Project 52 - Week 17

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A photograph of each of my children, once a week in 2015

 Monday night was Cohen's Spring Program.  This is one of my favorite times of the year just because it is so fun to see how much they have grown over the year.  His class sang Bingo and trust me, we practiced several times at home.  I'll post more of the pictures later but these two were my favorites.  The last one is Cohen and his two best buddies - melting my heart.

Big news in the Baumgartner house - Lola is sprouting hair!  The first picture is sweet girl from the front.  The second picture is Lola girl with pigtails.  Basically they are mullet pigtails - business in the front and party in the back.  But I just can't handle the whispy little pigtail business.


Project 52 - Week 15 and 16

Sunday, April 26, 2015

*A photograph of each of my children once a week in 2015*

Okay, don't judge but I am going to combine the last two weeks.  And then I will have caught up.  I promise to be better about this.  Now that I don't feel like barfing if I do anything but move a finger, I plan on being much more present here.  

Thank you for being a friend.

Last Saturday was beautiful.  It was 80 degrees and sunny.  We spent the morning upgrading our landscape plants, picking out mulch and playing outside all day long.  Cohen was in heaven.  He played in the sprinkler with the neighbors, went on a bike ride with me and enjoyed his dinner outside under the umbrella.  Sadly Sunday brought rain and dreary cold, which stuck around with us the remainder of the week.  However I see a glimpse of hope in this upcoming week.

Girlfriend loves to be outside just like her brother.  Running barefoot and playing in her swing are the two of her most favorite things about this warm weather.  She was also quite a fan of corn on the cob.  I can't wait to introduce the whole watermelon to her this week.  Now that she has teeth she continues to love most food.  Oh cute little rompers, I can not wait to bust you out again.

My plan is stay on top of this blog.  Summer is coming in 22 short days which will give me more time as well.  Can I get an AMEN?


Da Baums Spring Break

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I have been meaning to post this for awhile. However my lovely computer crashed on me...twice.  You would think this would be enough to convince the hubster that I need a new one...

A few weeks ago we journeyed to Clearwater Beach for a week of fun in the sun.  And when I say sun, I mean sun.  There was one day where there were clouds for maybe thirty minutes.  The rest of the time it was sunny and gorgeous.  Our condo was literally a block from the beach and in the perfect location of everything.  Kurtis and I both agreed that this will be our Spring Break spot from now on.  The owners of our condo were the bomb - I'm not kidding.  Everyday Rodney would come and check on the kids.  On Easter he brought them a bunch of candy from the Easter Bunny.  Amazing hospitality - I can't say enough good things about it!  We rented a car but only needed it to get to and from the airport and then for our day trip to the zoo, which we decided to explore on our second full day of break.  The Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa was amazing.  This zoo is one where you literally could spend an entire day at to get the experience that you wanted.  Cohen and Lola made it four hours and there was still tons more we could have done.  My sweet boy enjoyed his first roller coaster and fed a giraffe.  Lola got close enough to a wallaby to touch until she realized that even though it was about as tall as her it had a tail, huge feet and fur and was definitely not a human.  The remainder of our days were spent enjoying Clearwater and the beach.  One of my favorite parts of the trip were our morning walks.  Kurtis and I would put the kids in the strollers and walk to the beach or over the bridge.  Seriously, there is something about the smell of ocean water that makes everything in the world right.  Both kids slept like champs at night until the final night when I think we were all just ready to be in our own beds.  Nothing is more depressing than leaving sunshine and 80 degrees and flying into gloomy and gray 45 degrees.  I'm telling you, I was born to live near the beach. Overall it was an amazing trip.  Both kids are little beach babes and Kurtis and I still are missing the sand.  I seriously can't wait to go again!

I managed to take a ton of pictures but never got a family photo.

This last picture is one of my favorites.  I'm pretty sure everyone loved these two because they made sure to greet you and send you off with a wave whenever you came and went.  Lola grew quite fond of Rodney who worked at the condo.  He'd open her arms and she would run to him like they were old friends.  I really need to work on Stranger Danger with these two....

Now I'm off to snuggle under the covers and cry because we have a freeze warning tonight.



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

So...guess what?

Yes.  Baby Baumgartner #3 will be gracing us with their presence come October - about a year earlier than anticipated.
While Lola and this baby will be about two years apart (23 months give or take a few days) this was definitely a surprise.  I may have spent the last few weeks in denial but I am slowly coming to terms that I will be a mom to three wild ones come Fall.  I have been the sickest with this pregnancy and am super thankful for Zofran.  This teacher doesn't have the option of puking whenever I need to -- I have 25 little children to teach all day.  I totally asked my doctor to write me a note to put me on bedrest the first trimester, but he told me a note that read, "Kait feels like shit," would not be enough for short term disability. 

I'm quite certain this picture is the perfect explanation of what is to come in my future.

Well, there's no turning back now. 
Ready or not here we go! So be prepared for baby spam overload times three....when I'm not about ready to pass out from exhaustion.


