Monday, October 20, 2014

A Lazy Weekend with some Beer!


Good morning little sunshines! I feel like I've had a busy morning already because instead of prepping for the week last night, I went to the Bronco game.  YOLO.  Anyway, we had a nice weekend that was mostly lazy and I think it is just what we needed!

Friday I met my friend from college at the indoor trampoline park.  Charlie was overwhelmed as was I, but it did make them tired which we all know if my number one goal.

Friday night we had pizza and a few beers with our friends as the boys ran around.  We tried to harness them in with a movie night and were about 50% successful.  But everyone had fun and that is what matters!  Saturday morning I woke up for yoga and then rushed to get my hair colored.  I came home and we all took a trip to the library and made it home for lunch and naps!  When Paul woke up he asked to lay with me.  By "with me" he meant directly on top of me but who can complain?


We had lots of plans for Saturday night, but we instead did nothing.  We ate leftover pizza and the kids played around us!  We finally finished Season 3 of Scandal (OMG) and I read my book for a bit. It felt amazing to do NOTHING!! 

Sunday morning was an early wake-up call thanks to Charlie.  I finished up some laundry and then took Paul to his girlfriend Sophia's house.  While he was there I went to yoga and then the grocery store.  When I returned, Charlie helped me unload the groceries.  I turned around for one second and someone figured out how to open a new box of sandwich bags and threw them all over the floor.  Then he gave me this face.  


Sunday night I went to the Bronco game with my girlfriends.  I (as always) was on my best behavior and now am exhausted for my Monday at work but it was all worth it!!


How was your Weekend??

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone!  I felt like this week was long and busy, so I am happy to not be at work today.  I am sitting in my own sweat after an early morning yoga sculpt, drinking my coffee and coconut oil.  Not all is bad.  

I had a great Monday with the boys.  I thought Paul looked so cute in his stripes!



Then of course we had to have a silly one.  Duh.



And Charlie didn't want to be left out.



I didn't work so we met up with my friend Karlyn and her two boys at the Nature and Science museum downtown.  Because she has two boys, she knew all the spots that would be appropriate for them to run and jump and be crazy.  It was great!






We came home and Paul did not nap.  I think this is the beginning of the end of nap time.  And I am sad.

Some funny things for your Friday Morning:

#1


#2.  Have you ever seen this show?  It is so ridiculous and so funny at the same time!



#3. What I Instagrammed vs. What was Really Happening, Or my Entire Life is a Lie

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!  

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I Love a Good Planner

I know that my Google Calendar is necessary.  Really necessary.  Ideally Ryan can see what is going on and I always have it on my phone, so it makes on the go plans easier.  Here is November.  I love all the colors.  And why are we so busy??





As much as I love the online version, there is something so satisfying about a paper planner.   My friend Jenn shared this one with me and I LOVE IT so much.  No we didn't get compensated for this post or planner, but we should.  We really should.  It is from Etsy (duh), Plum Paper Designs.  They have tons of options, tons of colors, tons of ways to get what you need!



One of my favorite characteristics is that there are different columns that you can name yourself  to keep organize.  My tabs include Ryan, Paul, Charlie, Blog, Dinner, Working Out, Rodan and Fields. That way at a glance, I know where my husband is, my children, what I need to blog about and what is for dinner.  It is awesome.



The month organization is nice at the beginning of every month and they have spaces for important dates, quick calendars that look ahead, and a space in the back to keep a hold of all those random papers you may need.






And one other bonus?? It's Pretty!! :)


  What about you?  Totally online or back to the old school paper way?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Paul Jar


I think that every parent has those moments where you think, HOW IS THIS FOUR OLD IN CHARGE OF OUR ENTIRE LIVES???  Substitute the age for whatever applies to you and this is what Ryan and I feel at some points during the day.  Maybe several times a day.  So we decided instead of saying no 800 times or waiting for tantrums and agonizing negotiations, we would try to reward positive behavior.  We actually stole this idea from our friends and every time Paul does something he should like play nice with his brother without sitting on him, kicking him, or stealing a toy from him, he gets a marble.  If he gets dressed, listens the FIRST time, brushes his teeth, clears his plate from the table, all reasons to add a marble. Then of course if he is not listening, is a bully to his brother, comes in our bed at night, a marble is removed.

The idea is when his jar is filled he can pick out a toy.  So far it has been pretty effective.  He doesn't like the idea of losing a marble, and he likes to count the ones he has in his jar.  Obviously this is one more attempt of getting someone to sleep in their own bed without me having to wake up completely and put him back.  And why don't kids listen the first time?  Why do you have to get that mean Mommy voice to get anything done around here?  Please tell me I'm not alone!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What's In my Nightstand

Aren't you always so curious what people have around their house?  In their drawers?  In their nightstand?  Well I am about to indulge you with some very important pictures of what resides in my bedside table.  First, this is what it looks like on any given day: 


There is always a water bottle, some sort of water for Paul, magazines, books, and more books.  Don't you love that lamp?  I LOVE that lamp.  I feel like it is more disorganized than this picture is letting on, but oh well!! 

