Monday, February 8, 2016

Schools Cool

I cannot believe we are now amidst the babes' second semester of school!

I had planned to do a quick update after Christmas, but let's face it...There's not a lot of time to sit in front of computer that time of year.


This was taken on school picture day and pretty much sums up his thoughts on school. #ikid

He goes a half day Tuesdays and Thursdays and its perfect.  Really perfect.  On days he doesn't go he's like...Yay! Stay home with mommy.  On other days he gets to see his girlfriend, Ms Debbie, whom I'm informed gets hugs for no reason.

All in all, Hank's doing great.  His favorite part of the day is playing trucks with Henry on the playground.  When asked who his friends are he says anyone who's "truck people."


Carsyn was born for school.  Like, legit loved it from day one.  She's a little shy and its taken her until now to really warm up to all the kids and find her confidence.

Carsyn goes to school for a half day Monday through Thursday.  Its awesome.  Know what's even more awesome?  Free Fridays. #thanksauntmel  In all seriousness I was adamant about Carsyn not going on Friday.  She'll be going to school the next 20 years, she deserves a day off.  

We usually venture to Camp Rosie and she has the whole way to tell me all about her day and who did what and what stories they read.  (Unless she falls asleep!)

We try to stop at the bottom of the staircase for pictures every morning.

Here she is telling me one more day till her friend, Kyria visits.

Fall was nice because after picking the babes up we'd play tag in front of the school or go home and play outside.

The school also had a great fall festival where I captured my all time favorite picture of Hank and his daddy.

We also took a class field trip to the pumpkin patch.

Funny thing is they always come home starving no matter how much lunch they eat.  The school enforces a healthy lunch policy so I usually let them have whatever for a snack.  

We started this semester off with Color Week where the kids got to wear something red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.  The last day they wore rainbow t-shirts they made at school.

Its a bit of a struggle finding things to get excited about after the kids get home now that its winter.

We've been doing a lot of after school baking and crafting.

And shopping.

And goofing around in the car while Rosie shops.

And best of all...meeting friends for play dates!

So that's pretty much it for's cool.  Stay tuned and we'll talk a little more about when school's not cool..

Monday, January 25, 2016

A Wintry Weekend Recap

Hey! Hey!  Happy Monday friends!  

Unless you live under a rock or somewhere West, you likely know much of the East coast was attacked by a little storm named Jonas this weekend.

The babes were so excited when they woke up and saw a blanket of snow outside.

I was afraid Hanky wouldn't like it this year, but to my surprise he LOVED it.

The kids frolicked and played until I had to beg them to come inside.

Speaking of inside, I have to admit I sort of love being snowed in at times.  Luckily I hit up the grocery store for the last 2 gallons of chocolate milk and plenty of supplies.

I embraced my inner Ina Garten and whipped up a few favorites...

The babes helped me make some Rice Krispie treats.

Then they slumbered..

I walked and caught up on Downton Abby.

Annndddd...We played a lot of Monopoly. Carsyn's strategy was to buy everything she lands on and Hank's was to save his money and not buy anything.

So, where all y'all at? Are you still snowed in?

Monday, January 11, 2016

Christmas 2015...and New Years..and all the In Between

Hope y'all had a wonderful holiday!  Ours was terrific, but short.  I now understand how awesome Christmas break is when your babes are in school.

We spent about 2 hours on the night of the 23rd putting together a workbench for Hank.  I foolishly thought I could assemble a Monster High House in half that time.

Well, 4 hours later I found myself assembling breakfast casserole at 5:00 am.  I contemplated drinking coffee, but decided I better get some rest.  Luckily the kids slept till about 9:30.

This was the scene they awoke to.

Love their smiles!

If you know me then you know I searched all over the US for Carsyn a Grace bakery which had sold out.  I had friends go in their local stores, I called and talked to representatives on the phone and even shamelessly placed bids on eBay.  I finally gave up as they were still selling for as much as $4600!?!?! and started looking at bakeries people had created on their own on YouTube.  One lady had used a discontinued pastry case and I easily located one.

The end result is the bottom shelf of our built ins in the playroom.  I explained to Carsyn, Santa and I thought this was a better fit and she said she loved it. #crisisaverted

After we opened presents at our house we headed to EKY.

First, Camp Rosie..

Then Papaw Leons.

Aren't they just the cutest?

All smiles at Ganny and Papaws the next morning.

Guitars, Cadillacs, and

Minnie Mouse Shopping Malls.

Oh, and some MC to add to my collection.

Off to play with Maddox and Emersyn.

Who's better than Santa??

Rosie and Pops!!

So after Christmas I'd like to say I just laid around and enjoyed myself, but basically I spent the entire 7 days or so assembling the Lego Friends Hotel.  
I'm not lying.  I think I spent roughly 30 hours of my life!! Am I slow?

Ok, ok, I did enjoy a little me time and broke in a few gifts.

And actually, the days after Christmas reached near 70 and we hung out in the sunroom with the windows open.

(In the interest of keeping it real my sister sent me a text asking where all my toys were so I promptly  sent her this pic back).

Come to think about it....I don't recall Hank wearing pants for most of the week.

What can I say, he likes to lay in boxes and eat bacon..

Or Doritos..Flashback to 2013..

We had a lot of fun with my sister over the break also.

We rode around and looked at lights..

And popped balloons on NYE..

This was the funnest thing ever for the kids..Each ballon had a chore inside..Like give everyone a hug, say something nice about everyone, do 30 jumping jacks, blow your horn 20 times, or pretend you are in a marching band. Thanks Mel!

So thats pretty much a wrap.  Cheers to 2016!