Fynnlee, Greyson

School dayz

Happy Friday everyone! And TGIF it is…I don’t know about yinz guys but we’re ready to get this weekend started! How about a little school dayz recap to close out our week? I’m gonna get a little crazy today and recap in reverse! I know…I’m a rebel.

Friday – the kids learned all about SUMMER this week and today they started with a little storytime.

Followed by some foot painting

For an art project involving flip flops (I’m so excited for this one!)

Guess who has ticklish feet???

Such a serious little artist. (Note how much paint is covering her hands)

Thursday – Nothing says SUMMER like some cool shades.

Gotta protect those peepers from the sun.

Now that we Fynnlee have graduated to the Twos class, we Fynnlee have learned how to share the boat.

Wednesday – Learning to count with fishy flash cards.

Currently we can get up to 5 (most of the time)

And sunny days are spent on the playground.

And peeping through the “fish bowl)

Tuesday – I think they’ve mastered the slide.

Even in a dress.

Monday – Monkey See

Monkey Do

And that was our week at school!

We also celebrated Papa’s birthday this week. He turned TWO (according to Greyson & Fynnlee) on Thursday.

Fynnlee bought him yogurt (bc she always steals his).

And Greyson bought him bubbles (bc he always steals his)

And they both bought him this tshirt.  The man, the myth, the legend….PAPA!

Note to self…try and get a picture before it’s past bedtime and two little Beans are tapped out!

Happy birthday Papa!!

Weekend

Weekend Update – Father’s Day edition

Happy Tuesday friends!! How was the weekend? Ours was jam packed with fun times. So little downtime and I’m happy to report that I’m getting used to the hustle. And actually enjoying it! I tend to thrive in an environment equally mixed with activity and relaxation. But summertime is my favorite time and ain’t nobody got time to be lazy! Too much fun to be had.

And Father’s Day weekend was no exception! We kicked off our weekend with a Pirate game.

Before we hit the ball park, we had dinner at Bettis Grill on the North Shore. I had the fish tacos, which were really good…but everyone else’s food was pretty disappointing. Especially our out of town guests who had to send their (ice cold) fish and chips back.  Pretty big bummer.

But how about our seats?? Pretty sweet.

Best ball park in the world!!

Grandpa Jim watched the kids and he had an hour + drive home so we left around 9:30. And missed most of the action of the game. But it was still a fun night.

Saturday morning had us up bright and early for Family Pictures!

We worked with a new photographer, Kate Miller at Captivating Imagery.  She was so lovely and wonderful to work with. And let me just gush about my amazing kids for a second…they were total rockstars! They were a little shy at first but quickly warmed up to Kate. She has two young kids and charmed them right away with a fun game of peekaboo. After that, they did whatever she said. I shot this horrible picture with my phone…I can’t wait to see what she was able to capture!

Pictures wrapped up by 8:30 (yes, we’re morning people) and we putzed around the house before heading over to Grandma & Papas for lunch. And bubbles!

Grandma found this bubble machine at my favorite store (Aldi) and the kiddos were obsessed.

Grandma made a delicious steak salad and we had a great time catching up with their friends, Roger & Dee who were visiting from Florida. The kids melted down around 1:00 and we high tailed it home for some much needed naps.

We wrapped up Saturday with a quick afternoon trip to the pool (4:30-6 is perfect pool time…lighter crowds and not as hot)…and everyone in the house was asleep by 9:30.

Sunday had the kids up early (what else is new) and we had a leisurely morning making breakfast for Daddy and hanging out with Mickey & Daniel. The weather looked like it was going to be pretty nice until around 2 so we decided to take a trip to Living Treasures.  You might remember we took a field trip to the park last Father’s Day. They were too little to really enjoy things…but not this year!!

We took the stroller but they didn’t spend much time in it.

Having walking toddlers made all the difference. We went through 3 bags of baby carrots (how do these animals not weigh 800 bazillion lbs???). Fynnlee was afraid of most of them at first. But she figured out that she could throw the carrot in the cage and they would eat it.

