Ember got a Sucker and We Went to Wal-Mart!

Ember’s birthday is two days after Allan’s. She spotted this lollipop with that unicorn attacked at Cabela’s and begged for it for her birthday. The kids ask for those particular toys/suckers every time we go there and with her birthday only two days away I couldn’t say no this time!

Allan had noticed a praying mantis outside our door for three days in a row. It was just laying there in the same exact spot for a long time. He was worried it was dying and moved it to a bush in the front yard. He was so hopeful when it started looking around and held itself up. He told me he thought it might live now. He was watching it to see if it would move.

I hear, “Mom, look! Mom! Look at me!” And wasn’t disappointed when I looked over! Ember asked me to take pictures of her like this.

I swear the last two weeks my kids have been messier than they ever have been before. My house gets trashed on an hourly basis.

We were 100% out of food since I’d been avoiding the store the last few weeks since it gives me extreme anxiety as I navigate some PTSD I’m going through… I finally made myself go to the store!

Anyway we stocked up on food and I bought all of Ember’s birthday stuff. The night before her birthday!!

Happy 37th Birthday to Allan!

I can’t believe Allan is 37!
For his birthday he took a day off work and while Brooke was at school we went to Cabela’s (missing Bass Pro Shops the whole time!) and looked for a new fishing rod and reel for him. Then we went to Chili’s for lunch!

At first we hung out with him at the fishing reel section but the kids couldn’t keep their hands off the reels so I took them on a walk to the fudge shop and we bought a couple kinds of fudge for Allan before heading over to the big aquarium.

The kids (especially Ember) get a kick out of this talking moose. Ember was terrified of it at first. Once we explained it wasn’t alive she loosened up!

Allan found a really nice reel and found a nice rod that was on super clearance from $100 to $18!! Or something crazy like that!

I took the kids to the aquarium and we watched the fish. Everett slept through the entire trip!

Next up, Chili’s! Allan convinced me to order the chicken avocado sandwich and he got a half rack of ribs. Sierra and Payson got mini cheeseburger kids meals and Ember got her very favorite meal on earth, chicken strips and fries. Everett shared my food.

Sierra started complaining about her bun giving her a headache so I took her hair down while we waited for the food.

Ember Anya super dee duperly loves fries!

As does Payson.

I wish I could remember exactly what amusing thing she was talking to me about. She makes me smile every minute of the day. She’s so funny and interesting and smart and loving and full of joy!

Everett eats SO much when he likes a food. He eats more than I ever think he will at one sitting. He ate most of my fries!

One of Allan’s favorite foods is ribs!

Payson remarked that his hamburger patty looked like a heart! ♥