Monday, January 23, 2012

Funnies from the Kids

So I'm pulling most of these quotes from the kids from Facebook (I try to remind myself everyday to write this stuff down, but it usually ends up there instead.  Or I lose the slips of paper that I write them down on.), but these are the things that make my day.

Wyatt: "Mommy, you're a treehugger."
Apparently from Cars 2?  I don't know what I was doing that made me a treehugger?

Wyatt: "Mommy, is this the Steelers and Broncos?  The Steelers' quarterback makes bad decisions, but Tim Tebow makes good choices?"
I am totally guilty here.

Wyatt: "Mommy, I am not going to grow up and I am not going to eat my vegetables.
Me: "Hmmmm, well, if you don't grow up or eat your vegetables, you're not going to be able to play sports."
Wyatt: "Fine.  I will grow up, and I will eat my vegetables, but I am not going to leave you and Daddy when I go  to college."

Wyatt: "I don't want a cat.  Mommy is allergic and she would be sick."
Reese: "Ummm, but Wyatt? Mommy could go live with Didi and Pop Pop and then we could get a cat.  They would take good care of her."

Reese: "I want to watch a kids' show."
Wyatt: "Football IS a kids' show, Reese."

After taking my temperature with her Doctor's set thermometer:
Reese: "Hmmm, you have a fever of 49 minutes."

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Our Weekend - Mostly in Pictures

This has been the coldest, rainiest, yuckiest weekend that I can remember having in awhile.  And I'm not just saying yuckiest because I had two cases of double pink eye in the house :).  Seriously, we've all been coughy and congested for awhile (including me, I'm planning on calling the doctor tomorrow because almost 4 weeks of this is insane!), and the kids decided to add a little pink eye to the mix.  Reese's was much more tame that Wyatt's, who left for school on Friday with nothing wrong, and was home by 10:30 with two incredibly red eyes.  And one terribly embarrassed mommy!  And a ticket straight to the pediatricians office (and I've found that going in at 11:45 on a Friday gets you in and out in 20 minutes - they really want to eat whatever the drug reps brought them for lunch)!

Brian and I went out on a date night on Friday - our second Friday in a row!  We grabbed some sushi from one of our favorite places (okay, he got sashimi and I got fried shrimp surrounded by rice, but still :)), and then we went to see our friend Dave in a local play.  We haven't done anything like that in awhile, so it was fun and we got to see Dave act!

We spent the rest of the weekend mostly at home.  I ran out yesterday to pick up some things from Target, and Brian took Wyatt to see the Muppets.  Today we went to Target again (mainly to get out of the house, ha!) and then spent the day watching football!

And reading,,,,
 And running into walls with her head. She literally bent over to pick something up and knocked her head on the wall.  She is 100% my child!
 And testing the kids out with 3D glasses.  We're trying to decide whether or not we should take them to see Beauty and the Beast in 3D or just the regular version.  The current decision seems to be that no one but Brian (including me) could keep the glasses on for an entire movie!
 These two spent some time playing together last night while Wyatt was in the tub!
 And I am apparently not the only member of my household who is ready for pitchers and catchers to report to spring training next month.  Football is NOT my thing. but I've become very educated about it thanks to Mike & Mike!  You would think that growing up with a brother who was obsessed with sports I would have known something about it.  But I learned what a down was 3 years ago.  

Anyway, Hudson is letting us know repeatedly that he is ready to get some pinstripes back in his life, too!  We can't get Yankees hats off his little head!  
 He looks so much like Wyatt here that I can't even take it!

I am so ready for this week to start, and hopefully for some improved health around here! (Okay, and maybe Spring, too)!

Thursday, January 19, 2012


So here are the pictures that I took with my phone this week.  It's kind of picture overload this week - 7 of them are my 365 pictures, and two others are just random ones that I think are funny.

Or in this case, kind of serious.  I will admit to occasionally watching Teen Mom when it's on and I'm not surrounded by little ones (which means nap/quiet time).  I took a picture of this the other day because I was appalled by the way the parents strapped this little girl in her car seat.  Not only are her shoulder straps not where they should be, but the chest buckle is at her waist!  I am a hard core believer in car seat safety (my children will be buckled in five point harnesses as long as they fit, and they will be in boosters after that.  And the front seat?  They might not see it until they get their permit!), and I just can not believe that people feel comfortable driving their kids around like this!  I always hear that the parents are "good drivers."  Um, sure, but everyone else on the road isn't?  I literally grimace every time they show one of these kids in their car seats!

