Friday, March 24, 2017


Brody discovered head phones.  
The look on his face was priceless. 

Last Friday was St. Patrick's Day.  No one was pinching us.
It was also the last day of spring break. 

It was a cold spring break, and the boys didn't get to do much at all.  We were trying to think of something fun to do on Friday, so we decided on a staycation.  

Becca and I got adjoining rooms in the Marriot at the Collierville mall. It was a nice hotel and more importantly, had an indoor pool.  We checked in at 3 and started swimming.  The kids LOVED it. 

And the hot tub. 

Lots of four year old conversations went on. 

We ate pizza in the lobby with our own little section and tvs.  
Then they raided the conference room before more swimming. 

Best friends. 
These three have been begging to spend the night together, so they finally got their wish (in matching pjs). 

They were the first to wake (latest Brody has ever slept in before).
Muffins and fruit for the win.  

My kids kept saying "it was the best day ever".  I'm almost positive Brody thought we went out of town.  Staycation = success.

After our long drive home, John and Mason played a little bit of one on one.  

Brody and I headed to a birthday party for one of his classmates at the bowling alley.  They had superhero capes for everyone, and he wanted a picture with it. 

When you don't knock them all down...

Nothing like a little arcade game fun after bowling and pizza. 

We had to do some work on our old house before we put it on the market.  
These guys were worn out by then. 

We headed to Mickey Mouse and Pops' house Sunday to help clean out the attic. 
 We found all sorts of stuff.  Who doesn't need a giant sombrero?!

Brody wasn't impressed....

Mason got his baseball uniform.  They are the Yankees. 

This week has been much warmer outside.  I get home from work everyday and six boys are always handing out.  Biker gang. 

I have no idea why he wouldn't smile, but I think he is #1 too.  

I LOVE his picture proof from school.  So cute.  
This boy has done well in school this year.  Not to mention, he wakes up, changes clothes, brushes his teeth, and combs his hair ALL on his own.  Every morning before school.  (I won't talk about the days we have to make him wear would think we were killing him.)  He has grown so much.  He still likes to be silly most of the time, but also knows how to be a big kid.  He is growing up too fast.  

John and Mason have been enjoying baseball practices.  (John may enjoy it even more than Mason....and I am not saying Mason doesn't love it.)  I finally got to go to one last night and really enjoyed watching them practice.  First game is this weekend.  

Brody is now wondering when he gets to start playing.  
Think he's sick of observing but does enjoy playing on the playground nearby. 

Now it's time to enjoy the weekend. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

10 Years

We had a couple of baseball practices last week.  
Brody would rather play on the playground nearby.

Hat day at school.  

Friday was our 10 year anniversary.  
We are planning a trip to San Fran in June that will be our big "celebration", but we had to do a little bit of something fun Friday.  

John took a half day, and we headed to Oxford.  

We had been really looking forward to staying at the Graduate, and it did not disappoint.  
Such a cute hotel. 

All the keys to the room were student IDs.  We got Cooper and then some random woman.  

The hotel is right off the square, and it has the cutest rooftop bar that looks right over it. 

Thankfully, it was 60 and sunny. 

Walking around the square. 

We had dinner reservations at McEwens and then were able to stay awake long enough to finish watching Ole Miss in the SEC b-ball tournament at a bar. It was the start of spring break, so thankfully no students were out and about.  

We ate at the BEST breakfast spot in town before we headed home.  It was a perfect little trip.  

So thankful that we still love hanging out together ten years later.  I am certainly difficult to be around at times, stubborn, and moody.  Somehow John looks past that and still loves me for who I am.  He is my very best friend, and I cannot imagine life without him by my side.  
10 years down, 70 to go.  =)

We rounded up the troop and headed home. 

We had a birthday party Saturday afternoon.  Mason helped me pick out his friend's gift at Target.  
He may never take that hat off. 

Party was at Get Air.  They were so sweet to specifically invite Brody also.  Mason's friend's sister is in Brody's class at CCA, so they were able to hang out when the big kids ditched them on purpose. 
You can see how big Brody thought he was...

A little hurricane fun. 

Wild Saturday night hanging with our friends and kids.  The dance parties these days are a bit different than several years ago...

Monday and that time change had us all off.  It has been so cold this week and dark in the morning.  But this is a king size bed....Brody has the entire bed and he crawls in to sleep on top of his Dad. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Busy Sports Weekend

We had a pretty busy weekend.  It was all fun, but everyone was worn out by Sunday. 

But before the weekend can start, we have to turn our homework in on Fridays. 
Nothing like trying to do homework with your stubborn four year old.  Sometimes he has more homework than his brother!!!

Friday was pj and movie day to end Dr. Suess week.  
He couldn't wait to wear his reindeer Christmas pjs.  Oops. 

Friday night we met the other half of the Brower clan for hibachi food.
So good. 

Reese got to spend the night after.  If you can tell, Brody was beside himself.  I mean Mason is always so happy but Brody was ready to sleep with them in the playroom (which he didn't).  He can't wait for Augo and Griff to come spend the night.....I mean he asks about it every night!

We all stayed up a little late Friday night, and we had a busy day Saturday.
Brody had his best friend's birthday party at SEGA.  Its always a fun one.  

This child does not follow direction well.  
He may have wandered off a bit to check out the trampolines, etc. during the party.  

Ended the party with pizza and donuts.  
Thats a way to this child's heart. 

John and Mason went to the first baseball practice of the season while we were at the party.  John is pretty excited about baseball starting.   They said they had a lot of fun, but were boys and didn't say much else!

Back in January, we bought Ole Miss basketball tickets for Saturday night.  It was the last regular season game of the season and we wanted to try and make one game.  Of course after we bought the tickets, baseball and birthday party came up but the boys were troopers and did great.  

I do think these naps on the way to Oxford really helped though...

They slept the entire drive and when they woke up, it was time to eat at Ajax on the square.  
It is one of my all time favorites and was just as good as I remember it.  

Love the square. 

After dinner, we headed to the game.  

There was a big difference from the game we went to a year ago to today.  Mason was actually very interested in the actual game and really got into it.  He kept asking me "who did the ball go out on".....ummmm I never had any idea.  We finally switched and let him sit next to John.  

He did spot a caramel apple when we first walked in though.  

I would like to say he really cared about the game....but he is a bit scared of heights (we were at the top) and really enjoys snacks.  Those were a priority, but he did pay attention for most of the game. 

We didn't get home until after 11pm, so we let the kids sleep in Sunday morning.  
I asked them to pick up the playroom when they woke up.  Instead, they built a fort with almost everything in the playroom. 

Then they had a competition. 

I guess Brody won at whatever game they were playing.  Mason is dead.  

Monday night we bought more baseball gear.  Have I mentioned John is excited?!?
Then we had a quick dinner out. 

Mason also found this "cool" hat at Academy.  
I think he thinks he's in fifth grade. 

Brody and I still enjoy Snapchat.