Thursday, February 16, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

The start of Valentine's week....
Sweet boy working on his "Candygrams". 
Candygrams are a time-honored tradition at Stonewall and all of the students buy them for their classmates, friends and teachers.  The best past is that all of the proceeds go directly toward the Stonewall Deaf Education program. I sent him to school with money and he was so excited to purchase his candy grams at lunch time all by himself. It was the first thing he showed me when I picked him up - and he got right to work on them!

Last Thursday we hosted a little Valentines playdate - candy and games for the kiddos and shopping for the mamas! 


The kids made valentine cards

And played games with Sheridan - Valentine's Bingo & a "Minute-to-win-it Candy obstacle course"

On Monday the littles celebrated Valentines Day at school. 
My friend picked Hayden up from school and went I picked her up these two cuties were handing out on the back steps chatting over some candy. Love how close they are sitting even though the entire step was open. So cute! 

Checking out all of his goodies!

Valentine's Day!
Donuts and goodies for breakfast!


These robots were ALL Ryan's idea. We picked out the candy and I help assemble them (since I had to use a hot glue gun). I found the little tags on Etsy here. 

Hayden woke up after Ryan had left....and let's just say she isn't a morning person. There were no smiles. 
Here she is trying to hide. She turns away from the camera....she would have turned all the way around but her donut hit the wall so she stayed to the side. 

Later that afternoon I joined Ryan for his class party!
So proud of his Kylo-Ren candy box. 

Candy Obstacle course & Valentine Bingo for the win!

After the fun games and snacks the class showed us some of their dance moves. 
Ryan's in the waaaaaaay back....but he was movin'

When we got home Ryan wanted me to take a picture of all of his "stuff"

And Kevin and I celebrated with some society bakery cupcakes after the kiddos went to bed. So yum!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Weekend FIVE - 1.27.17

1. D.E.A.R. Reader
On Friday morning Kevin was the guest reader in Ryan's classroom. Good thing I was up there for a meeting because we totally forgot that it was picture day! I was able to bring Ryan up something to wear and give him some 'handsome' hair...and take a snap of Kevin reading. 

Damaris helped with the kids that afternoon. When I got home I walked into this.
2. Markers.
Oye. 
It was most likely inspired by Hayden's shenanigans from yesterday.  She was so proud of herself until I showed her this picture, then she looked horrified. 

Saturday morning we headed to swim lessons, then off to Ryan's basketball game. Since the weather was awesome we met some friends up at The Lot. 

3. The Lot
We ended up spending the entire afternoon here. 

The kids had so much fun running around...and it was actually pretty empty!

4. Papa's Birthday 
On Sunday we celebrated Papa's birthday with a family brunch. The boys were so excited to give them birthday cards that they made. with markers. 
Grayson drew Papa and a dog. Inside he wrote a lot of letters. 

And of course Ryan included a robot on his!

And we didn't mess with giving her markers again. Although she did put some makeup on while I was getting ready. That little dark spot under her eye is just a little eyeshadow....no big deal.
Makeup - check. Purse - check. Maybe we are getting a little girly. 
We also got to wear her new sweater that Gigi knitted her - isn't it adorable? We love it!

After brunch we decided to walk around and check out The Farmers Market. 

The boys picked out some Greek cookies

5. Birthday Parties! 
Kevin took the boys to a birthday party and I was on girl duty with Hayden. 
That afternoon Hayden skipped her nap and we headed to her first girly girl party - A ballet party for her friend Blythe!
I had a feeling most of the girls would be in pale pink, but this little firecracker rocked her hot pink leotard and neon green tights like nobody's business. 

The girls danced with a "Real" ballerina and learned some moves...then had some cupcakes!


Hayden enjoyed her cupcake.

Trying to get a picture of all the girls with the ballerina. 

Afterwards we headed straight to the Little Gym to celebrate her friend Julia's 3rd birthday. 
Hayden had so much FUN!!! She was one of the youngest kids there but that didn't stop her from participating in everything. She LOVED it!

Busy busy weekend...Kevin and I were beat and ready for bed Sunday night.



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

What's Up Wednesday - January 25


1. What we're eating this week
We are still LOVING our meal deliveries from HelloFresh
This week we received:

Shawarma Meatballs with Bulgur and Sumac Veggies
We made this Sunday evening and it was a solid meal. Although I don't really know what "Shawarma" or "Sumac" technically are, I am down with meatballs, veggies and bulgur so I was up for the challenge. All in all it was good, but the meatballs could have used a little more flavor. 

Sweet Apple Pork Chops with Cauliflower Mash and Snap Peas
This was hands-down my favorite meal of the week. Yes, I realize it was only Tuesday when I made it,  but OMG it was so good. Maybe because I was completely surprised by how much I actually liked it - I am typically not a fan of the sweet & savory in one meal. Anyhow, the cauliflower mash was excellent. I realize most people do cauliflower mash to save on carbs from the potatoes BUT this mash was half potato half cauliflower and it was so delish! I also was able to easily make this Whole30 approved by using ghee instead of regular butter!