Inside the first drawer is a whole mish mash of things.  Charlie's baby video monitor which we never use anymore because he's such a good sleeper and I don't have to worry about if I need to let him cry or if he's doing crazy things in crib.  (I am not trying to jinx myself here universe.  I REALLY appreciate what a good sleeper he is)!  I have an old Kindle which I also never use because I use the Kindle app on my ipad.  Oops.  Also see some extra keys, some old notebooks, a lot of cords to random things and an amazing amount of pens!  Oh, do you also spy a Lightning McQueen pillow? That is where Paul sleeps.  Although for the past 3 nights he has started the night in his own room.  HIS ROOM.  But he still sleeps on the floor of his room.  Why won't you sleep in your freaking bed? And he still makes his way to our room at some point in the night, but I am feeling somewhat optimistic that he is at least starting in his bedroom?  Does this make me dumb?  Probably.  


The next drawer makes me feel a bit nostalgic because it holds all my old journals.  It would be nice to report that I still write, but I don't.  Pretty sure I haven't written one word about anything since Charlie was born.  Now I just write on here.  About my nightstand.  Not quite the same, but I guess it is something.

In case you are wondering the two books I currently have checkout from the library are Silkworm and What Remains.  I have only started Silkworm and I really like it.  Same author as the Harry Potter books but she writes under a pseudonym.  My goal is to read two books, so I better get on the second one.  What Remains is by one of the Real Housewives of New York City.  So it is probably very high brow.

So there you have it.  A little peek into my nightstand.  Anything interesting in yours?


Monday, October 13, 2014

Weekend Wrap Up

Happy Monday y'all!  We had a great weekend, with fantastic weather Saturday and the kind of weather that makes you want to curl up in a blanket with hot tea and a good book on Sunday.  And when I mean a good book I mean school work, but whatever.  These first two pictures are actually from last week, but are too cute not to share.  I made the boys lunch and Charlie lost his mind when I put him in his high chair.  However, when he sat right next to his big bro at the island he was a happy little camper and ate all his peanut butter sandwich.  This kid is obsessed with peanut butter.  One morning I have him the jar and a spoon and he thought it was Christmas.  When I looked away for ONE second he had his hands in the jar and was basically smearing it all over his face.  And he doesn't discriminate.  He loves almond butter, walnut butter, cashew butter.  Me too my friend.  Me too.  

That same day I put the boys down for a nap, and I was on the couch trying to do a little grading and I had that feeling someone was watching me.  I turned around and spied two little feet hanging over the balcony, NOT sleeping.  Paul thought he was very clever.  Very.  


Friday night I got to have happy hour with my co-worker friends which was SO fun and then we met our friends and their two babes for pizza and more beer.  We had 4 adults and 4 kids.  We are those people now.  They conveniently sat us in a booth in a far away corner, and I think we made it without too much of a scene.  I have no pictures, but you all can just trust me this event occurred.  :) 

Ryan made we watch this hysterical video Saturday morning.  He was inspired to take our morning breakfast up a notch.  He was real proud of himself.  I was semi-impressed and the kids were pissed there was avocado on their pate and a weird red sauce.  But good try Ry!   


After that gourmet breakfast, we met our friends at the Pumpkin Patch!  Charlie died and went to heaven laying and rolling around in corn.  We only found about a pound of that in his diaper once we were home.  


It was a big hit for Batman Paul too! 


Charlie also loved the rubber ducky water races and the petting zoo!  Paul refused to pose for anymore pictures, but he had a great time.


We all took a nap when we got home because the pumpkin patch is hard work and then the boys- Ryan and Steve went out for a beer, while the chumps Ashley and I sat in her basement and tried to entertain 4 children.  Luckily there was Finding Nemo and wine for us, so it was fun.  And Ashley is always the nicest hostess because she has tons of snacks and dips and always gives Paul a chocolate milk which he thinks is very awesome.  However, next time we are leaving to have wine with no children.  Your turn boys.  

Charlie all ready for movie night! 

I love 4 year old girls so much.  Ellie had them draw this beautiful picture of a sun and a beach and sand and lots of other things that only took 20 minutes to explain.  Paul brought Ellie a helicopter of his to play with because, "Ellie is a really good friend of mine" and before we knew it they were playing helicopter school where the Mommy helicopter had to pick up the little boy helicopter from school.  Precious stuff I tell you! 
 
Sunday morning was filled with yoga, the grocery store, laundry and baseball!   We watched the Broncos, had great naps because it was dark and FREEZING and then went to Ryan's parents house to celebrate Papa's birthday! 

We had a great weekend and it's not quite over because I'm off tomorrow.  We have big plans for the museum with our friends.
How was your weekend?

Friday, October 10, 2014

It's Friday and I Saw a Movie!

I don't have much for you today because I saw Gone Girl last night and got home WAY past my bedtime.  But it was really good and REALLY creepy and I even locked the garage door on my way in.  I thought it did the book justice and that is saying A LOT.





I still want to see the movie, This is Where I Leave You.  Maureen and I just discovered this is a book since she is reading it for book club this month.  Obviously I already have it on hold at the library.




And I am so excited for WILD!




What about you?  Any movies you are excited to see?  Are you planning to see Gone Girl?  Have a wonderful weekend! 
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