Holidays


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!

 


31
Oct 16

Happy Halloween 2016

Happy Halloween! This year it fell on a Monday and we had some errands to run to get Kingston ready to start speech at school later in the week so the morning was spent checking things off that list. We had a little bit of extra time between two stops where we were able to fit in a little park time, which is always a plus with the boys. They ran, and climbed and slided the last bit of morning hours away. I’m not sure if it was sprinklers or still morning dew, but Harbor managed to find a big puddle of water at the bottom of a slide and then spent the rest of the time walking around with a wet butt. Thank goodness for diapers, or he would have felt really uncomfortable!

After Dr. Erin’s, and lunch, Harbor went down for his nap and the boys and I did a little Halloween crafting. We made hand spiders which turned out cute (and so easy, which is all I can handle craft wise these days!) and they colored masks. Zeke picked out a pumpkin mask and Kingston picked out a Frankenstein mask (which went along with the Frankenstein Make and Take Lego event we did on Saturday).

Homemade Masks

It wasn’t long after we finished our crafts that family started arriving for dinner. But first, right before we ate we got to find out that Arthur and Nicole’s twins are two BOYS! Can’t get a girl in this family to save our lives. ;P The two newbies will fit right in with the rest of our crazy bunch!

We scarfed down Papa John’s pizza and salad and it was finally time to get ready to go! Kingston had been set on being Batman for months. He never wavered. Zekie wanted to be Spiderman, but had also changed his mind to 30 other things. We thought it would be fun if he was Robin. It took some talking Robin up, the sidekick, but he came around to the idea. At first he would tell people he was going to be Sidekick. LOL, he thought that was his name. By that night he was excited to get dressed and show his costume off. Kingston on the other hand, had a meltdown when trying to get dressed. I guess I should have seen it coming, because he has had his fair share of getting dressed for Halloween meltdowns, but he was so excited about his costume, it just never occurred to me that he would be our problem. Just when you think you’re safe. 😛 He wanted to wear his clothes under his costume and we wouldn’t let him. It is too hot to wear clothes under a full body suit, even when it is a thin material. In the time it took us to talk him off the ledge, Zekie, Harbor, Mason and Jeremy got ready. I finally was able to get him to put on his outfit sans clothes, by just him and I going into the bathroom alone so no one would see him get dressed and he could surprise everyone with his costume. Phew! Thought we were going to have to leave him at home til he changed his mind. We happened to have some Superman pjs we were able to stuff Harbor into (barely, like a little sausage) which we paired with his Superman cape from Z’s last birthday party. Our Superhero trio was complete. The boys wanted a Cat Woman and apparently had mentioned it to Grandma Kennedy too, because we both wore black and cat ears. Haha. Kingston picked out mine and my mask, which also had ears, so I had double the ears. He just liked the mask because it had whiskers! I ended up ditching it halfway around trick or treating, it was getting too hot on my face, which I was not alone on cause both Z and K ditched theirs too.

We attempted a picture of the group before we headed out, but 4 boys and 50 pictures later…let’s just say they are all “action” shots. 😉

At the first house, Harbor was so cute walking up to the house with the other boys and getting candy in his bag. As he walked back he couldn’t believe he had gotten something in his bag and pulled out a Twizzler pack and kept playing with it. He was very excited about it, I think he liked the sound, he wouldn’t let it go. Precious baby. He walked some, was carried some, and rode in the stroller some, he did great.

There didn’t seem to be as many kids out this year or houses participating either. A few houses told the boys to take what they wanted and they weren’t shy about doing just that! Haha. Zekie got a little twisted with his words at the beginning and at one of first few house a lady opened the door with the candy bowl and he blurted out, “I want candy!”. Oh geez, then as he walked away he said, “trick or treat”. LOL

We made it down our street and turned onto another one when Kingston took a spill and tore his costume at his knee. Then began mini meltdown #2 as he wanted to strip out of his costume right there in the street since it now had a hole. Jeremy was able to hid it by pulling his boot up a little higher and saved the day. Later he found he also had ripped it at his elbow, thankfully he didn’t realize that while we were out too. We made it down that street and the other cul de sac before Zekie was done and we headed back home.

