Monday, April 7, 2014

It's been a hot minute...

So March was busy for us...hence no new post in over a month. We went on vacation {more on that later}, were deeply invested in cheering on our beloved Cyclones in March Madness, and loving on our babies.


Quick Recap:
Tony and I flew to Montego Bay Jamaica for 3 days and stayed at this resort near the Airport. It was perfect to get our vacation started.


Then we went back to the airport to catch a shuttle to the Sandals Grande Riviera in Ocho Rios:




 Where we met some friends who joined us...




The Cyclones won the Big 12 Tourney while we were down there, so each day we had an itinerary that revolved around the games. The first 2 games were on our kindle, and game cast because ESPN in the Caribbean is heavily involved in Cricket, so it didn't air until the title game on Saturday night. We found a TV that would air the game and ran into some more Cyclone fans from Ames and we watched together. We probably ran into a dozen or so Cyclone fans at the Sandals Resort, and many people from Iowa in general.

More later....

Monday, March 3, 2014

3 year old Slumber Party

We hosted some friends this weekend to watch the Iowa State Men's basketball game, and invited Avery's friend Claire to spend the night.  We had told the girls earlier in the week, and Avery had been counting down the days...same with Claire. The little girls were so cute playing, and settling into bed together.

They were up and at em' very early on Sunday morning, so they helped me make waffles for breakfast:


Then we settled in for some snuggles and movie watching. 




We were so proud of Avery. She was a very gracious hostess with Claire, she shared her toys, encouraged Claire to play games with her, and comforted her when she was missing her mom and dad. 


When did our baby girls get old enough to have slumber parties!?

 Life just keeps getting better and better. 


Monday, February 24, 2014

More Changes

We altered another kids bedroom this weekend. 

Before:



And...After the slight switch-a-roo.



The gallery wall above the crib is still a work in progress...


Friday, February 21, 2014

Papa Steve

 As I had mentioned, my dad's birthday was the other reason we went to MN last weekend. This was his birthday cake.


That "burger" was a rice krispie treat. 


All cuddled up with 2 of his 5 granddaughters.


This little man is a climber too! We had to take the chair away from him because he was having too much fun climbing up on it and grinning like he got away with something. 


Avery and Lexi. Thing 1 and Thing 2.


It was a fun weekend!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday

The more things change, the more they stay the same...

May  2012


February 2014


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Holiday Inn Serengeti Water Park and Party


We spent last weekend in Minnesota for a good combination of reasons. It was my dad's birthday, and we were celebrating my extended family Christmas on my mom's side. We decided to go to the local hotel with an indoor water park for the afternoon. 





My cousin set it all up with table reservations, and our food catered in. All we had to do was show up, get our swimming suits on, and play. We took a break to snack on pizza, cupcakes, and some pop and lemonade. Avery had about the best time of her life that day. 


She got to play in the water, and we took her down the water slide with us on a tube. We went again, and again, and again. At one point, I got on the tube, she climbed on my lap, put her arms up and exclaimed "Let's Ride!"


The place is really fun. There is a zero entry area that we had Gavin in to splash around, there is a small slide for the little kids, a lazy river, a pool with a basketball hoop, and 2 large water slides. 



The day wore Gavin out, and made my mom very happy with his sleepy baby snuggles.


This was a great way to beat the everlasting snow and winter, and I would absolutely do this again. Mom even commented she wishes she would have brought her suit, since we were having so much fun. 




Monday, February 17, 2014

Aarrrggghhhh you going to be my Valentine?

Avery and Gavin had a little Valentine's Day party at their daycare on Friday. We went to the store Wednesday night to get some candy and supplies to make valentines for their friends at daycare. 

We found pirate pencils, pirate erasers, and pirate stickers. We chose Swedish Fish candy to go in too. Obviously.



I quickly found a free vintage pirate online and added our own little phrase to make it more valentine specific.


We then used these cute little bags I had on hand and punched holes in  and  secured with black pipe cleaners. It pays to have craft supplies on hand I tell ya!


And here are some photos of the kids at the party:




Heartbreaker indeed!