Monday, September 3, 2012

Holy Crap It's SEPTEMBER!!!

Yes, that's what I said on August 31st when I realized that Audrey started school in 6 days and Brianna in 12 days and we hadn't gotten school supplies or gone school clothes shopping!  Plus Clara's birthday is right in between those two things, doh!  In my attempt to keep August low-key it slipped by without getting those things done.  UGH!  So we headed to the Super Mall today (on Labor Day) to buy school clothes.  Luckily Derek had that day off and could come with us.  We didn't do school clothes shopping when I was a kid.  My mom just bought us things when we needed them.  One of the perks of a divorced kid's life though is that my dad would do it on the summers that I went and visited him.  I loved having something new and special to wear to school.  Waiting and dreaming of wearing the pretty hot pink shirt with the sequins was almost better then when the day came that you actually got to wear it!  Then there's my husband's family who did school clothes shopping every year until they graduated high school.  So we decided it was something we would do as well.  It was a bit difficult this year.  Buying clothes for Audrey is easy.  We find good deals and are comforted by the knowledge that most likely the item will be worn by three different girls.  Well this was Brianna's first year of school (headed to Preschool this year) and we wanted her to have something new too.  The only problem was that with hand me downs from Audrey, gifts, and hand me downs from friends Brianna has enough clothes for twins... possibly triplets.  So we didn't get her as much but she is so sweet and grateful and content that she was happy with the few things she did get.  Plus, I pulled out the 4T bin and she felt like all those clothes were new since they were new to her.  Clara was along for the ride and got a couple of shirts because she needed them.  The tough (but nice) thing about having three girls.  Luckily they are pretty grateful kids!  Can't wait until the first day of school for each of them and they are both in the process of deciding which lucky clothes will get to be their "first day of school" clothes :)  Pictures will come!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Kite Festival 2012

Well we're back!  We headed out early last Friday morning and had a lovely drive out to Long Beach, WA. Due to leaving so early we made it there by 11:00.  We spent some time on the beach before we were able to check into our hotel.  We stayed at a new place this year, Adrift Hotel, it was well priced and practically right on the beach.  Much closer to the center of town then last year. We definitely recommend it if you plan to be in that area.

As for the beach, well.....  I love love love the beach.  I am one of those people who is really bad at sitting and doing nothing.  That's part of the reason that I started crocheting.  I have a hard time just sitting and watching television.  I have to be doing something.  But on the beach............... ahhhhhh, I can sit for hours and just watch the waves move in and out.  I can watch my children digging in the sand or standing at the edge of the surf and running screaming when the chilly waters of the Pacific catch their feet.  And I'm content.  I don't feel like I need to move, ever again.  It calms me and centers me in a way no other place on Earth can and being there with my little family is perfection in my eyes.  We watched the sunset that first night and it was amazing.  We flew our kites while we waited for that big orange orb to dip it's toes into the ocean.  It's such a sight... one that never gets old.  You feel like you're at the edge of the world.  We enjoyed our time as a family.  Three of the days were gorgeous... one was rainy, welcome to Washington. :)  We hiked to a local lighthouse, we shopped, we played mini-golf, we played in the sand for hours and just enjoyed being together.  The kids were well behaved and slept well considering we were all in one room.  I wasn't sure how that was going to go.  Overall, I give it an A+ and we can't wait to go back again!

































Thursday, August 9, 2012

Ahhhhhhgust!

August is here and whew!  We had a wonderful July.  My grandmother visited from Illinois after almost a two year break and that was a great two weeks.  We had Vacation Bible School, Mainly Music camp and Soccer camp.  We had trips to the beach and parks and time with friends and family.  Now that August is here we're going to try and slow it down a bit.  I am headed out of town for a family girls' weekend this weekend and I could not be more excited.  We're going to a wonderful old historic hotel in Spokane, WA.  We're celebrating Derek's grandma turning 80!  It should be a great time!  We are also headed to Long Beach, WA at the end of the month for our newest family tradition of the Kite Festival.  The girls are very excited and I'm so glad that we still get to go.  With Derek laid off for almost 6 months this winter we didn't think that this trip was going to happen this year.  However, between those two trips I would like to  try and keep things low key before September comes and everything gets hectic again.  This really is a challenge for me as I tend to keep busy busy.  This year is easier though because we do have a back yard and so enjoying nice weather doesn't force us to leave.  That has been such a relief this spring/summer.  So in an effort to slow down for the month here are some pictures of my darlings :)







Monday, August 6, 2012

Soccer Camp!!


As my children are getting older it is so fun to watch them develop interests and to succeed in different areas of their lives.  It is also fun to see what traits or attributes they may have received from me/my side of the family or from Derek/his side of the family.  Audrey has always been pretty coordinated and athletic.  She's been wanting and waiting to participate in soccer.  We have decided for now that it doesn't fit into our lives but she was able to participate in a week long soccer camp this month that she LOVED!  Upward is a soccer camp that has a Christian vibe to it.  They have a 20 minute devotional in the middle of the three hour camp each day.  So she had four days of training and the last day was a tournament in which all the parents came to watch and then we had a BBQ, because that's what baptists do :).  Audrey's team was really young and mostly new players.  They only played two games and only scored twice TOTAL.. but they had a blast. And if you had heard the parents during the first goal you would have been certain they had just won the soccer...thing... whatever the soccer version of the Superbowl is :)  

Walking out onto the fields... they were team Germany






Hot day for us Washingtonians (in the 90s) and Audrey decided that when she was going to sit on the bench, she would do it by laying down in the shade of their team flag! :) 

Audrey and her friend, Rachel, with their new shirts and soccer balls from camp!

Rehydrating! :) 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Traditions - Strawberry picking

I have always wanted to be a family that was big on traditions.  To the point that my children wouldn't even have to ask "if" we were going to do something in a certain season but "when" we were going to do it.  It is something that I feel passionate about and I'm not sure why but my husband graciously let's me do what I want in the way of traditions and follows me no matter what the path my look like.  One of the traditions we started about four years ago was strawberry picking shortly after fourth of July.  We have a certain farm that we like to go to in Sequim called Graysmarsh Farm.  We go and the girls get to pick berries right along with me.  Then we go home and make jam and homemade strawberry shortcake.  I love that the girls are getting old enough to look forward to this and every year we invite along as many friends and family members as we can.  This year we had a decent sized group, beautiful weather and lots of fun! :)

The Berry Truck!

Auntie Beans helping Clara know which berries to pick.




Clara did not appreciate me interrupting her dirt playing time to take a picture.