6.15.15 | Summer Lovin’

Is it possible to cram most of my summer bucket list into one week?   The answer is yes. Yes it is possible. Because I think we just did it.

Summer reading: Cold Sassy Tree

Next book club book. Anyone read this before?

My casual style…bike tee, chambray shorts, and Keen Women’s Cortona Ballet FlatJust ride . After work casual. Cute bike shirt. Chambray shorts. Keen flats . #whatiwore

Fuzzy iPhone shot – but the animals out enjoying a summer evening. Summers nights  mean hanging out on our front porch and driveway. Enjoying some fresh air #lucylou #sugardog

Much needed pool time!!  My favorite!Yeah pool time! #summer2015IMG_1680


It wouldn’t be summer without photos of Dimitri throwing the kids in the pool – they LOVE this, begging him to do one more toss!


It took us a long time to convince her to go off the board. She did it last year – but for some reason it was something scary and new again.IMG_1723

She was telling Dimitri where to go to catch her.IMG_1731ÄUs/7iæLhT&~ÉÉÝqGùÑ@y/Ì~`¸Ö,4u[U2Ë$Lì8zed>B¦ú|øòÉönY"%ôºüì²K0W Àøns¥3«E6ì¨Ý¢îÌMçHÖ´ö´æÖAx! 4pÏRÁz<r¸æ¾Äô(ÇVQó#,´RY©Íoë¿)£»/r|Nk5ÇÔ=ÎËE´O½o-£Ë\ï¥ýäcïÌÛûÿ²ÿ×*Óìâ¶xï}8í*-DDHÅÅK(%ýTÍ@³AºÞ¬ml¬$úÜgÆ~ê nð-B 5Ýwa$d-ô/.$&èRhÇ^lM~ÏúØj#$¿Í]¢Á-Ä7x[ceyRëýÌeÇ

This took awhile…

And she jumps!

The boys like to do funny jumps off the board:IMG_1755IMG_1766IMG_1768IMG_1771IMG_1803IMG_1788


These three…they are already getting their summer tan on.




Have I mention that we love the pool.
IMG_1817Everyday should be a pool day #missz #summer2015One, two, three... JUMP! #bostinelosbros #andfriends #summer2015

One last pool picture for this post. But it poses a very important question. Deflated soccer ball or pool helmet? I will let you decide.
Deflated soccer ball or pool helmet? #owenchristoper #summer2015

Sometimes I am so jealous of the cat… summer napping when ever she wants to. (sigh)
And just like that the day is done #goodnight

This past week, Zooey had her last day at her daycare/preschool. She is off and away! Here are photos of her on her first day at 9 weeks old and her last day. Bittersweet for sure.And She is off and away! First day of Building Blocks at 9 weeks old and last day age 4 (almost 5) #missz

Found this one on Dimitri phone from the dance recital night. We were out to dinner after the recital and everyone was being silly. As the photographer I am generally not comfortable on the other side of the lens. I am working on this.  Is it just me…with social media I feel this pressure to look really put together in every photo that goes up online.  But in real life – I am pretty natural, low maintenance  type of gal. Not a fan of photos of myself. But I know it's a hang-up I need to get over. #thisisme

Summer mornings…we were waiting for sunshine that unfortunately never came.Morning! I took the day off work to spend with the kiddos. We are hoping the sun comes out so we can go to the pool. #summer2015

But instead we got donuts with sprinkles, almost as good:9:30 am no sunshine yet. But we have donuts with sprinkles .

