Thursday, November 27, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Why is Mitch so happy? This boy loves his 4th grade teacher, Mrs.Collins. She had a baby about 6 weeks ago and he's had a sub, Mrs. Brown for her maternity leave. From the start, Mitch didn't like Mrs. Brown.  Mitch quote last week:  " Mom, you know how Mrs. Collins would write on my papers excellent or great? Mrs. Brown just writes OK" .  He's counted down the days and today was it! I pulled a mean trick on him this morning to get him out of bed and said she was going to stay in his class. He immediately had huge tears in his eyes! I quickly reassured him today was her last day!! This boy came bouncing off the bus at 11 and jumped up to hug me in celebration of Mrs. Brown's last day.So wrong I know, but so right for Mitchell's happiness! This little guy is still so little. I was reminded of this at Mason's 8:20 basketball game Monday night and Mitch wanted to come. He bought a 25 cent bouncy ball and played in the lobby by himself and laughed and had a blast the entire time.  He has so much littleness about him, I just love him! 
Yes, we did this today! I said I wouldn't, but the crew and I were home and it felt right. We didn't get it all done and lights aren't on yet, but we are getting there. The girls' excitement was crazy. I wish I had a video on a tripod. It was so similar to the boys' a few years back....dancing with garland and the pure excitement of pulling things out of boxes. This was by far the easiest year I've ever had getting Christmas out so far. Mason pulled out totes and the rest listened to me and didn't drag everything all over the house. The girls had pure enjoyment of putting things in their place. We won't finish until this weekend, but I want this to last...I know in a few short years I will be solo pulling it out. I almost wanted to say, "Break something! Make me yell!".  It was an ugly reminder that my kids are getting big. 
Maya, schlaw (blankie), and thumb taking a break in the Christmas tree box. Yes, she asked to wear the hat and wore it all day. 
....and then it snowed! 
I ran Mason to swim and a few errands and suprised the girls when I told them to get their snow gear on before bed. Mitch and Trey went sledding until 9. Love the first real snow! Glad I didn't travel tonight, but ready for family tomorrow! 
Snow Angels! 

This is what I woke up to today. An email from Maya's teacher about what she's thankful for. Not sure is it is readable, but she's thankful for Maya's smile and excitement for reading a new book. LOVE. :) 
Happy Thanksgiving! 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Maya is thankful

Maya came home with a book she made at school today. I've been in a funk for at least a week now. This hit me and I decided to not work tomorrow. Molly is out of school and Matt has to work tonight and was going to stay up and keep her and the rest of the crew since they are out at 11. He was going to keep them until I got home from work at 5. This hit me hard today and I realized I'm needed at home. We had an all weekend swim meet last weekend and we need to slow down. Thank you Maya and thank you to a PRN at work willing to work tomorrow so I can stay home with my family. :) 

She is: 
Thankful for family (Seeing this in a pic makes me realize there are a bunch of us!) 
Thankful for grass (which she is highly allergic to!) 
Thankful for flowers
She loves to color rainbows! 
I always try to point out pretty skies...Either sunrises, sunsets, or blue skies. Thankful for the sky
The page that got me....

A celebration for Matt!

Matt's parents came up on the 15th to celebrate his Birthday. 

Little did Matt know, but I had asked them to spend the night and had planned a small suprise party for Matt! 

Mason had a basketball game and then his parents offered to keep the kids so we could go out (but it was planned!)  unfortunately I took very few pictures of the night. We had lots of old friends, work friends, and current friends there to celebrate Matt! I can't believe I kept it a secret! 
Selfie with Tasha! This was one of many takes, ha! 
Matt and Adrian drinking something Adrian ordered for the occasion! 
I had talked to Matt's college friend Joe, who suprised him! He and his wife Elly came down from Chicago. He and Matf hadn't changed a bit. The only regret is it went so fast!!
His it's late and you suprised me picture! 

So thankful to wake up at 9AM to this! Cuddles with Grandma Kaye! Complete with new Frozen blankets and dolls which they love. 

Thank you Papa Gary and Gramdma Kaye for celebrating with us during the day and helping execute the suprise!!!!!


Fourty years ago on this date, Matthew was born. 40!!!!!!

His coworkers suprised him with a party and we did too that evening.  Maya is really big on giving presents so she had her own sack ready for Matt.  She even had seashells for him (somehow she remembered them being in the garage.)

 A drawing by Molly. :)

 A new blender! (He uses it at least twice a day for shakes)

 Lights dimmed in this pic per Mitchell

 Molly needed a wardrobe change, she has many daily!


The girls Sun. evening.  They love to dress up and have parties.  The kept getting out gift sacks out of the closet and filling them full to give to each other.  Their expressions for the regifts were priceless!

Tooth #2 is history!