Field Time

Saturday mornings you can find us at the sports field.  Zooey’s first year playing soccer.  She is doing fairly well. Some games she is into more than other games. Kids at this age playing soccer are funny.  I am just happy she got out there and tried something new.IMG_9237

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And Mr. Owen playing flag football. He had his choice to do flag or tackle football this year and he decided to stay with flag. By 4th grade (next year), if he wants to keep playing he will have to get his tackle gear on (eek!). 
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My sweet Ethan – not so much into sports, and that’s OK. He has other wonderful talents. And if later he decides he want to try a sport out – that is great too. Whatever my kids decide to do, I will be the mom in the corner cheering all my kids on with a camera in my hand! 

#momarazzi 

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The Last of Summer

Photos from Labor Day weekend…

We made a last-minute decision to head to the lake on Labor Day weekend for one last summer adventure.

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Mimi getting braver and braver with the water.
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Time together and jumping off the dock.. love that the simple things are so much fun. 

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A little bit of playground time …wet hair and bathing suits

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Back at the campsite 

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Owen found a video game friend at the campsite:IMG_9217

There was actually a lot of rain this weekend – we did make it to the beach a couple of time but the rest of the weekend we spent hanging out in the camper.IMG_9219

A large storm cloud from across the lakeIMG_9222Zooey had me put on songs from the Little Mermaid and she pretending to be Ariel. Silly little girl.

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Morning Sun.IMG_9232And a few from my iPhone:labor day weekend

As I post this I realize that our days at the lake are now far away… we are getting ready to store the camper for the winter.  Although we did manage to sneak in one more trip to the Lake in mid-September and had fun the past weekend celebrating Halloween a few weeks early at a local campground…I hope to post those photos soon!

Happy Monday!

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Ethan’s 11th Birthday

Way back in the beginning of September my first baby boy turned 11! Perhaps if I don’t blog it means that it didn’t happen? But it did  happen regardless of my lack of blogging immediately after the big day. Like every mother who has a child that turns a year older, I gasped and say “I can’t believe it” and “Wasn’t he a baby just yesterday??” .

For his 11th Birthday we had dinner with the family at Red Lobster, followed by cake and presents.  The day after his birthday he had some of his friends over for a sleepover.

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And just like that he turned 11. I think 11 is going to be very cool.

And that concludes the 2015 Birthday season.  Time to put away the cake and ice cream and welcome all things pumpkin spice. :)

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The Dog Park

Mimi the Wonder Dog is keeping us active around here.  I forgot how crazy a little puppy is! How much energy!  We’ve been doing daily walks. It is not unusual for Mimi to get at least 2 if not 3 walks in one day. Good for her, good for us (good for everything in our house that she wants to chew on). It is a win, win.  Besides walks, another place Mimi loves to go is the dog park! We hadn’t visited the dog park with Sugar because she was aggressive with other dogs.  I am hoping this won’t be the case for Miss Mimi. We are doing our best to socialize her with lots of people and dogs while she is a pup.  The dog park was a big hit, with everyone! I decided that it is impossible not to smile while at the dog park. Our whole family would agree. We had a blast.

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Everyone had fun with Mimi and the other dogs at the park.
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Good Friends and Great Times At the Lake

I am a bit behind on posting photos from this summer’s adventures! And we are still busy creating more memories and taking more adventures. It’s all happening faster than I can post, which is a good thing! Got to soak it all in before the warm weather is no more.

So part of our summer adventures include the purchase of a new to us pop-up camper. We found it on Craig’s List.  Unbeknownst to us, it had issues – we had to take it to the RV repair shop not once but twice.  But once we got it up and going – SO much fun! It’s not fancy, but it has A/C, electricity and no more sleeping on the ground! I love the idea of making so many family memories and going on great adventures with our little pop-up!

Our first adventure wasn’t too far away – but still great! Of course good friends and plenty of time at the lake made it even better.

Our little camper — please note the wooden pole keeping one side up…ah yeah, that was one of the issues. But it has now been fixed.

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Mimi’s first camping adventure….she loved it!
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And cute kiddos enjoying breakfast outside:
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Mimi wasn’t too sure about the water. She liked to jump around near the water and bite the incoming waves…but she wasn’t ready to jump in.
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We spent most of our day hanging out on the beach, building sand castles, kayaking and jumping on a giant foam pad that we rented for the day. It was a perfect summer day.
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Zooey was the only girl with 7 boys!!

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Mimi went out in the kayak…and then she jumped out and swam to shore!!  We haven’t been able to get her to swim since.IMG_7327

After swimming we headed to the Barefoot Bar – where dogs and kids are allowed (yeah!) and then back to the campsite for s’mores (not pictured) —and then everyone crashed.  A sign of a very good day.

