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The first Sunday of summer, Addie had her last dance competition of the season in Lake Tahoe. They did better than expected with their Jetset routine winning high score in their division. It was the best way to end her first year on competition team! We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring South Tahoe and grabbing dinner before heading back to Reno to pick up the brothers.


The second Sunday was a dance-filled 12 hour day in Carson City for he studio’s year-end showcase. This was her 6th time performing in a recital. I can’t even describe how much I love watching her on stage. I’m so glad in this family full of brothers, she chose to love this ultra-girly activity. It’s the best mom-daughter bonding time and I simply cherish these dance days I get to spend with her.


Now that dance is over, we can officially enjoy and embrace summer. Video games and pool time are fine by me! So, in case I go another three months without an update, this is where we’ll be…


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The first week in June, Addie & Beckett had their last days! Addie’s moving on up to third grade (!) and with careful consideration, Beckett’s going to give first grade one more shot next year. Look out for first grade, take 2 coming up this fall! This was super tough year, though both had completely awesome teachers and some of the best friends. Our school lost our principal, Beckett lost an aide, it was just too much transition to handle.

Beckett had the cutest awards ceremony a couple days before the last day. He won an award for being a ray of sunshine in his class. His friends started cheering and chanting his name and he smiled bigger than I’ve ever seen. I cried. Not surprising! It was beautiful! My biggest hesitation about holding him back was the amazing bond he’s made with his classmates. But, big things are coming and the foundational learning in 1st grade is so important. Plus, he’ll get to continue on with his phenomenal teacher who is so in tune with his educational needs. We’re praying for a better year to come!



Coen and Holden got to enjoy one final park day between pick ups. We’ve sure enjoyed our little half-hour outings when we find ourselves with a little time to kill.


We ended the day with a campout with Caleb and Josie. No better way to close out a school year!


And while these pictures don’t really fit this post, I only have one more to go before we’re all caught up and these boys are just the cutest…playing at Coen’s 5-year well check, and FINALLY willing to potty train! Wish us luck! **Edited to add that we’ve only had one successful pee in the potty but this morning (June 25) Holden had a poop in the potty!! You better believe he got the biggest Mickey sticker in the book for that one!


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Spring weather is simply the best! In May, we had some great days spent outside soaking in the sunshine after a long, cold winter. Our church had another day of service cleaning up and planting flowers by the river. We showed up pretty late thanks to a late night prior spent celebrating the launch of our Pastor’s first book (how cool is that?!), but the kids helped a little and I managed to get a few pictures of the group that was left.


Coen started another season of baseball and Addie and Beckett got back to horse lessons. Baseball has ended but horses continues until October! Fun times!!


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Oh, how I love holidays! Working for a church, Easter has become second only to Christmas. It used to be Thanksgiving, because who doesn’t love food, but can’t fight the amazing celebration Easter brings! This year, our church filled more than 10,000 eggs for what is easily my favorite community event, our Eggstravaganza! It’s an egg hunt-meets-color run and is just pure messy joy! The kids love it and walk away with a bag full of goodies and hair full of chalk dust. It’s awesome!


We spent an evening with friends coloring eggs, and fun Saturday at Seema’s for our annual friends’ egg hunt and brunch. It’s always so fun to see these kiddos together year after year and to spend time with some of my favorite people on earth.


Easter morning, the kids tore through their baskets before we headed to church for what felt like the entire day! We had a unique service this year featuring a musical to show God’s love through everyday music. It was incredible and so uplifting. And, though I really played no role in the day, it was completely exhausting!


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Yes, I realize it’s officially summer. But…you know me and keeping up with this blog. So, backing it way up to Spring break, we didn’t plan much as school breaks usually call for catching up on kid’s appointments. This year was no different with all 4 scheduled for a teeth cleaning. Always a fun time!


Then we headed over to EDH for a few rainy days to play with cousins and meet the new okapis at the Sac Zoo. I can’t remember where my obsession with okapis came from but once I saw that email that they were coming, I was sold on getting a membership so we can visit more often. They’re fascinating little creatures who look like half giraffe, half zebra. I’m definitely more into them than my children. Their favorites were the crazy little meerkats running along the glass of their enclosure. The energy of these animals somehow rivals that of my children. It’s exhausting and amazing!