I took the kids to a nearby county park with a fishing/swimming pond. The kids wanted to look for frogs. But ended up wading in the water and playing in the sand.It really is not warm enough for this. But they wanted to look for frogs #summer2015

Ethan made a giant hole that he was proud of because he could stick almost his entire arm down it.Ethan is proud of these really deep hole he made #myethan

Sometimes I shoot with my iPhone.Right now. We picked up an extra kid #summer2015

Sometimes I shoot with my Canon EOS 60D . This day was perfect for it. The lack of sunshine actually provided for the best photo taking opportunities.IMG_1880IMG_1910IMG_1922IMG_1937IMG_1943IMG_1954IMG_1955IMG_1960IMG_1964IMG_1969IMG_1979

Greek Fest 2015. Dimitri and I tag-teamed working the bar most of the weekend. Greek Fest going on right now!Just your friendly neighborhood  Greek Fest bartenders . #Greekfest


The kids tried to keep themselves entertained, but ended up running around getting into things with their friends:


Friday night while Dimitri was working Greek Fest I was keeping the kids entertained at the playground across the street from our church.Just me and my kidsIMG_2065IMG_2073IMG_2151IMG_2157IMG_2176IMG_2182IMG_2192IMG_2199IMG_2216IMG_2231IMG_2234IMG_2245IMG_2252

I laughed when I realized my Greek-Irish child wore his Irish shirt to Greek Fest. Way to represent both sides Owen!The one that looks most Greek out of my three is wearing a Irish shirt to Greekfest #irishgreek #funny #owenchristoper

Saturday we tried something new..Today's plan... Tri-state trails tour bike ride , More Greek Fest, reunion planning! #Saturday #summer2015

Our first organized bike ride that we have participated in!Ready to ride!

For the most part it was good! We rode from Iowa into South Dakota and made it about 13 miles of a 25 mile ride.We made it to South Dakota! #tristatetrailstour

But then Dimitri got a flat tire and we had to call for help!And the D's tire blew out 😢 #tristatetrailstour

We have old bikes..and they are mountain bikes that aren’t made for this type of riding. But we had fun! And have a goal to get out on our bikes more – and eventually upgrade to more of a road bike or a hybrid.

Last night we went to an outdoor concert! The last few summers we’ve made a point to go to the Stir Cove to see a show. This year we were excited to see Colin Hay, Violent Femmes, and Barenaked ladies. It wasn’t until the ride to Council Bluffs that I realized that we might be getting a little wet at the concert.  I didn’t pack the ponchos. This has been such a full weekend . We are now on our way to see The Barenaked  Ladies, Violent Femmes, and Colin Hay in concert. #us #summer2015I am pretty sure it's going to rain on us! Colin Hay on stage now!

You might be able to tell from my hair the humidity in the air…a storm was brewing!
Summer check list ... Outside concert at the Stir Cove!

And then as the Barenaked Ladies were playing…it started raining…and the show went on – wet but on. Suddenly the wind picked up and the lighting flashed, the thunder rumbled right over our heads and the sky opened up and sheets of rain came down. They called off the concert and we all made a mad dash…but not without getting soaked. I had a few bags of old clothes that I had been meaning to drop at the Junior League Discovery shop to donate in the back of my car, so we changed in the parking garage. Our clothes were so wet could wring them out. I changed into pretty sun dress and Dimitri a work shirt and his boxers – and that’s how we made the 1.5 hour trip back home (not pictured). HA! That’s a story we will never forget.

Here is a photo of us soaking wet – after we made to shelter in the parking garage.


It's all fun and games until a thunderstorm hits and we are soaked down to our underwear running to the car. I so wanted to hear them play If I had Million Dollars! 😢

And today was the first day of summer school/camp for the kids. Zooey was nervous, Owen was nervous, and Ethan was mad because he thinks kids going into 5th grade should be able to stay home during the summer. (eek!)First day of summer program! Two are nervous , one mad. And it's raining! #summer2015 #Bostinelostrio


Oh I am sure there is more on our summer bucket list…more pool, more s’mores, more bike rides! We also have some camping trips planned, more outdoor concerts, more outdoor movies, and birthday parties… July beings birthday season around here.

Love, love, love summer. It’s the best.

Happy Monday

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Summers Past Favorites | 2011

There is something about the summer that gets my creative juices flowing again. The days are longer, the sun is shining,  there are adventures, warm days, bright colors and lots of smiles. Here is a collection of some of my favorite photos from the summer of 2011:

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Thanks for going down memory lane with me! I hope to share more photos of summers past and of course making new summer memories.

