Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day

Father's Day fun. Matt requested oatmeal and eggs, only we forgot the eggs in our fruit salad making haste. But that's a pretty breakfast, right? After 15 or so years, we finally got new plates and glasses and I love them!
Today was Stake Conference, which I don't totally get but I know we're not the only stake to do this. Matt and I took a long nap and then watched Beauty and the Beast while I made dinner. Matt requested chicken enchiladas, which are not my fav, but turned out pretty tasty. We also had Better than Shopping Cake which turned out super yummy. 
I had heard of a book that all men should read, so I bought that for Matt. I noticed I'm on a book buying kick and I haven't read any of the ones I've bought, soooo probs time to stop that. Anywbo. 
We also got him a pillow from IKEA. Can you tell we had fun shopping at ikea? Love that place. So he got two gifts he didn't even know he wanted. (:
Papa also got something he didn't know he wanted. A tshirt with all his grandpa names. Papa, gramps, grandpa, old man river, and my personal favorite, grumps. It fit and got there on time, so that's cool. 
I even managed to have the girls make some cards. Addie's 1st page - there were 4.   
Frankie's cute card, complete with a papa 'stache. 
And Delaney's scribble scrabble that she assured me was an actual picture. I forget what she said it was, but you know. 
We also played a rousing game of hide and seek and called our dad's. It's been a good day. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cade's birthday!

Today is Cade's birthday. we took him our traditional C chocolate chip pancake for breakfast. We're on a breakfast in bed kick (again) soooo. 
We went to our traditional Okada lunch. We had our traditions Frankie freak out over the fire. 
We got one of our favorite chefs and everyone had fun, even franks. 
I love watching their faces!
As is tradition, both the boys caught the shrimp, and only Frankie (maybe Addie?) did from the girl team. 
Lanes declined participation in the shrimp throwing. 
 Awkward happy birthday singing is also traditional of course. 
As is my "find any box to wrap this present" method of gift wrap. We sent a pictionary game to their apartment so they don't have to lug it home with them, but still wanted something for him to unwrap. 
We remembered the group pic after matt had already left to head back to work. :/
Some birthday grocery shopping, they took a birthday nap, followed by a birthday movie. I'd say that's a good birthday!
The rest of us enjoyed Alfredo with these cute guys. The girls love them and tease them and we had another great summer day!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Second day of Summer and we are loving it! That said, I know that September will bring with it the ready excitement of back to school. But for now, we're Summer'ing!

And the Finlayson's are in town! So many visitors! Since I haven't blogged in almost a month, Bubba came to town 2 weeks ago for Brenna's graduation.  we've had all our big kids come to visit and we've loved it!

Today we watched sweet Kora. We all took turns loving on her. We'll definitely be ready for some grandbabies in about 5 years. 
Since we had baby girl for the afternoon, we spent a cool few hours watching the end of Moana (c&a had never seen it!) and Diary of a Wimpy Kid from the library. It was 90 today and humid, so being indoors was pretty sweet.  
I had a funny and horrifying thing happen this morning. I stumbled during my run. This isn't the first time that's happened, but it is the first time I've actually fallen. Flat on my face.  I did manage to stop myself with my hands and knee, but then hit my side and ended flat on my stomach. I laid there for a minute like... did that really just happen?!? Then I rolled over, sat up, and had a good laugh. Of course that was after I quickly looked around to make sure no one had seen me. I felt that hot wash of shame and embarrassment, as soon as I hit the ground. Thankfully my pants weren't torn and despite some small scratches and a bruised knee, I'm all good. I even finished my run. As soon as I stood up I saw that I did have a little observer. A little girl across the street was staring at me. I tried to be cool and said "that was a good one, right?!" But she didn't say anything. Then Lauren walked up. I don't know if it was better or worse that I know her. Oh well! Frankie wanted me to show off my war wounds. 
We love babies!
Every single one of us!  
We also cleaned, listened to Harry Potter and went to the library this morning. 
And last night this happened!
I've been wanting to trim her hair forever and finally last night I said fuggedaboutit and got out the shears. After about 2 snips and examining her hair only to discover her hair was quite a bit shorter up front, she said I could do a bob. Hooray, my fav! It's longer on one side so it still needs to be fixed, but we think our 4th grader is pretty adorbs. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Arts in Bloom

Delaney borrowed my phone towards the end of our presidency meeting. 5 year old selfies are the cutest.

