Wednesday, October 11, 2017

halloween season kick-off party

we had a Halloween party at our house a couple weeks ago to make decorations out of bottles because I flipping LOVE Halloween and I don't think you can ever have enough Halloween parties!  so to kick off  the season, we had the first party of the year.  yippee!
we made some Halloween treats that included salty bone breadsticks, and chocolate covered pretzel stick bones (pretzel sticks with marshmellows on the end to make it look like a bone and then dipped in almond bark.  so fun!!)  aiden was such a huge help and it was so fun to make all these things with him!  he really likes to help me in the kitchen and he does a really good job!
 we painted and decorated bottles and it ended up being super fun!  thanks to all my years of habitual end of year Halloween shopping, I had enough craft crap to supply an army!  so everyone just showed up, heather brought a giant box of bottles (thanks heth, you're awesome!!!)  and we crafted it up!  so fun!
it was a blast and I was so excited to kick off the Halloween season . . . I can't help it, i'm a freak and I seriously love Halloween!  what am I going to do when the kids get too old for it and I can't dress them up?!  it'll be so sad!  i'm so excited for this year and our Halloween plans, it's going to be so much fun and i'm sure i'll have a number of Halloween posts to add when it's all done . . . and I wouldn't have it any other way!  happy Halloween everyone!

vote for pedro . . . or better yet, vote for dylan and aiden!

a couple weeks ago, aiden came home after school and said, "well mom, it looks like i'm running for vice president . . . "  I was like, what?  for what?! "FOR THE SCHOOL MOM!!!"  Lol!!!  what?!  how the heck did this happen??  and then he preceded to tell me that him and his friend Dylan were walking to the bus and Dylan was like, "aiden, should I run for president?"  and aiden, being the kind, supportive fella that he is was like, "yah, I think you should."  and Dylan says, "hmm . . i'd need a running partner though . . . "  and I can picture this perfectly, aiden shrugs and says, "i'll be your running partner . . . "  and they turned around right then and there and went and signed up in the office.  BAHAHAHA!!!!  I loved it.  and my favorite part was that he told me of this, picked up his book, and started reading.  couldn't have given a crap less . . that's my aiden!  so funny! 
so here they are, the little cuties!  Dylan came over to our house a couple times to work on stuff, we hauled them over to the library once . . . it was fun.  I had to get their picture for one of their flyers, so that's the first one above, but then I needed their heads closer together so we had to get another . . . which is why their heads are so close together in this one:):):)
honestly, it was all so fun, I think I had more fun with it than they did!  I started by looking online at election poster ideas and they were all so lame and generic!  and i'm pretty sure that's the first thing everyone else did too, because everyone else used them all!  and i wasn't about to let them use some lame, generic copycat posters!  no way!!!  so we started from scratch.  somehow we came up with a napoleon dynamite theme and started by thinking up some of the funny lines in the movie, and then made them into posters.  which were completely awesome and the best part, completely original!!!  I seriously loved them and I thought they turned out so great!!


I should have gotten a better pic of this one, but this was the best I could do . . . and it was just because Dylan's mom was nice enough to send me this one!  so i'm grateful to have one at all really!;)  this one was a liger riding a unicorn that said, "vote for dylan and aiden and all your wildest dreams will come true."
NAILED IT!!!!
right?!  how great are these?!  I thought they were awesome!!!
we also ordered vote for pedro shirts and covered up pedro and wrote "dylan and aiden."  along with napoleon dynamite wigs and glasses.  and the best part is that it will double as his Halloween costume this year because he'll be napoleon, Sadie will be deb, and colton will be tina.  and lynlee will be a unicorn, which isn't totally unrelated because he DID draw a picture of a unicorn at the beginning.  totally works, right?!  Lol!!!!

