Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Fever

I'm pretty sure Hubby is going to cry when he reads this post, but I just can't keep it in any longer!  I am starting to get The Fever.  You know the one...the one that is caused by seeing all the squishy new babies on Twitter and Facebook.  I don't have it full on yet, but I can definitely feel it starting.

It wasn't helped any when we got out our old hard-drive that we store all our old pictures on and I saw a bunch of little C pictures.  This of course, lead me to looking at N baby pictures.  And I have to say, we make some cute babies!  Why wouldn't we want another?

Baby C

Baby N

So, a request to all those lovely people posting pics of barely used babies (ohmygoodness, I can smell the newborn smell!), please stop!  I can't stop myself from looking at them, and then thinking of the smell, and then remembering what it feels like to cuddle with a small little being who doesn't talk back...it really would help hold off The Fever a little longer.  

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Happy Anniversary!

Hubby and I have been married for 9 years!!!  Wow!

I can't believe it's been 9 years!  A lot has happened during those 9 years....we've moved, traveled (not as much as we would have liked though), got a dog, had a couple kids, fought, made up, gone through some hard times, and lived through some wonderful times.  I've had a great time making beautiful memories, and look forward to many, many more!

I had to include a picture of the cake...my sister and her family made it!  It was beautiful!!!

Happy Anniversary, Hubby!  I love you more than I did the day I married you!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Life is Unfair

Life is so unfair sometimes, especially if you are 4 and have a younger brother.  I have to take a minute to talk about C.  This poor little guys has been asked twice in the last week to leave something early that he was so excited for, because of N.  I know that disappointment is a part of life, but I hate that kids need to learn it so young.

N is at the age where he's really starting to stretch himself.  He's wanting to go longer between naps, but he still needs them.  If we are out, he will not just fall asleep, he will push himself until he breaks.  This causes meltdown of epic proportion.  My usual happy, smiley, giggly little boy, turns into a screams, crying, red faced little monster.

As a mom, my heart breaks when I have to tell one of my boys no.  I know that they need to hear it, and I tell them no, often.  But, I hate when the reason I am giving is "Because your brother is upset."  I remember being little and hearing that we couldn't do something I wanted, or had been promised to me, because my little sister was tired or didn't want to.  And I was 7 when my little sister was born!  I was old enough to understand that it wasn't just about me.

C is 4, and he is a wonderful, caring big brother, who for the most part understands that when N is upset, we need to leave.  But it still breaks my heart to see his eyes fill with tears when we can't go on the carousal at the mall, or we need to leave the concert early, because his brother is having a meltdown and is tired.  Don't get me wrong, we don't do everything he wants to do all the time just because he wants to, but we do try to do little things that he asks for when we can because they make him happy.

I've been trying to make sure we do a few things that C wants to do.  These are things that won't be affected by N's behavior.  We go to the playground right outside our house, because as long as he's playing N is okay (once we get into the is another story if a snack and drink are not ready ASAP).  We set up "movie pillow" while we watch a movie together so N can run around if needed.  And we give C time on the computer because it's something he enjoys that N can't do yet.

I'm very proud of my big boy.  He is a great big brother, and I just hope that we are able to show him that even though life isn't always fair, it's pretty fun most of the time.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Epic Outing Fail

Monday was what I considered my first real summer day off with the boys.  I had some fun things planned.  Ms. Knick Knack (a local children's entertainer) was performing at the town center right next to our house, and I knew the boys would love it.  So, Monday morning, we headed out to see Ms. Knick Knack.

Now, if you don't have experience with children, there is one major rule to planning an outing.  This is something that most parents/caregivers don't tell others...you know, it's one of those things that you just keep to yourself because if you had to figure it out on your own, so should everyone else.  Well, I am going to share this secret with you because I had such an epic fail that I don't want others to experience this.  I want to reiterate that I know this rule...I might have even invited this rule, but I did not follow it.

Rule #1 to planning an outing with kids:  Do NOT, under any circumstance, tell them about said outing until you are there...or at least on your way.  

