So many emotions run through my mind when I watch Hunter with her firsts. Her learning to walk, feed herself and communicate are all important firsts in her life but lasts in ours...her being the last baby and all.
I mean just look at that salad dressing covered face?!?!
I love this terrarium that Tadd and Carri gave me two Mother's Days ago...I think I am on my fourth round of succulents in it but that's ok. :-)
Joe desperately wanted the girls to play baseball, since it's his love. But I missed the signup deadline and we really wanted them to be in some kind of organized sports this year, so it looks like Black Forest Soccer is it. I signed up with the thought that they would be playing against the same 12 kids all year but at least it's outside...turns out soccer is quite popular out here, with 220 kids playing. Whoa!
This is one of Hunter's favorite places to stand and explore outside...the girls fairy gardens don't have much rhyme or reason to them after everyone "plays" with them but they sure enjoy it.
Look...the last of my babies in non-footy PJ's. Whew, what a fast year this has been.
Soccer Orientation Clinic...the park is beautiful and only 5 minutes up the road from us.
Can you tell that I finally bailed her out of her stroller...that's a look of shear excitement there.
Not only are we having fun this summer but we are also having a lot of fun with Summer. I am trying (even though I am working) to do something fun for the kiddos each day. Even if it's something little I think it will help in making their summer magical (and let's be honest I don't have that many more summer's with the bigs before they would rather do something with their friends).
Joe had the kiddos at home yesterday so I could go in for a meeting, but then I got off early enough to stop by swimming lessons. The littles love playing with the blocks while the bigs swim.
Look at that "used to be too scared" Goose floating all by herself.
Chewy got this bunny for her birthday from Great Grandma (the girls dressed her up) and she loves to hug her.
I am not a big fan of the park, but it was available and we brought sandwiches and hung out with Carri and Summer.
This last weekend was Colorado's annual "you don't need a fishing license to fish" weekend. So we took advantage of that and Joe's last little bit of patience and drug Summer and our kids to the lake to drown bait and snag sticks. Of course we also needed to stop for lunch and dinner.
Zzzzz...that's me adjusting to my new self induced schedule. I have never been given a schedule at work and to be honest I don't think they care when or where I work just that things get done. Which for a Momma with four kiddos is the perfect schedule. So I have decided to get up and going and logged on to work by 6AM so I am done around 3ish if I want or can take a longer lunch and stay on a little later. I LOVE my new quiet time in the morning and get so much done with work that it's insane - take for instance myself and one other person on our team were given a project a week ago or so, we decided to split it in half equally...I am completely done with my half other than one or two items that I am waiting on answers about and the other teammate is about 10% done with theirs. Give me two solid hours of quiet in the morning with nothing but coffee and I can literally rework the world, especially since it's too early to do housework because everyone else is sleeping. I am not a morning person and it has been a tough two weeks while my body adjusts to waking up and getting going that early, but I think (since I woke up 10 minutes before my alarm this morning) it is finally starting to kick in.
With my new found time and freedom the kiddos and I decided to take advantage of a science presentation at the library today, we couldn't help but invite Summer and Carri along too. The littles weren't paying very close attention but stayed quiet while the bigs were holding on to every last word this scientist was saying (who just happened to be a woman and made my heart happy).
Trying desperately hard to keep up with my blog. I myself click on Anne's blog every single day as a way to make the distance between us seem smaller...so now that I have nice things to say again, I would like to keep up with it.
Of course that often means more and more pictures, but I think that's a good thing. :-D
We are biting the bullet and taking the girls back to Donna's Dolphins for swim lessons - even though they are expensive they seem to be the ones that work the best.
Last night after an amazing dinner at Carrabba's (Goose's choice for her birthday) we came home and the girls asked if Jackson could sleep in bed with them. This picture turned out blurry and dark since I didn't want to risk the flash waking them up - but wow is that one full bed of little people. :-D Jackson did end up waking up in the middle of night (quite possibly from heat exhaustion or suffocation being shoved in the corner) but they sure thought the beginning part was neat.