Saturday, May 23, 2015

Mother's Day and May Fun!

I absolutely love the month of May. It is by far my favorite month of the year. Not too hot yet, but still warm enough for summer activities. C has started a new schedule at work called WOW. It's where he works every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. He is home during the week so we make the most of our days together. We recently bought bikes for us and a carrier for the kiddos. We went down to LSU and rode by the levee. It was so much fun. We stopped at the fountains and let Bre and Weston play. I thought it would be fun to show Aubrey how to run through the fountains and I didn't quite think my process through. I ended up slipping and busting my tail. I was so embarrassed. I also felt like I broke a hip and was in pain for about 2 weeks!! 
(Notice in almost all of these photos, Weston's fingers are in his mouth!)
We also celebrated Mother's Day. I am probably without a doubt the most blessed girl when it comes to mothers. God choose from the cream of the crop when he picked my mom and mother in law. My mom is my best friend and companion. Not a day goes by that we don't talk on more than one occasion. She loves my kiddos like crazy and is always available to help me when I need her. She loves me even when I'm cranky and she sometimes lets me just have a temper tantrum and doesn't even judge me! She loves the Lord above all and has taught me to put Him first. She doesn't just teach it...she lives it!  She is a heck of a caregiver, an amazing teacher and a wonderful Meme. She's a terrible driver, can't remember names to save her life and she stinks at recalling our childhood but I'd say those are the only things I can find wrong with her. She's a gem and I'm so honored to call her mom.
God didn't just bless me once, but He blessed me twice with my mother in love. My mother in love is such an amazing blessing to me. She is always there if I need her, she loves my babies like they are her own, and she is a fabulous cook. I love that she also goes out of her way to make foods/desserts she knows we love and she is good about always sending over soups or dinners she's made. She can sew like no one I know! She has made half of Aubrey's wardrobe and is always willing to try new patterns and designs! I love that she is a Godly woman and her testimony is lived out through her amazing children. She has raised three incredible, Godly children and all of them love her like crazy. I'm just so honored she is now mine too! 
Being a momma to my two crazies is by far my greatest job and accomplishment. They keep me on my toes and on my knees. Not a day goes by that I don't laugh out loud at the silly things they do. Aubrey and Weston have fulfilled in me a lifelong dream and longing to be a mom. I'll forever cherish every moment I have with them. I thank God every single day that I was chosen to be there momma and I pray I can train them up to do mighty things for this world. 
Oh and to top off our May, it was Bre's last day of pre-k 3!! My girl is growing up so much and we have seen huge growth and development for her this year. She's grown leaps and bounds and really come out of her little shell. I'm pumped about a fabulous summer and can't wait to spend our days by the pool! 
 First and Last day of School!!
Happy Mother's Day and happy summer!!! 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Weston Hayes-16 months

Wowzers! I can't remember the last time I did a monthly post on my kiddos!  I am slacking for sure. I thought I really needed to document where my little guy is on his journey because he is growing up so fast! Before I know it, he will be starting school!

Weston Hayes you are 16 months...not far from being a year and a half. You are a tiny little thing and we get comments all the time on saying how small you are but it doesn't worry me one bit because I know you are strong and mighty in your own way. You are extremely good at standing up for yourself and making sure you get what is yours! HAHA!

You are also 100% all boy! You love balls more than anything in this world. If it is round...then in your eyes it is a ball. You adore all things sports and have a complete fit when we try and take away your ball, racket, bat, etc. I just love that you love to get dirty and be outdoors. There is not a day that goes by that I do not have to bleach your makes me laugh because I know there is not going to be any sharing of your clothes with friends and family...most items last about a month and then I have to toss it because you wear clothes out!!! You love your bike and anything that moves or has wheels. Again...all boy and I love it!

You also love throwing things in the toilet. Nothing...I repeat...Nothing is safe from being tossed in the commode by you. I don't know why you think it is so much fun, but it is your mission to dispose of every valuable item we own!

You are saying so many words and communicating with you is becoming very easy. You are extremely smart and have a wonderful vocabulary. I think that being the 2nd child and having a sibling around that talks (24/7) has made a huge difference in how quickly and frequently you speak. I know exactly what you want and you do a great job of letting me know your wishes. Your favorite words are Aubrey, sissy, daddy, Lexie, ball, tball, cookie, French fry, and rock rock.

You are such a sweet and loving little guy. You are a mama's boy and nothing melts my heart more than rocking you to sleep each night. You will not go to sleep without a little rocking and snuggle time. You love to sing "This Little Light of Mine" at night and you die laughing when we tell sing "don't let satan blow it out" and you blow as hard as you can!  You have the best little sense of humor and keep us and yourself laughing!

You have officially stopped nursing as of this month...except for the occasional nurse before bed. The moment I stopped letting you nurse during the started sleeping through the night. I guess I should have tried that about 15 months ago! But in all honesty...I wouldn't change those nightly feedings for anything in this world. Those moments together at 3:00 in the morning meant so much to me and that is probably why I was so hesitant to give them up. 16 months of getting up one to two times a night just feels like normal...sleeping all night is foreign to me!

