Thursday, October 28, 2010


It's almost time for Halloween!
Every day Q asks if it is time for Halloween.
Wednesday at school they got to dress up. Q was so excited! It wasn't until the night before he finally decided what he was going to be. I heard Handy Manny several times and Diego several times as well. So I waited until the last minute to get the pieces of a costume together. The best part was we had the items to do both characters!

But as I got him dressed Wednesday morning, it felt kind of lame. We didn't have a tool belt and our shirt wasn't raglan sleeved (but I did look for one!). The inner Martha in me, was disappointed. I could have made a shirt. I thought of even putting "Handy Manny" on his shirt, so people would know who he was! However, Q had no idea and was so excited to wear his hiking boots! I thought they were a good substitute for steel toes! He wore carpenter jeans so no need for a tool belt!
When we got to school a little boy was so excited to see Handy Manny! That made me happy!!

There was a parade! I noticed besides a couple others we were the only non store bought costume. It never crossed my mind really, until I started looking around once we got there.

And a pumpkin patch for my little pumpkin!

So I have to say watching Disney has paid off! Thank you Handy Manny! Thank you for being a "hero" with an outfit moms can create at home!
Now I am of to Starbucks to drink some of that money I saved!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

One Word Wednesday!







Monday, October 25, 2010

Weekend Wrap Up

A weekend wrap up on Monday! I know, I'm excited too.
I covered Friday in the last post!
Saturday we all headed to Greenville to cheer on our Pirates. It was homecoming! We missed the parade and brunch at the DZ house only because it starts so early and we were waiting to leave Raleigh until.....that's right....NAP TIME! A bonus...BOTH boys fell asleep!

We found a place to park pretty easy. Then we packed up the double stroller and boys and headed up the hill to tailgate! It's funny every year as we stroll up the hill to tailgate Chad always says how he never thought we would be heading up this hill with a double stroller! I'm pretty sure he always knew he would have children. I'm pretty sure he always knew he would be attending football games. What I'm pretty sure of is he never thought he'd be doing all that with me!

We got to see some friends, eat some yummy food, "play" some corn hole, and watch a great football game! Great because WON!!

The boys did great! I was very happy with them! Since they had late naps they hung in there pretty good. Chad and I were prepared to leave at any time. I will admit that B had his first lollipop. Hey it bought us some time. Then my friend Sabrina (THANK YOU!) took B and snuggled. After that he was ready to go again! We left after the third quarter. By the time we got back to the car and the boys in their pajamas the game was over and we had won!! Yeah! Go PIRATES!! The ride home was easy with two sleepers and they transferred to the bed nicely!

B is definitely a walker now! He spent Saturday in shoes, which he was not fond of. Did a little more "Frankenstein" walking on Sunday and today dropped the "arms" for the most part!

Sunday we hung out at the house. We played and played and played. The weather was amazing!! I LOVE fall. Although, it was a little warm for fall.

(The Redskins won too!!)
This week is our last week of soccer and other than that, we haven't got much going on!!
Hope you had a great weekend as well!

Friday, October 22, 2010

A Visit to Grandmas

We took a quick visit to Grandmas house!
My aunt Peggy was in town. I wanted to take the boys to see her, since it has been a year. They have changed a lot in a year!

We played with bubbles. B LOVED the bubbles.

Q hopped on one foot!

There were lots snuggles for Aunt Peggy!

B did lots of walking.

They played in grandmas bedroom,

and grandmas laundry room.

Q "fixed" the dryer, while B played in the water bowl.

Papa Joe took B for a ride to the street

to watch Q ride his bike.

Then we came home and someone was feeling like a super hero...

We got a busy day ahead of us tomorrow, I'm heading to bed...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

Weekend Wrap Up

Oh, it's another weekend wrap up! At least it isn't Thursday!

This past weekend, we swore we were going to the pumpkin patch. Really, we wanted to go. But football got in the way, again. Our Pirates were playing NC State and it is a huge rivalry. Long game..short story is WE WON! In overtime! We intercepted them in the end zone. It was exciting stuff!! If you are a Pirate fan. I realize some of you (ahhhem, Aunt Michelle) reading are not. I would say I am sorry, good game and all that good sportsman ship stuff, but I am not. Because if my Pirates had lost, it would have been a bad rest of the weekend. You see, the hubs does not like it when his Pirates loose. It is not pretty. And the rest of the weekend I hear things like "I can't believe we lost that game", "I can't believe this play or that play" "Man, I can't stand NC State". You get my drift. You wouldn't want to spend the weekend with that either. Instead, I sit here and listen to him watch the game for the third time. I think I might have to call our cable provider and cancel that channel!

Aunt Nina was here! We did some shopping. Nothing extraordinary, no big bargains to tell you about! We did make it to get pumpkins, at a "fake" pumpkin patch close to our neighborhood in an empty lot. Hey, at least we got pumpkins!

We did make a jack o lantern! Q wanted nothing to do with the insides! In fact he was gagging when Chad had his hands in there and would pull out gobs of pumpkin guts. Thankfully, I was never asked to help!

