While I am waiting...

Right now I have another window open trying to access the Southwest Airlines page. It's really slow this morning...so slow that I decided to do a pleo post.

We are going to San Antonio in October to visit my Grandfather (he just turned 94!) and aunt and uncle that he lives with. Our trips to San Antonio are alwasy a blast. We went last Christmas, so twice in one year is just a bonus! Even more fun is that Adam's parents are going also! They will be there for a wedding but then we are all going to spend a few days showing them around the city. So, does anyone else hate that you have to pay for a ticket for a 30 lb three year old???

We are having a yard sale tomorrow. Three of our neighbors and us will be having one, come on and look at the priceless junk that we'll be selling..lots of home decor that will never be used in the forseeable future. I have come to the conclusion that we probably won't ever have a guest room in any house that we live in...so the cute stuff to furnish that room is outta here. My closets look amazing. Everything is priced and in the garage. Hope it doesn't rain!

Speaking of neighbors...when we got home from our vacation our yard was mowed. We knew one of our neighbors had to have done it, but here's the kicker...we have such awesome neighbors that we didn't know who it was. I am really thankful for them, I know there are some crazy neighbor stories to be told...but seriously, we don't have them.

The SW page still hasn't loaded!

Here are some pics from the last few weeks...
Curtis and Amy brought Will over a few weeks ago so they could run and errand and we offered to watch their new baby Josie too. We had so much fun! It was crazy, I'll admit it, and we only had them for about an hour. We did go on a walk with them all, 4 kids...yikes. Did I ever tell anyone that I would like to have four kids one day. Maybe not all 3 and under, though.
PhotobucketSWEET baby Josephine
PhotobucketMichael, the little ham
PhotobucketClaire and her "cousin" Lucy looking out the window for Pawpaw
PhotobucketNothing like a Pawpaw and his granddaughter playing ball
PhotobucketWell, except for a Pa sitting in a swimming pool playing with his grandkids
PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketps, the arbor/gazebo thingy in the background of the last few pictures is what Adam and I were married under. It's had a few structural changes in the past 7!!! years, but it's still in the backyard of Mary and Leroy's house, almost right where we were married!

Ok, SW loaded a minute ago. I'm about to go spend the kids college fund on tickets!











  • jess
    I believe you HAVE said you wanted 4 kids before...And if you get them, you'll handle it beautifully! :) Glad you guys are getting to take another trip out to Texas, I know that's a special trip. Good luck with the yard sale - I love the way it feels to get rid of clutter!
    by jess at 07/31/09 11:36AM
  • shelbysmom
    Man! I wish that I could get to your yard sale!! You have such great tastes in home decor. Do you feel like taking some pictures and emailing me so I can snag the good stuff?
    by shelbysmom at 07/31/09 11:55AM
  • lol_smile456
    Prettttty!!!!
    by lol_smile456 at 07/31/09 12:56PM
  • kerrielee
    Love the grandad pictures,so sweet.Wish I could make it to the yard sale,but probably won't be able.It is so great that you have good neighbors,we are very unfortunate in that department.
    by kerrielee at 07/31/09 2:17PM
  • kt80
    I wish I could come to your yard sale, too.
    by kt80 at 07/31/09 2:51PM
  • DessertDiva
    Wow, I LOVE Adam's parents' backyard. How spacious!! I bet your kiddos have a blast back there! I'd love to come to your yard sale. Actually, I'd love for you to come over and help me get my junk in order to sell :) Yard sales just don't do that great out here. I remember when we'd have them in Oklahoma and they were AWESOME. I guess people in the Pacific Northwest don't really "do" the yard sale thing.
    by DessertDiva at 07/31/09 3:37PM
  • snickers63
    Pay for her? Naw - dress her up like a suitcase and call her a carry on. And the come back from vacation and find yard mowed happened to us one time too.... and we did not know which neighbor it was either. We've also had a neighbor clean up our yard after it was rolled... while we were out of town. And she took pictures first and sent them to us in Houston. Good neighbors are great to have!!!!!
    by snickers63 at 07/31/09 4:01PM
  • stylinmama
    What a backyard to have! Amazing!
    by stylinmama at 07/31/09 4:23PM
  • snickers63
    Yes!! I had forgotten how cute it was!!! Glad that I have it to refer to... what I had in my mind would not have been as cute as that!!! Thanks!
    by snickers63 at 07/31/09 5:42PM
  • taylorwilson
    cool!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    by taylorwilson at 08/01/09 1:32PM
  • grandmadiane
    came to your yard sale... was too late :(
    by grandmadiane at 08/01/09 1:54PM
  • karliemichelle
    :) nice pictures. ♥
    by karliemichelle at 08/02/09 2:26PM
  • linz_foster
    I told Craig we have to travel a lot while Kate is still free to ride...it kills me to pay for kids! I feel like they should be a 70% discount, even though I know they still take up the same amount of seat. :)
    I also want to have 4 kids someday, but agree - not all under the age of 3!
    I love the picture of Claire getting ready to smack that ball...what a wind-up! :)
    by linz_foster at 08/03/09 9:57AM

