Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Lot of Firsts

hey hey y'all! we have a first grader in the house!!

this year, roman gets to move up from the cottage (pre-k and kindergarten) and into the big building. he's also got a new teacher and new teacher's aide. they are both new to the school and are super sweet. his teacher's name is Ms. Anania (ah-nah-nia) and Mrs. Robertello is the aide.

on monday, we got to go see roman's new classroom (front row seat, baby!) and meet his new teachers. he's got a spot right in the front, and seems really excited about this year.

can you believe we have a first grader? i'm still in shock, i think. (p.s. little sister got new "school" shoes too and i made her wait until he started school to wear them, so she could feel like she was starting something new too)

dear sweet 1st grader of mine, i hope you learn a lot this year and i hope you love your teachers and all the new experiences that life is throwing your way!

let's recap:
first day of school
first day of first grade
first year for his teacher
first time in the big building
first time running the halls
first time momma didn't cry when i left him at school
(but i totally teared up when i was typing this up!! haha)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Toes in the Sand

on saturday night, we got invited to go on a little cruise on the lake in our friends' neighborhood. they let us all use their babysitter and the kids stayed in the game room and had pizza and lots of fun while the adults went out for a little ride. it is a no wake lake, so you have to go really slow. which made it really easy to eat and nice.

after our cruise, we went and got the kiddos and headed to their beach for some fun and some s'mores too.

gianna really liked putting those cutie toes in the sand.

and then off she ran with her friend, gracie!

i really just love everything about this picture. i love her wrinkly nose smile and her pigtails and how she looks so tall and how her shirt looks like those candy buttons i used to love when i was little (why? they were so gross, with all the paper still sticking to them!)

here come the girls again. this was right before they started playing in the outdoor shower and gracie pulled the string and got gianna soaking wet. it was hilarious!

we didn't see much of the boys, they were off playing games. you can see here, that roman was hiding from them behind a palm bush (?).

and running again, playing tag with all his friends.

time for s'mores! see gianna is no longer wearing pants...they were soaking wet! at least her shirt was long enough to cover her cutie booty!

we are so lucky to have made such wonderful friends here!


Monday, August 11, 2014

Happy Birthday Mimi!!!

mimi's birthday is today, and i won't say what the number is...but it's a really special one! in fact, so special, that we used it as an excuse to have a (surprise) family vacation at the beach earlier this summer in june. we had a great time and made some really great memories.

mimi, we love you SO very much and enjoyed our time with you more than you could ever imagine. if only we could be there today to celebrate with you...(and no, we aren't hiding in your closet)

hopefully, some pictures of your babies and grandbabies will make your day a little sweeter!











oh, and here's a little video for you from ro and g!




Thursday, August 7, 2014

Summertime Sweeties

summertime is winding down for us, roman goes back to school on the 19th! so, we are trying to take it easy and enjoy the little things.

my cuties are ready for camp and daycare...

this dude is hulking out!

gianna and i experienced hobby lobby for the first time last weekend. wow, i've been missing out! i think i'm going to have to schedule another trip.

i think they got more ice cream on their face and hands than in their mouth and bellies!

sometimes this girl just spreads herself out! i guess her new bed is so big, she wants to take up every inch!


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Wheelin' and Dealin'

last week was a crazy whirlwind of activity around here.
on wednesday, my van went in for ac problems, but it never came out. instead, i have a brand new accord. i'm 37 and this is my first brand new car. i feel so spoiled. and maybe a little bit like i may have gotten some of my cool factor back. (okay, i said just a little bit)

on sunday, we headed up to charleston to pick up a couple of pieces of furniture that i had found on craigslist.

lunch with these kiddos was a nice break in between our pick ups.

one of the things i bought on craigslist was a bed for gianna. this particular bed was one that i had been keeping my eye on for a while. it is regularly from ikea, but we don't have one close and shipping is super expensive. it is a twin daybed, that has 3 drawers on the bottom. but the bottom section pulls out and you can put a mattress on top of it that lays next to the other mattress and it makes a king size bed, but you still have use of the drawers. the two mattress are stacked on top of each other when it is pushed closed into a twin, so you don't have to find a place to store the extra mattress.