Sunday night, C asked if we could go to the pool Monday.  I, without thinking obviously, replied "No, we're going to see Mr. Knick Knack tomorrow morning."  Crap...I said it, now not only do we have to do this activity, but C will be up and ready at 4am because he knows what's going to happen.

So, Monday morning (even though N did not sleep well the night before, which would have usually called a halt to anything requiring leaving the house until after nap), we left the house an hour earlier than needed because C was sooooo excited.  Instead of going into the gory details, here's a few pictures to show you just how wrong this day went.

After waking at 4:15am, he finally fell asleep, in my bed, around 7:30.

All good so far.

About 45min later...on our way home.

Since we were there so early, we had to walk around the town center to waste time, which is something I had planned to do after the show so N would be sleepy, and maybe even nap.  Which meant that N had had enough of being out in the heat by the time the show started...so a complete and total meltdown start as soon as the show started.  Poor C was asked to leave early.  I felt so bad.  Not to worry though, a new yogurt place opened up, and between N's screams, C and I went in and he got a bribe treat for the ride home for being such a big boy about leaving early.

I think the hardest part was that neither of my boys are big on tantrums.  Usually, N would just nestle in for a snuggle and go to sleep...but not this day!  Oh well...I'm sure I helped some moms feel extra good about themselves that day and I got some sweet snuggles when we finally got home and out of the car.  

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Making Mud

A couple weeks ago, it was a rainy day and I couldn't take the boys out.  But, boy, were they crazy!  You know what I'm talking about...running around like wild animals, screaming through the house, jumping off furniture...well, you get the picture.  And I kinda understood how they were feeling, I was a little antsy myself.  So...project time!

Worms in Dirt...Yumm!

The boys had a great time "baking"!  

The final outcome...

We made individual cups, which made it super easy to limit the amount they were allowed to have at a time!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Balcony Edition

We have a nice big balcony and recently replaced the carpet and cleaned it up.  The boys (and Hubby and I) have really enjoyed being able to play in the fresh air!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Happy Anniversary!

I just wanted to say Happy Anniversary to my little sister and her husband!  Kelsey and Matt have been married for 1 year now!  It's hard to believe that it's been a whole year already.  The two of them have gone through more than a couple should ever have to, especially in their first year of marriage.  They have had a lot of ups and downs (maybe more downs than ups), but they have made it through, and that is a true testament of their love.

I had been meaning to blog about their wedding, but because of whatever reasons, it just didn't happen (sorry, Kels!)  But, they had a very sweet ceremony outdoors at a park near their house.  C was their ring bearer and he was adorable if I say so myself!

N was not even a year old, so we didn't get very many pictures, but here are a few of our favorites!

Let's get this wedding started!

The beautiful bride!!


The happy couple :)

All partied out!

Being a ring bearer is tough work!

Happy Anniversary Kelsey and Matt!  Here's wishing you many, many more!!!

MeMa's House

We had a great trip to MeMa's house recently.  I love the fact that my boys are able to know one of their Great-Grandmothers so well.  They love going to visit with her and get spoiled to no end.  We had a great time playing outside with a large bowling set (the boys were so excited), playing with a large sprinkler ball, and just general relaxation.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

One Fish, Two Fish

We were walking through the pet store the other day and saw that they were having a really good sale on fish.  C's been asking for a fish, so we thought...sure, why not!  I was picturing a little fish bowl with one or two goldfish, Hubby had other ideas.  So, we went home that night, did a little research and went back the next day to get a family aquarium!  We decided to get Tetra fish.  They sounded like they were hardy fish, and very pretty too!  They are also schooling fish, so we had to get at least 4 or 5. We picked out Neon Tetra, and there were 8 in the tank, so we went ahead and got them all!  (However, some time between that night and the next morning, we only had 7.  We still have no idea what happened to poor number 8!)

C had a great time helping set up the tank...

Adding the fish...

And admiring the new pets...

Even N enjoyed the new fish!

And a couple pictures of the fish and tank...

And the night light...

C is really enjoying the fish.  He even makes sure to say good night and gives the tank a kiss before bed!