Thursday, July 30, 2015

LEO Family & Swim Lesson Graduate

Last year on July 30th in a very lengthy "lately" post I shared a pic of my boys all dressed up in their police uniforms on the couch--something I had done exactly a year before with them as well.  This has now become a July 30th tradition 'round these parts, cause this happened this morning after everyone got up:

2015 edition.  BOOM.

And, since you know I'm a sucker for comparison pics, here's the last 2 years as well all thrown together in a giant comparison strip.  

Someone commented on Facebook that Mike's hair has gotten longer each year--it has!  He actually is in need of a good head shave soon so he can get back to his 2013 look in the top pic.  Less poofy he says.

Anyways, I took a few more pics of the kiddos and Scoots together, and couldn't help but notice how funny these pics of Scooter and 3ish month old Patrick and Rosie are together.  Totally makes me giggle...a lot.

And I got confident and tried to get a pic of all 3 of the kiddos in their police garb, and #nolooknocare was in full force from 2/3 minions, and Rosie was killer with her RB face.  Nice. Nice.

After our little July 30th photo sesh, we headed off to the pool for Patrick's last swim lesson of the summer.  He was in the shrimp class again this year with his buddy Emma and they both had a blast once again--I think they enjoyed not listening to us and doing their own thing more than anything.  Ha!  Oh 2 year olds.

We were able to get 2 semi-good pics of them holding their swim certificates that said they both could move onto the seahorse group next summer (big step!  That'd mean they'd be in swim class without parents there!  OH BOY!).  

I love their little faces and how proud they were holding their certificates! --that both of them dropped into the water and got soaking wet.  Oops.

After swim class we'd always go hit up the last 30 minutes of Tot Time before we left.  This always has proved very well for longer nap times and more exhausted kiddos--shoot, even Rosie sleeps better after she's been outside basking in the sun (ha! Not really--parked in the shade with her car seat fan running is more like it!).  Anyways, today was super fun because it was the last swim class--and my last day of freedom/summer because I go back to work tomorrow (early! I know!!).

I got out my GoPro and snapped a few pics--Lizzy met us at the pool with Mike's mom and Patrick had a fun time playing with her and Emma!  Surrounded by ladies he is!

All in all it was a super fun morning--a great one with some family time and pics and a lot of swimming and fun--to wrap up my summer vacation.  Even though school doesn't officially start for 2.5 more weeks, and I still have lots of pool time planned for after work and weekends, this was my last day of doing tot time and morning weekday fun stuff with my fam bam, and I'm definitely going to miss it.

Okay, stopping this post right here before I start to cry.  Seriously.  Best summer ever 2015, way to bring it.  2016: you've got a lot to top! 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Taking Stock

These taking stock posts are becoming my favorite to blog, because, as I probably sound like a broken record here--oh well, they force me to reflect on the now through a list of verbs.  Oh, how I love these posts, and I'm sure you all do too, right?!  RIGHT.  Good.  Here's another one, Wednesday-last-one-of-my-summer/maternity-leave-edition for you.

Making: A list of what I need at the grocery store, specifically lunches for me for next week when I'm back at school.  Since I'll probably not be frequenting the cafeteria much (that'll be pumping time), I'll be eating in my office--which has a mini fridge and microwave--so I need lunch ideas now that I can eat in my office.  I'm sure I'll just be boring and do hot pockets or something easy :)

Cooking: Nothing, as usual.  It is SO HARD to get myself motivated to cook if it's just me and Patrick for dinner.  Mike's on evenings, so it's easier to pop in a pizza, order dinner, go out, or, like tonight, invite ourselves over to my parents for dinner.  BOOM.

Drinking: Ice cold milk with quads--aka, double stuffed Oreos stacked together.  Totally my afternoon snack of choice.  Don't judge, it's so delish.

Reading: Not yet, but it's sitting on my nightstand to start reading, Go Set a Watchman.  I'm pretty jazzed about it, and have kind of put off starting it cause I know I'll finish it super fast just like I did with To Kill a Mockingbird.  I love a good book!

Wanting: My birthday {August 9th} to get here, is that weird?!  It's my 30th, and I know a bunch of people dread it cause "buh-bye 20s" but shooooot, I'm excited about it!  Bring it on!  My 20s are going to be tough decade to beat, but I'm sure my 30s will give them a run for their money!

Looking: At fabrics from Spoonflower that I'm going to order for my new Oh My! (Wizard of Oz themed) Tula my mom is getting me for my birthday.  Above are the 2 I think I'm going to order to have suck pads and a hood made to go along with this adorable Tula.  I cannot wait for them to get here!

