Sunday, April 19, 2015

So Quiet

After the craziness of last weekend, I've been looking forward to how quiet this weekend would be.

Grandma Deb and Grandpa Whitey picked up Ava and G on Friday night, and we haven't seen them since.  The house has been so quiet - and we've been able to get so much done! My parents took us out for my birthday dinner on Friday night - yum!  We went to Porter Creek in Burnsville (never disappoints) and the weather was so beautiful, they had the windows wide open, so there was a fresh breeze coming through while we were eating.  So nice!

Scott and my dad worked on our deck all day on Friday and Saturday, and they made amazing progress.  It's so nice to be able to walk outside of our kitchen door...into our backyard!  There's still quite a bit of work to be done, but the goal was achieved for this weekend.  The balusters are on back order, so the railings, steps, and concrete pad will come later!

The lumber was delivered mid-week.

Friday's progress: the deck boards aren't screwed down, but the frame is up!

Saturday's progress:  the boards are screwed down, so we could all walk on it!  The dogs think it's great, too!

While Dad and Scott were busy with the deck outside, Mom and I were busy getting things knocked off the to-do list inside!  We cleaned baby toys/items (to give to the neighbor), went through all of my clothes for donation (there might have been an ulterior motive on my mom's part - she's coming home with a bag of clothes from me!), Mom worked on some clothing repair while I did laundry, we picked up my car from its 100,000 mile service (what?  my car baby is getting old!), and tackled arranging the office with the new furniture. This plan was really important to have BEFORE we started moving furniture, as the desk is several hundred pounds, and we had to enlist the help of Scott and Dad to move it.  We wanted it to be a quick move, since they were so busy with the deck.

When I went to bed last night, I was thinking of everything that I need to purchase for the office. :)  Can't wait to get it all done!

To back it up a little bit...  On Thursday night, we had Ava's 1st Grade music program, and it was pretty darn cute.  The theme was all about "Peace" and how there are so many things that we can do to promote it.  There were songs about being a good friend, sharing your lunch, cleaning up litter, and my favorite, learning how to say "hi" in many languages.  This was the song where Ava had a starring role!  She and a few other kids from her class led the group in saying hello in Spanish, French, German, and Chinese.  I was afraid she was going to freeze up as soon as she got to the mic on stage, but she did great! 

G also did great during this performance, even though it was close to his bedtime.  He only started his meltdown right when Ava's song started.  Sigh.  Out of all of the songs, and he had to choose that one...  So, because of that little issue, we weren't able to get great pictures of Ava's performance, but I have a few sources that were able to take pictures, and will post them as next week!  (Thanks, Grandpas!)

We've got just a few more hours of kid-free time, and I'm going to take full advantage of it!  Scott's going to make a beef brisket, and we're having all of the grandparents over for dinner tonight, so it should be a great way to end the weekend!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Family Fun Time!

We've had so much family fun time this weekend so far, and it's not over yet! 

Ava's before-school program hosted an "annual campaign thank you" event on Friday and dodgeball!  As soon as we got to the school, Ava saw one of her friends playing, and jumped right into the game.  I wasn't sure if she understood the rules of the game, and I'm thinking I might be right - or she might be playing the system.  At one point, I saw that she was hoarding three balls so no one else could throw them.  It was total chaos, with the parents playing against the kids, and to be honest, I'm not sure who won.  I swear, there were hundred of kids, and maybe 10 adults.  Those kids had some serious skills!  Scott and I decided to stay out of the game, and protect our little G from being smooshed by flying balls.  And he was quite entranced by all of those colorful balls flying around.  One day, little guy, one day...

When "we" got tired of dodgeball, we snacked on some pizza, and then played with My Little Ponies.  And we even had a chance to catch up with our old neighbors who moved out last summer.  It was a great way to end the week and spend some time together as a family.

Saturday morning started off with beautiful blue skies and warmer temps...both were necessary because Ava and I were doing the Red Pine Color Run!  I was going to bring G with us, but at the last minute, Scott arranged for him to spend a few hours with Grandma Deb and Grandpa Whitey.  I'm not sure how we would've reacted to all of the flying color in the air! 

