Hi, gals! Happy Monday! This weekend flew by, as they always seem to do when we're having fun.
On Friday afternoon, I utilized a simultaneous naptime to my advantage, and actually got to apply makeup and curl my hair in anticipation of the night's events! There are times that I literally feel like I don't even know how to "get ready" like I used to because I do it so infrequently these days. Needless to say, it was nice to have an excuse to get somewhat dolled up.
When the kids woke up, I loaded them up, and we headed to Atlanta to meet B and my family for dinner to celebrate my Momma's birthday at one of her favorite Mexican restaurants in the Buckhead area. Since B was coming straight from work, it made more sense for him to just meet us rather than try to come home and then turn around and go back. We ended up arriving at the restaurant before the rest of my family, so B got to spend some time with Vivi and Caleb, which was nice. His long hours and the fact that he's now worked two weekends in a row - and has two more to go - have made for very little time with daddy. Soon after that, my sister and her husband, followed shortly thereafter by my dad and the birthday girl. She was so excited to see her grandbabies! And they were super excited to see Mimi and Poppy - especially Caleb, who loves his Poppy so much. It's so funny to see them together. I mean, just look at his little face in the picture below, nestled up against my dad:) Oh, and don't you love B's sexy seafoam scrubs? Fancy.
My sister and I wore coordinating pink tops, completely unintended. #sisters
Mimi and her little gal. My kids are not lacking in love, that's for sure:)
*As a side note, I would never give away my mother's age, but let me just tell you - the woman looks AMAZING for her age. I just hope that I got whatever magic genes she did. Don't fail me, Mom. Pass them on.
After dinner, we all headed to my sister's house for dessert. She'd made one of our family favorites - an Heath Bar and Oreo ice cream cake (with homemade chocolate fudge inside!) Because I am not doing dairy, she'd also made a chocolate chip pie to suit my (well, Vivi's) dietary restrictions. I did sneak a few bites of the cake, and it was amazing. The pie was good too, but so rich, I couldn't eat my whole plate. Well done, sis! Chris better watch that waistline with all the yummy cooking and baking going on in your house:)
Not long after dessert, the bedtime crabbies started showing up in both kids, so we made our exit and headed to my parent's house for the night. I ended up staying up for a bit, chatting with my Mama, while B went to bed with the kids. Love the late nights I get to spend just catching up on life with my mom. In this season of life, we don't get many nights like that, so I cherish them when we do. Around midnight or so, we finally turned in. I didn't sleep too well, and was awoken by B when his alarm went off on Saturday morning. He was out the door for work around 6 am, and I tried to lay back down. But around 6:45, Caleb decided to wake up for the day. Ughhh. I turned a movie on Netflix on my phone on in hopes that it would keep him quiet and distracted for a bit, but about 15 minutes later, my mom popped her head in and decided to grab him. Another wonderful thing about grandparents - the help they provide. After she took him, I was able to cuddle up with Vivi, nurse her, and sleep for another 2 hours or so. Heaven. And when I woke up, there were homemade strawberry waffles, eggs and sausage waiting on me. Um, excuse me - remind me why I ever moved out of my parents house?
Around 11 am, my sister met us to head to Ikea. She had a few things she was looking for, and I am never one to turn down an Ikea trip. We got the kids ready, and grabbed a few pictures on my parents' pretty front porch before we left.
|Vivi's chambray bloomers | My tennis shoes|
We ended up spending about 2 hours meandering around in Ikea. We started off with both kids in the double stroller, and at first, Caleb was wide-eyed watching the crowds milling around him. But eventually, his little eyes grew heavy, and even the crowds weren't enough to keep him awake. He fell asleep in the stroller, and was out for over an hour. It was tax free weekend here in Georgia, so there were gobs of people there buying up stuff for college dorm rooms, etc. Not the best weekend for browsing, that's for sure. But we still had fun! And we each ended up with a few things that we need - I grabbed a new cutting board, some fun utensils for the kids, a book for Vivian, and an outdoor lantern for out patio. I also got some fun ideas for Christmas gifts, so another trip is in my near future.
