Thursday, May 22, 2014

hello summer!

Talk about the perfect few days. The temp has been in the 70's and the sun has been shining bright! We have spent so much time soaking up the outdoors- we deserve it after our terribly cold winter. We have been having slip and slide parties- today there were 15 kids here! We have been going on bike rides to get ice cream and just enjoying the warm days. 

slip and slide

ice cream stop

smelling the lilacs

girls weekend in Dallas

6 months or so ago I came across the tour dates for the Dave Matthews concert- I sent out an email to my high school friends looking for some interest and it was planned. Sonia, Noelle, Nikki, Beth and myself spent last weekend in Dallas. We went to a place called The Dry Bar- a place where they do your hair and it was so fun. We went out in the city both nights. The focus and highlight of the trip for me was the Dave Matthews show. It was amazing! He played 3 1/2 - 4 hours. I can't wait to go back!

the dry bar

dave concert

last day of school

Isaac had his last day of school last Friday. Hello summer! I can't believe kindergarten is next!


Sunday, May 11, 2014

collecting signatures

An ongoing issue in Sioux Falls is the school start date. Right now the kids start school in early August and get out of school mid May. The reason this is a problem is because it is not warm in mid May- it is supposed to get down to freezing this week. The pools don't open for a week after schools get out and they still probably won't be open with the cooler temps. In August when it is beautiful and hot the kids are all back in school. We really dislike the calender. The school board wants it this way so the kids take their semester tests before Christmas break. The argument continues back and forth. When the group was formed I have always kind of been on the back end just watching things happen. The group finally got the ok to collect signatures to petition their view and if they got enough signatures they could get it onto a vote and let the public decide. I decided I wanted to help- even though my kids go to private schools and we live in a different school district. I couldn't sign the petition. So I collected signatures and more and more and I turned in about 238 by the end. I sent the organizer a message and just told her I was hoping everything would turn out- they needed 4,700 signatures. She replied and asked if I would be able to come help count the next day- yes! Sounds like something I would love to be a part of. So I went down and helped count and count and count. The Argus Leader showed up, ha! So they ended up getting 6,100 signatures! YAY! So now the school district has to verify all the signatures and if it is a go then the public will get to vote on this in April, 2015. If it passes there will be a law that the kids cannot start school until after Labor Day. I am just hoping the private schools follow so our kids are on the same schedule and we get our August back as a summer month! The kids would then go to school until Memorial day. 

Mother's Day 2014

The kids (Jeff) went above and beyond this year for Mother's Day! Wow, do I deserve this? I woke up to gifts and snuggles. We went to church and then Jeff and I had to split up for a bit- Isaac had soccer. So Anna and I went to lunch with my parents and family and Jeff and Isaac went to his game. We hooked back up at my Mom's after lunch and the kids went with my mom for a couple of hours while Jeff, Suzie and I went to the flower shop. We spent a few hours gardening and finished with dinner, baths and bed. 

We had lots of love, hugs, snuggles and smiles today- perfect. 

mom and me on mom's day

kisses from the kids

tackles from the kids

lots of love and smiles.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

spring soccer 2014

We are in the full swing of Isaac's spring soccer season and it is so much fun to watch. This weekend they are in a tournament so they had 2 games today. He did so awesome! I have so much fun cheering him on. He is really getting good and loves to play.

My mom and dad came to watch him play tonight- always a special treat!

his biggest cheerleader

fancy feet

trying to get that ball

running it down the field

grandpa and grandma came to watch!

Avera Breast Cancer Race 2014

We met Suzie and Dave at the race bright and early today. Suzie and I walked with the kids while Dave and Jeff ran the 5k. I think next year Suzie and I will walk/run the 5k with the guys and the kids. It was tough lugging those strollers and babies all over the place. But, we figured it out- we always do. It was fun and it is such a great cause and so fun to be a part of it every year. 

Suz and I with all the kids

after the race

Oliver Family