Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Backflips Coming Soon!

Kate has done gymnastics for about a year and found a sport that she really loves. Not that she has tried all kind of sports, but at age 4, soccer was not her thing. Maybe it will be later, but not so much right now. Dance was just okay, but once she tried gymnastics, she fell in love. 

Tuesday nights have been gymnastics nights for about a year, and Karsten often accompanies us to practice.  I've learned to take coloring books and the iPad, which entertains Karsten for the hour that we wait and watch.  However, Karsten would MUCH rather be out there with big sis than sitting in the observation area. 

Well, last week, her dreams came true. 

I didn't tell her about starting gymnastics until the night before because, well, if you've ever had a 2 year old, you know that they don't handle waiting very well, nor do they understand timelines (i.e. - what next week means).  Needless to say, she was pretty pumped.  I asked her what she was going to learn on her first day of gymnastics.  

Me: "Are you going to learn how to do the splits?"
Karsten: "Nope. I'm gonna do a backflip."

Guess I can't say she doesn't set high goals for herself!   

Kate was pretty excited for gymnastics too.  We'd taken the month of June off, due to vacation and other things going on, so she was ready to get back in the gym.

In the spring semester last year, I asked to bump Kate up to an older class. She's only 5 so technically she could still be in the 3-5 year old class, but she started going to a 6 and up class just because there were a lot of really younger kids with her group.  We've switched days and times for the summer so it worked out to have her back in the 3-5 year class for the next few months, which puts them in the same class.  And as it turns out, on our first day back, my two girls were not just the only ones in their class, they were the only kids in the entire gym.  Apparently this was a popular vacation week for many! Lucky us, because it turned out to be a perfect "first day" for Karsten.

Check out Kate's bridge!

Karsten was actually pretty impressive with her balance and coordination. Pretty sure all of the things Kate has been "teaching" her on our living room rug are paying off!

This swing right here was probably the MAIN thing she was looking forward to.  You can barely see it in the picture, but this is the very spot that we sat in almost every Tuesday evening to watch Kate at her practice. The fence/gate in the bottom section of the picture is where Karsten would press her head up against and watch all of the bigger kids get to do the rope swing.  Man, was she jealous.  So THIS was exactly what she wanted to do, and of course ended up being her favorite part of the day.

I'm thinking this will be a fun year, and I can't wait to see what both of my girls learn.  If Karsten ends up having as much fun as Kate, it will definitely be a successful adventure for them.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Fourth Fun

So first off, my blog is fixed. YAY! I know nothing about coding and html and all of that stuff, so thankfully I was able to get someone to fix it for me. :)  Now I am back in business. 

I'm late catching up, as always, but here goes!  Originally we were going to be home for the 4th of July, but my parents ended up being at the lake and we made a last minute decision to drive down for the day.  Spending the 4th of July on the water never disappoints.  

Please note that unless she is in the water, Karsten has food in her hand or in her mouth in every single picture.  We get on the boat and she turns into a bottomless pit! 

One of THE best things we have done is signed the girls up for swim lessons each year.  We don't live in a neighborhood, or have a pool, so the kids don't swim all the time. However, since we're at the lake so much, we wanted them to learn water safety and we didn't want them to be afraid of the water.  One thing is for sure, they LOVE to swim and play. 

This summer, Kate has conquered her fear of jumping off of the dock.  She started by jumping off of a smaller part of our dock and then worked her way up to the high dock. 

I sure am proud of this girl! Last summer, it took her the WHOLE summer to work herself up to jumping off of the side of a pool. Now look at her! 

Love this family of mine and I thank God for them daily.  Yet another 4th of July that I will always remember! 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Blog Update

So .... I know my blog is messed up. :(  I'm working on it.

Apparently you can't use images hosted from PhotoBucket on Blogger anymore (or something like that), so that's why the background and other images are showing up as "Please Update Your Account for 3rd Party Hosting".

And since I'm not sure how to update all this stuff myself, I've enlisted help. Thanks for bearing with me!


