Saturday, August 23, 2014

Women on Target

Let me just say our church is AWESOME!
Now let me  give a little background.  I grew up in a home where my dad had rifles and shot guns and I am sure some sort of hand gun. He used them for hunting. He still has them (although they mostly collect dust in their case)(actually that is inaccurate they are in their case but dust collection they do not. my mom loves well maybe she doesn't love to but she is quite the duster and probably dusts them occasionally)
My sister and I never seemed interested in them. I am not sure if my mom was either. I would guess no. somehow though I found myself shooting a gun the other day. Our church (see above comment) had a women on target event as a local gun range. there was an encouraging devotional about God and Jesus being the target we aim for and continuing to draw closer to Him through prayer and studying His word. Of course food, coffee, ammo and guns were involved too.
I was given a Smith and Wesson 9mm (quite possibly a little to powerful for me)
 practice rounds were turning out not so well. I got a bit of help from the Range Officer on aiming and got a bit better. Our first competition was target shooting. we got 10 rounds. my first 6 were too low. about four of them hit in the lower left by the 7. I loaded 4 more rounds and was instructed on where to aim for and I would get closer. 2 out of those 4 hit the 9 on the right side. I was not the  winner of the competition but got an 85. Not bad for not having shot since I was a little girl.

our next competition was a walk and shoot. I hit all 6 targets with 6 rounds in 18.85seconds. again not the winning score, in fact I was probably in the bottom 5 out of 12 ladies but I did it and more importantly I hit all the targets.
here is my friend Julie doing the walk and shoot. doesn't she look tough? scroll down to see me. I look like I just rolled out of bed and decided to shoot a gun.

remember this was the first time that I have really ever shot a gun. at least by myself. I was emotionally and physically drained by the time it was all over. I did have a good time but that thought that I was holding a gun continued to run through my mind. It was intimidating and exciting all at the same time.  I mean I think I was one of three of these ladies that didn't not have their own gun. it was nuts all these ladies that showed up with their very own guns and how awesome they were with them. I was super impressed.
Russ, the owner of the range at one point was talking about hitting the guy on the targets and not the guys gun. he mentioned that you usually shoot what you are looking at the not to focus on the scary gun in his hand but on the man. later I heard this song by For King & Country that I love but really listened to the word and thought that it pertained some to the "On Target" theme of our event. it is called "Fix My Eyes" and the chorus is
I'd love like I'm not scared
give when its not fair
live life for another
take time for a brother
fight for the weak ones
speak out for freedom
find fait in the battle
stand tall but above it all
fix my eyes on You
just like Russ said about fixing our eyes on our targets for shooting, I want to remember to FIX MY EYES on the target (GOD) and not stray from Him.
Good job ladies. I had a great time shooting with you.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Take 1

I got all of Little girls back to school pictures in one morning.  it was quick and she seemed to have fun. I had trouble coming up with age appropriate ideas for Golden boy. I didn't want his pictures to look too toddler-ish or too girly. I saw something similar to this and tried to grab him before church on Sunday to capture it but I had trouble getting high enough to get all of him and the words. I wish I got his cute feet but all the ones with his feet in them his eyes are closed or the angle it just wrong. it was only about 6 or 7 pictures that I attempted and this one was my favorite. I will be trying again. hopefully after a couple takes in will have a handful that I love.
what he wants to be always changes........
I like that too. I want him to know that he has options and doesn't have to be what he wanted and stay with that for forever.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Back to School Teacher Gifts

I must give credit, where credit is due. I saw this cute little tag on my instagram feed and had to investigate. I clicked on her site and there is was. this cute little printable to pair with your favorite candle for you childs teacher. you can find the link to this printable at Skip to my Lou blog here. there is also another option with the same saying on them.

my printer is currently out of colored ink so I just wrote the cute little saying on come card stock. we have three teachers this year. one for my son and my daughter has two preschool teachers. it was fun picking out the candle and the scents with my girl and then bringing them home to tie up.

Thank you Skip to my Lou for such a wonderful idea and the cute printable. I wish my printer was working and I could have printed them.

