Monday, July 21, 2014

Peep {chicks}

 A fun little night with one of my fancy friends.
We couldn't make it work to go out together...so we brought the party here.

It's all about making time. 

Life with little's can get crazy, hectic, busy. 
So listen carefully mama's, I'm about to impart some wisdom...

Make time to be with your peep {chicks}.
Your grown up girly, girl friend peep {chicks}...the ones who share your passions, your giggles, your fears, your taste in nail polish, your anything. 

They matter...and Lord knows, the make this life a whole lot more fun to go through. 
{And they help keep you sane...it's awesome.}

Thankful for the blessing of time with this peep {chick}.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Birthday GiGi

My mom is a giver.
She gives & gives & gives & gives & gives...
These pics are just a sampling of an average 5 minutes with Gigi. 
Here she's helping "Thing 3" read, bouncing "Thing 5", wrestling "Thing 4"...and often breaking into hysterical giggles herself.

Truth: We would not have survived these past few months without her. Our families little world fell apart when "Thing 1" left for treatment. Heck...we're still trying to figure out how to do this new version of life...I can't even talk about it. Ya know what...we wouldn't have survived the past few years without her... this 'ish has been tough for a while. {duh. this kinda stuff doesn't happen overnight.} She has been here at the drop of a hat, anytime we've needed her. Always. She loves us fiercely.

These boys. 
My family.
Myself.
We are blessed because we have her.

Happy Birthday Mom. We love you. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

flashback...fish style

Earlier this week the hubs and Thing 3 showed up in the backyard with a bucket of fish that they proceeded to dump into the kiddie pool...where children were swimming...some responded with shouts of glee, some responded with "dude, what are you thinking?!"
It was hilarious. 
{Like side splitting type hilarious}

I didn't get any photos {STINK!} but the whole thing took me back to the last time the we were catching fish with out bare hands. I'm beginning to think we're developing a "start to summer" tradition over here.

ENJOY the FLASHBACK!

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Saturday Eve, we headed to a local river for a quaint family outing. 
The plan: water ice & a nice walk down by the river. 

Oh my, oh my, how quickly plans changed as our evening turned into what could have been a reality tv show episode on the discovery channel.
"Carp Search & Rescue"
A tropical storm came through on Friday and apparently flooded the river washing a TON of fish over it's bank.
I think we'd taken maybe 15 steps into our walk when we came across an enormous "puddle" FILLED with fish. 
Poor, sad, stranded, "little" fish getting stuck in the grass and trying so hard to find their way back to that river!

Before I knew what was going on hubs {along with another gent passing by} was in the water, scooping up fish, with his bare hands. 
{Live Action!} 
Seriously.
My guy is awesome. He couldn't bear the thought of those poor fishies drowning just feet from the river...when all they needed was a little help. How could I not be hopelessly in love with this man? 

You can see from the pics that the littlest 2 joined right in with the "search & rescue" mission, hesitant for just a moment and then all sorts of brave and helpful, tossing those bad boys right into the river. 
And Hello...a skirt and a pregnant belly weren't keeping me on the sidelines...grab and toss away. 
{The older two were more than happy to view from the hilltop. Cheering everyone on and loving that we were saving the fish...their dad is clearly their hero.} 

Some 30 fish and an hour later someone new showed up with a net and supplies and we headed back to the car...stinky & wet...covered in fish slime...with 2 of the happiest little boys you ever did meet. What started out as a simple walk turned into quite the adventure. 

Never a dull moment. Good thing I always pack my camera. :)


Side Story - we are huge discovery channel/animal planet/every other nerdy science channel you can name fans. It's fascinating. And our boys...just eat it all up. 
Their most recent favorite, is the show "Call of the Wildman", where this guy catches/rescues wild animals using only his bare hands. His tag line, "Live Action!!!". The very morning of the "carp" event, the boys were outside saving worms, hollering "Live Action!!!" every 2 seconds. 
Thing 2 annoucned that when he grows up he's going to be a "bare hand animal rescuer". We had no idea that later that day his little boy dreams were going to come true.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

first & last

First Day. Last Day. You do it. I do it. We all do it.
Now let's get to it...

 FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL...
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL...


FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL...
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL...

FIRST DAY & LAST DAY  
It's been quite a year for this crew. Many highs and sadly many lows. 
Cheers to the summer.
Cheers to Hope.
Cheers to Joy.
Cheers to choosing trust.

Love, love, love my boys..each and every one. 
Forever & ever, no matter what.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Zane Mom Mixer 2014

Monday looked a little something like this...
If you follow along on Instagram you saw the prep and some of the event already, but I had to share these official pics!

It was such a fab night, with fab ladies. Kinda sad it's all over already. 

Memories of Mom Mixing: Keemia be cray cray // home made gelato // balloons on the ceiling // fanciest laundry room in town // not a girly house // backed brie heaven // Johanna had a birthday // snap snap, click click // NICOLE made it!!! // everyone was gorgeous // a couple stragglers made for some fun round table talk // Kim...no walking home // making Michele stay out later next time // we forgot to pop the champagne // who brought the easter candy // high heels // streamers on the floor // twinkle lights everywhere // "this is like a dream" // signing up for the next "mixer", be there or be square 

Ok, So...What is "Zane Mom Mixer"?
{I really need to think of a trendier name}

As the end of the school year was approaching it struck me that the 'ish of our life around here made it pretty near impossible for me to connect with the local moms...and that just wasn't cool! 
{because I could tell at drop off/pick up that this town is filled with awesome moms}

So, I decided to do what I always do: throw a party!
The idea:
A fun night for the K-moms to get together, meet, mix, and mingle, at a non school function, with no littles underfoot. 
Oh, and it had to be fancy.
{1- I love fancy. Obvi. 2 - These moms do so much for our school & town...things that I'm not able to do...but parties, I can do...and it's the least I can do for these ladies. #overuseoftheworddo }

Lucky for me, I had been able to make the acquaintance of Jodie this year {our boys are buds}. 
She was over the moon excited about the idea and jumped right in when I asked if she'd be interested in co-hosting. 
Umm...She's a fab cook...and she had complete control of the menu.
And...she nailed it!
{THANK YOU JODIE!}

Needless to say, once we started planning we realized we couldn't keep all this fanciness to ourselves...so we extended the invite to all Zane-y moms...because really, they all rock...and I'd love to meet each and every one!
{seriously, such a fantastic group of women}

We hope to keep it up with a couple parties a year...I'm so excited!
{already pinterest'ing ideas for the next one}

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PS-no ladies, I'm not interested in PTA...to much 'ish around here...my crew needs me to stay as commitment free as possible these days. But thanks for asking! Maybe one day.