Tuesday, June 27, 2017


So I did an absolutely horrible, terrible, awful job of taking pictures this vacation.  Seriously.  But hey - I enjoyed myself so that's what counts, right?

We rented a house on Fripp Island with some friends and I think the pictures that I DID take pretty much shows, we all had a great time.  We drove golf carts everywhere (one of the girls favorite parts of the trip!)

We had a few pool days.  We went shopping.  We saw LOTS of deer, a few real alligators, and of course this fake one...

And we had lots of beach days. Kate and Karsten had a blast, and so did we.  It was so nice to spend mornings at the beach and then have low-key afternoons reading while the girls napped. 

At this point in the year we all really needed a vacation, and this one did not disappoint. Lots of fun and lots of relaxing.  Fripp Island, you were good to us!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Life Lately

I kind of take a lot of pictures. :)  So the easiest way for me to do a catch up post on life around our house the past few months is to flip through my iPhone and Instagram photos and share them on here. So, here we go!

My sister and brother in law bought a house a few weeks ago. They closed on their 3rd anniversary and moved in a few days later. Kristi really wanted to update the fireplace, so she and I, along with another friend, attempted to whitewash the brick. I LOVE how it turned out (and it looks even better in person!)  I think maybe this convinced Kevin that sometimes Pinterest projects DO turn out well!

We are getting ready for a much needed vacation and one thing on my list was some meal prepping! I can't WAIT to be at the beach.

One thing about owning a home is that there are never-ending home improvement projects.  Actually, a more accurate description would probably be "home maintenance". Every spring there seems to be a million things to do.  Shout out to this guy who has tackled and finally finished the tedious and unrewarding project of our windows. We have older windows that are all wood and are starting to fall apart. We have 19 windows, and each window has 12 panes. On each window Kevin has scraped the old paint and wood putty or caulk off, re-caulked each pane, painted the windows, and then scrapped them again. Soooo time consuming, but it definitely was a necessity. I'm so thankful for a hard working husband who can get things done!

On Kate's FIRST day of summer, we decided to take the kids to Sonic to get ice cream after dinner.  Kate chose a slushy.  Pretty sure they enjoyed it.

Last week I got to the office one morning and as I was checking my email, I realized that I'd only taken my nail polish off of 9 of my fingers.  It was only Wednesday, but clearly it had already been a long week!

Last Thursday, after running errands we decided to go to our downtown area. On Thursday nights our town shows movies in the city park, and on this night they were supposed to be showing Moana.  Well, it seemed like about 50,000 other people had the same idea as us so we decided to skip it. Plus, apparently the movie wasn't going to start until dark... which isn't until about 9:15pm. No thank you. We walked around for a bit though and the kids had fun.

We're in the middle of transitioning Karsten to a big-girl bed, and her mattress arrived in the mail this week. She was so proud of this bed!  We've put it on the floor in her room for now and she has slept on it successfully about 2 of the last 6 days.

Speaking of that big girl bed, I found a Jenny Lind twin bed on Craigslist for $30 - a steal!  It had already been painted, but it needed a fresh coat. I've put a few coats of white on now and just need to seal it so that Karsten actually has a bed to put her mattress on. 

Way back in December, a few people in my family bought tickets to see the Broadway play Lion King the next time it came to town. Well, that was this past weekend! I saw it about 4 years ago the last time they came through, but Kate was too little to go.  This time, we felt like she would do well, and she did! She loved it and I loved getting to do this with my big girl.

After the play, we walked outside and who did we see but Poppy from Trolls!

This weekend we ran by Golf Galaxy to see if Kevin could find a new hat. He stuck this one on (jokingly) and I told him he looked like a Rickie Fowler wanna be. He couldn't keep a straight face!  And in case you're wondering, we did not buy the hat. 

I've been reading a book that friend from church gifted me for Mother's day called Chosen for Greatness. It is SO good. Each chapter is about someone famous who was adopted. I'm not quite finished with it, but if you're considering adoption, I'd definitely recommend it!  Here's a quote from the beginning: 


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