Friday, March 29, 2013

Neighborhood "Hunt"

Every year our neighborhood has an Easter egg hunt along with a petting zoo, an Easter parade, the Easter bunny and face painting.  We have had cold weather in the past but I don't think we've ever had cold AND raining.  Anna knew this was coming up last weekend and so she was so excited to go.  In other words, there was no way out of it for us.  I probably could have talked Brice out of it (he claims this was his last year doing the hunt either way) but not Anna.  She had gone with me to drop off the eggs so she was going to get some back!  The day before the scheduled event we all knew it was going to rain so the neighborhood sent out an email saying it was going to be inside our clubhouse and that we could have our kids sit on the Easter bunny's lap (not no, but Hell No!  Are Easter Bunnies not creepy??!) and then they could receive a package of eggs.

So, I got the kids all dressed and we headed to the clubhouse.  The animals were outside and I think that was the kids' favorite part.  Kyle LOVED saying "bunny" over and over again and then when we were leaving he waved and said, "Bye bunny"...that was the cutest part of the whole morning.

 This is when we first arrived and we were checking out all the animals:  bunnies, goats, ducks, a piglet, pretty cute and Kyle even pet a baby bunny!
 Anna was not too happy with me in the below picture.  I had just told her that there was no "hunt" due to the weather.  She just gave the Easter Bunny a high five and received some eggs.  She wanted to know when she was going to get to hunt the eggs.

Kyle was all about some popcorn.  I had to take it away from him.

Anna recovered and decided to find a corner so we could open her eggs and she what was in them.
 She also decided she would pose for a picture with this blow up bunny who wasn't so scary looking.
Overall, it was a fun morning and I was glad I took the kids so that we got out of the house.  The weather here has been less than desirable, cold, rainy and very windy.  We are very ready for real spring and to celebrate Easter!!!  My favorite holiday!  Hope you all have a wonderful Easter!!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Without Pinterest

I am not on Pinterest. Surprised?  I mean, I think it would suck me right in and I see all these other people commenting on how addicting it is and then how they waste time on there.  I waste enough time being on Facebook.  And, I am not real crafty.  I enjoy doing crafts, sometimes but not enough to go searching for things to do.  And, if I need to know how to do something, there is always Google.  I know there are other things to read and find on Pinterest but I just haven't felt the need for it.  Maybe when Kyle heads to preschool next fall, I will give it a try but I would rather just work on the kids' scrapbooks.  Point being, I know Pinterest has been life savers and given great ideas from everything from recipes to birthday parties but this crafty idea I did Without Pinterest.

I have fall wreaths and I have Christmas wreaths.  Both sets, I found at Sam's and felt like I got a great deal on some beautiful wreaths that I love hanging up at those times of the year.  Well, Easter is my favorite and I really wanted some spring/Easter wreaths.  I found some at Tuesday Morning and while I thought I loved them when I first saw them, the more I looked at them, the more I was regretting my purchase.  I thought they were kind of pricey but I do not like spending money on house "fluff"!  As pretty as it makes the house look, ugh, it kind of pains me to spend money on dust collectors.  And, these wreaths did not portray EASTER.  So, I thought up my own wreath but that is always dangerous or frustrating.  Do you ever dream up an outfit or dress or something only to search high and low and discover it's not out there???  Yea, me too.  And, in my mind the wreaths were the crown of thorns, with some white and a cross with some Easter lilies.  Not too hard, right??  I even thought some store might make these....nope.  I had to do it myself.  And, I did.

They didn't have anything with thorns on them so I just settled for some nature looking wreaths.  Used some white burlap, flowers and the cross, all bought at Hobby Lobby.  Here's hoping my glue gun with hold these together.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

This Boy...

I tell you what, this boy is something else...

Silly, obviously, and crazy...

and loves to be naked and show off his guns...

but all of these are not the reason for this post.  A few weeks ago, at nap times and at bed times, he would let me put him down in his crib and rub his back for a few minutes and then he would pop up, lay his blanket on my chest while I was standing next to his crib and then lean in for a hug.  I didn't think it could get any sweeter.  And, then this past week, he stood up, gave me a hug and whispered, "I yuh oo.".  I couldn't believe it!  Isn't this what every mother needs to hear everyday??  Then, he did it again last night and I posted it on Facebook.  One of the comments said I should record it and so now it is recorded on the blog.  I also had to do it because tonight while Anna was hugging him goodnight, he told her too, as well as Justin.  So, we are all puddles in this house.  But, for the record, he told ME first and I feel this is perfect payback for all these kids saying "da da" before "ma ma".  I am just a little obsessed with how sweet this little boy is right now.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Cub Scouts

I don't really talk about Cub Scouts on here because it does take a back seat to sports, however, Brice has really enjoyed it this year and I'm glad we joined.  Since Justin handles 99% of sports, I am in charge of Cub Scouts.  This is kind of difficult though because there is only so much I can do and let's be real here, I'm not a camper.  And, so, my Dad has jumped in quite a bit, especially when it comes to building things.

A couple of weeks ago, Brice was awarded his Wolf badge which is what he has worked for this past school year.  He didn't do it last year which was Tiger but caught up where he was behind.  So, there was a dinner and little ceremony for the awarding of badges and then the fifth graders earned their Arrow of Light plaques.  But, since the beginning of the school year we have had weekly meetings, my Dad built a birdhouse with Brice that I had trouble with (laugh if you want) and Pinewood Derby car.  Brice also participated in a clean up day at our neighborhood.

I tried to be good and take pictures because he looks so cute (he would die if he knew I used that word to describe him, but it's true) in his uniform.

 At lake clean up day.  He really had a great time and found an old gas tank.

Pinewood Derby cars.  Brice and my Dad worked hard on his car.  Then, on the original race day, they had to postpone the race because we had "ice" and school was canceled the day before.  I blogged about that before.  Anyway, the weekend they rescheduled it on was the weekend that my parents, Kyle and I went to Charlotte so we didn't even get to see it!  Thankfully, Justin took some good pictures for us.  Brice's car would have placed 4th so they did a good job!
 Brice's is the red car, #2.

 Sorry these are so fuzzy, Justin took them with his phone and the lights were dim in the gym at school.  This is when he received the Wolf Badge.
 So proud of our Cub Scout.  And, tomorrow is his first game as a "Boston" Red Sock, so I will leave the Cub Scout background up for a little bit and then change to either baseball or my favorite, Easter!!!  Probably Easter, this is MY blog after all.  Also our Cub Scout baseball player is 69 lbs. (86%) and 54 inches tall (93%).  Three more inches till he doesn't have to use a booster seat in the car...think he'll get there before next school year??  I do!