Happy, Happy Sunday Everyone! What a beautiful day it was to celebrate all the dad’s out there. Those that work or worked hard to provide for our/their families, today is your day! Today is also the day we celebrate mom’s doing double duty. Keep up the amazing job your children if aren’t old enough to appreciate all you do soon will. Today we enjoyed family! My parents, brother and nephew joined us to enjoy an afternoon of great food, turtle searching, family pictures, boxing, weeding and just being a family that always has a silly, fun time. These are the moments I cherish!
This morning S woke Joe to tell him how much fun she had at his friends yesterday…it was the first time her and K had been up later than 9p.m. It was 1145p.m. to be exact! YIKES! It was also their first time on a trampoline so they had a blast! They both slept until after 8 a.m. But were definitely still tired today! After they all made their way downstairs S and K set Joe up on the porch to have coffee and open his gifts…they were so excited! I will say they did a great job so great they had Joe in tears over the gifts. He was truly heart warmed by the thoughtfulness of the gifts. Besides the shorts and Polo they picked out the true gifts were homemade. One was a picture I mentioned I did with them about a month ago. Writing on their feet bottoms and photographing them. I found a great barn wood frame at the local flea market last week and used S’s first ever finger painting on foil to mat it! The second I used a template I found via Pinterest and interviewed S about Joe! K being two it was a bit too much just yet. I then put it into one of the frames I picked up at a garage sale and re-vamped! I so look forward to doing this in the upcoming years with both of them!
FINALLY, FINALLY I can say the waterfall and pond are complete! Landscaping and all! Joe and the kids went first thing to get a few last plants and also picked up two Red Ear Slider Turtles! S named her Cin-Da-Rella; I know imagine that! K named his Softie! Lol!
Now I need to back up as besides the crunch of getting the water feature complete by Joe my sister-in-law as mentioned is in town. We had a really great time this week just enjoying the sunshine taking walks and playing outside. They have also enjoyed dressing their Aunt Connie up or as they say taking her to their spa! S has mastered working all gates and locks as we’ll so sneaking down to visit her Aunt before she wakes has also been an exciting thing…not sure Connie loves but she is a champ about it all!
We had an opportunity to go to her families petting zoo too! S and K are animal fanatics so they were beyond excited! I have to admit I got a bit excited too when we arrived and they had a two month old porcupine to hold! I wanted to take that little guy appropriately named Chum Lee home with us! S wanted to take a kitten and K a Pygmy Goat or Lemur and honestly I would have agreed to all as I was in love with all three!! Then reality hit…I have a one and a half-year old German Shepherd, a five-year old Boston Terrier and an eleven year old Miniature Pinscher who we love and aren’t ready for more four-legged friends now:)
Well it’s off to get ready for another exciting week with these two crazy babies and hoping to get some furniture rehabbing done to share too! So until next time be well!
Oh my what a week it was…and as the saying goes all good things must come to an end and boo for that! As this morning was the first day in six days that getting up with the kiddos occurred. My mother in law arrived last Sunday evening and immediately Monday morning jumped in getting up with S at 630a.m. Which I wasn’t expecting so we were all up to have some breakfast. K woke and by 10:30 a.m. the house was dead silent as Papa and Grandma took the kids to go visit/meet our nephews wife and their new baby as well as run a few other errands. I had no idea what to do with myself. Being they were in town to help me recover from a recent surgery I cozied in a slept for a few hours. Waking up to a still quiet house I watched a little tv…my own show of which I knew no other channel than Disney Junior and our local public access channel; Lol! I made dinner and that was the last day this occurred during their visit as my mother in law says “I can’t cook, but am happy to pay!” So carry out it was for majority of the week!
Tuesday was beautiful and I hadn’t really been outside so we went for a walk stopping at the park! Grandma zipped between giving under dogs on the swings to the slides to uneven bars. Having not seen these two at a park recently she didn’t know what monkeys they were! S and K most appreciated Grandmas slide participation!
My girlfriend Amelia was in town on business so my MIL and FIL took care of the kids allowing me to join her for a little dinner and wine. This was wonderful as we rarely get to see each other and as a mom it’s important to get out every now and then for a few good laughs with those other than the ones you are with day in and day out.
Wednesday Grandma and S time I thought was appropriate so K and I played trucks while they went for pedicure. Oh yeah and…drum roll! Tuesday night K went poop on the potty with Grandma! I know and she was worried the week would be a bore! So they also went to get him big boy underwear! Wednesday morning he went twice with me! So exciting! I am totally not pushing the issue this time around so we are still in diapers and when he asks for the potty we run to it!
Thursday and Friday it was off to the races to find treasures at the many garage sales in ours and surrounding towns as I mentioned last week S is a garage sale’ing diva so we had a blast! In the downtime Thursday and Friday we used our greatest find which was this crazy sprays everywhere sprinkler! Grandma had a blast cooling off with the kiddos. Papa had the opportunity to teach or try to teach K some card games! He tried very hard to stack like Papa but it turned in to more of a fifty-two pick up of sorts! Fun none the less!
