Monday, June 11, 2018

Life Lately - First Week of Summer Vacation

So, over the weekend I decided to play catch up on all things life.  It wouldn't have felt right to go on about my summer without having had blogged about some pretty significant events that had recently taken place in our lives.  If you've got lots of time on your hands and feel as though you want to catch up on life over at Marie's, please go right on ahead and do so!  If not, believe me...I totally get it.  It was a lot for me to even blog about, but like I said, it had to be done!

I caught up and blogged about:


As for what we've been up to lately, well both kids are now out of school and those first couple of days were glorious!  Nowhere to be, no plans, no agenda, no lunches to pack, no need to turn off the cartoons and no frantic rush out the door.  Just me and my babies.  Glorious.

We had just come off of Henry's last day of school, Eliza's first dance recital and Eliza's 5th birthday party which was held two Sundays ago.  We slept in on Monday and decided later that morning to head to the library to sign up for their summer reading program and we loaded up on more books than I could carry!

Henry was really wanting to read a bunch of Berenstain Bears books, so once we arrived back at home we cuddled up on the couch and I kid you not, we read for over two hours!!!  I know this because the library switched our reading program from "pages read" to "minutes read," so we had set a timer to keep track!



Eliza kept herself busy during the last thirty minutes or so and busted out some wigs and dress up clothes while I finished up with Henry...

Tuesday consisted of me neglecting any sort of housework that had to be done and then unfortunately by Wednesday I was feeling pretty under the weather.  Sniffles, cough, sore throat, you name it...  I'm thinking it was, and still is, an extreme case of allergies.

By Wednesday I finally decided to start in on a project - organizing our front closet and finally putting away out winter gear.  I had washed the kids' snow pants, coats, hats and mittens with the intent of putting them away for the season waaaaay back in April, but then the cold weather and snow just wouldn't give up, so I finally threw in the towel and never put any of the gear away...that was until Wednesday!

I also decided to be extreme and only keep and put away what we use year after year.  You guys, I got rid of soooo many mittens, boots, hats and scarves!  Goodwill will be receiving a shipment of winter goodies from me later today!  It feels so good to know that when I open that tote again this fall that it's organized and only full of what is needed.  The process, however, was a messy one!  Hey, it had to get worse before it could get better, right?!


On Thursday I decided that although I wasn't feeling 100% that that didn't mean I should keep the kids home and inside the house for another day.  So we woke up, I sucked it up and we headed to the zoo!!!  I had originally planned on hitting up some Target on the way home (you guys - I haven't been in one in over a year!!!  So sad!), but we were all pretty tired, so we did the next best thing and found a drive-thru Starbucks!  Such a fun day...



















Friday consisted of just hanging out, cleaning, playing and basically just taking it easy.  Henry received Jenga blocks from Grandma and Grandpa Koyl and although I've showed before how to play the actual game once before and again on this day, both kids seem more interested in building with them!


On Saturday one of my favorite stores opened up for a few hours so we headed a couple towns over to see what was new in the shop...



This bathroom!!!


I tried on this romper and it was incredibly comfy and so, so, sooo cute.  Just not sure it's me or if I could pull it off.  I'd love to wear this kind of stuff, though!!!


Later on Saturday I got picked up and headed to one of my girlfriend's house for a pool party.  It downpoured the majority of the time (we did manage to hop in the pool once the storms passed by) so we set ourselves up in the garage and oh-my-gosh, it was so much fun!  It was just what I needed.  I love these ladies so much!  I can't tell you how grateful I am to have them in my life...


So good!


I was given a ride home the night before, hopped into bed at around 1 a.m. and fell fast asleep.  The next morning (Sunday) was mine and Jon's 12th wedding anniversary.  We usually don't do a darn thing for each other for our anniversary, so this year I didn't even buy Jon a card. 

Go figure - as I woke up, I saw this...

He gets me.  ;)


Later in the evening we decided to head out to dinner.  Mama was tired and it being our anniversary and all we decided not to cook.  We seriously have maaaaybe ten sit-down restaurants in the area, so we picked Buffalo Wild Wings as our place of romance!  Haha!  Hey, I was all for some onion rings! LOL

I love him...


As everyone headed for bed, I turned on the Tony's and this kid was the cherry on top of my weekend!  Did anyone else see this?!  I was dying!!!



Aaaaaaaand that's it.  Whew.  I think I'm all caught up!!!

Hopefully now I can blog some home tour stuff and DIY projects!

Thanks for sticking around, friends!!!

Love,

Marie :)

I'm linking up over at Hello Monday!


Eliza's First Dance Recital - 2018

I can't remember if I've shared the whole "bumblebee"/"wasp" costume thing on here before so if I have, please forgive me.

We joined dance class in November.  The first day we joined we were told that the costume orders had already been placed.  All the girls were going to be "bumblebees" and the one boy in the class was to be a "wasp."

At first the dance instructor mentioned having a "bumblebee" costume made for Eliza, she even asked about my sewing skills.  I knew I wouldn't be able to make one, but I instantly thought of maybe asking my mom as she's pretty awesome at sewing.

Time went on and we were eventually told that Eliza would be a "wasp."  A costume arrived and since Jon had taken her to class that night, he snapped a picture of Eliza wearing her outfit and sent it to me.  It made both of us laugh, but I was all, "Wait.  So she's a "bumblebee."  Girlfriend was adamant that she was in fact a "wasp."  LOL

More time went by, I took Eliza to class and the instructor passed out all the costumes to take home.  It was then and there when I realized that Eliza was most definitely NOT a "bumblebee."  Her costume was very different from the others and it was hilarious!!!

You guys, this entire get-up cracks us up!  Eliza rocked this costume and didn't seem to mind at all that the other little dancers were sporting sweet little bumble wings, a cute leotard and a pretty skirt.  Meanwhile Eliza and a little boy named, Jack, proudly pranced around the stage with crooked antennae and yellow and black striped bubble tops.

When I was at the hospital and found out that I had just birthed a girl I imaged and dreamed about my daughter's first dance recital.  I envisioned some sort of pastel and sequence tutu, hair in a bun and my daughter looking like a little ballerina.  Never would I have imagined that our little baby girl would rock out as an awesome little "wasp!!!"  I just love, love, love this story and I admire it even more knowing that she just rolled with it and she had a great time, to boot!!!  

This girl is amazing and although she wasn't a "bumblebee," we think she makes a BEE-autiful "wasp!!"  ;)

Before rehearsal...


After rehearsal...showing some sass...


That hair after rehearsal...



In the dressing room...


Secretly having pictures taken behind the curtain before the show...


Outside right before I left her to sit with family...


Showtime!  Eliza's the third "wasp" in...  ;)




After the show...


A quick pic of Miss. E on stage...


Dinner time...

Girlfriend had really wanted McDonald's for dinner and I'd promised that we'd go to dinner, but Jon and I had decided that we should probably go to a more comfortable setting with a group as large as we had, so Mexican it was.  Eliza was NOT happy about it, but after a few tears and some promises of doughnuts for dessert all was right with the world.

Dinner selfies...



The only picture I have of both kids after the recital.  I have NO idea what they're doing.

So silly...


Everyone came back to our house for a few minutes and both sets of grandparents gave Henry his birthday gifts.  It sort of became an impromptu front yard birthday party for Henry!  LOL!

Everyone said their goodnights, hugs and kisses were exchanged and Eliza was congratulated on a job well done!


We're so proud of Eliza and loved, loved watching her dance!  We'll be signing up again, that's for sure...there's just too much cuteness to be had!



Marie :)
 
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