Weekend Update with The Jenkinsons

1 Feb

Kyler’s actual birthday came around on Tuesday. She spent the day with Grandma and they went to Chuck E Cheese, Kyler’s 1st time.

She asked for spaghetti for dinner and we topped it off with ice cream sundaes

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!

Family portrait by Kyler :) The circle on Chris? That would be his butt, Kyler laughed really hard after drawing that.

We had a super fun team outing at work. Ya know, just enjoyed a 60 degree sunny day at Universal. No big deal.

The Velociraptor Encounter is pretty cool. He kept nudging me before he roared in my face. Awesome.

The next day, we hit that other theme park in the neighborhood. One of the many perks living in Florida :)

So Hudson LOVES Mickey. So when he doesn’t nap and then has to wait patiently to see Mickey, he gets a tad upset.

Teacups!

She loves roller coasters. She was so happy we were able to get Fast Passes on the Seven Dwarfs train.

Parade fun!

I had a game Sunday but Chris and the kiddos had fun. They ate at Moes, played with friends and met Grandma and Poppa’s new puppy.

Grandma and Poppa’s new puppy, Tinkerbell

Poor thing was worn out from the weekend

It was a jam packed weekend per usual but love spending time and having fun with my family!

Kyler Nicole: Four Years Old

26 Jan

Kyler Nicole is four today. 2015 zipped by and I feel like we celebrated her 3rd birthday at Disney a few months ago.

It is funny to look at at her 3 year old post because, honestly, not much has changed.

She is still super outgoing. And she is hysterical… I mean SUPER funny. Not only is she a goof and likes to act silly, but she says the funniest things. She loves to keep Chris and I in line and will be the first to jump in and tell us to stop if she doesn’t like what we are doing/saying. She is what we call a “leader” and I am okay with it as long as she is polite when she is “leading.” We have worked on what strangers mean this year because she will talk to anyone. I feel like she has picked up the concept pretty well so that is giving me a little more piece of mind. She is the sweetest girl. I am not just saying that because I am her mom either (or maybe a little bit). While she is SUPER sassy and can be really difficult, she is the kindest girl. She gets along with every kid at school and has lots of friends. She is always worried about us and wants to take care of us if we don’t feel well. She LOVES her Hudson and does so much for him (like gets him snacks, share her toys.. well sometimes, hugs, etc), and says the sweetest things like “mom, you’re my best mom and I love you so much”.

She did really well in the health department. Maybe a few colds here or there but nothing too crazy to report. The biggest change is that she now wears glasses all of the time. We noticed she squinted when watching the TV and come to find out, she had really bad eyes. Like REALLY bad. It was really sad for me on a few reasons; 1) that she had problems seeing and I didn’t know how bad 2) that she has to wear glasses at such a young age and 3) her prescription is strong so the lens are pretty thick. That all said, I stepped back and looked at things in prospective. My daughter is healthy and that is all that matters. She looks so cute her in glasses and doesn’t mind wearing them plus hey, if the kid can see better than that is great! She brushes her own teeth (then Mom or Dad follows up), has been completely potty trained (night time too) for the longest time and does a lot by herself now.

Kyler is very much a girly girl yet LOVES her superheroes, trains, etc. She played 2 seasons of soccer in 2015 and is about to start up her 3rd. That really isn’t her favorite thing to do but hoping she warms up to it a big more this season. She LOVES to swim and swims like a fish. She still loves her Disney so of course we have so much Disney in our lives haha. She is such an animal lover. The dogs are her best friends and she has to hug and kiss them every day. She is a little better with her dinner time, however, I wouldn’t say she is great. She takes forever to eat but she has started to try new things so that is good. Night time has only gotten better in the last couple of months. Now, when she doesn’t have a nap (basically when she isn’t at school), she goes to pretty easy and usually sleeping by 8:30pm. When she does get a nap…. we are looking at 9:30-10pm at night. Hoping school cuts it out soon.

