Tuesday, September 3, 2013
This labor day weekend was a great weekend. I started out on Saturday taking the kids to the Cascades Raptor Center. It was really interesting reading about how all the individual birds ended up there. They also had 4 bald eagles there. I found it amazing to be 2 feet away from them. They had about 30 birds in total. The boys can't wait to go again.
First off, I know I am 4 months behind on blogging. But now that the kids are back in school, I have one less excuse to not do it. Ross started kindergarten this year. He is in Mrs. Railey's class. Brad is in third grade in Mrs. Strege's class. We all walked to school today. The boys ate breakfast at the school together. It was so nice to see them walking together, holding hands, helping each other. If only the whole summer had been like that. (Nice dream, right?) I am hoping for a really good year for both. Although, I would just be proud of Ross is he didn't lay on the floor and not participate at all today. Here are a few pictures from the morning.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
After a FB discussion today, I got to thinking. At first pessimistically, that how many times do you try before you just give up? There must be a number. Then at that point, I figure you just stop trying. Then because it is May the fourth (and I wanted to have a Star Wars party, but Ellie is too sick and Ben out of town), I remembered the Yoda quote. "Do or do not. There is no try." My mind instantly changed. I thought to myself, "Have I really been trying? Have I really been giving it everything I've got?" Although I really hate to admit it, the answer would be no. Why is it so hard? I guess, envitiably, I just need to fake it (like I used to do). Usually faking it makes it become apart of you after you do it so long. For those who don't have problems, the answer is always easy..."Just do it." Well, that is very easy for someone who can just go and do it. But that is not me. I've become very reserved (which may be an odd thought to some). Which is why I miss the old care free me...no fear of rejection or judgement (at least on the outside). I NEED that girl back. Now I just need to change my attitude and mindset in order to achieve it. Which again is easier said than done. Sometimes I feel like the "fat me" had more confidence and outgoing-ness. I think I'll start to set some goals. This week I will go out of my way to talk with at least 2 new people. Now who's going to hold me to it? :)
Friday, April 26, 2013
This little vacation was long overdue. Let me first say thank you to Brent and Brooke and Barbara and Jason for letting us stay with you and eat your meals. We headed up to Brent and Brooke's first. We spent Friday night, Saturday, and through early Sunday afternoon with them. Spencer was not feeling well, but he came out on an Easter egg hunt anyway. They did Spencer and Ellie's age group first and then Ross, Sadie, Brad and Kate's following the younger ones. The older kids did pretty well waiting their turn. But they all came away having had fun and actually got some decent candy! We also went to Mukilteo Bay. The kids played at the playground and also threw rocks in the water. They found the biggest ones they could pick up and throw. Ross started bleeding out of his ear on Sunday, adn we had to take him to a doctor. After 2 weeks of bleeding, an ENT finally got him the right medication, and we are still working on getting it better. After we got Ross's ear taken care of, we went to Ben's Aunt and Uncle's (Barbara and Jason Moulton) for Easter dinner with their family. It was fun to see all of Ben's cousins and his Aunt and Uncle. They are all so warm and inviting. It was like being at a family dinner with my own family. It certainly made me feel good. We had a good night there. The next day we drove up to their lodge. Ben's cousin Andrew came up with his 2 sons, also. We went 4 wheeling, made popcorn, made a bonfire, made smores, played outside, etc... The kids loved it. Brad never wanted to get off the 4 wheelers. On Tuesday afternoon, we headed back over to Brent and Brooke's. And then on Wednesday morning we headed home. Here are a few remaining pictures: What a great trip! We can't wait to go back up again!