4th of July Fun & Food

There's a house in our neighborhood that has a fake cow in their yard.  They decorate this cow for all the holidays.  Max loves to see it all festive and always asks which holiday is coming up.  The cow is decorated very patriotically right now, and both kids will ohh and awww at the colors.  I want a fake cow to decorate for them.

Since we have no cow, I thought we'd do some fun activities of our own!   We will definitely be making this cute flag hand print.  Doubles as a decoration! 
Patriotic Hand Print Flag Craft at B-Inspired Mama
B-Inspired Mama

Fireworks in a jar?!  Hello fun! I know Max and Emma will love this activity!  Heck, I think I'm going to love this activity.

I Can Teach My Child

Everyone loves festive food right?  Who wouldn't want to have some firework pancakes for breakfast and firecracker hotdogs for lunch?  Followed by some yummy rice krispie treats!

What festive things do you have planned for the 4th of July?  You can find all these pins on my 4th of July board on Pinterest. 


Life Lately

To say life has been busy would be an understatement.  Max started soccer camp this week, and it's been so great.  He loves it!  He comes home exhausted, and is ready for bed around 7.  I love it! He has one more day, and I tell you I wish it was all summer.  He's just so happy being active and playing sports. 

The first day of his camp, we looked up at the sky and noticed a halo around the sun.  It was pretty cool to see.

After my miscarriage I got really crafty.  I spent hours upon hours on Pinterest getting ideas of things I could do around the house.  I got spice racks from Ikea and put them together, then painted them, and then they just sat there.  (Note: if you use these spice racks for books shelves or for their intended purpose, paint before putting together.) While my family was here, my Dad put them up for me.  He's the best Dad ever.  The very best. 

Max told us the other night that he had seen a big raccoon.  We weren't sure if that's what he really saw.  Then the following night this mama raccoon and her two babies were walking across the top of our fence.  The mama was forcefully pulling one of the babies across.  Then she was screeching, mama yelling in raccoon language at her babies.  Max said, "I told you I saw a raccoon!"

Emma wants in on the soccer camp fun.  She carries her own soccer ball around, and when we leave she has to score a goal.  Max will show her the move of the day he learned. It's really cute and sweet to watch.  Then we try and leave and she'll sulk and maybe throw a tantrum.  Since turning two, she breaks into tears at a drop of hat.  

Yesterday Max got a tshrt and saw the Sounders car.  He was beyond excited and told me to take a picture right away and send it to Daddy.  All was perfect in his world. 

Hope you're having a terrific week! 


Family Visit

Oh hey there!!  Why do family visits go by so quick?  I don't think saying "see ya later!" will ever get easier.  My family was here for a week, and it was such a good week.  It was filled with fun, laughter and ice cream.   

First up on our adventures we went to Bainbridge Island.   We drove on to the ferry so we could drive around the island.  Max and Emma love the riding the ferry, as do I when you get views of the beautiful Seattle skyline.   We had lunch at Hammy's Burgers and they were pretty good.  Messy, but good.  Then we walked around and found our way to Mora Iced Creamery.  It was a favorite of all, especially Emma. 

Our next adventure was at Pike's Market.  We went on the hunt for the Gum Wall.  I've heard of this amazing, disgusting place, but had never seen it with my eyes or smelt it with my nose.  When we found it, you walk into the alley way and you can smell the gum.  Then you see it....it's so gross, but so cool! 

The walkway back up to the street is lined with art.  

Then we saw our friend, the Fremont Troll.  I never noticed that he's clutching a car under his hand.  Emma was asleep, so she missed the fun.  There weren't many people there at all, so we had the troll to ourselves to take pictures.  Pretty awesome! 

Our last stop of fun was Snoqualmie Falls.  My Dad hadn't seen yet, and last time we were here with my family Emma was just a week or so old.  

We took Emma and Max to see Inside Out, and it's such a cute movie!  Max loved that the girl played hockey.  Highly recommend taking your little loves to see the film.  The short film before, Lava, is also so adorable.  The kiddos saw the cut out for the Minions movie, and of course we had a to take a picture! 

We also made it to the Sounders match, which was a lot of fun!  My family, Ian's family, and our friend from AZ were able to watch the game from a suite.  It was cool!  Sadly, they lost.  Boo!  The game was the kick off to Pride Week.  I know people have their own opinions about things, but I thought it was awesome of the Sounders.   Makes me love them more. 

We took my family to Kerry Park, because the view.  Oh that view is so worth it.  

We also celebrated my mom's birthday, had a mini family reunion with Ian's family, celebrated Father's Day, ate lots of yummy food, went on family walks, and just had a great time.  I wish we could do it all over again. 

Over the next week I have TWO interviews for teaching positions at schools near where we live.  I'm super excited, but nervous.  I haven't had an interview for teaching since 2008.  Gulp.  So if you could send prayers and happy vibes my way, I would great appreciate it!  This SAHM may soon be a working mom! 


Parties, Fevers, and an Anniversary

What a weekend we had!  It was full of birthday parties, sunshine, sick kiddos, and it was our anniversary!

