Monday, March 30, 2015

Matt's Birthday {29}

Matt celebrated the big "29" last week and we had a fun time together. 
On the day before his birthday, Matt went running with Mason and then we went to lunch. We chose CiCi's pizza and it was so yummy. Matt treated Mason to a fun toy, too.

We decided to pick up our onions to plant and we got them all in the ground before naptime. We all took a lovely nap and Mason played a little bit before we headed to meet Jenn. 

Jenn, Jason, and Skylar had Mason spend the night with them and Matt and I had a GREAT date! 

Since we were out, we went to have dessert first. We stopped by Longhorn and got the Chocolate Stampede and it was AWESOME! We actually didn't even finish it. 

We came home and watched a new show Matt had been wanting to watch, Allegiance. He loved it and I just "liked" it but of course, I watched willingly for the birthday guy! Since the dessert was so much, we actually waited several hours to cook dinner. 

Meanwhile, we spent time taking way too many goofy pictures! 

Eventually, we made dinner which consisted of BBQ shrimp, roasted garlic and caramelized onion mashed potatoes, asparagus and french bread. We had also picked up drinks from QT earlier in the day so we drank those, too. 

Jenn sent us some pictures of our sweet boy playing, eating, and then sleeping! 

We enjoyed a relaxing evening and slept in a bit the next morning. Matt was scheduled for a haircut so we went together and then headed to breakfast at The Farmer's Table. 
Matt got Irish Eggs Benedict and he said it was awesome! 

I got Redneck Pancakes which is two large buttermilk pancakes stuffed with bacon and eggs. I'd had them once before and they were awesome. We were both stuffed and neither of us finished our home fries so we brought them home to brighten up another meal! :)

We met Jenn at the park and played for a while before taking our sweet boy home. The weather was warm and sunny so we all went out for water table fun! 

Mason and I gave Matt a new pair of shoes for his birthday. Mason was the deliverer. :)

Mason and Matt napped while I did some reading. After nap, I enjoyed some snuggles with my sweet little fella. 

After nap, we enjoyed some more time outside before dinner and then bath for Mason. He LOVED the bath and was ready to get out. I drained the water and then we pulled out all of the toys and kept on playing...silly boy! While Mason bathed, Matt played with a new guitar plug he got for his birthday. He was quite excited about that! 

Mason snuggled with me some and then Matt joined in for family snuggles before bed. 

Matt said he had a good day and it concluded with a back rub so he was a happy happy guy! 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You {A Book Review}

As I've mentioned before, since motherhood and marriage is my life right now, I've been reading many books on those subjects. Books about parenting and marriage can be so helpful in growing our ability as parents as well as strengthening our marriage. 
The book, How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You by Rachael Carman, is a great source for parenting that is written in a unique way unlike other parenting books. Rachael writes brief 2-3 page stories of her life with her own children and relates those stories to our relationship with the Lord or to how those situations with our children can help us to direct them to the Lord more. 
After each story, there are questions that help you reflect on situations with your own children. While I really enjoyed this book, I think it will be even more practical as Mason grows up and we enter into more and more discipline areas and teachable moments. I will definitely come back to this resource. 

**I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.**

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Happy Birthday, Matt!!!

Happy Birthday to the best man I know!!

Matt, Mason and I love you so much and can't wait to celebrate you! 

Here's to another year!

Love, Leslie

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

St. Patrick's Day + The Children's Museum of the Upstate

We started St. Patrick's Day with some green pancakes!! Mason was a fan though it may not look like it. :)

My guys got dressed in their green and headed to the Children's Museum of the Upstate. They were offering BOGO admission if you wore green so that was a no brainer! (I was at MOPS.)

Below are some pictures of the fun my guys had at the museum! Matt said Mason loved the water table the most. No surprise there! 

As you can see below, Mason was worn out! They had so much fun. We cannot wait to go back to the museum.