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February is the worst month. And I've always felt this way- so just imagine how much harder February is when you live in the bold north and its still winter outside and you know that you have a great deal of winter left. It's so interesting. Every year I have all these irrational thoughts, like "Ugh. I hate my job. I need to quit." or "This place is the worst. I want to move." or even as big as "Am I even doing anything interesting with my life? I should move to Mexico City and take up embroidery."

And the angel on my shoulder says "Sam, you say this every year and then about mid March you realize you were just winter-crazy." But then the devil on my shoulder is like "No girl. You mean it this time. You are totally validated and you should just burn this whole situation down and start over." 

So that's where I am right now. Just one second away from being lost in the cold, gray, desperation that is winter here in February. SO. What did we do? We booked a trip to Mexico for spring break. And seriously- it has given me such joy- even just thinking about it. 

So next we just have to get the kids passports and count down the days and we will be on our way. Sunny days on warm beaches, with margaritas a-plenty. I cannot wait. 

In separate news- Davis and Holden have said some funny things I want to remember lately...last night we watched the snowboarding finals where one of the guys had a HUGE wipe out on the half pipe. So huge that I actually shouted when I saw it happen. After shouting, I kept saying things like "Oh no. Poor guy. He worked so hard to get to the Olympics and now he is hurt." Davis was so intrigued by the situation- he couldn't get over it- and at one point, he looked at me and said "He is so poor. I can't believe he fell like that." HAHAHAHA.

It kills me that he has taken "poor guy" or "poor thing" and occasionally will say "he (or she) is so poor..." when he is talking about someone in a sad state. I love it.

And Holden, the other day said to me "Mom, did you know there is a gogre that lives underneath a bridge and tries to get you?" Bennett said "A gogurt?" (which is a kind of kids yogurt...and she said "NO DAD" with such an annoyed tone, "a GOGRE."

She's trying to say "ogre." :-) I love it.

Anyway. I do love Valentine's Day so things aren't all dismal, but I just had to make note of this month that can't get over fast enough. 

Love to you all!

Swimming in February.

Some pics from this weekend. We watched the Olmpics, we jiu jitsu'd, we ski jammered and we even swam. And now it's Monday again. 

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I love this picture because they look so much alike. But I also hate it because they look so big.

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More tomorrow!

I Heart Arizona.

Okay, I'll be honest. I have always kind of thought that Florida, Arizona and New Mexico are kind of the grossest states in the US. Just kind of hot, sweaty states, without any sort of interesting outputs and with more than enough bad fashion. So, if you had told me five years ago that I would look forward to, and even LOVE, time in Arizona every year, I would say that you were crazy. BUT IT's TRUE! 

The heat, the sunsets, the quick and easy plane flight (when your plane isn't delayed and then eventually cancelled like mine was on the way out there- but that's another story) the resorts, the shopping, the HEAT! I love it all. I would like to go there more often. I am ALL IN on what Minnesotans call "God's Waiting Room". I get it. I'm in.

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This is a blurry picture from the porch of the CEO of Great Clips house- it was lovely and like a resort. I could have just moved right in. I went to a cocktail hour with Davis there and it was awesome to meet his co-workers and acquaintances. They all had such good things to say about him, and I was thrilled to watch him make people laugh and work the room. I am so proud of him.

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And I surprised myself and joined him for the Phoenix Open too. Surprising myself is one of my guiding principles for 2018 (and beyond) but that is another post. Anyway- I had fun when I was with Davis, I enjoyed the silence when I was alone, and I also made two new girlfriends in the lazy river of the pool on Friday. We drank cocktails and floated all afternoon. They invited me out that night for dinner, but I already had plans. New friends are so fun.

And we have HONEY to thank for this breath of fresh air- she kept the kids and not only that- she helped with everything she could get her hands on. Laundry, errands, grocery stuff, fixing little things here and there, letting us sleep in when we got back. IT WAS AWESOME. SHE IS AWESOME. I am super thankful. So are the beans.

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Love you all!

Goofing Around.

