Friends


3
Feb 18

Camp Olivia

Kingston’s friend Olivia had her 7th birthday party out at the camp ground in Moss Park on the evening of February 3rd. It’s a bit of a drive out there so we thought Harbor might take a nap in the car since he had to miss it in order for us to leave on time. But first Kingston fell asleep, then Zekie, and finally Harbor. All three out for the count.

Kingston woke up as we drove into the park, but the other two we had to wake up when we got there. We stopped at the bathrooms first, which were by the playground, and then Zekie spent the next 30 minutes whining about how he wanted to go to the park. While he whined the rest of us greeted Olivia and her family and checked out how they had set up the campsite. Olivia and her sister and cousin were going to be staying the night after everyone else went home.

Once most of the guests arrived it was time for a scavenger hunt, complete with magnify glasses to really inspect what they found. At first Kingston and Zekie didn’t want to play, but after Harbor started off, they changed their minds. Jeremy took off with Harbor and Zekie and Kingston and I started looking. Kingston didn’t want to look for any of the easy items, mostly right under our feet, he wanted to look for a flower first (which there were none of). Eventually we met back up with Jeremy and the other boys and they took off while Harbor and I went exploring on our own.  He was so fun, holding the magnifying glass up to trees and leaves and logs on the ground, checking everything out, fearlessly walking deeper into the woods and through (not around) low lying tree branches. Hahaha. He kept turning around to me and saying “Come on Mommy. Come on Mommy” so I would keep following him. He was fascinated by bark and pulled a few pieces off before he found a nice big piece on the ground that he wanted to keep. Into the bag it went.

Before the boys finished collecting everything on the list it was time to eat. There were hotdogs, oranges, candy dipped pretzels, and a make your own trail mix section. After eating the kids took off for the playground for a little bit.

Then it was time for cake and presents before it got dark.

It got dark pretty fast during presents and then I started to feel a little stressed keeping track of everyone. They had smores supplies, so now there were a bunch of kids running around a fire with sharp sticks and it was dark so I couldn’t see well and Kingston was whining cause he wanted smores, but when we toasted the marshmallows he didn’t like it and wanted something different, and I was done at that point.

So we gathered everyone up and we said our goodbyes and headed home. Everyone got undressed in the laundry room once we got home and clothes went straight in the wash since we all smelled like campfire and I didn’t want that smell sticking around till I got to laundry.

Even with a few whiny moments it was still a fun party and the boys enjoyed being outside exploring with friends.


17
Jan 17

Firehouse Tour

You can never tour too many fire stations when your kids are little. At least that’s our current theory. 😛 January 16th, my mom’s group did a tour of the Longwood fire station which was one we hadn’t been to before. We saw where they eat and how they have three fridges and food cabinets so each shift has their own food space they can lock up so other shifts don’t steal their food, haha. We saw their bathrooms and bedrooms, patio, workout room, and laundry room. But of course the best part to the kids was seeing them get dressed in gear and checking out the fire truck and ambulance.

After getting firehats and stickers and bracelets, a group of us headed to Chick-fil-a for lunch and for the kids to play. And boy did they play hard! Kingston and Zekie were sweaty from all the running and climbing and sliding. They had the best time playing with their friends while us Moms somewhat got to chat, yea!


14
Jan 17

Zekie’s 4th Birthday Party

Zekie requested a Paw Patrol birthday party theme this year. Since that was Kingston’s theme for his birthday last year, that made it super simple. Pull out the old decorations, add a few new things and done. And since the weather decided to be in the 80s we were able to party outside, which is always a win in my book.

We started the party off with food, all puppy themed.

We mostly let the kids run free with the toys already in our backyard, but we did provide two games.

We had a dog bowl toss and a “kibble” eating contest. The kids were so cute trying to eat “dog food” (Reese’s Puff cereal) out of dog bowls without using their hands. Kingston won, though he may have had an advantage since we had practiced the day before when I was trying to figure out how much to put in their bowl. We practiced with a cup of dog food, which was wayyyy too much, they couldn’t finish, which is funny because it didn’t seem like too much in the measuring cup. So during the party we tried 1/3 of a cup, which also was a bit too much, the kids still struggled a bit and some never finished. lol. Still fun to watch!

After the game we let the kids run off some more energy (and sweets) before serving cake. Zekie was so excited to have everyone sing to him. So cute! And per usual Jeremy did an amazing job decorating the cake.

As the party wound down, guests were encouraged to take a Paw Patrol mask, some birthday tattoos and adopt a puppy.

It was a fun morning and Zekie had a great time!

 


7
May 16

Happy 4th Birthday Riley

We spent the day down at Red Bug Lake Park in Oviedo to celebrate Riley D’s Octonaut-themed 4th birthday party. The park had a nice new playground that featured a zip line which the boys LOVED. We had to wait in line a bunch for it but it was fun. The boys kept asking for a push so that they could be sent soaring at the end of the line. The party had really cute Octonaut decor and after some food and cake the kids set their sights on the piñata.

The boys a had a blast and didn’t want to leave. On our way home, the boys went through their goodie boxes and Kingston couldn’t wait to try on his eyepatch and play with the assortment of toys.

Happy Birthday Riley! Thanks for letting us celebrate with you.

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17
Oct 15

Pajama Shower

To celebrate “baby bean” Heather threw Haylee a pj themed baby shower on the evening of October 17th. We ate pizza, offered name suggestions and Haylee had to guess who wrote them, and brought our own baby pics for Haylee to guess who was who. Then they cozied up to watch What To Expect When You’re Expecting. I ducked out then, cause I had my babe with me and it was hitting bedtime. :)

Can’t wait to meet this little man and see who he looks like!


14
Oct 15

Gentle Baby

Thank you Heather and family for the gift of Gentle Baby essential oil for Harbor. One of our favorites!


4
Oct 15

The Caporasos Visit

Our friends and neighbors the Caporasos came down for a visit Sunday October 4th. They loved seeing the new baby and especially Emma, since she got to hold Harbor.


1
Oct 15

Thank You!

A Big Thank You to all our family and friends that brought us meals after Harbor was born. We didn’t do to well on taking pictures of our visitors with Harbor this time, so I’ll just list your names and again say Thank YOU! It was such a blessing to not having to worry about dinner for these days!

The Lawleys – Tacos – August 24th
The Udvari’s – Tijauna Flats – August 26th
The Murnane’s – Roasted Chicken & Quinoa – August 27th
The Dalton’s – Burger Fi – August 28th
The Juno’s – Jason’s Deli – September 9th
The Ryan’s – Tropical Smoothie – September 10th
The Durr’s – Rotisserie Chicken, Carrots, Salad, and Ice Cream – September 11th
The Welday’s – Poppyseed Chicken, Broccoli, and Chocolate Chip Cookies – September 21st
The Rothlein’s – Rotisserie Chicken, Fruit Salad, and Balsamic Veggie Salad – September 21st (for another day)
The Blahnik’s – Chicken & Wild Rice – September 23rd
The Drake’s – Lee’s Palace – September 26th
The Smith’s – White Bean Chili – September 28th


25
Aug 15

Book For Harbor

The sweet Gable Family sent Harbor his very first book, Jesus Calling For Little Ones. Thank you Gables!


22
Aug 15

Meeting Jenny and The Jones

Jenny was in town visiting the week after Harbor was born, so she along with Hemarie and Donnie came over on the 22nd to meet him.

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