Happy Friday!

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6.7.15 Hello Summer

Summer is here…the kids are out of school. The pool is open. The flowers are planted. There is a pile of flip-flops by the back door.  S’mores supplies ready to go.   Hello Summer! We missed you so!

Here are some photos of what we have been up to lately. A collection of photos from both my iPhone and my DSLR.

Family in town – always a highlight of summer!

Playing with Cousin Amy


We always have to do a photo in front of my parent’s fireplace. Someday I need to make a book called “Photos by the Fireplace”.


Cousins!Cousins with little cousins!We are family (including Daisy the cat)

I straightened my hair for like two weeks and gave up again.
Zooey just asked me why my hair is so crazy curly. Welcome to my life kid. #curlygirl

One from Memorial day… I was hoping for the pool, but the weather wasn’t cooperating. It only seems to be hot and sunny during the work week around here! So we spent the day doing things around the house, the kids playing, music in the background – it was a good day despite the lack of pool time.I was hoping the pool would be open today - no such luck. We are getting things done around the house. Family  coming over later. The boys playing with Ally the turtle outside . Zooey playing in her room. James Taylor playing in the background.

Zooey testing her boundaries. I drew a line in the driveway with chalk and told her she wasn’t allowed to go past it. So she perched herself on a ball and belted out the song “Let It Go” for the entire neighborhood to hear.I drew a line on the driveway and told her she can't go past it. She is sitting on a ball right up to the line belting out Let it Go #missz

There is something about summer and a cold beer, right?I'm not at the pool but this isn't so bad for a Monday #hellesyeah #hellomonday

Sugar enjoying some fresh air sitting by the front doorSugar enjoying fresh breezes by the front door #sugardog

Everyone is really into Ally the turtle. This big box by the window is her house:Checking out Ally the turtle #missz #allyturtle

Happy words:Happy words

Waiting for family to come over for dinner:Zooey and I bought this extra long table cloth today. Need to grab a few more chairs- the family is coming over #lookslikesummer #memorialday2015

These two:2 more days left of school for these 2 Bros #bostinelosbros

Not long after I took this photo the hotdog was in her lap.It will soon be in her lap #missz

They were trying to sell water for $1 glass. Our neighbor took pity on them bought a glass!

The first and last day of school comparison photo of the boys. I think they grew a little!First and Last Day of 4th and 2nd grade for the Bostinelos Bros! #bostinelosbros

The last day of school we had a picnic lunch with the boys and their silly friends:Picnic lunch with Owen (and friends) #owenchristopherLunch with 2nd graders . #crazytownAlmost a 3rd grader! #owenchristopherLunch with Ethan! Almost a 5th grader! #myethanLunch with Ethan on the last day of school. He wanted to sit in the sun 😎 #myethan

The last two weeks have been all about getting ready for the big dance recital. We had dress rehearsal:Dress rehearsal #misszCutest little tap dancing elephants ever!

Not my favorite..but the boys always ask their Dad to give them a summer buzz cut.Summer buzz cuts! I like their hair longer 😢

Another raining night met indoor s’mores with friends:Outdoor and rainy means indoor s'mores @lisaannpeterson @sarahkleber

After feeling a little burnt out with my DSLR – I am happy to say that I’ve been picking it up more and falling in love with it all over again.After a long winter break I am getting my side photo biz rolling again. Link in profile,

Wall of lights:Wall of lights

Sun hat or sombrero?Sun hat or sombrero #missz

One time when I was upset at him… I told him he wasn’t very handy around the house. He now reminds me of that every time he fixes or replaces something.@dimitri_bostinelos putting up a new light fixture in the entry way 😍

I took it back a long time ago – he is handy! Look at this new light fixture in my entry way.Loving my new fixture! Thanks @dimitri_bostinelos 😘

Yia Yia brought over cake to celebrate the school being done.Sugar Shack cake! #yum

My very handy husband put up a screen (white sheet) and we watched a movie outside. I hope we do this a lot this summer! Our first time doing a movie outside in our own yard! #goonies #summer2015

Zooey has been helping me water the flowers.Little helper #missz

I’ve been organizing school papers brought home from the kids. The pile goes back to 2008!!!
Mission : organize basement . Task 1: deal with all the school papers I have been collecting back to 2008 x 3 kids 😬

Elsa and Anna go to the pool!Elsa and Anna are very excited to be at the pool!