Friday: Max needed a haircut because the boy's hair grows so fast.  He has a total Seattle haircut, and I think he pulls it off quite well.  It also happens to be the haircut his Daddy has, and he wants to be like Daddy all the time, so haircut it was!   I also decided to cut Emma's bangs again.  They were growing out and always in her face.  They were driving me nuts, so I can imagine how Emma actually felt.  Why do haircuts always make your kids look like they are ready for college?

Friday night we went over to our friends house for a surprise birthday celebration.  It was a lot of fun, and the food was pretty amazing.  Emeral made mini desserts, which were so fancy and so yummy! I laughed so much that night, all while sipping on Sangria that Emeral made.  So good people.  I'm going to tell her to blog the recipe so she can share the goodness. 

Saturday: Max got invited to his friend's birthday party.  It was a Frozen/Superhero themed party and it was so cute!  There were quite a few Elsas running around!  All the kids freaked when Elsa walked up to the party.  She read a story to the kiddos and brought a crown for the birthday girl.  I've never seen kids sit so quietly through storytime.  Ever. 

All those tball games and practices came in handy with trying to break open the pinata!

Pin the nose on Olaf! Cute, right?!

Pap-pap and Mum-mum got Emma a water toy for her birthday.  I started blowing this sucker up on Friday....I could have passed out.  There were two spots that needed an air pump, but the rest I had to blow up.   Almost passing out was so worth hearing their giggles!  They had so much fun!

Sunday: Emma had a fever on Saturday, but woke up fine on Sunday.  Saturday night Max started feeling warm.  By Sunday he was burning up, and let me tell you he was miserable.  

It was also mine and Ian's anniversary.  We've been married for 7 years!  I got him a box of Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnuts.  When we first started dating he hadn't had Kripsy Kreme Doughnuts.  I had eye surgery, and shouldn't have been out and about, but I went and got him a box of doughnuts. I liked him.  On our wedding day I sent him over a box of Krispy Kreme doughtnuts. I loved him.  Now, every time I see a Krispy Kreme I get all sappy. 

Sappy minds think a like.  Ian came home with a blue Gatorade and gossip magazines for me! The first night we met we talked a lot.  During our conversation I mentioned that I loved blue drinks and gossip magazines.  The next time I saw him, I opened the door to find him standing there with a blue Gatorade and gossip magazines in hand. It was that moment that I knew he was a keeper.  A thoughtful keeper.  

It was a great weekend, minus the kiddos being sick.  Tomorrow my family comes for a week, and we're excited!!

Linking up with Biana!



This is an old post and I'm not sure why it posted again. Enjoy a walk down memory lane! 

I'm 29 weeks now. It's funny how every week I love to say, "Oh I'm ___ weeks!" 11 more weeks to go. It does feel like time is slowing down a little bit. Time is slow and the weather just keeps getting hotter! It use to bug the heck out of me when someone would tell me with pity they felt sorry for me because I was going to be pregnant during the summer. FEEL SORRY FOR ME!! Everyone was right! It's only been to about 110 and let me tell you it's not fun! Even in the high 90s...sheesh! I know I go from air conditioned building, to air conditioned car, to air conditioned house, but let me tell you, it doesn't matter! Being hot and pregnant is a different story that's just a sweaty mess!

This past week I came down with some sort of stomach bug. It hit me pretty hard and I couldn't keep anything down. I have been eating apple sauce and drinking fluids for a couple days. I had an appointment on Wednesday and the doctor reassured me that Max was a-ok. He was kicking up a storm and trying to hide from her when she was checking his heart beat. It was funny. She also explained how he was positioned in my belly, so it was fun to actually know how he is in there and know if he's either punching or kicking me. Mostly kicking....strong kicks. :)

I also had to get blood work done to make sure I wasn't dehydrated. Good news is that I'm not dehydrated. Bad news is that I had to go back to have more blood drawn because my liver enzymes are elevated. I, of course, have no idea what that means and I didn't talk to the doctor, just the girl who told me that I needed to come in to get blood taken. So I google. Google isn't a good thing. It's not a friend. I always find information that freaks me out! I'm not a doctor so I don't know what they are looking for, and I won't know until next week. Now the waiting begins, which is always the tough part. Hopefully everything is good!

From the beginning this pregnancy has been an eventful one, and there hasn't been a dull moment. There are times when I feel like, "What else is going to be thrown at me?" I just want to enjoy every moment, and it's been really hard. I feel like most of the time I'm worried or stressed out about some other health issue that pops up. Through it all Ian has been amazing and my rock. He puts up with so much, especially when the doctor puts me on meds that turns me into a crazy person. Who knew nausea medication could do that to you? ;) I have to say though, no matter what bumps get in our way, Max is so worth it. I'm positive the day this active kid is in my arms all the bumps will be forgotten.


Our Weekend and a Survey

This weekend was Max's last tball game.  Tear.  He played so well, and afterwards they had a party!  Each kiddo even got a trophy and they were so happy!  It was so cute.

Later that night we had a BBQ and the kiddos played with the water table, which turned into a water fight.  After this picture they came after me! 