Surviving the First Day Back: A Teacher's Story

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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Returning to work after a week long vacation is rough.  As one of my parents told me last week, "Returning to school after Spring Break is hard.  Returning to school after Spring Break and Easter is just wrong."  Preach it, sister.  Especially after leaving beautiful sunshine and warmth for dreary and rainy cold makes it twenty times harder.  But sadly, vacation ends and we must all come back to reality.  I hope that a glimpse into my first day back after vacation gives you a boost of confidence as well as the realization that you are not alone.

My First Day Back After Spring Break:

5:30 A.M.
My alarm goes off.  I wake up in a panic only to realize that it's not my flight into paradise I need to catch but rather that the struggle bus has saved me a front row seat.  I roll out of bed and into the shower to rinse off any last remnants of sand that may be hidden away somewhere on my body.  Maybe a cup of coffee will help brighten my mood....not.

7:00 A.M.
Hey, remember when they closed the main road I take to school every day?  Oh yeah, they decided to install another round-about road so now everyone and their brother is being detoured to the only other road that travels north and south.  Thank God for some good tunes on the radio this morning.  

8:00 A.M.
After working for almost an hour I have minimized my pile of grading to be somewhat manageable.   

Oh that's nothing, friends.  You should have seen it before...

11:30 A.M.
Lunch - it's lunch!  I have survived the first half of my day!  This deserves a quick Circle K run.  If you are a teacher than you know that being able to feel the fresh air before 3:20 P.M. dismissal is an amazing feeling.  I quickly make a break for it and decide to find something that will make me happy and keep me going after lunch.   Of course I browse the candy aisle because on the day back after a week long break, I deserve it!  Oh, hello SNICKERS®!  I've always been a fan of the SNICKERS® Peanut Butter Squares but decided to stock up on a few extras for now, later and then later again.  

I may have grabbed a few extra with my husband in mind...or not. 

12:45 P.M.
My class is at Art and I need to plan.  But once again I find my mind wandering back to the beach and thinking of how at this time we would be heading back to the sand and ocean after lunch at the condo.  Cohen would be playing in the waves while Lola and I would be making sand piles just to build and crash down together.  I shake my head in realization that I seriously need to plan.  And then I remember my SNICKERS® Almond that is calling my name from the bag.  Planning and SNICKERS® - seriously, the perfect combination to get me moving!

3:45 P.M.
The kids are on the bus and this teacher is out of here!  After picking up both of my own kiddos, I am crossing my fingers for happy children and not little grumpers who didn't nap.  Unfortunately I am 0/2 on this one and am thankful for the frozen pizza I had stowed in the freezer for nights like these.

7:00 P.M.
One kid down and the other is almost there.  Seriously, the pile of vacation laundry is out of control.  Any takers for the job?  Bueller? Bueller? goal is two loads before I crash myself.  But not before I remember the SNICKERS® Peanut Butter Squares I bought earlier that day.  Originally I bought them for the hubster, but he will understand that I will need another pick me up tomorrow.  I can already taste them now...

And yes.  My night did end at 7:30 that evening.

Don't judge me by the bags under my eyes.

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Project 52 - Week 14

Monday, April 13, 2015

*A photograph of each of my children, once a week in 2015.*

On our last night out to eat on the beach, this kid had enough.  He played his days hard - swimming in the ocean, jumping waves, and running up and down the sandy beach.  Rarely did he nap, but that's nothing new these days.  However, we trekked in the opposite direction this particular evening to try something new.  It was the cutest restaurant with an amazing deck that was literally on the beach.  This kid made it long enough to order his dinner and then crashed - hard.  He finally woke up as we were leaving and enjoyed his grilled cheese on-the-go.  

On Easter Sunday, we decided to spend the early afternoon mini golfing because Cohen had been asking about it the entire trip.  On the long walk, both kids fell asleep.  However, this one decided to stay asleep which was fine by us...until we noticed this course was NOT stroller friendly.  I'm talking the Pike's Peak of putt putt golf.  So obviously she was not happy about it.  Let's just say I don't think I actually golfed past the fourth hole since this little turkey was persistent about holding my ball the entire time.  This picture was taken exactly one hole before she fell into the random pond of water.  I saved her, moccs and all.


Four Tips for Traveling with Tots and Family

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We recently endured an amazing family vacation to Clearwater Beach.  The weather was gorgeous - sunny and 80 degrees all week, which made it super depressing to fly back into Indiana's rainy and 50 degrees.  However, this was our first major trip as a family of four so I had to be super prepared prior to leaving.  From the airport, to the zoo, to restaurants and of course the beach, I knew we would constantly be on the go.  In order for this trip to be successful with two little ones, I knew I had to be prepared for anything that would come our way.
Here are my four tricks that helped us survive traveling with our little tots!

1.  New and Never Seen Before Toys
You don't have to go all out on this one.  I hit the dollar bins at various stores and stocked up on little trinkets and toys a few weeks before leaving.  I then threw them into a plastic bag and kept them in my diaper bag throughout the trip.  Whenever the kids started getting restless on the airplane or at restaurants, I was able to get out a "new" toy for them to play with and it totally kept them occupied for the time being.  For some reason a little wind up clapping monkey was the hit of the trip with Miss Lola.  Let's be honest, a wind up monkey can make anyone laugh.

