Posts tagged ‘kids’

September 13, 2012

Back to School

The summer has come to an end, and the boys are back in school. I have to admit I’m excited to get back to a daily schedule and leave the chaos of summer behind. The first day of school for both boys was a couple of weeks ago, but I just finally got around to getting the pictures off of my camera.

Simon started 1st grade this year, and Oscar started going to an in-home daycare just 2 blocks away from the house. He loves that he gets to ride his bike to school almost every day.

I’ve finally gotten my quiet days back. It’s nice getting work done without having a screaming child in the background. It sure makes things a lot easier.
 
 

April 23, 2012

Sharing a room

When Oscar, our youngest, turned 2 in December, we decided it was time to move him from his crib to a big boy bed. We also decided we wanted the boys to share a bedroom. So we moved Simon out of his blue room and into Oscar’s room. We had never painted or even really decorated Oscar’s nursery after moving into the house, so we were very excited to finally tackle this room and do what we wanted with it.

First, we moved all of Simon’s things over to let them get use to sharing a room before tranferring Oscar from a crib to a bed. Here is what the room looked like at that point:


 

As you can see, the room was a minty green color. It wasn’t a bad color, but not exactly one we would have chosen ourselves. So it was time for a change. After a few weeks, we went in with paint brushes in hand and changed the feel of the room completely. We are very happy with the end result.

Entering the room:


 
Light but bright blue:

 

 
Glow-in-the-dark stars:

 
Dressers:

 
Art desk:

There are still some small adjustments to be made and things to add, but we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. The boys especially like the dark blue area with glow-in-the-dark stars. Originally that was a closet, but at some point it was changed to make the room a little bigger. Almost everything in the room was purchased at Ikea, including the bunk bed. I am a huge fan of Ikea for a kid’s room.

While doing this room, we also painted Simon’s old room (now the guest room). No more primary blue!! We haven’t done much else at this point, but I’ll post pictures as soon as we get it closer to where we want it.
 
 

August 14, 2011

Vacation’s over. Back to the daily grind.

Why does a week of relaxing at the beach go by so much faster than other weeks? It’s not fair.

We are back from our trip to Surfside Beach, TX. The reason for this getaway was to celebrate all of the big events that happened in my family this year. My mother retired, my sister and her hubby turned 40, I turned 30, my sister-in-law turned 40, and a close family friend turned 50. Not to mention it had been a few years since we had all taken a trip together. It’s hard getting us all together because there are so many of us.

I am one of six kids. All but one of us are married, and my single sister always brings her best friend (that close family friend I mentioned above) whose been part of our family for about 12 years now. Only three of us that are married have kids so far. I have two, my sister has three, and my brother has five. Oh, and out of all 10 of our kids, 9 of them are boys.

We always have a good time when we all get together. And this was the first time we had all been to the beach together. There was a lot of swimming, sand digging, crab hunting, clam collecting and boogie boarding happening all week. Unfortunately, we were unimpressed with the beach house itself. The A/C upstairs went out and didn’t get fixed for 2 days. Two of the burners on the stove didn’t work (not good when trying to feed that many hungry people). And there was a horrible smell in the kitchen that we finally traced back to mildew behind the fridge. Gross!

But even with these few disappointments, it was a great trip! I’m sad it’s over.
 

 

 
Here’s a look at our “big catch” after the first night of crab hunting.
 

 

May 23, 2011

Mom Find: Foxpaws

After each of my sons was born, one of the first things I did was unswaddle them to look at their feet. Not because I wanted to ensure that they were born with 10 toes, but because I wanted to catch a glimpse of those adorable little things. I’m not even a fan of feet. Seriously. They gross me out most of the time. But baby feet, I just love! Unfortunately, it’s not very realistic to keep your baby barefoot all the time, especially when they start walking. So if you have to cover up those squishy tootsies, you should do it with something equally as cute.

Check out this precious brand of shoes made for newborns up to 24 months. The company is called Foxpaws, and I am in love. I’m just sad that at only 17 months old, Oscar’s feet are almost too big for these. Good thing I know plenty of other babies!
 

Not only are they completely adorable, Foxpaws sends private donations to Orphanage Support Services Organization (OSSO) upon each order to help sponsor children and orphanages in need.

How did I find this brand? Zulily, of course! And here’s another Zulily find that I think is uberfun — a 3-D moose puzzle to display on your wall! This, along with a lot of other unique family games and activities, is made by Discovery Bay Games.
 

 

May 8, 2011

A Mother’s Day Adventure

Whenever possible, I enjoy finding new places to go and new things to do. I especially enjoy finding new places for us to experience as a family. So when Alex asked if there was anything I wanted to do for Mother’s Day this year, I knew exactly where I wanted to go. Sandy Lake Amusement Park. This place isn’t exactly new, 40 years old to be exact. But we had never visited this old school amusement park before, even though it’s only half an hour from our house.

I found a coupon on their website allowing us to get in for free (typically costing a whopping $2 per person). Free admission? Hello, I was all over that. If this place stinks, we can just turn around and go home, no money spent.

