"When you called me to be a Mama, You didn't ask for perfection. But that with every breath, I'd point them to You."

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Holy Wacky Weekend!

It was kind of a hectic weekend around here! After a whirlwind Saturday that sent part of our family to Des Moines and part of us to Iowa City in two very last minute and rushed road trips... it was nice to have a Sunday of nothing to do but grocery shop, shoe shop, and eat some really yummy food.

Since I didn't even have time to grab my camera for Saturday's adventures, here are the details in one big run-on sentence (because that's exactly how the day felt).

...I got a last-minute ticket to the UNI/Iowa football game in Iowa City... last minute as in NOON on Saturday for a 2:30 kickoff... left my family at home... met my parents in Iowa City... didn't even have time to do my hair... at least I wore makeup... met up with the Noonan's... took a train from a packed parking lot to the stadium... got to the ticket gate with about 20 minutes to spare... was told I couldn't take my purse into the stadium... had to walk to a nearby building... wait in a long line to check my purse... got back into the stadium with one minute to spare before kickoff... lost my ticket I needed to pick up my purse sometime during the game... had to leave the game with 10 minutes to go to go claim my purse without the lost ticket (but that some kind soul had thankfully turned in)... Cody decided to take the boys to a family wedding in Des Moines at the last minute... last minute as in 12:30 for 5:30 wedding... Cody managed both boys at an outdoor wedding without me... this was the boys' first wedding ever... they had a blast on the dance floor... we all got home around 10:00 that night... the boys missed me... I missed them... we slept beautifully...

It was crazy and spontaneous and slightly stressful and worth it.

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And then there was Sunday...


































































 
 
 
 
 














 
 

...we got the first of our pumpkins for our deck... I'm in love, and Brandon likes to hug and kiss them...

...we finally found some tennis shoes that fit Brandon... his size is a popular one, apparently...

...Higglytown Heroes on the DVR while Daddy cleaned out the deepest parts of our cupboards... yes, we still had babyfood stored away...

...a much needed grocery shopping trip, the first canned pumpkin purchase of the Fall and who can resist Halloween Oreo's?...

...my parents always have a Starbucks frappuccino waiting for me in their refrigerator...

...Bug Juice and Lunchables with Papa Bob and Nana Nancy..

...Brandon got out all of my old baby dolls and fed them, blanketed them, changed their diapers and even gave them medicine out of an old baby Tylenol medicine bottle... I had so much fun playing with him and made sure to tell Jaden and Brandon that they both had to father little girls someday...

...a visit to an open house right across the street from our favorite park, followed by a play date with the grandparents and a late nap time...

...an afternoon to myself... the boys napping and Cody watching the Bucs game at Wade's house... a Pumpkin Cupcake candle and my DVR...

...'French Toast' melting in the Scentsy pot and Chocolate Chip Pumpkin muffins in the oven...

...the perfect night for supper on the deck... Potato Corn Chowder and bread for dipping...

...a big boy using the fast speed on his tractor and a little boy wanting to "cheese" it up for the camera...

...a walk near sunset...Brandon's legs are still too short to reach the pedals on his little bike, but I'm secretly enjoying what will probably be the last season that our family will be pushing a little one in a stroller...

...a preschool homework assignment... 'F' is for 'Family.'

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Fall is in full swing around here, and I am sinking my teeth in. Our calendar is FULL with five wedding invites, football EVERY weekend and a three-day work trip to Minneapolis. It's the kind of busy that causes me to appreciate the simple even more. Like the quietness of a sleeping house while my white lights twinkle amidst the harvest colors. The anticipation of bread and soup for supper. The way my kids look on our walks at sunset. The knowledge that I'm building memories and traditions for our family to cherish always. I take that responsibility very seriously, and I couldn't be more grateful for this special life that has been given to us.

Signing off and counting my blessings in the season of thanks giving. Happy Fall y'all!