Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Back to School Thankfulness....

Thankful this week that our back to school routines were pretty easy to transition into!!
 Our routine is 6:45 alarm for 2 oldest. They get dressed, eat breakfast, read devotions ( loving the Student Study Bible), brush teeth, (spray Axe lol Harrison!), grab bookbags and out the door at 7:35. This week Hudson got to snooze a couple of the days, but then we figured since he would be getting up next week for Matt, when I begin work, we better get him trained. So Thursday and Friday he was also up around 7, and we seriously have the BEST waker uppers!! (Not from naps, but from bedtime).

Thankful to Pintrest for the cute lunch box love- since Hannah can't really read yet- the bright picture love notes are our faves.
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Thankful for our school having "the world's best pizza".

Thankful that Harrison has stuck with the 1st week of Cross Country training, and has decided to stick with it this year ( which is just a couple months). We might have totally turned his moaning and groaning around into a parent "knows" best speech.... and might have asked him who do you want to look like at 37. Dad or Uncle Dustin... and his reply quite possibly sent Matt to the gym for an all nighter .... insert all the dying laughing faces here.... because clearly Harrison didn't know who was in better shape Dad or Dusty... hahahahaha #momfail for even asking that question... but still... :)

Thankful that both Hannah and Hudson survived without naps all week, although Hudson was asleep on the bus ride home all the days ;)

So thankful that we were blessed with rock star teachers yet again. Hudson's pre-k teacher is all sorts of patient, and adores him, and his other 3 classmates. Yes. class of 4, with one teacher and 2 aids. The aids are also amazing, and we can already see some growth!!  Harrison's team of teachers seem great, looking forward to actually meeting them and going through his schedule at curriculum night next week :)

Thankful that despite the minor rush rush rush injuries ( matt's finger in the door while he was getting gas before school drop off, and the hot glue gun burn on my arm ) we are back to our much adored "real" life, and love remembering how God got us through all the challenges and excitements of the 2015-2016 school year, and we know He will do it again this year too... Praying for your family too, dear reader friends!

When dad goes downtown, we use Olive Garden as our new chef :)

  And we use our Birthday Coupon at the mall's carousel

  Loving the drop off dates I had with Miss Banana ( And loving one of her new dresses from Mimi!)
  Still learning how to hold his umbrella ;)
 We love gymnastics!

 I need to make these hats this year!! A craft for each letter of the alphabet!! Yes please!
 Thankful for a dad son Sushi date.

 And a movie
 School is hard work :)

 Nail date!

 Yes. Thank you. :)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Last week of no routines and back to school!!

Thankful this week that we enjoyed fun family time- gym- pool- late nights- lots of olympics & Playstation.

Thankful that we got to enjoy a lunch date with good friends whom we haven't connected with in years!

Thankful for continued blessing at Pacific Garden Mission & deepened relationships.

Thankful that we got to celebrate David and Yadira's wedding {David works at PGM and is ready to rebuild his life, and he and Yadira, with the help of the Lord, are ready to embark as one!! It was a totally new to us kinda wedding, and so we took lots of selfies. The bride was 25 minutes late, so we just sat and self-ied and waited :)}

Thankful for soccer beginning for Harrison .. this is a new to him sport, but we agreed we needed a change from the crazy coaching and intense football vibe... so far we love the soccer vibe :)
{ Soccer cleats are seriously the coolest. Such a hard choice... but we are loving the orange metallic }

Thankful for gymnastics going great for Hannah banana.

Thankful for our 12 year anniversary.

Thankful for this squishable always on the move dude.

Thankful to have found a healthier and seriously AMAZINGLY tasty ice cream 

 we love Mint Chip & Birthday Cake

Thankful that we rent our home. Noone wants to look at water damage and leaks on a Friday...but the ease of calling our amazing fix it manager dude, was GREAT!! Now we have 2 squares cut out as we wait for that ceiling to dry. But hooray for no money or work to upkeep!

Wedding selfie .... hooray for a sunny wedding saturday!!

  Let the selfies begin :)

Loved this verse, at just the right back to school time. 
Excited for our kid's new year full of change and adventure
 ( Hannah is in 1st grade which means school ALL DAY!! and Harrison is in middle school, which is a change of location. Loving that he will connect with all his pals from both elementary schools that he attended, but the hour earlier drop off is a bit intense! )

 Thankful to have had a wonderful last hoorah before kiddies began school .... celebrating the 4 summer Hill-Hebert birthdays ... Harrison's was on 6/23, Mila's was 6/29 (I think!), Hannah's was 7/22 and Matts was 8/1. Hudson's was in March, but clearly Mimi and Auntie needed to spoil him with a couple special gifts too :)

Back to School!!!!!! 

 I looooove this. So, we read the wrong date by accident at breakfast on their 1st day of school, we were off a day, but God knew this momma heart needed a teeny bit of reassurance... and gave the reminder of Abraham and Isaac and how the Lord took care of Abraham's only son! "Trust me to take care of your loved ones. They are safe with me. My Presence never leaves them- just as I never leave you" (Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids, Aug 23).

THIS. Ok, so my crazy to decorate self has wanted in my classroom since we got home from vacay, and once all my Amazon items came, my car has been literally stuffed. Love how God literally has to use the playground remodel project to force me to relax and be content with a stuffed car, but at home with the tribe. Behind that boarded up wall, are 4 classrooms, and the door to the playground. 
(PS I am BEYOND Thrilled that our amazing Principal's grant for a new playground got funded and is in motion! Will keep updates coming as they happen.)

When the kids are away... and Hudson's napping... we enjoy a lunch date at the casa


Hudson is ready for that bus to come!! The Paw Patrol backpack might have been kinda hard for me to buy.... not into character bags at all!?! My kids have been fine without ;) But for this guy. The puppy love ... was real... and man I think we turn to mush with our baby...

 AHHH the BUS!!!

 Hudson is one of 5 kiddos on this bus. Miss Eileen apparently is amazing and sings the whole way to school :)

Because he did so well day 1, and because we need a way to simplify the 3 different pickups at dismissal he is the lucky duck that rides the bus BOTH WAYS!! 

Now to fill those lunch boxes and begin my new Lysa book "Uninvited"
  ( Because kids are up at 6:45... bedtime is nutso early ... 7pm for little man, and 745-8 for older ones, as you can imagine our middle schooler is DEF balking at this one... sighhhh... but we do know best big dude . Prayers appreciated :)