4/20/17

A Case of the Throw Ups

There's nothing like being woken up and groggily trying to help your sick kid at 3:30 in the morning.  My sweet Emma was a hot mess today with a case of the throw-ups, as she says.  You never would have known she was sick with all the smiles she had for me.  She'd get sick, look at me and happily ask, "Okay, can I sit on your lap and watch a cartoon?"  She is the easiest sick patient to take care of.  She's managed to keep liquids down for the past few hours.  Thank goodness. 
 
For Easter we colored eggs, and Max and Emma had brightly colored fingers for the night.  Max was afraid to go to sleep that night because he did not want to wake up and see the Easter Bunny hopping around.   Luckily for him the Easter Bunny is quiet and sneaky and was never spotted by either kid. 
 
 
So this happened!  I met this lovely mama! I've been reading her blog since Harper was a baby.  The blog world is funny.  You read someone's blog for so long, you feel like you know them.  Even though you really don't.  When I asked Ian if he wanted to go with me he said, "Ummm...no."  He just doesn't get it. 
 
Jessica makes the sweetest prints, which you can find here.  I want to make Emma a gallery wall in her room, and these prints are perfect for the space.  I really want to buy all the prints from her shop!

25 more days of school!!  We just finished our big testing here, and I am so proud of my kids.  They worked so hard. I have mixed feelings about the testing, but that's a post for another day.
 
Happy Friday Eve!!!!
 

4/10/17

Max and Emma

Oh these two.....they are the best.  I can't tell you enough that these two make our days so much brighter.  I remember when I was little I always wanted to be a mom.  I'm so glad I was picked to be their mom.  Even when they drive me bananas and I want to drink all the wine.  I wouldn't want it any other way. 

This weekend was absolutely gorgeous in GA.  The sun was shining and it was in the 70s.  We went on walks, went to the park and just soaked up our last couple days of Spring Break.  I think we're all excited for Summer vacation in 7 weeks.

Emma Girl.  She never wants me to do her hair.  I'm lucky if she lets me brush it, and when I do if there are any tangles...the drama.  Yesterday she was holding her My Little Pony water bottle, and she smiles at me and tells me, "Take a picture of me Mommy." 
 
 
Since seeing the Globetrotters for a 3rd time over Spring Break, both kiddos are obsessed.  Obsessed!  All they want to do is play basketball, bounce the ball around the house, try tricks.  Wearing the head band and wrist band make you totally official.
 
 
Oh my boy Max.   He runs down the stairs and announces, "Introduciiiiing.....your world famouuuusssssss.....Harlemmmmmmmmm Globetrotterrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs!!!"  Then Emma and I will cheer and then the show begins.  It's pretty cute. 
 
 
Today was a Monday.  Emma didn't want me to leave her at school.  I didn't sleep well last night, and needed all the coffee today.  The sun is shining though and it's a beautiful 80 degrees out.  We already walked to the neighborhood park and played in the sun.  Have I mentioned how much I'm loving GA in the spring time?
 
Happy Monday friends!  Hope it was a great one! 

4/7/17

Friday Favorites

I can't believe it's Friday....Spring Break went by too fast.  I love being home with Max and Emma.  Only 35 school days left, but who is counting?? ME!  I'm blogging two days in a row.  Who am I?

I haven't shared my favorites in awhile, so I thought I'd jump on that bandwagon today.   

1. Forts. 
The kiddos and I made a fort yesterday, and they loved it.  It stayed all the way until dinner time.  They were so quiet and sweet to each other.  This summer we will make more forts.

 
 
2. Big Little Lies. 
When we moved to GA we signed up for internet service and it was $49 a month.  Then come January it went up to $69 a month.  I called the service and got no where with them.  Ian goes in and talks to someone and walks out with free cable and HBO for a year and our bill down to $40 a month.  He's got mad skills, and I need to know how he does it.  Free HBO leads me to Big Little Lies.  I started watching it on Monday.  I was done by Wednesday morning.  It's. So. Good.  I loved it so much.  I think I'll have to read the book
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3. Cinnamon coffee.
So I tired the new almond milk macchiato at Starbucks, and I loved the cinnamon flavor of it.  I came home and made coffee (that didn't cost $4+) and added a sprinkle of  cinnamon.  So. Good.  
 
