Sunday, February 22, 2015

my weekend in photos.

Colby left Friday morning for Topeka for the Boys State Swim competition. It was up to the boys to be helpful to momma while Daddy was away. As you can see, toddlers are super helpful.

I was under strict orders to keep my legs crossed while Colby was out of town. Kirkwood didn't get the memo and tried performing a c-section to meet his baby sister. Ouch!

Owen left Saturday morning with Papa and Uncle Drooper to go cheer on his Lancers. Swim meet selfie!

I chilled at home with this one for the day. He was on his best behavior and took an amazing nap. It was much appreciated!

And to make the day even better, it was an underdog WIN for the Lancers, taking #1 at State Finals! Colby loves coaching these boys so much, and regardless of the outcome is always so proud of them. What a fun way to end the season.

The 3 coaches jumped in, too. So happy for Colby and the team.. but am extra happy this year to have it come to an end to have Colby home more! 

 Sunday morning sillies.

The springer spaniel took first in the sporting breed in the Westminster dog show!

All I can think about is chocolate these last few days. So, some extra big and amazing chocolate chip cookies with sea salt were on my Sunday agenda. Dream

 Do you think babies get a sense about these things? My non-snuggly baby was overly generous with snuggles yesterday. His days as the baby of the family are numbered, so I didn't mind one bit.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Brookszilla - 18 months

We call him Brookszilla.

At 18 months, this little boy is busy. I don't know if I've just forgotten what this age was like for Owen, or if Brooks' personality truly differs that much from Owen at this age, but I'm amazed at the amount of trouble he can find in the blink of an eye.

We had a morning that I was running around the house trying to get the 3 of us out the door for school and work. I was interrupted countless times yanking Brooks from disaster after disaster that he would create in the matter of seconds. I couldn't keep up with the tornado that was ripping through my house. So in order to finish getting the pizza dough ingredients into the bread machine, I loaded him into the car, strapped him in his carseat, then came back inside to finish my business. Not to worry, I left the door open so he was within earshot.


He's turned into quite the momma's boy through and through. And he wants to be "up" (held) all.the.time. But mostly when I'm trying to get dinner ready or tidying around the house after school. And doing either of those things one-handed isn't ideal. I'm certain I've become an unhealthy addiction for him.

But boy is he cute. We all love him so much. His personality is blossoming by the day, and he's really quite a content and happy-go-lucky little guy.


He has transitioned from an in-home daycare to "school" now that he's walking.  As of the end of November, he's officially mobile by foot. The knees of his pants appreciate the break. And watching a liberated toddler walk is just the cutest. New situations are definitely scary to him, but after a couple of weeks (and then another couple again after Christmas break) he was good to go. And I have to say, I'm loving a more structured and learning-based environment for him.

He adores his big brother. I'm told on a weekly basis about how much he lights up with Owen stops by his classroom during the day. The teachers really marvel and make it a point to let me know how delighted he is to see him every single time. He definitely tries to mimic much of what his brother does, as well as genuinely enjoying being in his company [most of the time].


He loves his play kitchen, toy cars, and [Owen's] marble set. The one and only television show that has just now caught his attention is Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and he loves it a lot. (Though, he only really sits for the introduction song or the hot dog song.) He detests blankets and hats - which is inconvenient for the winter months. (Unless it's his muslin blankets which serve as his "lovey" at bedtime - and in which case we can't go without.)


He's not much of an eater. We hit a period of time where he'll surprise us for a couple of weeks, then we're right back to a guessing game of what food Brooks isn't going to throw on the floor, across the table, etc. Unless it's fruit snacks. His favorite big brother thought it would be nice to open a pack of those one day for him.. he's been bringing us fruit snacks from our cabinet ever since.


He likes books - mostly the kind with pictures that he can point to things to identify. Or anything with animals. He's learned to make a noise for a pig, sheep, horse, and cow - though rarely do they seem to be identified with the correct animal. He loves to put on his shoes. And also loves to take them off during nearly every drive. (Which is fun with a pregnant belly to climb over carseats to try to locate wherever he's thrown them.)