So far my only trip to the pool…hoping to get many more trips this summer.So happy! Pool time'! #summer2015Hello summer ! #summer2015

last dance class for the season:
Last class before the big recital #missz #tinydancerPink, cute, happy. tiny dancers #missz #andfriends

We went to the Gin Blossoms concert at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino this weekend! It was a great concert and we even got to meet a couple of the band members after the show! Score!
The Gin Blossoms where awesome! @hardrockhotelscDate night!The one time when we met the Gin Blossoms #awesome #90sforever

Saturday night was all about the big dance recital! No photos or video during the recital…so we did a pre-recital photo session with a couple of Zooey’s friends. They are tap dancing elephants…

Here we go! No photos allowed during the show. But we took a few DSLR photos before the show. More to come! #missz #tinydancerLet's get this show started! #tinydancer #missz

Our theater is amazing…you would never expect to see such an amazing theater hidden in the midwest.
Hidden gem of the Midwest. This theater is amazing #Siouxcityorpheum

Post recital dinner. So proud of her! She did so well! Post recital meal #missz #tinydancer

Blurry pic but cute…Ethan hamming it up:Super silly Ethan tonight! #myethan

Mr. Owen Grumpy pants:IMG_1197

One fart joke and he starts laughing:IMG_1207

Dragging out all the blankets into the yard and playing with stuffed animal toys:IMG_1221IMG_1242IMG_1264IMG_1275

I love this one of Ethan. His bed is stripped down because I was washing sheets. I love the light was falling on him as he is watching is new pet, Ally the turtle.IMG_1294

And Miss Z asked Father to read her a book during the church lunch.Father Dimitri reading Zooey Noah's Ark during the church lunch today #latergram #missz

So that’s what we’ve been up to! I hope that soon I get to post lots and lots of pool photos!

Happy Summer!

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My Side Gig | Michelle Bostinelos Photography

After a long winter break my side photography business is coming out of hibernation and I am very excited!  I have already listed session dates from now to Thanksgiving! Dates go fast (especially the end of summer/fall dates) so if you want one please let me know today! Once they are gone they are gone!  You can find my session dates and pricing over on my photo blog: www.michellebostinelos.com/photography 

Here are some of my favorite photos from the 2014 Sessions:

Michelle Bostinelos: G&B Sneak Peek &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: C Family Sneak Peek 4.12.14 &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: H Family Sneak Peek 5.10.14 &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: H Family Sneak Peek 5.10.14 &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: S Family Sneak Peek 5.17.14 &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: K Bros Sneak Peek 5.18.14 &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: R Family 5.31.14 Sneak Peek &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: MF Sneak Peek 6.8.14 &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: G Family Sneak Peek 6.9.14 &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: F Family Sneak Peek 6.14.14 &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: JT Senior Photos 6.14.14 &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: 6.20.14 | NKC Family & E Senior Photos Sneak Peek &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: 6.28.14 K Extended Family Sneak Peek &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: 7.2.14  | C Family Sneak Peek &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: BP Sneak Peek 7.19.14 &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: G Family Sneak Peek 8.16.14 &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: SO Sneak Peek 8.10.14 &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: C-S Family 8.23.14 Sneak Peek &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: RS High Senior Sneak Peek 8.23.14 &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: CS Senior Photos 8.23.14 Sneak Peek &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: 9.6.14 P Sisters Sneak Peek &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: S Family Sneak Peek &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: 9.13.14 J-H Sneak Peek &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: B Extended Family 9.14.14 &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: 9.15.14 L Family Sneak Peek &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: 9.24.14 P Family Sneak Peek &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: 9.26.14 | B-L Sneak Peek &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: 9.27.14 | S Family Sneak Peek &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: 9.28.14 | J family sneak peek &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: 9.28.14 | J family sneak peek &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: 10.4.14 | S Sisters &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: 10.4.14 | B Sisters Sneak Peek &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: 10.5.14 | B Extended Family &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: 10.11.14 | R family sneak peek &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: 10.12.14 | L family sneak peek &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: 10.18.14 | L Family Sneak Peek &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: 10.19.14 L Family Sneak Peek &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: 10.25.14 | E Family Sneak Peek &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: 10.26.14 | G Family Sneak Peek &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: 11.1.14 | P Family Sneak Peek &emdash; Michelle Bostinelos: 11.2.14 | Z Family Sneak Peek &emdash;

