Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The Memories Made in August

August has come and gone and I've been super focuses on getting this post done in a timely manner. What is there to say about August? Well, aside from it ever changing my life now that I have a child going to school. Overall, I think everyone has adjusted well to the change.

It took the boys and I a few days to figure out what our days would look like. We love playing outside as soon as we return from school drop off.
And we just have the best time us 3. The apples on our tree are ripe for the picking and so we eat and apple while we play the morning away. The last picture is courtesy of Riley. He is super interested in taking pictures. It wasn't that long ago I found hundreds of pictures from Payton on my phone and now I find them from Riley.

Oh, and Payton? She is doing great. She loves school so, so much like we knew she would. We soak up all that we can of her when she is at home.
She also lost 2 teeth! She was so thrilled.
After a mishap on a friend's slip n slide, she ended up with 2 loose teeth. It didn't take long for us to get them out of there. She couldn't wait for the tooth fairy to come and planned to trap her. Her plan failed after falling asleep but there is always hope for next time. Whenever that may be.

Outside of adjusting to school, here are some other things we have been up to:

School for the boys
We are continuing preschool at home and its been bittersweet to complete projects at home with the boys that I did with Payton (and Riley, too, but he doesn't really remember as he was too young then). We love craft time! Even Payton was a little sad at school pick up to learn the boys went on a nature hike and then painted nature.

A new student sits at our student desk. He has been so much fun. As I look over this picture I am reminded of how fast time goes. It was just a week ago Payton was that size it seems. I treasure this time with my children and am so thankful to my husband and God for giving me this journey.


The weather here has been all over the place and I so love the scenery we have on our little acreage. May I never grow tired of the views. May I also always take the time to see what God has created and thank him for this life.

Since I still have flexibility with my two boys, we like to get out and have some fun. Riley won a hippo from the library reading challenge and that hippo is stuck to his side. Riley is so proud!

We still take weekly trips to the library and love to attend their story time program. We have also done a coffee shop trip and several trips to the park.

Craft Night

Right before school started, I took the big kids to an evening craft party. They got to make shoes with several of their friends and they just had a blast. Payton did rainbow themed shoes and Riley did hunting themed shoes. They have been seen wearing their new shoes all over town!

 Target Run

We don't make it to Target very often at all, but when we do, the kids want it documented! We stopped for a few last minute items we still needed for school.

Loving on Our Animals
Like Payton, Riley is now into animals as well. He loves to love on dogs and chickens. Recently, he is extremely focused on taking the dogs for a daily walk and feeding them treats. He is also working hard to feed the dogs on his own each day.

Saying "Cheese"
Jayden loves to laugh and smile. More recently, he loves to plop down at the site of his choosing and start to say "cheese." Some things in life are just worth documenting. May I always see the beauty in life he brings to all of our own lives.

Watching Daddy Work

I have been lucky enough to capture some good moments this month of our kids watching their daddy work. They admire their daddy so much and, in so many ways, want to be just like him. Whether he is doing yard work or trying to get corn put away for the winter, it's all good stuff.

What a great August we had! September started off with a cold circulating our house but we are still looking forward to a lot of fun fall activities!

Hope you are having a great week.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019


The day I have been dreading for, probably since the day my first child was born, is here. School. Full time school. Overall, I have handled today much better than I thought I would but I have spent a good week mourning this day so I think I was finally pretty ready.

It is a whole change of seasons for us. We now have a schedule, will need a routine, and will be missing one child each day. It means being in a vehicle daily, an adjustment of friendships, addition of new friends, teachers, and a whole slew of new people in our life.

But, we enjoyed our last day of our "old life" to the fullest.
We played outside of our home, next to the cornfields. Eating apples from our apple tree. Feeding our chickens the cores when done. Ran through the pivot on our side road. Talked and sang and danced and just loved our time with each other. In the afternoon we took one last trip to the splash pad and met up with some family who was in the area school shopping. It was just the best day.

A few nights before school we went to Payton's open house. We got to meet her teacher, some classmates, see friends, and tour the school. It was so fun and prepared us for our new journey.
And then, today happened. Despite trying to stop it or slow down time, the time to go to school still happened. Payton was so, so excited but also very nervous. She couldn't fall asleep last night. I laid with my sweet baby until almost 10 when she finally crashed. It was bittersweet.

