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Friday, January 29, 2016

Grayden's first week of basketball camp!

all ready for our January date

We went to a shooting range, and had pizza. It was our first time shooting hand guns, which was a bit unsettling, but once I stopped jumping every time I shot went off, and doubled up on ear protection we had a good time. It was a unique experience I'm glad we did together! 

I was quite the sharp shooter, got that bullseye smack dab in the center!

A new Sunday night book study 

snow bunny

hip hip hooray for our first snow day!

this sweet little note was slipped under the salon door by Gray, made me smile!

checking out the fish at Meijer

just because he's cute!

playing in the snow with these little loves!

nap time with Posey

Grayden just loved riding the snowmobile with Grandpa, we could here him hooting and hollering across the lawn!

I received two surprising emails from iTunes one morning, they were receipts for purchases Sadler made on the iPad totaling $41! Thankfully iTunes refunded my money, and sent directions on how to properly prevent that from happening again!

The table I set up for my fave things party made a nice close up spot for Sadler to watch Strawberry Shortcake, without pants :)

MLK day

his first week at Lego Club!

reading Posey a story about The Green Lantern, in her size 2 pjs she picked out for her! :)

the only way to eat a cupcake!

Love this!

all ready to go on a shopping date with Aunt Lisa!

this boy isn't typically one to show his momma much lovin' with affection or affirmation, unless I beg, sadly, but he told me he liked my "pretty hairdo and earrings" one day, totally out of nowhere, so it had to be documented!

hmm...m&m's or mentos?! Tough choice!

Praising God for His protection over our sweet girl last Friday afternoon. Jovie got into my transplant meds and ate 4 anti-rejection pills while I was unloading the groceries. After a call to poison control center they told me to take her to the emergency room where we spent the next 4 hours monitoring her. She was totally fine the whole time and never had any unusual symptoms. I'm usually so careful with my meds, and make sure they are out of reach, but I was lazy and rushed that morning and left them on the counter. 
So thankful this scary and unfortunate event didn't turn tragic, and for that we give all glory to God.  

week 3 of basketball camp, he's made huge improvements! 

Our friends Rob and Amanda throw a fun themed party every year, it's always so fun shopping and getting dressed for them! This year the theme was: FIESTA!
It was a blast!

I found this gem of a dress at Goodwill. It looks like it was handmade, probably for a quincenera! 
It fit me like a glove and I loved it!  It even earned me the best dressed girl award! 

family fun at the aquatic center

how we roll in Meijer!

I joined a five day challenge to drink at least 64 oz of water a day, not my favorite thing to drink but it's been a fun challenge 

As much as I dread drinking water, I've been trying to focus on the millions of communities around the world, and even here in Michigan without access to clean drinking water, and would give anything to drink 64 oz of water a day!

love seeing the blankets for brenham come in!

A lunch time fave: spinach salad with feta, red onion, roasted pecans, dried cranberries and poppyseed dressing, and of course WATER! :)

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Blankets for Brenham

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hey Blog Friends!

 2016 is another Leap Year, and it's right around the corner, which means our sweet baby Brenham will be celebrating his 2nd (actually 8th!) birthday in Heaven on Feb 29. We are, once again, collecting (new) blankets in his memory to donate to the NICU and bless other babies born too soon, etc. 
If you'd like to donate you can send me an email at with "Blankets for Brenham" in the subject line and I'll reply back with shipping address, or if you're local we can make pick-up arrangements.

 Thank you for your love and support as we honor our precious son!

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Happy Birthday Robb

Monday, January 25, 2016

We love you so much and are so thankful for the opportunity to celebrate YOU!

Birthday lunch and ice cream cake with his family

Out for dinner at FireRock Grille to celebrate Robb and Lisa's birthdays with my parents and the kiddos!

Out celebrating as a family with mini golf and arcade games Friday night!

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Favorite Things 2016

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Last night was my FIFTH annual Favorite things party!
It just never gets old, it seriously is one of the highlights of my year!

For those of you who are new to the idea, here's a little recap:

Everyone took 3 of the same of their favorite things for $10 or less along with an optional favorite appetizer or dessert. 

When it was time for the exchange everyone talked about their favorite thing that they brought and told everyone why they liked it. I then drew names one at a time out of a bowl, once your name was called it was your turn to go up and choose a favorite thing from the table. We did 3 rounds of that so each girl went home with 3 new favorite things!

Here's what everyone took:

Val: a gift card to Fris downtown Holland to create a custom poster/wall hanging (One of the things I chose to take)

Heather: A variety pack of her favorite ink pens, post it notes and flags, and chapstick 

Marcie: 9x13 insulated casserole carriers

Lisa: fabric softener spray and make-up blender sponge 

Emily: wet brush 

Heidi: M salt (mixture of seasonings) 

Stefanie: infinity blanket scarfs

Trisha: Schwarzkopf hair products ( I chose the mousse) 

Anne: Anne wasn't able to come since she just moved to Alabama but she sent carbonated bubble clay face masks and joined us in spirit :) (another thing I chose)

Me: 3 pairs of earrings from Walmart, they're only $2.88 and super fun and unique options. 

