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Friday, December 14, 2018

Life with Bennett {week 16}

Happy Friday everyone!


We've had another fun week of activities!
Kicking things off last Friday, both big kids got much needed haircuts!


We had to bribe Lucas into the chair with animal crackers...


And the afters:



After that, we had to go to the grocery store. Normally, I would never, ever take all 3 kids into the store, but we had a snowstorm coming and there were NO pickup times available anywhere within a 20 minute radius of our house! So into the store we went. It was as awful as it sounds!


Bennett got a lot of compliments on his little hammock that he hated. But, it did make fitting all of the food in the cart SO much easier!

That afternoon, we mailed our Christmas cards! Finally!!



Bennett was unsure about it.


Saturday morning, Ella and I braved the sleet that was already beginning to fall to go to The Nutcracker! We always go to our local Y's performance, which I love because its a shorter version and you can meet the dancers before the show! 
Ella wasted no time in finding the Sugar Plum Fairy!


And, she wasn't afraid of the Nutcracker this year! (She still was terrified of the Rat King though! I don't blame her!)



We found out the girl who played Clara's real name was Ella, too!



During intermission, we found Ella's friend Ellie!


As if that wasn't enough excitement for one day, that afternoon Ella had her friend Charlie's birthday party!


Trav had to work, so both boys came with me. The balloon artist at the birthday party made Lucas this HUGE dinosaur! Bennett was scared.


The balloon artist was also a magician and put on a whole magic show! The best part was when Ella got to go up with her friend Rosie and help him! 


Sunday was a whole day of staying home, because the roads were a sheet of ice. We made plenty of messes!


Monday morning, Ella was so disappointed to wake up to NO snow...especially since she had a "snow" day from school!


She begged me to go out and play in the "snow," so I obliged. Bennett was not sure what to think about the "snow." 



Lucas was kind of unsure about it as well!


But Ella LOVED the snow. She tried to make a snowman but there wasn't even close to enough snow to do that!


Bennett was much happier when we went inside!


Tuesday was Ella's preschool play! It was supposed to be Monday, but got postponed due to the snow day. 


She was Mary! And I couldn't even handle that costume. 


She did SUCH a good job!!! 


And, she gave us our Christmas present...they made these beautiful wall hangings in their class! How precious. 


She also made Trav and I this "thank you note" for coming to her performance. I mean...


Wednesday we met up with our friends at the library again!


They had a car in the library! Bet you can't guess who was crazy excited over that!


And you'll notice here that Bennett is wearing a different outfit than in the picture above. Same day, and we are still at the library. He just blew out his first outfit...and don't you know it, I didn't have a change of clothes. Thankfully Chelsea did because she is a prepared mom!! So here is Bennett in his borrowed outfit from Benjamin :)


Yesterday, I finally gave in and hired a cleaning lady!!!!!!! I just cannot keep up with the housework anymore, so she will be coming once a month and I am ECSTATIC about it!!!
We wanted to give her some space, so Lucas, Bennett and I spent a morning out while Ella was at preschool.  First stop, Barnes and Noble to play with trains!


And then we went to the mall!


Bennett slept the whole time!


Last night, we decided to mess up our clean house by making pizza!


This guys loved it! He had 3 pieces! 


I'm also happy to say that my house is still relatively clean. 
Have a great weekend!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Want, Need, Wear, Read (+ a Santa Gift!)


Last year, I started the WANT, NEED, WEAR, READ idea when buying each of my kids' Christmas presents and I really liked how it kept the spending under control! I chose to do it again this year...only I also added a "from Santa" gift because Ella is old enough to understand that Santa brings toys too!


Ella is 110% OBSESSED with Peppa Pig this year, as you can probably tell by the amount of Peppa Pig in this little collage! She really wanted this campervan, as well as an organizer to store all of her Peppa characters (they keep getting lost under the couch!). 
Need: Play Makeup
So, I really need to change the "need" to another "want." Ha! Ella keeps getting into my makeup and putting it on, so I NEED her to have some play makeup of her own! Hopefully this keeps her out of my stuff! 
Wear: Hat | Mittens | Scarf 
Ella specifically asked for a scarf to wear outside when it's cold, and I figured I might as well throw in a hat and mittens too. I bought all 3 things in the cream color, Old Navy just doesn't have the cream mittens on their website anymore!
Another Peppa thing. We've read pretty much every Peppa Pig book in existence, except this one because the library doesn't have it. 
This is what Ella wants more than anything this year. She's consistently asked Santa for it, and has also told us this is her #1 thing on her wish list. 

Lucas is obsessed with Paw Patrol, fire trucks, and driving large toy trucks around our house. So this is perfect because it combines all 3 of his loves!
Lucas also loves "racing cars," and I found a simple Hot Wheels race track on a local Facebook group for cheap! He also loves car transporters (yes, seriously...he freaks out whenever he sees one on the highway!) and when I saw that this could hold all of his 1,000 little matchbox cars, well SCORE for me. 
Lucas has about 86 pairs of khakis, but hardly any knit pants! 
Read: Supertruck
We have checked this book out from the library approximately 392 times. It’s time for Lucas to have his own copy! 
We were recently at a friend’s house and Lucas played with this the ENTIRE time we were there. Don’t worry, I didn’t pay that astronomical Amazon price; my friend found it for me on a local Facebook group (thanks, Chels Bells!)! 
I’m not sure exactly what Bennett “wants” but when I found this cute race track on a lightning deal on Amazon, I thought it would be cute for him in a few months! And Lucas can play with it in the meantime ;)
Need: Cozy Coupe
The older two kids both got Cozy Coupes for their first Christmases so of course Bennett NEEDS one too! 
Guess what else Ella and Lucas both got on their first Christmas?! Yep, some Freshly Picked moccs! 
These came highly recommended, and if Bennett is anything like his brother, we will definitely need “indestructible” books in the future! 
I saw a friend’s baby playing with this, and thought it would be a cute thing for Bennett both now and when he learns to stand. I found it on a local Facebook group because it apparently isn't sold in stores anymore?!

