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lola had a lemonade stand on friday.

we pretty much have a “lemonade stand kit” that we use each time:

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she charged her usual.

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she also made sure that there was ice {from sonic, no less} because it was 95 degrees.

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she had a good run for the first 45 minutes, and then it got a bit slow.

and, HOT.

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she made sure that i placed the umbrella in just the right spot to keep her shaded.

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she waited patiently.

she was determined to stay open for the hours that she set.

she opened promptly at 4 and was stopping at 6, or when she sold out.

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by then end she said, “mommy, we forgot to offer the straws!”

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she worked hard and made some good money.

she even shared a few dollars with her brother for the handful of lemonades he helped serve!

home is…a young entrepreneur.

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it’s the middle of may already?!

just a few photos of what we have been up to lately…

IMG_0441i am going to miss my days with her when she goes to school all day in the fall…

when she was an infant and the little guy was only 2 i remember thinking, “how am i going to get through everyday with them?”  and that the day would never come when they would both be in school full time. now, i am wondering, “how am i going to get through everyday without them?” and how did it get here so fast?

IMG_0452he still loves coffee…especially when i drink it outside in my favorite spot in the backyard…

IMG_0500the clubhouse is still a big hit…in this photo she was the police commander and they had a crime to solve…

IMG_0517the mild weather has been perfect for evenings filled with baseball…

IMG_0530also, due to the mild weather, the garden is going crazy…the elusive artichoke…

IMG_0535my happy place…

IMG_0538rhodies in the front garden…

IMG_0541i lightened up the mood in the playroom with this white granny square afghan…a thrifted find from a couple years ago…i also rainbowtized all the books…

IMG_0572fridays are for lacrosse…

DSC_0732he’s so tired by the end of the week, but he really likes lacrosse…

DSC_0739i can totally picture him as a goalie…

IMG_0582our first fishing morning of the season…the pink pole caught the first and only fish…

DSC_0769the little guy is so helpful…it’s amazing how they can actually fish on their own now…

DSC_0792there was a huge bullfrog under the dock…

IMG_0586we also saw two bald eagles defending their nest across the river…

IMG_0577baby girl had her mind set on a lemonade stand, so we made it happen…

IMG_0589it was a successful day…friends from the neighborhood (and all the way across town) came to get some…

IMG_0602i call this the best seat in the backyard…and it’s mine…

IMG_0630trying to get out with the dogs…this was the first of two runs on monday morning…odyssey is the best running buddy…

IMG_0633and, here’s crazy, i mean, rainy! she has some manners to learn and will be heading to “summer camp” in idaho soon!

we’ve got some special visitors coming in a couple of days…stay tuned!!

home is…full of springtime fun!

 

spring baseball

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The little guy is playing in his 3rd baseball season this spring and it is a whole new ballgame. 

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Single A Little League is the real deal.

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Playing by the almost real rules means that sometimes the players pitch.

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He’s learning when to swing and when not to.

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And, sometimes you don’t get a hit or get on base because they are actually calling strikes and outs.

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He’ll learn a lot this season, and it’s not all going to be about baseball.

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Baby girl is learning how to be patient while she watches her brothers games again.

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She’s already a pro at looking cute!

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home is…another baseball season.

for the love of the world

ryan’s mom is great at sending the kids postcards.

most recently, she sent a postcard to lorelai with a beautiful poem.

yesterday, lorelai drew a fabulous self portrait with rainy and hobbes.

i felt like the poem and the self portrait belonged together.

for the love of the world

home is…kids artwork.

{milestones} baby girl is five

We celebrated baby girl’s fifth birthday recently.

Five.

My BABY is FIVE.

She is full of life.

One of the most positive people I know.

For instance, at a recent family vacation to the oregon coast she said, “Good thing it was a great day for flying kites at the beach!”

She can be moody, but she always finds the good in things.

I hope she never loses that.

She loves to play games that she makes up. Recently, its been “family” with dolls, but she makes up all kinds of games to play on her own, with friends, with one of us, and especially her brother.

She adores her brother and loves to play the games that he plays. He’s not always interested in playing with her dolls, but she is always up for playing Minecraft, Mario Brothers, or any of the games that her brother loves. 

She is strong and sensitive.

She’s silly and loving.

She is social when she feels comfortable, which means she talks my arm off all day long.

She has become a lot more independent this year and doesn’t cling to my leg everywhere we go, but can still be very timid with the unknown.

She’s always been my girl and tells me all day long how much she loves me.

She humors me and poses for all the photos I ask to take of her. Goodness is she is photogenic.

She loves to draw pictures and do all sorts of crafts.

Recently, on one of the games she plays on the computer, she has figured out how to use the shapes to create cards for us…she created a Minecraft card for her brother and many cards for me that, in her words, “tell you I love you”.

