Saturday, September 20, 2014

Iowa State Fair - Iphone pics

 We made our annual trek to the Iowa State Fair with Nana and Papa again this summer.
Hello funnel cakes, hot beef sundaes, peppermint ice cream bars, watermelon, root beer, pork sandwiches, mini-chocolate chip cookies, and bacon cheese burgers.
And that's just what I ate.
KIDDING!  
Let's just say... no one went hungry.
 Obviously... we found the Farrell's booth.  Ha!

Now... for our more disturbing find of the day...  We were walking through the Varied Industries Building, which is a huge building with business booths set up from wall to wall --
and Ainsley and Nana were off looking at something and came back with this... 
 A 10-12 week (rubber) baby fetus.
And it came with its own felt blanket.
Such an odd thing to be passing out to kids...
While the rest of us were completely weirded out by the baby fetus...  Ainsley thought it was awesome and held onto it all day long.  Or rather, she tried holding onto it but would randomly drop it and we would all have to freeze and start searching for the baby fetus.
Words I never, ever thought I would say: Yes, I will hold your baby fetus while you go on that ride...
 We ventured to another building to check out the Butter Cow exhibit, and found a booth that was taking pictures -- so we hopped in to get a picture of all of us.
And by "all of us" I mean... look on Addi's shoulder.
I was crying I was laughing so hard -- the poor lady taking pictures didn't know quite what to think when RB snuck the baby fetus into the picture.
I have no words.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Funny Friday Foto(s) - More Iphone. More Softball.

 Uncle Joey came and helped cheer on our favorite Rams softball players when we were at the World Series.  He even stuck around long enough to watch the late game.
I think we must have dozed off a bit...
 My face after spending NINE hours at Worlds of Fun with the softball team.
I. Was. Done.
 We *may* have Google'd the closest Ben and Jerry's ice cream store when we were in KC.  And by *we* -- I mean... Me.
Looooove me some Ben and Jerry's -- there was one in Fort Myers when we lived there for spring training and we went there several times a week. But of course, that was 13ish years ago when I still had a little thing called metabolism working for me.
 Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum
 Hacked!  But -- worth it to have this picture digitally saved -- forever.
 Met up with my favorite college roomy for a crazy delicious bbq dinner.
**burp**
 The hotel we stayed at had a happy hour every afternoon... so I *may* have taken advantage of the free drink tickets and enjoyed a margarita, or three.
I'm sure our parents were so proud when they kept getting these pictures via text message.
Ha!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Catch Up - Iphone Pics

You know how you get so far behind that you don't even want to try and catch up?
Yea.  That's me with blogging right now.
I've always tried to combine the pictures I take with my camera, with the pictures I take with my phone in the same post... but -- I'm too far behind to do that.
So, in an attempt to clean off my phone a bit, and make room for more pictures... be prepared for a couple of posts of Iphone pictures.

 Ainsley played her first year of big girl t-ball.  RB coached three teams this summer:  Assistant coach on Ainsley (league) team, Head coach on Addi and Ali's (league) team, and Assistant coach on Addi and Ali's (tournament) team.
So yea...  we didn't see much of each other outside of the softball field.  

But, because of rescheduled games due to it raining every dang day this summer...  I had to step in and help with Ainsley's team.  Which just confirms that I have no desire to ever coach anything ever.  Of course, it was adorable, and cute... but it was also just a leeetle painful to watch.  And I worked up a sweat trying to keep little girls from accidentally hitting other little girls with metal bats.  Or from playing in the dirt.  Or let's be honest... just getting them to run the right way on the bases.  Ha!
 Father's Day Weekend
Love this picture of all the girls with their daddy's -- we had such a great group of parents this last year.
 Acting normal.
Holding another trophy that I get to dust.
 Addi and Ali played league softball this summer -- Addi to work on her pitching, and Ali wanted to try being a catcher.
I can't even tell you how awesome it was to see those two playing those two positions.
Their team ended up winning the championship game.
So, again...  more trophys to dust. Ha!
(I really do appreciate the tournaments that hand out tshirts as their 'trophy'-- so much more useful).
 For the tournament our softball club hosted, I ordered softball cookies from one of my friends for the girls to enjoy.  They turned out SUPER cute --  if you are local, and need a cookie maker -- let  me know!
 Addi and one of her teammates were chosen to be 'bat girls' at one of the high school softball games this summer.
I think they mostly sat back, and enjoyed a couple bags of sunflower seeds (and heard a few curse words from the big girls) -- Ha!
 Ainsley's attempt at a photobomb.

The girls took 3rd place at the World Series in Kansas City.
We drove three hours south, to a different state, and ended up having to play our other 10U Rams team.  We took a quick picture of the teams before the game.  I don't know how the girls did it -- our game didn't even start until 10:30 at night so we were just finishing up at midnight.  I was exhausted, and all I was doing was pacing the fence.

More to come!  

