Three Kids

Three Kids

Friday, August 11, 2017


We have an arboretum just a few miles from our house. The kids and I stopped there once last fall for a very short time, but that's it. So we decided to check it out again last week! 

Jordyn found snake skin, but I didn't let her pick it up. Yuck. I hate snakes!

Hmmm ... we walked one trail that was half a mile, and Jax couldn't wait to take a break on this bench. I'm not sure he's going to make our 7 mile hike in the hills! Ha!

More summer pictures :)

We bought almost all new furniture for our house when we moved in. The one thing that we hadn't replaced was our kitchen table. Our kitchen table was the first piece of furniture we bought together after getting married. We decided it was time to update! The kids think the bench is pretty cool!

Snuggles with my favorite boy!

Shopping with Jax. This picture says it all!
(But how cute are those silver and gold leggings for my nieces. The girls noticed them as we were walking by and we had to buy them!)

Ignore the flowered mattress (bedding was in the wash) ... but I couldn't find Jax for the longest time the other day, and he wouldn't respond to me when I called for him. I'm still not sure how he got all the way under the bed. He was pretty comfy though!

Donut date!

Another tooth gone!

Our tooth fairy might go broke this summer!
Jayla lost another tooth!

Our tooth count this summer:
Jayla: 2
Jordyn: 1
Jaxon: 1
And all three kids have more wiggly teeth!

Thursday, August 10, 2017


I know I say this all of the time ... but summer is going and it makes me so sad. I'm not going to lie - my days with my kids are far from perfect (in fact the last few weeks have been a bit tough) yet I still love that I get to spend my summers with my kids.

Ready for church, but playing with Gizmo first!

Buffalo Wild Wings -- one of our favorite places to eat!

Jordyn and I ran some errands one evening. Happy Holidays ... in July? She couldn't wait for Grandpa Buzz to know that Hobby Lobby was ready for Christmas!

And boy did her eyes light up when she found this! (Yes, I did buy it for her! How could I not?!)

Swimming! Jordyn's friend, Jada, went along with us ...

Playing Life -- he couldn't wait to get married so that Reagan could be in his car!

We've lived in our new house for 14 months. We decided it was time to start decorating. Ha! My scrabble wall isn't quite done yet, but I sure do love these letters! Just need to add a few things around it.

The kids love to go to Great Life with me. I love that they have daycare/Kid Zone for the kids so I can work out!

Miracle Treat Day! Who doesn't love a blizzard for breakfast?! (actually, we would normally go in the afternoon, but I was going to be gone, so breakfast it was)

More swimming!

Grandpa's corn on the cob!! Yum!!

We love our neighbors! We spend many evenings with them. The girls sure love playing with Abby!

GEMS Conference 2017

Two weeks ago I went to the GEMS conference. Last year it was in Montana ... this year it was in Sioux Center! A 1 hour car ride vs a 17 hour bus ride made a huge difference!

Megan and I got there a little early on Thursday so that we could welcome our crew! We had a total of 21 counselors from our club!

Alecia is one of our counselors, but she also works for GEMS and plans the conference!

We heard some amazing speakers! This is Cindy ... a group of us did one of her Bible studies in January-April ... and while we were doing the Bible study, she was hired as the executive director of GEMS. She has a pretty amazing story, and it was so fun to see her/meet her!

A little golf cart fun! Love these gals!

Our counselor team that attended conference! Such a wonderful group of women!
Megan and I with Cindy!

Of course GEMS conference wouldn't be right without a few pranks ...

And some fun games! Our dorms were apartments, so we could get everyone into ours! We laughed ... ordered pizza ... played games ... and laughed some more!

And when everyone else went to bed ... we snuck out!

So glad that our friend Shelly is such a good sport!

One last celebration on the last morning! Cindy loves confetti, and she was gifted a confetti blaster!

Ready to head home!

I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to go again! I enjoyed conference last year, but it was tough for me -- it was a longer time away due to traveling, and that bus ride really did me in.

Next year ... we are off to Ontario! I told Megan we should take our families and make a vacation out of it. We will see ... :)