Of course I made pumpkin seeds! However, this time I added cinnamon and sugar! Can you say YUM? I also made a new sweet potato chili recipe that I can not get enough of! And B LOVES it! Fast, easy, cheap, healthy and the boys LOVE it! That makes me happy!! It's pretty too!

To finish up our weekend we had soccer today. What? Monday isn't part of the weekend? Oh well, I can't wait to tell you. Q made two goals tonight at soccer. It is only micro soccer and yes, it mostly resembles a game of sharks and minnows, and yes he did score a goal last week (even though it was the other teams goal) but today he got the ball dribbled and kicked! TWICE! He would have had a third but it went out of bounds, but I was proud of him getting it dribbling down field! I was so excited. I was so excited for him. I had no idea, I would get choked up! Truth be told though all the boys and one little girl did great tonight. They all wanted to play and participate! It's been awesome to watch that change!

So that was our weekend! Hope you had a great one!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Weekend Wrap Up

Weekend Wrap Up on Thursday?! I know, I know. And yes, I know I missed One Word Wednesday as well. Sorry!

Last Thursday the boys and I headed to Grandmas. We like going to Grandmas but we like that Grandmas is half way to Richmond! Richmond is not far, but hey we'll take any excuse to go to Grandmas and get pampered!

Friday morning we loaded up and headed to Richmond. At nap time. That's how we roll. At nap time. We have two time slots to get in the car. 9-10 and 2-3. I really like the 2-3 time slot because the big one sleeps then too! However, Q is a great car rider. He sings, "dances" , talks, and likes to ask "why". No movies required! Which I love. I will say now that I am not against them. I am 99% certain that B will require them to ride the 2 blocks to the grocery store. We tried them on two long plane rides and Q was not interested. At all. And believe me when I say, I tried. I tried all five movies we brought. Each time. All legs of every flight. He was tired and cranky and couldn't sleep.

About 30 minutes from my moms house, I realized....I forgot the freaking pack and play! Mom and I discussed lots of options. I decided I would wait and see what my options were once I got to grandmas.

We got to Richmond at lunchtime! In time for everyone to wake up and eat! We showed up to my grandmothers well rested with full bellies. This also means I had happy babies! Everyone likes a happy baby! We then walked down to the river to expend some energy! It was a great fall day! was nap time. First we cleared the room of anything B could reach everything & I laid with B on a "mattress" on the floor. I read and stroked his head as usual. But now I realized I had to stay until he fell asleep.

Once he was asleep, I thought about running out to Target to get a pack and play. I thought for sure he would be so tired that night, he would go right to sleep and there would be no reason for the PNP. I was right. He was. It was 2, 3, and 4 am when he woke up, that I could have used that containment area. He could cry it out and he can't get out. Oh why didn't I go to Target?!

Saturday morning, was good. We were excited about going to the folk festival. But then 9:30 rolled around. It was nap time. B wasn't tired. At all. I needed him to be. I needed him to get a good nap. So he could wake up and eat. Then he could be well rested and have a full belly and be happy. I NEEDED a PNP. Why didn't I go to Target?

Aunt Linda showed up with Q's cousin Faith and we made our way to the folk festival.

The sun was brutal and there was very little shade. Add to that, I was wearing an extra 22 lbs (B, not my baby weight!) and pushing a double stroller. I didn't have him in the sling the whole time. Just the end of the day, when it was even more hot and he was more tired and there was no shade to be found. But, where was I supposed to put all our stuff if we had two kids in the stroller?!

We listened to some great music, made hats, wind socks, and marched in a kazoo parade. When was the last time you did that, all in the same day? The kazoo part anyway. Well, come to my house and join in, because we've had one every day since our return.

We made it home after our afternoon nap time, so there was no containment area needed. Did I need to go to Target? No. I was too tired. For sure B would sleep better, he only had a 20 minute (if that) nap. ALL DAY. I may have given him some Benedryl to help him sleep in a new place on a new bed. AND to dry up his stuffy nose. Nope, definitely no need to do a Target run. It was dinner time. Everyone was exhausted. I fed the kids what I could to counteract the 12" corn dog, french fries, funnel cake, lemonade, and ice cream. We were with their grandparents, who was I to say no? (insert wink here!) Oooopppps, forgot I bought them cookies to decorate..

Then it was the little guys favorite. BATHTIME!! Then PJs and because everyone was so good and mommy was beat, I turned on some Nick Jr! I took a shower and enjoyed some yummy yummy pad thai and wine. Oh pad thai how, I love you. Then it was my favorite time...BEDTIME. B went down amazingly. His head hit the pillow and he might have made it through two books. Maybe.

And then. THEN it was 11pm. B woke up. Crying. Down to the floor I went where I spent another night on the "mattress" on the floor with my babe. It's not often I get to sleep with my youngest love, so I sucked it up and enjoyed my snuggle time.

Say what you want, but coffee is NOT overrated. I had a long day ahead of me. We packed up and took some pictures and enjoyed some last minutes with our grandmas!

Thanks GGP and Zanney for hosting us. Me, my wild toddler, & my why asking, music demanding three year old. We had a great time!

Good news: We came home with everything from our trip! I didn't leave the pack and play in Richmond!