Thursday, August 29, 2013

Summer Bits and Pieces

This post is super random, but I wanted the chance to share some of the fun things we've been up to at the end of summer. 
Supper Club this month was at Rick & Mandy's house! We snapped some fun pictures of all the kids together. Not too long ago, Nolan was the only kid of our there are 7! 

We pray that they will grow up to be best friends, just like their parents are! 

Nolan looked too cute holding sweet Libby! After a few minutes, he whispered, "She's getting kinda heavy." His polite way of saying, "Mommy, can I be done now?". 

We did a fun wine tasting activity. Everyone brought 2 bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon. When we arrived, Mandy wrapped one bottle in tin foil so that we couldn't tell who's bottle was who's. The other bottle would be a prize for the couple who brought the most liked wine. Then she numbered all the bottles and spread them throughout the house. Throughout the evening everyone had to taste test each bottle and then vote for their favorite. The wine that got the most votes for favorite, was the winner! Then that couple would wine the 5 extra bottles of wine! 
It was so fun! I walked around and took notes on each bottle so that I could remember and compare them. 

Mark tallied up the votes and then unwrapped each bottle to see what kind they were. Bottle number 5 was not one of my favorites...but it was the winner! I'm not really a red wine drinker, so I chose a favorite that was sweeter and not as dry. Mark went to a liquor store and consulted one of the workers there to pick out our bottle. It was from Argentina, it sounded like it would be good. 

Each bottle had to be $15 dollars or less...and guess what the winner was...2 Buck Chuck! Or otherwise known as Charles Shwab! Ha! These bottles are out of order, but they all went to the winner...our hosts: Rick & Mandy! It was such a fun night even if our bottle only got one vote- which was from Mark- because he knew it was ours! What a dork! He didn't want our bottle to have no votes! 

The rest of the evening was spent chatting and chowing down on a delicious Italian feast! We wrangled our kids and passed them around and had a wonderful time. We are so thankful for this group of friends to do life with. 

Here's an iphone pic I forgot to put in Nolan's Kindergarten post. We love walking to school! Here we were on our way into Mammoth Heights on Nolan's assessment day. 

This picture was on a walk home from school one day. Heath hopped in the double jogger and Brooks rubbed his back the whole way home. It was a change from his normal brotherly smacking! 

On one walk to school, we took a shortcut on a little path behind the pool. Heath was running, of course, and he slipped and fell in the mud. I thought it was going to end in a huge tantrum with crying and screaming and whining because Heath does NOT like to be dirty. But he actually handled it so well! He didn't cry one bit. He stood up and walked the rest of the way and waited nicely while we dropped Nolan off and walked nicely all the way back home as well. As soon as we got home we got him cleaned up and washed his clothes and shoes. My little guy is growing up! 

Wrestling boys! It's crazy wild around our house. 

Heath's Fro Yo creation after his last t-ball game. What a sweet tooth he has! 

Pool time! Our favorite summer activity. We are getting really sad because we only have one more week to spend there before it closes. 

A few videos from the pool...

I love that I can take the boys to the pool by myself and just sit back and watch now! I know it will only get easier each year as they become more and more confident in the water. It's so nice. 

I love this pic of my middle jumping into the pool! Pure joy! 

Nolan and Heath like to take Brooks for rides around the pool! Such good brothers! I'm glad that all three of them are starting to play together now. 

A little Sonic run one night after the pool! We love going to the pool on a nice warm night, there's usually only a couple of families there. 

This little one still loves all sports. He loves shooting hoops! He pretends to dribble before each shot.

He also loves baseball and walks around with a glove on or a bat in his hand all the time! 

Only a few more months with these beloved pacis, boy! I think he's trying to make the most of them while he still has them! Ha! He can be such a ham and already understands how to try to get a laugh. 

And he tries to climb everything. I found him like this one day. 

Mark spoiled me with flowers during my first week of school. One dozen for starting school, one dozen to get out of the dog house! Ha! Just keepin' it real! He's such a good hubby! And he knows the way to my heart for sure. After working in a flower shop for so many years, I still love the sentiment of a man picking out something beautiful for the one he loves! 

We are into our school routines full gear now. 3 schools, 3 schedules! It's crazy but we are managing. The boys are loving school this year, and I'm on the fence. Ha! It's been a challenging start, but my 22 little 5 year olds are starting to get the hang of things. But I can't tell you how excited I am for the 3 day weekend coming up! Yay!!! 

1 comment:

Jill Sloothaak said...

So many fun things in this post! Love the wine night -- so fun! Love the pool pics -- also so fun! And love the roses from your sweet hubby! You totally deserve them, super mama! LOVE!!