Thursday, May 29, 2014

Let the summer begin!

School is officially out.  Yesterday was Max and Claire's last day of school until September.  They had a wonderful school year with awesome teachers and friends.

First day of Preschool 

Last day of {2s} Preschool!

I can't believe how much they have grown in 8 months!  Max looks like he is ready for kindergarten!

Ms Laura and Ms Angie

Claire's favorite teacher, Ms Monica
We are already starting the summer off right..... at the pool!

Thursday, May 22, 2014


Just needed to jot down a few things Max and Claire have been up to.  I am so afraid I'll forget some of the hilarious things they do each day.

3 going on 13!  I'm scared of what the teenager years will bring! She has an opinion about everything, especially clothes.  I have so many cute dresses, seer sucker and monogram outfits.... but will she wear them... NO.  She wants to wear sweatshirts and leggings in 80 degree weather!  She is feisty, mouthy, hilarious, my mini me and a human recorder.  She pays attention to EVERYTHING that comes out of our mouths.  I've been caught a few times saying cuss words and she heard and repeated.  She is obsessed with being a little mommy to her babies and our friends' babies.  She walks around on our old cell phone and carries on conversations, most of which, sound like the ones I have with Justin or my friends!

She talks with her hands and has the funniest facial expressions. Some funny things she has been saying:
Nightstand = night gown  "where is my hello kitty nightstand?"
Maxident = accident  - after spilling water on floor "Help, I just had a maxident!"

She is an awful sleeper! I am pretty sure she slept better her first year than now.  Last night she was up 1:30-3:30 wiggling around and fussing about some stuffed animal she wanted.  THEN woke up at 6:15.  Trying to work on this....

She is a handful, but I wouldn't change a thing. Love her and her little diva self!

Buds is my tv loving snuggle bug.  He would watch tv all day if I let him.  He is a good helper (most of the time) and has pretty good manners.  I love when he says, "bless you" or "thank you" to anything we do for him. He loves to be read to and playing outside.

Today he said Claire doesn't have buddies, she has friends.   Boys have buddies and girls have friends! I wonder where they come of with these things!

He absolutely LOVES peanut butter and peach yogurt...could live off of both of them!

Max cracks me up bc he loves to wear "things".  Things could be mittens (in 80 degree weather) hats, ear warmers, you name it, he would wear it!  Oh, and I love his sweet voice and how he refers to his toes as his "piggies" :) He melts my heart and I love him so!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Fun activities and staying busy!

TGIF! I feel like this week has dragged on and on!  It may be because we are trying to drop Max and Claire's afternoon nap.  It's kind of a tough decision.  They still wake up pretty early (recently around 6:45) and can take a two hour nap.  The problem is they end up staying awake until 9, sometimes 9:30.  That's a long day!  Max does pretty well without a nap, Claire on the other hand, not so great.  If we have quiet time, she falls asleep.

Anywho, so this week we have been doing lots of activities and different things to stay busy and not nap.

Monday we went to a Strawberry Farm.  It was HOT, but the strawberries are so good!  They were done after about five minutes, but had fun.

2014  Claire dressed herself.  Why wouldn't you want to wear a sweatshirt when it is 90 outside?!

2014:  Max did a great job picking his berries!
We had some fun in the sprinkler!  They came outside while I was watering flowers and ended up in the sprinkler!

Fun in undies!
Play dates with our buddies!

And today, in the rain, we went to pet wild animals! I'm not sure how it all came about, but there was a free exhibit of monkeys, goats, ponies, llamas, baby tiger, kangaroo and a camel!  Max was very brave and fed the goats and they both rode the ponies!


this is big for Claire to do!
As much fun as this was for us, I feel bad for the animals in the cages :(

So, without nap, these kiddos are in bed by 7:15!! Hoping for a good night's sleep!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mamas Just Wanna Have Fun

This past weekend, five moms headed to Bald Head Island.  Yes, we know it was Mother's Day... and that was the reason we went!  I'm not sure I've laughed that hard in a long time.  It was such a fun, hysterical, and relaxing weekend.

I really do have the best friends anyone could ever ask for!

There are so many funny stories from this weekend, but the kind you have to have been there for.  I still find myself laughing just from the pictures!

We did leave early Sunday morning so we could all get back to our families.  Sunday night we went to my parent's house for dinner.  Blessed to have such an awesome Mom and mother-in-law.  Max and Claire think so, too!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Game ON!

Justin and I have been unhappy with our weight/bodies for a while now.  We keep talking about it, but not following through (mainly eating well).  

Well, this past Monday, we started a challenge with another couple!  A healthy competition that will last six weeks.  Which ever couple loses the largest percentage wins! Losers buy dinner out.

We downloaded My Fitness Pal and have been logging all our nutrition.  So far it's been going great!  It's amazing how hard it is to eat all your calories when you eat clean!  One cool thing about My Fitness Pal, is it breaks down what you are eating: Carbs, Protein and Fat.  I was surprised to see that I am eating mostly carbs and fat (good fat).  

For ex. today:

2 eggs, 1 egg white
1/2 banana


Protein shake made with almond milk

1 piece of  Eziekel bread with 1 tbs of natural pb and a tiny bit of honey
2 tbs guacamole
1/2 serving of Gluten free crackers
Fuji Apple

Grass fed burger with 2 tbs shredded cheese
romaine lettuce, cucumber and 1 tbs of balsamic dressing
2 glasses of wine ;-)   (I was trying to wait til the weekend but it was so nice grilling out!)

snack: 1/4 cup cinnamon trail mix from Whole Foods

I didn't do so well with veggies today :(   {yesterday I had a ton of broccoli, Kale and Carrots, so I am eating veggies too}