we also got them this gigantic shark balloon that was supposed to be remote controlled and didn't work (we won't talk about that part, Lol!!!;)  but was still awesome so we sent it with him to just float around in the hall.
and it was a hit!  we wrote "vote 4 dylan and aiden" on 2 signs and hung them from its belly.  it was seriously awesome and aiden said everyone loved it!
this was for their speech, I snuck in and watched them;)  Dylan gave the speech since he was the one running for president, and aiden dressed up in his napoleon dynamite outfit.  they did great and my favorite part was at the end as they were walking off stage, aiden threw his hands in the air.  it was awesome and I loved it!  the student body cheered so loud for them both before their speech and after, it was a really proud  mom moment!  they didn't end up winning, but I found out later from aiden that there were 13 teams running!  he said the principal told them that it was the most kids that had ever run, which doesn't surprise me, that's a lot of teams! and only 3 were 7th graders, the rest were 8th.  which was another thing I didn't realize, I just thought it was for 7th grade, not the whole jr. high!  I asked aiden if he was bummed that they didn't win, and he said he was just slightly disappointed when they announced the winners, but not really.  of course an 8th grade team would win, and they were kids who were very kind and well liked and who would do a good job.  the secretary told me that it was a super close race, and I didn't blatantly ask because there were a lot of people in the office when i was there, but i got the feeling that they were really close to winning.  in the end, I thought they were so brave for putting themselves out there like that, and did such a great job with it all.  I was seriously so proud of them and it was super fun to help them.
GREAT JOB BOYS, YOU ARE AMAZING!!!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

fair fun

I can't believe it's that time of year again . . . fair time!!!  one of the best times of the year  if you ask me . . . or any of my kids!  they were so excited this year, aiden and Sadie couldn't wait to get on some rides, and colton and lynlee were still just too young to know what they were in for . . . Lol!!!  and trav and I just wanted to eat a bunch of fair food . . . whichever way you slice it, there's something to make everyone happy!  you've gotta just love that dang fair!
we got together with Ashley and devin and went on the same day for the kids' wristband days so they could all ride together, which I love because aiden and kennedy can team up and Sadie and liv can team up and it just works out perfectly!  and they love it so . . . it's a win-win for everyone!  we were there from like, 1100 in the morning til 900 pm, I literally thought my legs were going to fall off . . . it was terrible, Lol!!!  the things we go through for our kids!!;)  but they loved it and had a great day so it was worth it:)
of course we had to get in on some good fair food!  colty had the "rite of passage" bubble gum cone (I can't even think about it without almost barfing, yet I remember being so excited to get a bubble gum cone myself at the fair like, every year!)  I had not one, but two of my favorite baked potatoes with everything on them . . . so freaking good . . !  and a Navajo taco, some tiger ear, scone nuggets, a rice bowl and egg roll, and one of those toffee tumbler things that keeps winning best fair food awards and won it again this year . . . I didn't even like it that much!  really i'd rather have a tiger ear or fried snickers . . . which I didn't miss out on this year either, i love those dang fried snickers!!!  oh and some cheese fries, those were super good!  trav got a giant turkey leg and looked like a knuckle-dragging caveman eating it, I don't want to hear any more remarks about my ugg boots . . . Lol!!!;););)  trav also had a chicken rice bowl, a sampler platter at the alligator bayou (or whatever that place is called) a couple enchiladas . . . we seriously got in on some flipping good fair food this year! 
the kids milked the cow and got some gossners milk so of course we had to get pictures of the pig and cow!

and the best part of all?! . . . 
THE DEMO DERBY!!!
my grandpa dick was nice enough to come out to our house and stay with colty and lynnles while we took aiden and Sadie in to the demo derby, it was so fun!  they love going and getting to have a "date night" with mom and dad . . . and we love it too!  it's so fun that they're getting big enough to come with us to things like that, we all have a blast!
Sadie wasn't ready . . . 
I wasn't ready . . . 
story of my life!  it's impossible to get a decent picture of everyone, Lol!!  oh well!  it ended up being such a fun night and the perfect ending to another great week at the fair.  until next year eisf, we already can't wait!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

