Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Life Lately

Hey there and happy Wednesday!  Who's up for a "Life Lately" post?

There's a lot to share.  Here we go...

Let's head back to spring break.  Our spring break took place the week after Easter this year.  It was nice to go and visit family and not have to worry about rushing back to get the kids ready for a weeks worth of school.  We basically just relaxed and chilled out every morning and took our time while we were home.  Our mornings were incredibly relaxing, but by the time afternoon rolled around it made me realize that I'm going to have to really plan out our summer because bored kids make messes.  :0

We did have a little getaway planned for later in the week; we took the kids to see The Lion King!

But first we thought it'd be fun to head over to Grand Rapids/Holland, Michigan the night before the show so that we could go to one of my favorite stores, The Found Cottage, and to visit a boat store to check out a boat that Jon has had his eye on.  Once again, I don't think we'll be getting one anytime soon, but it's always fun to look.  





Had we had a way to transport this mirror it would've been ours.  Jon loved it just as much as I did...


When the mirror up top didn't work out, I found this one for our mantel.  I loooooved it.  Jon gave me the big N-O.  Guess I'll have to find something similar from Hobby Lobby.... womp, womp.


You guys, I bought one of these candles and it is my most favorite scent EVER!  I wish I could send the smell to you through the computer...


After a morning of fun, we decided to head to Kalamazoo to check-in to our hotel.  We decided not to valet and ended up walking all of our luggage/bags from a parking structure.  No big deal.  It wasn't crazy far away or anything, but enough to make my shoulders ache.  As Jon was checking in, I noticed another Mama with her family and they were dressed so beautifully, their luggage matched and I swear their coats even matched.  I looked back at my kids and our mismatched bags and dirty winter coats and just had to chuckle.  Am I the only one that travels like this?  I mean, we break out the good luggage for big trips, but for a night or two this is how we roll...


Classy, right?


We took the kids swimming, got dressed up and headed to dinner...



Eliza in the restroom at the hotel/restaurant.  I just love her.  She's so lively.


The show was amazing and we had the best time.  Our seats were located dead center and I was so worried the kids would have to use the bathroom at some point during the show.  They somehow managed to not have to go and I was soooo thankful for that.  They ate Junior Mints and Skittles throughout the show.  I had also purchased a tiny bottle of water for intermission, but I did not let them drink any liquids for up to any hour and a half before the show until that small bottle of water at intermission.  I'm still so thrilled with how they did.  Eliza fell asleep for the very last number, but she woke up just as the actors were taking a bow.

The rest of our break included having some friends over for dinner, I cleaned and cleaned and cleaned, the kids played outside and I made some homemade playdough for Eliza...that she played with for ten minutes...



Once spring break was over, Eliza and I were back to our usual routine of me being told what to do, reading, cartoon watching and nail painting...


On April 11th my sister had her baby!!!!!

You guys, I've never cried over a baby so much in my life.  Seriously, I don't think I cried that much for own children.  Maybe because I wasn't pregnant this time around?  Or I was crazy hormonal?  I have no idea, but I couldn't stop crying!!!

We made the two hour trip to the hospital to go meet my new little niece (!!!!!!!) on a school night and a work night!  It was soooooo worth it!




The weather was finally starting to feel like spring and this girl and I did some bike-riding...in style, or course...


This is how Eliza usually looks while at the school pick-up line.  She's so fancy...


Girlfriend was so excited to have another little girl in the family that she started pulling out and piling up clothes for her new little cousin.  This little girl's heart is pure.


We had a pizza night!



We made cookies...


The kids had their first sleepover with the neighbor boys next door!  They had THE best time ever.  Rumor has it there was Sprite, Gatorade, Fanta and Pizza!  Oh my gosh, these two had a blast!


Jon and I didn't know what to do with ourselves while the kids were away for the night, so I took selfies with my cat, naturally.


Why does he sleep like that?  Cats are strange...  


Eliza and I played Barbies, but I only got to play the way I was told to play.

