Monthly Archives: June 2016

Sweet 16 and a Fabulous 4

As I sit down to type this, Milo is running around the house singing “happy birthday to you!”.  He is so used to it being “someone’s” birthday lately, that he just sings it all the time now.

Birthday recaps…

As you are aware, Cady turned 16 a week or so ago.  I just CANNOT believe she is 16…  She wanted a party with friends at a local pizza place so that is exactly what we did.  She also requested a “boho” birthday cake so I actually made one for her.  It was super fun and turned out so cute.  Thanks Pinterest for all the inspiration!




She got about a million presents for her birthday but her favorite was probably her new car…


It’s a cute little sporty Hyundai Elantra that her Dad got her.  We went and picked it up last weekend and she drove it through a drive-thru for the first time.  Of course there was a boy she knew working the window and he was all “Uuuuh, Hi Cady” – she was probably only a little embarrassed.  Although she looked super cool, her Mom was still riding shotgun and asking for extra helpings of fancy ketchup (it WAS whataburger – you have to get extra ketchup…)

The other big birthday event was of course Milo’s.  In his words, his birthday took “FOREVER to get here” so we celebrated for a few days.  Last week was also my last week at home with him full-time so we made sure we took advantage.  We spent time at our community splashpad…


Visited the museum…


Met Daddy for lunch downtown…


And rode the trolley – probably his favorite!


You can also see in this pic that he has a brand new black eye. Welcome to 4 I guess… 😉

And of course, the only present Milo asked for was a bike… so he has been learning to ride that over the last few days.



And If I didn’t mention it before, Milo loves Peppa Pig.  Cady made the most adorable cake topper for his Peppa birthday.


that shiner though… and that dog in the back licking her lips.

Two fabulous birthdays celebrated!

I also started my new job this week… And Milo started his new preschool program.  So far so good!  I cannot believe how crazy blessed I am with this job at this company!  I’ve spent so many years in an environment that was scary and pushy and stressful and I never knew from year to year if I’d even have a job because we did layoffs every.single.year.  I was so afraid to leave though because the money was great, the benefits were great, and you just DON’T leave good jobs like that.  It took a leap of faith and it has turned out better than we could have ever imagined or hoped.  I’ve been in orientation at my new firm this week and the CEO (yes, the CEO) came and talked to us and said – you’ve interviewed for your last job if you want – this can be your career until you retire.  It’s such a different culture. I totally understand the 6 rounds of interviews now – once you’re in…you’re in.  Pic of my new 1.5 mile commute…


I was also in the process of taking a selfie at the office the other day and someone totally walked by and I had to play it off.  How embarrassing.  I haven’t tried again since.

Milo is doing well in his new program too.  Matt and I have finessed our schedules so that he is there from around 9-3.  Give or take a half hour – another blessing that we have jobs with flexible hours!  9-3 is the recommended amount of time a child his age should go to school (or some sort of activity “away” from home) and it is suggested that he go 4 days a week (they should go the number of days of their age)… 1 day at age 1, 2 days a week at age 2, 3 days a week at age 3, etc.  This is recommended so their social skills develop, etc. I realize that a lot of kids go much more because their parents need them in daycare but I really get anxiety over that and it was another reason I was hesitant to go back to work.  I feel good about his school though and I can watch him at anytime from an app on my phone.  See?


I take screenshots periodically to send to Matt throughout the day.  And yes, I pixelated the other kids – don’t want their mugs out on the www without permission!

He looks so sweet there working on his letters (he’s in the peach shirt at the table).  His class is really scheduled and has a good routine.  It’s been a positive thing for him.  The only thing is he doesn’t like their lunch choices but when you have to adhere to our government’s school lunch policies, it makes for some interesting stuff.  They had baked fish for lunch yesterday…And one day this week they are having fresh sliced tomatoes as a snack.  Nasty.  Meanwhile, Matt wants to start eating there… people who eat healthy are weird.  Fortunately, they eat lots of ice pops on the playground and he LOVES that.  And trail mix, he loves the trail mix there.  haha!

So that’s our birthday update.  Next time I’ll update you on some fun things are family has done lately.  Bike Rides and new restaurants and visits from family.  And soon we’ll be taking off on our annual summer trip to the Midwest.  This year we are camping in Illinois and I think it’s going to be a BLAST.

Thanks for reading!





