How We Do Spring

If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones then you know the words of House Stark: Winter is Coming. Well this year in Michigan Winter came. And kept coming. And felt like it was never going to leave. Feet upon feet of snow fell. Everything was covered in a thick crust of salty ice. The Cold had a tendency to creep right into your bones and take root, never really leaving, no amount of blankets or layers or pair of socks could break its hold.

And through this mind-numbing, bone-chilling, soul-sucking Winter, we were house hunting.

It’s almost ridiculous to think about now. Michael and I (and occasionally the girls too), trudging about on a Wednesday or Saturday afternoon. Walking precariously over unsalted walks in search of our Forever Home. Thinking about it now, we’re a bit crazy, aren’t we?

Slowly. Very slowly, the days began to lengthen. The sun began to melt the glaciers of ice on every curb and street corner. And suddenly it was 50 degrees and it felt like the Sun was a brand new thing. Something we had forgotten, that we had been missing for too long.

As soon as that first thaw took hold we broke out of our frozen ice palace and headed out to do all the things we couldn’t during the Winter That Almost Never Ended. It didn’t bother us if there was snow on the ground as long as we could wear cool hats, warm coats and the sun was shining.

Here’s some of the things we did to say goodbye to Winter and welcome to Spring..

1. Just got out and walked. Usually to visit Dad at Spartan Spirits.

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2. Even if it was still cold we joked around on Sandy the Pony at Meijer. Sometimes 2 or 3 rides at a time if there wasn’t anyone waiting.

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3. Birthday Parties (like this one for our friend Claire)!! Especially if there were crafts involved. A few hours at a birthday party made us forget that it wasn’t summer yet.

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4. Bike Riding on the Deck. At the old house we didn’t have a yard and with a pretty busy sidewalk and street out front, so we rode around on the deck a lot. Don’t forget your helmets folks! Can’t be too safe!

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5. We went to the Potter Park Zoo with our friend Kierce. And you know what? Apparently the lions were sick of Winter too and were super vocal in their complaints about it.

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6. We hung out at the library music and story time with our friends Nia, Mia and Imani.

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7. When in doubt and super bored. Go visit Dad at Spartan Spirits, build a beer case Castle and play!

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8. We got out to walk and play on the swings as soon as possible. Someone can never get enough of the swings!

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9. We visited the farm when all the baby lambs were born and got to feed them.

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10. One day the magnolia tree next door was blossoming and the next day the snow was falling. Didn’t matter. We played outside anyways.

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11. And when the weather cleared again, we blew bubbles and played for hours on TeTe’s stoop in Hamtramck.

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12. For weeks Izzie carried her Doc McStuffins bag around with her to give mobile checkups to all those in need.

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13. Take in a baseball game! Just don’t forget your blankets, it’s Michigan after all. My MIL Becky invited us to a Lansing Lugnuts baseball game. So BIL André and his lovely girlfriend Merissa came into town and joined us for a night out. So. Fun.

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14. Take the kids to see Sesame Street Live. Cause Elmo and Big Bird can pretty much make every day look like a sunny day and sweep all the clouds away. It was Izzie’s first show. She wasn’t nearly as enraptured as Ella and Anna though.

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15. Field Trips!! In the midst of all the packing, closing, cleaning and schlepping boxes to our new house Preschool helped keep Cedella busy and engaged. I couldn’t pass up a chance to go to the MSU Horse Farm. She absolutely loved it there. Even if the stalls were a bit stinky for her taste.

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Despite all the excitement we managed to sort, purge, bag, box, donate, transport, sell or move all of our worldly possessions to our new home.

And somewhere along the way Winter stayed gone. Now it’s nothing but blue skies, hot days and mosquitoes. But we’ll talk about those little buggers another day.

How’s your spring been going? Any big plans for summer? Family vacations around the corner? Tell me all about them in the comments!!

 

Happy Heart Day

As many of you faithful readers know Valentine’s Day is kind of a touchy subject around the Babies & Bacon household. I talked about why we don’t make a big deal of it HERE. And why I was pretty pissed we didn’t make any deal of it HERE.

But this year I was so incredibly surprised. Because for the first year ever Michael decided to care about Valentine’s Day in more way than one.

First of all he decided to take his little lady to a Daddy Daughter Dance with a couple of his friends and their daughters. Ironically enough Michael has a large group of high school friends that he is still pretty close to and of all the guys that have kids, almost all have daughters. It’s pretty sweet to see all these tough dudes with their baby girls.

Cedella was beside herself with excitement for the Party. She picked out which dress she wanted to wear. This one was picked for the twirly skirt factor. * Fashion side note: This is a Jelly the Pug dress that I bought for Cedella before she was born. She is only just now fitting it and it’s still huge. But I love it so. Isn’t it pretty?