2.  Snacky Snacks
Since you are on vacation, it is totally okay to splurge.  I always made sure I was prepared with Cohen and Lola's favorite snacks in my bag for any adventure during the trip.  I have to say, the bag of cheese puffs were a life saver during the last twenty minutes of our flight into Florida.  Miss Lola realized it was an hour past her nap time yet hung on tight to those puffs until we landed...and then passed out.  The bag came in handy once again when our food was taking forever to come out later that night and Cohen was close to meltdown mode about going to the beach right that minute.  A little boost for the blood sugar is good for the soul - and the parents' mental health.  

3.  Wipe Those Germs Away
Okay, so I'm a complete germaphobe.  And with both kids in and out of the doctor the two weeks before this trip, I was determined to remain healthy and germ free this vacation.  As I shopped at Walmart for our last minute trip necessities and made my way through the the Household Cleaning aisle, I noticed two different canisters of PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes that came in a larger 70 count and a smaller 35 count - you seriously can't miss it!  I grabbed one of each of the PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes - one for the suitcase and one for the diaper bag.  (And lucked out because I had printed $1.00 on any PURELL® Wipes canister or Save $1.00 on any two PURELL® Products beforehand!)  Boy, it was a good thing I did!  PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes came in handy for our all of our vacation adventures!  We spent an entire day at the zoo and rather than taking two kids into the public restroom to wash up before lunch, I grabbed my PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes, which kill 99.99% of illness-causing germs, and wiped down hands and faces.  This was so convenient, especially since we were out in a public place and definitely needed a good cleaning and sanitizing of those hands before eating. 

 PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes were especially handy during our daily beach trips.  Let's just say sand is not fun to taste while eating snacks, but I was able to clean our hands right up!

Even after our vacation I have our canister of PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes on the kitchen counter to use before dinner.  Cohen and Lola love to each get their own and sanitize themselves like big kids.  I've totally hit Spring Cleaning mode so getting the kids in on keeping themselves germ-free helps me relax just a little bit more when it comes to sanitizing our household.  As you can see, Brady also tries to get in on the cleaning and sanitizing fun!
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4.  Extra! Extra! Clothes All About It!
This one may be common sense, but sometimes you don't even think about it.  I always made sure to have an extra set of clothes for both of the kids, and seriously was I glad that I did!  One night at dinner, Cohen tipped his cup too far and soaked his shirt in juice.  This was also the one night we had planned on using to explore the evening pier and beach activities.  If I hadn't packed that extra shirt we would have had to head back to the condo, change our clothes and then go out again.  The extra set of clothes totally saved us a ton of extra family time.

We have been home for over a week now and I still long for the beach.  I can't wait for our next family vacation and definitely won't forget these tips to make sure we are prepared!

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Project 52 - Week 13

Friday, April 10, 2015

*A photograph of each of my children, once a week in 2015*

My little fish named Cohen Lee!  This was our very first evening in Florida.  By the time we had landed, retrieved our luggage, stopped the car rental guy from trying to sell us unnecessary upgrades and drove to Clearwater, it was dinner time and we were pooped.  But this sweet boy made sure we stopped by the beach so he could scope out the scene for our beach adventure the next day.  The sand didn't bother him and he would have swam right then and there if we let him.  This kid is meant to live at the beach.


This girl was a trooper for her first plane ride - even through her nap time.  She decided to make friends, eat her Cheetos and enjoy her surroundings the majority of the flight.  Then the last 15 minutes she realized it was an hour past her nap time so she had a mini meltdown and passed we were landing of course.  But after a quick nap, another round of Cheetos (Can't you tell by her face and dress? Don't judge.) and a whole hot dog and plate of fries for dinner, she was ready to explore this beach life.  Lola was amazed by it all!  The ocean and sand tickled her pink, it was just the cutest.  This was the beginning of a beautiful relationship with the beach.

I promise to play catch up this weekend.  Don't worry - more exciting posts to come!:)


Project 52 - Week 12

Saturday, April 4, 2015

*A photograph of each of my children once a week in 2015*

Boy, I'm a bit behind!  Last week was rough.  If you are a teacher than you understand how the week before Spring Break is not puppies and roses.  Plus we are enjoying our own vacation so on top of maintaining my sanity at school, I had to prepare for our own trip!  Update coming soon, don't worry.

Here are pictures from last week!

This is Cohen in his pure element.  We are all a bit stir crazy waiting for the arrival of Spring and the warmer temps.  He loves to build forts and gets quite territorial if you decide to put your feet up or cuddle under the blanket he's using, even if he's not in the fort.  I'm excited to get outside and play in our swing set fort.  The kid has an amazing imagination!

Oh Lola, how she loves to get into EVERYTHING.  I had this box of Cheeze-Its in my school bag (hey, teachers need snacks too) and while I was cooking during I peeked out into the hallway only to see her letting the crackers rain all over the floor.  While Brady was enjoying his fair share of treats, I made her clean them up  which she happily obliged.  Teaching them young, my friend.

More pics and updates coming soon!