Monday, July 8, 2013

Karli's 11th Birthday Party

Every year I say this with both of my kids, but geez, how are they already this "old"? I can't believe she will be 11 on the 26th of this month!! Seriously she is getting so tall and getting a year older faster and faster.

We celebrated her birthday at some friends of my parent's house. It was rainy, actually it was storming but a few people still managed to come out and we really appreciate it. She had a great birthday; ate some really awesome cake(thanks Two Busy B's), got some great gifts and enjoyed swimming with friends and family.

Outside with him

I have tons of blog posts I'd like to catch up on and hope to get them rolling out soon but this one will be all for now. I went out for a little while today with Camden. The humidity was horrible! I had sweat running down my back and mosquitoes biting my legs within the first few seconds of being out there but I stayed cause he just loves it when I'm out there. He was showing me all of his tricks on the swing; he gets on his stomach and springs like a frog to get himself to go higher(I remember loving to do this as a kid), the slide and monkey bars. There's this little hideout underneath the loft where the slide is and him and his sister pretend it's a restaurant(I'm assuming) cause he even asked me if I'd like something to eat and got busy under there preparing me some invisible food. :) Notice all the gnats glued to his face in the first picture; I decided to not clone them out.

My first time trying out this collage I made too. Super happy with how it turned out.









Monday, May 27, 2013

Splash Pad





 Today, me and the kids went uptown to the splash pad. I told Cam last night that we were going and he was pretty excited to get up there. There's also a park with swings and slides up there and this big Noah's Ark looking ship thing that really scares me. He likes to think he's a monkey and climbs all over it!

Some of our family came up there too. The kids had a great time running through and laying under the water. It was too hot and us sitting at the tables even got some mist blown on us. :)


 

Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Little Things in Life | December 2012

It's hard to think that it's already the end of December. This month has been like a speeding train and it doesn't seem that Christmas has already come and gone.

There have been so many things that we've done this month and it's so hard to get pictures of it all but I have included a few pictures that really stick out for me this month in my project of "The Little Things in Life."

This is my daughter being her silly fun self after we took our family pictures. She's not much for wanting her pictures taken so for her to call on me to watch her jump from a tree branch and take a picture...well yeah I'm all for it.

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Our annual Christmas parade was this night and my daughter and niece Kelsey were on the Pizza Hut float. Their Uncle David is the manager and they wanted to be in the parade. They mainly held the posters over their head. This was taken as we dropped her off to get ready for the line up. Don't ya think those hats are just the funniest things ever?! Yeah me too!!
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This picture is very special to me because I am very seldom in pictures since I'm the one taking them. However, I want to always get as many pictures as I can with my kids. They are growing so fast and I want them to have pictures of me with them. This day was my 32nd birthday and we were playing with fake snow and Karli was in the middle of a sentence. It was a pretty awesomely fun day! They loved loved loved throwing the snow into the air and I equally loved watching them make memories.

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My kids love going to the park and this day was a good day. I had just got my new lens in and it was also Karli's last day of school for the Christmas holidays! Cam is infatuated with the merry-go-round and so when Karli and Kelsey were riding on it he thought he'd catch a ride on Karli's leg. Priceless.

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Whoever though that catching leaves as they were falling to the ground could be so much fun? Well it is. It's not only fun but it's totally funny. Watching someone try to determine which way to run because they aren't sure which direction it will turn in is very entertaining. I don't think I've laughed that much in a while.I caught one and Karli caught a few. Cam may have been wondering what kind of family he was a part of too that day as he were running around all over the place. It was totally my momma's idea and I loved it.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

The Little Things in Life | November

Talk about waiting till the last minute to do a blog post! We've been going, going all day today and I am just now getting the time to edit these pictures! I have had so many ideas of what I wanted to capture this month and didn't get half of them. What I did get were some moments in our lives that make up our everyday.

In these pictures taken on November 5th, 2012 is my son and his beloved trains. He loves trains. Everything about them. He loves hearing the real ones come screaming by with their loud horns. If he's in the house he will take off running to the nearest window and if he's outside he will run to the side of the house to get a peep of the train through the fence. Also in the last picture is basically what he does a few hours after getting up. Notice his favorite movie right now, Toy Story 3 on the tv, his shoes at the front of the frame, his bouncy seat turned half way around, his empty sippy cup tossed aside, his shirt that he's stripped off, his favorite "bankie" and toys laying around. This is him.







On this day, November 16th, 2012 we were laying on the couch together watching a Toy Story marathon on tv. He was tired and fighting sleep and so was I! Within an hour or so into the movie he was asleep. It was later in the evening and I knew he needed the sleep..so we go into my room and lay on the bed. He slept there for two hours. It felt so good having him fall asleep in my arms. <3 p="p">


On November 18th, 2012 Cam got the bright idea to use his diaper as a tool belt! His sissy soon caught on after watching him struggling to get them all back there. It was quite funny watching him maneuver his body around to get the few he did back there. I love them to pieces! I want to remember these "little" things forever!









Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Our Routines

Since school has started and I'm home now our schedules have changed so much. I have been meaning to type out a blog and have a record of it all too so here goes.

This is out typical weekday routine.

I wake Karli up about 6:15a.m. She gets up, gets dresses, sometimes gets her a bite to eat or something to drink(she's not a breakfast eater like me), brushes her hair and teeth and then comes back to the living room and watches some tv.(iCarly, Wizards of Waverly Place). She goes over to her Aunt Joyce's house right before 7a.m. We go and pick her up from school around 3:15p.m. and she comes home and gets her a snack. She will then do her homework if she has any and then plays on the computer or goes outside to play with friends(usually riding her bike, going over to Norah, Aunt Candy, Memaw or Kelsey's house, swinging or jumping). Sometimes she watches some of her favorite shows which are either on the Disney Channel or Nickelodeon. A few of her favorites are iCarly, Wizards of Waverly Place, Jake and Josh, Kickin It, Pair of Kings, Jessie, Shake it Up, Gravity Falls, Hollywood Heights and a few others.

