Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Weekend Recap and Strawberry Patch

Saturday morning, after we picked the boys up from my parents, we went to Lowe's to get some plants and mulch for our yard. I wanted to plant a few vegetables and herbs and Greg wanted to mulch the front yard.

We went home and the boys played in the pool and practiced soccer while Greg and I planted our garden. After we all took showers and got cleaned up, we took the boys to the strawberry patch.

They were so excited to go. They love picking any kind of vegetable or fruit. We've gone every year since they were born. They actually remember the place we went last year because Evan asked me if we were all going to get ice cream afterwards (which is what we did in Virginia)

This farm had some great looking strawberries. They had a lot of rules about where and how to pick, but a much better selection of strawberries than we've ever seen. We're used to an open field where people can pick what they want and the boys have a little more freedom, but the strawberries weren't as nice as this.

I told the boys to pose with their bucket of strawberries.

The lady in the store gave the boys samples of their strawberry lemonade. The boys loved it.

They were worn out when we left. Both boys fell asleep before we got home.

 (2013) Just for fun, since this is something we've done every year. Here's a picture of the boys last year in Virginia at Chiles picking strawberries.

2012  I took the boys by myself and met some friends down there. The boys were WILD, they saw strawberries and knew immediately what to do and were shoving them in their mouths faster than I could pick them. They loved it.

2011 The boys first trip to the strawberry patch, they were about 9 months old. You can click on the years and see the post I did for that year's trip.

Saturday night, Carter had a rough time after going to bed. He was feeling warm and was just not comfortable. He was sleeping, but being very noisy--calling out, fussing, whining, moaning- all in his sleep. I went up and rocked him for awhile and that seemed to help. But, afterwards, I still ended up having to go check on him several times throughout the night.

I took the boys to McDonald's to play and get some ice cream while Greg finished mulching and doing what he needed to do in the yard.

The boys had a blast. Carter wasn't acting like he felt bad, he wasn't 100% himself, but I just figured it was allergies that were bothering him.

Later that afternoon, we went to the park. It was calling for rain all week, so we wanted to try and get outside some.

Carter wasn't really interested in playing once we got to the park, so that was a sign that it probably wasn't allergies and that he was actually sick. He was happy sitting with Greg and going on short walks around the park, so we let Evan play a little bit before going home.

When we got home, both boys wanted to play in the pool while I cooked dinner, which wasn't going to take very long. So, they played for a little bit and then came in and relaxed on the couch while I finished dinner.

I tried a new recipe for asparagus and it was amazing. It defeats the purpose of eating a healthy vegetable when you smother it with cheese, but it was so good.

Carter ended up having another rough night on Sunday and him and Evan both missed school Tuesday. They feel a little warm to touch sometimes, but not real feverish. They both have coughs and runny noses. They go back and forth between seeming like they're completely fine to acting like they don't feel good, so I have no idea what's going on. They had a pretty good, low key day (we also skipped soccer practice) and I'm hoping that they are back to their old selves when they wake up in the morning.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Friday: Pools, Soccer, and Dates

All week, I had planned on getting the boys pool out and letting them play in it on Friday. It was supposed to be hot and sunny, but when we woke up, it was cloudy and chilly. I blew it up and took it outside and filled it. I wanted for quite awhile before taking the boys out there because it just looked like it was going to rain, but we finally went out there a little bit before nap.

I could tell the boys were cold, but they had the best time. I took a few videos and posted them on Facebook because they were being so cute.

Since it's their first time in the pool this year, I had to take a ton of pictures. :)

Evan is happy if he can be splashing. The boys had been fighting all morning, but when they got outside, they played perfectly together. NO fighting about anything, they were best little buds.

Snack break, and time to warm up a little.

They were acting like they were seeing bugs, monsters, sharks, etc. and holding on to each other as they braved the treacherous waters, but I really think that it was more that they were cold and cuddling up.

The boys started a little game where Evan would lay on his back and Carter would push him down the slide. They thought this was the best thing ever, they laughed and laughed.

I had to get a picture of every step of this game.

Look how happy Evan is to get pushed down the slide.

Then this happened. They were running back and forth between the pool and back porch, but they were holding hands. How sweet is that?!

