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.

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.

Fynnlee, Greyson, Weekend

Weekly wrap-up and Weekend update

Looks like Tuesday is the new Monday! Jerry has been traveling for work and I’m just keeping my head above water at this point, so I ask for a little leeway. It actually hasn’t been tooo bad. He was home on Saturday before taking off again (he’s in Palm Springs…can we get a collective Whhhaaaaaa) and comes home tonight. We all miss Daddy at our house!

So let’s jump in with some pictures from last week since I flaked and forgot to post those. There were some pretty cute ones and I’m sure you don’t want to miss them!

The warm weather returned and that meant story time outside! The only thing that makes books better is reading them out in the fresh air!

My little Sunshine. She’s a fan of the playground, clearly.

Ball. Ball. Ball. Ball. Ba...you get it. He’s a fan of balls, clearly.

Fynnlee is too. We’re going through a big bouncy ball phase at the moment.

Throwing or riding. They don’t care.

Other fun included felt stars.

Sitting on top of the climber.

And making some art.

And as Easter is right around the corner, no better time for plastic grass! This is at the beginning of playtime…you should have seen the aftermath.

Fynnlee is absent from the picture above because she spiked a fever on Thursday and spent the day at Grandmas. She spent the day cuddling and napping and was fine the next day. Three cheers for quick recoveries. And for Grandmas (and Grandpas)!

Jerry came home from Trip #1 on Friday night and it was so nice out, we decided to take the kids to the playground.

Followed by a walk around the neighborhood.

The holding hands…I can’t.

Of course we have sibling squabbles, but oh my goodness…I love that they are best buds. And I love matching PJs. They will be doing this till they move out of our house. When they’re 30.

Jerry let me sleep in on Saturday and go to morning yoga (best husband award, right there). Mama needs a pedi, stat.

He took the kids to Grandma & Papa’s while I was getting my Zen on. And when he got home, we noticed the kids eyes were all gross and goopy. Greyson has trouble with his right eye watering a lot and it often gets gunky when he has a cold. Well gunky doesn’t begin to describe it…it was funk-y. So I called the doctor and got them both in at 10:45.

No pinkeye, just a symptom of their colds. We left with a prescription for warm compresses, nose wiping and lots of hand washing. They don’t have their 2 year checkups until 5/13 but Fynnlee weighed in at 29.15 and Greyson at 27.10. Why am I worried about what they’re eating???

It was a beautiful day so we grabbed some DiBella’s and decided to hit North Park. We found the most perfect little playground, tucked away from the main area and it was empty! (For you locals, it’s by the cannon, across from the gas station/ice cream shop. There is an entrance to North Park Mansions there too). The kids ran around and played for a good 2 hours.

Not to worry…we emptied out the soda from these cups and filled them with water.

Wawa is better through a straw!

The rest of Saturday was filled with long nap, grocery shopping, buffalo chicken chili and catching up on the DVR.

Jerry had to catch a flight bright and early on Sunday so we were up at 3:45.  I never really fell back to sleep because I know the kids wake up early…so I hopped out of bed at 4:15, made some coffee and watched the news. That relaxation lasted until 4:35 when Fynn woke up and Greyson was up around 4:45 #sleepwhenyouredead.

I knew I was going to have some cranky babes at swim class if I didn’t let them catch a quick snooze. So we left an hour early and I drove through Starbucks while they caught a 45 minute car nap. It worked like a charm and we had happy babes when we got to Goldfish.

Papa volunteered to help out this week and Jarrad may have lost his swim coach job forever.

That blur you see is her jumping into the water, which she did 800 times. No fear in that child!

Swim class was a success and I headed home with the kids for lunch and a nap. It was a beautiful morning and we spent the rest of it hanging out on the deck.

We are all happy Spring is here!

The kids took a killer nap and I finally fixed my toes, while watching The Challenge.

After naptime, I dropped the kids off at Grandma & Papa’s, went to Costco and then joined them for dinner.  Greyson’s eyes were getting worse and so was his mood. So after an amazing dinner of chicken, sausage and tortellini (which Fynnlee actually ate…food always tastes better at Grandma’s), we went home & wrapped up the weekend.

Jerry comes home tonight and we’re so excited to see him!  Hope you have a fabulous week!


Weekend Update

Happy Monday Tuesday! I’m a day late with my weekend update but better late than never, right? Let’s jump right in.

The kids woke up bright and early on Saturday. Fynnlee was up at 3:15! We tried to get her to go back to sleep in our room but she basically just cried for an hour and a half so at 4:45, I just got up for the day.

Greyson was up around 5. We did our usual morning routine (Mickey, snuggles, breakfast, PinkFong, play, play, play) and then we got everyone dressed. We were finally going to hit the water floor at the Children’s Museum! Yay!

We made a pit stop in the “Garage” (see what I did there??)

And then played with the beads/toys/light brights in the “nursery”.

Then it was time to get wet! I put their bathing suits on under their clothes so we just had to strip em down and change up their shoes.

The water was freezing! But they didn’t care. They filled up buckets and dumped them on their heads. They splashed in the fountains and pushed their boats in the river.

I looked over at Greyson at one point and his lips were blue and he was shivering. I wrapped him in a towel and said “You ready to get dry, buddy” To which he yelled “NO NO NO NO NO!” Ok then.

Jerry had an appointment that afternoon (fantasy baseball draft) and I didn’t want to get stuck wrangling the kids by myself so we made them dry off and get ready to go home.

