Tuesday, October 25

My Birthday!

I just have to take a minute to gush on my sweet kiddos and amazing husband! They sure know how to make a girl (old lady!) feel special! :) I had a wonderful day! The weather was gorgeous.. I was able to get alot of "to do's" marked off my list.. and I got to spend it with the ones I love the most! :)

I was surprised with a much needed facial at my fave place!! I LOVE these girls!!

I also got a mini ironing board for my sewing. I've been needing one badly and was tired of dragging the big one out everytime I needed to do a small applique.

There was a lovely little green box from GiGi's wating on me when I got home too! :) YUM! A little variety for everyone!

{please ignore the GINORMOUS bandaid! he was being very dramatic about a tiny scrape! ha!}

Gray was extremely interested in what a cupcake was!

Wedding Cake is her fave! :)

He obviously enjoyed the chocolate!!

I got big birthday smiles!!!

Hands down.. I am the luckiest woman alive!

Here's Gray enjoying his cupcake! He was loving the icing.. the cake - not so much! :) (listen to the end of the video when LK is trying to be "Mommy".. hilarious!!)


Saturday, October 22

A Day In The Life - Stickles Family

I've seen several friends lately doing "A Day in the Life" posts, so I thought I'd join along and give y'all a glimpse into our everyday life! Our days are incredibly hectic, to say the least! No two days are EVER the same and almost always something completely unexpected comes up. I'm going to throw in a few random pics of the boys along the way to give you something cute to look at! ;) Sometimes I think, how in the world do I do this everyday?? But I know that one day, it will all be worth it.. when my kiddos look back and see that I was able to be so much a part of their everyday lives. I'm so thankful that I get to be with them and not rely on daycare. They're only babies for such a short period.. I'm not missing a second! :) So.. here's a typical day at the Stickles House!

5am - Gray wakes up and Chris feeds him.

5:30 - Gray goes back to sleep and Chris gets ready then leaves for work. He usually leaves about 6:30.

7:30 - Gray wakes back up {yes, he's my alarm clock!} and I wake Lilly Kate up for school. We do baths and pack lunches the night before so that saves us a lot of trouble in the mornings!!

8:10 - I wake Ethan up and we take LK to school. Sometimes he may already be awake, watching cartoons. LK likes to eat breakfast at school. If she doesn't, then she eats at home and we'll leave a little later.

8:30 - We get home, I feed Ethan breakfast. Gray goes to MDO on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so on those days I have to pack his diaper bag. I also do my morning chores during this time.

9am - I dress Ethan and Gray for the day and then get myself ready. {and by ready, I mean.. brush my hair and teeth, throw on yoga pants, and hope that I at least smell halfway decent! ha!}

9:30 - I drop Ethan off at school (and Gray on T/Th).

10 am - 2 pm I work. I'm blessed that I get to work from home and sometimes go into the office while both boys are in MDO/Preschool. I get to make a little money and still get to be home with my kiddos. Alot of people have asked what I do.. well, a little bit of everything. I work for a small technology company and run their office. It's just the two owners, a few sales people, some techs, and me. So, I do all of the administrative stuff.. accounting/purchasing/payroll/HR.. everything. I work off of email and am able to log in to our server from home. I LOVE MY JOB!

2 pm - I leave to go pick the boys up. On Thursdays, Ethan takes a cooking class after school. So both boys stay later. On that day, I run errands until it's time to pick LK up, then pick the boys up after her.

2:30 - I get the boys and then head over to LK's school to pick her up.

3:00-3:15 - LK gets out of school and we go home.

We're home by 3:30. In the afternoons, we do homework, start afternoon chores, get dinner ready, and wait for Chris to get home.

Chris is usually home by 5. We typically eat dinner between 5:30 and 6pm. On Thursdays, I have to head into Germantown to take LK to cheer practice from 6-7. After dinner, it's time for baths, a little bit of playing and then books before bed. Bedtime is 8pm. Gray usually gets his bath right after this and then his bedtime bottle. He tends to fall asleep during his bottle. We're working on gettting him to finish his bottle and then self soothe himself to sleep.. right now he's protesting! ha!

After that, Chris and I catch up on some DVR'd shows and then pass out!

So.. that's a day in our life! SOO exciting, I know! ;) It's a simple life, but we love it! And you can almost be guaranteed that SOMETHING will go wrong during the course of a typical day, which will cause us to be late/cranky for somewhere that we have to be. Someone will end up getting sick or hurting themselves, which in turn causes an unexpected Peds trip! I will discover that I forgot to pick something up at the grocery, or ran out of something too early - usally diapers, formula, or dog food.. so a Target or Kroger trip is almost expected daily! (and I REALLY do try to meal plan/prepare for everything!) It definitely takes the full cooperation of everyone in our house (including poor Huck) to get us all through the day in one piece! The days that everything actually goes according to plan.. I just let out a huge sigh of relief and prepare myself for the mayhem that awaits me tomorrow! :)


Friday, October 21

Bonjour Butterly

I just had to post these.. LK is obsessed with butterflies (and Fancy Nancy), so when she spotted some butterflies in the front flower bed she insisted that we take some pics. They turned out pretty good! I may get some printed off for her! :)


Thursday, October 20

Oh Happy Day! {Brittany's Wedding}

I am FINALLY going to post about Brittany's wedding! On October 1st, my sweet SIL Brittany Stickles became Mrs. Brittany Burns. I couldn't been more excited or happy for her and Brian. I love them both so dearly! The day was perfect. Everything came together just right! The food was delish. The weather was amazing! All in all, an incredible day full of love! I took tons of pics, so I just going to let you enjoy their big day in pictures! :)

Most Handsome Ring Bearer I've ever seen! :)

Brian is Jewish, so they did the traditional breaking of the glass and yelling MAZEL TOV! 

Congrats Brittany and Brian! We love you both so much!