Saturday, July 30, 2016

Looking Back

A year is a long time! When I look back at the blog I follow and see all the kids that have grown up, the families that have grown, the newly marrieds....

I can't believe it! Time files!
So, I though I'd give an update on my family!

 Everyone has a little more on their 'personality plate' than a year ago!
We all know of those 'fun stages' in life?! Well, I am pretty sure all 4 of my kids are going through one right now! 
I've gone as far as starting up a new behavior reward system {which_seems_to_be_working}
(more details on that later)
I have heard enough back talk to save my life! I haven't gone a day without whining in countless months! I have witnessed enough sibling rivalry to start my own war! I have yelled to many times to even have a voice! I have taken enough toys away to give Toys R Us a competitor!
Let's just pray these stages are quick and this upcoming school year gives us all a break! 

Don't get me wrong...I_LOVE_MY_KIDS! 
They just know how to push my buttons some days and make me go crazy other days!

Chase is almost 11 and becoming very independent! He played his first year of travel basketball last winter and was on a team that really challenged him. Not being the best on a team, makes him really work harder to be better! He had a lot of fun, learned a lot and can't wait to play again this year! He also played his first year of traveling baseball. Lots_of_traveling_this_year! He absolutely LOVED it and his love for baseball keeps growing. {not sure that's even possible} He was on the AAA team and they got to play in 2 state tournaments. If he could play baseball year round, he would in a heartbeat. Too_bad_we_live_in_the_frozen_tundra!
He is did great in school last year and can't wait to have his last year at the Elementary school this year! {Big Changes in middle school for him next year!}
He is an amazing help with his siblings and cousins and is pretty good about asking if there is something that he can do to help. Ringing in at only 60 lbs., he is following right in his dad's footsteps of waiting to grow till High School. He will still give me hugs and kisses, sometimes even around his friends! I_don't_want_that_to_change! 

Abby just turned 9 this month! She is our actress of the family! She has a love for pets and babies and really wants to be a veterinarian. She likes pretending she's injured or that her pets and babies are injured and helping them. She has the kindest spirit that she will be sure to let you know when she doesn't want to use it. She started travel soccer this past fall and it's her favorite sport! She got more goals this year, than all her years in soccer combined. I_love_being_able_to_coach_her!
She will be everyone's friend with her outgoing personality and does her best to include everyone to omit hurt feelings! She is a great helper with her siblings, house work and taking care of her cousins! She reminds me a lot of myself, now if I could just get her to take after my cleanliness! 
She loves to bake, do any kind of art project and make silly concoctions!  {If I get asked to make slime one more time, I might go crazy!}

Kenzie is my sassy little 6 year old...going on 13! She has a heart of gold, a smile that will make you want to say 'yes' to everything and an attitude that will make your head spin. I_think_she_got_that_from_me!
She idolizes her old sister, who is not always accepting of that, and loves to do exactly what she does. She has a love for dance and just finished her first year on the pre-performing dance team. She did competitions this year and really surprised us! She has determination to be able to do the splits by the first day of school. 
 She loves school and has been asking when it's going to start again. She loves doing school workbooks and practicing her sight words. She's_one_smart_cookie!
 Though she can throw her attitude about a mile, she is also very sweet and loves shopping with mommy!

Blake is our 4 year old 'energizer bunny'. He has enough energy to run a city! His goofy toothless smile can always make you laugh, even when there's trouble behind it. He is a very talented little guy, with an endless love for his big brother. They can always be found playing sports together, video games, Nerf Guns or building something. He used to love basketball, and still does, but has a new found love for baseball. He_can_actually_rip_the_ball!
He loves Nerf guns and watching videos of other kids playing them. He can tell you the name of just about every Nerf gun we own.
He has been in the ER, more than all his siblings combined and luckily is one tough cookie.
He loves shoes, Legos, Tom & Jerry and playing outside!
He definitely keeps us on our toes and is the perfect finishing touch to our family!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Almost Over...

How in the world can that be?!
Just the other day, they were running off the school bus yelling, "It's summer!"
Empty backpacks, no homework and big dreams of a fun filled summer!

Now we only have 39 days till school starts! I know to some of you, that might seem like a lot, but with getting ready to move, more sports starting up and camping is flying by!

We have spent our summer days out in the sun, making endless memories!

We have spent more than our fair share at the ball fields! Watching Chase in his first year of traveling baseball on the AAA team, has been a blast. I am definitely a sports mom and love watching my kids do what they love! 

 {He has a die hard love for the game!}

If you stop by our house and no one answers, you'll know where we are...
 {DIY post for this amazing wreath to come}

We spent a ton of time on the soccer fields watching Abby's love for soccer grow!
She has a 'go get em' attitude with an aggressive love for winning and trying her best! She has grown to know the game so much more this past year and a little bit of me might be living vicariously through her! 

A lot of our summer has been consumed with packing boxes for our upcoming move. 6 1/2 years in our house, 4 kids and a ton of accumulated stuff! I have about 60% of our house packed up and still so much to do. Our free days and weekends {which_are_slim_and_none} are spent getting ready to move. I can't wait till school starts and I will be done moving, I'll be unpacked and starting up work in our new house!

Here's to the next 39 days! 
Please feel free to take your time summer!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

6 1/2 years of UNFORGETTABLE!

I'm really going to miss it! 
All the memories we've made here, the 'first' that have happened here and the fun we've had making it ours, will make it hard to leave behind. Two of my kids know this as their only home and the other two have lived in this house more years than the other two houses...they_call_this_one_home!
 Sitting on my screen porch watching my kids play at the park in our backyard, coordinating sports games in the big open field by the park, taking all the kids to the park on a daily basis for daycare...I'm_going_to_miss_it!
It won't be easy to leave everything behind and to start our 'new normal,' but it's time and we are ready. As_ready_as_we'll_ever_be!
I am so excited for our new home and neighborhood. Excited to make it ours, to meet new friends and neighbors, to have my kids meet new friends and be able to run around outside and play like there's no tomorrow. We are hoping to get that tight knit neighborhood that become our friends for many years to come. We don't plan on moving again, especially after the horror and headache we have gone through this round, so I hope this neighborhood is everything we want for_us_and_our_kids!

We can't wait for the kids to start school here, to be able to trick-or-treat in our new neighborhood, have our first Christmas here, throw our first neighborhood party, plan our kids future birthday parties name it we can't wait!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

What...1 year?!

How in the world did life get so busy that I haven't even had time to write a blog post, read my favorite blogs or sit down and update my blog??

Life with four kids is always on the go...running here and there, playing taxi, organizing rides and play dates, planning vacations, keeping up with summer learning, all while trying to find a little time for yourself. 
My blogging time is my_time_for_me!

I have thought about it many times, how I just wanted to sit down and write about my experiences, blog about a 'must have' for motherhood, share some unforgettable pictures of my adorable kiddos, let you in on some amazing recipes or just to check in on all my favorite bloggers.

I have met some amazing women through blogging, many that I still follow on Facebook, who's lives inspire me. Many women who have similar lives to mine, who make my life seem 'normal' and that I've 'grown' with over the years!

I am going to do my best to get back to blogging. I know I've said it before, but I am really going to put an effort into it, not for anyone but myself. {and of course relatives that want to see pictures of the kiddos} I can't promise to make a post everyday, but I will try my best at keeping up with it.

In the meantime, since I've been out of blogging for so long, that I need your help!
Please help me out by letting me know your favorite blogs {even if it is your own!}
Ones that you can't go without reading, ones that inspire you, ones that make you laugh, or ones that are just simply amazing!

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