She does NOT like cold and will complain when it’s like 60 degrees out. She can get her moods when she will whine a lot. It and drives up completely crazy. She can be very sensitive and start to cry in .5 seconds flat. I feel like she does it for attention sometimes but other times its a sign that she is tired. She can have a mouth on her and a bit of an attitude so we spend some time in the old timeout chair… basically learning that it’s not okay to scream and freak out when you don’t get what you want. That is a hard concept for her to get sometimes :) Oh and this girl LOVES to barter… ya know, like 5 more minutes for bed, no mom, how about 10, etc. She always comes back with a “good idea”. All a part of being 4 and testing her boundaries.

She is a tall girl but not super tall. We will visit doctor to get her stats but I really don’t think she will be much bigger than the rest of the kids her age. She is wearing a size 4… Ideally a kid’s 4 and not toddler because she does need the length. Her shoes are a size 9 (can even were some 8s still) so her feet barely grew this year haha. Her hair is super long and we need to get it cut soon. She has only had 1 hair cut in her life. She is still my little fashionista. I am pretty sure she is up to over 13 pairs of boots (don’t judge me, damnit! ) She does wear a uniform at school so that has actually slowed down my habit to buy new clothes for her. So that is good, I guess?

She is VERY smart. I am not even really talking about tradition smart but just gets things that most kids her age don’t. Honestly the conversations I have with her are pretty amazing. Her memory is ridiculous and brings up things that happened so long ago. Currently, we are working on her writing and reading skills. She can write her own name but we have been challenging her lately. She loves Legos and her imagination is pretty awesome.

Some of her favorites:

Favorite Foods: Yogurt, Grapes, Mac and Cheese, Apples, Almonds, Spaghetti,  Any candy, cake or cookie :)
Favorite Movies: Any Disney movie….big into Inside Out right now
Favorite Songs: Bad Blood by Taylor Swift followed by and Taylor Swift song… oh and the occasional 90s rap song
Favorite Toys: Legos, Barbies, Palace Pets, Hudson’s train table, any small figurine
Favorite Places: Disney World, Sea World, Grandma and Poppas
Favorite Books: The Day the Crayons Quit and Came Home

Weekend Update with The Jenkinsons

24 Jan

It was the weekend of birthday celebrations and it isn’t even Kyler’s birthday yet.

On Saturday, we celebrated her birthday at O2B Kids with friends. It was a superhero/ Batgirl theme and she was excited.

Everyone doing their best superhero pose

The first activity was coloring your own mask and cape

Baby bro had to get into the mix

The next stop, was a dance party… or just running around a room, playing music and playing instruments

All the superheroes <3

Time for cake

It was a fun birthday party and she loved celebrating it with her friends.

After the party, we kept it going at the Gilbertson’s house.

It was chilly here in Florida and I as sleepy from the party so problem solved

The moon was BIG and BRIGHT on our walk home… well Kyler ran because she was cold

Ammo, my 1st baby <3

Today, we were ready to have ANOTHER birthday party at Grandma and Poppa’s house

It was a beautiful, sunny but chilly day

Working hard

Gotta love a Publix cake

My birthday princess

She looks so grown up here

She had the best time celebrating with her family and friends this weekend. I can’t believe our Bug will turn 4 on Tuesday. Time is sure flying by :(

Weekend Update with The Jenkinsons

18 Jan

Getting ready for school!

My snuggles <3

Hip Hop Hooray!

The kiddos dropped in at work to say hi on a weekend game

Look into the future maybe??

Bounce house and Patriots game, love this Florida weather!

We woke up Sunday and had nothing to do… so we made the quick decision to head to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The sweetest thing… He LOVES Mickey so he ran up to him and went straight for a big hug. He stayed like that for a good 3 minutes and didn’t want to let go.

They switched and he had to give Minnie some love too

There isn’t too many rides that the kids can do there but the safari ride is one of my favorites by far.

It was a gorgeous day out to spot some giraffes

Sweet elephant

After that, we walked around the animal exhibit and Hudson fell in love with the hippos.

He swam back and forth and it took a while to get Hud to walk away

Now that is mean muggin’ for sure

We spent a quick 3 hours and after seeing that the Asia animal exhibit was closed, we headed for a treat. Cookie Butter Jeremiah’s Ice is the real deal.

