Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Library, Shopping, Splash Park and Pizza

There was a week where Sean was gone on a business trip and it happened to also be the first week after Terryn was out of school. So it was me and three kids for a few days. We started out our day going to the library and getting a bunch of books. We want to get Terryn involved in the Summer Reading Program and the local library and for his school. The kids were relatively good at the library, aside from Jayce running around and playing chase from me as I tried to get him.

Then we headed to the grocery store so I could get some necessities. They were really good there. I was pleasantly surprised.

Then I decided to find a splash park for the kids to play in. This was not an easy task. Easily the thing I miss most about Jersey City is the access to free, awesome parks. There were so many nice splash parks there. Here in Rockland County you have to buy a membership for things and you have to live in that township. It's super annoying. I found a website that listed free splash parks and headed over to one. 
Terryn had a fun time playing in the water. It was pretty hot so it was nice day to cool off.
Jayce was tired and not feeling good, so he stayed in the stroller and tried to sleep.
I dressed Ashton up in his swim clothes and let him crawl around in the water.
He loved it.
He splashed around in the big puddles while I sat next to him, protecting him from the kids running around.
He's so stinking cute.
Terryn made fast friends with a bunch of boys and played for a long time.
Jayce finally woke up long enough that he wanted to play on the playground that was right next to the water stuff. I let Terryn keep playing in the water since I could see him.
Jayce played on the big toy for awhile and then decided he wanted to play in the water. When I went to go through the gate some people stopped me asking for my pass or whatever. I was like, "Huh? What are you talking about?" Apparently this splash park in NOT free. I just happened to wander in at the right time initially. So I collected Terryn and the boys finished up our time on the playground. I showed that staff member the website that referred me here saying it was free, to explain my confusion. Oh well. Terryn had fun. I guess I will have to continue my search for other cheap summer cool-off options.

After the park we were all hungry and I didn't feel like cooking. I called ahead to the pizza place near our house so the pizza would be ready when we got there.
I was shocked that Jayce actually ate his pizza. He can be a really picky eater. I found the trick I think... it's to let him add shaker cheese to it.
Terryn did a really good job eating, especially considering that his meds had worn off. I think he ate like 3 or 4 pieces, which for him is a lot.
I told the boys that if they ate their pizza they could have ice cream. They both got ice cream, but I think Jayce enjoyed his a lot more. He LOVES chocolate ice cream.
The boys were pretty good at the pizza place. It's a pretty family friendly place. There toys and games that kids can play with. I was proud of my boys for being so well-behaved all day. It was a really long day, but we had lots of fun.

Cupcakes, Wildflowers and a Party

There was a Relief Society activity where I was asked to help do centerpieces and make cupcakes. Now the cupcakes were easy because I LOVE making... and eating good cupcakes. I decided to make Orange Dream cupcakes with orange-cream cheese frosting. They are pretty yummy. The other cupcake I made was lemon cupcakes (from scratch) with a squirt of raspberry jam in the center and topped with lemon-raspberry butter cream frosting. I think these are just about my favorite cupcakes. They are SO good. I topped each cupcake with a little citrus wedge. I think they turned out awesome.
For the centerpieces, I used my mason jars that I've saved from various things and picked wildflowers. There are so many pretty wildflowers around here. There are really pretty orange lily that bloom everywhere. It was a bit of an adventure getting them though. I pulled over along the side of the road near a marshy area. I heard lots of strange frogs croaking. It sounded like someone plucking a bass string. They were so loud. I tied a bow around the jar and arranged the flowers. I ended up making 12 vases, which was WAY too many, but they looked nice.
At the activity they had us do a photo booth. There were lots of different things we could use to make it more fun. I think Ashton looks like he's about the "eat" the mustache. It was a fun activity. It was really great to be able to talk to other adults for a change.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Legos and Popsicles

The boys have been loving the Lego Movie. Terryn has been super into his Lego sets lately. He's been trying to make his own creations. 
There are a couple of sets that came apart and he has been trying to reconstruct them by using the instructions. I have to admit that he's been doing a dang good job all on his own.
He was super proud of his truck he made. He kept telling me he was a "Master Builder."
Lately I've been making lots of homemade popsicles. We had all different kinds: lemon rainbow pops, chocolate pudding pop, strawberry lime, pina colada, orange julius creamsicle, rootbeer float, etc.
We LOVE them. Seriously, since it's been so hot we've been munching on them everyday.
They are a great snack and since I make my own I can avoid HFCS and corn syrup and other GMO (yuck) ingredients.

Videos Update

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The boys love the Lego Movie and the song "Everything is Awesome." They dance to it every time it comes on. Here's Jayce saying, "I love this song."
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Ashton is officially crawling now.
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Ashton has been eating a lot more stuff. He likes fruit and baby cookies. ...And he likes to make a big mess.
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I would title this clip, "My Brothers Like to Push Me Around." Hahahaha.... they do this to Ashton all the time and he just laughs and laughs...

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Brothers in Pajamas

Ashton finally fits in the pjs Santa got the boys for Christmas. Terryn was SUPER excited to match Ashton. He did a little happy dance.
 I figured it was the perfect opportunity to get a brothers picture.
I tried to get a picture of Ashton without his pacifier. He was NOT having that.