so, the bed was listed on john's island (charleston) and it included the mattresses for less than the cost of the bed on ikea. so, even though i wasn't quite ready to put her in a "big girl" bed yet, the time was right to get the deal!

needless to say, she loves it! and roman can get in it too, which is a bonus because i was always yelling at him to get out of her toddler bed because i was afraid the springs wouldn't hold him!

the other deal we got on craigslist was a new porch swing! i've been wanting one for a while and when we got the new adirondack chairs, i found a guy that would make a swing in the same style as the chairs we purchased. and he was kind enough to hurry and finish the swing so that we could pick it up on the same day as the bed!
toby hung it up quickly and we have enjoyed it a lot this last week, including sitting out there in the middle of a thunderstorm with our friends this friday night.

i asked the guy to put cupholders in it decision ever!

and the kiddos enjoyed dinner on it one night...

also, aunt hettie had a yard sale last saturday and roman got their ripstick. it is a two-wheeled skateboard, which I think looks super hard to ride. but, look who had mastered it by tuesday! is there anything he can't do? he amazes me!


so, there ya go...last week we were full of new wheels and new deals!


Friday, July 18, 2014

Porch Prettying

okay, so i will admit it. i hate the rocking chairs that we've had on our front porch for 7 years. yes, the entire 7 years that we've lived here, i've hated them. not they way they look, they are gorgeous. but, for a short stack like me, they are SO stinkin' uncomfortable. my feet don't touch the ground, the backs are awful and they don't rock well. so, they need to go! target had a two pack of club motion chairs on clearance, so i bought them. but, they were in a box and they didn't have a floor sample for me to sit on and test out, so of course, after toby put them together, we both decided we didn't like them either. so, at this point, i had 4 chairs on my front porch that i didn't like. so, what did we do? we went shopping for new ones. i truly wanted a glider. i just want to be comfortable so i will spend more time out there. i don't really care what they look like.

after church on sunday, we took the kids to savannah and shopped around. i mean, there had to be something different down there, right?

we ended up in world market (even though there is one in bluffton, too) and the kids were pre-occupied with hanging around in the egg chair.

and subsequently, using the egg chair cushion to fashion himself into a "fun guy"...get it? a mushroom...fungi?

well, we ended up with two of these beauties. and the foot rests. and a small table to go in between. the really are nice looking. and they are smaller than your average adirondack chairs. and because they are low to the ground, shorty can reach....haha. AND....i have already contacted a guy to make us an adirondack porch swing with cupholders....booo ya! i want to use our porch and have it be pretty too. i deserve that after 7 years, right?

toby was quick to get one put together on sunday evening and i took advantage of it. i had quite the view of our sweet g, coloring on the sidewalk and blowing bubbles. now, THIS is what i'm talking about. will someone bring me a sweet tea?





Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Gianna loves Lucy

gianna has a really cute little friend in her class at daycare. they have been in the same classroom several times and are only a month apart. lucy is super sweet, and i just love her little personality. lucy's mom emailed me and asked if they could have gianna over for a play date. at first, i thought she might be too young, but then i thought that we could give it a try. to be honest, she really hasn't ever had any play dates of her own, she always gets to tagalong with big brother, but never by herself. so, this was a really special occasion.

we bought cookies to share (the really yummy kind with the frosting on, of course!) and gianna wanted to hold them on the way over.

when we got there, lucy was sitting on the front step waiting for gianna. she started to jump up and down and was so excited for us to be there, finally! gianna was a little shy at first, but that faded quickly.

i love gianna's face in this picture. such a sweet little friendship between these two...

they were really great at playing together and sharing. lucy already had a tutu, so we brought ours and some tiaras and wands to share. so, we had a pink princess and a blue princess.

they danced and ran around the house for a little while before we decided to take a walk and then head to the park.

gianna was always sideways about halfway down. the face is too funny!

the girls were worn out and were sad to say goodbye to each other, so there were some tears, but we promised to return the courtesy and invite lucy to come over soon. can't wait for "Nonna & Lucy" part two...

since the boys had taken advantage of a girl free afternoon and headed to the movies, gianna and i extended our girl time together and had dinner and a sweet treat at DQ before we headed home.


i think she had a good day, whaddya think?