Dropping Like Flies

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

So far this week two of my favorite bloggers have said "buh bye" to the blogosphere because life has either become too busy or the blog no longer reflects who they are...well, I am here to tell you that I am not ready to quit.

Even though I am a 'once every couple of months' kind of post girl, I still have so much to say! For example, Wip auditioned for a play yesterday, like a real 'read these lines and do this dance' kind of audition and he LOVED it...totally in his element. Patrick and I both just scratched our heads because neither one of us had the theater bug when we were little, but Wip just absolutely loves everything about it. Duncan. Oh, Duncan. We can never get through the day without some kind of Duncanism. The other day Patrick and Duncan were playing foosball and when Duncan scored his 3rd point he exclaimed: "I've got FREEEEE". Being that he is almost six, Patrick tried to explain that it was THREE, not FREEEE. Duncan just looked up at his father and said: "Wait, is that Spanish?"

So, here goes with the latest and greatest...

A few weeks ago I flew (solo) to Lexington to celebrate my friend Carey. She was turning 40, but the way we rocked it you would have thought she was getting married. She lives in Cedar Rapids and brought about 20 people with her in addition to friends flying in from Florida (me:), North Carolina, and Colorado...it. was. epic. Everyone hit it off and it truly reminded me that best of friends do not need a daily phone call or even a monthly visit to just pick back up where you left off. These are some of my nearest and dearest for as long as I can remember, and I think it is pretty obvious that we had the best time (see below)!  Happy Birthday, Carey Cola!

The weekend started with a Thursday night welcome reception 

Friday morning we went shopping and had lunch

Friday evening the Romero's hosted a fabulous throw down full of pork tacos and lots of dancing

me and my girl (we were the best DJ's eva)

Saturday was all about KEENELAND (one of my most favorite places in the world)

go carey, its your birthday

got to hang out with this fabulous couple

my girl Kristen came in...and things got cra (in a good way:) 

this crew.

I know that she had the best birthday ever...it took me a few days to recover

easter weekend means beach time before the epic egg hunt

sometimes I seriously cannot wrap my head around how cute these two are

wip and duncan did some damage to the house (jk)

it is seriously going to be a new home!

d insisted I take this pic because it looks like a surfboard

walking around the cloister

you can barely see it but we saw a bunny...on easter weekend...minds were blown

d could play tennis for hours...and hours

the egg hunt is about to begin...check this out to see d in action 

getting the prizes after the hunt...nothing can top this egg hunt

wip got torch back!


that is better

back to goofball

sunset on the way home

easter brunch at Lukes = YUM!

wip continues to blow me away with his art
Duncan tried to replicate Wip's 'Who Would Win' book series...when I asked him about the third picture down he replied "uh, that is chip vs. dorito"

Brothers Month was so popular that we did it again in April...

They are the absolute best...

This Much I Know...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

We just wrapped up SB'17 and I must say that I needed it...

No piano lessons or baseball, no lacrosse practice for me or late meetings for Patrick, just a week filled with a lot of nothing and at the same time everything. It was really a time for me to try and tackle projects that keep collecting dust, sleep in, and hang with my boys. While Patrick was ready to get back into the routine by the end of the week, I must admit that I was not ready for the week to end. This much I know....I really love being with these wild and crazy boys (and their logical, patient, amazing, daddy too!).

We started the week off right with a visit with Aunt Sarah...she was in town for a conference and while the boys played in the hotel pool we got to sip on some wine and do some much needed catching up. This gal is truly one of a kind with a heart of gold...funny that our visit was on St. Patty's Day:)

no idea what d is even doing

Patrick and I headed to the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill to watch some golf and I gotta admit it was the best deal in town...we purchased tickets for the Birdies and BBQ with delicious bbq from 4Rivers and cold beer to wash it down under a shaded tent. It was supposed to be a little birthday treat for Patrick, but I had just as much fun so it was a win/win!

18th hole


arnold palmer was one of the greats....he will be missed, but it was fun to see his legacy around the course

zach johnson making a put
We took a day trip up to Mt. Dora to visit a retired French teacher from Trinity. He fed us a delicious French meal, gave us a tour of his beautiful garden and took us out on his boat. My favorite part of the day was being out on the boat and he received a call from his son that his wife was going to the hospital to deliver his first grandchild!!!! He was beyond excited to receive that call....

captain herve'

lemon cake and duncan...maybe two of my favorite things

the boys gobbled up the French meal (side note...we gave a good lecture before arriving to eat whatever is given and no pushback....and they did!)


wip takes the wheel 

little music, little snap

i love this kid so much 
Duncan had an idea during the week to take his own money and buy Wip a present. He wanted to then get a box and decorate it, and then give the decorated/wrapped gift to Wip. He talked about it every day to the point that Wip caught on and he also wanted to get Duncan a gift, wrap it and decorate a box to put it in. While running errands I stopped in the Dollar Store and picked up a couple of very useless and unnecessary items. The boys decorated boxes and wrapped up the different items and then exchanged the boxes like it was Christmas time. It. Was. Precious. They both got so excited to see the other persons reaction and spent lots of time crafting the boxes. The day was declared "brothers day" and I am pretty sure there will be another one soon.

seriously, how sweet is duncan's box? 

the great exchange

did i mention it was also stay in your pjs as long as possible day too? 

I swear these two could keep themselves entertained ALL day. From snuggle parties to dance parties here, they always seem to have the best time with each other.

 We rounded out the week with a Spring Training baseball game....what a highlight. The boys played in the bounce houses while Patrick and I got to actually enjoy the game. The boys would check in from time to time, but they ran and jumped and literally wore themselves out. After the game we went to a classic bbq joint with zero frills or fuss...Peebles Bar-B-Q...amazing. If you are even thinking of a visit, plan on coming hungry because we are more than likely going to introduce you to this legendary hole in the wall (although it is closed July and August because it it too hot outside:).

Ahhhh...Spring Break. I wish you did not have to end, but I am sure glad you came around. Until next time.