Friday, April 18, 2014

Five on Friday

Happy Good Friday!  I'm excited for Easter weekend to begin and even more excited for Chris to get home early from work today!  We have a very busy weekend ahead of us, but I'm super excited for it!  As usual, I'm linking up with DarciAprilChristina and Natasha's blogs for their Five on Friday!


We had a breakfast play date this week with some of our friends.  We each brought a dish and had fun socializing while the boys played.  I made banana bread and also loved this egg & sausage casserole.  I stuffed my face and Noah wouldn't eat a thing.


We LOVE our Lollacup!  We heard about it on Shark Tank originally and when Noah started using a zippy cup, we immediately ordered one.  It's definitely one of Noah's favorite cups, so we just ordered another one so he has one for milk and one for water/juice.  This time we got the red cup, since red/pink seems to be his favorite color now ;)  He also loves sitting in his booster seat.  But instead of it being on a chair, he likes it on the floor.  It baffles me why he prefers to sit on this hard chair instead of his nice comfortable PBKids chair!


I got a manicure and pedicure yesterday.  Now I'm all ready for Easter Sunday! My usual place is closed for renovations.  I totally forgot, so I just kept driving until I found another place (not hard to do in this area).  Thankfully, the place turned out to be nice.  I still prefer my normal place, but at least my nails look nice now.


I am participating in this great cause for the Children's Hospital in our town.  It's called The Jared Box Project.  I am going to Target to pick up some fun things for these kids to play with while they are in the hospital.


Every once in a while, I take a picture of Noah, where I see a glimpse of what he will look like as a boy.  I know he will be a super handsome boy and man, but it scares me too because it's all going by way too fast!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Sensory Bin

A friend of mine from the MOMS Club and I decided to do an "art class" with our boys each week.  Her son used to go to a "real" art class, but there were some scheduling issues because she's due with her second child (who she's having tomorrow!!!).  So we decided that instead, we would do an informal art class each week at our own homes.  I planned a few Easter crafts, but unfortunately our first two weeks had to be rescheduled.  We finally met up earlier this week and had a lot of fun!

We did an Easter Egg Sun Catcher as well as a Spring themed sensory bin.  Unfortunately I only have a picture of the final product of the sun catcher, since we were busy helping them actually do the craft.

For the sensory bin, I filled a shallow plastic box with different colored and textured grass (the kind you use in Easter baskets).  I then filled it with a bunch of Spring/Easter items that I found at Michaels and Target.  I had plastic eggs, a chick that wound up (and would swim in water), some squishy birds that also light up, some fake flowers, "egg scissors" that the kids could practice picking up the plastic eggs with, some shovels, and a pail filled with cotton balls.

The boys had a lot of fun with the sensory bin.  They were first a little hesitant about touching the different textures, but once we showed them what they could do, they got right into it.  While it took some effort getting all the items to fill the box with, I totally think it was worth it.  And it's so easy to then put the lid on the box and store for another day.  Since this is also a Spring and not just Easter themed sensory bin, I will definitely bring this out for Noah to play with again.  

We have so much fun getting together with our friends.  I love how they "talk" to each other.  JP was even telling jokes, and apparently Noah thought they were funny since he couldn't stop laughing :)

Chris was home on Wednesday, and they played with it some more!  I'm so glad it's getting some use!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

It's The Little Things - Favorite Parts of My Day

I feel so blessed to be able to stay at home with Noah every day and be his mama!  I love waking up with him, caring to his needs, playing with him, giving him millions of hugs and kisses each day, and rocking him to sleep at the end of the day.  Sometimes the days get long, but it really is the little things we do each day that make me so happy!  

Noah ends up in our bed every night.  He wakes up happy and we sing songs in bed, "Itsy Bitsy Spider" is always on the agenda :)  Recently, he's started climbing on top of me to sit on me.  He thinks it's hilarious, I think it's adorable :)

I love playing cars with him.  It's fun teaching him how to wind up the car so that it will go across the kitchen floor.  I also like the timer ap on my phone :)

I had a lot of fun doing Noah's swim class with him.  Though I found out we can go to the Saturday class instead, so Chris will be doing the swimming with him from now on.  I'm happy for Chris to do it… it's something he loves doing with Noah.  

Noah loves to read!  We really should do it more often.  He loves touch and feel books and lift the flap books the most.  

I especially love our days outside at the park.  Could life get any better for a kid than being pushed on a swing?  That smile makes my heart happy :)

I took Noah down the slide with me last week, and seeing his excitement to go down again and again was so cool!  Soon he'll be going down on his own and won't need me anymore :(

Boys and their sticks.  He was so pleased to show off his "treasure"!