Playing: A few new "movie tunes" on iTunes to see if they're going to make the cut for my classroom playlist for this year.  When my students are working on projects I like having music playing, and I always like movie theme songs to play.  Themes from The Hunger Games and Jurassic Park are my current faves.

Wishing: This summer would stay foreverrrrrrr, as I blogged about earlier last week.  It has been so much fun, especially with RB faced Rosie at the pool and hurricane Patrick who doesn't want to follow directions at swim lessons and instead wants to just jump off the side of the pool over and over and over and over again.

Enjoying: The peace and quiet of nap time, hence why I'm doing this post!  Haha!  Mike actually woke up from his siesta about 20 minutes ago and hustled off to work, but Rosie and Patrick are still snoozing away.  Wonder how much longer I'm going to get (and if I'll be able to finish this post!) before the minions wake up.

Loving: Having two little bebes.  Way back a lifetime ago in April I posted about living a dream, and I can say I still echo the sentiment, but maybe so even more now.  I absolutely love having two little kiddos, one boy and one girl, and most days I find myself pinching myself thinking I'll break out of this 'dream', but don't, and just am hap hap happy that this is my life.

Pondering: If I'm going to try and tackle running to the grocery store with both kiddos when they wake up orrrrrr if I can put it off for one more day and go before Mike goes to work tomorrow morning. Ahhh, decisions, decisions.

Considering: How much I need this this custom Scooter shirt--and, duh, the answer is ABSOLUTELY NEED IT.  Now.  Ha!  Mike actually ordered it for me for my birthday!  I took the above picture and the company digitized it to the cartoon looking one that will be on my shirt.  I cannot wait to get it!  EEEKKKKK!

Watching: Old ER episodes...still.  Gosh, I freaking love this show!  I started watching old episodes (thank you Apple TV!) starting with season 4 this April and now am almost finished with season 12.  It has been my go-to naptime show this summer and I love love love it!  I'll probably continue to do it during the school year when Mike's on nights and I need something to watch when the burritos go to sleep.

Needing: 2 things: a similar case to Patrick's green one for my iPad mini--cause I'm going to format that for Rosie (hashtag: spoiled techie kids!)...I actually just ordered it and it'll be here tomorrow!  Thank you Amazon Prime!  And a new tire.  We got up yesterday and noticed my tire was completely flat!  Woops!  Mike luckily put the spare on, took it to work and ran by the place he got my tires and they patched it for him for free!  How nice was that?!

Wearing: My uniform: yoga pants, nursing tank, and flip flops.  All day, every day.  I am most definitely not looking forward to having to wear actual clothes come next week!  Luckily I've found some "smock" (as Mike calls them) tops that are loose and forgiving on my postpartum bod and some oh so comfy (yet professional looking) capris and khakis.

Following: The Eh Bee family--um, have you seen them?!  Freaking hilarious.  I'm pretty sure I've watched the pinned video at the top of their Facebook page a thousand times.  And now I follow them on Instagram and YouTube (and Facebook, duhhhh) and can always rely on them for a good giggle.

Noticing: How much Rosie looks like this cartoon hot dog.  Seriously.  I was dyingggggg when I saw that hot dog pic next to hers.  So darn funny.  She is very hot dog like, don't you think?!!  Hehehe.

Feeling: Ready to go back to work.  Obviously I'd LOVE to be able to stay home with my churros all day every day, but financially that's not in the, back to work I go!  And I think I'm mentally and physically, almost 17 weeks postpartum, ready to go back.  Don't get me wrong I'm going to miss them like crazyyyyyy, but having to go back to work will make my time (and our family time!) together with them on the weekends and evenings that much more special.

Admiring: How cat like Scoots is.  Seriously.  What dog sits like this?!  This is how I found him (obviously he was shocked) this morning after I got the kiddos up.  Gahhhh, such a little feline trapped in a canine's body.

Sorting: Diapers and regular laundry, all day everyday.  'Tis my life's story lately!  But I don't mind at all, I actually enjoy doing laundry, especially diaper laundry!  I am crazy, I know.

Buying: A few more lovely 3ply Applecheeks inserts (our faves!!) for our diapers.  Whenever I order something from Amazon or my fave boutique Lil' Tulips, I always add an extra insert onto our order so hopefully one day we can have all 3ply inserts as what we primarily use, cause they hold up the best to my heavy wetters.

Getting: A bit anxious about the school year starting, and it doesn't have anything to do with being off for almost 4 months!  This happens every single year I've taught--and I'm going into year 8 (what?!!) of teaching and I ALWAYS get anxious (and excited!) about the new school year.  Sometimes I can't even sleep I have so much racing through my head about the new year!  Haha!  Tis the life of a teacher.

