Friday Love

Today is a big day for Max, who is not at all happy that he had to stop eating last night at 7:00.  He looked at me this morning and asked when he could eat, and then said, "But what if my tummy is oh so hungry before?"  Sad face. All the sad faces.   So I'm trying to make this morning fun for him, because he's nervous about his appointment, and I'm nervous for him.  I also told him he could pick whatever he wanted for lunch after his appointment and he picked Chipotle.   He is so my son.

Let's talk about my daughter.  Have I mentioned how dramatic she can be?  This morning she said, "I hungryyyyyy Mommy."  So I asked her if she wanted cereal for breakfast, which she normally eats.  She looked at me and grunted, ran and threw herself on the couch, got up and stomped her way to the kitchen, turned and yelled, "I want gold fish!"  It's too early for this, and I haven't had coffee yet.   The attitude is so very real, and I have no idea where she gets it from!

I started potty training her yesterday.  She seems like she's interested.  I got mini M&Ms for a little treat every time she goes.  She has gotten herself THREE so far!!  She gets so excited whens she goes and yells, "I did it!"  Then she'll do a potty celebration dance.  I die.

Some things I'm loving this week:

I love Shay over at Mix and Match Family.  My other fav blogger, Grace, mentioned her once and so I went to her blog.  I love her story.  She also has a food blog, and I made her pizza quesadilla for the kiddos last night, and it was a big hit!  Max asked for it again tonight.

I am a lover of lists and checking off things on said lists.  ThePolkaDotPosie has the cutest countdown check list for school, and it's a freebie! Also in the same post there are free downloads for lunchbox notes (seriously the cutest thing ever), shopping lists, and even a first day of school sign.  This made me even more excited for school to start!

Speaking of school. I am loving these cute binder clips from Target, and I got this bag for work.  I had a $5 gift card, it's on sale, and I used my REDcard for an extra 5%  off.

Mattie over at Northwest Native did a post last Friday that included some songs she's loving.  Ever since I read it I keep hearing the song that goes, "I can't feel my face when I'm with you, but I love it."  It gets stuck in your head, but Max doesn't like it at all.  The minute it comes on, he requests a change.  He's a fan of Nicki Minaj, which makes me laugh.  One of her songs comes on and he'll say, "Oh it's my song!"

Lastly, this blog makes me want to organize and redecorate our whole house.  One day.   Oh and one more, because I just thought of it.  Ian and I have been watching The League on Netflix.  If your husband (or you) plays fantasy football, I think he may love this show.  It's soooooooo funny.  We LoL through most of the show, and it's one we can watch together.  (I finished ALL of Grey's Anatomy. I'm so sad.  So sad.)

Happy Friday friends!  I hope you have a great weekend! Please send your prayers, happy vibes, healthy vibes, any kind of positive vibes for Max today.   Thank you!


A Play Date at the Farm

The weather is back to being sunny, beautiful and hot.  We had clouds and rain for a few days and I loved it!  I think my body went into shock, because I was so sleepy those days.  Today we met up with our friends for a coffee (for us mamas) and doughnuts play date.  Max has lost a couple pounds, and hasn't been too interested in eating.  So if he'll eat a doughnut or two, I'm okay with that!  He ate his and the rest of Emma's (which was the doughnut minus the frosting and sprinkles) up like a champ! Once the sugar hit the kiddos it was pure craziness! They played and played and then we went for a long walk to check out the animals. 

The shirt Emma's wearing caused the biggest meltdown because the white part is tied up, and she wanted it untied.  The shirt is like that though, and it cannot be untied.  The damn tie ruined our morning.  Thank goodness I sweet talked her and said the magic words: doughnuts and park.

I love taking pictures of the kiddos looking at something. I have so many of the backs of my kids, but I can't stop and won't stop taking these pictures.  I know their faces are so unbelievably cute, but I can't help  myself.  Here we have Emma and L harassing the poor bunnies. 

I die every time I see Emma holding hands with someone.  These two holding hands had me giggling over the cuteness. 

Then Max held her other hand and my heart was melted sappy puddle of mush. 

Max has a scope this Friday.  He'll be asleep when it happens.  The surgery nurse called today and said that one parent can go back with him.  One.  How are we suppose to choose who? Paper, rock, scissors?  When I really think about it, I think Ian would be best to go back with him.  He'll keep it together, whereas I would be a sobbing mess.  Max has no clue what's going to happen.  Everything will be okay.  I keep telling myself this, and I think I'll believe it eventually.  So Friday if you could say prayers, send happy vibes, healthy vibes for our sweet boy, I'd greatly appreciate it. 


