Saturday, April 19

our house

we closed on our home in florida yesterday.
we are so relieved to have that taken care of. 
there were a few surprises at the end that kind of left chris with unpleasant feelings. so much so that he said, "i don't think i'll ever buy another house!".
 I'm just glad its off our hands.
it's kind of bittersweet for me.

it was a great little house.

when we moved in, ellie was only a few weeks old and it was a prefect fit for our little clan.

jack was about 1 ½. 
those days of sleepless nights are a bit of a blur in my mind.
but we made that little white house on the corner 
our little white house on the corner.

so many wonderful things happened while living in that house.
fun visits from cousins and grandparents.
art shows.
family home evenings.
girls nights.
kitchen makeovers with grandpa.

i would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

it was a great little house.

Monday, April 14

a perfect day

last thursday was the first absolutely perfect warm day!

 charlie and i put on our swimsuits and played in the backyard the whole day.

i couldn't get over this cute little face. 
i pulled out the camera so i can remember it just like this- forever.

it was a perfect day!

of course, the nice weather didn't last long...
we had a big storm last night, complete with eerie tornado sirens and all, which totally freaked the kids out as they were trying to go to bed. but i guess thats spring around here and i'll take it because we have green grass!

Thursday, April 3

ohio to arkansas... and back

we had our first visitors to the natural state!!!
arkansas isn't exactly at the top of most peoples spring break vacation list, so we feel pretty special that marc, delauna, and caiden made to drive from ohio for the week!
we all had so much fun with them and hope that caiden has had some time to recover from the constant attention of three, very active, kids!

caiden certainly got a workout with these three

he also taught jack and ellie how to do "the crow" pose. pretty freakin' awesome!

we went out to eat a couple times, visited the nature center, went to the theater to see mr. peabody, and the mamas even got away for an afternoon to visit the art museum and get pedicures. but mostly, we just hung out and caught up on all the brower family happenings. 

marc even picked up some squid for jack to try. he's definitely not a fan of the canned stuff! but they did introduce him to calamari, which he loved.

this was such a wonderful visit, we can hardly wait to plan a trip up to ohio to see everyone there. each night while tucking the kids in bed, ellie told me that this was the best spring break ever! we love being browers :)

Wednesday, March 12

recent happenings

lately, the Brower's have been...

...playing the banjo!

...being adorable!

...celebrating valentine's day!

...crafting valentines for school!
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...missing florida!

...playing the violin!

....dressing up for "back in the day" at school!

...bbq-ing/fire-pitting with friends (before another winter storm)! on the edge in a kitty helmet!
the kids were riding down a big hill on the plasma cars at the smith's. right after jack went down, one of our buddies went down, fell, and broke his arm :(

...getting ear infections!

...grilling with a new grill and making the yummiest chicken and steaks in the history.of.the.universe (during the winter storm)!

this sucker even has a rotisserie! 
chris is in man-heaven.

Thursday, March 6

a conversation

a recent conversation between the boys at dinner:

jack- every single day at recess, all the girls in my class chase me. like, ALL of them. not just sometimes, but every. single. day. (loud exhale)

chris- yeah, i remember that too!! the girls always chased me at recess!

j- really? (laughs) it's so annoying, huh!

c- yeah, it was annoying cause you just want to play, but there are girls following you. i always had like 3 or 4 girls chasing me. (winks at mom)

j- yeah, it's like my whole class. or maybe like 6 or 5 or something. (loud exhale) its so annoying.

for the record, ellie did attest to the truthfulness of jack's statement.

Tuesday, February 18

six! seis! sechs! sei!

ellie had a birthday!
how has it been six years since this feisty girl arrived?
ellie is a spunky girl who loves to sing, spin, and cartwheel through life. she can be the most thoughtful kid one minute and the next she can be throwing punches.... you never quite know what you'll get with this silly and passionate girl. she's reading pretty well now and can spell like a champ. it's fun to watch her grow in so many ways.
ellie girl, we love you so
and feel blessed you are ours!

she wore a brand new outfit from grandma janie on her special day.

mama and daddy brought her favorite lunch (mac and cheese from panera) to school for her and jack and she loved the special attention. she was also surprised with a mini bedroom makeover, filled with frilly pillows and girly pictures on her wall.

we had a tea party last thursday with three of her friends.

she requested oreo truffles rather than a cake, along with white chocolate cocoa.

the girls had a great time and ellie was happy happy happy!

she was showered with love from grandparents, aunts & uncles, cousins and friends.
what a lucky girl to be surrounded by so many who care about her!

here is a video of our sweet cheeks. 
it was so hard to cram 6 years of videos and pictures into one tiny video!

Monday, January 27

you've got a friend in me

we have some wonderful friends in arkansas.

we had the smith girls over the other day and the kids came up with a great activity!
luckily the weather was warm over the weekend and they spent a couple hours in the backyard riding the skateboard down the ramp that chris made and through an empty box. they had an extremely good time and laughed nonstop. they laughed so much, in fact, that one of the six kids wet their pants. thats the sign of a truly wonderful time! and no, i won't name names :)

this is how charlie and brynn do it when the big kids are at school:


two weekends ago i joined this lovely group of ladies for a night away in paris!

that would be paris, arkansas. 
it was a blast! 
it was katie's birthday, so ben rented a cabin in mt magazine for us to spend friday evening and saturday. we spent our time away from kids hot tubbing, watching a horrible movie, eating and just hanging out. we even managed to surprise katie with an awesomely embarrassing cheer that we made just for her and each wore a shirt with her face on it hahaha! it was wonderful getting to know these girls better. 

this past weekend, chris met up with his buddy steve in branson for some manly time and fishing. steve and kandie live in kansas city, so branson is a pretty good half way point for our families. those two are such good friends and i know chris really enjoyed seeing steve again. 

we are blessed to have so many wonderful friends here!