Then she had no fear.  (It should be noted that no fingers went near the animals after Daddy read this sign)

Greyson clearly takes after his mother because he wanted to feed ALL the animals ALL of the carrots.

He walked right into the petting zoo saying “Hi Goat” “Nice Goat”…like they were his best buddies.

Not tall enough to ride a camel.

Maybe next year.

But…I asked Fynnlee if she wanted to ride a pony, fulling expecting her to say NOOOOO….But my little Squish shocked the heck out of me with her enthusiastic YEP!

Big proud Mama moment.

I wasn’t shocked at all when Greyson shouted “NEIGHHHH” and jumped right in the saddle.

He was a big fan of Scooter (the pony).

Who wants to buy Greyson a pony?

Feeding the giraffes might have been their favorite part of the day.

No one’s favorite part was this horrible face I was making #faceblurforthewin. But Bug is so cute!

We finally took our two exhausted Beans home for a nap and I went to the grocery store. While I was shopping, I got a call from my Dad. My niece fell while hiking with my brother and his family and was being taken to the ER.  We were supposed to have a cookout at Kevin’s house that afternoon but we needed to make sure Kendall didn’t have a concussion.

Long story short, no concussion, a few stitches and the cookout was still on. She’s a trooper, I’ll tell ya!

We made a quick stop to say Happy Father’s Day to Papa (old pic)

And called Grandpa Carl (old pic)

And then headed over to Uncle Kevin’s where we grilled steaks, shrimp, salmon and had potatoes and salad…and celebrated Grandpa Jim.

And Uncle Kevin.  And Daddy!

Someone is a leeeetle obsessed with Cliffy, my brother’s cat.

And stealing Mommy’s phone.

We got home late for us (7:30) and the kids were asleep by 8. It was an awesome weekend filled with family & FUN! Hope all you great Dads out there had a fantastic Father’s Day!

Fynnlee, Greyson

School Dayz.

Happy Friday, yinz guys!! It’s a crazy beautiful day in the ‘burgh and I took the afternoon off to get a mani/pedi. And maybe meet my handsome husband to do some furniture/computer shopping. I see one, maybe two pool days in our future as it’s supposed to be in the mid 80s with lots of sun this week. Life is so good!

And speaking of so good, how cute are our school pictures from this year??

Yes, these are pictures of the pictures because they don’t give you a digital file.

But that’s ok…saves me the step of printing them out. Which I am SO bad at doing.

Everyone has commented on Fynnlee’s dress, which I bought at TJ Maxx for $6 in the clearance section!!

Bug looks a little grouchy in this shot. Which is funny because of my two children, he is rarely the grouchy one.

This so sums up their relationship…”let me hold you hand, Nin Nee”.  And she’s all “eeehhhhh”

Seriously, enough of this growing up nonsense.

My heart can’t take it!

Moving on…

I know two children who are loving their new class with the bigger kids. They get to play on the jungle gym during outdoor time. And today is the first day of Water Play! We get so many more pictures now. Which I LOVE! But I’m going to try and keep them to a minimum.

Tuesday

Outside on the playground

We have big kids who can climb all by themselves.

Looking at their friends though the peep hole

They still get to play with the mowers.

They are very good at keeping the rubber turf well groomed.

Wednesday

They are doing something that focuses on bubbles here.

Not sure what but it was bubble week so…

Back at it on the playground

She’s a wizard with the bubble wand

Slide all day.

All by myself.

Thursday

Peekaboo!

Popping out of the tunnel to say hello. Have I mentioned that Greyson’s favorite word is “tunnel”? Yeah, kind of weird but he gets so excited when we go under a bridge or overpass. “TUNNEL!!” “TUNNEL!!” “TUNNEL!!” “TUNNEL!!” “TUNNNNNNNELLLLLLL!”

Ok, I guess he fell down here.

She’s learning the picking up your feet on the descend makes you go much faster!

Holding hands in the elevator.

All the heart eyes.

