Sunday, September 27, 2015

Old times are fun times!

My sweet daddy decided his grand-babies needed an afternoon of learning how they did things "back in the day". These stinkers are growing up with the ease of technology and to them everything is pretty much "instant". So it was a good dose of reality for them to see that sometimes things are better when you put a little sweat and hard work into it.

They were amazed to see the way they made corn, bread, butter, syrup and other goodies. For them, these things instantly appear in their pantry or fridge, so you can image the wonder in their eyes at seeing someone shake and churn butter or put a roll of yeast into an open fire. 

The girls went through this candle making process and each time they had to go around in a circle and dip their string in the wax. It took about 10 passes around to get just a tiny bit of wax build-up on their string. I had to laugh because when Aubrey and I were talking about her candle in the car, she told me "that was the hardest work I have ever done"!  Seems to me I need to be handing out some chores real soon so she can learn what work really is.

These two are best friends. They are so funny to watch because they are just giddy when they are together. Ciel insists that they are sisters...not cousins. Who am I to argue?  This is their fish face!

Weston had a blast too, he participated in every single activity and was determined to hang in there with his older cousins and sister. He is always a few steps behind, but refuses to be left out!  Weston said his favorite part of the day was riding the horsey. Aubrey said her favorite part was shucking the corn. My favorite part by far was the bee exhibit. I am fascinated by insects and reptiles so getting to see the bees up close and personal was amazing. Did you know that worker bees are all female?  Um...hello! Reality right there people! We were also able to see the queen bee. Apparently her only job in life is to lay eggs and be waited on hand and foot. The poor males are simply there to mate and then they die. HAHA!

Seeing my kiddos experience these wonders was so much fun for me...and such a bonus that my parents get to make these lasting memories with my loves!! I adore getting to learn and experience things through their little eyes. Making these memories is what life is all about. Thanks Papa D for the awesome field trip!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Life Lately Fall Edition

How on earth is it almost October?  I seriously blinked and by golly 3/4's of the year passed me by.  We have had such simple, yet sweet days around our house and we are finally settling into a new normal for our family. Christian has started back to school to obtain his Nurse Practitioner's license and so our days have changed drastically from what they used to look like. He now works 3 twelve hour days on the weekend, what they call WOW, although I think it should be called BOO because it stinks...nothing exciting or glamorous about it. He then does school M-Thurs online and soon to be at clinicals. Our time with him is less now, but he is good about carving out family time and really making it count. It's been a rough transition for me, just because I am basically "on duty" by myself 7 days a week. I'm getting more used to it and the kiddos have been absolutely wonderful.  They are so adaptable and easy going. I really need to learn from them in that area! 
We decided daddy needed a "back to school/first day" picture. HAHA!
(side note: are Weston and Christian not twins minus the hair??)
Aubrey is in school on TTF mornings til noon and so it is just Weston and I for those few hours.  I have loved having one on one time with him, he is seriously the wittiest person on the planet.  Not to mention that he talks like he is 5...I sometimes find myself having conversations with him and then thinking, "wait...he is 20 months old...this is not normal".  Usually we drop Bre off at school and go run errands, go to the gym and our most favorite thing to do is hit up the library!  I find the library to be a sanctuary and for some reason it is super relaxing to me. I guess just the quietness makes me feel at ease. They have awesome children's areas at our local libraries and my kiddos absolutely love to go and spend hours on the computer or at the learning centers. Weston mostly enjoys taking every single book off the shelves and tossing them onto the floor.

Last week, I took Weston to his 18 mth check up and he was a hoot. I kept preparing him for the fact that he was going to get shots and he kept replying to me, "I be brave mommy".  He weighed in at 21.5 pounds (not even on the chart for his weight) and in the 30th percentile for height. (I can't remember his exact measurements.) He is a tiny little thing and the doc was slightly concerned that he had dropped off the charts in his weight. We are going to start him on some chocolate almond milk and see if that helps fatten him up a little. Talk about a great problem to have!

We had our first LSU game last weekend and my sweet girl rocked her new outfit. She has no idea what football is but she still loves to get dressed up in her purple and gold.
We also celebrated my sweet momma's 60th birthday!!! I can't believe she is 60, although she looks about 35! My dad set up a surprise dinner for her at Stab's and we had a wonderful evening celebrating her. My momma is my dearest friend and not a day goes by that we don't talk or see each other. I can text or call her at any moment and she will be there for me in a heartbeat. She loves my babies like her own and I adore seeing them together.  I seriously have the best family in the world...none other can compare. (although my family on C's side is just as amazing)
We have spent almost every Saturday this month at the park because this weather is just too fabulous.  Long mornings at the park means long naps in the afternoon.
Love my little sidekicks. They make each day brighter, more fun and full of love.
Looking forward to cooler weather which brings fires and smores, football, pumpkins, and more wonderful memories.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Beach Blast and A New Chapter

