Monday, May 18, 2015

Muffins With Mom

The Friday before Mother's Day, the boys school had "Muffins with Mom" for all the moms and grandmas to come and have treats with the kids. The idea was for all the moms to sit down and the kids to serve us, but the teacher had to give up on that pretty quick--the kids were not having it, they were too excited about all the yummy strawberries and muffins and juice!

All the moms got special handmade crowns to wear while we were there.

Getting a picture with these two was no easy task.

Haha, Evan looks so done. But, I love that Carter pushed my cheek to his. So, I have to post it.

After our treats and getting our special framed pictures the kids made for us, they sat down to sing some special songs for us. Then, their teacher went through their worksheets and picked something from each one to share with the class.

Here's Carter's worksheet. I love his picture and the curly hair. Both boys said that I always say "be good" and when I was leaving their class, I caught myself saying "be good". I didn't realize it before, but say it every time I'm leaving them somewhere. We won't talk about how old both the boys think I am.

Evan's picture cracks me up. It's the perfect picture of a dog, but I think it's supposed to be me!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Cinco De Mayo and Park Fun

I'm a little behind on blogging, so I have about 3 posts that I'm going to do before we go on our trip to Arizona.

For Cinco De Mayo, I decided to make Café Rio pork barbocoa, which is one of my favorite recipes and I always love an excuse to make it. I found pork on sale and was able to get a pretty big one for cheap. I made homemade pico de gallo, salsa, creamy tomatillo dressing, guacamole and the pork barbocoa (that takes 18 hours to cook) So, we decided to invite my parents over for that meal since we were going to have so much food and do a Mothers Day/Cinco De Mayo dinner all in one.

For dessert, I made these cute homemade popsicles I saw on Pinterest. The strawberry layer and the coconut layer were really good, but the lime layer was awful. Nobody was able to eat that layer. Oops.

Carter with his popsicle.

He's only that happy because he hadn't got to the sour, lime layer yet. ;)

Later that week, Evan and I met a friend at the park for a playdate. Carter decided he wanted to go with Greg to the gym instead and we decided it was good for the boys to get a break from each other and for us to get one on one time with them. Carter had a blast riding in Greg's car and after Greg worked out, the two of them went swimming and he had the best time. Evan and I had fun on our playdate and decided we should do this more often.

Evan called me over and told me to take a picture of him. Then, he made me show it to him. Some days I can't get them to smile or look at the camera and other days they're the ones making me take pictures of them!

After our play date, Evan cooled off in the splash pad before heading home.

We had our last bible study. This will be the last morning bible study the boys come to because next year, they'll be in kindergarten 5 days a week. :(

Evan had a dry cough and absolutely no other symptoms. We figured it was allergies, but with our upcoming trip to Arizona, we finally decided to get it checked out. We knew if we didn't, it'd end up being bronchitis or something. The doctor agreed that it was just allergies and gave us a few tips to help ease his cough. It ended up getting worse before it got better-we thought we were going to have to take him back, but he's doing great now.

I had to drive up to Aiken, South Carolina to get my text book for the online College Algebra class I'm taking over the summer, so we all went up there after the Greg got home. They were able to see where I went to school and we stopped at a park on the way home.

The boys had a blast playing.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Weekend Recap

I'm a week behind on blogging, so this is our weekend recap of last weekend (May 1-3) The boys in car line on Friday. Friday afternoons, we usually go to the park and then pick up pizza on the way home and have movie night and pizza on the couch. The boys love it.

Saturday was the first Saturday of the month, which mean a kids workshop at Home Depot. Evan's pouty lip cracks me up. I don't know what he was doing because both boys were thrilled to be there and there was no pouting during our trip, so I must have just caught him making a face.

The boys made the cutest frames, with a picket fence border. The boys are always so excited to get their new pin after completing the project, they're starting to get a good little collection on their aprons.

While the boys ate their fruit snacks and drank their capri suns that Home Depot gives all the kids after finishing their project, we did a little shopping for some brick border to put in the yard.

