Friday, September 19, 2014

Football season is here

Football season is finally here and our beloved Redskins won their last game, woot woot. I love Fall, particularly early Fall, I mean who doesn't. Two weekends ago we were so busy it was out of control. Between the family photoshoot, a petting zoo and two birthday parties, our heads were spinning. I secretly love this chaos, don't feel bad for me :).

I got a sneak peak from our photoshoot and I am in love, I can't wait to see the rest of the pictures. How appropriate that we are all wearing our jerseys. I think the photographer captured the chaos in our family so well. I present to you my new favorite pic of our family
I know, we are such dorks. I couldn't resist buying those coke can, I mean BFF and soulmate totally describe us :). Even hubby agreed and he usually doesn't agree with cheesy stuff.
We took the boys to a petting zoo and boy did they have fun. There were other activities there too so it was playtime, run around time, and pet some animals time. Hubby really got into using the baby carrier with Jbird and he loves doing that now with Bean. I love hubby carrying the baby and Jbird's happy smile because he was allowed to run around freely

Hotness, hubby carrying our beanie baby.
Multi-tasking at its finest, walking, talking and feeding the baby :)
The girls posing as you do on a beautiful day, Go Redskins :)
Saying "hi" to the goat because he was too afraid to touch him.
Jbird calling out the goat when he was finally ready to participate

After the petting zoo we went to a football themed birthday party with my mom, grandma and niece. Me and my grandma with the boys. HAIL :)
My cutie niece representing as you do
Look at those mini redskins fans
Jbird and that happy smile with my friend A and her son. Redskins nation what up
Such a dark picture but look at that happy smile on my Jbird
Oh hey Bean, you did get to spend some time alone with your mommy
We were so tired from all the festivities that weekend. The boys had a ball at the petting zoo and the birthday party. I try to keep them busy and entertained while the weather is nice because as soon as it's cold I am hibernating. My African blood can't handle all that cold weather :). That was a lot of Jerseys in one post. Hope you had a great weekend too.

Monday, September 15, 2014

A family photoshoot with my mom and grandma

A year ago, my mom decided that she wanted to do a family photoshoot with her children and their families. I loved the idea but at the time my sister in law and I were pregnant so we decided that we would wait until the babies were here.

Once the babies were here we went into full planning mode. I suggested getting everyone to match and somehow everyone agreed (except my hubby but clearly he did not win that battle). I got the idea of doing white shirt and blue jeans from my friend Amy a while back and that's how we got here.

I think this is the best family picture of the bunch, we are all looking and the kids all look somewhat decent. My family, my grandma, my brother, my mom, and my other brother's family. I love love love this picture.
 We took another family shot that wasn't so bad
The next few pictures are my absolute favorite, my mom with her mom and her 3 children. It's a framer for sure
 My mom and her sons with their sunglasses, pretty cool huh?
 My mom and her mom all smiles
This family shot could have been amazing if my mom was actually looking but I still love it
 The women with the children :)
 My brother's family, check out my niece with that bow and smile
 Of course we also had fun and what better way than to jump
 My mom joined in on the fun :), she is pretty cool like that
 What a sweet moment captured of me and my Bean
 We were able to squeeze in a little family picture
This was a photoshoot a year in the making but we finally made it happen. I am so happy that we got a few good shots and my mom can finally print some family pics for her house.

Friday, September 12, 2014

A trip to Sesame Place

Thank you so much for all your sweet comments on my last post. I am so glad that I can inspire people and seeing women support each other in the way that you do is just amazing.YAY for positive girl power.

Two weekends ago we took a trip to Sesame Place and let me tell you it was such a great trip for Tman and Jbird. They are still talking about it today and I am even considering getting season tickets so that we can go a few more times this year and next year. I loved it as much as the big boys, hubby was not impressed (crazy hubby) and Bean was just happy to be with us.

We left Saturday morning and went straight to the park, spent the night and went back to the park on Sunday before heading home. It was a quick trip but oh so worth every minute :).

Is this the best view of what? 3 kids asleep within 15 minutes of departure. We had a blissful road trip I tell you
Once we got there, we fed the kids and went straight to the park in order to make the most of our day. Hubby was in charge of the baby while I took care of the big boys. My boys at Sesame place
 As soon as we got inside the park, we set the boys free
 And they took off :). Freedom is a beautiful thing.
Taking the boys down the lazy river. We did this a few times, they loved every minute of it though their faces don't show it.
After hours of running around aimlessly without a plan, everyone was so tired. Hubby refused to stay for the parade and fireworks. I know we were all tired but I really wanted to see the parade and fireworks.Oh well, I still love this crew :)
The best part of the night was when we realized that we could watch the fireworks from our hotel room. Tman was so happy and I must say that was a win in my book. A room with a view.
Everyone was happy, even my beanie baby. Playing in front of the mirror as we do
That night I planned our next day out to ensure that things would go smoother than the previous day. As soon as we got to the park, I of course got our family picture. Organization is a beautiful thing. Bean was asleep but he was there with us.
First thing we did was have lunch with Elmo and his friends. That was such a great idea, I highly recommend doing that. We pretty much met everyone and the boys, well mostly Tman and Jbird, were so excited the entire time.

Hi Grover, how are you doing?
After lunch, we went for the rides. The boys were so excited but poor Jbird was so tired he fell asleep before he could get on a ride. One kid down, two to go
Jbird napped for a solid 3 hours, I guess we really wore him out the previous day :)
Once Jbird was asleep, it was just me and my Tman and lots of fun rides

Hubby was hanging out with Bean and Jbird completely bored out of his mind.
Then we switched, I took care of Bean and watched sleeping beauty Jbird while hubby took Tman on more rides

While I was holding Bean, he fell asleep. I am getting good atthis :)
 Two kids down, what what
Tman went for the big jump house and we know how he loves to jump
And jumping we did

Check out the view from up there
Tman did not want to leave but we had to. It was a long day
Goodbye Sesame Place, we've enjoyed your company and will definitely be back for more fun
I highly recommend visiting Sesame Place particularly with young children. Everything was so children friendly. I am seriously thinking about getting a season pass and going back a few times a year. We are definitely bringing my mom or hubby's mom next time.We need someone to hold the baby while we take the big boys on rides.