Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Try Something New

Sports where a huge part of my life growing up...
I think it is important to push children / guide them in the direction of sports...
I think it is important to open up doors for kids and allow them to test and try out different sports.

( in the yellow )

Alex had been in dance for 2 years...
Alex has been in multiple swim lessons...
Alex has been in gymnastics for years...
and now she has tried volleyball.

She's loved everything she has tried...
She is super active, loves to be challenged...
and over all loves sports.


Luckily Alex school offers a lot of different options...
For short periods of time / After school 4-6 weeks - 1 day ...
This allows the kids to experience and try, test different sports out.

We just got a flyer in her backpack for soccer...
She is excited and really hoping I sign her up...
I am hoping to sign her up as well.


( she's in the white... and then in purple in one of them )

This Summer the plan is to try a few more new ones...
Keep her in gymnastics...
Introduce her to Tennis for sure...
Possibly soccer or t-ball...
Along with camps.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

See You Soon...

Bob and I have different schedules when it comes to weekends with our kids...
Some weekends will line up and others won't...

I was a little unsure about not having it the exact same every weekend...
I am selfish and I want my alone time with Bob, as much as possible!

But with how its set up...
We have a few months on ( meaning all the kids together )...
Then a few months off ( where we have no weekends alone )....
But it works out for the best, with the kids being together almost all summer.


This was out last weekend together with the entire crew, until the start of summer time...
We will hopefully get them together during the week once or twice.

We decided to take them all up to Bob parents house...
Snowmobile, play outside and hang out!

The weather was amazing...
We finally got some decent weather...
We spent hours outside on Saturday and Sunday.


Before we headed out of town...
and before we picked up Bobs kids...
We got stuck in the driveway of the land...

While the drifts where high...
Iced over and rock solid...

We both slipped and fell....
I laughed a lot and he wasn't happy...
We made it out safe and weren't that far behind schedule.


The car is packed full...
Kids, clothes, equipment....
With a full trailer in tow on the back.

Luckly we have iPads, phones and movies...
To make this 4 hour drive a little bit easier....

Not to mention cranking up the music, rolling down the windows...
and EVERYONE singing along to the song thats blasting!



The weather was beautiful...
We took the kids and the sleds out to the lake and played around for a bit...
The kids weren't as excited about that so we headed back to bobs parents....

We hooked the sled up to the little snowmobile...
They spent hours pulling each other around...

Their laughter and smiles...
Watching them help each other...
Taking turns with one another...

 

It's an absolute blast to watch their bonds grow...
It's one of the best things to see them enjoying their time together...

Yeah they argue and bicker...
But for the most part so far...
They figure it out and continue to play.

They enjoy each others company...
and for now I will be grateful for that.

Alex and Izzy really are enjoying playing together and building a bond...
I know at times they don't like it but they are great about letting Avin hang out with them...
Sawyer Even joins in with them most the time.

Their favorite games / things to do this weekend...
Hide and Seek, Hang Man, Ipads, Listen To Music...



With Blake being 14...
and the others being a lot younger...

It sure puts a smile on my face when I see him interacting with them all...
Though it sometimes ends in tears, especially when he is rough housing with his siblings...
He is actually amazing with both my girls, especially Avin.

Though its not meant to happen...
Because he is older, he is held to high standards...
So when I see him outside, smiling, laughing, messing around...
It sure warms my heart knowing that he is enjoying himself and all the kids.

His bond with Avin is so much fun to watch...
He is gentle and sweet with her...
She puts a big smile on his face...
He really does care about her.

And at first I figured he would just be annoyed with her...
and want nothing to do with her..
He sure does have a sweet / soft heart!


I enjoy doing these things with Bob and all the kids...
Love being able to include his parents...
Love that we are able to go up there an escape real life for awhile.

I love that Bob and I have been able to go up to his parents just him and I...
Then we have had times with just his kids and just my kids...
and now all the kids together.



Avin and Alex arent shy...
From the start they took to Bobs parents really well...
Which for me is great and I think its great for everyone...
They sure seem to enjoy them both, which makes me smile!

His family has been welcoming with open arms...
sense the first day I met them, even before...
which has made it that much more fun to go up there and spend time with them.



Ok.. It's no hidden secret that I am crazy about Bob...
But watching him in his elements ( four wheeling, snowmobiling, fishing)...
Doing things he loves and truly enjoys with that smile on his face ( ohhh his smile )...
Makes me smile and makes me enjoy doing these things with him that much more....

Seeing the person you love and adore...
happy and smiling brings so much joy to my own self...
My goal is to make him happy and keep him happy...
So with everything thats going on in his world...
Seeing him truly happy and enjoying himself...
Makes me one happy girl!

He is who I want to build a forever with...
His family, his kids, my kids, my family....
Him and I....


It was a great weekend...
I am pretty sure the kids wanted to spend a few more hours...
Playing around outside on Sunday.

It is a little sad that this is the last time we will have everyone together...
Though we will enjoy some weekends one on one with each others kids...
Until summer, but we are so excited and can not wait for what summer has to bring us!

I am however not sad to say goodbye to this winter and all this snow...
Though I am thinking we will be seeing snow for awhile to come.


I loved when we dropped his kids off...
Sawyer says to Alex and Avin... I will see you guys in awhile...
Looks and me and says and I will see you soon!!

This life as a blended family is gonna be crazy...
There are gonna be be some ups and a lot of downs...
It is going to be a crazy chaotic mess...
But its gonna be our mess!