Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Lowes' Shoppers

And how could I forget how helpful the boys were when we picked out crown moulding?!  They helped so much that it took 2 days for Andy to figure out we had purchased 2 different patterns.  Andy's favorite phrase regarding the boys comes to mind: "They're trouble.  Nothin' but trouble."  I second that!

Master Bedroom Remodel: Check!

After pretty much 2 years of working on our master bedroom, it's finally complete.  We had it at an ok point a year or so ago, but then it took the past month to clean it up from a year of dishevelment and clutter.  Andy expertly installed crown moulding, and voila! it is done being remodeled.  Of course, I always have ideas of things to add, but the budget and our to-do list dictate we are done with this room for a while.  It is elegant and peaceful and a lovely place to relax and escape (no toys allowed!).  No wonder South Paw spends 16+ hours a day in here!

Dinner of Champions

Whew, I am really feeling all the aches, pains, and exhaustion of being in my 3rd trimester today!  It was a typical busy day of hustling to preschool, cleaning house, picking up Aiden & 1 of his classmates, struggling with the boys for almost 2 hours before they finally succumbed to naps in the same room.  Then I spent over an hour preparing for a family dinner/errand outing (including, but not limited to: boys' snacks and drinks in the car & jackets set out), only to find out from Andy on his way home that he was coming home to bed sick.  Now what?  It's raining, I'm exhausted, and staring at the last chicken breast and my marinade box was doing nothing for me.  So I put on my thinking cap, surfed the net, and came up with an amazing dinner, inciting "yays!" from the 2 and 4 year old crowd: homemade pancakes, bacon and mandarin orange smoothies!

Oh yes, it was a rare no-whine dinner!  Then it was off to the bathtub to wash all the syrup off.  I took the liberty of a self/belly shot.  Not the most glamorous I've ever looked, but hey, it is what it is!
And now from the newly-remodeled master bedroom, with South Paw snoring on my lap and my chocolate pudding cup within reach, I bid you good-night, as silence has finally fallen from the cowboy room and my stuffed-animal throwing/poo-poo joking/opening of curtains interference is no longer needed. 

Monday, May 16, 2011

While Daddy was at Work (or maybe he was sleeping)

Either way, the weather was just too nice to stay home, so the boys and I hit up the town on Sunday afternoon: shopping, pizza & ice cream.  I cannot exaggerate how we have waited all winter and spring for days like this!

And on the way back to the New-New (the boys' name for the new Mommy Car), we stopped to smell the tulips.  So delicate and beautiful!  Ashton has been learning about how God makes all things and he especially enjoys smelling the "fow-was"!

Finally Out on the Town for Lunch

It is FINALLY warm enough for the local restaurants to put out their awnings and deck seating.  We are big fans.  Not sure what we like better: the fact that our kids can drop and spill food and we don't have to worry, or how distracting the vehicles driving down Broadway are to the boys so Andy and I don't have to work so hard at the distraction game.  Any way you slice it, we are happy it's eat-outside season!

Monday, May 2, 2011


After a quite-frankly horrid trip to Walmart to purchase the monthly necessities like contact solution that come so much cheaper at the store that doesn't give its employees proper benefits, every other shopper deciding to walk as slow as possible and/or cut my gigantic kiddie-cart off, and Ashton assuming the proper behavior of a 2 year old American brat in Walmart, sweet Aiden's stellar 10-year-old demeanor was rewarded with a Mommy-Boy trip to the local county airport.  It was our first time observing (but definitely not our last!); we both had a blast and I was impressed with how much aeronautical knowledge I dug up from the recesses (thanks Dad!).  I think we have a young pilot in the making.

He chatted (er, asked questions) the entire time.  And I don't over exaggerate: the ENTIRE time!

Then, since it was so positively warm at 62 degrees, we played out front til supper time (since the back yard is under water from the excessive rain accumulation (aka: flooding) our area's been enduring).
 Aiden happily digging up my flower garden in search of worms

 Ashton getting into trouble in the garage
 South in a tizzy over all the good dogs getting to go for walks while she is tethered to the baby apple tree
A fun Saturday, all things considered.  Note to self: shop at Walmart late at nite without children & still have fun with them at the airport & in the front yard!