Friday, October 24, 2014

7 Quick Takes {#31days}

I know. It's been a bit since the last 7 Quick Takes... But, here we go!

1. How we do it: The Plague

Yes, the plague. In motherhood, that is what you call it. Anything is the plague because if mama gets it the entire house WILL fall. Who is going to take care of the laundry? The meals? The questionable spot on the floor?!

"You will turn another boy show" ~ Jedi Apprentice Alex

Fortunately, the only ones afflicted with the sickness were just Andrew and Alex. And, thankfully, it only lasted a day. WHEW! Ain't nobody got time for that!

But, we had to make whatever time we had with bug decent. So, there was way too much TV, a never-ending supply of liquid refreshment, and enough Cheerios to build a life-size version of the Empire State Building (which, of course, were crushed into the carpet that I hate by a certain little one who had the quarantine lifted...)

2. SHOCKING NEWS: Superheroes beat anything in the end!

It is true. Somehow the supers always do it! Even the smaller ones.

3. Jinkies! You went to the zoo...again?! 

Groovy. The zoo is, of course, decked out for the annual Boo at the Zoo! Headed out there tomorrow night! Trick or treats and so much more!!

Though, of course, you would never know that we have been to the zoo EVERY WEEK since becoming members when Andrew was about a year old... These are some serious map guys...

Alex is showing where we are on the map. Andrew is pointing out the hawk around the turn. So cute.

4. What does the fox say? Get-get-get-get-me-out!! 

Kidding. Austin was the one who wanted to get him out! He FINALLY got to see HIS FOX. Oh, yes. His fox, Zookeeper Girl. When we got to this habitat and he saw that fox running around, he stretched out his little arms and made that grabbing motion with his hands. Alex told him, "That's a fox! He lives here!" Andrew was pointing out the glass (hand on the window). Austin was not at all impressed and just kept wanting to get his fox. It was pretty cool watching The Zookeeper work with the fox while we were there.

 5. What's weirder than that song??


There are just really no words. But I'll try. See (stupid Target and October's Pumpkin Obsession), these were on "clearance" (just stop it Target...a 45-cent mark-down is NOT clearance...). And, hey, it's October. I love me some pumpkin. Why not?

Well, they aren't bad... But, they aren't amazing. I don't know. Alex said a very clear "YUCK!" while Andrew was just being nice by saying, "They are good, but I don't want anymore. I want to eat all my lunch." Austin, however, was the biggest fan. Of course, he hold the current title of Bottomless Pit, so what does he know? I'm not completely hating on them, but I think I'll just stick to my Pumpkin Spice Lattes and where ever I can find a gluten-free Pumpkin Pie treat.

6. Boys can play dress-up, too!

Cuteness, right??

But where did we get all this awesome stuff???

Well, many places. But, yes, mostly Target. The Dollar Spot this time of year ALWAYS has some great items to add to your dress-up stash. Wands for girls...swords for boys. Hats of all kinds. And accessories galore. Good stuff.

Also? The Halloween section....the week AFTER Halloween. When everything goes on clearance, I go take a peek. You never know what you may find still hanging around. We got a great fireman jacket and very durable fire hat a few years ago on clearance for around $8 or something.

Another great spot to check? The consignment and thrift shops! I have 2 army green cargo vests that the boys use for exploring and all kinds of things. Both were in the $2-4 range. Score.

7. Saved the best for last!

This guy.

 This is my youngest brother, William! Today is his birthday!! The big 13!

Let me just tell you how cool this guy is:

1. The boys ALL love him to death and always ask about him.
2. William is the only brother of mine that Jason has known almost  his whole life. (Jason and I met when the summer before he turned 2).
3. And, because of that cool fact, William was our ring bearer!! (He was about 5 and half).
4. William is SO funny!
5. He thinks he can beat me at Mario Kart
6. But really he is going to get blasted by yours truly

Kidding! We love you William! You are one awesome brother! Happy birthday!

(Now, go turn on your wii and invite me!!)



Thursday, October 23, 2014

2 Weeks & Counting {#31days}

There are exactly 2 weeks until my, my biggest baby will be 1 year old. That's right. This guy:

He has developed quite the personality in the past few months.

He absolutely LOVES being outside and the swings are his favorite thing.

He is beginning to figure out how things work and loves "playing school" with the big boys.

Figured out to put the bottle in the truck and give it a ride - so cute!
Mister has dropped down to one nap now. But it is all random still. So, we are working on keeping him occupied during school time.
He loves doors. He loved opening them and closing them. But knows for sure he doesn't like getting pinched by them.

Wait...this isn't Narnia, is it?
Loves to cook, too. Well, he loves to put things in the oven and shut the door.
I think that his favorite thing to do is make a mess... Or maybe that's because he knows he will get to play in the water afterwards?

He loves to smile, too! And we DEFINITELY love seeing that super cute grin.

Such a sweet little boy he is (Who am I? Yoda? Haha! Boy mom. What can I say?) We love him bunches!! We are just doing a little something, just the 5 of us, at the house. A cake and some presents from all. A sweet day to come for a sweet little toddler!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wordless Wednesday {#31days}

Sick N Stuck {#31days}

Sick and stuck... Not exactly a fun combination, you know?

Unfortunately that's what it was for us Tuesday. But, thankfully, today (Wednesday) everyone is MUCH better. Not more fevers and no more yuck. Everyone is just now down for naps and I'm going down, too. Mama needs a siesta (and a margarita).

While we rest up to 100%, here are some pics from yesterday plague.
Not a fan of the boys being quarantined... He wanted his brothers so bad!

From Instagram: Military Vs. Monsters - who will win this epic battle?!

