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Back in the Blogging Saddle.

24 Jan

Ok Loyal PERKS Followers, deep breaths.

I’m back.

This past summer was a crazy one. Two of my best friends got married. On the same weekend. I was a maid of honor, and a bridesmaid all in one 24 hour period. And I was beyond thrilled to stand up for two such fabulous ladies.

I attended several other weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, and bachelorette parties.

I was raising a rambunctious toddler. And nursing a very cute baby. And we had swim lessons. And park playdates.

And somehow a CAH-RAZY summer rolled into a fabulously busy fall.

We blinked and our chicken-filled halloween rolled right into a turkey-filled thanksgiving, followed by a fantastically festive Christmas and New Year.

And suddenly, its the end of January and this poor ol’ blog has been neglected. Neglected-but most CERTAINLY NOT forgotten.

I needed a mental break. Some downtime to get my writing mojo back.

A chance to enjoy my boys and not worry about taking pictures constantly, or documenting every.single.thing. that happens in our perk-filled lives.

But after a much needed break, I am so excited to be back in the blogging saddle.

Mama Perks is ready to return your regularly scheduled programming-complete with pictures, anecdotes, and the downright ridiculous happenings of a mother busy raising two toddler boys.

Did I mention said toddler boys are growing.like.weeds?

Here’s the proof….

Six months ago they looked like this…

And now…they’re all grown up…

Hope y’all are having a fantastic Tuesday.

Stay tuned. I’ll be recapping lots of exciting perks from the past six months in the coming weeks…

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Let’s All Go to the Movies!

23 Aug

Do you all remember your very first movie theater experience?

Daddy Perks and I both love to see movies, and although we don’t get out to see them nearly as much as we used to-we were very excited to take Henry to see Cars 2 earlier this summer.

It was extra special to spend some one-on-one time with Henry as we are used to being a family of four these days.

Henry was absolutely enamored with the theater and it was so fun to experience something so simple through his eyes.

That’s right. We saw the movie at 9:50 AM.

We figured it’d be mostly families there this early in the morning.

And yes. We still got a large popcorn.

And a large coke. But that was just for Daddy Perks and I.

When we first entered the theater, Henry was totally enthralled.

He sat perfectly in his seat for about 50 mintues, eating popcorn, saying ‘Vroom Vroom” and smiling at both of us.

 Then he got a bit antsy and alternated between sitting in our laps.

And then he was done.

We ended up missing the last 30 minutes of the movie (which was entirely too long to begin with.)

But Henry had a total blast running throughout the hallways…

The boy is FAST.

He was very curious about all the posters.

And then he happened upon something…

A giant cat wearing a cape.

Also known as Puss ‘N Boots, who apparently is leaving Shrek behind to star in his own feature length film.

Anyways, I’m pretty sure Henry enjoyed this cardboard cut-out almost as much as the movie.

It’s the little things, right?

Anyways, as we walked out of the theater Daddy Perks and I looked at each other and both said…

“For his first time…all in all-a success.”

Later that day we hung out with friends, and one of them snapped a shot of the entire Perkins clan:

Happy Tuesday from our family to yours 🙂

Life With Two.

22 Feb

It’s no surprise that when you take a second stab at motherhood, the most popular questions are no longer…

“How’s he sleeping?”

or…

“How’s he eating?”

I guess people kind of assume you’ve got the sleeping/eating thing down…BUT…when your offspring doubles-people are DYING to know-

“How is life with two (babies) going? Is it harder?  How’s Henry handling being a big brother? Is he jealous? Does he do well around Marshall?”

I guess the easy answer is…

Life is good.

Life with two is a lot like life with one.

Just busier.

A. Whole. Lot. Busier.

For instance-now I can be nursing ONE baby, while another ONE is rooting for crackers in the pantry.

Which can then lead to me trying to open said bag of graham crackers for one child, while the other one is attached to my boob.

I can be changing one’s diaper to turn around and realize another one has ahem-relieved himself, and now needs changed.

And don’t even get me started on the bathing process.

People-keep it simple.  It should ALWAYS be a two-parent job.

But sometimes I get brave…and I think-I can do ____ (insert any and all tasks) by myself.

