Friday, June 14, 2019

Life with Bennett {week 42}

Hi everyone!! 

Another fun week in the books!


We had to celebrate National Donut Day at our favorite donut place, Duck Donuts!!

Bennett was less than excited. 

Yum!!! I'll give you 4 guesses as to whose was whose. 
(Mine = top left (key lime pie!), Ella = middle left, Lucas = bottom left, and then we got the bottom right bacon one for Trav. The other two on the right were for me to eat later, haha!)

Don't feel too bad for Bennett; I let him have a few very tiny bites of mine...he loved it!

After naps, Trav was home from work, so we gave him his birthday present (a gift card to TopGolf; thank you to my MIL for the suggestion!!!!)

And then we went out to eat for his birthday!

Don't let the picture fool you, Lucas inhaled that hamburger in about 3 minutes flat.

We also let Bennett have a few french fries and he was obsessed with them. Clearly he had some very healthy eating this day, between the donut and these fries! 


Ella went to her friend Ellie's birthday party!

I'm slightly in love with the birthday girl's skirt (it is from H&M, yes I asked!)!!!

Meanwhile, these boys were at home watching golf...

...and getting M&Ms for peeing in the potty!

(Yes, potty training has gotten better since last week! We are still not at 100%, but he's making progress and I only mildly need a glass of wine at the end of each day)


Ella and I braved the rain to go to church!

We came home from church to find that Lucas and Travis had taken Lucas's big boy bed out of the box and were starting to assemble it! So I was like, ummmm ok....we are doing this now?!?!

And yes. We did.

This boy was SO ready and excited for his big boy bed!!!

I, on the other hand, was so sad that I only had one child left in a crib!

I'm happy to report that Lucas stayed in his bed ALL night and had been doing fantastic napping in it as well! Such a difference from when we moved Ella to her bed...I still have PTSD from that!


We hit up the library. Again.

But this time, we actually made it to story time! Pretty sure this is like the second story time Bennett's ever been to. Such a third child; Ella went almost every week as a baby!

Then it was time for another swim lesson!

Our cleaning ladies were still at our house, so I took the kids to Chick Fil A for lunch. About 5 seconds after I took this picture, Lucas peed everywhere (he's wearing underwear instead of pull-ups now), so that was fun. 


Lucas had his first dentist appointment!

He sat in the chair for about 5 minutes, which is 4 minutes longer than I thought he would. He let the hygienist clean one tooth before he decided that this was no place for him and got out of the chair, never to return again. The sweet hygienist didn't want to force anything on him, so after a few minutes of trying to talk him out of the corner, we decided we would just try again in 6 months. Oh, Lucas. You don't make anything easy, do ya buddy? (Except the sleeping in the big boy bed!!!)

Since we had a very short appointment, we met our friends at a different library for another story time!

Bennett loved the bubbles so maybe we need to go back sooner rather than later!


Ella had day #2 of her preschool animal camp... I decided to bust out some summer school things at home with Lucas!

Back in the day, I did a bunch of fun activities with Ella the summer than Lucas turned 1 and we were stuck in nap jail. I certainly don't have that kind of time (or energy!) now, but I thought we could do a few transportation-themed activities, and go from there!

This sweet boy was cracking me up while I made dinner...he kept making out with the dishwasher!!! It was too funny!

And he also wanted to snuggle with big brother in his new bed!

Not yet, Bennett! I still need one baby in a crib for now!!


Another swim lesson!

We also took our annual photos with the D-A-D letters to update Trav's picture frame for Father's Day. It went realllllly well this year, ha!

Bennett decided to show off a new trick at nap time: being able to sit up from laying down, and trying to fling himself over the crib railing!

So we immediately lowered his crib before he went to sleep that night!

Happy Father's Day weekend to all of the dads, especially mine, my husband, my father in law and my grandpa!!! You all are the best guys ever!!!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Lucas’s Construction Birthday Party

Almost a month ago (whoops!), we celebrated Lucas turning 3 by having a construction-themed birthday party! He loves all things construction, so this was a no brainer and super fun to put together!

I once again rented out a local park shelter, which I love because I don't have to clean my house and party clean-up is so easy! We lucked out with nice weather (although it was a little hot)!

The backdrop might be my favorite thing I've ever stumbled across on Amazon! It was so fun...although getting it to stay down with the wind was a little frustrating! 

I found all of the food name idea on Pinterest of course, and ordered the label cards off Etsy
We had:
-nuts & bolts (chex mix)
-wrecking balls (cheese puffs)
-cables (twizzlers)
-lumber (pretzel rods)
-crew crunchies/dip ahead (chips and salsa)
-builder bites (chicken nuggets from Chick Fil-A)
-dirt cups (pudding cups with oreos and gummy worms)

And of course we had cake!

This was the easiest cake to make ever! 
{Three boxes of yellow cake mix in a 12"x18" sheet pan; top with chocolate frosting, crushed Oreos and M&Ms; the trucks are from Amazon here!}

For our party favors, I got each kid a bucket from the dollar store, and inside, I put bubbles and chalk! Hopefully, all things they can use this summer!

"Dump Gifts Here" sign from Etsy.

Favor tags from Etsy

Back in April, I majorly scored when another mom was selling a bunch of construction party stuff on a local Facebook group! I scooped all of it up ASAP, including these styrofoam blocks, with golf tees to hammer!

I also got these sensory bins from her, and then accessorized with some of Lucas's construction toys!

For my little artists (Ella and her friends!), I bought a bunch of Home Depot aprons to decorate! We even had leftover fabric markers from Ella's party!

The wind was definitely an issue the day of the party. The picnic shelter was like a wind tunnel and everything kept blowing around! So we taped down all the tablecloths and even ended up taping the cones down, too! I put yellow tape to make each table look like a road, but it also helped to hold stuff down!

{Hi Bennett!}

Thank goodness Lucas had more than enough construction vehicles to help secure the tablecloths too! The only vehicles I had to buy were the ones I put on the cake! Everything else, he already had!

{Thanks for photo-bombing, Travis!}

It was a fun time celebrating our construction-loving boy!!!

My kids' outfits are all from Smock Monkey. They did a presale back in February when I knew the theme of this party...and I knew finding an outfit for Ella would be challenging, so I didn't think twice about ordering these!

Of course Lucas would have been ok with just playing in the sand the whole time...!!!

Trying to hold up 3 fingers is hard!!! We are still working on it!

He's still asking me when we can go back to his "'struction site birfday pah-ty" so I'd say it was a success!