Monday, June 29, 2015

to do list

we have a to do list for the house.  you'd think we were done when we built, but i think we've just added more and more fun / interesting / cool / decorative  ideas as we've been there...

we'd like to put a fun path from the sidewalk on the side of the house that will lead you to the back patio.  this will allow for a decorative element on the side of the house, provide a stable walking path as currently there are sort of 'pot-holes' in the yard that will/can cause a sprained ankle for yours truly, and allow for a smoother path to mow - i.e. no sharp corners to cut in with a giant riding lawn mower.  i've come up with a few ideas...

I love this one because it's "natural" looking to me... purposeful, but still a meandering design.

Curt on the other hand wants a more structured approach...

perhaps with less grass or no grass in between...

we went this past weekend to look at stone... it was about an hours worth of looking/deciding/figuring/changing our minds/coming to the same page in the same book as we were not prior to arriving -- all the while my brother and boys had a good time hanging out... my brother will do the work so he wanted to see our ideas and the boys tag along because they have to or are bribed with food...usually both!

we ended up not finding exactly what we want...but know now what we do not we'll hit up a few more stores to check out selection (who knew stone could be so complicated?)...

so with no stone decided - this is all i could come up with... the cutest little helpers ever.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Marky Mark turning 5!

I can't believe it's been 5 years since he came to join our family.  He was a go getter even from the very beginning - wanting to be out a tad earlier than anyone thought... then a fighter in the nursery getting those little lungs to grow stronger... and strong have they ever gotten!  

Happy 5th birthday to this little firecracker! 

Five things I love about this kid!

  1. We love your spirit - you kind of remind me of an old man in some ways... thoughtful and wise, calculated in a careful manner, a heart that is full of love .
  2. Your energy, you are more often than not excited about the day and eager to go, go, go
  3. Your willingness to try - new foods, new ideas (tying shoes), meeting new friends.
  4. I love your silly sense of humor!  Some of the things you tell me, ask me, talk about are more funny than any comedian on stage.
  5. Your appreciation of animals.  You are curious and eager to learn about any and all - ALL THE TIME. 

May you always keep us on our toes!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Pony Party... otherwise known as the Wilson's going away party...

some family members are moving to Hawaii... yes, yes  Hawaii!  I am jealous, flat out jealous.  Only for 2 years.  Its going to be great - I think so anyway.

In honor of them leaving the continental 48... my in-laws threw them a going away party, complete with miniature horses to ride for all the kids... they were all pretty happy and excited.  I told my mother in-law she set that bar so stinking high, from now on if there are no ponies involved you're going to have a hard time getting my kids there...

here are some my cuties enjoying the day!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Mark has a new nickname... 'hopscotch'...not sure why/where i came up with it... but he seems to like it...
isn't he cute in his 'hand-me-down' ups sweatshirt... go brown... !

Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter 2015

We had a crazy, but fun Easter weekend.
Saturday we went down to the Wilson side and had the annual Easter egg hunt in the backyard...every year the eggs grow, the prizes are grander and the excitement increases!

We had a lovely dinner with brisket, macaroni and cheese and cupcakes.  All three boys had a wonderful time playing with cousins, 2nd cousins and extended family.

Sunday we had the Flynn side over to our house.  We had a brunch theme and it was so good if I do say so myself.  Lots of fun sides (muffins, fruit salad, hot cross buns!).

The boys played and played - both little and big!  Photos and video to remember the wonderful day!