Friday, July 3, 2015

Brendan's Visit

This past weekend, plus a few extra days, was great!! My third youngest brother, Brendan, came up for a visit. We had such a great time!

Our first stops, of course, were Dave's Pizza and The Shops of Grand River, with my mom who had brought him. It is one of the few, but good, places that allows pets. It was fun! And, the boys knew that about half way through the numerous stores they could get slushies and pretzels out of Grandma. Haha! Thanks for the treats, Mom! 

 


After dinner on Friday, Brendan and I ran to Target to get the needed goodies for us grown ups. This not only included Orange Fanta, gummy bears, and licorice... But also a taste of the Force:

Yes, that is a marshmallow Stormtrooper and a cereal TIE Fighter and X-Wing. Score!

Saturday, we introduce Brendan to the wonders of Costco! He was rather impressed with the sizes of things that you could buy. We even got a huge Costco pizza to take home! Yum!

While the boys played with Jason, he helped me get dinner started in the kitchen. I'm not sure if he knew I took this picture or not. But, you can only take so many of Brendan before reaching his personal quota. Love you!



Sundays are lazy family days around here. After Mass and lunch at Moe's, Austin went down for a nap while the rest of us played Super Mario Brothers and Wii Resort. I have been banned (by my doing...) from playing Mario with the boys. But, listening to all the guys playing, big and little, was HILARIOUS!

On Monday (sadly, Jason was out of town most of this week), we traveled a little south of Birmingham to check out the sights at The American Village. What a cool place!! I have had this on my list of places to go for a good while now. I'm glad Brendan had picked it out. Andrew and Alex loved it, too! 

The Colonial Chapel where we heard Patrick Henry's famous speech. Andrew thought he was pretty cool.

Where Patrick Henry stood in the Chapel. Beautiful!

Liberty Bell Garden

The National Veterans Shrine - Brendan's favorite place! He was able to speak with one of the Veterans while we toured this beautiful building.

Andrew and Alex went on a Scavenger Hunt to find some pretty amazing things inside the Shrine.
 
Liberty embracing the fall of one of Her men during the Revolutionary War.
 
Mount Vernon

Brendan hard at work in the Oval Office

Encampment

Brendan took Andrew and Alex down to see the Encampment up close
After some shopping was done in the gift shop, which YES! included a new addition to my coffee mug collection, we headed back up the road and stopped for lunch. Everyone was starving from all the fun that was had at the American Village. We can't wait to go back!!


Tuesday morning, we headed out to the movies for one of the summer $1 flicks. Brendan hadn't seen Mr. Peabody and Sherman. So, after watching the trailer for it on YouTube, among many other videos we had to share with each other, he decided it would be fun to watch. And, yeah! We got the butter soaked movie popcorn and huge drinks! We don't get out much... Ha!

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Wednesday came around and it was time for the fun to {almost} end. Brendan was heading back home today. Mom drove back up and met us at the Galleria this time. There was a "threat" of storms (which apparently decided to hold off until today...and for the 4th of July...) so our normal outside options weren't in the cards. 

Seeing an Ironman Transformer of some sort was cool.
But, since the Lego store is at the Galleria, the boys were fine with the change of plans. 

Well...Austin wasn't a fan.. He was told not to open the Legos until we got home. But, we knew a cookie would fix that frown in a heartbeat.

But, our time with Brendan was coming to an end... So, once we said our goodbyes, we all headed in our different directions back home.

Mr. Sleepy

Austin was pretty tired, so he took more of a real nap at home. The other two knew that the time has come for their new Lego sets to be taken care of finally! Here are two of them -Lunar Rovers (by the way, go Lego Store for the freebies to honor space exploration this month!). I'll have to get a better pic of Andrew's Snow Truck and Alex's Swamp Police set later. 

 Once Austin woke up he got down to business with his little pond set.

Busy builder man

It is so crazy to think that the next time we see Brendan... He will be a soldier of the United States Army. I am so very proud of him. We all are! He is one amazing guy and I am so very happy to call him my brother. And, I am so grateful for the time he was able to spend with us these past few days. Sure, he may not like his photo taken, but I grabbed what I could and I am so thrilled that I did. Here are my favorites that I will end with. We love you Brendan!!



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Friday Photo Dump

There's a whole lot of cleaning up, packing up, and putting up going on around here. This includes my phone's camera stash... Here are some June pictures I never got around to sharing. Enjoy!

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Hanging out at the park

 




My little boy is still my little baby


And then my baby gets stolen for a few minutes my little boy.... 


Note: That stuffed animal is about 30 years old. That was my baby when I was little. He still is, actually. That was a gift from my Grand-daddy and I still love it. So much that I wouldn't....and still won't let anyone else have him for more than 5 minutes. Lamby-Kins is in hiding right now. Safe and sound. Whew!

Mornings are for smoothies and waffles/pancakes


Mornings are also for playing outside until the sun is too much. 


Then, of course, that's what tents are for...shade. As long as you have the chimney shadow, too. 


Until it starts to go away. Then you move the tent. 


 Until all the shade is gone... And you come back inside to catch up on your Lego reading. 



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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Answers For All Those Crazy Questions {Home Sweet Home}


Wanna play along? Click here!
 
1. How long have you lived in your current home?


8 years?!?! Yep. It may be more like 8 years and 2 weeks or so... We moved almost everything in the week or 2 before we got married (mainly Jason's stuff). It was so funny. All we had in the living room at the time was what can only be described as Darth Vader's TV and the Big Blue Chair. I think about a month later is when we got the sofa and loveseat. Haha! Those were the days of a very quiet, very clean home. Not so much anymore. But, I wouldn't change anything about about those years.

And, I suppose....I can add the 3 remaining weeks we have left in this home. 22 days until we move!!!! Whoo hoo!!!

Wanna see a tour before we start packing up? Check it out!

2. How do you find out about news and current events? 

Well....I used to watch the local news in the mornings while the boys ate breakfast. But I have a brother going into the Army at the end of the summer, so I just can't. It it important usually a friend or my mom will call/text me about this or that. But, honestly...American media is the pits. Every now and then I will go check out the global news from BBC. Also, I have enough to worry about within these walls. And, I can't change anything that is happening in the world anyway.

3. Would you be able to make change for a twenty right now? For a dollar?

Not for a twenty...unless you didn't mind a ton of pennies! I could for $1 if I dig enough in my car.

4. What's the craziest food you've ever eaten?

I'm not much of an adventurer in this department... We were just at the American Village and I picked up some rock candy. The boys thought those things were pretty crazy!


5. Which of the commonly removed parts have you had removed? (tonsils, wisdom teeth, appendix, etc.)

I'm pretty sure I have everything still. I've only had surgeries to meet my babies - counting down to the next one as soon as I have the date set! I will be 32 weeks on Saturday! GASP!

6. What is your favorite sport to watch on TV? 

By default, I am supposed to say, "FOOTBALL!!! GO PACK GO!!!" I think that was part of the marriage vows. I'm just there for the parties, yummy food, beer, and cute clothes. 




And, hey, Jason is always fun to watch. 


 And all the YouTube parody videos, too. 



Good times, people. Good times.

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Have a great week!!
 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Photo Tour: Where Our Story Began

Welcome to "Our Little House"
(as the boys say)

  


 

 




There you have it! Those were just some of the photos from our current home.

I can't wait to show you our new house!



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