Max's Hospital Stay

Tuesday Ian went out of town for a work conference, and that evening my cousin was coming into town for a visit.  I was sooooo excited. I had all the days jam packed with things to do.  Then I ended up at the ER with Max and Emma in tow.  We were there for a couple hours and they were going to transfer us over to the Children's Hospital.  Thankfully Emeral came and picked up Emma.  She hung out and had a sleep over with A.  I told her it was the only time she could have a sleep over at a boys house.  

Max and I were transferred by ambulance, and he wasn't impressed at all.  Poor kid had to get an iv put in and blood drawn before we could go.  They told me to leave the room, which I did and got all my crying out. I was trying to be strong in front of him, because I knew he was scared.  We got to the Children's Hospital and stayed in there ER for quite some time.  We finally got put in a room around 2 in the morning.  Wednesday morning my mother in law came into town, Ian flew back, I picked up Emma and my cousin and we all hung out in Max's room.  Party! 

Thursday we went to check out the playroom.  Max painted a masterpiece and met two other little boys who were named MAX! It was funny.  

This was before his test that day, that didn't go so well.  He didn't want anything to do with it, and he's a smart boy who they couldn't reason with.  The doctors were so patient and wonderful.   He ended up having a different test done on Friday that he did so well with.  He was full of smiles and told me he passed. 

He colored, made marker swords with Emma, played games, watched movies. 

Emma wasn't a happy camper without her brother.  She would mope around the house. She missed him, and when we'd get to the hospital she'd be so happy.  

I did take my cousin to Pike's and Kerry Park.  She got a taste of true Seattle weather when it started to rain while we were walking around.  Both her and my mother in law went home.  We have a couple more doctor appointments, and hopefully our boy can put all this behind him.  He's been a trooper.  I'm glad I have both my babies home.   I can't say enough great things about the Seattle Children's Hospital.  The facility is amazing,  and they treated Max so great.   As awesome as it was, I hope we never have to go back.  Ever. 


Rain and Doughnuts

This pretty much summed up our Monday.  Emma was mad because I told her no, and when she hears that word she falls to the floor in her dramatic fashion.  I tell you this girl is too sassy and drama filled for her own good.  If this is a little taste of what she's going to be like as a teen, lord help us all.  

This morning we woke up to rain and clouds in the sky.  I love it! We went for doughnuts before hitting the theater for the $1 summer movie.  Max, of course, had to have the Sounders doughnut.  

Emma went with the Rainbow Sprinkle doughnut.  Very good choice. 

We paid a total of $3 for us to see Mr. Peabody and Sherman, which we love.  It's on Netflix and we've watched it more than a handful of times.  We lasted 27 minutes.  Max wanted to know if it was okay to leave when the movie was playing, not that he wanted to leave he was just asking.  By his asking that was him saying he did in fact want to leave.  So we left....

Today my cousin comes into town!!!  I'm so, so excited!!  I can't wait to show her around the city that I absolutely love.  Oh, the fun that will be had!!! 

Have a wonderful rest of your week!  


Our Weekend

Saturday morning started bright and early for us.  We headed to Bainbridge Island.  Ian was going golfing with his boss man and a coworker, while the kiddos and I hung out with the wives and their kids.  The view of the Seattle skyline just never ever gets old.  I think I love it more every time I see it.  

The kiddos had so much fun with their friends.  They enjoyed a snack on the patio while watching the golfers come by.  It was pretty cool.  They were able to see Ian and the guys golf at hole 1, and they were so excited. 

On the ferry ride back this girl had been asleep, but woke up and was happy to see the water.  Messy hair, don't care. 

We had banana bread while at the boss man's house and the kids loved it.  So on Sunday morning I made banana muffins.  Emma thought they were cupcakes, and I didn't correct her.  Eat up little one!  We also made another batch of the banana peanut butter popsicles, because we can't get enough of those! 

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday! It's so hot today (93 freaking degrees) and we're trying to keep cool.  

Linking up with Biana!


Friday Favorites

This week has gone by fast.   Not that I'm upset about it, but the countdown until I go back to work (and Max goes to Kinder) is going to start soon, and I want to enjoy every single second.  

Some favorite moments from the week:

Homemade meatballs.  I found a recipe on Pinterest, and got to work.  I ended up making baked meatball subs for dinner with a salad, and it was pretty delicious. 
measuring spoons | Anthropologie

I was trying to be sneaky when I was taking a picture of Max and Emma holding hands, but Max turned and looked at me.  These kids are so flippin cute.  We had such a good time at Kelsey Creek Farm.  I see a few more concerts in the park in our future. 

After dinner we let the kiddos decide what we do as a family.  It's usually a family walk or we play games.  Last night though, Max wanted to play soccer.  We went to a park near by and the kids ran wild.   Bedtime was a breeze, because they were wiped out! 

