Sunday, August 14, 2016

Galveston Getaway!

We wanted a little post school getaway but didn't want to go far.  We knew the beach missed us so we decided on an overnight to Galveston.  We had dined at a restaurant that had a hotel behind it and and pool on the ocean side.  From the looks of it, it shouldn't be too pricey and I was right!  It wasn't much of a hotel but for one night, we could do anything.  Bonus was they had a fantastic home cooked breakfast for FREE!  Winning, shady Galveston motel style.  We drove down to the beach and crossed the ferry to the island.  We got our sticker and picked out the perfect spot on the beach.  I was then that the boys realized they didn't every obey me when I asked them to get their fully packed suitcase off the top of the stairs.  Yep, that's right they had ONLY the clothes on their back.  They were forced to swim in them and stay wet until we could get to walmart to BUY them more.  Boys!  

We also bought this fancy blow up pool for Lillian.  We filled it with ocean water using our 5 gallon fishing bucket.  It was fun, for a few minutes anyway.  Even if the water looks more like chocolate milk!  It's Galveston baby, not the Emerald coast!  Texans can't be too choosy, we're lucky to have water close enough to drive to!

I made sure to pack all the important things in life, protien snacks, vodka and my journal and bible.  This equals a pretty good day in my books!

We parked near a run off area and you'd have thought we struck gold.  The kids played in this far more than the actual ocean.  They loved the warmer, flowing water.  Nevermind we have no real idea where it was coming from.

Naptime is still a necessity and while I had to hold her the whole time, you can see it bothered me greatly!  

We always love the Popsicle truck that roams the beaches there.  Jason is a sucker and he can't say no!

I leave you with this.
It's called blue steel.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Lillian Lately

She talks.
All the time.

She is at the perfect age of saying the funiest stuff.  I try to remember, sometimes I even type it in the notes section of my phone.  She's a 3rd kid so she's lucky to even get a blog post about the funny things she does!

A few of the things she's said lately:

She's obsessed with her babies.  Particularly the naked ones.  If they are NOT naked, she makes sure they are when she's done with them.  One day she was playing babies and told me " I has a baby in me belly!"  Not sure where she got that from.  No more babies in my belly.  Ever.

She has brothers.   She knows a few things about boys.  She will be the first to tell them "Thas yuck!" when they show her bugs or snakes.  She will tell you or anyone else when she does #2 "Thas Naaaasy"(nasty).  She will also describe the vegetables on her plate by saying "Thas Gwoss!"

Last week, I put her aqua converse shoes on her.  We don't wear tennis shoes much around here.  It's Texas so we have 9 months of summer and during our "Less summer" months, we wear boots.  We also have smelly jelly shoes that we kinda love so basically, we are shoe poor.   But while putting on the converse, she insisted that "Thas Lincoln shoes!" He does have some converse that he wears but it was funny to see her relate them.

Need a smile from Lillian?  Just ask her to say "Chloe!"
Chloe is her best little friend and she loves her.

Lillian is now potty trained!  She was pretty easy.  It helped that the week after we started, I took off for Costa Rica and let my mom pick up there but she was still pretty easy.  She had a method that I've never seen anyone accomplish before.  She managed to poop ONE rabbit pellet size at a time in order to get chocolate!  We'd all say Yay! and run to get her some m&M's.  10 minutes later, she'd need to go again and same story.  It was a unique ability for sure.

I went in to get her from nap one day and when she woke up she looked at me and said "Do you wanna build a 'noman' (snowman)?"  Direct quote from the frozen movie when Anna wakes Elsa up.
She then proceeds to tell me "The sky's awake!" which is another direct quote.  Funny, her dad is all about movie quotes so I know where she gets it!

Right before she potty trained she was letting me know it was time.  She would got #2 and then look at me and ask "Are you ewwww mommy?"  "No, no I am not but are you?"  Yeah, I'd say it was time.
Then the first week, I'd ask her: "Lil, you need to go pee-pee potty?"  "Nah, I go pee-pee potty in my biker" (diaper)
No, maam, time to drop the bikers diapers!

She likes scary stuff.  And she likes to pretend she's scared.  That's another thing we can attribute to the boys.  She'll ask to watch dinosaurs (jurassic park) or scary dolls (goosebumps).  She closes her eyes and pretends to be afraid but she isn't really, she just likes their attention when she feigns damsel!

