Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Mother's Day 2017...

Score one for the Dad crew in the neighborhood... they managed to plan and pull off a Mother's Day "surprise" for their wives!  I say "surprise" because they planned the whole thing on their own and we only found out about it a few days ahead of time when one guy caved and then word quickly spread among us girls!  We were all blown away that they managed to organize and pull this one off without us catching on earlier in the month.

On Saturday night, we all met up for the first "surprise" of the night... our transportation for the evening was a limo!  

Of course, before the Moms could jump in and check it out, we had a few other curious onlookers who wanted to give it a test ride...

We all commented later in the evening that we should have at least let the kids take a spin around the block in the limo.  Ooops.  Next time guys!  We were too excited to share.

We all said our goodbyes and ditched the Dads/kids for the night ---- YES, the ultimate Mother's Day gift.  Then again, the guys and kids weren't too sad about us ditching them considering they all made a night out of it and ordered pizza and dumped the kids into the basement to play together.

After a quick photo opp, we were off on our way to mani/pedi appointments, except there was some sort of mix up with the times of the appointments and the spa looked at us like we were insane when we all walked in and declared we were there for our time slot... 30 minutes after they had us booked.  

No worries - some quick googling and improvising (while the guys panicked back home!) and we had re-booked ourselves at another nail place further up the road a bit.  More time to drink and cruise in the limo. 

In the end it worked out perfectly because we had lots of time to kill before dinner.

Mani/pedi attempt #2 was much more successful.  

Then, off to dinner at one of my personal favorite restaurants in Frederick, The Tasting Room.  If you're local and haven't been, GO!  The waitress immediately let us know that a credit card number had already been called in and our dinners had been taken care of by generous hubbies.  Our response... we'll take a second round of drinks, please!

Several rounds of strawberry pineapple sangria later and we found ourselves on the Ticketmaster app.  We had been trying to work out a summer concert date, but kept failing at pulling it together and then weather interfered with an option we had for earlier in the week.  So, some googling and scrolling for a few minutes and we discovered The Total Package Tour!  New Kids on the Block, Paula Abdul, and Boyz II Men.  Hells yes - it's like my childhood cd collection (oh wait - I think NKOTB and Paula were actually on tapes) has come back to life.  

Now, the booze may have influenced our quick decision making on this one, but I don't think any of us are regretting the decision to purchase.  The best series of photos taken during the night were from across the table as I figured out that I have one touch purchasing on my phone and Courtney is calling her Dad to inquire about AMEX ticket buying discounts!  Classic.  

Trouble brewing!

I never knew I had a "I'm strongly considering this" face until this picture!

Never a good sign when 2 phones become involved

The moment of truth... What does this button do????  Voila!  Tickets!

Dinner was delish.  The bill was taken care of (after I also had to inform Nick that I may have purchased $500 worth of concert tickets on his apple account) by the hubbies.  We enjoyed our limo ride back to the hood and the driver even took us the long way so that we could enjoy every minute of our kid-free time cruising around drinking our wine before returning home to reality.  At least my kids were fast asleep by the time that I stumbled home!

Perfect Mother's Day outing for the ladies.  Thank goodness for my Mom crew.  Who else can I text insane questions to (about any topic under the sun) at 3am and wake up to multiple responses just hours later?!?  Or that time that I dropped Georgia off in the middle of the night so that I could go give birth to Grant!  Who else can you binge watch "The Bachelorette" with and request their kids on your tball team so that you have people to socialize with during practices/games?!? Thank goodness the kids and husbands get along well too.  He gets golf buddies and Georgia/Grant get built in friends.  Nick and I both agree that the #1 thing that we love about our neighborhood are the people and friends that we've made here.  

The perfect meme popped up on Instagram the next day and it summarized the night perfectly... only approve play dates with people who love Pinot Grigio as much as you do!

The next day, I also got to spend some quality time with this little clan o' mine too.  

My best girl and I ready for lunch!

We went out for lunch at a local restaurant that we've always wanted to try out.  It was the perfect weather for dining alfresco on their patio.  Grant managed to eat 2/3 of the bread basket all on his own while the rest of us waited for our meals.  The restaurant was very allergy aware, which is always a plus when dealing with a new restaurant and Georgia's allergies.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

May Catch Up...

