Friday, August 16, 2013

7 Quick Takes

The kids went back to school this week.
Finished last minute school supply shopping and went to Red Mango
our first visit - YUM!

Went to the Holy Family Shrine.  Love this place.  The grounds and view are so beautiful.

This is the entrance

 Woulda been slightly more peaceful without all of them, but I was happy to have them!

Golly they have grown since the last time I posted pictures of them there!

I confess I love PicMonkey - could spend HOURS in PicMonkey
I had fun with the above image - that sun flare above a certain 3 year old girl
well, it is not real!
And below - I don't really use fuji film...

Evan "needed" a family photo for school
Man alive those teachers are always wanting from when they were a baby, pictures of your family, pictures of themselves to tell about them, pictures of grandparents, parents and siblings for family tree....

First day of school came on Thursday,
a certain 3rd grader was under the weather, so I just sent these 2!  Lydia is in 2nd grade and Cy in kindergarten.
Oh my k-er.....sigh
He is so funny though.
I asked him how his day was and he told me:
"I still want it to be longer than preschool, but not sooo long"
He has a fabulous kinder teacher - feeling super blessed about that.

Here is the sick kiddo - missing his first day of 3rd grade

Managing to eat eggs a little later, but still feeling cold - hence the jacket...
he rarely gets sick - so I know it is the real deal when he is saying how cold he is, of course his body temp was on fire!

 We did manage to pull off some really cute hair for the first day of school!
 It is actually pretty easy to do - I just love her tutorials at cute girls hairstyles!  The dutch head band braid! If you can french braid then you can do this!

 We had double celebrations on Thursday - dad's b-day and of course Our Lady's Assumption! We had gone to Mass Wednesday  night as dad was out of town all day for his b-day on Thursday - he arrived from Chicago for a quick Happy Birthday Cake, Assumption Cake (blue poke cake with whip cream clouds!)

Dad was tired...we ate quickly and shuffled everyone upstairs to bed.  Poor Aliza says
"but we didn't do any party games"
oh that girl...

 I don't think Mary and Dad minded too much sharing a cake! 
After all she does like to say Yes!

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

For the Love of Hydrangeas

love my hydrangeas this time of year
this year has been so great for flowers and gardens

speaking of gardens
can you spy with your little eye
a tomato cage!!
someone puts them all around our yard in little nooks and crannies...
kinda drives me batty, but I guess I enjoy the fruit of it!

I did not take a pic of our little peach tree, but it was fruitful
this is what I did capture for whatever reason
smashed peaches all over the sidewalk
so I guess boys like to smash stuff up and so sometimes you gotta let em

but it did create this

and brought baby bunny out

there are many many many bunnies in our yard
just glad they did not eat all my impatiens and black-eyed susans this year

and just for fun
this guy sure loves his baby sister
he had not been holding her too much, and whenever we snap a picture,
either Evan or Lydia holds her
recently I suggested he can hold her in a group pic
and oh boy, he was THRILLED! 
gets kinda happy to hold her ever since...

Sunday, August 4, 2013

And the Race is On!

I have this 7 year old girl,
I mean LOVES to run.
It does not come from me.
She has been wanting to run a race,
so we found a 1k kids run and entered the oldest 3

 there were not too many kiddos

 and they are off
Cyrus is 5 in the middle in red
goodness he was so cute
 Lydia came in 3 or 4th?
(I did not keep track - they were out there just for fun
besides I was too busy with my camera!)

if you look behind this girl you may see a certain boy in blue...
 We have to work on this boy's form-
he runs so heavy on his feet!

 and this guy
our Cy guy
he was so happy when he came up the finish

and proud of himself
even though
he knew his brother and sister would beat him.

He wore his medal for a good part of the day!

It was definitely a good experience.
They are already looking forward to the next run!
  This one hung out on dad's shoulders!
Lydia ending up coming home and wanting to run more!
The girl ran almost 2 miles when she got home!

Saturday, August 3, 2013


She rolls and rolls
and the big kids leave their toys
so it should be no surprise
this wee one 
 she did not seem to mind
one bit!

I think in this pic
her shirt says it all

for this girl
her hair says it all
wild child