Family bike ride around the hood to clinch the evening

Love these 2 more than anything!

Do they not look like twins here?!?!

It was a good 45 degree morning here in Florida and Kyler HATES the cold…. not a happy camper at all. Florida girl all the way

I can’t believe it’s mid January ALREADY. Kyler turns 4 next week!! Ahhh, I can’t believe it!

See Ya 2015!

4 Jan

2015 has come and gone. For us, it was a great year. Looking back, we focused a bit more on ourselves and had SO much fun

 Catch last year’s post here !

In January, Kyler turned 3!

In February, the Patriots won the Super Bowl

In March, Kyler started soccer

And, Hudson turned 1!!

In April, Chris and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary

And, we headed to the Keys for a wedding

I got to cuddle a baby leopard… and tiger <3

In May, Kyler got her 1st haircut

And, We went on a cruise to the Bahamas with some friends

In June, we went to the Bahamas at stayed at the Atlantis

In July, Hudson got his 1st haircut

In August, we did soccer again

And, I headed to San Francisco for work

In September, Hudson started swim lessons

In October, Chris passed his A/C license exam

And, We took an awesome week long trip up north visiting Washington DC, PA and Hershey Park, New York City and saw snow, picked apples, and lots more

In November, Kyler got glasses

And,  we went to Nashville

In December, we went back to Tennesse for a wedding, Kyler was the Flower Girl

We were BUSY this year!!! Of course not listed are the multiple trips to Disney, Sea World and Crayola Experience, holidays, time spent at the pool and with family and friends, and random fun along the way.

We are looking forward to 2016 and what it has in store for us. Here is to make resolutions and breaking them :)

Weekend Update with the Jenkinsons

3 Jan

Finally posting on time! Maybe I turned a new leaf in 2016 :)

My dear Nat #’s was in town this week which meant the the Trifeca was together again. Love these 2 girls!

This boy loves his doggies…. thankfully they love him too

Star Wars was the theme this year for Christmas

While I was getting ready, Kyler thought it would be a good idea to color her night light… and the wall…. and her night stand…. and get the play doh down. Oh and Hudson helped too.

We made many trips to Merritt Island this week. Thursday, Friday and Saturday to be exact!

Thursday was pretty much a shit show. It started with the comment above (forgot to mention she left the crayons in her bed which the dog proceeded to eat half of them), headed to the Island to see my bestie and her family while they were in town, had lunch with the family first then texted her to say we were heading to the park not realizing her cell phone wasn’t receiving texts so we were chillin’ at the park waiting when come to find out she was about a hour away from being there. No problem, I will come to you! Drive 20+ minutes to the Port to meet up with her, pull into the driveway and then Hudson decided to gag himself and throw up all over himself and car seat (thanks dude). Bestie pulls up, see her for approximately 5 minutes then drive to my parents house (mind you, this is 20+ minutes BACK towards the park, only a 1/2 mile away) to hose down the car seat and wash Hud. Thankfully Chris works on the island and my mom has extra clothes for the kids. The day just wasn’t working out for us.

Later that night, we headed to the Gilbertsons to have some drinks (maybe a lot), apps, and celebrate the new year!

Why not celebrate 2016 with a bounce house inside?

We tried to see if the girls would fall asleep together but that was a failure. Within 5 minutes, Kenley was upset that Kyler was talking and keeping her up. Sounds about right.

I found my designated driver!

No seriously, I can fit in her car so she drove me home. Not bad!

I agreed to meet my mom on New Years at Dillards for their annual big sale. I did not understand her apparently when she said it would be packed and we need to get there early. Yeah…. not my cup of tea but I did get Chris a Michael Kors watch for $65!

Packed up and ready for day 2 on Merritt Island

Saying bye to Greyson and the bestie! Look at that devlish face?! Isn’t he the cutest???

Kyler LOVES Greyson:)

This boy loves his Grandma (and his backpack)

It’s been like 85 degrees here in Florida so we took advantage and went for a swim

Selfies with the mini!