I had so much fun working with all these families! I hope to see you all again this year and to meet some new families!

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Project Life 2015 | Catching up

Remember when I used to do Project Life every week?  That was awesome! But I’ve taken a more relaxed approach for 2015 – just working on it when I can, or when the mood hits me. I  am still doing the method of digital project life through the Project Life app. And while sometimes I miss the paper products – I really don’t miss the stuff, and the hauling around of my stuff.  I like being able to work on PL from where ever and whenever I want to.  I went to a scrapbooking weekend in May and I brought NO scrapbooking supplies! Just my phone. It was so weird –  in a wonderful traveling light type of way :)

So here is my attempt to catch up – I am done through about mid-March.

Week 3 page 1Week 3 page 2


This starts our  trip to Aruba – I am just having it as part of my Project Life album, meaning I am not making a separate book for it.
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And back to reality:



And that’s what I got so far!  Thanks for checking out my Project Life 2015 (in progress!)  I am going to keep on working on catching up and hopefully I won’t be too long that I post so more layouts!

If you have any questions let me know!

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Around the House, Miss Z Graduates Preschool + Other Stuff

Around the house – I want to change things, and paint, and re-do everything. I am fairly certain that this drives my dear husband nuts!  We are still plugging away in the basement – the good news is that the remodeling is done! But now we are purging stuff and reorganizing (photos to come). I do have some decorating to do as well – the walls are for the most part are empty.  However, I am not really the type of person that goes and purchases decor/furniture and fills up a room in one day.  I slowly collect things, put things together, move things around. Which makes for a long process – but I believe makes a house more of a home.

On the list…I would love to get Zooey’s room painted. But I need to finish the organizing of the basement – and then the painting of the staircase walls and the mud room.She told me I need to paint her walls pink. I am ready for new paint.. But pink?? How about white or grey? "No Mom, PINK!" #missz

Zooey told me that she wants pink walls. I was hoping for something a bit more neutral! We will have to debate this one for a while. Good thing I am not ready to tackle this project yet!

Here is what the basement family room is looking like these days. Including 2 video game playing boys.  I don’t want to make the room to girly – also trying to keep it light and fun for the kids. The couch could use some throw pillows and maybe a fun rug? I don’t know I am working on it (mentally working on it).

Two video game playing boys and a basement I haven't decorated yet after the remodel #itsonthelist #bostinelosbros

And while we are at it…how about a random of the kitchen table. I cleaned it off before bed this night…it feels great to wake up to a clean kitchen table. However, I need to work on that cork board back there – yikes! Lots o’ papers! Ending the night with a clean kitchen table.

