Family

Vacation and poop…like LOTS of poop.

We’ve been away from the blog for a hot minute because we’ve been living life…and taking care of a 7-month-old who is a VERY busy boy!

A few weeks ago, we took Henry to Toronto to see his cousins…

He loved every minute of the trip including when he blew out his diaper in the car and had poop all over him and the car seat.

Mark and I laughed and laughed as we cleaned him in the middle of a Tim Horton’s parking lot….hahaha!!!

Hank the Tank is quite the traveler and LOVED the Jersey Shore last week!

He loved the ocean, the sun and sand…even when he ate a handful of it.

Best. Kid. Ever.

A life lesson Mark and I learned very quickly last week…vacationing with a 7-month-old is NOT relaxing.

Thankfully, we were there with family and friends who helped out so that Mark and I could drink a beer…or two.

It’s all back to work now…and back to working on the new house…which will feel like a vacation compared to vacationing with my favorite Chubba Bubba!

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The Grand House

I Can See Clearly Now!

Because the old windows are gone!!

Our new windows were installed last week and it honestly feels like a completely different house.

My ever-stylish husband decided black windows would be best.

Once again, his eye for design is spot-on. The windows look terrific!

I don’t have a great front shot of the house because we’re still doing some work there…but the big beauty shot is coming in the next few weeks!

Hank the Tank was super jazzed about the new windows.

His excitement only lasted for about 3 minutes because he promptly fell right asleep!

Apparently, our renovations bore him. HA! 🙂

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Watch Your Mouth!

My sweet boy is googling and gurgling and making all sorts of sounds as he tries to figure out how to talk!

While this is amazing, it’s also giving me major anxiety because I have a horrible mouth…as in, I could make a sailor blush. 🙂

I am not proud (and I know my mother is mortified by this) and I am working on it, but the other night while we were playing with Hank the Tank and rolling around on the floor…I spilled my wine glass.

Guess what? Red wine STAINS! And Momma unleashed a fiery, profanity-laced tirade.

I am praying to God that Hank’s first word is Mama or Dada or anything but what he heard in that moment! Ahhhhh!!!

Since I just gave you a wonderful example of poor parenting, I’m going to have my sister, Kelly, chime in as well…because it’s nice to know that she’s not perfect either. 😉

Hey everyone! This is Kelly and I’m going to tell you how my 2-year-old plays “titties.”

Tickle. That’s what she means. TICKLE.

Don’t go thinking we teach our toddler body terminology that our adult friends don’t even say…

Her daddy tickles her back with his beard. It’s their little game before bed time. He tickles her back — She “titties” his arms and neck.

The problem is…she gets really excited and playful around kids, so she yells at the playground that she wants to “play titties.”

I know how that sounds.

But just smile like we do and move on. 🙂

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Daddy’s Little Sidekick

Guess where Mark and Henry spend most of their father-son bonding time?

Yep, you guessed it…Home Depot, Lowe’s and Busy Beaver.

Hank the Tank loves going to the hardware store with his dad…at least that’s what we think. We’ll continue to drag him there until he starts to talk and tells us otherwise. 🙂

Mark is prepping our Victorian house this weekend for the new windows that are coming.

My dad is going to help, and those two will have some “guy time” which consists of donut and hot dog breaks between working. Ha!

Awesome throwback pic of Mark’s beard!!

Henry and I will be hanging together which is our very favorite thing to do.

And I don’t care if people think I share too many pictures of my baby…how can I not? LOOK AT THAT FACE!!

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Mark will only go on a family walk beer is involved.

Yep…that’s what my husband wants, so that’s what my husband gets!

Thankfully, we live in Lawrenceville where the number of breweries and bars is endless, so we have many, many options. 🙂

To be fair, I also love our new family ritual.

Every night, we put Hank in the Rolls Royce of strollers and go for a nice, hour-long walk through the neighborhood.

Sometimes we stop for a drink at the beginning…sometimes, we grab a beer after.

So far, Hank the Tank has been to Grapperia, Franktuary, Industry, The Abbey, Full Pint Brewing, New Amsterdam, Roundabout Brewery and Dive Bar and Grill.

Everyone always loves these sweet cheeks. Hank might be the hippest boy in town. 🙂

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The Grand House

We almost power washed our kid.

Hank got this new kick ass stroller (which is nicer than my car) and we’ve been spending most of our time outside!

We visit Dad while he works on the new house at least 5 times every weekend.

Last Saturday and Sunday, Mark power washed the new brick addition and the front facade of the house.

I told him to be extra careful because he is not allowed to fall off the ladder or scaffolding because I am not raising this baby by myself. 🙂

Mark’s first attempt at power washing didn’t go well because the machine he rented wasn’t strong enough…he said he could rinse Henry off with it. Ha!

He got a stronger one and blasted away.

Next step is to order windows…we’re getting new ones that look like the old original ones to go with the feel of the house…can’t wait!

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Old, Sexy Dad!

My sweet hubby Mark turned 40 this week…it’s a big one and Hank and I wanted to do something special for him!

We surprised Daddy at his office with a big birthday lunch! The whole office was in on it and set up a bunch of fake meetings and kept Mark busy while the caterers came in and while I set up the cake!

Since Mark is now an old, sexy dad…we had to celebrate with his beer of choice…you know he’s 100% Dutch and so we had to get some cold Heinekens!

Mark was TOTALLY surprised and so happy! After lunch we spent the rest of the day with Henry!

Best part of turning 40 with a 4-month-old? You can take your kid on a birthday bar crawl through Lawrenceville and he sleeps right through it!!

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