A few from my iphone:

 

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Yay to a successful camping trip and out new little pop-up camper! Expect to see a few more adventures before the snow starts flying.

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8.24.15 | Back to School

Today was the first day of school for the kiddos! And for one year, and one year only, we have all three kids in the same school! Yeah!

Hello to 5th, 3rd and Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

Here are some photos from the drop off.

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The boys were off and running when we got to school! They don’t need Mom & Dad to walk them to the playground to line up!
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Zooey waited patiently for the bell to ring and her teacher to lead them in for the first day.IMG_8159When your last name starts with “B” you get to be in front of the line. Which was very exciting to Zooey!IMG_8162

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I only teared up a little.

 

One last final peek at the boys who were making their way into the school. Owen at least looked my way. Ethan just kept walking… And I took his photo anyway. Oh 5th graders. So funny.

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Reports from all three that the first day was a good day! I didn’t expect anything less. And another one down in the books.

1st Day of School 2015.

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Introducing Mimi the Wonder Dog

I will start this post out saying that I miss my Sugar dog so very very much.  After her death, our house felt incredibly quiet and empty – which says a lot considering how many people live in this house. I miss her everyday. I wish I would have been there when she passed away. I think about her final moments, and if I would have known it would have ended the way it did, I would have done it very differently.

It didn’t take long after Sugar’s passing that I started looking at puppies. Actually I started looking at puppies about a year ago. I was thinking maybe we should get a puppy before Sugar left us.  I however, was the only one thinking that this would be a good idea.

So when Sugar passed away I  really started looking for a puppy – to soon? I don’t know, I just know my heart hurt and looking at new puppies helped.  Sugar was a rescue puppy and I really wanted to adopt another rescue pup. I started browsing both local and area shelters and petfinder.com. I filled out several adoption applications. On Friday I found the cutest puppy and she was only 2 hours away. I sent in my application followed by an email. I heard from the shelter the very next day. We chatted a bit by text, a phone call – trying to find a time that we could go meet this puppy. I was hoping it was going to work out, but due to schedules I wasn’t sure a meet and greet was going to happen. On Sunday afternoon I got a call that schedules had changed and we were able to go meet this puppy I had found online. So I loaded the entire family in the car and drove 2 hours to meet Meme.

It only took me two seconds after seeing Meme that I knew she was coming home with us.  And luckily my family agreed.Meet the newest family member.. MiMi

We drove back home…2 hours. We got to know her more in the car. We decided to change the spelling of her name from Meme to Mimi. She was ours.Prepare for many puppy pics #Mimidog#MimidogMaking herself at home #MimidogI think she is going to like it here #MimidogI slept in my crate all night and didn't cry once #MimidogWe don’t know much about Mimi. We are told that she is a terrier mix and she is about 3 months old. She originally was from the Pine Ridge Reservation where there is an over abundance of dogs. An animal rescue organization is in the process of saving as many dogs as possible from the reservation, and it turns out that Mimi is one of the rescued dogs.

The last few days have been about getting to know Mimi, and her getting to know us. I was taking care of a senior dog, and now we are in puppy territory!! And while we are still in the first few days of Mimi joining our family – we love her so.

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And while Mimi can't replace our Sugar dog, she is exactly what we needed.    Yes we rescued this puppy,  but really she rescued us.

 We can't wait for all the crazy adventures you have in store for us Mimi the Wonder Dog. It's going to be great.

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On Her 5th Birthday

On her 5th Birthday…..

She woke up very early to enjoy a birthday donut…she may or may not have had on her PJs.

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On her 5th Birthday we all went to dinner at Red Robin.Birthday dinner craziness!Zooey not cooperating fir the camera because she is too excited to be 5!Zooey and her Papa on her 5th birthday! #missz @rcoacher

On her 5th Birthday she opened more gifts after dinner. Including a Lalaloospy Doll, a Monster High Doll, Elsa and Anna dolls and a Frozen umbrella
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On her 5th Birthday she blew out her candles on her Frozen cake with unwanted help from her brother, Owen.IMG_6476IMG_6477

 

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On her 5th Birthday we celebrated her and the little girl she has become.

Happy Birthday ZoZo, we love you!  We can’t wait to see what you will do this year!

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8.3.15 | Hello Monday

So what have we been doing you might be asking…or maybe you didn’t notice I haven’t been around??? Wait! Don’t tell me….

Most of July was good – full but good.  Some of it has been not so great.  And some of it terrible.  And although I’ve been a very bad blogger and an even worse project lifer – please know that I am still documenting and taking photos – I just hadn’t shared them all yet.

So stuff of the everyday.