The last few weeks have been a blur all leading up to our mini-vacation, which we are currently wrapping up.  All the planning and then it's over in the blink of an eye.  Oh well.  Time to plan another trip!

Life lately...

Grant's transportation can best be described as master army crawler.  He gets up on all fours, rocks back and forth and usually goes a scoot or two forward and then collapses onto his belly and takes off like a rocket.  When he's not doing that, he has an "assistant" to help him.

He's up!


Frankly, Grant couldn't care less that he can't quite keep up with Georgia in the playing department.  He's more than happy to just watch her and crack up laughing with whatever she does.


I thought I had a great plan one night - I trapped him in the master shower while Georgia was taking a bath in the master bathtub.  My plan worked great for about 2 minutes before I turned around and spotted this...

Jailbreak in progress!

He is definitely getting to be quite the escape artist.  He's been starting to pull up more and more too, including in the bathtub.  One minute he's sitting down and the next, he's halfway out of the tub!

Little guy has also mastered the high five in the past month or so...


When Grant isn't moving or giving high fives, he is eating.  And eating.  And eating.  No joke, he can out eat Nick and I most nights.  If Georgia doesn't finish something, he'll happily clean her plate for her.  If he keeps this up, I'll be getting a part-time job just to get through his teen years.

Watermelon, mac-n-cheese, and a cheeseburger for dinner!
He eats black beans like his sister - by the pound!

Stealing more of his sister's mac-n-cheese with a side of chicken

A few weekends ago, we all managed to get dressed up in our Sunday best for a Kentucky Derby party at a friends' house.  Unfortunately, the weather was atrocious and it rained all day, which moved the party indoors.  But, it was nothing that a few mint juleps didn't make better!

Georgia and I ready for the party

Georgia was so excited about her new "derby" hat

Our handsome dates

Getting a tattoo from the clown/magician hired to entertain the kids during the party

Love the suspender look!

Our pony didn't win us any money in the race, though!  Boo.

In social media news, all the "kids" at work are teaching me how to Snapchat.  Lord help us.

Practicing on Georgia

Saturday morning tball games have been a washout week after week this whole month.  Luckily, Monday nights have been gorgeous, so we've been making up games during our practice times.

Miss G on 3rd


Georgia's school hosted Munchkins for Mom one morning last week before school.  We even managed to sneak in our own allergy safe donuts!

Georgia and I also started looking towards summer and she had lots of ideas about what we should do this summer.  Together, we made our list (and let Daddy have a little bit of input).

Little did she know that we were planning a surprise trip to the beach this week!

Before we headed off to the beach, we had Observation Night at dance.  She was so excited to show me her upcoming recital dance!

Where did the baby in my backseat go and who is this big kid?!?!


I can't wait to share all our vacation pics from the week.  We completely lucked out with weather and had a gorgeous few days at the beach this week.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Georgia's 6th Birthday - Part 2

After an exciting morning of birthday tball, we headed back home for some birthday lunch/cake/present opening.

Too many presents

Every year, there seems to be a "theme" to presents.  This year, Shopkins was far and away the winner!


The kid is SET for clothes, toys and so on for the next century or so!

As always, I had a water bottle label made to commemorate the big day...

After presents, it was cake time!  Have I mentioned how flipping proud I am of this creation?!?!  I mean, the kid is kinda cute too.

After cake and a quick clean-up, we were all dressed and ready to head to Bethesda to a party celebrating Nick's company, which was recently sold.  I don't think anyone could predict that it was going to be 90+ degrees at the end of April for the party.  Georgia managed to spend 99% of the party swimming in the pool!

Grant even had a twin at the party... Uncle Nick!  And they were both equally as sweaty too.

Someone had fun while sister swam the day away....

Looking for Georgia in the pool

Melting out in the heat!

Georgia, Grant and I snuck out of the party as the movie night portion began since we all needed to be up and ready for a big birthday party the next day.  We headed home and left Daddy there to close the party down.

The next day, we were jumping fools at Georgia's 6th birthday party at SkyZone...

Grant was intrigued

Of course, I had to make some cupcakes for the party, so I managed to copy a design off Pinterest.  Overall, not too shabby.  Maybe I'll open up my own nut-free bakery sometime soon!



Of course, as soon as we were back home, I found the birthday party hats!  So, I made everyone eat dinner with them on!!!

Another birthday in the books!  Onto 7 (sigh.....)