Monday, June 26, 2017

Mom and Cal visit the Callahans in NY!

I've been meaning to write this post for a week now - but better late than never, right? Cal and I visited NY over Father's Day weekend. Jim took the twins to the Cape to go to a car show with his Dad and brother. Rather than tagging along - or staying at home just the two of us, Cal and I randomly decided to drive to Brooklyn to visit Chrissy and Linds. It was his idea. ;)


We didn't want a touristy weekend. We wanted to just hang out, make brunch, and have a casual weekend. :)









We had a great workout..

And a great swim!



A quick pic before heading back to Boston. Fun weekend!!


All for now!

xo,
Shaz

Monday, June 12, 2017

First Cape Weekend This Summer!

When I first started blogging, my goal was to memorialize every single day - especially when it came to my pregnancies and my babies. I wanted to remember everything. The days are often a complete blur, and I wanted to find a way to document all our family memories. For example, over the weekend, Conor and Caden grabbed each other's hands in the ocean and started singing ring around the rosie. It was so cute.


Well fast forward almost four years and I am still blogging. Often, I am sure the photos look great and life is an absolute blast. However, there are many many tantrums, blow outs, spills, sicknesses, and breakdowns (from mommy too!) that I don't portray in photos and on my blog, of course.

This weekend was actually a great example of that. We made it to the Cape on Friday after work - it took us over four hours with stops, traffic, etc. It was a borderline nightmare. The reason I say borderline is that thankfully when we arrived at almost 9PM, all three kids went to bed easily. THANK GOD. They woke with conjunctivitis, and each twin took turns having some sort of break out in hives. I still don't know why - but we are heading to their 3 year dr appointment this morning, so we will figure it out.

This photo is from when we stopped for food on our way down the Cape...Con is feeding Cal an apple.


It wasn't that bad, but it was eventful. Then we woke up in the Cape on Saturday and walked to the beach near our house. This was probably Jim and my favorite part of the weekend.




Usually after the weekend ends, Jim and I talk about our "high, low, memorable" point from our weekends. We do this mainly because we barely have time to talk to each other all weekend with running around after these guys. Both of our "high point" was the walk and the time together at the beach. It was great. What's funny is that we packed almost nothing (because we walked) yet it was awesome. I loved the simplicity of it. And all three boys had a blast.


Cal was literally still in his PJs, and I didn't even have a hat for him. But he had fun!



Cal is ELEVEN months old today. Wow! That went by quick.









The next day, we went to Dennis, MA in the Cape to see my family Debbie and Jan - and also to walk down to Little Beach. I thought the boys would enjoy this more, but I think they were real tired. They had two late night sleeps in a row. We sadly didn't last long there.

We brought the boys home and they took some naps. During naps and after, we spent time at our house and in our yard. We don't often do that because we typically walk down to the beach, but it was quite nice! It was really warm outside, so we put some water in the little blue pool. Cal went in the water first while the twins napped. Then they went in the pool when they woke up.



As you can see, Con and Cal loved it - but Caden was a little skeptical. Caden was the more sick/uncomfortable kid at this point. Conor was on the mend.
 
Look at their little feet!


Jim's mom and grandmother joined us for some frozen beverages and beers in the backyard.


Jim's sister T got all of us the same hat with our initials for Mothers Day. How cute!


Look how they've changed in two years! They are growing up so fast. It's crazy.


I hope everyone enjoyed the nice warm weather over the weekend. I am off to the doctor with all three kiddos. While there, I am going to figure out what's going on with their eyes (this is legit their 6th time with conjunctivitis since St Patricks Day). And the hives are just adding to the stress. I hope they feel better soon.

All for now!

xo,
Shaz

PS Timehop just sent me the last three years of my life.....it's eye opening to see how much they change, and how much all our lives change each year. Two infants, to two one year olds, to two two year olds while 34 weeks pregnant, and now - all of them growing up and enjoying summers in the Cape like I did when I was a little girl. :)




Sunday, June 4, 2017

One AWESOME Weekend - and One Busy Mama

This is probably the longest I've gone in a while between posts - but I will honestly say I am the busiest I have ever been. But we had a wicked fun weekend, so it was blog-post-worthy. We ventured out to a few events, hosted lots of people, and had a blast doing it all. Oh and the weather was WAY better than expected, so that is always a plus. I mean, look at these three guys!



Work has been really busy - I just returned from a week long conference in Cape Cod and it was awesome. It was SO nice to be "away" yet I didn't feel far from home since I was staying at our Cape house.

The boys are all super crazy and fun. I am so proud to say that Conor and Caden have officially graduated out of early intervention. It was a real long involved process. We worked with Woburn Public Schools from the beginning to see if the boys qualified for services at a special state funded preschool due to their previous speech delay. :) I am SO happy/thrilled/ecstatic to report that they did not qualify for any services at all. Therefore, they will just continue with the status quo, which is going to their preschool in Winchester - and Cal is at his daycare in Burlington. ALL GOOD.


Cal is a crawling/climbing/adventurous maniac. He is a lot different than Conor and Caden were at his age. They were (and still are) a bit more timid. He is out of control. I can't even handle it. HAHA. He wants to follow Conor and Caden and do everything that they do - he climbs up in their beds, and then lays on them and wrestles with them. He steals their toys and does everything that an annoying little brother would do. It's so fun to watch. I am also still pumping - hopefully looking to end that when he turns one. It is challenging to do in the mornings and evenings now. However, it's only twice a day so it isn't bad. He also eats everything in sight, so I don't think it's as necessary compared to when he was a real little baby.

He tries to keep up with Conor and Caden.


He is pulling up and standing at everything he can find. This is one of his favorite places to stand. The boys usually have snacks here, so naturally he finds his way over.


Speaking of snacks...

We went to Winchester "Town Day" on Saturday with a few new friends from Conor and Caden's preschool. It was really well done - lots of stuff for kiddos to love. It was a blast and the weather was awesome! We then hosted my parents for a little impromptu BBQ later than night.





This is how I find the twins 99% of evenings and mornings.


Then we run into Cal's room and say good morning! He loves it. :)


We had Shayla and Kyle over for lunch today - I don't know how we didn't take any pics of the food. Kyle made the most amazing Shakshuka. Everybody wolfed it down and barely said two words to each other. It was delicious!

We rested, played cornhole, enjoyed a few mimosas, and just relaxed. It was the best day!!




Last weekend, we visited the cemeteries for Memorial Day. We went to my Grampa Hancock here in Woburn, Grampa Phelan in Lexington, both my Callahan Grandparents in Waltham, and also Jim's Mullen Grandparents in West Roxbury. Here are a few pics from the weekend. The boys were a little more difficult last weekend (probably because we dragged them to four cementeries) but still worth the memories here on the blog!



All for now...
Shaz