#fouryearoldboss


I sent a text to my friend Sara asking why I was wearing a flannel in April.  It had felt like spring only hours before and then suddenly it was freezing.  Also, this picture cracks me up...I think I'm hilarious.


Eliza had her kindergarten registration.  You guys, KINDERGARTEN.  Please pass the tissues...


We visited a car wash.  Now you may be asking, "Marie, why are you blogging about taking your kid through a car wash?"  To that I reply, "Because my kids always have the best reactions to car washes and it makes me smile."




This little lady and I went shopping...


I had to paint her nails...again...

This time she wanted her nails to be painted in a "pattern" using the colors and order of colors she told me to paint them in.  I see no pattern.  I just do as I'm told.  ;)


Jon went skiing last week.  The water was 43 degrees.  I think he's still thawing out.  It looked rather painful.


We left town last Saturday to head up to our nephew's fourth birthday.  On the way we stopped at an awesome store that we haven't been in for quite some time.  Any store that has this much cheese is a winner to me.  I could live within those walls...


...and oh my gosh, a sea of pistachios.  I wanted to jump in!


I'm not a seafood eater, but I took this picture to show my parents.  Methinks they'll be making a trip to this store the next time the come over...


We traveled to the thumb of Michigan for the party and per usual, the windmills always intrigue me...


The kids played and consumed lots of flavored drinks...


On our way back home we stopped for dinner at our favorite restaurant in Flint, changed the kids into their pajamas and arrived home at around 10:30.  It was a long day, but it was totally worth it.

Last Sunday consisted of sleeping in and in the afternoon, I took Eliza to a another party.  Before I knew it, it was time for bed.  Phew.

Now I'm off to go read to Henry's class, pick up Eliza from school, grocery shop, do some laundry and dishes, pick up Henry from school, make dinner and take Eliza to dance class.  Wowza.  Hopefully I'll get a chance to breathe somewhere in there, too.  Ha!

Have a great one, you guys!

Marie :)

Monday, April 16, 2018

Catching Up, Easter and my 35th Birthday!

We're well into the month of April, my sister had her third baby last week (SO EXCITED!), my kids' birthdays are right around the corner and although the weather has made me curse the sky (on more than one occasion), it looks as though we may finally, FINALLY thaw out up here in the mitten later next week.

You guys, so many good things...and Easter was one of those amazing things I have yet to document...until now...

Am I the only one who thinks it's nuts that Easter is behind us?  It came and it went...in a flash!

I had scheduled the kids' Easter pictures a couple weeks in advance but I never had time to pick out coordinating outfits for them this year.  So, two days before their pictures, I drove to "The Outlets" and decided on the way that I'd go into Gymboree and pick out the cutest coordinating outfits from top to bottom then and there.  Lucky for me, my plan worked (although we did have to walk next door to find shoes for Eliza).  Phew.

The finished product...

So. Much. Cuteness.


A few days before Easter I decided Eliza and I should bake some homemade chocolate chip cookies.  It was so much fun.  Henry and I used to bake together all the time and I'd say it's about time Eliza and I spend more time in the kitchen together.



Henry finished up his school's, "March is Reading Month," with what he'd like to be when he grows up and I'm happy to announce that, for the second year in the row, he dressed up as a teacher!

I love this boy's heart...and his bowtie... ;)


At one point in March my interior decorating juices were a-flowin'.

You guys - look at this!  It's contact paper from the dollar store!!!  Yup, I put it up on the wall and I'm sort of digging it.  I'm thinking I'll add a bit more on top and call it a day.  This little transformation may constitute its very own blog post.  What do you think of it so far?  I mean, I'll add more up on top there if I decide to keep it.  But seriously - Am I crazy?!

Don't answer that.  ;)


At one point, we headed to grab some ice cream and I had to laugh as I looked at what I was wearing; I was sporting my favorite rain boots (it wasn't raining), pajama pants (it wasn't bedtime) and my fav fleece lined hoodie (because winter won't go away).  I won't show my face.  It wasn't good you guys, it. wasn't. good.

