Bed Bed Bed

As previously mentioned the kids love their new bed. Here they are enjoying it when we were setting it up.

and this is them enjoying it later that night.

and this is them enjoying it later that night.

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Parker and Brenna are (usually) very close. So close that one does not go to bed well without the other. Lately they’ve often even taken to falling asleep in the same tiny toddler bed. Also, they’ve just been a nightmare to get to bed at night lately.

In deciding how to handle these issues, somewhat on a whim, I thought buying them a big bed and letting them just sleep together at night might help. They already do this at Nannies and it seems to work out pretty well. So Meg and I looked for mattresses and such and came across a sale at Mattress Firm. We chatted about it and decided to give it a shot.

So I picked up a full bed set and frame, Meg took the girls shopping for sheets and bed rails and I got to work breaking down their old stuff and setting up the new. We rearranged their room, which gave me an opportunity to clean areas I’ve not vacuumed since setting up their beds/crib, etc…

It’s not quite done, but we’re pretty happy with how it’s coming together. And from how easy they girls went to bed tonight and how excited they were to have all that room, I’d say this was a rousing success. You may also notice some new wall decals to match their new sheets.

Oh, also check out the fancy panoramic shots from my new phone, which I love. Haha.

Before...

Before…

And after...

And after…

See ya next time.

2 weeks in May

See this? I’m updating!

Two weekends ago we went to the Rosewood Crawfish Festival and had an absolute blast. Brenna and Parker painted plates that were given away to Nannie on Mother’s Day, Brenna got to ride some rides and get her face painted, and Parker had a sno-cone and run around like a big girl. There was good food, decent beer at expensive prices, and 3 stages of music, plus rides! Basically everything a festival could be.

totally not causing trouble

totally not causing trouble

Brenna got her face painted

Brenna got her face painted

Brenna climbed these steps and slid down all on her own - 3 times!

Brenna climbed these steps and slid down all on her own – 3 times!

The next day was mother’s day and we all had a good time at my sister’s house hanging out with family. Unfortunately I neglected to take any photos of this event, other than one of the girls when they crawled into Zoe’s cage. But DSS would probably come knocking if I posted another “babies in cage” photo, so just take my word that it was funny, and the children thought they were very silly.

This past weekend Brenna and Parker went to a birthday party for our across-the-street neighbor Audrey. She’s the one watching fireworks with them from my last update. She is now 4 years old, and a very big girl! Brenna and Parker had so much fun and were so keyed up, they missed their naps that day entirely, causing no end of trouble for Megan who was at home watching them while I was out for a previously-scheduled event.

And finally we all traveled to Augusta on Sunday to meet up with some acquaintances and strangers for a cookout. Meg and I play a game created by Google called Ingress that I can briefly describe as “world-wide capture the flag.” We met several people on our team that we’ve only had passing contact with out of Georgia. The kids had lots of fun and the turkey burgers were SLAMMIN’!

Brenna trading a flower with Parker at the cookout

Brenna trading a flower with Parker at the cookout

Parker just had her 18-month check up, and she’s doing very well. Meg is sitting beside me working on colors and shapes (green car! red apple!) as we speak. Oh, also Brenna randomly recited all 12 months in the correct order yesterday on the way back from Augusta… so yeah. She can do that now!

See you next time.

Whoops.. another 4½ months goes by…

I always promise constant updates, and I’m terrible at it. Sorry about that. Once again, I’m going to try and get better about it. It’ll last for a few months until things get silly busy again.

So what’s been going on?

Christmas
There was Christmas, which was a blast. A big one this year too – Brenna was very aware of Santa and all the fun involved in gifts, and Parker was just barely old enough to really enjoy it. We spent time with my family for one of our biggest Christmas gatherings ever (or maybe it was just the most hectic with all the kids), and then traveled to High Point to see Meg’s family. Rather than linking individual photos here, I’ll post to the giant Flickr set of photos that ranges from us setting up our Christmas Tree to the last day in High Point.

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New Years
We kept New Years small this year. Just Meg, the girls, and me hanging out, cooking sausage balls and pigs in a blanket and shooting fireworks. Our across the street neighbors came over once they saw us outside and we shared a drink or two, and our kids all got to play together. It was quite honestly one of the most simple and yet most rewarding new years I’ve experienced. While there is much to be said for the giant party with 300 mortars firing, people getting hit with them and burned, setting trees on fire, stomping out brush fires in ditches, and hiding behind cars while all hell breaks loose (this was 3 years ago), just sitting at home and going to bed at midnight was sort of great. A handful of photos below:

Excited about a party

Excited about a party

A simple spread (pigs in a blanket were in the oven)

A simple spread (pigs in a blanket were in the oven)

My hat's too big

My hat’s too big

Boom!

Boom!

Impressed toddlers

Impressed toddlers

Brenna’s Birthday
This was a big day. Meg and I took the day off work and kept Brenna out of school. I created a card with various activities and things Brenna should look for during the day, laminated it, and gave her a set of stickers to put on each photo as we found the item. It was kind of like a scavenger hunt. We started out at EdVenture for their winter wonderland set up they call Snowville. It’s awesome. But first we played with some regular stuff there – firetrucks, cars, their little kids shopping play area, tunnels, a big tree house, etc… it’s a really, really cool place. But the Snowville exhibit is just awesome. We marked off finding a polar bear, a slide and a few other things and played for a few hours in the museum. Then it was off to lunch and a nap. Immediately after Brenna’s nap we went to the zoo and found a few more items on her scavenger hunt. We picked up Parker from school, had cupcakes and presents. It was a big day! One again, because there are simply so many photos and too many good ones to share, here’s a link to the Flickr set:

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There’s been lots of other events going on. Mom’s birthday in February, Easter, Dad’s 70th birthday party, little festivals like Tartan Day, and this weekend is the Crawfish Festival. Plus just normal days sitting around the house or playing in the yard, or doing a puzzle or playing board games with the kids. (Speaking of which, Mom, if you’re reading this and were stuck playing Candy Land with me when I was a child, I’m so sorry. I had no idea it was as bad a game as it is. Haha… but kids love it, so we play it. A lot.)

Parker is a little more than 18 months old now, and is starting to talk a lot more. She nods and shakes her head no a lot, and points out Diego on the TV and on her sippy cups. She loves “Melmo” (Elmo), and dances, claps and sings along to Sesame Street. She got tubes in her ears about a month ago and the difference has been night and day. Within a day of the procedure she was a significantly happier little girl, and I swear it’s when her talking really began in earnest. I loved our Doctor, and she even let me look in the otoscope to see into Parker’s ears and view the tubes. It sounds silly, but that fulfilled a bucket list item for me. I’ve always wanted to do that and she totally read my body language and let me without my asking. Parker has had her follow up visit and her hearing test came back “perfect.” We couldn’t be happier.

Ok, I’ve gone on long enough. See you soon. I hope.

Seriously, if I don’t post again soon, somebody email me and make me feel bad or something. 😉

xoxo