Sunday, May 29, 2016

The New Mrs. Brown...

Not sure there is a group a girls I would rather spend a weekend with than this crew.  And for the happiest ever after event of Lindsey getting married to Mister James Brown(a match made in heaven) made this trip to Utah that much sweeter!  

These girls know me better than anyone and every time we get together we pick up right where we left off. I love that we can all be ourselves, conversation is easy, and the laughs are endless!  These friends are irreplaceable really.  I feel so fortunate that we ended up in Dental School together at the same time and place. I didn't realize back then how much I would need them in my life. I am so happy things happen for a reason.

As for Lindsey, she has had more than her fair share of trials, highs, lows, success, set backs, you name it. But this weekend she reached an undeniable eternal high and sealed the deal with this guy and his sweet children, creating herself a modern day brady bunch, and we all couldn't be happier for her.    

I love me some Amy!
No trip would be complete without seeing my cute nieces before heading out to Prom.  Lauren was too stressed for a pic but Maddi was happy to soak in all my auntie attention!
And just because we are no longer in our twenties doesn't mean we don't know how to have fun!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Ryan's First Year of Pre K...

We barely squeked Ryan into the Oak Hills Pre School Pre 3's Class, and I am so glad we did.  He absolutely loved going to school. His teachers Miss Kragt, Franklin and Zapp were more than amazing! They loved every ounce of Ryan, and begged, even offered to switch their pre school schedule around to accommodate him(really me, because of the impending new baby mode that I will be in come next fall) for next year.  They especially loved Ryan for his love of construction vehicles. Every single show and tell he had something related to construction. The boy is obsessed! They made him the most darling picture scrapbook as a graduation gift. We were so sad to say good-bye. And he asked to go to pre school for a good couple of weeks after it ended.  Hopefully he will love his new pre-school next year just as much as he dis this year. 

 Miss Kragt
Miss Franklin

Monday, May 16, 2016

Happy Mother's Day...

My mom does so much for me and my family that words can't simply express how much I love her. I snapped this picture of her and the bouquet that she made for Kenzie Carter's wedding. This is just the tip of the iceburg of all the things she can and does do.  This year she really has come through for us by watching my kids every Wednesday while I go and teach at the studio.  But she doesn't just watch my kids, she cooks, cleans, folds laundry, does hair and plays endless hours of construction site with Ryan. I like to tell her that it all keeps her young and there is truth to that, but in the bigger picture she saves my behind week after week!  And I am forever grateful for her. I hope I turn out to be just as generous and gracious as she is.
In April I surprised Justin's family with a little visit to see Justin's cousin, Erick's, wedding day.  I was in Utah to see my friend Lindsey get married, but would have felt terrible if I didn't take a couple hours to see his side of the family. They were surprised and I was just grateful I caught up with them before they left the temple. As always it was fun to catch up and see each other.  I am so grateful for Justin's mom. We became great friends when we attended Dental School on the East Coast, while we lived and spent many a days at their house in Lewisburg and then in Pottstown. She raised Justin to be the great Dad and husband that he is today, and I will always be grateful for the many sacrifices I know she made and continues to make for me and my family. And I love her!  Now if ony they could sell their house in PA and move closer.  

I am so lucky to have these women to look up to. Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Westside Timbers Copa Vs. ADF State Cup Champion Game...

What a fantastic season for Zach and his team! They made it to the state cup finals for U11 but ended up losing to ADF by a free kick.  These boys had all the heart and team work, but were unlucky this year.  This was the last time these boys would play together before getting split up with the new birth year rule.  Zach will be skipping the U12 year and will be trying out for a spot on the Copa U13 team where both the field and team increase in size.  I think he is up for the challenge though.  He is so fun to watch and has grown a ton this year. Never once has he complained about going to soccer and is always excited to go and to be even early to all of his practices and games.  His motivation is rewarding to watch as a parent.

Some more great pics from the season...