Thursday, April 10, 2014

We have been busy, but a good kind of busy….

Sports for the boys…
We are doing two sports this spring, soccer and t-ball.  Luckily the boys are on the same teams or we would be really scrambling.  We have had two t-ball practices – one of which you might as well not consider a practice since it was so windy you couldn’t even barely throw a ball!  Soccer is in full swing and we had a game on Wednesday and Thursday. Olivia has been a little trooper and she has been a really good fan. 

We are desperate to get outside. 

You read that correctly, we are getting ready for SCHOOL!  So not ready but getting there.  The boys are excited.  Dylan is really excited, Carter was nervous but is getting more excited.  Last week the school had a bug zoo and the kids got to go and get more familiar with the place.  And by bug zoo, I mean big beetles, tarantulas, gross bugs and my boys were all over it and held everything they would let them.  Then on Tuesday we had to go to the school and fill out a bunch of forms and the boys got to meet a few teachers and see the kindergarten room.  They asked one of the teachers, probably about 40-70 questions.   So after that they were super excited and are really looking forward to kindergarten roundup. Carter asked me like five times how many days until they get to go back to the school.  So now me getting ready for this BIG change!

Family Fun…
We had a surprise visit from Keith’s cousins.  One lives in Connecticut and the other in Missouri, so it was a rare occasion for them to be in central Iowa.  So happy they came to visit us.  Sierra and Olivia are just a couple months apart, so they had a good time! 

Last weekend Keith’s parents were in town, so we spent the morning in Norwalk to visit with them and got to see Oliver and Kasper.  Then my sister was so kind to take on our trio so we could go out for a night with a fun group in the neighborhood.  Sunday was a great reminder that I am no longer in my 20’s, but it was still really fun!  The kids had a blast, Olivia loves following Alec around and thinks she is a pretty big deal when she goes there.  We also had a bday dinner for my brother on Friday, so I guess you could say we were on the go all weekend.

The never-ending winter final got the best of us.  Keith had a touch of the flu, which he then gave to me.  Then Sunday I woke up with a cold and a bit of pink eye – because pink eye knows how to find me.  the good news, it was mild and I did not have to present to 100+ people in Boston).  Now Keith is getting my cold.  But whatever, it’s FINALLY NICE OUT!!!! 

I think anyone in the 400 mile circle surrounding us is so happy for the few warm days!  We have actually been out and about seeing some neighbors, so it’s been great.  All the kids are so much bigger, just these slightly warmer days makes me super excited for summer! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

If they do it, she does too

Now when the boys ride their bikes, she hops on this one. And she is getting pretty darn fast!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Daddy ponytail

I guess she insisted.  Imagine that. 

Twin troubles

Tonight Dylan picked this up and said, "why isn't there one of me?"  After I told him two we're Jim and asked him to pick, he thought the two of carter were him. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


I can't get enough scratch cupcakes!  Yum. Yum. Yum. Except when you go 20 minutes before they close and they are out of wedding cake:(. The kids still had fun!  Except carter, he did not want to leave our house and did not want, nor did he eat a cupcake. 

Here are a few random ones...

As the boys get older, the random quotes have declined, but here are a few....

In the car, Carter randomly says, "If I ever saw Sara Bareilles, I would tell her she is skinny".  WHAT??? I don't think he even knows what she looks like.

Tonight I gave Olivia a washcloth during bath and she said, "thank you lady".  Lady??? Really?

Tonight Dylan told me that he is going to be an astronaut (same story for a while) and a Candy Buyer.  So then wondering where the heck this came from?  He then said, well he was going to to buy candy and give it to Carter to build with.  Again, what? To build Candy Land.  So I guess they have plans because Carter quickly chimed in on the Candy Land plan.

Keith told Carter that it has snowed and he said, ahhhhh, winter is being such a sassy pants and spring is trying to make it go away but it won't.

They are super tired of this never-ending winter business (WHO ISN'T, IT SNOWED AGAIN TODAY!)...anyway, they were telling me how it's been winter for a year now and they are really mad at winter.

Almost every song in the car, Carter says, "turn it up mom, this is my favorite song."

It seem commercials are really effective on 5 year olds.  Almost EVERY commercial, the boys tell me they need what they are displaying.  And they take in every little selling point.  Mom, look, we need the Snackie - you can put snacks in it and drink out of it.  If it falls it won't spill.  You definitely need that mom. Party in the tub light, they want that too.  Then tonight Dylan was asking me why that commercial about that junior game says it's new when it's not new.  Again after some questions I figured out he was talking about Monopoly Junior.  And they must have a "new" version. And now they really want to play monopoly.

