Sunday, October 29, 2017

Oak Park 2017

It's tradition!

Oak Park, 2017

Five years ago...

10 years ago...

10 years ago...

and now...

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Fall River State Park

15 yo: "What is this place?"
Me: "What? Nature?"
15 yo: "Yeah, I guess."
An actual conversation while hiking.
😒 😂

We spent today outside, and it had nothing to do with soccer.

It's true. On Saturday, I had just come back from my work's annual Convention, a fun but exhausting event. I got home Saturday afternoon, took a 2 hour nap, then went to bed at 9 p.m. and slept for 12 hours.

No one was playing or refereeing a soccer game, so what to do on this beautiful day?

We loaded all living things in the car and drove the 1 1/2 hours to Fall River State Park, a straight shot east down highway 400.

Adam drove us there and Zach drove us back.

About 30 minutes before we reached the park, we noticed no one had cell service. OMG. No cell phones? We were disconnected from the world for 4 hours!

We'd never been there so we stopped and tried to make sense of the map of trails. We started out on one trail, and then couldn't figure out where it went after we lost the trail near a creek.

Finally, a well marked trail. The biggest news here is that we let Ali off her leash during our hike. She walks faster than us, so if she got too far ahead, we'd call her back. She'd walk ahead again, and we'd call her back...over and over. 

We hiked for about an hour, but did have to get back - Scott was fixing prime rib for dinner and it took 3 hours to bake. Didn't want to mess with dinner! Especially if someone else is cooking! #winning

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fourteen...and a legal driver!

Fourteen (yesterday)...and a legal driver! I've got three people to drive me around now!

Since there are three September birthdays, it was a 3-way birthday celebration!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

#LivingWithBoys: Is a taste bigger than a bite?

It all started with a pack of Ramen.

One boy was making Ramen. The other boy said he wasn't cooking it right.

Um... there's really only one way to make Ramen.

Then one boy asked for a taste of the Ramen after it was done.

And then...the debate.

"Mom. What's bigger...a taste or a bite? Like, how many tastes are in a bite?"

"No, a bite is bigger than a taste, because you have to 'BITE IT' to taste it."

"But a bite can have several tastes..."

This lively debate went on for 30 minutes...all while one boy is throwing a ball in the air and the other is flipping one of those foam rollers used for exercising.



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

First Day of School 2017

8th grade and Freshman.

Here is the first day of school five years ago. Zach in 3rd grade, Adam in 4th grade.

Adam is a Freshman, so he had to start a day early at the high school, while Zach got one more day of freedom. Even worse, Adam had 6 am soccer practice the whole first week of school!

Zach ended up going to school the day before (when only 6th graders were there) because cross country practice started that day. #Dedicated