Sunday, April 20, 2014

School Easter Egg Hunt and Bishop Arts District Fun

Lincoln's preschool class had a fun Easter Egg hunt on Thursday, and he invited his Mommy to help out.  It was so much fun to watch him play with his friends and hunt for eggs.  Such a great hour away from the office!  He and his sweet friend Ellie were ready for action.  Ellie always gives Linc the most good-bye hugs at the end of each day.  Lincoln raced around the playground to gather so many eggs, he grabbed a few from the top of the playhouse and zoomed down the slide to find more.  He and his buddies were happy to show off their loot. 
After the Easter Egg hunt, his teacher asked me to read the Easter story to the kids.  I read a lot to Lincoln and Beau, but it was a little more heavy to read to a room of 16 preschoolers.  They rewarded me with quiet listening ears and applause at the end of the story . . . so glad to make Lincoln proud!!  He presented me with a plant that we could take home and watch it grow together.   
Friday morning was gymnastics of course!  The boys ran around like crazy and had tons of fun.  We had a fun picnic in the backyard and loved the nice weather.  We took a break to rest and settle down for a bit.  We did manage to do some shopping and playing after our rest and took several silly pictures.   
Lincoln's T-Ball team didn't have a game scheduled on Saturday, so we slept in then got some new spring church shoes.  We all headed down to the Bishop Arts District for a baby shower for Kevin and Veronica.  Their new house is super cool, and the boys loved to play with Tomas.  Their backyard was super fun, and they loved the train set in his room.   
Snack break!!!  Lincoln worked on his bean bag tossing skills for a long time, and Beau visited the chip bowl for a long time . . . typical!   
We went to Eno's for pizza, and it was delish!  We are never in the Bishop Arts District, but it's really cool.  We took some time after dinner to walk around and see the boutiques, neat shops, and live music.  So much fun stuff to see! 
One of Daddy's accounts is in the area so we strolled over to hang out on their patio and let the kids meet Ms. Mary (the owner).  It's kind of weird that there are lots of cats that hang out on the patio of Ten Bells, but the boys loved it.  We spent the rest of the evening building Legos and reading books at home.  Everyone was getting ready for Easter Sunday . . . crafts for our Sunday School lesson, new monogrammed shirts, new shoes, found our brown leather belts from last year, and Mommy even ironed!!!  Lots of Easter fun on Sunday!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Busy Sports Night

Wednesday started out like any normal day . . . school fun, spaghetti dinner, and milkshakes for dessert.  After we got the regular stuff out of the way, we had a full night of cheering on our Dallas teams.  The Rangers are just beginning their season and needed to start strong (even though there are  tons of injured starters), and the pitching duel between Yu and King Felix promised to be great.  The Mavericks had the last game of the season against Memphis to determine playoff opponents, and they needed to win to avoid the Spurs.  The Stars first playoff game (in a long time) was sure to be a test against Anaheim.  So much sports!!!!!  We finished baths and the bedtime routine on time, but everyone caught the sports bug and couldn't settle down in their beds.  We all piled up in Daddy's office to cheer our teams. 
It's hard to watch so many games at once!  We had the Rangers on in the main living room, and the Mavs on in Daddy's office.  The Stars game didn't start until after 9:00, so we only checked on it a few times during the end of the other games.  We all ran to the living room to celebrate the Leonys walk off hit to win the game but ran back to check on the Mavs game.  Hooray, we're up in overtime!  Lots of cheering and yelling!!!  Lincoln and Beau tried hard to read the scores (Linc is really good at that) and cheer so hard for our teams.  So much fun!!! 
The cheering got a little out of hand and boys banged their heads together REALLY HARD!  They started developing welts right away and made me take them to the mirror in the bathroom to see if there was blood.  Luckily there wasn't any blood, but they did hit pretty hard.  All smiles after checking out their injuries! 
I'm sure this isn't the first sports-related injury they will have.  Most of them should come from actually playing sports, but occasionally they may have them from over-celebrating.  Unfortunately, the Mavs lost the game with 01.1 seconds left.  So heartbreaking!  The Stars lost as well, and also in heartbreaking fashion.  Perhaps we should work on our cheering! 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Brother Hugs

Sweet brother hugs are always a special moment . . . and that moment is even sweeter when they are all cleaned up after a bath, wearing pjs, and headed for bed.  These two love each other like nothing else!  Sure, they fight daily but always know that being brothers means that they have to hug it out!  At the end of each day, no matter how many times they have been mad at each other, they can't go to bed without spending a minute to hug.  Best brothers ever!!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Saturday and Sunday Fun