One-Pot Tortelloni with Kale and Parmesan Bread crumbs
I haven't made this yet because I am not a huge fan of tortelloni - I'll save this for the kids to eat when Kevin and I have a date night.

2. What I'm reminiscing about
I can't believe that Ryan is halfway though Kindergarten. This week I started seeing flyers for Kindergarten Round Up (for kids entering Kinder next fall)! I can't believe it's already that time again!
Sweet boys at their Kinder Round Up

3. What I am loving
I stocked up during their winter sale and some of my Must Haves include the Blush/Bronzer Duo, The Love & Luster lipgloss set, the Lip Shine, & the Charcoal Mask - even Kevin loves that!!!
I also bought the kids shampoo & conditioner - we haven't used it yet, but will soon!

4. What we've been up to
Well, I finished the Whole20 (I know that's not really a thing) but it's something in my book :)

5. What I'm dreading
Nothing at the moment. Of course that could change...

6. What I'm working on
The Playroom
- Painting the entertainment system 
- Decorating the walls
Ryan's Star Wars Room
- Wall decor
- Maybe painting walls?

7. What I'm excited about
 Our laundry room is finished! I'll do a post on this soon :)

8. What I'm watching/reading
Just finished The Nightingale
Wow. This book is about two sisters living in France during WWII. It's heartbreaking and intense but a beautiful story that follows these ladies on their path of survival in German-occupied, war torn France. 


9. What I'm listening to
We have been getting a lot of requests for "Gummy Bear". I haven't met anyone that is familiar with this song, but it could be because it was released in 2007, so we are about ten years behind.  Oh well, YouTube recommended it and it is a hit for us. 
It's kinda catchy!
And I hear a decent amount of YouTube Kids....my kids are obsessed. Oye.

10. What I'm wearing
Lots of jeans and sweaters. repeat.
I actually made a little goal to not buy any new clothes in the month of January. My plan was to use the month to purge what I don't wear without bringing in anything new....well, I haven't bought anything new, but I haven't technically purged anything either. Oops!

11. What I'm doing this weekend
-Celebrating my father-in-laws birthday with a family brunch at Mudhen. I have never been there and it's down at the Farmers Market - another place I haven't been! 
-a handful of kids birthday parties
- Hayden's swim lessons
- Ryan's basketball game
- Maybe sneaking in a date night 

12. What I'm looking forward to next month
This view
Kevin and I are heading to Mexico for a long weekend with friends! I am so excited! I also cannot wait to go shopping for this :)

13. Who is your favorite bachelor and bachelorette
Kevin and I do love some Bachelor/Bachelorette - a guilty pleasure indeed! I might be partial but my favorites are Sean & Catherine, and JoJo & Jordan. And....maybe they both live down the street from me. ha! Not that I know them by any means, but I do follow them on Instagram so it's kinda like we are friends? right? lol. I have seen Sean and Catherine at Tietze park a few times....a few years ago I actually got a pic with them. 
So fun!

A Day in Our Life - Tuesday

5:30am alarm goes off. I usually get up right away but I snoozed until 5:37....oops!
get out of bed. brush teeth. 
dress in workout clothes. 
grab watch and phone without disturbing Kevin. 
head downstairs.
grab water. 
leave.
Pilates. 
I love working out first thing. I feel so much better for the rest of the day and it's so nice to get home and get a head start on the day. Once I get home there is 30 minutes of rushing...but then it calms down again before the crazies wake up!

I typically walk back in at 7am or shortly after. Ryan is downstairs waiting for me on the couch. He has started to complain about being tired and/or cold. I tell him to eat and it will help him wake up and moving will warm him up. Aren't I nice? 
I get his cereal and he eats. 
He gets dressed. 
I unload the dishwasher, pack his lunch for school and make Kevin breakfast to go. Usually an english muffin sandwich type thing with two eggs and sausage...but sometimes I get real fancy and whip something else up. 
When Ryan's lunch is packed and Kevin's breakfast is ready to go, I grab my coffee and sit down at my computer hoping that I can get 30 minutes of uninterrupted time. That really never happens. Today Grayson wakes up early and is already downstairs before these two are out the door...
I took a quick picture before they left...so handsome!

Grayson decided he wanted a picture- and he needed his backpack too.

This guy is very specific about what he wants for breakfast. 
A bowl of cheerios (picks out a specific bowl)
A yogurt that he HAS to open (don't you dare take the top off)
And COLD milk. (because have I ever given him warm milk?)
Sometimes he wants sausage, or a pancake...but don't worry, he will let you know!
He likes to put his yogurt on top of his cheerios - as opposed to the other way around. Whatever floats your boat dude. 

And this little hot mess is up too. She takes a little bit longer to get going...but when she is ready she also starts demanding things. I guess I created these monsters. 

