Sunday, July 20, 2014

Summer Fun List: The Zoo

On Wednesday the "polar vortex" had settled into Michigan and I, along with every other VERY pregnant woman, was THRILLED. Polar Vortex in the Winter = BAD. Polar Vortex in the Summer = glorious relief. So I told the kids it was a ZOO day. We loaded up and headed back to good ol' Royal Oak. Before the zoo we had to say HI to our old house and then I needed a Sonic fix.
The zoo was great! Busy, but great! Because the weather was cooler - the animals were all more active, which is always fun. The Grizzly Bears were hilarious. Let's just say they gave Jack some new "potty talk" material (what is it with boys and their obsession with poop??).
I was hauling 70+ pounds of children in the wagon, so when I saw an opening for some Soft Serve ice cream - I ordered it!
We took a carousel ride before leaving for the day. Of course, no visit to the zoo is complete without a Zoo Tantrum. (Previously seen HERE and HERE.) Josie threw quite the fit getting off her Nemo Fish. Lots of stares and head turns...but I just smiled, because I know the truth. Zoo Fits are in our DNA. Good thing we have Baby #3 coming along to carry on the tradition.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

What's Been Going On?

Since my blogging has been slacking a bit lately...I thought I share what's been going on in the Becker House lately...
Josie is obsessed with tutus (her addiction is currently being filled by BOTH of her grandmas). She also received a "princess" nightgown from Greta and it must be worn EVERY night. Above you can see her reaction to learning it was in the wash. She wasn't happy.

Question: How did someone so ANTI-pink, ANTI-princess end up with a daughter who loves both?? Funny joke, Universe.
We've been playing outside...unless I'm on the brink of a pregnant-woman-meltdown (Tyson knows all about these) and then we stay in the A/C. On this day - Jack was hitching a ride with Josie - who is a terrible driver, I should add.
Tucker is tired. He dreams of living at the lake...where someone is 100% dedicated to throwing his ball for him.
Nancy and Denny came up for a Jack & Josie fix. Josie accompanied Grandpa to buy a new car, while Jack went to Flint with Grandma to pick up some of Aunt Kristin's art.
I was told - about 6 months ago - about a local grocery store that allows customers to shop online and then pick up their groceries curbside at a set time. I held off...until Monday. I decided on our menu for the week, placed my order Sunday night, and arrived at the store at my set time. I called the number and told them I was there for a pick-up. The man came out to check my ID - because I bought beer for Tyson. Then returned a few minutes later to load my order in my car. This is a $7 service...and worth every single penny. I spent less (because I wasn't tempted to throw stuff in the cart) and I left with my sanity (because I wasn't forced to grocery shop with two children). Win - Win. Also - dangerous and borderline lazy.
Finally - I'm pretty excited that one of my wine cup designs has hit the shelves in Winona Lake! My "sales rep" (aka: Jerry) took a cup into Eagle Creek Farms Market and she decided to sell them in her store! She is the woman who sells Rise n' Roll donuts...and I've considered getting paid in donuts. However, my CFO (aka: Tyson) thinks that's a bad idea.

Baby Update:
- Braxton Hicks contractions are still strong & often.
- I have my hospital bag 50% packed
- Baby Boy has some clean clothes & diapers all set
- He is still un-named
- I still haven't put clean towels in the car

Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Fun List: A Morning at the Farm

We spent a day at the Domino's Farm in Ann Arbor. It's on our Summer Fun List and it's a great way to spend a morning. Tyson was working from home that day - so it was also a way to give him some "quiet."
The kids fed some pigs, goats, horses, and a donkey.
It was a little overcast, but it wasn't busy. We had fun running around. Jack asked approximately 175 questions while we were there. He's in a very inquisitive stage.
We sat down for a snack, said goodbye to our farm friends, and headed back to Northville.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fourth of July