This moment hasn't happened yet, but my cousin is coming to visit us on Tuesday, and I'M SO EXCITED.  I can't wait to show her around and do all the touristy things with her.   I love this picture of us.  I can't wait to see her! 

I hope your week was a good one! 

Linking up with Andrea, Erika and Narci


A Concert in the Park

Today Emeral invited us to join her and A at a concert in the park.  It was at Kelsey Creek Farm, which we love.  We quickly got ready and were out the door 40 minutes later.  We got there 30 minutes early, and the parking lot was full.   We parked in a residential area, which I later found out wasn't okay.  Oops. When we got to the park Max grabbed Emma's hand and said, "I'll hold your hand Emma." and my heart exploded.  It was the cutest, most sweetest thing ever.  

It was only 70 out, but sitting in direct sunlight, it felt like 90.  I lathered the kiddos up with sunblock, and they enjoyed a couple snacks before the concert started.  Once Recess Monkey took the stage, kiddos started dancing.  My two kiddos did not. I looked over at Max and it looked like he was being tortured.  I asked him what was wrong and he said it was too loud for him.  Emma looked bored and was having more fun playing with wood chips.  Emeral suggested we go look at animals, and the minute that was brought up my kiddos were happy.  

I've never seen them perform before, but I thought they were pretty good!

Emma sees an animal, no matter what it is, and she is full of "Awwww"s and heart eye emojis. 

They were checking out the cows.  Side note.  If you dress up like a cow today you get free food at Chick-Fil-A.  Mooo it up people. 

"Mommy! Take a picture of me driving the tractor!" Emma was thrilled with his driving. 

We came home for lunch and to make Popsicles.  These ones are Banana Peanut butter.  I threw in 3 frozen bananas, a tbsp of peanut butter, a tbsp or so of Greek yogurt and mixed it up until is was smooth.  We gave it a taste test to make sure it tasted good, and let me tell you...so good.   

What's your go to Popsicle?  Have a great rest of your day! 


Case of the Mondays

We all have a case of the Mondays today...before I get into that let's talk about our weekend!  Saturday started bright and early for me.  I had two tests I had to do to for my teacher certification.  One I passed, and the other I missed passing (aka failed) by ONE question.  One.  I was so upset.  I compared it to losing in the Stanley Cup finals, but Ian didn't agree with me.  I'll have to take it again, but luckily the district I'm going to teach in pays for it.  

Saturday night we went to A's birthday party.  He turned 2! It was a Sesame Street fun filled party.  Max and Emma had so much fun, and were fast asleep in the car before we got home that night.   I took pictures, but with my sad, old phone the pictures didn't turn out so great. 

Sunday we went to the S2 game down at Starfire, and we had a lot of fun.  Max is so into soccer since the soccer camp.  A couple of the S2 players that moved up to the Sounders were sitting in front of us at the game, and I thought it was really cool!  Ian was like, "Yeah, no big deal."  S2 won 4-0.  They pretty much ran circles around the team they were playing.  

Today Emma woke up crying.  She has a stiff neck.  My poor girl has been miserable.  She had a moment of fun when I let her and Max play with stamps that they got in their party favor bags from A's party.  They were stamping on paper, giggling, having a grand time.  I decided to take the trash out, which took a whole 6 seconds, if that.  I come back into the kitchen and both kids were covered in stamps! 

We needed some groceries and on the way out Starbucks had little frappuccinos to taste test, and so I couldn't say no.  Well I could have, but look how cute they are.  So much goodness in that little cup.  Max asked for a sip, and I told him he could have a frappuccino when he's 21.  Emma asked for a drink of ice cream, and I told her it wasn't ice cream.  She didn't believe me. 

Here's hoping Emma Girl wakes up feeling much better tomorrow.  Hope you all had a great weekend!!  Next week my cousin comes to visit, and I'm so excited!!  


Friday Fun

Today if you buy a dozen doughnuts at Krispy Kreme, you get a second dozen for 78 cents.  I couldn't pass up this yummy deal.  Max and Emma are lovers of doughnuts with sprinkles.  So they were pretty excited about our early morning adventure.  We got there and there wasn't anyone there, and then a rush of people came in.  It was kind of crazy!  People love doughnuts and good deals! 

Max picked off a sprinkle and said, "Mmmm I love sparkles." I didn't correct him. 

We saw doughnuts being made, and the excitement coming from Max and Emma was so cute and funny.  People were watching them watch the doughnuts.  

Max said he loves coming to Christmas Kreme.  Who could blame him? Again, I didn't correct him, because the doughnuts do look like pretty, little, yummy gifts ready to be eaten. 