And I march into the bathroom with the best of intentions…

And this is what happens…

My plan was just to bathe Marshall this morning.  But a certain little toddler who happens to be OBSESSED with baths didn’t understand why he wasn’t stripping down to take a dip.  I even tried to distract him with this nifty bubble wand that we picked up at Target the other day.  No dice.

And before you start to question what brand of diapers I’m using…that huge wet spot on his PJ bottoms is NOT from his diaper leaking.  It’s what happened when he tried to “help poor water over his baby brother.” FAIL.

So once I got Marsh all squeaky clean…he took up residence in the sink (because when a baby is 3 weeks old, they fit PERFECTLY in the sink…)

And once I got Henry bathed, I was feeling quite proud of myself and channeled my inner “Mama Fierce” for this lovely self portrait…

***The following elements of this photo should be disregarded: Water spots on the mirror, my horrific roots (note to self: make hair appointment,) and my super sexy nursing tank top.***

Does this give you all a small glimpse into Life With Two?

Stay tuned…many many more adventures to come…meanwhile-Happy Tuesday Loyal PERKS followers.

A Weekend FULL of the Simple Perks…

1 Feb

This past weekend was just lovely.

The kind of weekend where we didn’t have much on the books…we resided in PJ’s for longer than was necessary…and consumed an entire tube of Pillsbury Homemade Cinnamon Rolls in one sitting.

And I’m not even ashamed to admit that Henry didn’t have any part in the cinnamon roll consumption. Nope-that was all mine and Daddy Perks’ doing.  We’ll call it our “toast” to the Sunday morning good life.  A so-called carbohydrate cheers to the impending birth of our second baby boy if you will.

It was exactly the type of weekend we all needed.  A reminder of just how incredibly wonderful these past 17 months have been.  We’ve grown quite cozy as a family of three.  And I found myself smiling a whole lot as I reflected on just how lucky I am that my boys are my boys.

Anyways-before I get all sappy (**Warning** that post is coming…) I’ll give ya the quick rundown of all the simple perks that made the last few days so delicious…(and I’m not just referring to the cinnamon rolls.)

Daddy Perks & I were able to have to movie date-nights-in on Friday and Saturday.  We knocked out two more Oscar contender movies watching The Social Network & The Town.  Both movies were fantastic and certainly worth seeing.  While we’re talking Oscar Buzz…let me also pat my hubby and myself on the back for somehow sneaking out to see several of the Oscar favorite movies over the past couple months.  I’m not sure how-but we’ve managed to see most of the front runner movies.  If you’re a parent-you know that trips to the movies sans child are no small feat, so we’re celebrating this accomplishment.

On Saturday morning we took Henry to COSI which is essentially a giant science playground/museum for children and adults alike.  He was in heaven. And so were we.  I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves…

He was too busy scoping out all the exhibits to smile with his Mama…

Ok I sorta lied.  Henry was in heaven-for most of the time.  Except when we tried to get him to pose with R2D2…

Apparently he has the same sentiment about robots as he did Santa…

Luckily he bounced back quickly due to a pretty sweet lizard exhibit…

We then headed to the Ocean area…which basically consisted of a whole ‘lotta (you guessed it) water…

One of them was enjoying the random squirting water a bit more than the other…

Balls floating in reachable water=a happy little boy.

We must have been looking at something really cool

He’s cool because he can go down the slide by himself AND rock some sweet plaid shoes…

Lots of mirrors for toddlers to check themselves out in…

After a delightful time at COSI, we took Henry to lunch and then headed home for naps and a nice relaxing evening at home.

Sunday evening we celebrated my Dad’s birthday and despite the fact that it took over an hour JUST to get our appetizers (thank you huge annoying table of “book club women”) and another hour to get our meals, Henry was a champ!  He sat and conversed with all the adults and behaved well beyond what should be asked of any normal 17 month-old.  And we rewarded him handsomely with a delicious banana bread pudding dessert for hanging in there 🙂

Nana & Grandad Shubs…

Henry & Nana…

Aunt Corey & Mama Perks

Are we really about to be parents to TWO BOYS?

And the well-earned dessert that kept my little man MORE than occupied…

Like I said…it was just the kind of weekend we needed before we add another very important little perk to our clan.

