Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Ho ho ho!

..... ever heard of Christmas in July? Well let's start a new trend, Christmas in May!

Christmas 2015 in the books. We laughed, we cried, Santa came, Santa left. It was a jolly good time had by all. Can you tell I have forgotten everything from five months ago. I am looking through my photos on my phone to jog my memory. This post is so delayed because of well....my life! I'm tired and there are lunches to be made and a rug that needs vacuuming. I can think of 800 more pressing things to do but if I don't get these memories down I will probably forget.

(Disclaimer I actually wrote the following in February so it was still a little fresh....and then I couldn't get my stupid pictures to upload and now it's May...."F" it, here it is.)

Seeing Santa 
So for the past two years I braved North Park to see jolly St. Nick. This year I grew a brain and decided my time was better spent doing.....shoot, doing anything BUT standing in line to see the North Park Santa. I get it, I do. He is very well groomed and costumed. It is the same guy every year. So basically you have a great photo display of the same Santa for the years your kids will sit on his lap. Again, you do you North Park Santa. I just didn't have it in me this year.



Downtown Neiman Marcus you have changed my holiday experience . We parked 10 feet from the door. Walked 10 feet to the line. Waited 10 minutes. Saw the nicest friendliest Santa who spoke to my children and was jolly! He was so sweet I really wanted to go in for a hug myself. It doesn't take a lot to get Ridge to smile but ol' Raleigh is a crap shoot. Major props to the photographer. He was just as funny and sweet as the big guy! There is just something about seeing Santa through the eyes of children. Standing in line watching to older kids ahead of us in line made my heart just fill with happiness.

Trimming the Tree
Is that a real thing? Do people cut/shape their tree. I wouldn't know. I am from a fake tree family and that is all I know. Pre-lit or go home. Christmas decorating with small children is not the fire glowing, hot chocolate drinking, matching pjs I had imagined. Maybe one day, I am not counting it out but have you met my children? After digging ornament hooks from Ridge's mouth and the 100th ornament flying across the room I decorated the tree after those busy bodies went to bed. And then redecorated it about 50 times until every decoration was on the top half of the tree. Lesson learned. Hey, whoever invented the "plastic but looks like glass" ornament....good for you! It was probably a mom...just sayin'.

Double Trouble

Christmas Pageant
I am a total sucker for a nativity play. I mean, a two year old acting like a pregnant woman. Just stop the cuteness. This was both boys first Christmas play. Their school director asked me to paint a butcher paper backdrop. I believe the exact dimensions she asked for were 4x4 feet. That was not going to do for my children's stage debut. We dropped the full stage screen and I created multiple digital scenes to accompany the performance.....because I'm insane. No really because I wanted it to be super special for all of the kids. It was hilarious. Ridge was made for the stage! AND Raleigh actually wore a costume...sort of....it was a hoodie with donkey ears but it was still a costume! Oh the cuteness!

Christmas Eve Church 
Because the holidays aren't stressful enough let's pile in the car in our nicest clothes and force our children to be quiet for more than 2 minutes right around that dreaded witching hour. The last few years we have been attending Christmas eve service with my sweet sis and her family. Her church knocks it out of the park with music so I thought the more noise the better. The pastor always puts everyone at ease before the service and reminds us that the birth of Christ was probably pretty noisy....being in a barn full of animals and a women giving birth with no drugs. Ridge was wonderful but my sweet two year old bolted about 30 minutes in and ran full sprint up and down the aisles. I wholeheartedly acted like I didn't know him. Swear. I let Mr. R take care of him. In real life I mouthed "who's kid is that?!?!?!" (disapproving face). Uh, but we survived, like we always do. 


Christmas Morning
My sweet babes are still so little. I'm not sure Raleigh understood the whole "Santa" part of it. I can only imagine how much more fun it will be in years to come. Raleigh of course would not wear the new Christmas jammies I bought for him and opted for a more eclectic look. SMH! But we had fun non the less. Biggest hit of the morning....Chuggington stickers and real leaf blower and Ridge was pretty stoked about the zoo animals!

