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Friday, December 1, 2017

Future Self

Today for school you had to "dress as your future self" and do a little presentation on what you will be when you grow up. If you know me at all then you probably know that all our feel good memories come from the summer at the lake. No surprise to anyone Ryan wants to be a fishing guide when he grows up.

Friday, November 17, 2017

9 years

I can't believe I've been doing this blog for 9 years! My memory has never been very good so it is so fun to look back and actually have some facts on a few things. Cynthia (Travis' wife) is 37w6d today! My water broke when I was that day and we had Con at 38W weighing in at 6lbs 2oz, so I'm excited for Cynthia to have made it farther than I did, and hopefully with a bigger baby!

Did you see on snapchat that I posted we are adding an addition to our family? Not the adopted or fostered child that I have been relentlessly asking Ray for for the last 5 years, but a PUPPY none the less. A poodle and a sheep dog are going to make us a baby; a Sheepa-doodle I believe is what they call it. Ray has been wanting a BIG dog for his mountain man ways and I finally caved in a moment of weakness. Big poop, big appetite and big energy are all I keep envisioning. Pup will be here probably when we get back from summering in Okoboji.

 Fall travel soccer ended on Saturday
 Winter indoor soccer started on Tuesday. Mama needs a break man! Connor is doing an advanced math class 2 days a week, piano one day a week and indoor soccer one day a week. Aka I am in the carpool lane ALL THE TIME
 We started a new novel, we are hoping it takes us until Christmas week to finish. Holes. We plan to end with the movie (which the kids don't know exists, so don't ruin it)
 Chopped my hair off
 Hopefully our puppy is as adorable and irresistible as this Sheepadoodle
I had an empty frame that was begging for art work. Ryan accommodated. 

Friday, November 3, 2017

My two front teeth

Ryan lost his second tooth last night.

He wiggled it out while watching TV. He asked me that night while putting it under his pillow if the tooth fairy was real. I just couldn't bring myself to say No. He is my baby and I need him to still believe.

Thursday, October 19, 2017


We got Connor a keyboard with a stand and bench for his birthday. Let the music concerts begin! Lessons start with an elementary school music teacher on November 1st.

Sunday, October 8, 2017


For as much as soccer consumes our lives, hopefully it doesn't consume all our blog posts. Connor had a 4 game tournament this weekend. Team EXTREME dominated only allowing one goal for the whole weekend.
I wasn't feel great, but watching Con play soccer is one of my favorite things so I went to 3 out of 4 of the games. Probably shouldn't have, now I feel like I have the flu and want to die.
 Luca, Diego, Kevin, Connor, Gabe (Camden behind) Arnav, Own, Nick, O'Malley
Coach Alfredo and Carlos

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Lindsay & Dan

So glad we got to go see Dan & Lindsay tie the knot!
We so rarely get all fancy, can't believe this is our one and only picture of the 4 of us.
Who would have thought for a wedding at the end of September in Columbus it would be 91 degrees and super humid. These westerner's were not prepared for that type of weather or the mosquitos. Lindsay was a beautiful bride and she had a great ceremony. They did this wine box thing which was a really cool idea I had never heard of. Both the bride and groom have their own key and they both have to put it in the box and turn the key at the same time to get it to open. When opened their are letters inside from each other and couples who have been married a very long time with advice on marriage, love and fighting fairly.  We wish you a life time of love and happiness!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Connor's 8th Birthday Party

Although I am suffering through my tonsillectomy I decided that we should have Connor's party this weekend. My thought was this; one Grandma and Grandpa have never lived in the same state as us and as a result never get to be here for big moments like birthday parties and first days of school (now this year they can say they were in attendance for both). Secondly if I wasn't feeling good I knew all my amazing friends would understand and instead of a big fun adult party would fling their kids out of a mostly stopped car and instead of hanging with us for a night of drinking and fun would instead have a quick happy hour date while we (and by we I mean the game truck) entertained their child.

This year we let Connor make the list of who he wanted to invite. He probably could have fit 25 kids in the game truck but he asked his 10 best friends to come. It was awesome, it was in Connor's words, A PERFECT DAY!

There were two girls invited, one was sick and the other got stung by a bee and had to leave before the pictures were taken.

 I only wish I had felt better so I could have kicked Grandpa's Butt at Mario Kart


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fun Run

It was a beautiful day for the boys to run their school fundraiser fun run!

                                          Connor & Emma
                                         Connor & Lilah
                                         Mrs. Christensen's 2nd Grade Class. That is Connor in the front with the Trooper mask on.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Update Stair Rail Ballisters

Another example of less birch in our lives. We love the Colorado feel but these poor 90 ballisters were beat up and we were ready to see them go.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


It is so true what they say about "you blink and they are all grown up". I was talking to a first time school-ager Mom this morning and she was talking about how she is going to blink and her 3 year old is going to be in kindergarten. I still feel like Connor is in Kindergarten, it is just crazy how fast time is going by. Ray and I look at Ryan every day and see his toddler/baby/preschool face disappearing and him morphing into Connor. Yesterday I knew Ryan was in the shower but had to do a double take when I grabbed him towel as I could have sworn it was Connor stepping out.

 Soccer is back in full swing, Connor had his first tournament this season
 Ryan was given a sunflower seedling at the end of preschool and here it is, 7 feet tall
Back to school Movie night, we almost didn't go, but these are the memories I love and need to remember are important to us as a family
 One more piece of gold gone from this house
Hello 2017
Ryan got some new ski's. We might have accidentally left his last pair in the parking lot at Keystone last year. Oops. He has grown so much anyways he probably needed new ones.