Cool army guys - we found these at Target in the "Toy Spot" next to the toy department. Very cool!

Cannot believe that he is almost 1!!! Look how big he thinks he is! So cute!! He loves those superheroes :)


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Even Dinosaurs Need a Fresh Start {#31days}

Last week was rough. Though I'm still not sure if that is the best word for last week.

Jason worked like crazy all last week, plus most of Saturday. He left before the boys woke up and was home as we were half-way through dinner (sometimes after dinner). It was not fun.

Jason usually takes care of the bedtime routine while I clean up the kitchen and have a moment to myself. He does the showers, the pajamas, the stories, and the prayers. I come say goodnight and that is that.

But, nope. Last week it seemed as if each day was a disaster when that time was approaching. That "witching hour" - HA! More like HOURS. I mean, wow. Is that how it is when he's doing this? I wouldn't really know. Maybe he has all the patience because he didn't have to deal with little dictators all day long (Yes, dictators. You mamas know exactly what I mean...)

They are totally plotting something in that picture... You know you can see it, too. What? I haven't a clue. The bigs were all whispers and the tiny one was giggling while eating a book. We don't eat books, mister!

Anyway, the next Monday came as the calendar had promised. And this week is supposed to be better than the last (work-wise). Only he is all over the state this time. So the dinner/bedtime routine will be just as fun as last week, I'm sure.

Except this week started off much better... It started with a bunch of giggles in the kitchen. The boys were doing something in there while I was getting Austin ready for the day. And, even I had to laugh at it!

I guess even dinosaurs need a fresh start, too! It can be rough out there, Mr. Dinosaur. Make sure you have a full tank of that stuff.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Sweets {#31days}

These two...

Have you heard that song by Katy Perry, Hot N Cold?

Well that's like these two, in a way...

Only it's that one's hot, the other's cold. One says yes and the other no (louder and many times). He's wrong and he's right. One goes up and the next one goes down.

It's exhausting really.

But then most of the time, they are the sweetest boys in the world. The best 2 big brothers that a little brother could ask for. Austin wants to do EVERYTHING that his big brothers do.

And, they let him (sometimes). Though, only a little.

Like, the boys said that Austin was fussy because he didn't want to play in the stroller. He wanted to play on the playground. Only, they wanted him to be safe so he needed to be in the swing.

Then, the boys wanted to play in the Army Jeep (we were at the Veterens' Park) and they needed Austin to be the trailer.

Not exactly what he had in mind...

But there are times when the bigger ones are acting all wild and crazy:

These are the times that I see that look in his eyes... When he is watching closely and learning about these things:

Now that he is walking...he knows. He knows that  he will be leaping and running and joining this wild life soon enough.

He's just giving mommy a break.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Saturday's Duties {#31days}

There isn't much going on today excited a whole lot of getting this house just right. We have such a long list to get our home prepped for the market this Spring (which is why we started so early).

The boys raked the front yard, while I got the mailbox repainted (and realized that the replacement numbers I got are too small..grrr...).

Aren't they adorable!? Those rakes are the real deal just in kid-size. And, yes, they raked most of that pile themselves just so they could do this:

Man, I love these guys. Austin was napping while this was going on. So, he will just have to come out and play in the piles they made in the backyard.

Good times!

Next up: Staining the front door...again. Anyone know of a good UV protection stain? Also, The bushes are getting a trim. And the yard, too. Also, some sort of edging situation to the beds. Any cheap ideas on that, guys?


Friday's Funny {#31days}

So, I promised a funny story yesterday...and that didn't happen exactly as planned. But, I hear that this story of mine did get told at a certain Bunco Party last night.

Clearly, everyone is well aware of this Ebola scare.. And, while we don't (yet) have a bunch of cases (only 8 at the moment...and I didn't even know it was that many. I thought it was, like, 2 or something) here in the US, hearing the news is just NOT FUN.

But it is funny (afterwards) for those that freak out in Target.

I'm in the checkout line at Target the other night. By myself. And, free to think whatever without the interruption of little voices. Y'all. Do you EVEN know how wonderful that is? Mamas know. Others? Not so sure they quite get it. Maybe one day. But, it is awesome.

Only my thoughts were interrupted by the conversation in front of me...

The cashier was asking where this girl was from because of the 1) non-Alabama accent and 2) the non-American accent. She says, "Sweeden. I'm here for school." The guy with her said he was showing her around. Now, why he would bring her to a Target in a suburb NORTH of Birmingham, I haven't the slightest idea... But, that's not the point.

Remember I said, I was by myself and free to think whatever. Yeah... This is what I started thinking:


I'm sure the security camera guys were laughing because my eyes got really big really fast.

All of a sudden I just started thinking, "Oh my gosh, when did she get here?" "How long has she been here?" "Did she fly through Dallas?" "Probably Atlanta." "Dumb airpot...wait...what about the people on the airplane??" "Where were they from?" "Did she touch anything that I could have touched?" "Stupid Target!" "Stupid Ebola." "I'm never watching the news again!"

Yes, I went insane...for about an hour.

I sanitized my hands as soon as I got to the van. Because we all know that hand-sanitizer cures everything, dork.

I got home and washed my hands about 80x and ran to Jason, who was on the phone with his Dad. Sweet.

He took one look at me and my "I just saw death" face and as, "What's the matter with you? Are you ok?"

I say, "E. E. E. Ebola! How do you get it?!" He rolls his eyes and hands me the phone, "Here. Talk to my Dad."

Y'all. This was my greatest moment.


Maybe this is why I need these little people in my keep me from actually going completely insane.

Oh, dear.

Where's the wine? Is it 5 o'clock yet?



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