 

Family Time
We are so lucky to have family so close. Getting together is not uncommon but seeing the more extended family is always fun. Raleigh loves being with his older cousins, aunts, and uncles. We are so very blessed!

Christmas morning brunch with the R crew

Headed to the farm!


Home-made Christmas Presents

It is a tradition I absolutely LOVE! It is so easy to forget what this holiday is about when we are surrounded by "stuff". So about 16 years ago my family started going back to the basics. There is always an official/unofficial contest for the best homemade gift. I really thought I had it in the bag this year and then Mary Grace came out of no where and stole the show. Dang it 11 year old and your fun fresh ideas. She totally rocked a hand made Texas pillow. They were awesome. A vintage button over Dallas. We also had rustic photo displays with personal pics and quotes, herb garden, salad dressing, salsa, outdoor art installation, toy bins, "toot-toot-ta loos" (by Raleigh), and more....eeerrrr, I can't remember. I made a camp fire song book with a Spotify playlist in case your guitarist couldn't make the trip. I used songs that were really just special to our family. Lots of Lionel Richie, Oak Ridge Boys, old country stuff. This is a tradition I hope never dies. Watching the littles get into it has made it even more fun. Next year I will be better about taking pictures of everything!
 This pic pretty much sums it up!

Merry May!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Dear Ridge....

Ridge Matthew, my Bubbie, my love, my person, how are you one year old? The moment the doctor told us you were a boy I was so relieved. I really was, I wanted a brother for Rals so bad. When he held you up and we saw that little chubby squished face, Daddy and I didn't know what to think of you. We could not figure out who you looked like. I held you really tight those first few days so you would feel loved because baby boy, you weren't very cute. Doesn't that sound horrible, but you weren't. We have been snuggled in together ever since. And you sure got cuter!!! You have been the easiest, happiest baby....EVER! 

We are proud to live in Oak Cliff!

Those cheeks. Uuuhhhh, those cheeks! I could literally get lost in those perfectly fat cheeks. Sometimes you smile so hard I think they might pop! Strangers at the grocery store will actually leave their carts and walk over to talk to you and tell me what a good baby you are. Daddy says you think the grocery store is the compliment store....you love it!
This is him perfectly! Happiest kid in town!

You are such a good player too. You love toys, especially balls. You can catch and throw and will do this for several minutes. I am so amazed with what you can do with blocks, Legos, and Little People....ooooh and cars, you love to roll cars. Gosh, basically if its a toy you are in. You are all boy too. Rough and tumble, climbing on dangerous stuff, knocking things over, getting dirty. What am I going to do with y'all when you get bigger? I can barely stay on top of laundry now!

When I look at you now I see a perfect combination of your Poppie and Papa. I don't want you to grow up. I want you to be little and chubby forever. When you put your head on my shoulder and suck your thumb I think I might melt into the floor.

Bubbie!

I hope you know that Daddy and I would do anything for you. I hope you can feel you are so so SOOOO loved by SOOOO many people....and two dogs. You have made our family feel complete and our house full.

Happiest of birthday my precious bubs! Love, Mama



Ridge Milestones
I mean no one really cares but me so feel free to stop reading. I just have to put them down here as my child has no baby book. What will I do if internet breaks?!?!?!
- Teeth: 4...they are sharp!
- Words: Mama, Dada, bye bye, E-I-E-I - Ohhhhh!, I swear he says "Here you go", Uh-oh
- Signs: More, All done, Please, working on Thank you
- Walks!
- Runs while pushing anything that moves!
- Claps and sings and plays "Circle time"
- Loves to stack toys....really into blocks, balls, legos, little people animals.
- Smiles all the time
- Loves his mama....you will forever be my barnacle baby.
- Loves his puppies
- Loves/hates puppy kisses
- Loves food....will eat anything
- Still nursing (ish) did I mention his nickname is barnacle

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

"Hell"oween



How is it possible that October is over and nearly Novemeber too? And how is it possible I birthed a child that hates to dress up. Ooooh sorry, I was trying to ease into that. When I say dress up I really mean wear clothes….ever. He hates to be bothered by uncomfortable things like cotton t-shirts, and pants. Everyday it's a battle of "too tight" and "itchy". I know what some of you are saying right now. My kid will never do that. My kid will wear what I tell them to wear. I invite you to come on over to our house and try to dress my child!