Kingston was excited to show Grandma Kennedy a trick for a treat at our house. My Dad, Terri and Nicole had stayed back to pass out candy but they said there had been maybe 4 or so groups, and there weren’t but two or 3 more after we got home, so we had lots of candy left over to go with our bags of collected candy.

The boys ate a few pieces and had a cupcake Grandma Kennedy had brought over and then played for a bit until everyone left.

A few little set backs but a great, fun Halloween nonetheless! The boys were adorable and had a lot of fun!

 


9
Oct 16

Sea World Spooktacular

Every October Sea World has a couple Halloween shows and trick or treating around the park. It started October 1st and we were ready!

 

Usually the special events start a little later in the day, so we didn’t rush to get there. We arrived about 12:30 and made our way straight to the Elmo Halloween show. It always is packed and we wanted to get good seats. We had to wait awhile outside, but we were in the shade so at least we had that since it turned out to be a crazy hot day. Then Zekie wanted to meet the characters after the show so we waited outside in another line after the show. Kingston was bouncing all over with excitement to meet Elmo. By the time it was our turn, Kingston ran right up to Elmo and gave him a big hug. “He hugged me so tight”, Kingston would later tell us about Elmo. Harbor was not interested, but stood with me for a picture. And Z, the one who made us get in line to begin with, wouldn’t go near them. Haha, typical.

Kingston Meets Elmo

From there we went to check out the penguins, but everyone else in the park had the same idea so we kept going on to the sharks per Z’s request.

And then per K’s request we hit up the kid roller coaster. Zekie wanted nothing to do with that, so he and Harbor and I, sat under the shade by a misting fan waiting for them to be done.

Then while the older boys climbed the nets and rode the train in the Happy Harbor, Harbor and I played in the nursing mother’s air conditioned area. It was just so hot! We met back up with the boys and went to ride the carousel, but as soon as we tried to get Kingston on, he freaked out that it was too high (after just riding a roller coaster mind you) and him and I had to get off while the other rode.

The park closed at 6 and it was getting late and the boys were starting to lag, so we started trick or treating and making our way back up to the front. Along the way we stopped for Z and I to pet some baby sharks.

We piled everyone on the stroller, which was a tight squeeze and heavy with all 3 on there, and made a fast trek back to our car. A stop at Chick-fil-a on our way home for dinner and the day was a success! We were almost home when it started pouring rain, we sat in our car in the driveway for a bit while the kids slept until we decided to make a break for it and get the rest of our stuff later. It’s a little tricky getting 3 kids out of the car fast! We didn’t get too soaked, not that it matter since it was straight to the showers for us. Can’t wait til the Christmas shows start!


13
May 16

11 Years – Part 2

We finally got a night out to celebrate our anniversary a few weeks late on May 13th. (On our actual anniversary, our babysitter we lined up was sick, so we did a beach day with the kids and ate in and watched a movie after the kids were asleep.)

So on our rare night outs we usually flip-flop between sushi at our favorite spot or Seasons 52. This was a Season’s year so we headed over to Altamonte, sat on the patio, enjoyed a sunset and got everything on the menu (not really, but close).

Drinks, apps, entrees and practically all the delicious mini desserts we could shove in our kid-free faces and then we realized .. there was NO rush, no kid drama to interrupt us, no diapers to change or babies to feed. The desserts were great and an actual conversation too.

After dinner we knew we wanted to do something else, but not just sit around so I suggested the cool mini golf place up the road called Congo River. I’ve seen it for the last 12 years I’ve been here and have yet to play there. Note to self: Mini-golf is no longer cheap, at least not there, but it was a really well maintained and a fun and wacky 18 holes. You can play like a normal put-put or you can spin these game wheels before  you put and you kick the game up a notch. In the end we did a lot of silly stuff like putting with our eyes closed, putting backwards … used our feet, used the putter like a pool cue, “if you get a hole in one, you can add puts to the others score”, things like that. We played our holes, did a little scavenger hunt they had on the back and then afterwards checked out the baby gators they have living near the entrance.

