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Happy Halloween

Saturday, October 31, 2015

From our two superheroes, and our precious little flower

Batman Grayden 

Superman Sadler ~Clark Kent edition 

Jovie the flower

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Insta Friday

Friday, October 30, 2015

All dressed and ready for church, she suddenly looks way too old!

Sadler got to take "Hoot," the class pet home for the weekend before being the star helper on Monday. He was a very good owl during church.

We said our final earthly goodbyes to Robb's grandma the Monday after we got home. We find comfort in knowing we will see her again in eternity one day. 

So thankful that Grandma could take Sadler on his field trip to Post Family Farms on his star helper day while we had the funeral for Grandma Brink. 


Loving the beautiful fall view out my window while starting a new book for a book study I'm a part of. 

breakfast with some friends

Thankfully my groom thinks I'm just as beautiful in my dress now as I was 10 years ago, despite the grey hairs and wrinkles (and I'm not talking about the wrinkles on the dress;)

We spent our actual anniversary helping out with crafts during Kids Club, that's real life!

my little cutie with his completed craft!

showing off her new head to toe outfit from Once Upon A Child, I just love shopping consignment for her! Also, she got a little carried away brushing her teeth, hence the wet spot on her jeans!

Another great check up at the doctor! I'm not normally a highly emotional person, but after sitting in the waiting room with several very sick patients (one who was physically getting ill) I totally broke down in front of my dr, and his new PA (great first impression!) I was so disappointed in myself for crying at first, but then realized it was good for my dr to see that I'm a real person, not just file L143 like I'm usually treated as, and this does affect me, probably more than I ever let on to. 

good thing we have lots of time to practice her mascara application technique! 

Our nature loving' lad had a great time on his first field trip on 1st grade at the Outdoor Discovery Center!

first time at the new Trader Joe's the mini carts were cute, yet quite disastrous for us, we were in and out as quick as we could :)

Dressed and ready to cheer on U of M for the big game against State.  I really have no interest in football, but thought I would dress them up like the rest of my Facebook friends were all doing that Saturday! 

Jovie got into my mascara, again!

Keeping entertained by these girls during an anniversary celebration for Robb's Aunt and Uncle while everyone watched the big game!

sunday morning sweetness

practicing smiles for our family pictures Sunday afternoon!

completely deflated tire at Target, hubby to the rescue! 

whipping up some cajun sausage soup on a cold day

sweet sadler was excited to make applesauce in preschool 

This candle is amazing! Target but it seems they are sold out :(

Rise and shine and give God the glory! I had a hard time getting back into the household duties rhythm after our trip! I was so lazy and unmotivated to do anything! I prayed that God would help me spend my day in a way that would honor Him, even in the little things, like folding laundry and picking up Cheerios. "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord" 
Colossians 3:23

this girl loves green monster smoothies! 

she's so full of personality lately, I just love this stage with her, a little bit sassy and a lot sweet!

I heard it was Bus Driver Appreciation week last week, and boy, do I ever appreciate her! I hope she liked this small token of our thanks for all she does!

Gray pointed out the beautiful trees on the way to the bus stop one morning! Picture worthy indeed!

A Friday morning when Sadler didn't have school, and I didn't have to run around like crazy getting everyone out the door called for coffee and a book on the couch

soccer spectator 

Gray and the soccer star, Makenna!

finger licking good!

picnic and the park with our friend Owen after school on monday. 

sleepy snuggles with sweet sister

Great report at conferences for Grayden Monday night

trying to keep the littles busy on a long Tuesday afternoon 

Grayden's been working so hard to reach the classroom's goal of 30 smileys on their Xtra Math computer program and he whooped it with 35 at home wednesday night! SO proud of him!

took the troop to Catch Air for some fun with cousins on Thursday as a fun way to kick off Grayden's Fall Break

He's so stinking cute with her, he told me over breakfast at Panera Bread today, "she's doing so good! See, she's not even whining, she must have had a good nights sleep!" He acts like he's 25 sometimes and I just adore him!

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10 Year Anniversary Cruise {Days 5, 6 & 7}

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Wednesday morning we woke up in beautiful St. Maarten 

We booked an afternoon beach excursion, so we had some time to kill in the morning. One of our favorite things was the putt-putt golf on the ship, we had a tournament going between us the whole week, we love a good competition!

 Our tour took us to Orient Beach

The ocean swallowed up both of our sunglasses and hats, but thankfully spit the two of us, and my hat back out!
We purchased some new sunnies as souveneirs from St. Maarten :)

Nothing wraps up a good beach day like a hot dog from the hot dog bar on board!

All cleaned up for dinner

Thursday was another at sea day, heading back home after 3 great ports. October 8 marked 7 years post kidney transplant for me!

And we also got word (so thankful that we purchased the online wifi package) that Robb's grandma passed away peacefully Thursday morning :(

Another favorite feature, the frozen yogurt stands!

Thursday was SO hot, we camped up on the top level to get some breeze, lounged in the pool, or sat in the shade the whole day

That afternoon they did another dive show, see those divers up there? 60 feet in the air!

This was taken another night, but it shows a good picture of the aqua theater where they do the dive shows. They also showed movies on the screens different times.

Thursday was another formal night, and also lobster dinner night, yum! 

Robb went with prime rib, and lobster! Our waiter quickly learned that we like to EAT so he usually brought out extra entrees for us :)

and I went with the lobster!

nothing like mini golfing in a tulle skirt :)

Friday was the last day at sea, we soaked up all the goodness we could!

our last dinner

 There were lots of reasons who could/should not have gone on this trip: not in the budget, the kids busy schedules, missing the kids, missing work, etc but we are SO GLAD we did! Our 10 year anniversary truly is something to celebrate, we've been through a lot together as a young couple, and time alone to focus on our marriage was so good for us! We loved every minute of it, and left the next day feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. We are so thankful for the opportunity, and for our families who took such great care of the kids for us! 

We did eventually run out of things to talk about on our long day traveling back home! Our flight didn't leave until 3:30 and we were up since 6:30, lots of waiting ;)

best welcome home ever!

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