Zooey graduated from preschool this week! I am being fairly sappy about the entire thing because she is my last baby, and clearly not a baby anymore (sigh). She was so excited and proud of herself! She is a hoot.
Me and the graduate more pics to come #misszIMG_1109IMG_0976IMG_1019IMG_1023IMG_1029IMG_1046IMG_1062IMG_1122IMG_1128IMG_1142IMG_1156

Other stuff from the week:

I went to the Iowa State Cyclone Tailgate Tour (not my school!) but I won for my Dad an ISU golf towel set, so yeah! Actually between Dimitri and my Dad there is a lot of cheering for ISU even from me. Go Cyclones! I am cheating on my school. The bad influence of @dimitri_bostinelos and @rcoacher #cyclonetailgatetour #gocyclones 😳

This week was cold…we spent too much time inside because of it. Ethan was so chilly – he kept his fleece on in the house…but don’t ask about his pants! HA! The kid never has pants on. I love that he is wearing a fleece jacket but no pants 😳 the weather is cold and gloomy for the end of May. Wishing for nicer days and evenings outside #myethan

truth…the laundry. Always the laundry.The laundry!! Never ends!

Very excited because I found a new urban green space for photo sessions!I think I just found a new photo taking location!

Dimitri and Ethan have been working on providing Ally the turtle with the best home possible. I think she likes it so far.I spy Ally the turtle in her new home #allyturtle

I made him take a selfie in the parking lot of Chili’s on lunch on Friday…he thought it was weird. I like it.I made him take a selfie in the parking lot of chili's #lunchdate @dimitri_bostinelos

And another selfie that day of what I wore: Maxi skirt, black tank and denim jacket all from stitch fix. My hair is driving me nuts these days – I keep trying to make it straight –  but the weather has other ideas. So this day I threw it back into a messy bun and called it good – I think this might be my hair look for summer 2015. Got dressed in maxi skirt, tank and denim jacket - put my curly hair back  and realized I dressed like @lisaleonard . Love her style ❤ ️

Have you tried these? If not you must. Go now. I found them at Walmart.@lisaannpeterson s'mores Oreos!

Owen’s last football game of the season. It was rainy and cold – which is what seems to be the weather theme  around here. I want the sun! I want the pool! Finger’s crossed for Monday – I need my unofficial first day of summer to start with blue water and a drink in my hand. Just hanging out today @dimitri_bostinelos #owenchristopher

Owen’s game face!Game face. Last football game of the season . #itsfreezing #owenchristopher

Here is a load of stuff being cleaned out of the basement to donation! It feels so good to clear things out!  I guess being cold and rainy has it’s advantages.One Honda Pilot full of stuff going to the Junior League Discovery Shop!

Despite the colder temps, today we went to go get flowers! Finally! This is something we normally do on Mother’s Day – again I blame the weather.Finally getting flowers to plant! This is normally a Mothers Day activity - but this year it just happened later. #bostinelostrioShe says we can only buy pink and purple flowers! #missz


Zooey wanted to buy all the purple and pink flowers.


So yup, that’s what has been going on around here!

Happy Saturday!

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Living It Up

Neighborhood princess club @dimitri_bostinelos @emilyhamstra23 @icknay_amstrahay

Neighborhood friends, princess, Pinterest success (s’more cones).
Neighborhood kid gang @emilyhamstra23 @icknay_amstrahay @dimitri_bostinelosThe girl think this yard is beautiful with all the flowers 😂😬 @emilyhamstra23 @icknay_amstrahay @dimitri_bostinelosPinterest success! S'mores cones @icknay_amstrahay



Spring flag foot ball for Owen. He is #19!



My Dad, Owen and I went to the Circus. Zooey already went with her preschool class and Ethan decided he didn’t want to go this year. I am not a fan of the animal acts. I did feel that there were less animal acts  this year as compared to previous years.  I personally think they should cut them out all together. My circus dates! @rcoacher #owenchristopher
Cotton candy face #owenchristopher
But I do like the cotton candy and the (human) performers were good!Looking up! #circusfun#circusfun#circusfunOwen and Papa @rcoacher

Dimitri and I did the Race for the Cure together for Mother’s Day. The last time we participated was 6 year’s ago! I enjoyed spending mother’s day morning just him and I – what a gift! We must not wait another 6 years to do it again!Ready to Race for the Cure! #happymothersday @dimitri_bostinelos

