Saturday, August 29, 2015

Back to School Feast

This year we had our 2nd annual Back to School Feast!

The Gunnerson Family Theme for 2015-2016 is 

"Who Can I Serve Today?"

I am hoping that this theme will help our family look away from ourselves, 
and learn to be sensitive to the needs of those around us.

I asked Matt what he wanted for the feast.  
He said, "those potatoes with the swimming pool."
"Mashed potatoes and gravy?" I asked.

We also had roast, vegetables, rolls, spinach salad, and a chocolate almond cake.

I sure do love these kids!

We also gave the kids matching key-chains with our theme on it.

The kids keep theirs on their backpacks.
Darin and I have ours on our key-rings.
Hopefully, it will be an extra reminder to do a little service every day! 

Making a wish for the new school year!

Good Morning Life!

This is a video of what I do pretty much every day!
I think this might be one of those "only a mother could love" videos.
Nothing too fun or funny, but I'm sure when I get older, I will love seeing our old "routine."

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Matt's 1st Day of 1st Grade

I have been dreading this day all summer.
Matt has been anxiously awaiting this day all summer.


It wasn't that long ago that I was TEACHING 1st grade.
I loved teaching 1st grade, and I am so happy for him, and I know he will love it.

I'm just super sad for me.

Matt was up, dressed, and in our room at 6:50, ready to go.
Too bad he had to wait for nearly 2 more hours!

He had been so happy all morning, until I asked him to close the car door.
For some reason, that set off a few tears.
(Which then set off a few tears from his mom).

They let the parents come into the classroom for a few minutes.
He was happy and well adjusted already.

I held it together the whole time I was with him.
After I left his classroom, I had to make a mad dash for the car.

This is what I look like every morning around 9:00am these days.

But, when I picked him up after school, it was,

He gave it a perfect 10!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Trip to the Cabin

We didn't make it to the cabin as much as I would have liked to this summer.
We decided to take one more trip up before school starts.
Darin took Friday off and we headed up Thursday night.

There is something about being in nature, away from it all, that is so special.
I thought my heart was going to burst about 100 different times.
I cannot express how much I love this family of mine.

As a girl, I always imagined how my husband and kids would be.
I can honestly say, even in my wildest fantasies, I didn't think it could be THIS GOOD.

I love that my kids love each other.
I love that they think our family is the best!
I love how Darin is with our children.
I could not be more grateful for this life.

Darin took us to some fun lakes we had never seen.
Darin took Matt fishing while Lindsay, Andrew, and I cuddled in bed.
As always, the trip was filled with music, yummy food, relaxation, marshmallows and more.

And here is a little video I made of our trip.

Proctor's BYC

Every year the Proctor Family hosts the most amazing Back Yard Concert!
It is one of my favorite nights of the year!
Not only are they all super talented, but they have great taste in music.

The weather was perfect, Sue's garden was GORGEOUS (per her norm), the food was delicious, and the music was sensational!  

Lindsay and Sue!

Lindsay's popcorn got stuck to her cantaloupe and she thought it was HILARIOUS! 

Sue, always being the perfect hostess!

Chris and Andy totally look like rock-stars!

Thanks Proctors for yet another amazing night!!