Owen shopping for his birthday present. July marks the beginning of Birthday season around here. From now until mid September there will be a lot of cake eating.

Shopping for his bday! Only one week away! #almostnine #owenchristoperThis is when I told Owen that amazon prime offers free shipping. His excitement when I told him that Amazon prime ships for free! #owenchristoper

I feel the same way, buddy.

Miss Z had tumbling on Wednesday night’s in July. She loved it!Summer tumbling! #misszThe tumblers! #missz #andfriend @rubelh

Getting in as much pool time as possible.Had to take a break from that to-do list and soak in some sunshine. Handstand by Ethan #myethanMiss Z doesn’t use a floaty anymore. At all. Turns out that she is part fish!She swims without her floaty now! #misszShe got all the diving rings - no help! #misszHis birthday is on Tuesday! He is way excited! #owenchristoperUs Girls! #missz #andme  Hillside snacks by the pool #bostinelostrioChilling out eating a twin bing. No big thing... #myethan #summer2015She wanted a candy bar. It melted as she ate it. #misszI took a break from editing photos and painting trim in the basement to take my crazy trio to the pool on this very very very hot hot day. #missz #summer2015Dimitri has been camping since Thursday. It's been a great productive and fun weekend with the kiddos. But I am ready for him to come home now! #summer2015So I guess they do this now #missz @lisaannpetersonLast day to be 8! #owenchristoperFloating away!Boys swimEthan is still trying to learn how to dive #myethanBoom! Off the board no floatie. Zooey's summer goal accomplished!

Untitled   Lots and lots of visitors this month! My good friend from High School has been in town all month! She is a good pool buddy! Miss Mike has been keeping me company. We have both been working hard at home and enjoy our pool breaks! #summer2015Love it when Instagram friends come in to town to visit also! Love meeting up with @jessbrees12 !!And my sister with my nieces and nephew in town! Aunt Nancy in town! @ncoacherOwen's Birthday Dinner is getting CRA-ZY! #owenchristoperSister selfie! @ncoacher Little visitors: Dress up with Zooey and Grace! #missz #andfriendZooey and Grace - morning snuggles and Netflix Untitled
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The kids wrapped up their summer program and spending lots of time with Grandma and Grandpa. Here Ethan is trying to teach Grandma how to play something on his tablet.Ethan teaching grandma about games in his tablet #myethanCatching fireflies Catching fireflies #missz #myethan #summer2015No one told Zooey about the heat advisory!!Zooey didn't get the memo about the heat advisory today. 😂 #missz #summer2015  This is how they entertain themselves.Fun with the water table. #bostinelostrioJust becauseDreamy. #pappouphotobombTurtles ride for free #myethan #allyturtle Untitled   UntitledUntitled

 

The basement got finished!!OMG! our toy room hasn't been this clean in 2 years since we started the great basement gut project!! It needs artwork and some finishing touches but it's finally functioning!And the basement bathroom is done!!More of basement bathroom!More of basement bathroom!      Even my co-workers couldn’t escape my camera during the month of July!:Happy Planners!   Checking out downtown Lincoln with @kelleevb the Pirate planner . Thanks for the smiles I needed them !This one is for @kathapfaff ! @kelleevbAfter crying a lot today, thankful to co-workers that can make me smile . @weaverfamily99Owen celebrated his 9th Birthday! We celebrated 3 times! Once with donuts. Once with his family and once with his friends who I let stay over night! Eeek! Happy 9th Birthday Owen!!! #owenchristoperCake decorations by Owen! 10 little boys about to invade my house overnight!! #owenchristopherOutside movie - I have them all sitting still and quiet!We survived!!  IMG_4933IMG_4937IMG_4962IMG_4972IMG_4976IMG_4989IMG_4993IMG_5012IMG_5016IMG_5043IMG_5058IMG_5062IMG_5086IMG_5101IMG_5107IMG_5118

Zooey enjoyed some friend time without her brothers! Miss Z and Miss C having a relaxing girls night! I think @mark3505 got the better deal!More birthday party fun! Zooey got invited to a party! #missz #andfriendsMy 20th High School Reunion! Which included a selfie stick and funny costumes and most hilarious game of musical chairs I’ve ever seen.We had a selfie stick and things got crazy! #nhs95 Untitled Class reunion funClass reunion funClass reunion funClass reunion funClass reunion funClass reunion funClass reunion funClass reunion funClass reunion funClass reunion funClass reunion funClass reunion funClass reunion funClass reunion funClass reunion funClass reunion funClass reunion funClass reunion funClass reunion funClass reunion funClass reunion funClass reunion funClass reunion funClass reunion funClass reunion funClass reunion fun  We celebrated Dimitri’s Birthday!! Ready for birthday dinner!  @dimitri_bostinelosHibachi!!!Taking these three out can be an adventure too! 😳Happy Birthday Dimitri!!! @dimitri_bostinelos Untitled  

