Saturday, November 30, 2019

November Extras

Basketball started for Logan and I am assisting this year.

Career Day at school. Kaden a football/baseball player & Logan a baseball player.

Date night at Rockhill Road

One final raking at Grammy's before she sells the house.

Mizzou basketball at the Sprint Center

Frozen 2 with our friends

Happy 2 Year Adoption, Gus

Saturday, November 9, 2019

A Day with Friends

It had been a little while since the boys had been able to have some time with friends so I told them they could each invite a friend and we would take off and see a movie. They both agreed that they wanted to see Playing with Fire---the only problem, their friends weren't available at the same time SO we adjusted our plans. I would go with Logan and his buddy, Caden on Friday night and then I would take Kaden and his buddy, Cole on Saturday morning.

So first up was Logan and his buddy, Caden. They chose to eat dinner at Freddy's and then proceeded to laugh their heads off at the movie. & as we were leaving Freddy's we ran into Cole and his family. See you tomorrow, Cole.

Thankfully the movie was pretty cute and funny so seeing it twice wasn't the worst thing. On Saturday we picked up Kaden's buddy, Cole and headed back to the movies. We were seeing it in the Dine In theater so they each ordered MONSTROUS burgers & shakes but both eat pretty much everything. & the shakes, well, those were just delicious, I was lucky enough to sneak a few drinks of Kaden's while he was watching the movie. 

& while we were watching the movie, Becky and Colton texted and asked if we wanted to take Nellie to BarK with Finn. Kaden was all about it which surprised me as he isn't always keen on being around dogs he doesn't know but he LOVED running around there just as much as Nellie did.

& of course, Nellie, was the cutest pup there. She posed when asked and just walked around trying to figure everything out. She did much better in the "small" dog area than in the big dog area but girl will have to get used to it because once she hits over 25 pounds she has to say goodbye to her small dog friends. 

After a couple hours of playing and snacking on some yummy food we headed home. By the time we got home Caden had been dropped back off for a sleepover and Colton decided he wanted to stay too. It was in bed by 9:30 for them all---Caden had early basketball that next morning---and they were all up about 6:30 and back downstairs playing xBox.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Introducing Bennett Thomas Siebert

Our world just got a whole lot sweet. 

Bennett Thomas Siebert was born on November 6th, 2019

Baby Bennet gave me a new title, Great-Aunt -- yup, that's right, my nephew had a baby. Well, his wife, Ashlyn, had a baby. Making my sister a GRANDMA, my parents GREAT-GRAND Parents and my Papa Richard & Grandma Earl, GREAT, GREAT-Grand Parents. EEK.

And as old as this little guy makes me feel, he sure makes up for it in cuteness.

& Logan was super stoked because he was born on his HALF birthday & Logan stated that we will NEVER forget how old he is! True, True.

Eight & A Half

So he went ahead and turned eight and a half against my better wishes. 

& typically a half birthday would result in some sort of "half" birthday cake or cupcake or something but since I was traveling for work, Justin let him have his pick of dinner. He chose McDonald's..YUCK and so I am partly thankful that I wasn't there. 

& no candles this time around & no mom posed picture but Justin had it all covered. 8.5 french fries stuck in a vanilla cone and a smile that can't easily be forgotten. 

Happy {HALF} Birthday, Logan Beckett. 

Thursday, October 31, 2019

A Snowy Halloween

Well, October 30th brought our first snow of the "winter" & the boys headed off to school on Halloween with snow still on the ground. They were a little bummed as that meant the Halloween parade would be moved inside but we all made the most of it. 

This year Canyon Creek Elementary did things a little different. Instead of waiting until the end of the day to celebrate, they kicked off the morning with a celebration. All the kids arrived to school in their costumes and then paraded around the school in front of all the parents and their classmates. This was brilliant if you ask me, allowed me to get both boys ready and for Logan to really get to enjoy being a zombie to the fullest. Minus the blood. 

& once again, I had the best CO-ROOM MOM EVER! I mean, it is my 4th year being a room mom and I do have it kind of down to a science BUT it's so much easier when you have a friend to do it with it! Half the work and all the fun!

By the time the kids got home the snow had melted away and they were ready for their annual mummy dogs. We wrapped and prepped and filled our bellies before heading off into the neighborhood. 

Since it was a school night we knew we needed to go earlier than normal to ensure the boys were in bed at a decent time. We decided this time to hop over to the Highlands and go with the Cleland crew. Both boys lasted for about 40 minutes and then Kaden jumped back into the car with me. The snow may have melted away but it was one COLD evening. 

Logan kept going and going and going. Until I called it for him and announced we would hit a few friends' houses in our neighborhood. 

Once back in our neighborhood Kaden jumped back out for the last few houses...with his coat on.

It may have been a quick night but they somehow still managed to rack in a butt load of candy---most of which got donated the following week but I did allow them to keep some of their favorites--I'm not that mean of a mom! 

