I'll start with our weekend last weekend that included our St. Patty's Day celebration- just a little bit early. Saturday morning (last Saturday), the kids and I got up early and grabbed a quick smoothie for breakfast and then we bundled up and ran a 5K race with our friends. I was pleased that I finished the race- I hadn't run a 5K while pushing the kids before...ever. It was also great to have a running buddy to chat with while we ran. Around mile 1.5, Jack started yelling "Up! UP! I want up now!!!" So, I had to convince him to stay in the stroller- thankfully, there were people running with dogs, so we spent the last 1.5 miles looking for doggies and Jack stayed put.
After the race, the kids got to spend some time playing in the bounce house- their first time ever in a bounce house. Harper wasn't quite sure what to think between the bouncing floor and the other kids running around, but Jack jumped in and did not want to come out. In fact, every time I asked him to come out of the bounce house, he would run to the back corner where I couldn't get him. I finally had to get the girl working the bounce house to climb in and get him- I think Jack has found something that he digs.
Jack also has a new hobby- drumming. This boy has been drumming on the walls, the stairs, the laundry basket, and this is a picture Tony took of Jack on his new perch where he likes to drum. He's sitting on the grill cart of the play kitchen and banging on the kitchen with his feet in the shelves- maybe he's the next John Bonham? Who knows!
This week, thankfully, the sun came out for a few hours one day- the rain has been okay, but I'm ready for sun- so the kids and I went outside to play. We have some new neighbors next door who happened to be out, so while I talked to the neighbors, the kids spent their time digging in the mulch in the flowerbed. I was so happy to be out in the sun that I didn't even care- it was bath night anyway :)
This weekend we spent some quality time together as a family, and it has been really nice to have some down time with each other. Friday night we set out to have some Mexican food for dinner, but after trying three restaurants with long wait times, we needed up eating some rotisserie chicken, and the kids had a pretty good dinner- Jack really liked the corn.
Saturday morning Tony went up to our gym to take pictures of a competition, so the kids and I went to the grocery store and then we went to cheer on the last heat of the competition. Harper and Jack love to run around the gym, so they were happy when the weights were all cleaned up and people started heading out and they could have some fun. Jack was very excited about playing basketball with some of the big guys. More pictures of the gym to follow when Tony gets them all edited.
Our weekend was rounded out with a fun Sunday morning breakfast with friends that had us asking for a table for 8- 4 kids and 4 adults. We certainly had the biggest table in the place, but our kids were so great. In fact, a woman stopped by our table on the way out to tell us how well behaved she thought our kids were- what a great compliment for them.
After breakfast we ran some errands, one of which was picking up a few things at the grocery store. We stopped by a store that has kids carts, and we let Harper and Jack each get a cart- they were so excited to be able to walk around the grocery store. Both kids tried to put all sorts of strange things in the cart (chili mac anyone?), but we managed to get out of the store with only 2 things that weren't on the list originally (vanilla wafers and hot chocolate)- not too bad.
When we got home today, we played outside in the sunshine. We let the kids push their jeeps and walk around the whole block. Harper made the entire walk pushing her jeep- Jack rode for a while and then ran in front of Tony giving his jeep a good push once in a while.
After playing outside we made a birthday cake for Ms. Durinda's birthday this week- the kids were thrilled to get to help and throughly enjoyed getting to lick the beaters.
So, that's been our week. In addition to our outings, Tony and I have been craving up all week listening to the new things that the kids say. They are so funny! Abby was looking at a cat sitting on our porch (scat cat!) and Harper was trying to get around Abby to get a block; she said "cuse me, Abby" and then tapped her until Abby moved. Harper was also face timing my mom today while Harper "cooked" at her play kitchen. She made some soup that she wanted to my mom to try and told Nana "Open Wide!" while she held the spoon up to the phone- I love that smart girl!
Jack has been funny with his requests- "more tickle right now!" or when I was chasing him and picked him up, he squealed "put me down right now!" and then followed with "more chasin'!" This boy did have a super meltdown Saturday after a short nap. We tried to get him to get ready to go run errands, and Jack laid on the floor and screamed for 10-15 minutes. Both Tony and I talked to him and he would calm down for a little bit, but then would throw a tantrum again. Thankfully, he got himself together; after calming down and sitting in my lap for a little while, he was back to his smiley self. I hope he always keeps that big grin- I love that happy boy!