Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Life Lately

Happy Monday, friends!  Here we go with a Life Lately post!

This kiddo is missing his two front teeth and I'm just love-love-loving this look on him.

I try to capture these toothless smiles as often as I can...

We took the kids out tubing...again...

Here they are both finally standing up at the same time!

#rockstars ;)

We had one last hot summer-like weekend and the kids (and the neighbor boys), as you can see, used it wisely...

In the midst of the heat wave, Henry made his first peanut butter and jelly sandwich...

I know, I know - It's about time, right?

After fueling up on protein, we headed out to go swimming (the lake was surprisingly still warm for this time of year).

The kids were adamant that they move this huge mat by themselves...

My super-duper-amazing neighbor, Amy, and I ventured out on her paddle boat for one last ride.

It was her wedding anniversary on this particular day so we celebrated with some bubbly.  LOL!  Yes, you read that right, she and I celebrated her and her husband's wedding anniversary.

What a special day. ;) Ha!

This girl allowed me to kind-of/sort-of pick out her clothes for her last week.  My mother-in-law bought this shirt for Eliza for her birthday and I think it's soooo cute - I wish it came in my size...

It's a little wrinkled here because we had been sitting in the car...

What my days with Eliza consist of...

...I mean, I'm not complaining.  I'm just stating the obvious fact that keeping a four year old entertained throughout the day can be both, rewarding and exhausting...

It was Homecoming week over at Henry's school last week and day two of spirit day was wacky hair day.

I popped the collar, he struck the pose.

Oh.my.word.  The cuteness.  The cuteness, I say...

I saw these mats at the grocery store and I may just have to pick some up for Thanksgiving...

While at the grocery store, Eliza found some animal costumes.  We were originally looking at the dog costumes, but then turned the corner and found an assortment of cat hats.

Eliza picked out this unicorn hat.

Doesn't Nubs look dashing?

As you can see, he loves it...just loves it! ;)

Day three of spirit week was mismatch day.  This was the best we could do...

(P.S. Ignore my dirty rug)

You just looked at that dirty rug, didn't you?

Oh man.

Later in the week I had a little-bit-o-mom-brain going on.

See that tiny adorable human sitting next to me?

Yeah, her.

Remember, the four-year-old who demands my constant attention.

Have you ever heard of when a woman has a daughter that the daughter steals the mother's beauty?

Yeah, well, my brain decided to leave along with any beauty that I had consumed the exact moment Eliza entered this world, I mean, I'm not entirely sure of how much I ever had of either anyway (*nervous laughter*).  Ha!

Nevertheless, my brain has since been replaced with what seems to be a permanent state of mental fogginess and the only recognition of my own reflection is by the obvious silver and gray stray hairs, accompanied by some darker than dark circles and some luxurious crow's feet.

Mom brain AND wrinkles?  It's all worth it...  ;)  She's worth it.

Worth it because I get spoiled with gifts like this!

Umm...hello, one-of-a-kind, priceless jewelry!

This sunrise showed up last week...

Day four of spirit week was dress like a Disney character.  We opted for a Mickey Mouse shirt instead of a costume.

I threw together a quick home tour with a little help from my jewelry designer/design assistant...

Homecoming was last Friday and, of course, we were wearing our spirit wear, so every picture had to be edited...ugh.

This fella' is showing off his elementary school shirt...that you can no longer see, but, hey, you get the idea...

One of the kids took this picture of Jon and me.  It was a dark picture, so I had to brighten it up and cover our shirts.  This blog has seen better days with its photo quality and editing, but we don't get many pictures of the two of us together so I had no choice but to edit it and document it here on my little corner of the internet.

Parade time...

BTW - Henry wasn't grumpy in this picture.  When I asked him why he didn't smile, he replied, "I was trying to be cool."  Gah!

Then he became a six-year-old again when he spotted the school mascot!

Whew.  Thank goodness!

After the parade, we headed over to the Homecoming football game!

Henry loved seeing and visiting a bunch of his friends and to make it even better, our mascot came over to visit the kids!

