Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Middles School Orientation

As much as I want to run and hide under a pillow FOREVER from middle school, its' here!  I have to face the facts.  Doesn't mean I am not sad but WE CAN DO THIS! or more like we HAVE to do this!

Carter and I headed over to the middle school to register him and getting him acquainted with his locker.

Carter was quite bummed that he just wasn't tall enough to get an upper locker but quickly learned having the lower lockers made unlocking your locker just a tad bit easier!  Maybe next year!!

And success.....he got it on only the 2nd try!

This kid is ready, his mom NOT!

Summer Evenings

As summer was quickly winding down and we had a few extra minutes to ourselves Maggie and I ran to the splash park one evening. 
Dad was gone out of town for work, Carter at football practice, and Bess off on her adventure to Montana.  That left just us!

Love cooling off to some misty water!

And her posing never ends!

After we picked Carter up from football and changed our wet clothes, we ran up to hit some fresh hot donuts from Krispy Kreme.  This happens to make both these two smile but it's really Carter's very favorite thing ever!

We are so sad that these nights of freedom are quickly coming to an end, school is a drag sometimes!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Montana Summers

And the tradition of going to Montana lives on!  

It's always a fight to see who is going to be the first group to get to go and always a fight to see who gets to stay the longest but everyone always comes home so much happier!

First group up this year: Maggie and Sawyer

Next up: Parker and Carter
these two have been making this trip for quite a few years now....I hope they never outgrow it!

And last: Reese and Bess

Grandma and Grandpa sure are awesome for making it a priority to do this every year and these kids are very lucky to have the opportunity.  I love the memories they are making and the fact that you get to make them with your cousin just makes it even better!

Our Favorite Visitors

We had the best 3 day visit with our old neighbor/friends from Salt Lake.  We really have missed this awesome family!
Jessica was around 8 when we bought our home there.  I still remember her little busy body self bopping her way up to our house to meet us all on her own.  And now I have these 2 busy body girls that miss her like crazy! 

We really didn't do anything too exciting, it felt good to just hang out and be together.

Jessica brought her nail stuff and treated all us girls to beautiful nails.  My girls were in heaven!  
Bess decided last minute that she didn't want a huge birthday party but just wanted a few of her close friends to come over and have a late night.  This included Jessica doing their nails.  It was a fun night full of laughs, yummy food, and lots of visiting!

Everyone had to take a turn showing off their talents. 

We took a small little jaunt down by the green belt in Eagle and afterwards went for yummy desserts at Kneaders.

Laurie we ALL miss you!  I still talk to Laurie almost weekly, she catches me up on what I am missing in the old neighborhood.  It sure is a good place to be!

We completed their visit with a rafting trip down the river.  We had 3 different rafts and all did raft switching throughout the trip.  But I mostly stayed with Jessica.  I have really not laughed that hard in a really long time.  Us trying to man that boat and getting it where it was suppose to be had to be one of the funniest things ever!  We ran into alot of trees limbs and may have almost had our heads taken off a couple times but it sure was fun!

Our completed nail!

We sure love the Leonhardts!  Now bring on more visitors!

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Bess Turns 9

My sweet loving girl turned 9.  Bess is really the easiest person to get a long with.  She's the cuddly, giving, peacemaker in our home!

Her birthday, just like Maggie's, fell on a Sunday this year.  I think it just caused us to celebrate EVEN more!

I forgot to get a picture of her right when she woke up, but this will have to do!

We had all of Bess's favorite foods that day and opened ALL her presents.  One of her gifts was the game of LIFE.  It was the perfect thing to have to do when your birthday falls on Sunday!

Bess pretty much always requests Pazookies for her birthday treat!

One of our favorite traditions is to watch the kids birth videos on their birthdays.  We all enjoy going down memory lane and the kids love to hear the stories.  
I never ever turn off those videos without tears streaming down my face. 
It really just seemed like I was bringing this baby home from the hospital.  It seems like I was just figuring out what an awesome sleeper she was and how much she loved her binkie!
It goes SO crazy fast!

I love my Bess!

Pool Days are Winding Down

We've loved spending lots of hot days at our pool.  We love meeting up with friends there and also running into neighbors that we don't see regularly.  It's a pretty perfect place for us during the hot summer days!

Sadly those fun days at the pool are coming to an end and we are soaking all the time in there that we can!

Date With My Boy

So depressing how mean parents really can be!  Sad day for Carter!

