Monday, July 16, 2018

Foster Pups #61 to #65

The foster pups feel like they come a bit slower than they did the first year or so, but that's okay because life is busy and the ones we've been getting have been some pretty great pups! So get ready for some cuteness overload!

1st up we have Mr Pluto, who was special enough to get to stay a part of the Keyser crew as my brother and sister in law kept him! He was probably one of the sickest pups we ever had, it is not uncommon for a pup to show up with some tummy troubles (the not so fun part of fostering) but his took a turn really fast and he became a very very sick little pup who needed some urgent medical care. Fortunately a couple days at the vet and he was good to go to his new family! But he certainly adored all the kids before he got sick.



Next up was my first experience with a heeler. I am surprised with how many of these guys the rescue had that I had never fostered one before but she sure was a very very sweet little girl!


She had never been away from her litter before and wasn't easy to settle but between the kids and a stuffed toy we made due.



And another girl that was a pretty pup but not one we photographed much, mainly because she was just too darn busy. 


And then my first schnauzer mix. If you know anything about me, you know I love myself a schnauzer so the fact that this one didn't end up staying is nothing short of a miracle. But I sure did enjoy her for a week! 


Only the really special pups even get to touch the bed, but don't worry, all our foster do end up sleeping in the kennel to build some good habits ;) But it is also quite the sign of our affection for this pup in that Peter LET her stay on the bed for any amount of time!


And then there was Pineapple, oh sweet little Pineapple. Another pup we are quite fond of is the chihuahuas and this one was a special one. So tiny and cute! Again, nothing short of a miracle that we took her back, because I didn't want to! I mean, her most favorite place to snuggle was right under you neck and she was so tiny she fit right there on your shoulder too!  We were lucky she was a very short term 3 day foster because if she had spent much more time at all with us, it probably would have destroyed my heart to even try and send her back.



All that to say, we are 65 foster pups in, and we haven't kept one yet!  It has been fun and I'm always eager for the next email or message letting me know some more pups are on the way! 


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Beach Weekend

4th of July being mid week was a bit of a bummer this year because we couldn't make a long weekend of it this year, but we still decided to make the most of what we could do and headed to great grandmas for a short but fun visit! The kids love all that there is to explore at her house! 


We certainly brought the crazy train to town! 



They love to explore the tide pools in her backyard.






And we also tried to wear everyone out on a hike, I think all it successfully did was wear the adults out!  But they got to experience the sights of an estuary which I thought was cool because we learned about that during school last year. 







The best breakfast every morning with the sourdough pancake crew


And on our last day a trip to the beach. The kids love to spend the day in the sand and water! 




It was too short of a trip but still nice to get out of town for a few days.  We look forward to the next trip! 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Great Summer Phone Dump


Okay, you ready for this?  I know it has been awhile. Call it lack of motivation or maybe just life is so crazy busy these days but it has been awhile. Well, I guess I'm making up for lost time because this phone dump is a big one! Let's begin!

The kids are growing and changing and even though they're more opinionated than ever and want to push back a bit more, they're also just a lot of fun too! 

I always have a lot of helpers in the kitchen and I enjoy cooking with them, so it's a big win! 


LB even helped with some homemade ice cream sandwiches! 


Way back in March we got to see Hamilton for the second time. The first time I had refused to listen or know anything about the show so it was just mind blowing, this time it was also a blast because I knew the songs forward and backward, but the night went too fast!  I know someday I'll get to see it again! 



More helpers in the kitchen, this time for sliders and chopped salad!


There's been lots and lots and lots of baseball this spring, but it has been fun to see just how much this kid has improved. He sure loves the game!



I think she slept in this box for a couple nights before it got ruined, silly girl. 


This little miss was finally brave enough to give swim lessons and she hasn't looked back since. She's progressed quickly too! 




A mild but warm spring has been awesome!


We took our first trip to the drive in as a family! It was so impromptu and we dragged the kids out of their beds but they were excited for whatever we had up our sleeves and had no idea how fun a drive in movie could be. 


A couple of them didn't make it. 


Last day of school antics





The kids sure do love church


They and their daddy made a fabulous brunch. It was so sooooo yummy!


I love the slower pace of summer, it's so nice to just play and be present as a family!



We joined the summer reading program, this has been great for all of us. We have 2 fluent readers in the house who have taken on reading duties this year! 



Well visits! Thankful we don't go to the doctor too many times each year and we all stay relatively healthy. 


Lots and lots and lots of hours spent at swim lessons but thankful to be on a break from lessons for the summer and fall. 


Lots and lots and lots of hours spent on the baseball field too! 






Mother's Day was so relaxing and just what I wanted, spending the day with my little family! 



Peter made me the most awesome cake too! Love my little family! 


And the kids insisted on washing my mom car that evening. 


The boys were at Grandma's so us girls had a fun little spa day and tea party. 




Their favorite reading spot is my bed!


We enjoy all the activities the kids participate in but there is something nice about the end of the year and when everything wraps up, like Awana award night! 




Make up artist in training




Another fun little food box for Greece. 


He's become my running buddy again this year!


There's just those little moments as they grow that take me back and show me they're still really just my babies!

 We wrapped up a year long study of sea creatures, and the kids made a fun little habitat box to remember all the animals they learned about.
 


 Sabrina graduated Kindergarten and we celebrated with some family baseball.


Donut day spent making homemade donuts!




And another impromptu trip. Malachi joked that he wanted in-n-out so we hopped in the car and made that dream come true!



Fresh berry season is our favorite!



Lots of nights spent watching our Beavers play in the college world series. Here's hoping they can pull out another win tonight! 











Berry picking season has begun! So far we've had flat after flat of strawberries and a few weekends of raspberries and blackberries. The kids are actually helpful this year! 




For Father's Day we did what Peter enjoys most, spent the day out on the lake attempting to catch some fish. This was Sabrina's first time and she is just like her mom and loved every second! 






We sure do love this guy on Father's Day and every other day of the year. I'm not sure how much longer they'll fit on his lap for a picture. 


Peter has one kid who is his little shadow wherever he is and whatever he is doing.


Individual time is so hard to come by with the kids, but we are trying to prioritize it. Had a fun date with this kid last week!


This girl loves her some summertime Smore's! 



Our summer is off to a wonderful start. I love the simplicity of our days and the nicer weather is good for the soul. We are happy and healthy and just carrying on with life over here, trying to be present in the moments with our family as the days continue to pass faster than ever.