I had just under two weeks between Andrew's first day of school and Aria's arrival. We definitely made sure to make the most of it! Library cards, playground fun, baking, and naptime games were all checked off the list. Check it out!
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Another major life change to check off: The first day of kindergarten for my first...gasp!
Really, Andrew has been ready for this day since finding out the date that school was scheduled to start. Once the week of the big event came, we watched about 30 YouTube videos of kindergarten kids riding the school bus - wait what?! Yep, my baby is riding the big yellow school bus. Ahhh!! He loves it though!! He was definitely nervous to get on once it showed up at our driveway, but by the end of the day he was so happy he did it!
Quote of the day: I, of course, asked Andrew how his first day was and wanted to know everything... He tells me all about his new friends and his teacher, all the things they did, and how cool the gym and lunchroom were. Then he says, "I do have one bad thing to tell you, Mama." (Enter me thinking, what kid do I have to punch?! Or, what did YOU do?! Just kidding!) "Mama, that bus does NOT have air conditioning!!" LOL I love him!!
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Well, that was a much longer break than expected. I must let you in on a secret, though... First, I apologize if this post looks funky or anything. Second, I'm using the Blogger app...on my phone. Ugh. We have no internet yet. That's the secret. Yep, some internet providers are being rather difficult.
Anyway, we shall try out this Blogger app and see where it takes us!
We moved into our gorgeous new home on July 24th and have LOVED being here!! It is such an amazing home. We are just so, so happy here!!
We have had many visitors in the past weeks since moving in and it's been wonderful. Just having space for people to actually feel more welcome is nice! We even had out first game night with my brothers, including Brendan!!!
Side note: Brendan left for Basic Training at the beginning of August. My mom has been writing to him every day since getting his address. She has even received a few phone calls! I started writing to him once I got back from the hospital. Any family friends out there interested in sending one awesome brother of mine mail, let me know! He loves getting mail!!
As I have said, I'm using this Blogger app...and am going to attempt to share some photos. I hope this works! Stay tuned for more posts as I learn to navigate this thing!
Monday, July 20, 2015
Ok, then. On to the photos!!
|Another great day for the McWane Center!|
|Stealing the last handful of boxes to color on, play in, or watch movies. Love it!|
|One CRAZY storm. I mean it. I heard that a LOT of trees went down near this house and the new one. WOW!|
|Finished packing up the rest of the kitchen leaving a few essentials for the final day.|
|Watching Toy Story together <3|
Oh! And I have a movie to share, too!! Alex was reading the Micky Mouse Clubhouse Look and Find book to Austin. It was just too cute to not share!
Have a great weekend!!
Sunday, July 19, 2015
OH. MY. GOSH.
Y'all. Kindergarten? I know... We all knew this day was coming. Only, in normal circumstances, you are only counting down to that day a not a handful of other life changes all in one season. Oh, dear.
Anyway, as a way of getting this Kindergarten show on the road, Jason and I each took a Saturday and had ourselves an "Andrew and Me Day" - YAY!!
Basically, we told Andrew, "This Saturday is with just Mommy. Next Saturday is with just Daddy." Then he asks what the Saturday after that was and that made this all even more exciting to him. That 3rd Saturday will be in our new house!!
Anyway, in true Mama-Style, here is a recap of last Saturday's "Andrew Extravaganza!"
#1: Breakfast at Cracker Barrel!
#2: Hanging out with "Iron Man" aka The Vulcan!
I will say, at first I didn't know we were going to go up. I am NOT a fan of the grated walkway area at the top. I mean, if y'all want to see where you will meet death, then look over the rail... I do NOT need to see it right under my feet! Ahhh!
As we were walking inside to see the museum, which I have never been in before, Andrew bonked his head on one of the rails... Poor guy. Well, the museum guy, felt bad for him and gave us free admission into the museum and the Vulcan. I asked Andrew if he wanted to go up (secretly hoping he would say a big no thanks), and after about 5 minutes of thinking he decided to do it. (Super.) He LOVED going up the glass elevator and he thought it was so cool to see the while city from way up high. I had to put my brave face on and agree with all of it, snap a photo, and prayed we would get back down the same way we got up there. I know... I know... I am so lame. But we did it and it really was a lot of fun!
|Mama's attempt and having Andrew "hold" the Vulcan LOL|
#4: What better way to end the fun than wandering the aisles of Target with a super fun drink!! And, no! This wasn't my idea. Andrew totally asked about kids drinks at "Target Coffee" aka Starbucks.
How exciting!! Starbucks is featuring the mini-sized frappes right now. They are like half the size of a tall, I think. Perfect for little hands. Andrew chose Birthday Cake complete with sprinkles. He said he knows it's not his birthday yet, but this day was like a party! Love this kid!
It was a fantastic day!!
|The Lightning Tree - an ELECTRICAL engineers favorite! ;)|
Thursday, July 9, 2015
All the packing!!! Seriously. I am loving it! The boys are, too!
|Took all the boxes home from a friend who just moved!|
|Austin makes sure to pack the essentials! LOL|
My amazing friends!!!
Last night, my awesome girls and I parties it up to celebrate this little girl of mine! We had so much fun!! I am pretty blessed to have them in my life! Love, y'all!
Oh, the planning. The planning is tuning into something else, let me tell you!
A. 15 days until we move!
B. 34 days until Andrew starts kindergarten - aaah!!!!
C. 49 days until Aria is in my arms!! GASP!!
I mean...WOW!! There is SO much to get done.
For moving - I'm averaging about 5 boxes packed a day. The majority of our stuff is already over at the new house. I got the U-Haul reserved. Our address has been changed. Mail taken care of. Utilities stuff mostly done. I'm sure there is more...
For Kindergarten - I have Andrew partially registered. I just need the deed and all those things that prove we live where we will be living in the next 15 days!
For Aria - I know. You are wondering... I had my doc appointment today and we schedule the c-section!! YAY!!! She will be born (she better not come before...) on August 26th!!! YAY!!!! I have a few more things I need to get, but that will all happen very soon.
Lots of to do lists!
A lot of explosions from imaginations!
Parenting Nerd Alert! LOL
A few of our friends use this and we started it a couple weeks ago. It seems to be working out. There's no more yelling (mostly) from me. So, I'm good with it.
Way too much TV. It is too hot outside for this mama. But, I live in the South and wouldn't trade that for anything!
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
|Fireworks Cake I baked for our church's 4th of July Festival!|
|BBQ Chicken cooking all day. Good thing. It was raining most of the day.|
|Hanging out on the should of a bridge in Downtown Birmingham read to see the show!|
|With every "boom!" from the sky there was a "wow!" from the little guy|
A nice and cozy 4th of July. Just perfect!
Oh, and this is perfect, too!
|Lindsay Letters - In God We Trust Print|
That will definitely be going up somewhere in the new house next 4th of July!! Though, I may get the blue version. Either way, it is perfect!
Hope y'all had a great 4th of July!!
Friday, July 3, 2015
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.|
|Brendan hard at work in the Oval Office|
|Brendan took Andrew and Alex down to see the Encampment up close|
|Seeing an Ironman Transformer of some sort was cool.|
|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.
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.
|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!!