Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Thanksgiving

It feels like Thanksgiving was weeks ago. How did that happen? Do you have a tree yet? I feel like we might be the only ones without a tree! No lights out either. We might get one this weekend, but even that feels early to me. I will say all the outside decorations have made driving places super fun. KC ohh and ahhs over every little thing!

Did you have a good Thanksgiving? Ours was very laid back and that's just how I like it. My parents drove down for the holiday (and booked a hotel for the weekend!). My dad cooked almost everything and the items I was in charge of the boys took over (with assistance). Chris' mom came down with a virus and missed our big feast (and I think we gave it to her, boo on us). Hopefully we will see her this weekend.

Here's a few images from the day. We always watch the parade, take a walk, eat, eat again, and play board games.






The rest of our holiday weekend we spent enjoying time together. Friday we took the boys to see Wonder and I cried my eyes out through the whole movie. It was really good, but I never want to see it again. 

Some neighbors put out their holiday decorations (it's a yard FULL) so we strolled to see them. Along the way KC decided to make leaf angels (in the gutter... gross, but cute).

Saturday we spent most of the day at the playground. We played basketball, tag, catch, and hide and seek. Katherine hunted ladybugs, and caught one (and tried to eat it - it was saved).



 Sunday we headed to church, then the kids (all but Katherine) went to the baseball field. So far this week has flown by. Chris has been working long hours so I've been wrangling these four on my own. Katherine is recovering from her first double ear infection and not sleeping so the coffee is flowing morning, noon and night. Tonight we have our annual Christmas Crafts at church. I'm pretty excited. It's always a fun night.

I hope your week is going well! 


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Procrastinating

Oh Thursday. If only you were Friday. Like everyone else, our house has been hit by "the cold" even worse we have one case of "man cold." I'm more of a buck up and deal with it type of person so I won't be getting any nurse of the year awards from Chris.

Katherine has come down with a cold as well which means sleep is at a minimum. I wanted to head to one of my favorite store's Holiday open house but Katherine was so cranky in the car I decided she couldn't skip her nap. We've been home for an hour and she's been talking in her crib (insert an eye roll). And I should be getting a million things done, but I'm not. 

Here are some cute pictures of her recently - sleeping (so tired she only got one foot out from under her) and obsessed with sitting in chairs (it's kind of funny - she immediately takes over any kid chair she can find).

Her party invites came and are so cute. I got them at this etsy shop.

I finished her birthday plate and love how it turned out. Each of my kids has a plate and each one has their own "thing" in the middle. One is a cake, one is present, one is a party hat, so it was tough to come up with a fourth. Balloons seemed a natural choice, but hard to paint! So I went with a banner. 
  

Chris is coming home in an hour (so really crunch time to get a few things done around the house) and I'm heading out to get my hair done. I'm looking forward to the break and the new do!

Have a great Thursday. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Weekend Review




It's a foggy rainy Monday here. The boys had trouble getting out the door with all their belongings for school (where's my agenda? I can't find my shoes? I forgot to empty my lunchbox last Thursday - that smells disgusting). But thanks to a new app our school system uses, we can track the bus and see where it is - so no one missed it and I think they had everything they needed for the day. 

Our weekend involved time with the girlies, basketball, football, shopping, and lots of eating out (it makes a big difference eating out as a family of 4 vs 6, it's so much easier to get a table!).
I
'm obsessed with these sweet outfits! I noticed Katherine's is a 9m size so I'll be searching to recreate it in at least a 12m! We did some shopping at Shower Me With Love during their sale and then went to lunch at Dean and Deluca (with a short trip to Paper Source in there too). I even did some Christmas shopping (did you know slap watches are a thing now? KC got one and the boys were so jealous when they saw it. I bought one for our niece for Christmas and sounds like it might be a hit)!

Bedtime is such a struggle for us. KC is very defiant. At some point she started sleeping in our bed and we have the worst time getting her back to hers. This particular night she was being extra hard and making jokes about which pjs she wanted to wear. She loves Toy Story currently so when she said, "I want Woody pjs." I laughed and dug through a bin of her brothers' old clothes and found them. It sort of felt like winning, even if I was still meeting her demand.

