Monday, June 13, 2016

Wedding Weekend

The end of May my baby brother married his high school sweetheart.  We absolutely ADORE his new wife!  It was such a precious weekend spent with family.  Travis' family is all here in Texas which means we see them frequently.  Whereas my side of the family is spread between Missouri, Colorado and Iowa.  It was such a special time getting to soak up every minute with my grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins.  The older I get the more I appreciate those relationships.  There is truly nothing better than being around people who truly KNOW you.  
I grew up in a big family. Family gatherings always meant lots of noise (the fact that most of the kids were boys added to the noise factor) and laughter.  It feels normal to me to be around it, but it always makes me smile a bit because I'm sure it's a bit of a shock for all of the in-laws who are marrying into it.  I am so grateful that we have so many people that we can call our family.  It is something that I don't want to ever take for granted.

*the groom to be :)  This handsome man is the baby of our family!  I am so proud of you Timmy!

*my grandparents...  I love you both more than you know!

*the Original 5 in birth order

*the beautiful bride and groom

*I'll give myself an A for effort when it came to a photo of all 5 :)

*Each night we would all gather around my parent's fire pit.  The kids would run around in the yard while the adults visited around the fire.  Such a sweet time!
*The girls were the Flower Girls (along with their cousin Tinley) for the wedding. 

*my kid's have never had their own Coke before. We typically lean towards Sprite or Rootbeer if they're going to have the treat of a soda.  But at the wedding I allowed them to each have their own Coke.  It was the CUTEST. THING I have ever seen watching them sip their Cokes, giggle with delight, burp a little and then sip some more :)

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Fresh Start

I told Travis the other day I feel like we woke up and it was instantly summer.  Most years we find ourselves swimming all through the month of May.  But this year it rained most of May which meant we were cooped up inside.  Can anyone say CABIN. FEVER?!  

Last weekend we celebrated my baby brother getting married and when we got back from Missouri it felt like instant summer.  The rain had dried up and the sun popped out.  We filled this week with time at the pool, popsicles, home made peach cobbler, loads of sunscreen, grilled hot dogs, long afternoon naps in a cool home and lots of sunshine.  

These are the days that I want to bottle up with my little ones.  They are such BUSY days.  So many little ones needing something at all times.  But I wouldn't trade it for anything.  Tonight we all piled into the car after dinner to get milk shakes.  We had the windows rolled down, two kids were fighting in the back seat, the baby was crying and the radio was playing.  It all just made me smile :)  Our life is LOUD and beautifully chaotic right now.  Just the way I like it :)

It feels good to dust off the blog again.  We've been in such a crazy busy season of life that it just wasn't on the priority list.  And quite honestly, I don't know that anyone really reads blogs anymore?!  Social media and how it's laid out now has drastically changed since I started blogging.  Would y'all believe it was EIGHT years ago that I started?!  Even though blogging isn't necessarily the most popular form of social media anymore, I am going to keep at it.  I love this space. I love looking back at what our family was up to. I love connecting with other women who are in the same walk of life.

So, with that being said. I would love to hear what you the reader likes to read.  I have a few posts already written and scheduled over the next week.  One of them being our daily schedule and the other a recap of our homeschooling year.  I also have a few more Guest Posts written on homeschooling that I think you'll enjoy.  Thank you for following along with our family over the years.  Here's to many more :)

*some friends have the most darling little lamb named Sully at their house.  We have snuck in a few trips to see him... to say the kids adored him would be a huge understatement ;)  I'm not sure the feelings are mutual ha!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sweet Summertime

We have been soaking up the summer evenings (even though it's technically still spring) the past few weeks.  After dinner we'll quickly clean up and all head outside.  We set up the bean bag game set or the kid's lacrosse goals, throw out a quilt for Cash and play together.   Sometimes it feels so good to sit back and take it all in.  To see the kids playing with one another.  To see my man playing with his kids.  To know that years from now we'll reminisce back on these nights as a big family of little ones and we'll miss it.

We stay out until the sun begins to set and the fire flies come out.  Our yard is a magnet for them and we usually end the night with a jar full.  Every now and then a jar of them makes it's way in the house.  A few weeks ago the lid "accidentally" came off and we had at least 50 fireflies glowing around the house.  ;) Never a dull moment. Quite literally. 

After the kids are in bed we set the bean bag game BACK up for just the two of us.  Turns out it makes for some fun quality time together!  It seriously has turned into one of our favorite parts of the evening :) It's to be decided who is the better player.  A few more tournaments and I'll report back ;)

My prayer lately has been that I would have the discipline to slow down.  To just pause to take it all in.  If I had to describe our life right now... it would be FULL.  And a good kind of full.  The kind of full that is overflowing with the beauty of life with little ones.  But also the kind of full where your feet hit the ground running the moment you get out of bed until the moment you crawl back into it at night.  Thank you Lord for your blessings.

*** I almost didn't put this picture in this post.  But it makes me smile looking at it and it's something I want to remember :) THIS is what I feel like life is like with Cash Marshall right now. He is SO PRECIOUS and happy... but also SUCH a boy! Constantly thumping my face and pulling my hair.  It's not uncommon for me to have a scratch or two on my face from his wild love :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Quiet Season

 Well.  What started as a jump back into this space turned into another little quiet season over here.  Funny how that can happen without planning it. About the time I decided to make the blog a bit more of a priority, my computer decided to stop uploading pictures from my camera.  Our backup computer would do the job, but at a snails pace.  So what normally takes 10 minutes ended up taking over an hour.
  Life has been so good over here. We wrapped up the last bit of our "full time" school schedule last month.  The plan is to keep schooling through the summer, just a bit of a lighter load.  I have been working on a blog post that I'll share next week that is a recap of our school year.  The curriculum that we used and what our typical schedule looked like.
  The weather here has officially turned into what feels like early summer.  The boys are often found shirtless and everyone has ditched their shoes for bare feet.  I love that it's only early May and they all have tan lines and white hair.  We have been living outside every moment we can get. Soaking up the weather before it becomes unbearably hot starting in July.
  We have been eating our dinner outside a few times a week.  These are the nights that I truly treasure.  Every now and then it makes me stop and catch my breathe as I take it all in.  Four little ones running around, one little one on my hip... our favorite country music playing in the background...backyard lights twinkling...the smell of smoke from our fire pit... my best friend grilling our dinner... sticky marshmallow fingers and the sound of laughter (and let's get real... crying every now and then too!).  There is not one minute of this life that I take for granted.  It is such a complete honor and privilege to be the mama to this little group.
   So.  Here we go again on breathing a little life into this space.  Thank you for continuing to follow along despite the quiet seasons in between!