Sunday, November 9, 2014

Feeling Blessed and Thankful

This weekend was Henry's last tournament for soccer. While he loved it the entire time, it was an adjustment for our family and particularly for me. There are some REALLY intense parents. That said, Henry THRIVED and grew immensely. He loves his coaches (we do too- so thoughtful, calm and great educators that care about character). The team evolved over time, but the team at the end of the season is comprised of some really incredibly boys. Thankfully, we really, really enjoyed all the parents that were part of that team. I have to say, the club soccer experience has ended up being a wonderful thing. The coaches are superb, the players hardworking, and the parents for our team are thoughtful, caring and supportive.  We have grown quite close to another family from Ireland who has four kids - three girls who ended up being Frances and Maggie's play buddies during the game. The girls are 8, 6, and 3 - and another sibling to another player is 7 -and together they formed a wonderful "gang of fun" that laughed the entire game. This weekend we learned that the 3 year old - Maggie's age - has Leukemia and is currently "in the fight".  To say the least, it took the breath of of my lungs. Every moment is a blessing - even the tough ones. My favorite part of every game is the end. Every time, Maggie runs out to the middle of the field and Henry picks her up, kisses her, and carries her to the other side of the field. Nothing is better than siblings. Nothing. The boys ended up getting 2nd in the tournament this weekend. So proud of them and their work ethic. A pretty special experience. 

Wow Fall

Friday I ran in DC, Saturday I ran in Portland. Two different settings. Both amazing.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween 2014

Blazer. Golfer. Elsa.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mommy Monday Hike

We are keeping up with the Mommy Monday hikes. This week was awesome as some (not all) leaves have changed. We also walked by the bench of a good friend's father.  I love these solo times with my kiddos.

Cousins and a Lesson in Retail Therapy

My sister and the kids were here -- COUSINS RULE. The sad part...I took NO pictures. That said, one afternoon I took the Frances...miniature golfing and Jenny and my mom took the girls for "tea" ...and shopping. MAGGIE loved it...I am a bit worried.....Jenny sent these pictures....yes, Maggie is already taking selfies....AND she talked Grandma into buying her new shoes. LORD HELP US.

Ivy and Bean

We our first OCT play -- Ivy and Bean! A favorite chapter book series. Mark slept through it and the kids loved it. The Watsons met us there, so we got to see them afterwards-- yahoo! It was also A GORGEOUS day, so we went to Directors Park for a snack AND some sunshine.

Fall Soccer....Finally Arrived

We had an awesome in NO soccer games in rain...WHAT?!?!? Well....Sunday am made up for that :)

Pumpkin Carving!!

The Annual Pumpkin carving happened at the Reuland house. Frances and Henry's were Timbers and soccer themed...surprise, surprise....and Maggie wanted her letter...and M....and a princess.......

I think she likes her teacher

I found this next to Frances's bed...a note to her teacher...insert heart melt...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Arthur Arrives!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My friend Brookie her perfect, amazing and wonderful little boy Arthur this weekend. I had the honor and privilege of helping out with her son and taking him to meet his brother in the hospital. I will never forget that special moment. Since my kids see Brookie as their aunt and her kids as their cousin, they could NOT WAIT to meet the little man. Each insisted on holding him. Henry was slightly annoyed when he had to hand over the baby to Brookie's dad - who had not held his own grandson. I told Mark that I was happy that the prospects of Henry giving me a lot of grandchildren was high.