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Fri-yay! Weekly Recap #8!

Fri-yay! Weekly Recap #8!

So before you get all Judgy McJudgerson on us, we know, we know...we missed last week! Sometimes, life just happens, ya know? And by "life" we mean it was like 117 degrees and we spent the weekend sipping mojitos by the pool. Sometimes, you just gotta sip a mojito and take a week off.  But now we're back, ready to give you the low down on the last week or so!

Last weekend we celebrated the birthday of one of Titus' little buddies. The party was downright epic. I simply have four words for you: Gigantic. Blow-up. Bouncy. Waterslide.

 

Megan spent the first half of the week in all-day meetings, getting ready for the upcoming school year. She is planning on doing some tutoring for our homeschool group this fall and was learning about the new material and doing some training. Yes, we homeschool. No, we aren't weird. There are no Canadian Tuxedos in this house, thank you very much! 

So while Megan was learning about participles and adverbs, I got my Dad on, and watched the kids for three days! Let me first just say, as we've said before, Momming is NO JOKE. Being a mom is 100%, without a doubt, the toughest job EVER in the history of the universe. I was humbled by all the work Megan does on a daily basis to keep these three tiny humans fed, clean, and...you know...alive. Not to mention they usually learn stuff, are happy, and somehow are growing up to be pretty darn awesome. How she does it, I'll never know. Mind. Blown.

Now, once I got over the initial shock of the sheer amount of awesomeness Megan must possess on a daily basis, we got down to business. The first day, I took Eli, Olivia, and one of Eli's best friends to mythical wonderland known as Dave and Buster's. HOLY CASINO FOR KIDS, Batman! This place was unreal. Flashing lights, tickets flying everywhere, kids shouting for joy, food and drinks galore! The only thing missing was a ridiculously expensive stage show. I mean, if they could find a way to fit a Cirque Du Soleil into one of these places, it would be like Vegas for kids. All in all, it was a pretty good time and the kids had a blast and walked away with some cool prizes. So next time it's 115 degrees and I want to take out a second mortgage for two hours of fun, I'll be heading back to Dave and Buster's!

Day two was not quite as eventful. We chilled out, trashed the house, and watched Zootopia (great movie, btw). We successfully wore out our PJ's that day. I'd show you a picture of all of us in our PJ's watching movies, but this is family establishment and we're trying to keep things PG around here. Awkward. Ok moving on...

Day three of being Mr. Mom, we did our best to embrace the heat! Unfortunately, responsibility prohibits Mojito drinking by a pool when you're the only parent on duty, which is kind of a shame. So we improvised! Now that our backyard is done, we put our new grass to good use by getting the hose out and soaking each other! We played games and spent most of the day basically annihilating each other with the garden hose. A little word of advice: the "Jet" setting is not for the faint of heart. Who knew water coming out of a hose could make a grown man cry?! Thankfully, there were other hose settings available and we all survived the great garden hose battle with limited scars, bumps, and bruises. In my mind, any activity without blood being drawn is a success in my book!

So there you have it! We will be back again next week to tell you about dance recitals, birthday parties, and any other exciting adventures that might pop up in the meantime! Have a safe and happy weekend! 

Fri-yay! Weekly Recap #4!

Fri-yay! Weekly Recap #4!

Attention!! Its FRI-YAY! Another week is in the books and we are excited for the weekend! Not only does it mean rain (fingers crossed) but Sunday is Mother's Day and that is something to be excited for! We started out the week celebrating with the Gibbons family. If you haven't checked out their post, you should... seven beautiful, well behaved kids is reason enough to go check them out!  

This week we celebrated May the 4th (unofficial Star Wars Day for the uninitiated out there), by watching too much Star Wars. Ok, full disclosure, we watch too much Star Wars every day, thanks to the three miniature Jedi we have running around. In honor of May the 4th, we found this ridiculously awesome family shoot a couple weeks ago, and we figured this week was the perfect week to share it with you! How cute is that little BB-8?!

photo credit:  RLphotoArt

photo credit: RLphotoArt

We've been having British television drama withdrawals since Downton Abbey ended a while ago, so this week we decided to get our binge-watch on and re-watch Sherlock. We are officially going on record to say...This. Show. Is. Awesome. Every time we watch this show, we go around scrutinizing people's shirt collars, fingernails, wrist watches, and shoe laces as we channel our inner Sherlock. Unfortunately, we haven't solved any crimes yet, but there's still time. We only finished re-watching Season 1. Don't be alarmed when, by the end of the third season, we will be able to look at your hair and what shoes you're wearing and know that you just came from Starbucks, ordered a Venti Caramel White Mocha with light Whipped Cream and an extra shot, and that you're having meatloaf for dinner at 6:12pm. 

Finally, we did our own little Mother's Day shoot this week. If you missed our true confession on Instagram you need to check it out. Don't let these photos fool you, these little angels are not fans of getting their photos taken. With photographers as parents they're just going to have to live with it...either that or they'll be discussing it with a therapist one day. 

 

Megan is truly the most amazing mom in the history of the planet. I'm not biased at all either. She spends every waking moment (and sometimes her non-waking moments too...hello, Barfpocalypse 2016. Yea, that happened.) serving, loving, caring, growing, teaching, feeding, hugging, kissing, band-aiding, tickling, nurturing, dressing, wiping, coaching, praying, and any other "-ing" you can think of with these three cute little bundles of chaos. There are days she's exhausted and is at the end of her rope, but she keeps going. How she does it, I'll never know. She's truly an astounding human being who loves her kids more than life itself and I'm honored to call her my wife. God is good for bringing her to me and I thank Him everyday. Our three kids are extremely blessed to have a mom who loves them as much as she does.

Hug your mother this weekend, and if you can't, hug a friend with kids, or if you have no friends with kids, hug a random mom at the store. Because, well, Mom's are awesome.

Cheers to Moms! Have a safe and happy weekend!

The Gibbons Family

The Gibbons Family

Every mother is special and deserves WAY more recognition and praise for the amazing work they do on a daily basis. Motherhood is the most valuable, precious job in the world. Without it, human civilization would literally cease to exist. So when we did our Mother's Day Mini Session Giveaway this year, we prayed that it would go to a couple of extra-deserving moms and that would be truly blessed by having pictures of them and their kids during this special season of life.

So when we (our youngest, Titus, may have helped) picked a name out of a hat, we were thrilled to learn that Mary Gibbons and her SEVEN children were one of our winners! We were so excited to meet her and her amazing kids. As we said earlier, every mother is special but a mother of seven kids is like a real life Wonder Woman...although we're pretty sure Wonder Woman didn't have any kids, so basically what we're saying is that Mary is more wonderful than Wonder Woman! Sadly, they don't make comic books for moms...but they should for this amazing mom! She was so patient and full of grace and she was truly inspiring. As parents of three kids, we truly admired her poise and gentle spirit during our shoot. Shoots can be stressful sometimes, especially with little ones, and she was calm, collected, and looked absolutely gorgeous the whole time. Thanks for being an awesome mom Mary! We were honored to take photos of such an exemplary woman, wife, and mother!