Monday, September 28, 2015

Pope was in America!

How awesome was it having some uplifting news last week?

We were glued to anything and everything that had to do with the Pope

We took a quick little break to go celebrate Delores' Birthday!  We also got to see her again today, as she watched the two youngest while I went to a dentist appointment.  I kept my SLP dentist to give us an excuse to go back to the old hood at least twice a year :)
The girls' animals need breakfast too.  Love their imaginations
Littlest learner, loving school!
How awesome was the Pope's Speech! I also loved watching how choked up Boehner was!
Sally's school had their Marathon on Friday.  Sally's main goal was to get a picture with Hornet, the school Mascot.  Libby was terrified!

This little lady sure is a champ at going with the flow!
Thank you Grandparents for your donations for our Catholic School Girls!
We got to go to dinner and dessert with Grandpa on Friday.  It was a beautiful evening to sit out by the fire.  Dr. Libby also gave him a quick check-up :)
Sally made the cut and was invited to her first Gopher Game
I promised Libby a few extra things, like a soft pretzel from the mall!

Emma spots it
Emma goes for it :)
It's the little things...
Daddy was so very proud to bring Sally to the game.  Did you watch it? How awesome was the 4th quarter.  As you know, our Sally is quite a passionate little lady.  She was so excited and proud to be there.  Her cheering was contagious to all of the fans around her.  Reid said her excitement made everyone cheer louder.  He got teary-eyed to see the genuine excitement in her when the team ran out on the field and the marching band was playing.  Definitely a dream come true on both ends.  Sally claims it to be one of the best days of her life :)

Another favorite for Libby, tea party, on her new picnic table, thanks Nana and Grandpa!
She's been waiting for a long time to make the cut ;)

The Martinson Ladies came over for a quick pizza party date! So fun to see what our Fall/Winter is going to look like! Miss Haddie was VERY excited to play dress up with Libby and Libby was VERY excited to be the oldest for once :)
Performing on the stage ;)
Then Sally and Reid came home and became Baby Hogs ;)  Miss Aubrey is just the sweetest little thing.  She and Emma are going to have some great fun!
Libby helping Haddie get "suited up"  Thanks for coming to play ladies, we can't wait to have you back again soooooooooooon!
Libby's last extra special, Fro-Yo with Mama, minus the fro-yo, extra on the candies :)

Meanwhile, Daddy took the other ladies for a walk

Flat Francis is the latest hit, our church was passing them out after Mass and asking for family selfies, as to where Flat Francis was taken :)
Thank you for the pretty patio lights, Nana and Grandpa!
How awesome was the Super Duper Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse?

And then at dawn :)

Make it a great week, it's almost October already!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Makin' My Dreams Come True

If it hasn't shined through the other million times I have said it, I'll say it again, we're so so happy with our new move.  We love our new house, our neighbors, neighborhood, Parish, School, all the families we're meeting.  Just lots of smiles and happiness happening around here :)

We had a nice weekend, with a nice mix of football and family time :)

Cheering for the Gophers!

 Craigmile Crew!
 She was very snuggly and silly
 So very true right now and always!!
 Waiting for Miss Sally in the rain, rain boots and umbrellas make it fun fun fun!
 Family S'Mores time!

 Emma was already snoozing.  After Reid put the Bigs to bed, we still stayed out by the fire for the remainder of the night.  It was beautiful!  We downloaded an app that can mirror what's on the tv, so we were able to still watch some college football :)
 Organizing and trying on :)
 Looking more and more like a toddler every day!  Outside snack and waving to the buses
 Chairs by the stairs a necessity as of late.  She was clapping and slapping and dancing to the music :)
 Whatever it takes to get dinner ready :)
 Not sure if I remembered to include this cute little photo Booth Session :)

Happy Happy Tuesday Ya'll!  Almost time for Fall shows to start, Yippee!

Friday, September 18, 2015


Whoop Whoop It's Friday!  Daddy's also home after being in Cali all week for work. Aaaaaaaaand Mama is hosting a girls night! TGIF!!

A few pictures from BP while he was in Cali

Last week I mentioned Ed, our handyman, was here moving our island.  Here's the final product.

This was the dinner that night.  Love that we have our family dinner table back and lots and lots of counter space for extra helpers :)  Ed does GREAT work!

I had to bring LJ along with me on a quick return to see if she needed the next size up in her new jacket I bought for her.  A lady who was at the same store noticed and loved Libby's Gopher Cheerleader outfit so she randomly gave Libby her Gerbera Daisy.  Libby was a BIG fan.  How sweet! We'll be sure to pay the random act of kindness forward! There IS good in this world!
 Saturday night was our Parish and School's Party.  The girls got to meet Elsa and Anna :)
 We also got to try the Subzero Ice Cream (as seen on Shark Tank) YUM!!
 Our fun fire pit arrived.  Libby helped Reid put it together!
 Mommy and Daddy tested it out after the kiddos went to bed ;)
 The girls were extra well behaved this week while Reid was gone.  YAY YAY YAY! This was the scene I came out to see after putting Emma to bed.

 Amazing behavior equals S'Mores!
 Love Libby's new abilities in her drawings :)
 Tuesday Night was Curriculum night for Sally's school.  A BIG thank you to Joey and Emily for tackling dinner and bedtime with our 3 girls so I could attend!

Once again, it hit me that I was the mom! I still have these moments periodically.  I think because I started out as a teacher, it's hard to transition to being the parent.  Took me a while to remember I was indeed the parent, not the teacher or aunt or babysitter.

I've said it before and I'll say it again.  We LOVE LOVE LOVE Sally's 1st grade teacher!

Note: her favorite color is r and b and w.  Red, Blue and White.  Patriotic little lady ;)

Another "Make yourself cry" poem :)

Before Sally went to bed the other night she said "Mom, don't look at the art table, I'm not finished with it yet.  It's for Valentine's Day, so where can I put it until then?"  I had to peek...
 I love her!
 Brought out the next size up for Emma's clothes.  Found a little Matchy Match!

Libby is a school lover too!!! I don't know what I would do if one of my kiddos didn't love school.  She got to bring her journal home this week, so sweet.  Love love love her teacher too!!

She taught us her new prayer. Make sure you remember to clap at the end, I almost forgot, and oh man, I was almost in trouble!

Off to get the Champs glasses ready for the girls night!

Cheers to a great weekend! Goooooooooo Gophers and Skol Vikings (We'll just pretend that Monday night didn't really happen...)