Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring Teaser

Last Saturday was such a tease. It was 70 degrees and the Snyders had to get OUTSIDE. We decided on a whim (and when I say we I mean I) to head to Frankfort to the wildlife reserve. It is about 15-20 minutes from our house and much cheaper and to our kids equally as cool as a zoo. We packed a lunch and made our way. It was so nice outside and so nice to be in the fresh air with no coats on and no agenda. We took our time and strolled through the all the animals native to KY and just let Clark explore and loved watching the duo notice the animals and take it all in. We took them in July and you can see that HERE, but this time they were so funny and it was just a great day to be outside.

When we got home Stuart and Clark headed outside to the golf course, the duo took a nap and I might have gotten all caught up on Project Runway. It was a low key- spring loving kind of day. Now, the next day we were greeted with sleet and snow and a winter weather advisory- total bummer. But it was nice to have had at least one day I guess. It made me have total spring fever and I am looking to much more outdoor time very soon!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Halfway to Two- An Update

The duo is 18 months old. 18 MONTHS! That is halfway to two. That is impossible. I have not done a duo update in a while so I thought I should document what is going on in the lives of these two wild, hilarious and ever changing babes.

They are walking, running, talking, EATING, sleeping, whining, fighting, exploring, falling down, climbing up, screaming, kissing, hugging, smiling, dancing, playing, sipping, laughing, charming and entertaining every day. They are learning all about timeout, cleaning up, taking turns, waiting, and that every meal is not instantly on the high chair tray. They have been known to knock each other down, pick each other up and give lots of kisses. They eat it all. SaraKate will try anything and Shepard eats like he has just been released from prison. He also hoards food and hangs on to the last piece of anything and will nibble on it until the next meal.  They are wearing 12-18 month clothes and weighing in around 20 and 23 lbs. Shep being a little stouter than SK. They are in the big kid car seats and face forward in my car and rear face in Stuart's. They are learning new words each day and reminding me why 18-24 months is my favorite age. They just discover and understand so much. I find it so awesome and fun to watch.

Their day looks a little something like this:
7:00 Daddy wakes them, dresses them, feeds them and takes them to the sitter. (I leave the house before they get up. I lay out all clothes, pack lunches and get things ready for the day)
8:00-4:30 They spend the day with our sitter Mrs.Bonnie and her herd of other tots. They eat lunch, nap, play and learn with her each day. They only take one nap a day. Around 12-2:30 I believe.
4:30: I pick them up.
4:45: We walk in the door and they all want to eat. This time is WILD. They are all hungry and I cannot get food on the table fast enough. S & SK stand at my feet or the pantry door and beg, whine and cry for food. I feel like they are little puppies and I am handing them scraps the whole time I get dinner ready.
5:30: Stuart is home or has come downstairs from his office and we get ready to eat dinner. I have been making an effort for us to all eat at the same time. We were feeding them and then the three of us eating around 7:00. We now all eat about 5:30.
6:15: Bath time or playtime depending on just how dirty they really are!
6:45: Play time, jammie time, story time.
7:00 Bed time. We brush teeth, put on sleep sacks, find all loveys, pacis, blankies, and they just get put in the crib with music on. They do not get rocked, they usually just lay down. We turn off the lights and close the door.
Then we head downstairs to clean up the messes that happened over the last few hours.Play games, watch shows and hang out with just Clark before his 8:00 bedtime. Our evenings are a blur- fast and furious. By the time they are all asleep I am wiped out and the couch is always calling my name. Sometimes I resist and do some chores- but by 9:30 I can usually be found in my spot on the couch. :)
It all starts over the next day.

Our weekends look completely different. Soon our Spring Break will happen and I will be home with them all week and then coming soon is our Summer Break and we will make a whole new agenda and be home everyday and on all sorts of adventures. The countdown may or may not already be happening.

We feel the need to pinch ourselves numerous times a week not sure if this life is for real or something we may wake up from. It is still so surreal to think we have three kids. To think we both work full time and have these three kids. To think that we are able to laugh with it all- YES, it can be overwhelming, yes tears have been shed, but we make an effort to count our blessings daily. To give HIM thanks for all things we have been trusted with and try to remember the small moments, because the days fly by and we are in constant motion. During these wild days I use my phone often to catch some of the moments I hope to remember. I spend a little while each night just staring at the pictures on my phone, sharing them on Instagram and trying to re-live our days to remember it all. Here are some of the moments I have captured of these halfway to two year olds.

