A Trip to the Fire Station . . . and More

This weekend we took the boys to the fire station for the first time! And they LOVED it! Of course! Lolo especially loved it! He is OBSESSED with fire trucks. He has at least 3 toy fire trucks. And they all make noise of course. So as you can imagine he was enthralled with the fire station. He asked to drive the fire truck and the amazing firemen said “sure” so he hopped on up there and “drove” until we made him get out so one of his brothers could drive!

James loved driving the fire truck too!

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We even got a family photo! And everyone is basically looking so huge bonus!

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And here’s a few more pictures from the fire station!

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My parents went with us too! They came through town, we went to church, then lunch, then the fire station. The fire station just happened to be across the street from Vino’s where we ate lunch so we just walked over there and went in! Ha! Brian used to take Addison to fire stations on Saturday mornings when she was little so this was extra fun! I’m sure he’ll be taking the boys back! He’s made friends with one of the firemen. Because of course. He could make friends with rocks. And these guys were awesome. They showed us everything. One guy slid down the fireman pole for the boys. Lolo was amazed. And even showed my dad and Brian the big boy fireman toys.

And the rest of the weekend was fun too! The boys painted canvasses for the NICU on Saturday morning. They loved painting. And I loved their paintings. We’ll definitely be making more. It was so fun to see their different painting styles. And I was surprised actually.

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And the final product:

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I just LOVE them! I hope the ones they make for me are this awesome! They can go in the new playroom! ย Here’s a preview. I built bookcases on Friday night. Jealous? Ha! I love organization so these are perfect. We may need more.

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We also went to the park with the cousins! The boys had a great time. Of course. Mason LOVED swinging. His laugh is The. Best. Thing. Ever.

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Lolo and James don’t like swings ๐Ÿ˜ฆ What?! I know it doesn’t make sense! But they love exploring, which is almost as fun.

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And then Mason spent at least 3o minutes sticking this placemat to the window. And then getting upset when it fell off. You know . . . because it’s a placemat.

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And me? Well I’ve been super busy too. This happened this weekend:

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In case you’re not an expert zoomer or background picture analyzer, that’s my entire office packed up in my car. More on this exciting news soon! But for now, I’ll share that I’m starting a new law firm. And it’s going to be great! I can’t wait to make the official announcement!

Mann Fam Photos Fall 2016

I am in love! Seriously I LOVE family pictures. Every time we take them I am always a little scared we didn’t get anything good. Then I wait impatiently in anticipation to see what magic Miranda has done this time. And y’all . . . this time she outdid herself. This. Right. Here.
Ok so that’s probably my favorite picture ever. Like ever ever in the whole wide world. I bought a GIANT canvas of this one to put in the boys’ playroom.
And guess what? We got so many more great shots too!

Lolo’s face in this one is too precious. Remember RBF Lolo? Well he still exists but laughing, happy Lolo makes his appearance way more often.

A little ring-around-the rosies. LOVE!

And an accidental picture of all 3. They were playing and just happened to line up just right. (Plus some Miranda magic I’m sure).

And this one is just perfect. It’s going in a frame.

And a Daddy picture too. ๐Ÿ™‚

She got lots of amazing individual shots too!
Addison
Mason
He insisted on wearing the hood for a while.

Silly boy!

Logan
James

And my favorite shot from the whole day!

And one with me and each of my boys! I love that Miranda gets these each time!
Thanks Miranda for exceeding all expectations again! I will cherish these forever! And I hope these kids get easier for you as they get older! I keep thinking next time will be easier and that’s just not the case. Ha! But it’s so worth it in to me!

Happy 2017!

New Year New Me? Is that too cliche? Yeah probably. But I have high hopes for 2017. I really do. My resolutions this year are more general but they’re also more lofty if that makes sense. This year I want to do more, be more, learn more, and just more all over. I have a new planner (yay! love it!) and I actually wrote down my resolutions. So here they are – in 2017 I want to:
  1. Exercise more – Running and Barre Class are my jams. I want to be consistent this year though and keep at it!
  2. Drink more water! Most of my water now comes from coffee. That totally counts right?!
  3. Go on dates with my husband. And maybe I’ll actually plan one of these things. (Never happens. Not ever)
  4. Go to bed earlier. By 11-ish (failing tonight obviously)
  5. Get up earlier!
  6. Say yes more
  7. Stand up for me more
  8. Let other people do things (even the wrong way)
  9. Stay organized! With my new planner! So far on week 2 I’m on top of it!
The boys were pretty stoked about New Years too. Well not really. But they did like the hats.

