Thursday, May 17, 2012

Mother's Day 2012

Happy Mother's Day to all! :)

I spent the morning of my mother's day at home with my boys, doing housework, playing, and snuggling as we always do.

Tim brought home some groceries and flowers after church.

In the afternoon, we headed to Firehouse Subs for a picnic dinner of subs & fries from Five Guys.  After we ate, we went to the Oak Grove Lake park nearby and played on the playground & took the 1.5 mile walk with Rosie & the boys. :)

All in all, it was a good day.  I'm blessed to be the mommy to two awesome little boys!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

May Update Part 1

MOPS day! The boys had fun at MOPS.

A friend from the cloth diaper group came over with her twins at 10:30 so I could measure them & sew them up some shorties....but, Luke was being mega-naughty and she ended up having to leave before I even started sewing.

In the morning, we picked up Hilary, Aubrey, and Delaney and met up with Liz & her boys at Chesapeake Square Mall.  We visited the playplace & then walked around Target.  After Target, Beth came to the house and we had lunch & naps and I worked on my sewing.  We ran a few errands and then headed home around supper time.

In the morning the boys and I went to the Babywearer's Meet-Up so I could return Jene's wrap...that I had been "borrowing" for months.
The boys napped in the car on the way home and then in the afternoon we had all of our friends over for a pool party playdate. :)

I volunteered at the Peace.Love.Swap again.  Tim stayed home with Luke & Aaron.  After the swap Vinnie and I went grocery shopping.
I got a couple shirts for Luke, a Leapfrog walking toy for Vinnie (which Luke has dubbed a vacuum & confiscated), a bag of wooden blocks, a bag of multicolored dinosaurs (which have helped Luke learn his colors!), a bag of 50+ Littlest Pet Shop pets, a bag of 10+ "Wheel Pals", and a bag of miscellaneous Spiderman toys.
In the evening Mandy came over with the boys and we were going to have a grilled dinner together, but Spencer bumped his head coming out of the trampoline & had to get stitches.
We also babysat Melanie's kids for the first time in a long time. I think they had fun.  I was putting the boys to bed when they got picked up so I don't know how they enjoyed the end of their night, but they seemed to have fun playing while the kids were all awake. :)

We loaded up the car for our big day & headed to Virginia Beach with Aaron, to watch Mandy run in the Color Me Rad 5K.  That was a fun experience and messy too!
When we left there we swung by the house to get a change of clothes for Luke & Aaron & then dropped Aaron off at his mom's store.
After that we went to the WRONG Broken Egg Bistro before going to the right one for a late lunch with James, Missy, Trevor, and Colton.
From there we went to Busch Gardens to see the Newsboys in concert!
At Busch Gardens we rode the train, the Log Flume, the "scrambled eggs", ate a picnic dinner in the car, and then rode the Skyride and went to the concert.
It was Luke & Vinnie's first concert! :)  The band & worship were awesome!

We took Monday off to recooperate from our busy Sunday!

Tuesday morning I woke up with a bad kink in my neck, shoulder, and back. I was in too much pain to do much.  Mandy did come over for dinner--which Tim grilled. :)

In the morning, Vinnie went in for his 9 month old well-baby visit.  After the appointment we ran a ton of errands, we went to JoAnn's for quilt stuff, to CiCi's for lunch with friends, to Newport News to pick up new diapers, to downtown Portsmouth to drop off diapers, and finally home.  It was rainy and gross out but we got MOST of our errands run. :)

Tim took the morning off of work so I could go see the chiropractor about my neck.  I really liked Dr. Block and had IMMEDIATE relief from the first adjustment.  It was awesome.
I ran home after the adjustment, nursed Vinnie and then headed back to the doctor for my therapy appointment.  I spent an hour getting a great massage and really loosening up the spasmy muscles in my neck, back, and shoulder.  Then I got another adjustment.  By the time I left I felt 100 times better!
I picked up Luke's 2 1/2 year old pictures before heading home so Tim could go to work.

Tim worked from home on Friday so that he could go to the dentist.  It was a normal day, except that after dinner we packed up and drove to Emporia.

We spent the day in Emporia, so Tim & Dad could work on the Buick.  We rode the quad, roasted marshmallows, ate sandwiches for lunch and had a picnic dinner from the grill.  It was a nice, relaxing, stress free day. :)

Happy Mother's Day to Me, Mom, and Peggy! And all my friends!
See post.

April 10-30 Sunday Update

Wow, talk about being behind on the blogging! I started this post on April 16 & kept it updated through the 24th...and then never finished or published it.  Time to get that done, since it is now May 13!

April 10 (T)
After Busch Gardens with Betti & Aaron on Monday, we spent Tuesday at home with sick babies.

April 11 (W)
I went grocery shopping during the day.

April 12 (Th)
Vinnie learned to sign milk!! 

April 13 (F)
Aaron, Luke, Vinnie, and I drove to Busch Gardens at nap time & then Tim met us after work.  We hung out in Land of the Dragons the whole time until Tim got there.  Then we ate dinner in the Fest Haus, rode Alpenguist and then rode the train out of the park. :)

April 14 (S)
The boys and I went to a cloth diaper swap from 11-2 and then in the afternoon I went grocery shopping with Vinnie.

April 15 (Su)
-I've got nothing. :(

April 16 (M)
Monday morning we got up & went to the dermatologist.  It was a major waste of time.  The doctor didn't even take Vinnie's clothes off.  She wrote me a prescription (which I still haven't researched) and referred me to an allergist.  The allergist said they would only treat symptoms & don't have any way to find the causes of Vinnie's allergies at his age, so that was a waste of a phone call too.
From there we went to Wal-mart to see Ms. Kim.  She gave me another package of pictures of the kids & visited with the boys.  We tried to go shop but Vinnie woke up, so instead we went ahead & got his 8 month old pictures done.
Then we ate lunch & got some groceries.

