Project Life 2011: February 13-19

Sunday, February 13 ~ Today was our last day in Hawaii.  We took a helicopter ride around the island which was a great ending/summary to our trip. A neat little fact: The helicopter used for our ride is the helicopter used by the show Hawaii Five-0 for their show which is filmed on the island. Very cool, but also made me a little nervous knowing the helicopter had been used in stunt work!

Monday, February 14 ~ No pictures today. Although we left Hawaii on Sunday, we didn't arrive home until Monday morning at 10 am.  We rushed to see the boys, got a little rest, and then my mom, sister, and I went to be with family as my Uncle John had passed away while I was in Hawaii.

Tuesday, February 15 ~ Travel day back to Southern IL.

Wednesday, February 16 ~ So bad... Still no pictures. Trying to click back into the real world.

Thursday, February 17 ~ Finally remembered to start taking pictures again today, even if it was at bedtime! The boys got ahold of my book "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" and asked Daddy to read it to them as their bedtime book. The book was a gift to me from my dad and step-mom when I was younger and I love the message behind it!

Friday, February 18 ~ I saw people talking about the moon on Facebook, so I decided to take a peek for myself with the boys and snap some pictures. When I looked at the moon through the window in our breakfast nook there was a glare that looked like a cross that I thought was pretty cool. 

Saturday, February 19 ~ Today we drove up to St. Louis so Dipal and Jayden could attend Monster Jam (a monster truck show). We had a yummy dinner downtown and then parted ways so that Jackson and I could have a mommy/little man night. Jackson and I had a great time eating cookies (I heart Great American Cookie Co.), watching the water fountain at The Galleria, and scoring great deals at Target. Jayden had a blast at Monster Jam with Daddy!

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Hope you all had a fabulous week! Chaudhari love!

Friday Night = Movie Night

Over the last few months we've started a new little tradition in the Cha Cha house that I am growing to love more and more every Friday - Movie night!

Most Fridays this starts with a pizza dinner (I'm pretty sure Dominos has come to expect our online order) and then we set up sleeping bags, pillows, and blankets in the living room floor (Thanks for the sleeping bags Nana!).

We actually started this one night when the hubs was out of town on a trip and I wanted to do something fun with the boys.  Now, as long as we're home, it's a normal Friday routine. I let the boys help pick out the movie, we pop some popcorn, fill up the juice cups, and relax. Inevitably, Jackson falls asleep a little after half of the movie is over while cuddling with his doggy, Jayden pays close attention throwing out comments along the way (that always impress me with how smart his little brain is), and he twirls my hair around his little fingers the same way he's done since he was only a few months old.

It is perfection.

Watch out World!

This studly kid guy is officially a teenager!  That's right, the big 1-3!

"Uncle Nay-Nay,"
I hope you have an absolutely amazing birthday. OK, I know your actual birthday may not have been super exciting, driving back from Florida and all, but at least you've been at the beach for the last few days. ;)

I, the boys, and Dipal all love you so very much! Thank you for being a great uncle to the boys and a super fun brother! When I asked Jayden what he wanted to say to you for your birthday he said "Tennessee! He likes Tennessee!" so "Tennessee!" from Jayden and tight hugs and slobbery kisses from Jacksey.

By the way, Jayden is convinced that is really a picture of you with your shirt off up there. Congratulations. :)

Happy Birthday, Nathan!!  These years will be some of the most fun, yet crazy, educational years of your life.  I'm always here for you, no matter what.  We pray for you daily and I know God has great blessings in store for you.  Never forget that and always follow Him - It really makes life so much easier in the end.

I saw this quote in a book I was reading to the boys, and being sports related it made me think of you, so as Dr. Seuss says, "Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all."

Sissy, Dipal, Jayden, and Jackson

This is how we Roll

Crazy traffic, muddy ditches, and shopping cart escalators. Oh my.

A couple of weeks ago (Yeah, I'm a little behind) I had a chance for a little girls' getaway in the ATL with some of my great college friends/sorority sisters.  To say I needed this trip would be an understatement - the timing could not have been more perfect. I'm so thankful I have such a great hubby that was more than excited to have a weekend with his boys and let Mommy have a little break.

I left on Friday, picked up my friends Melinda and Sheryl in Nashville and continued on our journey to Atlanta, complete with a meal at Chick-fil-a. (It's not acceptable for me to go to the south without stopping at Chick-fil-a. Southern Illinois: You need to build one of these fine business establishments.) As soon as we arrived at the home of our friend Brittany, who also happened to be my sorority big sister, we fell right into the norm of laughing and reminiscing old stories from college, and probably stayed up later than we have since oh... the last time we got together in the summer.

Saturday was full of shopping and food and went a little something like this:  Big yummy breakfast made by Brittany, unintentionally making ditches in Brittany's yard (Sorry Russ!), shopping, delectable lunch (except for the calamari that actually looked like a mini octopus... ewww), more shopping, pushing shopping carts down the escalator at Ikea and then looking like fools trying to figure out where we were suppose to go and how we would get to our cart (FYI: The sign that says "shopping carts only" does NOT mean you don't ride down the escalator with your cart.), re-beautifying ourselves, plate-licking good dinner, late night laughs and stories.

And yes, of course I have pictures. :)

Aaron and Jason, close friends of Dipal and I met the girls for lunch at Verde since they're living in Atlanta now.

Rachel, Brittany, Melinda, Becca, Me, Sheryl

Melinda really loves it when people touch her pregnant mama belly. {Sarcasm} Side Note: If you see a pregnant mama out and about, do NOT touch her belly. Believe it or not, some people, meaning most people, don't like it. Carry on.

The girls ready for dinner: Me, Becca, Sheryl, Melinda, Rachel, and Brittany

Nikki met up with us at the restaurant and got a little desert for her birthday!

Girls at dinner! South City Kitchen was great!!

Sunday we started the day with another great breakfast and then went our separate ways.  I can't wait until the next time I see these girls again!


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