4. This candle from Anthropolgie is the best. 
 
I've gotten 4 fixes and I've loved them all.  You start off with taking a style quiz, and then your stylist will pick pieces that go with your style profile.  Mine is so good that she's picked pieces that I have in my closet.  I love getting my Stitch Fix box in the mail, and opening it up to see what inside.  So fun.  I also only chose to get Fixes every other month, so it's a treat to myself when I do get one.  Love it! My next one is in May, and I added a note to my stylist to put pieces that I could wear to my sister's graduation party.  Yeah, she's graduating from high school.  #allthetears
 
I'm going to keep my favorites to 5 today.  I hope you guys are having a great day, and you probably are because it's FRIDAY!  We have a friend in town for the night.  He's on his way to Augusta for the Masters, and I'm so happy we get to see him.  He and Ian worked together in AZ and they haven't seen each other in about 4 years...maybe 5.  Also it's National Beer Day...best day ever?  I think so.
 
Linking up with Andrea!
http://www.momfessionals.com/
 
   


4/5/17

Life Lately


Guys!  I know you probably thought I was done with the blog.  I go back and forth telling myself that I'm done blogging.  Then I take pictures and want to share them on our space.  So let's get to it! 
2017 hasn't been the kindest year to us, but we always manage to have fun when we can.  Oh and we've been having F-U-N.
 
We went to Atlanta United FC home opener.  It was their first ever game, and it was a lot of fun.  I'm still a little bitter about soccer and the team that shall remain nameless.  Ian got us tickets and we were there with 55,000 other people cheering on the home team.  The lines to get in were insane.  The field is on the Georgia Tech campus, and it is the perfect venue to watch soccer.  Max and Emma lasted 45 minutes and then we headed home.
 
That same day Max an Ian enjoyed Monster Jam.  This was Max's 2nd time seeing it, and both him and Ian had fun.  It was a little too loud for Max, even with ear plugs.
 
A girl and her love for chocolate donuts.  
 
When I saw Max's spring school pictures I said, "Oh my goodness Max!" To which he replied, "I know mommy.  My face looks cute" I can't get over how grownup he looks.  He's just too cute.
 
St. Patrick's Day is a favorite in our house.  A leprechaun pays Max and Emma a visit and will leave a treat at the end of the rainbow.  This year the leprechaun was crafty and left some sidewalk art.  They got a box of Lucky Charms, bubbles and some stickers.  They were pretty excited!  The only bummer was that it rained the following day and all the art was gone when we went outside.  Emma was not happy.
 
Spring here in Georgia is so beautiful.  I can't get over it.  The trees bloom white flowers, and every tree I see I say, "Oh!  Look at the pretty tree!"  I think my family gets sick of it, but I can't help it!  We went for a walk one evening and it was picture perfect.
 
 
 
 
We went to South Carolina to visit family and Ian had a work engagement.  Guys, South Carolina is beyond beautiful, and the trees....breathtaking. We went to Charleston and it was so charming.  The houses were cute and colorful.  I fell in love, and would be perfectly happy if we moved there.
 
 
We got around by golf cart in the community our family lives in...Max and Emma want one now.  It made getting around so much fun.  I mean, just look at the picture.  Max and Emma were so bummed about it. :)
 
We saw the Globetrotters.  I think the kids and I have seen the show 3 times this year.  I love it every time, and we always laugh.  Such a great, family experience.  We were able to meet Hot Shot and Swish. Emma keeps saying she wants to grow up and be a Globetrotter.  The show here in Atlanta Big Easy was here and guy, I met him!!  Big Easy is my favorite and my love for him goes back to the Amazing Race.  To see him in person...I died.
 
Look at those trees!  Can you imagine sitting by one on a sunny day, reading a book?  Or having a family picnic?  We will be going back to see more of Charleston, because we only saw a glimpse. 
 