This cutie is always so happy in the morning. She was up probably 4 times the night before and couldn't get comfortable. But when I walked in her room that morning she was ready for a fun day. 

The boys had an absolute blast with my parents. They love the children's museum and spent most of the day there. My dad took them to the driving range, the movies, and back to the driving range. My mom took them shopping (they are never excited when I get them clothes, but if grandma buys it, it's a winner).






In party prep news, I found Katherine's birthday dress! It's so sweet. It's a brand I'd never heard of before - The Oaks. 

Currently my dad is driving my purse back down because I accidentally left it in his car when I ran to get groceries! Poor dad, it's is 4 trip down and back in less than a week. I hope you have a great start to your week! 


Friday, November 10, 2017

Five on Friday

It's Veteran's weekend! My dad is a veteran so to thank him I'm sending my boys to his house for the weekend. Just kidding...sort of. I planned to take all the kids to my parents house Friday (they are out of school) and spend the day with my dad but then leave the boys for the weekend. My dad felt bad about me driving there and back in a day with the girls, so he's coming down today to pick up the boys and take them for the weekend. Chris and I might be a little giddy about all the things we can get done with just two kids and a sports free weekend!

Joining in on Five on Friday:

1. Tis the Season!! Basketball season!!  I love basketball. The boys finished soccer last weekend, started basketball this week and the Heels play their opening game tonight! The girlies are wearing this and will be allll season long.

2. Have you heard of Turkey on the Table? It's at quite a few retailers (Nordstrom, Swoozies, if you are local it's 30% off at Shower Me with Love this weekend). It's cute, has a book that comes with it, and is about teaching gratitude. Plus when you buy one 10 meals are given to those in need.


3. Speaking of turkey day, Target has the cutest coloring table cloth and placemats. I put the table cloth out for the kids to color little by little. 

4. Laundry! Why is it so tough to stay on top of? Do you do it all at once or a little everyday? I've tried both but can't commit. I really liked last week I did every load of laundry in the house and then folded it while watching the new Beauty and the Beast movie (and an episode of Modern Family since I wasn't finished when the movie was). I didn't finish till 1am but I kind of liked having it all done. That said, I haven't attempted that again this week. 

5. How about a cute baby picture? I want to share like ten million but I'll just share one. Tuesday a lady stopped me at lunch to tell me Katherine was way too small and needed to be seen by a ped. She was sure something was wrong with her. Wednesday a lady stopped me to tell me she was such a big boy (yes wearing a pink floral coat, she was a big boy). So funny. Katherine falls right in the middle of the chart, so I'm not concerned. 
She turned 11 months this week and I have yet to snap a picture. I really need to be better about documenting her this last month (and in the future too). 

I hope you have a great weekend. I'm linking up with the Five on Friday girls today (first time in forever!! - and now I'll be singing the Frozen soundtrack).


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

hello hello

Hey there! How's it going? Can you believe the year is almost over. I love Thanksgiving. It's just the best. No pressure for gifts, just sharing a meal with friends and family. I'm looking for some really awesome decorations (full disclosure, our Halloween stuff is still out).

My baby is about to turn one and it will mean the end of baby days for me. It surreal. I've had a baby or toddler for the past ten years. It breaks my heart so I don't think of it too much (except for party planning... I'm thinking my theme will be "saved the best for last" bwahaha).

I have 700 school directories sitting in my office. You can't even walk through it because of the boxes. Somehow I need to get them distributed to the oldest student of each family this week. Should be fun wrangling the two girls and trying to get this done. As much as I love feeling like I'm a part of something, next year I'll just say no ;).

If one more person tells me "I'm going to miss this" they will be punched. Why do people think we don't appreciate the time we have with our kids? I don't get it. Thanks for making me feel really crummy about aging random lady.

The trees seem prettier than ever this year. It's like a wonderland outside and KC is obsessed with the "crunchy crunchy" leaves. Some of my favorite memories from last year were standing under the maple tree and collecting leaves.


Speaking of trees, we bought three dogwoods to go in our front yard and I"m so excited. I love dogwoods.