I pulled the boys pool out in the front yard, so they could play while Greg and I worked on the yard a little bit. When we move out in August, my parents are going to list the house. There's been a couple of projects that we've talked about doing for awhile, but now we have to decide what's worth doing. Somebody was supposed to come lay sod in the front yard but ended up getting way behind and never showed up.

A couple neighbors have this brick border around the front and we've talked about doing it for awhile and really wanted to do it last summer, but just never did. Greg finally decided to bite the bullet and get the bricks and do it. I hate thinking of doing things just to list the house, if it's something that would make buyers want to buy the house, then it's something we'd probably enjoy having too. I hate to do a project that we've been wanting to do forever, right before we move out and not even get to enjoy it. So, I'm glad Greg did this now so we have it all summer.

Greg working hard. I helped a little bit. I probably did about 1.5% of the work. ;) I provided 110% of the moral support, though.

After a long morning at Home Depot, then doing yard work, and taking showers to clean up, we decided to go out for a late lunch/early dinner.

I think it's safe to say the boys were pretty excited about Mexican food, too.

Carter is definitely the pickier of the two when it comes to eating. But, Mexican is a different story. Carter loves quesadillas but, Evan orders a hamburger-who does that?! But, he'd be happy not ordering anything and eating all the chips and salsa and calling it a meal.

Sunday, we went to church and grocery shopping. After lunch, Greg took the boys to the gym and pool and I stayed home and started going through things to get rid of. We're not bringing junk to the new house, so I'm doing some serious purging and either selling or donating a lot of stuff. While they were gone, I went through my entire closet and dresser and took out all the clothes I don't wear or want. I divided them all up into types and sizes and took tons of pictures and organized them all. Then, I listed it all on a Facebook yard sale group, which is like Craigslist, but I like it much better. Sunday night I started listing stuff at 7pm and ended up being on the computer for about 4 hours messaging people and setting up different meeting times to sell the stuff. It was a long week with lots of meetings but a week later, I've sold almost all the clothes and have made some money to buy new things for the house. It was all stuff I would have donated to Goodwill, so it's awesome that I was able to make a little extra money off of it. It's definitely a lot more work than just dropping it off at a donation site, but it was well worth it.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

End of the Semester

I try and get a picture of the boys before bible study every week. The week before last, only one of them was cooperating.

Haha, Carter was not having it.

But, this is them when we left. They love going to the childcare during my weekly mom's group at church. This was taken a week before last, but last Thursday was the last one. It runs from September to May and we've gone every Thursday morning since it started in September except for the one time we missed to take a trip to the zoo. They actually decided to offer a summer moms group this year, but it'll be in the evenings, so the boys will stay home with Greg. So, last Thursday was the last time the boys will go, when the regular meetings start back up in the fall, the boys will be in kindergarten. :( They love going each week and just adore the teachers in there.

We made a trip to the library so I could get a few books for the boys and they played with some new things that were out in the kids section.

The spring semester is officially over for me! I took Anatomy 2 and made an A. I start summer school on Monday and am taking an online college algebra. The one I took for my bachelors didn't transfer over because it had a different name, which is a pain, but it's the only one that didn't transfer so it could be worse. I'll be taking the TEAS test this summer and then applying to the nursing program in September. Hopefully, everything goes as planned and I get accepted and start the nursing program in January.

It rained for over a week straight but then we had several beautiful days without a cloud in the sky. It's been so nice and we've gone outside every single day. It's already starting to get pretty warm, so we're trying to enjoy the spring weather now.

There's been a lot of lunches and snacks outside on the boys picnic bench.

I'm about a week and a half behind on blogging, so that was basically our week the last week in April. And this tweet that I saw online sums up what Greg and I have been up to. "Marriage is basically just eating together and watching HGTV until you die" hahaha!! So true. We discovered that Netflix has some fun house shows like Rehab Addict and House Hunters, so we've been binge watching all those the past several weeks.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Steed's Dairy

You can check out our trip to Steeds Dairy in October 2013 and October 2014.

