Thursday, May 19, 2016

Bow down, throw down

I don't think it's news to anyone that she's the BOSS of me.  Not only me but she's the boss of everyone in this house.  From the time she yells "mama" from her bed upstairs she's tellin me what to do and you bet I'm doing it!  "Mama, i ona get OUT" then she says, "Mama, ead butch (read book)" and I do that too!  Then we walk to the stairs and although she's fully capable of walking down the stairs alone, she demands to be held walking downstairs in the mornings. "Mama, I ona hold you!"  She goes straight to her chair and wants to sit.  She will sometimes sit there for over an hour.  She LOVES her highchair.  She then says "Mama, I ont some ILK!" So I jump right on it like a short order cook at the Waffle House.

Then we get dressed and on Wednesdays we have bible study.  Well, she goes to play with her freeeeends, and I go to bible study.  Before leaving the house, we need a snack.  usually fruit snacks, picked out by her and placed in her purse.  

Last week, she had her fruit snacks on the way to bible study like usual.  She then got her diaper bag and dug through it and found another fruit snacks and asked to open it.  I told her she could have it at lunch in her class.  She asked again several times and I proceeded to ignore the request.  Then we got out to go inside with her still insisting.  She asked to walk and held my hand with the fruit snacks in the other hand.  She was still asking me to open them.  Once we walked into the foyer at church she got in front of me and pleaded for me to open the fruit snacks.  I told her again that she could have them in her class at lunch time.  Well, that didn't sit well with her.  After all, she IS the boss of me!  She stopped and wasn't moving another muscle.  Luckily there was a bench nearby so I got comfortable and proceeded to watch this dramatic display unfold before my eyes.  Boy, let me assure you, it was NOT disappointing.  It was one of her better performances if you ask me.  First she threw the fruit snacks down.  Next, our vintage stuffy Big Bird from Sesame Street got the boot.  And finally, she jerked that 5 inch gross-grain ribbon out of her hair and tossed it to the ground to show me she means business.  The BOW is DOWN.  She then proceeded to slap her own face repeatedly in the dramatic finale.  It was quite an act!  I sat in awe that my baby could put on such a display.  You see, something awesome and terrible happened in February.  She turned TWO!  Now, these types of productions happen fairly often.  Not always to the bow throwing proportions but you KNOW when the bow comes off it's like when you're momma calls your middle name.  IT.  IS. ON!
Luckily they are usually short lived and after the drama is completed, we can go about our merry way with her bossing me and me allowing it (to some degree).  For the record though, I did NOT open those fruit snacks.  I let her think she's the boss sometimes but I like to win!

If you're ever had kids, I'm sure you've also had a 2 year old BOSS and you know sometimes they are the best but sometimes they are the absolute WORST!  

Rodeo is back again!

In March, Rodeo Houston was back again!  We always try to take advantage of this prime people watching opportunity but last year we really got into the "rodeo" part since Jason and I got tickets to see the actual reason this whole hoopla exists.  This year, we knew we wanted to take the kids.  The bull riding, bucking broncos and the rodeo clowns were not to be missed.  Then there was the calf scramble and the big time mutton bustin' that we knew they would love.  We got to see it TWICE this year too!  We finally figured out that the concert and the rodeo are kinda one in the same, you go see the rodeo and there's a little concert afterwards.  This year we saw Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban play.  It was the kids first real "concert" so that was pretty cool too.  They all liked the rodeo best, just as we thought.  Even Lillian got to hang for the concerts.

It was spring break week so Dad got to join us at the Rodeo again, he's become a regular rodeo Houston visitor with us!  I think he just comes for the fried corn dogs!

The giant Ferris wheel is always a favorite ride.  I'll admit, my fear of heights increases as i get holder.  I held Lillian a little tighter at the top of that thing while she leaned over to ooooh, and Ahhhh at the carnival below.

We all kinda love this guy!
But sister loves her paw-paw more than most!  They talk on the phone nearly every single day.  They share their love of chocolate, ice cream and pistachios!

This girl must have felt famous as she had an entire entourage waving and smiling at her every single go around the carousel!

The obligatory giant BEEF rib.  We are anti-turkey leg so this was the next best thing.  You know, the protein before we consumed 2 fried oreos and a fried smores!

The boys love the fun house. I usually think they are boring and silly but they always want to do one.  I think it's their dad in them!