I miss blogging and I miss reading blogs. I still read a few but I'm tired of people trying to sell me something every post. So many blogs have gone away from being personal (for privacy reasons, I get it) but then they just become a do this and buy this blog and that's just not fun. And the instagram videos are fun but oh my gosh, when you do watch them? Is there a way to pick and choose? or mute people?

My favorite show, "A Chef's Life" is back! It's so good. I hate I missed her book tour. And sadly I think I've only made 2 recipes from her cookbook... but they were delicious!

I set Katherine down in her crib so I could finish getting ready and she fell asleep. She is such a dream. She's only getting up once at night now which also is a dream. I'll be sleeping through the night again soon...now to get KC to sleep in her bed.

We went to Disney with our friends and grandparents. It was a great trip. The kids still talk about it everyday. T is obsessed with going back. We surprised the kids with the trip the night before we left. The surprise was a little underwhelming when we realized they didn't know what Disney World was! Our bad! Then we surprised them with their friends by all meeting up at the pool, which was also underwhelming. It was more, "Hey mom, Hudson and Holden are here." I guess they are used to hanging out pretty regularly.

Home improvements have been at a stand still since every second of our day seems to be taken over by other items. We have big plans for some day, but now it seems like I'm working day to day on what comes next with kid stuff and never ever can get ahead! I don't mind though because it's fun looking forward to it.


Monday, June 5, 2017

Week in Review

A weekend that felt like five days and they were all amazing is hard to come by, but that was this weekend for us. It was just an incredible weekend, one that doesn't happen often. I mentioned in my last post that the boys games were rained out on Wednesday night. N's was reschedule for Friday night. So off the school bus and on to the field it was. Two families that we're good friends with came to cheer on the team which was unbelievably sweet and made T and KC super happy to have people to play with during the evening. The team won and moved on to play Saturday morning (it's a double elimination tournament in which we lost our first game so we've worked our way through the loser's bracket). T's game was also schedule for Saturday morning. So after leaving the field around 8:30pm Friday night, the boys were back at it at 8am Saturday morning. N played first and he had an amazing game. He'd been in such a hitting slump but had two awesome hits and caught a line drive at second (in addition to his normal play at first). Kids can only play a certain position four innings (except pitchers are limited to 2) so N plays 1st base for 4 innings and then second base. The team is in the championship game tonight but will have to win twice to win it all (and playing the team that sent us to the loser's bracket).


Midway through N's game Chris and T had to leave for T's game. Chris is also the assistant coach. I stayed to watch the rest of N's and cheer him on, but could hear cheering from T's side of the field. When I made it over, T's team was up 3-0. But it was tied up in the 6th (which is normally the end), so we played on. T plays first base and had a major stretch and scoop to get an out right before the other team would have scored to end it. To end it all, one of our players hit a homerun and the game was over! T's team won their division championship and they were so excited. It was such a sweet sweet team.


 KC wasn't as thrilled spending this day at the field... 

T's end of season party was scheduled for 1pm, but with the extra innings no one made it over there until closer to 1:30pm.  After a long day on the field, the kids got any extra energy they had out at a trampoline park. Then we spent the rest of the day ordering the kids to watch tv and rest (with some neighborhood playing in there too). 

We ended our day with our final picture with 2 year old KC, chocolate faced and being goofy. 

And we woke up to 3 year old KC! So hard to believe that this girl is THREE!
 I ran to grab wrapping paper after she went to bed and my go to place (home goods) had one roll left of this adorable popsicle print, perfect for this girlie who only wanted "candy" for her birthday).

All the grandparents arrived and even our special neighbor who comes to "play" and help with KC brought her a present and spent the day with her. KC was overall pretty tired (we had terrible thunderstorms during the night that kept her up for at least an hour) and very opposed to having her picture taken, but she had a great day.




We took our picture at 4:14pm to celebrate the time we first met 3 years ago! A tradition in our family. KC was all about making faces for the camera.



We ended the day at The Pancake House for KC's requested strawberry pancakes. They brought them out with sprinkles and a candle. Today we will be taking it easy and playing with friends, and maybe, if it doesn't rain, heading back to the baseball field.