Monday, May 22, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans Week 20

Hello Summer!  School ended this past week, and we are sooooo excited for summer!  Take a look at our week. . .
Happy Mother's Day to me!  So blessed to be the mother of these 4 amazing kids!!

Got to go out to lunch with this cute girl today.  Yum!!!

Middle school band concert.  Mr J playing his sax.  They sounded awesome!

Hello Summer!  Our traditional "Toyota jump" to celebrate the end of school!  

School got out, and then the next day Miss O got all 4 of her wisdom teeth out.  Not a fun way to start the summer, but good to get it done.  This is how she was for a few days.  Thankfully she is doing much better now!  


Miss O and two of her friends.  The one in the middle was a foreign exchange student and leaving for home this week.  Always hard to say good-bye to good friends!  Grateful for the good friends in my kids' lives!

We are loving hammocks at our house lately.  We figured out how to get three up on our side porch today.  Mr J on the bottom :)  Lots of fun!

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you have a great week!!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

2018 Blue Jeans Momma Week 19

Busy week!  Today is the last day of school.  The kids have one hour left until summer officially starts as I am writing this.  We are sooooooo ready for a break!  But I am moving too fast, we had a great week last week.  My mom is retiring after many years as an elementary librarian.  My grandma DeeDee and 2 aunts came out to surprise my mom at her retirement party.  It was so fun to have them here!  We had a birthday, track meet, field trip, and Little Oscars and so much going on!  End of school crazy!  Take a look at our week. . .
Miss E celebrated her 15 birthday this week!  So love this girl!  She is amazing!!

Miss E had her last track meet of the season.  She did great!  

Here is my aunt Becky, my DeeDee, my mom and my aunt Jonelle right after they totally surprised my mom by driving 1150 miles to be here for her retirement party.  So much fun!!!  I am soooo grateful for these amazing women in my life!!!

Four generations right here---DeeDee, my mom and her two sisters, me, and my four kids.  Awesome!  We had so much fun while they were here--we laughed, we cried, we laughed some more.  It was truly amazing and great memories that will last for a long, long time.  Sure love you Becky, Jonelle and DeeDee!!!!  Thanks for coming!!

I got to go on the field trip with this cute boy and his class to the city to the Museum of Art.  Lots of fun!

Our high school does a "Little Oscars" program for all those who have been in plays for the year.  They do musical numbers in between the Oscar awards.  Miss O and her two friends did a song from  Hamilton  called "The Schulyer Sisters."  They "worked it!"  It was awesome!

And then Miss O won an Oscar for her part in The Music Man!!!  So exciting!  So proud of her!!!  She worked very hard, and loved doing it so much! 

All the Oscar winners for the night!  So much fun!

Had my parents over for dinner.  We had strawberry shortcake for dessert and one of my Dad's favorite things (and my kids) to do with spray cream is squirt it into my kids' mouths.  Jesse was so excited when we bought the cream and knew my dad was coming over :)  Love it!

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you have a great week!!!  Welcome Summer!!!!


Monday, May 8, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans Week 18

Had a birthday this week, state forensics, Ben and I got away for a few days on a business trip, track meet, and enjoying the spring weather!!!  Life is good!  8 days of school left, but who is counting???   Take a look at our week. . .
Happy Birthday Miss O!  She didn't want a cake, she wanted just a variety of ice cream, so we had an ice cream buffet :)  Should have gotten a picture of that.  Her candle is in the ice cream ;)  This 17 year old wanted a skate board :)  love this girl!  What a blessing she is in our lives!!!

These are the state forensics qualifiers from our high school.  Miss E on the front row, right end.  Proud of her!  She made it in prose performing Jon Scieszka's "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" which is so cute!  Good luck at state this week!!

Ben has work meetings in Omaha once a year, and I tag along for the free hotel room and food.  I get lots of scrapbooking done and enjoy the relaxing time.  I was working on a new Project Life album for 2017 and a new kit, so I laid out all the cards to see what I had and how to arrange them.  Love the colors in this one!!

Enjoying Omaha and an evening stoll around a pretty lake and water fountain.  Love this guy and being able to spend time with just him!!

Back home after a few days and hit the ground running to catch Miss E in a track meet this week.  She tried triple jump for the first time ever.  That was fun to watch!  Proud of her and for trying new things!!!

We had 4 extra cute girls with us this weekend as we watched my girlfriends' kids, and I took the oldest two to a science fair they had.  We had a lot of fun!  I was glad I could take them because all my kids were too old!  

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you had a great week!!!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans Week 17

Miss A is home for the summer!  Yeah!  We are so looking forward to having her home for a few months!  It is getting to that crazy spring time of year again.  Lots going on, but it is all good.  We have 2 weeks of school left!  Yeah!  Down to the wire, and we can do it!  Here is looking at our week. . .
Miss A and her cute roommates before they all went their different ways for the summer.  Such cute, good girls and great friends!