Bennett left for Whistler this weekend, so I had another weekend at home with the kiddos. I certainly don't love weekends without Bennett, especially back to back ones, it's a lot of work and it can also be kind of lonely...but they have gotten better. I think it's a combination of the kids getting older and also feeling more at home here. The first couple years when I would be at home by myself, we had zero plans, nowhere to go, no one to see, no one texting or calling me...and now, even if we don't do all the things, it feels nice and like home to know I have options.  And usually- we do have plans- which I typically like too.

I haven't been feeling really well lately- I feel like our house has had some version of sickness for the last month or two- but really that's how everyone is here. It has been a really sick season- there are always people out at work- either for themselves or their kids. So I've just been trying to tough it out. But Saturday, my chest was hurting so bad, and I slept for three hours straight. Little D was home with me- and he didn't wake me once. In fact, he kept leaning over to kiss me on the forehead. I guess he was thrilled to be playing his Switch that whole time- but still. I woke up feeling better yesterday- but I still sound horrible and can't kill my constant cough. 

So, Arizona on Thursday will be perfect for me. Honey is coming into town Wednesday, and then Bennett and I go to Scottsdale Thursday and come back Friday. He is going for work- and I am just tagging along because I found a cheap flight and I need some heat. Imagine a few days, alone, with nothing to do but read, sleep, hang by the pool and maybe do some shopping! Heavenly, right? Jan/Feb trips somewhere warm are truly mandatory. Not optional.

Anyway- here are some pictures from this weekend:

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Saturday mornings: Holden gets ready for Ski Jammers and D builds Legos while waiting on his tutor, Jessie to come over. Tutoring is going great by the way! He loves Jessie and goes right along with whatever she asks. I wish she could cover math too, but alas, she is a reading specialist. 

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Elsa's dad drove them to Mankato and stayed and skiied that day so she brought her doll Kit, along. Zach (Elsa's dad) got a great video of them skiing- I will try to post it on the blog.

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Sunday morning I made them go get flu shots and then go to church- so they thought it was basically the worst morning ever. But we managed to make it fun nonetheless.

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Hanging out at CVS.

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Still hanging out at CVS, waiting for flu shots.

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And STILL hanging out at CVS. But we got the flu shots and even made it in time for church. The sermon was about generosity yesterday and it was super impactful. We go to a presbyterian church in the heart of Edina- and the pastor is very bold and honest in how he talks about that. He said something like "We live in an area where the level of affluence is going up, and the level of joy is going down. There has to be some tie to that." And his main point was that until you are able to give freely of your things, your time, your skills, your money, you are a slave to wanting and thinking you need more. 

He also talked about comparison quite a bit. And that line "Comparison is the thief of joy..." and he talked about how we constantly compare ourselves to others- and maybe someone got something they didn't deserve and we think "well why didn't I get that?" or "what does that mean about me?" and he made it very clear that what other people have/get/do, how they are treated, etc. has absolutely NOTHING to do with you. 

He also talked about how everyone in the sanctuary probably feels like their kid is pretty special. Maybe they're super smart, or talented...and then he looked at the room and said "Don't forget- that your kid was born on third base. The kids in North Minneapolis are just as strong, smart, talented...they're just desperately trying to get off the batting mound." 

Anyway- it was really meaningful to me so I thought I would share.

More tomorrow!

 

Sweet Louise.

I don't know that I ever shared the pictures Carrie (Sweet Louise) took of us back in September. She did an amazing job, as always, and I love the location we picked. Here are a few of my favorites:

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This weekend Bennett is headed to Vancouver, Holden has Ski Jammers while Davis has tutoring and jiu jitsu, and on Sunday, little D has a birthday party. I'll be low key- but they have a lot going on! Have a good weekend.

Snow Day.

We have lived here for almost five years- and we have never had a snow day. Until today. It snowed so hard from 9 am to 9 pm last night. In my five years here- I've seen a lot of snow flutter down, but yesterday's snow was quite a bit more aggressive. It was coming down sideways. 

I stayed at work until 5 and when I was driving home, there were cars stuck in the road at every corner. It was CRAZY. I drove slow and thought of my mom and how she met her best friend Dawn when her car got stuck on the side of the road and a man named Dick stopped to help her- then introducing her to his wife, Dawn! 