And it’s so hard to leave the zoo without a stop at Fairytale Town for slides and climbing. Needless to say, there were four sleepy children on the drive back to Nana & Poppy’s house. uXiXtP0vTPqc3HGTXDZd4wmO9uvKj1Qqm95mmbYDyABQdSashad1QbqIsGBQ9ND8hgIMG_8795c+GNd784RzSrHjDY5C9VPQseBvRNfjR+SKeAsSSHIsvgcGSvzDzURzKHpsO2CM3cMg

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This is our friend Caleb. Caleb says when he and Addie are older, they’re going to get married. I asked him why he thought that and he said, ” because I do everything she says.” Smart boy!

Backing waaaay up to January, this picture is from a birthday lunch for our friend Brittany. She didn’t want her birthday treat, so Caleb and Addie decided to take care of that. Ignore the paint all over her arm. We were fixing up the kids’ bathroom finally. Two months later and it’s still not done, but the cabinets are now turquoise.

In February, Addie had her first dance competition. She’s performing in two group numbers. It’s pretty awesome! At the first competition, Encore, her routines scored in the top level and the second highest level. They won highest score overall for their category. They just had their second competition, Spotlight, last weekend. They scored in the second highest level for both dances. One more competition to go in June. She’s loving it and her jacket is all fancy now with pins and bling!!


We spent an evening with our church group making Valentines for refugees at the Northern Nevada International Center. We made more than 30 Valentines and our friend Lauren took them to the families who have been resettled here.


My sweet little Valentines had tons of fun at their school parties. Amazingly, they just wanted to use the same Valentines as last year, so Addie gave out ring pops, and Coen and Beckett just swapped themes. Coen gave out dinosaurs and Beckett gave out super hero masks. And with all their loot, our candy bowls that were down to the last few Halloween goodies have been refilled. We should be square until Easter! Coen stayed up late with me one night and picked out everyone’s Valentine shirts from Zulily. His shirt says “I chews you”. So weird!!!


February also launched Girl Scout cookies season! This is Addie’s first year selling cookies. Thanks to all who purchased from her. She set her goal super high at 25 boxes. Between her online store and hustling all the church people, she sold 65 in presales alone! She’s now at 190 of her own sales, and still has the totals from a cookie booth to add into that. She should be past 200 boxes. She’s super stoked to get a pocket knife as her prize 🙂

She also participated in the Girl Scouts World Thinking Day. A bunch of troops from the area get together and each troop chooses a different country to represent. They present a dance or game, dress up, and serve food from their respective countries. It was a pretty cool event and fun to get together with girls from other troops in our area.



The winter that wouldn’t end brought an icicle the size of Addie hanging from our roof…the kids performed in another super cute youth ensemble performance at church with the theme of “love”…the winter sickies finally hit our house giving us a week of randomly puking brothers and a stuffy Addie for about 5 days…Beckett lost his other front tooth…and we finally had some lazy days at home with nothing to do, yay!


After a terrible ski lesson amidst a blizzard, Addie rounded out her ski season with a gorgeous bluebird day. She loved it and improved so much in just 5 weeks. Her coach said she needs to work on keeping her weight forward on her skis and connecting her turns. He was so proud of her progress!


Addie’s piano teacher (the very talented Brittany!) had a master class last week where all the students get together and play games to build relationships and share their knowledge. Addie has never wanted to participate in these before. I don’t know why because all the kids are her friends. Anyway, she was willing to give it a try and had a great time. The next recital (May 17) is going to be songs from movies. I’m so excited for what Addie’s going to play!


This past Friday, the kids went to a circus party at church for youth ensemble. Coen was the strongest man in the world and Addie dressed up as a trapeze artist. Coen wanted nothing to do with his costume but entertained me for just one picture. Isn’t he the cutest though! They ate hot dogs, popcorn, and snow cones and played games. They were super bummed when it was over.


And now we have a giant barbell sitting on our mantle. So fun! I’ll try to update again soon to avoid long, rambling posts! This is really not my style 🙂 Baseball is starting back up for Coen, spring break is coming up in a couple weeks, then Holden’s 3rd birthday and Easter! This year is flying already!

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We spent 4 days in EDH ringing in the new year and I did not take one single picture. This is all I have and was sent to me by Larry 🙂 We spent time with cousins, played with the boy across the street, visited with family, then woke up New Year’s Day and headed to Santa Rosa to stay with Nana’s cousin Marte.


Beckett attended Boost, an intensive therapy conductive education clinic for 5 days while I searched out all of Santa Rosa and the surrounding cities for things to do to entertain three little monkeys for 4 hours each morning. Not that I’m complaining. We had a great time and Santa Rosa is a pretty awesome place ti kill 5 days. Our first morning, we headed to the Children’s Museum. And for what I lacked in photos in EDH, I more than made up for here. This place is seriously the coolest! I took Addie and a barely 1-year-old Coen here with Beckett did his first Boost in 2015. I lost Coen for most of the day. He was so busy running from one activity to the next and I was busy chasing Holden around. Addie was my amazing helper as usual balancing her own enjoyment with keeping tabs on the brothers.