Cuddling isn't his style, but loves to be carried around - involved in whatever we're doing. He's a great sleeper - both at nap time and bedtime - and does so with no objections. He's finally sporting some hair, which he can identify along with his eyes, nose, mouth, belly, feet, etc.

A glimpse into our 18 month-old's vocabulary, though his most beloved word is "no.":
badoo: balloon
ohhhwaaa: Owen (said in the most mumbly/nasaly voice)
mo-mo: milk
schee da: see ya
nana: banana
ah doe?: where'd it/he/she go?
wow wow wow: round and round, referencing the Wheels on the Bus song
ah dah dah: Hot dog dog, referencing either Mickey Mouse or the Hot Dog song from Mickey Mouse.
up: open or up, depending on its context. ;-)


Love that little boy affectionately known as Brooksy! It's so much fun to watch you grow, little buddy.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

2014 year-end videos.

Here we are with our 2014 year-end videos (albeit, once again late).

It was a feat to get Brooks to stay in front of the camera for any given period of time, as he wanted to come get on my lap to watch the screen and push buttons as soon as I would get it out. So here's our abbreviated video with Brooks.



And our much lengthier interview with Owen. (He was totally loving it.)



Check out last year's videos, too!

Monday, February 16, 2015

my weekend in photos.

Barely hanging on at the end of another weekend that kicked my rear.

If I could check myself into a hotel for my last weeks, I'd do just that. One with no other living bodies to care for - a room all to myself with a fabulous bed. To actively not participate in conversation while the masseuse on call worked each ache and pain that my tired body hosts. And room service is a necessity because no laundry, cooking, or cleaning will be required. Or getting out of bed if I don't wanna. (And Lord knows I don't wanna.) 

We kept a busy schedule for our Valentine's weekend, but feel accomplished with use of our time. Colby turned the nursery into a safe place, though there's still quite a bit of work that needs to be done to call it complete.

Colby and I also managed to sneak in what will probably be our last date before baby arrives on the 11th anniversary of our first date. We had Valentine's brunch at Rye, and it was fabulous. Since the owners are a husband/wife chef duo named Colby & Megan, they comped my cinnamon roll for the occasion. :) We did enjoy some heart-shaped pancakes and homemade pizzas with our littlest valentines, too.

Sunday we celebrated Kirkwood's 6th birthday. Since we had his cousin Bo over for the weekend, we invited Ella & Ivy (and Nana & Papa) over to celebrate with us with some dinner and dessert - and even some ice cream for the birthday boy.

The boys continued their weekend into President's Day - kicking off the cold, snowy day with a donut date and hot cocoa before a long afternoon at swim practice. The Lancers are in their final week - ready to have my husband back! :)

V-day food = YUM.

My valentine, for 11 years and counting.

Our weekend house guest.
A v-day selfie with that big ol' bump I've grown.

These two. Such pals.

The birthday boy!

Brooks was not displeased to have some homemade ice cream.

Matching brothers.
Rarely does a weekend come and go without a trip to Costco.

Friday, February 13, 2015

i mustache you to be mine.

Another candy-free Valentine for the books.

I finished these up this morning just before school. This tired mama is having a hard enough time keeping up with day-to-day responsibilities that I was proud to have managed to pull this off just in the nick of time. (And also so thankful Brooks' class doesn't do valentines at this age!)

I first stumbled upon these mustache straws on Amazon when looking for silly loops straws for another valentine idea I had seen on Pinterest, but loved the mustache themed straws even more. So then I found this pin that had a free printable that I photoshopped with a mustache backdrop for some added effect. I printed and glued the print outs to red construction paper, then assembled with a hole punch and washi tape.

Voila!


See my past candy-free valentine creations here, here, and here.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

37 weeks.


So I'm 3 weeks out from my due date. But those are subjective.

I find myself falling into the same sentiments that I felt about this time my last go round. I've reached my "over it" wall. An hourly interruption to my sleep is way less rewarding to spend it emptying my bladder than it is to soothe a brand new baby. The back aches and constant state of discomfort are lame. Pants and big ol' low hanging bellies don't mix well - spending my 3rd trimester in dresses and flip flops was much easier than squeezing on the pants that no longer fit (but I refuse to buy another piece of maternity apparel) and embarrassing efforts to reach my feet to slide on socks or boots. And I'm just tired. Being in the height of swim season for Colby leaves me on dog and boy duty alone for most of the evening which really wipes me out.