Later on Mother’s Day…we went to brunch with my Mom and MIL and then back to my parents to hang out and take some pics!I look like her and she looks like me. #happymothersdayHappy Mother's Day with my MIL! #happymothersday#happymothersday !!#happymothersday

Oh this photo cracks me up! Owen was happy, Zooey was sassy, and Ethan was not in a photo taking mood. This is motherhood.IMG_0143

Last week was national Bike-to-Work and one of the many fun parts of my day job is that I get to encourage such activities! So my bike was dusted off and with a co-worker, we rode our bikes to work! We had a fun adventure riding to work – I pulled out in front of a car (eek!), my co-worker lost all break control, and then it started pouring on us! HA! We took it in good stride and had fun. I also rode my bike home for extra credit!Dusting off my bike to participate in bike-to-work week. It hasn't seen daylight since last summer.  Thinking I need to trade in this trek mountain bike for a road bike. I would love to participate in more local rides but never feel like I have the rightPlease don't run us over! Promoting Bike to Work Week fun! @kathapfaff I accidentally pulled out in front of a car. Jake lost all break control and we got caught in the rain- but we made it! #scbike2work #dontrunmeover #bikemonthNot only did I ride my bike TO work. I rode my bike home FROM work. Bonus points! Extra credit!  #scbike2work #andbackhome #pleasedontrunmeover

Zooey was into riding her bike this week also.Zooey and I got our bikes out and went on a long ride around the block 🚲🚲

More fun work events last week! We celebrated our 50th Anniversary. Yeah!Fun at the hard rock @kathapfaff @dimitri_bostinelos @hardrockhotelscEthan had a sleepover at a friend’s house the past Friday night. Zooey and Owen were feeling a bit bummed out that they didn’t have any plans with friends…so we took them to the mall to do funny things. Like playing putt-putt in the sporting good store.2 kids at the sorting good store. Fun times on a Friday night ! #missz #owenchristopher

Riding the merry-go-roundTheir brother went to a friend's house. They went to the mall #fairtrade #owenchristopher #missz

Eating ice cream cones as big as our headsZoZo vs dip cone #missz

Eskimo kissesEskimo kisses #missz

Playing in the mall’s play place.
Can we go home now? #malloverload #missz #owenchristopher

Spending time together..Owen and daddy



And try out the funny wind machine…because why not?? (Click on photo below to watch the video)

Saturday we hit the rode to Kansas to help our niece celebrate her graduation from High School. Nothing like a good road trip!
Quick road trip!Happy kids, happy life ❤️ #bostinelostrioPit stop #wehavestopped4timesalready  #arewethereyetMorning ! #Yiayia #misszIMG_0152IMG_0157IMG_0174IMG_0207IMG_0249IMG_0258IMG_0278IMG_0289IMG_0321

I love the chickens!IMG_0196IMG_0202

Ethan was super excited because the kids found a turtle and told him he could take it home as a pet. At first he named it Alfred…but with a little bit of research we determined that Alfred was most likely a SHE so he changed the name to Ally.

The day started out sunny but then storms rolled it. I was a bit scared about the posiblity of tornados (KANSAS!) but all was OK and we didn’t get sent to OZ.


All tucked in bed at the hotel as more storms rolled through.
All tucked in Happy to report that Ally the turtle made her way back to Iowa and is resting in her new home.Ethan found new pet in Kansas. We proudly introduce you to Alfred the turtle #myethan #alfredturtle

He is SO happy to have a little pet to himself…he has been bummed since the death of Bella the Crayfish. He has been begging me for a bird (which I do not want!) – so I am happy that he is happy with the turtle. Turtles are cute.IMG_0113

Life feels like it is picking up around here…must be getting close to summer. Love this time of year!IMG_0129

The boys have 7 days left of school.
Zooey graduates from pre-school this week.
The pool opens next weekend!

Summer coming up next!

