Monday Night Lights.

Sep 30, 2015

The boys got to play at the U of L stadium on Monday. Ty's game was at 6:00pm and Nate's was right after at 7:00pm. They loved playing under the lights. It was a beautiful fall evening as well which was perfect. A beautiful Fall evening still means wearing gloves, a toque, and all cuddled up in a blanket. I just needed a hot chocolate and then it really would have been perfect. The boys are both improving a ton and I really love watching them.

I'm not going to lie. At the start of the season I wasn't sure how I felt about this football thing. Nate is 10 and in grade 5 so we signed him up to play on the Atoms team. We were excited because that meant the boys could play together and we would only have one schedule to work with. When we showed up for the first day they had Nate signed up for PeeWee's which is middle school kids. I was annoyed that they didn't ask us if that would be okay. I told them it was Nate's first year but I guess they had so many Atoms they needed to move him up. I wasn't too happy but thought maybe it would be good for Nate.

There were a ton of Atom players so they decided to split the team into two teams. Another parent volunteered to coach the other team, but the problem is the main coach just took all the kids from last year and put them on his team. That left all the kids who were playing for the first time all on the other team. (the team Ty is on). So we have a team with all new and inexperienced players. So unfair. Especially to the boys who need the experienced players to learn from and to make it more fair when playing the other teams. I was really ticked and unimpressed with the main coach. So we ended up with one really good coyote's team, and one that has never played before so we have lost all of our games. It honestly really annoys me. Luckily Ty has some really good coaches who actually care about the boys and are working hard to teach them all how to play the game. Ryan has been able to help coach too which is awesome. I think its given Ty a chance to play more too which is good. The team still hasn't won a game but they are improving a ton. Its hard to keep their morale up but I keep reminding Ty its his first year and its more important to learn and improve then to win.

Nate's actually had a really bad experience playing on the Pee wee team. Because its his first year its been rough on him trying to keep up with the older boys. He's also really shy and timid and football is way out of his comfort zone. He has no friends on the team and just isn't very aggressive. He's been trying and giving it his all but he just hasn't been loving it. He kind of had a break down yesterday and just didn't want to go to practice. We talked everything through and decided we didn't care what the league said. We talked to the Atom coach and the Pee wee coach and decided the best thing for him was to be playing on the Atoms team (where he should have been in the first place) with his brother and the other kids who are less experienced. I think it will be so much better for him. His self esteem and confidence have taken a beating and hopefully he can regain some of that. I don't think football will be his sport but I'm happy he'll get to finish the season off on a positive note. Besides now we are on one football schedule! Happy Day! Now I think I can get on board this whole football thing.

We also went to Henderson Lake the other night and walked, rode, bladed around the Lake and then played at the park. Our family played a mean game of tag together. Every single one of us. It was so much fun, and we stayed out till it got dark. It was one of the best nights. I sure love this family of mine.

Wedding Weekend.

Sep 24, 2015

My sister in-law Shannon got married in Waterton last weekend. Jody's been a part of the family for a while now but it was nice to make it official and celebrate their special day with them. Friday after school we headed out to the farm to spend the afternoon with Dave and Jacki and the kids who were just arriving from Utah. We had a nice time visiting. The cousin's seriously play so well together. We didn't hear a peep out of them the whole time. The girls all played downstairs while the boys put all their football gear on and played outside. They even talked their Dad's into joining them. It was really fun to watch. We headed into Waterton for a dress rehearsal (all the kids were in the wedding party) and then we ate pizza for a late supper.