We left around 1:00, Jerry went to his draft and I headed to Grandma & Papa’s, who graciously offered to watch the kids while I went to the grocery store. They fell asleep on the way to their house so I drove through Starbucks. I’m loving these Springtime cups!

They were fast asleep when we got to Lois & Paul’s house & they didn’t wake up until after 3:00. Driveway naps for the win!

Once they woke up, I hit up Aldi and scored the motherload. Cases of Le Croix for $3.99! And they were a 15 pack too. I bought 5 cases. #lecroixaddict

I also cleared their shelves of pouches.

Since Jerry was going to be out for the night, I was invited to stay for make your own pizzas. Grandma was giving the Beans their first lesson in Pizza making.

And picky Fynnlee ended up eating 3 pieces! That is definitely a record.

We headed home around 6:30, did a quick bedtime routine (pjs, milk, Mickey) and the Beans were fast asleep by 7:30. I watched the finale of “Are you the One?” and was out by 9:15.

Sunday was Jerry’s morning to get up with the kids and they let him sleep till 5. I almost got up with them when I heard Fynnlee calling “Mommy! Mommy!” but thought better of it. Mama needs one good day of sleep. Daddy handled breakfast duty and morning playtime until about 7:30 when the whole family busted into our bedroom for Sunday morning cartoons. We snuggled in bed for about 15 minutes, watched some Daniel Tiger and then got ready. It was time for Swim Class!

They insist on walking pretty much every where these days.

In the couple of months we’ve been attending Goldfish, we have seen definite improvement in the kids “swimming” abilities. Fynnlee is fearless and will jump in the water whether your ready for her or not. Her kicks are outstanding and we’re working on floating (who wants to lie still when you can flail around like a fish?). Greyson is a bit more cautious but has no problem going underwater. His kicking has gotten so much better from our first class (where the number of times he kicked his legs was zero) and he’s really good at floating on his back.

It’s often more trouble to get the kids out of their suits than the actual lessons but they really love it.

Jerry’s is giving free surf lessons to the first 3 people who comment on how cute Greyson’s bathing suit is.

After class we headed to Grandma & Papa’s for brunch. The kids fell asleep in the car on the way there so we all got to eat a hot meal in peace!  Yes, another driveway nap! They only slept for an hour or so and then had some bacon, fruit and cereal. And read books.

And watched Daniel.

After brunch we went home and tackled the typical Sunday stuff. Laundry, food prep, standing on the table which we know we’re not allowed.

It was a good weekend.

And because I’m late, yinz guys get a bonus of Monday’s school pictures! The kiddos were happy to see their friends and teachers yesterday.


I also had a discussion about their transition to the Twos classroom (cue heart palpitations). Looks like they won’t be moving till end of May/beginning of June. Which is fine with me. I can keep pretending that they are not getting older.

Hope you all have a good week!


Weekend Update

If I’m going to start doing these Weekend Updates on the regular, I need to get better at taking pictures! So this one will be a little wordy but next week will be full of photos…promise!

Last week seemed like a really, really long one. Is it just me? And then the weekend flew by. As it usually does. I’ve been fighting off a cold for over a week and it kind of morphed into some ridiculous sinus infection situation. Who’s sick of being sick? I am.

So we laid low on Friday night.

There was plenty of snuggling with my favorite little monkeys. I was in bed by 8:30.

Saturday I took some Mucinex, shot some Afrin in my sinuses and put on my big girl panties. It was time for the St. Patty’s day bar crawl! First stop, Cafe on Fifth. This little guy was all kinds of clingy (fine by me!) when we got there but he quickly came out of his shell and charmed the pants off of all the Irish lasses at the Pub.

And Fynnlee was right next to him, dancing a jig and hopping all over the place. Hopping is her new favorite thing. Of course I didn’t take any pictures of how cute they were because I’m dumb (and Jerry & I were chasing them all over the joint). But they were pretty cute.

Next stop was the Pub in the Park in Swissvale. Which was NOT kid friendly at all. But it’s where my Jenny was hanging out for the day and I wanted to see her. Both kids passed out in the car on the way there and Greyson napped for our entire (short) visit.  Thank you to Jerry for hanging out in the car so I could spend some time with Jen.

Fynnlee got to say Hi to Aunt Jenny and then we were promptly kicked out.

Because “We’re really not allowed to have babies in the bar“. Why thank you Mr. Bouncer Man…I completely support that rule.

And…bar tour over.

Boy have times changed!

Final stop for the evening was Grammy and Grandpa Carl’s for dinner.

We forgot the booster seats (again!) and tried to use pillows to sit them up in their chairs. You can see how well that worked. Grammy made a delicious dinner of filet, asparagus and baked potatoes. And lemon bars for dessert.

Right after dinner I started feeling really lousy so we headed home and I was in bed by 7:45.

I have zero pictures of Sunday but it went something like this. Swim class, brunch at Grandma and Papa’s, grocery store, yoga, Jerry went to see King Kong and I got the kids in bed by 7:45.

And then these two lazy buggers slept until 6:00 am this morning!! Whoop, whoop!! I was up at 4:45, naturally.  They were well rested and ready for school this morning.

Looks like they’re already having a fun day!

Hope you have a happy week!

We’re supposed to get a wicked snowstorm tonight. They’re calling for 3-6 inches of snow, maybe more. Only upside is we have an extra hour of daylight tomorrow night to play in the fresh powder! Stay warm friends!