king bed. It will be grey and white for sure. Maybe stripes because this is just heavenly. I loooove masculine bedding.

16. The credenza stole my heart. But then there has to be a plant vignette on it, too? I die!

17. GASP. This paneling is the shit!

18. There should be room for a hammock in every house. One with a pillow!

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August 5, 2014

Back To Normal

My 3 have been back from their dad's for two weeks now and we are settling back into what normal feels like. I am happy to report that the house is once again loud and chaotic and we LIKE IT that way. Also, my kids are big mouths and I know where they get that from.

Bedtimes are being readjusted because rest is important and school starts in a couple of weeks.

Vegetables every day.

Everyone wants to be on the trampoline 24/7 or out riding bikes with their friends in the neighborhood.

Mabel's hair has grown long enough to achieve a messy bun. She looks darling. Messy buns are perfect for fishing, too.

Trevor is very intrigued with my power yoga. In one afternoon, he accomplished the crane pose. I'm very proud. Can't wait to take him with me to a class!

While school shopping I realized my son is almost a man. I mean, seriously. I realize he has 5 years left before he is legally an adult, but would you please look at that adam's apple forming there? He has my dad's broad shoulders and his voice dropped a bit over the summer. He can't even wear kid jeans or shoes anymore. A man-child. It's a bit scary, yo.

This one came back with more freckles. Man, I love his freckles. He's been my snuggle bear. Actually, he's been everyone's snuggle bear. He favorite thing is to crawl up on the couch with Bryon and tuck into his side. Usually wrestling follows, but not always. He's a lover, this one.

Hayley is thrilled the kids are back, too.

Onward, August. Here we come!