August 15, 2016

A Peek at Our Week: August 8 - 14

This week was all about the Olympics!

We all stayed up way too late night after night watching the horrible American network television coverage of Rio 2016.  (I have never missed the BBC so much in my life.)  Nevertheless, cheering for Team USA (and GB and Deutschland) was a whole lot of fun.

Grace watching us watch the Olympics.
That's her excited face.

Ella had to get a cavity filled, so she and I went for pedis afterward.

She chose red, white, and blue toes.

Lunch with Len and Jules!

And Jordan!

Awesome postcard from our friends in CA.

Ella uses her summer time wisely!

Mozarella bites at an Upper Crust weekend lunch.
I solemnly swear that I try to teach them to be civil.

On Saturday we went for a Tulsa Tunnel Tour downtown.

The best part of the tour: seeing the old passageways that are not open to the public.

Tulsa Girls.

I'm completely in denial that summer is drawing to a close, but I feel it coming in my bones.  I'm reluctant to pick up my phone and take a photo because I don't want to miss a moment with my real live actual eyes.

When the bigs are at school I can't see them for seven straight hours.  It's killer.  So I'm soaking in the sight of them as much as I can in the next few days to come.  I know from experience how much I miss them when they go to school.

August 8, 2016

A Peek at Our Week: Aug 1 - 7

Our August started off with a bang this year!  We enjoyed a visit with Nick and Ashley, another stay with Nana and Grandpa, AND a visit from Nana and Poppa!  And summer reading vouchers!  And pottery painting!  And VBS!  

Nick and Nick got soaked at the splash pad.

Annie and Piper put baby Emma in the dog crate.

Ashley and Sienna inspect the looseness of Kate's tooth.

Conclusion: It's hanging by a thread.

And it came out the following night!

Such a big change for my middle girl!

In Burns Flat with Granny P.

My amazing grandma has cuddled hundreds of babies in her lap in her 96 year lifetime.
So happy that she has cuddled all of my babies.

Annie and Noma Mae.
Kindred spirits.

I love this lady more than words.

And speaking of kindred spirits.
These two.



Eating ice cream.

She wanted me to take a picture of her "beautiful braid."

Nana Julie brought the kids Snackeez!

Apparently even middle schoolers like them.

Poppa and his ladies get right to work painting.

So much fun!

Annie loves painting.

And I love getting a date night with this handsome man.
Thank heavens for awesome in-laws who give us a night out!

Building an arch at the Discovery Lab.


Ella chose an Olympic cookie from Merritt's Bakery.

Kate chose.... a poop emoji cookie.
I wouldn't want to eat it, but she loved it.

Watching Poppa draw.

Preparing for Opening Ceremonies.
Rio 2016!

Kate's friend had a pottery painting party!

Annie got to go too.

VBS song at church.

Sisterly love.

A visit from the Tulsa Zoo!

They all pet a snake.

I can't explain how nice it was to have a week like this after the fresh hell I endured last week.  Thanks to all of you who expressed sympathy and/or shocked horror.  :)

Now we're all set to spend our last full week of summer up to our eyeballs in Olympics!  I'm sure it can't be quite as magical as London 2012 was for those of us who saw the torch run come through town, watch Abby Wombach parade around the pitch with our flag draped around her shoulders, and watch the Fierce Five win Olympic gold in the team gymnastics competition.  Let's face it, folks.  That ruined us for life.)  But Rio 2016 is sure to be amazing.

Go Team USA!

And GB!

And Deutschland!


August 1, 2016

A Peek at Our Week: July 25 - 31

I have exactly zero photos of this week.  I was as sick and in as much pain as I've ever experienced in my life.  I was bedridden for two days.  I was in such agony that I cried myself to sleep for two nights in a row.  And then my lady parts basically exploded.

At this point my loving, supportive husband thought it was a good idea to point out that I was behaving as though I'd just had a baby.  Except this was a million times worse than any of my baby births.  And I say that as a woman who endured 53 hours of labor with baby #1, an emergency c-section with baby #2, and then two c-sections in back-to-back days with baby #3.  I AM NO STRANGER TO PAIN, MAN.  QUIT JUDGING ME.

I'm so sorry if this is all TMI.  I just want to remember this week for all time.  The week in which I died one thousand deaths and my vah-jay-jay exploded.

The end.

This is not how I looked this week.
Imagine the opposite of this.
Then think one hundred times worse.

July 25, 2016

A Peek at Our Week: July 18 - 24

We took it easy on ourselves after our marathon road trip and had an easy week at home.  We (and by "we" I mean they) watched a lot of television and we (and by "we" I mean I) did a lot of laundry.

We also had a few fun playdates: pool with friends, farm with other friends, and cinema with piano teacher.  When the girls weren't busy reacquainting themselves with their beloved toys, they were snuggling.  I think it's safe to say we all enjoyed the slightly more chilled out pace of this week!

Morning television.
Lazy afternoon television.

Pool and splashpad with Mikey and Mila!

While the bigs were away at the cinema, the littlest sister got to wear the Elsa dress.
Note the discarded Anna dress in the lower left corner.  :)

My sweet littles.

Morning snuggles (and more television!) in my bed.

On Friday we packed up the car (again!) and went to see my sister and her crew!

There was a pretty rockin' pool party.

But these two were the stars of the show.

Love these birthday boys!