Thursday, March 26, 2015

Missing Photos

GREAT.  Got a new phone--Android based--and as I was transferring stuff over, I was trying to clean stuff up.  Apparently I deleted photos COMPLETELY from everything I had them stored them in--my computer, the cloud, whatever.  So now there are a ton of broken links and lost photos on the blog.  Well, lesson learned.  I might try to re-upload the photos from my computer eventually, but what a waste of time that is.  BUMMER.

Monday, March 16, 2015

"Spring" Break Is Here!

I am so THRILLED to be on vacation for the next two weeks.  And, the best part is, the boys are in school so I have some time to myself.  I love being with them, but I haven't had any time to myself at home for the past two years!  I have BIG plans regarding all the stuff I want to get done.  Most of it is just organizing, cleaning, and selling crap on Craigslist to get cash and declutter.  

Just for the record, before I forget to make note of it, Adi is now COMPLETELY out of diapers, even at night.  He's been dry (knock on wood) for the past four nights now.  

I also hope to catch up on blogging.  Here are some pictures from the last few weeks.  

Sebastian is such a ham...The wrench is his pirate "hook" and I think the level was his "sword" in this particular instance. 

We got a Jake the Pirate ship and a VTec spy glass off Craigslist for a steal.  The boys love it!

I can't wait to take these boys to Disney World!

 Buzz and Woody love Nutella crepes for breakfast every weekend.  They would eat them every meal if I'd let them.  When I make them, Sebastian tells me, "Mama, I love your crepes!"  It's so cute!

With Papa's shoes and his pirates in hand...ARRGH!

The boys finally got haircuts!  They were pretty good.  Adi lost it with the buzzer at the end, but other than that he was fine.

All my pics of Adi's new hair are blurry.  :-(

To kick off vacation, we went to Tia Carol's house on Saturday to see Kitchen's fencing practice.  The boys liked watching him with the sword!!

Then we had lasagna and salad that was to die for.  The boys had buttered noodles and ate every bit.  Yummy.

The boys played Lego City with patient Christian.

And Adi really bonded with Nana.  He spent a lot of time with her this visit.

Sebastian likes to play with his pirate figurines and have them hang from things with their hooks.  He also loves my Jell-O playdough.  We are slowly making a batch in every color.

Grumpy came over Sunday night and the boys attacked him with their swords.  They really go at it hard!!!!!

And Tia Carol's buttered pasta was such a hit Saturday that I had to make it for them Sunday night for dinner.  We went to the market and Adi was SO EXCITED to see they have wheel pasta he made me buy it.  Then he carried that box around with him the whole rest of the day (he may have even liked it better than his Spider Man treats!!!!).  What a weirdo!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Funny Sayings #1 March

Adrian:  "Mama, the snow is dirty.  Have to wipe it with a paper towel."

Adrian: "Mama, I'm gonna share my Spiderman treats with you."

Sebastian: "Mama, I always say thank you when they give you munchkins."  (At the DD drive through)

Sebastian:  "If we're bad boys the Easter Bunny won't bring presents and the blue Mickey." (the stuffed Mickey they saw at Costco)

Sebastian: "We don't have pixie dust.  We have to get one from Saver's."

Sebastian (sword fighting): "Mama, I've got so many moves!"

Sebastian, putting his cowboy hat on: "Mama, do I look OK?"

Sebastian was in our bed this morning snuggling.  He's all about Papa lately.  I asked him for a hug and a kiss good morning.  He begrudgingly gave me a hug and a kiss and then said, "Now leave me alone and go over there," pointing to my side of the bed.  :-(

Sebastian, after I took something away because he wasn't listening: "Heeeeey!!  We don't take from friends!"

Saturday, February 28, 2015

February Sayings #3 February

Sebastian:  "Mama, I wanna go to Disney World and see Captain Hook.  We're gonna do 'arggggh' together.  He scares the other kids with his hook."

Adrian: "Mama, I wanna go poop on the potty so I get Spider Man treats."

Adrian: "Mama, I want Ms. Helena and Miss 'Ianca (Miss Bianca) to come home with Mama and Papa and Sebastian and Adi." (Those are his teachers from school.)

Sebastian:  "Adi, wanna do snuggles with me?" (In our bed this morning.  They snuggled together and Sebastian rubbed Adi's back!)

Sebastian: "I have presents.  Which one do you want?" (Holds out a dinosaur and a Little People train conductor.)
Mama: "I want the conductor."
Sebastian: "No, you can have the dinosaur....ok, the conductor, too." (he hands me both)

Sebastian: "My piggy toe hurts from playing Play-Doh."  (He was standing for a while...I think that's why it hurt?!?!?!)

Adi to Mama: "Where's my sweeper (Swiffer)?  I have to wipe it (his piece of chocolate).  It's not gu├ícala (gross).  Have to wipe."

Sebastian:  "Lexi talked in Spanish because she was Mexican."

