Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter 2016

This Easter is soooooo different than last year's...because then Rosie was less than 24 hours away from joining our family and that seemed to be the only thing on my mind!  Oops!

But this year we instead have an almost 3 year old (who is celebrating his third Easter! --read about his first and second ones) and an almost 1 year old!  Tons of fun, right?!  RIGHT.  Despite me blogging this post at 4pm when Easter is not technically over yet, it is for us--Mike had to go to work (boo hiss) but at least we got to spend the morning enjoying his company!  This most definitely is the first holiday that Patrick was legitimately excited about and understood what was going on--so that was tons of fun to see him soooooo excited about the "Easter Bunny cominnnnnn'!"



We actually have been in the Easter spirit all week--we took Ro to visit Goose late last week and she brought some ears for both of them to wear!  Rosie really seemed to enjoy having some bunny chats with her Goose.



Last night we colored Easter eggs for the first time ever (#parentsoftheyear) and Patrick LOVED it so much!  Again, he was so into the Easter happenings that he got really excited about dropping the eggs in the dye and then putting stickers on them.


The kids, furry one included, were equally as excited about the Easter Bunny coming last night as well they whipped out their ears again and put them on in the tub.  Hysterical, right?!  I thought so too.


Once the kiddos went to sleep the Easter Bunny hopped on over to the Mooney household and left baskets full of goodies for each kid AND a living room full of eggs to be hunted.



Easter morning the kiddos got up around 8:30 (well, Patrick had been up for about 10 minutes with his fingers under the door saying, "MOMMMMMM!  Get me up peassss!  Easter Bunny cominnnn'!" and I was dying laughing cause it was just the cutest thing ever.



Both kids raced (haha!  Rosie turtled crawled as fast as she can go) into the family room to see what the bunny left them.  Ro did NOT want to share her goodies with Scoots.  This pic cracks me up by the way.  The grip she has on his face is like "I mean business.  Back away beeotch."  Both kids made out pretty darn good with some new toys, an outfit, a new book, lots of candy for Patrick, and some new sippy cups for Ro.  I think Patrick was so excited he didn't know what to do with himself!


We then had a little egg hunt in the living room which Patrick did awesome at -- he liked hunting for eggs last year but this year REALLY got into it.  It was so cute watching him one by one collect the eggs.


After our hunt I made french toast for breakfast, which Patrick ate 75% of and then elected to eat cotton candy and chocolate bunnies for the remainder of breakfast...I mean, it is Easter, right?!  #YOLO Patrick.






After breakfast we went over to Mike's parents for a little egg hunt for Patrick (since we were missing lunch with them since we were going to my side of the family--which, side not, holidays are HARDDDDD when you have kids to try to get to everyone's shindig...so I think we're going to have one of our Easter celebrations on Saturday next year which should alleviate some of the part overlapping).  Patrick loved hunting eggs again and Ro loved watching him!  Next year she'll be all over the hunting action I just know.


Here's our last 3 Easters (I couldn't find 2013's pic but that's boring cause I was just gigantically pregnant with Patrick) from 2014, 2015, and 2016...I wonder what 2017 will look like!  I am not hinting at ANYTHING by that statement!  Haha!  I mean, I'd love another kiddo, but whenever he/she comes along we will be ready for them!


After the Mooneys we headed to my parents house for brunch--I made this DELICIOUS french toast casserole recipe that I got from my friend Ann and it was sooooo good.  I am literally drooling at the thought of it and will need to make it again!  I think I'm going to make it for Mike's birthday breakfast this coming weekend because he liked it so much.  I'll have to blog my spin on the recipe (I changed a few things!) sometime after I make it again so I can include some snaps of the deliciousness as well.









Patrick got to do his THIRD Easter egg hunt of the day (#spoiled)--and he was so ready for this one after his practice with his first two this morning.  His only other competition was Rosie and his 13 month old cousin Cole, so he kind of dominated it.  But he was so sweet and kept running his eggs over to Cole and Rosie's baskets!




After a few family snaps we had to load the kiddos up to get home so they could have siestas and Mike could go off to work.


Both Ro and Patrick fell asleep about .2 seconds after we got home (despite a crapload of candy consumption for Patrick he was out like a light) and I got to clean up the aftermath of this morning and sit down and type up this here blog post!  Ha!

It was a fantastic Easter and a great end to my spring break.  I actually have one more day off tomorrow but we're taking Ro back to the doc for hopefully her final follow-up for her finger and then back to work I go Tuesday!  I have a little less than 2 months left of school and I cannot believe how fast it's gone!  A majority of my students are done the beginning of May since they're Juniors and Seniors so I'll really be winding things down these next couple weeks!

Anyways, I hope you all had a great Easter and I'm sure you'll be hearing from me again soon, cause I can't resist sharing all of the boring details of our life's happenings.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Spring Break Adventures

Whew!  It's only Thursday of Spring Break 2016 and I'm pooped!  Ha!  We've had a jam-packed past 24+ hours and I'm only now sitting down to bloggity-blog about our adventures, which includes a lot of firsts for this Mooney clan.

