Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Bennett's First Easter

Bennett had a wonderful first Easter!! I was worried he was going to still be sick, but thankfully those meds started working Friday and he was back to 100% by Sunday!

We kicked off our Easter weekend on Friday with a trip to see the Easter Bunny at the mall!
I couldn't believe Lucas actually semi-cooperated for a picture!

Semi-cooperated, guys. As in, not smiling. But looking at the camera! I will take what I can get with him!

For whatever reason, he was NOT into the mall bunny this year!! This was as close as we could get him to sit! 

When we got home, we changed out of our Easter outfits and dyed eggs!

Bennett was a great helper!

Saturday morning, I had to work at the Y, but as soon as I got home, we changed the kids yet again into their Easter outfits...this time, to see the bunny at Black Lion!

Lucas liked this bunny much more!!

We also had some free time that afternoon, so I took advantage of it by doing the infamous egg basket pictures for Bennett! If you are new here, I enjoy torturing placing my babies in a big basket with Easter eggs and taking a few dozen pictures! Ella's definitely turned out the best, and Lucas was the most uncooperative (shocking on both accounts), and Bennett's were somewhere in between! 

After a few minutes, he realized he was OVER this basket!

But then, I sat him up and he really liked that! Seriously! He could have sat in that basket all day!!! 

Sunday was of course Easter and first thing in the morning, we did Easter baskets!

I never did a separate Easter basket post, but here's a run down of what all 3 kids got in their baskets:

*Beach towels: Ella | Lucas | Bennett
*Swimsuits: Ella | Lucas | Bennett (I had these and the towels also monogrammed by a local girl!)
*Summer shoes: Ella | Lucas | Bennett
*Zoo print shorts: From a local girl! They turned out SO cute!
*T-shirts: Ellas | Lucas | Bennett
*Activity books: Ella | Lucas | Bennett

Plus a Peppa Pig egg (with a Peppa character inside) and some candy in each basket! 

Oh and Bennett got Puffs!!!

Then, we went to church!
They were handing out flowers to put on the cross, and Ella picked out some that perfectly matched her dress!

After the service, there was a butterfly release. Fun fact: Lucas is TERRIFIED of butterflies! It might be the only thing in the whole world he is actually afraid of!

He was like nope, get that thing away from me, Dad!

Ella meanwhile, loved the butterflies and tried to get them all to land on her hand.

After a quick picture by the cross that we all helped to decorate, we headed home...

...where I subjected my kids to more picture taking with the egg basket! Ha!

I also tried to get them to take a picture with their Easter baskets, but Lucas thought playing with the crinkle paper inside of it was more fun!

Bennett had his first taste of puffs and he was a big fan!!!

Ella also finished up all of her Easter-related activities, like making this egg from her teacher at church...

...and put the finishing touches on our Easter eggs!

So many stickers and glitter. Yay. 

We spent the rest of the day watching golf, playing with our new and old toys and eating a yummy meal made by Travis!

It was a wonderful first Easter for Bennett, especially since he wasn't sick anymore! Hallelujah! 

Friday, April 19, 2019

Life with Bennett {34 weeks}

Well, hello and Happy Easter weekend, friends!
We are still a germy little house over here. Will the sickness ever end?!?!

Backing up to last Friday though...Bennett was finally starting to feel better after having a fever all week and my parents were in town! So we hung out with them at the mall!

Everyone had on their Masters attire in honor of the golf tournament last weekend!

Lucas is obsessed with my dad. OB.SESSED.


The weather Saturday morning was awful, so much so that they cancelled soccer for Lucas! Luckily, I knew about an indoor egg hunt (well, it was supposed to be outside, but they moved it inside due to weather) at Queens! So we hit that up and had a great time!

It was definitely the most inconspicuous egg hunt, but my kids loved it and I'm just glad we had something to do while the weather was terrible.

When my parents were here, they brought with them my old American Girl doll, Samantha, for Ella! She was SO excited to get it and has been playing with Samantha constantly since they gave it to her last Saturday!


After the Palm Sunday service (Ella sang the opening song with other kids!), we had an egg hunt at church! Thankfully the bad weather held off so the kids were able to hunt outside!

My kids are basically professional egg hunters at this point!

We spent the rest of the weekend watching the Masters and eating lots of pimento cheese!


First official day of Ella's spring break! Woohoo!

It was super cold out, so we met up with our friends at Barnes and Noble!

I couldn't believe Bennett was standing up at that train table!

We also went to the newest Chick Fil A (that Lucas has been asking to go to since it opened at the beginning of March!) for lunch! Thank you Grandma and Papa for the gift cards!!!


We met up with our friends again, but this time at a local park because it was gorgeous out!

Bennett and Benjamin shared a swing :)

And our favorite 2 year olds found their favorite kind of swings!

Lucas climbed up this huge rock wall! I couldn't believe it! He truly has NO fear!

And we ended our time with a picnic lunch!

Tuesday night, we went to the UNC baseball game! It was right here in Charlotte!

Can y'all believe this was actually Bennett's first sporting event?!?! I couldn't believe it either!!! But Trav and I were thinking about it, and he definitely hadn't gone to a football or basketball game since he was born! What?! How?!?! 

We tried to take a family picture, but all the kids were mesmerized by Ramses on the jumbotron....

...and then they got to meet him in real life!!!

Bennett was not a fan.

We ended our night with some ice cream!!! Ella and Lucas were living their best lives (even though poor Bennett was over it and screaming by this point)!


Another beautiful day, so we went to the strawberry patch!!

Ella's dress is from Eleanor Rose because everyone has already been asking about it ;)

Bennett started out being really excited about picking strawberries!

You know we were there with Cooper and Mackenzie again! Three days in a row!

During our visit, Bennett got fussier and fussier.

He even fell asleep, which was odd because he had just taken a nap prior to going to the strawberry patch.

We had another picnic lunch before heading home!

When we got home, I took Bennett's temperature, and sure was 102 :(
I called the nurse line at our pediatrician's office ASAP and they had me bring him in that afternoon.

Poor buddy has a double ear infection. I guess that all the crap he had last week ended up draining into both of his ears. Bless.


Since Bennett was sick, we spent the day at home, finally! Ha! We made Bunny Bait!

And we caught a cute bunny ;)

Fingers crossed Bennett can get his act together and start feeling better ASAP! He's been fever free for almost 24 hours now, but he's still super congested and clearly in pain. Poor guy. Sick babies are the worst!

Hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend!!