Thursday, March 31, 2016

Misc in March

The three weeks leading up to our trip and spring break were so insanely busy for me.  I had so much going on that by the time school ended on that Friday starting spring break I was so exhausted and so so so ready to get out of town for a few days.  I'm involved in a few committees at Dane's school and they all seemed to collide those last few weeks before spring break making for some super busy and overwhelming weeks.  I had a teacher luncheon to put together which involved meetings at the school, begging for donations from parents, finding decorations, visits to several restaurants for catering on certain food items that couldn't be donated, setting it up and going to the school several times the day of the luncheon to refill food etc.  I had to take care of all this myself because the other girl on the hospitality committee had to quit due to getting a real job. No hard feelings, because she had a legitimate excuse, but man it was rough doing it alone. Home room mom duties were in full force begging parents for donations for the spring festival, getting and putting together a basket from our class for the festival auction, and decorating the school for the festival.  The spring festival was on the same day as the teacher luncheon, so that was fun.  
And on top of that it was time to get the yearbook made and submit it to the company.  Homeroom moms and teachers were asked to submit pictures from their classes, but unfortunately we did not get many pictures.  So, we spent hours and hours at the school taking pictures of EACH class, the staff, PE, music, art, library etc.  And then we created each page of the yearbook using a software program.  After the yearbook was "complete" there was a long process that occurred before it could be submitted which involved printing out proofs for the teachers to look over and evaluate for mistakes.  Then each page had to be reviewed by the company to make sure that parameters and borders etc were correct.  
Needless to say it was a crazy couple weeks that had me second guessing why I had signed up for so much at the beginning of the year.  Next year I do not plan on being homeroom mom.  It's a lot of work that goes into it and you spend most of the time begging parents to donate.  
And on top of the school stuff I was working at my church on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday nights and Kevin was teaching downtown on Mondays and teaching an online class as well.  

Those first couple weeks were a blur.  Then we had our trip, which was great came back and had a short week of school because of Good Friday.  
We have been dragging this week, I haven't been able to get back into the swing of things.  
And it's the end of March.  Hard to believe that we will be in April tomorrow.  Where did this month go??

Here's some little things from this month that were the bookends of our trip and Easter.

My little leprechauns 
 Outlet mall shopping with this one... which means taking a break from the stroller at the playground

 Dane and his buddy Landon at church
 Dane's Wednesday night group at church had a derby car race.  The kids got to build their car and then race them on a high tech machine.  Dane loved it!

 I love getting pictures at random time during the day from Dane's teacher. 
 A little train ride after suffering through a Walmart trip.
 Lunch with Dane is always an exciting time.  

Spring Festival at Dane's school was fun for both boys.  

 Check out Dane's eye.  Everything was fine one minute and then the next he turned around and it looked like this.  I think it's allergies, but whoa.  It really got swollen at the festival.  He didn't seem bothered by it.  But, I was shocked at how swollen it gotten.  It went down after he took a shower and some claritin.  

A few pictures from when Jackie and Barry were here and watched the boys while we were away on our trip.  

 This picture cracks me up!!! Squishy nose!! 
 my sweet sweet adorable boy

 Dane was obsessed with this toy when we were in Orange at my aunt's house.  This picture reminds me of those 3D ultrasounds.  HAHA
 Lining up his cars all day and everyday

playdate fun with some friends

The Easter Bunny brought some silly string for Dane and Kevin to have a war.  Quality time doing fun things is Dane's love language.

 And because he is just too cute

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


He Has Risen Indeed!

Easter Sunday was a good relaxing day.  We fixed a special breakfast and then went to church to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, had Easter lunch at a new restaurant close by, and spent some time playing outside and then relaxed at home most of the afternoon. We had a visit from the Easter Bunny which is always a special treat.  Dane is notorious for waking up at the crack of dawn on holidays... remember him busting in our room at 3:30 on Christmas morning.  So, we told him that he couldn't come downstairs until 7:00.  I kid you not he was standing at my bed at 7:01.  He makes me laugh.  Jace didn't know what the fuss was all about, so he actually slept in which is unlike him.  
The Easter Bunny brought some fun things for the kids, both were super happy.  

 Kevin, the Easter Bunny's assistant found a game at Game stop for $3 that he would be able to play with Dane.  He is always wanting Kevin to play video games with him, so he found one that was a 2 player.  Dane loves it!

 The bunny brought some books from my childhood.  How to Eat Fried Worms, Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing, and Freckle Juice.  Remember those??  

 Silly String for the win!

 Of Course a Chocolate bunny... butterfinger one, Dane's favorite!

 This is when things got a little iffy.  Dane pulls out his new bathing suit and says "Hey this is the suit that you texted a picture of to Dad".  wait what? I start scrambling.  "I didn't send a picture to dad".  Dane says "yes you did, you sent 2 different bathing suits, and Dad told me to pick which one I liked best".  GRRRRR.  I stuck with my story that I wasn't the one who sent pictures to Dad.  Maybe the Easter Bunny sent those pictures??
I sent those pictures to Kevin because I couldn't decide which one to get, I had no idea that Kevin would show the pictures to Dane.  Men.  Kevin said later quietly "I didn't realize those were going in the basket, I though you wanted Dane to decide which one he liked".  SIGH.  

 The Bunny hid some easter eggs around the house for Dane.  He found money in a few, and pieces to a little game that was left, and some candy.

 The watch was a necessity for when he goes around the corner to play with friends.  We always have to go walk around to get him, now we can tell him a time to be home! Dane loves it! 

 Lego Dimensions... you always win

 Jace was just as excited to dig through his basket when he finally woke up!

 Chuggington trains!!! He carries them around everywhere he goes now.  Obsessed!

 Little trains were in his Easter eggs

 He got some puzzles too!! He loves puzzles!! 

At church with my fellas
 So handsome!

Jace wasn't super thrilled with taking pictures at church.  I did bribe him with m&ms to get one shot at home