Fynnlee, Greyson

Life with Greyson & Fynnlee – 17.4

In two days, these little maniacs turn 1 and a half years old. Eighteen months of the sweetest, craziest, exhausting & exhilarating days ever. I’ll have a monthly update for ya next week after their doctor’s appointment. But I do have a little spoiler for ya…Jerry put them on our bathroom scale and G-man clocked in at 25.5 lbs and Fynnlee at 27.5 lbs. Growing like little weeds, they are!

The weather took a turn and it was pretty cold & rainy so they didn’t have much outdoor playtime. But when they are outside, they’re obsessed with these giant legos.

They put them all together to create a balance beam. And then they don’t want to climb off of them!

The pre-Halloween week was filled with indoor, spooky, creepy fun! The discovery box held spider webs. Greyson loved getting his hands in there to check them out.

Fynnlee, not so much.

Side bar…seriously, how cute is this kid?

They did lots of art work. They used markers to color on paper.

And the table.

And their faces.

They also made some purple slime to get messy with.

It was a pretty messy day all around!

More art work…this time they wore their smocks.

for some sponge painting.

On pajama day, they ran around the MMZ (movement matters zone) to burn off some steam.

Hard to get a still picture of her zoomies!

We’re all pretty ready for the weekend around here.

Definitely in need of some R&R.

Hope you all have a spooktacular weekend!

Fynnlee, Greyson

Life with Greyson and Fynnlee – 17.3

Western PA weather is still amazing. 80 in mid-October? Yes please! It lends to lots of outdoor playtime for the Beans.

Who knew that plastic ribbons could be so much fun?

Well they are!

bouncy balls in a box?

Also so much fun!

Soccer played with basketballs?

And basketball played with bouncy balls? Whatever works!

There was some beautiful art created with Indian corn.

Is it still called Indian corn?

Rainy day play is held in the Movement Matters Zone (MMZ). Fynnlee can’t wait for her Grandma teach her to play tennis!

And Greyson loves this climber. Stairs on one side and a ramp on the other. And a little perch on top.

I can’t even begin to describe how happy Fynnlee’s soccer skills are making her Daddy.

And this one…this one has to be getting into something he shouldn’t. Ornery with a capital G.

October means Pumpkin everything. They can’t carve them yet.

But they can paint them!

Speaking of painting…how adorable is this plate from Katie’s Clay Studio?? Highly recommended if you want some keepsakes from your little Beans.

Playdough is a close cousin to clay.

They’ll be firing up their own pottery in no time!!

We’re supposed to hit Shenot’s pumpkin patch tomorrow…fingers crossed it doesn’t rain!  Have a great weekend.

Roadtrips, Weekend

Going back to college

A couple of months ago, my dear friend Amy sent a Facebook message to our little group of college friends saying “Hey everybody! Wanna meet up at Homecoming this year LOL?”. I don’t believe she was 100% serious but the OMGhellyeah!s starting pour in. Within a day or two we had commitments from 10+ girls saying they would love to get together. My friend Jen G/B checked hotel availability and whatdoyaknow…we found one with a bunch of rooms!

It was kind of effortless how this thing all came together. And amazing. I hadn’t seen a lot of these ladies since my wedding. And some I hadn’t seen for much longer. Of course, a few dropped out last minute and a few couldn’t make it. But overall, the turnout was fabulous!

For those of you new to the party, I went to Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). Which, in the late 80s, was voted the #1 party school in the country by Playboy. Side note: Jerry also went to IUP but he was a couple of years younger than me. We had a lot of the same friends but never really met each other.


And here are the OGs. Left to right…me, Lynn, Janine, Amy & Jenny

Amy and I met at the beach when we were 15. We were old school pen pals all through high school and decided to go to the same college…and be roomate. Janine and I went to high school together. We were friendly but not close. We really connected the first day at college when we were placed in the same dorm. Lynn was her roomate freshman year. Jenny and I met at orientation. We hit it off immediately and joked about how awful we scored in our math placement exams. We ended up in the same remedial math class our first day of freshman year and the rest is history.

The 5 of us lived together for all 4 years of college. I love these ladies more than pizza.


And the rest of the crew…left to right. Jen D (flew in from California!), Chris (Pgh), me, Amy (Philly), Jenny (Pgh), Kristen (PA), Lynn (Philly), Dana (Ohio), front…Jen G (Philly) and Janine (Pgh).


Years go by when we don’t see each other…but when we get together again, it’s like we’ve never been apart.


These are my people.


The festivities started out at the hotel when this guy brought Lynn her beer.  He’s been with us for 25 years. He just keeps getting passed from roomate to roomate. He’s our mascot.