You are a pretty good love hot dogs, bananas and cookies. You are more worried about drinks right now for some reason. You love getting a juice box or cup of ice and taking it outside by yourself. I have learned that giving you a cup of Sonic ice will guarantee me at least 30 minutes of busy time for you! We have discovered that you are very allergic to cows milk and have made the switch to Almond milk, which you tolerate, but don't love. (Aubrey calls it Amish

Your hair is a show stopper and not a day goes by that people don't comment or stop and say how beautiful you are. We have made more friends with strangers just through conversation with your hair. For some reason, red hair makes people come out of their shell and want to talk! I love it!

You are definitely showing signs of some temper tantrums and I hate to admit but you have gotten a few spankings just in the last few weeks. You know exactly what you want and when you don't get ain't pretty. I'm hoping that you are not as strong willed as your sister...I don't think I can handle two at a time!

You are in love with your family. You adore your sissy and she feels the same way about you. Aubrey will cry if for a moment she thinks you will be separated from her for any length of time. She refuses to let you spend the night away from her and it is just the sweetest thing. You love your daddy like crazy. You also adore your Papa D. You have taken such a liking to Papa D and when he is around...that is who you want. You crack us up because you will say his name about 100 times even if he is 5 feet away from you. You say "Paw Paw" instead of Papa D and it is the cutest thing I have ever heard. I think Papa D eats it up!! 

We absolutely adore you Weston Hayes and nothing in life could have prepared me for the crazy amount of love I have for you. You are my "angel boy" and I absolutely LOVE doing life with you.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Tee Ball and Texas

My sweet girl started T-Ball at a local church and I honestly don't know who is more or Aubrey. I used to play softball growing up and it was one of my absolute favorite things to do. I hope my girl has a love for ball as well. I love that she can be into girly girl things as well as sporty type activities. A well-rounded Aubrey is what we are striving for!! 

She did great at her first few practices...although after about 20 minutes she is asking if it is time for snacks. She loves to give hugs out during the game and I am constantly telling her to get her butt back on the field and quit worrying about giving me and Weston "huggy huggy's" as she calls them.

Weston Hayes has a small obsession with all balls. If it looks like a ball and is circular...he is screaming for it. This makes for problems during t-ball practice when he is surrounded by balls that he is not supposed to be touching! I spend the entire 45 minute practice chasing Weston off of the field and dealing with his temper tantrums. Bless his heart. I try to bring his own ball and bat for him to play with on the sidelines, but apparently they are not as good as the real things.

Isn't she just the cutest thing ever!  I could eat her up!

Notice Weston already in "defensive" mode because he thinks he is about to lose his ball.

We also had the opportunity to take a weekend and travel to Texas to see my sis in law and her family. We miss them so much and are ready for them to come back to Louisiana!!! It was such a wonderful weekend just hanging out and relaxing together. We were treated like royalty and didn't want to leave! 


We love our family!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Easter 2015

Easter time is such a precious time of new life and fresh beginnings. I absolutely love Spring time and all that comes with the warmer weather. It's not too hot, not too cold. Lots of fun activities, picnics, bbq's, ice cream dates and the list goes on. I always look forward to Easter because it is such a sweet time to celebrate the real meaning of new life and God's blessings.
I tried my best to just enjoy the holiday and not try and be the "pinterest mom" and overdue it. I didn't do big baskets, instead we went on a playdate to Pretend and Play for the day and to lunch after. We didn't do a big Easter egg hunt at the church because Christian was working and it was too much for me to do by myself. Instead we had a small egg hunt at the park with just the four of us a few days before Easter. I didn't even take Bre to her class party at school because it was on a day she didn't go to school and at someone's house I didn't we just skipped it and played in the backyard.  I didn't stress about coordinating outfits or trying to find the perfect dress...we really just played the entire weekend low key and it was so nice.
 I think sometimes as moms we think we have to do it all or live up to some high standard when it comes to holidays and it totally just ruins the magic of the moments. I am finding that low key and easy going are so much more fun for everyone and I can actually enjoy my kids and not stress myself out.  I did really want to dye eggs and so I made a huge deal out of it and really talked it up, and it turned out to be a HUGE mess and a disaster of dye and paint. It was fun for all of about 2 minutes...then it was just chaos.  I am learning that sometimes the best laid plans for traditions are just not practical with a one year old and a three year old. There will be a time when traditions are fun and exciting, but for this isn't a necessity. Relieving myself of that pressure makes things so much more enjoyable.
We did have a blast spending time with family and enjoying a good bbq, a park picnic and a special Good Friday service at church. I really tried to teach Aubrey the meaning behind Easter and focus our attention on the cross instead of eggs, bunnies and candy. I wasn't entirely successful, but I had to laugh when she told me "Jesus died, was buried and then died again!" Close Bre...but not quite!  We will keep working on the correct version of the resurrection.
Here are a few pictures from our Spring Break week.
Fun at Pretend and Play!
Not so much fun when mommy says no playing in the dirt.
Enjoying some pool time and feeling like a king!
Can't keep this boy off of the table tops!
A little nail date with my princess!
Found a new Minnie dress on sale and had to have it!
Snacking with daddy
Picnic, park and egg hunt with my loves!

Easter 2015 
And because I can't help myself...a little Easter flashback. Time please slow down!!!
Above all...I am thankful to serve a RISEN Savior. A Savior who loved me enough to lay down the life of His one and only Son. I can't even begin to understand that sacrifice, but I am so thankful I can reap the benefits of the cross. Knowing eternal life awaits me is a comfort beyond words...this life is wonderful and amazing, yet I have faith and hope that eternity will be even more incredible.
Happy Easter!!