On Tuesday, Steed's Dairy had their Homeschooling and Moms Club day. They have one in the fall and one of these in the spring and its the best time to come. You get in at a discount and it's not too crazy like it is when they open up in the fall to the public.

I was really excited to take the boys because I think it's such a great place and there's so much to do.

These two are such goobers, but I'm glad they let me take pictures of them as much as I do.

There was hardly anybody there when we got there and I thought it would pick up, but it never really got very busy. I couldn't believe more people didn't take advantage of this, but it worked out for us.

Evan had all the time in the world to play with this fun water thing, he didn't have to worry about waiting on other kids to finish playing with it or taking turns.

This is a big deal when there's a lot of kids here, so it was nice that he got to spend some time playing with it, without being rushed.

Horse tire swing.

Carter swinging away.

And Evan.

Every time we come, we see something new that they didn't have last time we came, which is fun.

We met up with some twin moms there and Cooper and his mom and little brother came also. So, we hung out with them. Since there was hardly anybody there and the 3 older boys are at a place where you don't have to watch them like hawks, Andrea and I were actually able to talk a little. We could move around and pretty much see the boys from anywhere we wanted to stand.

They love this jumping pillow and I love when we come during the week because that means no big kids on it. :)

They look so old to me, getting their own water.

We caught the tail end of a cow milking demonstration.

The boys were able to feel the cow and feel how warm the milk is that's in there. They thought that was pretty neat.

There was a baby goat that was so small, the gates couldn't keep him in, so he just went in and out as he pleased. Cooper and Carter thought it was so funny that he came out of his cage. They made sure to make him feel loved.

These boys really surprise me. They are really "all boy" (I know people hate that phrase) but they really are--rough and tumble boys. But, they were all so soft and sweet with all the animals. I love seeing them with animals, it's like they're totally different boys.

This pig snorted a lot and Carter thought that was hilarious.

Sullivan and Carter hanging out with the pig

Evan checking out the chickens

Cooper and Evan

Loving on the pig

Then, the pig did this. He laid on his side, like a dog, and wanted to be pet more and have his stomach rubbed. It was the cutest thing!!

Checking out these mini ponies

Petting them

So gentle and sweet every time.

One of the workers got out a brand new baby rabbit for Cooper and Carter to see. It was so tiny and cute.

Saying bye to the pig

Evan, Carter, and Cooper did the zip line, several times. A few before our hayride and then a few times on their own after lunch. They love this ride.


We did the hayride. It wasn't busy at all. There was another women with a small child (17 month, I think she said) and that was it--we had the whole ride to ourselves.

I love how Evan is looking at Sullivan. There has been lots of talk about Sullivan at our house. The boys have asked me if we can just "buy" him. Haha. They adore him and they both said that they want to take him to the store and buy him cute baby clothes. I'm in trouble with these two. They're pretty obsessed with getting a baby--which will NOT be happening. We're also not getting a dog or a cat. So.....These poor boys need something. I'm thinking a turtle or a fish. Or---and Greg is going to KILL me when he reads this but, maybe some chickens? Bless their hearts, they need something, they've been begging to kidnap another person's child, I think that's a good reason to get them a pet.

After our hay ride, the boys played in the corn box.

This is always such a huge hit with all the kids, regardless of age, they all just seem to really enjoy it.

Carter spent some time on the water thing.

Pumping the water to get the ducks to go to the end.

We had a blast, I love this place. We like to take the boys every year, but it's pretty crowded and more expensive. These homeschool/moms club days are amazing!! I won't even get started on how this may be the last homeschool/moms club day that they're able to come because next year, they'll be in kindergarten 5 days a week. :( Sniffle Sniffle!!!!!But, we'll focus on the positive for this post and we all had a great time here. We got here when they opened and stayed until the end. My boys definitely got their admission's worth!!! And I enjoyed it as much as they did.