Friday, June 23, 2017

Soccer Fun!

We recently enrolled Lincoln in Soccer Tots. He had his first practice the other night, and it was honestly the cutest thing I have ever seen!

He was so excited to wear his little shin guards, bring his brand new water bottle and new soccer ball on Tuesday night! We picked them up the weekend before and he couldn't stop talking about them over and over until we got there. We signed him up with one of his best little toddler friends, Zeke, and the boys went to town!

I was super impressed with how well run it was considering there were a bunch of 2 and 3 year olds running around. They managed to take them through a number of age appropriate "drills" and the kids were able to follow along really well.

After soccer and a few games of wrestling between Zeke and Lincoln (so cute now! we'll see in a few years ;0p) we took the boys to ice cream! It was the perfect way to end their first soccer practice and celebrate summer solstice!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Welcome Baby Hudson!

Last week, my little sister welcomed the most precious baby boy into the world! Hudson James Hyde was born on June 13, 2017 weighing in at a mighty 6 lbs 3 oz and 20.5 inches long. He is the cutest baby we've seen in a long time and Lincoln is so stoked to have a new baby cousin.

He has not stopped asking about "baby Hudson" since the two met last Saturday and we can't wait to visit him again! Below are a few pics of the newest addition to the family!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Father's Day 2017

Happy Monday! Hope everyone enjoyed a nice weekend celebrating the dads in their lives. We sure had fun celebrating ours!

Lincoln and I woke up early on Sunday to prep breakfast in bed for Kevin. Kevin's not very good at sleeping in and Lincoln's not very good at surprises (hah!) so we did our best to bring dad coffee, presents and breakfast all before 9 AM. After breakfast and presents, we spent some time cleaning the house and doing yard work before all laying down for a nap!

We all napped because we had big plans for that afternoon!

Once we were all awake we headed out to Big Barn Brewing! We spent last Father's Day up at Big Barn as well and I think we've started a new Father's Day tradition. Big Barn is a small, local craft brewery up in Greenbluff. Every Sunday in the summer they open up their tasting room, host live music and bring in food trucks. It was a blast!

We spent almost 4 hours up at Big Barn before calling it a night and heading back home. We wrapped up the evening and put little man to bed before calling it a night ourselves.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Little Man Says

It's time for the most recent rendition of What Little Man Says! I've got some good ones this time around so be prepared to laugh your little heart out. Lincoln is on a role and is saying the funniest things these days.

Since learning that we're throwing a joint birthday party with his bestie:

Birfday party, me, zeke, cake, zeke, me , birthday!

When he walked into kiss me one morning...

Lincoln: (kisses) ohhh stinky. 

Me: You made a stinky? Did you poop? 

Lincoln: No, mama stinky. (Apparently he doesn't like my morning breath. Noted Lincoln)

Said about literally any small child in our near vicinity:

My best friend? Best friend! 

Toddlers have the best ways of delaying bedtime! Lincoln's new line (because he knows it melts my heart and I'll let him say it over and over again) at bedtime after reading our stories:

Me: Goodnight, I love you. 

Lincoln: Arms stretched high into the air...I love you dis much! Dis much! I love you dis much!" (on repeat)

As I was putting him down one night:

Me: Lincoln did you chill with your homies today? 

Lincoln: Yea....chillin with homies mama (I am loving that he repeats everything these day (sometimes haha!)

When Kevin went to discipline him the other night:

Kevin: Lincoln, Time out please. 

Lincoln: Bad Daddy. Go away. Bad daddy. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

{House #2 Update} New Living Room!

Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone had a fun weekend. We had a busy one for sure, but the most exciting part was that our new furniture arrived!

Coffe Table and End Table are Hand Me Downs from my parents but I believe they are from World Market! 

When we bought house number two it needed some work. Ok, that's an understatement, it needed A LOT of work. And over the past 8 months or so, we have been busy little bees. Before we even moved in, we had the entire exterior painted including the garage. We also remodeled the bathroom (everything except the tub and toilet are new!) painted, put in new carpets in the basement, new floors in the kitchen, a few new appliances (fridge and stove!) and have been slowly working on the backyard ( I should do a backyard update because Kevin has done wonders here!) We still have a long way to go, but things are really starting to shape up!

Most recently, we re-did all of the floors on the main floor as well as purchased some new furniture. There are still a few things to do (trim, transition pieces for the floors) and purchase (a plant for the corner, some coffee table books and a few odds and ends) but everything is turning out so well, i thought I'd share some photos!

I tried to link to stores of any of the most recent purchases in the photos below!

Loveseat (It doesn't look like they have the above color (light grey) available anymore, but similar style is here)

Lamps (New) and Shades (New) Bar (Old, but similar style here)

Mirror (new) and Carpet (new) Similar here

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Memorial Day at the Bowl & Pitcher {Camping}

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone is easing back into the swing of things after a long restful Memorial Day Weekend. We spent our holiday weekend taking Lincoln on his very first camping trip! Little man was so excited and spent all of Friday at school telling his his teachers, "mommy, daddy, me camping!"

