Oct 7, 2014


 Birthday month finished quite some time ago now, so I better hurry up and post before it doesn't get done. With the kids birthdays a week apart we weren't sure how we'd celebrate this year, but they helped us with that. They bargained and said that if they could have a bounce house they would share a party. Done. 

"Grandma from Oroville" came and made the day with cakes requested by each of them. And big thanks to Papa and Mimi for letting us and our friends invade their yard for the party once again.

Quinn's mermaid cake

Branson's lego cake

The kids were very patient in celebrating all of the other birthdays leading up to theirs. My parents move to this side of the mountains has been so much fun for us since we get to see them more often. 

They took us out to dinner for Josh and my birthdays. The "Ninja Restaurant" was a hit with us all. Especially Branson! 

Grandma and Quinn made us a cake. Quinn loves cake!

Pam did a wonderful job of helping me celebrate by inviting these lovely ladies to dinner.

On each of the kids actual birthdays we had a small gathering and the kids got to go pick out a cake. B's choice was an ice-cream cake.

On Quinn's birthday B and I took her for maple bars and to the park in the morning.

Our sweet girl picked out a carrot cake.

Before Barnes family birthday month we helped this sweet girl celebrate 6!

Now we are on the countdown for another birthday…just waiting for little sister to arrive so we can celebrate her too.

Sep 30, 2014

Big Kids

I love having a five and a three year old in the house. They are starting to get some of their own activities, but still love to spend their days with me. I am cherishing this last year of having Branson home.

This is his third year of preschool and on his first day he told me he was "A little excited, but mostly scared."

Quinn on the other hand couldn't wait. On her 3rd birthday we got a call from the preschool teacher that said even though her birthday was just after the cutoff they would let her join the three year old class this year. She was so excited.

On Quinn's first day of school we got to have Baby Tyce for the day. We love our time with this boy.

If my kids love their little sister half as much as they love their cousin we will be golden.

Last week was Branson's special day at preschool. I love my kid's special day, it is so fun for me to get to see them interact with their friends. During B's special day we made apple sauce.

Quinn is thriving at preschool, she loves it. Quite the opposite of her brother when she just walks in without a bye to me as we get to the door.

We are super lucky to have grandma and grandpa nearby. They've been coming down weekly to help take the kids to their activities. Grandma kept me updated with Quinn as I was at school with Branson on his special day.

Jul 31, 2014

Lake Roosevelt 2014

We spent last weekend here

This highly anticipated weekend lived up to all my kids memories from last year and all of our expectations. 

We had a wonderful weekend of friends, family, sand and a little too much sun. 

My adventurous little guy will soon be giving me lots of gray hair, but until then I love seeing him push his limits and realize all that he is capable of. 

He definitely doesn't get his adventurous side from me, so probably from his dad.

This girl is more my speed.

Our weekend was made complete with this little guy. 

Jun 4, 2014

Spring Happenings

Since summer in unofficially here I figure I better publish this post that has been ready for a couple months. 

Spring is here and we are loving it. Lots of bike rides have been happening. If you read my previous post you know that we have retired the tag along bike for now as Branson has no interest in riding behind us, but wants to be along side us…or way out in front of us!

Our first bonfire of the season. It is probably a toss up for which Quinn loves most; marshmallows or Uncle Jason 

Last Spring Break we spent in the Florida Keys, this break we spent in the hospital. B had some long awaited oral surgery and came through like a champ.

Daddy got a new piece of equipment at the shop and has been spending lots of time setting it up. We went on a field trip to learn about it.

My little guy made a B

Quinn had a daddy day at the shop, she was loving it.

then she had a little accident.  

We ended up back in the hospital, getting staples in her head. She was a champ too. and thank goodness for the distraction of iPhones!

Uncle Bryan and Auntie Holly were kind enough to watch the kids for the weekend, so Josh and I could have a weekend away. We had a fun time at the George Strait concert. I am pretty sure the kids had more fun that weekend with trips to the park, the arcade and undivided attention from their Auntie and Uncle. 

 Of course we are snuggling on this little guy every chance we get.

Papa and Grandma from Tenino came for Easter. Quinn loved the chance to help Grandma make our traditional bunny cake.

As you can tell that my little girl is a lover of sweets. At easter brunch she hopped up on Papa's lap to steal the cream off of his pie.

Along with spring comes much needed in yard work B is learning valuable lessons and working for money to buy new toys. I am pretty proud of this boys hard work.

Nice weather also call for snack and reading in the fort. 

Happy Spring…Happy Summer, We have big plans this summer of getting lots of fresh air, sun and time with friends and family. Can't wait!