Pappaw Comes to Town

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Five of Eight of his Grands

I wonder what we would have to do to get all 8 eight of his grands all in one picture and the two greats?

What a nice surprise my Father in Law came to town and surprised us, he called L when he was on his way so it was a true surprise. Along with him being beardless for the first time in C’s lifetime.

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It was a nice long weekend to have him in town. If you haven’t caught on two of C’s five siblings live here in the same town as us. I don’t know how we got Fort Carson, but boy were we happy. We spent lots of time together enjoying everyones company.

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Singing Five Little Monkeys with Aunt B

Ian can’t stop talking about Aunt B and Uncle B’s house. They had a basement full of toys, that included dinosaurs. Hopefully we will see Papapaw again soon.

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Hopefully we will see Papapaw again soon. I know we won’t be going home for the holidays, so maybe soon after that.

Perfection

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On days like today when nothing seems to be going my way, my head one stop pounding and I am at the brink of tears. One brief moment is caught on camera and it reminds me how lucky I am to be his mama.

5 Years

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Here we are five years later, as of Saturday. We got some crappy news that pretty much ruined our weekend. Luckily our marriage is not built on just happy times. We are lucky we have been blessed with two healthy, happy, mischievous boys. We are in a different place then where we 5 years ago, we are no loner blissful newly weds.

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We have overcome many challenges in our short marriage If we can over come 6 layoffs. If we can overcome all the struggles that comes with those, we can overcome what is thrown at us. It hasn’t all been sunshine and rainbows, but what marriage is?

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We are starting down a new road, one I am not quiet ready to share with you all. In time I will and I have no idea how it will change our marriage. I know though that if we can make it through the past 5 years, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us.

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Date Night Has Changed

From impromptu sushi with friends, nights on Northgate, randomly ending up at the tattoo parlor(truly it did happen), to oh my we are lucky enough to have a sitter (my mom so graciously volunteered). What do we do now? The thought of having alone time together stumps us, since we usually have to leave the house there goes the idea of a nice night in. Well this past Friday we were lucky enough to have a night together thanks to my my mom. So we started the night with a little dinner.

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That part was easy to figure out, it was what to do with our selves after dinner that got us. We did have the time nor the money to see a movie(when did it start costing so much to see a movie). We then threw out the idea of grocery shopping sans kids but we weren’t really sure of what we did and didn’t need. I don’t know how my love of the dollar store came up in the conversation but it did and we were off to the dollar store.

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When we pulled up in the parking lot and saw one of the discount hair cutting places, we both talked of our need for hair cuts. Seeing my chance, I walked in and bravely sat down(the last time I got a hair cut at a place like this, I lost a lot of hair and was given a hair cut I couldn’t handle). Not this time, I was blessed with the luck and got an amazingly trained stylist. Who had the knowledge to train the beast. Casey on the other hand, did not get his cut. He did go back on Sunday with a coupon and got his and Ian’s done.

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So what a change from pre-kids/college days, what do you do to keep your Date Nights fun?

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Add to the list of things that can only happen to us for $1000 Alex, is managing to lock ourselves out of our bedroom at 10:00pm. Yes we have a keyed lock on our bedroom door it has been there for about 10 days. We had yet to separate the little keys that came with it, even Casey had mentioned doing so earlier yesterday.  After a nap yesterday, I went out and locked the door with out even thinking to look for the keys.  Which brings us to bedtime, to cranky people one of which was on medications and a lot of shared words.

So I will take you back 10 days or so, I had just got home from the hospital and Ian went into my bag. Covering himself from head to toe in a brand new tube of tooth paste and me declaring that a lock will be installed asap.  So come the weekend we trekked  down to our local home improvement store and for around $9 bought ourselves a little keyed door knob. After the install things had been going well until last night.

Where I managed to lock us out, and make a normally very calm Casey quiet upset with me. Words might have been exchanged, there might have been some foot stomping, and someone might have said they want to run away(me). I went to the dispenser of knowledge (twitter) and shouted out for some help while Casey actually tried to fix the situation.  About 45 minutes into it a loving tweep and a good friend started actually giving very similar advice. After the card trick failed and Casey was ready to break down the door. He realized he had been turning the lock the wrong when when trying to pick it.  Just a few minutes later Huzzah we were in, the keys were separated, Casey was claimed the hero and with that we feel into bed and passed out. Hoping that will never happen again.

The best learned advice is, people and tv lie were not able to pick a lock with a credit card.

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What do our Actions say?

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Ian showed me that I am not such a bad mom after all the other day, I already knew that he was like a sponge absorbing everything we say and do.  Watching my 3 year old duplicate my actions, really made me stop and think about the little mundane things I don’t normally think about how I react to while doing them.

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What am I teaching him when I lose my cool, whine, etc? I want to be a better role model for my boys. I am extremely glad that he stepped up to help me clean with out asking, I am guessing this is a trait he must have picked up from his Daddy. Who is an amazing husband and father, most of the time ;). What do you actions are you glad to be instilling in your children? What actions are you hoping they don’t pick up?

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and yes he got all up in the tables grill while cleaning it, he did an amazing job. I think the best surprise was he put away the cleaner and threw away his paper towels when he was through. Who is the kid, and what pod people replaced him?