Sunday, April 13, 2014

Lately . . .

Oh my poor blog! It's harder and harder to keep up with this but I do want a record of my life with two young kiddos.

We have been busy the past few weeks! Lots of outdoor playtime, birthday parties galore and we even had a Master's party last night. Evie and Henry were so excited to have a party since we never host more than one family at a time. It was for our church small-group and it was really fun! 

Evie had a birthday party this afternoon and the moms came up with a wonderful idea. We split into shifts. Taylor's mom picked up Evie and Sloan and then Sloan's mom took the middle shift and I had the last shift - with ice-cream and cake. I dropped off the girls on the way home. Birthday parties are getting longer and longer these days so it is so nice to share the load with other moms. Evie was beyond thrilled to ride in the car with her friends.

Evie started back with swim lessons a few weeks ago and is loving them! I love that she only goes twice a week and am hoping to her ready to pass the YMCA swim test this summer. Evie jumped right in on the first day and loves that her sweet friend, Molly, is in her class. 

Easter egg hunting is another favorite right now. We have been to one hunt already and have a few more in the works. Henry hunts for blue eggs and opens it immediately eating the candy. Evie rapidly collects the eggs and then finds a safe spot to devour her loot.  It's so fun to see how different Henry and Evie are from each other. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Weekend Fun!

Hope y'all had a terrific weekend! We sure did enjoy the time together. 

Evie hid in her closet to polish off a cookie so Carl did not see her. 
Friday: Kristin and her kids came over for our monthly lunch and play date. Evie and Anna play well and Henry gets in the way trying to play with Jacob. It's hard to be 2! Henry took a nice long nap after skipping his nap for 3 days due to school and not being tired on Wednesday. He has been sleeping later lately though so it's a trade-off. We had Chinese on Friday night and our kids thoroughly enjoyed trying out chop-sticks and were surprisingly good with them!

Saturday: I headed to out to run some errands in the rain! It was so nice to get out for a bit. Evie and I left after lunch for a Girl's Trip. She wanted shopping and ice-cream. I can handle that! We went to Downtown Franklin and walked around peeking inside the shops. Sweet Ce-Ce's rounded out our afternoon. Evie selected sparkly nail polish and a little bunny at Five Below. Do you have a Five Below? Everything is less than 5 dollars and Evie thought it was so cool. Lots of stuff that is marketed towards the tween group really lures the girls in to shop. I treasure my special times with just my best girl. She's so fun and was thrilled over the smallest things from parking in the parking garage to riding the "everator." We had dinner at a neighbors house - delicious dinner and fun times. We got home super late and everyone went to bed!

Henry loves playing Barbies with Evie. He just goes about playing pool a little differently!
Sunday: Everyone slept late which is always a treat! We headed to a 40th Birthday this afternoon and it was so much fun. They had a grilled cheese food truck and it was AMAZING!! My sandwich was amazing and I will be hunting this food truck down again soon.  Henry and Evie were just happy to hang out with their little buddies. I had a school meeting this afternoon and Carl held down the fort. It was a gorgeous day. I am so excited for the warm, sunny days on the horizon this week!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spring Break Fun!

We had a super fun and relaxing spring break last week. It always goes faster than expected but the good news is less than 2 months until summer. Spring Break Summary . . .

Nana and Ipop's: We traveled to North Carolina to visit my parents. It was perfect timing because it was my Mom's birthday. Evie loved singing Happy Birthday and eating cupcakes. Carl and I went with my Mom to my grandmothers house to look at some things for us to keep. Evie caught on real fast that if we asked sweetly and mentioned it would her remember Mamaw that she could get lots of stuff. Evie has had a ball playing with the Barbies and tea set that she scored last week. Henry is getting some twin beds and I selected some jewelry. It was a bittersweet time - lots of memories in that house and it always makes me sad to think of my own parents getting older too. On a happier note, we went to the park with Evie's friend Maddie and went to visit some friends. On Sunday, we went to church. Evie chose to stay in the nursery with Henry because it was super fun with lots of cool toys. Uncle Ben and Mary Devyn picked up some cotton candy for an after church treat.

She She and Poppy's: On Sunday, we headed to South Carolina to see Carl's parents. Henry spent most of the visit longing for a boat ride but it was not boat weather. We went for milkshakes which is always a treat. St. Patrick's Day was spent eating traditional fare with Carl's mom's cousin and his wife. That was fun and I was proud of Evie for trying unfamiliar food. It was a very nice visit.

