We’re not even done with the weekend but I had to post a few videos of the beach day yesterday. Our kids are having so much more fun at the beach lately, which in turn makes it that much more fun for us too. Asher finally will play in the waves (ok, ‘in the waves’ is even being generous…he’ll touch his toes in the water at least)…it only took him 4 years to warm up to it (who’s kid is this?!). But no matter, at least we were diligent 😂. Here’s yesterday (he decided no pants was the way to go):
There’s a possibility that I can be ambitious on the sign-ups and weak on the execution for some of our family activities…you know, if I’m being honest. I just picture us having this fun, athletic family who tackles anything. Which sometimes we totally are; and other times it’s actually a disaster of complaining and prodding and nothing how it was in my head, and we all end up mad and disappointed (but with pictures that likely make my memory of how awful it is fade fairly fast). Again, just honest.
However, we are signed up as a family for a 5K in a few weeks with my parents, so I have been thinking that we should get out there and try it before it is a mess of complaining and general disaster conditions 😂. Last week was a good practice opportunity – an event in Santa Barbara that seemed family friendly… and close to home in the event of the world ending (ie. our kids’ likely portrayal of the torture we make them endure called ‘exercise’).
In addition to family, I also recruited unsuspecting work buddies, friends, and the girls we live with, and promptly handed the kids off to all of them while I jumped into the 1k swim to start off the night, vowing to catch them on the 5k run to follow.
I have to say, the swim went better than I expected in my dinosaur of a wetsuit – and I loved the boost of proud energy I got from high-fiving Selah as she ran down the hill as I ran up. (The run started while I was racing, so I tried to catch them on the uphill, but she was too fast!). Asher and Daddy made it to the turn around before I caught them, and Dad reported that he did at least 3/4 of the whole run on his own! And we all ran through the finish line together – one proud, tired, happy family.
I haven’t raced in a long time…actually, just about 8 years probably since it was at least a year prior to Selah being born. I can’t say there’s any one reason I haven’t, but I can tell you that this group exercise program (Jenny Schatzle Program) that I’m doing motivated me to just get out and do it, no matter how messy it looked (in my head or in reality) or what the outcome was. Exercise is my sanctuary and sanity – and this time I got to enjoy it with my favorites – and be reminded of a time gone by when I enjoyed swimming and running races too. And – bonus – it went so well I’d do it again! (I can’t say the same for Selah, but Jesse and Asher seem to be game, so she might come around yet!).
Selah has been saying for weeks that she didn’t want to participate in her piano recital because last time was so scary. This, of course, made my Mama heart sad that she’s clearly already growing up and growing out of her ‘performing’, for fear of people watching (or how she perceives herself – she kept saying when she watched it back that she doesn’t think she did well). Jesse and I had done all we could to convince her, basically giving up, until yesterday she apparently told her piano teacher that she was now “in”. And – the cutest part – she allegedly changed her mind because grandma was missing her “spring sing” next week, but would be able to make her recital! (Note to Grandma – hope you’ve set aside June 3rd 😉!)
So, in preparation, her piano teacher and her chose a song for her to sing. Spoiler alert: if anyone is coming to the recital, I will reveal the song and video of her practicing!
She hasn’t been projecting enough, so her teacher asked her friend Madeline to sit and watch, hoping Selah would be louder. She’s getting there – it’s really sweet to watch the progress – and I was able to video (sorry it’s shaky – I was also trying to watch that Asher didn’t fall off the trampoline that was open – without yelling at him and ruining the video! Also, her teacher stops her for some direction, but I filmed the entirety). Here goes:
Couldn’t think of a better way to spend Valentine’s Day then to have all three of mine pick me up from work (play on some construction equipment of course), dinner/dessert downtown, then home in bed by 7 snuggling and reading in bed (Captain Underpants, courtesy of Selah’s Valentine to Daddy).
When I put Asher to bed tonight, he really summed it up for me:
Me: Ashy, how’d I get so lucky having God give me you guys as family?
Asher: I don’t know. (Pause). Whoa, Mom!
Asher: Oh! I thought you were an alien for a second. But aliens don’t talk, so then I knew.
