Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ten On Tuesday

1. Mean kids stink. I was at a local elementary school's playgroud last week with Mase and Mols when some kids came running out the school's door. (Guessing they must have some kind of summer program). I'm thinking these kids were about 6 or 7 years old. But anyways these boys started calling Mason a baby and told him to get off their play area. I was shocked. Mase oblivious to it all (I think) went to play on another toy. One little boy followed him there and called him a baby again and told him to get off his ship. I had all I could do not to let the kid have it. I stared him down and told Mase it was time to go...ASAP. Seriously kid...he's TWO!!!

2. Having fun at the playground before the not-so-kind kids arrived.
Sis watched while brother played...
3. Later that night we checked out the tractors at Brian's cousin's house. (Otherwise known as "Uncle Bob")...
4. Since Molly wasn't feeling the greatest last week (fevers and fussy) we hung in and around our house A LOT. We took a wagon ride (yes Molly IS still in her pjs) to a nearby church's play ground one day just to get out.
This kid may be 2 years and almost 8 months old but he STILL puts things (these tiny pepple rocks) in his mouth. You'd have thought he would have outgrown that phase by now...

5. A family that swings together stays together!!!
 6. This kid LOVES him an ice cream cone. Bottoms up...
7. So So So SO (times a million billion gazillion) thankful for these two miracle babies!!!
8. What me?!? I didn't do anything...
9. This boy has a hate/hate relationship with getting his hairs cut. Very thankful the hubby has taken on this job!!!
10. And a big prayer request. One of my dearest friends just lost her sweet baby this past Saturday. She was 22 weeks and a few days along. It breaks my heart that she has joined the ranks of being an Angel Momma. When I heard the news I was in utter shock. I truly cannot believe that one of my closest friends has to go threw the exact same heartbreaking loss as myself...just four years later. So please say a prayer for my friend Melissa, her husband, and their two boys.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Ten On Thursday

1. Mason was busy shouting mommy on Tuesday shortly before nap time. However, I was busy doing/hanging up laundry with a needed to be held else she would cry infant in my arms. So I shouted just a minute. I walked into my room and at first didn't see anything but Mason was smiling his "I've been naughty" smile. So I knew he had done something and sure enough he had. He had EMPTIED out my brand new Aquaphor tub all over my bed. So NOT awesome. Needless to say he got locked in his room immediately and for the first time in months napped in his own bed. He of course asked WHY? (That is why he had to nap in his own bed). I looked at him and had no answer. In my head I was thinking well first and foremost because you just made mommy really really mad and second obviously you can't sleep in my bed because its full of Aquaphor. Kids...
Just a glimpse of the damage. He also got some on the comforter. Ugh.

I googled how to get vaseline out of sheets and let me just say IT WAS A PROCESS. So glad I got to spend Tuesday night scrubbing and washing...only to have it not all come out. And Wednesday night at the laundry mat (with the comforter)...only to have it not all come out of that either.

2. Somebody was a SUPERSTAR at the dentist last week Friday. They cleaned/shaved his yellowed tooth right up and mostly off with just a little gas (no sedation or numbing). Dr. Sally said she's never had a 2 year old do so well. Thank goodness because when they came to take him back his bottom lip started quivering and I had all I could do not to cry myself. (They wouldn't let me go back for this procedure. Said kids typically do worse with a parent there). Here's my looker cheesin it up for the camera...
(The yellow spot was his front right tooth. When looking at the picture though its his left front tooth).

3. How daddy does pj's...
Motorcycle meets diggers.

4. Somebody does NOT like vegetables...
5. Getting closer to having to lower the crib. The only reason she was in this position was because Brian sat her up. (She can't go from a laying to sitting position on her own yet).
6. Same story. Different day. Always popping that bop in backwards...
7. Molly fell asleep on the way home from somewhere and I didn't want to risk waking her so instead of taking her shirt off I just put her pjs on over. It was a success...she stayed sleeping!!! 
8. Boating with gpa and gma Vugteveen and the Tibbe clan (minus Cole) plus Austin. As always Papa Duke (as we call my dad) kept it real by not filling the tank with enough gas. Thank goodness we didn't run out until we were within feet of the boat launch.
Jason, Brinley, Courtney with Austin, and Me with Cambrey, and Molly.
Brinley, Mason, and Austin
My boating babe. (Pretty sure she hated every minute of the boat ride except when she was sleeping).
Cousins...Brinley, Cambrey with Molly, Mason, and Austin

 9. Hunting season is just around the corner. Oh yea. (There would be a slight bit of sarcasm in that "oh yea.")
10. Mason had been begging for a good week or two to go to the zoo and ride the camel and see the lions, tigers, and bears. He finally got his wish this past Friday.
Feeding the birdies (or pudgies)...
Petting the goats. This picture was taken seconds before I shouted Mase there is a squirrel on mommy's head (to get him to look up at the camera). Lets just say it didn't work. Instead he jumped up, screamed, and fell on the goat pictured behind him in the picture. Whoops. Better watch what I say next time. Thankfully no one or no animal was hurt.
Riding Molly (the camel)...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ten On Tuesday

1. I am WAY stinking at posting lately. Life has been busy and what can I say...its the first thing to go. So here's a little glimpse (a few snap shots) of our last two weeks. Stayed tuned for another TOT on Thursday!!!

