Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Amazing, Incredible, So Good, Very Awesome Day.

Not every day is great, but there is good in every day!

Life with toddlers can be messy and unpredictable. Most days when Dan arrives home we talk about all the challenges of a day spent with a mouthy and stubborn "threenager", and his teething, needy, copy cat little brother.  These days really are long.  But on a particularly difficult day, as we sat on the couch after an extra rough bedtime routine, Dan challenged me to list the positive things that had happened that day.  It was hard to get started, but once I did, the tension I didn't even realize I was holding in began to release.  As I listed all the awesome parts of our day, I was filled with joy at the thought of being these boys' mama!  What a blessing and a privilege to spend my days with them!  The next day, I made a point to remain positive through the chaos...to not let negativity creep in and consume my day!!  Though nothing particular special happened, it was one of the best days of my life! Seriously!

On this particular day, I hit snooze too many times and was woken up Caleb yelling from his room that he'd had an accident.  When I got to his room, there was pee all over the room...he'd apparently danced around in a circle while going! Ha. He was happy to help clean it up, so I let him! {Thank you Thieves Household Cleaner!}


After breakfast, the boys voluntarily played together in their room {SCORE!} so I cleaned the kitchen...like moped the floor, and everything!!  We had a few errands to run so I packed up the boys and headed to Target.  While I typically try to get in and out as quick as possible so as to avoid any meltdowns, today we took our time!  It really was enjoyable to let the boys check things out instead of rushing past a section to keep them from seeing what would surely bring on a meltdown when told we couldn't buy something!  I even got them each a pumpkin!


As we were leaving the store I got a message that a friend was having a rough day and decided to grab her a coffee and drop it off.  It was great to brighten her day, but even more as we were leaving her neighborhood I spotted this AWESOME playground and decided to stop {something I NEVER do!}.  We had the whole playground to our selves, and it was GLORIOUS! I even hopped on the swings with the boys!



Once home, the boys snacked while I cleaned the living room...vacuum, dust, mop..the whole works! I felt like a ROCK STAR!  We then headed back outside.  They played until dinner time!  Dug in the dirt, found a frog, picked flowers, and got muddy...literally!  It was so much fun to watch them throughly enjoy this time together exploring instead of worrying about what needed done inside the house!


When they found the mud puddle, I couldn't help but let them play! And when Dan got home, I couldn't wait to tell him all about the fun we'd had!


As I recount this amazing, incredible, so good, very awesome day, I can't help but think "these are the days!" The days we'll look back on and long for in the not so distant future. I'm putting this here as a reminder.  A reminder to be present and embrace the wild, messy, challenging season we're in!  Here's to finding the good in ever day!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Mr. Caleb

So full of joy, laughter and energy...and determination, defiance and strong will! 


And a smile that lights up my whole world!


How is it that you're growing up so fast??  Every day you're bigger, stronger, smarter....always full of adventure! 
Love you always!

Friday, April 29, 2016

April favorites.


Love their love for one another! Abel adores his daddy!


My little artist loves painting!  This year he painted Nana a fun little wind spinner for her birthday!


Baby in a bucket...Abel's new favorite game!




Puddle jumping...Caleb's new favorite game!



Everyone loves trips to the farm!


Started working in the garden.  Love that the boys can start helping a little this year...well, sort of!  Caleb loves finding worms and feeding them to the chickens.  Able, he's happy to just throw mulch around.



Their new little reading nook.


Happy boys!


The boys love watching Daddy leave each morning...this particular day, Daddy had come home for lunch and Caleb was already napping.  Abel got some one-on-one time with mama & daddy, and when it was time for Dan to leave, ran to the window to wave and said "bye"!  Cutest thing ever!


Loves to color!



Best thing about April is being able to get outside more.





Trips to the park and the farm.


Cookouts with friends.



And bike rides!

Such a fun and full month!  Hard to believe it's already coming to an end!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Long walks


Warmer weather means daily walks with my little tribe.  Caleb is such a trooper, rarely riding in the stroller any more!  It's so fun to watch them explore and take it all in.  It's especially fun to hear Caleb talk about the changing seasons and recognize the different stages of the farm fields.  We're all happier with a little more fresh air!




it's SPRING!

Last night we visited Foster Park for the first time.  How have we lived in the Fort for 5 years and not known about this gorgeous park!!?!??  So much fun to wander through the beautiful tulips and blooming trees!


We met up with some new friends and the boys had a blast running around with their sweet girls!


They also wanted to pick ALL the flowers for mama...thanks, Daddy for teaching them such a sweet gesture!


We'll for sure be back next year to take in these blooms again!!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

brothers.


I pray each day that these two grow to be the best of friends.  Abel ADORES his big brother, and Caleb is such a great leader!  I love how they're beginning to play together and enjoy one another's company!  This summer is going to be so much fun!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Touch-A-Truck 2016.

This might just be the coolest event for kids!!!  A local college filled the parking lot with trucks, busses, semi's, and machines of all kinds and kids (of all ages) were free to climb and explore!!


Caleb's first stop was the MONSTER TRUCK, of course!




Since Daddy had to work, Mama was flying solo, which meant that Abel spent much of the morning in the stroller, but did enjoy checking out the school bus, city bus and flatbed truck!


Caleb, on the other hand, got to climb into the drivers seat of some of his favorite trucks!








What a fun morning!  Can't wait for next year...hopefully Daddy can come along too!