Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Big boy bed

Look who's sleeping in a toddler bed! The crib is all packed up in the garage. Sniff sniff...no more babies. :)

Thursday, August 2, 2012

House updates

Wanna see our new gallery wall and chalkboard wall? After several weeks of looking at art leaning against a wall, Andy and I just decided to hang everything up! When I walk by these walls it makes me hold my breath with excitement, so that must be a good sign that I like it. :)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A day in the life of John John

Now that Claire bear is gone at Kindergarten all day, Mr. John and I have had to figure out what we were going to do with ourselves. We have done a few planned activities, but mostly I just let the kid do what he wants and I follow him. Here's a peek into our new normal...

Here is John's first successful attempt at painting. I have tried painting with him before and it was UNsuccessful (paint everywhere, catastrophe, tears). Here he is so focused on his masterpiece that he can't be bothered to look up at the camera while he's saying "CHEESE!"

Here he's saying "oooooooh!," which is code for "this is going to be so messy! hooray!"

Here he is wearing his "bap pack" just like Sissy...

Here's a shot taken while we had to wait in the carpool lane (hallelujiah for the bus!). Thank goodness he is so good natured. We ended up singing "the wheels on the bus" about 300 times in that thirty minute time period. Not kidding.

Four words. Pants on the head!!!

Totally his idea. Hahaha.

What's an afternoon with a toddler without a little cake baking?!

Just waiting at the bus stop with our giant t-rex and tiny plastic basketball...

This is when he screams "SISSY BUS! MAMA, SISSY BUS!!!" And I say "I know!" Hahaha.

 Just chilling on the couch. When Claire is home she usually sits in the corner so she can stretch out on the chaise. When the cat's away the little mouse will lounge.

Just doing some mopping, Mom.

And John's most favorite activity...running!!! And giggling!!!
p.s. Do you like my new rug?! So cute, right? I got it at rugsusa.com for 50% off! Woo to the hoo!

Hope everyone is doing well!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Oh mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?
Mmm, mmm, I don't know.

Well, I've been afraid of changing
Cause' I've built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I'm getting older too.

(thanks Stevie Nicks)

It's a new chapter in our lives today as Claire starts school. My mother's heart both aches with joy and sadness.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hilton Head

We are home from our impromptu beach trip! And I'm actually posting about it in a timely manner! Hooray for me!
John learned a new word at the beach...sandy. Haha. The kid rolled in the sand like a dog. He had a sand beard. Hilarious.

We found out this morning that Claire's transfer request was accepted and she starts kindergarten...gulp...tomorrow! She asked if she could take a nap with me this afternoon, so I am quietly typing this on my phone while she sleeps next to me. I can't sleep. I kind of want to cry. Haha.
She packed her backpack with some bandaids "just in case." I love that kid.

Ok, without further ado, the weird mix of beach photos...

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Like Jack Kerouac...Team O'Neill is on the road

Hi. I know I know. Sorry.

We're currently driving to the beach for a spontaneous little family get together. Nothing like packing an hour before you go somewhere. Haha. I also realized that you pack just as much stuff for one day at the beach as you would for a week. Little kids need so much gear. Anywho, I'm hoping to do a specific beach post soon. The operative word being hoping.

Lots of pictures.
Again, in no particular order.

Got a couch, assembled the couch (Ikea), celebrated the 4th with Claire's first fireworks show, baked lots of stuff, VBS...and other miscellaneous. Haha.

Hope you're all well!