Sunday, April 17, 2016

Beach or Bust 2016!

We are starting an annual, Moots-only beach trip on a budget and this was year two.  We started planning this back in January and we were literally counting down the days. We made a huge poster and hung it in our kitchen of the countdown til the beach!  Last year we surprised the kids the morning we left, but this year we decided to really talk it up and get the kids excited. Weston really had no idea what the beach even was, but he told everyone we came in contact with that we were leaving for the beach in "four days" according to him. They were just so were we!

We planned to go a little earlier than usual because Christian only gets ever 8 weekends off, and we figured if we waited another 8 weeks, I'd be huge and pregnant and miserable. It was a little chilly but overall the kiddos had a blast.

Weston got his hair cut the day before we left and I just could have eaten him up.  He is such a cutie pie.

This was the morning we left. I took this same picture last year when we left and I hope to do it every year...sorta as a comparison shot. 

 Top one is last year and bottom is this year. They are growing up so fast. 

Day 1 was a success...spent about an hour prepping for the beach and about 15 minutes on the beach before the kids were tired of it and ready for the pool. My kiddos are not huge beach/sand fans and really just wanted to swim in the pool. We did manage to get them to make a few sand castles and bury each other. With all the prep work required to actually get down to the beach...I can honestly say I'd just prefer the pool myself.  The sand was cool to the touch and the wind was kinda blowing so that made it not so fun. The heated pool was calling their names! 

I didn't get many shots at the pool because we were so busy!  Bre is a busy body in the pool, and refuses to wear a floatie because she believes she is a better swimmer than that. HAHA! She really does great at swimming and is fearless. Keeping her from going out too far is my biggest challenge. We got her some diving rings and it was by far the best $5.00 I have spent. She spent hours throwing those things and then retrieving them. I was amazed at her skills! All Weston really wants to do is just jump in and then float around in his puddle jumper. He prefers the more relaxed approach! 

Day 2 was more of the same. Spend an hour getting ready...15 minutes at the beach before they start complaining! Snacks helped a little but by 10:30 they are screaming, "let's go to the pool"


I laugh at this picture because this is the best example of the struggle it takes to get all of your things down to the beach! HAHA!

We packed our days with beach and pool and then at night we tried to do fun things out on the town. One night we went crabbing and then a late night ice cream run. Another night we went to the hangout and ate dinner and played in their sand pit (eww). We also had fun going to a candy shop and let the kids pick any treat they wanted. They both chose chocolate covered Twinkies!

We did some more late night swimming with this cutie and then had to call it a night after someone pooped in his swim diaper.  We won't name names. 

We ended our trip with a visit to the Track. It was an amuzement/ride type place and the kiddos just ate it up. Aubrey got to ride the real go carts with daddy and she was in heaven!  I get no greater joy than seeing their faces light up with excitement and amazement. They are just so fun at this age. 

It was such a special few days. Nothing fancy, nothing expensive, just the four of us hanging out and enjoying one another. You can't put a price tag on that. Making memories with these cuties is what we love to do! Can't believe next year we will be bringing baby brother along with us! So fun!

Here's to a wonderful trip, full of amazing memories and wonderful moments.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Spring and Easter!

