Monday, August 31, 2015

Weekend Wrap-Up

Friday. I barely remember Friday. I remember it was hot. We got home from work and made dinner and watched a movie with the kids. Come on, fall. Come on, already.
Early Saturday morning, Erik and his team (Go Vikings!) had their pictures taken and then played their first game. They won, 3-0. It was a great start to the season!!

We came home from soccer and started trimming the frontyard trees. 

 Before

 After

Can you see me up in the tree? I think we will make some steps on the trunk so the kids can climb it. I was using a manual pole saw, but our neighbor drove by and offered us his electric pole saw. It made work much faster. I used the chainsaw to cut the branches into smaller pieces. Our awesome neighbor Brad had to go to the dump anyway, so the next morning he loaded our debris into his trailer and off he went. We can actually see across the street now. The branches hung so low, especially from the evergreen. Just something we've been wanting to do for two years.
 Erik at the dump! He found treasure!!
 
Later that evening we went to the Republic soccer game. My friends at WHA let Erik and our cute neighbors escorts players onto the field. Erik loved it! He escorted the other teams goalie, who was dressed all in pink. He was an awesome player too! Republic won!! It was a great game and it actually cooled off. We stayed till the end, so the next day we were all a little sleepy.
Erik is with the player in pink!
We had Jacob most of Saturday and all Sunday because Melanie is back in the Sheriff's academy, kicking butt. Woo Hoo!! We look forward to celebrating her graduation in 2016!!
The next morning, the fun continued!


It was the theme of the weekend. Lots of stick bombs and swimming. We made it over to Ancil Hoffman to fly planes for a bit with Brad and kids. I hiked the 3 mile loop while they flew planes. It was HOT. Had to get back in the pool with kids after that.
Hope everyone has a great week!! 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Libby

Nana and Pops went out of town for a couple of nights so we watched their little Libby. They just adopted her in May from Front Street animal shelter. She is a sweetie pie and really great about sleeping in her crate. She stayed in it all day while we were at work, so we took her with us to soccer practice so she could play with Casey while Erik practiced.
She likes to be hand fed.
She loves to sit on your lap and be cuddled.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

All the time in the world

I need to figure out how to be more patient so I can be a better parent. I find myself losing my cool too much. For example, when I ask Casey to do something, he almost always replies with, "What does Erik have to do?" 

I remember seeing this couple on Dr. Phil a long time ago. The wife on the show reminds me of Casey because she made a list of all the chores/stuff she did and a list of everything her husband did, and her list was crazy longer so she was very ANGRY. Dr. Phil said, "Is that list you made working for you? Is that helping your marriage?" He would follow up with, "Your on my show so making this list can't be working for you."

I wish that in these moments I have with Casey, I could be funnier and tease him more about his response to me, but depending on the time of day, I don't have any patience left in my reserves. I wish I would respond with, "Once upon a time there was a boy named Casey who put off what he was asked to do, so one morning he woke up and found he was left in the woods. The end." Then I should laugh like a crazy person, because I am a crazy person.

I am writing this because I want to get better at being more patient. I don't want to yell so much. I don't want to say things I regret. I have to figure this out because I know it is only going to get harder. I think I am clear about my expectations but maybe I need to be more clear. CRYSTAL clear. Shiny, Windex clean clear. 

It's not all rainbows and butterflies is it? Chin up buttercup, today is a new day!

I found this great article by Amy Gross, Patience is a Skill, to be really helpful. 

1. First thing: Just stop. Catch the mind ranting that you shouldn't be in this situation—because you are. Give up the fight. You've lost the battle, but not the war.

2. Settle into the moment. You might feel your body ease down, yielding to gravity (wise move). Your shoulders and belly relax, your jaw too.

3. Go into your body with your mind's eye and find out how you know you're impatient. Are you tight, tense, breathing shallowly, clenching, jiggling? Where exactly? Focus on those sensations as closely as you can. Touch them with your mind.

4. See if you can open any tightness, breathe into any clenching. With a really ornery knot, give up trying to fix it and see if you can welcome it, make room for it.

Once your brain cools down, your powers of reason return. When you give up the fight, you get time. Time stretches. You sink into the moment, and it seems infinite. You have all the time in the world. 



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Pedar Eugene Bruce:Take a walk down memory lane.

Pedar's Mom sent a ton of pictures this morning of Pedar as a little boy! I need to put them somewhere I can easily show the boys, so of course I made a blog post. Just look at the cutie pie!
He still sleeps like this!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Happy 40th Birthday, Pedar!!

Check the date. Today is 8.25.15 which means Pedar is 40!! Happy Birthday, dude!! We love celebrating your awesomeness!!
What are we doing to celebrate you ask? He left in the wee hours of the morning today to fly out for a work trip, so we won't be celebrating today. Hopefully his co-workers give him a really horrible time!!

We celebrated this weekend with his parents and Dagny and Dean.  Jim and Karen watched the boys overnight so we were able to enjoy a long bike ride Sunday morning before picking them up. 
Hope you have a great day today my super hunky hubby. 

I love you so much! This getting older thing isn't too bad with you by my side! Enjoy these crazy videos of your crazy family!!!


2014 birthday post 

2013 Love fest post 

2013 birthday post

2012 birthday post

2011 birthday post