Lisenby Week in Review

Ok so this week has been pretty great with my management team! S and K that is!! The weather has been all over the board which has stunk but we are managing! K is still in love with shouting out “I don’t care, I love it, I love it!” and S has a standard response of “Oh my Gosh Mom!” to almost everything so status quo there. Our yard is planned to start taking on a new look this upcoming week so the kids will be terribly upset to see the mound of dirt gone but I’m sure a water feature going in will make for them to think we have put this in for their enjoyment! I look forward to sharing pictures for now we have just put in the final plantings in the retaining wall and last of stone path.

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We met up with a girlfriend this week at a great little place I definitely recommend checking out if you have kids ages 0-4. It is called Yu Kids Island, LLC! Yu Kids Island, LLC. They totally have this toddler entertainment thing down! All bright-colored, soft activities including merry-go-round, bouncy slide, a space that’s filled with balloons flying all over the place and a slide that is made of a plexi glass type product with water under it! S and K could stay all day and the set up I will say allows for mom/dad/grandparents/caregivers to take a break and sit at a half counter and watch the kids. The girls working are great helping the little ones get on a little taller stuff and constantly cleaning the area.

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On to a fun product we tried this week!  The Got Milk Straws! Yes they have been around for years but we are just getting to try out!  S and K spotted these while grocery shopping and of course my initial thought was “I’m not spending money on something we buy squeeze bottles of for much less” but then I thought “ok they are being good and I would rather spend money on something to go in their milk as to them asking and likely me arguing over not buying a dollar toy”. So in the cart they went…some may say I just bribed them and you are 100% correct but is it really bribery if it’s food?!  We recently introduced chocolate milk to them so when S saw strawberry she couldn’t wait to try!  We’ll after all the excitement I will say K loves these as he thinks it’s candy so it’s a no brainer for him.  S on the other hand prefers fruits and veggies so she hasn’t asked for it again.  I tried and will say yes it does the trick but to get the full chocolate effect I had to break up the little chocolate pieces.  So for now I think we will stick with the squeeze bottles or at least until we are in another grocery store that does genius product placement of the product!

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A few other things for the week! We got a jump start on dad’s Father’s Day gifts.  The first one we did was I interviewed S with a serious of questions about Joe.  I will type it up on cute paper and frame it for his day.  I will start this with K next year!  We also did a cute “We Love You” gift which I wish I could share the step by step process with you but my computer crashed and away went those pictures so once complete I will share!

http://http://kinzieskreations.blogspot.ca/2012/05/fathers-day-printable.html

http://http://www.thehowtomommy.com/how-to-do-odds-ends/how-to-give-fathers-day-gifts/

Last I created each of the kids their own email address!  I read about doing this somewhere and each month sending them an email and when they turn eighteen give them the password!  I love this idea I think I will share the address with grandmas and papas too!

OK have a great Sunday everyone! I’m headed to take part in the Cancer Assault Challenge that includes fifteen obstacles of mud, water, etc.  wish me luck and I will share the experience tomorrow!

 

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Lisenby Landscaping or it seems…

A beautiful Mother’s Day it was today! I enjoyed breakfast on the porch with S followed by brunch with my family minus my beautiful older sister. She is currently in Thailand playing with elephants with her family and yes I but more so S is very jealous! What an incredible experience! After brunch it was to the flea market and home for naps at least this was how the day went for the kids and I! Joe on the other hand was two cups of coffee in and eagerly waiting for the appropriate time to start his skid loader and bobcat in the backyard! As I mentioned before we are in the process of starting a fairly large addition but prior to we have things such as retaining walls and general landscape that needs tending too. So play space in the yard has went from about a football field to the goalie box! Ok not really but that’s how it feels as work is in progress S and K need to have a safe space and the dirt hill isn’t always it! So Joe put in our new retaining wall before brunch and when we got home planted three more trees finishing just as the down pour started.

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There are a few ways I feel about the start of work on our home including and most important; how the heck will I manage S and K during all this as Joe does much of the work himself or assists in it so yes he will be home physically but the mental is all on this girl when it comes to S and K!
As I share the journey of my two little managers I look forward to also including you in on my journey of the addition on our home!
I hope all those moms, soon to be moms or any male or female that has taken on this role had a truly great day and we will chat again very soon!