Wednesday, June 27, 2012


While at Jason's Deli (THE best lunch spot for kids) ...

 (and I'm not just saying that because they have a fro-yo machine) ...

(ok, maybe it is because of the fro-yo machine).

Me: "Ok guys, if you eat well then we can have some ice cream for dessert!"

Adah: "Yay! I want ice cream!"

Me: " Yeah? What flavor are you gonna get? Chocolate, vanilla, or swirl?"

Adah: "I want vanilla."

Me: "Great. Sam, what flavor do you want? Chocolate, vanilla, or swirl?"

Sam: "Um, I think I'm gonna have squirrel!"

Mmmmmm ... squirrel ice cream. Something tells me it would taste a bit nutty, don't you think?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Half-y Birthday

Half-y Birthday Peyton, Sam, and Adah!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Girls' and Boys' Night Out

Last week we had a little separate boys' and girls' nights out on the town. The girls and I got all dressed up and headed downtown to see a bunch of their friends in their dance recital. The girls are currently obsessed with dancing and I am simultaneously cursing myself for purchasing those tap shoes at the consignment sale this fall (it seemed like a great idea at the time). So we headed out and had a great time critiquing all the dancers while oooohing and ahhhhing over the sparkliness of their costumes.

(This is the only picture I could get as we waited in line to get into the theater. Of course they were drawn like magnets to any type of electronic device and they had a new best friend in a matter of minutes).

The boys, on the other hand, decided to do something more manly like throw large heavy objects at pins in an attempt to knock them over. And did I mention that they got to rent smelly, used bowling shoes? They had a blast though, as evidenced through the photos Matt sent me all night.

So boys' and girls' nights were a rousing success! We're trying to do more with the kids individually or in smaller groups when we can and this was a lot of fun. The next goal is to try and take each child on their own individual "date" with Mommy and Daddy. We still need to work out the logistics (babysitting, anyone?), but it should be fun and is a tradition we'd like to keep going for a long time.

T-minus three days until moving day!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Moving Up

Remember last week when I mentioned moving? I haven't mentioned it since because I am still in a bit of denial. I HATE moving, it's awful. All that packing and packing never seems to end. You get one box packed up and it ends up looking like you have even more to pack. Remember when our house looked like this 2.5 years ago when we moved to North Carolina??

And the kids looked like this?

Well, now our house looks like this ...

And the kids look like this ...

The best (or is it worst?) part of this move is that we are literally moving less than 200 yards away from our current house. I know this seems like this would make the move "easy", but I have learned through the years that local moves are actually harder. You tend to string them out and they seem to take f o r e v e r. At least with moving father away there is just one moving day.

However, the benefits of this local move far outweigh the bad. We get to stay in the same city that we have grown to love. We get to stay with all the friends we've made. We get to move to a bigger house (yay for more bathrooms!) without any of the trepidation and anxiety that comes with moving to a new city. I'll take that any day of the week.

So please forgive me if I'm a bit absent over the next few weeks. I'm probably going to be knee deep in boxes or my fingers will be glued together with packing tape. Anyone want to come over and take the kids to the pool for the next 2 weeks??

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Picture of the Week - June 17

Happy Father's Day to the best banana pancake maker in town!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Summer To Do List

Summer always comes at me so fast and in between all of the vacations, trips to the pool, and camps,  I often forget about the things that make summer, "summer." So I thought it would be a good idea to get some necessary summer activities down in a tangible, to-do list format. We should have a lot of fun checking these things off of the list and hopefully adding more as we go. Here's what I have planned so far and please feel free to tell me other ideas and activities that I may have missed.

Summer 2012 To Do List

Go to one of the summer kid movies at the local theater. The kids and I can get 5 movie tickets, popcorn, and drinks for under $15!

Take a trip to one of our nearby lakes to indulge in a little swimming.

Introduce the kids to fishing.

Pick blueberries at one of the many local farms.

Frequent the farmer's market as much as possible. Let the kids help pick out dinner while we're there.

