Much needed relaxing trip the mountains with our best friends and families.
Photo creds...Cam, of course.
Mother's Day. It was great weather. We had a great time just being together. The men grilled our dinner at Munden Point this year. The boys are getting so big. And they still love their Mimi.
It was a warm evening. We decided to make a family night of yard work and weeding. The boys did great, surprisingly. Cam was really helpful. Jackson complained but got it done. Bella was on "restriction" and not allowed to play outside with her friends. Who were running in the street and having a blast. So she tortured herself (and us) and watched forlornly from the front door and sobbed about how bored she was.
Finally. The return of baseball season is always exhilarating. It means Spring will soon be here. And ultimately, Summer. And yet, this weekend, we are expecting snow.
Jackson is also playing baseball. And of course, basketball. Bella will be playing tball this year. Not sure I'm ready for that. I mean, I can't wait to see how she does, to see if she likes it. To see her in baseball pants and a helmet. But, it's going to be a(nother) busy season for us. With lots of traveling and, unfortunately, splitting up.
Bella is still taking dance and entertaining us every night with her routines. When she's not sitting on the cough engrossed in my phone and snacking, that is.
Bella has made friends with our new neighbors across the street. They have a 6 year old boy and a 9 year old daughter. Despite the weather, they have spent many afternoons playing outside, either on the trampoline or a good old-fashioned game of hide-and-seek. She begs to go outside to play with them before we even get home. I honestly love it because she's outside playing, and well, she's entertained. And she's not trying to eat every snack in the house before dinner.
The other night, we "grounded" her for the first time for going in her friend's house without asking. She knew the rules and yet, she broke them. Her reasoning? We should've known where she had gone when both her and her friend were no longer playing in our yard. She couldn't go outside to play the following night. It was torture for me. And absolutely heartbreaking. She cried and begged and pleaded and apologized and promised and tried to persuade me to give her one more chance. Surprisingly, I did not cave, and she did not get to go outside that evening. And it worked. Because now anytime she doesn't do something we ask her to, all we have to say is, "Do you want to be grounded?"
We finally got some yard work done. It was a warm night, and Josh pulled us all outside to pitch in. The boys actually cooperated and were a big help. Bella pouted, because she was grounded and her friends were playing in the street.
Jackson sewed a knapsack in Teen Living. He gave me step-by-step instructions on how he did it. He's pretty proud. And I think he enjoys the sewing machine. Since he finished his project early, he plans to make me a small pillow during his spare time.
I pulled up the other night to the house, and there were 5-6 kids playing basketball in the driveway with Jackson. I recognized all of them but one. Later on, I asked Jackson who the other kid was. He told me he was a new kid at school and that he had had to show him around today. He rides the same bus, so on the way home Jackson invited him over to play basketball. If only there were more people in this world like him.
It snowed. For Virginia Beach, it means school closes for days. Everything shuts down. Even Three Amigos. People rush to the grocery store to load up on water and bread. It means cabin fever for some of us. It means sleeping in and taking naps and layering up to go outside and then leaving a pile of soggy, wet clothes in the hallway and drinking hot chocolate to get warm. It means snow ball fights and building snow forts. And it means sledding. Which turned out to be the highlight of this winter storm.
I hate going out in the cold. And it was really cold. But I sucked it up so I could see the kids sled, for the first time really. One of our friends suggested a local golf course. It was packed but well worth it. Bella surprised me with her courage and how much she absolutely loved it. I was also surprised that the boys didn't complain about the cold and had a blast.
And yes, there were indoor forts as well.
Eventually we were able to venture out the house. We had a family bowling night. And Bella was so happy to be back at dance.
My name is Kaci. I am a working mom of 3. Wife to Josh. Mom to Jackson, Cameron & Isabella. My life is dinner, homework, baseball, basketball, grocery lists, laundry, wine, video games, and bath time. I started this blog because I am passionate about photography and journaling, and because I wanted a place to write it all down, to rememeber little details so easily forgotten in the mad rush that is the life of a family of 5. Through my photos and words, I endeavor to capture our story.