Sunday, May 28, 2017

Bug Man

I'm struggling to remember what we did this week...this weekend has been so good, so relaxing. Apparently, whatever happened last week is just a distant memory!

I do recall that G had some extra visitors at daycare on Monday. Some with many feet, some with wings, and some with a shared DNA. A few weeks ago, we learned that the Bug Man from the zoo was going to bring in some creepy, crawly creatures. G hates bugs. A lot. The daycare kindly gave me a heads up so we could have extra support there for G. Thank goodness for Grandma Karen and Grandpa Doug! They were able to stop by and help wrangle some bugs and kids. And...I heard from several teachers that G did much better than expected!

I also remember that we managed to sneak in a dinner out with the kids. We always split the seats where it's one parent/one kid per side of booth. But this week, G insisted that he sit by Ava. It was so odd to see both kids across from us. But, it was nice to actually sit by Scott!

He was watching her chip very closely...

 The weekend started off on a great note when I was able to enjoy Friday afternoon on several different patios in Minneapolis. The weather was perfect, the food & drinks were good, and the company was wonderful! I received the strangest text from Scott while I was out, contained this picture, and something about "new pet"...

When I got home that night, I met the sweetest little bunny from our backyard. Turns out we have a nest in the grass in our retaining wall in the backyard. We found four little ones in there! Scott is not a fan of rabbits, but he seems to really like the first bunny he found. We have named him "Hops".

To cap off perfect days, we've spent the last few nights at our neighbor's house. They have a great patio with a firepit, and they've added a projector with a screen so the kids can watch movies while we're outside. Friday night I was there till 1am! Last night, Scott and I left right before midnight. It's a very relaxing way to end our busy days.

Found this little fairy garden on my afternoon adventure in Minneapolis on Friday

 Today, we'll be working outside on a few projects, and enjoying more family time. It finally feels like summer is here!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Fun Foods!

Our week started off with Ava and I picking up our Arts Night winnings from last week. We won the 5th grade International Foods basket in the raffle, which means we have a ton of food that we normally wouldn't buy, but will let us all try new things! G and I already enjoyed some amazing Japanese chocolate panda cookies...I need to find more of those! It also came with a really nice wok, and two gift cards to restaurants in the area. Considering that we don't feel that we're super lucky with winning things, is was an amazing way to start our week!

We had G's spring conferences on Wednesday night. In my mind, he's still my little baby, so when I hear about all of his accomplishments, I'm genuinely surprised! He's doing very well in his class, and is just a super sweet boy, all around. One area that he could work on is expressing his anger and frustration a bit better. But, he's three, so it's not a shock that he can't quite put it all into words (there's usually yelling or pouting instead.)

On Thursday night, my neighbor and I attended the last PTO meeting of the year. After last month's heated three-hour meeting, we were a little concerned about how this one was going to go. Everyone was much more pleasant, necessary items were voted on, and passed in the children's best interest. PTO should be an interesting experience next year, though...

I took Friday off of work, and was super productive. I had some house projects that were building up, so it's nice to get those off the list. Yesterday continued with the same trend...G was picked up by Grandma Deb for a fun day/night, and Ava was at a laser tag birthday party during the late afternoon, so, I met up with Scott for a few drinks at a local bar. It was a good way to spend an hour on a rainy afternoon. After we picked up Ava (she had so much fun!) we went out for a yummy hibachi dinner, and enjoyed some family time with our oldest kid.

It's been rainy the last several days, but there was a beautiful sunset on Friday morning

Today, Ava and I are taking both grandmas out for brunch at the American Girl Bistro in the Mall of America. We're looking forward to some good food and great "girl" time!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Where did Spring go?

What a beautiful weather's a sea of greens, pinks, and deep reds. The trees are bursting with color! Spring is such a short season. One day it's winter, the next day it's 80 degrees. I'm doing my best to notice and appreciate all of the beauty that comes in this shortened time  of year.