Speaking of that little perk…Mr. Marshall is enjoying one last cozy day in mommy’s uterus.  Little does he know-the blizzard/ice storm of 2011 is waiting for him with open arms once he makes his entrance into the world.  Shhhhh-don’t tell him how much cozier he’d be to just stay put.  His Mama is D.E.S.P.E.R.A.T.E to get this show on the road and the weather gods should steer clear of messing with our plans.  They should know better than to cross a crazy 39 1/2 week pregnant mama.

Happy Tuesday/Groundhog Day Eve/We’re (HOPEFULLY) Having A Baby Tomorrow!!!

xoxo,

Mama Perks

He’s Just Such a Stud.

14 Jan

I don’t brag about Daddy Perks enough.

I could literally dedicate this entire blog to how fantastic he is.

Not only is he hard-working, hilariously entertaining, and devastatingly handsome (among many many other wonderful traits)…he’s an incredibly talented writer.

And in the past year he’s gone from being an occasional guest writer on the popular magazine website Mental Floss, to one of their few full-time paid bloggers.

He’s written countless entertaining and thought-provoking articles-but his most recent  post was especially PERK-worthy…

Colin Perkins

As the father of a 16-month old – and another bundle of joy due next month – my wife and I are constantly on the lookout for clever baby products that might provide our son(s) with positive experiences, while offering us a moment of relaxation. This leads us often to stores like Babies R Us (which I have taken to calling Babies R Screaming). As a result I’m often overwhelmed – and sometimes disappointed – as I wade through a rash of what I deem to be needless or silly baby products.

However, an entry in the The Atlantic’s Old, Weird Tech series recently reminded me just how lucky I am to be living in the modern age – complete with all of our advanced medical options and nifty gadgets. After all, I could be living at a time when the Chelsea Baby Club baby cage was deemed a good idea.

Here an excerpt from the article detailing the idea behind the horrifying contraption:

Built in 1937 and distributed in London to members of the Chelsea Baby Club, the baby cage was meant for women with children but without a backyard, garden or terrace for them to play in or on.

Suspended from the side of the building, the baby would have access to fresh air and sunlight through the cage’s wire frame, and still have sufficient room to play with toys, according to a patent filed in 1922 by an Emma Read of Spokane, WA. The patent also notes that the cage could double as a place to sleep, with removable curtains working to prevent a draft.

And all this time I thought the Baby Keeper was scary!

 

Football Perks.

15 Nov

There is a universal truth that exists in every single family in the world.  They all have a baby.  And eventually, that baby will be replaced.

Something very profound happened when Henry was born.  He became the baby in my family.  Which meant that somebody else was booted out of that role.  Somebody who had held that title for almost 17 years.

That person is my youngest brother, aka Henry’s Uncle Kevin.

Here’s a picture of my baby brother holding the new baby in our family.

When I look at this picture I can hardly how believe how quickly both of these babies are growing up.  Kevin will be off to college next fall, and Henry is a full-blown toddler who’s going to be a big brother in a few months.  So while my little bro held the title of “baby” for 17 years…ironically, my little Henry will hold the title for a mere 17 months.

Funny how life works, huh?

Anyways, before I go off on a life-moves-way-too-fast tangent, I’ll put it simply…I love both of these boys.

In the past few months we’ve had the pleasure of introducing Henry to Friday Night Football, because his Uncle Kevin is currently rocking out his senior year on the football team at my alma mater, Bishop Watterson High School.

Now while I’m not too proud to admit that my high school football days consisted mostly of face paint, socializing, and an occasional glance at the scoreboard to see if our team was winning…when your baby brother is out on the field-now that’s a different story.

And the best part…Kevin’s team is good. Like, really good.  Last night we watched them win their second game in the State Playoffs.  They are now just two games away from playing for the state championship.

And there’s no denying that Kevin’s biggest fan is Mr. Henry.  He spends the games yelling and clapping non-stop and loves cheering on the Eagles.

Henry meets the Eagle mascot!

The former baby.  I guess they have to grow up, huh?

My little man.

Observe the weather change.

Above pictures are from August.  Below pictures are from November.

Hello Ohio weather!

All bundled up for the game!

When did he get bigger than me?

A family shot after a big win in the playoffs last week!

(Pictured above: my Dad, Me, brother Kevin, sister Corey & my Mom!)

#57…We’re your biggest FANS!