Fynnlee, Greyson

School Dayz

Did you know there are only 6 weeks until Labor Day?? No no no no no no NO!!

We’re lucky that the nice weather holds out until end of October around here. And September brings our first family BEACH vacation (I’m so excited to get my toes in the sand, I could burst!). But I love summer so much and I’m bummed it’s 1/2 over. Oh well…there is still summer fun to be had!

So what have these Beans been doing at school? Playing outside, of course! The slide never gets old.

That face, Fynnlee. That face is gonna get you whatever you want, girlfriend.

The theme this week is camping and the teachers had a super fun activity that I’m totally going to steal. They laid aluminum foil in the bottom of a pizza box and layered graham crackers, chocolate and a marshmellow inside. Close the box for 20+ minutes and let the sun do its thing. Instant smores!

Both kids were big fans.

And ended up on a major sugar high!

All the zoomies.

Ladder

and slide. Forever.

The rain brought some indoor play…the yellow ball is back!

two days in a row.

And they played dress up with a police costume.

I was dying at this picture. “Oh hey Mom…Greyson is gonna take me to the movies. Don’t worry, he’s bringing his sister along to chaperone.”

“Hey Mom, can I bring my new boyfriend home for dinner?”  He’s a ladies man, for sure.

Splatter paint shirts…

For splatter paint pictures.

And water play day is the best day!

They could dump water in buckets for hours.

This day was a little cold and Greyson doesn’t do cold.

Fynnlee…could care less.

And that wraps up our School dayz for the week! We have a pretty low key weekend on tap and I’m hoping it doesn’t rain the whole time. Only 6 more weeks of the pool!

Have a great one!

Fynnlee, Greyson, Weekend

Scenes from Summer

Remember when I said in my last post…Summer’s not even half over!?

Well Summer is officially 1/2 over. Booooo… We’re doing our best to make the most of these hot and sunny days. Here are some snaps from the camera roll.

Fun at the children’s museum

Uncle Kevin’s and Grammys birthday celebration

(Girlfriend loves her cupcakes.)


Brunch at the Commoner

Taking in a ballgame

Hanging out on the deck

Stay tuned for a school dayz update tomorrow!

The Beans, Weekend

Summer lovin!

I know…there have been no school dayz or Weekend updates in forever! And that’s because we’ve been crazy busy. Work has been totally nutso for me, weekends have been jam packed with summer fun and evenings are spent picking up the pieces and going to bed at 9:30.

So here’s a quick catch up of our lives. We are definitely summer lovin around here!

Wedding at the West End Overlook. Crazy beautiful day and exceptional view of our incredible city.

He cleans up well.

Open Streets on the Northside.

So cool. They shut down the streets and open it to walkers and cyclists.

2 or 3 wheels are totally acceptable.

My big girl…always helping.

Playdate with the Hemmings boys.

She wants her own baby. She’ll have to settle for sweet little Ellis.

Visit to Reston, VA to see Aunt Steph.  She made her famous pizza.

We went to the pool.

Greyson is finally putting up with his puddle jumper.

The Reston Zoo.

Where they rode on a lion.

And fed baby goats.

And went on a safari ride!

Aunt Steph built this train in her house!

And we pushed our mowers all over the neighborhood.

We celebrated the 4th (and this is the only picture I took!) with a pool day and dinner at Grandma & Papas.


And we’ve had a blast at school. Here are some pics of all the fun the kids have been having.


So far, a great summer. And it’s not even half way over!!

Have a great weekend everybody.

 

Fynnlee, Greyson

Family Pictures

WAIT until you guys see these pictures!!

Oh my goodness. They are too good.

You might remember last year, we hired a photographer for the kids 1st birthday. And I was so happy with her work and how she captured our day, I decided to get pictures taken for the kids 2nd birthday as well.

Unfortunately, she wasn’t available but referred us to a friend and fellow photog, Kate Miller at Captivating Imagery. And as it turned out, Kate wasn’t available until May so we just pushed it off a few weeks.

And then it rained on our scheduled day…so it was pushed back till June.  I honestly thought these pictures might never be taken!  But then everything fell into place and we lucked out with the most beautiful day on June 17th. It was so worth the wait!!

Kate came well prepared with these little chairs…perfect size for our babes. And we settled under a tree at the pond by our house.

We sang Happy Birthday 87 times and jumped around like fools.

Fortunately, the kids thought we were hilarious and gave us a round of applause for our efforts.

Then we headed to the dock for some family shots

The kids didn’t warm up right away…

But then they got into it.

We stopped at our playground for some action shots

The swings are always a good time

And the slide…

Think he’s a fan of the slide??

I’d say yes.

We walked back to the house for some shots on the porch.

Fynnlee, can you pick Miss Kate a flower?

I did it!

My flowers look pretty great, right?

I think they’re starting to hit their maximum tolerance at this point.

We just wanted one more shot with Jacob…and when I brought him out, he knocked Greyson down the concrete steps. Party’s over! Whomp Whomp (not to worry, he was fine)

I cannot say enough good things about Kate and her mad photography skills. She is so good with kids (she’s a Mom too!), very professional and exceptionally accommodating. And she lives right in Cranberry! Win-win-WIN!

And a huge thank you to my super patient husband who agreed to our 7:30 am (YIKES) shoot time and never stopped smiling. You’re a trooper Jerry! xo

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!