Legoland

We were gifted a few free passes to Legoland for the day. We discovered a few rides, did the splash pad, raced some Lego cars, the kids oooed and ahhhhed at all the cool Lego creations, and generally had a pretty great day! Especially fun to be on someone else’s dime so we didn’t feel bad when we had to leave for nap times. 😉 Thank you Lemon’s family!

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Dear Dayla| Love, Your Proud Mama

Dayla, today we were at a birthday party and the party favors were little stuffed monster dolls. Your brother was too busy to come get one, so you took it upon yourself to get him one. You told me that you knew he would regret not taking one after the party was over. You told me that you were deciding between the pink and a pink and green striped one for yourself. You asked which one you should take. I said, “Just take them both and then one of those can be Sebastian’s” to which you replied, “But mom, Sebastian likes blue. I am getting HIM a blue one.”

Incredible. So selfless. So thoughtful.

Then one of the kids accidentally took the one you had picked out for Sebastian; the blue one now gone. You were upset, but you seemed so brave in that moment as you told me how sad you were. Then you said you were going to go ask Ms. Jody if she had any extra blue ones. And this is so big for you, you don’t usually like asking adults things without Mom by your side. But you did. You had such drive and purpose. Ms. Jody said she didn’t. You tried to hold in the emotion, but it overcame you like a tidal wave. You cried. Full tears. Completely lost all sense of caring that you were crying in front of a group of strangers. You have been caring about that recently, not wanting to cry in front of strangers, but you didn’t care today. You were SO sad. In the moment I didn’t realize why. I was frustrated at your tears. I said, “I thought you wanted a pink one?!” You looked at me with big tear drops and said, “The blue one was the one I saved for Bash. Mom, he loves BLUE and there are no blue ones left.”

You cried not for your own loss, but for the loss of your brother.

Dayla, in that moment my heart filled up. I am so proud of the girl you are becoming. So loving, kind, thoughtful….and on many days you are even learning self-lessness. You cried for someone else’s loss. It was beautiful. You are learning true beauty, Dayla. You are beautiful. I am so proud of you.

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So today we took home 3 monsters, no blue one, but a pink and green striped one for you, a yellow one for August, and a purple striped one for Bash (purple has been his other favorite color these days).

Country Fair

Every year Dayla’s school does a “Country Fair”. They have a cake walk, some blow up slides, some booths with crafts, music, a person who does balloon animals, a person who does face painting, and lots of booths with kid level carnival games. It is all totally affordable and pretty much has everything at it that kids love to do. All in all, I say they do a pretty great job.

This year we went for our third time. It was the second time that Dayla felt brave enough to have her face painted (this is SO HUGE FOR US).

Sebastian was just barely big enough and brave enough to go on the blow up obstacle course and slide.

I think it is safe to say that we all had a blast!

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New Chicken Coop

When our neighbor’s dog got our chickens last May, the chicken coop got destroyed. In a strange way it was a blessing, because it gave us the excuse we needed to build the coop that we wanted. After having our first coop for years, we knew it’s strengths and weaknesses, and couldn’t help but long for one that would be a better fit for our family and our yard, as well as better defend our girls from unwanted predators.

When we got our new retaining wall put in, putting the coop where we had been wanting it to be, well, that suddenly became a possibility.

Daniel accepted the coop challenge with gusto and a lot of kindness…hearing what I wanted….and coupled that with what he wanted. We looked, we got inspired, we talked, we dreamed, and we planned. We came to the realization that we both wanted a more stylish coop; a coop with both function and good looks. We were inspired by others, but in the end we ended up coming up with our very own coop design.

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After two months of Daniel building, spending weekend after weekend doing a lot of hard work…we are proud to have the world’s most stylish (and functional!) chicken coop.

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I could not be more excited for this coop….or more proud to be the wife of my amazing husband. It is projects like these that really reveal how kind, patient, loving, serving, and hard-working he is.