I think it’s pretty safe to say that in my 8+ years of blogging, I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever taken this long of a break?? I mean, that actually sounds way more dramatic than it really is — it was like, just over a week. But still…sometimes I wonder how in the world I ever used to blog 3x a DAY?!
But hey, here I am! I’m back. And I’d love to say that I’m back for regularly scheduled blogging, but these days, I just don’t know when I’ll get the chance to to come back and “visit” in any given week. In a perfect world, I’d love to have the time, energy, and creative juices to check in every darn day, but that’s just not where I’m at in this stage of life, unfortunately. So for now, I’m not making any declarations on taking more breaks or promising to check in more, because this is my “fun” space and I’ll just keep coming back how ever often I can.
Whew. Now that we’ve got that out of the way…let’s catch up! And first things first, can I just tell you how hard it is for me to believe that Alex is now TWO??
This big guy had his big birthday on Sunday, and what a fabulous day it was.
Our morning was pretty chill at home, with some presents and birthday lunch out on the deck (which really isn’t all that special, but we’ll pretend), but the boys played together on and off while Jay and I continued to work to get ready for his little party later in the afternoon.
The weather, honestly, could not have been better, and everyone was able to enjoy plenty of time outside.
Those of you who follow me on Instagram may have seen my story recently about the new gazebo we purchased for the back deck (for those curious, I ordered THIS ONE after seeing it as the Deal of the Day on Amazon for 1/2 off!). I must say, I’m in love with it (actually, I’m currently sitting under it and typing out this post on Monday evening with the lights on) and it works perfect for what we needed (a little shade for those hot, sunny afternoons and evenings.
As someone who’s always worried about not having enough food, as opposed to too much, we had a delicious spread for dinner, including BBQ pulled chicken, slider sandwiches, meatballs, ziti (thanks mom!), mac salad (thanks mom-in-law!), fruit salad, apps, dips, and more.
And no pics of any of it, except for this plate of food that basically went untouched from our newly, incredibly picky eater.
But of course, it was a birthday, so that meant cake!
Judging by his faces, you’d think this kid wanted nothing to do with it…
But we all know that’s quite far from the truth…
Kiddo was living his best life right there. Almost as good as last year.
Before we knew it, it was basically all the kiddos’ bedtimes, so our guests headed back home, and we opened a few quick birthday presents to close out the evening.
Call me all sorts of cliche, but I still cannot believe my baby is two. <3 <3
So what ELSE have we been up to? Well, it’s been busy and FUN!
We’ve been having all sorts of awesome get-togethers with our neighborhood crew, and rarely is there a day (except when it’s raining) when the kids aren’t outside playing, and if we’re lucky, the parents get a few minutes to catch up, too.
The scheduled parties where the kids can play are always fun, but I think my favorite would be a recent, impromptu street party after all the kids were in bed one Saturday evening. Everyone gathered with their baby monitors, and we made sure that everyone was able to enjoy the fun…even if it meant going to extreme lengths to make sure the monitor was working.
Seriously…we hit the jackpot with these guys!
Lucas is also almost officially done with his first season of t-ball, and he has done SO well.
T-ball has to be one of the most comical things to watch, and we have definitely enjoyed ourselves. Hopefully Lucas will still be into it next year!
And speaking of Lucas, he and I also had a great time at his preschool picnic yesterday at Huck Finn’s playland.
Although, really, let’s be honest…he probably wouldn’t have even realized if I wasn’t there, because he was having so much fun with his buddies.
Except for the roller coaster…someone wanted off of that one QUICK. Ha!
I can’t believe this guy only has one more week of preschool before he graduates and is off to kindergarten. Someone, please hold me…
Well, my goodness, that was one lonnnnng winded post. Although I guess that’s what happens when you take time away and still have stuff to share! So hey, if you’re still with me? You rock. Thanks for stopping by, as always, and I’ll see ya when I see ya!