When I got home, Bennett and the kids (plus everyone else on the street) were out on the driveway shoveling snow and running back and forth to see and talk with all the neighbors. I came pulling up and Holden ran up to my door shouting "I'm playing with my friends!!" with a shriek of glee. There are two girls across the street who are about 12 and 14 and Holden would play with them every day if she could. She doesn't understand why they wouldn't just as likely spend all their time with their six year old neighbor as they would their friends from school. 

I wish I could capture the feeling of the night. There was such an excitement in the air- it's been a long time since we got snow like that and everyone was out shoveling and talking to neighbors they haven't really chatted with since September. And the light was just beautiful. The evenings are staying lighter longer- and some of our neighbors Christmas lights are still up- so those dim lights reflecting off the white snow just seemed like a perfectly lit scene. Warm, golden, enchanting.

The kids were so excited and I could just tell that this would be a memory for them. I couldn't capture it well in pictures- so you will just have to visualize it. Probably better that way.

Davis begged me to make hot chocolate for all the neighbor kids and was so proud to bring them each a mug full. "Holden- we need to offer it to them first!" 

Even Bennett and I felt like kids again.

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And then today- even though our roads were plowed by 6:30 am, school was delayed, and then called off all together, so the kids are having a REAL stay home from school snow day. I covered the morning, and Bennett is covering the afternoon. The kids were thrilled.

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Such a fun couple of days! I think it's pretty fun to live in a place with four seasons- at least when it's not -10. That's been the other fun thing- it's been warm. Like 30s and 40s...so it's not miserable.

That's all for now.

 

SNOW!

We are expected to get up to six inches today. And everyone has left work but I am just looking out the window, dreading going outside. So I'm taking advantage of everyone being gone...and getting a few things done. 

Bennett went to Lake Mille Lacs this weekend with Murphy's husband, Justin. I think they had a great time, though they didn't catch any fish until the last day- and they only caught one total. The weather here has been beautiful, like 45 degrees, which is unheard of...especially considering that last week was in the negatives. BUT- this weather isn't good for being on the lakes. Bennett said that the lake was cracking and the front end of a few cars fell into the ice and had to be pulled out with tow hitches. Justin said that in all of his years ice fishing, he has never seen that happen. Global warming, people. It's very scary. Anyway- he made it home safe and sound yesterday afternoon and we all cozied up to watch the big Vikings game last night. We were SO excited. And just as quickly as we got on the Vikings bandwagon, the curse struck again, and we lost in a most devastating way. BAH. I really wanted the Vikings to be able to go to the super bowl in their hometown. Alas...

This week is pretty low key. Bennett leaves for Whistler this weekend (I'm jealous- I wish I could go) but other than that, we don't have much going on. It's kind of nice actually. I was just in Vancouver Thursday and Friday for work- had to do some presentations for the Best Buy Canada team. I was there less than 24 hours, but it was a good trip. Worth the travel. 

Well I'm kind of boring today- guess I will just hit the road and make the slow drive home. I think we'll play in the snow, which will be fun.

More tomorrow!

 

Holden Eloise is Six!

Holden turned six on Saturday and we had the very best weekend celebrating her. The only thing I would have changed if I could, was the fact that she really wasn't feeling well. She has had a horrible cough and sore throat all of this past week and we just can't seem to shake it. I have had the same problem, and I am about a week ahead of her. It is lingering for so long. Anyway- we had a great time in spite of it.

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Saturday morning we opened presents- the biggest hit was the guitar my mom got her- and the lava lamp Nikki sent her. She is so excited about both of them. Little Davis gave her a lego kit and we gave her a horse for her American Girl Doll, Kit. Likely her very most special gift is the plate my grandmother gave her for her birthday. It is adorable- and has such special meaning. She loves it.

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After the boys left for jiu jitsu, we picked Elsa up and went for donuts. After donuts, we went to "Paint your Plate" and the girls each painted a mermaid jewelry box and a small kitten. I painted a bowl and I can't wait to see how they all turn out. It was really fun and I would love to go again...but I will say, it was surprisingly expensive. So, it won't be my new hobby by any means.