DESTIN!!! (I know, finally.)

It was too much fun. This is the first day at our little house with our little pool.
PhotobucketWe headed to the beach right away...it was about 7pm...but we were all ready to play after being in the car for 9 hours!
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PhotobucketThe kids really were amazed by the ocean. Claire just couldn't get enough of just looking at it all. Michael LOVED the sand. He could have played forever!
PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketThis was at Fudpuckers...with the live gators...
PhotobucketPhotobucketMichael showed off his hula hooping skills while Claire was singing Twinkle Twinkle on stage.
PhotobucketPhotobucketFirst full day at the beach
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PhotobucketLike mother like daughter...
PhotobucketWaiting...and waiting...and waiting for our table at ...oh I can't think of the name of the restaurant. It's right on the beach, though.
PhotobucketSo the kids played at the beach while we waited for our table. Yeah, Michael fell in, and had to eat in his wet clothes...of course!
PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketHappy that we FINALLY got to eat!
PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketWe went to "The Track". It had some really lame kid rides, but the go carts were fun!
PhotobucketShe is just like her Dad.
PhotobucketBeach bums...
PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketMichael was waking up really early the whole week...6ish...so one of us would take him for a stroll each day so everyone else could sleep in. I took the camera this time and was so happy with these shots.
PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketWaiting to get on the "Sea Blaster" ...a 120 passenger speed boat. We got to see dolphins. And Claire was sure that she spotted Ariel.
PhotobucketThe boat we went out on is in the background on the right...
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Is this a record??? I really tried to scale down on the pics. But you know, when it's your kids there all "GREAT SHOTS!"

















  • shaneg
    Yep, they are all great shots. But, there is one of M that melts my heart. I'll let you guess which one. :-)
    by shaneg at 07/29/09 12:01PM
  • entheos
    (t) Wow, great pics!!
    by entheos at 07/29/09 1:45PM
  • linz_foster
    Those are wonderful memories, and great job taking all those pictures! Of course, all 4 of you are photogenic! :) It looks like you had a great time. I'm completly jealous, I mean, completely happy for you. ;-)
    by linz_foster at 07/29/09 2:02PM
  • littlelamb
    Those are such great pictures! Rosie is here with me and she's fascinated that Claire has more than one bathing suit. :)
    by littlelamb at 07/29/09 3:42PM
  • littlelamb
    Rosie would like to know what your favorite color is. :)
    by littlelamb at 07/29/09 3:42PM
  • simon_says
    Still love that shot of Claire subathing.
    by simon_says at 07/29/09 4:07PM
  • DessertDiva
    I love the pictures - looks like you guys had a great time :) The "beach" here is rocky and cold and the water is frigid...I'd have to take Amelia on a LONG plane ride to get to a nice warm beach. Your kiddos are getting so big - I can't believe how blond Michael's hair is getting! Super cute.
    by DessertDiva at 07/29/09 5:33PM
  • linz_foster
    Maybe we'll fight over not changing diapers in a couple of months...or in a couple of kids. :)
    We went bowling b/c my mom and some other ladies came and didn't bowl, so we had babysitters there. However, I ended up bowling my turn, then running up to see how Kate was doing before my next turn came around. Slightly stressful!!!
    by linz_foster at 07/29/09 7:25PM
  • taylorwilson
    AWESOME pics looks like you guys had SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! much FUN
    by taylorwilson at 07/29/09 9:59PM
  • jess
    I forgot how great these pictures are - seriously, can kids get any cuter! So glad you were able to capture the trip with such beautiful pictures. :) LOVE Michael's little hat, and I can't believe how blond his hair's getting either!
    by jess at 07/29/09 11:36PM
  • shelbysmom
    I like these pictures even better when they are big!