Girlfriend was rocking THE cutest pony and bow, but all of her rolling on the hill and playing with friends cheering quickly disassembled all of Mama's hard work.  A hair stylist I am not.

Messy hair and all, Eliza still looked pretty dang adorable if you ask me.  Love these kids so much!

What a great, great week and weekend we had!

Thanks for stopping by!

Marie :)

I'm linking up with blovedboston for Weekending.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Eliza's First Day of Preschool!

Okay, so the other day I shared with you guys Henry's first day of first grade and now I'm back to share with you Eliza's first day of 4 year old preschool.

Eliza didn't start school until about two weeks after Henry.  So we had a lots of one-on-one time together.  During that time I realized just how much Henry and Eliza had been playing together throughout the summer.

During those two weeks I became her primary playmate.

Whew, I tell ya', this girl knows how to play!

Let me tell you, Eliza was more than ready to start school!

Look at that squishy little face!  Ahhhh!  I just love her so much!

I was definitely going to miss her, but I was also looking forward to getting a little time to myself throughout the week.  I officially have 7.5 hours every week alone, but by the time I finish drop off and leave for pick up, it's more like 4.5 hours a week.  Some peeps have been asking me what I do with ALL my time...  well, I'll try to workout, run errands, do laundry or come home and sit and finish my breakfast!  Yup, I guess what I'd normally do anyway...

Anyhoo, as much I love that alone time, I crave having my babies back with me in the comfort of our own home...

...But Eliza CRAVES people and learning and fun!

So off to school she went.

I swear looking at these pictures makes me realize just how little Eliza still is...

I feel like I forget all the time that she's only four!!!

I mean, her backpack is half the size of her body...

...and she can fit inside her cubby.


Slow down, sweet girl.

Eliza gave Mama and Dad a hug goodbye and she was off...

...next stop - Kindergarten...

Here's hoping for a nice and slooooooow school year.  ;)

*and ugly crying begins in 3...2...1...*

Marie :)

Monday, September 25, 2017

Henry's First Day of First Grade

Welp, we made it to Henry's First Day of First Grade Recap!

I still can't believe we have a first grader!

Hold me.

This kid was excited to go to school and he couldn't wait to get started!

Henry was, and still is, all about Pokemon, so I was sure to order this Pokemon Picachu backpack and this lunchbox.

We arrived at Henry's school, and although it was easier to let him go this year than last, it was still difficult for me to hold back the tears.  It wasn't until I saw another first grader crying that I started to tear up.

Look at that sweet, little man.  I swear I can still see a little bit of baby fat!

Gosh, I just love his little face so, so, so much.

Aaaaaaand he was off...

But not without this Mama following him up to his classroom.


I still can't get over how Henry is sitting at a desk now.  I feel like I'm going to cry again, what is wrong with me?!???

After giving Henry one last kiss and looking at him one last time on his first day of first grade, I finally left the building.  Mostly so I wouldn't be physically removed by the officials.  LOL! ;) ;) ;)

It was time for some one-on-one time with little Miss. Eliza for a bit before leaving to pick up my friend's little girl from her preschool.

Eliza and my friend's little girl, Molly, played so well together.  It was only their third time seeing each other and Molly's first time to our house.  Having Miss. Molly over also served as a good distraction for me on Henry's first day of school.

The girls and I enjoyed an afternoon beverage.  They had milk and I had some much needed coffee.  Oh, and as you can see, Barbie was there, too.  Haha!

Later in the afternoon we dropped Molly off at her Mom's school,where she now teaches, and then Eliza and I were off to pick up Henry!  I couldn't wait to see him and hear all about his first day!!!!

Henry gives THE best hugs!

He was all smiles and had a fantastic day!

Oh my happy heart!

Per Henry's request, and as his first day of school tradition, we headed over to Bob Evans for breakfast for dinner!  We discussed all-things-school over eggs, bacon and piggy pancakes.

There you have it - Henry's first day of first grade!

Thanks for stopping by!

Marie :)
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