Thursday, March 31, 2011

Lunch Dates Don't Get Any Better Than This

I had a hot lunch date this week.  No, it wasn't my husband.  It was the other main man in my life. 
Since my mom is keeping Deuce this week, she wanted to meet for lunch on Tuesday.  We got together with my sister and met up at Moe's over by Southpoint.  It was one of the best lunch dates ever!  He was so good while we were in the restaurant, eating his butterscotch pudding and mashed potatoes.  Then he topped off his lunch with a bottle. 
Me & Laura had quesadillas while Nana had a taco salad.  Although it was a bit chilly, it was absolutely beautiful outside (albeit SNOW from the day before) so we went outside to the fountains after we finished eating.  The fountain was the perfect level for Deuce to walk around.  He walked and walked and walked!  I'm not sure he would have ever stopped!
And when I say that daddy has taught the little guy how to "roar" like a lion, I mean like he greeted another little cutie with a nice "welcome to the fountain" roar.  Or maybe it was a "back away from my fountain" roar.  After a few minutes he was done with her and continued to walk in circles. 
Auntie even picked him up to see the water but quickly decided she better hold on tight as he promptly attempted to climb in.
I hated to leave but I had to go back to work.  He was having so much fun that I don't even think that he noticed I was gone.  As I drove away, one glance back had him still walking around the fountain.  Seriously, who wants to go back to work after that?
And you know how we are watching our weight?  Well Deuce decided he wanted to get in on the action and test out the Ab Roller.  I think he thoroughly enjoyed it.
And Nana just sent me a text with this, saying he took almost a 2 hour morning nap!  I wonder why???
(And yes, I know....I'm looking at this thinking: "mommy needs to buy the child some longer overalls...  Damn, I can't squeeze him in the 12 month clothes anymore!")

Monday, March 28, 2011

Only in NC

It was just last week that we were wearing shorts & tshirts and it was 80+ degrees outside....
 And this morning...there was snow.  Like big flakes of snow.  Like so big that Deuce was beyond excited as soon as the garage door came creeping up.
Yes, it looks like rain but it's really snow!  I apologize for not having a super fancy camera that actually captures images like snow falling.  I just relied on my super fancy cell phone that I can whip out of my pocket at a moments notice.  Nana is on Spring Break this week so Deuce is staying with her and giving Grandma & Grandpa a break.  It was still snowing when we got to Nana's house too.  I am sure those two will have a great time this week, bird watching from the sun room, visiting the horses, napping on the front porch swing and plenty of banging pots & pans. 

Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday Favorites

I have come to the conclusion that all of my craftiness is inhibited by my inability to sew.  1. I have no sewing machine, only a small sewing kit for putting Ed's buttons back on his shirts.  2. Even if I had a sewing machine, I have no idea how to use it.  Again, I only know how to sew buttons on shirts.  3. Even if I had a sewing machine AND I knew how to use it, I'm not sure where I would find the time or energy to actually sew anything (ie: I was not just in bed, but asleep, by 9:30 last night and missed even the tip off of the Dook game.  Thank goodness my husband woke me up at 2am to tell me they had lost!)  So I am going to start sharing sewing projects with my momma (hey mom!) and maybe encourage her to use her new sewing machine to make stuff for me (I'll allow her to make stuff for herself too, of course!).  Not really sure when she'll find the time either, but it's worth a shot.

With that being said, I thought I would share some of my favorite things from out in blog land right now.  It's so east to get lost in the blogosphere world of clicking through from one blog to another to another and another

I am in LOVE with this idea.
Chick-sicles & Love Birds
Suzanne, over at Just Another Hang Up, has been kind enough to provide a tutorial & patterns for these cute little guys.  They are stuffed rice pads used for heating/cooling.  I foresee boo-boos in my future so I want to be fully prepared with some of these bad boys!

Who knew a cute Placemat could be so handy?
I am totally digging these clutches made out of super cute placemats by Crafty Girls Workshop.
And with plenty of time left to craft before Easter, My Garden of Eden, has a tutorial for these pastel jellybean topiaries. What an easy way to dress up the front stoop or the foyer!
Anyway, as I mentioned yesterday, we are off to Charlotte for TJ's tournament this weekend so I guess I'll spend the weekend sitting on bleachers, shouting cheering like their playing in the NCAA championship and attempting to wrangle in an almost-one-year-old, all the while envisioning the craft projects I will get to one day.

