Sweet 16 and a Fabulous 4

As I sit down to type this, Milo is running around the house singing “happy birthday to you!”.  He is so used to it being “someone’s” birthday lately, that he just sings it all the time now.

Birthday recaps…

As you are aware, Cady turned 16 a week or so ago.  I just CANNOT believe she is 16…  She wanted a party with friends at a local pizza place so that is exactly what we did.  She also requested a “boho” birthday cake so I actually made one for her.  It was super fun and turned out so cute.  Thanks Pinterest for all the inspiration!




She got about a million presents for her birthday but her favorite was probably her new car…


It’s a cute little sporty Hyundai Elantra that her Dad got her.  We went and picked it up last weekend and she drove it through a drive-thru for the first time.  Of course there was a boy she knew working the window and he was all “Uuuuh, Hi Cady” – she was probably only a little embarrassed.  Although she looked super cool, her Mom was still riding shotgun and asking for extra helpings of fancy ketchup (it WAS whataburger – you have to get extra ketchup…)

The other big birthday event was of course Milo’s.  In his words, his birthday took “FOREVER to get here” so we celebrated for a few days.  Last week was also my last week at home with him full-time so we made sure we took advantage.  We spent time at our community splashpad…


Visited the museum…


Met Daddy for lunch downtown…


And rode the trolley – probably his favorite!


You can also see in this pic that he has a brand new black eye. Welcome to 4 I guess… 😉

And of course, the only present Milo asked for was a bike… so he has been learning to ride that over the last few days.



And If I didn’t mention it before, Milo loves Peppa Pig.  Cady made the most adorable cake topper for his Peppa birthday.


that shiner though… and that dog in the back licking her lips.

Two fabulous birthdays celebrated!

I also started my new job this week… And Milo started his new preschool program.  So far so good!  I cannot believe how crazy blessed I am with this job at this company!  I’ve spent so many years in an environment that was scary and pushy and stressful and I never knew from year to year if I’d even have a job because we did layoffs every.single.year.  I was so afraid to leave though because the money was great, the benefits were great, and you just DON’T leave good jobs like that.  It took a leap of faith and it has turned out better than we could have ever imagined or hoped.  I’ve been in orientation at my new firm this week and the CEO (yes, the CEO) came and talked to us and said – you’ve interviewed for your last job if you want – this can be your career until you retire.  It’s such a different culture. I totally understand the 6 rounds of interviews now – once you’re in…you’re in.  Pic of my new 1.5 mile commute…


I was also in the process of taking a selfie at the office the other day and someone totally walked by and I had to play it off.  How embarrassing.  I haven’t tried again since.

Milo is doing well in his new program too.  Matt and I have finessed our schedules so that he is there from around 9-3.  Give or take a half hour – another blessing that we have jobs with flexible hours!  9-3 is the recommended amount of time a child his age should go to school (or some sort of activity “away” from home) and it is suggested that he go 4 days a week (they should go the number of days of their age)… 1 day at age 1, 2 days a week at age 2, 3 days a week at age 3, etc.  This is recommended so their social skills develop, etc. I realize that a lot of kids go much more because their parents need them in daycare but I really get anxiety over that and it was another reason I was hesitant to go back to work.  I feel good about his school though and I can watch him at anytime from an app on my phone.  See?


I take screenshots periodically to send to Matt throughout the day.  And yes, I pixelated the other kids – don’t want their mugs out on the www without permission!

He looks so sweet there working on his letters (he’s in the peach shirt at the table).  His class is really scheduled and has a good routine.  It’s been a positive thing for him.  The only thing is he doesn’t like their lunch choices but when you have to adhere to our government’s school lunch policies, it makes for some interesting stuff.  They had baked fish for lunch yesterday…And one day this week they are having fresh sliced tomatoes as a snack.  Nasty.  Meanwhile, Matt wants to start eating there… people who eat healthy are weird.  Fortunately, they eat lots of ice pops on the playground and he LOVES that.  And trail mix, he loves the trail mix there.  haha!

So that’s our birthday update.  Next time I’ll update you on some fun things are family has done lately.  Bike Rides and new restaurants and visits from family.  And soon we’ll be taking off on our annual summer trip to the Midwest.  This year we are camping in Illinois and I think it’s going to be a BLAST.

Thanks for reading!





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