Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter 2014 - Part Two

The past few years we've celebrated Easter in Chicago. This year however Timmy had Thurs-Mon off school, and I really wanted to go back home to STL to celebrate. Sometimes you just need some family time! (also after our earlier staycation I wanted to not be at home for 5 days off again! lol) So Thursday my mom & I drove the boys down to STL, and Tim followed when he was done with work on Friday. I wanted to take advantage of the gorgeous weather so Friday morning my Dad and I planned an adventure for the boys. First up we took them to Turtle Park in St. Louis. Timmy is obsessed with turtles. OBSESSED. Like cannot get enough of them. I knew he'd be in heaven. He didn't disappoint and told me it was his new favorite place! After the park we walked across the highway to the St. Louis Zoo. Henry is a total animal lover so he was really in his element. We walked around, visited the Children's Zoo, ate cotton candy, and rode the train - which everyone loved. After the zoo we went out for lunch and then took the boys to Ted Drewes for frozen custard. The best! Such a fun day.

Saturday Grandma Kiki & Grandpa John hosted a party at their house in honor of Auntie Gracie's upcoming birthday, along with a number of other family April birthdays. It was so fun to see so many family members. The weather was incredible, perfect for a pool party! However the heater on the pool wasn't working, and since it was just filled it was pretty frigid. Tim turned the heat down on the hot tub and turned it into a mini kid pool. Problem solved! The boys loved it and spent hours in their personal sized pool. Timmy is already asking when he can go back!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter 2014 - Part One

Late last night the Carey Clan rolled back into Chicago after a long weekend celebrating Easter in St. Louis. This morning I popped my SD card into my computer to upload pics, and there were 438 of them! lol. Add to that we celebrated Easter the weekend before as well, and there is no way I can possibly just do one Easter post. If I'm going to blog for family & friends, I'm going to make sure I do a good job covering the boys! So here we are for Easter post part one!

Part one is actually going to go back a week. The weekend before Easter Tim, the boys, my mom, and I headed downtown to Macy's on State Street (formerly Marshall Fields) for our 3rd annual Bunny Brunch. As always the event was a great time filled with face painting, treats, balloon animals, delicious food, and Easter bunny fun!

While it was a great time, it wasn't without a few stumbling blocks headed our way. The biggest one - right as we parked the car Flynn puked alllll over himself. God forbid anything should ever be easy. lol. Anyway we still managed to have a successful brunch despite that little glitch. Can't wait for next year's brunch!

this guy was so wiped out that we walked into their room later in the day and found this! lol

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spring Break Staycation

The last week of March was Timmy's spring break. Because Tim & I are evil parents we decided to save his vacation days for a weeklong trip to Florida in May, sans kids. We have to go down for a wedding anyway, so we decided that we'd drive down to the keys and have some much needed "us" time. This meant while most of Timmy's pals were off in tropical destinations we were here in cold (and sometimes snowy) Chicago. But I was determined to make the most of it and have a fun staycation instead!

For our first day of spring break Timmy was off school, but Henry still had his weekly mom & tot class, which I attend with him. We dropped Timmy & Flynn off with Grandma D and headed to class.

After class we went to pick the crew up and headed out to Des Plaines (near O'Hare) to hit up one of our favorite locals, The Choo Choo restaurant. The boys were so excited to have their food delivered by trains. This place is seriously a gold mine! Of course I forgot my camera, so phone pics it was!

We had big plans to go to Navy Pier to visit the Children's Museum & Build-a-Bear Workshop, but Grandma D ended up getting sick, and I just wasn't up for it that day. Timmy was bummed, but later in the day I tried to make up for it by taking the boys to the library, then picking them up and taking them for a delicious dinner at Portillo's downtown. Hotdogs and milkshakes cure everything!

No pics for today! We had our sitter come over to chill with the babe and the boys and I went to the movies to see Mr. Peabody & Sherman. It was a bit over their heads, but it was still a fun outing!

Well today I decided to be super mom. Grandma D was still sick, but I didn't let that deter me and I took all 3 boys to Shedd Aquarium by myself. They were actually really well behaved, and we got there early enough that it wasn't a complete madhouse. It was pretty packed since all of the private and parochial schools were on spring break, but we got there early and left around lunch time when it really started to get crazy, so it worked out. The boys had a blast which I loved. The lighting in there is totally weird so all my pictures turned out terrible, but I figure most people don't care about that! They just like to see the boys having fun!

Ooh, and as a much needed Thursday bonus, the boys got some desperately needed haircuts after nap!

This was a very special day for Timmy. He's been really wanting to go to the Lego Discovery Center in Schaumberg. Really he wants to go to actual Legoland (as do I, it's part of my dream kiddo vacay! i'll post about that later!), but since flying to San Diego wasn't in the cards the Chicago burbs had to do! This is more of a big guy activity, so Tim took the afternoon off work and came home to take Timmy on a special date. Judging by the pictures Tim sent me they had an amazing time!

We ended the week with a fun lunch at the Rainforest Cafe with our good buddies Katy, Audrey, and CC. The boys were so excited to see the girls, and mostly excited to see Rainforest Cafe. Henry was a little bit freaked out, but Flynn & Timmy liked it!

So, our Staycation was mostly a ton of fun. And don't worry - by Tuesday I called secured Grandma Kiki & Grandpa John's Florida house for next year! lol. Super fun, but next year let's have some warmth!!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

to blog, or not to blog

Let me be upfront... I'm in a bit of a blogging rut these days. It feels like my desire to blog has run it's course. But there's a bit of guilt associated with that, as I know a few family members really love keeping up with the boys via the blog. I'm not sure if I'm going to continue on, or perhaps send monthly picture emails to loved ones, but for now I thought I'd post a long overdue update of photos of the boys. We've been having a ton of fun as always, and are getting really excited about the upcoming warmer weather. I hope to decide the future of the blog in the next few days, so I'll keep you updated!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Hello from the Polar Vortex

It.    Is.    Freezing. 

The good old Polar Vortex has once again descended upon Chicago, leaving us stuck indoors pretty much 24/7, and leaving us with 4 cancelled days of school in this month alone. Dear Sweet Baby Jesus make this eternal winter end!!!!! 

So that's my excuse for my lack of posting. We literally haven't been doing anything. Saturday night we forced ourselves to go out for burgers just to leave the house, which is something we've done very little of lately. But despite being cooped up the boys are still adorable and actually are doing a fairly good job of not driving me totally crazy! ;) I'm feeling pretty impressed that I'm not institutionalized by now, given my hatred of the cold! I'm dreaming of summer days, and planning vacations to mentally pull myself from this ridiculous cold. Fingers crossed this eternal winter comes to an end soon, because this mama needs to go outside!!!

Some inside adventures....