    The plus about waiting forever at a restaurant on the beach...the BEACH, of course! No one looks grumpy although I'm sure that everyone was hungry! Then again, would you really have taken a picture if you were grumpy?!

    Miss you.
    by shelbysmom at 07/29/09 11:41PM
  • snickers63
    Wow... looked like you all had fun and you got GREAT pictures!!
    by snickers63 at 07/30/09 12:15AM
  • lala
    what a fun vacation! your kids are getting so big. they are precious.
    by lala at 07/30/09 9:29AM
  • stylinmama
    Great pictures! That looks like so much fun! Your kids are ADORABLE!
    by stylinmama at 07/30/09 10:36AM

You know you're on vacation when...

-Your 15 month old falls in the ocean in his cute overalls and has to eat dinner soaking wet b/c you've waited an hour to get a table and you don't have time to go home.

-You stay at the outlet mall past 9pm letting the kids run through the fountain and play in the sand.

-You ride on a 120 passenger speed boat...yeah, that's right, a speed boat!...for two hours and see tons of dolphing, use almost a whole bottle of sunscreen on your kids and husband, get soaked by the spray from the ocean, and are out wayyyy past naptimes...and the last thing your three year old says is "That boat was so fun. Wasn't that so fun, Michael?" before she falls asleep.

-You spend money like it's growing on the palm trees in your backyard with the excuse..."it's vacation!"

-You're up at 10pm playing on the computer b/c this house has wi-fi (something I may need to beg Adam for when we get home) and watching one of the ...oh, what's this movie called...the one with Keanu Reeves...I really can't think of the name of it. Crazy bullet/fighting scenes. Anyway, I'm usually in bed by now...but not tonight..."it's vacation!"

We filled up a 4-gig card tonight. Yall just can't wait for pictures, I know.
  • shelbysmom
    10 is a late night for you?

    Glad you are having a good time. Everything sounds like so much fun! When will you be getting home?
    by shelbysmom at 07/03/09 7:32AM
  • flute92
    Wow, that's a lot of pictures! I'll be looking forward to seeing some of them... Have a happy 4th!
    by flute92 at 07/03/09 7:58AM
  • simon_says
    Sounds like loads of fun!! At 10 pm, we're just starting to think about what time we're going to bed. On vacation, we stay until 2 or 3 am easily!
    by simon_says at 07/03/09 10:19AM
  • kerrielee
    I just love going out to see the dolphins,that is so sweet,Claire to Micheal.Have fun,enjoy the fireworks!
    by kerrielee at 07/03/09 10:38AM
  • mpettes
    Wow! 10 pm! Ya'll are really turning into par-tey animals ;). Sounds like a wonderful time. Dolphins - how fun. Can't wait to see pics!!!
    by mpettes at 07/03/09 8:54PM
  • stylinmama
    Those are all so true. Haha! Glad you're having a good time!
    by stylinmama at 07/04/09 1:47PM
  • taylorwilson
    cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    by taylorwilson at 07/05/09 10:10PM
  • littlelamb
    What fun! And yes, I can't wait to see the pictures! :)
    by littlelamb at 07/06/09 1:23PM
  • lindseymarie
    Oh, so glad you all had fun on your vacation! Can't wait to see the pics!

