Thursday, August 20, 2015

Paint Party!

It's official. Grace's 8th birthday is finally wrapped up and tied with a bow...and splattered with paint. 

Last weekend we (finally) hosted Grace's 8th birthday party with friends. She had already celebrate with all of her grandparents and great-grandma and grandpa. But, to an elementary aged kid, what's turning another year older without the fun of a friend party? Nearly one month later, we gathered some of her besties in the park and hosted a party. It was a PAINTING in the PARK PARTY with POPSICLES and POPCORN. Oh, and PRETTY cake and watermelon too. 

I bought some canvas pieces for the kids, paint brushes, and a design from a company that I just traced on the owl design onto each canvas. Then we just went through step by step mixing colors, taking sections at a time painting! It was a blast, and best of all the kids were super entertained. ACTUALLY, scratch that, the best part was I did this in the park so my house wasn't messed up and we came home to a clean house at the end of the party. 

The kids painted, we opened presents, and then they ran around and played. Genius. I am giving myself SOME props here considering it was a month late, many of the supplies didn't come on time so I ran around town after traveling for a week in Indiana, and I did little to no pre-planning for this!














Yup - a friend smashed her face into her cake. Perfect!






Little Sister had a blast painting too. (dont be surprised if you see a similar game plan for her birthday party coming up too! :) )


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Grace is 8!


This "little girl" turned 8 in July. Can't believe it. 8 years ago we held her in our arms rocking her to sleep. She depended on us for everything in her life then. Now, she's growing like a weed, has the longest (and tannest) legs imaginable, a bright brilliant personality, and practically can self-function without us (or so she wishes! :)).

She's grown into a beautiful young lady who we are so very proud of. She's funny. Full of life. Spunky. Sassy. Independent. Still snuggles us at night. She's an athlete. A dancer. A reader. A source of happiness for many. She's driven. She wants to be in the middle of everything. All of those things I just adore about her. She's ours. 

We spent her birthday in the Black Hills. We had a cabin out there and were Gator riding (more on that later). She was lucky to have all four of her grandparents out at the cabin for dinner one night. We sang birthday wishes, laughed, visited, and rolled our eyes - yes that happens a lot being a parent of an 8 year old girl, and it goes both ways!

Later we celebrated her birthday with her great-grandparents in Onida with dinner and horsing around the house. She received so many phone calls from aunts, family, and friends. She received loads of birthday cards in the mail and was just delighted with her birthday. The morning of her birthday we were awoken by a call from her birthday buddy and friend Nick. It was early in the morning as he was heading out to golf for his 9th birthday. I love that relationship, and I full anticipate them calling each other or seeing each other every birthday for the rest of their lives. 

Enjoy being 8 beautiful girl. I hope your day was as magical as you are to us!



Monday, August 3, 2015

Checking In


We've been here. We've been hanging. We've been hanging in the hammock in Minnesota the Black Hills and by the Missouri River.

I've got loads of great pictures to share, but I've also got loads of work to catch up on. School is starting soon, and we're trying to get our ducks in a row. A class is ending for me and I'm trying to get my research paper complete. Travels are going to pick up steam (again) and I'll be headed to Indiana and Oregon/Washington in the coming weeks.

Things are going well, but busy as usual. Truthfully, I just want to find time to clean my closets, purge a few items, open a book for leisure and binge on some TV shows that I've been missing out on lately. Honestly, I just would rather travel to Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota to catch up with friends and family. I want to kiss their babies, hug my people, and sip some iced tea on their decks catching up on life. I would love to go back out to the Black Hills and hit the trails with my favorite people, it was so carefree and relaxed with no agenda. That's where I want to be.

We'll get there, one day.

More from me later, as usual.