He has the funniest faces… this is his go to “cheese” pose

That is a studly guy right there :)

After dinner, the kids stayed at my parents and we headed back to Orlando for the night. May sound silly to drive back and forth but sometimes, with the dogs, it just makes it easier.

Day 3 in Merritt Island was spent with family! We celebrated cousin Easton’s 3rd birthday!

Not too often we get all the little kiddos together. Trying to teach kids 6 and under how to play crochet…. hilarious

Happy Birthday Easton!

The girls! Miller, Emma and Kyler

Hudson LOVED walking with the girls in the backyard

Rocking dance party on stage!

All the kiddos :)

Poor guy was out light a light before we got over the bridge

It was a jam packed week but so fun to spend time with family and friends. Tomorrow I jump back into the real world and get back into the grind. Bring it on 2016!

Weekend Update with the Jenkinsons: Merry Christmas!

27 Dec

Another 2-in-1 coming your way!

The week prior to Christmas was a busy one.

I had a few work holiday parties, a game, and then had to pack for a road trip/Tennessee wedding

We left bright and early (5:30am) and headed up north. We packed all the necessary road trip snacks

The kids did great and Hudson made a mess

We had to pass through Asheville, NC to get where we needed to go. We were there by 2:30pm and were making awesome time so we decided to go up the mountain and check on my grandparents house. They live in Florida and haven’t been there in a while.

Driving up to their house is usually a beautiful drive, however, we had clouds, clouds and more clouds. Not much to see.

I have spent many times playing on this porch as a kid myself so it was fun to see the kids there

We weren’t there long and needed to get going. Although it isn’t far outside Asheville, it was a 2 hour detour because of the mountain roads

Tackles from Hud the Stud

We made our way to Kingsport and it was chilly!!

He loves the cold weather!

Kyler…. not so much…..

Snow flurries before the rehearsal!

She loves her brother!

They got to hang out with cousin Matt for the weekend so you know they were excited!

Playing in the hotel lobby

It also happened to by P’pa’s (aka my father-in-laws) birthday! It was nice to celebrate the day with him!

Sweet Kyler was the flower girl. She looked so beautiful <3

Her hair accessory is the same one I wore on my wedding day

and then you have this handsome man

Pumped he found his belly button

The flower girl and the ring bearer!

Beautiful wedding!

This guy!

The kids were EXHAUSTED by this point

Happy man

We hit the road early Sunday morning (6:30am) and headed back home

The kids couldn’t have been better. There was lots and lots of movies, snacks, and naps :)

Thankfully, I had 2 days off to get my house and things ready for Christmas. I worked the game on the 23rd and then was back in Christmas mode. Grandma, Poppa and the dogs came over on Christmas Eve. Decorating cookies for Santa!

So beautiful :)

I whipped up a Polish Christmas Eve dinner. The holidays always reminds me of my grandparents, especially my Grandma Drabyk. We had piergoies, kielbasa, and haluski (cabbage and dumplings). Here’s to you, Grandma!

After dinner, we drove around (well Kyler drove, we walked) to look at the lights

Our neighbor does a Christmas show every year where you turn it to a station and his lights dance to the music. Her car has a “party” mode and a FM radio. We found the station and joined in on the fun!

After, it was time for dessert. Yum.

Tackle Poppa!

All ready for Christmas!

Patiently waiting to come see their presents

Kyler’s face when she saw that Santa brought her a Puppy Surprise :)

Hudson did okay… he was more interested in playing with the toys then opening. Kyler couldn’t open hers fast enough!

Merry Christmas!!!

Hud loves his new train!

We spent the day playing and unpacking toys until it was time for dinner. Christmas ham.

I had a game on Saturday but the kids seemed to have fun with Dad

Today, we bummed around the house. We watched Inside Out, played with our Christmas toys, and Kyler, Hudson and I drove (again Kyler drove and I ran behind) up to the park.

She’s a little Monkey

What a BUSY but AMAZING few weeks. I can’t believe Christmas has already come and gone…..I am a little sad but my wallet is happy :)

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