Ok soooo......I was really talking up Halloween this year. Months ago I pulled up pictures of costumes online and the two year old decided our family costume. He came up with it all himself. Monkeys jumping on the bed.  I would be the Mama naturally, Mrs. R the doctor, we would pull our two adorable monkeys in a wagon stuffed with pillows and blankets. I was really excited about it! Love an original costume idea. Props to Ol' Raleigh boy for coming up with it. Costumes ordered weeks ago. WEEKS! I felt so on top of things. Costumes arrived, they were your standard cheapy costumes....

I cringed a little. My mom made all of our costumes every year, I actually felt a little guilty not making the boys costumes. For like a hot minute, and then I remembered I haven’t slept through the night in 2 years and I got over that real quick!

So the costumes arrived. Raleigh was visibly excited when he saw the monkey picture on the packaging. We started singing the Monkeys jumping on the bed song. I put Ridge’s hat on first…truly adorable, those cheeks were made for baby Halloween costumes. And then to Raleigh.......Raleigh? That child flipped his sh*t. He actually took off all of his clothes and stood on the coffee table screaming. 

What a weird-o! 

I thought with time he would come around. I thought wrong. The costume aversion only grew stronger. And that’s when I really started to question if this was my child at all. I LOVE Halloween. Like love love! How could a child of mine not want to put on a ridiculous costume and prance around town??!?

And so three days before Halloween when Raleigh was still running from the monkey costume I knew I needed a new plan. His favorite show is Chuggington. The only show he will even consider. If you are not familiar, Chuggington is a train town with train characters and lots a train gadgets. I found a “Wilson from Chuggington” costume online but if he wouldn’t put on a monkey costume (basically footed pajamas) he wasn’t going to wear a huge stuffed body suit and tights. And that wasn’t an option anyways because we had three day people!

I asked myself….What would Kay Myers do?

The family “Monkey” theme was dead, and not being revived. Mr. R was just fine not dressing up as anything. Ridge was tolerating the monkey suit  and Raleigh was excited about being “Chuggington” SOOOOOO…. I did what any hell bent on Halloween mother would do, I painted a wagon fa├žade and let him sit in his costume. It took me two nights and cost $0. Raleigh rode along happily in his sweat pants and shirt (as Wilson) with his monkey brother. I wore yoga pants, a hat, and a camera around my neck…..there was no costume, it was raining and I just broke my phone and had to carry around a big ass camera to document all the fun we were all having. Can you see the excitement?

Halloween 2015
Those cheeks!
Family traditions!
We hadn't started yet:)
Double Trouble....they look thrilled!
"What's going on?"
Urg! Next year will rock! So help me God we will have that child in a costume!

Happy Halloween!

Monday, August 17, 2015

6 months old...whoa!

Our sweet baby Ridge is 6 month old...yesterday. Happy 1/2 birthday Ridgey, Bubbie, Ridgelet, Bubs, Ree Ree....the list goes on.

Ridge has been the coolest kid. He is down for pretty much anything. Car rides, play dates, water parks, family reunions, late night birthday parties, hair cuts, school.



Baby boy sleeps through the night if you count waking up at 11pm and 3am sleeping through the night (jerk!). He is eating solids like he is been doing it his entire life. He loves everything, even kale! So on trend Ridge! He is sitting up on his own and loves to play with all of his brothers toys...none of that baby stuff. He is not crawling and hates tummy time. He might never crawl because I hate to hear him scream! He jibber jabbers all the time but it's hard to hear him over his two year old loud mouth brother. He laughs so hard he does the "nerd laugh". So stinkin funny. He loves a good bath, and of course, his best friend in the world is Raleigh....he tolerates Nelson...we all do....

He is just the happiest boy! I can't wait to see what he turns into.

I really told myself I would post a bunch of pics for a half birthday but I could not resist. He was cracking me up with all of his faces.






Who me?
Oh little boy! Stop growing up so fast!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Rals is 2!