Home Base: We returned to Nashville on Tuesday and spent a few days adjusting. Henry was way off schedule and needed some sleep coaching. We stayed home Wednesday and unpacked a bit. Evie enjoyed an indoor picnic since it was super windy.

Adventure Day: Thursday was a BIG adventure day. I took the kids to Opry Mills Mall and we spent 4 hours there. That's a first! We shopped, went out to lunch at Chuy's, rode the train and carousel, and played at the playspace. After our mall adventure, Henry passed out in the car and we headed to Trader Joe's for some essentials and then played at a nearby park that we adore.

Dentist: Henry had his first dental appointment. Both kids are cavity free! Dr. Ryan did an amazing job and everyone had a terrific experience. Henry watched Evie go first and then he climbed right into the chair and opened wide. Evie went back for her x-rays and Henry was quite concerned about his sister. He kept asking, "where my Evie go?" Henry was relieved when Evie returned!

Zoo: On Saturday, we headed to the Nashville Zoo. Both kids had a blast and Henry said hello to every.single.animal that we came across. Evie's favorite animal was the flamingo exhibit and Henry favored the monkeys. What a fun morning together!

Friends: We enjoyed time together with friends a few times last week too! Impromptu playdates are always fun.  Go Bananas is the newest play spot in town and it was a great place to spend the morning. We had the Onello's over for dinner on Saturday. Evie and Abby are beyond precious together and have so much fun playing together.

Spring Break was a hit! I enjoyed lots of time with my children without a schedule or time table but it's time to get back on track. Sweet Memories with my family!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Blogging is always in the back seat these days. I asked Carl the other day how I used to blog every single day. He replied that we only had one kid and he had a normal job that did not involve travel or late nights. Yes, I agree - that has to explain it!  Here's a snapshot of our days lately to help me get back on track.

Lots of life has been going here - just not much photographic evidence. We have been spending hours playing outside in the yard and at the park. I went to read to Evie's class last week for Read Across America week and it was so fun. We had a birthday party for both of her teachers and of course she has been enjoying the regular birthday circuit around here with everyone turning 5 too. 

Carl and I went to Yellow Porch for dinner which is always a treat and enjoyed some time without our children. 

We went out to lunch and to Stones River Battleground on Sunday. I was not expecting the children to enjoy this but they loved the cannons and are still talking about them. Evie asked lots of hard questions about war - yikes! She can really think beyond her years. Let's be honest - she asks me questions that I have never even thought about. Henry was just happy to sit on the cannons and say "boom."

Monday, March 3, 2014


Time sure does keep ticking! Another week has gone away and here we are again although I have practically nothing to report. 

 It's a snow day in Nashville and we actually have some snow and ice this time. Roads are getting better but we are staying put. I just ordered diapers off Amazon and Carl went to the grocery yesterday for our other essentials. It's only lunch time and we have already made foam dough, painted with straws, painted with milk, painted with brushes, played hide and seek, read books, snacked on doughnuts, watched too much TV and now everyone is resting! 

We have all been a little under the weather - pink eye, strep, colds and fevers.  Just the winter yuck that will hopefully go away this month. I am thrilled that March is finally here! YAY for tulips, longer days, sunshine and spring break - all coming our way.

Since we have all been a little under the weather, not much has been going on. I did get a quick trip to the salon for a cut and color. That always perks me right up. Evie noticed my gray here that morning and asked me if my hair was turning blonde like her. Not quite, my dear! 

We headed out to a Mardi Gras party on Saturday with our small group! It was really fun while it lasted. Amazing jambalaya, a roaring fire outside, delicious appetizers, wine, King cake and of course wonderful friends. One little girl became violently ill during dinner. Poor thing - it did not phase anyone since we are all parents but I felt so bad for the hosts since they were also the parents of the sick one.  Carl and I decided to quickly finish dinner and get the heck out of there. That's what I would have wanted at my house. Henry and I both got sick that night and Sunday but are all better now. 

I am expecting another snow day tomorrow! We have a birthday party on Friday to look forward to and spring break starts next Friday. March always shapes up to be a fun month! 

Happy Monday to everyone! 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Weekend Wrap-up!

We had a super busy weekend! It was fun but I am glad that we will be back on schedule tomorrow. 

Friday: We went to The Porter's for a play date - so much fun! Kristin made a delicious peanut butter pie for dessert. Can't wait to make that one! After lunch, we headed to run a few errands and then to the park to enjoy the gorgeous day. I decided that it was such a beautiful day that naps were not necessary. Plus, Henry slept super late that morning! Carl grilled steaks for dinner and we called it an early night.

