Money worries, future uncertainty, career angst, frustrating inability to separate personal values from creature comforts, hour-long commutes, fear of failure, spousal disagreements, parenting challenges, feelings of isolation, constant sugar addiction cycle, school stresses . . . meet Monday evening, 5-7 PM.

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Monday wins.

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Molly
13 years ago

That last photo made me crack up. It’s adorable beyond words!

lisa
lisa
13 years ago

too freakin cute. looks like you guys had a blast!

SJ
SJ
13 years ago

You just described my life. Where is the meeting, I’d like to sign up.

Your family is precious and your photos always show just how much fun you have together. The memories you all are making are the ones that your kids will remember forever. And that has to be the best feeling in the world…aside from all the troubles.

kalisa
13 years ago

LOVE the one of Riley & the honeysuckle!!

JB realizes, of course, that there will come a time — very soon — when he’ll have to stop demonstrating these hijinks to the boys because they are going to try to repeat them, right?

victoria
victoria
13 years ago

Beautiful pics, thank you!

Stacy
Stacy
13 years ago

Problems Scmablems…. you have awesome hair!!

Eric's Mommy
Eric's Mommy
13 years ago

Love it!

These pictures just made me happy.

The picture of JB standing on the bike made me pee my pants a little though. Holy crap!

Melissa
Melissa
13 years ago

Beautiful! And very rarely do Mondays get the credit they (sometimes) deserve.

Lena
13 years ago

Isn’t it funny how different pics speak to your readers? For me, its Dylan in the first one of JB on the bike. You can tell that he’s experiencing shock and awe that his daddy is standing on the bike! Love it!

samantha jo Campen
13 years ago

I know of what you speak. All of it.

You have an amazing family.

Garnish
13 years ago

And welcome to life…and I say that in the warmest way.

Deep breath. Have a look again at all those fantastic images. You are here, your man is here, your children are here. All the rest, will some how and some way work itself out :-)

Jennie
13 years ago

Your family inspires me.

MichelleH
MichelleH
13 years ago

I love it!!! We need those moments or we wouldn’t survive all that other stuff you said! :) I’m glad Monday swooped in for the win!

Nancy
Nancy
13 years ago

You mean my kids aren’t the only ones who want to use their red sleds all year round?! Awesome! (great photos — and yes, that fun time WINS!)

MichelleH
MichelleH
13 years ago

Also: You look great-loving your hair :)

anonmom
anonmom
13 years ago

My inner mother is screaming, “Where are your helmets!?”

Julie
Julie
13 years ago

you and JB = coolest parents ever!

Amy K
Amy K
13 years ago

I went to a playdate in Kirkland yesterday with my toddler, and the cutest little two-year-old boy arrived with his mom and whispered, “No leaf blowers?” He had to peer around corners and make sure there were no rogue leaf blowers coming to get him before he could play in the yard. It reminded me of your Dylan stories.

Jessica
Jessica
13 years ago

Off topic, but your hair looks uh-mazing.

Heather
13 years ago

Very accurate description of MY life! How’d you know? Monday always wins!

Keri
Keri
13 years ago

What a beautiful family you have…these pictures made me smile. Thank you for reminding me what REALLY matters. Planning our own meeting from 5-7pm. Thanks.

Jen
Jen
13 years ago

I love it. It’s so easy to see how much you adore your kids and how much fun they have with you and your husband. Awesome.

Christine
Christine
13 years ago

Your family is so stinking cute. Although holy jeesus, my husband’s driving scares me, so your JB gives me a heartattack every damn time I see him doing something that would equal Broken Neck in my house. JB! youch!

Faith
Faith
13 years ago

I feel like these moments are what family is for. So that no matter what other garbage you’re going through, you know you have a support system to keep you sane and remind you of what life’s really about.

And yes, your hair looks awesome, which also can’t hurt!

Julie
Julie
13 years ago

Love the sleds. We play with our sleds and snowmobile more in the non-snowing seasons than in winter. Enjoy those precious moments.

Lisa
Lisa
13 years ago

Awesome! I need more monday evenings like this with my family…

Amy
Amy
13 years ago

Awesome! I have those moments but hanging outside with the kiddos seems to win out everytime!

marta
marta
13 years ago

Not to make light of your major life stresses but… omg cutest hairstyle ever (yours)!