Anywho, now that I'm done with my car seat rant, I'll actually share pictures from our week!
Thursday, 1/12 - Mr. H playing with "bocks" which are his new favorite toy!  He carries them around everywhere and leaves a mess behind him!  I have to carry the bin around the house at night and pick them up because there is no telling where they are!
 Friday, 1/13 - Reesie made us some delicious Melissa & Doug cookies.  We have the ice cream set and the cupcake set, and I love these so much!  I wish they had them when I was little, they're so great for imaginative play!  Excuse the bed head :)
Saturday, 1/14 - Wyatt excited that his big boy bed was all set up!
 Sunday, 1/15 - They were (kind of) playing nicely.  Then she knocked him off!
 Monday, 1/16 - Wyatt had the morning off from school, so we took our time getting ready for the day.  They all played puzzles together in the playroom and then I offered to turn on Jake and the Neverland Pirates.  I guess they wanted to Conga to the living room!
 Tuesday, 1/17 - Reese trying to tell me that because the box said her name, she deserved to get some Reese's Pieces at 8am. Nice try.  But if I give into that argument now, this kid is going to get more than her fair share of chocolate in her life!
 Wednesday, 1/18 - the boys watching the train go by.  I appreciate that it didn't come at 6am.  But when it comes at 8:20, not only does it make me late getting out the door, it also creates massive traffic!  I think a nice 7:00am train would be perfect!
Finally, this is Reese's schoolwork on the left, and the "schoolwork" that Wyatt and I do at home on the right.  When Reese showed Brian her latest coloring endeavor he told me, "She is really great at coloring.  I think she colors better than I do."  I followed that up with, "Well, look at his handwriting.  He's already surpassed you."  He seriously has.  I love my husband, but handwriting is not one of his strengths! 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Big Boy Bed!

Brian and I have been talking about getting Wyatt out of his toddler bed and into a  bigger bed for a few weeks.  His bed actually is a convertible - it was his crib, and his toddler bed, and it will eventually be his big bed when we convert it to a double.  

For now though, we wanted him in a twin. He spends a lot of time playing in his room, and he would have a lot of space taken up if we put a double in there.  Brian's parents were kind enough to let us borrow one of their twin beds so that Wyatt could use it for a little while.

When he found out  he was getting this bed he was so excited.  We picked out his sheets and comforter a few days before (I chose the solid blue comforter and he chose two sets of sheets: Captain America and Spiderman), so he was very ready to get in his bed.  He actually asked to go to bed that night!

And I think he got a pretty good night's sleep :).  And yes, he sleeps with about 14 different animals every night.  Which is part of the reason he needed to move out of the toddler bed - the animals took up too much space!

So for now, we have one in a big boy bed, and the other two are both still in cribs.  Wyatt didn't make it in his crib quite as long as Reese did, but if she's happy in there, then we are.  It seems that she's starting to notice more and more that she's a big girl in a crib, so I think she might be switching to her toddler bed soon (fortunately, we already have the rails for that)!

Thursday, January 12, 2012


These pictures are all part of my Photo 365 project.  I'm taking a picture everyday.  Part of me wishes that I had started a picture of each kid everyday, but that's really overwhelming!  So one picture everyday works.  And sometimes, the picture isn't of a kid :)

I use Instagram to edit the pictures, and then upload them to my Photo 365 app.  I love it!  I would like to say that I was using my big Canon to take a picture a day, but that seems like more work, and honestly, something I would stop quickly.  But like my husband (not so kindly) points out, I always have my phone  with me!

Thursday, 1/5 - Hudson in the bath!

Friday, 1/6 - Reese helping me crush Ritz crackers for Poppyseed chicken!
Saturday, 1/7 - Running errands at Sam's Club.  They were precious to each other on the way out.  Not so much while we shopped!

Sunday, 1/8 -Hudson catching a quick nap after our trip to the zoo.  

Sunday, 1/8 (2) - Wyatt passed out on the couch!  He spent the day at the zoo, riding bikes, playing Wii, and watching football!  He was exhausted!