Saturday morning the Olsen cousins came over and played again for a couple of hours and then it was time to get ready for the wedding. Seriously, I feel like getting four kids ready who are in the wedding party was more stressful then my own wedding day. The girls loved their flower girl dresses and the boys looked so handsome in their ties and vests. Thanks to Connie who made the boys vests last minute and did such a fabulous job. Everything was beautiful and perfect and we had an amazing time at the wedding. We are so happy and excited for Shannon and Jody and their new adventure together as husband and wife. We love you two and wish you only the best. Thanks for letting us be a part of your special day. We booked a hotel in Waterton for the night so we didn't have to drive home late. We stayed as late as we could, the girls were having a blast on the dance floor, but Hayley and her parents were quite exhausted. One funny thing I have to mention is when Ty saw the wine on the table he was quite shocked and said "what if people drink it and accidentally get drunk." I think he had his first experience with watching people getting "accidentally" drunk. There were a few people I wanted to thank afterward for showing my children how idiotic and stupid that stuff will make you act if you let it.

We settled into the hotel and most of us had a good night sleep...

Dear Waterton Lakes Lodge,

The tree that was planted right next to our room and hung over the roof right above our room does not make for a good night sleep on a windy night. I was just grateful my children slept through it because it sounded like creepy things crawling all over the roof.

sincerely, one tired Mama.

In all fairness I don't usually sleep well when I'm not in my own home but that just made it extra annoying. Alas, morning came and the kids woke us up and we headed to the hotel restaurant for breakfast. We had a couple of hours before check out so we went swimming in the pool. We had it all to ourselves for most of the time and had so much fun swimming together as a family which doesn't happen very often. They have a nice little pool there. (makes up for the awful sleep I had). I love spending time like that with my family. When we can just have fun and enjoy each other with no other distractions. No to do lists, no extra curricular's, no work, and no friends. It was a beautiful morning. We checked out, and made one more stop at the community centre to help put tables and chairs away and pack up the last of the stuff. Stopped in Cardston for lunch with the family and then headed home. It was a busy, but really fun weekend.

I wish I would have taken more photo's but I guess I was too busy having fun:)

Oh, Ty would not be very happy if I left out his heroic rescue. When we were swimming Hayley got a little too deep and all of a sudden was struggling to touch. Thankfully McKenna saw it and yelled her name. I was out of the pool and yelled to the boys who were closest to her. (Ryan was on the other side at the deep end) Ty saw and immediately went over and picked her up and carried her back to safety. Later he kept saying "I can't believe I saved Hayley's life" I was just glad he was there so I didn't have to jump in:) Good job Ty.

We made Shan and Jody open their gift from all of us before they took off on their honeymoon.

Dance and Football.

Sep 21, 2015

We are getting back into a regular routine with school and extra curricular activities, and just like that, life is busy again. A good busy. Dance and football take up most of our time right now. McKenna is taking 5 classes this year. Two ballet, two jazz, and one tap. She will also be in two festival piece's this year and will have 3 competitions to attend. She is loving it so much. Hayley started with her first dance class. She is taking a tap and jazz combo class. She was so excited her first day and was all ready to go a couple hours before it was time to go. I was worried she would have a hard time going by herself but she went right to class with no problems and said she loved it.

The boys have football 3 evenings a week. Ty is playing on the Coyote's Atom team and Nate on the Coyote's peewee team. They are both loving it and are learning tons. I love how tough it is making them:) They practice twice a week and then each have a game once a week. Ryan loves having the boys play football. It takes him back to his glory days:) Ty is so confidant and picks things up really quickly. He usually plays quarterback, or running back. This is really out of Nate's comfort zone. I am so impressed each time I drop him off that he is actually doing this. His confidence is growing tons. He usually plays defense, the position where he blocks the wide receiver (I'm still learning this sport too). He is doing really well. The week is pretty busy. Usually the boys have to come to dance with me and Ryan picks them up from there and takes them to football. They have game nights on different nights and the other one is usually practicing at the same time. If its a home game it works out perfectly but if its an away game I usually have to drop M off at dance, then take one of the boys to practice, pick them up and then back to the dance studio to pick up M, while Ryan takes the other boy to their game. Its a lot of back and forth. Thank goodness football season is only 2 months. Its all worth it though when I get to watch them play and see them improving and developing their talents. Hayley has been a trooper through it all. Getting dragged every which way. I need to get a pic of the boys together with their game jersey's on but for now this will have to do ...