Luckily we went through a drive thru.  Believe me, it was better that way... ;)


On Good Friday, this little guy came in for a morning snuggle.  I NEVER refuse a snuggle...


We got dressed and took Henry and Eliza to breakfast.

Later in the afternoon, Jon and I took the kids on an Easter Bunny and Easter egg hunt train ride...







We rode the train to the next town over.  Upon arrival, all of the kids circled around the park and patiently waited for the egg hunt to begin.

Once the countdown ended all the kids started to collect eggs, but unfortunately Eliza instantly became overwhelmed (aaaaanddd....she started crying....apparently we're in the cry-about-every-little-thing phase of childhood).  I guess we should've told her that it may be a bit intense.  Oops!

You live and you learn, you know... ;)

Eliza felt even worse when Henry came over to show off all of his eggs he had collected.  Girlfriend literally had three eggs that Jon and I had picked up for her......whhhhhiiiich resulted in more tears.

It's tough being four.  ;0

Luckily a little boy from Henry's class came over and gave Eliza one of his eggs.

She stopped crying.  Things were looking up...


The Easter Bunny made everything better!


Boom.  Smiles.


On our way back to town Henry shared a bunch of his eggs with Eliza and all was well with the world.  ;)



We grabbed a quick family picture!  And oh-my-gosh, I just noticed the child looking out the window of the train up there to the right.  I may or may not have just gotten chills........  spooky.  *yikes*  LOL


On Saturday we just hung out at the house, we eventually went into town for coffee, drove around for a little bit to find home exterior inspiration and then we prepared for the U of M Final Four game, but before the big game, we made sure to dye Easter eggs!






So much fun!


Michigan beat Loyola and we were ecstatic!  Unfortunately, if you follow college basketball, you know the outcome.

Womp Womp.


After the game, the Easter Bunny showed up and left the kids' Easter baskets!


Oh and guess what?!  As the clock struck midnight, I turned 35.  Normally I'm pretty excited for my birthday and I'm all, "Yay!  I'm alive!  Life," but this time around I did a lot of thinking about what I've done with my life thus far.  You guys, I had a mini-mid-life crisis at least once a day for about two weeks leading up to my birthday.

Also, I'm not actually crying here.  I'm just making a "blah" face and I was reaaaaaally tired...  Honestly, I think I just look this tired all the time now.  Because 35.  *facepalm* NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

#nofilter

Bahaha!


These little faces made the next morning so much better!





Egg hunt!









After some yummy finds and after waaaay too much sugar, the kids and Jon presented me with birthday cards and a gift.  I loved, loved, loved the homemade cards I received from the kids....


Jon actually bought me a card this year!  Major points here.  Apparently I'm extremely easy to please.  He probably could've just stopped with the card, but he also ended up buying me a knew iPhone, as well!  What-what!


We played with the kids for a bit, Jon made some calls to get my phone up and running, we ate some breakfast and then got ourselves together and headed up the road to our hometowns to visits both sets of parents.  We haven't been back for Easter for many years, so it was exciting to see family on an actual holiday!



My father-in-law did not disappoint.  Look at this drink he handed me within minutes of arriving!


The kids were given juice with fun light up ice cubes (just like the ones we had with Grandma and Grandpa in Disney)!


My in-laws spoiled me with some awesome birthday gifts (my sis-in-law also bought me a Tervis U of M wine glass)!  Oh my gosh - and they sang Happy Birthday to me and my nephew, Gryffin!


After visiting with Jon's side of the family, we drove over to my parents' house.  My mom and dad gave me a bit-o-cash for my birthday, my sister had previously sent me a package from Magnolia Market and they also sang Happy Birthday to me...and we had cake!  WooHoo!!!  I can't remember the last time hearing my family on either side sing Happy Birthday to me!  I loved it!

We were able to eat, visit and relax for a good long while before having to pack up to leave.

After the two hour trip back, we arrived home around 9:30 on Easter Sunday.  It was a long day, but totally worth it!

Now bring on spring...and baby snuggles...lots and lots and lots of baby snuggles!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Marie :) 

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