Friday, October 17, 2014

Funny Friday Foto(s)

 It's a shame our basset hound doesn't have any personality.
 Ali taking a picture of me taking a picture of her... (Ainsley was working hard for a smile) - Ha!
 This RIGHT HERE is why she gets away with everything.
Who could stay mad at that face?!
And this is where you'll sit if you whine just one time too many about dinner looking/smelling weird.  Just you and your Dora yogurt... all alone in the front room.
For the record, we had homemade Hot Beef Sundaes for dinner and it was delicious.... however from the amount of whining I heard, you would have thought I was serving her lizard.

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mastering Selfies

 Last week we took advantage of a teacher inservice (no school - YAY!) and headed north to our favorite pumpkin patch.  Usually we take pictures of the three girls, and then ask Addi to take our picture when we are out in the pumpkin patch... but this year I thought it would be fun to take a family selfie instead.

What you might not know about RB is that he has ridiculously long arms.  Great for when I need something up high... but buying him dress shirts will be the end of me.
Every. Single. Time. we go into look at dress shirts the workers argue that he couldn't possibly need that arm length... and Every. Single. Time. we prove them wrong after we remove all 439 pins holding the dress shirt together and he tries it on and the sleeves end at his forearms. 

You know what else unusually long gorilla arms are good for??  Family selfies.
 Do-Over.  Ainsley wasn't looking.
I am trying to hold Ainsley up an apparently I was SQUEEZING HER TO DEATH and that's why she was making that face.  You would be shocked at the amount of drama one family selfie could stir up.
Also.  Could I show ANYMORE TEETH?  That's what happens when I start laughing -- my face freezes and you see every single one of my teeth.
 We put the phone away for awhile and went about looking for a pumpkin... and then re-grouped after Ainsley calmed down and my teeth went back into my mouth.
And... Wa-La.
Brunner Circus Selfie
October 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

Funny Friday Foto(s) - Goodbye September

 Ohhhh September.  You were a tough month.
I felt like my mind was a constant reel of errands, to-do lists, picking up/hauling kids, learning new job duties, and not enough sleep.  The picture above kinda sums up my September - I knew what I needed to do, just was either late, or off just enough to make it more work.

I like to title this one:  A watched pot never boils. And neither does the pot that sits on the cold burner. 

 Deep, I know.
One special trip to a place I try to avoid at all costs to buy Ainsley her favorite Cheez-It crackers.... and wouldn't you know.  The ONLY empty spot is for her beloved alphabet Cheez-Its.  I sent this picture to RB and all I could do was laugh.

Counting our blessings -- no major sicknesses and we are all (slooooowly) adjusting to school, and me going back to work part time... but I for one was sure happy to see September go.

Here's to a calmer October filled with Reece's Peanut Butter Cup pumpkins.

Happy Friday!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Funny Friday Foto(s) - Addi Edition

 You know... this used to be the other way around.
She used to stand on the step stool while I did her hair...
 This goofball turns 10 on Sunday.
Ten.
Double. Digits.
 I remember walking into the hospital to be induced, and the stupid jokes the anesthesiologist told during the c-section, and seeing her for the first time and thinking she was the most beautiful baby I had ever seen, and watching RB make her into a little baby burrito... and now she's pitching entire games.  
Gosh...  ten years old seems so...  old.

Happy Friday!

(If you wouldn't mind saying a little prayer for my sanity -- we are taking 20 girls to a pumpkin patch/hay ride/bon fire for her friend birthday party.  I keep worrying that we'll lose someone in the corn maze... and I won't be able to go in and help find them because HELLO -- CHILDREN OF THE CORN.)

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!