Sunday, April 12, 2015

Life through the iphone lens

This is my little way of "catching up".  It works.

I made a friend online, we bonded over girls clothing and our daughters similar in age.  We talked nearly every day.  While Jason doesn't believe in "online friendships" I have no problem with it.  He says they aren't friends until you've met.  Well, while visiting my in-laws in New Iberia, LA, we were able to meet!  Now, I'm happy to say we are also IRL friends too!  The girls were so sweet, sharing and interacting and we STILL talk everyday.  Take that Jason!

The boys had "book character day" at school.  We have done Waldo before (best after Halloween clearance purchase ever)!  Lincoln was a natural at Hulk too.  He *might* wear this on the regular even when it's NOT book character day!

Jackson participated in the 3rd grade wax museum and he was Andrew Jackson.  The old trusty West Point jacket came out of the closet to serve as General Jackson's costume.  We learned Jackson a bit feisty and constantly got into duels.  He also was said to have thrown large parties at the white house and it resulted in damages.  
Sounds like we picked a perfectly appropriate namesake!

Girl was PROUD of her Limited edition SweetHoney bubble!  

My own little leprechaun!  She got TONS of compliments on this adorable little hat and she kept it on most of the day!  

The tradition continues!  We have been making fruit rainbows since inspired by my friend Mari years ago. 

(YALL, please note the foreshadowing in that blog from 2011, OMG!)

Girlfriend loves nothing better than to play in my makeup!  She gets it honest!  I allow it only because it gives me time to get ready and I know where she is.  The clean up is worth it!

Big surprise here...we got a new dress!  We had to try it on fresh out of the mail.  It's perfectly vintage inspired and highlights those baby blues!

Speaking of vintage, this bubble was my sisters, oh 30-something years ago!  It's the CUTEST thing!  Yes, mom made it.  See that lace on the sleeves?  Yeah, she made that too!  LOVE!

While watching our neighbor baby friend, we went on  a little bike ride.  I'm no dummy, strapping them in was the only way I knew I could keep them in one place.  They were great, as long as I kept it moving!  

Lincoln had 100 days of kindergarten in the book and to celebrate he dressed up as a "grandpa".  He was surely a cute little old man!  

I can't promise she LOVES wearing her Beaufort Bonnet but it is great for keeping the sun off her face and head. It will be awesome this summer at the beach and the pool.  One day, she'll thank me for forcing the bonnet and tons of sunscreen.  She might be 30 but that day will come.  Believe me, I would know.  I had a hat and sunscreen pushing mom once.  Ah, the circle of life!

Two of my favorite Valentines!  

Excuse me, I mustache you if you're caught up reading the blog now?

Dirty Feet, Don't Care

I'm sure by now you think she's always dainty, girly and perfectly clean.  Well, while you can believe she always has on a headband, it might not always match and she doesn't think twice about making a mess or getting a little messy.  She pours out her milk on her highchair on the regular just so she can play in it!  

We took her to the park down the road.  This one has that spongy mulch looking flooring that doesn't move.  It's perfect for a crawler, if you don't mind a little dirt to deal with.  Clearly it didn't bother her in the least little bit.  It was almost like she couldn't believe I was letting her get away with something so scandalous!  I followed her up the stairs which was thrilling in itself.  She thought she was as big as her brothers for sure!

By the time she reached the top of the stairs, her feet were black!  I knew a bath was in order but not before a little more fun was had!  She climbed around on that playground like she knew just what to do but she always looked to make sure I wasn't far behind. She would scrunch her nose up and smile like she knew she was getting away with something!  

THESE tiny little dirty feet are the stuff dreams are made of I tell you!  A moment in time you never want to forget!

She's not just MY arm candy you know.  These brothers of hers tote her around like she is the greatest accessory.  They LOVE for me to bring her up to the school so they can show her to their friends.  They always include her in the fun they are having whether it be video games or playground fun!  The are GOOD GOOD brothers!  

The swings!  A little cleaner and a little safer!  And I get to see this adorable smile the WHOLE time!   Mama's girl, I love the swings too!

Friday, April 10, 2015

This Ain't our First Rodeo

Technically it's not our FIRST Rodeo.  We did visit the Houston Rodeo last year also.   It was Lillian's first visit.  Something about 1 week old doesn't say Rodeo so she sat last year out!  These Texans take their rodeo serious.  They even have a kick off day at school so you can dress up like the Rodeo.  