I suggest you drive straight to a Krispy Kreme if you have one near you and go buy 2 dozen doughnuts.  You won't be sorry. 


Never a Dull Moment

Today we went to the park.  The past couple days it hasn't been ridiculously hot like it has been, so being outside was enjoyable. There were a few kiddos there playing.  Max made friends with a little boy who wanted to play soccer with him.  Emma was playing and I was following her around.  I had on flip flops, which I normally wear to the park.  I don't know how it happened, but a big wood chip went through my flip flop and right into my heel.  I silently cursed and then hobbled to a near by bench.  By the time I sat down blood was pouring out every where.  I say pouring because it was a flowing and the kids were looking at me with horror in their eyes.  Emma kept saying, "Oh no Mommy!" I managed to clean it up, and a lovely mom ran to her car and brought me a first aid kit.  I bandaged up by foot, and all was well on the playground again.  It hurts like a mother to walk, but I'm hoping it won't hurt too long.  Never a dull moment. 

I french braided Emma's hair today.  I definitely need more practice. 

My boy.  I realized today that I go back to work on his birthday. Sad. 

Emma brought me flowers after my bleeding fiasco. 

So I bought her a doughnut. 

Happy Wednesday! 


The Day Max was Grounded

I typed up this post last night.  Today is a brand new day, and I'm hoping a certain 4 year old will have a much better day.  


As I type this, I have two kiddos sleeping and a husband at his hockey game.  The house is quiet, and I kind of like it.  Today was rough.  Max and Emma, for the most part, get along great.  They love playing cars, putting puzzle together, putting on puppet shows.  Then they have their moments where all they do is fight.  Fight over the same car, even though there's plenty to play with.  Fighting over the last puzzle piece, because obviously putting that last piece is the best thing ever.  Screaming over who gets to put on the puppet show, because...puppets.   Today though, Max one upped himself in the naughty department.  Before I get to that, let's look at some pictures taken by my sad iphone 3.  

Sunday Emma Girl and I had ourselves a little Target date.  It was fun. She has a love for the motherland as much as I do. 

I've been going through my teacher stuff, which I'm thoroughly enjoying.  I had been looking for my flash drive that hold all of my 7 years of teaching, and I swear the heavens parted when I found it.  

Now, back to how Max one upped his naughtiness.  He came to me and told me that Emma was in the office and she had colored on the computer.  She had been in the office, because she wanted some privacy while she did her business.  I walk in there and look at the laptop, which was closed, and right on top is a lovely drawing with orange crayon.  I look at Emma who is smiling and smelling at this point.  I ask her if she drew on the computer, and she says, "Yes!"  I ask her again, and she then said, "No, no Max did it!"  I look at him, and he's now standing by the door half way hiding behind the wall.  I ask him if he did it, and he smiles and says, "I was just joking!"  I think he was expecting me to give him a little LoL, but I was so mad I couldn't even talk to him.  He shouldn't have colored all over the computer, but what made me so upset was that he tried to get Emma in trouble. He lied.  Both Ian and I talked to him about being honest.  Then we went on a family walk and Ian asks him if he learned a lesson today.  Trying to see if he'd talk about how he learned that he needs to be honest, and he says, "No....I didn't do school time today."  I told him he's grounded.  My 4 year old.  I took away the PlayStation and canceled our movie date we had planned, and that pretty much ruined his life. 

Our family walk....Emma makes me laugh.  We were walking down the hill and she put her hands in the air like she was on a roller coaster. 

While it's quiet, I'm going to get back to watching Grey's Anatomy.  I've been binge watching this show for months.  I'm on season 9.  I don't know whether to be proud or sad about that....


Red, White and Blue

Holiday weekends are always fun.  This one was no exception.  We started off the weekend on Friday with some festive activities.  We did fireworks in a jar and made hand print flags (I talked about both HERE.)  The first one was a success, but the second activity was a fail.  The kiddos still had fun! 

4th of July morning I made the kiddos red and blue star shaped pancakes.  They "oohed and awwed", and then Max quickly pointed out that they were pink, not red.  

We dipped strawberries in white chocolate and then sprinkled on the red and blue star sprinkles.  It took about 30 minutes for Max and I to sort these babies out of the sprinkles jar. So worth it! 

Emma being her sassy self.  It's called being two. 

That's more like it!!  Happy 4th of July!!

I found a festive sangria to make for our bbq.  Ummm... I wasn't a fan.  Ian thought it was strong, so him saying that it must have been really strong! 

The kiddos ended the night with Astro Pops!  They were fans! 

I'd like to say that we saw fireworks, but sadly we were all asleep early!  Maybe next year!  How was your 4th of July?