Friday, December 20, 2013

Brushing off this dusty old blog

We've just been hustling and bustling getting ready for the holiday and the upcoming winter break. Constructing games and snacks for the boys holiday parties at school this week. Making Christmas cookies, building ginger bread houses, crafting and wrapping gifts. 

I'm so ready for the school break to start so we can slow our roll a bit. We need to relax, wear PJ's all day, not that I don't now half of the time... No shame. I want to lay and cuddle on the couch with the boys and watch 3 or 4 movies in a row all while eating take out for our 3 squares of the day. A relaxing 24 hours with minimal effort sounds mighty nice.

Why think of your own ideas when you can just get them on Pinterest!?!?

It's impossible to find candy corns after November! I had to settle for a nose made of orange gummy stuff. It worked out okay. 

Snowman snowball toss.

Kellen fit right in with A and P's classes. He had so much fun being a big kid at the parties. At one point I when I was busy with the class party Kellen wondered off. We later found him down the hall playing party games with another class. That's so his personality. He just blended right in.

Making Christmas cookies that actually turned out to be edible :) 
I'm not a baker!

Adrian's photography skills are amazing.

My quicky DIY project. 

John yells at me because I thrift (I always like to remind him I could be spending way more at the mall :) So I buy these thrift treasures and then store a bunch of stuff all while knowing I'll find a use for them eventually. 

Just like my 3 frames that I paid $1 each for - a steal! I sprayed 2 of them white. Made a chicken print on my computer (our printer sucks) But I was just playing with it to see if I liked the idea of it. 

Made some more printables to complete the look in some fun colors, tweaked my rooster and paid a couple dollars to print them at Staples. 

And Bam. 
I love the colors it brought into the nook. Just the look I was going for.

Now the nook just needs some cushions for the bench and I need to save up for the white pendant drum light I would like to replace the circle light with. Oh and hem the curtains. First I should learn how to sew :) 

It's slowly coming along how I envisioned. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

My Super Hero's and Baby Roo

Halloween has always been high on my holiday favorites list. I really just love dressing up and dressing the kids up. (and then eating all their candy for the next 3 to 6 months :) Dressing up and pretending to be something else for a day is just plain fun. 

Love this bunch o boys!

At one point Mason took out his baby Joey and took his "real" baby - his special elephant that he sleeps with every nap and every night. He tried shoving the elephant in his pouch. Ummm not going to fit dude!

Hulk Hogan aka my husband aka sexy arms ;)
We ALL get in the spirit!

Not one of my more creative costumes but a good old stand by... an easy kitty cat. 
We had a long day-- needed to make it through a school parade and 2 classroom Halloween parties and THEN... trick or treating the night away. It was a long but super fun day. 

"the hood"

Da Pumpkin Patch

Last weekend we babysat Vivian while Justin was out of town on a trip. John and I like a good challenge every now and again so we decided to take the gang of 5 under 7 to the Pumpkin Patch. 

They had so much fun! John lost 5 lbs chasing Mason around for an hour and the kids totally wore themselves out running around the patch as fast as they could from activity to activity. 

The BEST pic!! (minus the sunglasses)

I was in such a hurry to snap as many pictures as possible before Mason fell off the hail bails. Which took him about 25 seconds. 

A favorite spot. This slide was super fast. 

Everyone laughed the entire way down! All 15 times :)

P was like-- Whoah!! 

Mason's favorite thing to do!

I was in complete shock that this little dude would actually eat the animal food. I was laughing so hard! And of course I had to keep snapping pics so I can show him when he's all grown up. 

Num- Num??

Fun for 30 minutes.... 

Leaves for days.....

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Fall, Friends and Family

It was a busy weekend to start off Fall break. We had some great visitors in town-- a blast from my past. Oh, the wonderful history this girl and I have! Chris and I were partners in crime when I lived in Tampa. This was after college but before marriage and babies. We filled up every weekend with something fun and adventurous. If only our matching black Baker's 3 inch strappy heels could talk :) 

Now we are both married to great husbands for over 7 years and have families of our own. We've both moved to two different states since then and hadn't seen each other in almost 5 years. It's so refreshing to know that some things never change. It was as if no time at all had passed us by. We were lucky enough to squeeze in a wonderful girls sushi dinner night out. We laughed until our cheeks hurt and gave our abs a major workout to say the least. I'm pretty sure the two tables on either side of us were slightly annoyed. And for once I didn't care. 

We took them to the spot where we take all of our visitors for their first visit, Daniels Park of course. Pictures don't even do these beautiful fall colors justice. It's absolutely gorgeous right now!

Yes, that's my kid with the leash on. We've had that child leash for 6 years and never used it. I used to make fun of parents that used those things. But with all the high rocks and steep cliffs I was reassured with the leash that we wouldn't be losing Mason.

Looking for bats?

Looking at the Bison.

It was one of those hazy bright days and we were having a rough time keeping our eyes open to smile. 

Adrian and Jackson are just a couple months apart. Chris had Jackson first and got to show me the way. I learned SO much from her, like how to make my own baby food. As a first time mom I had a minimal clue as to what I was doing and the skills she passed onto me were priceless.

Boys are such monkeys.

Such a beautiful family! Chris, Edwin, Jackson and Mary.


And we were so happy to see Aunt Amy and Uncle Jeff who made a pit stop on their way home from Vegas. It wasn't nearly long enough but we'll take it!

This was uncle Jeff's favorite spot. Chillin with the kids and making them laugh.