Thursday, July 23, 2015

Little fishies

Chris & Kira moved here at the end of the summer last year so we didn't get to utilize their sweet set up they have going up where they live. (We actually tried once but we were there for about 10 minutes when they saw lightening in the distance and closed everything up.)

We went up there a few weeks ago and WOW. It was so fun!! They ordered pizza for dinner and we ate poolside (the best way to eat).

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Brandt went down his very first slide! HA! So funny.

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Aside from some really stupid rules (you can't "throw" your kids in the water! BLAH!), that place is awesome. Hopefully we'll get to go up there more!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

m + m

One of our best friends got married earlier this month. Mike was one of Matt's youth leaders at church for a really long time, and then he taught Maddy (yep! Another Maddy!) in early morning seminary her senior year, and we were honored to be a part of their special day(s).

Tracy and I (with the help of Andreia and Katie, as always!) threw Maddy a bridal shower at the end of June. We had a brunch for her and it was fun to meet some of the people that are so important to her. And get to know her a little better! :)

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And of course I couldn't not snuggle this sweetie while we were there. Honestly, Nora is just about the cutest thing ever.

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Their wedding was held south of here on some ranch belonging to friends of Maddy's. It was so beautiful. And HOT. So so very hot. 

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Matt asked Mike to be his best man, so that was pretty cool. I was asked to pin the flowers on some of the guys and aside from one of them asking me if I was the bride's mother (OMG OMG OMG), I was honored.

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Matt's nephews and niece were so sweet!
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And let's not leave out the real star of the show... the dog! I forget her name (boo), but she led the wedding party down the path. It was awesome.

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The dude who married them was some old friend of Matt's. I actually couldn't really hear him. Plus I was clicking away.

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Both families looked great and all the friends were so adorable. Maddy & Matt are very lucky to have such great support!
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I am very happy for these two & I hope they have a lifetime of happiness!

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*Disclaimer: They asked me to take pictures knowing that I'm actually NOT a photgrapher. :)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Spring soccer 2015 - Hudson

Unfortunately, half of Hudson's games this season were scheduled for the same time as Maddy's. Since Mike was coaching his team, I thought someone better go represent Maddy. (Plus I LOVE watching her play.)

Hudson rocked at soccer this season. I don't even know how many goals he had... Mike couldn't keep track - Because there were a lot and because he was busy coaching. Hudson plays GREAT defense. Like, seriously. I mean, I would say that anyway, but my sister Ashley (who helps coach and isn't biased AT ALL, haha) told me so. And she played soccer. So she really knows. :)  He's really good at following the ball and isn't afraid to be aggressive. What a champ.

We had quite a few kids from last season on this team, but some new too. It was convenient to practice at the field behind our house again and it was so fun to watch Hudson learn new skills (and excel at old ones).

There were a couple of practices where he got mad at something and came out to sit by me, and then wouldn't go back in. Wow. That isn't that big of a deal, right? He's only 5. But dang, his attitude and then him yelling at me? NO. Not having it. If we wouldn't have been in front of people, I would have smacked him! Thankfully that passed as quickly as it came and he went back to being a good sport.

(I didn't have my camera at every practice and obviously didn't get a picture of him playing every game. This really freaks me out but I'm trying to be okay with it.)

FIRST PRACTICE

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FIRST GAME

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Got this cute picture of the kids before one of the practices. They love each other so much!!

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I can't remember if this was the practice that all the ladybugs were taking over the entire field and the kids COULD. NOT. FOCUS. Mike had just about had it (in a really patient & loving way) - I don't know why he didn't just call the practice early. The kids were Obsessed. It was hilarious.

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Hudson had a lot of fun with Auntie Ashley. She's so funny with the kids.

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More practice. Tinsley (sp?) was on his team last year and was a good little player. She really came out of her shell at the end of last season and she was incredible this time around!! WOW! Can't wait to see what she does next season!

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This little guy is everything to me! I love him so much!!

At the end of the season we had a little party at our house. We didn't have a very good turnout... A few of the kids had quit coming to the games by the end anyway, but I guess the hard-core folks showed up. We had food and the kids played. Cute little group.

GO RAIDERS!!


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Thursday, July 9, 2015

J vs DFW

We flew our nephew down last month to have some fun before their family moves even farther away from us. :(

The first night he was here, our entire family (minus Mike's parents) went to a Rangers game. We didn't figure that the babies would fare so well, so Kira got a babysitter for Max and we got one for Brandt. (Thanks mom!!) We lucked out and some weird cold front came through the area - it was actually fairly pleasant.

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Brandt was pretty unsure about Josh at first but warmed up to him nicely. Maddy was a HUGE fan. :)

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Of course we'd planned to spend a lot of the time swimming and what do you know, RAIN RAIN RAIN. I would be fine with that but the pools we frequent aren't. Finally his last day here (after Mike, Jenny, J & Grandpa had spent most the day at Six Flags), we spent the evening at Mike's parents' pool.

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These boys are so crazy! They have so much fun together. 

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Brandt had so much fun in his giant freezing bath.

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The girls had a ton of fun 'diving' and perfecting their jumping-in skills.

When Brandt wasn't trying to drown himself in the kiddie pool, he was being carted around by some very sweet family members. I like to swim and everything, but unless the water is really warm, I prefer laying in the sun.

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So the chicken fight is a lot of fun. Until you're Hudson and get hit in the face repeatedly. Haha. It was only funny to the adults, I guess. (He totally asked for it because he had no problem dishing it out!)

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It was a great little week of spending time with J. It's hard to believe I met him when he was only three!  He's such an awesome kid.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Let freedom RING!

Our 4th consisted of the usual outing to my brother's house for food, family, friends, & swimming. They kept the guest list SUPER small this year and it was really nice. Although, there's something to be said for watching fireworks with a big crowd... But more on that later.

That morning we all woke up late (soooo nice!) because of a wedding we were at the night before. Well, Mike didn't wake up late. He was up and out the door early to go play football with friends. I made some muffins for the kids and we laid around and did nothing. Brandt was in such a good mood, I forgot to put him down for a nap at his usual time. BIG MISTAKE. I really wanted him to take a nap so he would make it through the evening but alas, he doesn't care what I want. We got on the road and made it there just in time for a nice swim.

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Brandt had a great time but tired of it fairly quickly. Enter snacks, the perfect distraction.

It was nice to hang out with (basically) just family. Rhonda is now ENGAGED to her Mike, and his two daughters have been here visiting all summer. Maddy loved hanging out with them.

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More swimming, more snacking...

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And finally after 7 PM, we were like, maybe we should eat dinner? Ha. It just didn't seem late at all.

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Brandt was such a punk at dinner but finally found some nice rocks to throw. :/ Luckily he was just throwing them back where he got them. But seriously. Having a toddler around a pool is SO hard.

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When the sun finally went down, we set up our chairs in the driveway like always, and the guys went to town blowing stuff up. ;) Maddy and Hudson didn't mind the noise this year, so they were right up in it. (Well, not right there, but didn't need to sit by me at all) and Brandt didn't give a LICK about anything, as per usual. He wasn't scared by the noise or anything and wandered around. Thankfully Felix (Ashley's boyfriend) took pity on my soul and wandered around after him for awhile.

I really missed having the kids sit there and watch the fireworks with me and I really think next year, it's going to be mandated that they do that. :) Even with Brandt's shenanigans, he ended up doing GREAT. He made it all the way til the drive home around 1030 PM. It's so funny to see the differences - both the other kids were glued to me during these last years of late nights and fireworks... and he couldn't care less.

It was such a nice day to spend with those we love, celebrating our freedoms and making memories. I truly love this day!