Monday, September 15, 2014

This article about missing Kentucky was like she took the words right out of my mouth. I don't know about the rest of the areas she writes about...but the first part is pretty much perfection.

Wip says "actually" all of the time. That is why this article made me think and this video made me wonder why he says "actually" instead of "apparently".

This bag is speaking to this working woman (after viewing, please belt out "working 9-5"...I dare ya!).

Try to watch this video and not be amazed. Damn, Chris Pratt makes me laugh.

Speaking of videos..we might watch this and this each night before going to bed. Classic.

I watched this and just cried. Inspiration.

This wallpaper will find a room in our new home (I hope:).

Mitch Hedberg was seriously a talent. RIP.

Maybe it is because I LOVE strawberry ice cream...but this post really spoke to me.

I know I have mentioned Art for Kids Hub before, but this site was seriously made for Wip.

Oh B...you really are the best. Don't judge me.

This one never gets old.

Do not be surprised if this is on my holiday giving list for EVERYONE I know...perfection.

This is hilarious. Seriously. "I think some parents should do some reflecting." Word up.

Each morning we remind Wip to be brave and kind as he walks into school. Thanks to this letter for the inspiration.

Looks like this halloween we will have a superhero and pirate on our hands.

Wip is going to need this in his stocking this year....my little doodlebug.

We are almost at the point where this might be pretty cool.

I never thought I would say this, but I LOVE being a mom to boys (honest to goodness). Keeping this little list handy.

Sorry for the Lovin' overload (it has been a while:).

Apartment Life

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A little tour of our apartment:

The boys bathroom has a huge tub for bathtime fun

A timeline of our family (thanks Emily!)

Our bedroom (you know you love that brown carpet...it is EVERYWHERE!)

Guest room

I used Spoonflower to cover the chairs, so easy! 

My favorite part of our apartment...this is where our family dinners take place. Even with the bikes and other stuff that crowd this little balcony, there is something about watching the sunset with a cocktail in your hand from this spot that makes everything seem alright.

HUGE closet space.


The boys room looks the same as on Elmwood...I found these spice racks at IKEA and turned them into bookshelves (I wanted to cover the entire wall, but then I remembered that this is just a rental so I need to simmer down:).

I love having the boys share a room...sometimes it causes late nights because they want to stay up and play, but I think it is worth it. Nothing sweeter than hearing two little boys talk about life before closing their eyes.

Wip picked out the rhino plant special for his room.

The best addition in our little apartment has to be legos. Patrick took the plunge and bought a huge tub (although the Duplos are still played with). They spend HOURS building monsters, creating toys for a toy store, and sometimes working with the instructions. Total hit.

More Than A Horse Ride

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Nice to meet you

Click here for his first lesson

Learning the ropes 

Duncan was dying to get on a horse...it was tough

His favorite horse Macy

Last month we found ourselves grasping to help Wip transition to his new home. School had yet to start, he talked about missing his friends, and almost daily he would mention wanting to go back to his "old" house.

The logical move would be to sign him up for horseback riding lessons in a place that because it had an "Orlando" address, we somehow thought that meant that it was close by. It was not. About 45-50 minutes (on a good day) we found the farm off the beaten path. Every lesson I would text his instructor that we would be running 5 minutes late, because every time (no matter how early I would leave) we would find ourselves in some kind of traffic. It was stressful especially because the lesson only lasted 15 minutes.

Driving almost an hour for a 15 minute lesson may not seem logical to some. But they don't know Wip. They did not see the absolute joy in that little boys face when we would walk up to the stable. They did not watch him take a carrot up to his favorite horse Macy and just stare at her with complete awe. They did not see the instructor let him go on his own and then watch him get stuck.  If you ask me, it was not only logical, it was necessary. No regrets. It was more than just riding a horse. It was excitement, discipline, and pure joy on a little boys face when you would say to him "come on Wip we need to get you to your horse!".

Saturday Morning

Monday, September 8, 2014

Keeping it classy in Orlando

Saturday mornings are pretty special around these parts. Patrick typically takes the boys up to the Publix for "doughnuts by the fountain" but he had to be out at school on Saturday morning so I did my first "doughnuts by the fountain" adventure. On the way to the store, Wip kept talk about a dinosaur toy. When we got to the store, I had a few other things to get and gosh darn those boys were on their best behavior, had the best manners, and were being so darn cute. The dinosaur toy Wip was talking about happened to be right next to the register. It also happened to be a large stuffed animal, overpriced, and extremely unnecessary. We walked out with two.

During our return home the boys made some plans.

1. Set up dinosaur forest-they pretended the other animals were dinosaurs too (for example; the horse was actually a stegosaurus)

2. Make a pterodactyl nest with blankets

3. Find a good dinosaur show to watch

We found the BEST dinosaur to watch. Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs will be on our rotation (I am pretty sure we have checked out this book before).

I hope everyone else had a great Saturday!

Bucket Fillers Win

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Wip explained the meaning of bucket filler. He said "a bucket filler is if I would say, daddy, I really like that bow tie". Then he flashed that adorable thumbs up sign that literally makes me stop in my tracks and silently say "ahhhh, everything is ok". He followed it up by saying "if I were to say frogs are dumb, that would be a bucket dipper" (of course giving the thumbs down sign in the process). I think "bucket fillers" and "bucket dippers" could be the perfect way to describe the past few weeks.

Bucket Filler-going to watch Babe at the Enzian and having a real pig greet us!

Bucket Filler-Duncan getting in on the action with the goats

Bucket Filler-Duncan has had a wonderful start to the year

Bucket Filler-taking a happy boy to school each morning

Bucket Filler-while heading to the car one morning Duncan came up to me and told me that he picked this flower for me and then asked if I would buy a princess costume so that he could dance with me. That kid.

Bucket Filler-most of you know my mild crazy obsession with this chick. Can't wait to get started.

Bucket Filler-not going to lie that it has been a tough start for Wip and kindergarten. That makes getting a note like this a complete filled to the brim bucket:)

Bucket Dipper-Enjoyed my experience at the European Brow Wax place, but they got a little bold with the brow.

Bucket Filler-is there anything cuter than brothers chilling in a "bucket"?

Bucket Filler-My dear friend Beth visited over the Labor Day weekend. This is us before our 20 mile run at 6:15 am 
Bucket Filler-this is the after picture. WE DID IT!

Bucket Filler-this is the reward meal.

Bucket Filler-she has no idea how much it means to me that she is in my life. MAJOR FILLER.

Bucket Filler-learning all about Harry Potter and knowing that your oldest son is going to love it.
Bucket Filler-a fire breathing dragon in the middle of a theme park.

Bucket Dipper/Filler-waiting 2 hours to ride a 4 minute ride (but entertaining ourselves with Heads Up the entire time)

Bucket Dipper-gross window dressings

Bucket Filler-cool props.

Bucket Filler-anticipation of a fire breathing dragon.

Bucket Filler-seeing the REAL Back to the Future car!

Bucket Filler-in honor of one of my most favorite students to ever walk the halls at KCD.

Bucket Filler-a note to Wip's friend John (equipped with a beaver, of course).

Bucket Filler-a husband that will take the kids so that his wife can spend time with her friend.
Bucket Filler-boys that love a zoo (even a small one that has the worst train ride ever...check this out...cardboard animals, really?).

Bucket Filler-cheetoes and m&ms

Bucket Filler-a son with an obsession of drawing and another son that enjoys displaying his brothers art

Bucket Filler-a family that loves me.
Not that you are keeping a tally, but I am pretty darn sure that bucket fillers outweigh bucket dippers.