Mindy: Six Sisters cookbook

Nicole: handmade, by her hubby, picture/card holder and peach rings

Lyndsey: fuzzy bath robes and chapstick 

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Insta Friday

Friday, January 8, 2016

This are all way out of order, and it's kinda driving my OCD nuts, but I'm so behind and I just wanna get them posted....AHH!

crazy Friday night at the Lubbers' :)

getting an up close look at baby Jesus at the Critter Barn Live Nativity 

enjoying one last dinner/shopping date with my friend Anne before she moved to Alabama :(

Sadler's special day being the star helper at preschool 

the first day of Christmas break I went to Meijer all ALONE while the kids were having a Christmas party with Aunt Lisa

 lucky kiddos had such a fun time at Aunt Lisa's party

Love me some cuties in pjs for movie and pj night at Kids Club, I could eat him with a spoon

this rarely happens anymore

those silly chipmunks! The boys made quick use of the movie theater gift cards they got for Christmas 

this little monkey climbed out of her crib for the first time, sad day!

loving her baby

I think this one is on the verge of a major growth spurt, he eats!

watching her baby dolls get a bath!

snugga luvva

we had such a fun night with my parents downtown Zeeland, checking out the reindeer, watching the model train exhibit, and just as we were walking to ride the horse drawn carriage Sadler threw up all over the sidewalk, poor love!

thankfully it was only a 12 hour bug (Jovie had it two days before) and no one else got it after him!

My cute 1st grader at his Holiday workshop 

soaking up the last snuggles with a one-year old

Christmas with the extended Lubbers side

she bit the end of her paci off,  and was quite sad!

My sweet little 2 year old!

Sadler at the dentist during Christmas break, unfortunately he'll be back for a filling :(

Same story for Grayden, YIKES!

we made FLOAM one day during break with Styrofoam cups, borax and glue and Sadler refused to touch it for hours, when he finally did he loved it!

waiting not so patiently for daddy to come home Christmas Eve so we could start our party!

My friend Rachel and I pattern mixing it up in our cassie skirts at M.Life!

a few of the lovely ladies at my M.Life (like MOPS) table

she has my heart

the boys going "bogging" which is a term they made up for hiking through the woods in their bogs boots :)

trying to earn some "mom of the year" points by wearing the earrings Grayden got me for Christmas to church, we agreed to not turn the blinking lights on since they might distract people!

when your mother and mother in law get you almost identical ornaments in your stocking, great minds think alike!

staying warm and cozy with baby Posey during the ice storm

power outage during an ice storm made us cozy up with candles, flashlights and extra blankets for the night
our power came back during the night and we made it to Jovie's well check appt with a few minutes to spare!

poor girl, I'd feel the same way about being weighed after the holidays. Our healthy girl is at the top of the charts, more to love!

after I finished this book I had the major urge to throw away anything I could get my hands on!

Cute little snow shoveling crew, they're for hire if you need some shoveling done!

set up for the little Christmas party I hosted for my book study girls 

so busy reading while we wait to pick up Sadler from school.

Ready to ring in the new year with SPARKLE!

one of my new years goals was to make my bed everyday, I've never made it a habit, yet! But it sure feels good to have it made!

cleaning every nook and cranny of the pantry, the kids thought I lost my mind!

on new years day we went out for dinner with the Rietman clan and then to a hotel (with a splash pad) for the night 

he could hardly contain himself

momma's girl in our stripes 

he has no fear!

cutie cousins had so much fun together 

our December date night 

we went to a cooking class where we made our own ravioli, and had dinner at Red Lobster

Trying our homemade ravioli, it was so good!

this text still makes me laugh, I sent my friend Emily the photo receipt instead of our Christmas card! opps!

Grayden's precious writing assignment, warms my heart!
"I like Christmas. Because it is Jesus' birthday" 

back in the school routine, on a Monday, called for some heavy duty liquid fuel from Starbucks!

robb's been working out with me this new year, love him more for it! 

pea soup for the first time, the kids were troopers about trying it, but it was not a hit! I was proud of them for trying!

it wouldn't be girls night without a little competition, even though I lost!

I wish the circumstances were different but I love having Grayden home today, his school district canceled school so students and staff could attend a funeral for a freshman who died in a sledding accident last weekend. 

and this boy stayed home from school too (he's in a different school district for preschool), we were halfway to school when he told me he thought he was going to be sick, I looked back at him and looked pale and pitiful, so I turned around and we headed back home. He doesn't look sick to me anymore, but better safe than sorry I suppose. Thankful he's feeling better! Maybe it was the pea soup last night! lol 

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