I like the dentist, clean lines, change, absurdity, and the moment right before an airplane hits the ground. I've been an athletic trainer and a jr high science teacher, now I get to be a mom and fitness instructor. Welcome to the latest adventure
Each night, if the room is clean, I'll lay down next to the kids and I ask about their day. I ask what was the highlight of the day, what was difficult, and how were you kind. J is so sweet and asks me the questions back. M doesn't quite understand and each time would talk about his cousin's superhero birthday party with the bouncy house. I came to the conclusion he thought I was asking the what was the best day of his life.
Husband and I decided to go ahead and spend the money on a bounce house because the kid was talking about the bounce house for 3 straight months. And I found a company with the Paw Patrol banner for it.
Needless to say, M's mind was blown to pieces with happiness. The guys setting it up even let him help and it was worth every penny. My mum was wonderful enough to make the paw cupcakes I pinned.
She also made a small cake for the Bday boy with his favorite character Marshall and dropped it off the night before. And I'll tell you, that little boy was DYING to play with it and mustered all the self-control he had in that little body to not touch it. When I said it was cake time, he was ready!
And finally! He can take off the toy!
We also had hot dogs and all the treats he picked at Sams Club, Doritos aka "fire chips" and popcorn are his favorites.
Firehouse Subs was also wonderful enough to give me 20 of their fire hats that I used instead of treat bags. The kid working there was also a former student of my sister and had a bit of an existential breakdown seeing someone who looked just like her, but wasn't.
I drew a Marshall in record time for a pin the tail on the donkey game. I'm still a little proud of it so it's currently hanging up in his room
His friend Rex stayed close the whole time and since Rex is 4, M just thinks he's the coolest kid ever.
I love the way M says presents, with his eyebrows in the air, hands clasped, and teeth showing. It's his favorite part of every bday party, even other kids' parties. And now he got his OWN PRESENTS?! He was thrilled.
Thanks to everyone who came and spoiled this wonderful big 3 year old of ours. We love him to bits and are so happy to have him in our family.
Eating chocolate is also exhausting after a demanding day at church. He insisted on wearing the Spiderman jacket the whole time even though it was 90 degrees.
He did this whole puzzle by himself, on the carpet even. He was so proud to show me an I honestly thought his siter helped him until I found her sleeping. M has had to do this puzzle about 4 times a day since then.
They prematurely picked carrots from the garden. but they were so delighted with their finds, I couldn't fault them for it.
"Puppy" is a popular game at our house and usually involves me being licked against my will. This iteration involved cheese puffs in a dog bowl and by the state of the water, seeing how quickly they turn to mush.
One of the aunties was going to get M a paw patrol toy and wanted to make sure it was one we didn't have already. I was napping so I delegated the task to J and handed her my phone. The video she took was priceless, but I appreciated her organization skills lining them up and categorizing them by character and size.
Husband took M for Fathers and Sons campout so I took J out on the town and let her wear any of my make up she wanted. When I asked what fancy restaurant she wanted to go to, she said Panda Express. After my veto she suggested Old McDonalds. I also vetoed that and said it wasn't fancy enough. She wanted to invite her cousin and Auntie for our girls night and I agreed to that for sure. When relating the funny choices of fancy restaurants to my sister, Ellie pipes in, "I know a fancy restaurant! How about Dairy Queen?" Big Sis couldn't come, but I thought Cheesecake Factory had enough ambiance and was casual enough for two little girls to have fun. They were simply delighted with the cheesecake options. Note the hands.
They ate two bites a piece of this cheesecake.
The dollar theater was next door so we saw Kung Fu Panda 3 afterwards.
I finally finished this beast of a quilt. Only took me two or three years and new sewing machine. My friend Janette ironed and pinned the edges for me when I didn't think I could rally the energy to finish it. And because I don't have a full size ironing board, because ironing is overrated.
She loves it though and it was made with material and jeans I already had so the only cost was the 5 spools of thread and the 4 needles it took. I do not recommend this pattern to anyone. It is a devil. I did an ombre pattern on the back that turned out pretty.
J made such cute flowers for her end of preschool celebration. I sort of want to start crying when I think about how this is an end of a season for us. We are locked into a school schedule for the next 20 years. Time goes far too fast.
Here is her soul sister Megan and another friend Emmie
We adore Mrs Edith and are so sad this is the last year she's teaching preschool. J has learned so much and never once cried getting dropped off.
So I apparently never took these pictures off of my real camera. Oops! Here are pictures of our Easter finest. We went over to Madre Dos's house where they set up an egg hunt for all the cousins.
M did not want to take pictures.
He was interested in his basket of eggs though
Especially the dollar
I just bought Easter clothes this year instead of sewing them because #pregnant. The tie was $1 and was a youth size so I did a fancy pinterest knot I was quite proud of. Now he won't wear any ties but the yellow one with this suit.
And here was what Easter morning looked like. Husband is in charge of Easter baskets and it is awesome not to have to think about it.
I saw these giant origami bunnies and Big Sis hooked me up with some paper. I ended up making far too many of them and then used the left overs to make even more bunny families that we set out on the lawns of our friends. Folks were surprisingly delighted with them. My kids thought there were meh and actually liked the tiny ones better.
M LOVED his first action figure. This is why it's good to put Dads in charge because I would never have thought of getting a 2 year old an action figure. Dad win!
J loved her Monster High doll, another hit that Mom would never have bought.