Thursday, July 31, 2014

A date night and mini vacay

Bob and I celebrated our anniversary by going out on a rare but lovely date.  We hit up a brewery we’ve been wanting to visit and had dinner.  It was simple and perfect.  I love this man so flippin' much and I would marry him a million times over if he asked me. 

We don’t really do date nights very often…and by date night I mean actually going out.  Going out date nights are, to me, overrated.  We don’t feel the need to get out of the house to connect, re-connect or have good conversation.  We have our own date nights every night from about 8-10:30.  Once Lars is down, we have dinner (outside if the weather is nice), maybe watch a movie or a show and just hang out. 

Now don’t get me wrong, going out is a real special event for us and we enjoyed every second of it but we’re perfectly fine with ‘in house’ date nights. Really, any time I get to spend with this lovely man is a win in my book. 

we're just so cool with our sunglasses, right? I mean....super cool! 

bob and his fancy artsy photos...talking about angles and lighting. 

A few weekends back we went to Houston for a couple of days. We had my mother n law and her husband visiting from Florida and we met my mom and her husband in Houston.  Needless to say Lars was the complete center of attention with 2 parents and 4 grandparents to dote on him.  

We went to the aquarium and the museum of natural history.  It was so much fun and Lars couldn’t have been happier.  The boy loves staying in hotels because he gets to ride the ‘alligator’ (the elevator) and sleep in the middle (he knows when we travel or on vacation that he gets to sleep in the bed with us…it’s my favorite too)

Lars and Nana checking out the 'spaceship' outside of the hotel

sometimes life gets to be really tough when you're 2 and you just need a moment to soak it all in....

i love this kid so much because he literally stops to smell any flowers or plants he sees

we were trying to catch the butterflies....they were being projected on a wall and Lars thought they were legit

we had to bribe him to move onto to the next exhibit in the aquarium because he thought it was the greatest thing in the world to be blue. 

Lars' favorite things.. Mama, Daddy and T-Rex!!!

a mim, a nana and a tiger.....

Lars and his's how he roles.  sunglasses and being carried. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Life in the country...a year later

It’s been a little over a year since we moved to hill country and it’s definitely changed our lives.  I never really imagined myself living this far out in the country until well……until now.  I always knew I wasn't a ‘city girl’ but never really gave much thought to what kind of girl I really was.  I know now. 

Let me clarify that where we live is not just 10 minutes from town….it’s  far out, tucked away about a mile and half through the woods down a dirt road and you most definitely would get the lost trying to find it.  It was a HUGE change from what we were used to…HUGE!

We've learned so much over this past year….from how to compost and thaw out and fix a busted well water line.  It’s been a year of chaos and calmness all at the same time.  Chaos because of the new lifestyle and of course home renovations and calmness because we are so happy to be out in the country. 

I've realized that for us there really is no better place to raise a family.  We've seen Lars flourish while exploring his natural environment.  His curiosity and love for all things nature brings me such peace and happiness.  When we’re all outside on the front porch or ‘hiking’ around behind the house it just feels right…..aside from my still ever so present fear and hatred of insects and reptiles…I’m not sure I will ever take a liking to either of them, no matter how long we live in the country.  I’m hoping to learn to just tolerate them and not want to murder them.

Life in the country has without a doubt presented mounds of challenges and frustrations but what’s more important is that is has given us a peace of mind and provided the most perfect learning environment for Lars.
When I turn on the dirt road each day after I bitch to myself about how completely filthy my car is, I am able to let everything go and I feel like I’m arriving at my own little haven or a little retreat. And even though the ‘retreat’ is always in state of chaos and meddled with stuffed animals and dirty dishes, it stills brings peace because I know this is where we’re supposed to be and also because I know we can go spend the rest of the evening on the porch and I can pretend that my house isn't really that messy.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer's happening

If I have any ‘readers’ out there I feel I should apologize for the lack of blogging lately but know that things will be back to normal once summer is over.  I miss blogging during the week but lately I've been lucky to get one post a week. 

I never thought having a toddler would change my summers.  I mean he’s not in daycare, not in school, not at camp and my schedule doesn't change during the summers but there’s just something about summer the gets busy.  For us, it’s lots of visitors and mini vacations, it’s playing outside until it gets dark, it’s taking advantage of our neighbors lovely pool, it’s cooking and eating on the front porch, it’s only coming inside to get water and snack and cool off.  It’s sort of like a butt load of constant fun! 

it's a rough life being 2...but somebody's gotta do it. 

playing a relaxing game of golf at the neighbors

When it's time to come in to cool off Vera becomes the victim of playtime. She's pretty tolerant...

and what would summer be around our house without a little renovation action.  staining's what i do. 

checking out the super moon

bob and lars surprised me with this bench made from all leftover wood we've removed. 

he asked me to take his picture while he pretended to sleep in the basket. 

If you don’t already know of Lars’ love of popsicles…well you do now.  Popsicles fix any kind of boo boo in our house, are a great reward for using the potty or in many cases a wonderful bribing tool.  I’ve been saving the Popsicle sticks in hopes of one day making my own popsicles.  Seems easy enough, right?  Well,  I have accepted the fact that I will probably not be making popsicles on a regular basis but I did manage to make some banana coconut freeze pops which were a hit!  Lars is finally cutting his last 3 two year molars and he’s always asking for either cold milk or water with ice…something cold to soothe so these freeze pops were a nice alternative.

I mashed 2 ripe bananas with about ½ a teaspoon of coconut oil, a squirt of agave and enough non-dairy milk to thin it out enough to pour.   I then poured the mixture into an ice tray and let it freeze for about an hour before putting the sticks in.  Once the sticks were in it took roughly another 2 hours to completely freeze.  They are pretty scrumptious.   

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Mini Vacay

We took Lars to San Antonio for the 4th of July weekend and we had so much fun!  It was sort of an impromptu trip but turned out to be a great mini vacation.

We went to the zoo 2 days in a row, rode the merry go round 10 times in a row and played in the pool until we couldn’t play anymore.  We watched a movie outside, made s’mores and ate dinner on the balcony.  It was lovely.  

And damnit, if I didn’t leave my camera sitting on the kitchen counter while loading the car.  Mini vacay = phone pics. 

Watching Toy Story outside

this must have been the 4th or 5th time around.  i'm certain his goal was to ride every animal on the merry go round

packed up and ready for the zoo

he was super excited to sleep with us.  he knows that when we travel he gets to 'lay in the middle'.  it's my favorite part of vacation :) 

they can't help themselves.  they must wrestle whenever there's a bed, trampoline, rug or some other soft surface. 

we were both pretty stoked about our 'slumber party'

Lars' favorite animal.  He's in the hat. 

making s'mores for the first time

he seemed to know just what to do!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Jump for Joy

The serious lack of blogging over the past month has only proved that summer is always super super busy for us! Work busy, house busy, family busy, vacation busy….it’s all good!  I’m very guilty of not picking up my camera lately and relying on phone pictures.  Phone pictures are lovely and the fact that I can take a pic or video and instantly send it to grandparents is amazing but it will never compete with the quality of a good camera….EVER!

But not to worry, we have been having lots of fun.  The home renovations have subsided due to lots of visitors, a few little vacations and playing outside. 

I have never seen two people have has much fun as Bob and Lars do on the trampoline. We actually have to make Lars take a break because he laughs so much that he just starts wobbling around in circles.  These pictures make me so happy!! 

And then Mama intervenes so everyone can catch their breath and not pass out from heat exhaustion. 

This kid makes me crazy happy!! He is so joyful! It's virtually impossible not find some kind of happiness when you're around him. 

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