The Day I Became A Boy Mom

I’ve been the mother of a boy for approximately 4 1/2 years. But I just became a “boy mom” yesterday. When I went to pick Turner up from camp, it had been drizzling all day. We saw hundreds of tiny little frogs jumping around on the sidewalk. When I say tiny, these were about the size of my pinky fingernail. Turner was so excited about them that he just had to have one. Of course one turned into three. But that’s beside the point. I obliged as they were pretty stinkin’ cute. So we scooped them up into a plastic bag with an air hole and we drove straight to Petsmart to get what we needed to make them a home.
I searched for someone who could help me, as I am not a frog expert. I mean I grew up with frogs, lizards, and snakes as pets because my brother was quite the nature boy. But I didn’t actually do any of the work. So I found a little critter keeper for five dollars just so I could get the frogs into something other than a plastic bag.

The exact transformation to “boy mom “status happened next. As I stood there holding a critter keeper full of three tiny frogs, I listened to the sweet Petsmart worker tell me that I would need moss to line the cage, and that I would need to spray it to make sure it stayed moist. And they are too small for crickets at this size, so what they need for food is wingless fruit flies. At that point she picked up a tiny tube of fruit flies crawling all over each other. I nearly dropped dead in my tracks. But at this point what was I going to do? Sneak outside and let the frogs go free? I won’t lie to you, I entertained the thought. But we’d already gotten this far, so I figured let’s just give it a try. So we got home and created a home for our frogs. We lined the cage with moss, dirt, and a tiny cup of water.

So, as I feed our new frogs wingless fruit flies and spray their moss as to ensure optimum moistness, I breathe in and I breathe out and I mark the day that I became a “boy mom”.

Dream Stay-cation

Stew and I just got home from the most amazing stay-cation of all time. Hands down. BEST. EVER! We celebrate our 8th anniversary on the 20th, so we wanted a quick getaway but couldn’t go too far because of our work schedule. So we snuck away to The Restoration in downtown Charleston for two nights. My words can’t even describe how incredible it was. So I will use photos, a lot of them, to help me describe it.

This hotel is a boutique style hotel right in the heart of the city. There is not only a hotel, but a rooftop restaurant, bar, and pool. There is a coffee shop on the ground level that serves incredible coffee. This is coming from a self-proclaimed coffeeholic.

Our room had the perfect mix of rustic, meets modern, meets southern charm. There was a full kitchen with gorgeous stainless appliances (although who would use them because the restaurants in Charleston are incredible). The kitchen, living room, and bedroom each had a set of double doors that opened up to our terrace.

There is a room called “The Library” that is set up as a meet and mingle type of space. Every afternoon they serve complimentary wine and cheese for their guests. Then at night, they have homemade cookies out as a little after dinner treat!

In the mornings they deliver breakfast served in a picnic basket right to your door! You choose what you want from their menu the night before, and it’s sitting at the door with the daily newspaper when you wake up! I couldn’t even believe the attention to detail! I jumped up and down, literally.

Our nights out on the town were equally as incredible. But the blog-worthy moment was our supper at R. Kitchen. This place is quite literally a hole in the wall! It’s a tiny building on Rutlege Avenue with no signs! They only advertise by word of mouth. My sister in law told me about them, and Stew magically got us in! It takes months to get a reservation! But, you want to know why? They can only seat 16 people at a time. And you’re actually in the open kitchen with the chefs while they prepare the meal. It’s not the type of place where you walk in and get seated and choose from a menu. They have set dinner times, and they let guests in only at their reserved time. They get a delivery of local, fresh groceries each morning and create the menu that day! It changes daily and you don’t know what you’re going to eat until you show up. The chef sets a four course menu and it’s a flat $30/person. It was one of the best meals I’ve ever had.

This vacation was one for the books. Really amazing. I can’t believe it’s over already! But we cherished our time together and our freedoooooooom!!! Happy almost anniversary to the love of my life and the best baby daddy out there!

Time To Make The Donuts!

Last night, as Stew and I sat on the couch watching TV, I did my usual Pinterest perusing and came across a luscious doughnut recipe. Something came over me, and I just had to have them! I got up right then and there and made the dough. I let it rise overnight and finished the process this morning. Needless to say, they were scrumptious. Soft, fluffy, and warm with a little crunch on the outside. I filled a few with the cream and topped the others with chocolate glaze and sprinkles. The chocolate ones were a huge hit!

I’ll admit I’ve never made doughnuts before, because the idea of frying things seems daunting and makes me nervous! The kids helped, and it was actually quite fun! It looked like a bomb went off in our kitchen, but it was well worth it. Have a great weekend!

The Children’s Museum

I’m happy to report that our days have gotten much better since my last post! It seems that kids push you to the brink and then totally redeem themselves with snuggles and sweetness! I enjoy the back end of that scenario much more than the front ;o)

It’s been raining for a few days, and we’ve been passing our time with puddle jumping, cookie baking, fort building, and movie watching. But this morning, I decided to take the kids downtown for a morning at The Children’s Museum. We have one of the best I’ve seen! Each room is set up for a different activity. There’s a grocery store, a pirate ship, a stage with puppets and costumes, a water room, a building section with real tools, and an art room. Of course, we did them all!

The last time we went, Stew was with me. So he was on Gracie and I was on Turner (or vice versa). I had a talk with Turner before we got there that since they were just with me, he couldn’t run off into another room without me. He did a GREAT job of staying with me and waiting patiently as Gracie dilly dallied from room to room. They loved it and had so much fun! Turner wanted to stay longer and paint, and my way of getting him out of there without a fight was to promise we’d eat chocolate chip cookies and paint when we got home. So that’s exactly what we did!

Not a bad way to spend the morning!