Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

Game #5

GO CARTER and the COBRA’s!

Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

The Fort

Our kids are pack-rats.  Plain and simple.  They don’t have a “favorite toy,” or a lovey they have to have, but they do like hoarding stuff from one fort or tent or house or cubby spot to another.  Today, it was a fort.
Carter made a fort out of blankets, held down by piles and stacks of books, in her room.  She made it so that you could only get in by going under the bed (so WE couldn’t get in!), and she stocked with with books, flashlights, their Dream Lights and bears, pillows and blankets.  She kindly made sure that both she and Charlie had cozy spots to sleep in, then begged to sleep in the fort.
It was Saturday.  We agreed.
At 9pm, we called lights off.  Carter was tired, but Charlie never gives in!  She tired to get him to stop talking and turn off his flashlight for at least 20 minutes.  Then, she just gave up and conked out!  He kept chattering away.  When I checked on them at 10:45, they were both, FINALLY!, asleep.
When Andy checked on them again Sunday morning, around 7:15, they’d both retreated to their own beds at some point in the night!
Sunday, the fort became a tent, then an apartment.  Nerds!

These dorks couldn’t be happier in their fort!

Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

Gotta love mail!

This came in the mail, for someone’s Valentine’s!

Grandma and Poppy sent the kids each a Valentine’s Day card with $5 in it.  They couldn’t have been more excited!  Carter already has plans to spend hers at the book fair!  Thanks, Grandma and Poppy!  We love you!!!

Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

Let's go Bucs!

Aviva paid to take Andy’s team to the Buc’s game Saturday night.  He texted me, asking if I wanted to go.  My response: DUH!  I ALWAYS want to go!
Carter’s been to a Bucs game (maybe 4 years ago).  She liked it, for about 20 minutes, then she struggled to sit still.  Same thing this go around!  But Charlie enjoyed it!  He liked trying to find the puck, the fast skaters (“They ska-ating!”), and the fight!  He asked why the goalie, who was standing still, guarding the net, was “dead,” and he was really concerned when the players earning penalties got a “time out.”

Go Bucs!

Carter, Winger and Charlie

Checking out the action …

Bucs score!  Buzzers buzz!  Air horns blare!  Charlie spazzes out and runs back to Mom and Dad as quick as he can!

Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

Happy Valentine's Day!

I will be the first to admit that I think Valentine’s Day is stupid.  One day, out of 365, to show the people you care about that you really love them?  Whatever.  But, having kids makes a difference, and Carter and Charlie were SO EXCITED for Valentine’s Day, we couldn’t help but catch their enthusiasm!
Carter picked out Conversation Hearts for her class Valentine’s, and Charlie and I made his (“I WHEELIE like you, Love Charlie!” with a car and a candy heart!).  We also made love you’s for their teachers.  When they went to bed, I attached an “I love … because …” note to a balloon and left them floating in their rooms.  When they woke up to a bunch of love you balloons, they were excited and crazy!
Parties were a hit, and they were both beyond sugared up when I picked them up!  When we got home, the house smelled of spices and home-cooked deliciousness.  Andy made grilled chicken and angle hair pasta with creamy pesto sauce (not diet-friendly, but delicious none the less!).  Then, to celebrate low key, we watched Ten Things I Hate About You, one of our first movies together, while the kiddos played with their Valentine’s Day gifts (a Tom and Jerry DS game for Carter and Little Golden Books for Charlie). And, to wrap up a wonderful day, before bed I got a gift certificate, from some guy name “Jack Andew,” gifting me 3 days of ski rental when we go to Colorado in a couple weeks.  Redeemable to “someone” from “Jack Andew.”  Seems suspicious to me!
Okay, so maybe I DO love Valentine’s Day.  Just a little!

Charlie’s homemade Valentine’s!

Carter’s Valentine’s for her daycare teachers and for Mrs. Hron

What do you get a guy for Valentine’s Day?  Especially a guy that has everything?!!  We got Daddy a half-dozen flowers, flavored in “caramel” and “whipped cream,” and strawberry, cherry, grape and lime!  He will love it!

Charlie has been loved by Carter!  And he wore these stickers all through dinner and the movie!

After they were asleep (which took forEVER!), I snuck in the balloons.  Carter was SO EXCITED to wake up them Valentine’s Day morning!

Balloons were everywhere, and there was no shortage of giggles

Balloon Babe

Our “Kissy Collage!”  Happy Valentine’s Day, love the Cheesers!

Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

Happy 7th Birthday, BOYZ!

We celebrated the boys’ 7th birthday with the Bumsted family and friends this evening.  7?!!  Yes, 7.  Hard to believe, isn’t it?  We played at the Gym-Nest, then we headed home to Grandma and Poppy’s.  The kids had a blast, jumping, giggling, running and being crazy together!

Carter and Charlie, jumping into the foam pit!

Our big 7 year olds, and their little (LITTLE’ISH?!) 3 year old siblings!
Carter, Grant, Nora, Collin and Charlie
Happy birthday, dudes!  We love ya!

Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

Greatest birthday gift ever!

Janine bought tickets to go see Hairball, an 80’s cover band, for my birthday.  I’d heard about the band, and was mildly interested, but when snowy Saturday rolled around, I didn’t really want to go.
But I did.  I drove out to the fairgrounds and met up with Janine and Sherry, amid 80’s off the shoulder tops, bangles and mullets galore. When Hairball came out, in their legitimate 80’s gear, I began to wonder just what I’d gotten myself into!  We rocked out to classic 80’s music, some I didn’t know (Prince?  No, not me) and some of my favorites (Guns & Roses!  Queen!).  It was waaaaay over the top crazy, but the greatest time!  Definitely a groupie now!

Confetti cannons, fireworks, crazy lighting and 80’s music!  Fantastic!

Thanks for pushing me out of my comfort zone and turning me on to something AWESOME, ladies!

Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

Lesson Learned

In an effort to get the family to eat better, and the kids to eat something other than hot dogs and cheese, I purchased a steamer bag of seasoned brussle sprouts.  Everyone had to try one:
Andy ate his two, whispering to me after, “Brussle sprouts are gross!”
Carter choked hers down, with the assistance of milk and promise of a Dove chocolate>
Charlie was distraught and miserable as he worked his way through his one and only bite.

One unhappy little man!

Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

Game #4

Carter was on FIRE today, defending like a champ and nailing at least four baskets!  Go Carty, go!

Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

The BIG Reward

Since October, both kids have had an awesome reward enticing them to do their best:
If Carter could have a 6 day (for behavior at school), and Charlie could have a full day of dry and clean underwear, we’d drop everything and go to Chuck E. Cheese.
Today, it finally happened!  The stars aligned, and they were both able to meet their goal for the day, so off we went!

Charlie loves gun games.  Why?  I don’t know.  He has no aim, and we don’t have guns of any sort at home.  I guess he’s 100% all boy!

We totally scored on tickets today!  We ended our day with 645 tickets, which bought a TON of junk!

Carter, with Chucky and crew, dancing to the Chucky Shuffle!

Carter: Having a blast
Charlie: Still a little unsure!

Zza Faces!