Sunday, August 28, 2011

our weekend

Our official school year begins tomorrow.  The kids are jazzed and I'm feeling ready.  Ready for some rhythm (wow!  I actually spelled that right on the first try!), ready for a little order to our day.  We're jumping in even though I'm sure I could use a few more days of planning to feel prepared.  Maybe.  Maybe I'll never feel completely prepared.  I'm ok with that.  One of the many beautiful things motherhood has taught me is to just let that go.  Be ok with where we are, and go with it.

To end our summer, we had a little cousin time on Friday.  My sister-in-law and her family came to visit us on her birthday.  We were so honored to be dubbed the official "making birthday dreams come true" destination!  Not to mention I got to kiss on the littlest cousin all day long!

photo credit: Buddy

Do you not want gobble that little girl up?  She is our little MerBear and we love her so.  And then there's this guy, my sweety nephew J getting his Blue Bell on at the factory.  Look at his dreamy eyelashes. 

He is growing up so fast.  He is such a sweet little boy.  He's two and way too busy for kisses from his Aunt Mandi.  However, he did let me hold his hand.  I'll take what I can get!

Here are some more pictures from our time at Blue Bell (sorry Uncle Max- you seem to have not made it into any pictures...)

Buddy loving every minute of his brightly colored ice cream that his daddy let him have (ahem).  Yes,  his t-shirt is on inside out.

My little wookie.

Do not let John near your baby.  This man has some serious baby fever and will try to steal any baby that will let him near.  Ok, maybe not steal.  But definitely give some lovin'.

This is my sister-in-law Johanna.  The great thing about being with John since toddlerhood (or high school, whatev) is that I've been a part of his family for a very long time.  Jo and I had spanish class together!  I love that we have a history.  We are friends and sisters, and that means so very much to me!

Tonight we wrapped up summer with a family showing of Swiss Family Robinson.  One day I too will live in a tree and have a refrigerator kept cool with water from a waterfall.  One day...


Jana said...

Man did you see all those crazy kids eating ice cream at a table by themselves?! I wonder where their moms were....probably at another table ignoring them.


I must say that is one cute little chunky-thighed baby!

Anonymous said...

Shew, school has already been in session here for a couple weeks now. I've still not gotten into the routine of things. Hope everyone has a great 1st day back. All those babies pics were adorable. Nothing cuter than kids having icecream!!!

Amanda said...

Oh, my what a delicious babykins! I'll take one with my ice cream, too! :)

I hope you guys have a AWESOME first day tomorrow!!

Rosie_Kate said...

I have in-laws like that, too! Having known my spouse since childhood, we were friends with each other's family long before we were friends with each other! :-)

Your kids look so tan like they've had lots of good sunshine time this summer!

Good luck with your first day of school! We're not jumping in here, we seem to be starting more tentatively, a little here and there as I have time. Hopefully soon we'll get into the full swing of things...

Janis Barnard said...

What great pictures and story to match. Buddy is a budding (could this be counted as a pun) photographer!

JOHANNA said...

best blog post ever! question: if you have your tree house with your refrigerator, will you put a bird on it :)