Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Aug 11 back to school night
school starts the 16th 

No post code envy here ya'll! We are loving our life here in Rogers!

We have moved into OUR HOME and are finally settled in Arkansas after a 6 month transition home from Seattle. We are so happy to be settled...just in time for the beginning of the school year! Yay!

I think the boys are a little tired of all the heavy lifting though haha

We landed in Rogers just a minute or two at the most from our cousins Jonah and Sophie! The first Friday after our move, we had a little watch party for the Decendents 2 premier! 
Sophie helped me make homemade pizzas :)
It's so fun to be able to do this again. When Mike and I got married, we were neighbors with David and Tesha...and now were are here and neighbors again! Just with a few more kids this time :)
 Also...I found these little gems on my phone from the kids this summer haha.

Crazy hair don't care!
The kids have been getting settled into the new house and loving having all of their stuff again. I'll have to post pics of the house when we get it all together. 

And I leave you with this hilarious girl...she's a hoot!



And Olli is "gansta" now thanks to her sissy :)

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Hello July!

Welp. July makes 5 months since we moved home! We have one week and then will be moving into our house. Mike is settled into his job and is loving. it. I'm gearing up for the move and then will be working furiously to get ready for the beginning of the school year which will also be my first year in second grade. I'm a little overwhelmed with all the details but I know it will all get done and I'm so excited. I just have to remember this is a good stress :) Here is how we've spent July so far...

On the last day of June, we celebrated niece Sophie's 8th birthday! Does she have enough cousins?

We paid a visit to Granny and Grandpa one day and she showed me a picture she found in the paper...Olli's twink!
 We had firecracker fun with the cousins at Mimi and Pops...

and spent the 4th at Uncle Greg and Aunt Delynn's. Not to many pics though because 4 kids and 2 non swimmers. Nuts. 
Talk about disappointment. I ordered these cute little (literally) donut swimming rings. More like arm rings. 
 When the rain kicked in we all zipped ourselves into the patio cover and played catch phrase outside in a torrential downpour :)
 Swimming in the rain!
 Aunt Tesha and Olli have become quite the snuggle buddies!
All for now...better get packing for the big move :)

Monday, July 3, 2017

June Photo Dump

Here's your daily dose of adorableness. You're welcome :)
 My city kids are obsessed with all of the turtles and frogs...the copperhead in the backyard though? Not so much.
 A follow up group shot of our family reunion last month on Mike's side...
and this guy :)

And more pool time fun...

 Ella's awesome teacher hosted a summer pool party at her house! It was fun for the kiddos to meet up again.

 We also celebrated Mom's birthday this month at Kathy's new house on the patio with nan pizza, wine and good friends!
 Mom even had a floating candle in her wine :)
 And then cousin fun and Mimi Camp!

I see you July!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Cool for the Summer

First I'd like to start out by introducing the new Director of Work Matters...Michael P Reading!!!!!!

 We could not be more thrilled and thankful for this job opportunity. Knowing that this position was posted for 9 months...before moving was even on our radar...actively searched for 5 months and the first hire for this position in 7 years and here he is. He's worked so hard on his doctorate and to come home without job security and nail your dream job is...well...incredible. We are thrilled to be a part of the Work Matters family and are so ecstatic about how our journey home in 2017 is unfolding.
 I have made the decision to go back to work so I'm actively searching for a teaching position! That also means that I'm soaking up every day of summer with these kiddos! To make up for 4 years of lost swimming time in Seattle, we are going to the pool A LOT!
 {She's very creative with finding make shift pacis since we took hers away haha}

Olli is quite the fearless little fishy...

 One trip I ended up putting a few life saving float devices on her because I couldn't keep her from trying to dive in!

 Then we have the opposite issue with little Milo who won't even take his swimming ring off to eat a snack! He's very cautious about the water and prefers to be held or in a baby ring :)
 baby buns!!!

 Olli + Ellie swimsuit edition part 2!!!

 And then of course the best part about summer swims is the sleepy babies!!!

Look at that face...
 We've tried to have a healthy balance of going out for fun and some good ole lazy days at home as well. On this particularly rainy day, we made cookies with our rainbow cookie dough!
 And there's days like this when maybe we should have gone out to get ride of some energy! Ella has discovered Miranda Sings from Haters Back Off and I have to say she does a fantastic impression. We'll call this day the family talent show :)

Such a goofball!
It has been so lovely being home for many obvious reasons but this is a big one! I get to see my soul sister Anne! We've wished for YEARS now that we could at least live in the same state. She's one of my dearest, bestest friends. We had made peace with the fact that we didn't and may never {until we share a room with twin beds at our retirement home for active seniors}...but now all the sudden we do. We've had more FaceTime this year than we have our entire friendship it seems! We love it so much that when one of us is passing through town we meet for breakfast even if it means we are dining with FIVE little people.
 My mom has been taking the kids one by one over the weekend for a special weekend just for them. Luca was the first up! The day he got there was national donut day so they headed over to Rick's Bakery to decorate some donuts!

 Then, of course, LOTS of Rhino riding where Luca got to learn to drive it himself!

 Favorite park and splash pad fun...

 Then a movie date with Nana B to see Captain Underpants!

Ella was up next. For her visit she requested to make slime...

 She also wanted to go to the Amazeum! They spent 6 whole hours there! I think Ella enjoyed getting to do something that wasn't interrupted with someone else's nap time :)

My mom said she was definitely my kid because she spent quite a bit of time organizing the food in the grocery store :)

 We are spending a lot of time in NWA even though we haven't moved yet which means lots of time with cousins!!!

My girl and her musicallys :)
 We also had to try out this new donut shop in Fay-Town. It was the funkiest little jig with the most creative donuts and art!

 They even have a donut ambulance that actually delivers donuts haha.

 And then the rest of June's photo dump!

When big sister dresses you...
 and when big brother dresses you :)

Hey girl hey!

Last day of school!!! Ella was welcomed to the sweetest friend that made moving ok. I'm so happy these two found each other!