Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Book Report!

A short and sweet Book Report!

I didn't read as much as I would like this month...I am blaming it on being a short month- ha!

First up:

The Hating Game

This was a cute story-- totally predictable, but fun still.  A perfect beach read, if you need something for spring break beach reading.  These two each worked for separate companies and then the companies merged so they had to start working together and they can't really stand each other.  They have a series of games they play to pass the time.  It was an easy read, and one I enjoyed!

Cancel the Wedding
I loved this one!!! Lots of plot twists and story turns.  I listened to this one and I loved the reader's voices they used.  A fun read, with depth to it! Great great book!

The list on my phone has a few new ones added to it-- I am actually going to the library after school today and will check out a new one.  Any suggestions? I am thinking Lilac Girls. Have you read it??


Monday, February 27, 2017

BACK at it- ha, weekend update

Happy Monday!

I started to write this post in my head (do y'all ever do that?) yesterday, and I am soooo glad I waited to actually write it until today.  Yesterday morning, I was in a bad spot.  I was grumpy, tired, frustrated and over it all.  This weekend was busy-- and while busy is normally a really good thing, being this busy with a hurt back (plus the fact that I am not supposed to leave the couch...) made it rough.   But, the day turned around and I was a happy girl by the end.  Hang on and I'll get there.

So this was me the day I jacked my back up-- flat on the floor with an ice pack:

 While I might not have been happy, Bruce thought it was the greatest thing ever.  He couldn't get close enough. 
 I am currently upright, but the icing is still taking place.  I have been tucking the ice into my pants #classy. 
 Eddie left Friday morning at the crack of dawn for his trip-- but not before being loud enough to wake up both kiddos.... seriously.  Y'all, they were up and in my bed at 5.  I was NOT happy with him.  Love him, but come on: shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

 I had PT on Friday-- and got a little scolding.  Apparently, I am doing too much. Shocker.  She told me to enlist the boys' help a lot more.  Here is nug putting on my socks.  So helpful. 

Friday night, boys had a birthday party at the Chuck-- you know they were in heaven! I dropped them off and then went straight home to ice it up.  THANK YOU SALLY for bringing home the two live crew.  I took this picture because of my new necklace! Insert all the heart eyes here.... My friend made it-- I have mentioned ordering from her shop before, and I am hopeful she will reopen it soon! When she does, I will link it up here! I looooove my new necklace! (and holy cow, I look rough....yikes)

 PT's orders were to be flat on my stomach, no sitting, no bending-- short walks were okay.  Try telling that to these two Saturday morning, bright and early:

My AMAZING brother in law (the one who brought me liquor last weekend) came over Saturday morning and brought dunking donuts for these two...and took Bruce for the day! Bruce got to go have a play date with his cousin Tucker! He was flat out exhausted when he came home-- and wanted nothing but sleep.  Oh, and they bathed him.  Seriously, y'all, they are the best.

Andy was loving his donut:
 This was the extent of our relaxing.  We went to Andy's basketball game, left early to make it to Cal's basketball game (which we arrived 5 minutes early instead of the required 15, so Cal couldn't play first part of game) and then we left there and flew to baseball, which started at 11, and we pulled in at 11:30.  Boys are on a new team and I will write about it more later, but it will be....interesting. 
We left baseball and ran to a birthday party, which was already underway! Check out this wild bunch!

We got home from the party, and I got on the couch-- I pretty much over did it Saturday.
Boys went out in the hood to play when we got home and I had to go pick Andy up when it was dark out-- these two wanted to race me-- weirdos.  

They arranged a sleepover and I was fine with it-- the last time they had a sleepover, they slept great! (sorry pic is sideways-- I am too lazy to switch it). 
 This time, Andy slept on the floor (I think last time he was gone to my mom's house?). 
 Well, at 4, Andy woke up and came to ask me to zip up his sleeping bag.  So I went in there and Andy woke up Cal on accident.  Cal had to pee, so he got up.  Then everyone got tucked back in and I went to bed.  At 4:50, I could hear chatter.  When I went down the hall, Andy had wedged himself into the bed next to Hunter and had woken everyone up.  I put him in his sleeping bag and told him to go to sleep.  At 5:30, there was still chatter.  I was fuming mad- ha.  Cal was sent to his room, Andy was in my room and everyone fell back asleep.  Cal came in at 6:20 to ask to play his iPad--- dear lord, I was ready to throw the iPad out the window. 
Andy's tummy was REALLY really really bad this weekend.  I am getting to the part I mentioned above where I am just over it right now.  He is used to have skid marks-- as a result of his constipation.  But when he was having this weekend was a lot-- a LOT more than skid marks.  And I was having to bend over to clean his a*s several times a day.  And not just wipe...actually really CLEAN.  By noon on Sunday, I was done. 

BUT, it was a beautiful, sunny day and we were heading to flag football! I could have sent the boys with a friend, but instead, I took a blanket and planted myself face down on the field and watched the boys play. 

Here's Andy's team picture- so tough. 

The sunshine worked its magic on me.  That and watching how truly happy my kids are when playing football-- Cal is so in his element out there.  He's not the fastest or the best player by any stretch-- but he is SO happy out there.  He is grinning and having fun and just watching him made my momma heart soar with happiness.  Cheesy? Sure.  But it was clearly what I needed after a poop-filled morning.  