Dear Raleigh, two years old yesterday! When did you get so big? You have been such a trooper this year. You have become the best big brother, you got moved to the big kid room at school, you have learned about 1,000 words and talk non stop, you started swim lessons, you want to wear a baseball cap all day, and you have found your one true love...lawn mowers. Everyday you make me laugh. You have such a silly personality. I love to watch you "work" which you do all day. Mow the lawn, sweep, water the plants, wash your car, spray and wipe down the cabinets....all before breakfast. You are my little worker bee! 

I love that you are completely filthy 85% of the time....or naked. You love to be outside and would probably sleep out there if we let you. Your favorite thing to do is watch the lawn crews on Saturday morning. You mimic them and give thumbs up when they finish. I honestly think you believe you are apart of the crew. I, or course, egg this on because I think it is so cute. Any man doing lawn work is a Mow Mow Guy.

You are all boy and love tractors, trucks, and animals. In the car you just keep asking for things, like I can make them appear on the side of the road. Mo' moo moo cow, please mama. 

You have finally started playing with toys! Legos, cars, and Little People. You are such a sweet brother and set them up around Ridge so he can play too.

I love to hear your little voice. Some of my favorite things you say are....
Whatcha doin' mama?
Mo' milk please.
No please.
Mo' tractor please, mama.

I love that you sign I love you and you do it without prompting. You are just turning into a little man. Every night we pray to be humble, hard working, and kind. I love you Raleigh boy, Happy birthday!

Love, Mama

Two years old!

Raleigh wanted a MOW MOW party. I though really hard about it and wanted it to be fun for him and easy for me. After last years guest list of about 70 we scaled down a bit. His favorite thing to do on the planet is play in the front yard with our neighbors and cousins and that's what we did. It was a very happy morning! Just a few pictures from the morning birthday celebration. I cannot tell you how happy my heart felt watching our neighbors walk out their front doors and down the street to see our boy. We are so incredibly blessed to live on this street!

These two....#raleighandcaroline
Raleigh loves those Bacsik boys!
Donuts, coffee, mimosas, and fruit....doesn't get much easier than that!
These beautiful ladies have really made me year! So happy they let their beautiful little girls tromp around with my stinky boys. Neither of them had a choice, I saw they had a baby and forced them to be friends with me!
This photo is hilarious because Ava is normally smiling ear to ear!


Our newest friend and neighbor Logan

Our next door neighbor Papa Don. Raleigh's lawn mowing bestie!

Raleigh loved blowing out his candle so much we sang twice! Crazy kid. Please notice how dirty he is already! This kid, I swear!


Mary Grace, Sue-Sue, and the Ridgelet
Sweet Caroline!
Oh Lordy! The awkward flirting begins.
Sweet Ava!


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Traveling with two....

You know you are a grown up when you take a family vacation. No grandparents....no cousins for distractions...just us....together....with our kids....in a foreign land......eeeeerrrrrr San Diego. It wasn't technically a vacation because Mr. R was attending a conference and we tagged along. Most of the day I was solo with my two littles.

Preparing for our trip I wandered through that magnificant interweb searching for the perfect "mommy blog" that would ease all of my fears about traveling with my children. And you know what, I didn't find anything that wasn't trying to sell me aquarium coupons or car seat bags or whatever...

Balboa Park


Flying with my children.
Certainly I am not the only human being who has thought of this....what if airlines offered "family friendly flights" OR "adult only" flights for that matter. That way when you board a plane you either know you are amongst friends OR you can order a vodka tonic. For real, let's do this. I would have been so much more relaxed if I knew everyone on the plane wasn't cursing my family for 3 hours. Lucky for everyone, my kids pretty much rocked both flights. I mean I had an arsenal of distractions. For Raleigh....stickers, lots and lots of stickers, a small little journal for him to stick them, crayons, one small coloring book, all kinds of snacks in the tiny plastic snack bag....landing treat was gummy bears since he can't chew gum, and we introduced for the first time....dunnnn dunn dunnn....the IPAD. It kept him busy for like two minutes. It took the entire trip for him to understand how to actually play a game. Raleigh is almost two years old and he could have sat in our lap but I decided last minute he needed his own seat. Best decision ever. We opted not to bring the car seat on the plane so he could sit between us. One minor milk spill (on me) but for the most part we did just fine. I told Mr. R we didn't have to have the best kids on the flight but they couldn't be the worst. And thanks to Sally McEarinfection in row 15 we weren't the worst! For Ridge....two boobs and a pacifier.