The weather couldn’t have been more perfect. The sun didn’t stop shining for 3 days.


We spent a good part of our day walking around campus. It’s been almost 15 years and so much has changed!


We stopped by one of our old off-campus houses and the current tenants invited us right in! They guys announced us as “The Moms are here!” and one of them mentioned that his Dad graduated from IUP in 1998. Which is 3 years after me.


We stopped at our first off campus house…Lazor Brothers #7. To quote SATC “A lot of sh*t when down in this apartment. Attention must be paid…”. So many memories!


BFFs forever…all because we suck at Math.


And of course we had to recreate this gem from our sorority days. You should have seen us trying to get up from these steps. It was ugly. #old lady problems.


We’re already planning our next reunion. Love you Crazy Girls to pieces! You complete me.

Fynnlee, Greyson

Life with Greyson & Fynnlee – 17.2

Current temps: 60 degrees and sunny. Perfect Fall weather in western PA!

Current eats: The kids are working on their utensil skills. Yogurt with a spoon.

And lots of stuff with a fork.

Current bathtime situation: Fynnlee drinking all of the bathwater. #1 it’s gross #2 It can’t be good for her. #3 It’s gross #4 She drinks so much that she soaks through an overnight diaper AND liner. #5 it’s gross (I guarantee at least one of them is peeing in the water)

Current finds: Binky graveyard under Fynnlee’s crib. I found ALL of these pacifiers under there!

Current indoor play: Leaf Walk. We had a rainy day so their teachers laid out a path of paper and sprinkled leaves over it.

Then the kids shuffled through the leaves and pretended they were on a leafy hike!

Current outdoor play: Tube stacking

Fit the tubes inside one another.

Currently learning: Colors!

The kids take turns matching the colored leaf with the coordinating bowl.

Currently practicing: Trick or Treat!

Currently reading: ALL OF THE BOOKS! The book obsession is out of control.

Current sleep: Missing our well rested days in Punta Cana. Babes are back to 4:15 wake ups and we are tired!

I’m meeting my college BFFs at our old stomping ground, IUP, tonight. It’s homecoming weekend and we decided it was a good excuse for a girls trip. I’m only staying one night but that means Jerry is having his first solo overnight experience with the Beans. Wish us both luck!!

Fynnlee, Greyson

Life with Greyson & Fynnlee – 17.1

I know we’re in the second week of October, but I missed getting their pictures posted from last week. I promise…I’m trying to get back on a regular blogging schedule!

Fall is in the air! It really feels like it now, although the leaves aren’t changing much yet. Our days have been in the 70s and sunny so the kids have been having a ball playing outside.


Having a ball.…get it.


Lots of buggy rides.


They love riding around the campus.


Fresh air brings lots of smiles!


They have playtime inside too…I don’t know what he’s doing here but he’s so darn CUTE!


Just another game of “Where’s Fynnlee?”. She loves hiding in the triangle mirror.


It was parent appreciation week at school so they got their feet dirty making a special art project for us.


Tough assignment when you have super ticklish feet!


How creative are their teachers??  We loved this little keep sakes.

They also made slime.


Mix it up…






There is a lot of grass that needs to be cut. And Greyson is your lawn care specialist.


Along with his trusty helper….


Looks like it’s gonna be another beautiful week. Today is supposed to hit 75! Get outside and play. Happy Hump Day!!

Daily Life, Favorites, Fynnlee

Day in the Life – Fall 2016

Today we’re joining the Day in the Life round-up organized by one of my favorite bloggers, Julia at My Life in Transition. I think I started reading her blog when she was pregnant with Truman. So I’ve been a fan for a long time!

DITL posts are some of my favorite to read & I wish I did them more often. It’s so fun to go back and see how things have changed. The last one I did was in January, 2016…my babies were still babies!

So here we go…The date is October 9, 2016. The kids are 17 months old. Jacob is 9 years old. Jerry and I are just old.

4:02 am: I hear Fynnlee crying and decide it’s way too early for her to be waking up. Let her fuss for 30 seconds or so and she falls back asleep.

Both kids are screaming and when I look at the clock, I can’t believe it’s 5:30! Yay for sleeping in on Sunday! It’s my morning to get up with them so I pluck them both out of their cribs. I hold Greyson and assist Fynnlee walking down the stairs. Both kiddos go in their high chairs with some milk so I can take Jacob out to pee.


Change diapers and turn on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. We’re having pulled pork for dinner so I run downstairs to take the meat out of the freezer.  Come back upstairs and help the kids into their chair so they can read a book together.


Pour myself a giant iced coffee because…zzz I’m tired.


Story time  lasts about 5 minutes and they start destroying baby jail.


