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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Week #16 & 17 @ The Dahlhouse

Week 16 & 17 at the Dahlhouse were rolled into one for this update.  Week #16 began with the cleaning of the girls room (which seems to be a weekly thing). 
How is it that my 12 year old is more messy than my 7 year old?  Questions to ponder :)

TRUTH...it probably looks like this right now!
Miss B clearly needs an intervention in the beanie boo department.  She has all the love for ALL the animals.  Beanie Boo's are her love language I think!
LOVING...my new iPhone!  Totally went a new direction than Mark and I am oh so HAPPY I did!  This phone was clearly made for me.  Red...apples...teacher...need I go on? 
CELEBRATING 100 days working at VIPKID!  Seriously, the best job I have had in a LONG time!  I would love to chat with you about it if you want to know more.  Send me an email at misscarissa@hotmail.com

THINKING about getting this swing for Matthew for our back porch.  I had one for Luke many moons ago. 
ENJOYING my new van that Mark brought home for me.  Seriously guys, he is wonderful!  He works so hard and is so giving.  This van is AMAZING...like it will do things I ask it to! 
LOVING the moon roof, which by far, hands down, is my FAVORITE option it has. 
FEELING happy cruising around with my mini me.  :) 



Sunday, May 14, 2017

Week 15 @ The Dahlhouse

Our Easter week started with the annual coloring of the eggs.  This girl!!! She would dye eggs until you rip the colored cups out of her hands.  She dyed eggs and then re-dyed eggs!   LOL

SMILING for the camera!  Next year I foresee a little chubby toddler hands covered in colored egg dye.

TAKING Lots of pictures to document this fun and wonderful holiday.  Seriously the suspenders on Matthew KILL me!

HANGING with Mimi.  Poor Papa was sick and Mimi was so gracious to still put on an amazing Easter dinner. 

HUNTING Easter Eggs in Mimi and Papa's backyard.  It is a family tradition!  Matthew's first time participating.  Of course he wanted NOTHING to do with the eggs. 

DRESSING up for Easter!  The bow tie!!!
PLAYING outside Easter Sunday.
WATCHING sweet kids eat together.
ENJOYING friends and a good meal.
BABIES!!!
HUNTING more Easter Eggs. 
RELAXING on the back porch.

We had an amazingly wonderful weekend filled with great food, fantastic company and memories I will not forget!





Friday, April 21, 2017

Weeks13 & 14 @ The Dahlhouse

Week 14 was pretty uneventful around the Dahlhouse.  Which was welcome after last weeks birthday festivities.  I was ready for a break.  Week 15 involved our spring break fun, which included a couple of days we went swimming at the YMCA, a day beach trip and hanging out with friends.  Here are a few highlights!
RELAXING while the girls and I got pedicures for their birthdays.  It was pretty much the cutest thing ever!  Bella may or may not have had to hold my hand during part of the pedicure.  LOL.
 SPINNING the wheels on Bella's baby doll stroller!  Seriously....this kid!

HUNTING turkey!!!  Gobble-gobble!  Luke went on his 2nd annual turkey hunt and was VERY successful this year!
REDECORATING the kids' bathroom with a woodsy theme.  I heart Bears and Moose!



 EATING at Pig-N-Pancake or as Bella calls it "PIGS-N-A-BLANKET".  It's all the same!


FREEZING our buns off at the Seaside, OR turnaround.  We really did have a very fun day.  It was just a little rainy.
STOPPING to enjoy these moments.  He is growing too quickly and awww man...he has my heart!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Week 12 @ The Dahlhouse "Birthdays and Tests"




I wish I was way better at keeping up with this blog.  Even a weekly update seems to be too much for me.  Sheesh.  I am always behind.  Life continues on regardless.  Here is the latest...

TESTING Matthew at Legacy Salmon Creek.  He had a swallow study.  He wasn't so happy about being strapped into the purple chair, but he was a trooper.  We are happy to find out that he is not aspirating into his lungs when he has his choking/gagging episodes.  It is a relief to have the test over with.  He still presents a delay in foods/textures/swallowing for his age.  But he is making progress.  It is slow progress, but progress.

CELEBRATING a 14th Birthday!  I can't believe my boy is 14 years old!  Crazy.  This was the first year I didn't bring treats to his classroom.  I've been doing that since preschool (sniff, sniff).  Instead, I snuck into the school and decorated his locker (when he was in class) and brought him his favorite lunch (Subway)!  He was thrilled to get his mountain bike as a present.  Luke has grown so much this past year that he needed a taller bicycle. 
PLAYING with his birthday gift from mom and dad.  Mark finally assembled the pirate ship water table, although he is really having fun playing with it sans water.  LOL.  There are so many fun things that spin.
CELEBRATING this girl's 7th Birthday!  I remember the doctor wanting to deliver Bella on Luke's birthday and I begged him to please just give me one more extra day.  Bella needed her own special day.  So I got my wish (actually I got two days between the two of them).  She wanted me to come to her school and have lunch with her.  Her request for lunch???? KFC chicken leg with mashed potatoes and a biscuit.  Seriously!!!  A girl after my own heart!  LOL.

HAVING lunch with this beauty too!  She enjoyed filling me in on all the happenings of the 5th grade, and I got caught up on all the fun gossip!
CELEBRATING some more!!!  We went out to dinner with both sets of grandparents and Uncle Thom.  They love the Japanese restaurants that cook the food right in front of you.  So that is what they all got!  Even Man Cub was entertained.  BTW he LOVES fried rice!


(Not sure what to think of the mouse).
STILL CELEBRATING at the end of the week.  It was a long week!  This little one had her very first friend birthday party at Chuck E Cheese.  So many of her friends came out to celebrate her.  It was so much fun and Bella had the best time!
READING the book Wild.  After reading 2 books on our vacation, I thought I would breeze through this book quickly too.  Not.so.much.  I am enjoying the book; however, when you add in all my responsibilities...it makes finishing a chapter a huge goal. 
QUESTIONING so many things.  Everything from faith, to my role, to the cars we drive.  I just feel I am in a season of uncertainty. 
STRUGGLING with my value.  I know I am valuable to my husband and kids (and maybe that is enough).  I just keep thinking about am I really important to the rest of the world outside my door.  My therapist (yes I am in therapy) suggested that perhaps I am struggling with "just being a mom".  Since I am no longer a classroom teacher and we are no longer foster parents (gave up our license last year) I am struggling to find value outside of those titles (both titles that came with certificates that indicated training and completion and competency).  It's not pretty.  But...it is real life. 

LOOKING forward to spring break which is almost here.  Happy to have a break and some down time with the kids. 

HOPING for some sunshine!
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