 

 

My parents and I took the kids to the zoo. It was very hot! I always pick the hottest day to go to the zoo! Zoo photos from my iPhone: The Zoo crew Zoo day!Zoo day!Looking up . #zooday#zooday #bostinelostrio#zooday#zoodaySkyfari!!! #zoodayWe take this photo every trip to the Zoo. Mandatory photo op. #owenchristopher #zoodayAlthough I think Owen needs some Gorilla face-making tips from Papa! @rcoacher practicing his gorilla face #zoodayZoo photos from my Canon 60D IMG_6240IMG_6242IMG_6244IMG_6258IMG_6259IMG_6265IMG_6270IMG_6279IMG_6286IMG_6295IMG_6310IMG_6313IMG_6317IMG_6328IMG_6334IMG_6339IMG_6349IMG_6353IMG_6355

 

We saw Christina Perri and Colbi Caillat at the Hard Rock Untitled  Date night! Excited to see colbie Caillat and Christina Perri @hardrockhotelsc !One without the super bright sun! Waiting for Colbie Caillat to take the stage! @hardrockhotelsc We purchased a new to us pop-up camper.  Unfortunately even after much inspection and making sure it worked – when we got ready to take it out camping…one corner was not popping up. So now we have an appointment to get it fixed at a local dealer. So we bought a pop- up camper and planning on some fun family adventures 😳I’ve been pinning ideas to redecorate the inside! Our camper is going to need a make-over. Don't worry I have been pinning 😳Lucy the cat wouldn’t let Dimitri up.Animals and kids love him. He lays down and it only takes a few minutes to have a kid or pet on top of him @dimitri_bostinelosThe sun set in a amazing ways.One amazing sky coming right up. #nofilter   The hard drive of my Mac died. Luckily I have an amazing IT husband who is always encouraging me to back up my photos – so nothing was lost.  And my computer was under warranty and is now fixed.  Have I told you it's been a rough week or 2. The hard drive on my computer died. Thank goodness for @dimitri_bostinelos who is always encouraging me to back up photos, my client photos are safe. The computer fixed under warranty. I now have a lot of photo
I went grocery shopping with Owen – getting ready for his birthday party. Shopping with O-dog tonight. We are having 7 little boys sleep over tomorrow night . Late b-day party! #owenchristopherI found the best ice cream ever.@rcoacher is right! this is awesome! #thetonightdough #ben&jerrys

 

And if you hadn’t heard the news via social media…our sweet Sugar passed away on July 27. Of course we knew that her time was limited. But we just had her into the vet on July 19. The vet talked to us about when will be the time to say goodbye. And as long as she was eating and going outside and doing her normal dog things, we were probably OK for a bit. We had a normal hectic Monday morning of trying to get out of the house. The kids had a field trip that day, and I was leaving to go out-of-town for work. Sugar did her normal morning routine, and we didn’t notice anything different. However, my mom and kids discovered Sugar had passed away while we were gone for the day. To say the least we were in shock to lose her this way. She was a big part of our family and a big part of our hearts. This past week has been about healing. I keep expecting her to be around at home. And it just feels empty. Like something is missing. Here are the last few photos of her from this monthOh Sugar dog! A year ago I thought we were going to lose her, but she proved us wrong. A vet appointment recently told us she has a growth in her lower eye lid that we can't remove with operating which might not be good for a 13 year old dog. The vet saidI don't think Sugar is feeling well 😢UntitledUntitledSugar getting love from Michael Ann #sugardog Untitled
 

I’ve cried a lot in the last week. It’s been rough. On all of us. Heavy heart today. Wishing I was at home. 😢Sugar was our puppy for 13 years.  Last year I wrote a post all about her story with us. #tbt 7.26.02

The day after her passing, I snapped this photo of a cool cloud. Crazy cloud last night!

At first I just thought it was a cloud, but my friend Heather pointed out that the cloud looked like Sugar. The glowing part of the cloud was her snout pointing up to the sky. I think she is right – it was Sugar telling me that she was OK – running around in dog heaven causing trouble most likely.

And that my friends was July 2015.

Hopefully I will do a better job about keeping up in August. Thanks for reading! Come back soon. :)

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8.2.15 | Hello, anyone out there?

Hello Friends – sorry for the long absence.  July is always a busy one…this one started out with a bang. Hello – 4th of July. And ended in tears as we said a final goodbye to our Sugar Dog.  Right now I am sifting through all the photos and trying to make some sense of how crazy it has been.   Please stay tuned and I will be back with all the adventures, stories, photos and some tears.

Michelle

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