Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Rewind: March 23-29


Rainy days = tape fun! Thanks, Ma & Dave for the cool tape!


Did some rearranging. Also, that cork board is now a dry erase menu planner :)

Put up some more springtime pretties and added in some Easter.

My happy little helper guy keeping me company while the boys were playing trains. 


Two of my favorite things: a happy baby and coffee = happy mommy!

Speaking of this little guy...

Some one learned how to sit up that week!! WHAT?! Right on time, too (based on my other ones anyway).

Gasp! This means he will be crawling soon. Very soon. Too soon. 

Better keep on squeezing him for now :)

Teaching Baby Austin all about Lightning McQueen with the help of Mac the Truck. 

This must have been either another rainy day or one of those odd cold days. They were ALL ABOUT playing games and puzzles on Thursday!

Connect Four - OCD Style ;)

And, while they were occupied with that, I FINALLY set up our smart I have Pandora! Woot! Oh, and I totally programmed our minivan to open the garage door. That's right. Go me!
(Also, does anyone else out there get that obnoxious urge to just sing that first opening line of The Lion King song? No...?)


Alex might almost be 3 in this picture and think he is still a big boy... But, he is still my sweet baby who will climb into my lap to sing "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" to me.

Love Austin's smiles!


 Andrew and I running some errand. This was taken at Fresh Market...aka the Candy Market for these guys. He chose gummies in shapes of the ABCs. 

Ending the weekend with a couple rounds of Candy Land. They have gotten so good at this game that they now play it by themselves most days. So sweet.

Rewind: March 16-22

Note: Don't Worry! You didn't miss the week before this one. We went on that crazy road trip, remember? Click here to see those pics!

1. Austin was teething like CRAZY all of March it seemed. Now it is April and he has two tiny bottom teeth. His two top ones are not far behind! These teething cookies by Plum Organics are the BEST!
2. Home sweet home after our mega road trip enjoying my coffee. This is as close as I want to be to Minnesota for a long time...
3. Austin's 4 month old check up happened that week. He was (on that day) 17 pounds!! Yep. He loves to eat. Eating is his favorite. 
4. Taking a nap in the shade of a gazebo at the Botanical Gardens
5. Chilling out in the bumbo with his very messy bib. 
6. Austin loves his pears, peas, and broccoli! Yum!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mother's Tea/Luncheon 2014

s  In March, Andrew's class celebrated mothers with their annual Mother's Tea/Luncheon. I shared thi sweet picture a week or so ago. Are you ready to see more?

Portions of my invitation - love his artwork!

You may need to click the picture to read this, but it is all about me through Andrew's eyes. Adorable!

Flowers made by my little man. And the place mat, I actually use everyday. Andrew sets the table for dinner and makes sure that I have my place mat. So sweet. The package on the left is a cookie that he made!

The luncheon has begun! All the children brought out their mother's plates and drinks. It was the cutest, sweetest thing!

During our lunch, we were entertains by these little sweeties. Andrew is not a huge fan of singing. But, he seemed to like the triangle. Haha! So cute! (If you are viewing this post via email, you may need to click here to see the video)

 Dessert! I love our little Andrew!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Road Trip - Minneapolis {Wedding / Heading Home}

Note: If you followed our travels on Instagram, these pictures are pretty much the same. But, enjoy them just the same!

Wait! Did you see the pictures from yesterday's adventures? Click here!

Wedding Day!!! How exciting!! YAY!! Let me just tell you this day was amazing, exciting, crazy, super fun! Jason, who was one of the Best Men, and two of my boys, who were ring bearers ALL had to be ready and at the church bright and early Saturday morning. Of course, this meant that I had to be completely dressed, hair, makeup, etc before them to have them ready and also feed/dress a baby. I don't believe I ever got that ready that fast in a long time.

Oh, but wait. As prepared as I typically am, I was not at 100% without my coffee beforehand... When we got to the church, Jason and the boys headed in with their "finish getting ready" bags. But, where are the boys' shirts and ties??? Oh. My. Gosh. Back at the hotel. That I already checked out of...

So, what's a mama to do? Floor it through downtown Minneapolis using GPS, no thanks to Siri by the way. Yeah, apparently, I am too Southern for her and she has no idea what I was asking for. Grrr. I also called the hotel, while running a red light or two (Hey! In my defense, those lights aren't even in the right place. They are off to the side - not over the road. What is that about? Ugh. Northerners.) hoping that they had the shirts. And, begging that they bring them out as I still had Austin in the car.

Thankfully, as I pulled up, the awesome valet came out with my two tiny shirts and ties!!! Back to the church we go! So glad I got back in time for the photographer.Time for the wedding!!

 Ahhhh!!! My handsome men ready for the wedding!

Cuties playing around just before to get the giggles out :)

Side note: As soon as I get a hold of some more wedding photos to share, I will update this post. :)

 My amazing husband giving his Best Man speech - I hope our boys continue to be best friends as Jason and Justin are. Just so sweet. 

Crazy Side Story:

After the reception was coming to a close, it was time for us to do a wardrobe change and head back to the South to thaw out. I kid... But, really. It was time for us to head back home. We ran into some crazy construction traffic - again. While Jason drove the first half to St. Louis, we talked and laughed about our wedding and such. But as we, kept talking and driving...we ran into snow. Yep. Snow.

 First it was nothing. Just some flakes that make the windmills appear even spookier. 

