"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."

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

home sweet home.

I returned late Friday night from a whirlwind 48 hours in Dallas, Texas. These corporate teambuilding events I organize take up such a huge amount of my thoughts and energy and focus for the one to two months leading up to them, and I always feel like a tremendous weight is lifted off of my shoulders upon the completion of the event. I am happy to say that this most recent event has been called the "best teambuilding event yet" and I am proud to have been a part of that, very happy that everything went off without a hitch and very grateful to work with the team that I do. I know it's a blessing to enjoy one's job, and I am indeed blessed.

And especially blessed to have these two to come home to!

I was greeted with an 81 degree day on Saturday and lots of fun with this family of mine. Cody had originally planned to go into work on Saturday to do some catch-up of his own after having daddy duty by himself for almost three days, but instead changed his plans so that we could all reconnect. It had been an incredibly busy couple of weeks around here.

We of course enjoyed our time outside. I caught up on some reading while watching the boys play baseball together, caught up on grocery shopping and caught up on the mail! We went shopping for flip-flops for the boys, soccer socks for Jaden and took Brandon to swimming lessons.

And we fed our pet ducks. It's pretty fun having a creek right on our property, and we frequently get fun little visitors because of it. These ducks hang out right by our house quite often, and we finally went down and fed them on Saturday. It reminds me of the ducks that used to swim in our backyard pool every summer at my house growing up, affectionately named "Daffy and Daisy" of course.

Jaden got ready for his soccer season by practicing some drills, and Brandon got out the pitching machine. They literally can play outside for hours and it's so fun to just sit back and watch them.

We watched the storms start to roll in.
Brandon is completely fascinated by the weather and storms and keeps a close eye on the skies when he knows we're about to get hit with something. We might be looking at a future meteorologist or storm chaser!
"Mommy... that way is west. And that's where the rain comes from!"

 Not pictured:

*Easter egg coloring

*our awesome Saturday evening meal on the deck. We ate amazing bacon-wrapped steaks, and while the storms at this point were just north of us, the skies overhead were dark and the thunder rolled above us as we sat and ate and listened to it all. It was such a cool ambiance for a meal -- outside eating during a thunderstorm without getting rained on. Our kids were so content that they both asked for extra broccoli four times... and ate all of it!

*the boys' first real bike ride together. With the thunder still rumbling around us and before we went inside for baths and bed, we let the boys ride their bikes through the neighborhood. With new air in Jaden's tires and a seat and handlebar adjustment, he was eager to get back on. This was the longest Brandon had ridden on his new bike, and we walked beside him while coaching him through the difference between pedaling, coasting and braking on those bigger downward hills. He got the hang of it really fast, and they both had a blast. And I had one of those mommy moments that hits you out of the blue... watching my two babies riding bikes down the street side by side... knowing that they really aren't babies at all anymore. Time is going so fast.

*falling asleep to the best thunderstorms. We got to watch some awesome lightning from our windows and there's nothing more soothing than falling asleep to rain on the windows and thunder nearby.

*the most laziest of Sundays. After church we came home and literally did nothing the rest of the day. It poured rain all day long, and though Jaden was really bummed his first soccer practice was cancelled, I think it was just the day of rest we all needed around here. And since by the time soccer was cancelled, Jaden had already put on his practice clothes, he looked pretty cute the rest of the day in his matching shorts, socks and shin guards. He was mostly bummed because he didn't have a reason to wear his new soccer shoes... with cleats! ;) We ended the weekend with the four of us around a game of Sorry! and Bible stories before bed.

Looking forward to the week ahead... a short work week and longer weekend thanks to some PTO. Aunt Sally arriving from Florida and some adult time on Friday with a fun lunch and some shopping. Easter and egg hunts and helping that bunny fill up the boys' baskets with some goodies I know they're going to love.