Friday, December 10, 2010

About time for an update...

I don't know where time has gone.  I just realized that I haven't posted anything since the beginning of November.  We have been busy I guess.  I will fill you in on our whereabouts.

Doug and I were so thankful to have a quick getaway in November to the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas.  It was    a work trip for Doug's company and all the spouses were able to come as well!!  We were so excited to get away and have some rest and relaxation.  The resort was great and we had a blast riding water slides, laying around, and looking at the ocean.  I say looking, because we couldn't swim in it.  The ocean was so rough, that they closed the beach.  Still beautiful to look at anyways.

We missed our sweet babies at home, but really enjoyed the time away.  About a week later we headed down to Wimberley to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family.  We enjoyed eating, putting together puzzles, playing bingo and spending time with family.  Although it was 3 nights of HORRIBLE sleeping (all 4 of us in 1 room), we managed.  A full size bed just isn't big enough for all 4 of us, even though 2 of us are little.

Now on to Christmas...Hopefully I won't be so behind in posting things.  Stone is in love with all the lights in our house, and he has made it his personal mission to turn them all on when he wakes up and to turn them off before we leave the house.  Love him!! 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Happy Pumpkin Day

Stone woke up feeling a little under the weather on Sunday, but he didn't let it stop him from having fun.  We had orange rolls for breakfast, and hung out around the house.  Once he woke up from his nap, we carved a pumpkin.  (Or as he said "pumpkin car")  He want to touch the insides, but he would put it nose near the hole we cut and say "mmm...that smells good."  I love the smell of a pumpkin, too (just one of my many childhood memories).  


Stone wanted to draw on the pumpkin.  The Sharpie made me a little nervous, so we eventually went inside and pulled out his markers for him to color.  Stone loves the jack-o-lantern.  We put it out on the front porch for Halloween, and now it is sitting on his little table.  He had it next to him last night at the dinner table, and we were talking about the pumpkins eyes to see and nose to smell.  All of the sudden he turns the pumpkin toward his food, breathes in through his nose, and says that food smells good.  He is doing and saying lots of things lately that just make me laugh.  I love the way he thinks.  

We ate a pumpkin shaped pizza, and then Stone put on his puppy dog costume.  Nonnie made the costume for us with a fleece hoodie and some fabric.  It turned out precious!  He loves wearing it.  My thought was that he could wear the hoodie this winter, but he loves the costume so much it may just be for play.                  


After going to a few houses for candy, we headed back home and let Stone pass out the candy.  He really enjoys doing this.  He is always super cautious when kids with masks come up, but otherwise he loves running around the front yard until it is time to do his job.  

Rowan was fast asleep by 7, so we didn't get any pictures of her in her Halloween tutu.  Can't wait for next year, when we have 2 little costumed kiddos.




Saturday, October 30, 2010

We Heart Fall

I always enjoy when the fall season rolls around.  Even though the weather hasn't quite felt fallish until this week, we have enjoyed everything that fall brings.  Here is what we have been up to lately...

going to the arboretum
playing outside
buying pumpkins
eating candy corn
Owen's farm
trying on Halloween costumes
the cool weather
wearing long-sleeves

After having a picnic at the arboretum with Colton, Hudson, Brody, and their mommies, the boys decided to play ring around the rosies.  As you can tell they were having a blast.

We all. fall. down!

Last week, we headed to Owen's farm with some new friends. 
 I remember going to Owen's farm as a child, so I was excited to
take the kids.  The weather couldn't have been more perfect. 
 It was about 60 degrees and sunshiny.  The kids had a ball.  They ran
around all over .  We had to keep our eyes on them, because there were 
lots of schools there for field trips.  I am so sad I didn't get a picture of Stone 
petting one of the horses nose.  He wasn't too sure about it, and wanted
down after he felt the horses warm breath on his tummy.  He talked about it
later in the day though.   


We have been busy, and I have had to force us to have some stay-at-home-and-don't-get-out-of-pajamas-all-day days.  We will be back tomorrow posting pics of the kiddos dressed up for Halloween.  Until then, I am off to eat some more candy corn!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Howdy Big Tex!!

We headed to the State Fair a few weeks ago with Grandma and Granddad.  Doug and I loaded up the kids and headed to the DART train.  We didn't really want to pay $15 to park and the train only took an hour to get to the fair.  Stone loved riding on the train.  Once we got their, we headed into the car exhibit to see all the shiny new cars.  Stone was in heaven, and he wanted to "drive" every car.  We probably spent about 30 minutes with the cars, and we finally had to bribe Stone with seeing some animals, so we could leave.
Driving Grandma
Big Tex was a big hit.  Stone loved that Big Tex waved at him and talked to him. We had to get the touristy picture in front of Big Tex.  Rowan is very covered up, and she may have even been asleep by this time.

We enjoyed a Fletcher's corny dog.  It is always the longest line, but well worth the short wait!
 
