Tuesday, August 9, 2016

2015: Decorating the tree and Evan's Christmas Program

The boys enjoy decorating the tree...

I think.  at least I used to enjoy decorating the tree...but  now that I have three boys, I am more of a referee than anything else.  

It always looks nice when done...

Meh...we got a little snow.  The snow-haters came out of the woodwork!  I just do not understand why anyone would live in Minnesota and hate snow.  There are so many other snow-less cities to go to...

Jeffrey was being naughty...

We got a little more snow...

Jeffrey got a little naughtier.  He kept sneaking up on the table to grab "num nums", but decided to go the side without a chair.  LOL!   "i stuck!  I stuck!"

Pretty at night...oh how lovely Christmas lights are at night with snow!  

I knew the early snow would melt...so we went out and made the best of it.

I bought some things for Mystro.

He was not amused.  

Here is Jeffrey at Evan's program...Jeffrey was so excited to see "Eva" up there!  

Evan belted it out!

As always, Evan is my sour patch kid.  First he's naughty, then he's sweet.  So, so sweet.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Working hard...

So in May I decided to switch teams at work, because most of my work is in the contracting/construction area, so I switched to the construction team.  Makes sense, right?

They've been asking me off and on to switch for years.  At one point I decided to switch, but since I was pregnant at the time, they told me to hold off.  After that, I just decided to stay where I was.

Now I am having major buyers remorse about the move.  I have moved to a team where the managers there do NOT want me.  I figured it wouldn't bother me much, because pretty much my whole life I have been around people who were rude and/or passive aggressive.  But, I guess the fact is after going to work and being around negativity all day, it's hard to come home and be around more of it.

Like with friends and neighbors make snide remarks that normally you let slide, those things bother me now.  And I think it is because I come home and am spent and have little patience left in the tank for my family.

It is Tuesday and the house is empty this morning.   I am feeling sad since none of the kids came and gave me a hug good-bye, it is supposed to be 110 degrees this week (disgusting!), and the world sucks.

The world always sucks, but lately with the violence and cop-killings, my gut hurts more.  I got stuck in protest traffic last Wednesday for two and a half hours.  On a bus.  The blessing that came out of that was I had a wonderful conversation with the black women sitting next to me.  She wanted all those people to be arrested and was talking to me about her life and how she had always been treated by people growing up.  You see, she had a white grandmother, so she was never black enough for her friends.  Her grandmother was Italian and she loved her grandmother dearly.   She said she got picked on all the time, called all sorts of names, didn't talk "right" and so she always made friends with other kids.  She wished me a "beautiful life" and she told me that it never expires.  We talked about work, had some connections there, life, gardening, and the cows that sometimes break out of her neighbors fence, get into her garden, and eat her plants.  I was really glad I had her to talk to for the hour and a half we just sat there.  I hope I see her again someday, but I doubt it, since after that day, she said she is going to avoid the bus and downtown Minneapolis for awhile.

Well, as usual, Tuesday is the day I get to kick my own ass.  But, this afternoon may be fun.  I have to go upstairs, start on chores, make Evan's birthday cupcakes, go pick up Evan for an 11:30 ortho appointment (poor boy, his first of very very many I am afraid), but then I may take him to see a movie.  It's his birthday week after all!  There is also a special family fun night tonight in Blaine from 6-8 with bouncy houses for free, so maybe I will take him to that too.

It is simply too hot this week to mow lawn, so we will probably let it grow.  After all the yard work I did last week, I am really not into it today.

Chris leaves for a week on Sunday, and I am always nervous about anyone flying anywhere, but now twice as nervous with all these terrorist attacks.  I know God's in control but it doesn't feel like He is.  It is the County Fair too next week, so he won't be around for that, so I am wondering if we will go, unless we go on Friday, which I don't really want to do given how busy it is.

Nathan's bday parties and a trip to the Dells...

Evan got to have a friend over this year for Nathan's party he had with friends, so that was nice.  Thanks Ashton for coming!  

We also had a get-together with the Johnson family...and Ken's bday is right around the same time, so he had to blow out the candles too.

In November we took a long weekend and went back to the Dells.  Hopefully this year we would have no sickness...ha!  

I think I may have blogged about how Nathan got sick, and Glen passed away on our way to the Dells...see this post for that detail:  Fierce 2016

Anyways, here are some pics from the trip.  The boys made me two Mooses!  Well, they made their own mooses, but they sure were fun to haul around!

Hanging out in the room...we didn't take as many pictures this time...we mostly just enjoyed the vacation...

We go to where we have a full kitchen so we don't have to eat out, spend money, or get dressed.  Love doing this!

The boys enjoy the bunk beds.  First they argue over who gets the top.  Then they argue over who gets the bottom.  Then they get scared and end up sleeping in the same spot anyways.

Nathan was finally tall enough this year to do the body slides by himself...he must have gone up and down 30 times one day...

On the way back home they were a little tired...Mommy and Daddy wanted a rest too!! 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Fall photo shoot

I'll let the pictures speak for themselves on these...

My favorite one!

Jeffrey is like, "i ain't chillin' with these guys!"

Mom don't make us hug!!!

This area is the woods in the back of our house.  I love it, and will miss it dearly when we move...

Boys with toys.  I do not understand the appeal...most be a boy thing.