The kids play while I empty the dishwasher, get the pork in the crockpot and make a quick vinegar cole slaw



I turn off Mickey and tell the kids it’s time to watch the news. I sit in the chair and Greyson comes over to snuggle.


Not to be outdone by her brother, Squish starts chanting “Up, Up, Up, Up”


We read some stories and they watch Pink Fong on my phone while I watch the news.

They start to get whiny around 6:30 and I know that means they’re hungry. I ask them to sit in their chairs and give them each a pouch. I get their cups of Chex ready and hear Fynnlee saying “Help” which means she can’t get the last drops of food out of the bottom. Pouches are finished and they eat some cereal.


Fynnlee feeds half of hers to Jacob.


Dada’s awake! I leave him in charge of the kids and I take Jacob for a walk.


Brrrrr, it’s a brisk morning! Fall is definitely here. Jacob is in Dog Heaven!

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My mum is finally blooming. $10 at Costco for that baby!

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And the trees are just starting to turn.


Kids are in full play mode when I get back. They are obsessed with sitting on the couch.


Or standing. Actually standing is preferred but I try to discourage it.


I give them each a 1/2 a banana before I head upstairs to get ready. We have a brunch to attend!


I shower at night so it takes me literally 10 minutes to get myself together. Less than 5 minutes of that is makeup…I timed myself to prove it.

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I get the kids dressed while Jerry takes a shower and gets himself ready for the day. Someone is ready for the pumpkin patch! Whhyyyy does he look like he’s 15 all of a sudden???


We gather up the crew and head over to my brother’s house to celebrate my favorite niece’s birthday! Kendall is 4! Greyson and Fynnlee both fall asleep in the car on the way there. I know this 15 minute cat nap isn’t going to be enough and am kicking myself for not getting them to nap a bit in the morning.

Grandpa Jim entertains the troops and the cousins all play together.


It’s nice that our Beans can participate in playtime now, rather than just sit there!


Greyson opens and closes this door 100 times.


Katie and Kevin make a fabulous brunch…eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, bagels and fruit. We stuff ourselves (Greyson and Fynnlee eat a little fruit and another pouch. They could live on pouches).  We all sing to Kendall and help her blow out her candle.


Ryan takes the kids joy riding through the neighborhood. His driving skills clearly make them nervous.

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I can tell the kids are tired and Greyson is definitely showing signs of being sleepy.


We take our chances and head over to Yeck’s Farm. It’s a 9 minute drive from Kevin’s house and Fynnlee falls asleep on the way. Surprisingly, she’s in a decent mood when we wake her up. These kids are being troopers today!]


He is already taking after his Mother in the love for animals department. There was a sheep in this pen that he was obsessed with.


Fynnlee is always a bit more cautious.


But when the animals back away from the fence, she’ll check them out.


We bought tickets for the hayride and Jerry said “We should probably head home after this”.

Fynn’s RBF in full effect.


I knew lovebug was ready to sack out. Going, going…




The hayride is fun though. It was about 15 minutes long, which was perfect. I think everyone enjoyed themselves.


And we manage to get one decent family picture to commemorate the day.


Once we get back to the farm, we say our goodbyes and decide to head home. Its almost 1:00 and I know meltdowns are looming.

I had to try for one pumpkin patch shot before we left. Yeah…not happening.


Yeck’s is about 20 minutes from our house and both kids fall asleep about 3 minutes into the drive home. Jerry and I scoop them out of their car seats and deposit them directly into their cribs. They don’t fight us at all.



With the kids zonked out, I decide to take a quick trip the grocery store to get buns for dinner. I knew the store would be empty so I could get in & out quickly. Because, ya know…Steelers.

A few essentials for the week (I hit up Trader Joes on Saturday so we didn’t need much)


I come home & fold a load of laundry


Then watch the second half of the game.  Last year for these bumble bee uniforms!


The kids wake up around 3:30 and have a little snack with Daddy.


And then he reads them 345982 stories while I got dinner ready.


Pulled pork sandwiches, vinegar/garlic slaw and burned sweet potato fries.


The kids try the pulled pork and like it ok…I think they ate a toasted bun and another pouch.  And a bunch of yogurt melts.


After dinner, Jerry plays with the kids while I clean up the mess from mealtime.


They watch some Mickey until it’s time for bed.

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Sippys of milk around 7:00 and they go right to sleep. It’s been a long day. After they’re settled in their cribs, I take Jacob for a walk around the neighborhood. Jerry watches more football and does some work.

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I take a shower and climb into bed to watch some reality TV on Bravo. I think I’m asleep by 8:30. Tomorrow is a work day and 4:30 wake ups are no joke. No shame in my early bedtime game!

And that’s a Day in the Life!