Friday, May 19, 2017

Larkyn's Last Day of Mom-and-Me Gymnastics Class

Larkyn and I have been doing the Mommy-and-Me gymnastics class all year and it has been so cute and so fun!  Larkyn LOVES it and gets excited when I tell her it is gymnastics day!

Because Larkyn will turn 3 during the next session, she is ready to move up to the big kid 3 year old class, and will no longer have me in the room with her.  She is SO excited to do big kid gymnastics like Summer :).

Thursday morning was the last day of her current session, where they get their ribbons!

Since it was also a big last for her (and for me!) to no longer be in the toddler class, I took videos of her doing some of the things she does in class.  Here is compilation video of some of the clips I took, culminating in her little ribbon ceremony.

Its bittersweet but exciting having our Larky-Loo grow up!  She is the cutest little energetic gymnast and I love watching her have fun with it!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mother's Day


I felt beyond blessed this Mother's Day.  I seriously have been given the greatest treasures in the form of moms and kids and a hubby who makes sure I feel so loved and special!

On Saturday, my sister and I gave my mom her combined birthday/Mother's Day present: going to the Mother's Day Tea at the St. Paul Hotel.  It was my first time at a tea and my favorite parts were watching Summer love pouring her lemonade out of a tea pot, seeing how they decoratively made all the gourmet mini food items, and most of all, spending uninterrupted and relaxed time with such special ladies!  Oh, and the tea was so delicious!!

Then I had the most relaxing Saturday afternoon, as the kids all played so nicely outside in the water table/sandbox/yard and I just curled up on a lawn chair and read (Ah-mazing!) while Paul smoked a turkey in his smoker and made dinner for us!

I woke up Sunday morning to breakfast in bed from 3 excited kiddos who showered me with the most wonderful homemade cards and treasures!

Eggs, bacon, strawberries, and pineapple- YUM!  The kids helped me eat it ;).

Summer made me a bouquet of paper flowers, a jar of like 50 notes of encouragement for me to draw one out each day, and a coupon for a massage and spa day (which she gave me on Monday, including painting my nails, doing my hair, and giving me a massage!).  Colton made me two cards. All three kids gave me candles with Daddy's help :).

My favorite memory from breakfast in bed was the following:  Included in the decorated spaghetti jar of encouraging notes from Summer, was a note (the very first one I pulled out!) that said, "You chose a good man." !  I absolutely LOVE that Summer chose to write this in my encouragement jar because I often talk wonderful things about Daddy and how important it is to look for a good guy (who loves Jesus and is respectful and kind) to marry like Daddy, and it is so great to see how Summer internalized that and also looks up to her Daddy!  So, not only do I love that she put that note in the jar, but it was funny because I pulled the same note out like 3 times and it became a fun catch phrase of the morning.  So, when Larkyn went to pull a note out of the jar and pretend to read it, in her little Larkyn voice, she "read", "You chose a good man!"  We all laughed!

After church, I asked Paul if he would take pictures of the kids and I, since I am not usually in pictures with them as I often take them!  He did a great job and just having these pictures is a Mother's Day present itself :).

On Sunday after church, we headed home for a quick snack, and then to change into hiking clothes.  We hiked some new trails that led to a lake, and the kids had fun splashing around the edge of the rocks and exploring on the beautiful 82 degree day.  I was in heaven, hiking with my hubby and kiddos on such a gorgeous day.  Seriously...if you know me at all you know that it doesn't get any better than this!!!!!  I was in my happy place!

We stopped at home quick to get cleaned up for "Linner" (our 3 o'clock meal that was a combined lunch and dinner) at Perkins (a family favorite ;) ).

We had tickets to see the 5pm showing of Frog and Toad at the Children's Theatre.  All three kids love the Frog and Toad books and we have read them multiple times and even gotten the audio version from the library for a road trip.  The show was very well done!

Truly, I was beyond spoiled this weekend, not only with all the activities, time with family, and love shown in various ways, but just the amazing blessing of having family.  I love both my moms and learn so much from both of them.  I love being Mommy to the three kiddos God let me borrow, and I am just so, so thankful!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Summer Track and Field Day

At Southview, Track and Field Day starts in first grade.  Colton, Larkyn, and I got to help out this year, which was really fun!  Another mom and I had a group of 15 students that we followed and kept tracks of their times/distances on eight different events.  Colton loved videoing the meet on my phone (Thanks to Colton I have zillions of videos haha so I'll just share one!) and both kids helped to cheer on the first graders.

The group that Kate's mom and I ran around the meet with.  Summer is on the far left.
Good job Summer!

My big helpers did amazing during the almost 3 hours we were volunteering!
Summer hurdles video (taken by Colton):