Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Run on.

So little man is all up in the running club now, and within 5 minutes of deciding running is fun he was signed up to do a race. 

Nothing like jumping in with both feet! 

Crack of dawn on Saturday he was up and ready to head out, (which technically is no different than normal seeing as 6:30 is sleeping in for him) while the rest of us that had to be blasted out of our beds. 

This was a 2k race for his age group, and I was thinking to myself, oh I bet there might be around fifty or so kids....

Yeah I was way wrong.

In his age group alone they said around 160.

And off he went!

In a sea of kids I finally didn't see him anymore.

Running for fun is just so foreign to me, but Paul ran all the time as a kid so he kept reassuring me that he would be just fine.

Daddy even had the timer going to see how long it would take him to finish.

Hope kind of just drug around kicking her feet waiting for all this to be over. We've asked her several times if she would like to join him and she always says the same thing, "no, it's just way too much running."

I finally heard Paul say, "there he is."

I wanted to run out there and offer him a sip of water. Or hug him. But instead I just yelled so he wouldn't need therapy or my husband wouldn't divorce me.

It was so hot that morning.

But he did it! 46 out of 160.

And in the end he said it was fun and he wanted to keep going. So I say, run on Pierce! Run on.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The kickoff to our busy weekend

Last weekend? Super chill. 

This weekend? SUPER BUSY. 

Both kinds of weekends are pretty great, but busy weekends sure are fast weekends. 

We got home on Friday night and got swimsuit ready to go celebrate our favorite Layton. 

What a fun way for the kids to end a week of school.

Jump off all that energy

And show off your wicked cool moves.

While I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of fall and sweatshirt weather, it is nice to watch the kids still enjoying summer pleasures.

 As we all stood outside watching the kids have fun with sweat beading all over our bodies, I had serious contemplation of joining those kids.

But instead I just opted to sweat and eat pizza, and of course my favorite, CAKE!

Pizza, cake, and swimming? What else could a kid ask for? It was a fun party and a great way to kick off our busy weekend! 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pounding the pavement

"Hey mom I would like to join the running club." 

"You mean you want to join a club that just runs for fun?" "Yeah I do." 

While I could never possibly understand running for fun, I can appreciate that he wants to do it. And with that, he was one of many kids lined up to begin an adventure of racking up the miles. 

Run Forrest Pierce, run!

They not only rack up miles they also teach the kids importance of stretching and making running fun.

Pierce is already signed up for a race, he's in it to win it!

But what this mushy mom really loves about it?

Watching him spend time with his best friend.

Pound that pavement little man!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Highlight of the weekend was pumpkin latte news

Some weekends are just spent at home, hanging out, and getting JUNK done. Which I think are actually pretty fantastic weekends. Next weekend for us will be busy, but this one being super chill was pretty nice. 

The kids earn money every two weeks by completing a couple chores on a daily basis. Nothing too major, even though they sometimes act like making beds and taking out trash is the equivalent of CLIMBING MT EVEREST. However, like any working soul when that paycheck rolls in, they suddenly change their tune,  "can I have MORE jobs to earn even MORE money!" 

So the kids had some money burning some holes in their pockets and Target just happened to be calling their names. 

Hope strolled the isles, spotted this dress and exclaimed, "THAT IS GORGEOUS!" And their her hard earned Mt. Everest money went. 

Money well spent for our fashionista.

Pierce threw around a few ideas on how he could spend his money but opted for something that would only spend a portion of his money. Such a responsible soul.

He chose this interesting hat.

Besides their spending spree, the highlight of the weekend for the kids was making their mommy SCREAM with this lovely prank. They think they are SO HILARIOUS. (Actually it is funny, just don't tell them I said so)

And my highlight was NOT this.

Knee high in clothes for an upcoming consignment sale. Every time I do it I tell myself, I AM NOT DOING THAT AGAIN, and then who signs up again every year? I annoy myself.

The highlight of my weekend was the news that Starbucks plans to bring the pumpkin latte back early this year, August 25th to be exact. Pumpkin lovers unite!

Here's to a great week!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Flashback Friday

My parents anniversary is this Sunday, and seeing as I don't normally post on the weekend I thought I would do a little flashback post in honor of them. 

This is my parents when they first started dating, see the class ring around my moms neck? I'm pretty sure that dad gave the ring to her on like their first date, and asked her to marry him on like the third date.  So basically he was a goner from the get-go. Here's a funny story, the first time my dad kissed my mom she slapped him across the face. But that didn't stop my dad, HE HAD IT BAD.  

I don't think she agreed to marriage after the THIRD DATE, but eventually she did and they started a family soon after. You see my brother down there? And that's Jo in the carrier, which by the way was the way that kids rode in the car back in the day. SAFETY FIRST.

I'm thankful for parents who have stayed the course all these years.

And now they can proudly say, "we've been married FIFTY ONE years."

FIFTY ONE, just let that sink in.

Happy Anniversary, mom and dad!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Update complete

When I haven't blogged in a few days I can usually count on a text from my mom. Of course she wants to check in, but I think even more she wonders how those grandbabies of hers are. 

We still have little glimpses of summer going on...

But summer is beginning to seem far away, especially when you are back in the mode of homework.

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Pierce will be taught cursive this year, I was under the impression that was over in schools.

When I see this stuff I have flashbacks of my cursive days.

But unlike my school days, fourth graders now bring home paperwork about bringing devices to school for instructional use. Cue a speech from mom, "This isn't like WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL! And no fourth grader of mine will have such things!" Blah. Blah. Blah. 

Who cares, right? Keep up with the times. 

And that's just it, times are changing for my fourth grader. He's changing. He completes most of his homework before he even gets home, he doesn't ask me for my help, (this all started happening at the end of last year) and when we discuss his school stuff he just seems old. 

Part of me hates it (the neurotic mom who wants to still rock her baby) and part of me loves it (the neurotic mom who wants her children to grow up and be independent) Either way, I'm still just a neurotic mom. Which duh, that will never change.

Okay, update complete, grandparents rejoice!

Well except that I must mention the new pajama's the boss got everyone. I love them! COMFY PANTS? She speaks my love language.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Off to a good start

The alarms started buzzing at 6 a.m. and each one of us got out of our beds with a little extra pep. First day excitement was in the air. 

I asked Pierce if he would wear some cute plaid shorts since it was the first day and all. He looked at me like I was trying to ruin his life, so I let the plaid short idea go.

We arrived at school way early and anxiously hung around waiting for the doors to open. 

I wanted to get pictures inside the school, you know with their teachers and everything but they really didn't want me to. So this is it. I decided to not torture them any further.

When I picked them up they both were smiling ear to ear, and Hope said, "I wish school wasn't over for the day!"

So we are off to a good start. So thankful for a school we love and teachers who work so hard taking care of all the children. God bless teachers!