Sock hands

She has been doing this a lot lately. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Love this girl:).....UPDATE

Forget this comment I said on this picture.  I was looking at it today and wondering why there was a beer by the bed, and a phone, oh and it's not our bed. Vacation picture!  This winter must be getting to me.  I better go back to Jamaica.  

I don't even remember this one. Maybe Keith was gone. 
Olivia working so hard to get her socks in. 

Here we are at 20 months with Olivia and I have mentioned before that somehow we missed the step of putting her down awake, so we still rock the girl to sleep.  Generally Keith does it, but I put her down one night this week and I was quickly reminded why we still rock her to sleep.  I LOVE IT!  It is a bit of a pain when it comes to other people putting the kids to sleep and I know it’s good for her to put herself to sleep and it would give us a little more time to finish up all the chores of the night, but I can’t really think of a better way to have a little extra bonding time. It is a moment to step away from the craziness of whatever else might be happening and hold her close and enjoy her while she is still little enough to snuggle up in my arms and drift off to sleep.  

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

A new pace

I’ve noticed myself quietly sitting on the couch more often lately than I have in five years.  I’m not sure what to think of it.  Possibly the kids are just getting easier.  Perhaps I’m finally used to parenthood.  Maybe we have finally hit a calmer routine since it’s been two or more years since we’ve moved, had job changes or had babies.  Or possibly the calm before the storm!  I don’t ever want to say parenting gets easier at any phase, I think we just face different obstacles at each stage.  Next year the boys will be school and our kids will become more self-sufficient but we will become the bus driver shuttling kids between activities.  I’m not sure I’m ready for this stage, I like hanging out in our neighborhood.  However, I will take this phase any day over dating, driver’s license and teenage decision making. 

As for now, I guess I will continue to take it all in.  The boys seem to keep extra busy playing legos and can do so many things without my assistance these days.  Olivia seems to do her best to do what her brothers are doing.  She can be challenging at times with 20 month old- I’m doing this myself or I’ll scream until you get me what I want moments – but more often than not she is cracking us up as we watch her learn and pick up new things.  Like her latest phase – hands in the pockets and she always wants to wear shirts with pockets.  And all the new things she says with the sweetest little smile. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

A bit of this and that

Well, tonight at bedtime I told the boys I had a work trip.  Then Carter said, "mom, you know what I really hate and I am really mad trips!"  Then Dylan said, I agree with that too!  Seems like every couple weeks either I have been gone or Keith has been gone. Guess they are noticing.  Overall, I don't travel too much, but I think they like it best when we are all home.  And I do too!  

These pictures are from Costco, they had a free shop night.  We did not have long enough to shop or kids who were up for me to price shop, so we bought a few random things - including a 2 lb pack of mozz cheese Keith is wondering if I will come up for a good use for before it expires. We didn't end up with a membership.

This weekend was fun.  Friday I went to a Norwex party.  I guess this place just got a little cleaner.  Saturday we went to lunch for my mom's bday and picked up Alec and Cade for a sleepover since Jennifer and Cory went to the Big 12 in KC.  What a good year to be there!  The boys also had a bday party at a gymnastics place in Des Moines - I'm certain they had a fabulous time, they love those places.  Sunday I took the kids back to Baxter and then we just stayed inside most the day since it was cold and snowy.

OK, now I think I will be heading to bed!  I'll try and write more tomorrow.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

About as big as we go on St. Patrick's Day around here.  I would also like to add a credit here that this post is actually ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY!    Totally ahead of the game here.

I love this girl!

My hair was a little crazy like this when I was little too.  

Guess what they are doing

Looking at Legos online:)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Take me back. Take me back. Take me back!!!!

I'm hoping we had our final burst of snow last night (AND THIS IS A CURRENT POST ON MARCH 16).  The ISU Cyclones won the big 12 tournament last night for the first time since 2000, so that made it much easier to take in the snow falling.  HOW GREAT IS THAT!!!! WOO HOO!!!  GO STATE.

Bormann Christmas

This year we went to Sibley for a few days for Christmas.  The boys had lots of fun playing with Keith's old toys and playing with their cousin Oliver.  Although, Olivia and Oliver kept pretty darn busy.  She copied absolutely everything he was doing!  I have a bunch of pictures on my phone I will have to dig up and post.  

Well - it started off well:)

Look how big Kasper is getting!  And that was like 4 months ago.

She has it down!

Olivia spent a lot of time hanging out on the steps.  This is the guitar she got, she loved it!  I think Oliver liked it even more, he played it about the entire time we were there. 

Oliver and Olivia walkin around on their knees.

Olivia is a big fan of Grandpa Karl, she doesn't let him get too far away from her.  He had to leave one day and she kept looking for him at the door.

We got all sorts of great gifts from everyone and the kids came home with lots of fun new toys.  We have some VERY lucky kids!!!  And us too!


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