Monday, May 19, 2014

Life Lately

As usual May has shaped up to be a pretty busy month. In fact the past two months have been pretty jam packed with plans every weekend.

-Last weekend we celebrated Mother's Day by going to see both of Kristian's grandmothers (both of whom are in their 90s). At his paternal grandmothers house, most of the extended family was able to come over so Hunter got to see many of his aunts, uncles and cousins. He even got to meet one of his great-aunts for the first time. He was a bit overwhelmed and shy the whole time. We then went to Kristian's maternal grandmothers house which had a smaller group and Hunter did much better there. It wasn't the most relaxing Mother's Day but it was nice to see everyone. I also got to see my mom later that afternoon. 

Me and my beautiful mama.

Kristian's grandmother with all 9 of her great-grandchildren and of course MY child was the only one who wouldn't look at the camera and smile. 

-The day after Mother's Day was my birthday. It wasn't terribly exciting since I had to go to work. But I came home and Kristian had decorated the dining room, cooked dinner and gave me a few gifts. My little guy was excited to help me blow out the candles on my cake. 

-In other very exciting news my brother and his fiancee bought a new house, and it's one block up the street from us! It's literally a 5 minute walk and I'm so excited! The house is huge and gorgeous and they got a fantastic deal on it. I'm incredibly jealous because their house is on the street that Kristian and I love and have always said if we had the money we would buy pretty much any of the houses on that street. It's the last street of single family homes before you get to the townhouse section where we live. They have an amazing multi-level deck which will be great for cookouts and we can't wait to spend a lot of time over there hanging out. It doesn't hurt to have another set of free babysitters close by and I'm so excited about the prospect of being so close to any future nieces or nephews. 

-This past weekend we were invited over to our neighbors house for dinner. Hunter and his little girlfriend Jordynn got to have date night while the grownups ate. We all then went outside so that the kids could play with the other young neighborhood kids that were out running around. There was a group of about 7 kids drawing with chalk and chasing each other until almost dark (and way past Hunters bedtime) while all the parents chatted. It was just a perfect spring evening. 

The lovebirds.

-The other piece of exciting news is that my mom adopted a miniature dachshund puppy that she named Annie. She brought her over yesterday and we all fell in love with her. Hunter laughed while the puppy gave him kisses and Moxie chased her new cousin around the yard. We also get to dog sit next week while my mom goes on an already planned vacation and we are thrilled. We may not give her back!

-The next few weekends will be busy with a trip to the beach house for Memorial Day and my brothers upcoming wedding in June. This year seems to be flying by!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Old friends are good for the soul

This past weekend I had the great pleasure of flying down to FL to visit one of my dearest friends, Kristen, who I have known for 15 years. She gave birth to twins back in March and I couldn't wait to see her, meet the little ones and have a weekend full of newborn snuggles. I was also able to play several Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle games with her 3 1/2 year old son Smith who reminds me so much of Hunter. I can't get over how big he is, such a handsome little boy.

The flights down and back were pretty seamless, which was a comfort since I'm not a big fan of flying. After having a quick lunch at the Chili's in the airport we headed back to her house where we pretty much camped out for the weekend. We only left on Saturday morning, sans babies, for pedicures and some relaxation which we both needed. Later that day she had a 'sip and see' at her house for some of her friends and coworkers to come meet the babies. All of her friends were incredibly nice and I had a wonderful time meeting everyone.

Even though we didn't go to the beach or do any "typical" Florida activities I had such a wonderful and  relaxing weekend. Despite a lot of crying and fussing (from the twins) I was surprisingly at ease. I guess when the chaos around you isn't really your chaos it's not as stressful. And it's hard to be stressed out when you have an adorable newborn sleeping on your chest for 45 minutes.

I have to give Kristen a ton of credit, she's doing an amazing job. Twins are no joke. Honestly it makes having one newborn seem like a piece of cake. They both always seem to cry and fuss at the same time and just trying to feed or bathe them both at the same time could be an Olympic sport and Kristen seems to have it all down pat. Just the thought of taking them both out to the grocery store or Target would send me into a panic and Kristen is already a pro maneuvering that double stroller around.

Even though Kristen and I only get to see other in person maybe once or twice a year we never have trouble picking up right where we left off. We were both able to vent about current life stressors and laugh and reminisce and I just wish we lived closer so that we could do it more often.

Not long after I arrived I had Miss Grey napping on me. I could have held her all weekend. 

Another nap with Grey. Such a cuddle bug. Also, it only increased my desire for a little girl one day. 

Mr. Wynn was also a fan of passing out on me. Such a little stud muffin. So hard to believe my little boy was ever this small. 

I made many jokes about becoming sister-wives. We have this twin thing covered. 

Much needed pedicures and girl time with one of my favorite people. 

When I got home my two favorite guys (who spent the weekend at my in-laws beach house) greeted me at the airport. Hunter came running up to me yelling "MAMA" and holding flowers. And yes I almost burst into tears.