That wide-eyed look says it's way past my bedtime and the concert hasn't even started yet!!

Hat's off to my parents for bringing me to a concert at two years old, letting me stay up way too late, AND bringing my favorite paci along to keep me happy!

So the first go at the Rodeo, we missed the mutton bustin', we got there too late, it was already full and we had a SUPER sad 6 year old on our hands.  I promised him if there was a riding that sheepny way possible, i would stand in line and make sure he got to do it on Sunday when we returned.  He had been practicing since EARLY that morning, even scaled our 9ft backyard fence to practice.  He was wearing his boots before we even ate breakfast!  So, on Sunday, I literally RAN to the tent to get in line for him and it paid off.  Only about 30 minutes later, I had him a spot!

He did pretty well and was proud of his medal.  

Then we got on as many rides as possible before the rodeo started.

Another Rodeo Houston is in the books!  We had a great time bringing the kids, until next year...Yee'haw!

Monday, April 11, 2016

My baby and her babies

There is nothing that makes my heart smile more than my baby tending to her babies!  Its another one of the long list of things that made me HAVE to have a girl!  I loved playing with babies and can still remember it fondly.  She loves to read books about babies too and I can remember reading those very same books!   She's a great little mommy.  She's into baby wearing and has several different strollers for different types of walks.  She never leaves their blanket or paci at home and if they have a hat, it needs to be on their head!  

Our babies love to swing High!

And sometimes the only way to get dinner cooked is to put them on your back and get to it!

Sometimes we walk our babies to the store...

And we end up with quite a load on the way home.  We live close to the store but not that close.  Little legs have a hard time keeping up!  This pic takes the "mommy hook" to a whole new level!

I love to see her be inventive with the beds and wraps she chooses.  Most moms are quite resourceful and she is no exception!

She also lets them eat Cake!  All good moms let their kids eat cake for breakfast!  Just ask her!

She's even willing to be mom to the ones without a mother.  She saw the pile at the Disney store and she wanted to take them all home!  No one can say she doesn't have a big heart!

She takes her baby down the slide safely in her lap.  She counts 2-2-free!

And she never leaves them without a big hug!

But there are still times when she proves to be MY baby. And I love ever single second of it!   Little does she know, she will ALWAYS be my baby!

Sometimes she has a whole bunch of babies that need tending to...

And sometimes those babies get the boot.  They were probably throwing a 2 year old tantrum but you see where that gets you with this strict mama! (Promise, i've never tossed her onto the floor!)

She gives some of her babies a bath.  And she double checks to make sure all their ewww's are clean!

Sometimes you take your babies on a walk...

And you end up injured and riding back in their stroller while your brother rushes you home for a band-aid.  

Lucky for me, my baby still  needs me to tend to her sometimes too!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

10 on Tuesday

1.  Three times today I've been texting about LIMES.  You know, the round green citrus fruits that are quite abundant here in Texas.  They are good for everything from fish to margaritas.  Anyway, each time it's turned into "do you have any LINES?"  and "Could you pick up a LINE or two on your way home today?" 
What's up with that?
Does Siri think I have some kind of coke problem?  

2.  We are at the public library and a bald guy in full ACUs walks in.  Lillian shouts, "It's DADDY!".  Now, keep in mind, we have been civilians Lillian's whole life plus some.  When the boys were little, this happened all the time.  Luckily it happened to most of my friends too because when Daddy is gone, you start to see "Daddy" everywhere.  
The only place Lillian has even seen Jason is a pair of ACUs is the boys "daddy doll" that I got them during deployment.  
Just when you think you're free of your children calling strange men "Daddy!", they go and prove you wrong.

3.  There is a marketing genius at HEB.  Finally they found the perfect spot to store the wine.  This is one stop shopping at it's finest.  Managers take note, the wine should be located closest to the diapers for those folks buying diapers need it the most!

4.  I decided to do a little touch up painting on the downstairs last week.  It went kinda like giving a mouse a muffin,  I painted every spot I saw excited that my flat paint walls would look as good as new soon!  Well, to my surprise, 3 hours later, the paint that I had purchased from the home builder was clearly NOT the correct color.  It was close, but that doesn't count when you've gone toddler crazy on wall stains FROM your toddler.  I was in a little bit of a panic but in an odd twist of fate, the people that own the house on the other side of the cul-de-sac used the same builder and were nice enough to let the crazy lady borrow their paint to ensure she didn't go crazy  had the correct color paint to fix her mess.