Cam usually wakes up anywhere from 7:30-9:30a.m. I change his diaper and then he sits in his bouncer(still in it although it touches the floor) and drinks either juice(I still dilute his juice about 15% juice and 85% water) or milk(sometimes choc milk as he calls it). He lays there and relaxes while watching any number of shows that may be on. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is still his favorite with Team Umizoomi coming in for a tie. Sometimes he will watch Doc McStuffins, Bubble Guppies, Dora the Explorer, Tickety Toc(kinda new), Go, Diego, Go and Handy Manny.

Once he's done drinking his morning drink he starts his adventures for the day which can range from him playing with his train to jumping on the couch, to chasing Keiser and hitting him with something, to pushing the kitchen chairs up to the counter to climb up on it, to going in and out the door playing on the trampoline or outside.....and lots of other things. LOL!  Seriously he does all of that but sometimes not in the same hour. He loves me to read to him, put puzzles together, drive his trains around the kitchen floor, talk to me or build with blocks. He's busy busy all day every day. Typical boy.

We eat breakfast around 10:00-10:30a.m. which is usually one of his favorites, oatmeal or cheese grits with lots and lots of cheese and jelly toast. He then plays some more. We may jump together or go swing or walk around the yard. He loves being outside so it really doesn't matter what we do as long as we are there. I can just sit on the porch and be happy hearing him laugh. Lately he has been on this kick where he has to eat like 5 popsicles. He picks out a color and then sits on the steps on the porch with Keiser usually looking on begging for some.

We then will get a bite to eat for lunch around 12:00-12:30p.m. and that can be anything. He loves broccoli and I try and fix it a good bit but not so much that he gets tired of it. I will eat anything with cheese on it and I'm good. :)

I then let him relax in his room from 1:00-2:30p.m. Sometimes he takes a nap and sometimes he doesn't. We then go and get Karli and Kelsey from school. If he didn't take a nap earlier and I see that he's tired I will try and lay him down once we get home. I usually can rock him for about 10 minutes to tell if he's going to take a nap or not. He's often asleep after 5 minutes of me rocking him.

If he doesn't take a nap he plays with his sister, by himself or with us until we get ready to eat dinner which is usually around 6:30-7:30p.m. or around those times. Afterwards we either go back outside if it's not too dark and the mosquitoes are playing nice or watch our favorite tv shows. According to what time of the year it is we enjoy watching, The Voice, Minute to Win It, American Idol, a few reality shows on TLC(Karli is currently loving Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Breaking Amish(I don't like this one)) and of course anything on LMN. We do like watching Law and Order and a few other drama/mystery shows. I secretly watch reruns of the Golden Girls, Alf and Family Matters.

Cam then usually takes a bath and Karli a shower around 8:30p.m. Sometimes Cam likes to stay up until he's watched Team Umizoomi as they don't play it much during the day. He is obsessed with that show and has learned so much by it. Hoping he loves math!

Cam usually goes to bed around 9:30p.m. or a little before. He likes for me to read to him but sometimes he's too tired. Karli usually goes to bed around 9:30-10:00p.m. She keeps her tv on for a little while and then I go and turn it off when we go to bed.

I know our routine changes a little at a time and I love having things like this to look back on.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

We did it....

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I have been going over in my mind when would be the best time to convert Cam's bed from a crib to a toddler bed. Although, it's something I'd rather not have to do so soon(yeah I know he's 2 and most people convert sooner) but since he's been able to climb in and out for months I figured I'd better go ahead before he got hurt. :( I guess there's something about doing it that makes it seem all the more real that my baby is not so much a baby anymore and keeping his bed into a crib meant(to me) that he wasn't growing up yet or that I could hold on to it.

So earlier today me and his daddy got in his room and started taking the screws out. We had to move the mattress back up a notch in order for the other rails to fit into their appropriate places. He watched and I could tell he was wondering what was going on. Then once the side rail was completely off he screamed out, "Put it back!" I started laughing and telling him he was going to have a big boy bed(although I was really wanting to cry but I didn't). I said, "Do you want a big boy bed?" and he said, "No put it back on." This boy of ours is truly smart. He had tears welling up in his eyes. Then almost instantly they were gone and he was jumping up and down on the mattress.

We soon had it all put together. Cam grabbed his blankie and sat on his bed then demanded his juice. He was smiling and giggly. I was finally feeling a sense of relief that it was gonna be okay. He was gonna like his big boy bed after all. Not long after I took the first picture above he grabs his train set and puts it in his bed. I think he was excited that he could get up and down without having to climb over.

He is now asleep in his new big boy bed and I am kinda sad that I didn't get a picture of him in his crib for the last time last night but it was a spur of the moment thing. Thinking back on it all today makes me smile though. I am always incorporating dates and numbers into everything trying to make logic of it all and I was trying to figure out if 10/9 was a good number to make me feel at peace with making such a huge change. So I started trying to remember if there was anything I could think of that that number/date could represent. Then I asked my hubby what 10/9 meant as far as the 10 Codes and he said Repeat. I was like "Oh yeah a repeat of all of this would be amazing." ;) So glad I didn't get this spur of the moment feeling on 10/10(which means fight). LOL! I can only imagine what bedtime might have been like.

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