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Then later that day, we went and checked in to Great Wolf Lodge- the newly renovated waterpark hotel by Mall of America. The Ohmes were going to meet us there for pizza and cake and some swimming- but then they surprised us and booked a room and stayed over. The kids were beyond thrilled. 

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Sunday was pretty normal- just ran some errands and got ready for Monday...only to realize Sunday night that there was no kids club coverage for Martin Luther King Day the next day. WHOOPS. So, since Bennett had some big all day work meetings today- I took a last minute day off and had a really fun extra day off with the kids today. We stayed in our pajamas and made a family band in the morning, played legos, snuggled in bed, and the kids even got into sorting out stuff in their closets for Goodwill. It was a really cozy morning together, with no rush and no agenda. Then this afternoon we went to see "The Greatest Showman on Earth". And OH MY GOSH I have no words for how beautiful and magical that movie is. I'm not a big movie person, but I couldn't look away. And I left feeling so inspired. The kids loved it too- so we sang and danced to the music at the top of our lungs when we got home. 

It was a really great weekend. I'm having so much fun right now.

Back to work tomorrow- big meeting at 8:00 am. And then Thursday I am headed to Vancouver for work- for a two hour meeting within a less than 24 hour trip. I have to be home by 3:00 on Friday because Bennett is going ice fishing and I have to pick up the kids. So, I booked the latest non-stop to get me in before 3:00 and it leaves at 6:15 that morning, so I'll have to get there at 4:15. Which means I will get up at 3:30. ZOINKS. 

I'll nap later. ;-)

 

The Biggest Shithole in the World.

Donald Trump keeps me up at night. I, and many others, I'm sure, feel a constant uneasiness about the future. He has created this- and it's a fire that he invigorates each day with every stupid, racist, hateful, lie that he says. He is reversing everything good and everything that America stands for.

He is revolting and I can't watch or read the news without seething. I cannot wait to help campaign for the next election. Though I'm still hoping he is taken out before then.

 

More Holiday Highlights

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So, 5 (almost 6) and 8 are the ages when kids can sit together without an adult in the aisle and not burn the whole place down. These two have become really great travelers (hello technology!) and this time on our way to Texas, Bennett and I sat across from them and actually napped on the way there. At one point, I woke up, looked over and Davis had ordered himself a sprite and Holden a Fanta. Smooth. They were quite proud of themselves.

We got to spend a lot of time with my grandparents and had so much fun talking and playing chinese checkers. I have always been super close with my grandma and grandpa- and it makes my heart burst with joy to see how much Davis and Holden love them and visa versa.

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Holden and nanny played tic tac toe and Holden showed her all of her toys. Holden loves how much nanny likes birds and talks about her every time we see a bird she thinks might be a hummingbird. 

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Chinese checkers is pretty fun. I haven't played it in years- but it's actually one of the few games I enjoy. I know it's weird. It seems like only non-fun people would NOT like games. But I'm pretty fun and I don't really love playing games. I'm not sure why. I get bored easily I guess. And I don't especially love to act things out or draw things and guess. I don't know. Just isn't my bag, baby.

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Gosh I love this pic of these three. So happy!

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And of course we got to spend time with Honey- which we always love. I think we look a lot alike here. Twins!

Ski Jammers

I was very nervous last week leading up to Holden's first day of Ski Jammers. I was worried she would hate it, get discouraged easily, her skis would be too long (they are hand me downs from D), that it would be so freezing cold she would get frost bite, that she would get lost...all these things. So imagine that it was still -5 when it was time to drop Holden and Elsa for a bus ride with a bunch of instructors and chaperones I don't know, to a ski resort I've never been to, with hundreds of kids, most of which are far older than them. They are the youngest in the bunch at six years old. I was nervous.

I shouldn't have been. Holden LOVED it. She was so proud of herself and the way she talks about it makes me think she actually really enjoyed the act of skiing. I know I sound surprised by this- it's mainly because she can be a bit of a whiner. She can give up easily. And she's kind of been a complainy-pants lately that asks for help with each and every thing, long before she's actually tried any problem solving herself. In fact, the other day I said to Bennett "How can it be that I, of all people, have such a princess as a daughter?" 