I have nothing but high hopes of this year. She will totally love school and just have the best year. When she grows up she wants to be so many things. Mostly, a mother (to about 20 kids), a farmer, a teacher, and live in a house she builds right by our chicken coop (so she can bring me eggs when she visits each morning). Please make all your dreams come true, sis.
We are already missing having her at home. It feels like a piece of our body is missing.

This will be a special time for me with the boys though and we will remind her that we miss her. Today, we made cookies for snack when she gets home. That was quite the ordeal in itself. Our youngest decided to turn the mixer on full blast while simultaneously knocking over the flour. It lead to a huge mess and a flour explosion. We all had to change clothes after.
We can already laugh about it now and Riley can't wait to tell Payton all about flour going all over the kitchen.

2019/2020 school year, we weren't ready for you but here we come! May our year be so blessed, so fun, and just the best.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

July Recap

So much happened in July. I wanted to do several individual posts but only got our family camping trip and Riley's birthday done. So, this post will be overflowing with pictures about our month. You've been warned.

So, let's get this going because there was just so much life stuff going on in July.

1. Just living outside

We spend so much of our time outside when the weather cooperates. We have gone to the park and splash pad so many times I've lost count. We also love our little property. The kids have been "camping" as you can see in the picture with their wagon and folding chairs. We have also had impromptu runs through the sprinkler in our clothes. Because sometimes life is too short to change into a swimsuit.

See, not all bad things come in threes!

2. A whole lot of food

'Tis s'more season and we can't resist getting outside and making s'mores when time allows. The kids also completed the reading challenge with the library again this summer and one so many free food items at restaurants in town. We are working our way through all of those and the kids love the extra trips out!

We also ventured into a special treat for Riley's birthday after Payton and I got something similar one night on a date night. We called it dinosaur dirt ice cream:
Yes, it was good!

3. Garage Sales

This is the first summer I would say the kids have really begged to go to garage sales. They are more focused now on getting to break into their piggy bank and, you know, live a little. They both love buying toys and Payton has been finding some excellent outfits. Like she needed more clothes.

Both of these outfits (including the accessories) cost us less than $3 each and Payton is so excited to wear them to school this year.

4. And lots and lots of water

 Not all things this year were good. We had some massive flooding in our area and unfortunately did not get passed over. We had flooding in our basement for the first time since living at our home. This was also the first time in my adult life to deal with flooding. It was stressful and a lot of work. My husband took care of most of it as the kids either needed helped or were overly helpful as we cleaned.

We are thankful this story is being us.

We are also happy to report all of our chickens were saved.
5. Pivot Run
About once a year, we find a window of time where the pivot next door is on, is spraying partially on our road, and we have some free time. That time aligned for us in July. We did our annual sprinkler run through the pivot and had just the best evening together as a family.

6. Taking time to fish
 The big kids have been begging to fish all summer and my husband finally took them. They were gone almost all day and caught so many fish, all of which they threw back. They came home with so many stories for Jayden and I to hear.

We weren't overly bored while they were gone. Jayden and I made cookies for their return, ran errands, and made a stop to visit them fishing before nap time. All in all, it was a great day for all of us.
7. A Day of Art
We took a morning with friends to go painting! My mom watched Jayden while I went with the kids to a mermaids and pirate camp. They had so much fun with their friends painting pictures, treasure boxes, a cup (Riley) and jewelry holder (Payton). Payton just loves her jewelry holder and it's become a part of her world:
8. The Fair and Carnival
One of my favorite times of the year! The Fair and Carnival! It's only here for 3 days so we make the most of it. The kids got balloon animals, won some toys from the duck draw, and rode so many rides (including the Ferris wheel, most important to both big kids). We also entered tons of art work, flowers, and crafts into the fair this year and the kids did so awesome. They came home with almost $20!!! They were pretty excited.

9. Loving Nature
Oh how I love that science is right outside our doors. We spent so much time this summer observing nests and seeing the process from eggs to birds. The kids are really interested in birds and identifying type of bird. It's been so fun to learn together.

So much this month. There were also so many things I didn't even touch on, like the 4th of July (we did our own family thing and completed our night with watching the town fireworks and s'mores, of course). But, this was a lot and enough for this month. Now on to August.

Oh, August. You will be a hard month for me. This is the year we send our baby girl, our first child to school. And I'm a mess. I wish I could stop time or restart this time. But, time has a funny way of continuing on and so shall we.

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