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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

It's July?


The view from my kitchen window. Which I stand at 4,000 times a day.


Did you know it's month 7? How did that even happen? I feel like June was a blur. I was mostly in a "too much on my plate" coma for most of it. After all the graduation wrap up and then girl's camp, I just had to slow my roll. You know?

And now it's like, summer. Right? Because my people are sleeping until 1:00 pm every day. And then sometimes they nap. Getting something to eat out of the pantry can just wipe you right out. They do have chores. Which they randomly accomplish. Oh, and then when they're bored, they like to cook. Say what? It's weird. The Baby Child made a pie crust the other day. Wrapped it up and stuck it in the fridge. And that was after she made chocolate chip cookie cups. I'm serious.

You wanna know what else happened in June? Other than exhaustion? I bought the world's worst toilet paper. I'm being legit. The. Worst. If it's on sale with a coupon at Costco, it's a good buy, right? Wrong! Within the week I went to the See's Candies store and bought treats for the whole family to just make up for my negligence.


My sister let the Baby Child drive. She's 12. I have no words.


Girls #1 and #2 went boating. Girl #1 split her lip open when a wake board hit her in the mouth. For days she has talked funny. It makes me giggle inside every single time. Is it bizarre that their pain brings me amusement?

June felt like a lazy month. Which is kindof awesome. Let's hope that July follows suit.

And on a side note...Child #1 has started shopping for college stuff. Her new bedding arrived yesterday. I almost threw up and cried at the same time.

Peace out.


Saturday, June 20, 2015

By The Numbers


1 Girl's Camp
2 Daughters there
5 Nights
6 Days
15 Hours of teaching crafts
62 Mosquito bites (on just my arms and legs!)
215 Young Women and Leaders
Loads of fun
Endless exhaustion

The End


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

She's 16


She was a gift the moment she arrived. She still is. She makes me crane my neck to view the world from the opposite direction. Her energy and smile are infectious. She makes me remember to slow it all down and see the goodness right in front of me. She is my joy.

Today she turns 16.

Oh, how I adore her.


My sweet Kellie, never, ever lose those gifts that make you so very magical. You are extraordinary. Happy Birthday daughter of my heart.


Sunday, June 7, 2015

She Graduates


For 18 years, she's been all mine.
And now I send her out into the world.
This girl who is beautiful inside and out.

Go.
Do your thing.
Be The Good.
And always Remember Who You Are.










Friday, June 5, 2015

How We Close It Down


Can anyone tell me why the end of the school year is so crazy busy? Do they do this on purpose? Every May I'm completely baffled at every party, event, concert, awards that I have to attend. We get squeezed out as parents all before summer even starts. Sheesh. And when you have a Senior? Good glory there's so much going on. Summer is going to be a breeze.

Here's how we've wrapped up the school year:

First off. When was the last time you went to a Kindergarten Program? Holy High Heavens it's adorable. I'd forgotten just how precious singing 6 year old's can be. Especially the two I call my own.


And of course I had to hang up obnoxious decorations (that my sister bought!). Because I'm totally like that. Oh, and I gave my kids gifts to start the summer off. My mother bribery to buy their love knows no bounds.


Child #1 graduated from Seminary. Every morning, church class at 5:30 am, for 4 solid years. That's rather epic. So I made her take a selfie with her mother. Because, why not.


Senior Awards where I make her totally stop in the middle of the isle on the way to her seat, and take a picture. She was beyond thrilled. She's graduating in the National Honor's Society and she had completely forgotten she was even a member. Of course.


And then they all stayed home on the last day of school. They asked if they could skip, and I'm a total pushover. So they stayed in their pajamas all day and made food and messes everywhere they went. Summer feels like a long 3 months.


I hope you've survived your own wrap up.
Let the summer games begin.
I may already be tired.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I'm Fixin' To Have A Moment


Last night was the final master concert of the year. And the entire time I kept thinking, "This is the last time they'll ever sing together." It was on repeat in my head. I was near tears and my heart was sad.

After it was all over, I was determined to capture this "last time together". They found me in the lobby. And they were fighting with one another. Bless it.

But I made them smile and stand together.


And then...

Oh, and then...

She licks her sister.


And the year is now complete.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

In You Go


When you're tiny, you can fit yourself into your gym locker.
She said she tried to get all the way inside, but the top hooks hurt her head.
It's so nice to know that they're learning good things at school.