Stone ended up falling asleep in the stroller, which NEVER happens, but we took advantage of it and walked around for 30 minutes so he could have a little nap.  After he woke up, we headed into the petting zoo.  Stone was in love with the animals.  He enjoyed feeding and petting them.  One of the things he loved was the mama pig and her piglets.  He kept talking about the mama and trying to touch the babies.  They were so sweet to watch as they climbed all over each other to sleep.
Feeding the animals
Our sleepy little girl
The kids did great!  We ended up staying until about 5, which we hadn't planned on doing, but they were enjoying themselves and we didn't realize how late it was.

Stone and I sat at the steps of the lagoon, and looked at the minnows swimming in the water.  He threw in acorn after acorn into the water as well.
We really enjoyed our time at the fair, and we can't wait to head back next year.  I know the kids will enjoy a yearly trip to the fair as much as we do.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Lately...


Can you see anything different in this picture of Stone?  Ok, besides the fact that his hair is getting WAY too long...You guessed it, no more diapers!!!  We potty trained Stone last weekend.   I must say, now that we are on this side of it, it wasn't that bad.  Let me give you the run down.  We decided to potty train him over Labor Day weekend since Doug would be home for 3 days.  We woke up Saturday morning, ate breakfast, and then put him in big boy underwear.  No more diapers for Stone!  I won't go into all the details, but let me just say that after having to wash the underwear we had at naptime, and going through 34 PAIRS, Doug and I were whipped.  Day 2 was much better with only 4 pairs.  It is a whole different set of rules now though for leaving the  house.  No more of me thinking I will just change him when I get somewhere.  It now takes an extra 10 minutes to get out the door after we go to the potty and get everything collected.  But we are done.

As you can see Stone is very creative.  He loves to eat a whole apple that I core.  He found a flashlight the other day and decided it made a great holder for his apple.  Now that's ingenuity!

Now for Little Miss...
Earlier today, I was laying on the floor playing with her and suddenly her tummy was completely off the ground and she was in a full pushup!!  She still isn't sitting on her own for long periods of time, but she sure is ready to be on the move.
The only way we can get her to sit is to hand her a toy to distract her.  Soon after I took this picture, she fell face first into my ankle bone.  Poor thing!!!  She cried for a little while and then was ready for a nap again.  All that exercise wore her out.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

My Little Artist

Last week, we headed to A Little Artsy for playgroup.  The kids had a great time painting and playing with play-doh.  Stone looked so cute wearing the apron that went from his chin to his toes. He actually didn't get very messy, just his hands.  We are doing to frame some of his art and hang it in the study.     



He really enjoyed playing with the play-doh and using cookie cutters to cut out shapes.  Here he is trying to share with Rowan.  What a good big brother!!

I can't wait to take him back soon and see what other creations he can come up with.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Beach Weekend

**WARNING:  This is an extremely LONG post, but I had to capture our weekend at the beach!!

In the beginning of August we headed down to Galveston to celebrate Nonnie's 60th birthday, which is in June!  We surprised her on her birthday with a trip to the beach, and she could hardly wait.  It was a task to get 2 adults and 2 kiddos packed away into our SUV.  We wanted to take as much as possible to make things "easy", but ended up having to leave a few things behind.  Stone was a big help helping me pack the suitcase for me and Doug.

We headed out on Friday morning.  What should have taken about 5 hours ended up taking 7.  We had to stop and feed Rowan twice, and after Stone took a short nap he was hungry as well.  They both did great in the car.  We couldn't have asked for better travelers.  We arrived at the house we rented, and Stone was so excited to see Wick and Nonnie.  We were planning on heading to the beach that evening, but decided that we would stay at the house and go in the morning.  

Stone had a great time playing in the sand.  He was very hesitant (as usual) about the water, since he hadn't ever seen it before.  He quickly warmed up, and Doug took him out into the waves.  
Playing in his "bath"

Stone and Wick
We headed to the Moody Gardens Aquarium on Sunday morning.  After a blow out diaper from Rowan, which had to be quickly changed, we were ready to explore and see the fish.  Stone loved looking at the fish, but I don't think he realized that there was glass between the fish and himself.  He finally realized after we had him touch the glass that they couldn't get to him.  He loved the tunnel that you walk through with fish swimming overhead.  We must have spent 20 minutes in there.  There was even a huge sea turtle swimming in the tank.

Wick and Stone in the shark cage
Here are my two sweet beach babies.  Rowan was a trooper and slept in a pop up tent that a friend let us borrow.  (Thanks, Jennifer!!)  Doug and I laughed at how we would have never taken Stone to the beach at 4 months old, but that is what happens when you are the second child.  She was a happy baby for most of the weekend, except for one minor melt down because she was tired.


Sleeping beauty
 One of Stone's favorite things to do while we were there was to have one of us build sand cars and then he would immediately knock them down.  What simple entertainment!!


  
 Apparently the people that stayed at the house before us had a little girl that left her sunglasses.  Well, Stone saw them and wanted to wear them.  He would walk around saying, "I look good."  What a mess!!

 The ice cream man drove around one day, and we decided to buy him an ice cream.  He loved it.  Can you tell he is looking at me from behind his sunglasses.  He melts my heart!







What a sleepy boy after all that playing in the sand and sun.  We can't wait to take them back next year with Nonnie and Wick.