Bookmarking: A few fall photoshoot ideas for a few sessions I have booked AND a family session I'm going to do with my family.  I'll use a tripod and my Apple watch as a timer for our family pics, but mostly I want pics of the kiddos (probably in October when Rosie is 6 months old and sitting up--hopefully!) and some of Mike and the kids--and he can get some of me and the kids.

Disliking: This hot hot hot weather in STL lately.  Seriously, the summer was either rained out or so hot and muggy!  Gahhhhh!  I'm sure I'll be yearning for warm weather this winter when I'm complaining about how cold it is, but still, STL is bipolar with its weather: it seems to be one extreme or the other!  Ha!

Feeling: Very lucky to be this little lady's mama (and Patrick's too!) and that I can provide milk for her and other babies too.  It's been such a joy to create such a bond with her nursing, and it feels pretty darn good to be able to pump so much and be able to provide others with mama's milk.

Snacking: On Oreos!  Still!  It's kinda hard to eat and, once I finish this I'm going to tear into my stack of Oreos like a famished beast.

Coveting: These last few days at home with my babes.  We have oodles planned with the pool and what not, and I'm trying to savor it all before school and reality hits on Monday.  Wish me luck!

Wishing: Scoots would stop using the living room as his own personal toilet.  Seriously.  So annoying.  I mean, I'm glad he goes in there (easier to clean up on the hardwood) than the rug in the family room, but stillllll.  Come on Scoots!  You're 10 years old and house trained!  --Although I think he does it on purpose out of spite--can you say jealous of the two little humans he calls brother and sister?!

Helping: A few fellow teacher friends with some Google stuff for their school years.  I LOVE Google and I love even more being able to share the Google love with others.  Heck, I am a Google Certified Teacher after all!

Hearing: The soft snoozing breathing sounds of my babes asleep in their cribs in their rooms.  I have amazing ears--or mom ears, as Mike calls them--I swear I can hear EVERY SINGLE THING my kids do, even through multiple walls.  Just try me.  

That's about all I've got for Taking Stock today...until my next post...have a great one friends!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Patrick's First Cardinals Game

Yesterday evening Mike and I took Patrick to his very first Cardinals game EVER!  My lovely mother-in-law came over to hang with Rosie (and Scoots) and put her to bed so the three of us could go.

Now, we had yet to take Patrick to a game because 1. all games are during nap or bedtime 2. when he was really little it was just too hot, even if he would just sit there (and back to reason #1) and 3. we didn't know how much he'd get out of it/how long he'd last/didn't want to lose money on a ticket.

Soooooo parents of the year here waited and waited to take him to his first game.  Well, if you recall from my Pooches in the Ballpark 2015 post earlier in June, Scoots won the costume contest and scored us free tickets for a future game!  So I got tickets for an evening Mike was off and hoped and prayed it'd go well...but, was prepared it wouldn't, and was okay with that since we didn't paid nada for the tickets.  A win-win really :)

It literally POURED cats and dogs in a crazed pop-up thunderstorm on our way downtown.  But, once we hit the exit ramp it stopped and the sun came out and it was a nice, muggy 95 degrees out.  

Everyone knows how much I looooooove wearing Rosie in my Tula, well, Patrick missed this ship when he was a bebe and didn't really get any ups.  Well, since we have two Tulas, and Patrick is still well-within the 45lb. weight limit, we decided to saddle him up in it for our walk from where we parked to the stadium.  Um, GENIUSSSSSSS idea Alex.  Seriously.  For a kid who had never been worn before, he really liked it actually and was so good in it!  Man, it made our walk to (and from) the stadium a breeze, and we didn't have to worry about Patrick darting into traffic or walking too slow.  I am loving baby (and toddler now!) wearing more and more every single day, and these Tulas we have are becoming lifesavers.  I think they will be my new go-to baby shower gift for the friends with future babies a'coming: take note :)

So once we got to the game, Patrick was in HEAVEN.  Seriously.  He was looking around with big huge eyes and wouldn't even look at me for .2 seconds for a picture.  He was just so taken with the stadium and everyone and everything there he was speechless.  Ha!  Literally.

Since we had free seats, they were super duper high up, but it seemed that Patrick liked that!  When we first sat down (right as the game was starting) he was completely mesmerized.  He kept saying, "bay-ball!  bay-ball!" and clapping.  It was so cute.

Luckily we had some empty seats around us so Patrick got his own seat in between us.  After about 10 minutes of his initial "wow" factor at the game, the luster of the newness of a new place wore off and someone wanted to do anything but sit in his seat (or our lap) for more than 2 seconds.  Ha!  About where my expectations fell for how he'd act.

