Friday, April 18, 2014

My Baby is FOUR!!

My sweet sweet boy turned four years old on Wednesday.  How in the hell did that happen?  We had our family over Sunday morning for donuts and coffee to help celebrate.  My dad took all the pictures which was fabulous!  On his actual birthday we gave him a few more presents, a cupcake and asked him some questions!! 

1. What is your favorite color?  Blue
2. What is your favorite toy? The Monster Truck toy from my birthday

3. What is your favorite fruit?  Cantaloupe
4. What is your favorite show? Paw Patrol

5. What is your favorite thing to wear?  Pajamas
6. What is your favorite game? Perfection

7. What is your favorite snack?  Sauce
8. What is your favorite animal?  Rhinoceros

9. What is your favorite song?  The Space Song from school

10. What is your favorite book?  Lightening McQueen racing adventures
11. Who is your best friend?  My best friend is Sophia.  My best buddy is Tyson.  Funny story about Sophia.  I took Paul to see Rio2 at the movie theater last weekend.  When we got home, Ryan was taking him to bed and asked him about the movie.  Paul reported that it was about two birds, Jewel and Blue, who were in love.  Ryan asked him who Daddy was in love with and Paul replied, "Mommy." Then Ryan asked Paul who he was in love with.  Paul said Sophia.  Ryan started to laugh and Paul asked why he was laughing.  Ryan said, "because I think it is cute."  Apparently Paul did not crack a smile and said, "Dad it is not funny.  It is serious."  Love is serious.  

12. What is your favorite drink? Milk
13. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Monka (monkey) 

14. What do you want to be when you grown up?  Go to work with my friends

Happy Birthday my little man.  You make me laugh everyday.  You ask a million questions and like to talk and talk and talk.  You love to snuggle on the couch and love to run.  Sometimes you will run an entire mile without stopping once.  You love school, you love your friends and most of the time you love your brother.  I'm so amazed of all the things you know!  Thank you for being part of our family!

And a family shot plus Best Buddy Tyson.  Looks like I have 3 boys.  Thank the Lord that I do not.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Funny Paul Story

I picked up the boys at my mom's house on Monday and as she was helping me get everyone in the car, this conversation occurred:

GRANDMA: Bye Paul.  See you Sunday for your birthday.
PAUL: Don't forget the presents!
GRANDMA: What do you want for your birthday?
PAUL: I want the monster truck thing that knocks people down.
GRANDMA: I don't know what that is?
ME: And you will be happy with anything anyone gives you.
PAUL:  Yes, Grandma.  I'll be happy when you bring me the monster truck toy.

Oh my.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Conscious Cleanse

Happy April.  I organize my life by a school calendar, so my "year" is almost over.  And I'm so happy. But that's not the point of today's post!

I teach yoga at a studio 5 minutes from our house and I just love it.  What I love more is some of the opportunities that come up because of working there.  This month is cleanse month, where we are following the plan of The Conscious Cleanse.  And somehow I convinced my husband to do this with me.

Here is what we can't eat for two weeks.  YES- 14 days:

  • gluten
  • alcohol
  • caffeine
  • sugar
  • corn
  • dairy
  • and probably some other things that I can't think of at the moment. 
What we can have:  
  • Most fruits (no grapefruit however)
  • Almost all vegetables
  • Brown rice or quinoa 
  • Raw nuts
  • Fish
  • Chicken

So basically we start the day with a green smoothie.  Some have been good but today, for example, was a total bust.  Note to self that arugula and flax seed do not make a good match.  Then we have some almonds or an apple for a snack.  Lunch is a salad.  Cabbage, lettuce, celery, carrots, avocado, sprouts, and then our homemade balsamic vinaigrette.  Then maybe some more almonds or fruit or brown rice, or if you are really desperate you can spoon almond butter from the jar and shove it in your mouth.  For dinner we've had chicken and salmon with either a salad or some sort of vegetables.  Then we can have hot water with lemon (yum).  

Honestly, the food part has not been that bad (we are on day 4), and I thought my biggest challenge would be the lack of wine in my house.  But it is the caffeine.  The sweet nectar of coffee.  I miss the smell.  I miss the taste.  I miss the way it makes me feel in the morning.  Caffeine withdrawal is serious business.  We are crabby, we have headaches, and at one point I dreamed of bathing in coffee.  Gross.  

But we are both feeling a little better today and I hope we are on the mend.  I'm so glad we are doing this together, because I would probably make Ryan move out if he continued to drink coffee every morning when I couldn't.  Also it is nice to have someone in my house to complain with.

I'll keep you updated throughout the next week and a half.  I will say I don't feel hungry and although it is not necessarily convenient, it is interesting to know absolutely every ingredient that goes into our meals.  

Happy Tuesday! 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

15 Months and Just Keeps Growing.

I am sitting at my kitchen table with my 8th cup of coffee.  There is a cold front coming in which is a little annoying since it's March and it was beautiful on Sunday but the house is so quiet and peaceful because the Char Man is sleeping and Paul is at school.  Dinner is in the crock pot and I am researching cleaning people.  Basically, I feel like mother of the year.  

