Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ten On Tuesday

1. Our first Christmas Party of 2014 was on December 6 this year (which also happened to be the hubby and I's SIX year anniversary. Happy Anni to you my LOVE). As always the food was great and the company even better!!! And most importantly my almost 95 year old grandfather (who has been homebound/sick lately) was able to make it to the party. And here he is with 18 of his 20 great grandchildren
Mase was pretty pumped about his new Transformer...
My amazing grandfather with my two little miracles...
2. The following Sunday morning before church the kids enjoyed playing with their new presents. 
(Molly and her Doc McStuffins playpit and Mason with his Optimus Prime Transformer and his Rescue Bots that fit inside Optimus).
3. Love watching these two play together. NEVER gets old...
 4. Girlfriend doesn't particularly care for socks...
5. We put Molly down awake in her crib and let her fall asleep on her own. If she thinks she's not quite ready for nap time she throws all (but one) of her pacis out. I think she's trying to make a point or something!
6. My chocolate bar making helper...
7. Someone POOPED on the toilet...and won a NEW Lighting McQueen. This someone was quite excited!!! And since then he's pooped FOUR more times on the toilet!!! (He did poop in the diaper twice on daddy's watch but after a stern warning from momma he's is back to pooping in the toilet).
 8. Library fun...
9. And some mall fun. (Hey the mall and library play areas are FREE so we do spend quite a bit of time at both). Molly thought she was too big to sit in the stroller so stand she did...
10. Mase's favorite part about the mall play area...

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Ten On Tuesday

1. We celebrated (with my fam) M&M's birthdays the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. A little early yes but my mom thought it would be nice to spread the wealth out. We did things a little different this year. We decided to omit friends and do two separate parties (one with my family and the other with Brian's parents). It is definitely chaotic enough with just my family so I am so glad we made that decision. My mom did a Mickey/blue and Minnie/pink theme. Mickey/Minnie place settings, Mickey/Minnie balloons, and Mickey/Minnie Ty beanies (for table decor). Everyone brought a little something to share (talking food here) and my mom made the rest plus some yummy cupcakes for dessert. Red velvet with blue and pink sprinkles. Perfect party for my babies!!! 

The Birthday BOY...
2. The Birthday GIRL...
(Notice the headband/clip change from the first picture to the following...she hates headbands so much that I asked my mom if I could borrow her gold clip. Saved us from quite a few tears)!!!
3. They had a great party but many tears were shed. Mason from late naps/late bedtimes due to our busy Thanksgiving + Weekend and Molly since she missed her morning nap. No pictures with G&G, just this picture with mom, no pics of just the two babes, and not many with cousins either. Oh well. Not like there won't be another occasion for pictures!
4. Mols modeling her new owl hat from G&G while shopping at MC Sports. Girlfriend isn't a fan of hats but she sure looks cute!!!
5. Mason wanted in...there were kisses...
and hugs...
giggles...
and whatever this is...
6. But the best part about this MC Sports adventure was Mase losing his hat. I am anal about losing things. So I was not going to leave the store until it was found. To go back a minute Mase has this thing about hiding in stores. (Lucky me). And for some reason he is always worse (about hiding) when at MC. He wants to hide in all the very close together clothing racks or in the hunting tents or play with the bats and balls. I think I "lost" him about 4 times. You turn to look at something for one second and he is gone. Makes shopping a blast. After one of his disappearances he disposed of his hat but I didn't realize it right away. When I realized it I had no idea what clothing area it could be in. So I literally walked up and down every aisle looking (sometimes on my hands and knees) for that stinking hat. After maybe 30 minutes of searching (and 3 employees kinda searching) I was about ready to give up when I found the beloved hat!!! About 10 minutes prior Mase told me he needed a diaper. Since I hadn't planned on being in the store more than 20 minutes I didn't take in the diaper bag. I was busy looking for the hat so I told him to hold his poop. Fast forward back...with hat in my hand...smile on my face...I smelled something. I asked Mase if he had pooped and sure enough he had. Awesomesauce. Needless to say into the bathroom we went to clean out the undies. I left him bare buns and put his dirty undies wrapped in toilet paper into my purse. There's a mommy moment for ya. 