We had very low expectations for this first big trip, and as a result wanted to be fairly close to home in case our first big camping adventure was a complete failure. I'm happy to report that it wasn't a failure at all! We did end up leaving early to head home but I truly think that was more because of the heat and lack of activities more than anything else.

Because we wanted to stay close to home, we booked our reservation at the Bowl & Pitcher in Riverside State Park. We originally booked 2 days and had planned on staying Saturday afternoon through Monday morning. The first 24 hours were awesome. Lincoln had so much fun helping set up camp, explore the area around us, dig in the dirt, and playing in the hammock. I had also brought a long paints, and a couple of different crafts for him to do during the downtime which he got a huge kick out of! I also bought him this book to really get him in the mood and to try and alleviate any potential night time fears about sleeping outside. He LOVED the book and the sounds it made and was so comfortable sleeping in the tent.

We did end up leaving Sunday evening, instead of spending the last night there. This was mostly due to the heat (it was HOT HOT HOT) and by about 5PM, we were all getting a little testy with one another. We had planned on spending a lot of time hiking and exploring to take up most of our day on Sunday, but little man was so enamored with the tent and campsite itself, that he didn't want to do much exploring (which is unusual for  our little dude). As a result we spent a lot of time sitting around the campsite, which limited activities (other than the paints and a few toys we had brought along). Because of this, our usually happy camper (ha!) was not his normal happy self by Sunday evening and asked to "go home."

By that point, I was desperately wanting a shower and was not looking forward to another night of sharing a twin size blow up mattress with my wiggly little due, so we decided to pack up early and head home.

The rest of the weekend was spent spending time playing in the backyard and getting our patio "summer ready!" All in all, it was a really great weekend!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

2017 Summer Bucket List

Does anybody else out there consider Memorial Day Weekend to be the official kickoff to summer? We we definitely do around here! And with that, I thought it only fitting that I write up our summer bucket list, so without further ado, here are a few things we are hoping to do this summer!

Camping! We'll quickly cross this off our list as we have a Memorial Day camping trip planned for the long weekend. 

Lots and lots of lazy evening walks to The Scoop

Elkfest down in Browne's Addition is another yearly favorite. 

What's summer without cracker jacks and a baseball game? I'm hoping to introduce Lincoln to his first minor league game this summer. 

4th of July Fireworks! 

While it's no Disneyland, I'm so excited to take little man to his first theme park! Silverwood is a must for the Alexander family this summer. 

It's not summer without a trip, or two or three to Hat Island! We're headed there toward the end of June and hopefully again in August for a girl's weekend and a family trip for Labor Day. 
You can find past Hat Island recaps here, here here, here here and here!

Splash Pads! We're lucky to live near to one of our favorite city parks, complete with a splash pad. I can picture us here on plenty of hot weekends. 

Pig Out in the Park! A Spokane staple...we'll definitely be hitting up Pig Out for yummy eats and delicious treats at the end of the summer. 

Movies in the park! Another favorite from last year...I'm really hoping we can make it to Grease, Ghostbusters, Moana and The Princess Bride!

Greenbluff! It is always so fun to visit during the fall and winter for pumpkins and Christmas trees, but it's also such a great place to pick summer peaches, blueberries and other treats! 

And of course there will be plenty of sunburns, sprinklers, BBQs and ice cream cones throughout!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mother's Day Weekend Roundup

Happy Monday and Happy Belated Mother's Day to all you mama's out there! I hope everyone had a wonderful, restful weekend surrounded by lots of sticky kiddo fingers making you breakfast in bed ;0)

We had a full and fun weekend! Friday evening, Lincoln and I headed over to our friends house for a playdate. There toddlers, babies, and even the older next door neighbor kids came over to get in on the action. The kids ran around the yard like the little crazies they are and the moms got to catch up over cheddar bunnies and wine #classy! After a mini rainstorm we brought the kiddos inside for a little movie and more playtime before calling it a night!

Saturday morning, Kevin treated me to several hours of quiet time, while he took Lincoln to gymnastics as well as run errands. They also booked me a massage! The best gift ever for a tired, stressed mama ;0)

Saturday afternoon we got to work on putting new floors into our top floor including the living room, hallway and both bedrooms! It's still a WIP, but they are coming along. That evening I got to go out with a few friends from high school while Kevin stayed home with Lincoln (they got a guys night out!)

Sunday morning I got to sleep in and was greeted with breakfast in bed! Coffee and a fruit bowl for the win. After lounging in bed for a bit with my boys, we got up and got to work on the floors again. Slowly but surely we are making progress.

Sunday evening ended with takeout (the best!) and a movie in bed with my two favorite guys. It was the perfect Mother's Day weekend. The festivities continue this evening when my parents and sisters come over for a Mother's Day/Birthday BBQ Monday evening.

Hope everyone had a very restful and fun weekend!