Thursday, December 17, 2015

Run like a Swanson

A run that would make Ron Swanson proud....

Monday, December 7, 2015

Sunday afternoons are for putting stickers all over each other...

Lucy loves to wear James' triceratops helmet around the house

We did the Home Depot kid's workshop on Saturday and the kids loved it, but Jonny wasn't so sure about his feelings on this remote-controlled dalmatian that was riding around and talking to him.  He's always been uncomfortable around the large costumed characters he's encountered.  (Chuck E Cheese and the Chik Fil A cow, mostly.)  I feel like it's because we went to DisneyWorld while 7 months pregnant with him and he didn't get the magic then...doesn't appreciate it now either!  I always wonder what would happen if we took him there now...?

Monday, November 23, 2015

November activities

Earlier this month I did the Insane Inflatable 5k with a group of friends.  It was a good laugh, I'm thankful for these crazy women!  

Lucy's first pig tails!  I'm not going to lie, she squirmed while I was doing it and I accidentally kind of pulled her hair.  She looked at me like I had just completely betrayed her trust and started crying.  Sooooooooooooooo I don't plan on trying it again soon.  

Ben has been running on a trail around his office on his lunch break.  We sure do love Greensboro.  Not a bad view, right?

Ben just completed a ropes course at our second home, the Greensboro Science Center.  (Happy birthday, Jeremy!!)  I feel like the SC employees should be getting our Christmas cards because we spend so much time there.  For any locals wondering, Ben said it was awesome!

I sent this video to Uncle Jayce on his birthday and it makes me laugh because it shows everybody's personalities pretty well.  I asked them to wish Uncle Jayce a happy birthday.  James immediately started cheerfully wishing him a happy birthday until I told him it was ok to stop, while Jonny spent the entire time trying to decide if he wanted to complete the task set before him or not--and I guess he decided on "no thanks".  Ha!  Lucy is just happy to be here!  She's wearing the belt that goes with our Batman costume, which is something I want to remember from this stage.  She loves wearing that belt and her shoes every day-all day.  Her shoes are currently very important to her and she brings them to us each morning and cries when she has to take her "shoehoes" off.  

Black bean sensory time is happy time over here :)

Up next--Thanksgiving!  I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

ReBenjikah Take Cancun

Last week Ben and I were able to take our first trip together away from the kids.  We spent five nights in Cancun and it was dreamy.  We relaxed at the beach and pool, went snorkeling in Puerto Morelos, had amazing meals, spent a day visiting Chichen Itza-this was absolutely amazing, swam in a cenote, visited Valladolid, worked out together, and shopped at Market 28.  We read books, slept in...and spent a lot of time kissing.  I really love kissing Handsome Ben.  :)

Now here are (SO MANY) pictures from our trip:

 We had some transportation issues on the way to Chichen Itza, (van door wouldn't close) and I appreciated the simplicity of this fix...

Each day when we woke up to this I thought, "OHMYGOSH!!!!!  IT'S STILL HERE!  IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL!"

Our hotel had an infinity pool that ran into the beach and there were usually people resting on the edge looking out at the beautiful, blue ocean.  I told Ben I felt like running down the line high-fiving everybody and yelling, "YOU GUYS LOOK!  THIS PLACE IS BEAUTIFUL!  YOU GUYS WE ARE HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!  LOOK AT THAT OCEAN!!!!!  AHHHHH!!!!!!"  
I'm thankful for the beautiful Earth we get to enjoy.  What a gift.
My mother-in-law stayed with our kiddos, and I feel like I can never thank her enough.  What an incredible service.  To watch over and love someone's precious children for several days and nights is no small task and I felt so at peace knowing Jennifer was in my home doing just that.  I cried when we left for the airport, not because I wasn't excited for the trip but because I was full of emotion leaving the kids and knowing Jennifer loves them so much.  Heartsqueeze.
Spending several days and nights with my favorite human and very best friend without a care in the world was so wonderful.  I loved being able to hold his hand all the time-so often my hands are holding tiny hands and Ben and I don't get to just hold each other without interruption.  It was also a perfect time for self-reflection and goal setting.  Bring it on, life!
If you made it to the end of this post, we are probably related.  Hi, Mom.  I love you too.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

We're back!

It's been over a year since we last updated our blog...and we are sorry!  I made a goal to be better about updating this space.  To help you forgive us, check out this memory of Juicy Jonny's baby cheeks...

See you soon!