Sunday, July 27, 2014

The easy life….



At the start of this vacation I am daydreaming about….

·      Sleeping until the girls wake us up
·      Lake time
·      Laughing with my husband
·      Laughing with my children
·      Bike rides into Nisswa
·      Holding our baby while she sleeps
·      Playing games with our girls
·      Reading my book
·      Reading to the girls
·      Parents hour when the children go to morning resort activities.
·      Ice coffees during the day and Bailey’s on the rocks during the evening.
·      Sunsets on the lake
·      Steve grilling meals while I make a few easy sides in the cabin
·      A bigger cabin
·      Watching the girls fish
·      Watching the girls swim like fish
·      Good snacks
·      Removing the anxieties of daily life
·      Relaxing

I am so excited!
Have a great weekend.

Love, Gina

Monday, July 14, 2014

summer lovin'

The summer is flying by and everything is happening faster than I can document them.  I pulled out my phone to look back at the fun things we have been up to in July so far.  Gabby is in her last week of her school summer camp, Tess is away at her Y camp this week and Sydney has a 3 day camp so the girls all have more fun to be had.  The last two weeks have been filled with a variety of things.

We checked out a new park not too far from our neighborhood.  



 we checked out a new co-op down the street from our house
 we had a lovely family bike ride
 and this lovely little baby was happy to join us
 we hit the pool a few times
 and we visited Grandma at her new place, thankfully she is settling in nicely but I secretly miss the farm so much (Tess did too.)
 we had a lovely get together with 2 of my high school friends that I hadn't seen in a long time and this is how many children the 3 of us brought to the table….1 boy!
the summer calendar is full but full of all fun things and lets be positive….we have a lot of summer left!!!  Cheers to summer.

Love, Gina

13 years

13 years
2 states
2 apartments
1 condo
2 houses
1 full size bed
7 million house projects
6 million chocolate chip cookies and other sweets we both love
4 beautiful children
2 Guinea pigs (RIP)
1 fish (RIP)

This is it and this is all I ever wanted and more.
Happy Anniversary to the man that has stood by me through it all and made me so happy I met him.
Love him.
Gina






Sunday, July 13, 2014

It's a meaningful life.

It is Sunday evening, I am trying to stay awake to "unwind" but what I should really do is close the computer and then close my eyes.  My 36 hour work weekend always leaves me exhausted and missing the girls and Steve terribly.  Aside from all of this if I just step back and see the forest through the trees I realize how blessed I am to have a job like I do.   I started out my weekend with a former patient coming into the hospital  and requesting me to take care of her with her 2nd baby.  I truly believe that it isn't just a coincidence that I happened to be working the weekend she came in to deliver and and am very thankful I was there.  Her requesting me was a wonderful compliment to me and what I needed to make me reflect on what a meaningful job I have been given.  I sometimes have a bad habit of focusing on how much I miss the girls when I am at work when in reality I have a very rewarding and meaningful job that I am very proud of.  I am also very proud of the example that I am setting for the girls by having such an honorable job.  I am so thankful for the special patients that are put in front of me to remind me of the importance of my calling in life.  I am also thankful for the special people I work with that make me laugh every day that I am there.  Laughing makes everything more fun.

Have a great week.
Love, Gina (working mom of 4….I think I can, I think I can...I knew I could.)

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Our 4th of July

We had a really nice day but it went too fast.  I started out making the girls get together for a photo before we left the house.  

 I think it is kind of funny to see the process of trying to get 4 children with their eyes open

 and no one pouting
 there is always a fight over who gets to hold the baby.
 So we let everyone have their own picture with Miss Cece.

 Cece is a good sport.
 then we headed to the traditional neighborhood parade.
 Then to the park for the fun kid activities.
 Sydney and Tess loved the dunk tank.

 Gabby always enjoys a little face painting.
 We invited my Mom and Dad which was nice because Cece was well taken care of in the shade.
 The dunk tank stayed very busy
and Gabby enjoyed this slide a million times.
 then she cooled off in the pool.

 In the evening we enjoyed relaxing at home on the beautiful night.
 Look who is starting to sit up for a few seconds!

 then baths for the littles

 and more relaxing outside.


 we had so much fun and were so tired we were drooling.
Then Cece and I put ourselves to bed and the rest of the crew went to fireworks….doubtful Steve took any photos.

It was a day like dessert.
Have a nice weekend.
Love, Gina

Kids Camp and Couples Camp

We are in full camp mode around here and I have been snapping a few photos of the girls.  Sydney and Tess did a soccer camp and really enjoyed it.  I love seeing all of the kids outside playing together.
Not sure why I always remember my camera on the hottest day after they are all finished to take the pictures.

they usually do it but there is always someone that wants to make trouble.




and then they fight, wow fighting drives me nuts.

but I was able to squeeze a fake smile out of her.


but it was a good camp and I like to pat myself on the back when I pick a good camp.  I also love a good camp that we can walk to!

VBS
Then for the one and only time all summer all 3 older girls had a camp together!  Bonus, with their cousins.  I loved it!  3 solid hours of hanging out with my baby, it was really nice.  Every day I had a very bad habit of getting myself an ice coffee after I dropped them off.  Please don't judge me people, it was coffee, it could be much worse, I didn't go back to the house and smoke weed every day, I sipped a lovely iced mocha on our porch.  The week went too fast.

The day I remembered my camera I happened to give Kate and Alex a ride. There are some pretty good stares when your 6 kids get out of the van.  As you can see in the photos Gabby realized that she had forgotten her water bottle that day.
she was a little disappointed
and her sister thinks it is fun to make fun of her pouting.


finally she couldn't' take it and she refused to be in the photo all together.

so I gave her a breather and took a picture of Kate and Alex who posed very nicely.
then I tried my family…..well, Gabby altogether refused because she couldn't get past the trauma of forgetting her water bottle.  (Water fountains don't suffice I guess.)  After Gabby's little fit I took them all in to there small groups and she pulled it all together.  As Cece and I were leaving Alex said to me, "I forgot my water bottle in the van."  Pretty funny as it never triggered his memory the whole time we stood outside and Gabby was pouting?!
VBS was a hit as usual and I enjoyed the week too.  One of the days I picked up the girls as they were singing their final group song in the auditorium and Tess came and grabbed Cece from me and danced with her to the music in the group.  What do you think I did?  Yes, you are right, bawled like they cut my arm off, it was so very sweet.  But I unfortunately had no place to hide my (as per usual) over emotional face.  It is hard to be an over-emotional-Mom in a world where people try to keep it together (or fake it as I like to believe) ….overrated.  

Couples Camp
Then last weekend Steve and I had a couples camp.  (I didn't snap any photos because we just really aren't that kind of couple.)  But if I did the photos would look well rested and happy.  We brought the girls to my parents for the weekend and we had a glorious time at a glorious place.  This place is called our home!  I know it sounds lame but we aren't alone in our home much and we really enjoyed it. We worked on some projects, threw away things the kids couldn't see us throw away, went out for breakfast, met friends for drinks and just really enjoyed each others company.  It was a nice reprieve and a fun weekend for us.  The girls also had a good time, thank you Mom and Dad!  After they returned home Sydney said to me innocently, "Grandma had Cece on a good schedule, she would nap once in the morning and once in the afternoon."  I laughed so hard, yep, Sydney also was on a "schedule" like that when she was a baby.  As a 4th child you catch your naps when you are in your carseat on the way to camps, tutors, play date drop offs and all of those things running around all of God's green earth for your siblings.  Thank you Cece, we owe you for being awesome and flexible.  

Have a great weekend.
Love, Gina