Our wonderful neighbors picked us up, and we headed up to the school to enjoy the health fair prior to the run.  Ava and Fletch (our neighbor's son) had fun going to all of the booths and collecting the goodies for us.  Fletch even won a free dog wash, and since they don't have a dog, they gave the wash to us...woot!  I was just telling my neighbor that it would be great if they had a self-service dog wash option, and *poof* the lady mentioned that's one of the options.  And THEN, I thought to myself, "if they only trimmed nails, too..." and wouldn't ya know it, the next words out of her mouth were that they also trimmed nails.  It's like the dog wash lady and I were totally connected. ;)  That was the highlight for me!  Ava's new travel toothbrush holder that she won seems to have been her highlight. Ha!

There was also a fire truck and some bouncy houses outside, which the kids both enjoyed. And then we started the BIG EVENT - the 1.5 mile color run!  We saw teal, green, pink and purple, and it was beautiful!  Although, to be honest, after the green, ours turned into a color walk, not a run.  Ava said she was too hungry to run.  Not sure how that's connected, but ok.  At one point we heard "go, go, Goers" behind us, and it was our daycare provider and her husband running, as well.  It's nice to be getting to know people in the area, and recognizing faces at places/events that we attend. 

Fire truck!

We only got mildly coated...there were some people who were covered from top to bottom!

There was a rumor that the color would stay on for three days.  I am pleased to say that one shower (for each of us) and one load of clothes later, we are now back to our original tones, and are no longer splattered with bright peacock colors.

And if THAT wasn't enough family fun time, we all went to Lowes last night to order up the materials for our deck.  1.5 hours later, we are set to start building next weekend!  The kids were so patient, and one of the guys at the counter even said how well-behaved they were (thank goodness for the long aisles so the kids could walk for a bit!)  We topped off the night with a trip to the 5-8 Club for dinner.  G started to melt down near the end of the meal, so Scott took him home, while Ava and I enjoyed a few minutes of quiet and coloring on the menu.  (Obviously, we drove separately, otherwise, how would we have gotten home?) :)

Let's just say I was ready for bed at 9pm last night...I was so completely wiped out!

To cap off family fun weekend, we need to squeeze in a few more events, right??  Ava and I are going to the library this afternoon to check out an art display by kids at her school.  She mentioned that there were some pieces on display from kids in her class, so she's excited to see them!  And then we have a quick trip to my work (I bet Ava will like to see how my new cube moves up and down) and then we're off to meet Scott's sister at an indoor play area for a bit.  G will be hanging with Daddy during this time, so it'll be easier for me to keep an eye on the one very active six year old!

I have a feeling I'll be sleeping really well tonight. ;)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Hoppy Easter!

It's been a wonderful holiday weekend, filled with fun times with friends and family.  I had a chance to head out with a friend on Friday night and catch up for a bit.  At about 9pm, I hit my wall, and we both decided it was time to head home.  But, regardless, it was great to be out and enjoy a Friday night with a friend!

Scott worked all day on Saturday, but when he got home, we packed up the kids and headed out to a nice dinner as a family.  G was a hit at the restaurant, as all of the staff kept coming by to say hi and check on him.  And he even got to practice his flirting skills with our cute, blond server.  Whenever she was around, he couldn't take his eyes off of her.  And he even yelled "HI!" at her from across the bar.  Oh boy...

Today was a flurry of activity...the Easter Bunny came, and Ava was so, so patient, and waited until after G was up before really digging into her Easter basket.  G did really well and found 5 eggs on his own during the egg hunt, although, I'm pretty sure that he thought they were just funny shaped balls.  And THEN, one of them popped open and jelly beans went flying everywhere!  But, he was just as happy to carry around an empty egg. :)

We had fun coloring eggs, and then headed out to Scott's Uncle Dale's house for the traditional Easter gathering.  It was calm and low-key, and there was great food.  It was a perfect way to spend a holiday afternoon.  The weather wasn't as nice as last year's Easter get together, but at least it wasn't snowing!

Making pancakes with Daddy!

Oh boy, he's learning so early...

Silly Scott!

 The Easter Bunny came!

Love Ava's face, the fact that G is eye-ing up Ava's basket, silly Lucky sneaking in to attack...and then there's a runaway orange egg.

A rainbow of egg dye!


The kids are hyped up on sugar, and little G missed his afternoon nap.  I'm thinking it's going to be an early bedtime tonight for all!  Happy Easter!