Life as I know it

I want so badly to be able to do it all.  Each day that goes by that I am not able to sit down and do the things that have been on the list of my "would like to do's" kills me.  If there is one thing that I have learned about being the mom to 4 kids it is, it's no longer about me... at all!  The second I sit down to do the things that I enjoy doing there is someone there whining that they want apple juice or a snack.  It's just not enjoyable.    Hence the severe lack of blog posts.  Every day I say, today will be the day, I WILL get some pictures edited and a posts written.  Then each night I go to bed saying, ok, well maybe tomorrow.   Well, with Dan being gone for a few days I decided to seize the moment, stay up late and knock out a few posts.  Here goes nothing.

Last month I was lucky enough to be visited by my bestie, Jenny, and her daughter Emma.  As always, we had a blast and made use of every second we were able to spend together.  I even got to take advantage of Jenny's budding photography skills and grab a quick photo shoot with my girl.  

I am so thankful to have these gems of me on the other side of the camera!

The summer went out with a bang and we are finally settling into the school year.  We are making the rounds this year with the boys at three different schools.  While the mornings are quite busy, I am savoring my quiet moments with Evie.  Even if it is just 2 hours a week.

Tyler is highly impressed with my photo op, you can tell.

Tyler started third grade at ASB with Mrs. Eusebio as his teacher.

Alex was so excited to be going to his new school, OLL, and getting big brother Tyler's old teacher, Mrs. Clayton.

Graham is a big boy now... so he thinks.  He has followed in the footsteps of his brothers and started at The Children's School.  Ms. Tiereny and Teacher Lisa Eve are his teachers this year.  He loves that he finally gets to go to school.  

And we can't forget Ms. Evie.  We decided she needed a photo shoot on our first day sans boys.  When not taking pictures we can regularly be found at Greenlake and Starbucks.

And there you have it my friends... August and the beginning of September in a nutshell.
Next up... Evie's 5 month post.


California 2013

It is definitely no secret that life is crazy here.  There are just not enough hours in the day to do everything that I need to do.  That leaves pretty much no room for the things that I want to do, like blogging.  Something has to give and keeping the blog up to date has been the first to go.  

Our annual summer trip to California did happen.  And it was a blast.  Since this was our vacation this year we made sure to have plenty of things for the kids.  We made it to Sonoma Train Town, Great America, the driving range, Bodega Bay as well as collecting eggs, riding and feeding horses and hanging out on the ranch.  Graham was in heaven this year.  He never wanted to come inside.  I am sure that all the animals were ready for us to leave at the end of the week.

Tyler and Alex were lucky enough to stay with Grandma and Grandpa for a week all by them selves.  Although a little homesick at the beginning they ended the trip on a great note and had a lot of fun.  Alex and Maddie were like two peas in a pod.