Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Bust & Redo: Father's Day

2 weeks is all he had.

I was a single mom with Mason (5) and Hailey (2). So when Mike and I met he knew what he was getting into. Or so he thought.....

Happy Meals, bedtime stories, Disney movies- piece of cake he says. After all he's the best parent around even though he doesn't have kids. HA! But I believed in him so when we married that's when things got interesting. 

He had no "training" period. No time to get the hang of being a dad. All he could do was jump with both feet blindly into unfamiliar territory. Most fathers I know don't figuratively start running marathons before 5k's. Mike had to be a fast learner. 

Actually we had to learn together. Fast!

And when Lily and Ducati came along this just added to his mix of chaos already. But of course in a lovely way. 

After many discussions came about...
Time outs? Not?
Allowance? Not? 
What sort of chores should be given?
This list goes on and on. Both calm and heated. Don't mention to us eating in the living room. WW3 might break out. :) 

But over the years Mike has taken the label of stepdad and turned it into dad. Just dad. He loves all our kids. Blood doesn't matter to him. His heart is so genuine and generous that he wanted to be involve to the fullest extent he could. On occasion cutting me out for daddy time. 

But I am so proud of him. He's still learning as he goes. So am I. Puberty! This needs a handbook. But aren't we all. He's honest with our kids that on certain issues he has no clue what I do but then reassures them that we'll figure it all out together;as a family. 

So Father's Day is more than just a day to honor dads. It's a day to remember dads who want to be dads. Skip Happy Father's Day- Honor (Your) Father's Day! 
How we honored Mike was sort of lame. Mason and Hailey were with their other dad all day. ( legal thing that he gets Father's Day) so Lily,Cati, and I did the best we could. After church Mike wanted to see a movie. I thought he would have picked his fave which he's been wanting to see Jurassic World. But instead he did the dad thing picked a kid movie, Inside Out. For his dinner he again picked our girls favorite, pizza. Either he's just giving in to them or he's upset. 

And after getting it out of him he was sad about Mason and Hailey being gone. And how crapy their gift was. Mike loves homemade gifts but I admit they failed this year. Notebook paper with a quick ," I love you", and a pencil drawing with no colors. 

So not being content with seeing my husband sad when Mason and Hailey got home we re-did Father's Day. 

Tie garland (me and Cati made)
Signs of appreciation ( we all did) 
Colored cards (kids)
 Bacon Caramel cake. ( from Lily and Hailey)
Snowflake streamer ( from Ducati) 

And a collage picture that we all worked on. 

When he got home he walked into a great big surprise! 
And he loved it! I'm glad he did. Or I would be redoing the redo. 
Mike does a lot for our family so showing appreciation should be on the too of our list but sometimes it's not. But today it was our #1 priority and it paid off. He felt like #1 in our world! 

4 bunnies

Jack Sparrow died last month. He escaped our yard.... Again.... And landed on some garden tools and..... Didn't make it. 

Snow White and Eb knocked boots and she had 6 babies. 2 passed away. The remaining 4 I'm getting pretty protective over. 

This weekend Mike agreed to help me build a safer hutch so for now they are hanging out with me. 

Each bunny has their own personality. One is always seeking cuddles or any sort of warmth. 
One is scared of everything. Noise, grass, touches... anything. It'll jump up and hop so fast. It's adorable!
One eats all the time. We call him Happy. Since he's happy to eat. 
And the last one explores everything, it often escapes it's box or the hutch. Another Jack Sparrow in the making. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Park Play

We love summer! The heat can be exhausting but it's a small price to pay for sun, sandals, and shaved ice. :)
So a goal I have for myself is to step up my mom-game. Instead of having tunnel vision while trying to get my to-do list accomplished I need to pencil in some play time to allow my kiddos to get out their wiggles. So we stopped at some random park near a store for a good 30-minute playtime. 

Mason forgets that he's too big on some playground equipment and gets stuck. But that doesn't stop him. After wiggling out he continued to play.

Hailey soaking up some sun. I think it really helps her soul.

I tried to sit under a tree to reanalyze my list but all I kept hearing was,
"Mom, Push!"
"Mom, Watch!"
 So I threw my list in my purse and joined in on the playtime.

 Ducati loves slides!
 I wonder how many slides would fit in my backyard???

 I love her freckles!

I tried to get a cute photo of all my kids semi-clean and while doing so someone farted so I got this pic of all of them going, "Ewww!" Better luck next time, right?