Sunday we went to the Mariners game.  We got there at 10:40 to get in line before the door opened at 11:10. (The game didn't start until 1:10)  As soon as the doors opened we made our way to the field to walk around.  It was so cool, and Max was in awe of everything he saw.  Ian and I kept looking at each other with the cheesiest grins.  Considering we were there about 2 1/2 hours before the game started, I was impressed that Emma lasted until the 4th inning.  The minute we were in the car she was asleep.  Max had a blast with his teammates, and the amount of sugar he had  while watching the 4 innings was also impressive.

This was floating around Facebook, and I thought I might as well play along! 

1. What is something mom always says to you? 
Stop it. 

2. What makes mom happy? 
When I listen. 

3. What makes mom sad?
When I don't listen. 

4. How does your mom make you laugh? 
When you say a funny word. 

5. What was your mom like as a child?
Uhhhh....a girl. 

6. How old is your mom?

7. How tall is your mom? 
Big, I mean small. 

8. What is her favorite thing to do? 
Take me to the park. 

9. What does your mom do when you're not around? 
You mean when I'm sleeping? Umm...watch a movie. 

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? 
When you get your mail for teaching. (My teaching certificate)

11. What is your mom really good at? 
Spelling words. 

12. What is your mom not very good at? 
Messing up letters. 

13. What does your mom do for a job? 
You make food for us. 

14.What is your mom's favorite food? 

15.What makes you proud of your mom? 
When you say I love you. 

16. If your mom were a character, who would she be? 
What's her name. The girl that Gru likes. 

17. What do you and your mom do together? 
Make cookies. 

18. How are you and your mom the same? 
I don't know. We take showers. That's the same. 

19. How are you and your mom different? 
We don't do our hair the same way. 

20. How do you know your mom loves you? 
You always tell me. 

21. What does your mom like most about your dad? 
When he puts on a movie for you. 

22. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?

23. How old was your Mom when you were born?
Maybe like 22. 


Who Wears Short Shorts?

Emma's been the big TWO for 5 days, and let me tell you the "Terrible Twos" are shining blindingly bright.  The scream crying she did today while in Target because her shoelace was untied was Oscar worthy.  I reminded her that today is National Donut Day, and we were going to celebrate it up after Target.  If she didn't stop her hysterical crying she wasn't getting a donut.  I said this with my firm mommy voice, and I meant it.  She looked at me, swung her little legs extra hard to give the cart a swift kick, and she threw in an extra loud high pitched scream to let everyone in the store hear her.  Twos are f.u.n. 

While there there was a mommy of 3 that looked like a freaking super model in her stylish clothes.  The green eyed monster showed itself for a second, but quickly went away when Max loudly said, "Woah, look at all the Coke!" I look around for a Coke display, and I don't see anything.  He then points to Gisele's cart and she had the bottom stacked with Coke.  Max loudly said again, "She has A LOT of Coke!"  He thought for a moment and then decided, "She must be having a big party." Probably. 

We went to the park today to play in the sand with their new sand toys.  There were a lot of kids in the sand.  Max and Emma played for about 15 minutes, and then wanted to take a walk down to the lake.  

Another Max story.  This morning I put on shorts, which I never wear.  I walk into the bedroom and Max looks at me  and says:

Max: Oh, those are short shorts Mommy."
Me: (looking down at my shorts) No they aren't.
Max: Yeah, they look short.  
Me: Do they look bad?
Max: No, just short.  Like small.  Maybe they'll fit me. 
Me: (changed into pants)

This weekend is Max's last tball game and the team's end of the year party.  We're also going to the Mariners game where Max and his team get to walk the field.  Should be a fun, action packed, sun filled weekend!  

Happy Friday! 


Sounders Match and a Video

On Sunday, which Max kept reminding us was "Emma's actual birthday." I decided to take the kiddos to the Sounders game.  We haven't gone to one yet this season, because I'm still pretty traumatized after taking both to a game last year, and having that be tons of not fun.  I was ready for Sunday.  I charged their batteries for their leap pads in case they got bored. I knew Max would be fine, but it was Emma who I wasn't sure about....

Ian let me know before the game that he had put us in a suite, which was awesome because then Emma could run wild if she wanted to.  He also gave us passes to get some yummy food.  It was all very nice, but trying to keep Emma close to me while I was filling the container with food for them wasn't the easiest.  She's in the whole "I don't want to hold your hand even though there are tons of people around" phase, and it's a rough one.  By the time we got to our seats I was a frazzled mess. 

When the game started both kiddos were excited and into the match.  Emma almost lasted the first whole half before I pulled out her leap pad.   The game itself was a good one.  The Sounders were down 0-1, and then they came back to win 2-1!  The fans are insanely loud, especially when the Sounders score so Emma freaked out after the first goal.  When the second one happened she was clapping and laughing.  

Mommy, I'm sooooo excited to watch the Sounders play! 

Intently watching with his awesome hair. 

We kept asking her how old she was and she would say, "Two!" Then she would point to her shirt. 

Selfie during the match.  He's so cute! 

Acting like she owned the suite.  She was a little too comfortable. 

Emma's birthday weekend was a great one!  I still can't believe my baby is two!

My Girl