We had a great 4th of July on Lake George! The weather was perfect and it was nice to spend some time on the lake.
We also got to see friends and family - which is always fun! Josie ran into Uncle Devin's friend, Michael (aka: Bubba, Super Fat Mikey {from his Indy radios days}). She was smitten. We enjoyed dinner and catching up with family at Aunt Linda & Uncle Bill's, too.
On Saturday - Joe, Gina, and their 3 kiddos came to visit us! 5 kids under 5...with #6 on the way is 100% chaotic. It's also SO fun! There was plenty of swimming, snacking, playing, and pillow jumping.  Tyson took Joe out on the Sea Doo for a pre-dinner ride (I hear it was fast). Later that night we watched the Boat Parade and the fireworks - firework viewing from the porch of the cottage because my kids hate loud noises.
Cooper and Tucker were dreaming of the pork Joe made in his Big Green Egg. I'll be honest - I don't really like pork...but they was REALLY delicious and I believe I may have had dreams about it that night, too.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Detroit: more than what you hear in the news...

My mom mentioned that she had never seen downtown Detroit (random fact: her mom, my Grandma Walker, was born in Detroit). So, we packed everyone up and headed downtown.  My parents got to see the building where Tyson works. And the kids discovered the Splash Pad along the River Walk.
Despite being fully dressed...and lacking towels - we went ahead and told them they could run through the water. A) It was hot. B) They're kids & you're only a kid once. C) If I didn't despise clingy wet clothes - I would have been in the water, too.
Because it was so hot - we squeezed out the excess water from shirts & shorts/tutus...and let the kids air dry with a stroll down the River.
Grandpa Jerry treated us to a pre-lunch ice cream treat (we were breaking all the rules that day) and then a carousel ride. After filling our bellies with a DELICIOUS lunch from the famous Slows Bar BQ Restaurant, we headed back to Northville for naps.

It was a fun day and it was great to show my parents a different side of Detroit.  Our home is open to visitors who want to experience Detroit for themselves. Free room & board in exchange for childcare & laundry. (kidding. kinda.)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Soccer Season Wrap Up


Blogging has taken a backseat to pregnancy...which is sad. My apologies. Between heartburn, leg cramps, and some pretty strong Braxton Hicks contractions...plus two kids and my Etsy shop...this mama is reaching her limit. If I make it to August, it will be a minor miracle.
My parents came a couple weekends ago for Jack's last soccer game. They brought these donuts with them...they're called Rise n Roll donuts. The are AMAZING. You can trust me, I know donuts. They literally melt in your mouth. My family refers to them as "crack." So, we may be under surveillance by the FBI... {NSA/FBI - again, just so we are clear, these donuts are addictive and unreal. I've never done crack - because Whitney told me it's whack... When I refer to "crack" it's either in reference to these donuts or my child's pants falling off}
 Moving on...Jack had his last soccer game and he was SO proud of his trophy. He had a great season and learned a lot about the game of soccer. He will play in a fall league starting in September.
Grandpa Jerry & Grandma Shirlee came for Jack's last game. He LOVES having an audience.
After soccer and the pool - we enjoyed lunch out in Northville, followed by ice cream.
Josie was just super pumped about her rainbow ice cream...because she's the girliest girlie girl I know.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

32 Weeks

I'm a terrible pregnant blogger. I don't think I've said much about Baby #3 on here at all. So here is my obligatory "baby post" for this pregnancy.


