Monday, March 6, 2017

Girls Night and movie review

A couple of weeks ago we finally got the chance to have girls night. It was a much needed fun night out. We had originally planned on going out to the movies to see 50 Shades Darker the weekend it came out. We waited until the last minute to get tickets and they were sold out. We ended up going to one of the girls house and watching the movie there. 

I love my friends. Sometimes we go months without even talking, then get together and it seems like it was just yesterday that we had last seen each other. 

Now my sister on the other hand. She didn't get the memo to do a funny face.

I may talk to her numerous times a day, well through texting, and our sons are 1 month apart but it seems like we never see each other. 

We are the four musketeers. We always say we are going to get together more often, but it doesn't happen the way we want. But when we do get together we have a blast. 

Now onto the movie review.

I have to start by saying I just finished reading the books so they were fresh in my mind. I had also rewatched the first movie in the last month. 

If you watch the movie without reading the books or having expectations, it really isn't a bad movie. If you watch the movie and don't remember all the details of the book, it is still good. If you remember everything that happened in the book and watch the movie, it is just an ok movie. There are a lot of major details in the book that was left out in the movie. However that is to be expected for any book that is turned into a movie. To include everything that was in the book, the movie would have to be atleast 5 hours, and who really has time to sit and watch that, or the patience. 

I was a fan of the movie and can't wait for the next one to come out in 2018. I will be seeing that one in the theater. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Fairytales and Frogs

A little late on this post. On Presidents year ever the Cleveland Metro Parks Zoo has a Fairytales and Frogs party held in the Rainforest. This is the second time that I have taken Ella. This year the weather was gorgeous outside, I believe it was in the 60's, so it was more packed then last year. We still ended up having a blast.

In front of the rainforest is a statue of a monkey. It is tradition to get a picture with him. We got there a little before they opened and waited in a crazy line to get in. They had two "frogs" greeting the little kids while they waited. Ella wanted nothing to do with the frogs. 
Kids are also encouraged to dress as there favorite princess. Ella decided she wanted to be Minnie Mouse. 

Once inside the first princess we came across was Merida. She wasn't very talky. 

Next was Aurora aka Sleeping Beauty. She was talky, but very much so out of character. 

Rapunzel was so much fun. She loved Ella's Minnie Mouse Ears.

Rapunzel and Flynn were great. They were in character and played off each other.

Cinderella is great as always. She is the same lady every event at the zoo.

Ella playing with turtle through the class.

This year outside was a photo opp with Tiana and Prince Naveen. The camera they had wasn't working so we just used my phone.

Ella was so excited to see Pocahontas, even though I don't think she has ever watched the movie with me. When I ask her if she wants to watch it she won't. 

Ella loved the monkey's that were sitting on the other side of the glass. He would occasionally look at her. There was also a baby monkey that was so cute. 

This year they also had a story time with Belle. We arrived late, but Ella squeezed her way in and watched and listened.

Color time

Ella made a frog crown and a star wand. She got so made when we got home and Austin ripped the ribbon off her wand.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Happy March

Happy March. February was so wonderful to us, I hope March is the same. In Ohio we had gorgeous weather, a few record breaking days in the 70s, and lots of sun. Hopefully March treats us just the same if not better, and not drop 3 feet of snow on us. 
New Month with a wonderful new to do list. February was a so/so much of achieving what I had put down on my to do list, but overall it was a successful month. Lets recap
- Read Magazine then donate I put them in the bathroom as soon as I get them, read them, ripe out the articles/recipes I want to keep, then donate the magazine
- Hit 10,000 steps a day I got sick for a good week and just lost track
Decorate Valentines Day had it up for a few days then took it down and put up St. Patrick Day
- Finish 50 Shades Darker also watched the movie
- Do Valentines Day Craft Had a fun craft planned for Ella, then I got sick and it didn't happen
- Have a Friends dinner Had Brian's friends over last Sunday. It was nice to have adult converstations
- Clean office It is useable, but not necessarily clean
- Clean workout space in basement New space set up and have already been using
- Finish Family binder I am getting closer to being finished. I had however start implenting the cleaning schedule
- Listen to 12 week year on audible This one was a hard listen. The readers voice I could not get into
- Read fun book Started one, but didn't finish
- Family Date night Went out a road trip to Michigan to have Lone Star
- Brian and I date night Did not happen
- Mother Daughter date We had a couple just Mother/daughter times
- Friends date Had a wonderful girls night and chit chatted plus watched 50 Shades Darker

