Monday, February 28, 2011

Sharing is Caring

Why can't they share their toys like this?!?!?

This makes me smile really BIG. I love this age, and they are so cute I just want to eat them up like candy! 
 Kellen is so funny signing "more"... "more" his favorite sign language. He still likes to sign sometimes, even tho he can almost talk as well as his older brothers- he repeats pretty clearly. He's learned to speak up in this family, if not... no one's going to hear you, it's awfully loud in our house (understatement).

I love that our boys are so close in age!! most of the time...
(John might beg to differ on that one :)

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Friday Fire #4: Mild Shenanigans

Mild Shenanigans this week... but I'm very happy about that!! Cleaning up 100 diapers off the floor is nothing compared to cleaning marker off the wooden cabinets in the kitchen-- maybe pictures next week, I'm too upset to look at it right now :( 

Adrian's helping out, loading up his grocery cart, good boy! kind of? :) 
With 2 still in diapers, I like to order them from diapers.com. I definitely don't have room in my grocery cart for boxes of diapers... and I absolutely love getting them delivered right to my front door-- within 2 or 3 days too. They also have free shipping on any orders over $50 (which is easy to do when ordering 2 large boxes of diapers- plus a box of wipes) 

And for first time orders: Enter 5DDM code: $10 off to new customers plus $5 credit and free shipping.
But I'm sure every mom that's got one in diapers has heard of this already.


**A shot out to BONITA!!! :) love you guys!**

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p.s. send us some sun please!! we woke up to another blizzard today... boo hoo!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hilarious!

If your in need of a good laugh, just watch these guys! 
They did a spoof video of Katy Perry's Firwork-- so flippin funny! Oh how I miss those carefree college days sometimes :)  these guys are from the University of Arkansas.



Wednesday, February 23, 2011

To Bribe or Not to Bribe?

Bribing our way to clean dinner plates and devoured veggies.
Right or wrong... sometimes? maybe? a little bit?
I know everyones got a different opinion on what works for their family-- what they will and won't do. 
I have to admit... bribery works for us! If I need to give my kids a couple M&M's, but in return that means they eat all their dinner or a bowl of brocoli, asparagus, etc-- then it's totally worth it in my book. 


We don't do it every night (my boys actually eat most veggies easily- surprisingly), but on the days when I feel like they haven't been good eaters... it's on!! and I'm not ashamed-- maybe just a tiny bit :)
I think there's a time and place for it tho. I mean we're not going to bribe them forever or for everything, just till their 18 :)


My chili was not a fan favorite, but after John pulled out the reinforcement, it was almost all gone. 
Our bribe of choice this week - Valentine M&M's


the careful presentation of the M&M... the timing is everything :)


you earned it buddy... get that M&M lil P

Sunday, February 20, 2011

What's up with that?

Date night #2 within a 2 week period?!? That never happens! We are very lucky and have some awesome babysitter resources. 
Obviously, we've really needed to take this time out for just us :) We hit up a little wine bar first-- enjoyed wine and cheese... then we checked out a lovely little Bistro Restaurante (got a groupon for it- I luv groupon!) It was pricey but well worth it-- and with a groupon I didn't have feel toooo guilty about it.
The food was FANTAB!! Needless to say... it was worthy of a 5 star Yelp review :)


John loves when I make him pose.




This was the best scallop ever!!! ever! 

Friday, February 18, 2011

Friday Fire of the Week #3

Nothing major this last week, no fires- or shenanigans that I would consider fires, just mini tornado's... here and there :) It was a good week without any major messes. 

Playing in Kellen's bedroom for all of 5 minutes and they decided to strip the drawers. 
It turned out to be a very productive thing! seriously! I went through Kellen's clothes and realized he had outgrown over half of them. He's now good to go for his spring time wardrobe-- marking that off the old to do list.


I would much rather clean this stuff up vs. a bunch of toothpaste!!


And this is just a phase that Preston is going thru. Adrian did this a while back, so now it's P's turn. These books ended up on the couch, in my room, in K's room. Preston kept toting half of them all over the house. By nap time he was whooped. Another bonus for me-- tired kids :)
but the reality is... I would be totally bored with out all these guys!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Downward Dog.. dog

Tonight I took my first yoga class, only about 5 years late on my "to do" list. It was an enjoyable 1.25 hours of just me time :) I always seem to go through these fitness phases in between popping out babies. Before we got pregnant with Preston, I taught group fitness classes in Tampa for about 6 mths. I love-- loved it! I got pregnant, had placenta previa and had to stop teaching, never to return again-- lazy mom. Then I went in and out of the pilates phase as well. 