Anyway, my baby is 15 months old.  And he is so cute.  I say that every month, but seriously I think he is the cutest.  However, I am pretty sure I blocked this age out with Paul.  Charlie can't talk. But he can point.  So for what I feel lasts 24 a day he points and whines.  Points and whines.  Points and whines. He knows what he wants but cannot articulate that in words.  So he points and whines. Then Ryan and I put on a big show trying to guess what he wants.  We have about a 50% success rate. Point and whine.  This is going to end, right?

He loves the dog.  I sometimes catch them in very intimate make-out sessions.  Which would be cute if Diddy didn't eat his own shit.

He loves to crawl up the stairs aka break through the extremely intensive trap we have set up to try and avoid this very activity.

He says night-night, Paul (although that comes out as a scream), bye, hi, up, down, mama, dada, thank you, uh oh, yeah, tree, and a bunch of other things we don't understand.  And he whines.

He likes to play with anything Paul is playing with.  For example, if Paul has taken is 323 cars and put them in a very straight line, Charlie likes to walk over and mess that up immediately.

He likes to find his head, eyes, nose, ears, toes, belly.  He is a big fan of ring around the rosie and most other sing alongs.

He likes to read books and takes baths.  He also finds it necessary to splash all of the water out of the tub to create a flood.

He likes to "help" unload the dishwasher and do the laundry.  I am sure it is not necessary to add, but this is not very helpful.

He hates to get his face wiped and be told no and getting his diaper changed.  He loves being naked. He would walk around with no diaper all day if his parents weren't so worried about him peeing on the floor.

Charlie is a lover with his hugs and open mouth kisses.  I wish time would slow down but I love seeing him grow and trying to keep up with his big brother!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday Random Update

Well now if this doesn't make you laugh, what will?

Also, are these cute?  I'm asking the real important questions today. 
I'm reading this for book club.  Don't even know if it is good yet because I just started and book club is Tuesday.  Oops.

Charlie is 14 months old.  How did this happen?  We are in that really fun stage where he whines all the time because he can't talk or express what he wants.  I must of blocked this out from Paul.  Luckily, he is so cute and makes the most adorable face when you ask him to "cheese."  He eats constantly.  He smiles at everyone and he loves to give wet open mouth kisses.  I love that kid.

Paul on the other hand, talks constantly, is into fantasy with his airplanes and loves to tell me what kids say potty words at school.  I had to buy him some new clothes because all of a sudden his pants were too short and the arms of his shirts were only reaching his elbows.  So he is getting taller.  But not any fatter.

The weather was so nice last weekend that we spent much of it outside, which was great for my little sick household to air everyone out.  We also had the house cleaned this week which I am pretty sure made me the happiest I have ever been.

We are watching the next season of House of Cards and it is so good.  I mean the first episode?  Shocking.

And as I am writing this, Charlie is pouring dry spaghetti on the floor and Paul is trying to ride the dog.  Is it wine time yet?

Happy Friday, Happy Weekend!

Monday, February 10, 2014

I hope you all read this about an incredible, thoughtful teacher and then I hope you hug your own child's teacher.  Or at least buy them a coffee.  

Tori sent me this gem of what Instagram pictures are "really" saying.  Scroll through the slideshow.  You won't regret it. 

These kids letters will also make you chuckle this morning.  

This is how our weekend went.  Charlie has pink eye in both eyes.  Getting drops in a one year old's eyes is our own Olympic sport.  And then he spilled this entire box of pasta on the floor.  And thought it was hilarious.  Oh boys. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

How is it February?

January was perhaps the fastest month ever.  EVER. But that it is fine because it is one month closer to warmer weather and the ability to send my kids outside without spending 30 minutes bundling them up.  Is it even worth it at that point?

On another note, how in the hell do people blog everyday?  Where is the time?  I guess if I stopped watching Vanderpump Rules I would have an extra hour. 

Anyway, here is what we've been up to!  I got to go to Texas and meet sweet baby Vivian.  If possible, she is cuter in person than she is on social media, and my iphone now has 800 pictures of her.  And now I will share an inapporpriate amount. 

We obviously started the trip with Bloody Marys.  I was a little sick and vodka helped.  Then I managed to get everyone sick including the baby.  I'm a gift that keeps on giving. 

At the nail salon

I mean... 

 Ready to tell me all her secrets

She loves to talk.  Just like her mom and Aunties!

Strong babysitting going on here

 It was 70 degrees in Austin.  I got sunburned for goodness sake.  Then we came home to snow.  Lots of snow.  We took the boys sledding and Paul loved it.  Charlie was so bundled up he couldn't walk, which was hilarious to me but not so much him. 

It was also Grandmas birthday so we sent her a singing video.  I love Paul's impression of Charlie!


And then last night was the Superbowl.  If you know us in real life, you know that Ryan is a true Bronco fan.  He didn't want to have a party because what if someone was talking and he missed a play????  So, his depression is real.  This little dude didn't care about the game, but loved eating dip. 


Welcome February! 
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