Enjoying Summer Break |iphoneography|

This summer with the boys out of school and having three mobile kiddos to entertain and keep up with, I’ve been working to keep ourselves busy without feeling exhausted from too many planned activities. One of my favorite things about having a break from preschool is not having to rush out the door early in the morning with three kids. I love snuggling in the bed with the kids, enjoying cartoons and delaying going downstairs for breakfast until after 8am.
I did plan a few things over the summer to keep the kids entertained. I decided to put together a playgroup for every Friday during the summer. I invited little friends that Parker and Mason either go to school with, or friends that they don’t get to see as much during the school year from previous play groups, and a few new little friends from the neighborhood. It’s been two weeks and there was a great turn out both weeks! Lots of little friends came to play at the park with us. We’ve done Wills Park and Sims Lake Park so far and we have Old Atlanta Splash Pad, The Art Barn, and Sharon Forks Library to celebrate the famous Author Eric Carl’s birthday for the month of June.
We’ve also been to the zoo with some friends, which is always a big hit with the kids, even if it’s slightly exhausting for us Mamas!

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Last week we enjoyed some grown-up time away from the kiddos, and went to see my favorite musician Jack Johnson. We went with a couple in our neighborhood who had mentioned that they like his music too. We had dinner beforehand and then headed over to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. We enjoyed a wonderful evening of music, drinks, friends and summer fun!
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This weekend Parker went on a Father-son vacation with Daddy to go see his best friend Jim and his family in Philadelphia. Parker had a blast going to Sesame Place, enjoying a few local parks and spending some quality time with Daddy while he showed him around where he grew up.
I spent the weekend with the two youngest, playing it low key. We enjoyed park time, pool time, indoor play time and sweet treats.
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This week we have the boys enrolled I swim class. We feel they need a refresher course, so our mornings are packed with towels, swim suits and lessons for the week!

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Looking forward to seeing what the rest of the summer holds. It is my favorite season of all!

Sharing Parker’s ♥

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed the first week of life with little Parker.  We have enjoyed the many visits from family and friends to welcome him into this world.

With Mommy

With Mommy

With Daddy

With Daddy

With Tara

With Tara

With Lisa and Esther

With Lisa and Esther

With Aunt Marie and Rachel

With Aunt Marie and Rachel

With Jen

With Jen

With Nanny and Aunt Amanda

With Nanny and Aunt Amanda

With Nana

With Nana

With Lizzie Lou

With Lizzie Lou

With Grandpa

With Grandpa

With Grandma Ren

With Grandma Ren

With uncle Chris

With uncle Chris

Shower of Love

I am truly blessed to have such wonderful family and friends in my life.   This weekend I had my first shower of love at my aunt Marie’s house for little Parker.  It was such a good time laughing at everyone’s goofy personalities, enjoying delicious food, and opening some very nice gifts.  It’s starting to feel real now that I have little onsies to hold up, diapers, “Parker’s Boo Boo Box” (complements of Angie), not to mention bottles, carseat and many other great gifts.  Jess has been a big help with helping me organize the clothes and gifts in the nursery.  This will defiantly be a weekend I won’t soon forget.

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Painting for Parker

We got two things crossed off our before baby “To Do” list!  It was a team effort with help from our friends Kristin, Scott, Jason, Leslie and Michelle.  Lizzie (our dog) tried to help too, but we all agreed that that probably would not be a good idea.  Everyone did such a great job and we had a great time painting, eating a  delicious pizza lunch and enjoying frozen push up icy pops!

The second thing we got to crossed off our task list was power washing our back patio.  Scott brought over his power washer and the back patio and front driveway looks as good as new!  It was so gross too, especially the back.

The baby’s room looks great.  We are so thankful for great friends.  The bedroom was painted with love and everyone added their own special touch!  Dan and I moved the furniture back and added our wall decal above Parker’s Crib.  It looks really cute.  We’re going to wait to snap pictures when the room is done completely.

Last week I started on the window treatments for Parker’s room.  It was pretty challenging in the beginning, but I finally finished one panel and I’m hoping to finish the second one before the end of next week.  It’s a cute pattern with a white background and little blue owls.