Monday, 1/9 - This came in a Valpak, and I just about died.  Feel beter?  Is that pronounced like Jeter?  Proof that actually reviewing an ad helps you to NOT look like a moron!
Tuesday, 1/10 - Fresh haircuts for the boys!  Miss Shalonda cleaned them up nicely!  Although she told Wyatt she gave him a Justin Bieber haircut and he said, "Justing Bieber?  Uck.  Bad singer!"
Wednesday, 1/11 - Proof that nothing is safe!  This little guy has figured out how to climb to get what he wants!  Yikes!

Monday, January 9, 2012


Yesterday was not quite as nice as Saturday, but we decided to take a trip to the zoo anyway.  The kids were very excited to see the animals (and they were pretty happy that there was no one there).

 We usually follow the same "routine" when we get to the zoo, but Wyatt was adamant that we go see the snakes second.  For some reason he really likes them!
 The prairie dogs weren't out, but Hudson still had fun looking for them!
 The lions were taking a group nap when we got to them.  Hudson had a lot of fun looking at them, and he really loved it when we got close.
 "ook!  ook!"
 Brian is very proud of his giraffe picture.  We went on the safari at Animal Kingdom.  We stayed on the Savannah at Animal Kingdom Lodge.  And the best picture he took of a giraffe was at the zoo we go to all the time.
 Brotherly love!  (They both need a haircut).

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Outside, Outside! Outside, Everybody, Outside!

Yesterday was gorgeous!  So pretty, in fact, that I almost felt bad for dragging the kids to Target and Sam's Club to shop instead of letting them spend the entire day outside!

After we ran our errands (which seemed to take forever), we decided to let the kids try out their new bikes!
 Wyatt caught on very quickly (but he's been riding his trike for a long time), and Reese, well, she likes to peddle backwards.  I guess that's her thing.  She did a much better job after a little practice.
 The only downfall of our court is the fact that it hasn't been completely paved yet.  The road is rough.  And not for nothing, we picked a court so that our kids could ride their bikes here! We were told that it wasn't going to be complete until the entire neighborhood was finished, but we all petitioned and told the HOA that all the lots on our court are finished and it wasn't safe for all the kids.  We got a response that the road would be completed sometime this winter. I hope it's soon!  Wyatt took a few tumbles yesterday, but he hopped right back up.  On his first fall, his second mommy jumped off her trike and ran full speed to check on him.  Reese is SUCH a mini-me!
 While I took down all of the Christmas decorations outside, Brian took the kids to the backyard to play in our newly fenced in yard.
 This little guy really likes to be able to roam wherever he wants!
 And sometimes his big brother doesn't mind teaching him a little about sports.
 And even though Hudson was usually waiting at the bottom of the slide, Reese didn't seem to mind going down anyway.
It's a good thing he's easily distracted!

After we came in and had dinner, Brian and Wyatt went to the hockey game.  Wyatt was not very happy when Brian used the tickets on Friday night and didn't take him, so he tried very hard to be on his best behavior yesterday so they could go!  The Admirals had almost no home games in December, and the ones that were home games were while we were on vacation.  It was a long December for Wyatt without some hockey!  Right now he and Reese are both lobbying for Brian to take them on Tuesday.  I'm not sure how Wyatt's going to take the news when I tell him it's his sister's turn!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


One of my goals for the year was to get back on track with my weekly phone purge.  I'm really excited because I downloaded the Project 365 app, and I love the idea of taking a picture everyday this year (even though it has 366 days)!

I took this Christmas Eve.  So cozy!  I used twine and clothes pins that I spray painted red to hang our cards up this year - I loved the way it turned out!
 The kids were out of school for two weeks, and Brian was home the whole time (although he did go into work three "short" days that ended up being long days).  It was great having him home - I wonder what I'm going to do this summer while they're out and he's working 6 days a week?!?!  We met one of Wyatt's classmates at Chuck E. Cheese last week, and they had a blast!
 Wyatt and Reese were singing Rudolph the red Nosed Reindeer one evening, and then they apparently got worked up about the reindeer's mean treatment of Rudolph.  So much so, that we needed to write a letter to them to ask them to be nice.
 I deep cleaned the playroom on Sunday and was fortunate enough to have some really cute help!  He also happened to be using his very last Santa diaper at the time.
 Brian and I have been meaning to get the full bed conversion kit for Wyatt's bed for a long time.  He's still in his toddler bed, but it is taken over by stuffed animals.  Taken over.  So I made the call yesterday.  The guy at Burlington said that he could no longer order the rails, but he had a set in his inventory pile that he was going to throw out today if I wanted them.  I sent Brian this picture to make sure they matched and he picked them up while he was at lunch!  They only charged us $50 (everyone but the manager wanted to give them to us for free since he was going to trash them)!