Friday

First day of water play.  Apparently it was a little cool this and their teacher didn’t think they would be having the water play. But then they did.

So everyone got completely soaked. But they had fun!

Before I sign off, I have to share these pics from this week.

#1 Why sit on our humongous couch when you can sit on Daddy? This was right before we changed in to jammies for the night.

#2

Why play with the 800 bazillion toys we have when you can take 6 cans of soda and stack them for over an HOUR? I’m not complaining though. I got to make dinner in peace.

Have a great weekend!

Uncategorized

School days and the start of TWOs!

The Beans just completed their last week in the Toddler room at daycare! I feel like they just started.

Here they are their first week in Toddlers. oh em gee…

  

So how was their last week.

Tuesday – they painted the walls of the “playground” with water.

They were big fans of this activity.

And they were really good at it!

Wednesday – oh ya know…just more mowing the astroturf.

In our matching paint splatter shirts.

Thursday  – They got their playgound back!! The construction on their building was finally complete and playtime resumed where it should.

And Greyson decided to pose for his senior picture. Why does he look so grown up???

This little squish was so happy to have her bench back!

And she worked hard on her carpenter skills. It was construction week.

They love the trees on the playground and applying teamwork to shake their ball from the branches.

Friday – Fynnlee missed her last day in Toddlers due to a little digestive situation she had going on. But Greyson played hard for the both of them!

And then Monday was their first day in TWOs!

Walking in like he owns the joint.

This class room is a lot more structured then Toddlers. We get a curriculum each week outlining what they will be learning. And there are more rules and focus on life skills, in addition to basics like spelling, counting (in English and Spanish), colors, etc…

The Beans are HUGE fans of Bubbles so this was a great week for them to start in their new classroom.

Making bubble bottles.

They still get their favorite playtime in the MMZ…

With all of their favorite balls.

I’m so excited for them to be moving up and learning new things. We absolutely adored their teachers and it’s going to be a tough transition in that respect. 

You can see how much they love their Toddler teachers in this sneak preview of their school pictures :).


But Bright Horizons has such an amazing staff and I know we’ll love their new teachers too!

Fynnlee, Greyson, Weekend

School (and Memorial) dayz

Well hello there! I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend. I absolutely love this holiday because, in addition to paying tribute to the men and woman who lost their lives serving this country, it’s the official kickoff to summer! And you all know how I feel about summer #iloveloveloveloveloveLOVEsummer

I didn’t take too many pictures over the weekend…too busy making memories :). But I’m gonna do a quick recap for my own sake.

Saturday – went to yoga, got my haircut, swim class at Goldfish, naps and then we had a few friends over for a picnic. Chick-fil-a and DiBella’s handled the food and it was the best decision ever. I did make a quick & easy pasta salad that might be my new potluck dish this year. It turned out so well!

Sunday – we had our last class at Goldfish for the season.

It was a pretty lazy day filled with grocery shopping, a Costco run and pizza for dinner. Jerry and I started the 3rd season of Bloodline…holy geez. SO GOOD!

Monday – Our first POOL DAY!!!

We joined the Cranberry pool this year and I was hoping the kids would love it. Oh my. Our little fishes had a blast! They have zero fear of the water…which is a good thing. But they have zero fear of the water…which is not such a good thing. We have puddle jumpers but they didn’t wear them because the baby pool is pretty shallow

2 hours at the pool was followed by a 3 hour nap and then grilling some burgers and steaks with a couple of friends.

It was a good weekend! Yay summer.

Now a little catch up from their school week.

Monday – They spent the day in their new TWOs room. They officially move June 5th.

They had a great time playing with the big kids.

Tuesday – Just chillin on the lawn turf. They get their playground back next week too.

They also made scary lions out of paper plates and sponge painting

Painting is fun no matter what you use!

Wednesday – Greyson practicing his baby cuddling skills

 

He’s such a little lovebug

And break dancer….what he is doing in this picture I have no idea.

Thursday – It’s fun with animal prints!

And hula hoops

And yellow bouncy balls.


Friday – Don’t rock my boat!

