Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Life Lately

There are about three months out of the year that are always the craziest in our home and May is one of them!   There is always so much going on this month and our calendar is always full.  Kayla added soccer to our crazy but we still managed to make some time to enjoy the first few weeks of the month!

The weather this month has been all over the place.  We've had warm Summer like days to cold and raining like it is today.   Normally on soccer practice nights I stay home and hubby takes Kayla to practice but on this particular evening I had a good book and sitting in the truck all alone reading while Kayla practiced sounded perfect.   Kayla helped out by holding all of my necessities for me on the way to her practice.


The first weekend of May we headed over to my father in laws in Palm Springs to spend the day swimming.   The girls had been asking non stop when they could go swimming at Papa Russ' so they were so happy to be spending the day at his home!


Looking forward to more pool days soon!


So the girls have been making their own lunches and getting their breakfast themselves on 'most days'.  I love that they are becoming more responsible but I do not love the mess they make in the kitchen.   Every single counter is a mess by the time they are done, there are cabinets open and food is everywhere.   They put everything away but I do spend more time in the mornings now cleaning down counters and messes off my floor.  I guess we'll have to work on cleaning up better over the Summer.


Thank goodness for Trader Joe's!
I needed a little something for Teacher Appreciation week and as soon as I saw these beautiful plants I knew I was done.  I'm just a little sad I didn't buy myself one!


I've been reading a lot lately and have really started to enjoy it!  I used to read maybe one or two books a year and now I'm reading atleast three a month.  So if you have any good recommendations leave them in my comments, you can also follow me on Goodreads  if you would like.   I just recently finished No Exit and although it has excellent reviews it was a little too gory for my liking and I had to skip over quite a few paragraphs.  Needless to say I don't think I'll be grabbing anymore thrillers that are quite as descriptive.


One of my favorite things about reading more is the extra time I get to be with my girls.   Kayla will see me reading and go grab her book and read alongside with me and Brooklyn saw me outside reading the other day so she quickly came out to read next to me as well.   Right now she is a reading machine!  I picked her up from school yesterday and as soon as she hoped in the car she said, "we need to go to the public library today because I need a book!"   I told her I was pretty positive we had plenty at home but she said she knew exactly what she wanted and wanted to read that exact book.   She is just a few thousand words away from her million words and she intends on making it in these last few weeks left of school.



Kayla's soccer team took a tough loss a few weeks ago and Kayla was goalie.  She took it so hard, I had never seen her so upset and it took everything in me to not cry alongside her.   Hubby and I spent the rest of the night trying to console her and get her through all of the emotions but she just needed to work through them on her own.   She was a little better by the next day but she's decided that maybe she doesn't want to be a goalie any longer after Select is over.   


Kayla was much happier a few days later and she was wearing the cutest Panda shirt that she had gotten as a gift for her birthday.



With Summer around the corner I have been spending a lot more time on the back patio, reading, enjoying a glass of wine or just watching the girls play.   I was looking around the yard and I got an idea to set up this little space below.  I have had the table for years but it had been inside.  I finally moved it out to the back and set up this cute vignette.  I plan on getting some pretty flowers or succulents for the three pots soon.  


Hubby and I had a mid day lunch date after Brooklyn's Pastries with Parents.   We tried out a local sushi spot and loved it.   Sushi has become one of my favorite things to eat lately.



Another favorite of mine is Walmart pick up!
It is so convenient to order through my phone and then choose a pick up time, pull up and have them deliver all of my items to the car especially when it doesn't cost more, you can't tip and it saves me a ton of time!


Kayla had a game this past Saturday at 8am, it was COLD and drizzly.   They tied 3-3.  It was their last regular season game and even though they only lost 2 games this season they will not be going to the play offs.   We have one more tournament in the beginning of June and then Select will be over.  



This past Saturday was spent watching the Royal Wedding!  It was all so perfect, I loved everything about it and was obsessed with reading and looking through all of the pictures online for the rest of the weekend.   The girls sat and watched most of it with me as well.


Later that day the girls were playing soccer in the backyard and I was trying to get hubby to stop working and enjoy some good wine with me in the back.  Eventually it worked and he joined me on the patio.  I made our favorite turkey burgers for dinner and we ate outside.  Later on the girls showered and then we all had ice cream and watched a movie together.



We are so ready for Summer and having movie nights whenever we want, playing outside until the sun goes down and enjoying a whole lot more time being outside together!



Sunday, May 20, 2018

Pastries with Parents

Thursday morning all of the second graders at Brooklyn's school invited their parents to Pastries with Parents where we got to enjoy coffee/tea and donuts with our babies.  The kids then got to interview us asking us questions about our childhood and afterwards they all got up on stage and sang the saddest and sweetest song to all of us.


