this weekend was great. on friday evening alanna went to a slumber party to celebrate her friend elizabeth's 13th birthday. since she is vegan, i picked up a few things earlier in the day, so that she would have the same things to eat as the other girls, and not feel like an outcast. they were having cupcakes as dessert, so i called whole foods to see if they had anything available that was vegan and already made (i didn't feel like making my own). i was pleasantly surprised when i went to pick them up, and this is what was in my box! how cute are these!?
alanna took two turtles with her. one for herself, and one to give to the birthday girl!
i ate the beautiful bluebird. i almost felt bad about eating it... almost. it was delicious!
here is danny's "turd"le, haha! way to go whole foods! what a wonderful way to start the weekend.
on saturday morning we picked alanna up (she had so much fun at the party!), and then ventured 2.5 hours to charlotte to stay with our friends justin and lynn. this was the first trip we've made out there since they had their baby boy dexter, and we were all so excited to meet him. he is just shy of six months old, and he is oh so sweet. seriously, one of the most chill, easy going babies i've ever seen. he was great the whole time we were there. the only time i heard him cry was in the night when his new teeth were giving him some pain. malcolm was a real challenge when he was that age. he had colic, terrible reflux -he spit up everywhere after almost every meal, and he had major sleep issues (til he was 15 months). i cannot even imagine having such an easy baby like dexter. they are so lucky :)
malcolm loved sitting in dexters bumbo, haha (maybe i should get his back down from the attic?)
we ate some delicous lunch from zizi's, and then lynn, alanna, the boys, and i headed to ikea, while danny and justin had some "bro time" without us. the charlotte ikea is pretty new, only about a year old, and it was so clean and nice inside. i love that damn store sooo so much. it's crazy. it was a nice but exhausting trip. the store was pretty busy and really crowded since it was saturday, but the boys were really good. malcolm got a bit cranky right before we got to checkout, but for being a terrible two year old, he was pretty good overall.
he was pretty interested in baby dexter. they were both so cute, checking each other out.
i got these photos right before malcolm started to get pissed.
back at the house. dexter is so cute in his jumperoo. he loved alanna talking to him, he would get the biggest smile and laugh a little!
and their dog bateman also liked playing with alanna. here he is begging for some of her food.
on sunday we got some more tasty takeout for lunch, and took it to a local park. it was pretty warm and humid out, but it was awesome that the playground was partially covered by a giant canopy! we don't have any playgrounds like that in raleigh.
please note all the scratches and bruises on malcolms legs! he is such a boy. always climbing, falling, and getting hurt.
lynn and dexter! what a great photo of both of them! :)
we walked along this little path and found a crazy huge centipede (i think that is what it was?)
malcolm loves bugs
after lunch at the park, we headed out, and stopped at ikea again to pick up some things that were too large for me to manage on my own the day before. alanna got a very generous gift card from my parents for christmas, so she used some of it to buy the shelf she wanted for reorganize her room. they have recently lowered the prices on a lot of items, and thankfully we didn't buy the shelf right after the holidays, because now it is $60 less than it was before! awesome! she has enough left on her card now, to get a cute new bedframe. but the one she wants is much too long to fit in my rodeo, so we will have to make another trip back soon in danny's minivan to pick it up. yay for more trips to ikea... and to see baby dexter again!
here is the shelf alanna picked
she also got this cute lamp. it reminded us both of super mario bros., which we love! too cute!
we got this fun rug for malcolms room
and danny was nice enough to let me get something too. i've wanted a coat rack for a while now, since we always have tons of hoodies, jackets, and bags etc. spread out all over the house, but could never find the right one. so i was delighted when i found this one there. plus the price was good. i already put it together, and it is great. i just need to decide where to put it. danny had to do some tetris-like magic to fit all the boxes in my car, haha. what a great husband i have!
we had a nice time in charlotte. i'm glad we could make the trip out, that the weather cooperated, and that malcolm slept in the car during both drives there and back. thanks again lynn for having us over. sorry malcolm was so naughty saturday night, and i hope we didn't leave too much for you to have to clean up after.
the week before last alanna had her eog's (end of grade tests). she was really nervous about them, and was worried that she wouldn't do good. i knew she'd be fine. she always stresses herself out, for no reason. she is a smart kid, and does really good in school. so yesterday she got her test results... and she got 4's in both subjects! they grade on a scale of 1-4, 4 being the best. dannys sister works for the school district, so she can see her actual scores and the percentile where she placed based on the states scores. she was in the 90th percentile for math, and 86th for reading (in the state)! heck yes! we are really proud of her.
to celebrate, we let her pick where to go out to eat for dinner. she chose indian. it was tasty.