Bubbling Around

Oh boy. Something that I've been trying to balance more is living in the now, but at the same time taking pictures for here. I know it's not really that big of a deal, but sometimes it feels like I'm only doing things to take pictures of them, and then I miss out on actually doing them. Does that make sense? So, lately I haven't been taking photos but then I don't have anything to post really, because who wants to just read about Charlie? Boring. Pictures? Yes! So bear with me as I try to figure this out.
In other news, here is Charlie playing with bubbles, which are his new obsession. Also playing with crayons, not so much coloring, but playing with them. 


Easter Egg Hunt Take 2

The second take of Easter egg hunting was done on Easter, like the legitimate Easter day. It was super laid back and super wonderful. Charlie did not care half as much this time as last time and so therefore he only got three eggs. The older kids quite enjoyed themselves though, which was entertaining to watch. I hope that our future egg hunts are this relaxed. 


Easter Egg Hunt Take 1

I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend. Our entire Easter week has been awesome. Andy ended up having the whole week off and so we got to hang out and work on projects together (finally getting to those yellow chairs!). Then to top it off, on Saturday we got to go to an Easter egg hunt in one of our local parks. This was Charlie's first time actually being old enough to walk around and pick up eggs, he didn't quite understand though. He mostly just wanted to stop and play with each egg to find out what was inside. Needless to say we didn't get very much candy, which is really only sad for Andy and I. But it was still very entertaining. I think next year I might actually put some effort in this and make him a basket of goodies. I don't know. We'll see ;)
 Charlie and Maggie got to be in the same area and she definitely dominated
He really enjoyed carrying these around


Projects Shmojects

I am bad at projects. I can dream them up and think about them, but do I finish them? Not really. We have six chairs in our garage that are half stripped of their old paint and we have our new paint just waiting to be put on (well after they are completely stripped of the old stuff). We also have three unfinished rooms in our house that would be easy to complete with just a little time and effort. I finally did get some projects done yesterday, and I'm still feeling motivated to tackle those chairs again. But this time actually complete them.
And in the spirit of projects, here is Andy putting my new flower box outside of Charlie's room (because that gets the most sun).


Hudson's First Birthday Party

This boy just turned one and we got to celebrate with him! We had missed his brother's party a few weeks before because we had to go to Boise, but we made it for this one! (We also had presents for everyone in the family because we had missed their parties, oops!) The sun was shining and it turned out to be a nice quiet party, especially because the older kids were all outside while Hudson opened his presents, which cut down on drama 100%. Awesome.

They love each other 



Sometimes I don't feel like I have anything to say on here. So instead I'll just put up a picture of Charlie eating (that's really the best time to photograph this guy) and tell you what I've learned about baby clothes. Thrift stores are the way to go. Especially when you have a Value Village around and they do 50% off days every few months. The clothes (at this age anyway) are clean and adorable, plus they are usually $1 or cheaper. Bonus: if you are picky like me, then you don't have to buy a whole outfit just for the shirt or pants, because I usually only want one piece out of the three-piece outfit.
The second thing is that jeggings are awesome. They are comfy and absolutely the best thing to put on babies. I usually have to find them in the girl section and sometimes they do have pink accents but I just use a Sharpy and cover it up. About 75% of the compliments for Charlie are his jeggings (the rest is for that hair!). Now, some people do make remarks about skinny jeans on a boy, but I really don't care, so it works for me!



It finally feels a bit more like spring over here. Maybe even a dash of summer, but just a dash. We got to wear shorts (and I even got to wear sandals!) and it was perfect. We walked to our neighborhood park and got to play around by ourself in the kiddie section. So far he loves to climb up the stairs, go down the slide, and play with the wheel. He also LOVES staring at other children. He has more fun watching them swing on the swing-set than actually doing it himself. He chased a group of little boys across the field and then stopped 10 feet away just to watch. Also those shorts are definitely 0-3 month size.


Boise Zoo

While Andy was busy taking his test, Charlie and I went to the Boise Zoo. It was awesome! It had been on and off rainy all day but the clouds peaked through so I decided to go only to be rained on 30 minutes later. But honestly, it was the best zoo trip ever. Nobody was there and we still saw pretty much all the animals (except for that tiger). But the best part by far was going into this "classroom" and the lions were right by the window! I love lions and it was the best to have the whole room to ourselves and marvel at these magnificent beasts. I danced around like a crazy person trying to play with them. I did get growled at three times and I jumped every time. It was awesome. This zoo trip was definitely for me, not really for Charlie, but he enjoyed watching the animals, I'd say the monkeys were his favorite.

You can see the red panda on the left and then the lions by our window