Miss O working at DQ--we went in to see her and got blizzards, of course :)


Girls day out--flower shopping!  Sure love these ladies!

National Honor Society induction this week.  Miss O is the president for next year.  Great group of kids right here!

Young Authors celebration this week.  Mr J and Miss E with author Jewell Parker Rhodes

Mr J with illustrator E. B. Lewis

And look at all 4 of these kids!  Together again after 4 long months!  Yeah!!!  Happy Day at our house!!!

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you have a great week!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans Week 16

Big, busy week!  Easter, piano competition and PROM!!!  It was our first prom ever since Miss A never had any desire to go when she was in high school.  Big, long weekend, but it was good.  We survived and are still trying to catch up on our sleep, but it is all good.  Take a look at our week. . .
Easter Sunday!  My beautiful kids!  I guess we were going for a blue/gray theme, but I don't think we meant to do that :)

Easter dinner at my Mom's.  Mr J helped her make her famous bunny-buns that she has been making every Easter since I was little.  They are yummy!

Easter dinner was a very fancy affair this year.  Mr J helped my mom get ready and they used the gold plates :)

And my Miss A who we were missing on Easter sent me her Easter picture with her cute roommate and some of the beautiful flowers on campus.

Piano competition for Mr J and Miss E.  They did awesome!  Both got gold medals!!!

And hello prom!  Prom is a big deal in our small town school.  Miss O and her cute date.  This was her first date ever. 

They looked classy in their black, white and red.

Off they go do the junior prom dinner, then to the grand march.


The grand march involves each couple driving up to the school in their car, getting out, and walking up to the main entrance of the school.  It is a huge community event that everyone comes out for.  Lots of fun!  Lots of pictures and then the kids go into the dance in the school and everyone else leaves.

The Prom is put on by the juniors and Miss O is the junior class president, so she has been working really hard to decorate and get things ready for the dance this week.  The after prom is put on by the junior parents--so us :)  So after the dance the kids came to a big gym and we had food--pancakes!  games and lots of activities until 3 a.m.  Then we all headed home and crashed!  Long day, but lots of fun!

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you had a great week!!!

Monday, April 17, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans Week 15

We had a great pre-Easter week.  Miss O and I did another college visit, Mr J and I worked a track meet on a glorious day, Miss E had 2 track meets this past week, and we had a mini egg hunt and dyed eggs with friends plus had a beautiful Easter rain. Take a look at our week. . .
Miss O and I did another college visit this past week.  We went to K-State.  We like it a lot.  We also liked they had a Chick-fil-A on campus :)  Their frozen lemonades are divine!

No school for Mr J today because his school was hosting an all-day track meet.  Both he and I helped run it.  We did discus and shot put.  22 schools attended, and it was a beautiful day!!!

Miss E went on a fun field trip to a medical center and got to visit this nurses's lab.  She is thinking she wants a career in the medical field, so this was a good trip for her!

And Miss E had two track meets this week---she is rockin' those 300 meter hurdles!  Go Miss E, Go!

We had a little impromptu egg hunt with some friends.  It was a beautiful sunny day!  

Then we had lots of fun being really creative and dyeing eggs with them.  

Some of their awesome egg creations!


Caught a shoot of a beautiful afternoon rainstorm we had.  Love how everything is getting so green!  Welcome spring!!

Thanks for coming!  Hope you had a blessed Easter and a great week!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans Week 14

Running behind is the name of the game right now.  April/May are always CRAZY!!!  We are literally running with Miss E in track.  This week was Miss O's play which was awesome!  So much fun!  And it was piano recital week.  Ugh!  All good, but crazy.  I saw someone say they were "blessed and stressed."  Yeah, that would describe it.  Here is a look at our week. . .
Saturday and Sunday was our semi-annual General Conference for our church.  It is televised all over the world, so church this Sunday was enjoyed at home.  Amazing meetings!  So helpful and inspiring!

Our 5 chickens are back to regular laying now that the weather is warmer, which is great because we love their eggs!  Mr J shows what he collected from the chicken coop today.  

And Hello to The Music Man!  Love the girl in green!

The kids did an awesome job!!!  Love that musical!

And these cute ladies were the best!  Pick-a-little, talk-a-little, cheep, cheep, cheep, cheep, cheep!


Mr J had some little friends he got to help watch Saturday morning.  They were here early, so he made them chocolate chip pancakes which are his specialty.  

And then we had piano recital--Miss E did amazing on her song!

And Mr J had two songs--a solo which he did awesome at and then this duet with his friend which was excellent also!  Great job!  It is always nice for them to showcase their hard work!

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you all had a good week!!