Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Kindergarten, Middle School & High School

Kingston takes on Kindergarten and has rocked it so far! #4 was ready, he loves all things art and social so Mrs.Sandmann and Miss Smith will be right up his alley this year:)

Going their separate ways, Jude staying at the elementary and Monroe going to middle school.

 State street bus riders first day of school pic, riding the bus builds character right?

Back to school night, 9th grade center (our old middle school), the best thing about it is they are only there for one year:)

Bigger and getting bigger than me:(

I love the young adults they are becoming, most of the time;)

more state street bestie

Monroe has a great group of girls in her grade, thankful for this!

Jude has to be the helper this year with Kingston, love that we got Mrs.Bammes, I think this will be a great year for 4th grade!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

40's, 80's, & 90's

I think this is going to be the year of lots of big birthdays, we celebrated Aricca's 40th 80's & 90's style, so fun!

Monday, August 22, 2016

August Already?!

 Well so much for the summer bucket list because there wasn't much checked off, no vacations, no worlds of fun or schlitterbahn for my kids. No mom guilt here because they spent plenty of time hanging out poolside or just hanging out with friends and family.

 Pontoon boat with Angie & Eddie a must every summer!

 My friend happens to have the best outdoor pool entertaining area ever where this many adults and kids can actually have a great time all in the same place, thank you Crystal!

 the middles got to go to Branson with my sisters and parents for a long weekend, we love our cousin time!

 jumping for joy for middle school bound!

We made it to the Brews and Blues, our first Arts in the Park event of the summer, it was a great time!

Xander went to Wichita with a few friends to celebrate Tysen's birthday, how cool is this soda shop in his Grandma's basement, I want to have one of these when I am a grandma!

all of those swimming lessons we missed really paid off;)

So long summer sports

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Posted a month late but the Stix got together for their end of season party at Northview Pool, we have wrapped up summer sports and already started soccer practice.

No sleeping in for my kids this summer easy to get back on a school schedule when he woke up early for breakfast club each morning in June.

Kingston enjoyed the waterslides at the swim party too:)

License to Drive

It is true, Xander passed Little Apple Driving School and got his Learner's Permit, thankfully he got some practice in on the farm where there aren't as many things to run into:)

The suburban isn't the best first car to be driving around but he has done pretty well and even took us through Jimmy John's last weekend

Unrelated to driving but Xander earned top performer at the Marlins Banquet which I didn't attend because I am a crier and they had to say goodbye to Coach Rob who took a job in Denver, who could blame him. He has been so awesome for Xander. so thankful for the last few years we have had him.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

St. Thomas

I was blessed with the most amazing trip for 5 days to US Virgin Islands with my hubs of 17 yrs! I'm sad I didn't take my camera, but it is still gorgeous in iPhone photos;)

We stayed at Marriott Frenchman's Reef, it had the most amazing infinity pool overlooking the ocean with lots of iguanas and hermit crabs.

The island is only 32 square miles so we pretty much beach hopped every day the water is clearly amazing.

We took the ferry to Charlotte Amalie one morning and did a little shopping at the market, I found the perfect suit;)

Pirates of the Caribbean:)

Room with a view

This reminded me of our breakfast I make at home and view of course

We saw several cruise ships go by our resort, I was not jealous, I would much rather be on an island than a boat.

We met some nice couples that we had dinner with a couple nights. The older couple had a place they have rented out on the island for 20+ years, how fabulous would that be?!!

Our day consisted of running on the beach, eating, drinking, beaching, eating and being in bed at 8pm, my kind of vacate.

Our taxi rides were adventurous, thankfully never too long, but driving on the wrong side of the street with no shoulder made me want to close my eyes a lot.
took a trip to the local's favorite beach Lindquist, it was very private with fun shady trees and no potties.

My personal fav Trunk Bay at St. John island which was a 15min ferry ride from St. Thomas.  We rented 5.00 snorkel equipment and saw some beautiful sea life along the reef. I would love to bring my kids to this beach and stay for a long time, but nobody could get sick because I am afraid the hospitals aren't this pretty.

Overlooking Magen's Bay, gorgeous!!

Our resort beach photos and kids seeing us off:)