Thursday, July 19, 2012

This week...

This week has been great! Here are the highlights...

**Addison's 2 besties invited her to bible school at their church, so she went every single night and loved it!!  While there, she sang songs, made some awesome crafts, and was visited by a firetruck, a police car and an ambulance.  She woke up every morning asking when it was time to go to bible school.  Tonight was commencement and I was even a little sad that it was all over because I know how much fun she has had all week.

** On Wednesday we went shopping with my mother in law to Khol's to purchase Addison's back to school clothes and backpack.  I also visited the R.E.I. store for the very first time to purchase some Keen shoes for Addison...they are the greatest shoes ever!!!  I normally buy them for her every spring, but this year I couldn't find them at the store that I usually get them at, and someone told me that R.E.I. had them and they were correct!

**Today we had a playdate with some friends at our house, I served hot dogs, pasta salad, veggies & chips.  Everyone had a great time, including Finn!!

** I just ordered Addison's back to school outfit, it is adorable, but I was so sad to be buying a new dress to wear to kindergarten.

It looks like we have a great weekend in store, I can't wait to spend time with my family!





Thursday, July 12, 2012

Mommy's Day Out...

Yesterday was a great day! 

I had my postpartum doctor's appointment in Asheville, so I hired a babysitter for Addison.  This was only the second time that I have ever hired a babysitter, but after yesterday I may do this more often because Addison thought that it was a special treat having a teenage girl come over and play with her! I ended up taking Finn along with me and we made a trip to my office to show him off.  He was so good the entire time and several of my co - workers even held him!  It was bittersweet being at my office, I miss my co workers and the adult interaction, but I am really going to miss my kids during the day.  I feel confident that Finn is going to be great at his little school that he's going to go to, and I think that Addison has turned out great being in daycare for the past 5 years.  She's not anxious or anything about starting kindergarten and she really misses her little friends, we even call them on the phone on occasion.

Finn did great at the doctor's office as well, but I ended up having to feed him while waiting for the doctor.  I did have to have the nurse hold him while the doctor did my exam, but she didn't seem to mind.

After we got back into town, I still had an hour or so before I had to relieve my babysitter so Finn and I went by to see Josh at work during his lunch hour.  All of his co workers oohed and ahhed over out little guy, Finn snoozed away, so he's unaware of how cute all of Josh's co workers think that he is.

When we got home, I ended up dropping off our babysitter and I decided to take her and Addison to lunch at Subway.  Addison always puts up a fight about eating sandwiches, but she loved sharing our sub sandwich at Subway.  Maybe this is a start, because I am super anxious about the lunch situation at kindergarten.  She can only pack a sandwich or something of the likes at kindergarten.  This is a big change from her lunches at pre school, because they had microwaves available so the teachers would often heat up chicken nuggets, pizza or mac - n - cheese for her.  I am not opposed to her eating in the cafeteria, but she's a really picky eater and I hardly doubt that she would eat meatloaf, fish sticks or some of the other options.  Maybe this will be a good thing though, maybe she will start to eat a wider variety of foods...I guess we will see!

When we got home both of the kids took great naps, and then Addison and her Dad went out for ice cream and Finn and I stayed home, drank a bottle and watched a little HGTV.

It was a great day!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Playing In The Rain...






Addison is tired of our afternoon thunderstorms because she can't jump on her trampoline.  Yesterday she decided to take matters into her own hands!  I think that this is so cute that I'm going to email it to our local news station, we'll see if it makes it on air!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Bragging Rights...

Last night, I got 7.5 hours of uninterrupted sleep!!!

Yes, Finn slept through the night for the very first time & I am super excited about it!!

I first woke up at 6:30 or so in a panic, but a few minutes later I heard some soft coos from the room across the hall.  We are so thankful for sleep and for this precious baby boy.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Storm...

Today started out being such a great day.  I got up and had my wonderful coffee, snuggled with Finn, played number hide and seek with Addison, I even decided that today was the day that I was going to start my diet back and only had a bowl of fruit for breakfast and a healthy lunch as well.  I was even happier when I put on some shorts that used to be a bit snug and they were bigger in the waist and legs.

Around 5:30 or so I asked Addie if she wanted to go to the library to exchange some of her books, she happily obliged and hubs agreed to meet us there when he got off of work.  We spent some quality family time at the library and then I found out some of my maternity clothes had sold at the consignment maternity store, so I was happy to go pick up my paycheck.

Finn and I were driving home in my car, hubs and Addie in his when our neighbor Pam called, which isn't unusual because she's always wanting to see the kids or whatever.  I was just pulling up our driveway and she said in a panic voice "Keisha, are you home?"  I said no and then asked her what she needed and at that moment I saw what she was referring to, and mind you I honestly thought that maybe I had forgotten to unplug my hair straightener, but thankfully I did unplug it.  And it appeared that my two beautiful Bradford Pear trees were laying across the road and when I got out of my car I saw our trampoline.....oh, our trampoline.  Our trampoline was laying upside down, on the enclosure in the middle of our driveway, directly in front of our garage.