Logan called this one the “snowman hat” Ha!

I was cracking up at him from the back. The hat is basically half his size. Ha!

And of course James didn’t really like the hats. Because he’s James.
So much new is happening this year with me. Just wait. I can’t wait to share! You saw in my last post that I started using Young Living Essential Oils. Well my goal is to reduce the amount of chemicals I expose myself and my family to on a daily basis. Let’s see how it goes! Can’t hurt trying right?! So far I’ve cut out expensive face cream for myself and replaced it with an all natural face serum, I’ve cleaned without chemicals, AND started using an essential-oil based cream for the boys to boost immunity. They love it! But enough about that here. I started a new blog for my oils so if you want to know more go to my oils page! The link is on the side of this page if you want it! Or you can click on my link here to see how I’m using my oils so far! (http://yldist.com/angelamann/)
More exciting things coming soon! I can’t wait to share!
But first, the Mann Olympics 2017 edition. Winner . . . me of course. I always win. Because I’m awesome like that. And just what is the Mann Olympics you might ask? Well, it’s the Mann family New Years Eve game night. Brian started this tradition about 6 years ago when he surprised Addison and me on NYE by planning a stay-in party just for the 3 of us, with silly games to play until midnight. And you’re in for a treat because I took pictures.
First I had to get my game face on.

The scoreboard. Because of course we keep score.

Addison was super excited. She thought this was going to be her year. She was wrong. But only lost by 1 point. So she put forth a valiant effort.

First game – rubber band slingshot knock the cans over game. Brian won this game. I think he practiced beforehand.

Next up – oven mitt Christmas gift game. And what was in the gift? Oh nothing. That’s right. Brian and I had a miscommunication and we wrapped an empty box. You see, Brian is in charge of the NYE Mann Olympics. I suggested this particular game. It’s the first game I’ve ever suggested. And I told him IF he decided to do it he needed to get a gift. Well he gave me the box and asked me to wrap it. I just assumed it had a surprise inside. Nope! The gift was getting the package opened. #worstgiftever

What’s Brian doing with his hand in these giant pantyhose? Fishing money out of the bottom. Winner of that game . . . me. Because I’m smarter than Brian and Addison and I just turned those suckers upside down and shook the money out. Smart not hard.

And to continue with the Brian being wierd theme – what’s Brian doing with that cucumber?!

And those pantyhose again?!

Ok so the pantyhose on the head . . . that was my favorite game. Pantyhose bowling. The object of the game . . . knock over bottles with the ball inside the pantyhose using only your head as a guide. Brian won that game. I may have video.

And the balloon people up top . . . another game. My balloon person is a lady. Which is extra funny because the game was balloon shaving. Shaving the beard of the balloon person without popping said balloon.

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Addison just covered the whole thing in shaving cream (they didn’t pop!)

And then good old fashioned War.

I mean good old-fashioned War with some Reddi-Whip as a punishment for losing wars.

And then Reddi-Whip scavenger hunts. I won this one too.

And finally this one.

Because eating chocolate donuts hanging from the ceiling fan is totally normal. Especially without using your hands.

Brian took this one really seriously. He still lost. To me. Because I’m the champion.

And Lolo celebrated New Years Day by playing his harmonica. And by playing his harmonica I mean spitting all over and in his harmonica and then making ME play his harmonica.

Christmas 2016 Part 2

We had a very busy, but wonderful Christmas this year. We started in Little Rock with Brian’s family, then headed to Memphis for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with my family. And everyone spoiled my kids. Addison especially. She deserves it though.

We started our Christmas with the Manns. We had brunch. The boys were a little confused. They kept asking for lunch. Ha! Brian’s Christmas suit made a re-appearance. And Brian tried to dance. As you can see he’s a really good dancer.

The boys did a great job waiting to open presents. The tree and presents were a HUGE temptation but they mostly held out. I only had to rewrap a few presents. A few times. (Sorry for the ghetto wrapping job Liam! I gave up). The boys LOVED Nina’s tree! And all the pretty presents under it!

And a few more pictures from Nina and Pop’s house!

Lolo LOVED the new dancing Mickey from Nina and Pop!

And Brian loved holding this sweet baby.