April 17 (T)
In the morning we had MOPS. I was actually early and had a good time!
We came home & the boys napped.
In the afternoon we had a new friend over for a play-date in the sprinkler! :)

April 18 (W)
Happy Two & A Half Years Old to Luke!!

Beth came over bright & early and we went to JoAnn's to get some fabric.  From there, she headed to lunch with Peggy while the boys and I ran to Target & then Mandy's house & the pharmacy.
We met back up at the house around 1:15 and Beth helped watch the boys while I got some work done on my secret project. :)
After Beth left it was chaos for a while, as I tried to get the boys settled and fed, and ready for bed.
Betti & Aaron came over around 8 to do a load of laundry & have some dinner.
Tim got home from school after 9 and I took my Vinnie to bed.
Luke was up until 10 pm and Tim actually put him to bed & then he slept until 5 am, nursed & went back to sleep until 8 am!
I wish Vinnie hadn't gotten up at 5:45...

April 19 (Th)
I was up bright & early with a playful Vinnie, so its only 9 am and the main part of the house is clean except for vacuuming. :)

April 20 (Friday)
Busch Gardens with Frankie the pictures are in the post for Saturday April 21.  Mandy met us up there, we rode the Log Flume 5 times! We never made it to Land of the Dragons and did the Sesame Place right before closing.  We did have a good picnic dinner in the parking lot though. :)

April 21 (S)
Strawberry Picking, Took Carolynn to VB, Nap time and Grocery shopping

April 22 (Su)
Happy Earth Day!
-Another Sunday with nothing on the calendar! :(

April 23 (M)
Happy Anniversary to Mom & Dad!

April 24 (Tues)
Library Story time
Grocery shopping & JoAnns

April 25 (Weds)
We confirmed that Vinnie's first word is car.  I wrote a post about it! :)

I watched Thor while doing housework & in the evening (when I went out to return Thor to the Redbox) we met up with Karen & Thomas at the fire station playground. :)

April 26 (Thurs.)
We had a big play-date with all of our friends at our house.  Vinnie managed to get exposed to corn (or some other allergen) and ended up being sick with a reaction for the next couple days.
After nap time we played outside. :)

April 27 (F)
I had errands to run all day & was out & about busy as a bee.  We picked Aaron up to sit in the car with the kids while I did some thrift store shopping and we went to the Craddock HS playground & then the fire station playground with Liz & her boys.

April 28 (Sat.)
The boys & I dropped Tim off at the mall to do a study session for his final exams and then went to Bounce House for Lily's 3rd birthday! It was a nice party, but Luke needed a longer nap & was kind of cranky.

After the party we went to the craft store and bought quilting supplies, drove around a bit, and ended up at Tom & Peggy's house to nurse & change diapers.
After Tim finished, we picked him up and got Firehouse Subs for dinner.

April 29 (Sun)
Mandy picked Luke up in the morning and took him to Emporia with her.  He had a great day out there.  I took Vinnie to church & then we all went to Olive Garden for lunch.  After church we came home and got some work done around here.  In the evening we drove to Virginia Beach to pick up the car & then I went and picked Luke up from Mandy's house.

April 30 (Mon)
Pastor Rachel came over for a playdate in the morning.  Luke was having a combination bad day from exposure to soy milk & all the attention he had to himself in Emporia, so he was kind of a butt.  Rachel ended up leaving earlier than planned because he wouldn't share his toys.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Cloth Diaper Stash Update

So, our diaper stash is nearing perfection! :)

Vinnie:  (24 with 7 under repair)

Pockets/AIOs: 20

15 BG 3.0s
(2 Blossom, 1Twilight, 2 Moonbeam, 1 Grasshopper, 1 Ribbit, 4 Butternut, 3 Clementine, 1 White)
Thirsties Duo Diaper Sz 2 Yellow
Thirsties Duo Diaper Sz 2  Trees
Drybees Hybrid Pocket Small Monkeys (FSOT)
Haute Pocket OS Brown (FSOT)
Swaddleebees Pocket OS Blue (FSOT)

Fitteds: 4
4 MamaGoetsch Pocket Fitteds (Stuffed with Prefolds)

Luke:  (27 with 1 under repair)

Pockets/AIOs: 18

4 BG 4.0s
(Ribbit, Lovelace, Mirror, Eiffel Tower)
6 Fuzzibunz Pockets (FSOT)(4 Pointy Tab Mediums: Black, Red, Hunter Green, Bug print) (Medium Square Tab Purple Daisy, OS Square Tab Pink)
5 Bottombumpers AIOs OS
(Pink, Green, Yellow, 2 White)
Blueberry Pocket OS Purple (FSOT)
Starbunz Pocket Medium Bear (FSOT)
Softbums Omni OS Giraffe Print (FSOT)

Fitteds: 9

(Brown Stripes, Zoo, Giraffe, Cars)
Butterfly Baby OS Car Print
SBish Snapless Multi Blue
Soggy Bottom Baby Medium Pink
Soggy Bottom Baby Medium Orange
Soggy Bottom Baby Medium Salmon

Shared: (7 with 12 OTW & 2 under repair)

6 Overnight Alva Baby
(Green, White, Brown, Red, Black, Dark Blue)
 Daytime Alva Baby Spiderman

Under Repair: 10

VELCRO: 6 BG 3.0s (Butternut, Grasshopper, 2 White, 1 Twilight, 1 Moonbeam)
SNAPS: BG 3.0 Clementine

SNAPS: FB OS Lime Square

SNAPS: 2 Alva Baby (Orange, Light Blue)

12 Alva Baby