One night after football practice I whispered to Carter, so no one else would hear, "hurry and go shower and let's go get some frozen yogurt."
He was very quick and off we went.  I was starting to feel a little bad about his depression of realizing he really wasn't going to get a bearded dragon till he is out of our house and living on his own.  I saw that the local yogurt shop, Aspen Leaf, was having a $4 all you can fill night. I thought it would be a perfect time to make amends and get some alone time with Carter.
We had a good time talking and being with each other, or at least I did!  Carter is my child that is most like me.  Poor kid! He just gets me and I get him!  Love his humor and love even more that is he is still okay with hanging with his mean ol' mom!

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Bearded Dragon Stage

Oh man, I never thought we would survive this infatuation of lizards stage!  Like I really thought one of us would die before it was over!

For about 3 weeks Carter watched every you-tube video EVER made of Bearded Dragons, asked to go to the pet store constantly, and talked non stop about all he had learned about them.
I was really starting to worry and I was really getting frustrated!!!
These were his last weeks of summer, he should be out enjoying them!

Glen of course saw the good in the situation and decided it would be better to use Carter's energy in  a productive manner with the whole obsession! 

So one morning while out on my walk what do I see all over the neighboring doors?

His marketing guru father thought he should save some money to buy himself a lizard, meanwhile distracting him from sitting at the computer and pet store every minute!

We were glad that Carter had done all the research for us on what it's like to have a bearded dragon for a pet.  It was easy to make our decision after learning they live far longer then Carter would be in our home and off on a mission and college!  That sealed our deal.  

We had lots of tears, yelling, and glares......but making that final decision really helped move our obsession on to something else.....HAMSTERS!  (story to be continued)

Roaring Springs

As summer was starting to wind down we asked the kids to write a list of things they still wanted to accomplish before starting back to school.
Both wrote down "Go to Roaring Springs". 

So we found a deal for families to going on a Friday night from 4 - 9 (when they close) and set out a date to go.  
We had so much fun!  It was the perfect amount of time for all of us.  Plus all the season pass holders have to leave at 7 so the park was pretty much ours!  It was awesome.  
I was so surprised how clean and well kept it was.  

We all loved the wave pool!

And sadly, that's all the pictures I took.  But we were all pretty brave and went on some fun waterslides! Perfect family night!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Girls Night

Bess's birthday was quickly coming up and the girl didn't have any ideas of what she wanted for gifts.  I decided a trip to the mall may help with some ideas.  

It was so fun to have a little shopping buddy!  She's great and we have so much fun one on one!  We will be doing lots more of this I am sure!  
We ended the night with a ice cream treat....what more could a girl want?  Your best friend, a treat, and the mall!

And what did I get to come home to?  The best bunch of freshly picked wild flowers!  I found the best wild flowers in random cups all summer from this one, just for ME!  I could kiss her little face off!  She's so sweet!  I am the luckiest mom ever!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Rafting/Floating the River

One of our very favorite things to do in Boise is floating the river.  
We inherited some rafts from Grandma Berger and bought a few of our own so we are totally set.  

Sadly we never have pictures doing such because the fear of ruining our cameras.  
However one night after work Glen decided that he and Carter were going to head out on a small little jaunt down part of the river and he was brave and had his phone along.  

He and Carter have the best time stopping to fish a little, jump off the bridges, and just enjoy the beautiful scenery.  
It really is SO fun!  So come visit and we will take you out! 

Bear Lake Family Reunion

We celebrated another mini family reunion up at Bear Lake this summer.  
We had so much fun.  The place we stayed at was perfect for bigger families.  It was full of activities that made it so we didn't even have to ever leave.  Mom Berger did a great job picking it out!

One whole day we spent down at the Lake with a boat we rented.  The kids loved that tubing....their mom was a wimp!

The boat keepers, Joel and Erin. 

We were all so happy that we got Madison for about 24 hours of the trip.  She's always fun to be around even when she has a walking boot on!

Joel showing off on his 1 ski!

Our little flag girls!  They did a great job!

Bess was very lucky that her cousin Alyssa was visiting from Georgia.  They had fun playing in the sand and riding in the boat together.  In fact the whole weekend all I heard out of these two were giggles!

On Sunday we took a trip up to Minnetonka Caves.  We missed Grandma, Joni, and Reese.  

Not gonna lie.....that was an incredibly LONG tour!  I think they could have cut it down at least an hour and it would have still been too long.  The kids were getting antsy but I have to say that the adults (cough cough Erin) were going crazy!

We really had SO much fun.  It was sad to load up and say goodbyes Monday.  We missed all the family that couldn't be there and hope that some day soon we can all get together!  These memories are so important and we are lucky to have each other!

Thanks for the BEST weekend guys!!!