They also were getting a running start and jumping into the pool on their stomachs and sliding. I think these boys need a slip-n-slide.

They warmed up on the couch by sharing a blanket and watching an episode of Super Why.

The rain ended up holding off and the boys had their first soccer game in 3 weeks (because of rain/spring break)

Carter was not feeling the soccer game, he wouldn't go out there and play and would just sit in my lap. Evan was happy to be out there the entire time running around. Mamaw, Papaw, and aunt Caroline all came to see them play.
The coach gave all the moms roses at the game and since I have two boys on the team, she gave me two roses.

Me and Greg's 8th wedding anniversary was on Thursday, so my parents offered to keep the boys overnight on Friday night so we could have a date night. The boys have never spent the night with anybody without us. They were so excited.(and so were we!!) So, after the soccer game on Friday, the boys went home with my parents and Greg and I got an entire evening to ourselves.

Greg and I weren't sure where to go, we didn't want to go anywhere too loud, crowded, smoky, etc. So, we decided to just go to Buffalo Wild Wings and sit at the bar. They have trivia on the tv and you get a hand held game piece to play along, so we thought that would be fun.

The obligatory date night selfie.

My sister text me and asked us if we missed the boys and this is the look Greg gave. Haha.

Just like all our other date nights, we ended up at Target. We needed trash bags and it was on the way home, but we seriously, always have to swing by Target on our date nights for something.

We rented Disconnect (which I thought was really good) and then paused it half way through and went out for shakes and came back and watched the rest. I think the idea of the boys sleeping over was to also let us sleep in a little, but I had a yard sale that I wanted to go to, so we got up at 6:30 to go to this huge church yard sale that ended up being a total bust. :( We grabbed a quick breakfast out and then went and picked up the boys. It was so nice to have a night to ourselves and it was so fun seeing the boys on Saturday morning, they were just so cute. I think it's nice for Greg and I to get date nights, but it's also nice for the boys to get a break from us and vice-versa.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Muffins With Mom

Recapping our week and Muffins with Mom.

Tuesday after the boys nap, it was raining, so we didn't have soccer practice. So, Greg and I took them to the library. It was the first time Greg has gone to the library with us and the boys were so excited to show him this game. They love this checkerboard set. They like to organize and stack the pieces.

They could have done this for quite awhile.

This is our morning routine. Evan always wakes up first and he comes down and get in bed and watches tv on my ipad. Carter joins him when he wakes up. We started this because there was awhile that Evan was waking up really early, but now it's become a nice routine in the morning. It gives them a little time to wake up and I get a chance to get ready. They can pick something off Disney Jr, PBS Kids, or our Netflix account.

Evan is like the cat we don't have, he's such a goober.

Wednesday night, the boys were going to go to church with me, but they wouldn't take a nap, and that meant an early bedtime. So, we all met for dinner at Mellow Mushroom and then I left from there and went to church and Greg took the boys home to do bath and bedtime.

The boys were good at dinner. I'm glad that Greg can/is willing to do bath and bedtime by himself sometimes. Such a trooper!

Thursday morning, another morning, another show.

Thursday morning, after dropping off the boys at school, my mom and I went shopping. Then, we met my sister for lunch. Mmmm....sushi.

After lunch, I went to the boys school for Muffins with Mom at the boys school. (I skipped my muffin after that massive lunch, though!) The boys have been so excited for this. They were so cute and excited when I got there.

Carter spilled applesauce on his shirt at lunch and I guess this is the shirt that I had in his bag for his change of clothes. He was a little shy when we first sat down, but he came around.

Had to get some pictures with these two.

The boys had a picture puzzle on popsicle sticks. I had been hearing bits and pieces about this all week and figured something was happening with a puzzle. It's perfect because they're so into puzzles right now. Look at that concentration!

Carter was excited to show me his puzzle.

Then the boys each gave me a card that was decorated with stickers and had a picture of them inside with why they love me.

They both said the same thing: because I make them muffins.

I think these are such a cute craft idea.

They've done these so much since coming home, they love them.

I love going to special things at the boys school. I can't believe there's only 3 weeks of school left. I signed them up for a summer "playcation" at their new preschool, so they'll still be getting some fun interaction with others over the summer.