Monday, April 7, 2014

How much can you pack into three days?!?

On Friday, my husband got his performance evaluation and bonus and we had to celebrate the best way we know how (well, the best way we know how with kids, no sitter, short notice, and something PG enough to write on a blog): Sushi! I left right after the school day ended, came home, picked up my hubby, and off we went to get the kids from preschool. We were going to go in and eat at the restaurant, but found out the kids hadn't had naps at school (which, we knew, meant that they would have no patience for a restaurant), so we got it to-go, instead. 
It had been raining off and on that day and it made for the most beautiful rainbow on our way to sushi!
Connor got this mysterious eye scratch (one of my kids always has at least one wound...usually all three do on any given day), but what's weird about this scratch was that he was insistent that his little brother bit him. I'm still trying to figure out how he could get his teeth into that position. Hmmm. He asked me to take a picture of it so he could see it - on our way to sushi.
After dinner, we got the kids bathed and put to bed early - so that hubby and I could watch Game of Thrones and drink beer on the couch before the season premier of GoT Sunday.
On Saturday, we woke up early and got the boys' haircuts. Aiden did much better than he has in the past - so we may finally be past the super wiggly/need-an-extra-set-of-hands-to-hold-his-head-still phase! Yay! The lady who cuts the boys' hair (and Mr. Howard's hair) has a son who was born the same day, the same time, at the same hospital as when I was giving birth to Connor. What a small world!
Connor always does a great job!
After haircuts, we rushed over to Jos. A. Banks to get hubby his tux for my brother's wedding. We met my brother and his fiance there. We were going to rent the boys tuxes too, but it would have cost $200 per tux. Ummmm. Talk about a profit margin! Geesh - they're 3 and 5. We are purchasing them instead for about an eighth the cost! Afterwards, my mom and dad met us there (my dad needed to pick up his tux!) and we all headed over to CPK for lunch!
We really needed "just a few" (famous last words) things from costco and it's close by, so my brother and Becca took us there. Why is it that I always feel like I need to walk out of there spending a million dollars? I swear we went in there for four things and walked out with about 30. We almost bought a $2,000 gazebo while we were there too, but decided we needed to really think about that purchase. But that would have been a fun bill. Ha! While we were there, we saw three other sets of twins and two of them were boy/girl twins. Obviously they have the best twin carts!
On Saturday night we went over to my parents' house for dinner. When we were leaving, Becca asked if Isabella wanted to spend the night and she said, "Yes." We were all kind of shocked, because she never wants to be away from Daddy and Me. But we encouraged her to go! She spent her first night by herself away from us and had so much fun with her Uncle Colin and Aunt Becca. It's amazing how much easier having only two kids is and Isabella is our easy child, so it shouldn't have felt much different. Hubby and I couldn't even believe how quiet it was with only two kids in the car; we didn't have one single fight break out on our drive home - which is quite miraculous.

In the morning, the boys and I cuddled on the couch and watched Frozen, while hubby finished up some landscape planning he's been doing for our yard. Of course I had to document the cuddling, because that doesn't happen all that often:
After lots of cuddling and dancing and Daddy's famous Fried Egg Sandwiches, Mr. Howard and I took the boys on a bike ride (I ran next to them, instead of riding my bike).
Sadly, this was my first run since my half marathon, since it's been raining so much. But I was so excited to use my new running watch: the Garmin Forerunner 10. I decided to start with the entry-level one since it does the things I need it to (track calories, distance, pace, beeping for my walk/run intervals, track my laps, map it, and does my personal records) for now. If I love it, I'll invest in one that does more. 
We went on a new bike trail and it was a little confusing for Connor to understand that he needed to ride his bike on the right, but that Mama had to run on the left. He kept trying to come over next to me. 
After our run/bike ride, Mr. Howard dropped Isabella and me off at my soon-to-be sister-in-law's house and we went to her final wedding dress fitting with my mom. Isabella thought it was funny that I was in the backseat with her:
While Aunt Becca was trying on her dress, Isabella tried on a veil. Tell me this isn't ridiculously sweet.
Then, we headed over to Macy's and Nordstrom to find Isabella a dress for the wedding and find my mom a Mother of the Groom dress to wear too. Isabella doesn't love being the center of attention.
Here's a better photo of the dress:
We found my mom a beautiful floor-length gown from Nordstrom that looks amazing! I can't wait for her to wear it! I cannot even believe we're less than 2 months away from the wedding (53 days!!) and only 12 days away from the shower I'm throwing for the bride!

Hubby and I are in the process of booking our trip this summer to Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City and we need ideas of things to do!! Do you have any must-sees in Chicago or St. Louis?!?


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$200 is crazy! I LOVE Isabella's dress. We always say the same thing about Sam's Club - can't leave without spending $100!

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That works out to $100 per yard of fabric. Ha! Ridiculous!

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izzy's dress makes me chuckle after long talks with Becca about the cake! =) it all makes sense! ;)

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