Hello Sweet June

June is one of my favorite months.  It’s when all 3 of my babies were due (Gage came a week early, but was technically due in June).  It’s the month that most of the May rains cease and the temps rise enough for sprinklers and pool time.  It’s when school gets out, time slows a bit, and I add stacks and stacks of books to my summer reading list.


I love half-price books.  I can load up on $3 books – even cheaper than Kindle.  I’ve got a nice stack waiting on my nightstand for me!  Milo picked up some favorites too.

Yep, I love sweet June – she’s a keeper.

What’s up Lately…

We’ve been celebrating that aforementioned birthday of Gage.


Alyssa flew in the night before Gage’s birthday.  Matt and I picked her up from the airport and she was able to totally surprise him when we got home.  Our family is NOT good at keeping secrets so the fact that we were able to pull that off says something!

Also for Gage’s birthday, he decided he wanted to do an “escape room“.  It’s one of those experience activities.  You pick your adventure (could be detective, zombies, mystery etc.) and then you try and escape a room with that specific theme.  We did a murder mystery and did really well.  We “escaped” so that’s a win.


Also… we bought a new pool float…  It took all the big kids and me to air that bad boy up…


It was getting a ton of use…


Until this…


Just as our pool was opening, it got shut down.  LOL!  We are actually doing a backyard remodel.  Completely renovating our pool (like pretty much getting a NEW pool – this was the first stage of demo).  We are getting all new tile and coping (the stone that surrounds the pool) and also ripping out the bottom to resurface it and upgrade from plaster.  We are excited!  After the pool reno is done, we are having our old fence ripped out and replaced.  We’ve done a ton to our backyard in the 2 years we’ve lived here, so hopefully this will complete it!  It should be done in the next week or so, so we’ll have the rest of the summer to enjoy it! Yay!


In other news…  Our whole family is signed up for bike ride in a couple weeks, so we’ve all been trying to find time to get some practice in.


I always think of Blair Witch Project when we are near woods like this…

I’ve learned from this practice that I will NOT be doing the 30 mile but instead the 20.  Ha!  My booty can’t take that skinny seat for hours on end!  I can’t believe I used to ride more than 70 miles in a day.  You’d think with the extra “natural” padding I’ve acquired that it would be easier – not so.

And I also want to add that Cady and I went to see Me Before You the other night.  I love the book but it was just heartbreaking and emotional for me.  It really made me…sad.  So know what you are getting into if you want to see it.


It’s a good film, but they literally handed out tissues at our screening… so go prepared.

And the last update I have for y’all is this… And it’s a big one…


I’ve accepted a position at a local financial firm (1.5 miles from my house)!  I know!  I can’t believe it.  We totally planned for me to stay home until Milo started Kinder next year (Fall of 2017).  But honestly, I’ve decided that he needs to be in a full-time preschool program this fall.  And if he is going to be in a full-time program, I should probably consider getting a job.  I only interviewed with this company because I just had a good feeling about them and I was right.  My schedule will still be flexible like it was in my last job.  And we got him into a great private preschool that is super close to us.  This was a position I couldn’t pass up.  The flexible work hours, the salary and the company are A+.  I’m thrilled.  It did take 6 rounds of interviews (wow!) and a 30 min presentation… they aren’t kidding about being selective about their employees!  God  is good and I totally left it in His hands whether I would go back to work or not and he answered faithfully!  I’m so grateful that I got to take 6 months off from work.  I loved spending so much time with my family and my little Milo.  I loved volunteering and having time to do things I hadn’t had time to do in years.  I will always be grateful for that time, but I have realized that I also love working and this is the right decision for our family.  In the past I’ve worked solely for financial reasons, it’s been a great experience seeking and accepting a job because I wanted to, not because I had to.  So yay for me!  Matt and I even went shopping for a new work wardrobe last week for the days I’ll be in the office – yessss!

This weekend we are celebrating our girl’s 16th birthday.


I’m lucky to be her Mama and if I’m extra lucky maybe she’ll let me hang out with her and her friends at her party.  ha!  Initially she said that Matt and I couldn’t even be in the restaurant where her party is being held.  She has since modified that request and said that maybe we can just sit at another nearby table… Teenagers are so fun.

And I’ll leave you with this.  Part of my photog challenge.  Fantasy.  This is Milo going over the edge of our pool’s waterfall in one of his toy boats.  Fun stuff! 😉  He cracks up at this photo because he doesn’t “remember” taking it.  What  can I say, 3 year olds don’t understand photoshop.


Happy June and Happy Summer!

Thanks for reading,