Tuesday, May 27, 2014


On Sunday we had a picnic with friends.  It was a lot of fun but we forgot to bring bathing suits.  That didn't stop Emily from just walking into the sprinkler and enjoying the cool shower!  She hung out in the sprinkler for a bit, clothes, hat and cup-in-hand!  Nolan borrowed his pal's bathing suit which he was pretty excited about!
Then Emily enjoyed her first flavorful watermelon (winter melon just isn't all that yummy).  She sat back and enjoyed that too! 
 Then she chilled with a pal and relaxed for a bit.
A great time was had by all!  

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Heading Out

I'm heading out of town for a few days, thank you to my awesome husband who gave me a night away!
Will I miss these two peanuts? 
 They sure are cute when they are happy!
 Of course I'll miss them but I'm looking forward to my time away to come back refreshed and renewed!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Good Sport

Nolan started soccer this week.  It is so darn adorable I just can't take it.  
aye aye captain!
 It's a UK based lesson plan so the coach has a super accent.  The first lesson they pretended they were pirates and the ball was their treasure.  So they were all on a pirate ship and the waves were making it go left and right and they needed to dribble their balls this way and that.

 Sometimes there was a tidal wave and they had to protect their treasure by laying down and holding the ball.  Other times they had to address the captain by stopping and putting their foot on the ball and saluting the coach saying 'aye aye captain'.
 This was a wonderful way to spend the morning.  Nolan loved it.  I loved it.  The weather was beautiful.  
The second lesson was sunday and they pretended they were searching for Nemo.  I didn't attend but Dave said it was really cute.  Can't wait to see what's in store for next week!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

We had a really lovely weekend.  The weather was great we had some wonderful relaxing down time and some special one-on-one time and all in all it was wonderful.

until 7:45 pm Sunday night and a meltdown of epic proportions.  sigh

Thursday, May 8, 2014

He Wants To Be A "Worker"

I'm not sure if it was his enthusiasm for the sandbox or if it was the fact that there was a pickup in our driveway, maybe it was the shovels and wheelbarrow or that his 'pal' Joe was helping but Nolan was SO determined to be a worker when we got sand for the sandbox.
He blasted out of the house, shovel in hand (and sneakers on) and insisted on helping. 
 He watched how Joe used the big shovel and Nolan did the same, used the same movements and was angry that he couldn't push the wheelbarrow.  But he was a worker this day.
 And he even got to drive the wheelbarrow- quite a wobbly driver!
Sometimes if you ask Nolan what he wants to be when he grows up he says he wants to be a worker (specifically one that fixes ceiling fans and builds houses).  I think he will be handy.  He always needs to help and can often be quite helpful.  He's a busy little bee!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Before our neighbor brought a ton of sand I picked up some from a friend who was done using her sandbox. 
After the days of rain (and waiting for the cover and stakes to arrive in the mail) Nolan and I started filling the sandbox, small shovel by small shovel full until I could lift the garbage pails on my own to dump them out. 
Nolan using a trowel to move sand from the garbage can to the sandbox
 Then we got to playing.  And for about 30 minutes both Emily and Nolan played quietly in the sandbox.
 We gathered sand toys and trucks and filled the box with all sorts of fun!
 This makes me very happy!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Visit to the Zoo and Learning as I Go

My mom was visiting this weekend and on Friday we went to the zoo.  It was a great trip, the perfect size zoo, distance from home etc.  What I'm discovering is that sometimes the most precious moments are the least expected ones.  Like these two looking at ducks.
And unlike this forced photo opp to sit on the alligator. 
 Midway through our day Emily was getting ansy and Nolan started running around, losing control and just needed to blow off some steam so we took a break in front of the Llama.  Emily walked around in an attempt to chase Nolan.
Nolan seemed oblivious to anyone else and just wanted to throw rocks.   So for about 20 minutes we watched a blue blur speed around picking up rocks and throwing them (not in the direction of the llama, of course) and Emily waddling after him.
If we didn't ride the carousel, that would have been my favorite part of the day.  Sometimes its just fun to let them run and do whatever it is they want to do.   But then we rode on the carousel.  This was Emily's first ride and she is a fan.
 I was surprised that she didn't seem scared or nervous, she just enjoyed the wind blowing in her face.  
 Nolan enjoys it too!  
What a great day!  Animals and all!

Thursday, May 1, 2014


Emily and Nolan both got wings for Easter.  I thought Nolan would be all over these since he almost always puts on friends' wings when we visit their house.  I have been most surprised how often Emily asks to wear them.  She will sometimes point and sometimes bring them to me to put on her.  Sometimes she sits and plays with them on, sometimes she then wants them off but her interest in them makes me feel happy for some reason.  Everyone should have a pair of wings for those days.