She's figured out i watch her on the monitor.  It's on my phone and she can push the monitor button and knows it's her bed.  I guess she can see her stuffed animals.  She will get up and when she sees the empty bed on my phone she asks me "Where's the baby?"

She's getting good at reading books.  I love how toddlers want to read the same books over and over and over.  All my kids have loved reading Goodnight Moon.  She can basically read it to me now.  Then there is "I Can Do It Myself" which is a 1980 sesame street book that was mine as a child.  "Monster Cookie" (or better known as cookie monster) is her favorite.  She also likes another book of mine.  I can remember reading this one.  Its a Mercer Mayer book called "Just for you".  Part of the little critter series.  There is a spider and grasshopper on each page and she insists on finding them.  He makes a series of "messes" and so we call it Mess book.  At the end of each book she proudly exclaims "De END!"

Another nod to the brothers, she will often GROWL her "I love you" or "love you too".

At night, we sing before bed.  She likes me to sing "Rock a baby" which seems like Rock-a-bye-baby but if you start that one, you'll quickly be stopped.  That's not the one.  She means Hush little baby but she won't change the name, you just have to adapt.  She's the boss.

We were browsing a store and she says "Look mom, it's ho-ho!"
It was a garden gnome.  Close enough.

"Mom, whas goin on?"

"Mum, whatchu doin?"  I'm __________, what are you doing?  "Nufin'"

We passed a car recently with a skull sticker on the back.  She said "Thas creeeeeepy!"
What's creepy is my 2 year old knows the word creepy!

I put a bubble outfit on her in her room.  As soon as I get it on her she twirls around and looks at me disappointed.  She says "I don liiiiike it, it don spin, I wanna be tincess!"
Oh yes, I created this monster.

Later that day, we went to pick a swimsuit for the pool and as I reached for a red and white checked smocked one, she says "Noooooo, I want PANK (pink)!"
I was equal parts annoyed and proud.

Onion.  If you ask her what her name is she will say "Onion" ever single time.   It's her attempt at saying Lillian but it's so cute I don't want to correct it.  If she's feeling spicy, she will say "Tincess Onion" which is even cuter.

She asks for her bow-bow.  It was a long process of bow training but having her insist on a bow, even at the pool, even with pajamas feels like winning to me!  She even things her babies with hair need bow-bows.  Of course they do!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Baby, you're a firework!

Lincoln is my sweet little middle.  I can't believe he's SEVEN years old.  If you have never read Lincoln's birth story it's one for the books.  Few people have his same story, that's for sure.  

Lincoln is likely the most charming, lovable boy you've ever met.  Somehow he makes everyone he meets fall in love with him,  We sometimes call him our Casanova because he especially has a way with the ladies.  I'm not saying I have a favorite child but several other family members (NANA!) can't say the same and Lincoln is THE PICK!!!

The first celebration was a family dinner at the local hibachi place with neighbor friends.  All kids love hibachi and Lincoln requested a red velvet cake when a "bloody shark cake" fell through at HEB.  I guess the red was close enough to bloody shark. 

Funny pic!  The hat naturally fell down over Lincoln's eyes and Jackson photobombed his candle blowing.

The day we planned Lincoln's party was the first day of a 4 day flood that left us out of school for nearly a week!  The weather was not great and getting worse all the time.  By 4pm, it was getting darker and starting to lightening and thunder.  I considered canceling but I didn't have a backup plan or a way to keep these 3 gallons of ice cream cold so the party must go on!  We had way more guests that I expected to show up considering the weather conditions.  

I had lots of help from this girl and her puppy setting up for the party.

We had an ice cream sundae party complete with all you can eat candy to top it off.  It was a sugar fest for sure!

Want one cherry?  why not?  Sprinkles? sure thing! Topped with chocolate syrup and whipped cream?  Yes, please!

And no kids sundae is complete without gummi bears (yuck, cold hard gummies!)

What on earth will we do with all this left over whipped cream?  Oh, I think I know!

I had single-handedly filled around 300 water balloons and we had a break in the lightening and thunder for juuuuuust long enough to let them run wild with them.  It always amazes me how quickly they disappear.  It took them about 30 seconds to go through 300!  

She's always got the best seat in the house!

I've never been to a party where the sky lit up with "natural" fireworks but that figures for Lincoln.  So many people think he's super special and this was God's way to show off on his birthday celebration.    I was so thankful that everyone came despite the weather. Lincoln was so worried and he had a GREAT time!