Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wednesday Confessionals

I'm not even going to pretend this is going to be a regular occurrence. I mean, I would love to make it a weekly post again, but considering the fact that my blogging has just about fallen off completely, makes me realize that I would be dreaming to make that happen.

But I do remember how much I loved confessing all my silly, dark "secrets" so I'll do my best to keep it up. And please remember, no judgement- or no public judgement. My fragile ego (ha!) can't handle that, so reserve your snide comments for your next playdate... "Did you hear about that mom who...." :)

Jay eats zero fruits and zero vegetables. He doesn't like smoothies anymore so there is no sneaking them in that way. I absolutely 100% count his "fruit" intake from the juice I buy (particular type of fruit/vegetable juice blend) and whatever happens to be blended in with the yogurt I buy (but it can only come in the Gogurt type tubes because if he sees that it's anything but white he panics). Sigh....

At 14 months, Molly only sleeps through the night VERY rarely. She ends up in our bed almost every single night. With the first kid, this never EVER happened. The second kid it happened until a point and then never again once we moved her to her crib. Third kid has spent so few hours in that crib it's laughable. But you know what, I get a FULL night of sleep this way (thankyoukingsizebed). If momma's happy, everyone's happy.

I have let my kids watch and unreal amount of TV this summer. The afternoons when Molly is the only one napping can really drag on (she takes about 2.5 hour naps). I try to be a great hands-on mom most days, but one can only play so many rounds of Candyland or Battleship or Tea Party. Sometimes I just want a LITTLE break.

My big kids have had summer camp this week and I have actually put them to sleep in the clothes they are wearing the next day. One less step for me in the morning! This is genius if you ask me!

The amount of baths (or lack thereof) my kids have taken over the summer is embarrassing. We have a pool. We swim a lot. Chlorine cleans them all up. Who needs a bath every day, amIright?!

I never understand how I can go to the grocery store, buy a cart FULL of groceries (and spend an insane amount of money- seriously, why is healthy food so expensive?!!?!?), and come home with nothing for lunch. Good grief! I cook dinner every night and we eat breakfast at home every morning, so why is it so difficult for me to think about lunch at home!?

Alright, anyone else feel my pain? Until next time (which is hopefully sooner than later!)...

Friday, July 24, 2015

Dallas Days

One of the things I wanted to do this summer was get up to Dallas for a few days (not over a weekend). It was surprisingly hard finding several days in a row where everyone was available! But between Anthony's sister, my sister, my BFF, and tons and tons of friends there, I knew we needed to make it happen!

The kids and I headed up on Friday morning. It was pretty much what you would expect out of a 3.5+ hour road trip with three kids four years old and younger. Lots of asking "How much longer?", lots of whining, lots of crying (from a particular little one), lots of singing, and lots of MESS in the car. But we survived somehow. It ended up taking us 4.5 hours because we stopped twice (surprisingly not for pee breaks- more for stretch our legs and keep Molly from freaking out breaks). We even visited ol' Sam Houston on the way up! Why not?!?!

My view. The BACK of the burb! They all wanted to sit together!
This was after our stop at Sam and about 2 minutes down the road to lunch.
(Yes I see CK's seatbelt is on incorrectly. Yes, we corrected it as soon as I noticed. Thankyouverymuch.)

We went straight to Anthony's sister's house where we played with our cousin and saw my sis and Clay and all headed to a splashpad to burn off some energy. It was super super fun (except all but one kid melted down at some point!) so we headed back to Andrea's where we just hung out and played. Eventually Grandma and Grandpa got there and finally Daddy arrived.

Saturday was spent just hanging out and playing. The big kids went to see Minions during the day while the little girls napped and then we just hung around and topped off the day with Smores!

Sunday morning we transferred over to Michelle and Scott's house. We met them for church and then had lunch. Headed to see their new house (!!!!!) and put the littles down for naps. Anthony headed back to Houston and Molly came down with a sweet case of croup. Luckily our doctor called in a steroid and Michelle and me and the babies went to CVS for a drug run- lots of Motrin and Tylenol and tissues. Oh, and props to CVS for the absolute BUTCHERING of our last name. I even spelled it out for them over the phone! Yikes!

We played in the baby pool in the backyard (I think Uncle Scott had the most fun!), headed to the Truck Yard for dinner, and then finished the day off with Steel City Pops. It was SO FUN!

Monday we headed to Grapevine to hit up Legoland and the Aquarium. The Aquarium there is SO STINKING awesome! My kids loved it and we could have spent a loooong time there. Legoland was really fun, but it was pretty crowded and chaotic. All in all, it was a FUN morning together!

All four were in HEAVEN!

Best I could get. Grrrr...

After naps on Monday and once Uncle Scott got home from work, we ate a yummy dinner and headed to their grand opening of their pool. My kids were LOVING the pool time (we don't go many days without swimming) and Clay was a HOOT in the water! It was a really fun time going night swimming with our cousins. Of course, no way to get pictures when we are watching kids in a pool!

That night Mrs Cara came to visit- and my kids were SO excited to see her that they waited out on the curb for her to get there! It is always so good seeing her and after every. single. visit. I lament at the fact that we live so far away. Oh how I miss my friend.

Tuesday was go-home day, but not before tiring the kids out. We headed to the Dallas Zoo and it was really fun! Different than the Houston Zoo, but super fun! It was HOT. And were tired. All three kids took naps on the drive home- which made it go by WAAAAY faster than our way up.

It was truly such a fun trip and so great that we got to see so many of our people. I honestly had plans to get in touch with about a million others, but once Molly had croup I didn't think anyone should be around her (that close to her). So next trip I want to see more folks! Plus, spending time with Michelle is always so good for my soul. We just click and it is SO easy (and always SO fun). I miss that girl (and her boys) something fierce!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Life Lately

Good grief, it just gets harder and harder to blog.

I know everyone is insanely busy. Everyone has 1,000,000 things consuming each and every single day. And my life is no different. I just need about three more hours in a day, y'all. That would give me time to blog and fold laundry and sort through toys. I don't know where 24 hours go, but they go FAST.

So, what have we been doing  over the past few weeks?

Well, Jay has been lizard hunting just about every single day (maybe 10 times a day). 
He found the most adorable baby lizard ever!!!

Ella's been joining us for dinner
Not really! But she climbed up one night and started eating the green peas off our plates!

Charley Kate went to cheerleading camp!

And Jay started golf lessons!

Molly figures out how to stay busy while Mommy cooks dinner. 
(y'all this is genius by the way- she spends TONS of minutes doing this!)

We eat our Mexican food every Friday night!

Molly swings like a big girl!

We celebrated our anniversary!

And each year we get a family pic on or around our anniversary! 

Lunch on our actual anniversary. Anthony worked all day and I taught VBS at night. 
We spent maybe 40 minutes together total that day. 
Such is life when you are grown ups!

Molly learned how fun playing with babies is!

Charley Kate and her cousin got haircuts together!

Spa day for these girls! 

Molly figured out how fun it was to be the teacher in her Bible class (jk obviously)

We had VBS at our church! 

I got to teach with my BFF and our boys! 

My little shepherds!

We had a cousin sleepover! 

We officially entered the stage where we have two kids of the same sex who like the same toys. 
Better buckle up for this one! 

Molly went to her first movie in the theater!

And had a carousel ride after!

We celebrated MeeMaw's first birthday away from us. 

And Molly finally decided she loved her puddle jumper and pretty much doesn't ever want it off!

That brings us up through the end of last week- two days after VBS ended we headed to Dallas for five days! I'll blog about that trip next!