Now onto March in random order, ( I will organize and make my list and hang it on the wall later today)
- Finish 21 Day Fix
- Start new program
- Do Miracle Morning
- Help 5 people
- Do 30 day push challenge (Chalene Johnson Push book)
- Do 21 Day Pilates Challenge ( put on by the Balances Life)
- Track every penny spent (goal from last pd book)
- Monday Jar craft
- Taxes
- Plan Disney Cruise 2018
- Plan vacation this year
- Disney Travel agent training
- Read 2 personal development books
- read fun book
- 40 bags in 40 days (lent project, more details later)
- Family date night
- Brian and I date night
- Mother daughter ate
- Kids play date

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Surprises Weekend

This past weekend Ella was at her fathers. I only had to work on Saturday and was off all day on Sunday with no plans. Brian also had nothing schedule for Sunday either. I found some motivation to get some stuff done around the house. Mainly for the kids. Since Christmas with all the new toys there just isn't enough space in Ella's room for everything. Plus Austin is just growing up way to fast. 

I borrowed Brian's wireless bluetooth headphones I got him for Christmas, turned on an audible book (I had the goal of finishing it by the end of the month and still had 3 hours left, got it done) and got to work. 

I started by cleaning, organizing, and rearranging Ella's room. I normally do a deep organizing every other weekend when she is at her fathers. It hadn't happened in probably a month with to much going on and being sick, so it is was really needed. I took out her doll house and moved her table and chairs over to the wall. I also rearranged all her "School supplies" (coloring books, learning activity books, pens, pencils, crayons, paper, markers... ) where she can reach them. So far it is working out well. Everyday she is doing a different fun activity and Austin can go in her room and I am not worried about him getting a whole bunch of little "shopkins" and he likes to color with her. 

A few weeks ago Ella decided she wanted to play in the basement. She took a bunch of her barbies and shopkins down there and set up her own area, on top of my workout area. It was cramped and messy. We have talked about redoing the basement since we have moved in and making a play room. I decided to make a temporary one. Ella can go downstairs whenever she wants, as long as she tells us and leaves the door open. She has all her barbies, shopkins, and a bunch of accessories and odd and ends. She loved it down there. 
I also set myself up another work out area in the middle of the room. 

When she came home on Sunday night she thought I threw away her doll house. I told her I had a surprise for her in the morning. When I took her downstairs she was so excited she screamed and started playing right then. Now if I could just get her to clean up down there when she is done.

Austin got one surprise. While I was at work on Saturday Brian converted his crib to a toddler bed. No he hasn't been trying to climb out of it himself. It has been an issue of me putting him in his crib since we dropped it to the lowest setting, I'm to short. He wakes up every night and comes to bed with us anyways. Decided to try this and see if he wanted to be a big boy and sleep in his own big boy bed. Nap time has been going well. The first night he slept in there for 5 hours. We just need to stop being lazy and put him back in his bed when he wakes up. 

My kids are growing up way to fast, becoming independent and their own little people. I'm not sure if I am ready for it, not like I get a choice. 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday. It is a gorgeous day here in Northern Ohio. We are at 73 degrees in February. Who would have thought that was even possible. Normally this time of the year we have a foot of snow on the ground and the temperatures in the 30's. I have to say we are all loving this warm weather, but at the same time afraid for what the future holds. They are saying possible snow flurries tomorrow. AHHHH. Now lets all get sick again.
Time for some Friday Favorites with Narci, Erika, and Andrea.

This past Monday, being presidents day with no school for Ella, and no work for Brian we had a family day. We ended up driving to Michigan (only 2 hours) to go out to dinner. Long story short, we had gift cards to a restaurant that closed by us this was the next closest one. Road Trip. The were awesome in the car. After dinner we let me run around Cabela's before putting them back in the car for another 2 hour drive. This Cabela's had an aquarium with huge fish. My kids were just in love with the fish. 

I don't drink flavored jarred coffee often. I treated myself yesterday to a Starbucks Mocha coffee drink while we were out shopping. I came home and some little man decided he wanted some too. He liked it, who wouldn't duh. Don't worry he feel asleep on the way home anyways didn't give him a sugar high. 

