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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

It's Been A While...

It's been a while since my last post...so long in fact that I had to look back to see what I had to say :-)  In case you forgot too, my last post talked about my plan to be more present and I have to say, I did a better job or being in the moment this week with my boys and it feels good.  Here's to hoping it's becoming a new habit.  Since I've been working on the being present thing, I've actually taken a few less pictures and obviously blogged a bit less...I guess that's the way it goes :-)  

We found quite a bit of fun in the last week.  Here's a little snapshot of the last 10 days...

We hit up the park for some spider-man training... 



...and had fun at a new play group trying out some shaving cream art... 


We sent Uncle Aaron some wildcat love when the boys decided we should all match one day...


Go Northwestern!  The boys informed me they will be living with Uncle Aaron and playing basketball at Northwestern when they get big.  That would make me one happy mama.  Not sure if Aaron like they whole living with him part, but we can deal with that in about 15 years :-)

We had some fun with some dinosaur books at Story time...


...and had fun with some midweek pancakes thanks to some early risers we've been having lately... 


I spent a TON of time looking through all of Abigail and Scott's wedding photos which are finally done. Here's some goodies...



Were the boys not the cutest thing ever???  Lucky them, they found out they get to do the whole ringbearer thing again in December at Aaron and Jenny's wedding.  Woohoo!!!!  We can't wait!

This whole family gets to be together a lot this year and I couldn't be happier...


....I only hope the legacy I'm leaving is half as awesome as my parents' is turning out to be.  I love our family!!

Pretty cool to have a sister as your best friend...


That doesn't even scratch the surface of all their wonderful photos.  It was a beautiful day and the photographers captured it perfectly!

Anyways...last week we also made time for a few trips to the water park...


...the squirters were a big hit this time.  So was the spinning jump...

 

...I have to say I'm thrilled that they're starting to really enjoy the pool.  I knew it was just a matter of time :-)

We also had some fun at the beach...


...unfortunately they're still not thrilled with the ocean and it's really hot there these days if you don't want to get in the water so we didn't last long.  

At least they were cute in the shade...


We got a spur of the moment weekend guest too...Aunt Miriam....


 Things are always silly with her around.  We usually enjoy extra pool time... 


...and treats.  Popsicles for the kids...


...and mango margaritas for the grown-ups...


We usually succeed at wearing them out and getting in some good naps too.  Miriam makes a great pillow...

...she looks thrilled, doesn't she??  Haha!

We got to celebrate a friend's birthday party at the children's museum...




...obviously we had a lot of fun in the human body section :-)  I was surprised they climbed into the dentist chair.  Maybe there's hope for us after all when we return to the dentist again in a couple of weeks.  

On Sunday, I even got to sneak away for a bit for a little girl's night out...


Yesterday found us at our new play group again.  This time we got to paint some pet rocks...


...they look pretty good in our yard don't they??...


The boys also made some new bird feeders for our feathered friends...


...I have to say I like their work :-)  

It was back to story time this morning where the featured stories were...


...both silly stories with lots of animals.  What's not to love??

The boys even helped out with the cleanup while they were there...



so cute!!  You know what else is cute?  This...


Time to get off of here so I can be ready to enjoy them even more today once they're up from their naps.  It's alot more fun to play with them when I don't have a million other things that have to get done so I try to tackle those things when they nap.   :-)  


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Waking Up To Songbirds

I woke up to the tunes of some songbirds this morning and for the first time I can remember, I just laid there to enjoy it for a bit.  It was BEAUTIFUL!!  Mickey came in to kiss me goodbye before he headed off for the day and I pointed their music out to him (and suggested we get some songbird bird food for the feeder :-) ) He was less than enthused but I countered with my delight at taking the time to be present in the moment this morning, thanks to those fabulous birds.  It's the little things.  Something as simple as stopping to listen to the birds had such a positive impact on my mood and I laid there thanking God for the reminder to slow down, be present, and enjoy the journey.  I reminded Mickey it might not be such a bad idea for him to try it out as well...haha.  It was simple advice coming from the girl who's NOT rushing off to work before daylight on a Sunday morning :-)  Whether he'll take my advice or not, I'm grateful for the reminder and am going to try to work harder on being present this week.  In my busyness, I'm pretty sure I'm missing out on a lot of other fabulous things.  

Anyways...enough of that little tangent.  We finished out our week in our typical busy fashion.

Wednesday night's story time was a success, even as the rain drizzled on all of us in the courtyard.  That puddle sure was a big hit :-)  The featured stories were...


...do you sense a bunny theme?  The Bunnies are Not in Their Beds reminds me of my kiddos and I'm sure many other families can relate.  Song of Night is a sweet rhyme, perfect for calming down for bed. 

Thursday morning, I was jonesin' for some cardio and since I am nursing a sore hip that's not loving running too much these days, I opted for some TurboFire.  I seriously laughed out loud when Colton ran to get his fire truck to put out the "fire" on the screen...


...love him!!

They're getting really good at entertaining themselves while I get my 30 minutes of exercise in... 


...they can make some fabulous messes too.  Creativity at it's finest, right??!!

Thursday was our "paper-signing-ceremony" anniversary...aka our legal wedding anniversary.  Here's the throwback picture I posted that day on Instagram... 


We celebrated with some zucchini noodles...



...which also double as fun accessories if your name is Mason...


...and some wine, popcorn, and tv once the boys were in bed...


...maybe we'll go out on our other anniversary, August 8.  Five years deserves a date, don't you think??

I decided to test out my hip on a little run to the park Friday morning with my usual running buddies...


...it's definitely on the mend and I made the 3 mile round trip with little pain.  That made me VERY happy!  

On our way home, we made friends with a man with a mango tree...


...lucky us.  Speaking of local fruit, check out the beauty we just picked from our own yard...


...it's our second of the season so far.  They are insanely good, better than any you could buy at the store.  

We spent the rest of our morning poolside.  I had some help cleaning the pool, thanks to Mason, the cutest pool boy ever...


...and Colton treated us to some skinny dipping silliness...


...do it while you can, dude :-)  

We met up with some of our favorite people for lunch and indulged in a little post-lunch ice cream...


....we've got a chocolate convert on our hands, folks.  YUM!!!  

We took advantage of the lack of rain to enjoy a walk by the river... 


...and the boys finally suckered me into a ride on the courtesy shuttle...




...I seriously think the boys thought it was better than an amusement park ride.  They were the hit downtown, waving to everyone we passed.  I'm so glad I caved in and let them have their way, even if it meant we missed our nap that day.  We just made it a lazy night with movies and pizza...fine by me.

Saturday morning, I had the brilliant idea of a quick run at 8:30 am... 


...lesson learned = all summer running must be completed by 8:30 am.  It was INSANELY hot out there.  Still good results with the hip though on my 3.5 mile run though, so that made for one happy momma.  

We spent the rest of our Saturday morning building...


...of course we had to test our Turbos with a race...


...those Lowe's builds never get old.  We followed up our building with a trip to the mall for some returns and couldn't resist a little Starbucks pick-me-up... 


...cake pops for the boys and espresso for mommy.  Hit the spot!!

I stumbled accross a killer candle sale while we were there and restocked our supply.  Impulse buy #1...


...with a coupon and the sale, I got three candles for $1 more than the retail price of one.  Score!!

We made a couple of other stops on the way home.  Impulse buy #2...


...I have a hard time getting out of the Fresh Market without something that's not on my list.  Hard to resist BOGO flavored ketchup.  We're testing it out tonight.  Yum!!

The Fresh Market is right next door to the Dollar Tree aka the boys' favorite store.  Therefore, impulse buy #3...


...new puzzles.  I love that I let them each get a dollar and from everything in the store, they pick MORE puzzles.  They love their puzzles.  

This bad boys was waiting for us when we got home...


...Mickey and I will be doing a little diet refresh soon.  Details to come... Needless to say, I'm just a little bit excited!  

I spent a glorious naptime poolside trying out a new to me workout...


...I might need to find more of these workouts.  It was totally different from my norm but a glorious change of pace..but hopefully not the reason my shoulder blade is KILLING me today.  Good thing I've got a chiropractor appointment tomrrow, huh??

We had a quiet evening at home which was just what the doctor ordered.  

After my glorious wake-up this morning, we had a lazy morning doing puzzles, reading books, and enjoying breakfast before heading off to spend our morning at the water park....


...the boys get a little more adventurous every time we go.  Love that!  And am incredibly glad we've got those season passes...10:00 entry when the park opens to the public at 10:30 is awesome.  Those 30 minutes with hardly anyone there are pure BLISS!!

Today I spent naptime with my good friend Chalene Johnson doing some PiYo, hoping the gentle movement will help my back/shoulder blade feel better.  It didn't make it worse so I'm hopeful it was the right choice.  

Looking forward to another quiet night at home with my family to recharge for the coming week...a week of focusing on being present.  Bring it on!!