Sunday, May 21, 2017

Summer's Here !

Can't believe it's already summertime! The end of the "school year" is always a little hectic. (I can only imagine what it will look like in 4 years). So my blogging has been lacking. 

Wrapping up the year of BSF is so rewarding, emotional, and thought provoking. My first year in leadership has been so much of a blessing in my life. The Lord equipped me in ways i wasn't sure were possible. He taught me so much through His word and fellowship with other Christian women. I am so grateful for this organization and how it seeks to do nothing but spread Truth. 
Philip got me this necklace for Mother's Day. Jesus' final words on the cross took on a whole new meaning to me this year. 
 Ainsley finished her second year of preschool. She kept up tradition and didn't sing a word in her concert. Being on stage is definitely not her thing. But she has learned a lot this year and made lots of new friends. Her and Liam were still best buds all year but she has added Lola and Jackson to her list of school best friends:) 
 
   
 
 
       She also finished her second season of soccer (hallalujah). She told us she didn't want to play but we honestly thought once she started she would enjoy it. Not the case. She hates being sweaty, didn't like to take the ball from people, and preferred to sit on the bench drinking her ice water. Oy. BUT in the last 2 minutes of her final game, she stepped it up, had a breakaway and kicked the ball for half the field, took a shot and almost made it in! I was screaming and jumping like a mad woman. I really wanted her to get to score a goal. But she seemed ok with being the only one on the team that didn't get to score this season. 
 
 
 
Our first 2 weeks of summer we have had Ainsley's cousins Anna Beth & Amelia for a play date, gone to the children's garden, the Orchard with Nanny & Pop, had Liam over, had several cookouts with Philip's family, gone to dinner with Aunt Ellen, been on countless walks and spent most of our days in the backyard:) 
 
    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Summer time is always a breath of fresh air. All the running around comes to a halt and you get time to just relax, be outside and just BE. 
Happy Summer Everyone! 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Philip turns 34!

Philip caught up to me in age this week (only a mere 7 months). We had an early birthday celebration at Uncle Steve and Aunt Teri's house the Saturday before. We had "make your own skewer" dinner and it was such a fun idea!
 
He worked the night before and the night of his birthday, so I tried to make it special in spite of that. I let the kids pick out balloons at meijer, and doughnuts to make a doughnut cake. We had wrapped presents weeks ago and Ainsley has been chomping at the bit to give him what she picked out (Luke skywalker legos). 
 
 
After we had breakfast with him, he went to bed. I had a cake ordered from a bakery on Morehead. They did a special key lime cake for me, and one of his coworkers picked it up for me and took to the department. I hid plates, napkins and forks in his trunk, and his coworker told him to go get them after he saw his cake:) 
 
Saturday night I made reservations for his favorite steakhouse. Mom and Dad kept the kids for us while we went out to celebrate. We were so stuffed I made him walk around triangle park so I could feel like I could breathe again. 
 
 
Sunday night Philips mom, brother, and SIL came over for a delicious meal of grilled out steaks, baked potatoes and key lime pie from Missy's (de-licious). 
 
 
We loved celebrating Philip and what a wonderful husband, friend and dad he is. Happy 34th Hubs!!! 

*Also on Saturday Ainsley had a double header in soccer. It was like 83 degrees out, middle of nap time, and she hates soccer to begin with. Here are just some pics of how much she enjoyed herself. 
 
    
 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Life Lately

We have had a fun week over here:) 
Ainsley's school did their annual "muffins for moms" breakfast. She made me an adorable picture frame and we got to sit and have muffins together (at a tiny little table with Parker reaching for every muffin he saw). It was fun and always nice to see her friends from school. 
 
We spent some time playing outside, walking to the park, learning hopscotch, and riding around in Philips racecar. 
 
   
Mom got the girls all tickets to go see Disney on Ice this weekend. It was rainy Saturday but that didn't stop these princesses from donning their dresses and tiaras. They had snow cones, cotton candy, popcorn, hot dogs, pretzels (so much sugar!) and so much fun. 
 
    
 
  
The Louisville zoo had a deal for Monday's in April where admission was only $5. My friend julie invited us to go with her and her kids (Liam and Ainsley are in preschool together and Julie and I became fast friends). It was a gorgeous day and the kids had a blast. Ainsley's favorite was the gorilla that came right up to the window so she could see him up close. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Philip and I celebrated seven years of wedded bliss today:) we exchanged gifts yesterday because he spent the day racing his first chump car event (hence my trip to the zoo). I think it's fun to follow the traditional wedding gifts each year. And this year was copper. I got Philip a copper desk organizer for his new office at work. 
 
He made me this amazing picture of 7 copper pennies (2010-2016) in the shape of 7. He went to the bank and had 5 different cashiers going through their coins to find the right dated pennies. So sweet. And then while he was gone I got beautiful lavender roses and lilies delivered to the house. With a box of chocolates. I think I'll keep him;)
 
Ainsley thought it was so fun that I got PURPLE flowers brought to the door:) 
And we had Kim and the boys over for dinner while the dads were gone racing. Jack seriously loves playing dress up with A
 
 Life is crazy around here but also crazy fun.