Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lil A's Monster Truck 2nd Birthday!

(This is from the vault of drafts I never published! apologies... )

So in my defense this started off as a small get together... We weren't going to make a big deal about this birthday since it was just "2"... but as we planned and looked at inspiration photos we got too excited and a small get together turned into a Monster Truck bash.  Not gonna, lie... we don't know how to do small.  :)

If you remember lil A's 1st birthday party we had about 65 people...and the weather was perfect!! This year was about 40 people and we got blessed with a break from the endless rain storms!   I'll try to summarize as best as I can...but I'll let a lot of the pictures do the talking!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

5 Min in Kathy's Head

...I don't understand why people minimize the amount of dressing they put on their salad.  I like my leaves coated... even when the restaurant pre-adds...I usually ask for more.  I get that there are added calories, but it's not like you're drinking down 1/2 a bottle.  And you're eating a pile of leaves anyhow...

...If my son pats my belly one more time saying, "baby"...I'm going to lay down and immediately do 50 crunches... that'll show him. coworker told me today that he doesn't eat hummus because he sounds like "human" which he then relates to The Walking Dead.  What?!  They're chickpeas dude... which makes me think of baby chicks the size of peas... which is basically diet chicken wings.  *score*

...why does my potty training son think un-moving objects are staying still because they are pooping?  Like the tractor down the street... know how when you go to a restaurant during your lunch break and your waitress highlights how they have a new menu that has your food to you in 8 min or less... and she proceeds to forget your drinks, deny you the complimentary salad and food comes out 25 min later with the appetizer 10 min after that?... she needs to work on her opener.

...I avoid un-happy people.  I tend not to acknowledge them when they confront me because they make me uncomfortable because of how contagious their negative disposition is.  I honestly don't understand why some people insist on looking at life so negatively.

...I worry about who my boys will be when they grow up.  I don't want them to make the wrong choices.

...why does Old Navy send me like 5 emails today about "today only" sales!  You fooled me once before... now I know jeans will always be on sale! dirty are gas pumps?  Cause they gross me out.

...Some nights I'm so tired I want to hide in my closet (so lil A can't find me) and take a nap.  I would only wake up to eat, but I know Matt would panic and order a pizza.  Ugh... I wouldn't want a pizza.  We always get pizza.  Maybe a salad instead... with extra dressing.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Why I shampooed my carpet this weekend...

What an awesome weekend at home!  It rained a lot... which didn't stop us from trying to get out for a quick hike.  Ok, maybe it did because lil A wouldn't keep his gloves on and proceeded to jump into every puddle he saw.   I'm convinced this kid seeks out the path with the most mud, dirt and water.

On our way back home we stopped at the animal shelter to see some of the dogs they had there.  It was actually pretty sad.  Most were pitbulls that seemed really cage aggressive.  I'm sure most of them would have been fine if they were able to run around, but they were all barking and jumping.  Lil A has a huge heart for dogs and wanted to pet them.  Lil R was the opposite.  haha.  He was gripping onto me and basically growling back at the dogs to prove his alpha stance....(sigh).  The visit did stir in Matt the need for a family dog the hunt is back on to find our perfect furry friend.  Doesn't help that we are super picky with what we want.  Basically, the Hungarian Visla...which retails as low as $2500... but you're paying for a shedless, medium-large sized quality dog!  haha.
So we're trolling shelters and rescues for pointer dogs hoping we come close.

Once we got home, cleaned up, fed and dry everyone took naps and left for a birthday party down the street.  We popped in for just a couple hours and then headed to our friend's house where we spent the rest of the evening babysitting their little girl so that they could go out for their anniversary.  She's a doll... and gets along with lil A perfectly!

On Sunday we were off to church in the morning and then spent the afternoon at home just getting the house in order.  Matt outside getting the yard ready for winter and me inside cleaning the kitchen, mopping the floors, laundry...and shampooing the carpet... because someone decided to take things to the mobile level...

So the floors are clean and I'm trying to keep them free of small edible objects.  Which you so easy to do with a toddler in the house! ha!   I accept the challenge!  Hope you all had great weekends!

- Kathy

Friday, October 17, 2014

Thank God It's Friday

Dear God, 
So pumped for the weekend.  Really don't have any plans so hopefully we can just enjoy some family time! 
This part week was interesting.  Matt and I had taken Monday off as we finished our blissful getaway weekend!  So it was a short week.  
Got my Ikea stuff from my sister!  Ah!  Love the frames that I settled on for our master bedroom... now to find the pictures that I want to put in them.  I wanted the room to focus on us as a I'm thinking some candid shots from our wedding... blown up as 12x12's.  Weird size I know.. so I have to get creative. Maybe I'll do a voting contest with my readers to see which three prints will make the cut! :)
Thank you for the gift of friendship... this week I've been able to reflect on some key friendships I've had for a long time.  Girlfriends who have been there any time I've needed a helping hand or shoulder to lean on.  I'm so grateful to have them in my life...and I pray I can reciprocate that love and devotion.  I don't know if it's about growing older or entering new chapters in life, but you often find that those who don't need you in their life find ways to exit it.  And at times that's fine.  But after the dust settles from a bumpy ride, it's refreshing when you have "those" friends who are still standing there for ya. 
Thank you for my kiddos.  Oh man... love them.  Let's just show that love in pictures shall we?

Thank you for fall!  I seriously love this time of means colorful leaves, boots, spiced chai tea (don't even think I'm going to say pumpkin flavored anything... ugh.. gag!), cider, cozy cuddles on the coach by a fire with a good book (bahaha... yeah, moms don't get that last one!)  But seriously, what is more beautiful than hike in Fall... 

