Sunday, May 31, 2015

May Wrap Up

I'm pretty behind on blogging, so I wanted to do a photo dump post before doing my post about the boys last day of school and our Arizona trip.

The boys have had a lot of pool time the past month, between the pool at the Kroc Center and just filling up a cheap one in the back yard for them to play with.

The boys are obsessed with playing in the dirt. They make tunnels and "ponds" and just make a huge muddy mess and it makes them so happy.

They were trying to make a river and they spent forever playing so well together on this.

Evan was very happy to be getting dirty and making a mess.

Before we left for Arizona, we went by our lot to have our preconstruction meeting. The boys had a blast running around the empty lot.

While we were shopping for some last minute things for our trip, I let the boys each pick out a stuffed animal from Kohl's. Carter named his whale "Batman" and has stuck with that since the day he got him.

Evan loves his turtle. I told the boys they could bring them to Arizona as their one stuffed animal to sleep with. They loved the idea and told their stuffed animals everything they knew about our trip. It was precious.

I also went to a Goodwill in town that has a bookstore, looking for a couple books to read on the trip. The boys were pretty good, but there was a long line to check out, so the boys entertained themselves by looking at all the jewelry.

We played outside as much as we could in May.

One day, the boys discovered that they could take mud and put in on their heads and rub it all over their bodies.

they were such a mess!!

I just hosed them off before we came inside.

We tried a new BBQ place in South Carolina a couple of weeks ago. We don't go out for BBQ that often, so we don't have a "go to place" for bbq. I saw this place on Facebook and it ended up being pretty good.

Kids eat Free on Thursdays, so that was nice!

Also, the boys got fresh haircuts for the summer. Greg gave them each a ring pop for being good while he cut their hair. This was their first ring pop and Carter thought it was the best thing ever. He was singing songs he made up about them, running around the house, thanking us so much for having ring pops, telling Evan how amazing it was. It was so funny.

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.