Friday, September 23, 2016

Visit to Homer Lake

Homer Lake and its "natural playscape" have been a favorite of ours to visit for several years. We used to live less than 15 minutes away, so with it being a bit further and honestly just falling off my radar, we never made it over this summer. Thankful for my friend Sarah keeping it on her "must visit" list this year and inviting us to join them! Off we went! (Side note. Cass was so teeny the last time we were there!)

I can't even begin with these photos. My kids are just in their element out in nature. When talking to a co-worker the next day, he said, "That Troy! He sure is an outdoorsman!" Truth.

We were there less than five minutes before Troy had found a teeny little frog.

Troy showing something (the frog?) off to Cass and Benjamin.

Cass loves water just as much as big bro does.

When did she get so long and lanky!? Crazy how that happens.

Just doing his thing. Playing in a lake.

Even Troy was a little grossed out by all this seaweed. Is it the sea if its Central Illinois lakes!?

He also managed to catch some tadpoles and put them in a cup to watch swim around for a bit. Fascinating!

Lego Creation - Zoo

Troy built a Lego zoo recently. Complete with animals like this snake in the "snake enclosure" and a zoo worker with a poop shovel. Because, very matter-of-factly, Troy said it was his job and someone has to do it! :)

College Football Saturday Rolls On

Another college football Saturday, another collection of great "around the house" moments with my fam!

Someone was hiding in our bed as we struggled to get going for the day!

Pizza party for lunch!

I had fun making this Timehop-inspired collage of my Troy boy.

Blissful afternoon football time with my #1 guy - one kid sleeping, one kid Lego building!

Dinner for the football-marathoner :)  We just that each College Football Saturday is like a holiday for Mike, so... Happy Holidays, baby!

The kids ended the night with mega cuteness, including Cassidy practicing her gymnastics in the basement. She really knows how to stick those landings!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Staying Up Past Bedtime Recipe

The kids have figured out the key to staying up past bedtime on a weekend is to play really, really nicely with each other and pile on extra layers of cuteness. They did precisely that this past weekend and earned themselves some borrowed time until we decided to make 'em head upstairs.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

BEE sticker

One of the many rewards they have around school are BEE stickers. Anyone (teacher or lunchroom supervisor or otherwise) that works at the school can give out a BEE. Troy earned his very first BEE sticker for good behavior at lunch by being quiet and listening. We were very proud, as was he!

One of my hats - swim instructor

I plan to take Cass swimming somewhat regularly at the Y to work one-on-one with her on swimming. She seems to agree with this plan as we had our first swimming date :)

She's very comfortable in the water and had been telling me towards the end of the summer, "I don't want your arms mama!" Sooooo, learn to swim it is.

So silly, this girly :) 

After some splashing around, we did get to work. Swim instructor and videographer don't exactly go hand in hand but I captured this short video of she and I playing red light green light and practicing our kicks!

Bus Walk Dates

I love walking this guy to and from the bus each day. Its just a short walk. He *could* do it alone if he and I wanted. But I love the walk and since he's told me he does too, I'm going to walk him every day until he asks me not too. #TimeSlowDown #LoveThisKid #HeartExplode

Evening bike ride

I offered to take Troy on a short little bike ride one night to a favorite frog-catching spot. It was a beautiful time of night for a ride!

Math Work

Several weeks into school and we're starting to see more worksheets and things coming home these days. Troy told me this week he really likes math and numbers. So I thought I'd post a pic of this to go with that memory that his first subject he showed any real interest in is math!


Poor Cass has been fighting a cold all week. Starting on one of my work days. This was my droopy girl in the morning and it broke my heart to have to go drop her off. Thankfully her sitter is amazing and I knew she'd be loved on all day. Sent this pic to my hubby (in Miami at the time) and this was his response. I hadn't even seen it when I snapped it! "But look you've got angels' halos around your face!"

Playing Out Front

Cuteness and pink-ness galore with Cass and her pal taking a little rest while the rest of the neighborhood kids zoom around them :)

Happy 5th Birthday Benjamin!

After our late night retrieving our car from the tow yard, Cass was definitely in need of a Sunday afternoon nap and missed the annual Benjamin Birthday party :( But Troy and I were excited to celebrate Benjamin with a fun dino-themed time in the yard!

Sarah thoroughly impressed me with her ability to line up all these young kids on the playset so quickly. #FindTheTroy (photo cred to Sarah in this post)

They were so excited to pick their cupcakes because there was a dino on top of each one that they'd get to keep. Now Troy wants minifigs on top of cupcakes for his December birthday he continues to plan :)

They had such a great time just playing in the yard. A whole bunch of young kids tearing around a huge yard with an awesome playset makes for a lot of fun! Thanks Benjamin and fam for a really fun party and happy birthday!

College Football Saturday w/ Grampa and Uncle Andy

College football season rolls on... and we dusted off the ol' chip helmet for lunch while the Troy game was going on!

Grampa and Uncle Andy came down and we all headed to Memorial Stadium for tailgating and the game!

Throwback post below. Like the Kindergarten shirt except we're already four years in to these shots!

I love what they've done with the new-ish Grange Grove!

They scored new sunglasses which they proudly wore all day.

Just supervising our kids in a sea of people :) Good practice for Disney.

Troy was so excited to go IN! Can you tell!?

It was windy up there :) She didn't seem to mind.

Photo cred to Mike below :) 

No game (with kids) would be complete without snacks...

...and more snacks!

It was such a beautiful night!

It was marching band night with literally hundreds of band kids on the field. 

I mean. Are they father and son or what?!

It was such a fun time! Until we got back to our car. Er the spot we parked our car. And it was not there. That $20 parking lot isn't looking so bad compared to the towing charge we incurred for parking within five FEET of a driveway. Be warned! #ThisIsNotJustAHighlightReel