So we were super proud and surprised with how accomplished she felt after the day of skiing on her own. And how she can't stop talking about it and can't wait to go back. Just goes to show- you gotta give kids a little independence so they can push themselves, see how resourceful they are, and find out what they are truly capable of. 

Speaking of resourceful- when we get to the drop off we realized we forgot to pack Holden's ski goggles. She looked right at Elsa, then at me and said "Does Elsa have ski goggles?" And of course Elsa had little pink ski goggles with a fancy strap. Holden was so disappointed so I tried to explain to her that I would pack hers next time (I didn't mention that they are black and neon green as again they are her brothers).

Anyway. I sent her with a lunch and a $5 bill to buy some snacks. That's it.

When they showed up at the end of the day, she strode off the bus, with a big old smile and all of her gear...including a brand new pair of fancy pink ski goggles. I looked at her and said "Holden! Where did you get those ski goggles?" and without skipping a beat she said "I buyed 'em." I DIED. I have no idea how "She buyed em" but I clearly don't need to worry about her getting what she needs.

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She leads a lovely life. Oh to be Holden Eloise. :-)

 

Holiday Highlights.

We had the best little holiday. We stayed in Minneapolis for Christmas for the first time- and it was really so lovely and even more special than I had hoped. My favorite things, ahead of leaving for Texas, included: making christmas cookies and then delivering them with carols to a few of our friends on christmas eve day...we sang the 12 days of christmas between every stop and laughed maybe more than we sang because we couldn't remember any of the days. 12 lords a leaping? 9 ladies dancing? I don't know. The kids now get in the car and ask if we can "sing that song" with the days. And you can't imagine people's faces when we showed up at their houses singing, with cookies. It was so fun.

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These two were so wound up making cookies- they just couldn't stop smiling and laughing. It was really a fun memory to make.

Then Christmas eve night, we went out to dinner at this cute little Italian restaurant we have been wanting to try. The meal wasn't without some drama- the kids were excited for Santa to come, and just wanted to go home, but we still had fun. I think it was a special little dinner out.

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We didn't dress them to match on purpose- but they sure look cute.

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We didn't get a picture all together- but got a few of each of us...

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And then on Christmas morning- we opened gifts. And Santa did these kids well. He brought snow tubes for sledding- if it ever snows enough this year. And legos, and dolls and nintendo switch games, and crafts. It was really fun. And we spent the whole day in our pajamas and didn't leave the house- because it was about TWO degrees out.

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If you're wondering how we ended up with the blue tinsel tree- that's what happens when your real tree gets so dry you have to take it down and start over. So we had two trees this year...

One of my favorite things about staying home for the holiday was that we had so much time to do special things- we could wrap presents, put them under the tree, do gingerbread houses, set up God's Farm...

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Holden loves traditions- and she loves the manger scene (God's Farm) that nanny gave her. She likes setting it up- but she enjoys playing with it even more. She loves the angel hanging over head, she loves that baby Jesus can come out of his bed and Mary can hold him...she thinks it is as special as I know my nanny hoped she would, if not more.

So we had some really special days ahead of the holiday- oh and for my birthday we were supposed to go out to dinner with four couples at this new restaurant- but we couldn't even find a stranger to watch our kids- so we had them over for dinner and drinks- and the kids were home and they were great so it was so fun.

And then yes, we had even more fun in Texas...so I'll write about that soon!

 

Weekend Fun.

We had such a good time this past weekend- we were all so happy to have Bennett home. Friday night we just hung out at home and watched A Christmas Story- Davis is now obsessed with getting a bb gun- which he cannot have for any reason! And Holden is now terrified of getting her tongue stuck on a frozen pole. She said it was "the most terrifying thing she has ever seen..." Not at all dramatic, is she?

Then Saturday we all got haircuts and then that night we went to a christmas party with the Ohmes and Davis' friends at work. We played a bunch of silly games and had a great time. Sarah (seen below) was hysterical...