Hopefully the weather isn't too cold this weekend and we can get the boys out for at least one hike this weekend.  And maybe to DSW so I can get the boots I've had my eyes one this month... hehe

Thank you for the light at the end of the tunnel with school.  I finish up this semester in two weeks then I only have two more classes till graduation!  This girl is going to celebrate big!!  You wait and see!! haha. to start planning the evening. 

Love always,
your daughter

- Kathy

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

And just like that...he took me to new heights!

I love my husband.

Even on a normal day starting at 5am when he snoozes his alarm for 1 hour, groggily helps me get the boys ready, spills sugar everywhere while making our coffees, forgets the diaper bag when dropping the boys off, forgets the lunch I made him in his car, lies about eating said lunch, runs errands on his way home, walks in with a grocery bag 1/2 filled with eaten candy bars, and riles the boys up right before bedtime...a  too late bedtime.

I still love him.

I love him because he doesn't stress out about getting ready in the morning, because irate noises like an alarm don't bother him, because lil A adores the way he wakes him up, because he knows how I like my coffee (sweet and light...just like him!), because deep down I don't mind re-routing my morning to drop off the diaper bag and see the boys one more time, because I don't mind spending time to make his lunch, because I like practicing my skills at catching him in a lie, because he doesn't complain about running by the store for the taco seasoning I forgot, because he has a sweet tooth that kick starts my dieting, because he bonds with our boys.

Matt's my best friend.  Lately, life has gotten hectic and we just haven't had the time to really connect.  It's just a part of life I know... but I'm a big fan of date nights...without the kiddos!  Just a little R&R to get back on track and talk about adult things.  (Harder than it sounds... I can talk about Thomas the Train for hours!)

So when Matt told me that we were going to do a weekend getaway I was excited.  At first it was going to be a family thing but he planned something that he said wasn't kid friendly so we reluctantly made plans to leave them behind in the safe hands of my parents.  We both knew we would miss the boys like crazy, but we were also excited for some time just the two of us.  The funny part was I had no idea what the weekend had in store!  That's right... Matt planned out the entire weekend!  As in...every..single... moment.  From when we would wake up, where we would eat, etc.  That's a huge feat for a fella who married an obsessed control freak a planner.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Thank God It's Friday!

Dear God, 

Friday couldn't have come fast enough!  It's amazing just how much has happened in the past week! For starters... I'm back to blogging. ;)  Slow start, yes, but it's a matter of fitting it into my schedule right?  I'm thinking evenings will be working best.  Mainly for the fact that it's the only time I have to myself.  But thank you for the chance to be able to do this.  I enjoy it! 

Thank you for my husband!  He's such a sweetie.  Even when we're super stressed out and don't take time to reconnect... he makes up for it in the sweetest... unique ways. 

 Speaking of his amazingness (I use this word all the time)... ever been told to pack a bag for a long weekend and not know the specifics of where you're going or what you're going to be doing?  No?... well I'll let you know when we get  back for my surprise weekend getaway.  Babies get to spend the weekend with their grandparents and Matt and I will have some R&R somewhere... don't worry. Will catch you all up soon!  Will be taking the good camera too...!

Thank you for my babies!  Gah, I love these lil dudes!  Even late at night when I basically fall face down on my bed from pure exhaustion I'm so grateful to You for trusting me to take care of them.  They are so fun... and life changingly (that's a word!) amazing!  Last night lil A didn't want to go to bed because he was hungry.  It was 10 pm and I was getting lunches ready for the next day so he saw the cucumber out and asked for that... with dip (aka ranch dressing).  I sliced about 3 inches worth and he inhaled it.  Then he asked for a quesadilla (meat and cheese) I cut him 1/4 of a whole and he ate that.  Asked for I gave him a 1/2 of a whole... he gasped and said, "whoa that's a big one".  Then ate it all.  Downed it all with a glass of water, wiped the table and walked off telling me to wipe down his messy chair.  Yup... that's my life with a boy toddler!

Lil A though... what a chill dude.  He found the magazines under the coffee table and went to town.  Then he fell asleep.  Woke up and ate...then fell asleep again, for the night. 

 All this talk on sleep reminds me that I have a project to post on soon!  So we're revamping the master bedroom!  So excited!  Matt was actually the one who pushed for this and inspired a lot of my design ideas.  I can't wait for the final reveal. 
Thank you for the time and energy You gave us to be able to get the majority of the work done on one Saturday.  It was definitely a long day... but we are in love with the final design!   My sister is graciously delivering the last of the elements from Ikea this weekend!'ll all be in the loop!  Enjoy the sneak peek!
Well Lord, it's been a busy one...but definitely full of blessings!  Glad to be able to sit back now and gear up for a weekend of adventures and surprises... 
Praying you all have memorable weekends as well! 

your daughter...Kathy

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Shake it off...

So I've had T-Swift's "Shake It Off" song on repeat for the past hour.  I seriously love this song.  It's been awhile since Pandora actually hooked me up with a recommendation I approve of. :)  I was surprised that it was T-Swift... I thought she did country?!  Whatevs... She's doing good things in my book.  One of those songs that you drop what you're doing, close your eyes, raise your hands and just let loose.  No matter where. you. are. (Apologies to my boss..)

I think it's the old-school beat. 
The random clapping that I still can't quite figure out
The lyrics that are oh-so-simple and true. 
Or maybe the reaction of "A" when he sees me randomly bust out in dance.
...yeah, it's most likely the last one. 
But seriously.. the song is so true... 

'Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, playAnd the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hateBaby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shakeI shake it off, I shake it offHeart-breakers gonna break, break, break, break, breakAnd the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fakeBaby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shakeI shake it off, I shake it off

How can you let life get you down after listening to that? 

... off to listen to it one more time... maybe this time "A" will dance with me. 

- Kathy