 And, then, it turned into more snow. We are driving SOUTH, aren't we?

 Then, it was a LOT of snow. 

 By this point...I was checking the radar to figure out where it ended and what storm warnings/watches were where. Yeah. After we passed Cedar Rapids, Iowa it was decided. We were going to drive ALL THE WAY HOME. All the way home with 3 little guys and two tired parents. 

As it was getting darker, the Leapsters were handed over (we let them keep them for as long as need to get the safe driving without the whining taken care of) and we announced that it was bedtime. Andrew was pretty tired so he was kind of ok with it. By they were both highly confused as to where the hotel was... Well, after stopping for gas, high caffeine coffee, potty breaks, and getting the boys comfy, it was my turn to drive. And, the chaos began.

Austin decided to get mad about being his seat or scared about the dark or something. We aren't really sure. Jason climbed into the back and gave him another bottle while telling him a version of Goodnight Moon (the book I read to him every night before bed). It was the sweetest and funniest thing ever to hear. 

"Goodnight moon. Goodnight room. Goodnight light and the red balloon.
Goodnight van. Goodnight mommy. Goodnight Andrew. Goodnight Alex.
Goodnight Tusker. Goodnight Roary. Goodnight Baby Fox.
Goodnight cooler. Goodnight snacks. Goodnight Austin."

It went on for a while. I was cracking up and getting teary eyed at the same time. It was adorable. I have the best husband...he is such an amazing dad...

Anyway, that was only one out of the three. Luckily, Andrew fell asleep. Two down. One to go. And that one was rough. He was beginning to pitch a bloody fit from you know where... Thankfully, Siri came to the rescue (apparently she can understand Jason better) and found us a 24 hour CVS in St. Louis. Jason ran in a grabbed some Zarbee's Kids Sleep... Night, Night Alex. In a half hour he was out.

3 AM rolled around and this mama was getting tired... We stop for more gas (which by the way... BP Gas SUCKS! Worst gas ever. Killed our mileage. But, it was the ONLY one most of the way... And the wind. The wind was terrible.), coffee for Jason and made the switcheroo. I fell asleep on and off, but he got us McDonald's at 6 am for breakfast in Tennessee, just north of Nashville.

We let the boys play in the play place (something we don't typically do at McDonald's because they are gross) to let out some energy. Once everyone was fed, happy, and ready to get home, we left with me driving again. 

And, finally...we made it home.

It took us 19.5 hours from Minneapolis to Home Sweet Home. 

We made it home just before 10 am. Everyone was happy to be out of the van, as great as it was. Andrew and Alex instantly got out the train tracks while Austin played happily, stretching out his little legs, in his bouncy seat.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures and stories of our adventures!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Road Trip - Adventures in Minneapolis {Mall of America / Rehearsal Dinner}

Note: If you followed our travels on Instagram, these pictures are pretty much the same. But, enjoy them just the same!

Wait! Did you see what we did in Minneapolis yesterday? Click here!

Day 4 - We headed back to the Mall of America to see more of it - that place is really over-the-top gigantic. You have to go more than once. And, we didn't even see all of it... And, honestly, it is too big. Yes, I know. I LOVE to shop, but wow. I never realized I had anxiety issues until I went there. Holy moly! It was a lot of fun though!

Kix and Leapsters - a perfect morning vacation ritual 

Andrew is in Lego heaven!

Having a blast!

Andrew and Alex got to pick out some more Legos to add to their growing collection

Cool mom points haha! I love my boys so much!!

Why, yes, that is a transformer guy of some sort. And, yes, is is built out of Legos! WOW!

More Lego creations
Riding the train back to the hotel to get ready for the rehearsal - Alex loved watching the tracks go by

Love him!

At the church practicing their ring bearer duties - so cute!

   Mommy and Alex / Andrew and Daddy at the Rehearsal Dinner

The Future Mr. and Mrs. Justin Woyak ( the time of the picture anyway LOL)!!!

My sweet husband holding a very sleepy baby Austin - love them!
Thanks, Dave, for the last 2 pictures!!


Road Trip - Adventures in Mineapolis (Sightseeing}

Note: If you followed our travels on Instagram, these pictures are pretty much the same. But, enjoy them just the same!

Wait! Did you miss Day 2? Click here!

Since we were able to make it a day before the rest of the family got it, we did a bit of sightseeing. And, oh my! It was a lot of fun. We drove over to St. Paul and we walked all over Minneapolis. It was a lot of fun. The boys LOVED it!!

 On our way over to St. Paul, I grabbed a picture of  the Basilica of Saint Mary. Just beautiful!

 The gorgeous Cathedral of St. Paul - one our must sees on the list. 

The Altar - just beautiful. 

 Looking up at the dome

 After learning about the organ at our church, Andrew was very impressed with this sight!

 On our way back to walk around Downtown Minneapolis, I had to make sure I took this picture... That is the Mississippi River. The Mississippi River is FROZEN...something is just wrong about that.

 We learned how people survive here - the Skywalk System. I kid..but only a little.

 At the Well Fargo History Museum. A free place that is pretty nifty for kids! Alex loved the telegraph. 

 And the carriage!

 Once everyone was in town, we took the train to the Mall of America. Oh, yes. The Mall of America. 
Aren't those brothers cute?!

 The city train - Andrew and Alex called it the Polar Express! They thought it was super cool!

How about a sneak peek at the Mall of America before this post comes to an end?
Holy. Moly.



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