And then for lunch, little Miss refined taste enjoyed some pepperoni and cheese. Cause she's so fancy. Also, she likes her pepperoni served frozen, please and thank you.
After our meeting and dropping D at school I went to help alice pack. Moving is the pits so I was happy to help. 

Picked the girls up, quick snack, and time to head to Addie's gymnastics. And that is why we love our no schedule summer. I know some people love summer camps and some people have to continue the summer grind, but I am so grateful to (after many years not having this luxury with my big kids) be able to stay home and enjoy summer laziness. S'wonderful. There was a thunderstorm while at gymnastics and we stay in the car because dance studios are straight cray cray. D did not care for the loud sound of the rain on the car or the lightning and thunder. But she told herself "Delaney, you're safe, your ok!" like she does when she's anxious and she was just fine. . 
Straight from dance to the school for the Arts in Bloom event. We were able to get in on the cookie decorating.

The girls loved decorating their emoji cookies.

heart eye emoji for lanes - all the heart eyes.

And kiss blowing emoji for Frankie, all the kiss blowing.
Addie the good sport and good sister let the littles do the cookies and she went to do cupcakes. Those were some loaded cupcakes!
They had artwork all around the school. Every student had art displayed. Pre-K is doing the alphabet backwards, they started when there were 27 days left of school. They do a new letter and art project each day and it is so very cute! I taught D to sing the alphabet backwards and she is so hot stuff! Each day has a theme, so today was F for finger painting day. Anyways, super adorable, D loves it. Her piece is the ladybug. :)
Frankie had some angst, but she was trying hard to smile for this picture. She couldn't remember which sushi plate was hers. She was positive it was one with a red bowl, but when I peeked at the name on the back, it wasn't hers. She was just SO sure it was and she was so upset. Finally Matt and I peeked at the backs of all of them. Another class friend came by and he couldn't remember which was his either, so totes a first grade thing.

When we finally found it she did her patented Frankie laugh and "oh!" and all was right with the world again.

Addie's art was a little lame, not the piece actually, but that we've already seen it because this was her Square One art.
We tried these fun noise making sticks. That was a crazy loud room! D the dancer was jamming out! She was dancing all over the place.
We also line danced with Ms. McNeil and Frankie sang karaoke. But more on that to come.

Luau's and daddy dates

Yesterday Miss thang got to go to PE. And on the one day I didn't have her wear shorts under her skirt!

It was also the 100 Book Challenge Luau. All the kids that read 100 books (and whose parents had them fill out their forms, no small feat!) got a lei, pizza, Popsicles, and then separated into groups for games. 

Everyone brought a beach towel to sit on. Luckily I saw a mom dropping off towels when I dropped D off so I was able to grab 2 for the girls. 
I got to take Frankie's group around. She had fun running the lei relay. 
And the beach ball hockey was everyone's favorite!  
All those kids going crazy for the ball, but my girl holds steady at the goal!
Then the groups juggle, which works better with less wind and not 1st graders. 
We love to party, so right after school we headed to Chick-fil-A for military appreciation night. Who loves free food? These guys!!!
We played on the bounce house and checked out all their fun setups until it was time for Frankie to go to dance. 

I wanted a crossbody purse for Mother's Day and I found one I liked from thirty-one. So when I started looking through the catalog I saw that I could sign up to be a distributervand get the bag I wanted plus some other fun bags for just a little more. It was fun opening our starter box!
Brenda is such a good A days leader that even in the midst of the biggest trial of her life, she still put on a wonderful night for the girls and their dads. Matt took it seriously and made Addie a cute candy lei (against my wishes, but whatevs) and insisted on driving separately from us so he could really treat her like a lady. I instructed him to get lots of pictures, so naturally this was the only one he took. 
He said none of the other dad's were taking pictures and he felt weird. Boys!

And some better Luau pics from chris. 
The kids had so much fun! In spite of some of the other kids that weren't able to attend sticking their tongues out at the attendees. 
One day Laney's new friend that's a boy, Clark had the pre-k princesses over. All 4 of them!
And Laney is a bratskee that doesn't snile for other people. She might be my first kid that behaves better for me than for other people. If I didn't think she was so awesome I'd be pretty amnoyed.