Brian got Ella a wooden heart shaped basket that you have to make. It comes with the wood and nails to put it together. They had so much fun putting it together. Ella is so excited to have a little basket of her own in her room. She made one last year that she gave to me. 

Also this past Monday, Ella and I started off the day with some Mother Daughter time, I took her to the zoo for a surprise of fairytales and frogs. We had so much fun. I will be posting a lot of on this next week. But for now isn't she cute with her frog crown?

This morning before 9am it was already 62 degrees outside. I am not complaining at all right now. Even the the kids are loving it. I can't keep them inside (which is fine) 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Valentine's Week Recap

The horrid sickness hit our house. Brian got strep throat back on February 6th. The by the 10th Austin was sick. I got the worst of it on the 12th. It took me until the 16th to really start feeling better. Now it is the 22nd. Where has the time gone. I got off track with everything from cleaning, organization, working out, blogging, everything. Starting to finally get everything back into place and flowing again. 

I ended up taking Austin to the doctor just to get checked out with him being sick. Luckily right after the doctor he started getting better. I was on a time crunch with getting Ella to school so I caved and gave the kids a treat of McDonalds. It doesn't happen very often, maybe a few times a year. It worked in my favor though of Austin eating some fries and apple slices, after not really eating much for 3 days. 

I have stepped out of my comfort zone again. I am now officially a certified CIZE LIVE instructor. I can teach CIZE LIVE anywhere. In the next few months I am planning on teaching somewhere atleast once a week.

The day after my CIZE LIVE training. I got horribly sick. I wasn't posting on social media, answering text messages, or awake much at all. However I somehow ended up with 132 new pictures that all look like this. 

Ella had her Valentine's Day party the Monday before Valentines Day. I had so many ideas and plans to do for her baggies and to give her teachers. It didn't happen. Luckily I had already bought bags, the cards, paper straws, and some candy that Brian and Ella could just assembly them really quickly. 

She came home from school with a lot of stuff. I was happy that this year none of the parents sent how elaborate Valentine's so Ella didn't feel left out. 

I luckily had gotten Brian and the kids something small for Valentine's Day before I got sick. Who doesn't love homemade, soft warm, cookies. Can't wait to try it. This one makes 4. 

I got Austin some simple Hershey kisses. This boy has turned into a chocolate lover. 

I got Ella a metal Frozen tin that came with individually wrapped chocolate. She was nice and shared at least one piece of chocolate with everyone. 

Brian left to go to work, or I thought he was going to work. He came back wit a bouquet of flowers for Ella. In her favorite color purple. She has theme in a cup in her own room. Brian also got Ella and I mother/daughter mani and pedi's. I can't wait to use them. 

Brian got me 6 chocolate covered strawberries and flowers also. 

The weather has been very weird and amazing the last few days. In Ohio in February it is normally cold and snowy. It is currently 64degrees and sunny. The kids have gotten out a lot to run around, play, and get fresh air. I'm not complaining. I will take it. It probably means March we are going to get a lot of snow.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Day Date

Last weekend Ella wanted to do something fun. She wanted a family date day, but Brian had work planned that he couldn't change. Instead I did a day date just the kids and me. We started off by going out to lunch. I gave Ella a few options to choose from. She picked Steak and Shake. We don't go out to eat often, and it has been years since I have taken Ella to Steak and Shake. I told her they had milk shakes and she was hooked. 

She loved the little cardboard car she got to make and put stickers all over it. 

Austin played with her car for a little bit then tore it apart. He wasn't a fan of the hat, even though he looks adorable wearing it. 

I let Ella get a Oreo Cookie milkshake. She was so excited but barely ended up drinking any of it. She liked her big girl water better. 

Austin got Mac and Cheese and Applesauce to eat. 

Ella got a hot dog, without the bun, applesauce, and shared fries with her brother. She ended up eating all her applesauce, some of the fries and has two bites of the hot dog and didn't like it. I gave her some of the mac and cheese to eat then. 

I had this grilled chicken taco salad. It was delicious and filling. I forgot to ask for dressing on the side though. 
After lunch we went shopping at the Home Store. Then surprised everyone and went to Memaw's and Papaws for a few hours for the kids to play. They haven't really seen my mom since she had surgery the end of January. 
We ended the day by going to Brian's parents house for his Aunt's birthday. It ended up being a fun Saturday.