This week we are on Spring Break! Yay!  A much needed break for us.  We have Pap-pap and Mum-mum in town visiting, and we took them to Stone Mountain.  It was perfect weather for a day spent outside.  We saw the Easter Bunny, which was the highlight of Max and Emma's day.
 
I just love this girl.
 
I just love this boy.  Can you tell he's obsessed with the Globetrotters?
 
 

There you have it.  Life Lately.
Happy Wednesday friends!

2/25/17

4 Day Weekend Fun

Hey friends!  I meant to post these pictures last week. I had a 4 day weekend, and it was awesome.  Well, minus the part where I spent 3 hours at the dentist because of the stupid post and crown I needed.  Temporary crown, not even the real thing yet.  I will never go this long with not going to the dentist again.  I learned my lesson the painful and expensive way.

Emma picked her hair accessory this day. It went perfectly with her pink nails and Star Wars shirt. 
 
Our girl got a haircut.  I don't know why I had the lady cut bangs.  Emma always pushes hers to the side.  She looks like she's ready for middle school.  Sob.
 
With the beautiful weather last weekend we found ourselves at the park.  The kids call it the wooden castle park.  They love it, and this day so did hundreds of other people.  Not hundreds, but it was packed.  Packed parks make me nervous.  Max and Emma paid no mind and played tag and ran wild.
 
My favorite is when Max wants to push Emma on the swing.  She'll yell, "Max! I need more energy!"
 
 
These two can play so nicely together, and Ian and I will look over at them with heart eyes.  Then 5 minutes later they are harassing each other and have to be told to get away from each other.  Siblings.
 
 
Happy weekend! 

1/29/17

Life Update

Hello....it's me.....the girl who blogs once in a blue moon.  Guys, I just can't find the time to sit down regularly and blog it up.  Life with 2 young children, a full time job...that leaks into hours at home working as well, makes for early bedtimes for all.  I kid you not, I've been going to be before 9 on most nights.  It's not something I'm mad about, because I love my sleep, but it really makes me feel old.  A little life update for all.

Emma: She's 3 years almost 8 months and she can have the attitude of a 13 year old.  She is also the sweetest girl ever.  She loves school.  She's been learning how write all her letters and is pretty good at writing her name.   She colors really well, and I'm amazed at her art work that she does at school.  She loves for books to be read to her, and lately loves to read books by herself out loud.  It's really cute listening to her read.   The girl loves her some music to dance to.  She would live on goldfish (whole grain kind...we try to be super healthy over here.) and milk if I let her. 



Max: His bff moved away over winter break, and schools not the same for him.  Makes my heart hurt for him.   He still likes school, but that love he had for it when he was in Kinder has gone away.  Every day he tells us his 3 favorite parts of his day.  2 of the 3 are almost always recess and lunch time.  He's always full of knowledge, because he knows everything. He'll tell us this too.  He loves basketball and football.  He's cheering for the Falcons in the Super Bowl.   He would live on pb and honey sandwiches and milk if I let him. 
 


Ian: The man is busy with work.  Like really busy.  He's worked for sports teams for the past 11 years (I think) and I feel like this is the first year that he's just soooooo busy with work.  It's his first season with the Globetrotters, and they are currently in season.  Have you been to a game?   He's also coaching Max's basketball team, which leaves me looking at him with all the heart eyes.  He would live on Newk's (Panera Break like restaurant)  if I let him.
 



Me: I'm currently teaching my 9th year.  I'm really enjoying my new school and teammates.  I'm only teaching Math and Science, which has taking some getting use to.  I really miss teaching Reading and Writing.   I've been a gym member for just over a month and I'm loving it.  I'm down 7 pounds and counting.  I could live on Starbucks and Chick-Fil-A if I could.  Sadly, what I love at both places isn't the healthiest.  





Emma recently got over the flu and strep.  Max celebrated his 100th day of school.  Ian met up and had dinner and drinks with a friend from AZ.  I had a root canal....that's a post for another day.  I'm traumatized.   We also tagged along with Ian on a work trip to Chattanooga.  There was a Globetrotters game, and it was so much fun.  I love Chattanooga.  It reminds us of Portland. 