SK going in for the kiss.

So sad when she is rejected and pushed away! oh my.

Church nursery sweeties.

Bubble Bath Babes.

Caught in the act.

18 month birthday suckers!

Bathroom selfie with mommy.

They are waking up from naps as I wrap this up. I have hundreds of grades to put in the computer as report cards go home this week and the laundry is piling up. Normal Sunday life around these parts.
 Happy 18 months littlest Snyders!!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Birthday and Bourbon

Last weekend we celebrated Stuart's birthday. We started the weekend with a trip to his mom and dad's house for a birthday dinner. It was a nice relaxing evening topped off with cake of course. It is not everyday that you turn 31 and it is not everyday that you get a Nutella Choco Banana cake either. Our ever talented cake lady made it and he was pumped. Okay, we all were pretty excited- and it was tasty. We had cake, sang to the birthday boy and just enjoyed a quiet evening.

The next day we had a distillery date. We left the kids with the Snyders and headed to the Maker's Mark distillery for a tour and a little bourbon tasting. This had been something I knew he had wanted to do and we were happy to make it happen for his birthday weekend. It was about a 45 minute drive from his parent's house and pretty much in the middle of no where. It was a fun little trip with my guy and very well worth it. The campus was beautiful, the tour was interesting- I learned a lot!, we tasted three versions and got to dip our own bottles. All very cool things that reminded us yet again that living in KY is pretty great. Little getaways like this are much needed, enjoyed and of course documented - documented in iPhone pictures anyway.

The birthday boy.

Did I mention the cake was AMAZING?

The birthday boy ready to dip his bottle.

Mr. Snyder mid-dip.

Pre Dip.

Selfie in the MM copper stills.

Yep, we got to taste the mash.

Our taste station. I decided I prefer the Maker's 46 and would be happy to never taste the Maker's White again.

"Nosing" the bourbon.

Taste tasting.

Happy Birthday Stuart. I love you very much and hope you enjoyed your bourbon, cake and low key weekend. I hope year 31 is one of the best ones yet. I know the best one was year 20- you know the one where you met me, but let's hope this one ranks pretty high up there too. Love you.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Snow Days

March WHAT? I am not really sure how that happened, but it did. It is March and I have not posted on the ol' blog since DECEMBER. Not only have I not posted, but I have not even opened this computer since then. My photo sharing outlet is Instagram. I am addicted to it and it takes all of 30 seconds to share a picture- however, I do not get to share our stories. I have not used my good camera in weeks. I have not printed a picture in months and I have not written one thing in a baby book for the duo or made the first photo book or scrapbook. I need this space. I need to write down our stories so I don't forget these fleeting moments.  It used to be my me time. I use to enjoy coming up with post ideas- I am trying hard to get back to that. So it is March and I am getting back on the wagon.

Tonight I am watching flurries fall outside my window while I sort, price and hang the piles of clothes for the upcoming consignment sale and I feel the need to start my blog return with some super cute pictures of my trio in the snow.

We have not had an abundance of snow, but what we have had has allowed for some outdoor play and some super cute bundled up babes. We may not have ever made a snowman, we may have had an unfinished snow fort, and it may have taken longer to get everyone dressed than the duo lasted outside, but Clark LOVES it. He squeals when he sees it and loves to help clear the driveway with Stuart. Santa brought him a mini snow shovel and he could not wait to put it to use.

Love at first sight.
Happy to be hard at work.
Me and my snowy loves. (Can you tell that SK and I both have double pink eye?)
snowy snyder duo
More hard work.
Clubhouse retreat from the snow.
SHEP! Do you see that?
Also hard at work. Too  young?
All done- about 20 minutes later.
A girl and her dog. He loves her so.
What a better way to end the romp in the snow? Donuts! They were pretty happy in case you cannot tell.

The snow is still falling as I wrap this post up. I am supposed to moderate the Academic Team meet tomorrow morning and am wondering if that might not happen. We have other weekend plans like a birthday celebration for Stuart, more consignment sale prep and a Maker's Mark Distillery tour date. Here's to my first post of 2013 and hope that I keep things up because we have lots to share- like walking, talking babies, funny preschool stories, house projects- You know what you are dying to read about right?? :)
Anyway- Happy Friday and weekend to you!!


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