You may wonder where Joe was during this week…we just about have our waterfall/Koi pond complete. He was working feverishly on this as we have to get sod in this week. Due to the last load of stones not ready for pick up Friday it will be completed early this week! But here are a few pictures including the 2500lb stone he set last Tuesday! I can’t wait to enjoy this feature of our backyard!
Saturday night Joe’s brother and wife arrived, his brother departed today but my sister-in-law is visiting until the 4th! So we are now starting the next bit of fun and craziness! But my brother-in-law wasn’t let depart this morning without a good hour full of a kitchen dance party with S and K! I’m pretty sure he couldn’t wait to catch that plane out! Lol! My sister-in-law was doing Mermaid creations one sip after her morning Mountain Dew! Oh how I love family and the madness these two beautiful children bring to our lives!
Happy Monday to all and Thank You doesn’t even touch on how much we appreciate our parents help these past two weeks! The memories created will surely last a lifetime!
Ok I’m a few days late in my check in. It’s been a busy week over here! I have had my mom and now my in-laws here helping me which has been wonderful. I mean my mom was here making dinners including chicken caccatoire and shrimp fried rice! The kids loved both which I’m sure if I make they will say they hate because isn’t it true no one does anything as good as mom/grandma! Mom also turned S into a garage saleing diva! Every time they got in the car she said “are we going saleing?” Bummed when the response wasn’t yes! We enjoyed lunch out and I will say this was the first time in a long time there has been no technology at the table so I had some anxiety going in to it. Well these two were fantastic! Used their manors and stayed occupied by being involved in our conversation and coloring! Who would have thought. Next time you are out and you immediately go for the iPad or DVD wait and give them the opportunity to be toddlers and take part in your real conversation and using good old fashion crayons and paper! I’m sure your tots will surprise you too!
Mom ok is a big yoga guru which I’m excited to start doing next week with her! So in sticking with her routine she had the kids doing yoga in the mornings. They of coursed loved doing silly poses with grandma!
On to our garden…all that we planted seems to be producing! Our tomato plants and peppers are flowering. Our grapes are clustering. Our beans and onions are sprouting! But the biggest Woo Hoo we have to report is our strawberry bush is producing! We woke up to this sweet little strawberry on the counter! Not many things make me smile before coffee but this little gem did the trick! If I haven’t mentioned before this my very first garden. Our garden last year which Joe did was ginormous and honestly just too much was going on. My down sized beds are easy to maintain and it seems like the new location is working great too!
4th of July has turned into a favorite holiday for me. I 100% think this is due to Joe and his families love for it. Each year his family would get together to not only celebrate Independence Day but also his grandfathers birthday! I still remember my first time going to their family party. His grandparents live in a very small town in a cute farm house with what seems to be endless rows of Apple trees in the back. Everyone brought a dish, which was all comfort food. When I say comfort food I mean those recipes that remind you of being a kid. You know pineapple upside down cake, spaghetti noodle pasta, grilled burgers and hot dogs without buns, dump cake! All traditional yummy food. So anyway, let me get back on track! With his grandfathers passing Joe decided he wanted to keep the tradition alive. This year will be the 6th party we have hosted and yes we have turned it up a bit. If you know Joe you know nothing is done small with him and any celebration. We always try to have fun activities which started with dunk tanks, volleyball, horseshoes you know traditional summer fun! We have now grown to pig roasting, pony rides, jump houses and face painters! Getting prepared for the party takes a bit of time and communication. But I love getting crafty for this holiday! I can put my decorations out Memorial Day and I usually leave them up until Labor Day! So this week I made two crafts to get the holiday started off right! One being a red, white, and blue burlap bow wreath and the second my pallet flag for the porch. I love how both turned out. Next I’m going to paint my mason jars which I look forward to sharing in a few days as this project I plan to put the kids on. I mean how can you mess painting a jar up?
Our backyard is turning into something too! Joe has been working diligently on getting the water fountain and Koi pond installed. A job we initially planned to have contracted out but after researching Joe has decided to take the project on himself. Which has to be completed this week in order for us to move to the next party perpetration item which is laying sod. Sod needs three weeks before it can have heavy traffic so as the clock ticks Joe is working away!
I look forward to sharing the adventures S and K have with as they say “New Papa and Grandma” in just a few days. I will say today they had a blast. It down poured when they left so they got lost but when they made it to lunch and play land they were as happy as two pigs in mud! Nap went to the way side today but I’m sure come tomorrow we will get back to a more normal schedule. No nap and two toddlers all day is exhausting!
Thanks for checking in! Enjoy your Monday evening!
P.S. This is just a pic of what Koi fish are so you don’t have to google them. These are not ours…