Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spring Break:

We had Spring Break this past week from our Mother's Day Out program. I had not really planned anything in advance to do, but it turned out to be a super fun week together.

We had corned beef for St.Patrick's day a day early. And when I say we, I mostly mean Doug.

We made a visit to camp and enjoyed seeing friends and getting to play at Hannah and Nathan's house and Watson's house all in one day! It was fun to be back in those living rooms with those people. Teresa invited us to dinner and we stayed and had even more fun. Until Jack melted and had to go home. It is nice being back with 'easy' friends. It is like second nature sitting on their bar stools catching up.

We had cousin Caden over for a sleepover. The boys made some monsters out of pipe cleaners and fuzzy balls. They played chase about 90% of the time they were playing. We had mac and cheese, hot dogs, and pancakes. All pretty perfect sleep over food in my opinion. We tried to let the boys sleep together in the same room but Caden was not too enthused about Henry's constant talking. I am not sure why.

I braved my way to the closest Goodwill. And I do mean braved. I had no clue where I was going and had to drive through some pretty interesting streets of Tulsa, but I ended up at a nice store with an amazing book selection. I also found a shirt for Doug and a shirt for me. I picked up one and was seriously considering it until Henry said "Mom, you already have a shirt like that!". It was all I needed to hear to put it back on the shelf and resist buying another shirt like one I already have.

We met Doug downtown for a story time in the park. They had snacks and read Where the Wild Things are. Henry and Jack were willing to observe, but not willing to participate. We ended up running on the grass and having Doug take turns throwing the boys in the air. We ended up eating Tacos for lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant. It is the one I always want to eat when we are downtown.

I was also able to catch up on laundry, go grocery shopping twice, made the best roasted sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts for dinner one night, and lots of back yard play time.

It really was a wonderful break.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Over the Weekend:

Friday night we had dinner with the Crowder's. We met at their house and huddled under umbrellas and walked in the rain to our dinner reservations. Sweet Corinne joined us and was so sweet and pleasant. We talked jobs, houses, kids, etc. A really fun night out with new friends in this city. 

Saturday Doug and Henry worked on projects. We got new cell phones. We ate coney dogs for lunch. Naps. And Doug and I swapped running errands while the other stayed at home with the sleeping boys. I went to the grocery store and Doug ran to Home Depot. 

I also had one of those sweet moments in life that was so simply beautiful and even a little bit breath taking. Doug was using the bathroom (hang with me here), Jack was standing in his jammies sucking his paci, and Henry was right there with this animal book asking Doug which was his favorite animal on each page. Doug not missing a beat and answering each time even though he was trying to do his business. I walked by the bathroom but just stood and watched. I don't want to forget that moment. In this stage. With these boys. 

Saturday we had the O'Hara's and Karen over for dinner because Greg was in town for like 2 seconds for a business trip. We had mexican food and tried to keep all the boys happy and not fighting. It felt like such a treat to have Greg here for dinner. It is always nice catching up. 

 Little brother David's basketball team played in the state championship tournament and we were able to watch it on-line! It was a fun game and a little weird seeing my brother on our t.v. They ended up losing a close game, but we were just so happy to be able to watch the game. 

Sunday involved the traditional service at church, leftover enchiladas for lunch, reading in the sun on the porch (I even got a little pink!), two pots of coffee, and dinner with the Odom's. Nothing too special about our evening, just really good quality time with some favorites. We made quesiadillas, Doug and Jon chatted while they threw a ball against our house and played catch, Jack & Sam ate a bunch of snacks, Emily chopped veggies while I shredded cheese for dinner, Henry and Libby sat under a quilt and watched a show together.  Nothing earth shattering but all soul enriching things. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Thunder Date:

Yesterday around noon Doug called from work and asked if I wanted to go to the Thunder game that night because he had won an office competition for most referrals. We pulled together a very last minute babysitter arrangement thanks to Emily and a past summer staffer that we know. And we were on our way to OKC around 5:00 pm. I enjoy basketball and the Thunder, but what I really enjoy is riding in a car and getting to talk to Doug, uninterrupted. Especially lately, during this phase of our marriage that we have found ourselves in. Lots to talk about and talk through as we wade through massive life changes. 

We had McDonald's for dinner and Braum's for an after game snack. So you can see we really went all out on refreshments for the evening. 

We pulled in around midnight and I had horribly realistic dreams about being super late for work because I was so tired from staying up late. But no worries, Henry and Jack were right on que and sounded the alarms to wake us al up in time to get to work.  

Over the Weekend:

We moved!!

Friday night several gracious and strong friends came to help us move our larger furniture. Moving is never fun but I like to think that they might have enjoyed themselves just a little bit since there were lots of jokes made and laughter throughout the night. I think it helps to be moving with close friends helping. 

Karen is a rockstar Grandma and brought pizza for dinner to share with the movers. But then she moved to saint status and took a vomiting Henry to her house for the night. She was up all night with him as he worked through the worst of his stomach virus. I went and got the boys early on Saturday morning. 

The rest of the weekend was spent unpacking and trying to get Henry and Jack both to full health while avoiding the bug ourselves. Not going to lie, it was a pretty stressful weekend overall. So stressful in fact I got a fever blister which has only happened a handful of times in my life and always surrounding super stressful events.

We ate way to many meals through a drive thru because there were literally no brain cells left to even think about what to eat and when to eat. 

But we are here in our new home that we are so very pleased with, so overall, the weekend was a huge success. 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Over the (Snowy) Weekend:

We had a snowy weekend and we only left our house once. I was super unprepared and meals were a little interesting at times. I am super thankful for the pizza delivery guy that brought dinner to our door Saturday night. It felt like such a treat. We made cookies. We stayed in comfy pants. Dad and Henry played in the snow. We watched church on the t.v. and Henry thought it was pretty cool to see Libby's dad on the t.v. We watched several Scholastic videos of different books. They are so calm and peaceful. We had so many block towers and so many moments of our entire house covered in everything! Doug and I watched Wayne's World on Friday night because, why not? Cuddles and naps and pancakes also played a vital roll in our weekend at home. 

Sunday evening we loaded up and went to Target for more milk and a frozen meal for dinner. The cold air felt good on all of our faces! Fresh air!! Outside!!