Saturday, July 8, 2017

Festival Junky

Winter was cold.
Spring was rainy.

But now it is SUMMER!

How can you not like summer?
Warm weather.
Sunny sun.
Playing outside.
Eating popsicles.
Mini pools.
And festivals!

I never considered myself a festival junky but after looking at my schedule and Facebook event tab, I try to attend as many festivals as possible. The kids love to run around and I love to eat greasy food. Win, win for the whole family. Marlee is now big enough for the rides and while Nicky has his moments, he generally likes them too. The weather has been perfect and my work schedule is just feeding into my love.

Apart from festival madness, we have been incredibly busy with a variety of things. Marlee turns four this month and we leave for vacation next week (hallelujah!) so things are not slowing down anytime soon. I am going to do a photo dump here so I can dedicate my next post to my birthday girl!

We went to the Strawberry Festival, Car Show, Italian Fest, Touch-a-Truck in Massillon (not really a festival), and to Atwood Lake for fireworks (also not a festival but still a big party).


Apart from the go-go-go of summer, we have been busy at home also.

I am attempting to potty train this yahoo.

It's going about as well as it did when I potty trained Marlee. Probably worse because boys are the worst and I don't know what to do with his peepee. He also decided within the last week that he does not want to be a big boy and wants to be a baby.
Cue the massive sighs and eye rolls.

We also celebrated one year in our house! What a year it has been! So many memories already in the books and I am still so thrilled to call it home. We could not be happier with the choice to move and enjoy watching our family grow.

We also play outside. A lot. The patio and backyard are amazing for the kiddos and we cannot get enough sun and fresh air. We have a sandbox plus two pools to keep the kids busy. Add in some bubbles and popsicles, we are set for the day.
How can you not love summer?!

Next up we have vacation and then stay-cation which will both be well deserved and necessary for my well-being. The kids are excited for the beach and I am excited to sit on my rear and do nothing important.
Both of which make me one happy mom!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Happy Birthday Nicholas James!

Happy Birthday Nicholas!

My (last) baby has turned two. We moved the high chair to storage and made the switch to 2% milk. We packed all your 18 month clothes in boxes and gave you another haircut which made you look like a little man. You no longer drool or cry when we put you down for naps. You have favorites and things you refuse to do. We laugh when you make silly faces and you love the attention. We let you wander around the house without fear of you getting hurt. You eat all the food that your big sister does and sometimes clean her plate when she is done. You play on your tablet and cuddle your favorite blanket when tired. I am not sure when all these things happened but you are no longer a baby.

Two years old.
Nicky, you are all boy. You love basketball and baseball and football and really any type of ball. You love to wrestle with your brother and play fight with your dad. You love the color blue and could win a chicken nugget eating contest. You think farts and burps are funny (thanks Nick). You could play cars all day. Revving their engines around the couches and up the walls. You love shoes. You LOVE shoes. I have never met a child that was such a shoe fascination. I actually hide your shoes from you so you don't end up wearing them 24/7. Nicky, you are silly and joyful and wonderful.

Nicky, you are also a handful. You love to run and jump and test the limits of gravity. You never hold still and therefore you have had numerous injuries. Can we give mom a break please? Do we have to jump down every step? Can we sit on our butt a little more so we don't fall off the chair, taking dinner with us on the way down? As a matter of fact, can we sit on the chair at all so we aren't always perched on the table? You eat the crayons you color with and occasionally draw on couches and walls and yourself. You act up in church and just want to say hello to every pew. You would love nothing more than to play outside 24/7 even if its snowing and I have yet to get you dressed for the day. Not a care in the world.

Nicky, you are so sweet. Your crooked smile brights up my day and your stoic looks always let me know that you are taking in the environment. You like when I snuggle up to your neck and give you kisses, always letting out a quiet giggle. You like when I sing you a song before bed, but only one, before I cover you up with the blanket Nona made you. You like to put your fingers in the crochet holes and pull it close to your face in comfort. You love your daddy so much. You like to 'brush' your beard in the morning with him and snuggle on his lap watching cartoons in the afternoon.

Nicky, you do things your own way, in your own time. You may not talk much but it is getting there. You say 'yea' a lot which helps out a little when deciding on if you want milk or juice for breakfast. Forgive me when I lose my patience with you and sorry I probably only took a million pictures of you when I took two million of your sister at this age.

Nicky, you are so loved. You make our family marvelous and keep your dad and I on our toes. We would not trade a single moment - even the moments I am cleaning the wall of crayon or dragging you out of church like a rag doll - for any other moment in the world. You are beautiful and smart and funny. I thank God for you daily.

Happy birthday Nicholas James Jr. I hope today was as wonderful for you as it was for me!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas is for Kids

Ok so my last Christmas post was a little negative so I have come to redeem my Grinch attitude with some Christmas cheer. 

Christmas is all about the kids. The faces. The screams and squeals of joy coming from the around the Christmas tree. The pure excitement and anticipation as dad very slowly but carefully pries every toy from its box. The begging that ensues as they ask to go from one toy to the next without any care to clean up the first toy. Kids love Christmas. 

And I guess I do too. I mean look at the faces. 

It is hard to hate something that makes your children so happy. 

We had such a great day too. Family came over during the day and helped manage some of the chaos which really just ended up in a solid two hours of opening gifts. By the end, Nicky was just bringing me his gifts so I could open them for him. It was wonderful. They were so happy and grateful for everything - Nicky and I were too. Our babies are so loved and it makes our hearts happy. Unfortunately I had to work Christmas night so while Nick went to his families side, I took a nap and went to work. Not exactly the Christmas ending I had dreamed of but nurses don't exactly get Christmas breaks. 

I posted a video to YouTube but here are some pictures from the day. And the next day, which was when Isaac joined us for second Christmas. It has been a nonstop party for days. 

Now to get cleaning and organizing! I might need some extra hours in the day to get it all done. As soon as I pack up one toy, they kids open another one. This might be a task to do during nap time... 

Merry Christmas to all! And a Happy New Year!