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!!

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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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!

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…


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!

Daily Life, Fynnlee, Greyson, Weekend

Birthday Weekend recap in pictures

Friday started off the big birthday weekend at Grandma & Papa. Aunt Stephanie & GiGi arrived in Pittsburgh around 4, just in time for us to get out of work/school.

The Beans had some dinner.

Grandma’s soup is their favorite.

And then Fynnlee injected herself into the adults dinner, as always.


It rained most of the morning and we were afraid it was going to be a washout, but lucky for us…the sun showed up! And we had the cutest little deckhand helping to clean up the water.

We Mickey’ed and Minnie’ed

We ate lots of food.

And played/opened presents.


We attempted some family photos…

Who thought balloons were a good idea?

We got one good one.

Getting posed pictures with two year olds is proving to be a bit of a challenge.

Too many new toys to play with!

Fynnlee decided she was over pictures.




Jerry and I bought them these bikes which are proving to be a huge hit!


Their actual birthday and another celebration with Grandpa Jim & Grandma Anna. It was a beautiful sunny (and hot!) day.

It was a whirlwind of a weekend and these Beans were so lucky to be surrounded by so much love and family.

Fynnlee, Greyson

 This is TWO

They tell you “they grow up so fast” and “don’t blink or you’ll miss it“. And oh my goodness are they right. I have NO IDEA how my babies, my little sweet teeny tiny babies…are TWO. Wasn’t I just obnoxiously pregnant last week? Complaining about my swollen ankles and my aching knees? The passing of time is crazy…like CRAZY, crazy and here we are. The Beans are 2.

Two is tantrums and tears followed by hugs and kisses. Two is craving independence but looking to Mom or Dad for reassurance. Two is pushing boundaries but thriving on praise. Two is giggles and happy squeals. Two is snuggles and cuddles and “All Done”. Two is Hi Mommy and Bye Daddy and parents that melt into puddles when they say our names.

Two is pretty freaking awesome.

Greyson at TWO…

* loves his Mommy and loves his Daddy but his favorite person on the planet is his big sister. He calls her Nin Nee (and probably will forever) and he thinks she hung the moon. She had a meltdown the other day so he sat down on the floor with her and patted her back while she wailed. He loves to make her laugh and when she does, he repeats that funny thing over and over. He loves to hold her hand and share his snack with her.

* has grown some devil horns. My sweet little lovebug has tapped into his super ornery side. His favorite word is “NO”, he loves to run away from you when you call him and when you say “Greyson please don’t dump water on the floor/get into that drawer/throw things off the deck…he grins and does it anyway. He’s lucky he’s cute. He still has a very sweet, very lovable side that more than makes up for his spunkiness.

* asks for “Do Do” (Baby Shark) or Mick (MM Clubhouse) first thing every morning and then pretty much all day. He loves all books and music. His favorite toys are his bus, his riding toy, blocks and balls. He’s starting to become very interested in cars, too. He has 27 stuffed animals that he likes to carry everywhere with him but his favorites are Puppy (which we keep at school) and Teddy (which he has at home).

* has a whole arsenal of words at his disposal. His vocabulary has exploded over the last 2 months! He thinks every color is Blue (Bee-yew), love to talk about his stinky feet (Pee Pew) and can now ask for a banana (bana), pouch or wawa (milk).

* loves to be outside, outside, outside, outside…whether it’s the deck or the playground. Makes rainy days tough.

* eats like a champ. Favorites are grandma’s chicken soup, meatballs, pesto chicken, strawberries, yogurt and pouches. He’s only ever had water and milk to drink but he now gets 2% at home. He does not like normal kid food…chicken fingers, ranch dressing, ICE CREAM! But that’s just fine with me.

Fynnlee at TWO…

* has every man in her life wrapped around her little finger. She loves her Daddy/Papa/Grandpa Jim/Grandpa Carl something fierce and gravitates toward them first. Mark my words…one of them will buy her a pony someday. She definitely has her moments when she needs her Mommy so I don’t mind.

* She LOVES, loves books and will let you read to her for hours. Our board book days are dwindling as she really likes the ones geared toward older kids. We’ve avoided the library so far because she (and her brother) cannot be trusted not to rip out pages. But we’re getting close to having respect for our books so I look forward to our first Field Trip.

* has discovered how to sleep. You know how I feel about Jinx and I’m going to smack myself in the head if this stops. But she has slept in until at least 5:45 every single day for the past 3 weeks!! Some days I need to wake her up for school!! You guys have no idea how HUGE this is. HUGE!

* is such a sensitive little soul. Don’t get me wrong…this child can turn on the Diva behavior right quick. But her feelings get hurt so easily and she cries when Greyson gets in trouble. And when she gets in trouble…she’s devastated.

* is less picky than she was. Still loves pasta, pesto chicken, strawberries, yogurt, veggie straws, stuffed shells and pouches. But she’ll try anything I am eating and usually steals half of my food once she decides she likes it. Only drinks water and 2% milk.

* She still loves anything with buttons (the remote, computer keyboards, pop up toys) and loud, noisy toys. She’s really getting into puzzles and pointing out characters in her Mickey book. Favorite shows are Daniel Tiger, MMC and Do Do (PinkFong). She’s started “singing” along to her favorite songs. She also gravitates toward Halloween, which I find odd. Mickey’s Monster Musical is her favorite episode, Pete the Cat’s 5 little pumpkins is her favorite book and Ding Dong, Trick or Treat is her favorite PinkFong song (next to Do Do)

* LOVES swim class and has no fear. She loves to jump into your arms and pushes you away when you stand too close.

Oh Greyson and Fynnlee, you are the best part of everything. I am in awe of the people you are becoming and am unbelievably blessed to be a part of it. Every day is a good day when I’m with you and I’m so excited to see what adventures await us this year.

You are so loved.