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My launch party was a success!

So, I just had my first in-home party (my business launch!)…and while I thought it was a total hot mess, they told me everything was fine and they had fun. (There were only six ladies and they are all good friends so I could be honest with them and ask for their honest opinions.) I dislike selling and feel like I stink at it so really just felt like I was pretty much out of control the whole time and consequently I felt totally off my game and I felt like I looked like an idiot (I know we are always hardest on ourselves). But they all seemed happy and bought stuff so it’s all good. And I know it will get easier with practice…

We didn’t take any official selfies but I did snap a few quick shots so I could remember who bought what (I was still figuring out how to use my credit card system!)


Why do I have to leave these people? Stupid military.

Another awesome Friday night gathering where all the kids get along (tonight there were 15!), the adults get along and have an amazingly fun time (tonight included shots of fireball whiskey, cigars, and stories about tattoos and piercings), and reluctantly leaving just before 11pm. I can cry just thinking about leaving…


April Fool’s Saturday Night Dinner


My friends made me happy cry!

I was hosting an online Facebook party for this cool new lipstick and had included people from all times of my life…and the consultant was posting fun games for them to earn raffle entries. This one she did was so sweet and the responses made me happy cry. :) I’m posting it so I can look back on it when I’m having a bad day. 


Dinner and game night!

Tonight we combined our Saturday Night Dinner with our first Cards Against Humanity game night!

The game-winning combo. Phil won, beating Tom by one card! What a fun night…


Soccer moms in LuLaRoe!

One of my good friends, Linda, and I wearing our LuLaRoe leggings to soccer!


First Saturday Dinner of 2016 is in the books!

Pre-dinner selfie!

And you can see why I don’t often take a group shot—it’s hard to get everyone in without lots of scrunching. :)

Early New Year’s Eve

We went to our friends’ house for dinner and a football game. The kids watched an early NYE countdown and had some sparkling grape juice (which none of them liked).



Owen’s half birthday pool party!

The wait was finally over—the day for Owen’s postponed birthday pool party! And the weather was perfect!! We had 19 kids and 14 adults!





The timing was perfect: at the end of every hour, the lifeguards take a 15-minute break and all kids must exit the pool. So we used this time to have our pizza lunch!










The second break was time for cake! Of course, I had completely forgot to put the balloon in the cake…


So it went in the leftovers so I could take a picture. :)







Two of the kids from his Kindergarten class (who are about his size so he looks normal!).


Everyone had a great time! The kids LOVED the water shooters and, while a few got broken, each kid was able to take one home. We guessed pretty good on the pizza—we ordered five and ate about four. There was enough cake to leave out a few pieces and freeze a nice chunk for a later date. The best part was after 10 minutes of cleaning up and packing the car, we were DONE. :)

Saturday Dinner #4

We’re still doing our approximately monthly dinners—and tonight was #4! We had two sets of friends on their second appearance…and one newbie couple (neighbors)! It was a bit crazy as the kids outnumbered the adults (just barely) but it was fun as usual!

Owen leveled up to Turtle!

I wanted him to practice floating before his lesson…but it took some bravery to actually get in. He loves the water (and he could touch the bottom) so I have no idea why he was so nervous.

So the lesson started and I was poolside, half watching him and half talking to another mom. It looked like he was doing all the same things he’d done at his last lesson, so I wasn’t watching THAT closely. Then all of a sudden he’s in front of me with the instructor and he’s holding a red ribbon and a red swim cap and she’s telling me that he passed into the next level! (To do this, he had to successfully jump into the pool, flip himself over, and float for 15 seconds…three times.)

Then as a new Turtle, he started to learn actual swim strokes! He was actually in class with his friend Gavin!

Raptors Picture Day



Saturday Night Spaghetti #2

Our second dinner went just as well as the first—even with a last-minute guest switch up! One family couldn’t come because of a sick kid, so we invited Owen’s coach and his family and they were excited to come! (They’ve recently moved here as well and understand how hard it is to make friends!)

Katie had a friend she knew and Owen made a new friend (only four years old but they got along great). 

Here, Tom was rescuing Lambie from the kids’ table so she didn’t get dunked in spaghetti sauce. :)


T-Ball Opening Ceremonies

Tom helped Owen get dressed for the opening ceremonies! I’m not sure who was more excited.


Owen was hamming it up in the mirror. Please excuse the disaster of a room. (We’ve been getting the downstairs ready for a dinner party so lots of stuff is being dumped in our room!)





Doing a little fielding practice with his coach.


We have to bring a ball for Katie to play with—she loves to play catch and she’s actually pretty good!










Running the bases just for the fun of it.



He had his tongue out in lots of the pictures!


The T-ball teams were the last to walk in.




All the teams lined up (all teams from all age groups):







And then it was back home to clean for our dinner party…and to get ready to go back to the fields for Owen’s game at 1:30!