Meet the Sullivans

May 16, 2018

Mother's Day Weekend 2018

Oh, hey! It's been too long since I've blogged, and I have totally neglected to write about our trip to Disneyland, which I really wan to get to, but in the meantime I'm here to talk about Mother's Day weekend. 

The weekend always starts Friday morning, right? Luke and I go to Junior Gym on Friday mornings, followed by whatever errands need to be done before the weekend. On this Friday we needed to pick up some things for Owen's t-ball team snack, and Luke ended up getting a lollipop (a "pop", as he calls them) AND a balloon. He was thrilled!

We picked Owen up from school later and were happy to hear that the class butterflies had started hatching! It made Owen's day to see them coming out of their chrysalises.

Owen's teacher uses a "scouts" behavioral reward system in her classroom where each child gets a turn being the "scout" and their job for the day is to watch their classmates for good behavior. At the end of the day the "scout" gives out rewards to a handful of kids. The reward is always a piece of card stock with either a poem / visual / activity related to what they've been learning in class. Not to brag, but Owen almost always comes home with one. He's a really good kid at school and a great rule follower.

On Friday the scout award was how to make a volcano, which of course we HAD to try. It was fun for both of us!

He also made me a cute card. In preschool the parents and teachers in the classroom helped the kids make their cards, and I could totally tell that this year Owen made this card allll himself. It was a little crooked and bent, but all the more sweet because it was all his. He was so proud!

I've been sorting through our storage boxes of photos and memories etc. and found this little card I must have made for my own mom many, many Mother's Days ago. The funny thing is, I do not remember my mom being a stickler for keeping a clean room. She usually cleaned our rooms while we were at school (oops, sorry mom), but maybe I felt guilty. 

I made it to HIIT Saturday morning for the 4th weekend in a row! I love this class, but the day and time doesn't always work for me, so I'm always really happy when I get to go. It is a killer workout.

Saturday afternoon we celebrated Mother's Day with Keith's mom! I picked up cannoli and spumoni from Romolo's for dessert. We barbecued, played in the backyard and hung out with everyone. We gave Keith's mom a beautiful succulent arrangement, but I forgot to get a picture.

I told Keith and the boys that all I really wanted on Mother's Day was to sleep in a little and then drink my coffee in bed, and that's exactly what I got. It was awesome and I totally loved it! They also gave me a pretty necklace (still waiting for it to arrive in the mail) and let me take a nap in the afternoon. 

My mom and sister came over for brunch later in the morning. I made a breakfast casserole and we had mimosas, smoked salmon, bacon and mini cinnamon rolls.

After brunch we all went to Owen's final t-ball game of the season, and he even got a turn being catcher! He had quite the cheering section with Luke, me, both his grandmas, two aunts and his cousin. He was too cute buried beneath all that catchers gear.

We all loved the experience of his first baseball season, and he'll definitely be back again next year for more. 

It was a GREAT mother's day weekend and I even got a picture with my two favorite monkeys!

April 3, 2018

Easter Things 2018

Compared to last year, Easter 2018 was really good to us! The sun was shinning, and not one of us was sick. Last year we all had the stomach flu and Luke had a terrible ear infection, so it wasn't too hard to top all that this year.

We dyed Easter eggs last weekend, and next year I'll definitely be buying one of those egg coloring machines to make it all easier on myself, because it was a MESS. Owen is great, and doesn't try to make a mess, but once Luke hopped on the counter we had colored water and broken eggs all over the place. They both enjoyed themselves and I'd say some good memories were made, but it took me 2x as long to clean up.

Friday afternoon after school I set up an Egg Scavenger Hunt for Owen and Luke in the house. I used these clues from the Melissa and Doug website. You could use the clue for any kind of indoor hunt, but to make them "Eastery" I put them in eggs. Owen had a lot of fun doing the activity and Luke just followed him around, and I'm pretty sure he though we were playing his favorite game, hide n' seek. At the end of the hunt they each got a prize, play dough and gummy snacks.

We also made Easter Bunny Munch earlier in the week just for fun. The recipe is from Liz's blog, Ellie & Addie. It's really dangerous having something like this laying around because it's so easy to grab a handful here and there. The kids loved it, and Owen liked getting some in his snack for school.

On Saturday Keith and I both took turns getting hair cuts (and a highlight for me). There's just something great about a fresh highlight that helps make you feel great! In addition to the highlight I also cut off 4 inches, and my hair feels so much healthier!

I spend so much money to have my hair highlighted that I try to go as long as I can in between coloring it and usually try to plan it around special events like holidays or celebrations. The last time I had it colored was for our family photos and now I'm going to try (try!!) to wait until my friend's wedding in October, but we'll see.

After haircuts and all that we took the boys out for a little hike and pizza! It's so nice that Luke is a little older now and beyond the toddling stage of toddler hood so he can keep up with us on a short hike, and enjoy his surroundings.

Saturday morning we had to be up bright and early to get Easter going so we could make it to Easter Sunday Mass at 8am. Owen was already rolling around in our bed, so we all went in to wake Luke up to see what EB had brought them. Luke was too groggy / sleepy to do any egg hunting, but Owen put some aside for him. Luke is so lucky to have such a thoughtful big brother like Owen.

After collecting eggs the boys dove into their baskets. I love filling their baskets with a combination of things they'll need or want in the spring and summer.

In Owen's basket: a Mickey Mouse t-shirt, magic tree house book, gardening gloves, bubble wand, sidewalk chalk, magnetic tic tac toe game set, kinetic sand, personalized smoothie cup and a digger shovel.

In Luke's basket: a Star Wars t-shirt, a few trains from Ikea, bubble wand, side walk chalk, gardening gloves, smoothie cup, ABC book, puppy dog pals and bath color drops.

The boys did so well during Mass, and we only had to spend a little bit of time chasing Luke around outside. Owen was bored, we didn't go to a children's service, but he was such a good boy! Afterward we went back to Keith's mom's for an egg hunt and breakfast.

Later in the day after Luke's nap we went to my grandpa's house for dinner and, you guessed it, egg hunt #3 of the day. We were swimming in the sugar at this point. I brought a Bacon Cheddar Ranch cheese ball as an appetizer - recipe below!

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Cheese Ball

2 8oz blocks of cream cheese, softened
1 cup sharp cheddar, shredded
1 cup bacon, chopped
1 packet powdered ranch seasoning
1 cup green onions, thinly sliced

*parsley for garnish and crackers for serving

1. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix until evenly combined.
2. Using clean hands, form into a ball. If you want to cover your's in chopped pecans, crushed crackers or more chopped bacon, this is when you'd do that.
3. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate until about 15 minutes before serving. Serve with crackers.

We managed to get a family photo, but neither of the boy's were in the mood for smiling nicely at the camera. I hope you had a lovely Easter with the people you love!