Saturday morning began with team pictures before our game.  What a great looking White Sox team!  The boys played a great game, and everyone has improved so much from last week.  It's fun to cheer when they are having fun!
After lunch Lincoln and Daddy went to Scarborough Faire.  There was so many entertaining things that he saw . . . a fire-breathing person, a jousting competition, a petting zoo, an elephant that he didn't want to ride at all, people playing ancient instruments, and people chomping on giant turkey lets.  As if this wasn't all weird enough, Lincoln wondered why the grown ups there had on their Halloween costumes.  So real grown ups were dressed in strange Rennaissance and that was a little weird!  Daddy and Lincoln did have fun together! 
Beau and Mommy hit up Hobby Lobby in the afternoon to get ready for our next craft.  We also went on a run on the bike trail even though it was crazy windy.  The boys were super excited to have a sleepover at Nana and Pops house, and Mommy and Daddy had evening plans of their own!  I'm loving this cute family picture! 
When do Mommy and Daddy ever take a picture all dressed up . . . never!!!!
It has been several months since we have spent any time with Matt and Rachel, and we were so glad to meet them for a long dinner.  We started out at PakPao in the Design District, and it was fabulous!!!  We are so proud to be a part of the investment team behind PakPao, and the concept is working out so well.  So glad the Goodman's loved it as much as we do!  Best Thai margarita ever!!! 

These two guys had to have a picture . . . they are soul sisters . . . except that they are guys . . . what do they call that for guys . . . Anyway, it is always like they have never been apart, and their texting and phone conversations have always made up for the distance (Matt in Scranton, NYC, or Cleveland).  Love having them back together.  Oh, and Rachel and I had fun eating, talking, and making fun of them a little!
Lincoln and Beau were SUPER excited to have a sleepover with Nana and Pops.  They were planning on Spring Creek BBQ, puzzles, a Happy Feet movie viewing, and lots of fun.  Everyone was ready for a bedtime story from Pops, and it looked super serious.
The boys had a few projects to work on Sunday afternoon.  One of those was to put candy in their eggs for the school egg hunt this week.  Beau chose mini 3 Muskateers with marshmallows.  Ummm . . .  no one is happy about that but Beau.  Oh well!!! 
It was a fun weekend for sure.  We have lots of things planned for this week, and the boys love to be busy.  Easter crafts, new desserts, and much more . . . stay tuned!

Friday, April 11, 2014

End of the Week Fun

It has been a very busy week at the Kuhlman house!  We have had school and work each day with tons of activities each evening.  By Thursday night, we were ready to take a night off to hang out at Carmine's for pizza.  The boys were so excited to wear their new "I put ketchup on my ketchup" shirts!  Pop Pop found them on his recent business trip to New Orleans.  (Daddy and I were super jealous of the Acme shrimp poboys he had and the beinets at CafĂ© DuMond!)  These boys love ketchup . . . but they don't actually eat it very often.  I know some kiddos that require ketchup at every meal (with only chicken nuggets and French fries).  Lincoln and Beau only have ketchup maybe once during the week and twice on the weekend, if they are lucky.  To be honest, they don't miss it, but they love it if it's offered.  Either way, the ketchup shirts were a hit!  (Ally may be a little jealous that she didn't get one!)  They were so happy with their shirts that they had a few super sweet brother hugs!
Friday was a Nana and Pops day, and they began at gymnastics.  The boys were loving the new bounce house with two slides!   
Lincoln wanted to write a letter to Mommy, and Pop Pop helped him spell the words.  It was so sweet to get this letter after a long day!  Lincoln is so thoughtful and always wants to share his love! 
A family of bunnies comes to dine in the backyard at Nana and Pops house each day, so the boys laid out some lettuce for them.  They think it's crazy and love that the bunnies come so close!   
We all met up for our regular Friday night dinner then came home to play a few games.  They picked the game that Minnie and Bubbles gave them for Christmas, "Who Shook Hook?"  It takes a delicate hand to use the tweezers to pick up the selected item from the dangling net.  If it fall in, Captain Hook gets to keep it!!  They were surprisingly agile and didn't act like their usual wild selves.  We should do this more often! 
Lots of sweet fun for a Friday!  We have a busy Saturday planned . . . stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Legos and Dance Party - Terrific Tuesday

Lincoln is still super Lego obsessed, and Beau is under strict orders not to touch any of Lincoln's Lego stuff.  The pieces are so small, and the instructions are so exact . . . it's just not good for a little brother to be involved.  He has respected the rules really well and occasionally just wants to sit at the big table next to Lincoln to watch him.  Lincoln was working on the large fire truck this evening, and he allowed Beau to play gently with the water truck that he had built earlier.  It was a major honor for Beau, and he tried his best not to mess it up.  (He totally messed it up 15 times, but he's just not very delicate.  Lincoln and Mommy took turns fixing it each time.)  He was just so happy to be part of the fun! 
The boys requested a dance party instead of a bedtime book this evening, and they each got to pick a song.  They were really getting into singing and dancing around with the video on the iPad, and it was hilarious to watch!! 
Uh-oh!  Beau saw that Mommy grabbed the camera and totally ended his singing and dancing!  Silly little guy!  Lincoln either didn't notice or didn't care and continued singing the song.   
A dance party is a fun way to end the day, even if it's not as settling as a bedtime story.  Luckily, everyone has settled in bed quietly.  It was a great day.  We'll just have to wait and see what crazy fun tomorrow brings! 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

