Monday, November 12, 2018

November's 10 on 10

10 pictures on the 10th day of the month (Saturday).
{Document a snapshot of your life; find beauty among the ordinary things in your day! }

My 3-month trial to Crossfit ended, so I am back in the basement starting a new 8-week program with FitnessBlenders. I'm also loving the Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel. Maybe because my life is so wild and unpredictable or maybe because I'm getting old, but I love the reliability of the feel-good, light-hearted, every-thing-works-out-in-the-end story lines. And Christmas is packed into as much of each scene as possible. Just don't tell Shaun, since its still well before Thanksgiving. ;)

I don't spend time with God each day because I'm super spiritual. Seriously. Left on my own I am selfish, judgmental, critical, impatient, self-righteous, and fearful, just to name a few. I spend time with God because I am acutely aware of my need of a Savior.

Shaun was a corporate sponsor of a local road race and J and I volunteered at the registration table. Runners are such a great group of people!

We were there a couple hours and it was nice to see all the ways that veterans and military personnel were honored. So, so grateful to them for their service.

Scrabble and boggle have been the go-to games lately.

We went to pick up items to add to the shoeboxes we'll be putting together next weekend with our extended family. The items will be sent internationally to children who have been affected by poverty, war, natural disasters, disease.

The girls all got puzzle books too...sudukos and word searches were the favorites.

Amanda helped me put dinner together so it would be ready after church.

Still more games...

I love teaching in the 2 & 3 year-old class, especially when it happens to be a small, super-chill group (which happens about once a year).

Amanda had a sleepover with a friend from church.

Hot tub! Not pictured, but I should video some point, Aiden and Amanda will get out of the hot tub and see how long they can stand shivering in the cold air (this night it was in the low 30s!). Its hilarious!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Project 365, Week 44

In our family's little world, it was a week of big accomplishments, of consistent, hard work paying off. And, as is often the case in a family of seven, it was having too many places to be at the same time!

October 29
Sweet buddies. :)

October 30
Sweet buddies. :)

October 31
Our neighborhood has regular gatherings and one of the big ones is Halloween. Once we realized this, we recognized an opportunity to be involved and to reach out. But the kids also wanted to be involved in the outreach our church has, a trunk or treat night hosting thousands from the community. So we ended up dividing...Shaun and I stayed home and the kids took a trunk to church.

Shaun had the brilliant idea to open up our backyard for smores. We set up paper lanterns to delineate a path from the street to the backyard. The three-year old twins across the street roasted their very first marshmallows, which I thought was pretty special. :)

The kids went with a Mexican theme. Thankfully, my sister's trunk was right next to them, so I got pictures and they were supervised ;).

November 1
Last school soccer game...we lost in the semi-finals.

I found this pano on my phone, compliments of Aiden, which captures me, my mom and dad.

November 2
SUCH a pretty drive on the way to pick up the baby for the weekend.

November 3
Our second Junior Bible Quiz match,  two hours away. These kids are so much fun to hang out with! I'm in awe of their hard work and bravery.

By far the best group shot. Ha!

Back at home, the girls were competing for the state cup with their town team. Three time champs!! (Not pictured, J earned several ribbons at a horse show...we needed a third parent ;)

November 4
Shaun and K spent many hours over the past month car shopping and finally found the one she brought home. Proud of her for this accomplishment.

Tough to keep all these big games straight, I know. This game was district finals and it ended in a tie for a co-championship.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Project 365, Week 43

A pretty normal week full of school and soccer and family. We like normal. :)

October 22
Happy Monday morning. :)

October 23
School soccer and a train of cousins. :)

October 24
The middle school held student-led conferences. The girls had prepared a presentation of their goals and work thus far in the school year. They did a nice job, but we didn't care for the format. We ask them about school and their school work everyday...we wanted to hear their teachers perspectives. :) 

October 25
Shaun's siblings attended a meeting nearby and we used it as an excuse to get together after. The little cousins are SO sweet together and Aiden is right where its at for them. All the heart eyes!!

Just Amanda and Uncle Nathan doing a photo shoot together. ;)

October 26
Chilly, chilly night for state cup semi-finals. But they won!!

October 27
Few things sweeter in life than morning snuggles from this guy. We talk about A-Z, winding our way through conversations. Sometimes it goes deep, and often its a lot of "Mom, did you know...?" followed by an obscure fact of nature that indeed I did not know. I love to hear his heart....and his trivia facts.

The weather was wet and blustery, so all activities were cancelled, allowing us a lazy day at home (with the added bonus of 3 cousins). I even allowed the TV to be on and Shaun got our fireplace going for the first time.

October 28
Speaking of cousins, we got to have these two for several days while their parents were away. Avery is uniquely gifted for children. She amazes me!