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.