You can check your car seat or free. They will try and sell you a car seat bag for $15. Large trash bag works just as good and take up zero room in a suitcase.
Luggage carts cost $4 and you will need one...or two! 
I carried on a backpack with diapers for both boys, two extra outfits each, an emergency shirt for me, snacks, sippy cup, etc (this acted as my diaper bag for the entre trip).....Mr R had the rest of the luggage and TWO car seats. I read on a blog that when you rent a car and request a carseat they were nasty. Let me tell you something, lugging two carseat through two airports and in and out of shuttle buses was the worst. I'm taking my chances with a rented carseat next time....that sucked!
You need both hands. I wore baby R in the Moby wrap and toddler R rode in the umbrella stroller which we checked at the gate.
You need birth certificates for the babes. And if you live in Dallas enjoy your morning picking that up at City Hall.
Southwest Airlines does not have milk as a drink choice. Come on SWA....people drink milk! Like little tiny humans. I had to do some advanced parenting and add water to my small milk bottle we brought from home.
If your 4 month old is crying just nurse them....like the entire flight. It's fine to pull up your shirt and show it all. No one can really see if you are at the window anyways.
No one feels sorry for you. Unless of course there is another mom on the flight. She will lock eyes with you and silently encourage you with a raise of an eyebrow and half smile as you are changing a blow out diaper in a milk soaked seat at 35,000 feet.
Plan for the worst and hope for the best. And remember you just can't be the worst!

Hotel with my babies.
I still can't believe we didn't get kicked out. You don't realize how much noise your children make until you are stuck sharing two walls with strangers....at 5am. Hyatt Regency Mission Bay in San Diego ROCKED! Free drinks for kids at the pool, which I slightly took advantage of because my child loves milk! I was not one bad thing to say about this hotel. Great location. Great staff. Beautiful room, pools, view, food, landscaping, etc. Stay there!



San Diego.
I hate to be negative about a beautiful city but your airport is poorly designed and the homeless population is out of control. Everything else....wonderful! Keeping doing you SD!
We got to have dinner with one of our good friends who recently moved there. It was so nice to catch up. Dearest Nick, please buy a very large house so next time we visit we can stay with you...for a week!
YAY Nick Hurt!
What we did.
Balboa Park, Natural History museum, Beach, Hotel pool, lots of little parks/play grounds on the bay, Sea Port Village, and Played LEGOS and Little People:)
High light of Raleigh's trip....watching the city landscaping crew aka "Mo Mow guys". For real, he is still talking about it. Highlight of Ridges trip....sleeping in a cozy bed with his mama. Highlight of my trip....drinking coffee on a balcony with a great view, holding two babies. Oh wait, actually the best part was after we finally landed, got our mountain of luggage, fought our way onto an Alamo shuttle bus, loaded two carseats two babes and luggage mountain into a mid sized sedan, we ate at Big Kitchen. Go there, eat there, listen to the saxophone player and watch people walk their dogs in breezy 80 degree weather.






Mission Bay

Pool time!

Sea Port Village Pier


Mow Mow!



Sea Port Village




What I wish I would have had while "tripping" with my children. A small bottle/packet of laundry detergent. More snacks for hotel room. Tiny bottles of wine...or liquor. This sounds weird and I don't even know if it exists but a portable clothes line. We couldn't hang our wet stuff on the balcony and it became a soggy humid mess of dirty clothes.

Things I'm glad I packed.
Toys for hotel room. Legos and Little People fit great in large zip lock bags and can also be bath toys in a pinch. Sound machine. Extra blankies for snuggling.

We survived and we all came home in one piece. And now that we have done it we aren't terrified to travel again. Our next adventure will probably be New Orleans....without children, I need a drink!

Happy Traveling!