Friday, April 26, 2013

Caleb turns 13

It's official.  I have a teenager!  To celebrate Carl and I took Caleb out for a special dinner at Montgomery Inn.

Of course he ordered ribs,

and devoured every bite!

He wanted to have a "minecraft party" with a few friends.

So we put up some streamers,

made a "creeper" out of napkins,

and his best buddies came over.

And they played minecraft, and made boyish noises,

sang Happy Birthday,

ate some cake,

and played minecraft.  For hours.  And there was no drama - I love boys!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Insta-Wednesday (times 2)

So I didn't post last week, but I was taking pictures!  Now where were we...Oh yes,
april 11
Suitcases packed for a weekend with Grammy.  All 4 kiddos gone for the weekend while Carl and I celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary!

april 12
We took a staycation for the weekend and enjoyed having the whole weekend by ourselves.  We spent some time working in the yard and of course

eating lots of yummy food, and more than a few stops at Starbucks.  See the chopsticks?  We both ate our entire meal with them. No forks.  A first for both of us!

april 13
We also picked out a new anniversa-tree.  The last several years we have planted a tree on our anniversary. They are all in bloom now and are so beautiful.

This year we picked out a Patio Bonfire Peach tree.  It is so pink, and so peachy, and so pretty!

april 14
A perfect day for a long bike ride!  The weather was beautiful and we took a ride on the bike trail.

24 miles plus a picnic lunch.  Happy Anniversary to us!

april 15
A visit from Grandma and a trip to McDonald's playland.

april 16
Ella's "persuasive" letter assignment she brought home from school.  Yep, I'm convinced but she still needs to convince her Daddy.

april 17
Caleb and Abby took the day off school to go to IHC and Isaac was spending a few days with Grandma.  So Carl took Ella to Starbucks for a treat.  Hello big brown eyes!

april 18
IHC 2013
Mass Choir

Isaac's crocs after getting caught in the escalators at IHC.  (how my child arrived at IHC wearing crocs is a entirely different story!)

april 19
I heart skittles.  And I heart the little girl who took this picture!

april 20
Another load of laundry

april 21
Sunday Morning.

april 22
First bonfire of the year.  Bring on the hotdogs and marshmallows!

april 23
Returning books to the library.  He can finally reach the book return and loves doing it.  And I love sitting in the car not having to get out!

Another accomplishment.  No training wheels on his big bike

and a cute Jeep (Lily Pullitzer) at the mall setting right next to this cute girl.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


april 4
Caleb opening up his birthday gift. Yes, he was a just a little surprised.  Check out his reaction.

april 5
Pirates in my backyard.

april 6
Caleb's Dairy Queen birthday cake.  Spawning, teleporting (TP), lagging, and smelting are just a few words I know in Minecraft lingo.  Abby came up with this phrase for his cake.

april 7
Sunday evening

april 8
Finally feels like spring!  So we fired up the grill,

did flips on the trampoline (um, no, that's not me!)

and Ella brought me this beautiful bouquet!

april 10
Our first 80 degree day of the year.  Love. Ing. It!

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Thursday, April 4, 2013


march 22
Dinner date with my favorite 12 year old.  A great way to kick off Spring Break!

march 23
Cooking class at Kroger. Easter egg donuts!

march 24
Sunday dinner at Grammy's.

march 25
At the end of the day, looking through my pictures, the only thing I have to document this day is a picture of a bottle of water.  Thanks to an instagram 30-day challenge.  If you don't get it that's ok.

march 26
A day pass to the YMCA for Spring Break.  Oh Yeah!

march 27
Easter dress shopping.

march 28
Matching cousins!  UnderArmour?  check.  Blue eyes?  check.  Braces? check.

march 29
Isaac just learned to pump his legs all by himself!  I think he loves it!

march 30
Grandpa's tree house.  Yes, Caleb does occasionally NOT wear this hoodie.  Like, when he's sleeping.

march 31
Easter Sunday. Love my family!

april 1.
El Picante with the Pilmores. No joke!

april 2
Spring Break is officially over.

april 3
My new screensaver.