Happy birthday to this 9 year old! Rushton is such a fun kid, sports lover, voracious reader, excellent student, kind heart, thoughtful friend, peacemaker, and everything a parent could hope for in a first child. He also has the most contagious laugh! I’m so glad he’s mine forever.

Happy birthday to this 9 year old! Rushton is such a fun kid, sports lover, voracious reader, excellent student, kind heart, thoughtful friend, peacemaker, and everything a parent could hope for in a first child. He also has the most contagious laugh! I’m so glad he’s mine forever.

Happy birthday to this 9 year old! Rushton is such a fun kid, sports lover, voracious reader, excellent student, kind heart, thoughtful friend, peacemaker, and everything a parent could hope for in a first child. He also has the most contagious laugh! I’m so glad he’s mine forever.

There were a hundred ways to get from here to there, and I’m pretty sure we picked the route with the most vertical. 😬 Logan asked over and over, “Can we never come back to dis place ever again?”

There were a hundred ways to get from here to there, and I’m pretty sure we picked the route with the most vertical. 😬 Logan asked over and over, “Can we never come back to dis place ever again?”

There were a hundred ways to get from here to there, and I’m pretty sure we picked the route with the most vertical. 😬 Logan asked over and over, “Can we never come back to dis place ever again?”

Today’s adventure was the Ladybug Hike, and after all that hiking, we saw 3 live ladybugs and a few dozen dead ones. 😑 But the forest was breathtaking and I was with my favorite people, so I’d still call it a win.

Today’s adventure was the Ladybug Hike, and after all that hiking, we saw 3 live ladybugs and a few dozen dead ones. 😑 But the forest was breathtaking and I was with my favorite people, so I’d still call it a win.

Today’s adventure was the Ladybug  Hike, and after all that hiking, we saw 3 live ladybugs and a few dozen dead ones. 😑 But the forest was breathtaking and I was with my favorite people, so I’d still call it a win.

Jake has been gone for most of the last 3 weeks, and while the kids and I have been getting along just fine, we are so ready for him to come back!! I tried to make our last day without him fun, so after baseball practices and birthday parties, we tried a new (to us) pizzeria, held puppies at the pet store, and finished out the night with a movie. Just one more sleep!

Jake has been gone for most of the last 3 weeks, and while the kids and I have been getting along just fine, we are so ready for him to come back!! I tried to make our last day without him fun, so after baseball practices and birthday parties, we tried a new (to us) pizzeria, held puppies at the pet store, and finished out the night with a movie. Just one more sleep!

Jake has been gone for most of the last 3 weeks, and while the kids and I have been getting along just fine, we are so ready for him to come back!! I tried to make our last day without him fun, so after baseball practices and birthday parties, we tried a new (to us) pizzeria, held puppies at the pet store, and finished out the night with a movie. Just one more sleep!

I had so much fun at the big kids’ school Valentine’s Day parties! We did some minute-to-win it games in Rushton’s class and had some sweet treats in Hailey’s class. For some crazy reason, I volunteered to make frosted sugar cookies for BOTH classes. I was regretting my decision while I was frosting cookies at 11:30 pm the night before, but seeing their excitement to have me in their classes with bright pink cookies made it totally worth it.

I had so much fun at the big kids’ school Valentine’s Day parties! We did some minute-to-win it games in Rushton’s class and had some sweet treats in Hailey’s class. For some crazy reason, I volunteered to make frosted sugar cookies for BOTH classes. I was regretting my decision while I was frosting cookies at 11:30 pm the night before, but seeing their excitement to have me in their classes with bright pink cookies made it totally worth it.

I had so much fun at the big kids’ school Valentine’s Day parties! We did some minute-to-win it games in Rushton’s class and had some sweet treats in Hailey’s class. For some crazy reason, I volunteered to make frosted sugar cookies for BOTH classes.  I was regretting my decision while I was frosting cookies at 11:30 pm the night before, but seeing their excitement to have me in their classes with bright pink cookies made it totally worth it.

We finally saw Jumanji, and Rush was most stoked to be at the theater where you can take your shoes off. The kids laughed their heads off, learned over and over the proper context in which to use the term “badass”, and have all come downstairs after bedtime saying they couldn’t stop thinking about the scary parts. Still, #noregrets

We finally saw Jumanji, and Rush was most stoked to be at the theater where you can take your shoes off. The kids laughed their heads off, learned over and over the proper context in which to use the term “badass”, and have all come downstairs after bedtime saying they couldn’t stop thinking about the scary parts. Still, #noregrets

We finally saw Jumanji, and Rush was most stoked to be at the theater where you can take your shoes off.  The kids laughed their heads off, learned over and over the proper context in which to use the term “badass”, and have all come downstairs after bedtime saying they couldn’t stop thinking about the scary parts. Still, #noregrets