We LOVE swimming/playing in the sand/fishing at Gpa and Gma Helmholdt's house...
Having a blast sliding into the water.
My boys. Love them!!!
Someone thinks she is BIG stuff.
Mason entertaining Mols which is entertaining in itself.
My precious babes!!!

2. And we LOVE swimming in Aunt Courtney's pool too...

So very thankful that my in-law's and sister live close to us so we can take advantage of their water on H-O-T days!!! We spend most Sunday late afternoon/evenings at my in-law's house and we go to my sister's pool at least once a week.

3. This guy is obsessed with building lately...
4. Sitting on the bench with daddy on a hot summer softball playing night.
5. Went to visit my sister and her friends while they were camping at Hungry Horse Campground one afternoon last week. (LOVE their kiddy pool). Bonus that it was such a nice day. So very kind of my sis (and her friends) to let us crash their hang out for a few hours!!!
6. I was able to sneak out of the house for dinner with girlfriends one night last week and again last night!!! (What a wonderful hubby/daddy)!!! Last week with my highschool girlfriends to Osgood Brewing and last night with some of my besties to Rockwell Republic. Last night was to celebrate the July birthdays in the group (Gretchen, Karie, and myself). Good times with great friends (on both nights)!!!
Karie, Melissa, Krista, Me, Rachel, and Gretchen

7. When one goes to shop at the Gap Outlet (in Holland). One MUST play with the duckies. (Well at least my kid thinks so). Next time I just need to remember bread to feed the ducks. Cheap entertainment. 
8. I got the mail one day last week and saw four pieces of similar looking (junk) mail. The first had my name on it and the second had Brian's name on it. So one would assume the last two pieces would have Mason and Molly's names on them. One would have thought wrong...
Third piece had Mason's name and the fourth piece was for Ella Helmholdt. At first I was like ouch but then it made me smile. There was MY DAUGHTER'S name. Not a reminder that she had died BUT a reminder that she HAD lived!!! 

9. This goober loves to drink out of her brother's water bottle. (And believe me she DOES get water out)!!!
10. Sweet baby...enduring her first fever...

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ten On Thursday

1. Took Molly with me to the mall one night last week...dressed and ready for BED!!! She napped on the way to the mall and stayed asleep when I stopped the car so I kept her in her carseat. She woke up and of course wanted NOTHING to do with laying down. The girl has got to see whats happening!!!
 2. Someone thinks she's big stuff (as in too big to sit) these days...
3. First (of many) tubbies together. And no Mase did not mind the 2 inches of tub left for him...
4. My HAPPY baby girl...
5. Bought this lady a new highchair. We were never happy with our wood one because the padding never stayed put...thus both kids always hit their heads. Went with the space saver (and money saver) this time...
6. SUCH a good boy at the dentist. (Fourth visit already). And this time Mommy didn't even need to sit with him!!! Unfortunately at this appointment we were told it was time to fix his tooth. Prayers on August 8 would be appreciated. We're trying the non-sedated route. Meaning he'll be wrapped tight and given a little gas instead.
7. I have a two year old with a 16 year old attitude. Who likes to say "No You" and point his finger. Hit. And throw things. Add in my stage 4 clinger and you got yourself some interesting days. At least my two year old doesn't hit my stage 4 clinger.

8. Morning snuggles (sorry for the terribe quality).
9. The outcome of swim lessons. This boy always wants to hold his breath!!!
10. Happy 31st birthday to me (on Tuesday). After a terrible NO good Monday I had a VERY enjoyable Tuesday!!! My mother-in-law called me first thing Tuesday morning and asked if she could take the kids for awhile. Yes please and thank-you!!! I ran some kid free enjoyable errands and enjoyed a massage (gift from the hubster and kids), and then picked up lunch on my MIL. And at night my main squeeze took me out for dinner to Sunnybrook Country Club's Rush Creek Bistro for my free birthday dinner. A big thanks to my parents for watching the kiddos. After dinner we picked up the kids and headed to the mall for a bit before headed back home to spend some time outside.