Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Birthday Week...Er...Um Month

I love Fall!
Have I said that before? I know I have. I have said it time and time again. Truly the reason we live in Nebraska becomes apparent in the fall. I can't help but love the colors, the smells, the brisk temperatures, [sometimes it's warm too] pumpkin spiced everything, real pumpkin patches, Husker football and MY BIRTHDAY. I love it all I will endure the freezing [ridiculous] winter tundra of December to February just to fall in love all over again from September through November. 

I know my birthday is actually only one day but it deserves so much more celebration than 24 hours. I remember being pregnant the last few weeks and all I could think about was bringing my baby into the world...every day I thought about it. So you see birthdays really ought to be observed a few weeks early. That may be me justifying and I am okay with that! 

Celebrating with these girls
My dear friend Susan's birthday is early in October. This year we started our birthday lunches and coffee dates on the 3rd. Kimberly and Susan are long time friends. When our babies were little we use to put them to bed and then scrapbook together until the wee hours of the night. Now our three families have eight busy children, it's not often that we get several hours together. Dinner at Spin Pizza in Papio was a great kick off to the birthday month! [Blood Orange Sangria was amazing!]

I love the sign my girls made
My morning walk with Anna
BOGO lunch at Qdoba...YUM!
Free coffee from Caribou Coffee
Free Cupcake from Mockingbird Cupcakes
Dinner at Genji

Olivia trying to catch shrimp in her mouth
Emma dancing and singing to her mama
The girls have learned what makes their mom feel appreciated. Each of them wrote a poem or song, as you can see Emma even danced. The day before my birthday they made dinner and then that night they folded laundry. If that doesn't make a mama feel loved I don't know what would. To top it off I woke on my special day to balloons on the floor [something I do for them] and a gift card from Starbucks. Life is good!

Since Chris' dad had knee surgery in mid October we didn't really celebrate with them but my parents and brother stopped by for a few days. I made hummingbird cake, did lots of cooking and managed to stay up late talking each night. These are the times we are reminded how blessed we are to have the space in our new home to host visitors.

I will have my last celebration this Wednesday night with my friend Nicole.

Next month we will be highlighting my handsome husband...can't wait!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Good-Bye Vincent

Our Furry Family
Over the 18 years we have been married, our family has loved Moxie, Babe, Vincent and Bella. Unlike our children, we can admit that we love some pets more than others. (Vincent was the best) I grew up with pets and I still miss Bluebell, the best dog EVER but as an active family we know that we don't have the time to properly take care of a dog. Hence, we are a cat family.

This week with sad hearts our family said good-bye to our beloved Vincent. He has been part of our family since Liv was a baby. Vincent came to us as a stray and we loved him well.
Our Last Family Photo
Oh the house will be quiet tomorrow morning when everyone else goes back to school and Vinny isn't here to follow me around meowing relentlessly until I agree to sit down and cuddle. I will miss my sweet, extra fluffy, foul breathed cat. Thank you Vinny for the many years of love. Rest In Peace.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Vinyl Creations by MelKate

I have found a hobby that bring me such joy...
Creating wall designs for friends and family. In the last couple of years I have created around 50+ vinyl sayings and designs for friends. The moment I pull off the transfer tape and take a step back I get this sense of accomplishment and joy. Because my friends have big mouths, I guess, I have even had the privilege to design for a few businesses. One of them, didn't finish paying me for the 40+ signs I made but that's my problem. I'm just going to throw this out there, if you would like for me to design and cut a saying or emblem for you leave me a message. The cost is minimal compared to other popular sites and you can be sure that your design is created with love and care not mass produced.
Below I have attached a few pictures. 
They aren't crooked, it's just poor photography. :)
I love to pray scripture with my children's names in it. So when a dear friend asked for this verse for her daughter's room I inserted Molly's name right into it. They loved it.

 These (and 8 others) can be found in the new Habitat for Humanity Building in Omaha

"America the Beautiful" 
Fun holiday decor

This one is in my house, love it.

 This LeBron James quote took me more that 3 hours to apply. YIKES

This one is huge, the picture doesn't do it justice.

"Music should strike fire from the heart of man and bring tears from the eyes of women"
I painted the staff and cut the notes out of black vinyl

Don't remember the translation of this french saying

It's Friday and part of my family will be out of town which means I will have more time to create. I hope to finish a design for Ballet Nebraska, a softball quote for Kristi's room and figure out what the Millard youth football program wants for car decals. If I get all that done then I can get back to staining my deck.

Peace and Joy to each person reading this blog. God loves you more than any other creation, after all you were created in His own image. Know that you are loved!

