Monday, March 27, 2017

Date Night- March

After an awesome birthday date in February, Mike and I said we had to make a point to go on another date again soon. Thanks to an awesome date night-swapping arrangement with our friends and neighbors, we headed out kid free for the evening to Downtown Champaign.

First up? Sushi at KO Fusion. It was just as amazing as I remembered it!

No questions in how amazing this guy is ;)

The "icing" on the cake so to speak (or hot lava chocolate on the cake) was dessert at brand new Hamilton Walker's. An awesome chance to hop in, see what the restaurant was like and devour the most epic dessert I can think of ever having. Oh, wow .(Yes there's ice cream in that pyramid. Yes, we each got our own.)

Daddy, come home!

With the longest trip of the season (thus far) coming to a close, Cass and I couldn't help but rush to our #1 guy as soon as he touched down. It was a surprise so he didn't know we were there. And then she tried to foil our surprise by needing a bathroom *right* when they were leaving the plane. Oh, Cass.

Monday, March 20, 2017


When your employer gives you a free turkey at Thanksgiving and March rolls around and you still haven't had an excuse to make said turkey, you go ahead and just make a turkey one random Sunday.

With it being a snowy, winter-y day, it ended up working out and feeling sort of seasonal.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Engineering Open House - Troy's New Favorite Event of the Year

This was somewhat of an afterthought in deciding to go to Engineering Open House at U of I this year. I was thinking our kids were still a few years off from enjoying it, but after some homeschooling friends that went on Friday posted pics, I thought, well, I think it's worth checking out! Our friends Sarah and Benjamin had invited us to go swimming, but we were planned to go to the Illini gymnastics meet... and then *somehow* we all ended up at EOH, and with our neighbor Haken joining us, too. It was too funny! And definitely the right call! From the first area we walked into. Everything was SO hands on. First up was a Lego LEED room where they had to build energy efficient homes and were "scored" on them. Lego solar panels, Lego gardens, Lego rain barrels, etc.

Cassidy's house had a HUGE garden with plants.

The railroad exhibit was the next hit. Much like many of the places we go, Troy was every demonstrator's dream LOL. He asked SO many questions and just loved seeing the exhibits and TOUCHING them.

This guy spent a long time talking to him about the railroad tracks.

MANY of the demonstrations included Legos. Like this one where they had to build a home to be safe and stable during earthquakes. Which Troy's was.

One of the snack stations was something to do with the road. It was super sugar-y and topped in chocolate syrup (asphalt?) Needless  to say, it was a hit.

Somehow not pictured, they made coasters out of cement and got to put stickers and things in them. This was a fun project and Troy is asking if we can do it at home. Maybe some garden pavers, buddy! 

The hydro-lab was pretty awesome. Something here with the flow of water.

Haken had heard about the underwater robots, so i was glad we found them! They were AWESOME!

I explained to Troy that Uncle Andy and Auntie Daria actually went to school in these buildings when they were in college. When I pointed out the ECE building to Troy and said it was Uncle Andy's, he asked to take a pic in front of it. And then walk inside to check it out, too.

Waiting at the bus stop to catch the shuttle back to the parking lot. That was a nice bonus!

Troy couldn't stop talking about it that weekend. He begged me to take him back "every year forever" and "even when I'm 12 years old!" I already put the 2018 dates on my calendar :) 

Everything old is new again

Apparently, Amy the mom of three years ago didn't blog about Troy's writing on the wall incident. Pssssh. Document that stuff now, I say. Anyways, in 2014, Troy was in his room while he was supposed to be having quiet time (giving up that nap you know) and he took a binder clip and dragged the metal part all around the perimeter of his room. While etching a mark into the wall. And our house was on the market too.

He spent hours and hours cleaning that mess up and I guess it left an impression. Because when his younger sister made two short little lines on the kitchen wall with a sharpie, he walked up to it and said, "I KNOW WHAT HER CONSEQUENCE IS!" And she had to clean it up. Thankful for the magic eraser and hopefully this will make as much of an impression on Cass as it did on Troy so we don't deal with any more writing on the wall in our parenting journey!

I love kindergarten

When a special Friday afternoon treat at school is getting to bring your favorite stuffed animal to snuggle while popping popcorn and watching a movie. When this little guy (the animal, not my son) trotted off to the bus I just thought about how much I love kindergarten. Such sweetness.  This time I'm talking about the boy, not the animal :)

Visit from Gramma

Highlights from Gramma's recent weekday visit included coming to my Vineyard Moms group, lunch at kindergarten, ladies lunch and mall time... and of course lots of books! We were so glad to see you, Gramma!

Visit to Decatur Children's Museum

With this new season of no afternoon nap to really be concerned with, I decided to pick Troy up on this month's early dismissal day and head over to nearby Decatur's Children's Museum. We had been a handful of times but this was simply the best - we had the whole place nearly to ourselves!

Dear Lord please let this be the only time I see my boy on crutches!

Pizza. Topped with cookies. Heck yes.

Their "plays" were so adorable. I could sit and watch them for hours!

And now we know what would happen if we ever put our kids on TV. They're not, um ,camera shy.

More Gymnastics - Going Strong

Cass is one STRONG little girl. She is still loving weekly gymnastics class, and we're all signed up to go for another session to take us up to summer! Go Cass!


These two knew exactly what they were doing when they asked me to take their pictures to send to Daddy right before bed. 5 minute delay - success!

Born to Serve

This girl LOVES to help me out. Chores. Cooking. Whenever I'm doing anything out. She was born to help out.

Below, cooking dinner for 100 people to be served at church.

And setting out the coffee creamers for moms group. She knows where they are in the fridge, and where we need to put them. When we're in set up mode, she gets right to work! I appreciate the help!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

They Have Each Other

Your sibling is your first friend. And I love that they have each other.

The Cutest Late Night Message

Cass was having a hard time falling asleep with Mike away. I suggested sending Daddy a quick message before turning in and it worked. She laid right down afterwards. And this cuteness ensued.

Final Basketball Game of the Year

It seems like every time we do a sport/swim lessons/whatever, the very last one of our session, everything "clicks". Such was the case with basketball. Troy did an awesome job playing!

PASSING the ball, and passing it directly to teammates was the huge win this particular day.

Cass, however, was not impressed. This girl in the stands for the basketball games was not the most fun thing ever. But we made it through.

And Troy got a medal... hooray!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday Night Fun - Finding Dory

In an effort to make Friday nights something *different* (and also in an effort to keep the kids up until Daddy got home late), I pulled up Finding Dory on Netflix to watch in our room. Troy loves watching shows in our room these days, so this was a winning plan in his book. Cassidy proceeded to bring nearly every stuffed toy from her room into ours.. so yeah.

Anna Braids

I could use a lesson or twelve on how to do these better, but its a start. Now who wants to teach me how to *really* braid!?

Handwriting Updates

Troy's handwriting is really coming along! Proud mom right here!