First T-Ball Game of the Season and a Rainy Weekend

Saturday morning was our first T-Ball game of the spring season, and the White Sox were ready to play!  Lincoln and Daddy warmed up and got all set up in the dugout.  Two handsome guys!!! 
Our batting practice really paid off because Linc was hitting the ball with so much confidence.  He ran super fast to first base and looked like a season T-Ball player. 
Lincoln played several positions during the game, but his favorite was pitcher.  That's an important position because most batters hit balls right up the middle.  He stopped the first two and threw the ball to first base.  After a few went awry, the bases were loaded.  He put out a couple of runners by grabbing the ball and rushing to home plate!  So proud of his smart baseball skills! 
More batting and more great hits!  Go Lincoln! 
Beau was happy to cheer for Lincoln, but mostly he was happy to play on the playground and run on the bike trail.  It was a super chilly morning, and we all had on our warm clothes.  Beau did lots of fighting about the pullover but was happy that he wasn't cold! 
The White Sox got lots of hits, ran the bases great, had good defense, and mostly had a great time!  Such a positive game and great teammates!  Lincoln's favorite part is the good game high fives, and he was first in line!  So sweet! 
After the T-Ball game, we got warmed up and had lunch and a little rest.  Lincoln's school friend, Zayne, was having a birthday party in the afternoon that we were so excited about.  Linc painstakingly picked out Zayne's gift with care, and he couldn't wait to get to the party.  Unfortunately, it rained on the party.  They had lots of outside games planned.  The kids weren't too bothered but mine needed their umbrellas.   
A real fire fighter came to talk to the kids about fire safety, and everyone loved that.  They even got to try on the official fire fighter hat! 
The rain continued on Sunday, and we all got wet going to Sunday School and church.  After a yummy brunch at Deli News, we ran a few errands.  The boys and Mommy had fun in their rain boots!!! 
The rest of the afternoon was spent inside with new Lego sets.  Lincoln was super determined to finish his airplane before the night was over.  We took a few breaks to rest with a movie and enjoy a delicious dinner . . . Mommy's homemade chicken parmesan, Daddy's homemade marinara with spaghetti, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Neiman Marcus bars.  So much yummy food and so much fun Lego play.  Lincoln was super proud that he finished his latest creation! 
We didn't let the rain ruin our weekend!  This week promises plenty of school fun, evening activities, a few Easter crafts, and more delicious dinners.  More updates coming soon!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Thursday and Friday Fun

