Friday, August 29, 2014

On Iowa! // Go Hawks!

 

In honor of tomorrow being the first game of the season I thought I’d share a few of my favorite pics of our family all ‘Hawked out’.

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GO HAWKS!!!

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The word is fight, fight, fight for Iowa
Let every loyal Iowan sing
The word is fight, fight, fight for Iowa
Until the walls and rafters ring. (Go Hawks!)


Come on and cheer, cheer, cheer for Iowa
We're gonna cheer until we hear the final gun
The word is fight, fight, fight for Iowa
Until the game is won.

GO HAWKS!


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Football // It's Finally Here!


When I think of football season I think of the colors - brown, black and yellow (for me).  The sights - jerseys, pigskins, grills smoking.  The scents - those grills again, a Fall scent burning in the Scentsy burners, that crisp 'Fall smell'.  The sounds - cheers from the stands and sidelines!

Last night it was all there. Well, almost - the grills weren't there!  But everything else was!  It was the boys' first games of the season.  This is Aiden's 4th year playing football.  It is by far his favorite sport.  He dreams to one day play for the Iowa Hawkeyes.  He loves throwing together a game of football at school recess every day.  Playing football in the yard with his dad is his favorite pastime.  So to say he was in his element last night is an understatement.

Aiden is right smack in the middle of the pic in the blue shirt.

For Brennan, this was his first year playing football.  It's all he's talked about for 2 years!  He couldn't be happier now that he gets to wear cleats and a mouth guard, ha ha!  He had a great first game!  He got to carry the ball twice, almost making a touchdown!  Yeah, he got knocked down and cried, poor thing, but he was so tough and didn't come running for his mommy which told me he was still having fun and loving playing.  One of the plays where he carried the ball was hilarious, I'll try to tell it.  Both teams were all lined up.  Our QB gets the ball and stands there, the same as everyone else.  No one moved.  Except for my Brennie.  He goes running through the defense, out and around the back of them, then turns and runs back towards our QB on the opposite side of the field he came from.  He runs right up to the QB, grabs the ball, turns tail and runs again!  No one knew what was happening, even us on the sidelines! LOL!  We laughed so hard, it was the funniest play.  No one moved on either team, aside from Bren, until he grabbed that ball and started running again!  Comedy of errors, sort of!



One of the cutest things EVER!  Bren 'took a knee' in every team huddle! 

During the game Little Man got hungry.  Thank goodness the little guy now can take a bottle - saves me from running to the car to nurse him and then miss out on the action on the field.  So Papa (my dad!) gave him a bottle.  He took it like a champ, 5 oz down the hatch!  And Papa loved the extra cuddles with him!

Both boys are playing for the "Giants", so Go Giants!  And as always, GO HAWKS!!!


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The No-Name Post


Hey there!  We've made it to Wednesday already.  If you're looking for a fun link up go check out my dear friend Erin's blog/link up. 


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I am not linking up because I'm a loser and not doing anything healthy right now. 

Instead I'll tell you that I started watching Baby Aspen again.  Well, she's not a baby anymore, she'll be 2 in November.  And it's only 3 days a week this time.  Yesterday was our first day together and she did great.  I was a bit worried she'd be scared of me since she doesn't know me anymore but nope, she was pretty comfortable here again.  Her and Tate were pretty smitten with each other.  He loved watching her and she loved patting him on the back.  It was pretty darn cute!  I'm glad it was a smooth transition for all of us.

Just a reminder about the Fall Swag Swap - sign up's end tomorrow.  You must be a blogger and a US resident to participate.  Just email me (aemcguire@msn.com) or leave me a comment with your blog address and email to sign up!

Now go link up with Erin so I can read all about how your combine healthy living and being a mom - I need the motivation!


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

School, Sports and Activities

 

Happy Tuesday, all! 

Well, school started last Wednesday and with it came all the craziness of the kids’ activities.  Both boys are in football, on separate teams, so we have been running them back and forth to their practices.  Games start Wednesday so hopefully after a game or two the practices will slow down and we won’t be doing quite as much running around for that.  And luckily their games are on the same nights (for another 2 years) so that helps. They have the same coach which also means their games are one after the other so no having to miss out on one game to watch the other.