Before class tonight I prepped a little and looked up some yoga poses that the boys and I tried out. I didn't want to be the student that was falling all over the place, so I thought practice would make perfect me not fall so much.
I have to say I absolutely loved it tonight! It was the best body stretch, lengthening, relaxing and balancing I have ever felt. I thought I might be too high strung to just let go- stand still and get into it- not the case. I'm adding it to my weekly schedule. 
Here's to a new phase!!  :)


http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/finder/browse_categories



My mat is now a new toy for the boys. They're not sure what to do with it yet.


The boys were practicing with me before class.





Sunday, February 13, 2011

Love at it's finest!

Happy hallmark holiday Valentine's :)
I'm not a scrooge... I've just never really been a big fan of the hyped up... candy, cards or flowers (I like to give them... I just don't need to receive them). 
All I need is some Love, Hugs & Kisses 
(and a nice quiet dinner out with John is a bonus :)

I heart you all!



Hugs 


(hugs... even if they are standing on something they shouldn't be and getting into something they shouldn't be :) of course I got them down right after I snapped this!



Kisses


and


Love 
(it's not choking my bothers, it's loving tightly :)


XOXOXOXOXOXO

This is what makes my Valentine's Day truly rock in a very special way! 
I wish for everyone to spend Valentine's with their special peeps and show some love!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday Fire of the Week #2

Up until the other day I thought to myself... Gee, I might not have a fire pic to post-- this might be boring... yet that would be cool for me! right!

The boys didn't let me down tho... no, no! Come Wednesday they started creating little fires in the house. It's hard to take pics of some of these. I have to make sure they don't see me snapping photos. I don't want them getting mixed signals. If they saw me with a camera they'd most likely want to pose with their disaster- then want to go make more of them for me to have a photo shoot with :)


a couple fist fulls of dirt all over the DVR, books and carpet- it could have been worse, they could have added water to it. 
 Preston and Kellen get the award this week.

John's been telling me for 2 years to get rid of this tree. I know... not smart on my part. It's like putting a sandbox in front of a couple toddlers, but telling them they can't play in it.. yah right! So I am done cleaning up dirt! The tree is gone... very soon.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Body Rock Fitness and Lil P

I wanted pass along this cool fitness site. Not that too many people can keep up with this chick, but there's some good material on the site. I'm sure guys like to watch just for the workout techniques :) This chick is a rock- great inspiration! Her workouts are pretty intense, but it's stuff you can do at home (i know that's way easier said than done) and you can tweak the routines to your level of fitness. 
Every time I get back on the fitness bandwagon, we end up having another baby- so my new programs are always cut short. I'm jumping on the wagon one more time-- maybe we'll have a little girl? or twin boys?? :)


(image from bodyrock.tv)



Bonus pics of P modeling his uncles hat. (his smile after watching some bodyrock.tv :)

Even tho he's going thru these terrible 2's almost 3's, he is still such a sweetheart!! xoxo



Monday, February 7, 2011

A kiddy shot out

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Blosser's-- and someday we'll all make time to skype :)


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Kellen's turn to try and get a word in...
bless his little blue eyed blonde haired chub cheek heart!


more shot outs... coming soon :)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Friday Fire of the Week #1

Talking about my Fireman skills. Putting out the fires that our 3 boys create is essentially my full-time job right now. I'm not complaining... just stating the facts :) and yes I can still smile about it too - for now.
Some are BIG and some are small. Some make me laugh and some make me cry. 
I thought it might be some what entertaining to dedicate Friday's posts to the 
"Friday Fire of the Week" 
A photo documentation of whatever sort of shenanigans the boys got into that week.


How ironic that our first Friday Fire is an actual firetruck?!? A new tube of toothpaste painted all over the truck and carpet with a comb paintbrush. And the award goes to the artist known as... PRESTON!! 
I totally got my trash kicked on this Monday morning... i despise Monday's!
 aaaaaaaand smile :) 
(and be glad it's not at your house.. or maybe it is??)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Paper Pizza & Ice Tree

Making paper pizza's with paper plates and paper topping cutouts. Our 2nd day of being house bound and we are getting a little bored here!!! 


  

And this is what we are looking at today.. an ice covered tree and our ice road behind it. And it's still snowing...