Noah has a love for ice cream just like I do.  Nothing is better than some refreshing ice cream/frozen yogurt after running around at the park.  

And while playing with Noah is amazing, I think my favorite part is when he falls asleep on my shoulder.  It brings me back to the newborn days.  I could sit for hours with him nuzzled into my neck.  

Once again I'm linking up with Jess of Sadie Sky Boutique and Ashley of Words About Waverly.  

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April Date

For Christmas, I gave Chris "A Year of Dates".  On Christmas, he opened a stack of envelopes, one for each month of 2014.  Inside the envelopes are pre-planned (and some pre-paid) dates for us to enjoy each month.  At the beginning of each month, we open the envelope and schedule a day to go on the date.   I will be recapping our dates each month.  

We had to improvise a little this month.  Originally, when I planned the dates back in December, I figured we would go see a broadway show in April.  We often get tickets for a new show as my birthday gift.  But since we decided to go to Florida for my birthday this year, we opted against going to a broadway show as well.  So I told Chris to start thinking of things he'd want to do for our April date.  Then when I was seeing Divergent with a girlfriend, the preview for Draft Day came on and we both said our husbands would love to see it!  We decided to plan a double date and go see it together when it came out in April.  And that's how our April date was planned!

Unfortunately, our friends weren't able to get a babysitter, so we ended up going on our own.  The movie theater in our town recently changed ownership, from Clearview to AMC and went under a lot of renovations.  It's halfway done, and so far what we've seen is really nice!  They have super comfortable seats that fully recline!  Considering how sleep deprived we are, I'm surprised we didn't fall asleep in those amazing chairs!  We have limited pictures from our date, and they aren't great quality, but regardless, we had a super fun time!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekend Recap - I Heart Spring!

This past weekend was really nice.  Luke was home visiting for the weekend.  While Chris was at the dentist, I took Noah over to my parents' house to hang out with Luke.   After playing for a little while, we went to lunch at Chipotle.  The weather was amazing and it was so nice to be able to sit outside.  All Noah wanted to do was walk around outside and took turns leading Grandma and Uncle Luke around.  We played outside a little bit before heading home for nap :)

^^^ this is when I knew it was time to go home for a nap

Since it was still so nice out when Noah woke up from his nap, we immediately went back outside!  We took a long walk around town and ended up at the park.  Chris was bummed that he missed out on the park earlier in the week, so we knew we had to take hime back.  They had fun on the swings as well as the slides, they even tried out a new slide :)  I think Chris enjoyed the park as much as Noah!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Five on Friday

Another week has come and gone! I've been loving the weather this week and I'm looking forward to spending some time outside with Chris this weekend.   He is bummed that he misses out going to the park with Noah during the week, so I definitely want us to do that!  I hope the weather cooperates!  Chris and I also plan to go to the movies.  Here's my Friday Five :)


This week, Noah and I hosted the 2012 Play Date for my MOMS Club.  We had an amazing turnout… 6 moms and their kids (all boys!) came!  I was worried it would be really crowded, but it really wasn't that bad.  We snacked on fruit, goldfish crackers, and cookies.  The kids played and the mess left behind showed how much fun they had :)  To be honest though, Noah makes more of a mess by himself sometimes!  Noah had a blast and had a great nap after they left!  I was so happy to get a picture of all of us, thanks to my tripod and remote.  


We went to dinner at my parents' house on Sunday.  We had yummy pot roast with a bunch of sides.  For dessert, my mom made these strawberry and banana tarts with homemade whip cream.  I think I went a little overboard with the "dollop" of whip cream on top!


We've recently moved some furniture around in our apartment and brought a TON of stuff to my parents' basement.  Once everything is finalized I plan to do a post, but here's a sneak peak.  I'm so happy to give Noah some more space to play!


On Wednesday, Noah and I went to lunch at Nonna and Granddad's house.  (Side note:  Chris' mom recently decided to switch from being known as "Grammy" to "Nonna".  She's half Italian, so I think it's perfect!  Chris' dad also switched from Grandpa to Granddad… now we won't have any confusion with two grandpas.  Now Noah just needs to start talking lol.)


I've been loving this Spring weather!  On Thursday, we had walking group in the morning… Noah fell asleep mid-walk and it through off his naps that day!  My mom came over after lunch and we took Noah to the park.  On the way home we stopped to get some frozen yogurt :)

Make sure to check out DarciAprilChristina and Natasha's blogs for their Five on Friday!