This Mother’s Day the boys made me muffins and eggs, got me handmade cards, a new cookbook, iPhone case, and perfume. And an adorable new maple tree:
And we just hung out all day, the boys playing outside until it got too hot, J colored, I read my new cookbook, and B made literally the best brisket I’ve ever had. My sister, Mom, and I took a quick picture…
As my niece headed outside to join the big kids while finishing up her cake!
Love that girl!
We’re on spring break! We are taking a staycation that started with this:
Y’all. I’m still putting stuff back together. It was worth it though. The paint looks awesome! I ran some errands while B hung out with the painters and I discovered all the bonsai at one of our favorite local garden shops:
And while they were finishing up painting and the boys got out of school on Friday, we headed to get frozen yogurt:
And then for dinner I made shrimp dejohne that we ate with Rhodes dinner rolls, and it was officially a bread and butter carb fest:
Then on Saturday we spent almost all day trying to get our house back together, but headed out for tacos at Taco Mama:
And J was eating salsa with a fork:
So there’s that. And on Sunday we went to Cabela’s to find hiking boots for B:
And they were out of his size, so we headed to Dick’s Sporting Goods and on a whim I decided to measure the boys’ feet:
And discovered both of them had grown about a size and a half since they got new shoes in September. So new shoes all around!
In the mysteriousness that is living in the south we went from this:
In this warmer air we did some birdwatching:
And a little bit of snoozing:
It’s still freezing here, we had a bit of a reprieve this weekend, in the form of 33 degrees. The boys bundled up and headed out in the frigid temps to at least be outside for a few minutes. Definitely a far leap from the seventy degree temperatures we had last January.
Despite the frigid cold we bundled up to run some errands, at Home Depot:
B is working on a fancy metal earth R2-D2:
And when the boys aren’t braving the cold:
They’re lounging with the pups! And that’s a bit of our life lately.
It’s so ridiculously cold, y’all. We’ve spent our winter break attempting to do almost nothing and we were successful! I took a complete (and rare) break from work, and slept in. We played video games, built legos, and worked on puzzles with the boys. I read five books, and watched a bunch of movies. It was wonderful.
Now we are back to school and work in what, I believe, is a northern winter of some sorts ( -1?). I’ve been doing a bit of baking, one of my Christmas bakes that I thought was a total flop:
Turned out to be a winner with the addition of whipped cream.
And then I made everything bagel biscuits (from the new smitten kitchen cookbook) for lunch:
That I could eat again and again.
And I loaded up on groceries from Trader Joe’s:
I’m hoping this will hold me for a few months.
My Mom, sister, and I shopped the after Christmas sales:
And I stocked up on some of my Sephora favorites:
B and I celebrated our eleventh wedding anniversary and in true form of two parents in their thirties, I don’t have any pictures of just us, so this will have to suffice:
And that’s a bit of our life lately! Happy Wednesday!
Link has been hanging out:
We checked the Galaxy of Lights off our Christmas to do list:
I’ve started baking some holiday treats:
We’ve been shuffling between basketball games and practices:
I’ve got hot cocoa ready to go for movie night:
And A went hiking with his Cub Scout den:
And that’s a bit of our life lately!
Whether you make apple pie:
Or turkey cookies…
We hope your Thanksgiving is especially sweet!
J and I watched Wall-E for the first time and he loved it:
But before that he was my wedding date, while A and B were at Cub Haunted:
A turned nine:
And went to The Phantom Tollbooth play with his class (and Granna!):
We graduated to full Monopoly:
And the boys hiked Monte Sano for Cub Scouts:
And that’s a little of our life lately!
One of A’s favorite camp outs of the year is Cub Haunted. They get to use sling shots, practice using BB guns, go on a haunted hay ride, and all kinds of other fun activities. He had a blast!
I love these camp outs. It gives A and B a chance to just hang out, away from all of the hustle and stress of work and school. A always returns full of stories to share and brimming with excitement about their trip. It’s the best!
This past weekend J and I joined in our very first camp out. Let me just say, I am not a camping person. Unless it’s a desert. Or a beach. Or a place devoid of all plant life. However, A had very much been looking forward to us joining him, so I took some extra Benadryl and hoped for the best.
It also happened to be in the middle of the end of September heat wave, so it was ridiculously hot. Insert eye roll.
However, we put together Ninjago stickers:
Explored the flat trails (we opted out of the 800 elevation hike):
And found a new friend!
It was a blast getting to spend time with the boys and B. And now I’m going to go take some more allergy meds, as I recover from the trip. Ha!