Sebastian:  "Mama, I did pee pee on the potty at school!!!!!"
Mama: "When you wear big boy underwear and use the potty, Mama will buy you a present."
Sebastian: "No, Mama.  I already did pee pee on the potty."  (He thinks that going once is enough...)

Sebastian, while watching Home Alone 2: "Mama, I have a good idea.  Get rid of this part." (a boring part)

Sebastian, after "reading" a Cam Jensen I Can Read book (which has a lot of words and very few pictures) by himself:  "It was a great story for me!"

Poor Adi.  I don't have as many quotes for him.  He's harder to understand.  Lately his word is "because."  Every sentence is "because this" or "because that."  And pretty much all he talks about is "We hafta go to the store to get Spider Man treats."

When Will Spring Be Here?

It's been too long since I've updated the blog.  But there wasn't much going on because of all the snow we've had this year in February.  This month has been one never-ending snow storm.  Horrible.  

We have had 5 or 6 snow days?  I lost count.  It was fun at first, but we quickly were running out of things to do.  

We put sand in the sensory table and that was fun until the table got pushed over and the sand got all over the rug.

Then we played with dried beans...and that was fun until they ended up all over the rug.

Valentine's Day came and went without much fanfare, again in part because of the weather and freezing cold.  We didn't do anything much to celebrate.  Carlos and I got to prepare 24 Valentines for the boys' classmates at the preschool...That was fun.  Valentines these days are cheap looking.  The boys came home with a bag (each) filled with valentines and lollipops and candy.  Apparently Adi thought handing out valentines was great--Sebastian couldn't have cared less.  A boy after my own heart (although I will admit I loved getting valentines in elementary school).

Adi and I made cookies.

The boys' personalities are really coming out now.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE to hear them interact with each other.  They can tell me stories now and have conversations.  It's great.  I'm starting to enjoy this age, despite the challenges.

They are such goof balls!

Here's the roof of our house before Carlos got out and shoveled it off.  We were supposed to get rain one Saturday, so Carlos left work early on Friday afternoon and came home and shoveled the entire back half of the roof--over the solar panels (which still aren't working!).  Friday evening, I shoveled off the porch roof.  All the snow from the roof was on the it was even more than you see here.  Carlos and I were both exhausted!  Saturday during the day he shoveled off the front of the house.  All told, we saved $800 by doing it ourselves.  I'm just glad no one fell off the roof.

 Adi did this to himself--I swear!!!  I really did not put that there!

This was one of our many snow days...wiping the glass with tissues so they could watch the snowplow.

One day Adi discovered the Swiffer and thought it was the best thing ever.  We didn't tell him otherwise.  He went to town with it all over the play area.  Yeah!

They WILL NOT hold the binoculars the right way.  They use them backwards and insist this is the way to do it.

We've watched waaaaaay too much TV this winter.  I admit it.  But I can't help it.  The days have been so long and cold and snowy.

 One day we  put stuff in tuperware containers and then added water.  We froze the containers.  The boys had fun chipping away at the ice to rescue the stuff inside.

 Adi is still gung-ho about his army man stuff.

We made playdough and FINALLY found a recipe we love.

Here it is:

Jell-O Playdough (From Parents Magazine March 2015)

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup warm water
2 tbs salt
2 tbs cream of tarter
2 tbs cooking oil
1 3 oz packet of Jell-O

1. Whisk all ingredients together in small saucepan.

2. Cook over med. heat, stirring continuously, until the dough thickens and forms a ball.  (Keep going--I thought I had done something wrong!  But after about 7-8 minutes it started to form clumps and then a ball.)

3. Let cool 30 minutes.

This one was made with raspberry Jell-O and it smelled so good!  It's a good texture and it makes a lot of dough.  We'll make this one again.  In fact, last week, I bought Jell-O in a variety of different colors.  I'd make this rather than buy more "real" Play-Doh.

Adi discovered that Swiffer sticks are great drum sticks!

And that they make fun alien antennas.

Here's a view of the house after clearing the roof and the porch.  Yikes.

 Last weekend we went bowling for a family friend's birthday.  The boys really didn't care about the bowling.  They were more excited about "driving."

Last night Grumpy came, as he usually does on Friday nights.  He brought pizza.  The boys love that Friday night tradition and ask for Grumpy and pizza when they know it's a Friday.

Today the weather was FINALLY nice enough to do a bunch of errands.  We went to Target and Adi got Ninja Turtle and McQueen treats for using the potty.  (The bribery has to end soon...his teeth will be rotted!  But the kid doesn't ask for much...)

After Halloween I bought a pirate scarf/hat, patch, earring, and sword (as a set) for $.50.  I pulled it out this morning.  The boys fought over the sword, but then shared it pretty nicely.  Of course the sword is already broken (the glue is setting as I write this).  But at least it was only $.50.

This is Sebastian saying "ARGGH!"

Thank God February is almost over!