Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Our First Free(ish) Weekend

We finally had a commitment free weekend! No packing, no house projects (if we didn't want to do them, but we did, so we did one), no place we had to be. It was spectacular! We didn't completely get away without adulting, but there was some fun stuff too!

We officially said goodbye to our home of (nearly) six and a half years. We got out the last few loads of junk, cleaned it up, and handed over the keys. As we closed the doors for the final times, I caught a glimpse of this wall in the sunlight after we had taken everything off. You can faintly see our: [life is simple] eat. sleep. play. repeat. That was completely the motto while we lived there. That house saw so much happiness, laughter, growth, and change. I can only hope it's loved as much as we loved it.

We made it out to the Flower, Lawn, and Garden Show to see a sculpture by local artist Randy Schnebbe that featured some of the oldest mini's artwork. While that was our main purpose for visiting, we saw a lot of other neat things. The minis favorite was the train systems. Apparently we now have plans to do the tour of trains in June, where you go to various backyards in Central Iowa to see what they have created.

His drawing (that was turned into part of the sculpture) was the mountains "because we love mountains."

We were asked to get this T-Rex for our garden so they could play Jurassic Park. I then broke the news to them that the garden is off limits to playing. Suddenly they didn't want to the T-Rex.

Yep, a trip (or two) to the hardware store. Good news: we spent less than $1,000. Cool news: we've got all of the materials for upcoming house projects. Bad news: there goes our free time.

We rewarded good behavior at Menard's with a trip to Colby Park before going to the grocery store, heading home for dinner, a walk around the neighborhood, and bedtime.

One of our adventure days wouldn't be complete without one screaming kid who has to be carried to the car...

She recovered from the tantrum quickly so she could ride Henry the Horse at HyVee. #priorities 

Sunday included cleaning up the deck (somewhat), building a closet system for the boy's closet, doing a bit of yard clean up, doing laundry, and playing hard (for the youngest two minis).

I've got big plans for this corner of the backyard (pictured above). Stay tuned to see how this will become a fun and messy play area!

Lunch on the deck on a gorgeous day!

 It was in the sixties, so obviously that means you march inside, grab your swimming suit, put it on, and go play in the sandbox, all without saying a word to your parents about it, who were right there watching the confidence pouring out of her.

The glass doors were removed, the wall cleaned up, and the closet system built (wooden shelves both up and down and a bar to hang the clothes). This little project took all day, but it turned out great!

For dinner we grilled brats and hot dogs and ate fresh veggies. Chips were for "dessert." I told each mini to take a handful and pass the bag.....I failed to mention how many handfuls. For the record, no one else had issues understanding one handful except the middle mini.

This upcoming weekend we're planning on doing some more playing and maybe a project around the house....we'll have to see what we come up with!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring Break

Out of our last three spring breaks, this one was the most laid back...daycare-wise at least. Having just moved into our new house the weekend before spring break started, I was fairly limited on what we could and couldn't do (plus, energy wise, I didn't have much to give!). Outside time was out since it's not yet all the way fenced in (a home project coming up soon) plus it needs cleaned up, so we were indoors all week. The kids didn't seem to mind though because everything was new to them and they had a blast going through each cubby, bin, and shelf to discover long hidden toys, crafts, games, etc.

Here's a quick peak at our SB 2017:

It wouldn't be spring break without a theme day or two! The first day of SB we had Fairy Day. Read more about that here.

The first day of the full week of SB, we had a building day with the waffle blocks and soft building blocks. The kids got very creative and built vet clinic, cars, motorcycles, and more.

A tea party (with water).

The over the door basketball hoop got A LOT of use! There were bball games and shooting competitions galore.

I found my rock collection and it instantly became the "it toy" of the week! I'll be adding a magnifying glass for closer observation because the kids have loved examining (and rubbing) each smooth rock.

We officially closed on the house and had a house closing/belated birthaversary celebration at Bubba's.....right after we spent time at Lowes (our new home away from home). 

When you have your house decorated how you like, with plenty of kid areas, yet still find Lego something-or-others having battles on your buffet.....this is what defines #momlife.

We had a birthday celebration! This child loves Airheads (you may remember last year's Airhead cake), but I ran out of time to do the Airhead cake, so I simplified it to just her name.

The minis helped tear down the first layer of wallpaper. That layer came down within fifteen minutes, the next layer is going to take some work (unfortunately).

We did some St. Patty's Day art work: a finger print rainbow and Dot Marker shamrocks.

Homemade green play dough kept everyone busy for an entire afternoon. I love using salt dough as play dough (even though it dries out easily) because it cleans up so easily! I let the kids play with this on our new carpet and it easily vacuumed up afterwards.

We ended our week with our St. Patrick's celebration, which included a much anticipated return visit from our magical leprechauns Sammy and Michael. Read more about our day here.

Now that it's officially spring and things are getting a bit more organized after moving, we'll be starting some of our spring activities this week!