Our Christmas Tree is Up

Christmas tree time!!  Is it me or did this year literally pass by in a mili-second?  I mean, it's terrible because that means I'm getting older quicker.  Not good, not good.  

Anyway, it was time for another family night decorating our tree.  Last year, Bossy was an awesome helper.  And I'd have to say, he was pretty amazing this year, too.  He was really into making sure the ornaments were in the right place and he had some good opinions about which ornaments to add to the tree.  The best part was seeing him so excited to help and interested.  I know he was proud of the end result.

It would have taken me a month of Sundays if he hadn't helped.  Although, it did take a little longer after a little dancing, photo/video taking, singing, time-out episodes and snack breaks.  But we got her up and she's a Beaut!!
 Bossy told me to pose.  ha.
 Snack break for the littlest. 
 Bossy laughed after he took this photo because he caught me off guard and snapped it without me knowing.  Love that little due.
 Teaching Bossy the 3 things that you need to start a fire.  
 He was the best helper.  
 Ohhh this guy. He was a mess.  Cranky as all get out.  
 Our first fire in our "new" fireplace.  *we recently knocked out our tile that surrounded our fireplace and added rock all the way up to the ceiling. more on that later*
 So, each year we'll have the boys take a photo of the tree after we've set it up and decorated it.  The two previous years were easy peasy.  This year, not so much.  :)
Navy boy was adamant about not-taking-a-photo.  So we rolled with the punches and snapped a few anyway.  Ha.  You know-for those later photos that we can show to his future wife.  Oh, and to remember that night.  I'm sure I'll laugh later, even though I wasn't laughing at all during the moment.  :) 
Until next year, boys!



Meal Planning This Week

It's been a while since I've meal planned BUT that's going to change.  I always find it so easy with so much less stress.  Plus, I LOVE seeing other mamas meal plans for ideas because we tend to make the same thing every.single.month.  So hopefully this will give you all some inspiration and ideas to think outside the box from your usual go-to's!

SO, here she blows:
Give it a try and let me know how it worked out for you!



Moments With Boston

Just a typical Sunday afternoon with the Bos-man.  

Often, he and Navy will go upstairs and play in the play room together.  He'll go up with Navy, lock the gate and play until food is ready or just to give Jer and I a little break.  

There's been so many days where I've wanted to go through the whole playroom and trash most of the toys up there.  It often feels cluttered and drives me bananas.  But THEN, they go up to play and are up there for an hour playing with most of them.  And then I remember why I'm keeping them all ;) ha.  

This particular day, Navy was taking a nap and I caught Bossy up there alone playing.  And my mammarrazi self wanted to document this moment in time where I know one day I'll want to look back at.  The way his hair covers his ears, his cute little profile and the table he plays his legos on.  

A sight that I'll sure miss.  You're pretty dang awesome, Bossy.  
Ohh and, we STILL haven't painted over the beautiful drawing Navy so kindly did to our wall.  That's on our 50 page list of things to do.  :)  For now, we'll enjoy is artwork.


Lowes Trip With Two Kids

This weekend we went over to Lowes to get some new Christmas lights for the outside of our house.  Which means, we made it a family affair with the boys in tow.

There's nothing fancy or exciting about it....just a day that I'll want to remember in about 10 years when their both teenagers and I forget how: a) we left the house without any shoes for Bossy,  b) Navy was starving and I didn't have but one snack, c) Navy throwing his water bottle and emptying out 1/2 of the water onto the floor of an aisle and d) having a total meltdown during checkout.  :) He definitely likes to keep us on our toes!

Oh the joys of having a toddler.

All in all it was a pretty successful trip and one for the memory books....errr blog.


The Night Before Boston Started Kindergarten

The night had come.  We had only hours before we would be taking our first born, my sidekick for 4 straight years, our Bossy to school to start his first day as a kindergartener.  

If I could describe it as one word it would be: somber.  I was numb and just going through the motions as I packed his lunch, got his clothes ready and backpack ready.  

But before that, we decided that, as a family, we would be sure to make that night super special by reading together + praying together.  Usually, we split up putting the boys to bed so we end up reading and praying to one or the other.  
 My parents knew it was such a huge deal for our house/family and they wanted to call and FaceTime with the boys to wish Bossy luck and to tell him they loved him.
 This.was.hard.  Adding to our prayers for the first time: praying for an amazing day in kindergarten!  Whaaa?  That's just weird.  It all came too quick and silently I was breaking down.  Tears were rolling but I didn't want anyone to see them, especially Bossy.  So I saved the waterworks for the moment that we turned off his lights and walked out of his room.
To say that I'm so thankful and grateful to have this photo above, is an understatement.  I'll cherish this photo forever.  It's a constant reminder to take things slowwww from here on out.

We love you Bos-man!



Boston's FIRST "Meet The Teacher Night"

Our big boy has one more weekend before he's officially a kindergartener!!  Woah, what the heck is going on?!  I can't even wrap my brain around it.  At all.  

Thursday, August 18th, his elementary school held a Meet The Teacher event.  

We ran a few errands earlier that day and waited for Jer to get off work (he worked from home that day), got ready and headed out around 4:20 to be there when the doors opened at 4:30.  

When we got there we were immediately approached by some teachers.  They were there to tell each student their teacher they got for that year.  I was super excited!  His very first time learning the name of the teacher they got.  But it all happened so fast, I wasn't able to video it or snap a photo.  But that's okay, it'll be something I'll remember forever, anyway.  
Once we found out his teacher, we headed down the halls to his new classroom.  There are two kindergarten hallways.  This one is #1.
And this one is #2 which is where his classroom is.
AND.....we found it!
And Mrs. Martin is the cutest little thing.  And the sweetest.  AND, we've heard from a ton of people that she's the best kindergarten teacher at the school.  And Bossy go her!  Praise God.
He found his table and chair.
Answering some questions that she had them fill out when they got there.
He's so amazing.
The cutest thing.  As we were taking some photos, he proceeds to lean over and give a kiss.  #heartinapuddle #neverletthisend
I feel like he matured so much over the summer.  The photo that we took together on his last day in preschool just 2 months earlier, he looks SO much younger.  #cryingeyesout
He melts me.
His brand new teacher.  We know he's going to love her and kindergarten.  Love how brother is peeking around his stroller.  Ha.
Sign me up!!  :)
Navy boy was getting a little restless.  He was ready to blow that joint.  :) After he emptied his snacks/crumbs all over his stroller seat.  Oy!
Jer was trying to comfort him so I could continue my mamarazzi-ness with Bossy and documenting our the whole event and classroom.
His "mom lets get the heck out of dodge look."
I wasn't fast enough.  Sorry for the funny photo Mrs. Martin!  :)
After leaving his classroom, we headed over toward the cafeteria where the PTA had several tables set up for parents to sign up for PTA and to buy some spirit apparel.  I got a cute school shirt for him, signed up for PTA and purchased a magnet and shirts for Jer and I to wear.  Yes, I'll be "that" mom that hopes to be up at the school helping out whenever and where ever I can.
Since it was dinner time by the time we left, we headed over to the Cheesecake Factory to continue the celebration as a family.
It's was a great night, but I'm still not ready to have a kindergartner.  I'm still wanting/needing more time with him and missing our days where we spent every waking hour together as a toddler.  Ahhhh....so sad.

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