If I had skipped flag football, I would not have rested at home.  I know myself better than that.  I would have done chores around the house- probably stupid stuff like changing sheets on beds...because, you know, that's GREAT for my back! ha! But instead, I laid on a blanket and soaked up the sun and the boys happiness.

We ended the night with choir practice and a bunch of miralax-- because we've got to get this kid cleaned out!

Bruce drove carpool with me this morning-- he can't believe it's Monday either.  

And, this picture makes me laugh-- doing my back stretches, and he can't take it.  See the nose? Sweet boy.  

This week is a doozie-- soccer starts back up, baseball is happening, there is a basketball game for Cal.... and Eddie gets home on Wednesday night! I think I can I think I can I think I can!


Friday, February 24, 2017

Better late than never....weekend update

Last Friday, we loaded up the car and headed to South Carolina for Eddie's grandparents 70th wedding anniversary-- can we just take a minute to realize how long SEVENTY years is?! Holy moly.  The original plan was to go down for the lunch on Saturday and then turn around and come right back.  But that was a whoooole lotta car riding for two little boys I know, so we decided to head down Friday night, grab a hotel and then go to the lunch on Saturday and then head home.

We ended up hitting traffic at every single possible place to hit traffic.  It took us over 6 hours to get there.  Phew.  We checked into out hotel after nine and it was time to crash! Cal slept with me and Andy slept with Eddie-- Cal snuggled up immediately:

 and soon was snoring-- with his arm around me.  Pretty darn sweet if you ask me.

We woke up Saturday morning with more snuggles happening.  Pardon my appearance.  

We threw on grubby clothes and went over to Lala and Pops house to visit with them before the lunch.  Andy found great joy in Pop's walker.  (and he also wanted to wear jammies over there...whatever.)

Poppy rode down with us, so he was there for the morning visit too!

We hustled back to the hotel room and showered up and headed to the venue for the lunch.  

 Cal and Andy got to meet their second cousins (right? Eddie's cousins kids...?) What is Andy doing in this picture?? Honestly.....
 The little boy above is Drew- he is 10 and plays football and Cal thought he was just amazing.  He brought some of his game footage and the boys were obsessed with watching it. 

I am SO glad we got to take one of these pictures!!!! The four Calvin Edwin Williamsons!!! How amazing is this??

Someone else was standing next to me taking with a real camera, which is why the flash is all funky.  

We had to throw Nug in too..... he actually ran up from behind and threw himself in.  
 The Williamsons.... Everyone's eyes are open and we are all smiling!

So when this party was scheduled, it happened to be on the same day as one of my best friend's birthdays....and not just any birthday, her big 4-0! I didn't want to miss the anniversary, and I didn't want to miss the birthday party and I was SO SO torn as to what to do.  Well, I ended up riding back with Trish and Tommy-- they would be faster getting back than the car with the kids #ihavetopee #andpoop #arewethereyet?

When I got in the car, Tommy told me to check the backpack, there was a surprise for me.... y'all!!!! look!
 I have the most thoughtful brother in law around! We stopped an hour into the trip for mixers :) He said he didn't want me to show up to the party being the only sober one!

I changed in the car #classy and they stopped by the hotel so I could drop my bag and then they took me to the restaurant to meet all my friends! WOOOOO! Best in laws ever.

Yayyyyyy! I was sooooo happy to see everyone!!

 After dinner, we went back to the hotel roof bar and had a few drinks...
 and we ended the night in Virginia's hotel suite with an AMAZING cake and some awesome sparkler candles.
 We devoured it.  And made a mess.  It was like we were rockstars..... or something.
 The next morning-ish we had brunch in the lobby of the hotel--- it is a DJ brunch! So fun!!!!
 My bacon was massive.  And it made me happy......?
 The sweet brunchers!

I ran from brunch straight to flag football-- I caught the second half of Andy's game and Cal's game.  It was a gorgeous day!!! Perfect day to be sitting outside! I was remembering last year for flag football-- we were wearing a million layers and frozen to the core.  This winter has been SO weird. 

These two both ended up winning the sportsmanship award--- I know I know...Eddie is the coach of both teams, but when Andy's awards are handed out, Eddie is already on to Cal's team, and there is another coach on Cal's team who gave input on the award.... and each kid gets it once and the season is almost over. #processofelimination
 There was some celebrating.
 Charlie won it too-- these cuties were happy boys.

 They have these signs you are supposed to take your picture in front of if you get the award each week-- when we were walking to the car, we saw a friend carrying the sign out... he said you were supposed to put it in your front yard....! Who knew! hahah! But, uh, we still didn't take one. 
 Heyyyy blue gatorade....
 We got home from football and went straight over to the neighbor's house for a cookout in the cul-da-sec. 
 Chuck had a whole bloody mary station set up.

 The cookout was sponsored by i9 sports.  Not really, but we could have fooled you.  Pretty sure Andy got poop on his shirt so he had to change.  Keeping it real, people.  The poo struggle lives on. 

The kids ate and played a massive game of tag...or something.... and then it was time for showers because, peeeeeuuuuuuuuu.
 The dads were not done socializing though.  While the moms corralled the kiddos, the dads hit the town.  On a Sunday night.  Wild and crazy men. 

Also wild and crazy: bruce.

Extra long post but figured I had to get it up before the next weekend arrived.... and it's here! ha!
Eddie is gone, so it is me and the boys.... two basketball games, a baseball practice, two birthday parties....oh and a bum back.   These meds are working some magic though.  I can feel it.  Wishful thinking...???