Again, he didn't want anything to do with looking (or smiling!) for a picture for me.  So nice of him.  We got some nachos and a drink and that kept him content for a bit--until we all woofed them down.  He was then getting super wiggly and squirrely and kept running into the people in front of us.  So, I yanked him up and hoped he'd sit on my lap and watch the game...

He's actually screaming in this picture for me to let him go.  Lovely.  So I resorted to my last-ditch effort to see if he'd sit for a bit longer (we were hoping to make it to the 4th inning!)...I whipped out his beloved "monkey".

Success!  For literally 3 minutes.  In went the thumb, and quiet and focused goes Patrick.  But, it didn't last, and just as the 2nd inning was ending, we swooped up Patrick from whacking the back of the people's heads in front of us and plopped him back in the Tula on Mike's back, and waved our white flag and called it quits.

Again, Tula for the win.  I cannot emphasize enough how much I love this thing and how much it has saved us (for both Patrick and Rosie) when we're out and about.  Seriously, if you have little ones, get one of these.  You won't regret it!

We did get Patrick some ice cream on the way home (cause he was about as good as we expected him to be!) and he was in bed only about an hour after he normally was.  He did wear his custom STL Cardinals Applecheeks dipe this gal made for us to the game, and since he had his "bayball shorts" on over it, I had to snap a pre-bath pic of him wearing it before he got full monty.

All in all, it was a fun night and a great experience for us and Patrick.  I don't know when we'll take him back again...but I know we will sometime soon...well, maybe next season when he's a bit older and his attention span is a bit longer :)

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Nice Little Weekend

Just as I alluded to in my last post, we've had quite a fun little weekend 'round these parts!  So!  Let's get right to my lovely little recap, cause I know you've just been sitting on pins and needles waiting for it.

On Thursday evening we went to my favorite local restaurant to celebrate my aunt Mary's birthday and, duh, get some food.  Mike was working, but my brother Charlie was in town and I took full advantage of his offers to help me out wrangling both kiddos--mostly Patrick.  Obviously Patrick is completely smitten with him and loooooovvvveeeeddddd riding on his shoulders.  Notice Patrick holding onto Charlie's ears--my mom told him to do that to make sure he didn't fall off and that's how he rode on Chuck their entire way from getting ice cream to the car.  Ha!

Friday morning we have make-up swim lessons (Monday's were canceled because of the rain) and, it was like Patrick KNEW we shouldn't have lessons that day, because, HOLY TODDLER TEMPER TANTRUM.  This was his first (milestone! ha!) public temper tantrum and it was a doozie.  He refused to participate at swim class, kept running/swimming away from me and towards Mike, the other class, the pool noodles--anything that was not in swim class.  He wouldn't sit on the wall, he wouldn't follow directions, he was just being a two year old, and it was awful.  Mike tried to go in with him for swim lessons and he wasn't having it either.  Oyyyyy.  So, we waved our white flag and made Patrick sit out and calm down (he was so.darn.angry. so much screaming and crying!).  Mike looked at me and asked if we should go to tot time (which goes for about 30 minutes after swim lessons) and said, "You know, I hate to reward him for acting like this, but tot time wears him out and he takes such a better nap..." Yup.  I agreed--so even though Patrick was captain awful, we let him go burn off more energy at tot time after he calmed down.  Just call us parents of the year.  Hoping and praying he doesn't pull the same stuff tomorrow at lessons.  We will see!  Stay tuned!

Rosie, on the other hand, was her peachy little 3.5 month old self all day long and looking oh-so-adorable in whatever I put her in.  We actually had our good friends Rachael and Greg's wedding Friday afternoon, so after we got home from the pool and had lunch, Patrick went to the Mooney's, Rosie took a quick siesta, and we all headed off to the wedding in our best attire.

BUT!  Wouldn't you know it?!  I had fed Rosie right before we left and about 20 minutes into the wedding service girlfriend spit up A LOT all over me and my dress!  YUCK YUCK YUCK.  Patrick hardly ever spit up, and Rosie is the exact opposite.  And it's never right after she eats, it's always like a while after she eats.  Yuck city.  After the wedding we had a few hours before the reception, so we raced home and I washed my clothes (and Rosie's dress) so I could have it nice and clean for the reception.  Spoiler: it was dried just in time!

Friday night was the kiddos first night spending the night away together!  GAHHHH!  Patrick was almost 7 months old his first night away, and Rosie was beating that by almost 4 months.  I was a wittle bit nervous as to how Rosie would do, but was hoping and praying she'd be fine.  For the past week or so she's been going a solid 12+ hours (last night she slept 8pm - 9am!!) at night, so I was hoping she'd do the same at the Mooneys.  Well, she definitely did!  She slept about 8:30pm to 8am!! WOOT!

