Kids’ Activities

A Pinterest kind of day

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The kids don’t have school today (yes they are back in school, which is a story for another time!), I don’t work today, we don’t have anywhere to go until 3:30 when I have a doctor’s appointment.

Oh ya, it’s -27 windchill. It’s a Pinterest kind of day!

I sent my awesome hubby to the store last night to get a few supplies for us.

Here’s what’s on the agenda:

Painting. Lots and lots of painting. Which will make the kids very happy and the mama very nervous.

We’ve got two canvases for each of the kids and we’re going to do something similar to when we painted these awesome canvases.

And then we’re also going to try these ideas…





We’re gonna send hugs…



Make jello…



Make this yummy snack…


We’re gonna get crazy at lunchtime…

rainbow spag


And we might attempt to make lemon monkey bread. Looks and sounds very interesting…



We also might start working on the kids’ valentines. I love this idea…


{Couldn’t find a link for this one.}

And some other cute ideas. Except we’ll use Dum Dum Pops. We’re a Dum Dum kind of family.

tootsie 1


tootsie 3


tootsie 4


tootsie 2


tootsie 5


But let’s be real.

It’ll also be a sleeping bags and tents in the living room movie watching kind of day.


And it’ll be a coffee drinking, guitar playing kind of day.


(Yes I started drinking coffee. Very tan coffee. And I finally picked up Mom’s guitar a few months ago and started playing. Re-teaching myself, learning new stuff, so in love with worshiping Jesus, and so in awe of our mom who wrote over 60 songs and allowed God to use her through the amazing gift of music, one that we took for granted.)

It’ll be a and  an kind of day.

It’ll be a loving on Molly Moo Moo, crying cause she still play bites, and fighting over who can hold her kind of day.


And more than likely we’ll paint, maybe get one other craft done, and maybe, but I doubt it, get one special thing cooked. Or we might just eat the cookie dough with a spoon.

It’ll be a day when the formatting on my blog goes completely wacko. And it’ll be a day when I eventually say, “oh well,” and hopefully you can decipher at least some of it.

But no matter what, it’ll be a good day.

this is the day



Saving the world is one thing. My daughter is another.

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The best movie line I’ve heard in a long time was just recently from the movie Battleship. (Spoiler alert.)

(Is there anyone in the world who sees “spoiler alert” and doesn’t continue reading? I mean, come on.)


The main guy asked his girlfriend’s dad if he could marry her. The dad said no (sound familiar Prankster?).

“But sir, I saved the world.”

“Saving the world is one thing. My daughter is another.”

That’s right! Preach it brother!

What does that have to do with anything? Well absolutely nothing of course. I just thought it was a really good line.

So how ’bout those summer bed times!? I always used to say that my kids will go to bed at the same time even during summer. Ya, ok. It’s been 10-11 pm before they conk out but at least they’ve been sleeping in a little more than usual.

And in other news our house is officially on the market! Which means we have strangers coming in to our house at all hours of the day. It also means that I have to actually do my dishes, make the beds and sweep every single day. I’m trying to chill out about it a little because I don’t want the kids to remember this summer as the summer of the even more crabbier than normal mama.

Today and tomorrow we had/have a garage sale. Yes. Yes I did say last year that I would never have another garage sale. This doesn’t really count though since we’re, ya know, moving into a small apartment. We actually did really good today and sold alot of the big stuff.

Since getting the house ready for showing, we’ve tried to do stuff away from home as much as possible. The library always has good stuff going on – story time, puppet show and other cool things.

Like… a special appearance by The Cat in the Hat!

Angel and Caleb were pretty excited!

And then Caleb freaked out when I asked him to go stand by the big guy to take a picture. So here is Angel and the Cat.

We’ve been swimming at home alot and also going to the pool a few times but the water at the pool is still pretty cold. This mama is a wimp. Thankfully it’s a toddler pool and so I can just sit on the edge. We also have a spray park that we’ll try to go to each week.

And the kids started gymnastics! Our first day was this week and, well, it was very interesting. I’ll share more about that next week.

This weekend my amazing hubby is running a 5K and then we are going to visit a dairy farm and have a free lunch! Saturday night is movie in the park and then on Sunday our Ed dog goes to his new home. Which of course I’ll share more about in a separate post.

Ooo ooo I just found this picture!

We miss Princess and Prankster! Keep them in your prayers as they are busy this summer raising support – Prankster will be working full-time with Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) beginning in the Fall!

That’s life lately. Hope you are enjoying your summer!

A new hobby that will deplete our children’s college fund

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First things first.

What college fund!? Ha!

Well anyway, Pat recently started working on his RC cars. It’s not really a new hobby. When we were first married he was obsessed actively involved with buying parts and paint, fixing up the little cars, spending lots of time working on the engines and other stuff, racing the little cars, crashing the little cars and starting all over again.

A few months ago when we started cleaning out our garage Pat came upon all his cars and Caleb about freaked. And so now for the past few weeks Pat and the kids have been buying parts and paint, fixing up the little cars and spending lots of time working on the engines and other stuff. Sunday night when I was at work they finished painting the body for two of the cars and as soon as Caleb woke up Monday morning he had to bring me downstairs to show me! He’s so excited.  Next on the agenda is to start racing the little cars, crashing the little cars and then of course start all over again.

Sunday after church and lunch we all drove out to a race track near our house.

{Caleb with his best bud.}

{Angel trying really hard to obey Daddy and not climb the fence.}

{Someone was a little tired.}

{In their element.}

{In our element. Cuddling and taking pictures.}

{I think he was excited about someone crashing their car.}

We didn’t stay too long at the track because it was blazing hot and we had forgotten to bring chairs. And as much as I try to support my husband’s obsessions there is only so much this old lady can take!  I’m sure we’ll be back next weekend though and probably very soon my hubs will be racing his own cars!

Dancing queen

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{dress rehearsal makeup}

{dress rehearsal hair}

{dress rehearsal..partial outfit}

{dress rehearsal…cowgirl ballerina!}

{recital day…lots of sweet dances…can you see Angel in the middle?}

{my little sweetie}

{angel with mom and dad…picture taken by caleb}

{she was so excited to receive flowers!}

{caleb got her the purple flower in the above picture… he was so proud of his big sister!}

{our sweet little dancer}

{grama barb and angel}

{daddy walking with kids back to van}

{we let angel pick the restaurant for lunch… she choose hibachi grill}

{caleb isn’t too impressed yet}

{whoa that was cool!}

{someone was a little bit tired and crabby}

{but then she was happy}

{we are so proud of our girl!}