 I knew I was going to cry this year because I remember getting teary eyed years ago when Kayla sang the very same song and this year I just knew it was going to be a whole harder to sit through!  Having Kayla going off to middle school and Brooklyn leaving the fun part of elementary school behind(3rd grade is a whole lot different from the previous fun years in elementary) the song they sang had a whole new meaning to me.

(Kayla who always makes sure to come by and find us on campus just to say hi and give us hugs)

Poor Brooklyn held in her tears until almost the end and then once she saw me wiping away my tears she lost it up there as well.  She's such a sweetheart.


We had such a great time with our girl and I still can't believe we are so close to another school year done.  Time really needs to slow down!



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Mother's Day Weekend

When I walked out to the living room Saturday morning I found Brooklyn as comfy as could be eating a bowl of chocolate cheerios while watching cartoons.   I'm pretty sure she has the right idea of what a weekend should look like!


Kayla had a soccer game around 11 so after her game we all came home at lunch, showered and then headed to a nearby brewery to enjoy some beers with friends.   Hubby had said we would go to sushi for dinner that night for a pre-mother's day celebration and then I added in meeting some friends at a nearby brewery for some extra fun.



My brother and sister in law had told me about the brewery and I had been wanting to check it out because they said they had things for kids to do so the adults could enjoy their time



They had fun playing giant jenga, foosball, giant connect four and a few other games,


while we enjoyed hanging out and catching up with our friends.


My brother and his family ended up showing up as well!   We didn't even know they would be there but since they were in the area house shopping they had arranged to meet their friends at the brewery as well.


After the brewery our family went to try out a sushi spot we had not been too.


The girls loved their teriyaki bowls and we loved our sushi.   Kayla would not try the sushi but Brooklyn tried it and said she liked it.


Before we went home I had to run into Trader Joe's to pick up my favorite flowers....
PEONIES!
I wait all year for them, they are only available for about a month and Trader Joe's is the only place to sell them.


Sunday morning I woke up to gifts from my girls and hubby.




The family got off easy this year and didn't have to make me breakfast.  We were heading over to my mother in laws for brunch and I knew I wanted to be hungry because she always has a ton of food.  Everything was so delicious!


She even made us some affogatos and lucky for me she gave me a stove top espresso maker so I can now make them at home for us!



It was cold and drizzly this mothers day but the sun came out for about an hour so we took a couple of pictures before it got cloudy again.



The boys did the dishes and cleaned up the kitchen while we got to relax.


Later that day we headed over to my parents house to celebrate with my mom, grandmother and sister in law.   The cousins got to playing together right away





Four Generations


Mother's day seemed to fly by this year but it really was a lot of fun and I loved having a day to celebrate with just us and then with all of the other mothers in our family.  We came back home and slipped into pajamas and then watched some tv before heading to bed.   My sweet kitty made sure to get some extra cuddle time in with me before the day was over.  I think he knew it was a special day for me.


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Ten On Ten

Happy May Ten on Ten!
May is one of our busier months in the year, we have a ton of family birthdays along with Mother's day and of course wrapping up the school year with lots of school activities.   Luckily after being pretty busy everyday this week today was my least busy day and was much needed!


Hubby was gone for work last night so Brooklyn slept with me and she was tossing and turning so much that I didn't sleep very well so I was up bright and early.   I'm happily enjoying my morning pick me up while the girls are getting ready for school in their rooms.


After I dropped them off I came home and worked out.  If I don't do it right away it usually doesn't happen so no matter how much I try to negotiate with myself I do my best to make sure I stay with it.


After a shower and some laundry I wrapped and got all of the Mother's day presents together to make sure I had everything I needed and now I have one less thing to worry about this weekend.


I left and ran a few errands to get the rest of the gifts together and went to sign Brooklyn up for swim lessons.  When I got back home it was time to get ironing done.  My very least favorite thing to do in this world but atleast I caught up on my Real Housewives while I did it!


My roses are finally blooming!
I love being able to cut fresh flowers for the house whenever I want.


Time to pick up my girls and yay for having a new book to keep me busy while I wait.


 Brooklyn limped out of school today.  Her teacher had already called and notified me earlier that she took a bad fall while running the track so I knew she was going to be hurt but I didn't know she had so many cuts.  So proud of her for being brave and barely crying when it all happened.   She was running as fast as she could because she had to be first when she tripped over a rock and fell hard on the concrete.


Kayla has to memorize the states, their capitals and locations for a test coming up.  I don't know why we are doing this in the last three weeks of school but we were having a great time trying to memorize them all anyway.


The day of course ended with soccer practice and while Kayla practiced, Brooklyn played with her friends and I read in the car.


Tomorrow is Friday and I'm very much looking forward to a weekend full of Mother's day celebrations with a soccer game thrown in there too of course.