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Friday, March 27, 2015

Five on Friday: 3/27/15


Welcome to the birthday edition of Five on Friday, peeps.  I was wished happy birthday by my sister this morning with this little lady:

Crissy, I received your birthday wish.  XOXO!

This morning the kiddo gave me a birthday card and asked how old I am.  I said I'm 36.  He replied, "Oh really?  That surprises me.  I thought you were 46."

My birthday breakfast date.


Not birthday related but I had to include M's final bracket because it's kind of incredible.

I don't think I could have done this bad if I tried.

Happy Birthday week to Liz, Jane, Beth, and me!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Work It Out Boys

It's been a rough winter to say the least and we are all going stir crazy around here.  It doesn't help that we got another six inches dumped on us yesterday.  Which makes it a bummer that this late in the game we have found the best way to keep the kids busy and burn off some energy (file under: winter to do 2016).  Workout videos!  Your kid gets some exercise, later takes a great nap, and you are highly entertained.  I have to post all four videos that I took because I love them all.  

This is the kiddo, um... marching in place?

This I like because he can't be bothered to move his legs.  

Now he's getting serious about the workout.

Aaaaaand he's done.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Five on Friday: 3/20/15


Today is the first day of Spring.  M was so excited this morning because he thought that meant that it's Spring Break.  He also thinks we can go to the beach now.  My Timehop from a year ago was a similar situation.  It's time to learn about disappointment, kid.

This came in with the caption "There's no more snow, Mommy!  We can throw away my snow pants now!  #probablygoingtosnowtomorrow"

Eric & Courtney, this one's for you.  He was listening to "Uptown Funk" for the umpteenth time and tells me this, "Joey's daddy must live in Brazil because I think he's singing about what a hot day it is (lyrics are actually "hot damn" but we convinced him otherwise) and it's so hot in Brazil so I guess that's why he made this song."  So to clarify, he thinks that our friend Eric wrote and sings that song and that he and his whole family live in Brazil.  Obviously I didn't correct him.

I think that next year we may need to be better at explaining to the kiddo how brackets work.  Unfortunately, Texas will not be playing UNF in the championship game.

We went to Michigan last weekend and the hubs had a date night with our favorite niece.  He said it was less of a school dance and more of a place for 1,000 girls to run around and eat twenty pounds of candy, but it seems like they both had fun at their "Night in Paris".

Have I mentioned my best friend is getting married?  We're heading to Buena Vista, Colorado in a few weeks for the big celebration.  She tells me it's a one horse town but if anyone has any recommendations for the area, hit me up.

Good luck with your brackets this weekend, everyone (I'm not looking at you, anyone in my pool).  But not as much luck as I need with Texas out early.  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Brief Warm Up

Well, at least we had one day.  Yesterday the temp got into the upper 60s and while we're back at 36 today, we'll always have the memories of that one glorious day...

The warm weather inspired a few new things.  M declared "it's time for me to ride down that hill".  I guess it's been on his mind awhile?  He's gotten really good on his balance bike and is always telling me to "pick up the paste".

A was also feeling the good weather.  In honor of being outside all day, he finally picked his belly up off the ground and started crawling.

We capped off the day with a pizza party outside.  A loved the pizza but loved hanging with the big boys even more.

Come back warm weather.  I'm starting to think it was all a dream.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Five on Friday: 3/13/15


Haircut / "dinosaur spikes"

So this one is getting more and more mobile.

Usually his big brother is the motivator.

We went to the Green Mill, which is ten minutes from our house yet took us ten years of living in Chicago to finally check it out.  It's been open since 1907 and was one of Al Capone's hangouts.  Apparently there are tunnels underneath that lead to another building, which is how Capone would evade police.  Nowadays it just has really great jazz.  Hopefully it doesn't take us another ten years to get back there.

Outside!!!  We have been hitting temps in the mid-high 40s and it's been wonderful.  M has been riding his balance bike everywhere.  A wasn't so sure about this whole "outside" business at first.

But then he was introduced to swings and changed his mind quickly.

We went a little hog wild and got out the bubbles and chalk as well.  Big hits.  The Texan in me thinks I'm nuts for saying 45 degrees feels warm, but as a friend of mine put it, the Chicagoan in me wants to know why the sidewalk cafes aren't open yet.  True.

Yall should be watching Last Man on Earth.  

Friday, March 6, 2015

I Got Nothin

We've all been struck down by the flu this week.  Everyone except the littlest family member, whose insistence on continued nursing and not ever taking a bottle (I'll be the old lady nursing her 12 year old on the train if he can help it) most likely helped him through it, with all the hyped up antibodies I'm giving him (or so say the breastfeeding gurus).  

So.  Grandma is here to help and we are lying around watching 841 UmiZoomis in a row.  The only good news to report is that we've got a heat wave headed our way.  Three days of temperatures in the low 40s!

Side note.  Whiplash is fantastic.  Go get your Redbox on this weekend.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Five on Friday 2/27/15


M's class was recently doing a study on clothing.  His teacher asked each student about which item of clothing they'd like to learn more about and here was his answer:

Finally got these guys up.  It only took seven years to get the film strips from our wedding mounted and hung.

I kept M home from school yesterday because there was another onslaught of snow and I didn't think I'd be able to get out of the driveway to pick him up.  The first thing he said he wanted to do was make up new Care Bears.  I don't know where this idea came from but here's what he came up with:
Snow Bear, Fire Bear (favorite snack: s'mores), Letter & Number Bear, Movie Bear, Water Bear, and Animal Bear.  His words, my illustrations... we're obviously writing a book together soon.  

We spent the rest of the morning doing science experiments (thanks, Nana and Pops, for the science kit!).

A had his first class at The Little Gym and was totally loving it (it went much better than my embarrassing first class with M).  Most of his life so far has been spent indoors while being entertained by his big brother, so when they brought out the bubbles he was on cloud nine.  Oh yeah, sorry second child- bubbles and children's music exist.  Enjoy.

The curl that broke a million hearts (or maybe just mine).

The pictures don't do the curl justice.  He woke up like that and I just wanted to hairspray that little wave through eternity.

It's obviously been an incredibly exciting week around here.