She swims, scooters, climbs, runs, digs in the dirt, skis, plays sports with her brother, twirls, dances, and sleeps ALWAYS in a skirt.

Everyday she wears a skirt. This year has been the year of the long dresses and skirts.

She is all girl, but in her own very special way.

She will ALWAYS be my baby.

I love you baby girl.

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I asked her the same questions that I asked her brother this year on his seventh birthday to get a feel for how SHE feels at five:

  • favorite color: all the rainbow colors
  • favorite toy: puppy and peppa pig
  • favorite t.v. show: peppa pig and tom & jerry
  • favorite game: mario brothers and candy land
  • favorite snack: fried cheese sticks
  • favorite animal: puppy
  • favorite holiday: christmas and easter
  • favorite book: little house in the big woods, my bible, and goodnight moon
  • favorite song: let it go
  • what do you take to bed: puppy
  • favorite food: fried cheese sticks
  • favorite thing to do outside: swim at the pool
  • what do you want to be when you grow up: a kid that has real wings that can fit through the door
  • what are you most grateful for: mommy and puppy
  • favorite part of the day: when reece comes home and playing with all my toys
  • what makes you happy: my family
  • what are you scared of: the dark
  • what makes me special: because i’m thoughtful

To be part of her life EVERYDAY and watch her become her own person is one of the biggest joys of my life.

home is…five of the most rewarding years of my life. 

another one for my “best days ever” list

I have been smiling from ear to ear since early today.

My baby girl officially went skiing today.

Remember this day?

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Yeah, today also goes on the “one of my best days ever” list.

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We had to make sure that her ski pants were pink.

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She wore a skirt until we were actually skiing.

She put a skirt on as soon as she was done.

To be honest, I almost didn’t go.

Seasonal allergies, and an “introvert overload” almost kept me home (more on that later), but Ryan pushed me and I am glad that he did.

{Not to mention I felt super cool in my new Patagonia ski pants with my Patagonia orange belt…my first new ski pants in about 20 years! Darn you Patagonia for making ski pants that last so long…I’ve had 3 pairs in 25 years…all Patagonia…and I outgrow them…they don’t wear out!}

We had a blast!

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skiing 8Look at how her pink reflects in the tunnel!

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She requested to ski with Poppa after only a couple of runs with Mommy!

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And, our “old pro”?!

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He’s now using the Go Pro!

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He took a trip up the real chair lift…twice…with Poppa!

We’re thinking he’s ready to learn from a “real” ski instructor next time!

For those of you who might ask…

We ski at Mt. Hood Meadows up on (of course) Mt. Hood.

We buy the season pass for the kids which is $25 for the whole mountain…all season.

We buy a Spring Pass for us (which is $139 now, but we pre-purchased for $119). The Sprig Pass works out since we usually only ski during the spring…to break even we only need to ski 2-3 times…and the season can quite frequently go well into April and even weekends in May!

Currently, we rent skis from the shop at Mt. Hood Meadows, but we are looking into buying used demo/rental skis for the kids at the end of the season. It’s $70 a day to rent skis for the kids (WHOA!), so I am sure we could save A LOT of money buy either buying used skis or renting for the entire season.

We rent a locker for $10 a day and bring snacks and water. We are usually done by lunchtime, but as the days get nicer we plan to pack lunch, hot chocolate, and eat in the sun!

There’s a lot of snow up there and it was coming down today, so come join us for some spring fun on the mountain!!

home is…family fun on mt. hood.

 

 

 

wild thing…

I am the mom that does not give candy to the kids classmates on Valentine’s Day. Believe me, my kids eat plenty of treats and that is why I try not to give them on Valentine’s!

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The little guy is really into animals, so I wanted to incorporate that into the valentine’s he gave to his friends.

I searched Pinterest and found some great ideas…you can see them on my valentine’s day board.

This is what we came up with…

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I used perforated business card paper and printed the saying on them.

We tore them apart, punched two holes in the paper, the kids signed their names on the back (make sure to do this before you tie the animals on, but after you punch the holes) and tied each animal on with twine!

I found the animals at JoAnn Fabric, but you can also find them at Michael’s.

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The kids loved them!

Also, here is our no candy valentine from last year…

{home is what you make it} color my world valentines

My favorite part of valentines day was spending time in the kids classrooms…

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and Lorelai’s homemade valentines…

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When I was assembling the animal valentines, Lorelai asked me for paper and tape and ran up to her room. She made her own valentines using her own crayons and some pictures she cut out from a book.

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I love that she wanted to create and give on her own.

We stamped them with a “homemade with love…” stamp and signed her name.

home is…homemade from the heart.