Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Last Day of School 2014

This was Spencer on his first day of 4th grade!

This is Spencer on his last day of 4th grade...am I the only one who thinks he looks so much older in this picture?!?!?
On this last day it happened to be Friday the 13th!! Which Spencer loved because we love Friday the 13ths and we have monkey bread on those days!!!!! So for dinner that night he got the Special Plate AND monkey bread, he was loving it!


This is Spencer and his teacher, Mrs. McInnis. She was the best!!! He learned a lot and loved being in her class. 


At the end of the school year his teacher hands out awards to the kids based on what they do really well with in class, and Spencer, the boy who JUST moved to Virginia 9 months before, got Historian of the Year?!?! I was happy for him, he started to really love history here and learns the facts really fast. He's so smart! 

Now we are onto 5th grade....much harder and more responsibility.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Grandparents come to visit!

My parents came to visit us while Spencer was still playing baseball, so they were excited to be able to see him play! Preston was (and kinda still is) in the phase of not wanting to watch and just wander...and eat and play in dirt. 



Also I love these monkey toes!!!! 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Girls Trip part 2

The next day of our girls weekend we explored and walked a lot and of course ate a lot! 

We started off the day by having breakfast at Tiffany's! haha. We just walked by it while we went to get breakfast, but kinda the same thing. After breakfast we headed over to Good Morning America. We weren't sure if anyone good was going to be there or not so we wandered around and watched them through the window, then lo and behold who do we see....Nicholas Cage?!!?!? Score! I love him in National Treasure, a favorite in our family. Anyway, we kept watching him and waiting to see which door he'd go out of, and one of us got REALLY close to him and yelled out I love you! I don't know where the picture is of that, but I did have one. So that was our celebrity sighting.

After seeing Nicholas, we went explored Times Square, shopped a bit too. Next it was making our way up to FAO Schwartz by 5th Avenue. Got to FAO and shopped some more, we did have little people at home missing us and hoping to get treats! This shopping and walking made us hungry so we stopped by Sarabeth's...oh so yummy. Here we are enjoying our lunch. I had the velvety creamy tomato soup and grilled cheese, it was to die for! In fact I have since spent a ton of money on a double boiler so I could make this fabulous soup...first try not exactly it, but hopefully the next one will be!


While we are on the subject of food...this was our dinner, yes OUR. I had to share with a friend because we couldn't eat it all, but we did eat the rest of it together. The mac and cheese at Max Brenner's was so yummy too!!! Also that Drink Me cup has my salted caramel milkshake in it...oh yes be jealous. 


During that day we also walked a lot around Central Park, it was beautiful weather, so perfect for people watching and enjoying the park. 

The last day we were there we had enough time when we woke up to do one thing, so we went to the library!!!! So exciting yes? Well this library is pretty cool, so it WAS exciting.

Katherine and Heather discussing something important.

The design and decor of the whole library was awesome. I love it.

There was a children's area too, kind of like a museum, so we went through that. Here is the original Winnie the Pooh and gang!




Back to Katherine and Heather discussing things....wonder what was so funny? 


Fortunately we are a bunch of funny girls, so we did a lot of photo bombing while others wanted to remember themselves being at certain places.

Our last meal had to be some New York pizza, and luckily there was some right next to the hotel!!! It was yummy, and we were sad to have to leave the fun city. 

A great picture of us together in Central Park. 

We had such a fun time we are hoping we can all get back together to have another girls weekend. See one of the girls, Sarah, was moving away from us, we hate that she had to leave us, but were glad to get this trip in beforehand. It was a great weekend to be away from everything and just eat and talk and walk and eat some more. 


Here we all are at our last dinner together. We miss you Sarah!!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Girls Night Out...turned into Girls Weekend in NYC!

So about a year ago I met some lovely ladies here in town, and we wanted to go out to eat, so we did. While eating we were talking about where we have lived and places we wanted to visit, dream destinations kind of thing. Well it did come up that I had just moved from New York City and I missed it dearly and wanted to go back so bad. Turns out the other girls wanted to go too....so we kinda just decided to do a Girls Weekend up there a few months later!!!!! It was spontaneous and amazing. 

I drove, because it was cheaper AND our hotel we found had valet parking which wasn't too pricey for every day, we were there for two full days. Here we are on our way up to New York!!! Surprisingly it didn't take too long, just 4-5 hours away...depending on traffic.


We made it back to the city!!!! I was so excited to be there and so scared to drive in Manhattan!!! AAHHHH!!! I did get honked at a couple of times, but I made it, whew.


As soon as we got to the hotel we dropped our stuff and went out to explore! First stop was to the 9/11 Memorial, it was beautiful as always, and incredible to see. 

Since we were in my neck of the woods, I told the girls they HAD to eat at Shake Shack, not because I wouldn't eat anywhere else...which is true, but because it's the best!!! Here we are in front of our old Shake Shack!!! It was yummy, but they changed the fries to straight ones, not cool. Those were okay.  
Since then though I've heard they changed the fries back to the crinkly fries. Now I need to go back to have those! 

After eating we rushed back to around Times Square and got see Wicked!!!!! It was the first time I had ever seen it and it was incredible!!! I loved it. 

After that we were so tired, it was 11pm, and we had left home at 8am that morning, that we went back to the hotel and straight to sleep. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Preston being Preston

I'm not quite sure what it is about Preston, but he is just silly to us. The way that he does things is just silly. Which makes it fun to watch what he'll do next. I love to watch him. I know, I'm a creeper. 

He got this chair from Santa last Christmas and this is how he normally sits in it. I do not know WHY he sits in it like this, but I guess it's the best way.

I love when he grabs his pacifier and blanket and just cuddles on the floor. So sweet.

One day Preston and I were trying to FaceTime my sister, but her FaceTime wasn't working, so instead we texted pictures back and forth. This is Preston giving Aunt Ya-ya a high five!

She was sending silly faced pictures to him, so this was his imitation of a silly face she made. 

Oh ya know, just reading....in the mess I made.

Oh and taking every cushion off the couch and chair! sigh...

My sweet redhead boy. I love these poses that he just naturally falls into, he tries to copy us sometimes, but usually he'll just do whatever feels comfortable. He doesn't lay on his stomach much, so this was a new position that he tried out. So intent on the movie too. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Futura

Spencer has been going to the gifted and talented class since January of this year, and here in this school district it is called Futura. He loves it! They do so many cool things there, and when I visited the class for the first time I was shocked by how much all of those kids reminded me of Spencer! It was like they all knew the same language, which was awesome. 


This day that I went they were having a trial. We, the parents, were the jury and had to decide if Spencer was guilty or not. He wasn't! YAY! 
That's Spencer in the hat and mustache if you couldn't tell.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Big Belly, Big Belly

Who's got a big belly?? 

Preston had just eaten....maybe, but I thought it was so funny how big his belly was and how far it was sticking out!?!? He does eat all the time, perhaps I should monitor how much he eats.