Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Father's Day Weekend

We celebrated Father's Day this weekend, with a LOT of fun things. Saturday night, Max and Walter went to a "Father/Son Camp-out" at the Aquatic Center. They slept in their tent, swam, and watched a movie in the water. Walter's friend Brandon, and his son Grayson went too, so that was really fun for them. They even ended up on the news clip. :)

Caroline and I had dinner plans with Mom and Dad, which was fun! It was just the four of us, which never happens!
After dinner, we drove by the aquatic center to spy on the boys. :) Caroline ended up falling asleep on the way home, and she actually stayed asleep all night, so I kind of had the night to myself. It was nice, but I kept "hearing" scary noises, so I kind of wished she had stayed up for once. Of course that's how that works, right?

The next morning, the boys came home, and we gave Daddy his gifts. We each picked out something fun, plus cards, and each of the kids had made him something in daycare, so Daddy scored.

Of course we had to get our annual pictures for his book, and then we headed to church. Walter won one of the gifts too! It was funny, because there were three gifts, and Walter and the husband of the other girl to pass out the tickets with me were two of the three winners. How does that even happen?! 

We had lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings, which is one of  our favorite places. The kids love it because they get to play on the tablets. I don't necessarily love that (I actually hate the idea of everyone on different screens at  meal, and no one talking), but I have to admit the peace was a nice change of pace.

Happy Father's Day, Walter, today and every day. We are so lucky to have you.

Thursday, June 18, 2015


Oh, my sweet girl. The biggest thing I have learned having two children is that they are their own person, so different, and what worked for the first, will probably not ever work for the second (or third, fourth, etc.) Max was a terrible sleeper as a baby, but pretty much rocked it as he grew up. This, apparently had NOTHING to do with us being rockstar parents. Caroline was an amazing sleeper as a baby, and now... we are going on 1 1/2 years of torture. I'm realizing, again, this has nothing to do with us, and all with the fact that my daughter is just a night owl.

I think we are getting close to the two year mark of our bedtime battles with Caroline. Some nights are better than others, but the girl is a force to be reckoned with. The kids' bedtime is 8:00, but sometimes that gets extended a bit if Mom and Dad get too lazy about it. Max is pretty good about falling asleep fast and is not much of a problem (unless Caroline won't leave him alone, or he gets mad that she "gets" to stay up. *sigh*) But Caroline will come out over and over and over and over again. It does not matter how much trouble she gets into. She could get a spanking, and be sobbing that she is in trouble, say "okay" when we say it AGAIN to STAY PUT, and come out of the room FIFTEEN SECONDS LATER. It's maddening!! At this point, we don't even care if she goes to sleep. All we ask is that she stays in her room. That's it. She can play quietly by herself, but has to stay in the room. And this, apparently, is too much to ask.

She went through a phase of coming out to the dining room area, laying in the dark just past the fireplace, so she could see us, and fall asleep on the floor. Then there was the phase of sleeping on a toddler mattress on my floor by my bed. For awhile she would end up on the mattress underneath Max's bunk bed, with him sleeping above. Right now, she's convinced Max to sleep in her room with her.

And more nights than not, she ends up in bed with us. Well, me... as she kicks Walter out many nights, because she is a thrasher bed hog. She often ends up sideways. I have been kicked in the face twice this week, because now her way is to sleep upside down between us. I usually don't know anymore when she comes in. I just wake up and she's there. (That's the good way. The other way, is by receiving a foot to the jaw or nose.) Of course I don't want to have my daughter in my bed, but at this point, I'm so tired of  fighting her over it, that I'm just like WHATEVER about it.

This determination of this girl is frightening. I keep telling myself that this shall pass, but as the months tick by, I get a little more unsure. I guess we will see. Nothing lasts forever, right? Right??

Summer Update

I haven't posted recently, because, while we're pretty busy, there's not a lot going on. Walter and I are both busy with work, with both kids full-time in daycare. I'm taking a summer course (online) that's consuming me for the next several weeks. Max has baseball a couple nights a week. We still have small group on Tuesdays, but we have an extra night off now because we are taking a break from gymnastics. Next week is vacation bible school.

After a week break from everything, we jump into July with swimming lessons every night. The kids will visit Grandma Jackie and Grandpa Will for a week at the end of July, which I think we are all looking forward to.

I plan to get Caroline back into gymnastics in August, but I'm also considering trying dance for a session to see if she likes it. I can't make up my mind.

We have enjoyed the extra nights off (last semester I think we had one night off a week) to just spend some time together playing and doing nothing, if we don't want to.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Max - Baseball

Max has been playing baseball for a couple of weeks now, and is half-way through his season. We have been unhappy with the YMCA sports programs, and began looking at other options. We found out that we are eligible to play in Frontenac Little League since we live in the boundaries, and the other plus was that Max could play coach pitch (as opposed to t-ball, even though I know his picture says tee ball, Max does not use a tee).