  • I'm 32 weeks along and feeling great. Aside from leg cramps and being tired - I really feel good. Being pregnant is hard on a woman's body and I feel fortunate that my body doesn't HATE pregnancy.
  • That being said...pregnant at 32 is harder than it was at 27 {with Jack}.
  • This baby alternates between being super busy/active and being really lazy. Some days I have to remind him to move around in there.
  • I'm seeing the Midwives at the University of Michigan and I've been SO happy with the care I'm receiving. Everything is very focused on ME and how I'm feeling. They are also very laid back. Appointments feel less like a "medical" appointment and more like a consultation.
  • That being said...they can have a VERY hands off approach...which makes Tyson a little nervous. A few weeks ago I jokingly told one of them that I was worried I'd give birth along M-14 (the highway we will travel to get to the hospital).  She calmly went on to explain step-by-step instructions for delivering along the road. My eyes were probably huge. But I know now that I need to put a lot of clean towels & blankets in my car...Got it.
  • Baby Brother is still un-named. We have a name that we both really like...but I haven't fully embraced it. (NO - it's not a J name) Boy names are really hard for me.
  • Jack and Josie are getting more excited about the baby. This is great, especially for Josie! She has started to pay attention to other babies (when we're out) and seems to want to be helpful.
That's it. My prep for Baby #3 is definitely different than it was for Baby #1. I really need to find all of Jack's newborn clothes...eventually...  And I should probably pick up a pack of diapers. Other than that - I think I'm good. Baby Brother will be thrown into our family as we continue to fly through life...hopefully he'll adjust, because, unfortunately,  no one will be slowing down too much for his arrival.

And don't worry - I'll get those clean towels & blankets in the car...eventually.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Attention Michigan Department of Child Services

If you are looking for attention from your local D.C.S - just haul two toddlers, two carts, and about 8 months worth of beer & pop cans into your local Meijer... Oh and BONUS points if you also are pulling off the pregnant waddle. This is what I did on Monday. Let's just say - eyebrows were raised.
Don't get me wrong - I BIG heart, LOVE recycling! I really do. I recycle the crap out of stuff. But Michigan has this lovely thing called deposits...you pay $.10 per can when you buy any drink in a glass bottle, aluminum can, or plastic container (2ltr).  Then, once you've consumed the drink...piled them up for months in your garage...you return them to your local grocery store to get your money back. It's a HUGE pain in the butt. Obviously, I hate doing it - since I let them pile up for months.
I put Jack to work on the aluminum cans, while Josie helped me with the glass (oh yes - separate recycling machines). He picked up a tall Bud Light can and yelled, "Hey Mom, yook at this really BIG beard can." Beard can. I replied with a simple, "Yup" and shot a glance at the two other women who were recycling. Don't judge me because my four year old knows what a "beard can" is, lady.
Jack was a diligent worker! He did a really good job! Josie was a little less trustworthy.
Probably because I was pretty sure she was going to get her arm caught in the machine...thus, really sparking an investigation from D.C.S. Good news - we're all set for another 6-8 months! By then I'll be hauling 3 children with me...but the silver lining is: Once I'm finished, I can enjoy a cold one. 

Dear Michigan: I will recycle even if you don't make me. Just ask Indiana. XOXO Kady

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summer Fun & Carnie's

On Friday morning I told Jack to run upstairs to get himself dressed. He came down looking like this... His shorts are on backwards. I didn't say anything. I'll just chalk it up to his "summer look."
My friend, Erin, has made charts like this one for a couple years now. I have a feeling this summer might feel like it's dragging on and I want to make sure we squeeze in as much "fun" as we can before Baby Brother arrives. So, I made a Summer Fun Chart - and hope it keeps me motivated for the next two months.
 Saturday night we enjoyed dinner out in Northville with the Festa Family. There was a carnival in town - so we walked to that after dinner. Quite the experience. The kids LOVED the rides.
And the Carnie games...

Oh - and the Cotton Candy. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Last Thursday - this guy turned 33! Wasn't he a CUTE baby???
We welcomed him home with a mini-party...planned by the kids. We had a cake, a balloon, and some gifts.
Can you tell the 4 year old and the 2 year old picked out the cake?
It was like a HUGE helping of frosting and food coloring. Pretty gross.
Regardless, Tyson appreciated the "thought" and the singing as we stumbled through "Happy Birthday." We hope his 33rd year is SUPER awesome (as Jack would say)!