Lovely trees on a path behind Ava's school - great contrast of colors

I enjoyed a walk around a nearby lake at lunch this past week

We had a good week...busy, fun, lots of good times spent together. Thursday was THE day, though. G's daycare hosted a Mother's Day breakfast, so I was able to start the day off on a good note and a full belly. At the same time, Ava was getting ready for the third grade track and field day. I wasn't able to go this year, but it sounds like she had a great time, and enjoyed the stilts and pogo sticks the best.

To wrap up a fun day, we headed to Ava's school in the evening for Spring Art Night! There were fair food vendors, games outside, fun artwork inside, and a silent auction and raffle. We enjoyed some cheese curds, and when we went inside the school, G was the first one to make a friend. There was a little girl from his daycare there, and as soon as she saw him, she yelled out to him, ran over, gave him a hug, held his hand, and was going to whisk him away, until we told him he had to stick with us. There's nothing more cute than a few preschoolers holding hands and hugging. G's been talking about her a lot since then.

As we walked through the school, we ran into many people we is such a good feeling to know that we're a part of a community now. Love it! Ava ran into a few of her friends and ended up spending most of her night on the playground instead of with us (but we did at least get a tour of her wild picture - see below.)

G helped me put raffle tickets into baskets...and it turns out we won one! I'll pick it up from the school office tomorrow morning, so it's a surprise until then. Ava is convinced it's an art themed one, but I know we put a lot of tix into some of the backyard games baskets, so... regardless, it'll be something we want, since we only picked themes we were interested in!

We enjoyed an early Mother's Day dinner out last night. We sat out on a patio, had great food and drinks, and then enjoyed a pukey son. He drank so much liquid that he ends up throwing up. Ugh. Both Scott and I agreed that G really knows how to bring the fun to an end. After dinner, we picked up my gifts from the kids (hanging baskets for the porch) and are going to try our luck with a gardenia plant, to replace one of the daisy plants in the front landscaping. We need to head back up to Gertens for a few more replacements, and then all we'll have left is to plant flowers in pots. We are ready for summer! ( Good thing it's here, I guess!)

Love this smile, spikey bow, and scarf!

Tonight we're hosting all of the grandparents for dinner, so we'll be ending the weekend on a high note. Special Mother's Day shout out to my mom and Scott's mom. We wouldn't be where we are today, without your influence and never ending help. We love you both very much!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Time to Plant

The week started off with snow, but ended with some beautiful, warm sunshine...I think spring is here, but I'm not 100% convinced yet. I hope the plants are, because we have purchased all of our garden plants, and I think Scott's planning on planting them today.

We've got some new items that we've never planted before, so we'll see how it goes...we picked up broccoli, lettuce, rosemary, and strawberries, in addition to our standard fare of tomatoes, peppers, onions, basil, and chives. We may add some additional things (squash, cucumbers) once we see how the space is looking in the garden box. I'm going to wait a few weeks to plan out our flower gardens...our shasta daisies and wild grasses didn't come back from last year, so we'll need some perennial replacements, along with all of our potted annual flowers.

Ava and Scott also planted a red pine sapling (courtesy of Red Pine Elementary) last Sunday. Scott's mowing the lawn right now, and I reminded him that they planted it, and doesn't mow right over it!

We also spent the last 24 hours south of the cities, so we saw LOTS of tractors tilling and planting the fields in southeastern Minnesota. Tiffany and I had our annual April birthday spa day...we each had a 90-minute massage, and pedis at the Aveda spa in Rochester. It was amazing...very relaxing, and a great time to allow us to catch up on things. We hadn't seen them since New Years...way too long!

The girls had so much fun playing together, and I think even G had a fun time, even though he was the only "little" boy there (he started calling Scott and Darren the "big" boys.) We had a great bonfire last night with s'mores, and then Tiff and I ended up watching Hidden Figures (great movie!)

We took my new car down, so it was nice to see how the mpg improved once we were out of the neighborhoods and stop-and-go commuter traffic. All around, it was a great weekend to spend with friends, and now we're back at home working on the usual weekend house stuff!

I think this was from our Friday movie night...I was so exhausted after my work week, it's a blur!

Enjoy the Sunday!