Saturday: Henry woke up super early! We went to Bonnie's birthday at Pump it Up. Evie adores Bonnie and was thrilled to help her celebrate. Evie felt a little left out at first because all the girls knew each other from school. We go to church with Bonnie and there were only three kids that we knew there. It was a wonderful learning experience for Evie as we encouraged her to find another girl that was playing by herself. Evie makes friends everywhere! Carl ended up with strep throat that afternoon but we already had a sitter scheduled. We decided just to grab a quick bite to eat and go to a movie - The Wolf of Wallstreet. Super entertaining movie - lewd but entertaining! 

Sunday: Everyone slept late and we enjoyed  a day at home. Carl planted some more trees and worked in the yard a bit. Evie and I went for a walk and noticed that a house had been rolled. Evie thought they had decorated for a wedding! Carl felt better and his antibiotics were in effect so we headed to our church bonfire. It was such a nice evening - hotdogs, s'mores and fellowship. Both kids loved it and we had a blast! We had a little church service around the bonfire and sang songs. Brought back memories of camp! I am looking forward to Evie going to camp already. Carl and I both loved camp and feel that camp teaches lots of important life lessons. Evie asked me if she could go to camp the other day but she only wants to go for one night and she wants a friend to go with her. Conversations with Evie are always enlightening! 

Hope you had a terrific weekend! Get your week off to a wonderful start. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Five on Friday!

Happy Friday, y'all! Hope you have had a terrific week.  We sure have had a wonderful week. Monday was a bit rough since it made 6 days in a row at home with two kids. We made it through our no-spend week and I think it reset the kiddos. They are not asking for anything anymore because they learned real quick that the answer would be no. I reminded them we were concentrating on being grateful for what we have instead of seeking more. We will be revisiting this exercise whenever our children seem to become a little too entitled. 

Weather: We have been spoiled by wonderful weather all week. Storms were in our area on Thursday and Jim Cantore was in Nashville. Carl always keeps a close watch on the weather and he decided that we should bring the kids downstairs about 8. They were already passed out and slept through their adventure in our safe room. Lots of Nashvillians have bonafide safe rooms - we just use our downstairs interior bathroom.  I'll take storms anyway since we were able to play outside every day. Sunshine is good for the soul and boosted every ones mood. We all enjoyed spending lots of time outside and have spring fever already. 

Valentine's Day Party: Both kids loved celebrating a belated Valentines day. Henry went with me to Evie's school party. Our plan was for him to go into his classroom but once he saw different kids in his classroom. He quickly decided that was not going to work for him. Henry loved being part of the Giraffe valentine party. Evie was not thrilled but she told me that she did not want to hurt Henry's feelings. He fit right in and played in the Housekeeping center while I played bingo with the class. There has to be a special place in Heaven for preschool teachers. I needed a nap after an hour with those sweet giraffes. Evie and Henry were both thrilled with all their treats and goodies. Mama is thrilled that Valentine's Day is over.

Career Day: I checked my email right before bed and found out that Career Day was Thursday. Evie made is really easy for me and chose to be a Movie Star. Perfect choice for our little Diva! She was thrilled to walk into preschool with a fancy dress and hat, sunglasses, a sparkly purse and lots of jewelry. Everyone looked so cute and it is so fun to imagine the careers these kiddos might have one day.

Gymnastics: Henry started taking gymnastic classes at My Gym last month and he adores every single second of it. We have several friends in our class which makes it extra fun! I love to see Henry having a blast and burning some energy. He always takes a really good nap on Monday afternoons. Gymnastics wears him out!

Play dates: All of us have enjoyed our play dates this week. Warmer weather pulls everyone outside and it has been wonderful to catch up with our friends. Monday, our boys came over to play. That's always a treat. Henry cried when they left, "my boys, my boys - I need my boys." Tuesday, we met some friends at the park and Evie got her baby fix. Evie is infatuated with babies and will hold them all day! Wednesday, we had our 2 year old play date and then met some friends to walk/bike the green way. Thursday, Carl came home and both kids were overjoyed to see their Daddy. He received a rock star welcome for sure. We are heading to The Porter's this morning for a playdate. We are so thankful for our precious friends. 

That's a quick update on Life at The Niemeyer Nest. Hope your weekend is off to a terrific start. We are looking forward to warm weather and family time. See you Sunday.