When I went to select my favorite photos from the week, I was stunned by how many I had! Last week, it was hard to find enough for this post, and this week, I found way too many!
Favorite Parenting Moment of the Week:
It has been a week of “snuggle buggles!” Both of my boys have been very affectionate this week with both of us, asking for “snuggle buggles” and hugs and kisses all day long. I’ll take as much of this as I can get, because I know that they won’t want me to love on them forever! Bryson wants his snuggles after his daily nap, and Matthew wants them just before bedtime or right after he wakes up in the morning. I caught a couple of these moments, one with each of them. I feel lucky to have these!
Favorite Realization of the Week:
Matthew is so creative, and this week, we found out just how wild his imagination is! We got a huge box from Amazon this week and it is sturdier than normal, so it’s lasted a LOOOOONG time in the house. Matthew works on it daily, making it into an “ice cream robot” and he asked us for paper towel rolls for the arms. Hottie brought a bunch home from work (don’t ask me why they had so many there, I don’t know) and Matthew got to work. I have no tape left in the house 😉
Favorite Meal of the Week:
Whenever I go back to basics, we have a great meal. I made curry bison burgers tonight, paired with roasted sweet potatoes. The sweet potatoes are new – Hottie brought them home and I was going to mash them (like always) but he asked that I make them the way I make all of our veggies (tossed in olive oil, garlic powder, salt, pepper and put in a hot, hot roasting pan). They were delicious and they were perfect with the bison burgers. We were both so happy with dinner that we finished it off with an ice cream bar dessert!
Favorite Purchase of the Week:
I received a coupon code for a free metal photo ornament from Shutt.erfly because of my heavy usage of Bing, so I ordered one for the first time ever. I love it so much – it warms my heart every time my eye catches it. I love it so much that I’m having them made for all of our years with kids so far.
Favorite Project of the Week:
This one is a no brainer – our advent calendar project! I am having so much fun with this and the kids are too. Sure, there are rough moments, but all-in-all, the kids are loving it and every time I say, “let’s do our project!” they come running screaming with glee. It’s actually quite unreal – they’re enjoying it way more than I thought they would!
Favorite Daddy Moments of the Week:
Like I said, these boys have been super affectionate this past week. Matthew has been getting a lot of bloody noses at night and comes into our room in tears, needing help getting cleaned up. Of course we let him climb into bed with us and we all snuggle. Hottie and I don’t get much sleep, but there’s something magical about sleeping next to your child.
And straight from FB: “This is evidence that a 4-year old cannot keep a Christmas present secret. I took Matthew to target today to pick out his gifts for Daddy and Bryson. Before Hottie was in the door, Matthew announced what his present was and, when we gave it to Hottie, Matthew shouted to Bryson, “AND I GOT YOU A HOT WHEELS TRACK WITH GRAVE DIGGER AND A DINOSAUR!!!!!” Matthew is a giver, not a receiver, and he gets so excited about giving gifts to people that he can’t hold his horses. He is just.like.me. He cannot keep a secret (or lie). It was the cutest thing ever and I just melted! All three of my guys got to work on “Daddy’s present that he’ll share with us” and played mini-hoops until dinner!
Favorite Workout of the Week:
It’s been a rough week here, some devastating news came our way. I REALLY needed to get out and run OUTSIDE and the day after receiving a tough phone call, the clouds parted and the winds stopped. I went for a 5 mile run by the boys’ school and really didn’t know where I was headed when I took off. I did an out-and-back for 3.1 miles and then wanted another 2 miles, so headed one way from the school for a mile. I was really hurting after 0.6 miles out but for some reason, kept pushing. Just as I was about to turn 1.0 miles, I looked up and realized I was right outside the cemetery where my friend’s nephew was buried in September. I ran into the cemetery, turned off my music, and had a chat with Sam. It was peaceful, it was calming, and my soul felt better.
Favorite Photos of the Boys This Week: