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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Birthday Weekend Fun

Last weekend we celebrated Mickey's and my birthdays with a little weekend getaway to Islamorada.  We're so lucky to have our birthdays one right after the other.  It sure does make for easy celebrations.  

Our trip got off to a rainy start...


There's nothing like a rainy day in the key to make you want a bloody mary...


While we waited out the weather with breakfast, a few cocktails and some window shopping, the boys had a blast back in Stuart with Aunt Abigail and Uncle Scott...


...obviously the weather cooperated for them better than it did for us.  

Thankfully the rain ended up clearing and we got out and did some exploring on kayaks.... 


...and on our bikes.

The boys continued to have a blast with the best babysitters ever...




We are incredibly blessed by Abigail and Scott who for three years in a row now have flown down on our birthday weekend.  The last two they've watched the boys for us and let us have a little getaway.  We are indeed spoiled by them!!

We had lots of delicious food in Islamorada, most of which I didn't even bother to document, but I couldn't resist photos of the paella and carrot cake that were delivered to us by our neighbors at the hotel late Saturday night...


....they definitely know how to help their neighbors put up with their crazy family reunion at the same hotel we were staying at.  :-)  I'm remembering that move for the future for sure.    

We finished up our Sunday morning with one last breakfast at Robbie's before heading back home to our kiddos and their wonderful caretakers... 


...breakfast with the birds never gets old.  It's always hard to leave.  

Abigail and I kept the fun rolling with the boys while the men headed back to work on Monday.  I talked Abigail into a 16 mile cruise around Stuart and Jensen via the bridges and island..


...thank goodness she's in shape and the boys are troopers.  It was much longer than I remembered.

We made sure to stop at the beach...



...and the park...


...we had one climber and one swinger thanks to a broken clavicle.  Hopefully Mason gets the all clear for all activities next week. 

After all that exercise, we were ready for some AC and books... 


...as well as a mellow evening at home with some burgers and family time.

Tuesday, we soaked up our last bit of Abigail time with a trip to Stuart ceramics...


...and some other downtown Stuart fun... 


...which ended with a stop at Kilwins to cool off... 


...we discovered some new favorite flavors we all had to share... 


....I'm sure it was all chemical and dye free ;-)...


...haha.  

It was incredibly fun to get some alone time with my man as well as some sister time with Abigail.  Now we're counting down the days til we get to see them again.  





"b" week

For the last two weeks, we've been plugging away at learning lowercase b.  We've had a more relaxed schedule due to some vacations and birthdays.  Another perk of homeschooling...it's totally adaptable!  The boys don't ever "miss out" on instruction.  

For our craft, we made "b" boats...


...the boys love glueing and love cutting even though we've still got some work to do in that department.  They're still not huge fans of coloring though...


...apparently it not out of the norm for boys to be more interested in other activities.  Here's their finished products...


We also did some BAKING with BANANAS...


We used the easiest recipe ever.  Combine 2 mashed bananas with 1 cup oats, add in some craisins (chocolate chips would be yummy too!), then bake.  Boys devoured them!  Might be a new breakfast around here.

The sweets lovers talked me into BAKING a second time...


...and the second time the recipe included BUTTER.  We went crazy with the sprinkles of course!  :-) 

We've been reading tons of BOOKS and doing lots of BUILDING with BLOCKS.   Some of our favorite books this week had nothing to do with the letter b and we're totally ok with that...


...we featured them at story time last week too :-).  This week we had a construction theme with our story time friends, also unrelated to the letter b but still a lot of fun.  They included the following favorites...




Of course, we took our weekly field trips to the library.  Once again, the boys ended up at the human BODY game...


...I continue to be amazed with how many of the facts they're able to retain.  They definitely know more about the human body than I did when I was 3.

We also made it to music class again this week...


...I have a picture of them doing this exact thing when they first started music classes....


Crazy to see how much they've grown!

Tomorrow we've got plans for some play dough and a nature hike.  We're going to see how many things we can find with the letter b.  I'll be keeping the list for the boys :-)

















Thursday, September 11, 2014

Things I'm Loving Thursday - September Edition

We've finally had a relatively uneventful week around here so farand for that I'm incredibly grateful.   It's about to get a bit more exciting this weekend and I'll be sure to fill you in on the details once it's all said and done.  In the meantime,  it's been a while since I've shared a collection of some of my favorite things with you.  Without further adieu, I present to you...Things I'm loving Thursday...

1.  New Running shoes that I was finally able to get in a "cool" color...


...my riduculously long and incredibly flat feet usually cause me to end up in styles that are far from the latest fashions when it comes to running shoes, but thanks to a lack of stock at Fleet Feet, I scoured the internet for a replacement pair of my favorite shoes ( Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14) and stumbled upon these beauties from the Running Warehouse.  SCORE!!!  I'm tempted to buy a second pair to have on hand for when these wear out just in case I never find stylish shoes again...

2.  The return of Skinny Pumpkin Spice Lattes...


...with pink sleeves :-) I know Food Babe says they're probably going to kill me with all their chemicals but they sure are delicious and I plan to indulge at least a few times this season.  I'm going to try my hand at my own healthier concoction soon and I'm pretty sure Blue Door has a healthier version in the works too.  I'll keep you posted.  :-)

3.  This book...


...I'm loving this easy ready just as much as I've enjoyed all of her other novels.  Can't wait to see how it all turns out.  

4.  My Orchids...


...they make me smile every time I look out my front window.  Love them!

5.  Watching my boys all together...


...moments like this never get old.  



Monday, September 8, 2014

Some Sprucing Up

Well, hello there!  How's this picture for a greeting on this lovely afternoon...


...the boys are really pumped about Halloween this year so we've been doing lots of practicing with scary faces.  It's pretty funny around these parts these days.  We'll see how funny they think it all is when the real day rolls around.

Anyways...Our weekend was a productive one and I'm quite proud of all we accomplished.  We kicked it off in typical fashion with a trip to Home Depot for some building fun...



...now we have new birdhouses to replace the ones that are falling apart.  Woohoo!  They are definitely sprucing up the yard ;-)  

We spent the rest of our morning tackling a million errands that are now happily crossed off the list.  It was pretty dreary outside which made it much easier to give up the weekend to chores.  

We've been on a mission to declutter and better organize our house and after getting rid of a bunch of stuff, decided we wanted a couple new things to spruce things up and made a trip to Home Goods.  I'm so glad we went.  It's amazing what some new throw pillows on the couch and a new quilt for the bed can do for making your house feel a little more cozy.  

By the way, that place is way more fun to shop in without two crazy 3 year olds in tow.  Can't say they didn't have fun though...


Needless to say, this happened as soon as we got home...


...fitting name on the label, huh?  Sometimes I feel like we're a freakshow on parade wherever we go.  The boys never cease to get way more than enough attention.  I think it's starting to get to their heads.  The other day they told someone asked if they were twins, they said "yes, we're cute twins boys and we're 3!"  Oh my!

With all our errands out of the way, and a ton of clouds still in the sky and lots of passing showers, we decided to dedicate our Sunday to Fall Cleaning, football and comfort food.  Since cleaning and football aren't much fun to document, I decided to document my chicken pot pie instead...


...I used this old recipe and it was delicious, especially on a dreary day.  The only subs I made were to  use gluten free flour and almond milk.  I highly recommend it!

And...here we are at Monday again and back to the grind.  The highlights of our day have included this snail spotting...


...Mason's request for a salad for lunch that he actually ate...


...more Halloween finds at the Dollar Tree...


...and the start of a new walkway outside our front door...


...soon there will be no more falling down on the slippery tile right outside our front door.  We're excited!  

Time for some PiYo before the boys wake up.  I'm on round 2 and doing the strength round this time.  So far I'm loving that the beginning workouts are just as challenging as they were the first time around.  That's the beauty of PiYo...as you get stronger, you are able to do more, and the challenge remains so change continues to happen and you continue to improve.  I love me some PiYo


Happy Monday!!