Friday, February 24, 2017

Project Life Week 2

The second week of the year. Seems like a long time ago but nevertheless here it is.  The wind was super crazy that week to the point of being scary.  Fallen trees, power outage, and a candlelight dinner. The kids loved eating in the dark!

All the sudden everyone was gone.  He sure missed his siblings.  Trying to figure out how to play a few minutes on his own. A true struggle of being number five.

A very sweet package from Korea this week.  The most adorable shoes that light up.  A letter with his foster Mom's heart written all over it.  Thankful for these connections and love!

I choose a word this year and it is brave.  I feel some new roads coming in my life as things change in the next year.  Clearly we never know where the road may take us just hoping to be brave and move where life is headed.

Sweetness at four.  Always up to something.  Love the sounds of little feet and playing in the house!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Project Life Week 1- Papa's Birthday

Looking back to January as I work on my project life for 2017.  The year always starts with my Dad's birthday.  
The day was filled with family and a turkey dinner.  Celebrating the 72 years Dad has been on this earth. All the changes that have come and thinking how lucky we are that he is loving his life.
A rare photo of my family with Dad. Everyone was fairly agreeable  which is very helpful for photos!
Loved listening to Luke and Katie. These two really get along and seem to have personalities that match well.  
My Dad comes from a large farming family and this is one of his younger sisters.  I do believe it is important for my kids to see these connections in their grandparents life.  
I am a little slow getting my project life going this year.  I know I need this time to create and write our stories.  If I am lucky I will get more weeks done this weekend!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

State Bound!!

This  freshman is headed to state in wrestling!!  I am so very excited for him.  The season has been filled with so many emotions and hard work.

He started out the season with a broken arm.  The result of the last game of his soccer season. His missed some wrestling matches due to his arm but he practiced every day with it.  

As soon as the cast came off we realized he had ring worm.  Not so much fun and it took us awhile to get it healed up. Practiced through all of it and missed some more matches.  I know his heart was sinking but in good Riley fashion he moved forward.  

Then this weekend came and regionals were upon us.  Yesterday he took 4th and this week he will be heading to state.  I was there on Friday for him but could not be there yesterday as I had to be Mom to the rest. My heart was with him and I am so excited! 

In honesty wrestling is not something I understand. I cheer for him and admire that work ethic that will serve him way beyond the mat.  These two boys have been friends a long time and they will both be on those big state mats this week!  What a weekend it has been!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Dec 20 Sleepover at Grandma's

The four oldest girl cousins have a new tradition of helping Grandma decorate for Christmas.  There is one sign that you know you have made it to Grandma's house and that is the tinsel.  She loves it and I am thinking these girls to do.  I wasn't there but I do believe they decorated a lot more than just the tree with tinsel.  My mom had written this note to us in her card thought it was perfect to add to this page.   
I love this photo of the girls all camped out in the living room.  These four get along really well and have a great time together.  How lucky are they to call their cousins their friends:)

It is almost time for us to start our Christmas celebrations. Hoping you all are feeling ready and with those you love the most!

Day 19 Wrapping Gifts (the boys)

There really haven't been any gifts under the tree and to my surprise these two boys came to me asking to help.  Ummm...oh yes I could use some help.  So they set to work and helped a lot.
I was doing something else in the room at that time but could overhear their conversations.  I love to hear what they talk about and how they communicate.  At the end Andy had tape all over his face (?) and they were both laughing!

These days are starting to sneak away from is almost time...and I am almost ready!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Day 18 Baking Day

We had a snowy Saturday with freezing temperatures.  A perfect day to pull out our baking list and spend the day baking.  Each kid had picked their favorite cookie or candy to make.  After so many hours we didn't make it through the list but everyone was content.

This is one of my favorite photos of the day.  To me it is about the beauty of how our family came to be. The bonds of sisterhood even if we have our real life moments.

Luke was priceless when he saw that popcorn popping.  He was so cute! The best part of being little is how the small things in life are so big!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Day 17 Snow

Yesterday we woke up to cold and snow.  Not at as much snow as cold.  Those new flannel sheets were really pulling people into staying for just a little bit longer!  

 I am always surprised who are the kids who ask to go play in the snow first.  It isn't always the usual suspects. Luke can hardly wait to get out there and Katie has been his playmate all weekend. 

They played a long time and I am sure it was single digits in the morning. The minute they walked in the door they assumed it was hot chocolate time..why not it is Christmas break!

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