So we pull up, hand them our coupon and drive through the gate. Where are we? And what year is it? It was surreal. We felt like we had stepped onto the set of Adventureland. (Great movie!) Simon was so excited I thought his head was going to explode.

Once you are in, each ride takes between 3 to 5 tickets, and tickets cost 50¢ each. We immediately went to the ticket booth and bought the biggest book of tickets you could get – $20 for 44 tickets. It took Simon a long time to figure out what ride to do first. It’s an important decision, you know. But once he started, he went very quickly from one ride to the next. There were no lines!!! We blew through those tickets in less than an hour. Oscar even got in on the action.
 
 
After doing the rides, we walked over and checked out the arcade, the miniature golf course and the paddle boats. At this point we were all hot and tired and decided ending the day with a train ride around the park would be perfect.
 

 
Needless to say, the kiddos crashed as soon as we got into the car. It was a successful adventure and a wonderful Mother’s Day.
 

February 14, 2011

One step closer

After an amazing trip to NYC, we arrived back in Texas, greeted with beautiful weather. So we got right back into garden prepping. Unfortunately we got a bit of a late start, so I’m not posting a new picture to show the progress. It doesn’t look like we did much of anything, but my sore body says we did.

We began with a quick run to Lowe’s to get everything we would need to finish the garden. We bought a couple different kinds of compost, some stakes and twine, and of course, seeds! Less than $40 later, we were on our way home. The kiddos came along, which makes every quick errand a little less quick. So by the time we got home and got started, we didn’t have much daylight left. Take a look at the original image, and then imagine bricks dug slightly into the ground, lining the entire space. And also imagine the ground filled with nutrient rich soil just waiting for seeds to be planted.

I’m happy with the progress we made and we hope to have it completely finished by the end of the week. Also,  I was able to take this sweet picture of my boys…always a plus!
 

 

January 26, 2011

Age 4, smell you later

Today is a day full of conflicting emotions for me. It is the last day that my oldest son will be a 4-year-old. Tomorrow, whether I’m ready or not, he turns 5, and for me, that age represents a lot. It represents the transition of a little boy into a big boy.

To Simon, this means no more naps at preschool and no more “T” after the number on his clothing. Apparently, he thinks that turning 5 means all your 5T clothes no longer fit you anymore, and he’s very excited to lose that “T”. To me, this means more independence (as discussed in this previous post) and more embarrassment towards his parents. And, I don’t think I’m ready for that.

However, 4 hasn’t exactly been the most lovable age. For us, it’s been the most trying. Maybe turning 5 will bring an end to the “terrible fours.” Also, the older Simon gets, the more fun it is to watch him. He’s playing sports and learning to read and write. He amazes us all the time with some new skill he has developed. So, in some ways, I’m really excited about having a 5-year-old and can’t wait to see what lies ahead.

I guess, no matter how conflicted I am, it’s going to happen, and there is nothing I can do about it. If there were, he would still be that little boy in the picture to the left. So, I’m ready to welcome age 5 with open arms. Bring it on!
 

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January 19, 2011

Mom Find: Polarn O. Pyret

A friend of mine just introduced me to this Swedish-based fashion company, Polarn O. Pyret. The clothes are adorable and they are having a huge sale right now, with some items up to 70% off. You can’t beat that! They are all over Europe, and only have one store in the USA, located in Greenwich, CT. Hooray for online shopping :)

Here’s just a glimpse of some of the cuteness I saw on their website.
 

 
{Reversible Lumber Jack Button Down – $17.50 (orig. $35); Two Pocket Button Tunic – $14 (orig. $28); Color Block Track Jacket – $10.50 (orig. $35)}

I have to thank my friend Amanda, at shrimpsandwich.wordpress.com, for adding another Swedish-based company to my list of things to love.
 

January 12, 2011

Mom Find: Zulily

If you are a mother (or soon will be) and you haven’t heard of Zulily, join now! It’s a great online store that offers daily sales on baby/kid apparel and gear. It even features goodies for moms. As a member you can save up to 70%, and you get introduced to new brands all the time. Plus, membership is completely free.

 

 

Today, I’m in love with this cool rain gear from Kidorable. They even have knit hats & scarves, backpacks, hooded towels, umbrellas and more. {1. Space Boots – $19.99 (orig. $29); 2. Fire Fighter Boots – $19.99 (orig. $29); 3. Fire Fighter Knit Gloves – $7.99 (orig. $11.50)}

 

 

Also, I love, love, love these socks from Baby Loopies. Anyone with an infant knows that keeping socks on a baby is no easy task. But these stay on so well (at least in my experience), and they are adorable. They also have toys made of organic cotton and soybean fabric that work for babies or dogs – they squeak! {1. Pretty Bitty Bright Black Socks – 6 pairs: $9.99 (orig. $26); 2. Organic Alfonzo Flat Katz – Medium: $7.99 (orig. $12); 3. Sneaker Brights Organic Socks – 7 pairs: $14.99 (orig. $26)}

But remember, to get the good deals you have to sign up at Zulily. Happy shopping!