new pics of the ratties

I got the kids' pictures taken a couple weeks ago . . . oh my heart!  I LOVE them!!  and I love these kids!!  what little cuties they are!
 the second one of aiden is definitely the better one, but I love him in the first one too!  I can just hear the thoughts in his little brain . . . oh man mom, do I really have to do this?! this is humiliating . . . this is so painful . . . you're killing my soul . . 
am I right or am I right?!  Lol!!  to his credit though, there was not one negative comment uttered.  not one.  such a great kid!
 oh my colty buddy . . . he just melts my heart!  I don't even know what to say about these pictures except that I absolutely adore this little boy!  he even whipped out his best fake smile for us in the bottom one . . Lol!!!  he went first and was such a good boy!   he smiled so good for us, and I even got him to really laugh in the top one, sweet little dimples and all!  ooh I just want to kiss his little face!
 and our little lynnles!  she's so dang sweet!  I can't decide which of hers I even like better, at first I think the top one, and then I change my mind and think the bottom one . . . she's just so dang sweet!  I think she looks way too old in the top one though!  and possibly up to no good in the bottom one . . . Lol!!!  she looks clear full of mischief if you ask me!  and 100% adorable . . we sure love our lynnles!
 and last but not least, our little Sadie.  9 going on 17 . . . is it just me or does she look so so SO grown up in these?!  I mean, I let her borrow my earrings because I thought they would look so cute with her outfit, but seriously?!  had I known she was going to look so dang grown up, I would have never offered . . . Lol!!!;)  she's such a darling thing though, I can't believe how big she's getting!  and on a side note, I think her hair, especially in the top one, is GORGEOUS!  I love her short haircut on her, it's just too cute!  and it looks so shiny, and maybe even a little highlighted even though it's not . . . Sadie I just decided . . I need your hair!
it took a rather large amount of effort to get these done, I had to pick aiden and Sadie up from school and hurry and get them done so that we could get aiden to football practice in time, but i'm so glad I did!  I love getting updated pictures of the kids and these turned out so cute!  this is one great bunch of kiddos, we sure love you cuties!

Monday, September 18, 2017

lynlee's big day

i'm not gonna lie . . . this post hurts my heart a little.  my sweet lynnles is too little to go to preschool!  yet somehow she walked out my door for her first day last week . . . and she couldn't have been happier about it!
isn't she the cutest?!  her first day was yellow day so she found this dress for it, which i'm pretty sure is the only yellow piece of clothing that she owns!  and we laughed so hard, because she had to add a little lynlee flavor with the multicolored, totally non-matching skirt underneath it . . . she can't just wear something matching and normal, it's impossible:)
and her poor teacher, there is also jet, scarlett, and ryker in her class too!  4 cousins (we missed ryker in this pic though, dang it!)  that's going to be a blast for lynlee . . . and maybe not so much for her teacher!!!:):)  Lol!!:)  she's never gonna want to see another Beasley kid again!!!  i'm so proud of this independent little girl.  I went with her to the open house on a Monday, walked her in on Tuesday, and then on Wednesday she told me she was good and could walk in on her own.  seriously . . . so . . very . . independent!  I simply adore this sweet little girl of mine, I know she will do great things in life!  right now she tells me that she wants to be grandma ruby's vet when she grows up, isn't that hilarious?!  and she's sticking with that, she hasn't told me anything different for months now!;)  she is also exactly 50% of the reason that i'm so grateful to get to be a stay-at-home mommy for awhile, next year she'll be in kindergarten, and colty will be in preschool, and the next year he'll be in kindergarten and all 4 of them will be gone all day!  time is going by so fast and I want to be here with these two as much as I can until they leave me!  I sure love these great kiddos . . . they're just the BEST!!!
on a side-note, speaking of lynlee "flavor" check out what she insisted on wearing to aiden's football game the other day . . . BAHAHAHA!!!!  I was dying, she's so flipping funny!  I saw numerous people cracking up over her, and I pretty much was the whole time . . . she was hysterical.  before long she was even wearing her tail as a hat . . . she is a girl all her own, that's for sure!!!  we sure love our lynnles!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

