Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Mid State Fair with Grammie

For all the summers we've been coming up to Cayucos, we had still never been to the Mid State Fair in Paso Robles and it had been on our to-do list for awhile.  This past visit we finally were able to cross it off the list.  Grammie and I took all the boys and we had a blast!  Snow cones, cotton candy, tons of farm animals, playing in a pool in giant plastic bubbles, and the boys went to their very first concert: the Fresh Beat Band!!!  Needless to say, Grammie and I definitely needed a few glasses of wine when we finally got everyone home and into bed, but it was a very fun-filled day :)

the Fresh Beats in concert

Snow cones!

Enjoying the concert with Grammie. Sportin snow cone lips.

Bubble boys!

Cotton Candy!

Saturday, June 23, 2012


Charley is 4!  For his birthday, he spent an awesome day at Disneyland with Miles, Mom, Dad, and Jessica.  Favorite ride: the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster one.  Worst scariest ride: the 3D Bugs Life show :) 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Gearing up for the Olympics!

 Pete and mini-Pete :)

Charley is Peter's #1 fan and got the VIP treatment when we went to a game of Pete's a few weeks ago.  The team manager even got Charley a cap with Peter's number on it which he now wears school, while he naps, at the park...I practically have to pry it off his head.  Him and Miles play "water polo" all the time now, in the living room, with no water, where Charley makes up his own rules of the game and changes them constantly.  Oh, and there's lots of tackling. 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day!

You're super rad Dad.  We looooooooooooove you!
-Charley, Miles, and Tucker

Friday, May 11, 2012

Oh Miles, you shouldn't have

Check out my Mother's Day muffins from Miles:
Guess someone got a little hungry on the way home from preschool...

Monday, April 2, 2012

What the heck, it's April already?!?!

Oh, blog. You're so hard to keep updated. Currently, Charley and Miles are awake and laughing in their bedroom way past bedtime, and Charley is sneaking Miles books in his crib. On one hand, I do really wish they were asleep, but on the other hand, I love listening to them whisper to each other and their laughs make me smile :) Also, Miles' attempt at whispering is pretty comical too.

I'm going to try and get some sleep so I can wake up with maybe half of the energy the boys have bursting out of them at 6 a.m.

Me and sweet Tucker in Cayucos :)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Paging Dr. Nelson

Finding a heartbeat is serious business
 What's this kid shoving in my ear???  
 I'm too young for high blood pressure
 It will just feel like a little pinch Tucker.
 Okay Charley, game over, I'm drawing the line at you using power tools on your baby brother.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Starting off the New Year right with a brother dog pile.

I didn't want this!!

We're a little late on this, but not only did the boys' video get picked to be in the Jimmy Kimmel clip, they were the first ones up. So basically, I'm a stage mom now. Just kidding, the boys couldn't have cared less. I told them they were on tv and Charley was like "No, mom, we were just on our couch." But they did have a lot of fun with this new fake silly gift thing. Two of their favorite jokes were getting vegetarian Aunt Nennie a bacon scented car air freshener and putting chocolate sprinkles in a gift box for Pops and telling him it was caterpillar poop. Hilarious.

Oh and a disclaimer... if Char and Mi ever talk like the boy at the end I will for sure be washing their mouths out with soap!! :)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Sometimes We're Mean to the Boys

We were watching Jimmy Kimmel last night and they came up with a funny idea to mess with your kids (which is something I thoroughly enjoy doing). Basically you wrap up something that no kid would ever actually want as a Christmas present, but then you tell them that you have an awesome present to give them and they get to open it up early since it's so cool. Then, you take a video of the cruel trick, post it on You Tube and the Jimmy Kimmel show goes through and finds the funny reactions that the kids have and replay it on their show.

For Charley, we wrapped up a partially consumed bottle of vegetable juice, since we know he is repulsed by vegetable juice, and for Miles, we wrapped up a roll of paper towels. As we suspected, Miles actually kinda liked the paper towels...anyway here's the link. It is kind of long, but also kind of cute!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Christmas Card

We somehow got a picture of all five of us in the same place, at the same time, with no one crying, and we're kind of all looking at the camera. This is an amazing feat. So I'm trying to be organized and get some Christmas cards done. Here's a little preview. Anyone know what the quote on the card is from?? It's a movie I was obsessed with and watched over and over and over when I was little :) I'm trying to force the boys to also be into it, but so far no luck.
Heart To Heart Christmas Card
Creating Christmas cards has never been this easy.
View the entire collection of cards.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Convos with the Kiddos

On our walk on Main St. yesterday:

Charley: What's a girl with no head called?
me: (very disturbed) Ummmmm, I don't know...

5 minutes later...
Charley: Mom!  What's a girl with no head called?
me: ...(thinking I'm raising a serial killer and maybe if I don't answer him he will stop being a weirdo)

1 minute after that...
Charley: (very frustratedly points to a shop window) MOM!  WHAT ARE THOSE GIRLS WITH CLOTHES AND NO HEADS CALLED !?!?
me: OH! Oh, those are called mannequins.  (phew!)

