Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Roen Snuggles...

Poor little Roen seems to get sick non-stop this time of year. Both boys just got over strep over Christmas break and now Roen has a terrible ear infection. After taking him to the doctor yesterday, I was instructed to keep him at home for the rest of the day.

Of course, I love having my babies home with me- even if they are sick, and Roen has to be the best patient ever. His demands come with sweet smiles and lots of snuggles...

Monday, January 23, 2017

A Quick Weekend...

After the boy's basketball game on Saturday morning, we took a quick little trip to San Angelo to see a very special 2 year old! It seems like only yesterday that my sweet little nephew, Kase was born. Now he is wild as my two boys and thinking he is just as big! Thank goodness for Mallorie who seems to keep all these boys in line!

Of course, our first stop was ice cream at this adorable little ice cream shop...



The rest of our time was spent playing... lots and lots of playing. It was a quick trip and not near long enough, but for us, it is better than nothing!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Handmade With Love...

When your seven year old gets off the bus wearing a bracelet his best girlfriend made him, you smile because you can see how proudly he wears it.

When he takes it off the minute he gets in the house and hides it away, you giggle, because boys are... well, boys!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Recent Reading...

Here is a little round-up of some recent reading I have done:

Ghost Story by Peter Straub
This book is really hard to critique. Originally, I had very high hopes for this story. I had done lots of research and had expected it to be one of the scariest books I had ever read. For me, it just didn't meet all the hype. It was a good book, creative story and though I always found myself wanting to know what happened next, it was also easy to put down. Maybe the building of the climax took too long. I will say, this book got stuck right in the middle of all kinds of Holiday craziness, so I was stuck on it for over a month. I like to finish my books within a week and more often than not, if it takes longer than that, then it almost goes stale for me. I feel certain that is part of what happened here.

The Third Twin by CJ Omololu
Micah got me this book for Christmas. It was very short, impossible to put down, and a great little thriller. In fact, I would have loved it even more if had been about 100 pages longer!

Shadow House: The Gathering & You Cant Hide by Dan Poblocki
I bought the first book at the elementary book fair this year. Shortly after buying it, the sequel came out. These two books, fall into each other seamlessly. They are very short, quick reads. I found them to be highly entertaining and a bit spooky. Of this group, I think these two little books might have been my favorite. Yes, they are little childish and sometimes a bit predictable, but they are creative and kept me reading. There is a third coming out at some point, and I can assure, I will be grabbing me a copy!



Now, I am moving on to several book sets I have had my heart set on reading. My 'to-read' stack has grown into a basket full of good reads, and I never seem to have enough time with my books, but that is the thing about reading.... it's always there waiting for the perfect time!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Basketball...

Saturday, the boys had their first basketball game of the season. This is the first time either of them have played and they love it!

Remi really gets in there, dribbling, passing the ball, taking shots.... I am pretty proud of him!! I don't think I have ever seen Remi have so much fun playing a sport as he does when he is on the court.

Roen is the youngest and only Kindergartener on the team and still not sure if he wants the ball or what to do with it. I think Roen pretty much just ran around following where his team was. In fact, he didn't touch the ball one time, lol!!

There are no refs, no score and girls play on the team as well. It is the most laid-back, adorably awesome thing to watch!




Monday, January 16, 2017

Pinewood Derby 2017...

Well, Saturday turned out to be so much fun!

There were 42 car entries total. All siblings were allowed to build and race their cars along with the Scouts. The track had 4 lanes and each car got to race in 4 random heats. The lowest time was dropped and the other three times were averaged to get a time for each car. Within each den, there was a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and then there was an overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner.

All Scouts got a derby patch for building and entering the Derby Races. The siblings who didn't place, got participant medals and then the Scouts who placed got trophies.

Remi ended up getting 2nd place in his Tiger Den. It was his very first trophy he has ever received.... he is very proud of his trophy!