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Then Sunday, Holden and I went with Kelley and Elsa for our third annual lunch and theater date. The girls do a gift exchange and they were both so happy with what the other got them. It was really sweet. So much giggling. They were in awe of Belle.

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And while we were doing that, Davis was cleaning up this mess he made earlier that morning.

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He also went sledding with the neighbor boys later Sunday. On a trash can lid. :-) Good times.

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Yay! Good times.

Bits and Pieces.

Honey shared this picture with me the other night- were we just babies here or what??? And man, we had great hair- so shiny and golden. My mom has always had the best hair and I hope mine is even half as pretty.

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And did I show you guys our tree? We picked it out after Thanksgiving. It's a good one! Honey is worried it's going to burn the whole house down (not sure why except that she must believe in random combustion) but I'm not worried about it. :-)

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I don't think I ever talked about it but D and I got to go to the Gopher game while Honey was in town over Thanksgiving- we went to a Gopher tailgate and a Badger tailgate and had the VERY BEST TIME EVER. 

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Also, this weekend I got to fete Ellie for her birthday! We went to Blackstack Brewery and Can Can Wonderland and it was so much fun. We had great drinks, danced, played indoor putt putt, hit baseballs in a batting cage...the world was our oyster.

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The little plate says "We go together like drunk and disorderly..." it was made for us! I love Ellie- she is a great friend and I'm so thankful to have her here.

In other news, while I was out for her birthday, little D was invited to go with the Ohmes to a wrestling match at the Chanhassen VFW. He had the time of his life and the whole experience really solidified what he wants to be when he grows up. (KIDDING. Sort of.)

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In sadder news, I had to put Pico down this week. Now I don't want to be too sad about it. I don't like to focus on sad things- instead, let's think about the 17 amazing years we had with him. He was such a good dog. I'll never have another like him. We think he had a stroke- he just took a turn and wasn't himself anymore and was in great pain...which was heartbreaking. So I actually feel relieved afterwards. The kids were champs about it- I told them that all dogs go to heaven and that he lived almost twice as long as any other dog- and that he probably set a dog world record. They seemed very proud of that, and I think it's a nice way for Pico to be remembered. :-)

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But to bring us back up after that downer- here is a picture of Holden in her dance gear. She says she LOVES to dance- and dances all the time at home- but really doesn't like GOING to dance class. I can't decide whether I should make her see it through (at least until she has a recital in the spring) or if it's totally foolish that I am spending money on something she doesn't even care about. I peeked into the studio last week and she was lying on her stomach on the floor while everyone else was practicing their ballet. She really has her own ideas on things. Hmmph.

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Also- it was 55 on Monday (which was INSANE for the 4th of December in Minnesota- hello global warming- if you don't believe it- you are CRAZY.) And then today it is 10 degrees. So winter has arrived.

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Bennett's Big Adventure.

I don't know if I mentioned it, but I gave Bennett an 8 day Outward Bound trip for his birthday this year. He has been in a bit of a soul searching spot- feeling sort of beleaguered by the corporate world and his role in it- and I have tried a lot of different ways to help him out of his rut- but couldn't figure out exactly how to help him find a way to refresh and re-set...until Carrie came to town in September and I said to her "You know, I wish there was an Outward Bound program for adults..." and she said "I bet there is- you should google it..." 

So I googled it and sure enough- there are adventure trips for adults all over the country for any number of days. And so- long story short- for his birthday I surprised him with an 8 rafting/hiking/climbing trip to Big Bend Texas- and he left last Wednesday.

For the first few days- it felt pretty normal- I mean he travels a lot...but before this trip, he always had his phone and we would talk or text throughout the day. This time- he turned in his phone and has been off the grid since last Wednesday- and it feels very weird. I have thought of about a million things I want to tell him or ask him or laugh with him about throughout the day. Thank God Honey has been here to chat with! TGFH. Thank God for Honey.

Anyway- he gets back late late tomorrow night and I cannot wait to hear about the whole experience. I've been so curious how he has been feeling- I mean after four days was he like "Okay- this has been great and I'm ready to go home..." or was he like "I want to live off the grid forever! I've really found myself out here." (UMMM....I hope the former vs. the latter- if either)

So I'm looking forward to him being back - and I just can't wait to see and hear how he felt about it. Here are a couple pics of D and Bennett before he left...