So glad I took pictures of them before they left the house because there are only a couple pics of them from the actual dance. Aren’t they the cutest?

And making the goofiest face of all…

God I love these two.

They had a great time at the dance, even though Cedella wouldn’t leave her father’s arms except for the two minutes she sat down to eat a cookie. Here’s hoping that this begins a tradition of many more Daddy Daughter dances in the years to come.

And then there was V Day.

We woke up early and decided to start working on Valentine’s. I busted out the construction paper, foamies, glue and glitter at 7:30 am, cause I’m kinda crazy like that. Cedella loved it.

And though when she was done the floor looked like a stripper conversion, she made some beautiful art. Some of her work…

After we cleaned up the glitter-blizzard that was all over the floor we got ready for the day.

For the past two years we’ve gone for a Valentine’s Day pie eating lunch with our besties Leslie & Anna. But this year Anna’s baby sister was really ill, as was the rest of their family. And the plague settled into our house last week, so we haven’t been able to meet with them yet but tomorrow is the make-up date!

So instead we planned a girlie luncheon with my girlfriend Lucy. And where better for a group of ladies to enjoy a Valentine’s Day lunch? Olive Garden of course! Cause unlimited soup and salad and breadsticks is alright with me 😉

The girls waiting for our table actually got along quite well. Shocker.

Auntie Lucy and her sweetheart date. And yes, she bribed this photo op with rainbow colored clip-in hair extensions.

Me and my ladies. I even had my heart sweater on. Cause we like to coordinate like that.

Pretty sure Monk just said “Whatcha talkin’ ’bout Willis?”

We had such a nice date and the girls were so well behaved and Lucy and I are both chatty so we always have great time together.

The good was excellent as usual. And though I could have eaten four more of these little yummies, I only had one. And it was delicious.

After lunch we decided to take the girls to the mall playground to burn off some steam and give us grownups a chance to chat for a while longer. The girls were actually getting along with one another for a while. It is so sweet to watch them play together.

But then Ella got bored with being told to “be careful” and so she found a few Valentine’s friends of her own. Yes, those are all little boys. Sorry Daddy, the boys were crazy for her that day.

And Isora had a great time too. There was more than enough little things for her to climb all over. Looks a bit happy, no?

Ella even found a friend she has met before when her Jiddo takes her to play at the mall. The were really cute and insisted on holding hands every single second they were together.

And then we got home from our day just in time to meet Michael after work. And that’s when it happened. The core of the universe turned to ice and all that is unholy was disintegrated and the Earth stopped turning for just one brief moment.

He bought me flowers. A big ole gorgeous fragrant bouquet with not a rose in sight (I don’t care for roses.)

On Valentine’s Day.

On purpose.

And he even brought flowers for his daughters.

It was so unexpected and incredible and lovely. I almost cried I was so surprised.

Well played Mr. Eyebrowz. Well played.

And of course I didn’t have anything for him. Well, except for concert tickets to see one of our favorite singers, Erykah Badu, and a night out on the town. Which was…AMAZING!

So this is the first time in our history that we (meaning Michael) has decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day and I was caught totally off guard. But you know who totally got it? Cedella. She loved the flowers and kept saying how pretty my flowers were and how she got three flowers cause she was three now so she gets three flowers.

And THAT’S why we should celebrate. How was your Valentine’s Day? Hope it was special.

Thanks for reading!

Week in My Life: Thursday

Compared to Wednesday our Thursday was a veritable walk in the park. Or Halloween walk down the block as it were…

We started out a bit later than normal. Neither of the girls was up until well after 8. Guess we were all exhausted from the day before.

So instead of rushing around and getting dressed all of us stayed in our jammies and went downstairs for some cartoons and cereal and applesauce. Izzie Bizzie loves applesauce.

Somehow Cedella managed to sneak the iPad out from it’s hiding place so she could watch Diego while I was watching the Today show.

And somehow Izzie managed to crawl around the ottoman across the room to the piano. Cause she LOVES that little red piano.

Around 11 she finally went down for a nap, Daniel Tiger was on PBS and I worked on our Halloween costumes again because they had to be done for that evening’s Great Pumpkin Walk in East Lansing.

Me and my Singer. So glad I busted out my sewing machine, it’s just like riding a bike. And now I’m inspired to make all manner of Pinterest projects and adorable children’s clothes. Look out Etsy…here I come!

After a really chilled out morning it was finally time to put on a bra because we had company coming over to cook us lunch. What a treat, huh?