We are in full Spring mode over here, despite a few cold days. I'm determined to keep the jackets and socks away and embrace all things warm weather related. We've been busy with lots of fun things and are just embracing these special moments.
Aubrey Lane has just blossomed this year at dance. She went from refusing to speak last year to being a leader in her class. I am so proud of her. She went through a few rough months this year of wanting to quit, but we really talked through it and she decided on her own to stick with it. I was thrilled with her choice as was she once she realized she would be getting TWO costumes for the recital! Haha!  Whatever motivates her.
This was her last year. She has grown so much and lost so much of that baby look. She melts my heart for sure.
Found these handsome fellows on my phone and couldn't help but smile. They are two peas in a pod and both make my heart pitter a little faster!
Weston has become Mr. Personality lately. He's always been a talker but lately he is realizing how to make people laugh and he is just hysterical. The things he comes up with! I went to get him from his crib the other day at nap and he had these glasses on. He very seriously told me that he needed to get some work done!!
We took the day with daddy and went to the museum. We were not impressed at all! There were like 8 different schools there and the place was packed. Not to mention there was not much to see or do. Very disappointed but we made the most of it anyway!
 Did a little Easter egg hunting and dyeing of eggs at Nana's! The kids had a blast!
This little chick just makes my day. I love her sweet smile and precious little heart.
This is her signature pose lately.
I bought two squirter toys at Wal-Mart for 96 cents and it was the best investment I've made all year. They had hours of fun with these things. They crack me up with their creativity.
Easter morning with my crew. We sure do miss Daddy on these special weekends, but we know soon school will be over and it will be worth it!!!
I love that we get to be with loved ones on Easter and spend time celebrating our Risen Savior. Without His sacrifice, we would have nothing to celebrate. We truly owe it all to Him.  Thank you Lord for the sacrifice You made so that we could live a life of freedom.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

4 and 2 and 20 weeks

Can you believe it is already March? Oh my word, the year is almost a quarter of the way gone already!  I may not be happy about time going by so quickly but I am super happy winter is leaving us and spring/summer is upon us. I do not do well with cold weather and I feel almost an instant mood boost when warmer weather arrives. I have already started cleaning out winter clothes and making room for sundress and flipflops!
We have had a wonderful few weeks full of lots of fun surprises. Christian and I debated long and hard about whether or not to find out the gender of the "last" baby Moots. Ultimately, we felt like we needed to plan room placement and get things organized because once baby gets here, things will be chaotic. Anything and everything that will reduce stress in the summer is trying to be taken into consideration now. Plus we really wanted Aubrey to share in the excitement of knowing what she was having and getting to be a big part of the reveal. We booked our sonogram at First Glimpse and decided to include both sets of parents for the big news. We knew they would enjoy getting to find out with us as well. I really didn't have a feeling one way or the other as to what I thought it was, although I was leaning towards it being a girl slightly more. I hoped it was a girl for Bre's sake and a boy for Weston's sake but overall I knew they would fall in love either way.  It was such a sweet moment with our whole family there getting to see sweet BABY BOY! Aubrey was slightly bummed but quickly moved on and Weston is still not sure what all the fuss is about. Both C and I are thrilled and can't wait to meet this new little guy!
We celebrated Weston's 2nd birthday (2 months late) with a party at Chuck-E-Cheese. Let's just say that was an experience to remember! I really didn't realize how crazy and chaotic it would be, I have always done house birthday parties, so this was a first for me. I think I will go back to birthdays at the house!  Weston had fun so that is all that matters!
My sweet Bre is nearing 4 and a half and I must say I fall more madly in love with this age each day. She totally has settled into a more balanced behavior/mood swing and is just a pure delight to be around. She is sharp as a tack and can grasp what is going on around us in a much deeper level. Her little spirit is getting to just be so sweet and tender and I just love it. Aubrey has come so far and I am just amazed at what God is doing in her little heart. She is an amazing big sister and she is a true mama's girl. Not only is she doing great in her behavior but she is excelling at school and academically. She knows all her letters and sounds and will blow you away with her knowledge of random dinosaur/weather/seasons/volcanoes/wind and any other misc facts! She misses the cutoff for her birthday by a few weeks, so she will have one more year of preschool next fall before we start big school. She loves to draw and write notes for others. She is awesome at puzzles and art projects. So proud of my big girl, and so thankful she has made such huge progress on so many levels.
I am almost 20 weeks and my belly is starting to pop for sure. I am thankful for such a laid back pregnancy and praying things continue to go smoothly. I do not particularly enjoy being pregnant but I am trying to make the most of it and not let it slow me down. Summer heat will be a challenge I am sure, but I am gonna blink and this baby boy will be here.
Looking forward to exciting things ahead... Easter, a beach trip in April and getting started on Weston's big boy room! Lots of great moments ahead!