Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Matt's 34th Birthday!

Matt's birthday was at the beginning of April.  I've always joked with Matt about how old he is.  There are 4 years between us, so he always seems a good distance away.  ;)  This year, I enter my 30's, so him turning 34 was almost just as sad as me turning 30.  After 4 long years, we are finally about to be in the same decade again - haha.  He wanted to celebrate with a quiet evening at home, so that's exactly what we did!  I baked him a strawberry swirl cream cheese pound cake - and it was so good.  We actually fed the kids dinner and didn't eat with them, and then Matt grilled us some steaks after they went to bed.  We did go ahead and sing and do cake after their dinner so that we could all participate.

The birthday boy (man - ha)!  LL picked out his candles all by herself.

Cooper taste-testing.

He was a fan!

I may have eaten part of a piece when the kids did - and then another after my dinner later.  But I guess we'll never know.  When we sliced the cake, it did look like a face.

I love this man!

With two kids, sometimes a quiet night at home to celebrate is just the best thing in the world.  Happy 34th to my favorite man - I can't wait to celebrate another 34 with you!


Monday, April 28, 2014

Chick Pics 2014

Chick pics have become a yearly tradition for us.  It started when LL was just over a year old, so that means that this is our 5th year participating!  I was a little nervous how it would go this year.  Last year, Cooper wasn't walking yet, so it was pretty easy to keep him contained.  This year, he is on the go!  He doesn't stop for anything (other than to eat - ha), so I had no idea if he would be anything other than a moving blur in the pictures.

I was right; I did end up chasing Cooper all over the place.  And he wasn't extremely interested in the chicks.  LL has always been a huge animal lover.  Cooper - not so much.  He doesn't dislike animals; he's just not super into them.  There was a huge truck parked thisclose to the tent where we were taking pictures, so he was much more interested in the truck than the chicks (typical boy).  Cindy is amazing, though, and she did manage to get some great picture with both of the kids!
Even though this picture doesn't actually have the chicks in it, this is my absolute favorite.  It.  Is.  So.  Perfect.  I bought this one for sure!





LL was in heaven, of course!
















I absolutely love seeing how much she has changed over the years!

This stud is just getting more and more handsome every day.

My babies!

You can check out past years Chick Pics here:


Monday, April 21, 2014

Smoothie Break

A couple of weeks ago, we were at Gigi's for dinner.  On the way home, I wanted to stop and get a smoothie.  I don't get them very often, so they're a treat for sure.  We decided to treat the kids and order a small and get them to split it into two cups.  LL has had some of my smoothie in the past, but Cooper has never had one before.  They both LOVED them!  It was really cute and something I'll have to remember for a summer treat!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Date 3 of 12

This month, our date night was not too exciting at all - which is exactly what I needed it to be!  We had it right after Cooper's surgery, and I had been majorly stressed.  It was also right before my CRCT weeks at school.  I.  Was.  Exhausted.  Between those two things, the last thing that I wanted to do was get dressed up and go sit in a restaurant.  So what did we do?  A take-out date at home!  It was perfect!  We ordered Chinese food and just relaxed and ate it on the couch (which we rarely do anymore).  Even though it was as about as simple as it could possibly get - it was perfect.  Isn't that what date nights are all about?  Connecting with your spouse and relaxing?  That is exactly what we did!  Plus, I could have this date in  my pajamas - haha.  


Monday, April 14, 2014

Bunny Hop 2014

The day after Cooper's surgery, we had the Bunny Hop at LL's school.  The doctor said that Cooper would be fine to wear shoes and walk, so we decided to stick with our original plan for all of us to go.  Last year, Cooper came for the breakfast and then left for nap time.  This year, he was able to stay the whole time since he didn't have a morning nap anymore.

We had to stop for a minute on the way in for LL to take a quick slide on one of the bouncy things.  Cooper was content to just watch (for a minute).

Having a blast already.

While we ate breakfast, the Easter Bunny came around to the tables to see the kids.  Cooper has never seen a person in costume in about a year, so I was interested to see what he would do.  He was super happy to see the Bunny and even gave him a high-five!  I intended to take pictures with both kids with the Bunny before we left, but then I totally forgot.  Boo.  So this is the only picture I have.

After breakfast, we headed outside for some games!  Cooper *loved* the bounce house.  It just blew my mind that he was so into playing not even 24 hours after his surgery.  This boy is a machine.

LL refused to get out of the slide bounce house, so we just let her play for a while and occupied Cooper with some other games.  He loved the bean bag toss.

Finally we took everyone inside to play more games.  First, we stopped to color some eggs.

(Someone tried to eat the Sharpie)

Luke came again this year!

Coop tried to knock some cans down.

He had a blast!

LL went fishing (in her own classroom!)

She pulled up about 15 toothbrushes - haha.  That's okay!  We can always have extras around!

I'm happy I remembered to get a family picture!

This was the best sibling picture I could get.

Oma and Opa got to come this year.

Next up was the egg hunt.  The areas were divided by age, so we had to divide and conquer.  Matt took LL in the big area, and I took Cooper to the baby area.  

I had a major Mommy-fail.  I brought LL's easter basket, but totally forgot Cooper's.  He wasn't too upset; he just put his eggs in other people's baskets - haha.

LL is a pro at getting eggs by now!

Awesome smile.  ;)

That's better!

We really had such a good time this year!  I loved that Cooper was able to experience the whole thing.  It'll be weird missing it next year since I won't have a kid at PAUMC, but we'll pick it up the year after when Cooper is in pre-k (!!!!).