Our busy weekend

Hi all!  I really wish this was a post with a new maternity dress that I feverishly sewed over the weekend.  But alas, there was just too much to do and I started to cut one out but that’s as far as I got.  It was Claire’s last volleyball tournament for the club season on Saturday.  She had a great turnout of fans…

Andi & Tony, Ebin & Ethan, Papa Ron & Marta, Me & Claire, Justine and Grandma Cindy (Grandma Trudie not pictured, she's behind the camera on account of she hates having her picture taken!) Mark and Enzo were also there, but this was about the time he was on a drive to get the little peanut to nap.

 It’s weird to think the season is over, it went by quickly if you ask me (probably not if you ask Claire). No more making two trips to Gresham a week for practice, no more getting up at 5am on a weekend and spending 14 hours in a noisy gym.  Weird!  What are we going to do with ourselves?

She had a great team this year, and it was fun to watch them grow in their sport that they clearly love playing.  It was a sweet group of young ladies and I wish them all the best in their volleyball futures!  I am sure we’ll meet up with a few of them down the line. 

Go Power! (Claire is the floating head third from the right)

And I want to thank my Mom for being there every single tournament, bright and early to pick us up and do all the driving, endure hours of waiting in between games and nail-biting volleyball action!  I wouldn’t have enjoyed the season as much had you not been there next to me!

I forced her to have this taken, I look HUGE, please keep in mind this was after a 12 hour tournament day (please and thanks!)

 Papa Ron and Marta made the trip from Arlington to watch her play, it was awesome to have the day with them and they enjoyed seeing how much Claire has improved her skills.


 They finished 6th overall in the tournament (it was the Regionals championship) but they played their hearts out and it was a close game every single time.   Those are really fun to watch, but also really tough to take when they lose knowing how hard they worked for it.  Luckily, it doesn’t cause them any tears – they hit the team food table and munch their cares away until the next match.  I wonder how long that will be the case, or if Claire will eventually start getting emotional about a loss. 

I’m proud of my girl, she works hard and is very dedicated to the sport.  I’m a volleyball Mom, all the way!

Then on Sunday we got outside and worked in the yard a bit.  Mark was cleaning out and organizing the shed and Enzo enjoyed seeing all the toys and things coming out of there.  A basketball, a kickball and some lawn games like Bocce.  He spent a good twenty minutes putting tennis balls in the container and then dumping them out again, and then repeating.  So while he was happy doing that, I dug up the weeds and mess that had taken over our little area along the back porch.  Then I laid down paper so that the weeds would have a hard time growing back and covered the paper with decorative pea pebbles.  It looks great!  If I do say so myself.  And I also checked in on the garden, which is looking super happy!

radishes and romaine lettuce, all in a row!

 Mark played soccer in the evening and then we reflected on our very productive weekend. 

Although, I was NOT productive in the sewing area AT ALL.  Sorry about that.  I put out a plan to make a dress a week and that has not happened yet.  I have also been a little preoccupied with my new gig…


More on that later, but let’s just say I am spending lots of time researching possibilities and trying to get all my ducks in a row.

I love when I look at the pictures on my phone and find random ones the kids have taken.  Here was my treat this week…

My sweet darlings!

 I hope you have had a great Monday and tune in tomorrow for some VERY EXCITING NEWS.  We have a very early ultrasound scheduled to find out the gender of our baby and see him/her on the big screen.  We can’t wait!

And don’t worry, we’ll make our announcement on the blog.  Well, actually, this guy and his big sisters will be helping with that…


Stay tuned!



A weekend of projects!

Mark:  Babe, you make the best cut lines.

Be still my heart, such romantic words to be heard while rinsing off my paintbrush, as Mark diligently slices along the cut line that I drew for him with a blue colored pencil (why is it impossible to keep track of pens and pencils in this house? Does everyone have this problem, or is it just us?). 

We laid down laminate flooring in the laundry room on Saturday.  It turned out amazing! 

Mark:  You make cutting wood so easy!

Oh my gosh, now I’m blushing… *grins*

We make an impressive team, my husband and I.  In all ways that you would ask for in a marriage.  Another home improvement project tackled and successfully so!  Here are some pictures to prove it…

Floor was concrete so we laid down the same laminate flooring we put in the sewing room adjacent...

Floor was concrete so we laid down the same laminate flooring we put in the sewing room adjacent...

Major improvement!

Major improvement!

The girls and I met our friend Julie and her adorable boy Evan at Fred Meyer on Saturday morning for “Fuschia Saturday”.  Even though I am not a skilled gardener, I have the desire to learn and figure it out so that our yard can be full of beautiful colors and scents!  It was a very blustery morning, but fortunately the sun was only behind a thin layer of clouds and their was no precipitation in the air!  We waited in line for about an hour to have our plants potted for free, and the kids were being incredibly patient!  The free cookies, doughnuts and juice were a significant aid in that, I’m sure!

I love Evan's winky smile!

I love Evan's winky smile!

And of course, there are always way more pictures to share than i have words to describe them so I’ll leave with you some visual enjoyment.  Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!  Check back tomorrow for a new segment on our blog where I will be sharing a story written by Claire once a week!