Wednesday, May 25, 2016


This year, we put Cooper in a sport for the first time!  He is such an active kid that we really thought that him learning from a young age how to channel that would be really good for him.  He just completed his first season of tball, and overall it was fantastic!!  I did a long post after his first game, and this post is just filled with some random things.

I'll be honest - towards the end, I was over it.  I was pretty disappointed with our Parks and Rec.  Everything just seemed so so unorganized!!  I didn't like that part at all.  I also didn't think about how much running around we would be doing at the end of school.  I also didn't think about the games basically being at dinner time?  So while I definitely had some things I didn't love, it really was such a great experience for him.  If he wants to do it next year, we will do it again.

One day before our game we took some team pictures.  They really turned out so cute! (Cooper is back row - left)

Cooper's turn to bat!

One day after the game it was raining and we were parked far away from our field, so Grammy and Pop let us ride in the back of their car and they drove us to our car.

LL was a good sport about being at the field so much.  She was a great cheerleader for Cooper!

My boys!

Holding down 3rd base.  ;)

So.  Much.  Dirt.

Last high-five walk!

The most important thing is that Cooper had a blast.  I'm interested to see if he wants to do it again next year.  I guess we'll see!


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Last Day of School - 2016

I am one of those people who absolutely loves doing comparisons with my kids.  I just love to see how much they change during any given time period.  That being said - taking first day/last day of school pictures is a must for me!  This year was extra fun because it was the first year that both Cooper and LL were in school.  LL's last day of school was on Thursday, May 12, and Cooper's last day was on Monday, May 16.  Instead of doing their end-of-year pictures in two separate posts, I decided to just combine them together.


Lorelai had such a great year this school year.  She had an amazing teacher, she made lots of new friends, lost lots of teeth and she learned so much!  She is such a good reader, and she really loved all that she learned this year!  It is hard for me to believe that my first-born baby is a rising second grader!  Here's my big girl on her last day of school:

I love that this shows her spunky little personality!

She was very happy that I let her take some goofy pictures.  She is a silly girl, for sure!

I really didn't think she grew so much this year, but when I looked at her pictures - woah!!  She has changed so much into an older-looking little girl.  It's like she lost the last of her babyness!


Cooper did really well this school year!  He ended up loving school and had fun going to see his "fwiends" every day.  This year we really wanted him to go to school purely for the social side of it and for the benefits that we knew it would have on his speech.  So while we thought it was awesome that he was learning his letters, shapes, etc., our main goal was for him to learn things like sharing, waiting his turn, standing in line, etc.  Even though I don't want to, we do baby him a lot more than we did LL - so these skills are super important for him!  I do think that he spent a good amount of time in time-out (ha!), but he also learned a ton.  Every time I went, he followed directions, and listened to his teacher.  So while it was a learning process for him, I also know that he soaked up a ton of it!  I am so happy that we made the decision to put him in a year earlier than we did LL.  I think 3 years of preschool will be so beneficial for him.  His speech and potty training took off this year, and I think being around kids his own age helped him in both of those areas!  Cooper had a water day for his last day of school, so I snapped these pictures that afternoon when he got home.

He grew so much this year!!  He looks older for sure!

It was a great school year for both of my babies, and now we're ready to rock out a super fun summer together!!


Monday, May 23, 2016

Weekend Recap: Anniversary Edition

This weekend was a little extra special because Matt and I celebrated our 12 year anniversary!  12 years!!!  Sometimes it's hard to believe that I've spent so much of my life with this man - but I'm so happy about it!  Here's what we were up to:


I had to go to work on Friday for a data retreat (trust me - there was no "retreat" about it), and Matt worked from home with the kids.  Kayla so graciously agreed to come over and watch the kids so that we could go out and celebrate a few days early.  

Ready for dinner with my main squeeze!

We ordered pizza for Kayla and the kids, and they all had a blast!  While we were at dinner, we got these pictures from Kayla - they were all as happy as can be!

My kids are always happy if you pull out some playdoh!

Matt and I went to Chili's for dinner, and we decided to splurge on dessert while we were there!

And, yes!  We did eat the whole thing!  Yum!

At home, the babies were out!

After dinner, we went to the movies to see Captain America: Civil War (fun fact: Matt and I both love super-hero movies!)  Before we went into the theatre, I stopped by the restroom.  When I came out, this is how I found Matt.  #suchakid


Saturday we just had a lazy day at home planned!  First up?  Some house projects and some outside time!  We recently got some outdoor furniture from my sister, so Matt spent some time patching it up.

It was not the prettiest of days, but we tried to fit in as much outside time as we could.

After naps, it was pretty yucky outside, so we occupied ourselves inside instead!  


Sunday was our actual anniversary!  12 years together!

We kicked off the day with church!

After church, we hit outside for some play time!  The kids played, I watched, and Matt mowed the yard.

Our garden is coming along this year!  We've got tomatoes, onions, carrots, and watermelon!

Lots of tomatoes!

During our outside time, Oma came and picked up LL so that she could spend the night with them.  We spent the rest of the evening playing outside, eating dinner (homemade shrimp soft tacos with homemade guacamole!), and watching movies.  It was perfect!