hangin' it up

this is such a surreal week for me . . . see that nursing uniform?  i'm finally "hangin' it up."  this weekend was my last weekend and bingham memorial!  i decided it's time to be done for awhile.  time to stay home with the  kiddos and not have the burden of a taxing, exhausting, stressful full time job weighing down on me all the time . . . and it's heaven!  i feel like the hugest burden was lifted from my shoulders!  i don't think it'll sink in until i've actually been able to stay home for a couple weekends, but when this friday rolls around and i don't have to get up at 4:30 in the  morning, i think it might sink in a little then;)  and when trav and i have a saturday and sunday together, free to do whatever the heck we want, it's going to be glorious.  GLORIOUS I SAY!!!  i can't wait!  but at the same time, i question my decision and hope and pray it's the right one.  it's hard to quit working!  i didn't realize it was such a huge part of who i am!  and i'm not even one of those people who like to go to work, i don't!  i hate it!  sometimes i swear i don't even want to do nursing anymore, i think of going back to school and finding a new career, but that doesn't sound restful at all!  Lol!!;)  but i tell you, if it wasn't so opposite of my goals right now, which are to simplify our life and be here for my kids, then i swear i would!  don't get me wrong, i've never not been grateful for my job.  i've been able to work no matter where we've gone, and we literally wouldn't have made it in saratoga springs if we didn't have my income!  i've been able to help people, and i've learned a lot along the way . . . i've always been so grateful that i went to school and got a nursing degree, even if sometimes it felt like such a stressful career that wore me to the bone!  and i'm really going to miss paying off loans and flopping all that extra income into our bills, we were paying stuff off like crazy!!!  and that's the hard part, i start thinking that instead of being able to pay off our house in 14 months, we could do it in like, 4 . . . and that makes it SOOOO hard to quit!!!  which is the exact thinking that took this whole traveling thing from a 3 month job to a 12 month job . . . Lol!!!  ahhh!!!  it's so much harder than i expected!  i just hope and pray that in a few weeks we'll realize how much nicer it is and i won't feel torn.  i'll know that it was the right decision, and i won't feel like i need to be back out there working.  i'm just grateful that it's even an option, because it never has been before!  we've had to have me working!  so here's to the new adventure of staying home and being present for our kids.  i'm so excited to get to go to aiden's football games, and to get sadie in basketball and get to go to hers.  i don't have to miss everything anymore!  and THAT makes it all worth it!!!  I hope that maybe someday when the kids are big, i'll want to go back.  i'm sure there'll still be plenty of bills to pay off then too!;););)  but maybe in the meantime I can enjoy spending some extra time with my sweeties, i'm so excited!  I've waited for the day that I could just be home for 12 years, I can't believe it's finally here!  yay!  i'm going to enjoy every minute!


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

first day of school 2017-2018

i have a 7th grader and a 4th grader this year?!  I can't believe it!  my kids are getting way too big!  it's funny, I always say that I get anxiety over the school year changes each time.  at the beginning of school . . . at the beginning of summer . . . it's such a big change to go from having them in school all day to having them home all day, and before you know it, they're back in school again!  I feel like it takes a couple weeks to get used to every single time!  I think they were mostly ready to go back this time, they usually always are!  these two have always liked school and I like the routine of having them back in (except all the homework of course!;)  summer has a tendency to just get chaotic and if i'm being honest, i'm a little bit ready for some peace and a clean house!  Lol!!  and as hard as I try, I just can't keep them from growing up so I just have to surrender;)
man those are good-lookin' kids, aren't they!?
best kids ever!  I can't believe aiden is in jr. high and Sadie is out at Rockford this year!  i'm so proud of these kids, they're really growing up and becoming very responsible and independent people.  they will do great things in life and i'm so proud of them!  aiden is playing football this year (and i'm trying not to freak out about it!;)  and Sadie is dying for basketball season to start.  Sadie told us just this morning that she is really loving science, and trav said "that's great, the field of science needs more women in it!"  and I say, if there's a girl out there who'll break the mold . . . it's Sadie!  and aiden has informed me that he has no interest in being a doctor or a nurse.  Lol!!!  too much blood and shots he says.  :):):)  it's ok kiddo, it's not a field for everyone.  I will be on the front lines supporting you in whatever you decide you want to do!  it will be GREAT THINGS no matter what you choose!  the world needs good kids like you, kids who will stand tall and make a difference, and I know you both will!  
I love you cuties SOOOOO much, happy first day of 2017-2018!
stay tuned for more pics coming up, I got some taken of all 4 of them for back to school, and aiden has football pics coming up too.  picture overload of the children because I think they're AMAZING!!!! . . . and I want their cute faces all over my blog . . . Lol!!!:)  sure love you kiddos!