    by lindseymarie at 07/06/09 2:43PM
  • shelbysmom
    I know, I hated that we missed the party. I called you several times yesterday before that, hoping that we could stop by for an hour or so on our way home.
    by shelbysmom at 07/07/09 3:09PM
  • karliemichelle
    :). i like your picture!
    by karliemichelle at 07/07/09 3:58PM
  • mpettes
    ;) Nice that we got gold for free, huh?
    by mpettes at 07/08/09 8:15AM
  • mpettes
    Your new picture is GREAT!!!
    by mpettes at 07/08/09 8:16AM
  • snickers63
    They learn the "it's like" really quickly... lol - "not again mom!"
    by snickers63 at 07/09/09 3:00PM
  • grandmadiane
    will you and the kids be at wild tomorrow?
    by grandmadiane at 07/14/09 5:12PM
  • kerrielee
    Hey, we did have a great time I loved the game and no we had never been before,we are big fans,we watch them on tv every night.You guys need to come see us soon,we miss you.We should all go out to dinner or something.
    by kerrielee at 07/21/09 8:31PM
  • snickers63
    Um... cause we could? Really.... just because we can now, with the greenway open. And because she needed to get some running in, and I needed to walk. Wish we could have seen you there!!!!
    by snickers63 at 07/21/09 9:01PM
  • karliemichelle
    It's in between Sam's and TSC. :)
    by karliemichelle at 07/25/09 12:51PM
  • littlelamb
    I posted this on my blog, too, but I wanted to make sure you saw it:

    Rosie, my Rosie wore pull ups at night until she was 3 and then she insisted on wearing panties even though she wet the bed every other day. We just cut out liquids after 5pm (8pm being bed time) and for a while there I would wake her up before I went to bed (about 11ish) and have her go on the potty. When she was about 3.5 I noticed that she was dry if I woke her up in the morning and I came to realize that she was going first thing in the morning or at night if she woke up and not while she was asleep. So then we did incentive. First it was a chart where she got a sticker each day the bed was dry and when the chart was full she got her "princess bed" which was really just a twin bed (because we needed the crib mattresses off the girls' toddler beds). She was still patchy and then I started giving her a quarter every night she kept her bed dry. By that time she was almost 4 and she finally stopped wetting the bed. In the last 6 months she's maybe wet it once? So Claire might just need time or incentives. Have you tried just putting her in underwear at night and seeing what happens?
    by littlelamb at 07/28/09 2:49PM
  • snickers63
    You wouldn't by any chance have time to take a picture of the "claire" thing that micah made for you??? I might be able to come up with something without it... but thinking I need to see it before i finish this job. Thanks!
    by snickers63 at 07/28/09 9:58PM

While it is raining...

I thought I'd share some of the highlights from our vacation so far...

-Private pool in our backyard. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.
-Michael and Claire playing in the sand for HOURS. They love the beach so much.
-Claire after much coaxing, finally asking to go into the ocean.
-Claire singing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" on stage at FudPuckers.
-Natural Nachos at Fudpuckers
-Claire and about 5 other little girls hula-hooping at Fudpuckers
-Not having changed Michael's diaper once since we got here. It really is vacation.

More to come I'm sure.
  • shelbysmom
    What?! You're on vacation? How could I not have known that? I hope you continue to have a wonderful time.
    by shelbysmom at 06/29/09 7:38PM
  • stylinmama
    Sweet! Have fun, be safe!
    by stylinmama at 06/29/09 7:42PM
  • snickers63
    Have fun!!!!
    by snickers63 at 06/29/09 7:47PM
  • simon_says
    Nice! I miss the beach. I haven't been in sooooooo long. And I married a guy who hates the beach. So sad.
    by simon_says at 06/29/09 8:08PM
  • littlelamb
    No diaper changes?! Can it be?!?!?! :)
    by littlelamb at 06/29/09 9:00PM
  • shelbysmom
    I actually called you a couple of days ago to chat. I called your cell and house phone. I guess you've been gone all week though and haven't gotten my message!
    by shelbysmom at 06/29/09 9:30PM
  • DessertDiva
    Fudpuckers - ha! Have a great time!
    by DessertDiva at 06/29/09 9:39PM
  • kerrielee
    Sounds like fun so far,bring me some sand!
    by kerrielee at 06/29/09 9:59PM
  • jess
    I didn't know this was vacation week either!!! Sounds like you found the place you were looking for!! SO glad you're having fun, but can't believe we didn't know about this! Hope it continues to be a blast and come home safe! :)
    by jess at 06/29/09 10:06PM
  • mtnest
    Okay, so is Michael wearing the same diaper he left home in, no diaper at all, or is someone else changing him? :)
    by mtnest at 06/29/09 10:22PM
  • mpettes
    Yeah, well, it's really great here too :-P - cleaning house, cooking dinner, doing dishes, laundry, and swimming in our private bathtub pool. Okay, okay, I'm a *little* jealous.
    by mpettes at 07/02/09 7:30AM

What we do all day...

