Saturday, April 21, 2012

I'm guest blogging--Woop! Woop!

Hey, hey.---check me out! For the next couple of months I will be guest blogging over at Wives Unscripted. My friend Jessica is out on maternity leave and I'll be filling in for her.

So what is Wives Unscripted? Well, it a great bunch of gals (we all are friends from all over the country) blogging about their lives, loves, family, career, and happy times. Take the time to check them (and me) out! My first post will be up soon. Enjoy :)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Pin It Friday!!

It's been awhile since I've done a Pin it Friday--so now I give you my inspiration for the weekend and some fun. Enjoy.

My first pin is actually from Pottery Barn Kids. Duncan loves cars and I've gathered the supplies to see if I can make a replica of this. I'll have to post the results once I'm done.

                                                                                            Source: via Kate on Pinterest

My next pin comes from the Pioneer Woman. I love her tips, recipes, and humor. My goal? To make this yummy dish this weekend of beef and snow peas for dinner.

                                                                                        Source: via Kate on Pinterest

My last pin is where we are going this weekend. Can you guess? We're going to the Washington DC Zoo. I can't wait to see how lil' guy reacts to all the animals.

                                                                                                   Source: via Buffy on Pinterest

Have a great weekend all! :)

Monday, April 16, 2012

Duncan at 23 months

It really is hard to believe my little guy is almost 2 years old. For the last few months Duncan really has been talking up a storm and picking up language like a sponge. He shows almost no fear and will climb anything. It is so cool. So for the amusement of future me when I go back to read this, as well as for all of you,  here is just a small list of what Duncan can do.
Words Duncan Uses
Dad, Daddy
Mom, Mommy, Mama
Dun-kin (his name) 
Tank chu (thank you), peez (please)
cookie, ray-sen (raisins), pankak (his favorite pancakes)
muf-hen (muffin), hotdoog (hotdog)
chik-hen (chicken) and hum (ham)
drink, milk, tea (he loves iced tea)
squeeze (his word for the squeezable yogurt and applesauce)
moon, sun, star
various animals, (usually followed by the sound they make)--cow, heep (sheep), duck, kit-tey (kitty/cat), dog, bird, pig...
train, car, truck, ar-pane (airplane), fiwertruck (firetruck)
fow-er (flower)
bye-bye ____(fill in blank)
hi ____ (fill in blank)
seep (sleep)
com, mom (as he holds your hand and asks you to come with him)
red, bloo (blue), geen (green), wello (yellow), purpuh (purple), ornge (orange)
he counts--albeit not quite in order--to 20
there it is
it's dark, it's quit (quiet)
No (of course--what 2 year old doesn't say it)
alll-right (alright)
ok or I'mma ok if he falls/drops something etc.
all don (done)
bathhhh (elongate that h) and showr (shower)
knock, knock and whoz tere (who's there)
Lee-lei (his friend Eli)
outhide (outside) also repeated over and over, this time 2 inches from your face with really wide eyes.
Really.-- I could go on and on. He soaks it up and repeats.  I just love listening to him, he is trying to copy everything he hears.

Things Duncan Does
He loves putting things on his head, building with blocks, putting toilet paper in the toilet or the toilet brush, or his cars... we have to keep the bathroom doors shut and the seats down, going outside to play (swings and slides are his favorite), stopping to smell and/or pick a flower, and eating his beloved pancakes, blueberry muffins, bananas (really any fruit). He is forever building pillow forts, loves being tickled, talking, he plays by himself quite a bit, "reads" books to us and looks at pictures, can turn on and unlock our phones if he is given the opportunity,  and is nuts for Dinosaur Train and Thomas the Tank Engine. He has such a gentle soul but is stubborn as a mule and will throw a mighty temper tantrum if given the opportunity.  
I'm sure there's so many other things that I cant think of right now but he is so fun and I completely love this boy... he is so hilarious!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Party down with Utlimate Blog Party from 5 Minutes for Mom!

Ultimate Blog Party 2012Welcome to all of you who found this post via the Ultimate Blog Party 2012, sponsored by

Let me introduce myself. My name is Kate and I am a mommy to a wonderful toddler "Dunc", a wife to a great husband who is probably even more busy than I am, and high school teacher to some great kids. My days start early and ends late, but I love what I do. I really am the new kid on the blogging block, but I'm really looking forward to connecting with lots of bloggers and moms. There are so many talented, creative and fun ladies out there and I've got so much to learn!

I started Innes Family v.3.0 earlier this year as a way to a) help me keep my sanity, b) keep all our family near and far updated on the world of "Innes"  and c) share the everyday antics of my super-hero in training life. I hope you enjoy. I would love to hear from folks--tips are always appreciated, and humor is loved. Thanks for stopping by. Visit again soon!!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter Memories

This year was Duncan's first "real" Easter--to know what is going on and to get excited for the day. This year we did our egg hunt after nap time since our morning was pretty busy with church and other things. All I can say was that bunny brought some pretty cool things--no candy, but lots of matchbox cars (in the eggs no less), and books. Duncan had a great time. How do I know? Here's a recap of our activities from both of our perspectives with a few pictures thrown in--enjoy.

Do I like my new Big Truck? Yes I do!
  Me: "Duncan, what did we do first today?"

  Duncan: "get dressed and eat pancake mom"

  Me: "Did we go to church?"

  Duncan: Yes, mom. I colored"
  Me: "What did we eat for lunch?"

  Duncan: "Dinosaur chicken (dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets),   cumber (cucumber), grapes, and drink!"

My first Easter egg hunt!
Me: "Did the Easter bunny come"?

Duncan: "Yes, jump, jump, bunny"

Me: "What did he bring you"?

Duncan: "Big Truck, cars, and eggs." (A matchbox truck and cars and of course hunting eggs)

Hey... what's over there?

Me: "What else?"

Duncan: "And Thomas mom" (as he shows off his new book about Thomas the Tank Engine)

Me: "Did you have fun today?"

Duncan: "Alright!"

Bringing my eggs to daddy.

Our day was pretty magical.  I hope you agree, and I hope you had a blessed holiday. Now... it's time for me to make the "after Easter day" deviled eggs. YUM!

Eggs, eggs, and more eggs!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Excuses, Excuses...

It's been over a week since I have last posted and yes I am really slacking off. But hey, in my defense it is spring, the flowers are blooming and I am worse than my students waiting for the end of the school year. Alas, I shall settle for spring break. It is here!! And what pray-tell have I been doing these past weeks? Well, here's a quick roundup.

  • Enjoying the sunshine and 70-80 degree weather.
  • Playing with Duncan as much as I can outside. He loves the outside and so do I.
  • Grading papers, grading papers and grading papers. Did I mention it's the end of the quarter and I'm grading papers?
  • Reading The Happiest Toddler on the Block by Harvey Karp, M.D. It's been enlightening to read so far,and I am hoping to use more and more of his tips with Duncan and perhaps even my students.
  • I got a mommy day!! Manicure, pedicure and a relaxing lunch.
  • House dreaming...
  • Going to bed at a decent time--no more staying up late for me if I can help it. I love my sleep way too much.
  • Along with the grading... I'm trying to get my lesson and unit plans together for the rest of the school year. It's coming up quicker than I want and I need to plan this out right so I don't shortchange my students when it comes to state testing, but at the same time keeping the things that they are interested in learning--gotta find that balance.
  • Committing myself to working out. Both my husband and I are starting a prep program to help us get a jump start on our health.
  • and finally--Enjoying spring break and the chance to slow down, take a nap, and relax.