Camera Surprise

After work I plug in my phone upstairs before heading downstairs to bed. So when I wake up I check my phone asap to see if Mike texted me... this is our main way to communicate since we work opposite shifts.
When I looked I seen the camera screen on and found these pics from Lily and Ducati.

I really don't care what they were talking about to make them laugh so hard but I love their smiles. And a moment frozen in time that they do have sisterly love. Great surprise for me! :)

Sunday, June 14, 2015


Ducati took that step and wanted her ears "purr-cered". We've tried this before and one look at the earring gun and she walked out of the store. But she wanted to give it a go so we took her to Claire's and she  fell in love with the Ana earrings. :) This doesn't surprise me since she's my Frozen princess. So a few moments later she checked out her ears for a minute just taking in her bravery, courage, and love of being a big girl. And as she was I told Mike that my little girl is really growing up. He smiled and welcomed me back to reality. 


A goal i have for myself is for my kids to find/be and love themselves. All of there awkwardness, uniqueness, flaws, flares, awesomeness, and everything that makes them what God intended them to be. So I'm a small influence in their lives.

( I know in the universally way I influence my kids and I always will but it's up to them to be themselves.)  

But then moments like this bring a smile to my heart that radiants to my mouth. Lily dressed herself for church and wore her converse. :)  she's deciding to take a small part of me today and I couldn't be more honored. I love being a mom. 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Impromptu Lagoon Day

So Mike woke me up this morning and tells me that we're going to Lagoon!

I wasn't sure on this since it's Sunday and we both just finished a busy work week but after his adorable blue eyes looking at me and him telling me that he'd leave without me- haha.... he'd never. Or would he? I didn't want to chance it so I got dressed faster than he can walk out our bedroom door.

 As we drove to Lagoon Mike was reminding me that since we both work now our family time needs to happen when we have time. Plus with another busy work week ahead this will be the only time we'd be together so I'm glad he woke me up to this impromptu Lagoon Day.

 Ducati loved the carousal! Each horse she named and giddy-up'd the entire ride time.
 Trying something new. She wasn't a fan. She wanted to switch mid-ride back to a horse.

  Lily is giving her approval with her "I Love You" sign.

While Mike, Mason, Hailey and Lily went on a rollercoaster Ducati and I sat under a tree and had a drink. I packed myself a few Mt.Dew since I only had a couple of hours of sleep since I worked the night before. She asked for a drink so I let her have a small one.
 The face she gave me when I asked for it back
 The face I got when I asked for a drink.

Ducati told me she needed the energy to make sure she could ride all the rides.

 Mike, Mason, Hailey, and Lily after riding the Colossus. Lily was really excited since she's tall enough this year to ride all the rides. Big day for her! And, yes, Ducati photo bombed with her Mt.Dew.

 Yeah! They get to shoot eachother!

 Mike taking the taller ones on another crazy ride.
 Hailey showing Lily the ropes on how things are done at Lagoon.

And away they go!

After lunch Mike and I made the plan to split up so he can take the taller kids on all the roller coasters and I would take Ducati to the kiddieland rides. Then meet up in an hour. So little miss and me enjoyed some alone time.

This picture above is so adorable! While in line Ducati jumps up and down squealing with joy and tells me, "I love Boondocks!"

I laughed so hard. Then told her that this is Lagoon not Boondocks. She says to me, "Really?"...deep thought....."I love Lagoon!"

This is where I laugh even more :)

I don't know the kid upfront with Ducati. But since she was a single rider she told the ride operator she'd sit with other kids so this helped her cut the lines and get on more rides.

 She enjoyed herself so much. And I enjoyed watching her show her independence and confidence.

 While waiting for the ride operator to strap in other kiddos Ducati asked me what the handle was for. I said to move her dragon up and down.
Another deep thought.... then asked me, "Will fire come out it's mouth?"
I said no and she smiled and gave me a funny face.

This was such a fun hour! Just the 2 of us :)

 We're riding the magical spinning tea cups. I spinned the first time and she giggled/squealed the entire time.
 The next time we rode she spinned the tea cup. I kept telling her that she was spinning too fast. She tells me,"You know me. You know I like things fast!"  I absolutely love this girl so much
 Mason and me. He doesn't want to get splashed on some water octopus ride. Yeah right! I'm flying right into it son!

It was such a great day! I'm so happy that we spent this quality family time. We really needed it.
When we got home Lily and Ducati took their Lagoon maps, circled all the rides they went on, and then glued them onto some poster board. They never want to forget this day EVER!