Friday, May 24, 2013

Outside Play

Here's some more adorable pictures of the boys as they become best buddies.  We love playing outside!  It seems we are outside more than in lately.  The weather has been fantastic getting up into the 80's.  BUT NO HUMIDITY!!  It's crazy.  I would be dying of heat and very tempted to turn on the A/C in Gardner but even if I had that choice here, I wouldn't be thinking about it yet.  Yes, you read that right.  We do not have an air conditioner here.  We aren't sure how much of an issue that will be but so far, we have not missed it in the 9 months that we've been here.  We just open the windows and use the attic fan as needed.  It cools down at night and the house feels great when we sleep.

We haven't gotten a lot of rain, which is not a great thing as we are under water restrictions due to drought conditions.  But it does mean lots of sun shiny days to play outside.

Some days we just play in dirt.  The boys make us dirt soup or dirt pizza a lot.  We moved the kiddie grill to the back porch so they can play with it outside and because we have a covered deck, it's protected against the elements.  They love to "take our order" making anything we can dream up.  Even putting rock "cheese" on top of our soup for us.

They like to borrow my kitchen things to cook with.  I think they were "packing lunches" here.

They also love to play in the front yard.  There are SO many little kids on our block!  If we all got together there would be 12 kids including the boys ranging in age from 2 - 10.  And that's just the houses directly next to us and across the street.  That's why they love the front yard so much.  They can ride their bikes around and go visit the neighbors who are also always outside.  They have even gone on a "backyard" play date at their friends house while John and I cooked dinner kid free.  

On this particular day, John was working on the Durango and they boys sat and watched.  Well at least for a few minutes before getting up and playing again.

Today I couldn't resist, I went to Walmart and bought a kiddie pool.  It's the inflatable kind and I'm not sure I love it but I DO love that the kids do.  They had a blast today splashing around and going down the slide - even though the water was FREEZING!   It got so filthy that there is no way I can let them swim in the same water tomorrow.  

I read up on all these great natural ways to keep the kiddie pool clean so you can reuse the water.  Yeah.  No such luck with these boys!  It seems like a big waste of water to dump it after each use.  That is what I don't like about it.  But the boys love it so I guess I can get over it!  I'll use the dirty water on the garden and maybe that will help me feel better about being so wasteful. : )

This was only half way through the day...  It now has ripples of dirt on the bottom and is very murky.

We haven't gone on a lot of hikes or anything recently but rather just enjoying our house.  It's nice to have such a fabulous back yard.  I can't wait to get their basketball goal up from the basement.  And I had to seriously resist the urge to buy things for the backyard today as I know Aaron's birthday is coming up.  The great thing about the back yard is it's fenced in.  The boys can keep themselves pretty occupied for quite some time giving me the chance to work some magic in the kitchen for a while.  You know, cleaning, cooking, cleaning, baking, oh yeah, and cleaning some more. : )

Miss everyone back home.  Love you guys! : )

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Crazy Cool News

Nope.  Not preggo....  Just saying...

Last week I had a big Zumba audition.  I didn't tell a lot of people about it because I truly thought it was a long shot and my chances were slim at making the cut.  I found out today that I in fact DID make the cut!!!!!!  I have been chosen to represent and teach Zumba at a major fitness concert here in Denver.  It's called the OMG Fitness Concert and it's held at the Denver Coliseum.

What is a fitness concert you ask?  Well it is about a 5 or 6 hour event where people - you guessed it, work out!  The twist is...  it's black lit.  As in everyone glows and they throw neon paint around.  It's a party.  A big party with loud music, lights and smoke.  And I get to be ON THE STAGE!  Can you tell I'm super excited about this?!

I have plenty of other things to blog about but I just found out about this tonight and I wanted to share so my friends and family back home know whats going on.  I have lots of practices ahead of me.  I sort of feel like I just joined an adult drill team!  Ha! 

Tell me this doesn't look like an adult drill team???  Right?!  So pumped!

Anyway, carry on.  My bragging moment is over...

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Blissful Day

Mother's Day this year was fantastic.  Blissful actually.  Did we do anything special?  Not really.  It was just one of those days where everything makes me smile and appreciate all the things that God has blessed us with.  The kind of day where the air feels fresher, the sun shines brighter, and the flowers smell more fragrant.

For breakfast we went to good ol' Denny's.  No cooking, no mess.  Perfect.  Then we spent the better part of the day playing around in the garden and yard.  I made some DIY non-toxic weed spray to get rid of the overpowering weeds in our rocky areas.  The best part of NOT using harmful chemicals is that the kids can help out.  They thought the weed sprayer was pretty awesome.  I did assure the neighbor it was just vinegar and salt when I got a confused look from across the fence!

We also sprinkled baking soda around so the weeds won't come back.  Check out my other blog, Sports Bras and Aprons, in a few days for the details on natural yard recipes.

