Monday, November 30, 2015

FB Game 6-the end

Football season has come to an end. Here's a quick recap of the rest of the season. Fun fact, due to travel schedules and the distance of away games this was the first season I did not make any away games!

Game 6 Malone took on Northern Michigan in northern Michigan. It was a long trek so the team left on Thursday morning to begin the journey. The result of being alone with the kids for 3 days...

Donuts for breakfast!
In terms of the game the Pioneers were defeated 13-41. Kyle got home at 6 am on Sunday morning!

Game 7 was against our cross-town rivals, Walsh University. It was a cold night game and we spent our time in the press box. Malone fell 7-24.

One of the new developments of the season...the away stands have been torn down as the stadium prepares for a major renovation. You can see the Football Hall of used to be blocked by the visitor stands.
This is the chaos of the coaches family pressbox...there are a lot of kids, coats and food in a very small space.
This was also the game Mema was visiting, so she kept Kolter corralled.

This the pack of kids that run around on the field after the game...they think they own this place ;)

Game 8: Malone took on Lake Erie. This game was only an hour away, but it didn't start until 7 pm so I opted to stay home and put the kids to bed. This game was very exciting and very close it even went into overtime. Malone was ahead most of the game but in the end they lost 24-27.

Even if we can't go to the game we're always prepared for cheering on the Pioneers...with 2 cheerleading outfits on and an oversized football uniform.

Game 9: The Pioneers played the Findlay Oilers. Again this was a relatively close away game, but the kids and I were in CO so we couldn't attend. This game was pretty ugly and ended with a  Malone loss 17-49.

This kid is ready to take on the big boys

Game 10: The final game of the season (fun fact: on my birthday) was against Northwood and it was played at Glen Oak stadium as the Hall of Fame stadium renovation continued (they had removed the turf). This was another close game that went back and forth, but in the end the Pioneers lost 21-28.

Can you tell he loves to be on the grass?

I love this picture, it looks like he's walking away in disgust just like a true coach ;)

Nora with her friend, Miranda and Mommy

Family selfie to end the season

Football season is over and now recruiting is in full swing. We have the football banquet this weekend to wrap up a tough season.

my football friends!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Fall Faves

Some things I've been loving this fall...

1) These 3! They kind of like each other (except for when they don't ;) and it kind of makes my heart melt.

2) The kid's school! We've loved their preschool for several years now, but since making the decision to continue to send Sawyer for preschool the Lord has continually affirmed that decision and cemented our love the school! 

Nora is the happiest on school days. She adores her teachers and gives all the staff members hugs. At her parent teacher conference her teachers said she is right on target academically, she is a little artist who is always experimenting and she is kind to her friends. She has also found a best friend and they are pretty inseparable.

Sawyer is in the kindergarten class that is combined K-3rd. He loves his teachers and picks up the content very quickly. He is learning to read and is very excited about that. At his parent teacher conference the teachers said he is willing to take on any challenge (which I guess is unusual for a 1st born), he is kind to others and he meets academic challenges. His teacher also mentioned that he stays in the background, but he is friends with everyone. She also said he surprised her a lot because she would ask him questions that she thought he wouldn't know and he always provided the correct answer. She mentioned that she was going to focus on challenging him a bit more. When she said that I about broke down in tears because she truly took the time to get to know him. Because of his personality (nothing wrong with it, he just prefers being in the background) I was afraid he would get lost in the shuffle (blame my fear on being a 1st born ;) But his teacher really got to know him and how he ticks and is able to figure out ways to challenge him in an appropriate way. I am so thankful for their love and care for him!

Plus this view each morning isn't too shabby!

3) This little family God has blessed me with. These pictures also represent our church family which have also been a huge blessing! Since we live so far from family I'm not sure what we would do without them!
In October our church hosted a Fall Festival as an outreach to the community. The event was straight out of Stars Hollow. I felt like I would see Lauralei and Rory around the next corner ;) It was a fun event for the whole family. There was a folk band, pumpkin painting, hay ride, carnival games, food, prizes, bounce houses and more. It was the perfect fall evening with some of our favorite people.

I put together the photo booth and here we are taking advantage of it!

4) This fall I've really enjoyed listening to podcasts. I realize this is not a new phenomenon. In fact, I'm probably late to the party, but instead of watching tv while I sew it's been refreshing to listen to uplifting messages each afternoon. My favorites are The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey and God Centered Mom with Heather MacFadyen.

5) This isn't just a fall favorite as I've been doing this for about a year now, but I love Fitness Blender. I am able to get a good workout from home and the increase in my strength has been huge. I love the changes I see plus it's free! If you're looking for an affordable way to get fit I highly suggest checking out Fitness Blender!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CO with the kiddos

At the beginning of November the kids and I traveled to visit family in Colorado.

all ready to get on the airplane
Sawyer making sure we are all safe on the plane
We made it!
Kolter and Nana had fun together!

We also had fun with cousins!

We went swimming and this little guy was fearless (after he got used to the water temperature)

We wore someone out
Kolter loved his 1st bubble bath

Nora got into Mommy's makeup and and created some new eyebrows
We also celebrated Nana's birthday (and mine too) with a bowling party!

Nora and her helpers…More Papa and Aunt Wendy

Nana and Tache helped keep the little ones occupied
Someone was pretty proud of his strike
The big boys and cousin chaos

Nora and G-pa blowing up balloons
The 3 love going to Papa and Nana's house

The plaid twins
We also visited the Air Force base and looked at the B-52

It was a quick trip but we had lots of fun seeing everyone and celebrating Nana's birthday!

On our way home

We were thankful for our time in CO visiting family, but also thankful to be home! Flying solo with 3 kids is not for the faint of heart!