We had an amazing week at the beach with my family. This week is something that we look forward to and talk about all year long. I always feel a few days of sadness when it's over because of how much we anticipate its arrival. This trip was one of my favorites.
We had so many special times of just sitting at the table, while the kiddos played, and talking about life and relationships. Some talks we laughed til we cried. It was so refreshing. My kids and my nieces play amazingly well together and so it was kinda like having a babysitter! We were able to read books and chat to our hearts content. We always eat amazing dinners and I'm kinda ashamed to say I ate steak 4 nights in a row!! It was Delish!
We spent hours at the pool, the lazy river and the beach. It was like a rotation of fun each day. Christian and I decided to paddle board for the first time and we had a blast! We took Aubrey out with us and had the chance to see multiple Dolphins! She was amazed. We are so blessed to get to take this trip every year. It is memory making at its finest!!
And in other amazing news, my sweet daddy retired after almost 39 years of work. No one works harder than my daddy so this is well deserved and much needed! We were able to be apart of a retirement party for him at his plant and it was absolutely incredible to see how many people came out to honor my dad. I always knew he was special, but it was so heartwarming to see how many other people felt the same way. Hearing stories about him made me cry tears of proudness and love. I know he is anxious about this new chapter in his life, but we couldn't be happier to have him around more now. Not to mention how great it is cause he will be working with my brother and so ill get to interact with him in that way too. Praying he finds his way and begins to absolutely loves this new beginning in his life. So proud of you dad...for working so hard all these years and for taking a step of faith in venturing into this new chapter. I know God has amazing things in store for your life! 


Sunday, August 9, 2015

3.5 and 1.5

Sometimes I lay awake at night and plead with the Lord to just let time slow down. I am relishing in motherhood with my two loves and to think that this time will pass by so quickly makes me feel such deep sadness. I find such joy in these days home with Bre and Weston and nothing makes me more discouraged than realizing that one day soon they will be grown and in school. When my heart feels saddened by my loves growing older, I do my best to give it to the Lord and instead focus on the joy that comes with each milestone and moment of growth.

I can hardly believe that in a few short months, my Aubrey Lane will be 4 years old. She is becoming such a sweetheart and I feel like her little personality is finally beginning to shine through. She is understanding conversations and can really grasp what is going on around her. She has an extremely smart mind and doesn't forget anything. She will make you laugh and loves nothing more than to make me smile. I love that she has passions and great desires for things and I am learning each day what makes her tick. A few things that she loves at this moment are swimming, her cousins, Elsa and Anna, dancing, pretend playing (grocery store, teacher, hair salon), and believe it or not she loves playing with her brother. I love that Aubrey is a natural leader and I see such wonderful qualities in her that I know will downpour into her friends and siblings lives. We tell her constantly that God created her to be the oldest in the family to set an example to the little lives that come behind her. She takes great responsibility in that role and I am so proud of the obedient, caring, kind-hearted little girl that she is becoming. I am seeing her stubborn, disobedient side beginning to step aside and in return I am seeing her flourish with love and respect for others.

This is the face I got when I asked her for a sweet smile! HAHA!

My main man Weston Hayes just made a year and a half and my oh my he is becoming a handful. Weston seriously has the vocabulary of a three year old and talks like he is a pro. I'm sometimes stunned at what comes out of his mouth. I forget that he is still so young because he can communicate with me just as well as Aubrey. Weston is absolutely the funniest little guy on the planet. He is a hoot and not a moment goes by that I don't have to just stop and laugh at his goofiness. I can see such a tender heart in Weston already and all I have to do is say his name very sternly and he will immediately begin to apologize. He sits in time out and does his punishment and is always willing to repent and give hugs the moment you come back in the room. Half the time, when I am fussing at Aubrey, Weston is apologizing even though he has nothing to do with her situation! Weston adores his sister and wants to do exactly what she is doing at all times. Life with Weston is so much fun and full of joy and laughter. He is truly a blessing to our whole family.

Aubrey Lane will begin "young 4's" at school in the next few days and I am so excited to see what lies ahead for her. I know she is going to absolutely love school and we both loved meeting her new teacher. She even spoke to her teachers on orientation day!!  This is huge as we have struggled for over two years now to get her to speak at school. I praise the Lord for the amazing development strides that Bre has taken this year.

When I'm awake at night...overwhelmed by sadness at my babies growing and getting older...I make it my prayer that I will find the joy in each moment. I pray that I won't be focused on hanging on to the past, but instead embrace each moment and look forward to the memories that will come ahead. I am beyond blessed that I have two incredible little lives that I get to be a part of and help guide along the way. My life is enriched by their innocence and zest for life. Getting to see life through their eyes is one of my greatest joys.