She wouldn't be MY daughter unless Lillian had a special dress JUST for this occasion!  We'd waited almost a year to wear this dress!  

As you can see she was pretty fond of it, and the boots weren't bad either!  Too bad she isn't walking, or even remotely interested in walking.  They have those cute, not so cute squeakers in them too!

She was doing a little closet shopping in preparation for the rodeo. 
"Do you think this hat makes my butt look big?"

No, Lincoln, I don't think they'll approve of you taking your cap pistol in your holster belt to Kindergarten, even if it IS Rodeo day.  This is Texas but even NRA loving, right-wing Republicans have to draw a line when it involves guns and schools.  Let's not push our luck here buddy.

So he laid out his clothes for Rodeo day.  That is Jellycat up there under his hat.  It's his favorite (of 5) stuffed Lions.  Notice he even laid out his socks and shoes!!

Some people at the Rodeo get to eat corn dogs or chocolate covered delicacies.  Lillian was happy just to get her hands on her beloved banana!  

The day we went to the Rodeo  Carnival, it was raining.  Sometimes drizzle and sometimes sprinkle but almost constantly raining.  You'd think that would deter the crowd but not a chance!  

We made our way onto a few overpriced carnie rides and ate a total of 6 corn dogs
 and one fried s'mores between us.  I can honestly say, it was probably enough to last us until next year at least.

No Rodeo would be complete without a little Mutton Bustin' by Lincoln deFoor.  He'd practiced all year for this. He was ALL in.  He said he was going to hold onto that sheep NO MATTER WHAT!  He really did, he slid off the side to a little but you could tell he wasn't letting go!  There is nothing cuter than little kids riding sheep, except maybe THIS smile that shows his most awesome blue ribbon!  

We made one BIG loop around on the Ferris Wheel!  It was WAY up and it was also REALLY rainy up there!

I will never understand why my fear of heights increased so drastically when I had kids but it really did.  And probably more so with every child.  

Great view of the astrodome.  Although it's been sitting for 20 year and the aren't doing anything with it.  It's such an odd structure.

So here's the truth, it kinda WAS our first rodeo.  You see, last year we went to the Rodeo carnival but we coudn't stay for any of the concert series or actual Rodeo competition.  This year we did.  Just Jason and I had a date to see Billy Currington.  He got the Box tickets from Exxon so we had Awesome seats with food and drinks while we watched the Rodeo from above.  We decided that we LOVED the Rodeo part and next year fully plan to take the boys for it.  It was exciting and we really got into it!  

Billy Currington wasn't half bad either.  He sung lots of his hit songs and they are easy country sing alongs!  It was a great afternoon date!
  And now we can say we've been to the Rodeo!  Next year we'll be back!

Rolling in the Deep

It was just another spring Sunday afternoon in Texas.  It had rained EVERY day for the last few weeks and we were just so glad to see some sunshine!  Getting to wear our new monogrammed dress and ruffles helped too. Or maybe that was just Lillian!  

They brought and threw the football and we walked down the nature path right up onto 2 little snakes sunning on a tree trunk.  Then we saw a woodpecker, and a rabbit, and a squirrel, a few lizards, and this turtle!  Spring has sprung and out come the critters!  These boys haven't met a critter they are afraid of!

Well, until we got to the hungry, pushy geese.  The pic I didn't get was of the mean goose.  The one that decided to take a bite out of Lincoln's shorts.  I can assure you he was NOT happy about it.  It scared him a little and embarrassed him A LOT!  We couldn't help but laugh at him.  The goose bit him in the crotch!  There were no jokes about worms made by Jason or I at all. ;)  

Then we made it around to the lake.  Obviously the boys all missed the no swimming signs.  Jason somehow talked Lincoln into WANTING to be pushed into the water and then peer pressure got Jackson in as well.  

That's when it got interesting.  It's never too early to teach your kids log rolling, in a dirty pond where you aren't supposed to swim and it's probably only around 70 outside.  
You never know when this skill will come in handy.  So Jason stands on the shorline and directs them on proper log rolling techiques.  You know, since he's so experienced in it!  

You can just imagine how it went from here...

Sure, he makes it look easy.  (btw, where's Lincoln??)

And that's the first mistake, never try to go backwards.  And never ever look back!!

Ok, let's give it one more try together now.

Yeah, we can go ahead and cross that off the list of Olympic sports to compete in.  

Maybe we'd be better at synchronized swimming instead?!