Friday, May 24

Monkey & Mommy week

I always feel like I am not doing enough at home with Dylan. Since taking on this "home business" I am always trying to just find something to entertain him while I try to get work done and, although I'm sure I still do more than I think with him, I never feel like it's enough quality time. I have a feeling I will always feel this way. Anyway, I decided that since Mark started planting this week and would not be coming home until very late, that I would make sure I did something fun (out of the house) with Dylan. We get into such a boring normal routine that sometimes even simple errands are fun for us. It gets us out of the house. Even though the orders kept coming in, I have set those aside as much as I can, to do something with Dylan each day.

Monday, I took him to lunch at Sugarbaker's Cafe & Bakery after running a couple of errands. This might seem like no big deal to some, but to even attempt to take this wild child to eat in public is quite a task. It's even more of a task when I am doing it alone. I sound like a wimp, but really. Aside from getting him to only take two bites of a sandwich because his fun ladybug cookie was sitting right there taunting him, he did very well at lunch and got lots of attention from all of the old ladies that were there.

Tuesday, I took him to the mall and did some shopping. Got some stuff for me and for him. We also spent some time at the water fountain throwing in pennies and making wishes. Dylan wished for a truck, and new Buzz. He also had to have an Icee and some pretzel sticks when we walked past those, too. On our way out, I took him to the bookstore and he had fun in the children's section browsing and picked out a new Brave book.

Wednesday, I took him to the Science Spectrum. I wondered what I had gotten myself into when we pulled into the parking lot and there were about 15 school buses there. Next time, I am going to take him on STAAR testing day! Ha!

It really wasn't too busy, though, especially because he spent most of his time inside the Children's Museum section that is only allowed for small children. He loved it there! I paid extra to take him into the special Butterfly House with all different kinds of butterflies that fly around you. That was me being adventurous. We lasted about maaaaybe 2 minutes before I decided we needed to get out of there! Haha! I'm such a loser!

We went down to the lower level and he was excited, and then quickly terrified at the large dinosaur he saw! He was so scared! Living up to my Mother-of-the-Year title, I made him stand there and smile like a brave boy so I could get a picture. When the camera clicked, he came running and crying to me! Haha! I'm so mean, but he looks like he loved it in the picture!

Thursday, Dylan slept-in pretty late because I took him to ride the tractor with Mark after his bath. They ended up working and didn't get home until after 4am! So, everyone was pretty tired and slept until about 11:00. Dylan's Mimi came and got him around noon to spend the day with him and I worked on lots of invitations and embroidering items for people.

Today (Friday), I packed a picnic and took Dylan to one of his favorite parks. He played and then we sat on our picnic blanket and ate our lunch. It was pretty windy, but we still had a good time and were thankful that the weather was nice today! A little wind I can take, tornadoes, no. Not this week.

Thursday, May 16

The BEST self-tanner

I love this stuff so much, that I NEED to share it with you! I have seen numerous Facebook posts of everyone back in the tanning beds to get ready for summer and as much as I would love to go lay in one, too, I know I shouldn't!

Gone are the days where we would go to our apartment office and use the tanning bed, meet at the pool to lay-out, and THEN go to the tanning salon and do it again. All in one day. Yes, guilty of doing that. I am so ashamed, but I know I'm not alone. Please, please, please think about yourself more now and if you love the bronze look, think twice before laying in a tanning bed.

I have turned to Mystic Tan at the local tanning salon lately and I love it, but that can get expensive. I FINALLY found the perfect at-home self-tanner for you! I have used it 5 times now and I love it more and more. The bottle is still really full, too! So, I am not sure yet how many applications I will be able to get out of it, but it's worth the money so far! I have used many other self-tanners on the market and they do not measure-up at all, in my opinion, to this one. It's St. Tropez's Self Tan Bronzing Mousse. I bought mine here on Amazon, because I am a Amazon Prime member, so it was super easy.

I have been using it about once to twice a week, after my shower at night. I always put it on the days that I shave my legs, because it's better to exfoliate and shave before putting it on. So, shower, shave, dry off, put lotion on your ankles, knees, toes, elbows, and fingers. I put on disposable rubber gloves, too. I got a package of those on Amazon, too. Then, you just rub it all over yourself. I do one leg at a time, then my tummy, then my chest, one arm at a time, and then my neck and face last. You get the idea. It only takes about 15 minutes to put it on and it dries REALLY fast and can put on your pj's! I don't even have to stand in front of a fan. I sleep in it and then shower the next day and it's perfect!

Try it out! I promise, it's great!

Saturday, May 4

too sick to party

I posted yesterday about Kati turning 8 and how she got sick and wasn't able to have her birthday party. It's been rescheduled, but we still wanted to help her celebrate the best we could. So, we took the cake, cupcakes, and gifts from us out to her last night. I mean, why would we waste a perfectly good cake, right?!

We sang her 'Happy Birthday' and let her blow out the candles. She didn't feel much like eating the cake, but we all took our chances after having her blow all over it and we dove right into it! ;) Although she didn't feel like eating cake, of course she was up for opening her presents! Who wouldn't be?!

Shopping for "tweens" can be hard, especially when they are as spoiled loved as the children in our family. I decided to get her the board game Mall Madness! Does everyone remember this game? Best game ever. Well, the original game disappeared and then they brought it back around Christmas a few years ago. I tried to find it again and, of course, it's no where to be found, other than on eBay for a hefty price! I did find a Littlest Pet Shop version of the game, though, and it is supposed to be just like it, only pet-themed. We didn't play it last night, but I sure hope it has the same man's voice as the original! "Oo0Oh, a long line! Try again later!"

I also gave her a little Truth or Dare game for her to play with her girlfriends when they have a sleepover. And, no gift would be complete from me without monograms! I made her some monogrammed t-shirts and got some matching running shorts to go with them! I think the initials for her name are just the prettiest, too! ;)

Happy Birthday, KK!


You can see the sweet invitations I made for her party on my Facebook page. I used a photo of Kati and made her silhouette at the top. I also made everything else to match, but I'll take pictures of those when we actually have the party! :)

Friday, May 3

Happy Birthday, Kati!

Our sweet niece, Kati, is 8 years old today! Eight years old! I know, we all say how fast they grow up, but Mark and I started dating the year Kati was born and it seems like yesterday. I clearly remember the day Mark came into the Dakota Arms office (my work at the time) holding a wallet-size picture of Kati laying in a bed of roses. He was grinning from ear to ear and so proud. He went to everyone in the office, showing them how cute she was!

That was eight years ago, but nothing has changed. If anything, our love for Kati has grown even more! She is our "KK", "Tooter-Bell", and "Princess" and we love her like she is our own! If you are ever around Dylan and Kati at the same time, you see his love for her, too. It's quite comical to all of us how much he follows her around and wants to constantly hold her hand. You can literally see how much he loves her, too.

Unfortunately, our poor KK is sick today and we won't be able to celebrate her birthday "party style". Mark and I will go out there later to see her and sing her 'Happy Birthday', cut into her zebra cake I made for her, and let her open presents from us.

We love you with all of our hearts, Kati! Happy Birthday!