Friday, August 15, 2014

My not so Baby, baby boy.

I never would have expected that I would have had my son two months early. God had His plans though I am sure. Here is a picture of me getting to see him for the first time after he was cleaned up and before he was whisked off to the NICU
this is the very first time that I got to hold him.

 this is one of my all time favorite pictures of the two of us.  my mom took it once we were home from the hospital which was over 50 days after he was born

look at him now. all big (really he is till tiny compared to most kids his age) and still awesome

with his twin from another momma (my niece) they are a month apart and whenever my sil and I went places together if I had both of them or if she did we were asked if they were twins. as babies the looked nothing alike but now they are close to the same size.
he loves birthday parties. anyone's really. he awaits his all year long.
wishes galore for you  my sweet, sensitive, boy. I hope this year is magical and AWESOME!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Back to School (or i should say starting school photos)

 it was just me, her and my camera. I wanted to get some back to school or going to school for the first time pictures of her. I am pretty happy with the way they came out. I am still learning my camera and all the details that come along with it.

 these two are seriously my favorites. I sent them to my sister and she asked my faves. I told her these two and she edited them for me. these two are the edited ones. she did an amazing job editing them.
 and last this one is a little blurry but out of all of the ones that I took with her holding up her four fingers for four years old this was my favorite, blurry and all.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Artwork display x2

when I made my kids art work wall almost two years ago I never dreamed that I would be making another one. especially never thought it would be as a gift. if you click over here to the post where I wrote about how I decided to make the wall after seeing all of these awesome walls and wanting something in our house for the kids art work.
after my sister had her first born and when he started mothers morning out she was getting all of this super cute art work that was being sent home and wanted an art wall as well. last year for Christmas I think she was a bit disappointed that none of the packages contained a couple of sticks in them. this year for her birthday I was sure to give her what she wanted.
the idea is simple really but she knew that she would never take the time to go and gather sticks and spray paint them. besides gifts like this are fun to get. (at least I would think so)
her husband thought we were insane. sticks as a birthday present. (I also bought the café hangers (from walmart) and the mini curtain rings (from old time pottery))
here is an upclose shot of her artwork wall.
I asked her to take one back a little bit so you can see more of the wall. she hung it over my nephews super awesome kitchen set.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

And just like that

my Golden boy is a 1st grader.
how is this possible
check him out over the last couple of years.

Private Kindergarten

Public school Kindergarten

First grade
Be still my heart. Oh how little he looked at 4. to be honest he still looks little to me walking into school today. he told me last night he was nervous to go to his new school. I let him know that it was ok to be nervous and that he is a pretty awesome kid, who is friendly.  I know he will do great. I feel like yesterdays post was a little scatter brained and all over the place. I feel like today I a somewhat the same way. I mentioned at the beginning of this post that I am not much of a writer. my thoughts don't always seem to come together. well let me take that back......they seem to come together better at night right when I lay down to go to bed. I feel like any sort of writer in me comes out better then. I am going to have to get a notebook to put by my bedside to write those thoughts down because by morning they are gone and I am a jumbled mess.
even still I love this boy and I ubber blessed that I get to be his mom. hoping that first grade was a blast for him and that he had an amazing time.

funny conversation I had with him this morning. I pulled clothes out for him last night and asked him to go and get dressed this morning. he brought the clothes to me and said "why am I wearing this?" I told him because it looked nice and that was what wanted him to wear today. (it was khaki shorts and a navy blue striped collared shirt) he said, "well I don't want to wear handsome clothes, I just want to wear regular clothes."  so we went to pick out what it was that he would prefer to wear. it was awesome.