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Pre-Halloween Fun

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays as it kicks off the holiday season. & typically, we go BIG -- we throw a big Halloween party with all of our friends BUT this year, we decided we needed to take a year off. Or I decided. There seems to be more and more that gets added to our calendars and honestly, I end up stressing out more about the party than being able to enjoy it. So, maybe this year. 

We did keep one of our traditions, carving pumpkins with the Walshes and this year, the boys were able to almost ALL of the work themselves. It was so fun watching them complete the project from start to finish and they were super proud of their own work too. 

And instead of having a big party at our house, we attended a BIG party at the Lenexa Public Market. It was perfect. Filled with games and a dance party by the one and only SugEasy from Kaden and Logan's BreakFree KC days. 

Not only did we get to see lots of our friends but we also came home to a clean and tidy home!

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Welcome Home Miss Nellie

It's amazing what can happen in 36 short hours. 

But let's back up---since getting Gus we have always talked about our next dog being a golden retriever or at least part Golden. Brodi will go down in history as one of the best dogs and his demeanor was so calm and loving. We had a hard time thinking about getting a Golden so shortly after Brodi and thus we went with another Pitbull, Gus to allow our hearts a little more time to be ready for more Golden love. So when Stoli started having a tough time we knew what was around the corner and of course, that brought up the question, do we get another dog. And if yes, when? 

We immediately knew we were a two do family, just as when we said our goodbyes to Brodi, so it wasn't matter of if we would get one but when.

We were open to lots of possibilities---well, all possibilities that involved a Golden. That's not to say that we weren't open to others but we kind of had our hearts set. Or at least, I did. So I put it out to the world and posted on Facebook that if anyone knew of someone needing to rehome a Golden or a Golden of sorts, to let us know. I started looking into Golden rescue sites all over in the Midwest from Texas to Minnesota to Chicago and Denver. & I found a few but in the end, we knew we needed a puppy. We needed a puppy so that Gus didn't feel threatened so they would have the best chance possible to get along. We were confident that when the timing was right, it would just fall in our lap. 

This puppy fell in our lap & just like with Gus, I think Stoli had everything to do with it.

AT 4:30 pm on October 10th my BIL sent me a screenshot of a puppy. One insanely cute puppy. This puppy (and the mention of 5 others) was just posted to a Swap and Shop site that my BIL happens to be on & due to an upcoming vacation they were looking to find them homes rather quickly. Thing is, puppies (or pets of any kind) aren't allowed on this site and it got taken down relatively quickly but my BIL was able to make contact with her. He asked if there was a girl since we wanted a girl and then I started texting Justin. We got a couple pictures. I texted the lady and asked her to hold her until that evening as I was headed home to discuss with my husband. She agreed & when I called her at 6:00 we said yes. Justin's exact words, "Fuck it, let's do it. We got this." 

They stated they would bring her to us or we could meet them halfway between where we lived and they lived on Saturday which would have only been about a 45 minute drive BUT I had a better idea. Since we were trying to keep it a secret from the boys -- thank goodness it was only 36 hours, I am terrible at secrets -- I thought maybe my mom and dad would meet them a day earlier and they could bring her up and surprise the boys since they were already coming to their football games. 

Mom and Dad were all about it. So was the puppy---

And of course I had it all planned out. We would get to Logan's game, they would be there and say something about forgetting something in the car and then pull her out---but that didn't go as planned. They weren't able to get there as early as were needed to be so plan b was to surprise the boys at the field---no dogs allowed but we were going to press our luck just this once. & you know all those amazing YouTube videos where the kids freak out crying about the new puppy---yup, that didn't happen. I think they were stunned silent. 

But they were beyond excited and happy. & we named her Nellie.
In part because of my love for Nelly the rapper & in part because of the little girl from Little House on the Prairie who was blond and had curls.

Other names in consideration - Stella, Harley, Charlie, Penny. In the end Justin let me choose.

After Logan's game we headed home to have lunch with Grandma Sara, Papa Tom, Grammy and Craigster before heading to Kaden's football game which gave us time to introduce Nellie to Gus. We weren't sure how it would go but looking back, it probably went better than we could have asked for. Sure they were curious. Sure Gus was excited. But he was gentle and all the conversations that we had with him prior (out of the boys' earshot) had paid off.

It didn't take long at all before Nellie made herself at home. She reminds me so much of Brodi, loves the cold tile/hardwood floors and wants to be everywhere you are.

As for her and Gus. Well, they are best of friends. The first couple of nights it took a little getting use to for them to fall asleep but they figured it out. For as big as Gus is compared to Nellie, they play so well together. Nellie isn't intimidated and often goes after Gus full force but Gus remains gentle. Gus stepped right into that big brother role as he taught her how to go up and down the stairs and when we call for them, he comes running for a treat which also brings her running. 

And as soon as we get home & let Nellie out she whimpers until Gus is with her. It's sweet to see just how much of a bond these two have created in the last week and I can only hope that it matches that of Stoli and Brodi's. We could only be so lucky.

Welcome home, Nellie. You've completed our little family.