Roen had some pretty stiff competition in his group, so he ended up with just a participation medal... but sweet Roen is such a good sport. He put a smile on his face, was proud for Remi and his trophy and had nothing but happy things to say about the whole day. He has already been brainstorming on what he wants to do next year to earn a trophy.

Here are all 42 cars. Most cars looked very professional. We let the boys have full control over their painting jobs and their cars looked very homemade. But, I have to say, in the upcoming years, they will want their cars to be taped off, shiny and perfect.... and I will always look back on their first little cars and I have no doubt, they will remain my absolute favorite!






Roen's car on the far left


Roen won this race


Remi's car on the far right











After all the racing excitement, we went to lunch, and then quickly headed to play a little basketball...


Instead of crayons, this restaurant gave the kids Wikki Sticks... they were quite entertained!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Pinewood Derby...

So, the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Races are coming up this weekend.

The boys have been looking forward to building their cars for quite sometime now. Last weekend, Micah loaded them up and headed to Home Depot to get started. Even though Roen is technically too young to be a Cub Scout, he is still being allowed to participate in the races.

They have 'helped' him with pretty much everything, but I think they really were looking forward to getting to paint their cars most- and well, getting to use Daddies tools! I loved getting to go peak in at them, snap a few pictures and then come back to check on the progress. Boys doing boy things.... cutest thing ever!

















Once they get the wheels on and get a final weigh-in, I will share their final products!

Considering that this is our first go-round with the derby races, I am not sure we will win, but they sure had a blast making them!! The races are this weekend, followed by their first basketball game.... our weekend will be busy and full... full of being with these two rascals we can't seem to get enough of!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Snow Day...

If you asked the boys, they would tell you that Friday was the best day ever!!!

Micah and I had decided to go check out the Safari Club Convention in Dallas, while the boys were in school on Friday. So of course, having both mom and dad drop them off was a treat in itself, but the fact that it started snowing on the way to school... well that is just the best thing ever!!

After being informed that school was releasing early due to weather and bad roads, we quickly headed back home to get the kids from school.... we barely made it by the time school let out! In fact, we passed the buses on our way in.

By the time we picked the boys up, it was snowing so hard that Remi declared it a blizzard!! You should have seen the excited in their little boy eyes!

It seemed to make them both hungry because once we got home they both requested a snack- peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, of course! After filling their bellies, they bundled up and headed out with the girls next door and spent almost the entire day playing until they froze, then coming in to warm up and then heading back out, only to do this over and over again!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

New Toys...

Santa also brought the boys new tool sets and building kits. Each boy got a kit to build their own tool crate and then Remi got a birdhouse kit and Roen got a bulldozer kit.

Over break, we had some pretty amazing weather. We took advantage one afternoon and helped the boys break in their new tools.

Remi, of course, wanted no help and got really really irritated with me after I nailed a board on upside down (oops)- saying that he wished Daddy was helping him instead of me... after that, I was not allowed to help in anyway! And to be quite honest, he didn't want me messing with any of his wood or nails or tools at all, but sometimes I feel left out and like to prove I can do boys things too.. even though I should probably just stick to online shopping!

Roen really likes having someone by his side helping him, so Micah stuck with him. After stripping some screws and putting a piece on wrong, I just watched and took some pictures. I don't think Remi will ever let me near his tools again!



This is Remi's 'I am so irritated and frustrated right now' face... he was fixing my mistake!







I hope the boys remember the days like this. When Daddy dropped everything to go outside and be with them. I don't really think they know how lucky they are... but I do, and I am so glad I get to be a part of it!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Owl Pellets...

This year, Santa put a little owl pellet kit in the boy's stocking. I remember dissecting these things back when I was in school. If you can get past all the furry grossness, they are really quite neat!

I had envisioned the boys doing this on the back porch on a nice sunny afternoon, but they just couldn't wait any longer and I gave into them staying warm and dissecting in the kitchen.









I think one of the things I love most about being a mom to boys is that they like all sorts of gross things. As girly as I am, I sort of like gross things too. I love getting to encourage them to embrace all their boy interests- gross or not!