Ice cream for dinner!

Catch fireflies in mason jars and let the kids take them inside and use them as "nightlights" for that night.

Watch the 4th of July fireworks in our lawn chairs.

Host a low country boil.

Cook hot dogs and s'mores over the fire pit.

"Camp out" in the backyard for a night.

Get a big white sheet and a projector and have a movie night outside.

Water balloon fight!

I can't wait to get started! What's on your summer to do list?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Jet Lag

We are just back from a fabulous vacation in Europe (without kids!) and I am beat. They are not lying when they say that the jet lag is worse coming home than it is going over there. Nonetheless, I thought I'd share a few photos before being consumed again by this fog-like tiredness I have been battling for two days. The goal tonight is to stay awake until 9pm, woohoo!

Oh, and did I mention we're moving next weekend? Yeah, good timing Cliffords. Nothing says "We Heart Procrastination" more than taking a vacation out of the country less than two weeks before you're supposed to be packed and ready to move. Don't worry, we're not going far ... details to come later. For now, enjoy the pictures!

Pantheon, Rome

Trevi Fountain, Rome

Coliseum, Rome

Halls of the Vatican, Rome

Port of Messina, Sicily

Market in Taormina, Sicily

Ruins of Ephesus, Turkey

Parthenon, Athens

Beaches of Crete, Greece

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Picture of the Week - June 10

This isn't so much a great picture as it is a great preservation of a memory (plus, Luke has some mad eye-crossing skills going on here). I used to always ask Luke if he had gone potty before we left the house until I discovered that I didn't need to ask, I simply needed to look at his shorts. Steve Urkel pants = potty time complete.

Thursday, June 7, 2012


Driving down the street one day ...

Peyton: "Look Mom, there's Target! I love Target, they have toys."

Me: "Yes, I love Target too. Now if only we could ever get out of there without spending over $50 ..."

Peyton: "Oh Mom! I see lots of restaurants up here too!"

Me: "Yeah? Which ones?"

Peyton: "I see Old McDonalds (I have never and will never correct this name for McDonalds) and Wendy's and  ... what's that one?"

Me: "Which one?"

Peyton: "That one! The owl restaurant!"

Me: "The owl restau ..... oh."

Peyton: "What is it Mom?"

Me: "Well, that's Hooters."

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Today's Lessons, Vol. 2

1. Do not let your kids dupe you into going into Target to "look" at the toys. They will want them. All of them. And they will break their promise that they will not cry when it's time to leave.

2. It is really annoying to have little kids that do not yet realize that it's ok to pee in the ocean if you really have to go. Next time I'm bringing the portable potty to the beach instead of making 37 round trips from the ocean to the bathroom.

3. It's time to start letting your husband have exclusive control of bath time when your sons start using their you-know-whats as enemy war missiles in the tub.

4. The no-eating-food-off-the-floor rule only encourages your kids to find every stray morsel of food they can on the ground. And they always wait until you are watching before they shove it into their mouths.

5. DO NOT videotape your husband in the shower with his daughters. You may think it's cute but others may get the wrong idea.

*Don't worry, he was just teaching/showing the girls how to take a shower since they've been asking to take them ... and he had his bathing suit on!

6. If you put the word "cheesy" in front of any food item (cheesy pasta, cheesy broccoli, cheesy hamburger, etc.) your kids are 300% more likely to eat it.

7. If you get nostalgic in the grocery store and buy a package of oatmeal cream pies for your kids, you're really just guaranteeing that you'll add the calories from that package of oatmeal cream pies to your own inner thighs.

8. Sixteen ounces of coffee only counts as one cup as long as it all fits in to one mug. My mug is at least 24 ounces.

9. Cease self-demonstrations of how to properly slide on a slip-n-slide prior to reaching your 30's. Your body and ego will thank you.

10. Mud puddles give off inaudible high-pitched beckoning noises to all children under five years old. Be prepared.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Picture of the Week - June 3

Summer is here (not technically, but to us)!