Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Silly String Weekends

Do you ever have weekends that at some point you say to yourself, “I’m kinda looking forward to Monday so things will slow down a bit.” That was my weekend. BUSY but packed full of fun!

We had promised our nephews a few weeks ago that they could spend a weekend night with us during their Fall Break, so Friday it was. We started by picking them up at a Basketball Camp they had attended all week. They had finished the week-long camp with an awards program, where both boys racked up in various categories.

Proud aunt bragging moment alert: Riley won THE TOP award of the WHOLE camp. “The Dr. Doom Award”! The man who ran the camp and other ball camps in the community for YEARS, his nickname has always been “Dr. Doom”, he has been a great influence for the kids who have gone through his programs and such a great coach and mentor. He is turning in his whistle and retiring, and this camp was his very last one to host. So, Riley won the very last Dr. Doom Award.

Before he called Riley’s name, he talked about how kids he had watched play and go through his camps who he’s given this award to before have gone on to play basketball in high school and even at the collegiate level. Now, we’ve all thought for a long time that Riley just has a natural instinct and ability for sports. He’s small in stature but he’s just good at whatever he plays. So for him to be recognized for his talent by someone who knows what they’re talking about….well, I’ll just say we’re all really proud of him and his hard work!

Going into the camp, Colin wasn’t 100% on board, but he had a great week too!

These two best buds have grown up together since their Infants Class at Daycare. Riley & Gernt go to different schools now, but they’re still together every chance they get. It’s been so fun watching these boys grow up. Gernt’s just part of our family at this point. He even calls my dad “Granddad”. AND side story, his mom is my OB doctor and is THE BEST. Just ask anybody from around here, they’ll tell you she’s the best.

They boys left with Stephen to pick up pizza for our dinner and I ran a couple errands. Once we all got home, we headed outside to play a “new, fun game”. (Several weeks ago, Stephen and I picked up some cans of silly string in the dollar aisle at Target; we just knew they would LOVE this.) We had them turn around and when I counted to 5, they were supposed to throw some leaves in the air and turn around. That would start the “game”.

No, that's not a Snapchat filter on my pic...that's silly string hanging perfectly from my eyelash. 

We had such a fun time with them!

We’re all going to a Preds game Thursday night (these boys ESPECIALLY Riley are HUGE Preds fans! He could tell you players, names, numbers and stats at age 3.) They wanted to make posters to take with us, so we worked on those while our pizzas were baking.

We ate pizza, watched Netflix, then each boy took a bath (aka bathtub dance party thanks to the music blasting through Bluetooth speakers in the bathroom that they requested). They’re only little once, right?

After baths, we watched the movie, “The Big Green” on Netflix. (I swear these two think Netflix is the coolest thing ever.) We snuggled, ate popcorn, and one little boy ate more candy bars from our Halloween candy bowl than Stephen and I realized.

They both read for a little while before it was lights out.

The next morning, I got up, ready and left before any of them were awake. Apparently from what I hear, the  boys got up on their own and quietly went to the living room just chilling until they heard Stephen get up. At that point, they went back to our bedroom and stood on either side of the door and scared the living daylights out of him when he opened the door. He got the boys ready and they all headed to a Men’s Breakfast at our church that morning.

Meanwhile, my friend Katie and I went to a crafts fair in Bell Buckle Saturday. We had such a great day! The weather was PERFECT, we browsed the booths, ate fried oreos, shared girl talk all day, and ended our day with a stop at a few other stores and Target in Murfreesboro on our way back. Such a fun day! I’ve been to this particular crafts fair for 4 or 5 years now and this year was BY FAR the most crowded I’ve ever seen it. The town basically shuts down for the third weekend in October. Families rent out their front yards for parking or booth set ups….it’s hard core, but I’m a sucker for it every year apparently.

And yes, Katie bought a large area rug and hauled it around like a boss. And  yes, that's a Sun Drop in some guy's back pocket. Because when in southern TN, Sun Drop is a way of life. 

Saturday night back home ended with Mexican food take-out, fresh sheets on the bed #amen, and a Hallmark movie. #mykindofnight

Did you see this one? I was sucked right in with it starring Ashley Williams (who I LOVE) and Joel from Parenthood. It was your typical Hallmark movie but with REALLY great stars!

Sunday after church and lunch at the Stafford compound (which I'm thinking my "Stafford Compound" terminology needs a post all on its own one day), we went home and I made a couple dishes to take to church dinner that night. (One of which will be shared next Wednesday for Recipe Club link up.) And that was our day and our weekend. Family, Friends, Food, Target and a Hallmark movie. Just the way I like it!!

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