Monday, August 04, 2014


feeling excited but unprepared. lots has happened around here and lots of changes. God's timing is always amazing. just a month away from school about to start the hubby got a new job, in a new school system, which means Golden boy (and eventually Little girl) can go to. we are thrilled and is what we have been praying for, for a long time. that's where the excitement comes from, along with all the added benefits that Golden boy will receive in the new school, via hearing specialists.
unprepared.......sure, his supplies are purchased (although I may be two glue sticks short), book bag, lunch box, thermos, ready. but I just don't feel prepared/ready for it all to start. TOMORROW!
my boy will be in the 1st grade. I feel like last year and even the year before I had ready what he was going to wear, his sigh ready for his picture, maybe a plan for a yummy back to school breakfast. this year my mind is blank. sure I know I am taking him to school and walking him in. hopefully he gets in clothes that match and everything actually gets to school. and I remember to take a picture of him before we leave. I think I have so many things bouncing around in my head that I have just chosen to clear it all and keep it blank. I'm not very spontaneous but tomorrow may be that way because for some reason, planning seems to much.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

3rd Annual Lake House Trip

Year One 2012
Year two was a little all over the place. The Jenson's went for only Friday. We went for Friday night and all day Saturday, and the Edwards came for only Saturday. I don't think a group picture was taken that year.

Year Three 2014
We have multiplied.......alot
 we love our time each summer where we get to spend the weekend at our friends lake house
we went swimming in the lake, off of the dock
did some tubing
little girl even went (and fast)
I didn't have my  camera then
played some cards
watched the sunset (twice)

even the kids joined in on the sunset watching
Golden boy woke up on Saturday morning and came and cuddled up in this chair
He had the right idea
Mr. Robert had a kid pile up when they were deciding which movie would be watched while breakfast was being made.
a tiny fish was caught and all the kids were amazed. Little J.Crew even reached out and touched it.

Some coloring while dinner was being prepared

All made for an exhausting but extremely fun Lake house weekend
Thank you McInnis Family for a fantastic time and lot of fun and memories
Friends lake house trip
watch a sunset

Monday, July 21, 2014

Frozen Party

As always, pinterest is just overflowing with ideas for themed birthday parties. After seeing the movie Frozen this past winter I was sure that was the theme we would be doing for my daughters birthday party. Last year we did a combined Mickey and Minnie birthday party for my son and daughter. My hubby convinced me to do a combined one again this year. I didn't think Frozen would fly with my son who was turning 7 so I resigned myself to just going a simple pool party. sure I would probably cutesy it up some but I was going to go simple. Then one day while taking my son to school he asked me if he and little girl were having a birthday party together this year. I told him yeah that they were. he asked me what kind of birthday party? I told him a pool party. he said no mommy what kind? I said, like a theme? he said yeah. I asked him what would he like. he said, Frozen.  and so here is my attempt at a frozen birthday party.

The entrance to the party.
I saw this idea here.

Sven's Antlers (and snowballs)
found this idea here
and if you open up the link you will also see Kristoff's Ice. I had the blue jello all ready to go and left it at home.
Snowman noses were found here and we have cucumbers in our garden so I added those to the table as disc sleds  
we always have a form of lemonade at the kids birthday party (pink or yellow) I decided to sitck with the yellow and call it melted yellow snow to have a little bit of that boyish humor into the princessey party. 

these two cousins. glad they have so much fun toghether
is he not the cutest little guy every. he plays shy with me......a lot. but I think that he really likes me.

my awesome mom took come cute pictures of the cakes. really she took pretty much all of the pictures. my mother in law brought the kids their gifts in these reuseable bags(which are awesome) and mom set them behind the cakes as photo backgrounds. i love it.
I wish I had taken pictures of the insides of the cakes. this one is little girls and it looked like this on the inside.  i was trying to go somewhat with this look for the top. i am happy with the way it turned out.
for Golden boys cake I came across this pin and thought it was so cute. I got the figurine set on ebay. Kristoff's Ice was going to go in a bowl right next to him. (can you tell I am still a little sad that I forgot it?)

my sweet niece
 me and my girl

the party invites I found here and loved the way that they turned out.
and while we didn't do favors this year I saw this and thought that I would write it on the driveway as people were leaving. I am a terrible speller and my 2nd grade, super smart niece helped me when it came to spelling coming. (I had to m's in there, ugh)

I thought about making these magic wands
but in the end I kept telling my self simple and easy and that is they way it ended up. we had a great time and so did the kids.