We were able to spend a day in Waterton over the long weekend. We brought Roy's canoe out and the kids loved it.

And Nate got contacts! He loves them. They were a must as he is getting more involved in Sports. It just makes me realize that he is growing up.

So far Fall has been good to us.

Back to School.

Sep 4, 2015

We had such an amazing summer. Beautiful weather and so much fun spending time together and enjoying the place where we live. Its hard to want the kids to go back to school, especially when we have mornings like this:

The kids got the play money out and each set up a little store and they would go buy things from each other's store. They played like this for over an hour. I loved how they each made sure everyone was getting equal visits to their store, and when someone was running low on money they would go buy something from them to help them out. #shoplocal  As their Momma it was so fun to watch and observe them playing. But whether we want it to or not, school always comes.

I always dread it, but it is always exciting and once we get the first day done and out of the way I begin to love it. I love getting back into a good routine. I also started watching my cousin Nicole's little guy Will again. I'm babysitting him until the end of November and then his Mom is off on Mat leave. We love having him. He is such a fun and sweet little guy.

Nate started grade 5. It is a 4-5 split class. He has the same teacher and the same grade 5 kids, and a lot of the grade 4 kids that came up were in his previous 2-3 split so he as been in classes with them already. He is really excited for mini basketball this year because of all the skills he picked up over the summer:)

Ty is in grade 3. He too has the same teacher and same grade 3 kids in his class. He is in a 2-3 split class and his best friend who is in grade 2 is in his class this year so he is really excited about that. He loves school because he loves to be with friends and needs something going on at all times.

McKenna is in grade 2. She was a little bummed because none of her 3 best friends are in her class this year. She got a new teacher Mrs. Lenz, who is awesome and it didn't take us long to realize we were going to like her (the boys both had the same teacher for grade 2-3 so she is new to me too) Of course on the first day she came home and said she had a new best friend. They make them so easily at this age. She was also excited because she has gym class with two of her best friends from grade one.

They all had a great first week and are happy to be back in school.

This little girl has one more year until Kindergarten...

I think I'm really going to enjoy my last year with her:)


Sep 1, 2015

For the last 5 years or so Ryan and I have spent a weekend down in Kalispell for the Hasegawa retreat around this time of year. Seeing as Ryan no longer works for Hasegawa's we figured we wouldn't be invited to go on their annual trip. We decided we still needed to have some couple time before the summer ended so the kids went and stayed at the farm while we had a little staycation (a vacation spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions), just in case ya didn't know:) Friday evening we went out for supper and played some games at home. Saturday morning we headed to Babb to pick up the girls flower girl dresses, which are super cute, and then we drove the Chief Mountain highway back into Canada and headed to Waterton for the day. As we were driving to the border I remembered my passport expired sometime around August so I checked and sure enough it had expired at the beginning of the month. Luckily it wasn't a problem. The Chief Mountain Highway was really pretty. The border is pretty small and was actually a little busy. 

We had fun in Waterton. We ate at Wiener's of Waterton, walked to Akamina Lake, got ice cream and then layed on the beach for the rest of the afternoon. The wind picked up later on but we still enjoyed laying on the beach Canadian style (fully dressed, I even had a jacket on). We headed back into Cardston and ate at Dave's burger place, then headed to the farm to pick up the kids. 

It was the perfect little Staycation:) 

You can just barely see the line going down the mountain to separate the two Countries. It was smoky from all the forest fires.

Love this man of mine

What the kids were doing while we were playing without them...I think they had fun:)


Aug 27, 2015

Last weekend we went camping at Horse Shoe Bend with Adam and Brit. Now my kind of camping might be very different from yours. We spent all day Saturday playing at Horse Shoe Bend which has a nice kitchen area with a fridge, grill, BBQ, and pretty much anything else you need in a Kitchen, so food prep is pretty darn easy. And then we sleep at my in-laws in a nice comfy bed:) And then go back to the camp kitchen in the morning. I really don't love camping any other way. I love the outdoors, but when it comes to sleep,food prep and running water, I'm kind of high maintenance. Adam and Brit camped a couple of nights in my Gramma's trailer. We had beautiful weather and had such a nice time together. Sunday we went into Waterton and spent the afternoon there and then we headed home. It was a really fun weekend.