7. Since Mols still takes a short morning nap her afternoon nap is never as long as Masons. So pretty much every day we get a little mommy/daughter bonding time. And on this particular day we played with her birthday balloon and oh what FUN we had!!!
8. Took this little lady to Target with me on Black Saturday. My goal was to buy some lighted Christmas greens since some of ours from last year were burned out.  At $25 a piece (and I needed three) that wasn't going to happen. At least Molly had fun pushing the box around...
And just so you know my mom gave me the brilliant idea of just stringing Christmas lights on my burned out Christmas greens. Absolutely brilliant. Not sure why my brain didn't think of that. Lol.

9. Girlfriend found a fun new thing to play with...
Girlfriend also does not like to be told "NO."

10. My kids don't (won't) believe in Santa so I really don't need to wait in a long line to see Santa. I still think its fun though to get a yearly picture. So to Gemmen's Hardware we went...
Mason did great. Absolutely no tears. Molly wasn't so sure but she too didn't shed a tear. Thinking it helped that her big brother was with her...else she might have freaked.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Ten On Thursday

1. Lately Mason and Molly have become big time Mommy kids...except when daddy (on the rare occasion) works from home (he worked from home because of terrible roads and because every school in the area was shut down and because his team due to the roads thought it best to just work from home)...then they won't leave him alone =)
2. On Tuesday I showed you where Molly's favorite spot at G&G V's is. Today I show you where Molly's favorite spot at G&G H's is...
(Chilling under one of their living room end tables).

3. This GIRL. LOVE her to pieces!!!
4. Mason's buying movies these days... (At least it only cost us $2.99).
But did you see his choice...21 Jump Street. If you haven't ever seen it just know it is NOT kid appropriate. I was in the kitchen when I heard vulgar language coming from the tv. I ran into the family room and saw a police officer humping a criminal. And wouldn't you know no matter what button I pushed it wouldn't get off the screen. What felt like an hour later (pry just a minute later) I finally just shut the tv off. Just so you know in the meantime I stood in front of Mason talking really loudly.

5. This girl is standing on her own more and more these days...
6. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day this year!!! We started the day off by joining my parents at their church for a Thanksgiving morning of worship. Next before heading to my parent's house for lunch we stopped by my grandpa's house to say HI. He hasn't been doing (health-wise) so great the last couple of weeks and wasn't up to getting out this year so I wanted to stop by and wish him a Happy Thanksgiving.
This year it was just my family and my sister's family at my parent's house. What I loved best about dinner (although the food was a very close second) was my sister's suggestion that we all go around the table and say what we were thankful for before digging in. I said for my doctors (Dodds and Jelsema) in helping me get and stay pregnant with my two miracles. Christian men in my corner!!! Couldn't possibly be more thankful. The kids then played with their cousins before heading home for naps and then we just chilled at home the rest of the night since G&G Helmholdt were out of town.
 
7. On Friday Mason's bestest friends (aka...the neighbor kids) Adryanna and Blake came over to play. We've been trying to do play dates here and there since the kids miss each other since we're in hybernation. They just adore each other and have SO much fun together. Thankful for great neighbors!!!
8. On Friday night we finished putting up our Christmas tree. (We started the process Thursday night). Brian and I debated (actually argued) about where to put the Christmas tree this year. Every year but the year Mase turned one we've had the tree upstairs. Unfortunately we recently moved our tv to where the Christmas tree normally goes thus no Christmas tree there this year. Brian wanted it downstairs like we did when Mase turned one so we could put a gate around the tree to keep Molly from it. As I'm sure you've all guessed...I won the battle and the tree is upstairs just in another spot that actually works (and looks) great. And get this Molly hasn't touched the tree once. Its this stinker who can't keep his hands off...
9. I wanted to get a picture of the two of them in front of the tree. They wanted nothing to do with it. Oh well I'll take them loving and hugging each other instead!!!
10. On Saturday Mason rode the Coopersville Santa Train with G&G Vugteveen for an early birthday treat. (My parents or mom have taken each grandchild out to do a fun activity for their birthday this year). Glad to report that he had a blast!

Waiting to board the train. You can see it coming in the background.
 
And then at night "his Justine" (our baby-sitter who is away at college) came to baby-sit so Brian and I could go out for an early anniversary dinner and movie. (We have a Christmas party on our actual anniversary). He loves that girl. Five days later and he's still talking about her!!! As for the night out...we had a great time. Dinner at Outback which is kind of our tradition and we watched Mockingjay (part 1). So good (in my opinion)!!!