We use to leave the house at 9am for Hayden's swim lessons, but that is on Saturday now, so we have some more downtime before the day gets started. Our house keepers come around 9am so I try and pick some things up and tend to these guys when they get noisy. 

Grayson wanted to do the wooden marble run, so we did. I love this, but it topples over so easily....I really have to set their expectations so that they don't cry every time that happens...cause it will inevitably happen. Somehow we manage to keep this one up...and both kids play with it...for a good 30 minutes. Score!

I sneak in some breakfast while they are playing. This is chicken sausage from Trader Joes and it's my favorite! And bonus - it's Whole30 approved...if that's your thing.

Then I tend to my newly discovered bump on my shoulder. 
                                      bump                                                         no bump         
I felt it on my drive to pilates this morning...so I texted some friends to ask what they thought. 

And then we play with a box. 



Until a fight breaks out....

Good thing it's time for dance!
At 10:15 we headed out the door for Hayden's dance class. They really encourage you to drop your child off - they even have a carpool line and will get your child from your car, but I am still obsessed with watching her so we have been going in. I love that she is carrying her backpack like a purse. 

Headed in to her dance class. 

Parents can watch through a one-way mirror in the hallway. I can't decide if Hayden would participate more or less if she knew I was watching...

After dance class we usually run home but today we went to Snip-Its. Grayson desperately needed a haircut....he was getting quite poofy. 
Easy peasy.

Next up - Little Gym for Hayden. 


Grayson sat and watched us the entire time. Since there were only two other kids in the class today I invited him to come in and join us but he said he just wanted to watch. Usually his friend Hayes is there with him and they play legos and color....

Since our house was clean I didn't want to eat lunch at home - We headed to Subway for lunch and ice cream at TCBY after!  
Hayden is in that stage where she is starting to drop her nap. She has always been a great napper, but more and more she fights it AND when she does take it, she takes forever to go to sleep at night. Since she is in a crib it's not a huge deal - she just talks to herself for a while...and bangs around. Anyhow, since she didn't seem very tired after dance and Little Gym I decided to skip her nap in *hopes* that she would be more tired at bedtime.
Grayson did a good job with his sandwich - Hayden, not so much. 

She doesn't like the bread - not sure if she is my child. 

 Strawberry sorbet for the win! Oh and with Nerds on top. I am not sure what is going on with Grayson's face - he looks sad but I can assure he was not. 
Her cheese face is getting a little silly. 

Sharing hers with Grayson


Once we got home the kids wanted to play up in the playroom...so I threw together a quick lunch for myself and we headed up. 
I sat the art table while the two of them played. Well Hayden played and Grayson asked me to help him find things every. five. seconds. 

Busy bees....

Around 2:30 Gigi came over so I could pick Ryan up from school without these two crazies. (I also had his parent teacher conference at 3:20) I picked him up and since he didn't mention wanting to play on the playground I quickly ran him home. I dropped him off and headed back up to school - thankfully it is very close. While I was waiting I saw some of his work in the hallway - I love seeing what he does at school. 


No surprise there!

And they made some New Year Resolutions...

I loved reading all the other kids "goals" too, and I love that Thomas (Ryan's best friend) wrote that he will "help Ryan on the monkey bars" as his first goal. 

Such sweet friends. 

When I got home Gigi was on the trampoline with Grayson! These other two were scavenging for snacks....


The kids had some snacks and then we played some more on the trampoline. Zombie Zombie come alive is their favorite game....One person lays in the middle with their eyes closed while the others chat "Zombie Zombie come alive, when I count to Five."
One.
Two.
Three.
Four.
Five. 
Then the Zombie gets up and tries to tag someone, but your eyes are closed. It's pretty funny. And fun.  Hayden loves playing it too...and she is a pretty cute zombie. 



Around 5pm I was done with the trampoline and ready to start working on dinner. We came inside and I let them play on their ipads while I prepped dinner. 

Of course my little sous-chef didn't want his ipad - he wanted to help!

He loves standing on this step ladder like this...

We made Sweet Apple Pork Chops with Cauliflower Mash and Snap peas. It was delish...although the kids really only ate the pork and snap peas. I even added cheese to their mash, but they weren't having it.  Oh well. 


After dinner there was a request for the "Gummy Bear" song...which then turned into a request for the Crab Moana song...and then a specific request for the "Real" Single Ladies (Beyonce as opposed to the chipmunks) from Grayson. That boy cracks me up. 
After a little dancing we headed upstairs for baths and reading. I read Oceans Alive to Grayson and Hayden - which is a book about terrifying sea creatures...which they think is amazing. I guess we will see how the beach goes this year...
And Kevin and Ryan read in his room. Once we were done it was light out (usually around 8pm). 
Kevin and I watched a little bit of The Bachelor from Monday night...It cut off near the end, so we gave up and just turned it off. I headed upstairs to read a little before turing the lights off.  
I know. Exciting stuff. 

And that is a typical Tuesday for the McDonough house. 
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