And there you have it...15 presents that will hopefully be big hits with all 3 kids!! 

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Life with Bennett {week 15}


I just for the life of me cannot get these posted on the right day (Friday). Maybe next week!
We have a BIG snowstorm headed our way and of course everyone is freaking out. We shall see how bad it really gets! Maybe Bennett will see his first snow soon?!

Anyway....Here's what we've been up to!

Friday:

We finally got Bennett's stocking monogrammed!!


We also stopped by the library that's near the mall. We haven't been there in a while (not really sure why, we always just go to South County, even though we are equal distance from quite a few libraries in the area!), so that was a special treat for the kids! 


Friday night, we met up with our friends for the Weddington Christmas Tree Lighting!


Lucas was most excited about the fire truck there!


And here's a little behind-the-scenes...Chelsea and her husband had to shine their phone flashlights on the kids so we could get a decent picture! LOL!


Santa was also there!



Bennett and Benjamin...2.5 months apart!


That night, our elf on the shelf, Marshall returned!!


He brought 24 Christmas books with him! We will unwrap and read one each night until Christmas. One of my favorite holiday traditions :)
(And, I use the same 24 books pretty much every year. I might buy 1 or 2 new ones, but I definitely do not go out and get 24 new Christmas books each year!)


Ella and Lucas were so excited to find Marshall the next morning!


I've already forgotten to move him 3 times, and he's only been here for a week. So that's going well. 

Saturday was Lucas's last soccer practice!


He actually kicked the ball multiple times (I think he only picked it up once?!), so I'd say that's a major improvement! We loved Soccer Shots and Coach Skylar!


Then we decided to take the kids to see "the real" Santa at Black Lion. I swear, he is the real one!
Ella had written a letter to Santa, and was able to mail it while we were in line!


Of course Lucas got antsy in the line, so we roamed around the store and happened to see Santa and his crew processing in!


Bennett slept the entire time in line. 


So, I had to get him out of his car seat to see Santa, and in doing so, woke him up. So he was NOT happy about meeting Santa at all



Bless. Maybe next year?! (He will probably be even worse, ha!)


Saturday night was our dating anniversary (yes, we still celebrate that) which gave us a good excuse for a date night! We went to Alexander Michaels, like we do every year, because that's where we had our first date!


Sunday:

We actually made it to church! Well, it wasn't our church, but the church where Ella's preschool is located! She was singing during the service, so we all went to watch her!



She did a great job singing!


Also on Sunday, this guy turned 100 days old! HOW?!?!?


Monday:

I started back with my job at the YMCA child watch. Luckily, I am scheduled to work in the baby room, so Bennett can stay with me! He had mixed feelings about the Y, but I think overall he didn't mind it too much. 


When we got home from the Y, I finally got to run on our new treadmill!!! 


It got delivered on Saturday but we had so much going on that I didn't get around to running on it till Monday. But oh my goodness, it is worth every penny! It is so smooth, I no longer feel like I am running up a hill and I can run so much faster on it! Love, love love. 

I also finally tried out the Target drive up service on Monday.


There is nothing I hate more than getting 3 kids out of the car for just a few things. This was totally amazing. I put my order in at noon, and by 12:45, I had an email saying my order was ready! I pulled up to the special spot at my Target store, checked in using the app, and they were at my car with my stuff within a minute. I was super impressed!! Definitely using this again soon!

Tuesday:

We went to Joann's to get a few crafty things and Lucas decided we needed ALL of the baseball stickers.


Just, you know, casually throwing them all in the stroller. Don't worry, I put them back! #wedontneedbaseballstickers

Oh and because I just can't help myself, we also went in Target. Yes, I just did the drive up the day before. But I really wanted to see what was in the Dollar Spot, and you can't do that when you use the drive up service! I clearly have a problem!


You also can't try on sunglasses when you do the drive up either!

Wednesday:

We went to our church story time!


Lucas loved playing this huge drum and its now on his Amazon wish list ;)


After that, we met our friends at the library and Lucas got to help decorate their Christmas tree!


Surprisingly, he broke zero ornaments.


Wednesday afternoon, we made some cookies for Ella's teachers! She helped by licking the bowl!


Thursday:

We had a total GSD (get sh*t done) day around the house! First order of business was putting Bennett's footprint on a pumpkin. I have pumpkins with Ella and Lucas's footprints from their first falls, so Bennett obvi needed one too. Just don't tell him it took me until December 6 to do it!


We also finally got out the Sit Me Up Chair for Bennett!! This was my favorite with Lucas, and so far Bennett is not sure about, ha!



And that's our week! 
If you are in the path of this winter storm, stay safe and dry this weekend!!