Doing watercolors with the boys while it was raining today:
Miles is trying to paint his hands and arms.
me: No, you paint on the paper Miles.  And when you want a new color you rinse your brush off in the  water like this...
Miles picks up the cup of dirty brown paint water
Miles: I drink this.
me: NO! No Miles, that is dirty water.  Gross!
Miles: I drink this.
me: NO! NO! Disgusting!  I'll get you a glass of clean water to drink okay?
( I turn around to get a sippy cup out of the cupboard and when i turn back around I see Miles trying to sneak a sip of the nasty paint water...)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

My boys

We escaped to Cayucos for a bit.  Here's all the boys on our morning walk :)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween Hooligans!

Happy Halloween!
Tucker checked out Halloween, realized he was too young for candy, got bored and snuggled down in his banana suit for a little nap.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Happy (a little belated) Birthday Miles!

Yesterday Miles officially turned 2, and he had a great day that started with donuts and ended with ice cream.  Nennie, Jonit, John, and Hunkle Matt all came out to celebrate Miles and were nice enough to repeatedly sing happy birthday and re-light his birthday candle until the other restaurant patrons started giving weird looks. Now he's trying to make his birthday last as long as possible and he's kinda having a birthday week.  Today when the mail came, he opened all of the junk mail and credit card offers as if they were special birthday cards just for him.   

Miles looooved his Lightning McQueen balloon from his Dad.  While the boys were re-enacting a Cars race with the balloon this morning, Charley ran into a doorway, split his lip, and got an exciting trip to the ER :-/

Birthday sundae #2!!!  Miles is so stoked

Charley is never one to pass up an ice cream sundae even while sporting a butterfly bandage moustache.  Don't worry, it looks way worse than it is in this picture.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Cutie Cousins

The boys got a visit from their cousins today, and they loved it. The big boys and Braden bonded over monster trucks and dinosaurs and ended the visit with an awesome dance party. Tucker and Journee had a big morning of eating, sleeping, relaxing, and a few good cries.
Braden(5), Charley(3), Miles(almost 2), Journee(5 mos.), and Tucker(3 mos.)

Just two buddies hanging out and talking about how good hands taste :)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

My Weekend With The Big Boys

I got to spend most of the weekend with just me and the other 2 men of the house, Charley& Miles, while Kristen went on a mini vacation with Tucker, Jennie, and Betsy up in Cayucos.

Just to prove that I can handle the 2 boys by myself without everything getting crazy and out of control, I took a little video footage to show just how calm and well behaved they were with me this weekend. Here is a little clip of Miles just quietly enjoying one of his favorite videos of Elmo from Sesame Street:

See, I know how to handle my boys better than anyone and keep them well behaved and entertained the entire weekend without any help.

Ok fine, who am I fooling, the majority of the weekend actually looked and sounded a lot more like this:

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Newest, Newest, Newest Nelson Has Arrived

Tucker Savant Nelson has finally arrived and he is doing great. He is 7lbs 3oz and Kristen is exhausted, but also doing great. Here is his fist debut:

Monday, July 4, 2011

The Big 3

We had Charley's 3rd birthday party at Marina Park a couple weekends ago. Per the b-day boy's request we had a bounce house, a Lightning McQueen pinata, and cake pops made by Aunt Nennie.  He had an awesome time celebrating and bouncing with his friends and cousins.

Miles refers to himself as "Charley" so he thought it was his birthday too....

brothers, bouncing, and balloons


JP practicing holding a little one again with baby Brooklynn

The youngest party guest was Charley & Miles' new cousin Journee.   Even though she couldn't bounce with him, Charley was still very happy to meet her.  She is so cute and tiny!!


Bouncing with Riley

Taking a break with Grammie

Braden giving the pinata a beating

Rose and Brooklynn :)

Miles lucked out and got a few presents too.  His faves were these cowboy boots :)

Playing with his new garbage truck and Mater's Spy Garage

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Woo Hoo!!!

This weekend we are just sticking close to home and patiently awaiting the arrival of the newest new Nelson, but meanwhile we got some very exciting news today....drumroll please.......Jennie and Jonathan are engaged!!!!  We are all so happy and excited and wish we could be there to celebrate the good news with them.  Congratulations you two, we love you!!!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Beach Angels

The other day as we were walking to the beach park Charley suddenly exclaimed to me, "You look like a beach angel Mom!"  I laughed and said "Thanks Char I think you look like a beach angel too," to which he replied, "No, I'm Charley James."  I was a little shocked and wondered where he got that from, but hey, I'll take the compliments when I can :)  Later in the evening, I put on one of his favorite shows for him that we have recorded, and this commercial was on it:

Soooo thats where he got it from!  I guess someone's been watching a little too much TV.  .  .

Friday, June 3, 2011

Visit to the fire station!

Our morning started out a little rough with Charley starting the dishwasher that had already clean dishes in it and then Miles drawing on the couch and restarting the washing machine 3 times while it was already going.  But our day got so much better with a surprise trip to the fire station!  The boys' friend Emerson's grandpa is a fireman at the Seal Beach station, and she was nice enough to let us tag along on a visit.  Charley and Miles were in Heaven!  Not only did they get to sit inside the fire truck and check out all the cool fire equipment, but the firemen also shared their licorice and cookies :)  As we were walking home Charley said, "Mom the fire station has really good snacks!"  

Captain Charley  
 Driving the old fire truck
 Good thing Charley is driving because I'm pretty sure Miles can't see... :)