Sunday, August 31, 2014

Holden turns 9!!!!

It's hard to believe that 9 years ago Holden came into this world.  It honestly seems like yesterday.  This year was a bit different from years past in celebrating.  We did a full week of celebrating with Holden's best friend Grant.  We went to Kings Island, had a sleepover, went swimming, went to Laser Kraze, played basketball, and shared lots of ice cream together.  I feel bad that we did not have a huge party with all of his friends but when I asked Holden what he wanted to do, this was his birthday plan before we left Ohio.

Yesterday, we let Holden decide what he wanted to do all day.  It mostly involved food.  He wanted donuts for breakfast, and instead of a cake, he wanted cookies and cream ice cream as his celebration dessert.

Part of Holden's plan for his day was to go to the Athletic club swimming but as luck would have it, it rained.  Instead we went anklet him pick out his big birthday gift…a geared bike.

Since the weather was still yucky, Kevin took the older two to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Our ninjas gave the movie two thumbs up!

To end the night, we watched the LSU-Wisconsin game and celebrated with our birthday boy!

Happy Birthday Holden!

Don't worry, today we filled his birthday request of going swimming at the Athletic Club.

As you can see, we all had a blast on our last day of summer hurrah.

Splash Pad Adventures

We are in a hotel for the next week before our temporary apartment is ready, (yes, this move has been an adventure!) So each day the boys and I have gone out exploring.  Mostly to parks, the Children's Museum, the lake and to some fabulous splash pads.  As soon as we spotted this park, Rylan yelled, "Can we go there?"  You know what buddy…sure we can.  First let me start by saying, Leyton could not wait to run through the water.  He was squealing with delight.  As soon as I put him down, he was off and running!

Gosh this little guy has no fear! Holden and Rylan played at the park for awhile before joining Leyton in the water.

Did I mention that this park was beautiful? I do not think the pictures do it justice, it is surrounded by ponds and prairie land.


This park was a win-win for us all.

We visited the Children's Museum as well this week, where we got to meet these cute little guys that hatched a month ago.

The boys also did lots of exploring at the museum as well.


Friday morning we were out early since the weather forecast was calling for rain however, it turned out to be a gorgeous day.  First we visited a neat castle park which had everything from a toddler zone to lots of climbing for the older two.  After everyone was good and hot, we headed over to the splash pad.  This splash pad was a farm theme and was adorable.  Again Leyton was so excited to get wet.  Once he was let down, he was running around like a wild man and was enjoying every second of the water.

 I actually think Holden and Rylan enjoyed this splash pad more because of the buckets of water that dropped from time to time.  They thought it was great to get under and to get drenched.

So while the boys enjoyed getting buckets of water dumped on them,  they also enjoyed seeing Leyton's reaction to it all as well.

I suppose it does not matter where we are, they will always have each other to entertain and have fun together.

School starts next week and even though I know we are all ready for a routine, I know we will miss these carefree days of summer.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Everyday Joys {Week 34}

Week 34 was a week of emotions.  Saying our farewells to friends, the stress of our house in Ohio, and the overwhelming amount of changes to come.  I saw a devotional verse that said, "It takes the same amount of energy to believe as it does to worry. You can use your energy to worry or you can spend that same energy saying, "Father, thank you that you're suppling all my needs."  It is easier said than done but I am trying to remember that God has a plan for our family.  Here are just a few of our joys that we are thankful for this week.

I had a million things I needed to do today but somehow I got talked into going to the pool instead.  From the looks on their faces, I suppose it was a good decision for us all.  {August 20}

With our final days in Ohio approaching, we are making our rounds to say farewell to friends.  The Heap's are such great friends and we will miss them dearly.  "Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting." -Peter Pan {August 21}

Celebrated birthdays early…

After 5 years, new babies, lots of drama, and plenty of laughs, we said our farewells to our sweet neighbors that we are lucky to call friends.  I will miss our impromptu driveway playdates and popsicles  but most of all I will miss our friends. {August 22}

As we were driving into Wisconsin, the song "Home" came on the radio.  I thought the lyrics were fitting for today.

"Hold on to me as we go
As we roll down this unfamiliar road
And although this wave is stringing us along
Just know you're not alone
'Cause I'm gonna make this place your home"  {August 23}

Checked on the progress of our prairie cottage.  Many decisions made today from countertops to moldings…gosh it is overwhelming but so exciting.  {August 24}

Stopped by the boys school this morning to drop off paperwork  and take a look around.  School starts next week and I can not believe that we have a Kindergartner and a 3rd Grader this year. {August 25}

We were out exploring this afternoon.  We found a beautiful park with a great splash pad.  It was a win-win for us all.  {August 26}