Friday, September 12, 2014

Funny Friday Foto(s)

 Not only did she start kindergarten, she also had her very first visit from the Tooth Fairy.  At the rate she's going, by October she'll probably have a parttime job and be driving.
Gosh darn-it kids grow up so fast.
Sometimes I can be doing the most mundane task (hello folding laundry, I'm looking at you) and I think to myself -- How am I 35 years old, with an (almost) 10, 8 and 5 year old -- and still hanging out with my high school boyfriend?? (Uhh -- just so we are clear, RB was my high school boyfriend.  Didn't want there to be any confusion on that....)  
I guess what I'm trying to say is -- TIME. SLOW DOWN.
I can't keep up on the laundry so I sure as heck can't keep up with you going so fast.
 For days she wiggled her tooth, and for ONE ENTIRE DAY, it just hung there by one measly thread... and I could barely stand it.  When she talked, all I could do was stare at her mouth and watch it dangle with every word she spoke and I had to force myself not to reach in there and grab it.
 I finally convinced her to just 'let me wiggle it' -- and I pulled that sucker right out.
She didn't even know I had done it until I showed her the tooth -- and then she got hysterical - laughing and freaking out both at the same time.
Kids are so weird.
 Addi, who doesn't forget anything, made sure I put the tooth in a very safe place until it was time for bed.  I mean, I accidentally throw just one tooth down the kitchen sink (it had been sitting in a cup of water and I dumped it not remembering that her tooth was at the bottom) -- and no one can forget it.  I would like everyone to focus on all the teeth pulled out since, and they have all made it to the Tooth Fairy pillow with no problems.  Geesh.
 ...And we are all going to focus on the cute girl, and not her choice of breakfast.  Ha!


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BIG Game tomorrow -- I may be a slacker mom and feed my kids chocolate poptarts for breakfast... but at least they know which team to NOT cheer for.
GO ISU!
Happy Friday!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Back to School! Part 2.

 Alternatively Titled:  Our Baby Went to Kindergarten.
 I know she's ready, but that doesn't mean that my heart didn't break just a little bit when we turned and left her in her school room this morning.
She already loves school, and her teacher, and I survived my first day without my little partner in crime.
 I've been so worried about her not eating lunch at school and going hungry, but we packed up her new lunch box with a few of her favorites, and even a brownie for dessert (because I knew at least she would eat that - ha!) -- and happy to report that she ate it all. 
 I did fine until we were walking out of the school, and had to walk down two of THEE LONGEST hallways... and caught an eye of one of our favorite teachers, and she asked how I was -- and then the tears started.  It's not that I'm not going to miss Addi and Ali too, but it's always just Mama and Ainsi running errands, and hanging out all weekend at softball games, and I'm going to miss having her by my side all the time,
 All ready to learn!
 Ainsley and her teacher.  Addi had the same one so I know she's in good hands.
I can tell you this right now -- I did NOT miss the parent pick up line.  Uggggg.
 First day of kindergarten is in the books.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Back to School! Part 1.

Summer is officially over for the A team (and their mom).  Booooo.
We wanted just one more week of pools, and sleepovers, and lazy mornings...but it's not gonna happen.  So we braved the stores, bought school supplies, and headed to the school Open House last week.  Our PTO was SUPER creative and came up with this homemade photobooth for the kiddos!  (I blacked out any school specific information, safety first).

And yes.  I have a nicer one where Ainsley isn't looking like a maniac, but used this one because ... it's hilarious.

One last weekend of reading, and lazy mornings, and breakfast burritos at the Farmer's Market, and our last dip in the pool...
Which brings us to today.
 Addi "Cheeseball" Brunner -- 4th Grader.
 She certainly made this summer...  entertaining.
 Ali "My sister is photobombing me" Brunner -- 3rd Grader.
 Ali could NOT wait for school to start.  She got the teacher she wanted, she has her Bestie in class with her AND she FINALLY got to wear her new shirt she picked out from Justice.

I braved Justice 3 times in a matter of 5 days.
Mother of the Year Aware should be arriving in the mail any day now... along with a case of my favorite wine.  Ha!
 Stop growing.  Stop growing. Stop growing. Stop growing. Stop growing.

If I say it five times fast... it works, right?!
 Ainsley spent one more day hanging out with her favorite mom.  The BIG K starts tomorrow.  Yes, there has already been one ugly cry (from mom and not in front of her) and I'm expecting at least one more before it's all said and done.  I made a hair appointment right after I drop the girls off at school, so at least I'm not coming home to an quiet house.  My little part-time gig doesn't start for a couple more weeks, so I have a little time on my hands and maybe I'll start figuring out how to make dinner again.  Ha!
 The A Team
August 2014
Uhhhh girls... isn't it time for you to leave already?  I need a nap...
 AHA!  GOTCHA!  Booo-YAH!
Whatever. Wipe it off.  Really you're just rubbing it in.
 Our FAVORITE 3rd grader.
 Our FAVORITE 4th grader.
(I feel I MUST mention the fact that she was super annoyed that we even came in her classroom...  Little does she know, I plan on doing it until she graduates from high school.)
 First day of school is in the books and it even deserved a thumbs up!
I asked what her favorite part of the day was and she said it was when her teacher gave them all Skittles.  So yea... she's got a very smart teacher (food is the way to all 4th graders hearts).
Ali and her Bestie -- (who I am also chauffeuring to and from school this year) (and also, again for safety/privacy reasons, clearly not showing her 'real' face).

One more hard day tomorrow... and then we can start getting into the swing of this school thing...