Max has done pretty well. He is definitely a strong hitter, and he has varying levels of success in fielding. Each game he gets to play an inning infield and an inning outfield, and hits twice (each child gets to hit during an inning, so we only make it through two innings per game). Max plays short stop regularly, and does very well there. He also did very well in the pitcher position. He does fine in the outfield, but it can be a challenge to stay focused sometimes. He played first base last week, and it was NOT his strong position. He had a hard time automatically running to the base and waiting for the throw. He wanted to chase after the ball, and would not touch the base. We did some practice at home this weekend, and he did much better at first after a little coaching. I think practices would be very beneficial to the kids, but apparently they don't do practice at this age group. They do usually hit in the cage for a little bit before each game, but we could definitely use the time practicing fielding.

I've added a few pictures from my phone over the last couple of weeks. I can't help but think Max is terribly cute as a baseball player. It's a natural look for him, and he's made us very proud. It's a LOT of fun to watch him play. I need to build up my tolerance to the heat, because I know the games are just going to get longer!

Thursday, June 11, 2015


I found this fun little survey floating around Facebook, and rather than post it there, I thought I would post here. I just love the little questionnaires for kids. You never really know what they are going to say. :)

1. What is something mom always says to you?
Max: I love you   (Aww)

Caroline: Be nice and be helpful

2. What makes mom happy?
Max: Following her directions
Caroline: Listening 


3. What makes mom sad?
Max: Don't follow directions
Caroline: Not giving her kisses
4. How does your mom make you laugh?
Max: Scaring me
Caroline: Funny jokes
5. What was your mom like as a child?
Max: Small
Caroline: Like me
6. How old is your mom?
Max: 30
Caroline: 7 (LOL)
7. How tall is your mom?
Max: Tall
Caroline: Big
8. What is her favorite thing to do?
Max: sleep, take naps
Caroline: watch movies
9. What does your mom do when you're not around?
Max: Watch movies
Caroline: I don't know
10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
Max: Singer
Caroline: Being mad (ouch)
11. What is your mom really good at?
Max: Hiding
Caroline: Reading books
12. What is your mom not very good at?
Max: Watering tiny plants (Hahaha!! I might have killed their little flowers...)
Caroline: Bugs (yes.)
13. What does your mom do for a job?
Max: Work at Pitt State
Caroline: Listening
14.What is your mom's favorite food?
Max: Ice cream
Caroline: Salad and pizza
15.What makes you proud of your mom?
Max: Make dinner (??)
Caroline: Because I'm happy... my sweet mommy! (AWWW)
16. If your mom were a character, who would she be?
Max: Cinderella
Caroline: Elsa
17. What do you and your mom do together?
Max: Talk
Caroline: Play
18. How are you and your mom the same?
Max: Both like movies
Caroline: Big girls (she says it like "big grills")
19. How are you and your mom different?
Max: I like blue, you like pink
Caroline: We're just different how God made us (I melted here. Too sweet)
20. How do you know your mom loves you?
Max: You tell me ALL THE TIME. (Ha!)
Caroline: I think you just love me. Sweet hugs. (She kills me.)
21. What does your mom like most about your dad?
Max: Daddy makes dinner all the time (LOL So true)
Caroline: Getting hugs from Daddy
22. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?
Max: Josie's (Yep.)
Caroline: Pizza place... Josie's (Yep again.)
23. How old was your Mom when you were born?
Max: 20 (actually 23)
Caroline: 8, 9 (NO!)

May in Instagram

My loves

Mid-morning coffee break!

I love Mother's Day questionnaires


I'm so proud to be married to a caring and helpful man

Three muskateers in the nursery! They are all weeks apart

Another one down

Caroline is becoming quite the artist

Latergram from Grandma Jackie's house - they LOVE the doggies.

I created this poster (copied from one I found online) with the kids' real handprints. I will frame and hang in the house.

Started back in on Caroline's quilt.

Obsessed with the backing fabric I found

How did this happen??

First school yearbook

Transformation. Look how much he's grown!

Happy birthday to my seester!

And happy birthday to my bubs! I had fun picking out all the pics for these.

Such a sweet award. Proud of my guy.

My little bedtime buddy. She has a mattress next to my side of the bed, but she usually ends up with us.

I won this little guy at my work picnic.

Welcome, Hudson!

We got a bird feeder, and have been amused by the squirrels acrobatics to get a snack. Not so amused at the damage to my feeder!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Hudson Thomas

Friday, as soon as I got off work, I got the call from Dawn that Mr. Hudson was coming! Mom picked me up and we headed to Kansas City with Dad. After a short afternoon, and a couple scares, Mr. Hudson was here! He's just as handsome as his brothers, and I can't wait to snuggle him some more.


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