But while my tired and achey body longs to be finished, we have a list of things that we still would like to complete before this baby girl makes her arrival. Like the nursery, for one. Currently, there is a narrow and dangerous path between dresser drawers, paint cans and piles of baby loot to get to the crib (which does have a clean sheet.). Wall decor projects have been started, but not completed for the now empty walls.

No bags have been packed - for myself or for the boys. Colby has his state swim meet next weekend in out of town. Carpet is being installed in our house at the end of the month. Interior construction of a small loft space has been started, but not completed. Along with a small slew of less important tasks that I would like to have complete to ease the load on the other end - like our taxes, school registration, travel arrangements, etc.

But the reality is that if this baby girl decides to make an early arrival against my own plans, it will be  just fine.. because, after all, my toes are ready - freshly pedicured in pink.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

my weekend in photos.

I've begun my weekly doctor visits, which means we are approaching the end. Owen had the pleasure of joining me this time. I'm just glad he didn't have school the next morning to share all he learned with his friends.

Since Colby was gone for a late night of HS swimming, the boys and I grabbed dinner out. I was proud of myself for braving this feat on my own - even if it was just Noodles & Co.

Mac n' Cheese, please!

The boys warming up with some push ups before heading to the park to play basketball. 

We had two birthday parties to attend this weekend. We had fun celebrating with Miss Audrey!

 February and bare feet. My kind of February. Thanks for the beautiful weekend, KC!

I really like 4 year olds. Owen came to find me to tell me he was ready for lunch and he had gotten things ready for me. He also had already gotten a glass down and filled with ice and water (never mind that this involved climbing up on countertops unsupervised). Love this kid.

Got my first gel manicure today! I have to say, I'm so in love. Who wants to fund this new addiction? 

This little one welcomed me home after my mani/pedi date by puking on me. He made up for it by snuggling with me (which isn't his style) for a full 30 minutes (which is unheard of) while we watched Mickey Mouse. Dreamy.

One of my best decisions this weekend was putting the boys to bed and putting myself to bed at 8pm with an iPad and the Monopoly app instead of partaking in any of my adult responsibilities like unloading the dishwasher, unpacking the boys school bags, and other household chores that had no problems waiting on us til' Saturday morning. 

Birthday party numero dos - Owen was pumped to get in the water.

The boys made it to the park 3 different times over the course of our beautiful weekend. So. much. basketball. Even Air Brooksy got in a few shots. 

With our activities and the irresistible weather, we didn't make any progress at home in terms of our house projects or with the nursery. Oh well, there's always next weekend. (But how many more weekends will we get to say that before baby girl arrives?) 

Monday, February 2, 2015

my weekend in photos.

My weekend got started a couple hours earlier than normal with a call from school to pick up a boy with a fever. It was remedied with some frozen custard, and he was feeling great by the next morning.

This little one and I spent a morning at home. 

While this one had a date with his daddy. 

The boys hit up Royals Fan Fest which they reported to be crazy busy - presumably one of its busier years given the totally awesome 2014 they had! 

Playing in the real kitchen, with his play kitchen within eyesight in the next room. 

I spent some time crafting on Sunday afternoon while Brooks napped, Colby painted in the garage, and Owen painted masterpieces next to me.

Every once in a great while, I surprise myself these days. Roasted some peppers for our italian beef sandwiches. 

The return of my holiday nightcap for a super chilly Sunday night.

We watched the big Superbowl game at home - I mainly tuned in for a few commercials and the halftime show, as I really couldn't have cared less about the outcome of the game. I tucked myself in to bed at the 2-minute warning. I'm glad Owen's fever didn't stick around, and even more thankful the rest of us seemed to dodge it as well. I was able to sneak away for breakfast with my sisters-in-law - the last of our monthly brunches before baby girl arrives! Otherwise, aside from a quick trip to Michael's, my weekend was spent at home - not relaxing. We made some progress on a couple of projects around the house, and I totally was feeling every bit of my 8 months of pregnancy after keeping up with my boy crew all weekend. Here we go, February!