Sunday, June 21, 2015


At the beginning of the week, we helped friends set up a lemonade stand to raise money to help fight childhood cancers. In just a few hours the kids raised just over $100 for Alex's Lemonade Stand. I am so so proud of the kids!

Sunday, June 14, 2015


We survived a whole week at VBS. The girls had so much fun playing with friends and learning about more about Jesus. They were so tired at the end of each day, that made for an easy bedtime! Last year, Austin wasn't too happy about dropping the girls off, he did much better this year. Aubrey has one more VBS to go to in July, Allyson has summer ballet classes, and we are looking forward to swim lessons!


Saturday, May 16, 2015


We made our first visit to Farmer's Market this week. Aubrey was so excited to get some peaches. We ended up leaving with peaches, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, a jar of honey and some honey sticks. A very successful trip!


Monday, May 11, 2015

Naming our kids {Austin}

When I found out I was pregnant with baby number three, I thought it would be fun to not find out what we what our little bundle of joy was until he/she was born. It took some convincing but Conrad finally agreed.

Let me tell you, even though it was my idea not to find out, it was soooo hard to have that self control to tell the tech that we weren't finding out. Conrad wasn't able to come to any appointments because of his work schedule. So I could have found out and kept it a secret {except I would totally have blown it}

I really thought that we were having another girl. There was a teensy part of me that thought boy. So, since we were waiting until the big day we had to have a boy and a girl name picked out.  We deciced to stick with the A theme. While I was pregnant with Allyson, we decided on Aiden as our boy.

Now backstory,  I LOVED the name Austin. When I was growing up there was a little boy that lived on our street and his name was Austin. {fact: Austin was Evan Ellington's brother. And sadly while looking this up, I found out that Austin Ellingson passed away in 2008 from a drug overdose}  He was the cutest little guy ever. I had mentioned the name to Conrad and he has a cousin Austin that lived in Arizona and he just kinda shot it down. So, my second choice was Aiden. At some point Conrad gave the green light to Austin as our boy name. We decided on James as his middle name, after Conrad.

We really struggled with an A girl name. We decided on Aeryn and looking at it now, I'm glad we didn't get to use it. The spelling... really? But we were really trying to get a name we liked and for it to fit. I like Erin not Aeryn.

So, Mr Austin James came into the world 4 days late and has forever changed our lives, in the best way. Austin totally fits him.

He's my adorable little Austin James.


Saturday, May 9, 2015


We took a walk to the campus near our house after dinner last night. My hope was to wear them out before bath and bed. I ended up having such a great time. I saw Aubrey riding her bike while Allyson  pedaled behind her on her 3 wheeler & Austin was happy to hold my hand as we walked. The kids rose their bikes and ran all over. I remember the days when a walk with all 3 around the block seemed impossible and here we were riding somewhere. I watched as they stuck their hands in water and  giggled with excitement as the fountain shot out a new steam of water. 
I sat there and soaked in this moment.

The silliness. The laughter. The excitement. 

My babies are growing up.  Snapped a picture to hoping to somehow freeze time. I knew that this has to at least be our weekly picture. We raced the sun home, bathed the kids,  did our little nightly routine and I didn't hear a peep out of them! 

I hope all my mama friends have a wonderful Mother's Day tomorrow! 


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Things Allyson said {3}

I am telling you the true-ff, brother is lying!

The sun in Allyson's eyes:
"Mom, the sun is burning me."

Ready or not here I come. Here I come find you!

Momma, that's too hot for me. It will make me a dragon.  On trying Kung pao chicken.

Mom, do you really know where we are driving to?

It's cold outside, can I go swimming? 


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Summer Bucket List

Summer is right around the corner.

The hot California weather has already found out us and we've had to turn on the AC a few times in the last couple days. It got me thinking that it was time to plan out a Summer Bucket List!! We only have 17 days until we are out of school, WAHOO!!!

Aubrey had so many ideas. Lots of them involved turning things into a party. A party at the park. Water  balloon party. A party at the blueberry picking field. This girl's a party animal. We had fun planning and she even helped me on the computer to make our list.

Here's what we came up with!

We have this up on our fridge and can't wait to let the summer fun begin! 

Have you made a Summer bucket list? What do you have planned this summer? 