Monday, September 22, 2014

A Week in Review

Last week it seems that we did a little bit of everything.

Liv is the one with the ball
Olivia had her 2nd soccer game. We have discovered that her little catholic school soccer team is in the wrong division this season. Getting beaten by 10 is kind of tough. On the bright side Liv was excited that her team scored one goal. What a little optimist. Love it!

Reagan ran in her second cross country meet on Friday. She improved her time by over a minute. Out of 5,000 (not really but there were a lot of girls) Reags placed 4th in the 7th grade division. 

Emma and her friend Ben went to his HS homecoming dance Saturday. Since neither Ben nor Em drive (I like that) his parents played the part of chauffeur. The night ended with two girlfriends coming to our house for a sleepover. Church came very early for all of us.
I just love these girls.
We also had my brother with us for 10 days, which was nice. Our plan was to stain the deck but it rained nearly every day. Instead he witnessed what it is like to have three active children in the house. We took him to a HUSKER football game, two high school football games, Reagan and Olivia's soccer games and lots of trips to and from schools. Eating together as a family means we may eat at 4:30 or at 7:00pm. Since moving from Arizona in 2003 my girls have not had much time with their uncle. It was good to get them reacquainted. I hope Aunt Karen & Regina will be able to stop by too.

One of my favorite fall activities: going to the pumpkin patch. I still need to buy a mum for my porch display and finish the fall wreath but my house is looking a little more festive.

To wrap up our week, yesterday Reagan's club soccer team had the privilege of being the ball girls for the University of Nebraska-Omaha vs Creighton University Women's soccer game. It was a great game even though Creighton pulled out the win in OT. I know you can't see which yellow shirted girl is mine but I promise, she is out there. I couldn't help wonder if our girls tried to picture themselves in the blue and white jerseys suiting up for their university some day. Dream big girls!

This week is Reagan's Birthday week. I love celebrating! Pictures next week.

I guess it's time for me to wrap up my lunch break and get back to staining the deck. Tonight we have a soccer game, soccer practice and I'm sure the family hopes to eat dinner too. Blessings to all who visit my blog. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Flash Back Friday ... 1st day of school

How is it possible that these girls are growing up so quickly?
For the second year we have 3 girls in 3 different buildings. It can be overwhelming but this year I don't have to battle as many crazy parking lots. My baby is riding the bus to and from school. This is a first for me but already I have embraced the beauty of this freedom. LOVE IT!
7th grade teacher and 7th grader
3rd grader at a new school

Back to School Dance
Em and her fellow group of firefighters had a great night!

This is what middle school girls do after the first day of school.
I love that my girls invite friends over, it's a fun way to get to know their buddies.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Taking Her Faith Public

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.  Proverbs 31:25

After our children were born we had them dedicated to the Lord just like Jesus' parents did with him. When our children become the age of accountability and want to make a public affirmation of their faith they are baptized. In Acts Peter tells a crowd, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ." Acts 2:38

Every August our church has a fantastic even called Baptism on the Green. For the last several years I have wanted to attend but it just hasn't worked out in our schedule. This year, Reagan chose this event as her time to tell the world that she loves Jesus and He is the Lord of her life. As you can see in the pictures below, it is a great celebration that is casual outside. There were 105 baptisms on this particular day. Praise God!

Chris, Reagan & our youth pastor Klint

Just looking at these pictures brings back such emotion.
I can't even explain how full my heart feels.

Just dunked!
On of Reagan's very dear friends, Kate
What a gift to have so many people invested in Reagan's life. I've said this before and I will probably say it again. It's a wonderful thing to move away from family when you first get married. We did it, not because we thought it was a good way for us to become a family on our own but because Chris' employer moved us. However moving back to Nebraska and being surrounded by family is such a great thing for our girls. Thank you Grandparents, Helers, Birges and Eric for making this day a priority. It was one of the most important days of Reagan's life and we were so pleased to share it with you.

We Love
There just happens to be a soccer goal in the background

My sweet friends Kelli and Tracy
Thank you Kelli for taking all these pictures...250 in all.  Whew!

My favorite little man!
The symbolism of baptism is so beautiful. Christ died for us and rose on the third day, cleansing us from sin and hate. When we die to self as we are buried in the water we are accepting Christ's cleansing blood to wash over us and then we rise out of the water victorious. We are clean, we accept His salvation but we are not perfect. We will stumble and struggle in this life but know one day we will be in the presence of the Lord who sits at the right hand of God the Father, creator of all. Oh the blessing!