back to school

school.  hard to think it is fall.  school shopping backpacks and school buses.
and in one year my baby boy will be in kindergarten.  that just floors me still.  do not want to talk about it again until  next year.  :(

back to the present time.
both of our babies are in school this year.
so happy and sad at the same time.
so happy to see them grow. learn. meet friends. and be so excited to go each day.
M.T.TH afternoons for dillon
T.TH mornings for pj
on top of school we have wednesday bible school (i get to be their teacher)
gymnastics for dillon.
(pj can join once we can throw away all of these diapers that are haunting us)
MOPS (i am also on the steering committee)

so we are getting used to this new schedule.  SO FAR SO GOOD
they both love school.
the first day the teacher informed me of....
Preslees amazing tummy skills.  she pulled up her dress during story time and showed everyone how she can roll her tummy.  (we have the class clown in the making)
and dillon sang some BLAKE SHELTON to his class.  the boys round here. 
i feel like mom of the year!

loving fall already.
love how the yard looks.  the doors open.   fresh air. long sleeves and jeans.
only problem with that is that our lovely cat bailey brings in his lastest find.  last week a chipmunk and a bird.  now that is a fun adventure getting those out of the house!  
omg.  cant they just got live at the farm.!?!?!?  

saw taylor swift with good friends.
i think it is crazy that people say she is not an amazing singer.  are you kidding me?!?!  she can sing, write and perform.  yes yes it is a bit of overkill for some of her expressions.. but she is a PERFORMER.  that is why she is making millions and we are not.  


love the flea market every sunday. loving walking around aimlessly with my coffee and finding treasures.  so many treasures. <3 p="">
miss it already.
memorial day can not come soon enough!  :)
got to spend some time with our niece/cousin miss CAROLINE this weekend.  now that they have moved away to fargo we might actually see them more than we did when we lived 3 miles from eachother.  :)
got a new car.  so HAPPY to have something new and so clean.  should have done this years ago.drew 

and dillon went fishing on sunday and dillon might have caught the biggest 
BASS ever on munson lake.  
he was so so so EXCITED!  you could not get the grin off his face.  he has not learned the fishing option of catch and release yet... he just wants to keep them all to EAT them all!  

miss preslee is in a big girl bed.  we were being so lazy not getting rid of her crib.  but she LOVED it.  she did not want to and did not care so we kept her in it.  well i am glad we did since it is our last baby. trying to make it last a little bit longer.  she got rid of her MEME too.  last week she said she was a big girl and threw it away.  has not been a big deal since.  (except maybe one night trying to get her to fall asleep... but we made it through)
miss america was on last night.  GO MISS MN.  she got 4th runner up.  I did not see the whole thing but i did see the questions.  so they say bf they start that they are all equally challenging.  
first questions is about miley cyrus and her twirking at the VMA's  really?!!?!!?  we are still talking about this... and the last one was about SYRIA.  a real world issue.  and i have to say without a doubt the girl who was asked about SYRIA rocked her answer!  :)

happy monday everyone!


happy fall.

welcome fall.  bring on the colorful leaves and boots!

this summer we have.

IOWA nascar.  rained out. watercarnival in DL. fishing on the dock. dillon is a master with the net.
so much swimming. swimmers itch from DL.  lots of time at the cabin on RUSH. lots of fun time with family.  playing with friends at the park.  teeball.  playdates.   girls weekends. lots of skiing.  back went out.  pLum keeps me busy.  WEFEST.  golfing. family wedding.  family camping adventure. PJ's 3rd bday. turtle races and PJ winning it all. dillon passed level 1 swimming lessons.  kids sleeping in.  bike rides.  dillon can ride a 16" now.  preslee still does not want to ride her barbie bike with training wheels.  Dunton locks.  3 days at the fair. library. loving our new playhouse that papa built.  wish it could stay clean!  (but that is what playing is all about) PRESLEE jae turned 3.  my garden.  trying to keep it alive.  even got drip irrigation courtesy of nana and papa.  <3 nbsp="" p="">

and now it is back to school. 
summer went by way to fast.  but i am ready for jeans and long sleeves.
cozy night with the fireplace on. fall trips. playing in the leaves. bike rides.

this made me so happy today.
i am NOT supermom and never will be.  but what i do know if i have fun with my kids.  and yes of course there are times or days when i wish at the end of the day that i was better.  but don't we all?   or i wish i would have planning that pinterest worthy party for PJ-but instead had two great family parties and called it good.  in the end it does not matter.  what matters is who we are with and how much we love them and the FUN that was had.  so do not waste your days wishing you were better, cleaner, skinnier, had better hair or packed better snacks for school.  BE YOU!  be HAPPY. and teach your kids that they are good enough just as they are!

this next part i wish i could say i wrote. but i did not.
if you would like to read the whole thing find it HERE 
Look, I know the areas in life where I excel.  It unfortunately doesn’t involve me being a size two and wearing the most. stylish. boots. you ever did see.  I will not be doing a triathlon, I’ll be the one over there handing out water and cheering you on while eating a muffin.  My house isn’t ever company ready.  Just move that pile of Legos, I will make dinner.  I can make you laugh, I can make you think.  I am a great friend.  I am amazing in bed.  I like the woman that I have become.  I can also throw a party like you wouldn’t believe. 
My name is Michelle and I throw “Pinterest worthy” parties for my children.
I don’t think this makes me a shitty mom, a superior mom, or that I have too much time on my hands.  I assure you, I do not. 
I also don’t think it makes you a shitty mom for NOT throwing parties like that for your children’s birthdays, having a spotless house, and working full time.  I hope you’ll afford me the same kindness when I am braless in the drop off lane at school wearing pajamas and you look like you’ve had twelve hours of sleep, a blowout, and your makeup done before 9 am on a rainy Tuesday. 

No really… my hair isn’t this big usually, the rain… dear God, the rain.>
 click the link to read the rest. it is worth your time!  :)

my baby is growing up way to fast.
loves animals.
loves to wear dresses and flip flops.
love mac & cheese.
loves DORA and curious george.
loves pink and purple.
has amazing blue eyes.
loves playing mommy
is so dang silly. (can always make me laugh)
is so stubborn.  (where does that come from  :) )
could sing all day long as long as someone will listen.
has the cutest dimple.
loves horses.  (got bucked off on her birthday)
has slightly curly blonde hair (the strawberry is vanishing)



BE HAPPY.  live your life to the fullest.


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