"The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Thursday, September 29, 2016


Conner and Ben were ready for the parade that goes by our house! Lots of fun and candy!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Neverending Teeth...

Yep... Ben lost another tooth! At breakfast this morning, he announced between bites that his tooth had fallen out and was laying on his tongue!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Happy Birthday Nick!

Today Nick turns 39!!! When we all got home from work and school, we celebrated with some gifts! After soccer practice, we went out for some ice cream so Nick could have a little treat! Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband who makes me smile no matter what else is happening in our lives. Our children and I adore you! Love you so much!!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Birthday Dinner...

Today is the day before Nick's birthday and since we have soccer practice tomorrow, we went out for his birthday dinner tonight. Nick chose to take us to Red Lobster! Ben was really excited, but Conner threw one of his epic fits all the way there! He even went so far as to pretend his arms were cannons and as the restaurant came into view, he pretended to blow up the restaurant. When we walked in, the boys immediately saw the lobster tank and ran over to look. Ben then announced to everyone, "you know they kill all of those!" Off to a shaky start, but luckily, after we ordered and the food came, it was nothing but smiles from this gang! Ben loved his shrimp poppers and stole several shrimp from Nick's plate, and even some fish and fries from mine. He absolutely loved it! Conner enjoyed his macaroni and cheese and went crazy over the biscuits, so he was a happy boy, too! The four of us had lots of laughs together tonight!

Monday, September 12, 2016

These Two...

Conner and Ben toted many supplies outside tonight to hang with Dad while he grilled us some dinner! So funny to see what these two think of!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

First Soccer Games!

We had a very busy Saturday morning! We started out with soccer pictures bright and early... Then the boys had not one, but two, games today back to back. Nick is the head coach for their team, so we all spent our morning out at the soccer fields! Technically, their team lost both games, but Ben and Conner and Coach Nick all did a pretty fantastic job! It was very fun to watch the boys enjoy their soccer games so much! They were definitely tired after lunch!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Another One Bites the Dust...

Ben, with some help from the school nurse, pulled out another tooth today! He was pleased with himself!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Hawkeye Surprise!

We surprised the boys with tickets to the Hawkeye game today! We bought some tickets from a friend who wasn't able to go. We also took Mama and Papa with us, so the 6 of us decided to go to Coralville and ride the Hawkeye Express to Kinnick! The train ride was fun!

Nick and I haven't been here together for too many years to count and the boys have never been to Kinnick Stadium so it was really fun walking around and seeing all the buildings and people! We had 6 tickets for the game, but they weren't all together, so for the first half, Ben sat with me and Nick while Conner sat with Mama and Papa. The boys switched spots at half time!

 It was a really great day and a wonderful experience for our boys! Oh, and the Hawkeyes won, so that made it even better. I'm glad we were all able to go and have so much fun!