Monday, June 25, 2012

Lazy Summer

Ah, summer. Although I can't claim to be on "summer vacation", since I stay home with the boys year round, there is something about this time of year that still feels like a vacation to me. I tend to be a bit of a slave to my routine, and I get a bit out of sorts when I don't stick to it. I hate missing my gym time, I literally feel super guilty if I miss even one day.... or if I skimp and don't do a full cardio and strenth routine! Also, thanks to Pinterest, I've gotten myself on an awesome cleaning scheadule that is really working for me. In fact, I like it so much I may do seperate post about it later! (How's that for a prelude to my next post? Are you on the edge of your seat! My Cleaning Scheadule! How will you ever stand the wait?!?!?) Anyway, I also get ansy when I get behind on a day of cleaning because with two kids, a husband, two dogs and a cat it's pretty easy for the cleanliness in our house to go to hell!

But with summer here I am a lot more likely to throw caution to the wind (Ok, that's a little dramatic since we're taking about the gym and cleaning....) and skip our scheadule all together. I'm more likely to say the gym can wait and the kitchen will still be dirty later and laundrey can wait to be put away. And it's not usually even for some big event that we go of scheadule. There is something about summer that just calls for a lazy movie day, or an impromtu trip to Daddy's office for lunch, or an afternoon full of games and books and fort making.

So what have we been up to on these lazy summer days?

Well, there has been lot's of playing hide-and-seek.... a new favorite game of L's!
(He loves the game, but he hasn't totally gotten the concept of being "hidden". Two of his favorite places? under a blanket in the middle of the floor, giggeling while we "look" for him, or with his head stuck under the couch coushins.... booty up in the air!)

And with Phoenix days that are hitting 110 most days, we have been taking a lot more afternoon naps with fans blowing and the air conditioning blasting!

We've been doing early dinners and new restraunts just to have a cold beer and an appetizer. L2 hangs out in his high chair, a little miffed that everyone else is eating but him, and L just loves being someplace new and fun.... even if it a hole in the wall taco restraunt!

I am once again trying out my green thumb by re-planting my front pots (for the third time). Fingers crossed that this time they live! And by that I mean: Fingers crossed that I don't forget to water them and they die.....

And of course: The Pool. Again, days here are easily 110 most days so our weekend consist almost entirely of lounging by the pool. Luckily both of the boys are total water babies! L is a master at swimming all around the pool with his kick board and is getting really good at blowing bubbles and jumping of the step to swim to us. And L2? Well, at this point, he is a really really good splasher... and he loves it!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Fathers Day 2012

I hope all the Daddy's out there had an amazing Father's Day yesterday!

I've noticed a trend with me.... whether it be a holiday, or an anniversary, or a birthday, or an event.... my posts will always be a day late. If not more. The truth is I'm not always the most punctual person in life, and it appears I never will be in my blogs either. The days just get away from me, but I do always make an attempt to play catch-up!

Anyway, back to Father's Day. This month has been a bit crazy for us, so Shaun requested no gifts and just a day of relaxing. Of course I couldn't comply completely, but we did try to honor his wishes! Our day started with a super yummy breakfast that I have to say; I am pretty darn proud of. I made us a frittata with potatoes, eggs, cheese, sausage and onions and it was delicious, and also crescent rolls made with cinnamon and sugar and butter.

I barely got a picture of the end of the frittata and I got no pictures of the crescent yummy rolls! Like I said, everything turned out really, really yummy! Like so yummy, my stomach is kind of growling right now. The only downside with making a super yummy breakfast, especially with two little ones in the house, is that you have to get up super early to get everything together!

And, of course, to make an extra special Father's Day breakfast we had to have mimosas!

And even though S wanted no gifts, the boys and I got him a cute little coffee travel mug and the decorated it for him. L told me what colors to use and I colored in most of the background and then gave him free reign and he "colored" the rest of it. I'm not going to lie, it took all my willpower to give up the crayons. I really wanted to finish what I started..... with everything neat and in the lines! I know, totally OCD.

(I believe this is L2's "Really, you guys get frittatas and cinnamon roles and I get prunes? Jerks." Face)

The handsome Daddy!

And L's "No more pictures..... breakfast. Please. Now." Face.

And to continue with our relaxing day, we spent the rest of our time at the pool. I love my water babies and how much they love the water!

L was mad because L2 wouldn't stop splashing!

Swimming Babies!

And, of course, I can't let a Father's Day go by without giving a shout out to my own Daddy! I love this man. I love that he taught me to drive, bumping along in his old stick shift truck in the middle of a dirt lot. I love that he's always encouraged me to go after what I want. I love that he coached my soccer teams when I was a kid. I love that I get my innate need to argue with customer service representatives (and win) from him. (blockbuster...... I'm looking at you!) I love the Gramps he is to my kids and the friend he is to my husband. Good Dad's make all the difference in a kids life, and I'm lucky not only to have one but to be married to one!