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, 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!

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.

Saturday

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.

PUT.

ME.

DOWN!

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

Sunday

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.

Roadtrips, Weekend

Girls trip to Hershey 2017

3 years ago, Amy & I started a little tradition that I’m so happy we’ve continued. Girls weekend in Hershey!

I left at noon on Friday and made it to the Chocolate Capital of the World by 4. The trip is 3.5 hours but ya know…pee breaks.

We met up at the hotel (the very posh Super 8), talked non stop for 2 hours and then left for dinner at Harvest in the Hotel Hershey.

I fell in love with their burger all over again.

We went back to the room and were asleep by 9:00. Two party animals, I tell ya! I slept until 7:00 and it was heaven.

Saturday morning was spa day! Our appointments weren’t until 3:30 so we had a light breakfast and then hit the Tanger Outlets for some retail therapy. After
a yummy Buffalo Chicken Salad at houlihan’s (which I just read it the 3rd unhealthiest salad at any restaurant chain…ooops) we checked in to the Spa.

They give you these super comfy robes and lead you on a quick tour before directing you to one of their waiting rooms.

Bahahahahaaaaa! As if…

I am not a fan of being quiet.

I seriously had the best pedicure of my life.  It was the “Cuban” and you get a mojito sugar scrub and lime moisture cream plus a stellar foot and leg massage. Amy made fun of my color choice as I’m exceptionally predictable. What can I say…I like classic.

We took hot showers and lounged around for a while before deciding to veg out with a pizza and TV back in the room. We housed this entire thing…in our defense, it was only a 6 cut. And covered in veggies so it was basically a salad.

We watched How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days before falling into a deep sleep.

Amy and I have been friends for almost THIRTY YEARS! I can’t wait to see her again when she visits Pittsburgh in July. xoxo love you AT.

The Beans, Weekend

Easter 2017

Technically it’s still spring but with temps in the 70s, I’m calling it the unofficial start to summer! It was blue skies and sunny days with a few rain clouds at inopportune moments…but we filled this Easter weekend with so much fun and family. It doesn’t get any better than this.

Friday – Birthday cookout for yours truly filled with food and family. My Dad & Anna, my aunt Patty, Kevin, Katie and the kids, Jarrad’s parents and the Beans. We grilled up burgers, dogs and shrimp and face planted into TWO cakes. It was a good day.

Saturday – The Bean’s first Easter egg hunt proved that they are still a bit young for the festivities. They were more interested in the bubble machine. Grandma & Papa hid two dozen eggs at their house but we got rained out before we could start looking. We were pretty disappointed but the stuffed shells and ricotta pie more than made up for it! Our twinsies were spoiled rotten and got their very own yellow bouncy balls.

Sunday – A nice quiet morning, a long nap & Easter dinner at Grammy’s. We had ham, lasagna, cheesy potatoes and deviled eggs. And Ryan & Kendall made me a bunny cake for my birthday! The kids ran circles around the house (literally) and crashed hard on the way home.

Snapshots of our days…



My heart is full and so is my belly! Jerry and I are hitting the diet hard because we leave for Las Vegas in 3 weeks!  My two favorite little people have a birthday between now and then and I’m headed to Hershey this weekend for some girl time.  Its a busy time of year and I love every minute of it!

Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!

Fynnlee, Greyson, Weekend

Weekend Update

Alternatively titled “We didn’t go to visit Aunt Stephanie”
or “Aunt Stephanie comes to Pittsburgh”
or “The Beans have the best Aunt ever”
or “Fynnlee won’t poop”

Is this the face of a miserable child or what? My poor baby.

Our week continued to be pretty crappy (or NOT crappy, depending on which way you look at it)…Greyson was still cutting teeth and feeling sick. And Fynnlee was still dealing with her digestive issues and diaper rash. But we decided we would press on and hope for the best. We were so excited to see Aunt Stephanie so I picked the kids up on Friday at noon and we were on our way.

We were pretty hopeful when they both passed out 30 seconds into the drive. But around the 45 minute mark, Fynn woke up screaming (like crying SO hard). Jerry pulled over on the turnpike and I changed her in the back of the van. That’s when I saw how bad the diaper rash was (aka bleeding) and we made the tough decision to call Steph and tell her we couldn’t make it. There was no way I could let this child sit in a car seat for another 3 hours. We turned around and called our pediatrician on the way home.

If you don’t like reading about poop, skip to the next paragraph. So basically what is happening with Fynnlee is she got herself constipated and when she finally went it really hurt. Now, whenever she has to go, she squeezes her little butt cheeks together so tight (she’s afraid) and only a little bit comes out. She was doing this 10+ times a day (hence the diaper rash). Currently, I’m pumping her full of prunes and a probiotic and hoping she’ll have a big BM she can’t control and see that it doesn’t hurt to go. As far as the diaper rash is concerned, our doctor recommended Calmoseptine…which I had never heard of but is a miracle!! Ironically Danielle had actually mentioned it after my last post and we picked up a tube on the way home from the doctors. Within one diaper change there was marked improvement. You put the calmoseptine on the affected area and then cover with a zinc diaper rash cream (my favorite is Triple Paste). There is a little menthol in it, which I thought might burn a little but I can only assume it’s soothing based on Fynnlee’s reaction. Prior to this cream, she would literally scream “NO, NO, NO…!” when she saw a baby wipe (and we were using water wipes with nothing in them). It killed me. So, if you have a baby, pick up some of the pink stuff in the green tube (Calmosepine)!

Poop discussion over.

Back to Friday…We were so excited when Stephanie offered to come to us! Rather than rush around on Friday, she decided she’d drive to Pittsburgh on Saturday morning and spend the whole weekend with us. So Friday night was low key. I pilfered through the fridge and freezer and managed to find enough stuff to make pasta with sausage, peppers and mushrooms. The kids ate it too!

Saturday morning was pretty uneventful. We hung out around the house for a bit, went to Whole Foods (the kids napped & Jerry stayed in the car) and then back home to wait for Aunt Steph.

Aunt Stephanie got to our house around noon and she brought pizza! So we all had a nice, big lunch and then headed to Ross Park Mall. It was pretty ugly out so an indoor play space sounded like a good idea.

Note I said “sounded” because that play area is always hit or miss. Often times, there are kids have no business being there (aka they are bigger than me) or there are too many kids running wild (they are kids, I get it) or there are little punks whose parents are a-holes and just stare at their phones the whole time, completely unaware that their kid is being a jerk.

Saturday was one of those “miss” days…and after Fynnlee got knocked over, I knew it was time to leave. Or I would be bailing Jerry out of jail.

So we walked around.

And played in the cars

And rode the train.

And we still had a great time! Although Fynnlee didn’t love the train.

Grandma & Papa agreed to babysit so Jarrad, Steph and I wrapped up our day at Patron.

Sunday had us Jerry up early and we spent a lazy morning with Mickey, Daniel and Do Do (Pink fong). It was a pretty nice day so we decided to try a new playground at Pine Community Center. I didn’t take many pictures but it was a nice park.

Grandma made a fantastic Sunday dinner (again, no pictures…sorry Grandma!)…chicken cutlets, roasted carrots and potatoes, green beans, chicken thighs and apple tart for dessert. Fynnlee ate all of Papa’s chicken (she’s got that sign for MORE perfected) and a little bowl of ice cream. Greyson had a meltdown pretty much through the whole thing (poor bug and his ouchy molars) so we had to say goodbye sooner than we would have liked.

We have another trip planned to see Aunt Stephanie in June and we’re already counting down the days!!

Oh & Fynnlee still won’t poop.