We made it through the bedding section, when suddenly we started to catch a bit of a funky smell...and Vivian started squirming in her carrier. Oh. My. Lord. I knew immediately that a diaper change was in order. And with her, I knew it needed to be quick, as for some reason, her diaper situations go from zero to holy hell in about 7 seconds flat. We were in the flow of traffic in the main aisle of the store, so my mom suggested we push the stroller to a quiet corner and check out the "situation." Bless Mimi's heart - she thought we'd be able to quickly whip a new diaper onto this child with no mess, no fuss. Until we peeked into that diaper and got a firsthand view of the sitch. And we realized we need to find a bathroom immediately before we had a very messy problem on our hands.
Just imagine three crazy little blonde women, a massive double stroller, several big yellow Ikea bags, and two kids (one of whom stunk!) hightailing it through a massive store full of people. Ha. To the ha. To the ha.
But we didn't care. We were on a mission. We wiped down the changing table in the (surprisingly clean) bathroom, lined that thing with diapers (because no, I didn't have a changing pad with me - mom fail), and laid Vivi on the diapers. In two years and three months of parenting, this was the first time I've ever had to put one of my children on one of those pull out changing tables in a bathroom and I never want to do it again. But desperate times call for desperate measures. One entire package of wipes later, and we had a clean and shiny infant, and the disaster was narrowly avoided. Nothing had escaped the diaper this time, which I was eternally grateful for. We Purel'ed Vivian's feet, hands, and our hands, and then headed back into the melee. This time, I tucked her into her Solly wrap to finish the browsing, and little gal loved it:) You'd never know she almost single-handedly ruined our shopping trip, would you?
Bow details to come later this week:)
After our shopping adventure, we were famished, so we headed to Fellini's to meet my dad for some pizza (light on the cheese, heavy on the veggies for moi - Vivian can handle pizza with a bit of cheese as long as there are other ingredients...meaning, as long as I don't eat straight dairy, a la a bowl of ice cream, we're usually good to go - updates on our dairy free journey and how we're transitioning to come). After that, we dropped my sister off so she could head home and get ready for a dinner party she was hosting with a few friends.
The kids and I hung out at my parents house for a bit, and then I began packing us up to head home. B was on call from Saturday morning to Sunday morning, so I wanted to get the kids home so we could spend the day together on Sunday. Before we left, we stopped at a Target in Atlanta for me to check out the planner options there. I'd checked the Target near me earlier in the week, and never got to see any of the Day Designers that many of you mentioned in my last post. Apparently, they'd all sold out and were not available online. However, at the Target in Atlanta, I struck gold! They had almost every available design in stock, but I immediately narrowed it down to the classic black and white stripe and this one. As you can see, I went with the mint and gold option, as I loved the soft binding and lack of rings. It's slim and flexible, and will be easy to toss in my tote or diaper bag. Best part? The price. Just $13.99. Done!
Now I just have to get some time to sit down and start using it. I'll give you one hint as to why it's hard for me to find time to get anything done these days...And that hint can be seen in the far left side of this picture. Headed directly for the glass - aka very breakable - lantern on the table. Ha.
Sunday morning, B arrived home from his call shift around 8:30 am. He came bearing donuts, and made Caleb's day.
We spent the rest of the morning watching a movie in our bed, and then indulging in a family nap. It always feels weird when we are not in church on Sunday mornings, but on weekends in which B is on call, it's just not feasible for us to make it. One day, I may just have to start braving church with the kids on my own when B is on call, but that won't be until Caleb is old enough to help get himself ready a bit more. If we can't be in church together though, I sure do love watching my babies cuddling with their Daddy. Vivi looks so small next to him. And yet, he is completely wrapped around her itty fingers. And she has no idea. Yet.
We spent the rest of our day enjoying lunch together, running a couple of errands, cleaning the house (me), mowing the yard (B and Caleb), and getting ready for another week. School is back in session down here in Georgia, and Caleb's preschool Open House is this week, so we are quickly barreling right into fall around here. Hard to believe!!!