Good gravy, she’s cute.

And speaking of cute…

BUBBLES!!!

I hope you all have a fabulous, short week.

Fynnlee, Greyson, Weekend

Life Lately – the awesome and the awful

Hello friends & neighbors! Happy Hump Day.

It’s been a beautiful week here in the ‘burgh. Blue skies and sunny days with temps in the 70s and 80s…today is supposed to be almost 90! #itsgettinghotinhere I just realized I didn’t do a weekend update so I thought I’d catch yinz up on what’s been going on in our life lately. Lots of awesome and a little bit of awful.

Mother’s Day celebrations

Saturday, we met up with my Mom and the Hurley clan at Pasqualino’s in Murrysville for some pizza and partying.

Awesome – the food was outstanding. We had a calzone the size of our car and Fynnlee ate most of it. Kidding. But she loves ricotta and meatballs. That’s my girl.
Awful – Seriously, the worst service I’ve had in a long time. Yes there were 10 of us. But the waitress took our order and then didn’t show up again until it was time for the check. Other staff brought our food but no one cleared the dirty salad plates from our table, refilled drinks or brought my Mom’s food. That’s right…they forgot my Mom’s pizza.

It was still a fun time.

Sunday, Grandma & I took the kids to swim class and Jerry & Papa made us brunch!

Omlets, fruit, cinnamon rolls, cheesy potatoes…and they did the dishes!

Awesome – the food was amazing & it was so nice to be pampered
Awful – Jerry caught the crud from me in Vegas and was down for the count the rest of the day. He had a major man cold (cough, sore throat, sneezing, headache).

2 year check ups

Awesome – we have super healthy babes. Fynnlee is 29.15 lbs and 33 inches tall and Greyson is 26.15 lbs and 33 inches tall. And no shots!

Awful – they both have ear infections!! We had no idea. Other than the daycare cold they’ve had for probably 6 months, they had no symptoms.

Transition to Twos

We have the oldest kids in the Toddler classroom. They are basically adults and love to boss the other little ones around.

Awesome – June 5th they transition to the Twos classroom
Awful – WHAAAAAAAAAAA! stop growing.

School dayz

These are all awesome.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Roadtrips

In Vegas, we selfie

So as you know, we just got back from 3 fabulous days in Las Vegas. This trip has been booked for months and I’ve been plotting & planning our agenda for just about as long. Most importantly, what we would eat. And then, what we would do. Ziplining down Fremont Street, tour of Hoover Dam, take in a show, hit da Club

Yeah, we did none of that.

We did lots of walking & exploring (avg 22k steps a day!), lounged by the pool, ate really good food and went to bed by 9:30. Wild ones, I’ll tell ya.

Oh, and we selfied. We/I took so many selfies. But we didn’t feel weird about it at all. It’s all people do in Vegas.

The selfies started on the plane. The guy next to me fell asleep…I’ve blurred his face to protect his identity.

And then I snapped this awesome one in bathroom of our hotel.  It’s a keeper.  Isn’t my jacket super cute?

But I didn’t really feel like handing my phone over to strangers to snap pics of us. And I’m getting pretty good at the art of Selfie-ing. So I just went with it.

Here are some of my favorites. We used the selfie STICK for this one.

Me in front of a fountain.

We snapped a couple pics in front of this fountain, but I don’t know where it was.

I actually don’t know where we were in most of the pics I took. I’m guessing we’re on one of the pedestrian walk ways here.

I was at Starbucks in this one! Thank you Instagram stories.  A very artsy shot, no?

Me at the Luxor! I don’t think I even played this slot machine.

Lounging by the pool

And having breakfast at Toms Urban.

It was only 59 degrees apparently.

I made Jerry pose for this one. He’s a good sport.

This is probably my favorite one. We’re so cute.

And that about wraps up my photos from our trip!! It was really good to get away for a few days. The Beans were in good hands with my Dad & Anna and Jarrad’s parents. We missed them terribly but got some much needed rest. Thank you Las Vegas! And thank you Grandparents.