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!

May 21, 2014


  I just got home from a fabulous long weekend in Texas. 

The reason for my visit

Meet our newest nephew Adler.

My husband is so good to me and such a good daddy. He had the kids all weekend. He got the kids up and ready and out the door on Sunday morning.

This is the conversation that I had with him after church
Josh: "The kids did awesome, the only thing I forgot was underwear for Quinn"
Me: "Oh! She needed extras?!"
Josh: "No, but she needed some!"

Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

Enjoying my sister time

Look what else happened while I was gone!

Super excited for my little guy.

Apr 16, 2014


This post is pushing two months old, so I better publish it now and move on to what we have been up to lately.

We welcomed baby Tyce to the family and we are all in love. 

Our high school girls basketball team had a playoff game and we headed over the mountains to cheer them on.

Papa and Grandma came to have lunch with us and ended up at the game too. Quinn is a big fan of Papa and I think one look will tell you why. My dad teaches my kids to push all the buttons in the elevator, blow the paper off straws and doesn't tell them to get up off the hotel floor...he gets down and crawls with them.  

Stay tuned for more as we look forward to another nephew in the next few weeks and a recap on the kids epic weekend with Auntie Holly and Uncle Bryan. Plus a couple trips the the hospital. Yep, the excitement never ends here.

Feb 25, 2014

Lovin Life

It is exciting times for our family these days.

We look forward to inviting another nephew very soon. We celebrated with a baby shower for Sue.
And a baby shower for  my sister and nephew #3 who is due in a couple months. Aren't we lucky?!

Kati's baby shower was at Uncle Steve and Auntie Lori's it was a fun weekend with Kati and Forrest up from Texas and super relaxing for this mama since my baby cousin is amazing and my kids love her. Quinn hid in Karissa's closet when it was time to leave because she wanted to stay with her. 

My little gymnast. Here are a couple before pictures because that day we went in for the big chop.

Quinn got to tag along to Branson's Valentine's Day Party. I reminded her repeatedly that it was not her party. However, when I joined the group after cleaning up the party room I found her like this. Waiting patiently in line for her turn at the piñata.

and of course she managed to get a turn.

Fitting in with the big girls. 

Branson's turn at the piñata  

Quinn and Blakey are always good buddies, but Valentine's Day they were over the top. Hugging. holding hands and looking out for each other. Quinn was not about to let her Valentine get away. 

The next day we had a fun night out with friends.

This picture is a bit blurry, but I love the bowler that Branson is becoming. 

After bowling we went to pizza and were surprised to discover a flat tire when we were ready to head home. Pam and I took the kids back into the restaurant and thankfully there was video games to entertain them while their daddies fix the tire.

It ended up being a late night and B put his coat over his head so he could fall asleep on the way home.

And here was the scene in our backseat. I think the worn out kids prove our successful evening.