And we tried to get a picture of the cousins. Just missing Liam! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Then we headed to Memphis. 2 of the boys slept.

But then there was Mason . . .

I kept giving him candy to keep him quiet. Ha! Mom of the year over here.

We went to my Grandma and Grandpa’s house first for some chili. After the super scenic route because Brian is terrible with directions. And by terrible with directions I mean he’s terrible at listening to the directions I give as I give them. (He blames me, but we all know this is not my fault). So we drove over the scary bridge, then we drove through the hood. Then we missed another exit and had to turn around at a liquor store that keeps all liquor behind glass. James thought it was Starbucks. So not even close. But we made it.

Logan really liked the pecan bucket.

Everyone else played the piano. At the same time.

And Logan ate more pecans.

Christmas Eve we started the Griffith family Christmas tradition. It was so special that we were here for all of it this year. We will spend most Christmases in Little Rock because Brian and I decided we want to be home most years. So this year was extra special. So . . . our crazy Christmas tradition is this:

  • Christmas Eve – Christmas with Lou Ann and our cousins
  • Midnight Mass
  • After Midnight Mass – Christmas at Grandma and Grandpa’s house
  • Back to Mom and Dad’s house for Santa
  • Christmas morning – Santa and Family Gifts
  • Christmas lunch – everyone comes over to Mom and Dad’s house
  • Christmas night – everyone passes out, sometimes on the couch, sometimes sitting up (usually Grandma)
So much fun! I love it! First, a picture of the boys. With matching Santas. And not just any matching Santas. One of these has lived at my parents’ house since I was little. Then my mom found 2 more this year so now she has 3.
Now pictures! First Addison and the boys made cookies with Zizzie. Lizzie looks scared. Ha!
Mickey cookies of course! Nana has the coolest stuff!
Christmas at Lou Ann’s house!

James helped everyone open their presents.

Mason got a tractor. Then he filled it with confetti. Because of course.

Jim liked Mason’s tractors too.

Then Christmas in the middle of the night at Grandma and Grandpa’s! And a rare picture of all 5 of us. And we’re dressed up.

A selfie with Lizzie.

And my 2 favorite girls.

And lots more pictures.

Mason’s cheese face. Ha! I can’t stop laughing at this one.

Group present!

Lolo in my dad’s rocking chair from when he was a kid. This thing belongs in a museum.

Patiently waiting for Alan to open their new toys.

Then we went home and waited for Santa. The boys even put out cookies. And James kept saying don’t touch them. And he checked to make sure Santa ate them in the morning. So cute! Did you see the Santa sacks at the top of this post?! My friend Sumer made them for us and I LOVE THEM! All 4 kids got a stocking and a Santa sack full of presents. And the boys also got a few bigger things. A kitchen, a tool bench, and a train table. They loved them!
And we opened presents too. And stickers. So many stickers.

And of course they loved Nana’s tree too.

And because we didn’t get much sleep the night before we thought naps were super important on Christmas Day. We found Logan like this. I mean I guess technically he did take a nap right?

Then we had Christmas lunch and spent the afternoon with everyone again. And then this happened . . .

Yep. More Christmas suits. Fun for the whole family. Oh and Brian and my brother Joey both got the same fun cat shirts for Christmas too. I’m pretty sure Joey has worn this out in public.

And of course Mason made another new friend. Ha!

And another fun picture from my parents’ house . . . this one lives in their back hall on their picture wall. Coincidence they placed this sign in front of this particular frame? Probably not. I feel like the asshole gene was inherited. Maybe.
And one final picture. Mickey waffles! Brian asked for a Mickey waffle maker for Christmas so he could make Mickey waffles for the boys. And he has used it more than once already.

Just kidding! That wasn’t the final picture. This one is though . . . my Christmas gift to myself.

I bought myself a Young Living Essential Oils Starter Kit and I am soooo glad I did! I’m kind of obsessed and now I want all the oils. So far I’ve used my diffuser every day and night too. And I’ve made things. Yep things. I’ve made face serum for myself, sinus and asthma roll-ons, a cough and cold cream for the boys (like baby Vicks but better . . . even Addison loves it), and I’ve used my oils to clean the boys’ cribs. So basically I did a great job with my gift to myself. Let me know if you have any good tips or recipes for me to try!
I know it’s after New Years now so NYE post coming soon! Mann Olympics 2016 edition was amazing. And I won per usual.