Friday, May 19, 2017

An extremely rare day....

Randomly one day, my dad called and asked me to go fishing with my sister and mom.  This has never happened, so I totally said yes.

Karen was pretty  much ready to pop, so I made her do a photo shoot before we left...


On the boat!  hope her water doesn't break!  (I joked and Dad said, "it had better not out here!")


The fish were biting!

Well for me, anyways, Karen was catching bait....

Karen was making fun of me and how I can't make fish lips...this is as close as I can get!

Mom chillin'....



Classic Dad....


Off to the dive bar afterwards...

It was such a fun day...trying to hang onto good days like this, and ignore the bad ones...that's what you gotta do, right?!!!!  

Monday, May 8, 2017

July birthdays...

There are lots of birthdays in July, but the two most important for this family are first Daddy's and then Evan's...

For Daddy's birthday I really didn't have anything exciting to give him, either did the boys, so I took them to the dollar store and let them pick out all sorts of special things for Daddy.  They had the best time!

First we had a taco dinner....





Nathan's card for Daddy...apparently since Daddy is one year older, he should be able to lift Cory  now...

He then started opening his gifts...I did get him a taller Yeti and some salad containers (which turned out to be a GREAT gift and he went and got two more of them after)...

Here is Daddy opening his bag of suprises...Evan was beside himself!

oooo...sponges!

Captain Crunch and backscratchers....

There were lots of other weird things...such as a Cinderella bath cloth and little balloons you smack and then they blow up....

For Evan's birthday I told him he could have a big party -- he chose Chuck E. Cheese, of course...

Jeffrey was not happy riding the horsey....

but Nathan was!

Everyone Evan wanted to come, came.  His two or three friends from school, his cousins, and his brothers...









Here are the kids...pretty much no pictures with Izzy behaving, so I gave up trying to find one....





Not sure what Evan was doing here...too funny!!  Post Birthday high i guess??

And I can't do a July birthday post without adding we have a NEW July birthday now in the family (add that to the 20 others it seems!)....but Edwin finally arrived!




 The boys said, "we are all sure glad he is a boy!!"  haha!  too funny....he smelled great!  love me that new baby smell!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The one where Renee finished June 2016...

(so it is April, and it is 55 degrees in my house, and my fingers are so cold!  I may have to turn on the heat but I so do not want to!)

But June, 2016 -- here she is!  It is fun to look back and see what we did last year...

As usual, we had critter damage in my lovely landscaping.   *sigh*...why these critters can't just stay in the woods is beyond me!  

This was my new friend:  STICKY PAWS!  Isn't he cute?  He cheers me up at work...

J-dawg eating grapes and hanging with his BFF:  Tiger.


Last day of school -- somebody is happy!  This picture reminds me I never took a picture of Nathan in front of the school this year...whoops!  It was raining if I recall...

Cutie:

Visiting Auntie's house...

Deep cleaning!  You gotta get the vacuum, the toothbrush, and everything out for this kind of cleaning people (boy does it FEEL GOOD!)

Mystro was digging in things...

Trip to Orange Leaf to use all Nathan's free coupons...

Trip to Fiesta Cancun for some yummy Mexican food..

Lost a tooth!

Saying goodbye to my lovely office and Papa Aloe...

Took Jeffrey to the carwash to wash Daddy's truck for him...

and then to the grocery store...he loves the nanas!

Kids playing in the pool and with the water toys...

Me baking pies and treats...


to the beach!  we didn't get there very much last year...



 Nathan's tornado poster...hahaha!  It was so funny...note that he is in the basement with the cat...

Tried a new recipe -- Rhubarb bread...with a cinnamony crusty top...


soccer!


Beer after soccer...


boys trying spicy foods...

poor Evan was hurting, he didn't think it was worth the dollar after that...

Met a friend at that neat park in Maple Grove...


Jeffrey did NOT want to leave...


More soccer...

Watching soccer on the hottest day of the year...four games in one day...





Evan's team and done!





Nathan's team and done!


yeah it was hot...I was really proud of Jeffrey...he sat through FOUR soccer games.  Granted, we did take trips back to the car for lunch and snacks and some movies, but he did really well.  did not complain once!

a friend of mine (thanks Kristy, so good!) got me addicted to these from Trader Joes...haha!  the kids and I found them so fun...

quiet evenings....

boys playing...

Me trying new things:  this is English Paper Piecing.   It won a ribbon at the fair when it was finished last summer...it is all sewn by hand.

Evan trying on shoes...

One of our last visits to the Legion in Lino...they got a new cook last summer and since then, burger night is a bust...



Daddy's boy....scared during the thunderstorm....


Me hanging out at Grandma's pool...I look skinny here...


Chocolatey zucchini bread...yes, zucchini season!

Below is a picture from one of my favorite days of 2016:  I met my friends parents, who are from Greece.  We had a delicious meal they cooked, and since they didn't speak English, and we didn't speak Greek, Theo had to translate all night.  We tried using the Google App, and we got a lot of laughs out of how silly it translated things...anyways, I wish we could have stayed longer and listened to more stories...it went by way too fast!