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One more day!

Honey and the Holidays.

We had SO much fun having Honey in town for thanksgiving. Seriously- it was the best combo of relaxing family time and also some fun activities. I loved watching Holden and Honey together because they really are just two peas in a pod. I can't tell you how many times I heard one of them say "That's exactly what I was thinking!" or "I was about to say that!" They did so many crafts together and I think the highlight was that Holden put on a puppet show...and as you can see, Davis helped her out with the storytelling side of it when she got stuck.

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We also bought some card games like Uno and Go Fish and then we got this fun balancing game called Yeti in my Spaghetti that was really a lot of fun for everyone...

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That bow though...Holden is loving the idea of doing her hair these days...but she is very particular and hard to please. So my rule is- I do it twice- and if she doesn't like it- she is on her own.

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More on Thanksgiving later!

 

Weekly Deets.

Davis got his fourth stripe at Jiu Jitsu last night- and he is so incredibly proud of himself- it made me so happy to see! Also, the little gal he currently has a crush on was there (Amaya) and she said "Davis- I am SOOOO proud of you!" which made him beam from ear to ear. Bennett took him out to DQ last night to celebrate with dinner and a sundae- so he was walking on cloud nine when he got home. 

Holden and I hung out and built a lego house together- which was very lovely and fun- until I told her she couldn't have any hot chocolate because she had chosen to have skittles earlier in the evening. The tantrum that ensued upon hearing this news was explosive. She was not having it- and the more upset the got about it- the more I knew I had to stick with it. She was throwing such a fit that I decided to stand there and video her with my phone. She didn't realize what I was doing until I turned it around and showed her- which she did not like one bit. But I think she got the point. She sure does have a temper. She is easy going 90% of the time, but man when you set her off, she comes in HOT.

Bennett dislocated his toe at jiu jitsu last night- bent it all the way backward so it was sticking upright from his foot. I wasn't there but he said he hasn't seen anything like that before.

I have been running for my workouts- which I really enjoy. We have an awesome gym at Best Buy so I mainly go there when I finish with work.

This weekend we have a school fundraiser Friday night and plan to meet up with two couples there- it's nice to have friends at these different events now. And then on Sunday- Bennett and i are going to the Vikings game. I have never been- so I'm looking forward to it. 

Then Tuesday I go to New York for a day trip- and then Wednesday, Honey comes to visit! Lots of fun things ahead.

XOXOXOXO,
Sam

Ninja Warriors

Ever since we watched American Ninja Warriors at Mr. Gatti's with my grandparents this summer- the kids have been obsessed with doing the tricks and obstacle courses from the show. So, of course he chose to go to the Obstacle Academy with his 8 best pals. They had a blast and the ninja coaches wore them down and STILL- the hour in the pizza/cake/party room almost did me in. 8 year old boys are really something. 

D was very happy- so it was worth it! And as you can see- the blue eyed besties (Holden and Elsa) had a great ninja warrior workout too. 

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Sweet Louise Does it Again.

Carrie came in September and took pictures of us in downtown Minneapolis! She does such a nice job and I am so happy with the results. I didn't do a Christmas card last year because we didn't have photos done and it made me SO SAD. So this year, I am super excited to have new photos for a holiday card. Here is a little preview...

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And yes- I am having some issues with the banner image on my blog- I'm working on it!!

Happy Birthday Davis!

No one can believe I am old enough to have an 8 year old...I totally get it. But it's true, 8 years ago today I went through the worst pain of my life, seriously questioning my choices to have children the whole way through it, and delivered a big headed little boy we named Davis. Little did we know that his head would actually seem small in comparison to the things we would find inside of it! Happy 8th birthday Davis- we love you. I hope that the next year brings you tons of laughter, joy, confidence, good friends, and certainly a tooth to fill that long lingering gap in the top of your smile. :-)

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If I could, I would do it ALL over again. I would just drink more between years 3 and 5.