Day 2, we went to the outlet mall in Petaluma to this play place filled with candy land-looking climbing structures, bounce houses, and slides. I want this entire place in my next house. It was amazing and again, the kids ran around basically unattended for nearly 3 hours. I didn’t even have to worry about Holden getting lost of trampled. It was perfect. I wish I had brought a book or something because facebooking for 3 hours was pretty unproductive!


Day 3, back to the outlet mall, this time to check out a gymnastics place. I think it was called Adventure Recreation Center or something, but basically it was a huge warehouse space with gymnastics equipment. Trampolines, bars, a ninja course, tightrope. There was a tots area, but Holden quickly lost interest and followed his sibs around the big floor for 3 hours. This day, I brought my computer and got  little work done.


Day 4 was a little more of a struggle. Beckett’s camp started at 9 every day but most places didn’t open until 10. I could usually kill that hour at Starbucks or Target (I somehow needed to go 3 times in the 5 days we were there??) but by day 4, I was out of reasons. We ended up strolling through Petsmart before popping in to a giant toy store with a small play area where we spent about 45 minutes before heading over to a party place holding an open play session that started at 11. It was pretty small but the kids played for a solid 2 hours before it was time to pick Beckett & Jimmy up. They had a giant inflatable slide, a bounce house, an inflatable obstacle course, and a climbing structure. All were a little too much for Holden, but he was happy in the under 3 area with a tiny slide and ball pit. I think the best part about all our excursions was that Addie found friends at every single place who she bounced around and played with the entire time we were there. She’s such an awesome kid!


Beckett (and Jimmy!) worked super hard at Boost. Beckett did lots of stretching, ladder walking, and playing games. He was beat every day! We would get back to Marte’s around 3, I binge read Michelle Obama’s book while the kids taught Marte to play Uno and destroyed her house with forts, and Beckett napped. It was pretty wonderful! Marte made us delicious food every night and we slept in comfy beds. Not a bad way to spend the first few days of the year!


On the last day of Boost, we picked Beckett and Jimmy up right at the same time CHP closed I-80 due to the storm. So, back to EDH for another night. Luckily, the snow reached Reno and the first day back to school was cancelled. We took our time getting back to Reno Monday and were able to get a little prepped for the week ahead before the boys started back to swim lessons. Coen’s a little fish but Holden refuses to get in the water anymore. We switched teachers and now have to go super late on Mondays, but at least he got in the pool. Wouldn’t leave the step yet, but still, progress. Addie and Beckett started back to school Tuesday while the other two came with me to work. Our usual routine is just far to much for Holden to handle as he’s been falling asleep in random places, then last night, went down for a nap at 5 pm and didn’t wake up until 6:30 in the morning! Plus, he ate a piece of pizza and 3 pb&j’s last week!!! That’s huge for the boy who lives off of cereal bars and pouches. Oh, just one more funny from my office. That last picture is Coen & Caleb snuggled together watching Caleb’s tablet in the tiniest corner of my office under a desk. So random but so adorable!


Tuesday night, Addie had her girl scout cookie kick off meeting. She set a goal to sell 25 boxes. As of today, she’s at almost 50! Yay! If you’d like to buy, here’s her link https://digitalcookie.girlscouts.org/scout/adelyn743568, or you can let me know that you’d like to order and I’ll have her contact you. She’s pretty fired up about it, but doesn’t have that competitive spirit to set huge goals and sell like crazy. I like that about her 🙂


Thursday, Jimmy turned 40. Yep, you read that right. 40! The birthday fairy decorated our house in the middle of the night. We had a random dinner of Mexican food and opened presents before devouring Nothing Bundt Cake. Yum! Friday night, we took Addie and Coen to PF Changs for a proper birthday celebration followed by a movie. We clearly don’t take these kids out enough. They were trying to light a fire with their chopsticks. We saw Mary Poppins Returns


Addie had a friend’s birthday party Saturday and we had a small church event this morning, but aside from that, finally a fairly quiet weekend to relax and play at home. We’ve been talking up the potty to Holden but so far, he’s not interested. He even got Mickey Mouse big boy underwear for Christmas but he’s still not into it. Finally Saturday, he agreed to try them on and even sat on the toilet. No luck and his underwear were a little wet, so over all, wildly unsuccessful, but we’re trying!  Looking forward to an exciting new year with big changes to come!


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