Bellybutton!

chrystal
chrystal
13 years ago

Your hair looks awesome!

Victoria
13 years ago

I totally just did the “end of the boxing match” ding ding ding noise in my head!

(Also love the hair)

willikat
13 years ago

Ah, yes, sweet release. Amazing what getting outside will do, right?

I know things have been rough. But more win days are ahead. Hang in there!

Um, yes to the hair, by the way. You look amazing.

Emily
Emily
13 years ago

I love love love your hair! Your boys are beautiful. Man, what a blessed life! I know most people always look back and want to relive their 20s, but I’m 26 – and I can’t wait to be where you are with a smoking husband, hot bod and cute hair, and 2 adorable boys!

Tricia
13 years ago

My favorite pic?

Honeysuckle. Hands-down; That is MY childhood.

Melly
Melly
13 years ago

My grandfather always said “as long as you are healthy you don’t have any problems”. Simplistic? Yes…but still helps me get through the rough days. What a beautiful family you have!

Donna
Donna
13 years ago

OK. . . . you KNOW that Reilly and Dylan are going to try that bike thing, right? And there’s going to be blood. And you’re going to be able to say, in caps, “J.B., I told you. . .” And Dylan’s belly is absolutely squooshable.

Joanne
13 years ago

Isn’t it so much easier when the weather is good? I hope things get clearer soon.

Locusts and Wild Honey
13 years ago

Monday has vanquished its opponent once again! I’d love to see Friday’s duel. Hmmmm…

g~
g~
13 years ago

I’m just jealous that you’re able to go outside on a Monday evening. It’s still in the 90’s here in GA at that time…
Long-sleeves, Oh My Lands.

Claire
13 years ago

I think you just summed up my life as of late. Two kids is INSANE.

Sara
13 years ago

I remember eating Honeysuckles like that…what an overwhelming sensory memory from my childhood.

Erika
Erika
13 years ago

The boys can’t help but love their Daddy to death because he is so COOL! Your boys are so cute. Dylan is just… I could eat him up. It always amazes me how much he looks like his uncle because my niece (sister’s daughter) looks just like me! When people see us all together, they assume she is my daughter. :)

June
13 years ago

JB is rocking the bike tricks! Whee!!!

Riley looks so much like you in the first photo. Thanks for sharing.

Steph
13 years ago

I often sit here and wonder what life would be like if we didn’t all have money. It causes so many problems and stresses us out so much we forget to enjoy the rest of our lives. Kudos to you for enjoying it!

MyFrogs
MyFrogs
13 years ago

When all that adds up, my CHOICE is to just go with crazy. Just like you did. Get out and enjoy the kids and things that are free. Maybe bring a margarita along too!

Trina
Trina
13 years ago

I think you found the therapy/solution right here in these picutres!

chelsea
chelsea
13 years ago

1) I love your hair like that. I tried for MONTHS to get it to be all adorable half pulled back.

2) I think the whole world needs some time outside with a hulahoop or Skip It or something.

Sonia
Sonia
13 years ago

My son had ‘Field Day’ at school yesterday, and spent the entirety of it outside. I’m going to need to remember how much he likes being outside about 2 weeks from now, when The Rotten-ness appears from boredom during summer break.
I’m glad the 4 of you were able to get outside, play and smile a little to ease some stress. I’m sorry that you have so much on your mind…..that much uncertainty weighs very heavily. :(

Deanna
Deanna
13 years ago

Wow! your hair looks *great* in that first photo – and for just hanging with the kids, too!

And- has JB acknowledged that *he* will do the ER trip(s) when the kid(s) copy him and it ends badly?? Just saying. Go ahead and make that agreement now to avaoid the rock-paper-scissors decission of who goes later. *smile* Because you know the kids will be copying his awesome jumping/balancing moves in no time!

PS: Has Dyl ever seen the play lawnmowers that blow bubbles?? Could that help?

Kate
Kate
13 years ago

Hell yeah! Playtime trumps all of the daily b.s.

Zephyr
13 years ago

You may have the most awesome husband in the whole entire world. He stands on moving bikes?! What?! Take me to your leader…