Well, that clears up that question, in case anyone was wondering! ❤️ ha! I love my most random little boy, and his sister and Dad to go along with him. Still don’t know how I got so lucky, but at least I’m not an alien, so I guess I’m still winning. 😉
Nothing like our favorite night of the year to make me post finally! I have to go back and recap basically from summer of last year to now, but first, the annual Daddy Daughter Dance!
Who can resist, right? The cutest couple there is around! It literally is Selah’s favorite night of the year, which was scientifically proven when she got home from school and asked to shower to get ready for it! It was so sweet.
And Daddy was no less excited then Selah, and played the part of the prince very well, flowers and all. I mean, the look at these faces here when he brought home a perfect bouquet for his princess…Their looks show it all in every picture, so of course I went overboard and am having trouble narrowing it down so am doing a classic over posting!
And, shhh, don’t tell, but it’s one of my favorite nights because I get my own handsome prince to hang out with. Tonight, we chose pancakes for dinner, bath time with a new Pokémon figure, topped off with two games of Monopoly with Superman. Good times were had by all, and although I haven’t posted in quite awhile, one thing remains the same: we’re sure blessed to get to be parents of these two growing babies of ours!
There are a lot of random things I take a few pictures at, then never post or don’t have a full thought about them. But in the spirit of my online ‘scrap-booking’….we are also extremely thankful for:
Good friends and swim meets:
Mok, best dog in the world:Santa Barbara sunsets and bike rides along the beach:
Family to help with new backyard construction projects! And new knees for Jesse to be able to do so:
Mok somehow got out of order, but could list him twice we are so thankful for him!
And just plain old family time together laughing – lots of times with this guy, but always together:
Sounds trite, but no other way to put it – we are very blessed (& when I don’t remember that, I come back here to upload! 😉). When I have little time for friends or groceries or cleaning…this is what I’m doing! Life with our little family.
Today I took Asher on a Mommy & son “date” to the PEP Touch-A-Truck event at City College. It had a ton of trucks – garbage trucks, police cars, fire trucks, sweeper trucks, construction equipment, a trolley, a postage truck, a delivery truck, a dump truck, a helicopter, along with bounce houses, Popsicles, and face painting….and I’m certain many others I’m forgetting.
Cute trolley driver, yes?! It was fun to have ‘just one’ and reminded me that it’s so important to get that 1-on-1 time with both our kids. They thrive so much more when we’re intentional with them, and sometimes we just aren’t good at thinking of things to do, so this worked out great to have a specific activity. I had hoped we could get by the face painting without a request, but Spiderman it was…and I was too tired of climbing in vehicles and honking horns to resist.
Afterwards, we met up with Daddy and Selah who were at a schoolmate’s party. They were having their own good time with a zip line, bocce ball, tree house, and hammocks! Lucky boy got the best of both worlds! I wish I would have caught more pictures of Selah, but she’s on the run with friends these days, and not much interest in having mom around documenting 😉.
Fun Sunday all around, and just wish we had one more day before entering reality again. Until next weekend! ❤️
Not the most exciting to anyone but me, but this past week the precast girders for the bridge I’ve been working on the past (almost) two years arrived. Besides being a milestone of a major project of mine, it also is just special to share with my family who supports me every single day I work.
I’m often wishing I had more time at home (or time in general), but when it comes down to it, I do love what I do. I get the best of a lot of worlds – I get out of the house and mom-bubble each day, I show my kids there are women engineers & women in construction & women who run a business, and I create jobs for a lot of people who are happy to feed their families. It’s fulfilling and I’m proud of it; again, even though I oftentimes wish I was less ‘busy’.
So, the bridge for some reason reminded me of all of that. And of course there are only so many bridge replacements in our town so I figured the kids might like to have seen one, so I had our nanny bring them. Asher came in the morning and afternoon, and Selah came after school. He was definitely more into it than she was, but not sure if that was a product of shyness or a product of the activity. Either way, I was proud to have my babies onsite.
Sorry so many pictures – just couldn’t decide which ones to add! I also just wish Asher could take a normal picture these days. For some reason his ‘go-to’ camera pose is his Inner Peace stance from Kung Fu Panda 3 (see above, and every pic of him below). Lucky us. 😉 I mean, he’s cute anyway, but I hate to have a whole year of pictures of my kid meditating. Oh well, I shouldn’t complain – there are definitely worse things that could happen, obviously!
So I’ll just live with my peaceful child (ha!), and my new bridge!