Saturday, September 29, 2012

I'm addicted! Totally addicted!

So we have totally become addicted to several fun things over the past few weeks!  Really, Easton has been addicted to this first part of the post since vacation!  Yes!  We are now lovers of playing putt-putt golf!  Easton is talking more and more every day, but even when he didn't say much, he managed to say "putt-putt" as clear as day!  We didn't go much at first, but then we realized that it is a great way to entertain the boys for a mere $5.  
 We met up with cousin Houston last week and once again had a blast.

                                  Aunt Julie and little Brooks were great spectators!  If you ask me, I think Brooks had the best seat in the house!


 Words cannot express just how much we are all loving our camping wkends!  We just love spending the time really enjoying one another without the distractions of electronics and such.  The boys explore and really get a chance to be boys!  We took out my parents canoe this time.  It was such a hit! 
 There is something about being "with nature" that really makes us feel connected with God, too!  Just another reason to enjoy the experience!  It is just so neat to look around and see all of the beauty he has created!  The water, the sunsets, my 3 wonderful boys...WE ARE SO BLESSED!!!! 
 Our friends from church joined us this time.  I think this is so cute!  This was a picture taken at our actual campsite!  It was right on the water.  It was so cool to see Parker and Miley-Kate just relaxing and talking.

And yes!  Brooks loves it, too!  We bundle him up
and snuggle with him by the camp fire!  I know he
is going to be a nature lover, too!

 Here is Miley roasting...something.  I can't remember what though.
 Little Park Park!
 Old man Park Park.  He isn't mad here or anything.  Just sitting and enjoying the fire, looking like an old man!
 All the kiddos waiting for a canoe ride!

 Declan was in love with throwing rocks in the water!  Kristen and Mike spent some time drying his shoes by the fire!  He couldn't resist getting in.  Luckily, the water was still very warm!  We probably could have gone swimming!

Don't ask me why, but I have started to crochet.  I haven't done this in YEARS, but wanted to try to make a hat for our photographer friend to use with his kid pictures.   Needless to say, I am addicted to this now, too! I have spent several nights crocheting away!  That is...when everyone allows it.  (including Steven)
Here are some things I have done.

This is Brooks' Caterpillar costume.
And finally...I am totally addicted to my new little guy!  I can't quit holding him!  He is just too precious and sweet!  There are times when I think about updating the blog or something, but decide not to.  I don't wanna miss a thing! Here are some random pictures of my cutie!


 See...I told you he was cute!
So...I am officially addicted to Putt-Putt, camping, crocheting, and baby Brooks! blog posts might be sparse for a while.  But don't worry!  The fun is still happening and I'll catch you all up as I can pull myself away from the things above!
PS.  I am still addicted to Parker, Easton, and even ole Steven!  I've got a lot of great things and ones to love! 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Our First Camping Trip With Kids!

So...I getting a little tired of doing the same old thing!  I enjoy a good trip to the park, zoo, or walking trail, but it seems like it is all we do. I wake up each day and feel like we only have a few things to choose from.  If we don't do one of those same old things, we just end up feeling cooped up and bored.  So...Saturday, even though it was spur of the moment, we decided to enjoy the weather and go camping!  Even with 4 wk old little Brooks!  We headed to Walmart for some camping essentials and headed to Bledsoe Creek.  We were all pleasantly surprised at how nice a campground only 20 minutes from our house could be! 
 They had a pretty good playground area, too!  They boys really enjoyed this.  They even made a few friends!
 We of course had to roast hot dogs and marshmallows! 
 Now this required teamwork!  Steven roasted and I did the fix-ins!  The wind was very mild, which really helped with the baby!  I was worried that the smoke would be blowing at him, and that we would spend most of the night playing musical chairs.  Thankfully though, it wasn't even an issue!

 Can you spot what the boys found?
 It's a stick bug!
 The boys loved looking for bugs! 
 Little Brooks snuggled up in his swaddle-me!  I think he was the warmest one!

 We went on a small hike and saw several deer!  They got so close!

 Look how bald my little babe is!  He looks funny here, but definitely enjoyed looking around!  And...I am talking about Brooks, not Steven!

 The boys loved collecting "coconuts" as Parker kept calling them! They were really hickory nuts!  They filled their pockets full!

 Parker counted the hickory nuts...31 total!  How did 31 fit in their pockets?  And Parker probably took 31 pictures of them!
We had such a wonderful time!  It was so great to do something new and just spend time away from the TV!  We can't wait to go again!  And...we have since looked at a few campers!  But...the price is too high!  Oh well!  I guess we will be tent camping until I can win the lottery!