Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Blank Space

Our 4th of July weekend couldn't have been any more perfect.  

And we didn't do one single thing.  A weekend on the calendar with nothing but blank space is a treasure, especially after a long baseball season that has filled up every weekend since about March.  
It left time for diving board jumping.  I sat on the chair and watched the boys laugh and giggle as they jumped.  These days are so sweet and I love it when I can slow down enough to enjoy it.

We walked down a couple of blocks to our neighborhood's parade.  It was perfect and small and they threw some candy out so the kids were happy.

The boys took turns mowing the lawn.  We did nothing Friday, except grill some hamburgers, make homemade ice cream and hop in the car when it got late and saw some fireworks from the highway.  It gave me time to organize the pantry and take care of all the piles in the house that have accumulated over the last months.  

Chris took the boys ALL day on Saturday to do various errands (museum and horse races… basically, he's super dad!) so I could get some things done around the house.  I purged the school room and did some home school planning.

We had a lazy Sunday morning too.  We had french toast, Nutella, whipped cream and strawberries before we hopped in the car for church.  

A weekend full of blank space.  It was lovely in every way.

Monday, July 7, 2014

He can't possibly be 11.

Every July, his birthday creeps up on me.  I think it's because June only has 30 days (30 days hath September…).  His birthday is July 1st, but he was supposed to be born in the middle of June, but he insisted coming at his very own pace.  I was induced a full two weeks late and out came Asher, all 9 pounds, 5 ounces of him.  He couldn't have looked any more different than his brother Graham.  They still hardly look like brothers… so different in looks and personality.  

We are so blessed to have Asher in our family.  He's that kid that everyone likes to be around.  Or at least I do.  He's content to do what you like to do, but also has interests of his own.  The Rangers have disappointed him this year, so every morning he tells me how long their losing streak has been and who else is on the injured list.  He also asks me what kind of homemade ice cream we might make that night.  And he also might tell me that it's Wednesday and today is the last day to get grapes for 99 cents at Sprouts.  He then might meander into the piano room and try to play by ear some song he heard on the radio.  He has many interests, this kid.  I love that I get to spend my days with him and his brothers, watching these little boys become young men.  Soon (these years are passing so quickly) they will be grown men ready to make a life of their own, and I can't imagine it without a tear in my eye.  But I know when it happens, I will embrace that too.  

Back to his birthday.

Asher is easy to celebrate because he tells you what he wants to do.  His tastes are simple and he finds joy in the little things.  

Like free smoothies...
A good way to start his birthday on the way to swim team. 

Daddy showed up to be with him.  Everyone says Asher is a spitting image of his dad, lucky guy.  

Opening up a fun box from Grandma and Grandpa.

Asher requested a salad bar and wild rice soup for his birthday dinner.  I said he could invite four families over to celebrate (even four families ended up being 29 people!).  It was fun to watch him decide who to pick… his little mind going back and forth.   I was a little worried not everyone would enjoy the salad bar, but surprisingly the kids loved it.  I think they liked choosing their own toppings.  And I made homemade ranch, which is essential to any salad bar with lots of people under the age of 12 going through it.   

I aways love my kitchen filled with dear friends.  It's my happy place :)

We've been watching The Pioneer Woman on the Food Network so Asher knew he wanted this cake.  It has chocolate, Nutella, strawberries and whipped cream, so you can't really go wrong.  It's worth making.  It was delicious for adults and kids.  I made two of them and just had a little bit left over.  

These images of Asher while we are singing to him are my favorite because he makes these expressions a lot.  I'm glad to have them captured.  

Happy birthday, sweet Asher.  We love you more than you know.