Thursday, June 29, 2017

Life Lately

Let's get right to the biggest news of the week . . . our new niece, Eleanor Elizabeth Brennan! She was born on Monday and weighed in at 8lbs 4oz, officially making her the biggest baby in the family. #sorryemmy

The Kissel/Brennan family went from zero kiddos to four kiddos in two years! We don't mess around. We're like the Pringles of procreation. Once we started we just couldn't stop! 

But we're all done now.
I think.
Never say never!

Look how happy little Ellie is to be home!

Monday was a beautiful day (and not so hot!), so we tried out a new park and had a great time. 

Lisa and Greta took over Emily duty for awhile. I don't think they minded!

Happy girls!

"Does this romper make my armpit look fat??"
(Matty gets all the credit for this caption.)

Emmy went to her first Little League game to watch her cousin Andy play. She was looking pretty cute!

One lady commented on how tiny Emmy is! I was all, "Are we looking at the same baby??!"

All I heard was the pitter patter of little feet running back and forth . . . and back and forth . . .and back and forth from the family room to the kitchen. 

Happy to be outside!

Living that pool life!

Lucy eventually braved the super cold water in "Pop's Pool." It's so weird to me that if her pancakes are just a tiny bit too hot she'll freak out, but she goes into this freezing cold pool no problem. 

"Mama want to come in with me?"
No, m'am!!

Go ahead and judge me if you must. It was not very hot outside, I had all the car windows down, and I propped open the door into the house so I could check on her every few minutes. She kept on sleeping for 30 minutes!

So glad we got the double stroller.

And that's all she wrote.

Matty has Friday through Wednesday off work, and we will be spending some of those days at the cottage. Rita is in Bloomington helping out with Baby Eleanor, and my parents are unable to join us, so it's just our little family of four. I'm really hoping the change of scenery and routine will help reset a few behavioral issues we've been dealing with the past few weeks. 

Happy 4th of July!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Take Your Lucy to Work Day

Yesterday, Matt's work had a Take Your Child to Work day. They do it during the summer so the kiddos don't have to miss school. #sosmart  Lucy is still too little to officially participate, but I took her in to visit Matty and see his desk and then we took her out to lunch. A few of his coworkers' wives brought their littles in as well, and we all had a delicious lunch together!

Hitachi sponsors the Grand Prix on Belle Isle, and they had some cool photo op posters set up in the lobby.

The cutest little engineer I've ever seen!

Daddies, daughters, and donuts! Matty knows the way to Lu's heart is through food, so he had some TimBits waiting for her. 

Another family pic, minus Emily! She stayed with my mom.

Lucy did a great job walking around and saying hi to everyone.

Riley, Lucy, Amelia, and Caroline. So unbelievably cute!

Snapped a few pics of the daddies and daughters on our way out to lunch. We went to Buddy's Pizza, and it was DELICIOUS of course. I don't have a single pic though, because I was too busy alternating between stuffing my face with salad and pizza and wrangling an antsy, yet well-behaved, toddler!

What a fun day! Hopefully this was the first of many daddy/daughter work pictures to come!


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Weekend Recap: Mimosa Edition!

We had a very low key weekend, which we love. At one point on Saturday afternoon, all four of us were hanging out and playing in Emily's room and Matty and I were discussing how nice it was to just sit and relax with the girls and not have to worry about going somewhere or getting anything done. I feel like a truly relaxing day doesn't happen very often, but Saturday was pretty nice!

This picture was taken last week during our walk in the park one night. Matty thought the clouds looked pretty cool. 

I always try to enjoy a little one on one time with Emmy while Matty reads to Lucy and puts her to bed. 

This happened on Thursday evening, and was super cute. I joked with Matty that years ago Thursdays used to be dollar beer night, now he "swings like a monkey" with his daughter in our basement gym. 

Lucy was reading books to Emily. She started every page with "Once upon a time." It was precious. 

How adorable is this romper from Em's Aunt Sarah? A definite winner!

The reason why it takes me forever to get in the car and go anywhere. Lucy had to buckle her stuffies into the front seat first. 

On Friday, my mom and I took the girls to the Trenton Art Fair. I LOVE street fair season, but this may have been my first and last with the girls. It was hot, it was a lot of work, and the constant in and out of the stroller on Lucy's part was driving me batty. Stay in . . .stay out . . . I don't care, just pick one!! Despite all of that, though, we did manage to find some super cute things!

Two years ago when I took Lucy to her first street fair, I got a purple cupcake for her room. I was thrilled to see the same artist at the Trenton fair, and they had a pink cupcake for Emily's room! 

We walked past this dog made from fake grass in front of a vet's office, and Lucy loved it. 

After the fair we played at my parents' house for a bit and then loaded up to drive home. I was positive Lu would fall asleep since it was way past nap time and we'd had such a busy day. I was wrong. She was awake and FUSSY. Nothing made her happy. She kept "dropping" her toys and wanted me to pick them up for her. She let out a super loud scream that woke up Emmy . . . who then started crying. At one point we were on 275 and Emmy was crying because she had been woken up, and Lucy was crying because she didn't like what I had on the radio. My patience was gone, there was no reasoning with her, and there was nothing I could do except turn my music up louder and ignore both of them. #motheroftheyear  Have I mentioned that I'm not doing any more street fairs with them??

Once we got home and got everyone settled and happy, I decided to pop open one of the raspberry beers Matty had gotten for me. It was delicious! . . . and definitely deserved!

I put a lullaby show on Netflix, still clinging to the idea that Lu might snooze for a bit, but it didn't work. 

Instead she asked to hold her sister!

On Saturday morning we had our friends Matthew and Nicole and their kiddos over for breakfast. We used to have people over to hang out and play games all night . . . now we have people over for breakfast at 9:30am! #myhowthingshavechanged

The weather was great, and we spent a few fun hours outside on the trampoline . . . 

 . . . drinking mimosas . . . 

 . . . and holding babies! Matthew and Nicole have Ella, who is Lucy's age, and they just welcomed baby Oliver two weeks ago!

Lucy played hard, and was getting tired toward the end of the visit. She had a bit of a meltdown when Ella wanted to play with the bus too. Matty gave Ella the airplane instead, but Lu wasn't having it. 

It it just me, or do they look like twins?

We had an impromptu date night Saturday evening while my parents stayed with the girls! It was a beautiful night, and we ate outside at Cellar 849. Delicious food and pizza!

Matty had Lucy's bike inside on Sunday morning to fix something on it, and she had a great time riding her stuffies around the dining room.

We finally convinced her to take the bike back outside. She is SO CLOSE to being able to pedal all on her own.

Carla sent me this picture of the kiddos. They went to West Virginia for the weekend to visit her family. Right after she sent it, Matty and I were discussing whether or not it would be polite to ask Carla if her family lived on a compound. But then she sent an additional text explaining that they were visiting a historical fort. haha

And in the BIGGEST news of the weekend . . . we are getting a new niece on Monday!! Matt's sister, Sarah, is scheduled to deliver her baby girl at noon on Monday, and we are so excited! Obviously, I wish we all lived closer together all the time, but it's times like this that I REALLY want to be able to just pop on over to the hospital and hold my sweet new niece . . . without having to endure a six hour drive first!

Have a great week! I'll be spending it preparing for our Fourth of July cottage trip. Yes, it takes me all week!