Tuesday, September 27, 2016

On The Day Remi Turned 7...

Remi requested eggs, bacon, sausage and biscuits for his birthday breakfast.... so I got up extra early and made a breakfast feast! I think Micah was just as happy about this as Remi!

While I was cooking, we let Remi open his present from Roen. He got him these cardboard boards that you can stack and attach to each to build all kinds of forts- Remi loved it! Of course, the boys immediately took it upstairs to start building.

After breakfast things got a bit hectic because getting ready for school was getting in the way of building the new fort, but somehow we made it to school dressed and with smiles on our face!!











Micah and I decided to bring Remi lunch for his special day and since the boys have lunch at same time, that meant Roen got lunch too! They were pretty excited about their Happpy Meals!!

After school and homework, Remi opened his presents from Micah and I and then I cooked him his special requested dinne: steamed broccoli and shrimp pasta. After dinner, we headed to Wednesday Night Church and then came home for bed.

I think Remi had a fantastic 7th Birthday!!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Everything is Awesome....

This weekend, we celebrated Remi's Birthday... Lego style!



Stayed tuned for lots of fun pictures!!

Friday, September 23, 2016

I Cannot Make This Stuff Up...

For the past 3 or 4 years now, I have written each boy a book on their birthday that coordinates with the theme of their party. It is really a fun way to capture and remember them at certain ages and a creative outlet for me. I have guests sign these books, because it is always fun to look back at them when we read their books!

So, a few weeks ago, I finished up Remi's Lego birthday book.

It is about a little boy named Rad (Remi). On the very first page, I drew a little picture of what truly represents Remi at this age...



I kid you not, just two days ago, Remi walks out of his room like this...



... and it instantly made me think of my little illustration! I think it's safe to say, I was spot-on!

Things that you cant see in his pockets and fanny pack are an ax, compass, snacks, string and all sorts of things for his 'journey'!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Getting Ready to Celebrate...

This week, has been filled with getting ready to celebrate Remi turning 7. Most things, I take care of, but this was a fun little project I reserved just for the boys...



I can't wait to show you what it is!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Remi is 7...

How is it possible that today, my adventurous, little Remi is 7?!

It's no secret that Remi often times proves to be a challenge. He is stubborn, too smart for his own good and really just full of ways 'figure it out', 'make it work', or 'do it better'. He would argue with a brick wall if he could and many times thinks he is the leader of this family instead of a seven year old. Often, his eagerness to learn gets in the way of him making good decisions. For example.... if Remi is outside making a 'machine' out of boxes/empty milk cartons/trash/junk (which he seems to always be doing) and decides he needs to conduct some crazy experiment, pretending absolutely will not do, so helping himself to the pasta/flour/food in the pantry is just the thing to do- even though he knows this is not ok! I often find little rats nests around the house of things he has either gotten into or decided to collect. His imagination is in full force 100% of the time and little gets in his way!

But this browned eyed, explorer also has the biggest and most sincere heart. There is no way I could count the number of times he tells me he loves me or that 'your the best mama in the whole werld (because he can't quiet say 'world' the right way) in a single day. When he has done something that has really upset me, he will cry and beg for forgiveness with a broken heart. When I am sick and laying in bed, he makes me love notes, checks on me, tells me he hopes I am better soon and first thing in the morning, he will ask if I'm all better. When I cook, he always tells me 'thank you mamma for the food, it is delicious'... even if he doesn't really like it. His happiest times are when we are all together as a family. He loves making his daddy proud and making his mamma smile! He is always building, creating and making something... he is not a sit still-watch tv all afternoon type of boy. He has a need to be busy and use his hands. He is an amazing eater and will eat pretty much anything I put on his plate. He loves helping in the kitchen, bedtime stories, eskimo kisses and science.

Remi isn't one to follow a crowd. Regardless, of what others are doing, he follows his own ideas. He has no problem being alone and doing his own thing but he usually has one good buddy by his side digging holes or tree roots at recess! Remi tends to be my more serious child who likes to know how things work and why. I can remember an afternoon many months ago, when we were watching a video on venomous snakes- Remi immediately went to the art room, and drew up a venom extracting machine... he sees something and instantly has an intense determination to re-create it in some form of fashion... that is just how Remi is.

He is my fierce little leader with a heart of gold....





This time 7 years ago, we were wondering what exactly we had gotten ourselves into... turns out, it was the biggest adventure of our lives...

Monday, September 19, 2016

A Weekend Away...

Micah and I spent the weekend out in Broken Bow with friends. We had so much fun! We cooked out both Friday and Saturday night, we played games, enjoyed the rain & quiet, read, and spent Saturday canoeing and exploring Beaver's Bend State Park.







Although, I missed the boys like crazy (the older they get, the more I seem to miss them when we are apart) they had a great weekend getting scraped-up and dirty out at Pop's house!

Pops said one afternoon, he poked his head the front door to check on the boys, and he saw them driving around on their ranger.... Roen was driving, Remi was sitting in the passenger seat.... with one of his chickens in his arms! They sure do love his chickens!





Saturday night, it stormed really bad and woke Roen up. He got up, went into Remi's room and crawled into bed with him. Remi said that Roen wanted to go get Pops but that he told him 'no, it's in the middle of the night- you can sleep with me!' I told Remi that he sure was a good big brother!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Quiet Days....

These days, when the boys are off at school, the house is pretty quiet.

Of course, my time is filled with things that keep me busy, but I have been very thankful for my sweet little cotton ball to keep me company...



This sweet little poodle... years ago, she was my 'child', then she got put on the back burner and now, once again, it's just me and her.... aren't dogs amazingly loyal little creatures!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Best Days...

I know I will look back at these sweet little moments and think they truly were the best days...



Because one day, there will be no such thing as bedtime stories.

But right now, at 5 & 6, bedtime stories make life so much better! And for me, life doesn't get much better than getting to watch Micah be Daddy to these little squirts!!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Our Weekend...

Our weekend was great. One of my very dear friends and I have been putting in lots of work these pasts months planning the Ladies Retreat for our church. It is always so fun to finally see it all come together!! Our theme was "I just want to be a sheep"- focusing on allowing God to be our shepherd. Our speaker, Becky Blackmon, was amazing and I think everyone had a great time!!



Of course, I was very ready to see the boys- all three of them. I have gotten to where I truly miss those boogers if I have to be away from them too long! However, I think they also had a great time just being with Daddy. They went fishing, golfing, ranger riding, had breakfast at Cracker Barrel and Micah took them shopping for fishing lures--- every little boy's dream!!


At Pond King shopping for fishing gear

I was sitting on the front porch with hot tea and a book as they pulled up on the ranger from an afternoon of riding around with friends and sweet little Roen was asleep!!



I spent the rest of the afternoon on the front porch enjoying the weather and watching the boys pester Little Anne...





Being away from Micah and the boys never fails to make me appreciate them all the more!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Grandparents Day...

Yesterday, was grandparents day at the boy's school. The boys were thrilled to walk in a see their Pops waiting to have cookies and juice with them!!

I just love this picture -even though only one of them is looking!!



These are the sweet little goodies they made Pops...