Monday, April 18, 2016

Love from Colorado

We had special visitor at our house!  Our nephew Jack and Steve's brother Paul.  We had such a fun time together.  The visit was short but we managed a lot of trampoline jumping, playing, hooky from school and a day riding rides at the Mall of America.  I was even able to sneak a one on one walk with my nephew and we went to the coffee shop for hot chocolate and coffee. I don't get to see him very often and it is so fun to see this little boy grow up.  He is so smart and can carry on a conversation like a 25 year old, it always makes me smile.  We enjoyed our short time together.
Love, Gina

I must be getting old because my phone was in video mode and I didn't notice it so I only have 2 photos of the weekend….:(

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Father Daughter Dance

Steve took his girls to the Father Daughter dance again this year.  The girls looked beautiful and were so excited for a night out with their Dad.  I loved seeing them all ready to go and was so proud that they have such a great Dad to take them.  This year didn't disappoint and they had a wonderful time together.  Cece, Sydney and I enjoyed an evening at home that included a Target run and a favorite meal of ramen.  I am always trying to top Steve's game;)

Love, Gina

Thursday, March 31, 2016

One Last Surgery for the Sweet B's

Miss Tess had her tongue biopsy  and was the champ that we already know she is.  Before the surgery as you can see in the photo she was her usual silly self.  Keeping us all laughing.  She packed herself a breakfast for the ride home so she clearly had no idea what recovery would feel like.  
After surgery she looked ike this and the photo is worth a thousand words, she was miserable.  As the surgeon described the surgery, they clamped her tongue and cut out a "pie piece" of tongue where the growth was on the side/back of her tongue.  Sounds awful doesn't it?  It was and she was in so much pain.  This is the girl who rarely cries and when she does she hides from us.  When we got home she laid her head down on the kitchen counter and sobbed in pain.  It was dreadful and of course I cried with her.  Shortly after that I went to the computer and ordered the trampoline that the girls had been asking for for almost a year.  She deserved it.  Her sisters were feeling very badly watching her so miserable.  I brought Gabby with to the pharmacy to pick up her medications.  When we got to Walgreens Gabby said, "I feel really bad for Tess, can I pick a small gift for her?"  I agreed and she picked out the gift of her choice.  She picked out a whoopee cushion!  When we were leaving Walgreens I said to her, "That is really nice that you picked out a gift for Tess."  She responded, "Yes it is nice that even though we don't like each other, at least we still care about each other." Hmmmm, should a Mom be proud?  

The week was rough and it took several days for her pain to subside.  I on the other hand was sick with worry for over a week waiting for her biopsy results to come back.  The girls will remember spring break 2016 as the week that Tess was in pain and Mom was immobilized with worry and bad parenting.  Lets just say we hung closely to Tess on the couch, watched a lot of TV and ate a lot of ice cream to support her.  Thank you to all of the special friends and family that sent cards, brought treats to the house and prayed for Tess and kept me from going over the edge.  I will be forever grateful to all of you and thankful to God for letting our little girl be okay.  So happy it is all over and now things are much more back to "normal" and we are enjoying our trampoline, both kids and adults.  Her biopsy came back benign and we all breathed a sigh of relief.

Love, Gina

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter 2016

Easter 2016 we celebrated with Steve's side of the family had a fun time with family.   The above photo was very difficult to get and my smile is completely fake because I was completed annoyed with my entire family for not cooperating for one photo.  As a Mom getting ready for Easter service is a busy task, making sure everyone has an outfit, tights, shoes and a bath within the week.  All I wanted was a couple of photos and you would think I asked them to cut off their right arm.  Okay, I will stop complaining.

The girls call her the "kiss up" but I don't care, she sat for a photo.

The Easter egg hunt was easier to photograph as my expectations were low and the kids were happy and I had more then my phone.  

Nana and Papa didn't disappoint and we all had a fun time.

Love, Gina

Monday, March 21, 2016

Love from Ireland

We had a very special visitor this month and loved every minute of it.  Kelly came to visit while on her way to visit her Grandma, we enjoyed coffees, sushi and catching up while she was here.  We are so fortunate she visits so often and it is really our turn to go there.  I daydream of going back to visit them in Ireland.  The visits are always too short but I do appreciate how she pretends to not notice the utter chaos that we live in.  We enjoyed a little coffee time with my Mom as well.  A fun treat that doesn't happen very often.  (Pardon the blurry photo.)
We look forward to her next visit.
Love, Gina

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Grand View Lodge

Our annual Plaetz family trip to Grand View Lodge did not disappoint this year.  We had a much larger cabin (9 bedrooms I think) this year, it was wonderful.  We could all spread out with our families and excessive stuff that we bring.  The pool was next door and so was the main lodge for breakfast, it was perfect.  I love that we all can get together, kids play together and parents laugh at each other's kids and all of our different bad parenting techniques.  The long weekend was filled with swimming, playing games/cards, roasting marshmallows, coloring eggs, chatting and holding baby.  I have a ridiculous amount of photos from my camera and phone and had a difficult time sorting through them so I just posted a ton.  

The crew ready to go

I couldn't get enough of the views and the sunsets were beautiful.  
I love this beautiful place and spending time with my family here and all of the memories we create.  One of the highlights of my year…especially once the packing is complete!

Love, Gina