And then Addison saw her trampoline...her poor little face will be forever etched into my head.  She screamed and screamed over and over again "my trampoline, my trampoline is broken" and I repeated over and over again like any good mother would "it's okay, it's okay we will buy you another one."  I then handed over Finn to Pam and told her that I would get him at some point, Addie followed Pam and Finn over to her house.

Hubs and I then learned that we live in the best neighborhood in the world....the entire neighborhood came out, rolled up their sleeves, put their work gloves on and got to work.  They worked, and worked and worked for 3 hours, carrying brush, caring for our children, sawing up limbs and helping us to flip over our trampoline.  To thank them, we ordered pizza and fed the neighborhood...such a small price to pay for their generosity.

In the end, we ended up with quite a bit of firewood, and our trampoline will need a new enclosure.  It could have been a lot worse, I am so thankful that hubs met us at the library because he could have been coming home when the trees fell. And, we have the best neighbors,  but I will have to start my diet again tomorrow, because at the end of the day I thought that I deserved a bowl of cookie dough ice cream.

Happy Fourth of July!

We had a great fourth of July, just some of it did not go as planned.

I love our little town where we live, Main Street always goes above and beyond on every holiday and offers lots of festivities for the entire family.  This fourth of July was the same, with all of the little shops having cute sidewalk sales, face painting, Professor Whizpop creating all of his famous balloon animals and an animal adoption on the courthouse lawn.  I am a bit disappointed that there was a parade earlier in the morning and we were unaware of it until later that afternoon. 

We left mid morning to enjoy our day on Main Street, we first went to the toy store and then to the Court House lawn to see all of the adorable puppies.  We were then walking to the bakery to eat lunch and the rain drops started.  I was carrying Finn in my Moby wrap and I was concerned about him getting wet, so we turned back before we all got drenched.  We ended up going back home because of  the torrential 4th of July rain.  When we got home we were in the middle of a thunderstorm so I was glad that we didn't stay down town.

After nap time was over we had my parents over for a 4th of July cookout complete with hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill, pasta salad, fruit and complete with smores!  Afterwards Addison and hubs shot off some fireworks and sparklers were lit.

Ever since we bought our house, we were told of the country club above our house having a marvelous fireworks display that could be seen from our back patio.  It was beginning to get dark and Addison was asking about the fireworks.  I decided to drive up the road to see if I could see anyone to ask about the time that the fireworks would begin, when I got up there there was no one to ask...no one in sight anywhere; making me think that there would be no fireworks this year.  I had a little girl that was demanding fireworks...so I had to provide!  I got back home and hubs and Addison jumped into the car and we drove to the local Tractor Supply parking lot so that we could witness the fireworks from the lake.  Mom stayed home with a sleeping Finn (the best baby EVER).

It wasn't a coincidence that we were at the right place at the right time because we ran into one of the groomsmen from our wedding, please pray for him and his wife, they are really going through a tough time and it's made me hug my family a little bit tighter since hearing about their news.

We had a great fourth and feel blessed to be American's.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Company

The past few days have been a whirlwind of company and I have loved every minute of it.

On Thursday, my friend Emily (whom I have been friends with since kindergarten) came by with her two adorable boys to visit.  Addison loved playing with her oldest son, August in her room and on the trampoline.  Emily's youngest son, Tillman is a year older than Finn so that makes me excited to have play dates with him in the future.  The kiddos played nicely together so that Emily and I could just chat.

On Friday, Addison's BFF (isn't that funny to already have a BFF when you are 5 years old??), Cecelia and her family came over to visit and brought us a wonderful dinner of baked ziti, salad, garlic bread and chocolate ice cream.  It was so nice of them to think of us, when they have 3 young children of their own.  Addison especially loved visiting with Cecilia since she doesn't get to see her on a daily basis like she did during the school year.  We're hoping that these two sweet girls will be in the same kindergarten class next year!

On Saturday, Josh's mom and step - dad came over to visit and to  spend the night.  We treated them to dinner at our house, Josh grilled hamburgers and I made pasta salad, french onion chip dip and pasta salad.  After dinner we roasted marshmallows on the grill (because we're too cheap to buy a fire pit when we have a perfectly good charcoal grill that does the same thing).  I think that they were a little amused at our roasting the marshmallows on the charcoal grill, but oh well!

The next morning Josh left with them to go and watch his nephew, Will race dirt bikes.  This was his first dirt bike racing experience, he said that it was HOT HOT and he had a nice mixture of sweat mixed with dirt and dust all over his body when he got home, he smelled lovely!  Anyway, his niece, Anna and Will came back with them as they are spending the week with Josh's mom.  They loved Finn and Addison loved seeing her cousins.

We love having company and may be having some more in the near future....

Addison's version of "God Bless America"

This year in school, Addison learned the song "God Bless America", she gets a few of the words confused, but her version is too cute so I thought that I would share...
  God Bless America
Land I Be From
Stand Beside her
and guide her
with a light 
in the night 
from above

From the mountains
to the prairies
to the oceans
La la la

God Bless America
my home sweet
HOME (really loud)
God Bless America
my home 
sweet 
HOME (Louder than before)

We have hung an American flag from our front porch, so she sings her version of God Bless America anytime we are coming or going!