My dear friend Lucy and her mother Kathy stopped by with arm loads of groceries to make a hearty home-cooked lunch for all of us girls.

Kathy was in town visiting from Arizona and we’ve never met so it was lovely to spend the day with her. Izzie took a special shine to her because Kathy kept giving her delicious carrots to eat. She loved her carrots so much she fell right asleep when she was full. In her highchair.

And because like most mothers and daughters they don’t have very many pictures together I took a few of them in front of the fire maple in our yard. Aren’t they the cutest?

Lucy and I even managed to talk Kathy into taking a picture of us. I love that girl :)

By the time the left we had a scant 40 minutes to get ready for the Great Pumpkin walk and a date night for me and Michael:

1. Finish sewing the costumes.

2. Pack Cedella’s overnight bag.

3. Pack Izzie’s jammies, diapers, bottles and milk.

4. Pack shoes, makeup, purse and accessories for me.

5. Take stroller out of the car in exchange for the wagon.

6. Find Halloween candy buckets.

7. Get everything in the car.

Somehow I managed to get it all done in about 50 minutes. And I finally got in the car realizing I wasn’t going to be too late and pulled down the street only to realize I had forgotten the bottles and milk at the house. DATE NIGHT FAIL.

After consulting Michael we decided that if we needed to we’d go back for the milk later that night.

As we arrived at Spartan Spirits to unload the car all our friends were there too. Gotta love seeing all your grown friends and their babies all dressed up and into the Halloween spirit. Well, most of them anyways. Why is it that Dad’s are so immune to the Halloween spirit? Boring…

And then it happened. Cedella and Anna saw each other. And I thought Cedella might die. Anna dressed as Kermit the Frog (with a super sweet homemade costume thanks to her Meema. Nice work Janet!!) which is only Ella’s favorite Muppet ever! They were so stinking cute. As usual.

Then we got our Great Pumpkin Walk on. It’s one of my favorite family events of the year, if not for the people watching and general silliness but because we always run into a bunch of people we know and it’s a great time to socialize.

Here’s me and Leslie and our brood on MAC walking towards the MSU Greek society’s Safe Halloween party. And yes, that’s a Mama Juice in my hand. When in Rome, right? How cute are the girls holding hands?

So Cedella is obviously a Chicken. But who can guess what my costume is?

All the sororities and frats have tables in front of their houses with candy or drinks or cookies or facepainting. And there’s a dozen bounce houses, a super loud DJ spinning Michael Jackson and (for the Dads) hundreds of scantily clad co-eds. And crowds.

We even got to pet a police horse named Red.

It was literally 70 degrees and I was wearing Isora AND fifteen layers of polar fleece but it was still a blast!

Cedella found a new passion for Sour Patch Kids. Her face cracks me up.

And Michael, good sport that he is, dressed as a farmer and pulled the wagon most of the night. Thanks Handsome :)

Anna and Ella got adventurous in the bounce houses.

And Andy Warhol Jr. borrowed Farmer Eyebrowz hat for a while.

How cute are these costumes?

After the Pumpkin Walk fun we headed over to Georgio’s pizza and literally ran into everyone we know. It was awesome seeing Kelle and the Vicknair kiddos. Addi, Evan and Junebug always have the coolest homemade costumes. Bravo to Kelle for their awesomeness every year.

And Anna finally got some facetime with her newest obsession…Isora. She loves our baby so much. It’s adorable.

And Leslie and I got a picture, much like last year’s, with one major difference. Now both of our peanuts are on the outside. Her little Amelia was sleeping the whole time so it was hard to remember that she was there. But her little Joey kangaroo hat? Priceless.

After pizza we brought the girls over to Teta and Jiddo’s house so that Michael and I could go out for a friend’s birthday.

We rushed over to Beggar’s Banquet and got there just in time to meet some new friends and enjoy a few excellent beers. They even had my fall favorite Southern Tier’s Pumking and I just about died and went to heaven…

My sassy date night outfit…

Me and my Handsome…

Around 11:30 we started to make our way to the door but it was clear that some rides home were going to be necessary. For our friends folks, not for us. So Michael agreed to take the Birthday Boy home and I went to pick up Isora from her grandparents house.

After some shenanigans we realized that the keys to Michael’s car were in my car, so I had to double back to the store to drop them off. After doing a bit of mothering for our sick friend I got back in the car, stopped at BK on the way home, put the baby back to sleep and called it a night.

It was fun getting out, and considering how great both girls were, we will be doing it again very very soon. So thankful for my inlaws living so close and being so incredible with the girls.

That was our Thursday. And that was a slow day. WHEW. I’m tired just writing it all done.

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