Thursday, May 30, 2013

Thursday Randoms

I had this post titled "Mid-week Randoms" at first, but then I realized it's already Thursday.  Holiday weeks always throw me off.  I have been off by a day all week.

- Hannah gets so excited when Evan does something new or when he plays with his toys.  She always says "Good job buddy" and her new favorite is "Mama, he learned a new trick".  He started to play with his own feet and Hannah thinks that is pretty funny.
-Ever since Allison's wedding Hannah talks about getting married a lot.  And she always asks when Allison and Josh are getting married again......she wants to wear a pretty dress again and dance all night.  She told me on several occasions that she is going to marry cousin Bennett and that Ellen is the flower girl and Ty the "ring barrel".  Then she said that she will "marry a lot".....
-Hannah got a big girl hair cut last weekend.  I sent Scott to get her hair cut.  I do have to admit I was a little nervous, but it turned out so cute.  It makes her look a lot older, but it is so much easier to manage. She hates brushing her hair and it was always very tangled and she never wanted me to fix it anyway.  So, now she has a really cute bob.
-Evan was a really smiley boy on Saturday morning.  Scott took the kids to the Farmers market while I worked out.  He sent me tho picture and it just made my heart happy.  I have stared at this picture a lot of times.
-We took Evan to the doctor for his 4 months check-up last week.  His eczema was really flared up (and had been bad for a few weeks and I tried to treat it with oatmeal baths and lotions) and the doctor suspected that had something to do with him not sleeping well.  He told me to give him an antihistamine and put some cortizone cream on it.  He has been sleeping so much better since then and he hasn't scratched up his face.  Poor guy was just itching like crazy.  We are now trying to figure out his trigger points for the eczema.  I cut out dairy to see if that will make it better (you know how much I love ice cream, so this is not easy, but very worth it if in fact that is causing his flare ups).
-I have been making an effort to eat more clean (cutting out preservatives and anything artificial).  I have been reading a lot of articles and a lot of food labels.  It is a little overwhelming trying to figure out what to avoid, but we have made a few changes.  Overall we are not doing bad, but there is always room for improvement.  Going grocery shopping with two kids while you are trying to read all food labels is quite challenging:).  It is not easy to avoid all of this artificial stuff.
-The weather has been nice enough to swim a few times.  Hannah is still a little fish and would swim all day if she could.  Evan really likes the pool as well.  I think we may have another fish on our hands.  I am excited for Hannah to start swim lessons again next week.  She always wants to practice her swimming, which makes me very happy.

-I am sitting here typing this as I am watching the weather, because we are under a severe weather watch again.  Just now the tornado sirens are going off, so I better go.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Summer Bucket List

I have seen a lot of Summer Bucket Lists and thought it would be fun to create our own.  So, here it goes.

1. Go to a Naturals baseballl game
2. Attend one of the free concerts at the park
3. Attend a movie night at Lawrence Plaza
4. Go camping for a night (even if it is just in the backyard)
5. Go for boat rides and let Hannah ride the tube for the first time
6. Go to the new Aquatics Center
7. Pick fruit at one of the local fruit farms
8. Make homemade ice cream
9. Go swimming and to the splash park often
10. Visit Crystal Bridges museum again
11. Explore new parks/playgrounds
12. Play mini golf
13. Train ride in Eureka Springs
14. Catch Fireflies
15. Have lots of picnics and cookouts
16. Visit Silver Dollar City
17. Attend First Friday's
18. Go on a little road trip (if Evan likes the car seat better)
19. Go fishing
20. Play in creek
21. Enjoy time with friends and family

Last, but not least eat Ice Cream every day!!!!!!!

We will be really busy if we accomplish all of these things.

I am adding just a few more after talking to Jenny and Katie today.

22. $2 movie at Pinnacle movie theatre
23. Fast Lanes lunch bowling
24. Caves in Cave Springs
25. Gentry Safari

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Summer Is Officially Here

Well, it is officially summer around here.  The pool is open and Hannah is out of school.  I am excited for summer......maybe not the 100 degree days, but I am ready for some fun pool time.

We opened the pool a week ago and the water was pretty cold the first few days, but that didn't bother Hannah.  We talked about putting our feet into the water for a bit, but it didn't take long (maybe 2 min) for all of Hannah to be in the pool.  Scott, Evan and myself kept it at just the feet:).

Scott turned up the heat for the next day and we all got it.  Evan took his first swim and he enjoyed it (the pictures may not look like it, but he really did).

Today was Hannah's last day of MDO for the year.  I can't believe how much she has grown up since the beginning of the school year in August of 2012.  She will be 4 years old in a little over a week.  How is that possible?  She is such a sweet girl, full of life and talks nonstop.  I can't believe that I already have to start thinking about where to register her for Kindergarten next year.

And of course there always has to be a silly face

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wacky Wednesday

Since this is the last week of MDO before summer break the kids get to have some special fun this week.  Today was wacky wednesday and Hannah was extremely excited to pick out her wacky outfit.  She actually started to work on it yesterday.  She came up with it all by herself.   Here she was this morning.
And while Hannah was looking for silly things to wear yesterday she came across one of Scott's wigs.  You can take a wild guess about where the wig ended up?????

Yes, of course on Evan.  Now we know what he would like look with a full head of hair:)

He was a really good sport about it.....not that he really had a choice.  I am sure this will not be the last time that Hannah (and her daddy) will dress up little Evan.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Wonderful Weekend

I am catching up from last weekend where we had a great time celebrating my birthday and Mother's Day.  We finally had some beautiful weather around here and I started my Saturday off with a great GoPerformance workout.  I just started these workouts and I am loving it (I have been sore for a week now).  I am thankful that Scott has been able to watch Evan when I head to the gym.  I feel so much better, have more energy and am more well balanced when I get to work out.  After my workout I took the kids to Little Giggles to decorate some cupcakes for Mother's Day.  Hannah had a great time and made quite the mess.  She really enjoys Little Giggles and can play there for hours.  I have a feeling we will spend a lot of time there:)

It does not look so appetizing, but it was really good!  Hannah's got a little top heavy and kept tipping over.

Playtime after the hard work of decorating the cupcakes
I think she is getting a little too big for the cozy coupes

After playtime we met Scott for lunch and then it was time for me to get ready for my birthday massage.  That was exactly what I needed.  It felt great to take an hour and relax.  When I got home Scott had picked up another birthday surprise.....German cakes.  He ordered a couple of cakes from a local bakery that is owned by a German lady. He also invited some friends over to enjoy the cakes with us.  We sat in my new rocking chairs (another birthday gift) on the front porch and enjoyed some cake and beautiful weather.
My new rocking chairs

Our roses are beautiful right now