This year we don’t have plans to go out of town, so we planned a bit of a staycation with the boys. So far we’ve visited yogurt mountain…
Had dinner & played arcade games at Pints & Pixels…
Did some reading…
And started building a Lego set:
And enjoyed this lovely weather….
Maybe next year will be warm??
This weekend we headed to Target because J’s birthday money was burning a hole in his pocket…
And he put together his new set all by himself!
I kept true to my promise of updating my plant game and I’m now actively trying to keep them alive…
And B made chicken, pineapple, and red pepper kabobs and they were delicious:
I know what you’re thinking, with their cousins living down the street how have the boys not had sleepovers before? I attribute that to the fact that their cousins live down the street. They spend quite a bit of time together, and even if they played until late, it was just a quick two minute car ride back to their house. However, with my oldest nephew turning 11 last week (how did that happen??), he was having a sleepover at his house, so my youngest nephew came to our house.
And of course, it was the perfect weekend because LEGO BATMAN was opening. Forget La La Land…this is the movie everyone in my house has been talking about. HA!
After the movie we headed to Zaxby’s were we learned an important lesson (chicken nibblers is a chicken sandwich NOT chicken nuggets):
And then we brought the boys back to our house where they played a round of one of their on-going games (I think they have four or five continual games they are playing):
And then they settled down and played about thirty minutes of electronics before heading off to bed.
They had such a blast! They are already planning their next sleepover.
Otherwise known as, how the boys spent Sunday after church and before the Super Bowl;
The boys had the best time with the left-over balloons from J’s birthday party. I took off the weights and just let them float on the ceiling and they raced around trying to catch them and bounce them back and forth as they fell.
J is definitely in the Lego stage now. He completed one entire set by himself, and then most of his other Lego set over the next several days with some help from us. Once he has a Lego set (he got two for his birthday) he is absolutely determined to complete it as soon as he can. We worked on his Angry Birds castle set in the afternoon Monday, Tuesday evening, and Wednesday. He finally finished it and was super excited!
On our three day weekend, I did paper shredding, laundry, linen closet cleaning, and study straightening, all of which are super exciting adult tasks that I did not take pictures of. Ha! However, here are some of the actual exciting parts of our weekend…
I finally got the chance to wear my new boots! Although this picture makes it look a lot colder than it actually was:
On Saturday we celebrated my Dad’s birthday by going to Mellow Mushroom and then back to my parents for cake and presents:
On Sunday we went to church and then B headed to cub scouts with A, and J and I went searching for a family of turtles:
We did not find the turtle family, but we did see a blue heron catch a big fish, and collected some leaves:
And then A had a basketball game Sunday night:
The boys started out Monday by dragging out all of their tsum tsums and playing tusm tsum vet:
And then B and A started working on A’s pinewood derby car:
And tomorrow we’re back to work and school! And basketball games! And cub scouts! Is it the weekend, yet??
On Thursday night, our governor declared a state of emergency, and hence the boys’ schools closed for Friday. They were thrilled at the idea of building a snowman and playing out in the snow. Upon waking up the next morning, there was zero snow. And for the rest of the day there was no snow. So instead of playing in the snow, we had a no snow day of fun!
We made waffles:
Then bundled up and headed out to spend the boys’ Christmas money that was burning a hole in their pockets.
We went to Toys R’ Us and J knew exactly what he wanted (a Lego set):
And A wanted Pokemon cards:
However, A did not spend all his money at Toys R’ Us, so after a quick stop at Panera’s for lunch:
We headed to Barnes and Noble for some book shopping:
And train playing:
A picked out Treasure Island and a Steve Gibbs mystery book:
And then after we got home B and J got right to work on his new Lego set:
Then next day it was bitterly cold, so the boys spent time playing Pokemon cards:
And had a dual chess and qixels set-up:
We are ready for temps to bounce back since it isn’t going to snow! Here’s hoping for 50 degrees and sunshine, so the boys can go outside!
J’s been creating magna tile houses for his animals…
And block tile houses at Nana & Grandpa’s:
And A created a chicken salad dinner for a cub scouts badge:
And A played some Pokemon with Aunt Amanda:
One of J’s BFFs had a rocket themed birthday party and J thought it was the coolest:
And the boys watched Home Alone for the first time and laughed all the way through it:
This is their re-creation of the scene where Kevin puts on aftershave. HA!
When the boys were little we used to say that the time change where you “fall back” should be renamed “the longest day ever”. Which is pretty much still what it is. Hence how we feel on the Monday after:
Seriously though. Especially since J really does not need a nap every day anymore. Thankfully our Sunday was quite a bit busier than normal, so we didn’t notice it too much. We had church, grocery shopping, and then B took A to basketball evaluations and cub scouts, while J joined my sister, Mom, and I at a local open vendor Christmas fair.
This is him, sitting on the floor of one of the shops with his new Ty “tsum tsum” esque dog my Mom purchased him, free shopkins from the lady at the toy vendor (which he had no idea what those were…one of the issues of having all boys), his water, and bag of popcorn. Despite us all having to chase him down a good part of the time, we each walked out with some great items and I got two Christmas gifts checked off my list! Nice!
I took A to Barnes and Noble & Target to spend the gift card and money he had been saving, and he picked out a nice stack of books and cashed in all his funds to buy the new Paper Mario: Color Splash. Hence the boys spent a good amount of their free time on Saturday and Sunday afternoon playing A’s new game:
And then they finished up their Sunday afternoon learning to play A’s new Pokemon card game:
And finally, I have got some gift guides coming your way in a few weeks! But first, one of the items that A said is on his must have list is this:
That’s right. A dictionary. He said he needs it for “word reference”. Love him!
B and I went to our first college football game in five years (and nine since we’ve been to one by ourselves), and we had a blast! Here are some pictures of our day and some more of our fun happenings for the pre-Halloween weekend…
While this picture is from a far distance…
J played one of his BFFs from school this week (I think almost all the kids in his class are playing soccer this season). And even though it was VERY cold, and I think he was still a bit tired, he scored a goal!
Here is a picture after he kicked it in doing a robot happy dance!
He only has one game to go in his soccer game season and I know he’s really going to miss getting to play and run each week with his friends!