Sunday, May 3, 2015


An afternoon treat. We parked instead of going through the drive thru. Aubrey was thrilled that she got to order our drinks. We just sat in the car listening to music and enjoying the afternoon. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015


 In all of the chaos and busyness of life, I was so glad to capture this moment. Aubrey willing reading to the littles and they actually listened to the WHOLE story. 


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015


This week is Spring Break -- Wahoo!!!

We headed to the beach with a group of great girlfriends. The kids had a wonderful time snacking, playing in the sand, flying kites, and I enjoyed time with my friends. We got to see whales doing the things that whales do out in the water. It was amazing.


Saturday, April 4, 2015


We've been out running errands a lot this week and fitting school in after lunch. There are some days when that seems to work out so well, everyone is in their groove and a few times it was just NOT happening. I'm glad we have the flexibility with school that we have. 


Saturday, March 28, 2015


A quick pic before heading to church. Little guy was showered with extra love at church because it was his actual birthday. 


Saturday, March 21, 2015

The last night of TWO

Oh birthdays, so much fun. So much to celebrate in two years.

Potty trained. 

Big boy bed. 

Talks non-stop.  

A smile that will brighten your day.

Loves all things boy but also loves to play with his sisters

He has such sense of humor.

He's a cuddle bug.

He's a mama's boy, and I love it.

One was good. Two has been great. 

Here's to this next year. The threenage stage. 




“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein


Friday, March 20, 2015

Hey, Friday!

Hey, hey Friday! This week has whizzed by us. I am looking forward to the weekend getting my house cleaned up and ready to celebrate my baby boy!  

It's officially spring time!

I personally could use another  6 weeks of winter. I feel like we had 2 weeks of winter and we've been in Spring mode since The beginning of the year. 
So here's to a long spring!! 


Monday night we attempted to catch a lepruchan. She got away but left the kids some chocolate golden coins. That made for some happy hyper kiddos. 



Aubrey's dance studio has had dress up days this month. This week is Future Self. Aubrey would like to be a doctor or veterinarian. I love it!  Aubrey's friend Abby dressed up as a mommy! So sweet, she was wearing her little baby doll and she had her hair pulled back in a "Mom Ponytail". It was darlin'. There was a teacher, construction worker and lots of little dancers. 

We also picked up her recital costume and picked up her music. Exciting stuff! 

While Aubrey is busy dancing away, the littles and myself hang out in the car. Austin is hiding behind me. "No pic-cha-s mama!" 


Yesterday after dinner, the kids and I had a blast covering our sidewalk and driveway with chalk. I jumped in on the fun and also took some pictures of my little guy. 

My little prince will be turning three. Excuse me while I cry about this. 


Our little garden is coming along. Our peppers finally sprouted.  Our tomatoes are getting bigger and I need to thin them out. 
I am working on a spot to plant these bad boys in the ground. I've been keeping track of the best part of the yard with the most sun. Listen to me, I sound like I'm becoming a gardner. I just might have a green thumb after all. I also have the the kids go out and talk to the plants almost daily. I'm thinking the plants really like it. 

 Do you have plans this weekend? Happy Friday friends!! 


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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

St. Patrick's Day 2015

One of the best things about being a mom is doing ridiculous stuff with/for your kids. As the kids were getting ready for bed on Monday night, I told the kids that were were going to see if we could trap a leprechaun. We made a plan, the kids ignored it and decorated the box like they wanted. It can be so hard to let go of how I want things done {even silly things like a trap} The kids had a blast!


In the morning they could not wait to come out and see if their invention had worked. 

Look at that bedhead of Aubrey's -- YIKES! 

It didn't work but that lucky little leprechaun left the kids some gold chocolate coins. As we ate our Lucky Charms for breakfast, Aubrey swears she saw a little something in our front yard. 

After we finished up with school and lunch, I asked the kids if we could take some pictures. After a few grumbles, they agreed. I'm must say, these are some of my favorites!!  

Aubrey looks so big in this one. 



I realized I didn't get a shot of just him so before dinner, I was able to snag one of him.


If you want to peek at last years St. Patrick's Day here they are 

We met up with a friend at the park. It was such a nice day outside. It wasn't too hot, it was pretty perfect. The kids all enjoyed soaring through the air. 

Today is also Mr. Austin's due date! Little guy didn't make his appearance for a few more days!

How was your Saint Patty's day? How did you celebrate? I'd love to hear about it.