Not a bad night. Here’s to more fun times and years ahead!

 

 

 

 

 

 


8
May 16

Mother’s Day 2016

For Mother’s Day this year, on May 8th, my cuties gave me some cards they made and then we went to church where they each picked out a different color flower to give me (well Kingston picked out one for Harbor ;).  And then we spent the afternoon at my parents’ house swimming and eating.

 

The boys made these for me at church. Zeke colored 2.

Back home:

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Jan 16

Happy New Year 2016!

Here’s how we all rung in the New Year. Happy 2016!


31
Oct 15

Halloween 2015

Leading up to Halloween this year, Zekie kept saying he wanted to be a ghost. I’m not sure where he got that idea from, and even though I know that is basically the easiest costume ever to make, I was not feeling up to worrying with it when we have a whole bin of dress up costumes. I kept trying to encourage him to want to dress up as Dusty the airplane. Then the day before Halloween, he decided ghosts were scary and that he wanted to be a monkey. Whew

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Kingston on the other hand had been obsessed with a paper mask he had brought home from church and wanted to use it to be “Super Mickey”. He had been saying this for weeks and did not waver.

Harbor was a pumpkin, because well, when your two brothers have been a pumpkin for their first Halloween, you kind of have to by default. It’s amazing how that one costume has been able to fit all of them even though it is 6 month size and not a one of them has been that age at Halloween. K was the closest at 4-1/2 months. Z was 9-1/2 and H is 2-1/2 months.

Per the usual, the Grandparents came over and we all ate dinner together before we along with the Grandmas’ headed out to start trick or treating.

The boys were super excited and had fun walking around. Harbor was not too impressed and fell asleep for a bit. The bugs were out in full force which was annoying. I didn’t think they would be so bad, but I should have known better and sprayed us before we left the house.

K ditched his mask almost immediately, stating it was too hot (yep had to be that paper mask and not that full body fleece costume, yep definitely the mask).

We have yet to make it further than down our street and the cul-de-sac of the next and this year was no different. Before we even made it back to our street, Z was toast and too tired to even get out of the stroller to go to another house.

Once back at the house, we weighed the boys’ candy loot, 1-1/2 lbs. each and they each got a very special treat of three pieces. Since sugar isn’t allowed on K’s diet, this was a big deal. Then they each received $2 ($1 a pound) and their candy disappeared, to be donated to soldiers overseas through our neighbor’s charity.

A few days later they took their money to Target (along with a few other bucks from their banks) and they each picked out a small Lego car set, Zekie picked a bulldozer and Kingston picked a race car.


29
Oct 15

Happy Halloween!

From our third little pumpkin.


25
Oct 15

Pumpkin Patch #2

There is a pumpkin patch that we pass often on our way around town and we had been telling the boys we could stop at it too. Sunday the 25th after naps we drove over for the boys to play some.

We did some bowling. Though I usually didn’t even get all the pins set back up before Zekie was throwing the ball and knocking them all down again. There was some attempts at hula hooping. Some bean bag tossing. And a little girl that wouldn’t stop following us around with a wagon (she liked Harbor).

At the end we picked out a large pumpkin, and the boys spun a prize wheel and got little goodie bags with stickers, pencils and stamps.

They had a good time and didn’t want to leave.

When we got home they decided to put sticker faces on their painted pumpkins from the other patch. Multiple faces actually. 😉


19
Oct 15

Harbor’s First Pumpkin Patch

October 19th, we headed to the pumpkin patch with my family for our annual photos with the boys. We went at 5 p.m. and it was still hot! They had this huge semi truck full of pumpkins and a line of people that were passing the pumpkins out and down into the patch the whole hour we were there and they still had plenty left to go!

We attempted to take some pictures. There is not a single one of our family that every member was looking. I think that’s just what happens when you are trying to get three kids to look the same way! Kingston was great, Harbor was even pretty good, Zekie was our handful. Could not get him to sit still for a picture for anything.

After some photo attempts, the boys loved playing around the patch and then picking out their own baby pumpkins. A few days later they painted them with Jeremy.

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