100 year old Max.  His teacher sent this to me, and I couldn't stop laughing.
 
Our first time eating ice cream at a Ben and Jerry's and it was so worth it!
 
 
 
The kiddos both got cotton candy and I got The Tonight Dough, and wholly molly it was good.

Ian had me on the list for parking, and the security guard gave me the hardest time parking.  I didn't have a badge, and she thought Ian was a Globetrotter.  I parked right by the bus, which was super cool, but Ian had to come and get us to show his badge.  I mean, I'm a mom with 2 kids....I don't know what she thought I was going to do....

My favorite place to eat, I think ever.  Maple Street Biscuit Company.  The food is so good and inexpensive. 

Coming up for us: Emma gets to register for Pre-K. (excuse me while I cry)  Max has a Valentine's Party coming up, where I'm sure he'll pick Star Wars valentine cards.  Ian turns the big 3-5 in a couple months.  I'm looking forward to Spring Break....because teaching is hard people, and those breaks keep me sane. 

I'll leave you with a random tidbit.  The year we moves to WA, Seattle went to the Super Bowl and won.  This year we  moved to GA, the Falcons are going to the Super Bowl.  If they win, the next state we move to I'm placing a bet in Vegas for that team to win the Super Bowl.  (I shared this with my Mom and she said my brother already said this.  Great minds think alike!)

Happy Weekend!

1/16/17

Our Weekend

This weekend started early with basketball practice and a game for Max.  He played so great!  He made a couple baskets, made some assists and blocked a shot.  It was pretty awesome!  I love that he has his own sense of style.  He always has to wear his socks pulled up as high as they can go.  When it comes to basketball, he would play all time if he could.  He is so competitive and wants to win.  He's the only kid on his team who pays attention to the score.  When he scores, he'll look over at me with a huge smile on his face and a little hop in his step.  Really, if you were to look at him at any point in the game, you'd see a smile on his face.  The kid loves sports, and is definitely in his happy place when he's playing a game.

 
Every game there is a certain lesson that they are working on.  This weeks was Teamwork, and Max did an amazing job at passing the ball to his teammates.   He was excited about the medal for about 5 minutes, and then he started swinging it around.  I was waiting for him to clock Emma in the head with it, but luckily he did not.  I think I was more excited about him getting the medal.  Ian said it's more for the moms, and I proved the point by being so exited and taking his picture.  #momlife
 
Emma...my sweet, sweet Emma.  Ian had showed us a video of the nurses at a hospital in Pittsburgh wrapping the newborn babies in Terrible Towels.  A little while later Emma was quietly playing with her doll and she bring her over to me.  She had wrapped her in the Terrible Towel, and was so proud.  Cool fact: Her doll was my doll when I was little.  Same clothes, baby wrap and basket.  My mom kept it and gave it to us last time we were in NM.  I love how gentle Emma is with her baby.  She will be a great mom in the far future.
 
Ian took Max to lunch and to get a haircut yesterday, so me and this girl went on a lunch date and then grocery shopping.  For being 3 year old, Emma is so thoughtful.  She's loving and she'll let you know daily how much she loves you.  She's polite and will always yell a sweet, "Thank you for getting me____'"  She gives the best hugs.  Her voice is so sweet and music to my ears (most of the time).  She also has her moments when she is the sassiest girl and begs to sit in timeout with her diva attitude.  She can cry at the drop of a hat, which makes me believe that she would make a talented actress.   She is all girly girl and loves all things that sparkle.  Her nails need to be painted weekly, the more skirts in her wardrobe the happier she is, and she loves to slather her lips in her princess lip smackers.  She also loves a good turkey sandwich with cheese and pickles. 
 
 
Today we have no school and we are going to have a picnic lunch and playdate with a friend from Max's class.  He happens to have a sister Emma's age, and a mom my age.  Ha! Just kidding about the mom.  I'm not sure how old she is.
 
Happy Monday!  Some words I came across that are so true.  If you can't be kind, be quiet.   And with that, I hope you have a great week.  The kiddos and I are tagging along with Ian on a work trip this Friday, and I'm super excited!! Only a 3 day work week for me. Happy. Dance.