Insta Joys

i am behind again...
it seems to be the theme for my poor blog this summer
so here are two weeks of iphone pics
be warned there are a TON of pics

indoor tent for kids
easy set up
easy take down
easy to store
my kind of tent
who needs bracelets when you've got hair bands

my boy earned a movie date for completing his summer reading
i checked the paper the night before, got the movie time, and off we went
between thursday night and friday afternoon they changed the time of the movie
we hit up the frozen yogurt place to soothe this boys disappointed heart
these two were scheming
well really the older one is scheming and he just gets his little sister to join in on his plan
he makes big promises like if we get the scooter you can have the first ride
she adores her brother so that sounds like a great plan to her
i know her brother and i am pretty sure she would get the first ride but maybe not any rides after that :o)

we had a make up movie date
his choice... smurfs of course
i thought it was ok
he LOVED it

i saw the idea for pizookies on pinterest {please tell me you are on pinterest... full of amazing stuff}
before my finger had left the mouse my friend sarah had already posted about her pizookie creating
one night as we were sitting in the backyard finishing dinner, our neighbors walked over looking for dessert.  
so i whipped up some pizookies... easy, quick, and perfect on a summer night.
they might be my new favorite.
the scheming that was happening up top
it was all about creating this poster for their dad
they hung it up on the wall so when he parks he truck he would see it
front and center to his window
my boy wants a motorized scooter
he is saving every dime he finds
he is trying to convince us that it is a good idea {its not}
at some point every weekend i have a date with TiVo and this stack of books
creating our lesson plans for the week

i have been searching for a couch for my girls' room for almost a year
i haven't found the right thing for the right price
as i was returning home one sunday afternoon, landon is flagging me down as i come into the neighborhood
he is so excited he can hardly contain himself
our neighbors were getting rid of this couch 
and gave it to us for FREE
i can handle a couch for FREE
it needs a little TLC but for free i can give it some TLC

landon picking up scraps of paper with his feet
otherwise known as anything he can do to procrastinate
sometimes a little diet dr.pepper with cherry is needed to make it through an afternoon
especially our first weeks where we were juggling swimming lessons, the start of football, morgan still having morning gymnastics practice, and squeezing in some last bits of summer fun
sonic happy hour i sure do love you!
if you don't have sonic i am sorry. you are missing out
even though is been in the upper 90's football season has started
thankfully there are a few shady trees to help the parents from melting
my boy will be playing QB, sometimes on the line for defense but mostly cornerback on defense
i think she could color, trace, and draw most of the day
she loves doing her "school" work
lovely colored ramekins
you know what ramekins mean, more pizookies
to kick off football season landon played in a jamboree at boise state
he looks pretty cute in his little uniform
but who decided on white shorts for little boys?
it could NOT have been a mom

one of our friends was turning 40 and his wife had a luau themed surprise party
mauryn spent the night collecting lei's from everyone
 and sneaking key lime cupcakes

i went to see The Help... again
it was even better the second time
i took morgan with me this time
we both loved it
seriously one of the best movies i have seen in a very long time
i have a collection of mini erasers that i have had since i started teaching
they work great as manipulatives for math - sorting, counting, patterning, addition/subtraction, etc..
some little people in my house mixed all the erasers together
mixed up erasers turn into a sorting project for this little lady
this has occupied her for days
its great
i am getting my organizational needs met by having all the erasers sorted 
and she is learning about sorting 
its a win win situation
we went to the fair last week
it was 100 degrees as we pulled in to the parking lot
oh brother was it hot
when you get free tickets that include free dinner you don't complain about 100 degree temps at the fair
my kids are little city slickers
the highlight of the fair was petting the farm animals and brushing them

as we were walking through the midway and preventing my husband from hyperventilating from the crowds of people, we ran into mauryn's bestie
they were so excited to see each other
they are both silly, goofy, crazy little ladies
mauryn's bestie has a brother who is one of landon's great friends

our science unit this year is on anatomy and physiology
our first chapter was on the parts of a cell
we made an edible cell
i though it looked gross but my kids thought it was super cool
A+ points for science curriculum that has crazy fun hands on activities
my kids LOVE it
my super cool new tea mug from cuppa kim's mug swap
i love it
thanks cindy!

mauryn decided last week she wanted to learn how to ride her bike without training wheels
she had shown zero interest in riding without training wheels or even really riding her big bike
we came home one night and our neighbor cooper {who is a year younger} was working on riding without training wheels
mauryn wasn't going to let cooper one up her
no mam
so she hopped on her bike and off she went with a little assistance from dad
she was a pro by the end of the night
now she really seems like such a big kid
i came back from a run the other morning and was greeted by mauryn
who decided to perform a dance on the driveway for me
this is so typical of mauryn
constantly singing and dancing
see the pointed toes... a constant with her
i don't know that she walks she seems to dance and spin everywhere

i love love love my ipad
i do 99% of my reading on it
when i travel i take the ipad vs the laptop
i don't mind typing on the ipad keyboard
if i need to a longer email or a blog post it was a little cumbersome
i finally took the plunge and bought a keyboard for my ipad
i can't wait to test it out

linking up with jeannett {super late} for insta friday


Simply Sara said...

oh how i miss you! every time i see your pictures it makes me miss you even more. our kids are soooooo similar. i know they would be the best of friends if you were my neighbor!

i still have to read the help before i go to see the movie. i'm crazy like that.

i am going to be "preschool homeschooling" the girls this year. i think i will need to pick your brain (and denise's) for some fun ideas.... you guys always have the BEST ideas!

a free couch is always awesome in my books. how fun for the girls!

landon is so cute with his sign :)

you, my friend, are awesome.
you are an amazing mama!
i love ya to pieces!!!

hannahkarlsrud said...

Miss you guys!! Love reading your blog makes it hurt less. <3 you! Skype soon????

Linda Z said...

I just love your son's smile. It made me so happy! :)

I need to see The Help... badly. I'm going to so regret it if it leaves the theater before I make it!!

{cuppakim} said...

look at your fun colorful week! is that a pink couch?

and super fun mug! i might have to go get me one of those ;)