So, where to begin?!  Ahhhh, where I left off Monday I guess -- I have finished (woot!) cleaning the basement and was set out to enjoy the rest of my week off.

The kiddos had Hand, Foot, and Mouth, but fortunately by Tuesday they were on the mend and the bumps mostly gone and/or scabbed over, so we decided to hit up the Zoo, along with seemingly every.single.other.person. in STL that day.  Oh well...my mom's cousins were in town from Wisconsin and Patrick was in his conductor outfit desperate to ride the train, so off we went!








Fortunately Mike was off that morning so he was able to go with us.  We had so much fun!  Patrick's favorite part HAD to be getting to say "All Aboard!" like 4 times on the train--one of the perks to sitting in the very back.


Shocker, he didn't want to leave, but fortunately he was game when we told him we were heading to Fuzzy Taco (Ro approved too!) for lunch he happily obliged.


When we got home Mike headed off to work and I sat down with my camera to practice and play on manual mode -- I usually use Aperture Priority mode (so semi-automatic) when I shoot, but manual has sooooooo many more options and controls I thought I'd practice tackling that here and there and get more comfortable using it.


Seriously, why haven't I always been shooting on manual?!  It freaking rocks!  Yes, there's a learning curve, but I figure the more I play and shoot on it the better I'll get and more comfortable I'll be using it all the time.

Sooooooo, I ended up bringing my camera to my mom's on Tuesday night to snap some pics of the kiddos in the yard before the cousins left.  There are a few pics below...even more you can see over here on my photog blog promoting my mini-sessions (check 'em out here!) I'm offering coming up in a couple weeks!







I was so proud of myself shooting all of those snaps on manual!  Even after that little impromptu session I felt more comfortable snapping on that mode.

Patrick asked for Chick-fil-A for dinner, so, twist my arm, that's where we went.  And Ro finally got to take a legit bath after her finger had incapacitated her to do so for the past week!  She was very excited.



Random family selfie and a pic of uncle Charlie with Ro.  Melts my heart.



Side note: Patrick can sleep through ANYTHING.  Seriously.  I plopped Scoots down in his bed on Tuesday night and he didn't even flinch!  I'm pretty sure Scooter would have preferred that I left him there to snuggle with his Patrick all night...maybe next time Scooter.


Wednesday morning we got up and headed down to my aunt Kate's lake!  Mike was off until Saturday (woot!!) and we thought we'd do a quick little overnight trip down there.  Patrick was overjoyed and Ro was just happy to be going anywhere.  She's so easy to please.

We actually met my aunt at a bowling alley about half way to her lake house to go bowling.  OHH EMM GEE was Patrick in HEAVEN!  He had such a great time!









I mean, we all had a blast (Ro enjoyed watching), but Patrick really loved it.  I bet we'll be going bowling again soon because he really enjoyed it oh so much.


After we finished bowling we grabbed a quick lunch and headed to the lake for siestas.


Mike and the kids all napped and my aunt and I headed to the grocery store to get appetizers for dinner -- that's Patrick's favorite thing to have when he goes to her lake!

When everyone got up from their naps we had a photoshoot -- Kate had told me about this pretty spot close by her house and I thought it'd be a great opportunity to get some snaps of the kiddos looking adorable in their Easter outfits.










I KNOW.  I'm biased, but gahhhhh!  How great did these pics turn out!?  And again, I shot the entire shoot in manual!  I am feeling so comfortable on that setting now I am just loving it!  Wanna see even more?!  Check out my blog post over here on my photog blog for the entire session.

After our little photo shoot we took the golf cart out and headed up the park so the kiddos could play before dinner.  It was 65 degrees out yet so windy so it felt freezing!  We didn't stay too long, just enough for Patrick to burn off some energy.





Once we got back and finished yummy appetizers for dinner, it was bath an bedtime for the kiddos.



Ro was her usual self and asleep within 10 minutes of finishing nursing, while Patrick on the other hand watched 2 hours (not kidding!) of Paw Patrol in KiKi's bed "I waiting for KiKi to come in!".  Haha, YOLO Patrick.


This morning we got up and had a quick breakfast before heading back home.  Patrick, when I told him that we were leaving soon, said, "No, you leave, I stay here with KiKi" -- so he did!  He's coming back tomorrow after an extended vacation with his most favorite person ever.



Mike, Rosie, and I took advantage of our temporarily smaller family and hit up the grocery store in Patrick's absence...


And then Rosie destroyed Patrick's drawing stuff when we got home.  Ahahaha.  Anyways, what a fun little spring break week we've had and it's not even over yet!  We have some friends coming over for dinner tomorrow night, then Easter shindigs all weekend before Ro goes back to the surgeon for a final (hopefully!) check up Monday and then I'm back to work on Tuesday, with only 8ish weeks left of school!  I can't wait for summer!

Anyways, this turned into an incredibly long post so I apologize...have a great rest of your week friends and I'm sure you'll be hearing from me oh-so-soon!

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