Push the babies around in strollers
PhotobucketLook at M's face. He's thrilled to be in control!

Claire doesn't seem to mind the ride either
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Check out what Michael is doing...he's got a little motorcycle in his hands trying to drive it on the floor while being pushed in the stroller. All boy.
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One of Michael's new favorite things to do is hide in Adam's clothes ,while saying 'iding iding iding'. Of course he stays there until you acknowledge that he's hiding and then runs out as fast as he can like it's a big surprise.
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We talk on the phone a lot. Doesn't matter who it is, we're pretty social around here.
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Chapstick. All day every day. I'm creating little addicted clones in our house.
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And of couse some chores have to get done.
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But we're definately not too busy to stop and smell the hydrangers (as Claire calls them) cut from our back yard.
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Or enjoy the fruits of our labors (or veggies as it may be). These are squash, cucumbers, and zucchini from my little garden. The wall plaque was made and painted by my dad. Nice and homey, don't you think.
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Hope everyone has a great weekend!
  • grandmadiane
    With all children haver to do in their busy little scheduals it is a wonder they can squeeze everything in!!!
    by grandmadiane at 06/26/09 8:10AM
  • nillabarr
    I love it!!! The best life!
    by nillabarr at 06/26/09 8:13AM
  • snickers63
    Love, love, love this... story, pics. Scrapbook page... online for all of us to see!!!!!
    by snickers63 at 06/26/09 9:59AM
  • beep_girl
    I LOVE what your dad made!!!!!!!!
    by beep_girl at 06/26/09 10:29AM
  • kerrielee
    You are very welcome,it was no problem.Those pics are so sweet,they are both so precious.I love that sign your dad made,does he sell them,because I would buy one.We all need to have a cookout when you guys get back,hope you have a good time.I wish we could come even if we were just babysitting;)
    by kerrielee at 06/26/09 11:21AM
  • DessertDiva
    Great pictures & I love the sign & veggies.
    by DessertDiva at 06/26/09 11:42AM
  • lol_smile456
    Claire and Michael remind me of Aaron and I when we were little :D We used to do the very same things! Michael is sooo sweet!!! I LOVE the plaque :) Very Very homey :)
    by lol_smile456 at 06/26/09 12:08PM
  • flute92
    Hydrangers... :)
    by flute92 at 06/26/09 12:16PM
  • shelbysmom
    My girls do the same thing!! How do the big kids get the little ones to push them?!

    "Hydrangers" - hilarious!
    by shelbysmom at 06/26/09 2:07PM
  • jess
    Love the pictures, as usual - the one of Michael in the closet is so cute!! Your flowers are beautiful, and I didn't know you had a little vegetable garden! Nice. The plaque your Dad made is beautiful!
    by jess at 06/26/09 2:42PM
  • shaneg
    Fabulous post! Love the first pic of M hiding.
    by shaneg at 06/26/09 4:34PM
  • littlelamb
    Aw! Fun times!
    by littlelamb at 06/26/09 4:50PM
  • mtnest
    Great pictures!
    by mtnest at 06/26/09 10:17PM
  • mpettes
    Hydrangers is a classic TN thing. Brought me back to the good 'ol Iron Mountain days with Kathy Pieratt ;). Love, love, love these. The kiddos pushing in the stroller... I have a whole scrapbook page of that. It is great fun. Michael "iding" - too sweet. And your Dad re-painted the sign to match your new kitchen? That was so sweet of him. What a guy! Have a GREAT TIME!!!
    by mpettes at 06/27/09 8:12AM
  • stylinmama
    Your kids are A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E, and looks like they have personalities to match. :) I love that sign, how cute!
    by stylinmama at 06/27/09 7:24PM
  • karliemichelle
    hahaha! those stroller pics remind me of me and dillan when i was little. i would get in his walker and he would push me when i was 4 and he was 1! :) have fun in florida and be safe!
    by karliemichelle at 06/27/09 11:39PM
  • curtisamy
    ha, that's funny. I haven't thought about Kathy in years, she was great. Love your pics Rosie!!
    by curtisamy at 06/29/09 8:05AM