Sunday, August 13, 2017

Weekend Recap: Kissel/Brennan Whirlwind Week!

Whew! What a weekend! We have been busy for a week . . . starting last weekend with our trip to Cedar Point. After our trip, Sarah, Brian, Tommy, and Baby Eleanor visited with family in Toledo before heading back up this way to Rita's house last Wednesday.

I took the girls over to play on Thursday morning. Lucy was super excited to play with the new toys Grandma Ri bought for her house. 

It turns out she didn't want to share them with Tommy, and tried to hide with them in a corner. That face!

Emily and Eleanor hung out on the floor for a bit. 

We walked the kiddos over to the tot lot, and Lu and Tommy had a good time sliding, climbing . . . 

 . . . and exploring every inch of this tree!

Despite what it looks like, Tommy is not making peeps on the tree!

Lucy woke up on Friday morning and decided she needed to get fancy for breakfast. 

Matty took Friday off, and the Brennans and Grandma Ri were coming over to spend the day so we ran to Holiday Market right after breakfast. The ladies at the deli could not stop fawning over the girls! And, yes, I know I have two "paid" stickers on my leg. #thankyoulucy

It rained a bit in the morning, but we got outside to play for awhile after lunch. 

Uncle Brian had some fun on the trampoline. 

Lucy decided she'd rather color and do stickers with Aunt Sarah instead of nap. I did not support her choice . . . but she didn't care. 

Uncle Brian prepared steak kabobs, rice pilaf, and fresh corn for dinner. 

Emmy Roses showed off her adorable smile. 

And Tommy took an amazing nap. #goodboy

Saturday morning we headed to Aunt Judie's to visit and have lunch. Matt's cousin Mark pulled up on this trike right as we pulled in, and Matty and Lu both thought it was pretty cool. 

But only one of them got to take it for a ride. 

Lucy settled for sitting on it. 

Aunt Judie and Emily!

We had a delicious Mexican lunch, which Lucy and I enjoyed on our picnic blanket. 

Aunt Judie entertained the kiddos with an Ernie puppet that she's had since Matty and Sarah were little. 

After lunch everyone headed back to our house again, and all the kiddos took great naps. We enjoyed delicious Buddy's Pizza for dinner, and then got a little crazy on the trampoline. 

The many faces of Lucy as she drinks water from her Dadu's cup. 

Double babies! Is Emmy huge or what?!

My parents joined us for dinner, and I forgot to have them take a group picture of all of us . . . so we settled on a selfie. 

After a whirlwind week, we were looking forward to a relaxing day on Sunday. Lucy loves to look at my nail polish, and she said something to the effect of "I love you so much mommy. You paint my nails pink?" haha How could I resist?

Look at those adorably chubby hands! Unfortunately, the nail polish came off at bedtime. She kept picking at it and agreed with me when I said maybe she was too little to have her nails done. We agreed we'd try again when she was three!

Doesn't everyone go grass surfing on Sundays?

If I'm this tired after our weekend, I can't imagine how Sarah and Brian must feel. They were away from home for twelve days and had to pack/unpack at multiple locations throughout their trip. That is no easy task with two little kiddos! 

Matty has several work functions during the evenings this week. I'll be giving the girls baths and putting them to bed on my own for the first time on Tuesday. I usually ask a grandma to come over and help on golf night or any other time Matty isn't home, but I feel like I need to just try it myself once so I know I can do it. Wish me luck!

Have a great week!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Life Lately: Mama Needs a Drink Edition

Do you ever look at your kids and marvel at the cute, snuggly, adorable miracles that you made . . . and then the next second you feel like you need a drink at 2pm because they are driving you CRAZY?! That's been my week so far. I think Lucy got a little too accustomed to being the only child when we were in Cedar Point. She's been fairly clingy, whiny, and jealous of Emily ever since we got home. Oh, and it's like she's living in Opposite World because whatever I ask her to do/not do . . . she does the exact opposite. It's weeks like these when I catch myself looking at the part-time job listings! 

Emily Roses is getting her first tooth! She's handling it fairly well, but has definitely been a bit clingier and wants to be held more than usual. Lucy no likey. Also, this is one of my favorite outfits that Lucy used to wear. And it's a 12 MONTH OUTFIT. #giantbaby

Monday morning was a tough one. Emmy wasn't napping because Lucy wouldn't be quiet no matter what I tried. So I figured I'd take them for a walk in the park. Em could fall asleep in the stroller, and Lucy could burn off some energy. This was a pic I snapped at the very far end of the park: Emily had been crying the entire time and my urging of "Let's try to pedal faster, sweet girl, your sister is upset and we need to get home" apparently translated to Lucy sitting on her bike refusing to pedal or get off and walk. She literally just sat there and stared at me.  #powerstruggle
Not pictured is one sweaty mama pushing a stroller with a screaming baby inside with a tricycle hanging out the bottom and carrying a screaming, wiggling toddler.  Sometimes I think to myself "There is no way Matty will believe this actually happened. No one would believe it unless they saw it. No amount of explanation will do this situation justice." This was one of those times. 

And the icing on the bummer of a cake that was my day . . . Lucy didn't nap. She totally didn't need it, can't you tell?!

It's days like Monday when I'm so thankful for my SIL and my mama friends. I can complain to them without feeling like a monster. Apparently Carla was having a similar day, and she sent me this after bedtime. Hits the nail right on the head!

Tuesday was a bit better. Lucy had a play date at her friend Amelia's house and had a great time playing with the hose. 

I found a shady spot to lay Emmy Roses down, and she was quite content to kick, squeal, and roll for awhile. 

Amelia ate her muffin like a doggie, and it was hilarious. 

I tried to get Lucy to do the same, but she refused. I probably should have asked her to eat her muffin neatly like a big girl, then she would have went face first right into it! I can't complain, though, because there was zucchini in that muffin! #jokesonher #sneakyveggies

She is still quite unsure of the car wash. She let go of my hand halfway through so that's progress!

Emmy is rolling around a lot now, and because we have two dogs I'm not super comfortable leaving her unattended on the floor. I set up the pack n play, and she was happy to be in there and watch Lucy play. 

I was going through a bin of 12 month clothing to find some things for Chubs McGee Emily, and Lucy kept holding stuff up and saying it would fit her . . . and I kept saying no it wouldn't. She proved me wrong with this super fashionable bloomers over baby pants look. 

Oma bought Lucy a new necklace, and she put it on the second she woke up yesterday morning. This is the second necklace for Lucy, and she loves them. This is when having two girls is going to get expensive! #lookoutdadu

Matty took Lucy to Holiday Market after dinner, and the beer cooler is her very favorite place to be. 

I love this pic that Matty took during some playtime. 

Notice her untouched dinner, but she sure did gobble up some cookie dough!

This hat was in a bin of clothes that someone gave me and is both ridiculous and cute at the same time. This was Emmy's pre-bath look . . . 

 . . . and this was her post bath look. I love clean babies wrapped in hooded towels!

The good news is that Lucy woke up from her nap yesterday afternoon and seemed to be back to her sweet little self. Hopefully it lasts for a day or two so I can recharge my batteries. 

We have lots of plans to hang out with Grandma Ri, Sarah, Brian, Cousin Tommy, and Baby Eleanor all weekend before they head back to Illinois. 

Have a great weekend!