InstaFriday Time!

Here’s a fun way to share my quirky iphone pics, insta-Friday style.  Load up your pics and join the fun!  I’m linking up with Jeannett from Life Rearranged (awesome blog!), so don’t forget to check her out!

We had a wonderful family day on Monday since it was presidents day and Dan wasn’t working.  We took a nice little walk on the Big Creek Greenway near Fowler Park.  The weather was heavenly!

Holy Spring!  Is it just me, or do daffodils not usually bloom in February?  I’m loving this weather, and can’t believe I’m already seeing spring flowers! Not that I’m sad one teenie bit.

So, let me tell you about this tree here.  It has been a bit of a pain in my a$$ the past few weeks because Mason keeps heading over to our dog’s super comfy dog bed (pretending it’s Pillow Mountain) and then heads over to the tree in the corner and proceeds to dump all the spanish moss out of the base and eat it, shake it, toss it, scatter it… DRIVE MAMA INSANE WITH IT!  Me removing him wasn’t working too well, because just as fast as I would remove him and sit back on the sofa, he’d turn around and make a run for the tree again, giggling up a storm.  What. Am. I. To. Do?  Well, apparently the tree had enough of it too, and wanted payback because one morning while I was taking Parker to the potty, I came back to THIS^ Mason pulled the tree over onto himself (physically unscathed).  He was so pissed. Now, he doesn’t seem too interested in that tree.  NICE! Maybe I should’ve dumped the tree on him earlier.  KIDDING!

Don’t you just love it when you’re kids dump out legos all  over the hard wood floors, pretend to make snow angels in them, scattering them under every piece of furniture in your living room, then walks away and doesn’t even put two pieces together to make anything with it? Me too.

I went to a consignment sale on Wednesday night, and got a few things for the boys.  I didn’t expect to be able to put on the new spring outfit the very next day.  It was in the high o 70s and gorgeous on Thursday!  Here’s Mason rockin’ his new outfit… looking adorable per usual.

Just a sneak peak into Mason’s little Birthday hat that I’m making for his birthday.  I free handed the “1” on a cardstock that had a sticky back and cut it out and pressed (very easy).  Then I cut up his invitation (we had a few extra) and used foam double sided tape to add to the birthday hat.  It turned out great! There’s a cute little elephant on the left side.

Are these not the cutest little love birds you’ve ever seen?  Zoey stole Parker’s heart at the playground on Thursday by saying “Do you want to help me find acorns?”  She even gave him a little cup to put it in!  She is such a cutie, and they were adorable together.  I couldn’t resist snapping some photos of their joyous smiles.

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Valentines Day

Valentines Day was a lot of fun this year!  Mostly because I have a toddler and it was fun making little valentines and having parties with little friends.  Parker had a fun party in his class, and I brought heart shaped fruit kabobs. They turned out great!

I made little heart shaped cookie sandwiches for Parker to give to the teachers (which he helped me make!).  I thought they turned out great.  It was a lot of fun to spend time with Parker making cookies.  He LOVES helping in the kitchen.  Oh, and like his Mama, eating cookies too.  His favorite part?  Shaking the sprinkles.  He loved doing the “sprinkle dance”!

I also had a lot of fun making valentine’s for Parker’s little friends and classmates.  I found something similar to this on Pinterest, and decided it was a great idea. I like the fact that it wasn’t candy, and that most Moms approve of goldfish and kids love them too!

Parker had a lot of fun at school for his class party.  The kiddos enjoyed the valentine snacks, crafts and parachute time.

He had a lot of fun.  He really enjoyed saying “Valentines Day!” and pointing out hearts throughout our day. After naps, we met up with some friends at our favorite local indoor bounce and play center Kangazoom.  I brought some more snacks, and materials to do crafts and valentines to hand out to friends.  Parker was more interested in playing with his friends and snacks than crafts. Boys…what do you expect, right? I wish I had some cute photos to share, but left my memory card at home. I think Mason really enjoyed his first Valentines day.  He got lots of fun little valentines from his friends along with Parker.  He also had a lot of fun in the infant area with his friends Rosabell and Aubrey.  He also loved pushing around chairs and exercising his legs in preparation for walking soon!

That night, we had a simple dinner at home.  I had prepped a delicious whole chicken with rice to end our Valentines with the family.  It turned out great and the family loved it.  It was a nice end to our day.

Brain Dump

I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve really written in my blog and shared whats on my mind.  I feel like every day I have a laundry list of things to get done, and blogging isn’t eve on the list.  Today though, Parker is at school, Mason is napping, and I thought instead of tackling that basket of laundry, blogging sounded like a much better option! So, here goes my uncensored, unorganized, much needed, brain dump:

  1. A few weekends ago, we met up at “All Fired Up” to surprise our friend Kate for her birthday.  It was a fun little girls night!  Kate’s husband and Mom planned everything and had food and wine waiting for us when we got there.  How sweet!?  It was a nice time to get away for some girl time, and celebrate Kate.  I came in earlier to stamp the boys hands on a plate so that I could make a Valentine plate to give to Dan.  It came out looking okay.  You can tell it’s homemade, and that perhaps I had a glass or two of red wine.  Just saying.   Here’s a pic of me with my gorgeous gal pals Tara, Kate and Marcie.  I look so yuck-o!  Can you say root touch up, and tummy tuck, please?
  2. Last week we spent quite a lot of time indoors.  Parker had a little runny nose, but I think Mason and I got the brunt of the virus, which left me with an ear infection (painful!) and Mason with a nasty cough and yucky nose. We tried to make the best of it though, and Parker had fun playing “doctor” to Mason. 
  3. Parker is pretty obsessed with Mickey right now.  Nana and Poppy got him a Mickey plate and place mat for Christmas, and we’ve been holding out on showing him who Mickey really is. Until one lonesome Saturday afternoon, we decided to see if it was On Demand on TV and it was.  He’s been hooked ever since!  We happened to be at the mall that same weekend and they had “buy one plush character, get one free”, so we surprised Parker with his very own Mickey Mouse.  He was thrilled!  Since Mason loves dogs so much, we got him a plush Pluto.  He was all smiles too.  Parker’s favorite thing is the hot dog dance!  Next time you see him, ask him about it.  He’ll go bananas! Disney this year, perhaps?
  4. I’m getting excited, but also a little sad (mixed emotions!) about Mason turning one next month.  I’m excited about his party and celebrating him, but I’m sad that my baby is almost a toddler.  Didn’t Parker just become a toddler not too long ago?  Mason is my BABY! What is going on! Time is going by too fast!  We’re having his party at Kangazoom this year.  Normally I would try to do something more adult since it’s his first, but Mason really loves this place!  He loves the slides, the infant area, the bounc-ie things.  He loves it all!  So, I’m going to let the boy have fun and enjoy his birthday.  We’re doing Animals on Parade theme, and I found this most adorable invitation.  I’m also making a little picture banner for him.  This pic isn’t so good, but it gives you an idea. 
  5. My days have been pretty crazy lately with Mason being more mobile, and Parker being, well… two.  Parker is having a really hard time transitioning from being at a fun place, to leaving.  He is melt down central.  I stand strong, don’t give in, keep a stern face and just complete the nasty transaction, but it takes every bit of fun out of going places.  The same exact thing happens when he wakes up from his nap.  Tantrum central!!  Someone told me the other day that it is just the age, and there isn’t anything you can do about it.  I really hope that’s true.  I’ve tried everything to help him. I know he has big emotions, and doesn’t quite know how to express them, but it can be pretty draining at times.  I sympathize with him that he can’t express himself in a more positive manner.  I mean, it is tough having to leave places that you want to be at, AND not have any control over wanting to stay.  I’ve tried giving him warnings that we’re leaving, talking to him before we go places, saying if he’s on good behavior leaving then he’ll get a sucker, or get to watch a program in the car, but it doesn’t matter.  He still gets SO RIDICULOUSLY UPSET! Since I know it’s hard for him to leave, I don’t scold him or punish, but I don’t reward the behavior either.  I just grin and bear it.  Is that the right thing to do?  Hell if I know!  AND when he gets up from his nap? 95% of the time he is SCREAMING “MOMMY!!” over and over and over again until I come and get him (usually about an hour into his nap) and in FULL tantrum mode.  5% of the time, he yells then goes back to sleep and wakes up refreshed, but typically wakes up screaming, wakes Mason up in the process, then doesn’t want to do anything but cry.  I offer a snack NO!, I offer a program on TV, NO!, I offer to hold him, give him hugs Oh HELL NO!  (he doesn’t say that, but I know he’s thinking that!)  Then finally, after a few minutes of crying hysterically, he sits down at the table and eats his snack, and watches a program on TV and calms down a bit.  But why does he do this?  He’s an angel to be around most of the day, but these two tantrums that happen daily are wearing on me!  Tell me this is normal, and that there are other Moms out there about to lose their mind over this…Please?
  6. Dan’s Crohn’s has been flaring a lot lately.  Ugh, it’s just been an uphill battle for him!  This new study drug that he’s on, Cimzia has seemed to help some, but he can’t seem to get off the prednisone without his side flaring up, resulting in excruciating pain.  Prednisone will help reduce all the inflammation in his intestines, but it’s not a drug that he should be staying on long term because it has horrible side effects.  He’s been so strong through all of this, and I don’t know how he does it. He has such a busy travel schedule, a demanding job and family.  It’s really been tough for him, and tough on the family.  We’re fearing that surgery is the inevitable, but Dan is going to talk to his doctor and do all he can before we deem surgery as the only viable option.  To make matters more complex, there may or may not be a career change for him.  This is something that we’re praying through along with the issues with the Crohn’s and seeking God’s guidance on.  Prayers are welcomed!
  7. Valentines Day was fun. I have lots of pics, so I’ll do a separate post for that.
  8. I think I hear little Mason stirring in his crib.  Time to break out the snacks and sippy cup, and take care of that basket of laundry before it’s time to pick up Parker!

Rain Watching

I love when it rains.  It’s especially appealing when I don’t have anywhere to go, and we’re just lounging around the homestead.  Today, while it was raining, and I was folding laundry, I opened the window to let in the cool damp air. I enjoyed watching the boys peek out the window, and capturing some sweet moments in the process.

Snack Time!

Mason is finally old enough to sit at the table.  Well, not entirely, but with some supervision.  He’s been having a regular snack time with Parker lately since he’s dropped bottles during the day, and switched to the sippy cup.  He loves feeling like a big boy hanging out with his brother at the big kid table!