Last Week.

Aug 25, 2015

Last week...

Ryan started a new job! We were not planning or expecting this at all. Ryan wasn't looking for a new job, but when a friend who use to work at the same office called him up and offered him one, we had to take it into consideration. After thinking and talking about it and finding out all the details, we decided it would be a great fit. So now he is working for Southwest Design and Construction. They build a lot of the steel commercial buildings in the area and Ryan will be a project coordinator. He is looking forward to a change and to getting back in to the construction side of his schooling.

McKenna had her summer dance intensive all week. She went Monday-Friday from 10:30-4:00pm some days, and some days till 5:00pm. She attended tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, and acro classes. I was worried it would be a lot for her and that she would be worn out and tired, but each day she came home with a smile on her face and lots of energy and was always excited to tell me what she did and how her day went. Every morning she was excited and ready to go back. She loved every minute of it and learned a lot. I got to go watch some of her classes on Friday. It was fun to see what she learned. Now she has two weeks until her regular dance season starts.

We went to visit the Roelofs. I use to babysit Nicolletta and Marcella and now they are all grown up and like to watch and play with my kids. We tend to only see them once a year, which we really need to change. The kids love going out to their house because there is a ton of fun new things for them to do. The girls played with some of Nic and Mar's old toys, the boys played on the Xbox, they went for quad ride's, played with the cats, played air hockey, and had fun playing with Nic and Mar. I had a nice visit with the girls and Mike. The girls want the kids to come for a sleepover in the next month. They are looking forward to that. We love our Roelof family and hope to see them more often.

We went for dinner at the Swen's. Nicole is my cousin and I babysat her little guy Will all last year. She and her husband are both teachers, so they have had their summer off which means we haven't seen them. It was so fun to get together and see them again. The kids loved seeing Will again and loved checking out his new house. They loved his big backyard. They all played so well together. Hayley and Will actually played together, which didn't happen too often when I watched him. We are excited to have Will back at our house once school starts. I will be watching him till the end of November and then Nicole is off on maternity leave. Will is getting a new baby sister. We are so happy and excited for them.

Last week was definitely a good week:)


Aug 24, 2015

Remember this little baby...

I sure do. She was such a beautiful, sweet little thing. Adored by our whole family. Well that sweet little thing just turned four. FOUR. That means that she really is no longer a baby, or toddler...she is a full on preschooler (only one more year until school...what!).

Even though she isn't that little baby anymore she is still beautiful, sweet, and is still adored by our whole family. She loves to play with toys, dress up in dresses, and put M's dance video's on and dance a long. She loves playing outside with her friend Faith, and loves playing with her big sister (who takes such good care of her). She loves to sing a long to the playlist her auntie put together for her and has the sweetest little voice that surprisingly stays on key. She has this crazy, curly hair which is hard to tame, especially because she doesn't want me to do anything with it. If we go out and I put it up, as soon as we get home the elastics are ripped out and the wild hair is free again. She definitely likes to be wild and free like her hair. She is independent and isn't easily bossed around. She still loves cuddles with Mom and Dad, and really loves being the baby of our family and will take full advantage of it:) We really love this little girl and are so excited to see what the future holds for her.

Happiest Birthday Hayley Bean!

She loves the Bitty Baby she got for her birthday.

Oh, and she also has a sweet tooth. She LOVES candy. Which hasn't been a good thing for her teeth. We took her to the dentist for the first time and she already has a few cavities. My first kid with a cavity too. She was a brave little thing and sat so still while the dentist fixed some of her sugar bugs.

Oh how I love that sweet little face.