Sunday, January 25, 2009

1/25/09: Children's Museum Boston

Today we went to the Children's Museum in Boston. The kids always have lots of fun there. Here is an earlier post on a visit to the Children's Museum in April.
Evan enjoyed climbing the large structure in the middle. I can remember when he couldn't climb this at all. Lauren having fun. Evan driving a boat.
Lauren on a Bobcat.
Future Red Sox player. Look at that mug!
And maybe future Celtics player? Who said white girls can't jump?

Friday, January 23, 2009

1/23/09: Random thoughts

Well it has been 6 days without a post so I feel compelled to write something. So I will write random thoughts and things I have been up to.

1st off I always wonder if anyone is reading. Hopefully you are. I love comments, so if you are reading just drop me a quick comment to know you are out there.

As you may know I have made some cakes for Ev and Lauren's birthdays after taking the Wilton Course 1. Well I found a website called Cake Central that I have started posting my cakes to. They even have a contest on there that I entered Lauren's Princess cake into. It is a Fairy Tale cake contest. Voting starts January 28th so vote if you can. Right now I posed Evan's Mickey cake and Lauren's Princess cake there. It is fun getting comments from others on my cakes and seeing all the cool things people do. I also enjoy watching Ace of Cakes on the Food Network. Amazing what they create.

We have attended many music times along with our regularly scheduled classes. In fact our pictures are featured on the Tewksbury Library Website: We are in picture 2 at a Mother Goose on the Loose program, and Evan (Red pjs) is in pictures 9 and 11 at a Pajama Music Time.

I have also been planning for Evan and Lauren's birthdays. Yes Lauren's isn't until April 13th and Evan's isn't until May 26th but I am a planner. I spend a lot of time planning their parties. I already have some good ideas for cupcakes and have the pans for their cakes and the party supplies and favors for the kids. In another life I must have been an event planner because I love to do it.

I am hoping to get out with some friends soon without the kids. I tend to not spend too much time away from the kids, I already feel bad enough leaving them the 3 days I am at work, but I know I need to focus more on me. I have not been very good at having balance, the kids always look great and I have my hair in a pony tail and look like I have been through the ringer. I am well aware of this and trying to fix it, but it is so hard! Other Mom's I am sure you feel the same and your comments will make me feel better. Right now my playgroup Moms are trying to plan a night out, and I am planning a night out with some friends I used to work out with and another night out with a bunch of my other friends from college, hometown, work, etc. It usually takes a while to plan these things for everyone to make it so we will see how long it takes.

As for vacation, we are going to Disney in May and I am super excited for that! I loooove it there. I am a total Disney/Mickey freak. This will be my 9th time. When I was in High School I even got to march down Main Street when I was in the Majorettes twice. So cool! I think we are going to have a blast and already can't wait for our breakfast at the Castle and our dinner with Mickey. I have already gotten the kids tons of Disney shirts and a Cinderella dress for Lauren. Here is a flashback pic of us in Disney in 2004 before kids.

And February 2006 with Evan in Disney.
Ok, I think that is all I have to report right now. Stay tuned and comment and let me know you are out there or drop me a line to let me know if you enjoy reading.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

1/17/09: The Cat in the Hat

Today we went to the Pottery Barn Kids at the Mall for a reading of The Cat in the Hat and a visit from the Cat himself. The kids liked him. How cute is this?
Evan listening to the story. You can see him in the striped shirt in the front.
Evan getting patted on the head by the Cat in the Hat.

Friday, January 16, 2009

1/16/09: The Love of Siblings Part 2 and a Busy Day

Ok, I know I posted about the love of siblings before but I just had to again. I was reminded yet again of how cute the two of these kids can be together when they were in the bath the other night. This picture shows when Lauren gave Evan a big hug and they were all giggles.

And the fact that Evan washes Lauren's hair. It is too cute.

Today we had a super busy day. Evan helped Lauren today at a Mother Goose on the Loose program we went to. The kids had a ton of fun together at it.
Then our day continued on to Evan's ice skating lesson. Nothing like sitting in a cold ice rink when it is the coldest day in years outside. What we do for our kids huh? Here he is standing on his own!
And to finish out our day we went to the Museum of Science, or as Evan calls it the Dinosaur Museum (due to the picture below). It is Dinosaur month at school so Evan is big into Dinosaurs right now. We went to Free Films Fridays and saw the Mars Rover Omni Theatre movie. The kids really enjoyed it.

Friday, January 9, 2009

1/9/09: Evan's 1st Skating lesson

Today Evan had his first skating lesson. Here he is all ready to go.

His Class
Playing a little game and learning how to get up when you fall.
He actually got up once by himself and I caught it on video! Look to the right for the blue helmet and red jacket.

Here he is skating with the help of a cone.

The teacher helping him stand up. Most of the kids were on skates for the first time so they had a hard time standing.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

1/4/09: Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone! I am a little delayed as we have all been sick since New Year's Eve. But now we are on the mend and hoping for a great 2009. We are looking forward to many exciting things to do in 2009 including our trip to Disney World.

Hope you had as great of a year in 2008 as we did. Some highlights for us were Lauren's Princess 1st Birthday Party, Evan's Mickey Mouse 3rd Birthday Party, Our Monster Mash Halloween Party, Lauren learning to walk and talk, our trips to Sunset Beach, NC and the White Mountains to Storyland and Santa's Village, Evan starting Preschool, swimming and playing Soccer and T-ball, Lauren taking Gymboree classes and Gym and Swim, going to Zoos, Parks, Museums, Shows, and lots of other fun activities.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

12/31/08: 2008 ends with a bang

New Year's Eve before heading over to a party at our friend Nick, Val and Tanya's house.

Here is Lauren before all the excitement started. We were hanging out at a friend's house for New Year's Eve and eating/drinking, having the kids play. Lauren was acting fine, but then around 10:45 Lauren threw up. We left the party, came home and bathed the kids. John was in the shower cleaning up as mid-night struck. I taped Dick Clark's Rockin New Years Eve so we could re-live mid-night when John came down. John asked me out 14 years ago on New Year's Eve (after mid-night) so it is our original dating anniversary.

Poor Lauren threw up through the night and into New Year's day. The year has got to look up from here.

Evan cooking up some fun.