Next up was the garden.  I was so excited to FINALLY get the plants out in the ground.  John and I tilled the garden the hard way - with sweat and blisters but it didn't matter.  To keep the kids from digging in the plants, we made them their very own garden complete with tools and plastic veggies to "plant."
 The kids garden.
"Mommy and Daddy's" Garden
So far we have roma tomatoes, broccoli, romaine lettuce, green beans, blueberries, strawberries, and peppers planted.  I still want to get the cucumbers and watermelon in the ground.  Hooray for spring!

Church was great - we went to the evening service and it was Baptism Sunday.  I love hearing people's testimonies and getting to witness the joy of sharing their faith.  After church we headed out to eat at a new place I've been wanting to try.  Its called Mod Market and it was very hipsterish - lots of gluten free, organic, fresh options.  Very yummy!  We sat outside and watched the sun set behind the mountain range.  Riding top down in the Jeep, I just wasn't ready to be finished with the day so we drove up Lookout Mountain to enjoy the rest of the sunset.

 Our view

Natural flavored soda.  We still drank water but thought this was neat.

Thank you John for the great day.  I love you and the kids sooooooo much!  I hope all my momma's out there had a great day too!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Motherhood: Everything and Nothing I Expected

In high school when John and I first dated I dreamed of one day being a mommy.  Actually, a mommy of 5 to be exact.  I will be 31 this year and I'm not sure I'm going to make it to five kids!  Time will tell.  I wanted to be a stay at home mom.  A cheerleader mom.  A mom that gets to go to kids plays in the middle of the day or bring treats to school.  A party throwing mom.  A mom that takes her kids to places they've never been.  An involved mom.  A sit in the bleachers for 12 hours watching my daughter dance kind of mom.  Basically, I wanted to be my mom.

When Aaron was born I was filled with so much joy that I thought I would burst.  This little baby in my arms that was ours to take home.  They were trusting us with a child?!  I have learned so much since that day and I know I have so much more to learn.  When Ethan was born my heart literally grew twice as big and suddenly there was another little boy who I loved just as much.  Each day they teach me what it means to love.  I LOVE being a mom.  If I never do anything else in life, I will be happy with raising these boys.

Sometimes things are rough.  Like yesterday when I find myself raising my voice all day and making empty threats to try to wrangle them and get them to pay attention.  This is the side of motherhood I didn't expect.  The extremely exhausting side that only a parent can understand.  In the midst of my yelling yesterday, Aaron quietly turned to me and said, "Mom, you love your boys right?"  Ahhh.... dagger to the heart.  The other thing I didn't expect was just how much I would love my kids.  It is truly indescribable. 

Thursday I picked up Aaron from school and he had made me a purse with a card for Mother's Day.  I was moved to tears though I had to fight them back so as not to look like an utter sap at his school.  His card said, "I love my mommy because she plays with me."  I am honored that I get to be his playmate right now.  That he loves to spend time with me and do fun things with me.  I know it will not always be so.

Thank you Aaron and Ethan for making me a mommy and for making my dreams come true.  I love you both so very, very, VERY much.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

KC Spring Trip

This past week was so wonderful to see everyone and hang out with family and friends back home in Kansas City.  We were there for 5 days and managed to squeeze in quite a bit while there.  The pics are not in order and there are quite a few!

 Nanny and Papa were bummed they missed breakfast Thursday morning but they were there in spirit!  Aunt Chelsee made us a nice breakfast and then we all headed out to see them at work for a few minutes.

 Lunch play date with the Crigers!  Look at all those handsome boys.

 Uncle Ian singing the "Poop Snake" song while the boys help him play.  They were cracking up!

 Aunt Jenny made an adorable elephant for Eman.  He's such a cuddler!

 Aunt Chelsee and Ethan playing at Monkey Bizness.

 Sisterly Love <3

 Mr. Photogenic

 Papa showing the boys his ducks

 Early Mommas Day pampering

 The boys went for a swim with Papa and Aunt Chelsee in the hot tub

 Gobbling cookies at Great Grandma and Grandpa's house.  It's the first thing they asked for when we got there!

 Hanging out with the Heintzleman's.  

 Loving on Ellie Belly

My hubby and I all dressed up

 Saber Ceremony after the wedding.  So cool

 Mona and Shelby - it was so great to catch up and hang out with them

 The happy bride and groom, Emily and Brian 

 Guess who made it to the party?  Willie the Wildcat!

 Uncle Jim and Aunt Marilyn - aren't they stunning?

 Smile boys!  

 Family pic!  Where's your smile Eman?

 The Farnsworth Clan

 Tearing up the dance floor!

 Yeah, we shut the dance floor down that night!

 Granddad and Ethan

It was truly a fantastic party!

Thank you everyone for such a fun visit.  We can't wait to come back again.  Love you all!