5.  Lincoln is selling paper airplanes.  I told the boys they had to earn part of their money to go to summer camp this year.  Lincoln got right to work making TONS of paper airplanes to sell to neighbors and family that we had in town visiting.  I love his marketing urgency, "get one today!"  And the price point isn't half bad!

6.  A few weeks back we went to Louisiana for the weekend.   While we were there we planned to go see Ronnie Milsap at the local casino.  I' have loved Ronnie Milsap most of my life.  I was in Kinder and First grade when we moved to Atlanta for a short time for my dad's work.   It was not the most fun place for us and we made the 4 hour drive to Alabama quite often.  I remember listening to my dad's Ronnie Milsap TAPE over and over again while making that drive.  I think you call that nostalgia.  I was so excited to see him in person, and considering he's a blind 73 year old, my time was running out.  Jason was almost as excited as I was because he and his dad have a running joke that Jason was unaware until recent years that Ronnie Milsap was indeed blind.
We get to the concert hall and go to pick up our tickets at will call.  The lady asked us if our tickets were VIP or regular admission.  Jason joked, they were VIP then he confessed he was kidding, saying "unless you want to upgrade us!"  That is just what she did.  She handed us tickets saying she gave us a little upgrade and when we walked to find our seats we found ourselves FRONT and CENTER.  As in front row tickets.  There is no telling what the people around us paid for their tickets and all it cost us was a little sweet talk from Jason.

7.  We took a little family outing to the Super H Mart!  We went Korea Houston, aka Longpoint Road, to get Korean BBQ.   Jason and I fell in LOVE with it in Nashville of all places and so we are willing to drive long distances to get it here.  After a fancy meal with Bulgogi, Bibimbap Dolsat and all the kimchi we could eat, we wanted to do something else while we were already out and down that way.  It was dusk and the parks are dicey in the area so we decided to check out the Super H Mart that we saw on the way in.  
It was as if we'd been teleported directly to Seoul, South Korea.  We walked around in wonder and likely the only white (non-asian) Americans in the store.  Jason and I were ecstatic to see so many of the foods that we love available to buy and take home.  There was a beauty department that intrigued me because no one has better skin than the Asian population.  There was a full food court that surprisingly had all of the foods we had just eaten and looked basically as good for half the price.  Mental note, eat at food court next time!  The fish selection was impressive even if I wouldn't consume most of it and it was SO clean!  I've been to Asian Markets that were a little smelly but this one had an aquarium feel with so many tanks of crabs, fish and lobsters!  We left with a couple exotic fruits, jelly candy and those panda cookies with chocolate centers.  We like to eat healthy, ya know?!

So, Super H Mart for next date night?

That's Lincoln.  He's mounted the back of out 10ft privacy fence in the back yard.  He claims he was practicing for the sheep riding at the rodeo.  How did he get up there you ask?  He stacked two rubbermaid boxes of course!  How we have made it this far without a broken limb is beyond me.


This is our current netflix lineup.  It couldn't be more conflicted.  Dexter is our guilty pleasure.  We are watching it after the kids go to bed.  It's our mindless "quality time" right now and we love sitting down on the couch to watch a few before bed. If you're not familiar, Dexter is a serial killer.  But, before you shun it, you should know he's a good guy.  No really.  He's a serial killer that kills other serial killers.  Yeah, that way he's ridding the world of bad people.  I know, I know, it's a real conundrum.
   Fuller house is our dinner tv entertainment.  The kids love it and it's all kinds of nostalgia for me.  Sure, it's a little cheesy.  I mean have you ever seen the old ones?  Well, I can assure you I didn't miss a one and that was well before the DVR days!  It's endearing and a throw back to when I was Jackson's exact age and spent every single Friday night with my grandmother and watched it in bed.  While eating cheetos.  


This was Lillian as I tried to put her to bed tonight.  Sure, she looks cute enough in her Olaf pajamas and her little fluffy sidekick next to her.  What you can't see is her running away from me up the stairs, grabbing the light saber like a tiny Darth Vader and backing me down them while swiping it back and forth saying, "KILL, KILL!"
Thanks brothers.  Nothing cuter than a killer 2 year old.  

Happy (barely) Tuesday!