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.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Tan Lines and Good Times

Christian and I decided our family needed some beach time, so for the very first time we booked a beach trip with just the 4 of us. Usually when we go on vacation, it is with one of our extended families, which is always fun, but we decided we needed some time alone with just our kids. Our goal lately has been to really focus on strengthening our core family's time together and really focusing on our kids. We booked a one bedroom condo and planned on a quick 3 day trip. We decided not to tell Aubrey until the morning we were leaving and I absolutely loved her enthusiasm and excitement. There is nothing better than seeing pure joy on your children's faces.
I packed treat baskets full of dollar store treasures which was an added bonus to the kids. We loaded up Monday morning and headed out.

The kids did great on the trip and we had a pretty uneventful drive. Movies and tons of snacks are the key to keeping them happy. When we arrived, we checked in and hit the pool. Aubrey is becoming an amazing little swimmer and has totally ditched her puddle jumper. She has no fear and can swim unassisted for pretty long distances. I'm so proud of her and how hard she works at anything she puts her mind too...she's amazing. Weston also has no fear and is completely oblivious to the fact that if he steps off the edge of the pool...he will sink. He makes me a nervous wreck the entire time. We spent a little time at the beach but neither myself or my kids are much for the sand. We usually just go down to the beach for a morning and then spend the remainder of the day at the pool.
I simply adore this picture of my sweet girl!
We took the kids to The Wharf and rode the Ferris Wheel. It was so neat to watch Aubrey's face, she was amazed. We enjoyed walking down to the pier and just strolling through the stores. And of course we had to get ice cream too!
This trip was by far one of my favorite vacations yet. It was short and sweet and extra special because it was just us making memories with our little family.
 What a blessing this beach trip was for all of us!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

4th of July Weekend

We had such a wonderful, jam packed 4th of July weekend. Life with these two crazies is never dull. I can't even begin to tell you how many times we crack up laughing at what these two goofballs say or do. 

We took the kiddos to the mall to ride the carousal on Thursday and they had a blast. Aubrey loved riding horse and was such a good big sister to Weston. Weston Hayes was not to sure about the ride but he managed to make it around a few times.
On Saturday evening we went to a friends house for bbq and swimming. C had to work during the day so we met up with him that evening. Our friends live by the levee so we had the chance to go watch the fireworks. We've never done that before and I was a little nervous that the kids would be scared, but they absolutely loved it! Both of them talked about the fireworks or "boom booms" as Weston calls it for days. It was only a 20 minute show, but my kids ate it up! I loved it too...nothing like creating traditions with my loves. I hope to do that again and make it a yearly tradition.



Eating rice crispy treats on the levee while watching fireworks...doesn't get much more American than that.
On Monday, we took the kids to a waterpark and soaked up some rays. My kids are total water babies and would spend their entire days in the pool if I let them. Aubrey will jump off the side of the pool into someone's arms for hours. Weston prefers to just walk around and step on cracks and drains. HAHA!

And on a sad note, my precious grandpa went to be with the Lord this week.  He was 96 years young and lived each day to its fullest. He was a wonderful family man and loved his own with all of his heart. I'm so blessed that my grandpa got to meet both of my children, what an honor that He was able to spend time with them and get to know them and vise versa.  I have such wonderful memories of him and I will cherish the time spent with him forever. We will miss him dearly, but know that he is in a much better place. He is with my granny and I have a feeling they are dancing and playing cards up in heaven, and probably enjoying some ice cream!

Happy 4th! May our country remember that it was built upon God's laws and we will only thrive if we honor Him first. Praying for our nation and believing that the our nation will look to our Savior as our only hope.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summer Overload

Summer is in full swing over here and things have been busy... but fun. I've been terrible at blogging because the days seem to just fly by and I don't have a moment of spare time. I honestly cannot even believe we are almost in July and it makes me sick to think this year is almost half way over.
This is just a hodgepodge post of random summer fun...enjoy!
 We were spontaneous and took a trip without Christian to the camp in Woodville. It was a first for me to travel by myself with the kiddos, but it was a blast. Weston has never been one to fall asleep anywhere but in his crib. This was such a tender moment for me because he NEVER falls asleep in my arms...much less while traveling on a mule! It was loud, hot and we were surrounded by animals but my baby got a good nap!
Bre took swimming lessons with her cousin/bestie and she did amazing! She cracked me up because she would tell her teacher "I love you Ms. Taylor" the entire lesson!! I had to stop telling her the night before about swim lessons, because she was so excited, she would be up at 5:30 that morning!
Speaking of besties...these two are best buds. Doing a little blueberry picking!
 I just adore this picture of my two on Sunday morning before church. I totally wish I could freeze time and let them stay this cute forever!
 We were so excited to have our cousins from Texas come for a "staycation". We had a blast doing game nights, crawfish boils, day trips and just chatting under the patio. We absolutely loved having them here! I'm praying they move home soon!!
A little trip to the aquarium!
We do lots of snuggle and movie times during the day to rest. These two are go-go-go most of the time, so it is nice to stop and just snuggle on the couch.
Aubrey is SOOO opinionated about her clothes lately. She insist on wearing a dress everyday and will only wear one bathing suit most of the time. I love her passion for fashion, but she wears me out with her opinions! This is her favorite "tutu" swimsuit and she is determined to wear it even when we are not swimming!
This is my favorite picture of my boys. Doesn't get any sweeter than these two!!
I can't wait to post about Aubrey's 1st dance recital! Stay tuned!