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A Day in the Life

Yesterday I participated in Ali Edwards Day in the Life Project…. I thought it would be a good way for me to get some more everyday photos in the mix as I seem to be lacking many photos these days.  I opted to use my iPhone for my camera just because of the ease and convince. Yesterday was also a work/school day for us – so not always conducive to lugging around the big camera.  This is what I captured.

6:30 am | Early morning coffee and a little computer time before shower, before everyone wakes up.
Take 2 a day in the life. I tried to start this yesterday but realized I was off a day. #aedayinthelife

7 am | Zooey watching cartoons on the iPad before getting dressed for the day.
Morning cartoons on the iPad. #aedayinthelife #missz

7:30 am | The boys out the door to school. 7:30 am boys are out the door with Dimitri . Zooey still needs her hair brushed before we leave so we hang back #aedayinthelife

8 am | Just pulled in the parking lot of my office – ready to start the work day.8:00 am just pulled into work #aedayinthelife

9 am | Not too many meetings today means much-needed desk time to catch up on emails and projects that need attention.9 am not to many meetings today - so lots of desk time. Got to catchup on stuff so happy for the time. I have a cold so not feeling 100% today, but the coffee is hot and the tunes are on- so I am pushing forward. #aedayinthelife

1:03 pm | Meeting in the board room1:03 meeting in the board room #aedayinthelife

2:30 pm | Late lunch – home to let Sugar out and get something to eat before heading back to the office.2:30 late lunch . Home to let Sugar out and then back to work #aedayinthelife

4:45 pm | Trying to finish up a work task before 5 pm.4:45 trying to finish up a work task before 5 pm #aedayinthelife

5:15 pm | Picking up Zooey from pre-school/daycare. She has a note all about Pre-School Graduation coming up next week!5:15 pm . Pick up Zooey from preschool . She has a note telling all about preschool graduation coming up next week! #aedayinthelife

5:20 pm | Came home to an escaped kitty cat and Ethan on the front porch5:20 Came home to escaped kitty cat. #aedayinthelife #myethan #lucylou

5:25 pm | The pre-dinner craziness.
5:25 they want back in the house #aedayinthelife #sugardog #owenchristopher #missz

5:30 pm | My cute husband making taco for dinner…because it’s Tuesday.5:30. I love my hot chef @dimitri_bostinelos #aedayinthelife

5:45 pm | 4 of us eating dinner. Owen got sent to his room for bad attitude.5:45 dinner . One boy with attitude got sent to his room #aedayinthelife

6:00 pm | Grumpy Boy got released from his room to enjoy a Taco — he even wore his Taco Tuesday shirt!Grumpy boy got released from his room just in time for Taco Tuesday to match his shirt #aedayinthelife

6:30 pm | A little cuddle time6:30 pm// a little cuddle time #aedayinthelife

7:00 pm | We walked through 2 houses tonight. We keep our eye on the market, we haven’t found exactly what we are looking for yet and are always debating if we should sell or stay.7:00 pm // walked through 2 houses . Always looking keeping our eye out in case we decide to sell and jump #aedayinthelife

8:00 pm | Watching a movie
Watching a movie #aedayinthelife

8:30 pm | We all end up on the same couch (Owen in his room – by choice, he was tired and not a fan of the movie, Hotel Transylvania)
8:30 pm // we all end up piled on top of each other on one couch #aedayinthelife

9:00 pm | One last trip outside for Sugar Dog9 pm// one last potty break for sugar before bed #sugardog #aedayinthelife

9:20 pm | Crash
9:20 pm // crash #owenchristopher #aedayinthelife

I was sleeping not long after this…I either have a cold or some serious allergies going on. Lots of coughing, runny nose, sneezing fun. Boo! Once the kids were sleeping I hit the pillow and was out!

Happy Wednesday!
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Dear Michelle

i just wanted to drop a note and thank you for being such an awesome mother to our children.  Every day they get the chance to be raised by an amazing, strong, caring, loving person.  I am so thankful for all that you do for them and myself.  Happy Mothers Day to the best mom 3 crazy kids could have!


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Stitch Fix #11

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