Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Ordinary Days

My brother called last week and informed us that one of us Marine buddies would be flying over our house.  The kids were all excited as we waited to hear the chopper blades. 

And someone else was too.  The kids are used to this sort of behavior and hardly bat an eye at their weird Dad who tries to embarrass them constantly-or just to make them laugh.


We are finishing up soccer, and Patrick has been over-joyed at the fact that I FINALLY signed him up for a a sport.  He got to be a "big kid" for one season and participate.  Once he received his soccer uniform he wore it everywhere.  The shin guards and socks and cleats and t-shirt-EVERYWHERE, all day. He is pretty darn good for a four year old, but then he's watched a heck of a lot of games, and practices constantly, and spends most of the time playing with kids much much older than him who don't give him much of a break so of course he would be.  I just can't stop laughing the whole time I watch him.  He told me, "Mom, just sit here and say- Go Patrick, go!- when you watch me OK?"  He must hear me say that to the older kids and wanted a piece of it for himself.

His "coach" is from England and is so cute, and is also just great with this age group.  After listening to him talk in his awesome accent, my Matthew said, "I'm going to go live in England one day."  I said, "Sounds good to me, I'll visit you often."

I needed some new recipes and love, love, love this this book I bought.  Really family friendly.  I am hoping to work through the whole thing this summer.  I am sure my family is hoping so also since we've had my grilled chicken or spaghetti or calzones again and again and again.  I'm burning them out.

The weather has been gorgeous lately but one day a storm rolled through...I thought the sky was beautiful.

Matt won the 2 mile race for his class-his 6th grade class started training for the race that the 7th and 8th graders have to participate in next spring.  The two top 7th graders were very interested in Matt's time anticipating some fierce competition.

There is always someone laying on my kitchen floor.  Why is this?  There are more comfortable places in the house.  (Notice the soccer uniform-sans socks and shinguards, which I made him take off since it was close to 90 degrees all day.)

I never did a Mother's Day post, but mine was perfect this year.  Super low key just the way I love it.  I sat and watched this soccer game as the day came to an end.

This week's agenda: Exams for Abbey-super stressful, glad it's not me, trying to be supportive, graduation for Isaac!!!-party on Saturday, Patrick's last week of preschool-can't believe it, Matt and Andrew hanging in there for one more week till summer vacation.

30 comments :

  1. I just want to tell you that I love your "ordinary days" blog posts. As soon as I see that title in my rss feed I get a huge smile on my face. Thanks!

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  2. Our Best Bites= dinnertime awesomeness. I made their rolls and corn chowder tonight since it's STILL rainy and cold in the PNW.

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  3. As always these are my favorite posts of yours.

    I melted when I saw that picture of Patrick playing soccer. Dang cute.

    And what a great pic of your hubby playing with your boys.

    I'm excited about your suggestion for the cookbook.
    I may buy that one myself. If my family has to eat chicken and rice again they just might die!

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  4. Last week at Pre-school for Patrick too! My little one still has 6 weeks to go and then in September starts 'big' school. I am dreading it.

    Love your ordinary day posts!

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  5. My daughter has that cookbook! I love the idea of working through it this summer... maybe we'll do that together. Thanks! :)

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  6. Might have to look out for that cookbook. Love the photos as always. Should be Special Days not Ordinary Days then again.....your ordinary days look special!

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  7. Thanks for sharing- I always love these posts...:-).

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  8. That is a great cookbook, I've had it for a year now and everything I've made has turned out great. My family loves it, too. Love your blog updates, always spot on. Congrats on your pregnancy, as well!

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  9. So perhaps you live near a special retreat? My husband said a co-worker was complaining about the helicopters that go right over his house at certain times...
    Where did you get the rug Patrick is lying on? I really like it.
    In the family soccer game it looks like the dog is the ball!

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  10. That is so sweet he wears the uniform everywhere!

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  11. The picture of Jeff cracked me up. There is nothing NOTHING better than a big hearted and goofy dad. I know, I have one (and married a future one) and they sure are the best.

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  13. The picture of your husband cracked me up! That is something I would do. That cook book looks interesting. I will have to check it out!

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  14. Love the photo of Patrick playing soccer. Puts a great big smile on my face. I love it!

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  15. Your spring looks and sounds wonderful, if a bit busy! Good luck with it all.

    I will look up that cookbook. It's funny because I just read an article somewhere online (Salon, maybe?) about how we're all so fascinated with Mormon mommy bloggers right now. I haven't read any of those blogs, but now I see there's a cookbook too! LOL

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  16. Your husband is now officially my favorite 'internet dad'!!!!! I love that picture!!!

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  17. Enjoy this time Sarah! I know you are super busy. I feel like life spins a wee bit out of control at this time. So many concerts, picnics, etc....late nights, everyone is tired - but also excited and uplifted. Annie had a complete meltdown over exams, driver's test, her party, a speech....we had to sit down and map it all for her and she felt so much better. The simple, little speech was what was really getting to her - even though she has been doing speech all year. It was in a different class and she had convinced herself she was going to do so poorly she'd rather take a zero than deliver it. She was losing sleep over it! Thankfully we got it all sorted out. I hate to see so much stress in kids. Teaching them how to cope, I guess, is the best thing I can do.

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  18. LOVE ordinary days! Can you post your calazone recipe. . .looking for new recipes!

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  19. LOVE this cookbook! I use it constantly. Love their corn chowder, oven-baked steak fries, breadsticks, and many more that are on their website too. Have a great summer!!

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  20. Your posts and family bring a smile to my face. I've been a mom for 20 months now and I love to see mom's with many children at all stages raising them so well. It warms my heart and gives me strength for future family growth.

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  21. Love your ordinary day posts too. So pleased to hear that it's not just me who keeps producing the same things for dinner, week in and week out!

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  22. Ohh Sarah, that pic of your hubby is absolutely hysterical!! I laughed OUT LOUD! Too funny. Arent you glad that hubby's like your (and mine) help keep things light around the house. This time of year has the propensity to totally stress me out. One more week to go for us too.

    Hang in there and thanks for the laugh!
    AmyW
    Chicago

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  23. Your hubby is funny up on the roof like that! And Patrick is so cute in his soccer uniform! He looks like he really IS a great player!

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  24. Super busy time! Good luck to Abbey!! Kate took her last high school exam yesterday. She is done with the exception on graduation practice and the ceremony tomorrow night. She is sooo excited and ready. Thanks for sharing your week. Congrats to Isaac!!

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  25. May I recommend the Spicy Honey Chicken with Coconut Rice from Our Best Bites. A staple and one of our FAVS.

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  26. Team sports are so great for kids.
    There are just so many benefits, fitness, learning team skills, getting along, how to deal with victory and defeat, skills of persistence and surviving disappointment, picking oneself up and going on!

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  27. I would suggest the Carmel sauce from that cookbook with some French toast. Don't know that I can ever top my French toast with syrup again after having that.

    Love your approach to parenting.

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  28. Love the french dip sandwich recipe in that book. SO so easy, and all my little kids eat it!

    Your ordinary days are so fun to read about. Love you Sarah.

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  29. I can tell by those action shots of your little boy - he is very athletic! Love your posts, and so do my grown daughters!

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