It has been a good week with lots of school fun and evening activities.  Daddy and Pops have been traveling for work this week, so we had Nana over for dinner most nights.  Apparently there are no pictures!  We had yummy and healthy dinners, played outside when we could, and Lincoln built some serious Lego things.  Daddy got home on Thursday and they had a boys night!  Pizza was first of course, and then they went to buy a new tee to do some T-Ball hitting practice.  Daddy did the baths and bedtime, and the boys couldn't help but tell him all of the things he was doing different than Mommy.  It was good for them to have some Mommy-free time.  They loved it!
Mommy used to volunteer at lots of after hours Komen events before kiddos, but that hasn't happened much lately.  While the guys were having their fun time, Mommy was volunteering at the Belk Grand Opening at the Galleria and taking donations for Komen.  It was so cool to see the store first, and there were a few local celebrities in the house.  The fashion show was fun, and it was kind of good/weird to spend an evening with ladies instead of Lincoln and Beau.   
Friday morning gymnastics was fun as usual.  Beau has learned to hang on the rings . . . meaning lift up his feet.  He was super proud that he can do it like Lincoln!  Notice Linc observing in the background!   
We had a lunch picnic of ham, cheddar cheese, goldfish, and apple slices after gymnastics.  They had worked up quite an appetite after all of that running around!  Our next stop was big boy haircuts from Mr. Danny.  Daddy has been going to Mr. Danny since he was sixteen, and Mommy has been with him since 2012.  It's truly a family affair now!  (We had been taking them to Cool Cuts for Kids, but Beau got an especially bad cut because they keep having new and inexperienced people working there.)  Lincoln was up first and couldn't have been more excited!  He laughed and smiled through his entire cut!  Beau was sure to check on him a few times and was so excited to get his big boy hair cut too.  Unfortunately, Beau had a change of heart/mind when it was his turn.  He screamed like crazy for at least 15 minutes and was determined that he was NOT getting a haircut.  Lincoln, Mommy, Mr. Danny, the other hairdressers, and even other customers came to offer comfort and treats, but nothing was calming Beau down.  Finally, Mommy climbed up in the chair, put Beau in her lap, pinned down his arms, and told Mr. Danny to proceed with the clippers.  Poor Mr. Danny . . . he was a mess that Beau was freaking out and didn't want to scar him for life!  "It's fine, Danny.  Just do it!" Sure enough, he fired up the clippers, and we started to talk about the gymnastics lesson from earlier in the morning.  Beau dried up his crying in less than a second because he needed to tell his version of gymnastics.  What a drama monster!!!  We left a hefty tip and a promise that we will bring a bag of suckers for our next appointment.  (Thankfully, Mr. Danny wasn't too traumatized and booked us for another visit!) 
We also hit up Target to get a gift for Zayne's birthday party on Saturday, and then we played outside for a few hours.  Beau got out his rock collection and decided that they need a bath.  He had a blast washing his rocks!
They went for scooter rides, made lots of sidewalk chalk art, threw the Frisbee, and had lots of races.  Such a fun afternoon outside! 
We met Nana and Pops and the Hoggs for dinner, and it was delicious.  Everyone enjoyed their quesadillas, tacos, and guacamole!   It was still warm and light enough when we got home, so Daddy and Lincoln had a little batting practice with the new tee.  Lincoln did really well! 
We ended the evening with a cupcake and Legos, and that is the perfect way to cap off a fun day.  The boys look super sharp with their big boy hair cuts, and they really had such a great time playing as brothers today.  A day without breaking up any brother fights is a great day indeed! 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Games and Recycling

April brings lots of things . . . getting back to normal after lots of birthday celebrations (Beau, Minnie, Bubbles, and Lincoln), enjoying the spring weather, celebrating Earth Month (it's not just one day anymore!), and getting ready for Easter.  The boys have had fun playing one of Lincoln's new games, Hedbanz!  They don't get to see the card on their headband, and they have to ask each other questions and give clues about what the picture is.  This game is so fun!
Lincoln's teacher asked if we could help out with their Earth Month efforts and provide a recycle box.  Well, ask and you shall receive!  Nana helped Lincoln create a super great recycle box, and they had so much fun painting the box and thinking of recycle items that they could glue on. 
We added a few extra items with our glue gun and the box was complete!  Ms. Dorletha was thrilled with the finished product, and Lincoln was so proud of his efforts.  The kids in Pre-K have really gotten into the recycling spirit and are filling up the box with the appropriate items.   
Lincoln and Beau are super good at recycling because they understand what goes into the regular trash and what goes into the recycle box.  We are definitely saving the world one paper towel, plastic bottle, juice box, cereal box, etc at a time.  We are proud that at the end of the week, our trash can has less than our recycle can. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Happy 5th Birthday, Lincoln

Sunday was a day of celebration of Lincoln's actual 5th birthday.  He was so excited!  Anytime we told him Happy Birthday, he responded with the sweetest thanks.  The weather was perfect so we spent a lot of time outside.  He had T-Ball practice and worked hard on his skills.  The boys played outside for a few hours in the afternoon and had so much fun.
We got cleaned up and cooked a delicious birthday dinner for Lincoln.  What other kid requests grilled pork chops, roasted potatoes, and steamed broccoli?!?!  He squealed with delight that his birthday dinner could be a picnic outside! 
Nana and Pops joined for our picnic, and everyone had a great dinner.   
After we cleaned our plates, Lincoln got to blow out his candle of his special cake.  He was so proud of the cake he picked out!  He's keeping his wish a secret, of course! 
Chocolate cake with chocolate icing is a favorite at our house, and Beau never misses a chance to savor each bite.  He was a chocolatey mess but so cute while eating his piece of cake. 
This 5 year old melts my heart with his sweetness!  His joy is always contagious, and he lights up every single moment. 
Beau gently and excitedly helped Lincoln open his family presents then they got down to business playing with Lincoln's new stuff.  Minion Operation was an early favorite! 
Lincoln had a great birthday!  He's such a wonderful big brother and the most amazing first born son.  He always looks out for Beau, always tells his Mommy that she is so beautiful, loves school and his teachers so much, plans so many new crafts to try, remembers to say his prayers each night, and has the best imagination ever.  He constantly surprises us with how smart and silly he can be, and his new dance moves have us laughing all night long.  There is no one else like Lincoln Kevin Kuhlman, and we are just glad to be his family.  Happy Birthday, Lincoln!