And I'll leave you with one more image.  My baby boy in his football stance, yet again.  This time with his hand in position, ready to strike at any given moment.  Check out that game face.
Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Repeat Champs - Hoops City Pepsi Challenge

This weekend TJ's AAU tournament was held in Morrisville at NetSports and was hosted by the Hoops City Heat.  Last year TJ's team, the NC Gaters 8U (8 & under), won the tournament for their age division so they were determined to repeat.  This year there were 4 teams in their division (9U) and the Gaters went 4-0, winning the tournament and retaining the championship title. 
Ed's dad came to watch the games this weekend which was really special for both Ed & TJ.
Coach Ed & TJ
We are off to Charlotte this weekend for the Pool Play tournament.  The results of this weekend's tournament will determine the seeding for the State Championship, which is in 2 weeks in Greensboro.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Saturday Playdate

Deuce & I met up with Annie and Aja at TJ's basketball tournament this past weekend.  Boy, were they a handful and loads of fun.  There was like a 5 hour break in between TJ's two games on Saturday so Annie & I took the kids off for the afternoon to play.  We started out by having lunch at Johnny Carino's at Southpoint.  There was hardly anyone in the restaurant which was such a wonderful thing.  We sat the babes next to each other in high chairs and within 5 minutes, Aja had grabbed Annie's full glass of water and dumped it all over herself, the table & the floor.  She had the most adorable look on her face like, "What are you guys freaking out about?  Yeaaaa, water!"  It was hilarious.  The kids snacked on bread, pasta, & puffs and took turns sharing sippy cups.  They are so cute, these two.  We just can't get enough!
After lunch we went over to Southpoint.  The weather was beautiful and we took the kids to the indoor playland thing they have.  It's all carpeted and the obstacles are padded so they could climb all over everything.  The only problem was that the "goal" of this playland thing is for the parents to sit back while the kids burn off energy but when your kids can't walk yet, you end up burning all the energy following them around.  There were so many bigger kids in there that were running wild.  And what 4 year old is really paying attention to a baby crawling below them?  None.  So we had to chase them everywhere they went to make sure they didn't get trampled on.  And they were climbing all over everything so we had to make sure they didn't fall.  These two are fearless!
They both went down the slide and Aja found a tunnel she loved.  At one point I couldn't find Annie and finally she came out from the other side of the tunnel, chasing after Aja.  Aja kept trying to climb up the slide backwards. 
Deuce loved walking all along the padded walls and playing with the games and mirrors.  There was a little old Asian couple that was sitting down while their grandchildren were running around and Aja crawled over to them.  The lady picked her up and sat her on her lap.  Aja just sat there looking around like they were her grandparents and she had know them her whole 11 months of living.  Imagine this: a half Mexican-half black baby sitting in the laps of two teeny old Asian people.  It was so cute!!!  I wanted a picture but I didn't want to freak them out with all of my incessant photo taking.
After letting them play for awhile, we walked around the mall.  This didn't last too long though because we didn't have strollers so walking the mall with to 20+ pound babies, after just spending over an hour chasing them in playland = EXHAUSTING!  We stopped to grab a drink and sucked it down!  The babies were tired and we were sweaty & stinky.  Annie was nice enough to pay for valet so we didn't have to hike 10 miles across the parking lot in the sun, with the 20+ pound babies and once we got going in the AC, both little ones were fast asleep.

Our next stop was at Annie's parents house in Chapel Hill.  We went by there for a little while and hung out on the back porch while the kids enjoyed their first push up icee's.  That was hilarious!  Aja crushed hers, tossing her head back like it was a bottle of brew.  Deuce ate his a little slower but cried when it was gone.

We headed back to Morrisville for TJ's final game of the day.  The kids were so active we had to sit on the floor at the end of the court so they could play.  They were trying to walk and crawl out on to the court.
After the game was over we said goodbye to Annie & Aja and started the journey home.  However, as is customary for the Geer's, we stopped on Franklin Street to eat dinner before heading back to Greensboro.  It's funny, Ed and I have lived in Chapel Hill pretty much our entire lives and have spent more time on Franklin Street than we can even remember, yet there is something special about our hometown and we check in every chance we get.  It was a beautiful night. 
Deuce was so tired that when we got home I changed his diaper, changed his clothes and put on his pj's, clipped his fingers and toes, swaddled him up and got him to bed...all without him waking up one time.

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