Anyways, so Friday night we dumped Rosie off with Patrick and my lovely brother Charlie drove us to and from the reception so we didn't have to worry about driving!  Isn't he a peach?!

The wedding was SO.MUCH.FUN.  I don't know if it was because we really hadn't been out without worrying about kids since Rosie was born or what, but we had an absolute blast!  I brought my GoPro + selfie stick, so that was a fun hit at the table, and then the wedding had a photo booth too!  It was an absolutely amazing evening.

When we got home I had to pump...and since I'd had a few adult beverages that night, I had to appropriately label my milk with XXX...cause, right now all my frozen milk has been donated, and I can't in good conscience give it to someone my XXX milk is in a reserve freezer and I'll figure out what I'm going to do with it later.  Maybe mix it with some food to dilute it when Rosie starts on solids, or who knows.  I just can't ever pump and dump!

Saturday morning after we got the kiddos we had a very special visitor come: our buddy Kay Quinn from our favorite news station!  I have known Kay for several years (through Scooter!  Ha!  She started following Scooter's antics and we've become friends!) and she messaged me earlier last week asking if she could bring Strange Donuts over for breakfast and to catch up.  Ummmm, of course!  

She is hands-down the sweetest person ever!  In addition to bringing yummy donuts, she brought her son Jimmy who is the nicest 13-year-old I've ever met, and some custom stools for the kiddos!  Oh, and she also brought Scoots (and us too!) some treats as well!

It was so much fun getting to catch up with her and chit chat.  We will exchange emails and such, but it was awesome to be able to chat in person!  We just loved having them over and hopefully we can do it again soon!

Later on Saturday we decided we wanted to grill some steaks for dinner, so we called our friends Adam and Sarah (who just had their little gal Daisy almost 2 weeks ago) to see if they'd want to come over for dinner.  I should have taken a pic of our meal cause it was freaking awesome: beef loin sirloin steaks, cheesy potatoes, corn on the cob, and caesar salad!  So.darn.tasty.

After dinner and right before Rosie's bedtime we took some pics of the two little gals (they're exactly 14 weeks apart!) together and it was just the cutest thing.  I hope our little flowery-named-girls grow up to be great friends just like their parents!  It was so fun to chat with our new parent friends and see how parenthood is treating them and what not.  We definitely need to do this more often with our buddies with kids!

A few more snaps from last night...I absolutely LOVE the one of Mike and Rosie!  Gahhhh, if she isn't the spitting image of her daddy, I don't know what is!

I had posted this pic of Patrick earlier last week--he wanted a pic with his "raffe" and my cousin Jack and Steph saw it (they got him those animals for Christmas) and partnered with their fluffy white pooches Huck and Dill and sent him another set of them!  How sweet is that?!  He was in heaven with his new animals and is obsessed with lining them up.  Rosie likes to play with them too :)

Scoots is obviously too cool to pose for pictures anymore...ha!  As if!  I snapped this Beggin' pic of him with his pink sunnies on, and actually something like this is part of my birthday present Mike got me (well, duh, I know what it is cause I had to order it!) and I can't wait to show you it!  The big 3-0 is exactly 2 weeks away!

We were going to go to the pool today, but it was on and off raining/storming and just kind of a blahhhh day.  So, we elected to go visit Goose at the Pond instead and then run to Kohl's for a few gifts for people for upcoming birthdays and wedding showers.

I snapped this pic of Mike wearing my Tula (for the first time!  GAHHHH!) unbeknownst to him at Kohl's and I think my mama heart just melted!  So.darn.sweet.  I freaking LOVE LOVE LOVE babywearing and the fact that Mike did it once (and hopefully will again!) melts my heart.  I need this pic blown up for my office STAT!

Unrelated, Patrick found Mike's wallet and pulled every.single.thing. out of it before I could stop him, and Rosie is just being her smiley giggly self lately.

So that's about all I've got for our nice little weekend we had!  We are taking Patrick tomorrow night to his first Cardinals game EVER--so I am super excited about that.  You'll get a post allllll about that later this week, promise!

This is my final week off before I'm back at school August 3rd and I'm going to try and make the most of it.  It will definitely be bittersweet: sweet to be back at work, but bitter in that I'm leaving my babies, one particularly who has been boycotting bottles (even from Mike!) if I'm anywhere around and just wants her mama.  That pulls on my heart a wittle bit.  Too bad I can't saddle her up in my bag and bring her with me!

Anyways, have a wonderful week friends!
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