Last night was the first Clover Kids (4-H) meeting of the year.  This is Bren’s first year and Aiden’s last.  It is so fun to see the excitement that everything new holds for Brennan this year.  First Kindergarten – he talks quite a bit about his days when he gets home in the afternoons.  Then it was football – he loved practice, wearing a mouth guard and his cleats!  And now last night, Clover Kids.  Every month they have a record sheet to fill out about each meeting – he came home, sat right down and started drawing his picture for it after his meeting.  It’s fun that he’s so enthusiastic about it all!  I know in time that will wear off so I’m enjoying it now as much as I can.

Don’t forget about the Fall Swag Swap!  Sign ups are going right now, they close Thursday.  Just leave me a comment or email me (aemcguire@msn.com) if you want to join in the fun.  You just have to be a blogger and US Resident to join!

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One more thing – my big boy can sit himself up all by himself now!!!  Yep, he goes from tummy, to chubby knees to sitting on his little duff!  He’s pretty big stuff, if I do say so myself!

A PSA for you – we are officially less than 4 months away from Christmas.  Better get started on that shopping!

Have a great Tuesday!


Monday, August 25, 2014

Lately




Lately...

  • I went shopping Friday for a shirt to wear for our big family pictures that are this coming Saturday. (This is my family, my sister's and my parents.)  I tried on 2 shirts at Target that I loved on the hanger but were too tight in the chest (big boobie girl problems).  Instead of thinking, "hey, Erin, go out and get a bigger size to try on" I walked out of the store and into the mall.  I busted out of my shell and actually went into stores that scare me (the stores teenie boppers shop in).  I tried on clothes, that fit (hooray!), but I just didn't like them for the pictures.  I walked the entire mall, tried shirts on in 5 or 6 different stores, ate a delicious Panini at Panera's, then it hit me.  "Duh, Erin! Go back to Target and try those shirts on in a BIGGER SIZE!"  So back I went, found a bigger size and went to the dressing room.  What a concept, they fit! Sheesh, could have saved me (and Tate) all that misery of trying on all those others clothes!  The good thing about that, though, is now I feel comfortable enough to go into those 'teenie bopper' stores and shop again.  The other thing with this is I had a certain color of shirt I was looking for, that makes it sooo much harder than just finding a shirt I like. 
  •  Tate had his 6 month photo shoot Saturday night.  I can't wait to see them!  My dear friend, Jackie, took them for us (she did his newborn pics, too) and she said she got some really great shots.  I hope so, he wasn't cooperating very well.  He was more interested in playing with the grass in front of him and the blanket he was sitting on.  Here's one of the sneak peeks Jackie posted on FB this morning - sooooo sweet!!!
If you live in Easter Iowa and want Jackie's info, let me know -she's an awesome photographer!
 
  • I've been burning Fall scents in the house over the past week.  I can't help it! They smell so good and I am SO ready for Fall!
  • The boys are back into the swing of things where school is concerned, and I am back into the swing of things where the house is concerned.  Because I have a reason to get up and moving in the morning I start off with more energy, which translates into getting the house picked up and cleaned when I get home from taking the boys to school.  Tate usually is ready for his nap shortly after we get back from dropping the boys at school which works perfectly for me to get some cleaning done.  I didn't realize how much I've missed the routine.
  • Football has started here for the boys.  They've each had one practice with their second practices tonight and tomorrow.  Their first games are Wednesday night.  I'm looking forward to this season, it'll be fun to watch both boys playing.  Stay tuned for more pics of little boys playing football than you ever wanted to see.
  • Fixer Upper is my new favorite TV show.  It's on HGTV.  I LOVE IT!  An awesome couple help a family find a 'fixer upper', then gut parts of it, lays new flooring, updatse the kitchen and bathroom, whatever, then Jo-Jo (the wife) decorates the heck out of it and it is always so SO adorable!  It's livable, which I love.  Most shows make everything ultra modern, not my style at all! This couple lives in Waco, TX and everything is so homey and perfect! She loves rustic, old, old made new, breathing life back into these homes.  It's amazing.  And she takes old things and turns them into awesome pieces she hangs on the walls. For instance, she took an old, rickety white picket fence gate, hung it on the wall, then attached a the word 'family' to it that was metal and in cursive.  OMG.  If I could only have half of her imagination!  And the places she finds these awesome buys, I'd love to have those too!  Look it up, I have no idea when it's on normally, I just found it last week a couple of different times then watched a 6 hour marathon of it Sunday afternoon (off and on, don't worry, I didn't sit for 6 hours in front of the TV, although I could have!).
That's what I've been up to lately.

What have you been doing lately?  Have you seen 'Fixer Upper'?  Are you ready for some football?


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