Monday, March 2, 2015

Mondays are the Jam...Joy in the Ordinary...

We roll pretty low-key on Mondays. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday have standing commitments so we use Monday and Friday for catching our breath, laundry, fun field trips...or whatever comes our way. But Monday has one little detail that sets it special event that ALWAYS offers the greatest toddler entertainment....


My kids have been obsessed for quite some time. They hear them round the cul-de-sac behind us and they rush to the windows (or outside if it's nice) to greet our trash men with waves, smiles, and the excitement of two two-year-olds who love big trucks! The nice men always wave, honk their horn, and take an extra few seconds to roll my trash can up the driveway and say "hi" to the kids. It's a small gesture but it means so much. The kids think it's the coolest, and it's nice that as soon as the truck turns the corner onto our street they are looking for P&C. Every other week is a double bonus and it's trash AND recycle day! TWO big trucks. You can't even imagine the joy. Ha!

Last week was trash and recycle week, so we decided to "meet" our nice friends and give them some water. I'm not kidding when I tell you my kids were giddy. As the truck was about 3 houses down Caroline was literally beaming and jumping up and down. It was a joy for me to see them so excited to serve those that serve us weekly. I pray we always look for ways to brighten someone's day or just say, "Thank you" for what people do.

I hope you all have a wonderful week and find joy blessings in the ordinary.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Toddler Tootsies...

In a moment of temporary insanity I signed on to do the craft for P&C's class Valentine party. I love all things hand and footprint related so I decided on footprint heart flower pots for their mamas. It was going swimmingly until my son realized I was going to craft with other kids! The horror!!! He proceeded to cry the entire time I was doing the other kid's foot prints. Eek!

Thankfully, the kids had fun scooping their dirt in their pots, helping plant their flowers, and making something darling for their moms. I love my pots from my two love bugs!

Love Month...

This month has been crazy! I don't exactly know how it's been so crazy but we've been a mile a minute. We've slowed down with a few days at home catching our breath.

Little Miss roped Rookie into a tea party. It was pretty darling, and he's a good sport! 

We've made a few batches of cookies and my hips are showing it! They have fun helping me bake/cook and it's a fun activity to pass the afternoon. 

Tiny tootsies covered in sprinkles....I can't even....

Thursday, February 19, 2015

My Little Love Bugs...

Oh that little bitty teeny weeny thing they call the love bug...

Nobody's ever seen it but it's got the whole world shook up...

It all started with a little bitty kiss and a hug...

It's a little bitty teeny weeny thing they call the love bug!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Christmas Rewind...

It's January 19th so let's talk about Christmas! Iy-yi-yi...Here goes! 

Santa visit #2...we went with my sister so Harry could see Santa. It was awesome. Caroline was still terrified. But he was SO kind and really tried to make her feel comfortable. There was no one behind us in line (thank you, 10am on a Thursday!) so he read books to Parker and gave us plenty of time to get a few photos. Parker LOVED "Ho-Ho" and Caroline ended up watching from several feet away. :)

We spent Christmas Eve with my family, making cookies, visiting, and just enjoying being together. The kids had fun making cookies and it's definitely something I want to make a tradition with them.

Baby Harry is a highlight these days and Christmas Eve was no exception. Caroline needed to hold him or be directly next to him much of the time. She takes her job very seriously and always leans her head down to rest on his. It's pretty darling!!


Nana is in Heaven. If you want to hold Harry you have to pry him from her tiny pink nails.

And probably my favorite photos from the entire season...Caroline always needed to see "The Baby" at church. When we went for Christmas Eve service she crawled right into the Nativity area and talked to baby Jesus and gave him a kiss. It melts my heart. This is the true meaning and reason for celebrating Christmas. The joy, hope, and love of Christ's birth. I want my kids to have fun, bake cookies, see Santa, enjoy the lights, find joy in seeing the Christmas trees, but I pray their utmost joy and adoration would be for "THE Baby." 

My handsome little man all dressed up for Church.

The Deedle Bugs got their very own fish from Aunt Kristen and Uncle Brad. It's been the source of lots of squeals happiness around here!

Santa had a little mishap during set-up and ended up in the ER. I kid you not. He sliced his finger with his hunting knife. Because Santa usually needs to use a hunting knife to open a tea set. #amateur
Mrs. Claus was left to clean up the "crime scene" while he got fixed up. Never a dull moment! 

They were so excited and we had a great Christmas morning. After "Santa" at our house we packed up and headed to see Dave's family. We had a relaxing and wonderful time reading books, painting toenails, playing in the park, riding the train, and feeding the ducks. These little people are so loved.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Ice Ice Baby...

One of the most fun things we did over the holidays was take a trip to the Gaylord Texan. We were going to Dallas for my Uncle's surprise 60th birthday, so we went a day early and made a little side trip to Grapevine. The kids saw Santa, we went to the ICE exhibit, they got to see the beautiful train village, see the gingerbread houses...there was just so much to see and do. We went with my parents and my Nana while Dave was on a hunting trip and I've already told him we need to plan for this for next year because they loved it so much!

The ice slide was a huge hit! They would have done it 10 times if we would have let them!

This might be my favorite picture ever! We were crying we were laughing so hard. This is sooo A Christmas Story. 

The exhibit was Frosty the Snowman, but at the very end was the most beautiful Nativity scene! It was huge and absolutely beautiful. Baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph, many animals, a stunning angel, the Wise brought tears to my eyes and I was overjoyed to see such a display at a huge public event. The true meaning of Christmas was on full display! Parker and Caroline loved it and got to see the "Bay-bee!"

Parker and Big Daddy loved watching the trains.

Santa was right below our room! We got to see the kids line up each night and we watched him take photo after photo and hear all of the wish lists of the little ones. P&C just pointed and said, "HO-HO-HO!!" over and over. Parker got to sit in The Big Guy's chair one morning before breakfast :)

And was their turn. Let the breakdown commence! Caroline was in full on panic. Parker was totally over it, and in the middle of Caroline's breakdown Santa said, "It's ok, she has to breathe sometime." #Motheroftheyear.