Best of April

By May 3, 2015 6 Comments

It might not be #royalbaby news, but here’s our April “best of.” We’re staying busy on this speeding train called #lifewithkids unnamed-32My boy turned 14. It’s staggering. Cause yesterday he looked like this:unnamed-38And now he’s going to high school orientation. Good thing he knows Edna, the cookie queen. I’ve many spies employed.unnamed-16 unnamed-7 The highlight of my boy’s life was getting a post card from soccer hero Clint Dempsey. Like, best day EVER! He’s been waiting since last November and had all but given up hope. If I ever get fan mail, I shall be prompt 🙂

The boy is such a good sport:unnamed-10Cake courtesy of Grandma Heather, a boy’s dream: #meatandpotatoes and surrounded by girls, girls, and more girls. At least he has his dad and his dog. And the pink bunny ears.

Another highlight: the passports came. Because we’ve been at Hogwarts for so long, my husband’s summer sabbatical arrived! #Europe! I could write a whole post on the complexities and headaches of getting passports for six. Never mind. #exciting!unnamed-6

In my quest for greater inner calm, I read this fabulous book:unnamed-12 Brynne said, “A New York Times Bestseller? It’s about CLEANING!” Oh, it’s a gem. Post coming.

unnamed-1 In my quest for greater organization, I procured this free filing cabinet and spray painted it “farm equipment yellow.” The professor does not understand my choices.

I then used a label maker for the first time. #hooked.unnamed-2 unnamed-14 Anna, my 84-year-old friend passed down these hand-blown hand-painted bunny eggs made in her home country, Germany.  #donttouch

Easter was filled with lots of cousins, TWO grandmas, and General Conference #loveunnamed-24 And this #peep cakeunnamed-8 Good thing I’m still drinking my smoothies every morning. #nirvanaunnamed-17#whoopsy

unnamed-33Paige begged and begged for this green bok choy. Thrilled, I congratulated myself on being such a nutritiously-minded mother who has raised her children well. “You’re sure you’ll eat it?” Actually no. “I want it because It’s such a cool fan!” I didn’t buy it.

unnamed-11 My wonderful Ma came to visit. She cleans, tells stories, and pushes my cart.unnamed-28 And plays with apps.unnamed-15 Did you know YouTube has the most amazing hair tutorials?unnamed-26 Here’s my Anatomy & Physiology class. We are studying the reproductive system. Nothing like the real thing right in front of you! My panel of experts were awesome – and hopefully my teens will not have sex 🙂 Just saying’.

I love this Instagram account, Humansofny. This one, oh this one:unnamed-23 unnamed-22

I follow this one too. Breaks my heart:unnamed-4 unnamed-27The news breaking story: snow is actually melting in New Hampshire. Paige “snow” #thenamethatshallnotbenamedpuddle bootsWe can say “puddles.”

unnamed-13 And yellow and orange-flowered pantsunnamed-19 And running shoes! We are back outside in the dark o’clock wee hours of the morning. With Asics. #happyunnamed-18 My running buddy ran the Boston Marathon this year. And makes me want to run something big again. Very inspiring.


Brother Glenn ran the London Marathon and sends me texts. Do I want to commit to a marathon? #indecisiveunnamed-31 My Brynnie-boo ran in her first track meet. The heart can hardly take it.unnamed-30 The 5th grade 4×4 relay!unnamed-29 My boy handing off the baton. #love

unnamed-21 Good weather brings out the pioneer clothes and outdoor eating. What? You don’t do that?unnamed-20 unnamed-3 The Sky Guy can get a bit show-offy sometimes.unnamed-9 Tenny contemplates the vastness of the universe

This isn’t really happening: #collegeplanningunnamed-5

But this is acceptable:_DSC0911-L Going all #ham 🙂 (no mom, you can’t say that.)unnamed-36 She scored (and I got there a minute later) #sigh


How was your month? Did you write is all down, too?





  • Carrie Rubin says:

    Sounds like a full month for sure (with lots of yummy looking food!). My sons both recently had birthdays, too. 15 and 18 years old now. Like you, I’m wondering how that’s possible!

    Here’s hoping your May is wonderful, too!

  • Nina says:

    What an incredible recap. And wow– that peep cake!! Amazing. I’m interested in that cleaning book though I’m afraid I’ll give away the whole house. I’m already an anti-hoarder.

  • It looks like a very busy month for you!
    Happy Birthday to your 14 year old “baby.” Yes, he is indeed a good sport to wear those bunny ears AND let you photograph him in them. I can only assume that 14 year old boys are more pleasant than 14 year old girls. (Because I have one of them in the house and I can’t wait for her to pass along to a more agreeable — I hope — 15.)

  • What a fun-filled April! Love the bok choy fan and pioneer eating 🙂 My 6YO loves those froggy boots!

  • Julia Tomiak says:

    Wow #lifewithkids moves with electric speed, doesn’t it? And aren’t you wonderful for capturing it all so well in words and pix. As always, you inspire.
    There is NO WAY any male in my house would wear those ears, much less pose for a camera with them on his head. My house is the opposite of yours – just my girl and me and a lot of males discussing bodily functions. Always at dinner.
    Hold on… Europe?! Excited! Jealous! Can’t wait to hear more.

  • Dana says:

    Whew – I’m exhausted just reading that! We had our college planning night last month too – how did that happen? And we are going to Europe too! Italy and Switzerland. I’d love to compare notes!

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