I am debating whether or not to convert his bed to a full right now or to wait until he no longer plays in his room.  He loves it in there, and a full would take up a lot of space!  I'm thinking I might get him a cheap twin bed to us for a few years.
 As part of mission to get organized, I cleaned my kitchen drawers.  I sent this to Brian to let him see that his new valet tray was waiting for him to get home with his keys and wallet!

I am really excited to see whether or not I can stick to Project 365 - I think it definitely would be great to look back on at the end of the year!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Toys and Cousins

Reese and Piper after I opened her V Reader the day after Christmas!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Where Did the Year Go?

I have seen these reviews all over the place this week, and I thought it would be fun to do my own! I couldn't pick one post a month - it's not fair to all three kids:)! Here is what our crew was up to in 2011.

January started with me sharing a day in my life with a 3 year old, a potty training 2 year old and a 2 month old.  I wish I'd done more of that, and I think I will this year.  I think it might be one of my best posts ever!  I shared my dorkyness with everyone.  And I'm basically not ashamed of it.   Reese's personality grew by leaps and bounds, and my children became obsessed with The Fresh Beat Band.  And I (finally) completed one room in  the house a year after we moved in!

In February, dress up started in full effect.  Hudson was three months old!  We celebrated Valentine's Day, and made crafts to go with it.  A few days after Valentine's Day, our new nephew and cousin was born!  We were so excited that Mason was finally here!  We went to the zoo.  And the hockey obsession began.

In March we celebrated my 29th birthday.  Hudson had his first play date with Joshua.  Wyatt had his very first t-ball game and he got the game ball.  We were so proud!  We made rainbow cupcakes.  We finally got to meet Mason!  And of course, Wyatt turned 4 at the end of the month!

April started with Wyatt's birthday party at the zoo.  We had a great time, and we're really thinking about doing it again this year.  We went to his spring program at school, and it was adorable.  Roy Biggins  Hudson got his first "at-home" hair cut - he needed it desperately.  We took our one, and only, trip to the beach.  In April. Seriously, we had such a great time, how did we not go more?  And of course, we dyed Easter Eggs!

Hudson turned 6 months old in May!  He started eating solids, and he just grew up right before our eyes!  He missed out on our strawberry picking trip, but he did start talking!  Brian and I surprised the big kids with a trip to see the Imagination Movers in concert.  And we went to Busch Gardens!

In June, Wyatt had his first team party for t-ball.  The season went by fast, and we are still so thankful that he had such an amazing coach!  We visited Daddy at work for the first time of the summer, and I started purging my iPhone and sharing it each week.  I'd like to get back to that this year!  The boys took a trip to the train bridge, and Wyatt had his last day of school!

We spent a lot of  July at my parents' house in the pool, and Reese liked to pretend to drown her baby doll. Sweet, I know.  I was horribly embarrassed by Reese's actions at our neighborhood 4th of July party :).  And the big kids kept up with their swimming lessons!

In August I interviewed Reese and Wyatt after I found a cute interview on Pinterest.  Hudson turned 9 months old.  Brian and I went to see Kenny Chesney for the fifth time after he took a year off.   And in the same week, Hudson got his first hair cut, Reese turned 3, and we went to Raleigh to get away from Hurricane Irene!

September meant the start of the school year.  Reese had her first day of school ever, and Wyatt started his second year!  We celebrated Reese's third birthday Minnie Mouse Style at The Little Gym (after it was rescheduled because of the hurricane)!  And Wyatt started his fall sports!

In October we went to the pumpkin patch!  We took advantage of our season passes and went to Busch Gardens for Hallowscream.  And we celebrated Hudson's first birthday before we went trick or treating!

On November 5, Hudson turned 1!  How did that year go by so fast?  We had a pretty slow month leading up to Thanksgiving, and we met Parker at the beginning of the season!

We rang in the holiday season at Disney World, which is definitely the most magical place on Earth at Christmas time!  Wyatt and Reese both had their Christmas performances at school before their winter break.  We visited with Santa.  And we had a great week together before we celebrated a wonderful Christmas!

I can't believe that 2011 is over.  It flew by, but I am so thankful that I was able to document our year on here.  There are so many things that we might forget, but I'm always able to keep this updated.  We are looking forward to an awesome year, and all the fun it will bring.  Happy New Year!