Friday, March 28, 2014

Why Hello - Its Been Awhile

It has been quite awhile since I have posted.  However, a lot has happened.  Due to realizing I liked my less crowded living-room without the computer set up in our living-room (when it left the house to get fixed we took everything down) we no longer had a setup conducive to my blogging.  However, I have missed it and apparently my family has too.

But back to the changes. If you know me in real life and keep up with me via facebook then the news isn't that big.

#1) I quit my job to stay home with my kiddos the end of February. 
#2 - We have a new baby!  On St. Patrick's Day we welcomed our first baby girl to our brood.  I am no longer so outnumbered by males in my house. (Another big part of why #1 came to be) 
#3) Well tons of other little stories that haven't been recorded.  I will probably write up some posts on various things so they don't get forgotten.

Now to my main reason for this post.  I got the preview of my newborn pictures today! I love them.







Monday, November 25, 2013

Happy Halloween-y

Halloween 2013

The Big D ended up being more of an engineer than the tank engine.  Unlike the Postal Service, both rain and wind can and did stop him....from wanting to wear a cardboard sandwich board costume.  we made it for pictures at the newspaper and two houses...then were officially done with Thomas the Train.

Luckily, we still had the engineer hat and coveralls underneath so he still counted as dressed up.  Best part - both of his costumes were free.  My nephew wore this costume for Halloween 4 years ago. So my sister spent all the time finding the engineer outfit (which  she probably already had because the Conman is a huge Train lover)



The PreSchooler loved, loved, loved his Halloween costume.  Which shouldn't be a surprise since he has been saying "I really wish I could dress up like Wall-E" for over a year...well before Halloween last year anyway.  Which lead to requests for Halloween 2 years running.  As easy as it was to pull together (last minute of course, as that is how I roll) I am now dealing with guilt for not making it for dress up earlier.  Both boys have logged tons of time in that box.
Last minute progress.  I wrapped up the costume around 3am on the 31st.


The boys and I went trick or treating with a good friend of mine and her oldest son (Ninja Turtle).  So whilst the dads drank beer, ate pizza and handed out candy out our house, the moms braved the elements for sake of sugar.  It turned into such a windy and cold night...and beings as I was pregnant tired lady - we weren't all night diehards.  But the kiddos had fun and I loved watching them try on each others costumes back at the house all while running around in a sugar daze with pizza sauce all over their faces.

Having investors at work didn't stop me from dressing up.  I wasn't brave enough for the toga, but I went as Medusa...which my children have never heard of and now my children chase me around trying to put Mommy's snakes back in my hair.



Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day

In honor of Veterans Day I just want to say Thank You to all of our Veterans.  

I hugged and kissed my favorite, but unless you know them pretty well I would recommend sticking to a handshake :)


The boys and I gave lots of love to Daddy today, which seems to be just another day to him.  I'm just so grateful that he is home this year.


Monday, October 21, 2013

They Say Everyone Has a Twin

This weekend the boys and I were vegged out on the couch watching Saturday morning cartoons.

There are many parts of parenting that are no where near the Hallmark visions that danced in my head pre-children, but nothing beats cuddling on the couch, sharing a blanket...and two quiet-not making a mess-angelic-sitting still-distracted little boys.

A commercial with Shaquille O'Neal came on advertising spray-on Gold Bond and my newly minted 4 year old got huge eyes and suddenly yelled out:
4 Year Old: Hey that looks like Uncle Don!
4 Year Old: Mom, he looks just like Uncle Don!!!
It was so funny and adorable.  So far all I can come up with is they are both quite tall...and have a mustache.
Don't worry I labeled the comparison so you won't get them mixed up.

**PS - I'm trying to convince my BIL to shave his head and carry around a basketball for Halloween.**




Friday, October 4, 2013

A Nicer House

Earlier this week, as requested by the boys', we stopped in on a Great Aunt for a visit.  Apparently a long overdue visit as they enjoyed themselves so much they didn't want to go home.  The next day following our visit began a relocation discussion.

Pre-Schooler:  Where are we going? 
Me: We are going home. 
Pre-Schooler:  Why are we going home? 
Me: Because that's where we live. 
Pre-Schooler: Well...I don't want to live there. 
Me: Where should we live then? 
Pre-Schooler:  Well...we could live with Brenda! 
Big D: Yay! Bwenda! 
Me:  Why don't you want to live at our house? 
Pre-Schooler:  Because our house is not nice. 
Pre-Schooler: But, Brenda's house is really nice, we should just live with her. 
Big D:  Yay, Live Bwenda! 
Me:  Why isn't our house nice? 
Pre-Schooler:  Well...its not as nice as Brenda's.  We will live there now. 
Big D:  Go Bwenda's now?

In my defense...though Brenda's house may in fact be nicer than mine...I feel it is at least in part due to her having grown up children and not Toddlers.  Also further inquiry into what constitutes "nice" was found to be "no toys all over the floor in a mess".  Which leads me to bet that niceness exists in the home that small children do not.



Friday, September 27, 2013

Communication is Key

Conversation with my Hubby last night.

Me: So have you noticed anything different? 
Hubby:  {Looking around} Well, you haven't cut the Big D's hair 
Me: No, he still won't let me any where near him with the clippers.

Hubby: Smart kid...I don't know what do you want me to notice?...that your plant is still alive? 
Me:  Yes, my plant is still alive, but that's not it either.  It is around that area though. 
Hubby:  You spent more money on a mirror. 
Me:  Yes, and I hung it up a couple days ago.  Now the wall doesn't look so empty. Better right?
Hubby: {no comment}


So I learned two things last night.

  1.  The empty space on the wall only bothered me.
  2.  Apparently I am really proud of my single living plant...and giving bad haircuts.


My Husband is a lucky man :)



Thursday, September 26, 2013

Just a Little Fish in a Big Pond

I signed the Toddler up for Pre-School swim lessons in May.

He absolutely loved it!


He also learned things like:

The diving board looks like a much better idea when you are in line.  
Actually standing on it is a whole 'nother story.
Once off the diving board you realize you forgot how much fun it looked, back in line.  
Repeat as necessary.


"I still really love water"
(but if you get out of the pool for a potty break without a towel you will get cold)



"I want googles like Taylor"










Scored some goggles!















Toys in the pool are awesome
 (The bathtub at home, however, is now much less impressive)






Its fun to share floating devices with cute little girls.




In my mind he did really well.
Of course I don't know how to swim, but he looked like he did great from my nice dry bench.



They wore floaties on their arms and had lots of pool toys.  
Give that boy a noodle (or even without) and he gets himself around the pool.





  He also really liked kicking while holding the side of the pool. 
 I didn't notice him blowing bubbles at the pool...in our bathtub yes.
 (Blowing bubbles was a lesson they tried to teach them for getting used to the water I guess)