Friday, August 31, 2012

insta friday

Tuesday night

girls night out at Applebee's


that little one is TROUBLE! he has no fear!



loving his oatmeal




so peaceful on the lake


cool dude



i had an appt at 9am to get the stitches taken out of my foot


while i was waiting, i saw this shirt on zulily

if i had a $ for every time someone asked me where Sadler was from, (not that it bothers me) I could buy him 3 of them!


turns out my incision wasn’t quite ready to have the stitches taken out. instead the doc changed my bandages and I about passed out! I’ve been queasy about this thing, its crazy! i don’t know when I became so wimpy.

I was so disappointed to hear my stitches weren’t coming out until next Friday! They are right on the arch of my food and makes it difficult to walk. We have fun plans for the weekend and now they just won’t be the same since I can hardly walk :(

After a good cry in the car I swung through the mcd’s drive thru for a chocolate chip cookie and then felt much better!


another 6 lbs lost and meeting surpassing my goal weight (21 pounds total) deserved a little online shopping!

ironic how this is posted right under the cookie picture :)


this summer has been the first time I’ve ever lost weight, on purpose. It was hard work but I feel so good now and have lots more energy and confidence. My weight gain was a gradual process over the past 3 years and it was only going to get worse, I knew I had to stop it now before it got out of control.

I’m to the point now where I’m only trying to maintain my weight and continue to tone up. We’ll see how that goes, could be the hardest part of all!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

the sweetest thing

grayden learned this prayer a long time ago from the ‘Boz’ movies and he loves it, still!

it’s just the sweetest thing to hear him pray!

Monday, August 27, 2012

weekend wrap up

we had a pretty low-key, relaxing weekend. I had a minor outpatient surgery on my foot Friday morning so we stayed home Friday night so I could rest. Robb made dinner and rented a movie for us. After we ate, the boys went out for ice cream with my parents while we watched the movie.

Saturday we met up with Gray’s birth dad for a visit at the park. We had lunch and then played for awhile, it was a really nice visit.


After the park, we went home and the boys went down for naps.

We had pizza by Robb’s parents house for a little get together while Robb’s uncle is in town from Arizona.



My sister in law and I in our matching boots!


Robb took the boys to church Sunday morning and we spent the afternoon at the cottage.

In the evening we headed to Robb’s Aunt and Uncle’s house for dinner.

Friday, August 24, 2012

insta friday


fresh brown eggs from the chickens who live out in the shed by our old house.

gray and I love hard boiled eggs in the morning!


stopped behind a train for the 4th time, in 4 days!


yummy Monday lunch: avocado chicken salad!

half an avocado mashed in bowl with shredded chicken, black beans, salsa and green onions


high hopes for nap time


i was less than a pound away from my goal weight on Monday and then this happens, ouch!

first try at kale chips, yum!


i had an appointment on Tuesday so grandma L watched the boys, I went to get groceries afterwards; it was so nice to actually be able to put my bag in the seat! never happens!



sadler helps himself to some cereal!



robb and i went to a tigers game




the tigers won 2-3 in 11 innings, fun game!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Hudsonville fair

we ventured out to the Hudsonville community fair last night!

Robb, Grayden and my dad enjoyed their time at the fair in the grandstands watching the tractor pulls, while I walked around in the barns with sadler and my mom.IMG_2384

they are SO loud!


After about an hour, Grayden joined us in the farm animal barns.

Grayden has come a long way with his attitude towards animals, he loved every horse, petted every goat, checked out every bunny and had a great time!






Sadler, the boy who we thought had no fear, was scared petrified of the farm animals! The only thing he showed any interest in was the baby chicks, in a box, under Plexiglas!


so he hung out in the stroller or happily clinging in mommy or grandma’s arms a lot! so unlike him!



gray rode the truck ride like he did last year





and just for funsies, a pic of sadler from last year! baby boo!


oh my heart!

and one of Gray at the fair when he was Sadler’s age (2010)


ohhhhh, sweet boy!
ok, sorry, i’m done now!


we had a great night and look forward to next year! maybe then sadler can join in on the tractor pulls too!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

{Summer List} Update!

Summer sure is flying bye, I’m so glad we’ve made the most of this summer weather while we could!

We’ve checked off a few more things!

pick berries: we took a wagon ride down the street to pick some blueberries at a small local farm. we didn’t pick much but the boys had fun finding and eating the berries!






we went to timber town as a family a few weeks ago after we dropped of Grayden’s enrollment papers to his school




that place is so big and the boys wander off so fast, i was glad to have robb along for an extra set of eyes!


we got a new bike seat for sadler to ride in, but of course he prefers the trailer, at least Gray like it!
we’re hoping to do more bike riding as a family!

the boys don’t get to  play on the swing set and sand box quite as much as they’d like to because this happens:


I’m hoping in the next few years the sand throwing and kicking will stop and we can enjoy it a little more often!




they love playing restaurant by the counter, grayden is annoyed with me in this picture because I asked him for breadsticks and he said he only has pizza and broccoli at his restaurant! i bet business is booming for him!






*pick berries

*feed ducks

*Fillmore park

*outdoor discovery center

*kollen’s park

*timber town

*Lawrence st. park

*farmer’s market/ market kid’s activities

*whitecaps game

*downtown fountain


*coast guard festival (July 27-August 5) *missed the festival, maybe next year!

*hot air balloon show (June 30, July 1) * this was on our calendar but ended up being TOO HOT THAT WEEKEND!*

*truck parade (labor day) *not going to happen, made plans to go out of town that weekend!*

*memorial day parade

*have picnic


*water bed (Pinterest)

*run through sprinklers

*fly kite

*sidewalk chalk

*go garage sale-ing


*Meijer gardens

*library programs

*lemonade stand

*downtown street performers (thursday nights)

*play tennis

*go to cottage

*swimming lessons

*pool time

*bike ride

*mini golf

*soccer camp for Gray

*water table

*little pool

*sand box/swing set


*hike trails

*trip to sandy pines

we have plans for mini golf yet this summer (September) and one of these days I have to get some pictures of the boys playing sidewalk chalk! The lemonade stand  and hiking trails are other things we hope to do yet, other than that things left on the list may have to be put off till next summer!

I never intended to do ALL the items on the list but to use it more as a guide on things to do when we’re bored, and I have to say I’m pretty impressed with all the fun we’ve had so far!