Monday, March 12, 2012

Fall and Winter Fun List - The Outcome

With the official start of Spring being a week away (You have no idea how excited I am, even though we didn't really have a winter, at all), I thought I would recap the Fall and Winter with a review of our Fun List. It seems like eons ago that we made it.

Here's the end result:

  • Host a Trunk and participate in Trunk or Treat - We didn't get to host a trunk, we planned on it, but when they had to reschedule because of the weather, we couldn't do it. But we did go and had a lot of fun.
  • Go to the Johnny Appleseed Festival - Yup, Elijah had his first experience picking apples
  • Pick out pumpkins - We did this at the festival
  • Take some fun Fall pictures - Fun... Challenging... What's the difference?
  • Carve and/or paint pumpkin(s) - Ended up painting, cause it was more kid friendly
  • Pick out and cut down our Christmas tree - We did and Katie, Charlotte and Mark came along to take pictures of the whole process

  • Have a snowball fight - Maybe if we had snow this would have been plausable
  • Take some nice Christmas pictures - Azalea didn't get to come along because it would have been too much going on (maybe next year), but we did do this while we were hunting for Christmas trees

  • Decorate "tree" advent calendar - With Elijah's help - By the time I went to buy the advent calendar I wanted, they were sold out and not restocking it. I couldn't find a suitable replacement, so we did a countdown on Elijah's chalkboard instead
  • Celebrate Birthdays and Anniversaries - Some were celebrated late, but we did celebrate them.
This is us on my birthday...

  • Play catch in the backyard - We didn't play it in the backyard, but we did have random games of catch  in the house
  • Make Christmas cards - With the kids help - We sent out Christmas cards, but not the ones I was planning on when I made this list. Maybe I will do the homemade ones next year.
  • Help at church - In some way (because volunteering should be fun) - We didn't do it as a family, since we didn't host a trunk, but Joe volunteered as an usher and on the chair team.
  • Go sledding - No snow = No sledding
  • Put together a 100 piece puzzle - With Elijah's help - We had some ups and downs with the process, but he had fun, in the end.
  • Attend the Ladies Christmas Tea (Meanwhile the guys will have a guys day out) - Was planning on going until we found out how much the price of the tickets were. Instead my mom, my sister and I went out to eat. It was the first time in approx 18 years that we haven't attended the tea, so it was sad, but we couldn't justify the cost with what was provided.
  • Have a Christmas songs sing-along night - It wasn't a whole night, but songs were sung and a good time was had.
  • Play in the leaves - Yes, there was plenty of that going on.
  • Visit friends in Pennsylvania - I am actually shocked that this didn't happen. I have no idea why either...

  • Go see Santa Clause - This almost didn't happen too, but we went to see him at the last minute. We got the extra enjoyment of a little tour of the firehouse too.

Not too shabby. We also did random fun things, not on this list, like roller skating, get togethers with Joe's side of the family, going to a Harvest Party and attending Winterfest, to name a few.

I don't think I will be making a fun list for the Spring... We seem to have no problem finding fun things to do in the Spring and Summer. We actually have to make sure we don't commit ourselves to too much. However, even though there isn't a list, I plan on updating about the fun we will be having in the coming months. So be sure to come back and take a look!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

OLW - Check in for February

This will be a rather short post as I only took a couple pictures relating to this post. Still enjoying my family more than anything and organizing when I feel like it.


We flipped around some furniture in the master bedroom and are in the process of decluttering and deep cleaning. The rest of the project will continue with putting up curtains and maybe moving around some more furniture. I'm holding out on photos until the whole thing is done... or done enough to my satisfaction.

We brought the computer desk, turned craft desk, into the second bedroom. It is where it is staying and I have already unpacked and put away some of the craft stuffs that I have, but there's tons more I haven't even looked at yet. This is going to be an ongoing process... I can already see it.

Other than that, we have been trying to clean up the play room every evening, so we don't have to take an hour to do it on the weekend. And dinners at home have been touch and go. We lost the dry erase marker that we used to write the menu (thanks to a certain 4-year-old), so this week has been less than successful. Overall, though, we haven't done too badly this month.


It has still been ridiculously warm this month, so we took plenty of trips to the park and into the back yard. We hit up a few malls on some nights, just to get out of the house. The first weekend of the month Joe and I went on a "date", thanks to my MIL. She watched both boys for a few hours, so we could go to a movie and eat lunch. We saw "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" and then went to Lonestar Steakhouse for lunch. It was a nice afternoon outing.

The next week, we went on a "scavenger hunt" for Joe's birthday ending with Joe and I going out to eat at Kobe's, since my mom watched the boys for a little while.

The next day we also went out to eat with my family, to celebrate. We went to Red Robin. My mom's birthday was the next week, so we went to Red Brick Station then came home and watched a couple episodes of the Dick Van Dyke show.

This past weekend my sister, her husband, Elijah and I attended a thing called Winterfest, where I used to go to college (my sis still attends there for grad school). Elijah had so much fun. I hope to do a full post about it in the coming weeks. Until then, I'll leave you with a taste of what the night entailed

Those were the highlights of our month, in general.

I don't know about you, but February feels like it just started and we even got an extra day this month. Crazyness...

How did your month go?