More updates to come!

Easter Weekend

Dan and I had a great Easter weekend.  Friday we saw a great comedy show at the Funny Farm.  There were some british comedians that were really good.  We had a great time.  One of the coolest things happened on Friday too…I felt the baby move!  I had a big dinner which consisted of a salmon sandwich (sounds gross, but it’s really good) and tater tots (reminding us all of good ol’ Napolian Dynamite) and a brownie topped with icecream (which I could barely finish).  I think the brownie is what set little sqiggles in motion!  It was such a great feeling.

Saturday Dan and I went back to Ga Baby and Kids to finalize our baby furniture purchase.  We stopped off at “Baby’s Room” another baby furniture place first, but we weren’t too impressed with their furniture.  The staff didn’t seem as nice and helpful either.  So, we finally decided on a discounted floor model that was one of the higher-end of their lines at GA Baby and Kids.  It had been discounted a few thousand dollars and with the amount of furniture, quality of hard wood, and european design, I think we got a great deal.  Here’s the furniture we decided on:

Capretti

Capretti Collection

The floor model that was discounted included a crib, armoire, 5 drawer chest, dresser with detachable changing station, and nightstand.  The picture looks like the furniture is black, but it is really  a dark wood color instead of painted black.  Since it is a floor model, we’re getting the room finished this week, and the furniture delivered on Saturday.  I can’t wait!  right now the room is bare, but once we get the carpet stretched and cleaned this week we’ll be in good shape!   We picked out our glider as well. The ones at Ga Baby and Kids were about a thousand dollars for the exposed wood gliders, and that just seemed a bit too pricey.  So, we looked at Babies R Us and they had lots to choose from.  This is what we decided on:

Chenelle Glider with Ottoman

Chenille Glider

It doesn’t look like much, but as soon as I sat in it I just sank down in the chair.   It is SO comfortable!  We got the ottoman that goes with it, and it was WAY less than the thousand that the other place wanted.  We’ll get that in about 12 weeks.  So, that’s it for the big items!  We just need to plan on painting the room after we find out what we’re having on Monday!

We ended the evening with my Mom and sister Amanda coming over for dinner.  We enjoyed dinner and a movie.  The movie (Disaster movie) was a little silly…but still entertaining.  We had a good time coloring and decorating eggs and spending time with each other for the holiday.

We had such a great time yesterday for Easter.  We started the day off taking care of the little boogers in the church nursery.  We had about 12 little 1 year olds to watch and it actually went pretty well.  We enjoyed the service and message that Steven preached.  There’s always something that I can take away from his teachings.

Lunch was at Aunt Angie’s house like the years before.  We always have a great time with the family catching up.  We hadn’t seen everyone since Christmas, and some it’s been longer.  I love visiting family and seeing the many ways that God has blessed us all and for that I am thankful.

Sunday night we had a wonderful time over at our friends Scott and Kristin’s house.  We had a lovely dinner and had a great time laughing and goofing off with friends.  We had our first-time ever grown-up Easter egg hunt! It was a lot of fun…most of all because I won!  Yep, that’s right I found the most eggs.  It must’ve been mother hen’s intution!    The guys started up a bon fire and we had a good time hanging out and watching the guys see how high they could get the flames to rage.  Good times.

Gone Shopping

Dan and I had such a good time meeting our friends Lily and Jim for breakfast at Alon’s (which has the most incredible pastries in all of Atlanta) and then went to see if we could dig up some cool finds at Scott Antique market.  Lily flew in from California, and Jim flew in from NY just for the weekend.  We were hoping to score some deals at the show.

There are so many really unique pieces there that you just don’t see everywhere in your typical store around the corner.  They had one dealer that had several old well buckets.  They were a little beat up and definately had some character.  That was the only thing we ended up getting.  We purposely took Dan’s car so we wouldn’t be tempted to get huge pieces of furniture.  It was really fun getting to see Lily and Jim and just enjoy the time with Dan.  I’m definately going to hit up this show next month!