Monday, August 19, 2013

Before the schedule...

Before the school and schedules began, the boys and I tried to wrap up the "summer" with some outdoor water fun!  We played at the fountains for the first time all summer.  I don't know why we didn't do this more this year because it was fun for all three!  Even the Brookster got to join in on the fun here.














We also spent the weekend at my mom's trying to soak up the sun.  It was nice that it wasn't a sauna out, but it was a little on the chilly side.  What happened between last year and this summer?  Last year it was sweltering hot!  Like 105 degree weather hot!  But the summer that I am not pregnant is so mild!  I mean when have we ever had 78 degree weather in August?  Anyways...we still enjoyed our swim time!  It will be gone all too soon!












Nothing like warming up on the concrete and eating Doritos!!!

I am hoping to squeeze in one more swim date before Labor Day hits and the pools close down!  We may even attempt to hit up Beech Bend Park again this weekend!  Who knows!





Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Boys Have A New Room!

I promised a light hearted post and you guys are gonna get one!  Having three boys under 5 means a few things!  #1- walls get beat up almost as much as the kiddos too!  No...I don't beat them, they beat each other!  If they aren't taking a play sword to one of their brothers then they are taking it to the walls.   #2-things get messy and unorganized...super quickly, too!  Having 3 boys under 5 means several other things too, but none else that I can think of at the moment pertain to this redecorating post!  Anyways...after 4 yrs with the same theme and paint scheme, we decided to redo their room.  Boy what a fresh coat of paint can do!  I feel like it looks so much better, cleaner, and organized.  First of all, we took out all of their toys and put them in the bonus room.  I figured that there is no reason to have toys drug out in every room.  Keep them in one place and the mess stays in one place!  Brooks nursery has a beachy theme and I kinda wanted to continue that throughout the upstairs.  Beachy feels so calming!  So we tried to do a cool kid summer theme while being cheap!  Anyways...here are some pictures of the finished project.

The boys have loved having a desk!  It gives them a place to color and play Legos away from the baby, but still be close to us adults.  They get scared to be downstairs alone for too long.




Steven and I made these headboards from pallets.  He made them and I painted them.  Turned out pretty cool for free, huh?



We added the letters today.  I think it finishes them off nicely!



Sunglasses fit the beach theme, right?  I figured they at least are summery feeling and you go to the beach in the summer so they must work.  Plus...the comforters were only 20 bucks!  Score!  I'll take two!



Steven and I have has so much trouble with shelving not staying completely flush with the wall.  So we decided that he would make our new school boys a shelf with hooks for their backpacks!  He again did the making and I did the painting.  An just to add a little Parker flair, we put the skateboard on top of the shelf.  

So...there it is!  Our oldest boy's summer/beachy/cool skater kid room!

Hope you like it!  We do!


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Easton bug!



My sweet little Easton!  You aren't so little anymore are you? It seems like you are growing so fast and making me face the reality of time.  Why just this morning you learned how to buckle yourself in your new big boy booster seat as we were heading off to your first day of Mother's Day out!  That's two big boy steps before we even pulled out of the drive way! And Oh how proud you were!  I looked at you through the rear view mirror and thought about how cute you were this morning.
As soon as the sun was visible, you were up ready to go.  Well...it seemed that way to me because I was tired, but it was 6:30 in all actuality.  Anyways...you were wearing your Buzz Lightyear pj pants, no shirt (of course) and your backpack when you ever so disappointedly whined that #1-it wasn't time for school yet, and #2-that you couldn't go dressed as you (barely) were.  You sure do love to be (in your words) a "naked butt".  It was like that all morning.  Every few minutes you'd grab your stuff and head for the door.  We eventually dropped off Parker at his new school and headed a few blocks away to yours.  


Your teacher is so very sweet and you were very excited to finally be there.  This was YOUR school.  I don't think you even gave me a hug.  You were too ready!  Ready to play!  Ready to make new friends!  Ready to see what Parker was doing all that time he was "in school".   But...I am not ready in so many ways!  While I will enjoy a few moments of ease having only one child to run errands with instead of three, I will also mourn the fact that you are not quite so little anymore.  Because...you aren't quite so little anymore!  
Regardless of your size or age, just know, you will always be my precious babe that spills the same drink 3 xs in a row; that sucks his thumb; that steals a sip of my coffee every morning;  gives the sweetest hugs followed by a bashful smile; my sweet kiddo that twirls my hair to fall asleep or for comfort!  These are the things that make you, YOU!  The things that make you so special!  And Easton, these are the things I will always remember no matter how big you are!  


Love you lots and lots!  Hope you had a wonderful first day! 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Brooks' big ONE!

My recent saying to Brooks has been, "A year ago we didn't even know you yet!"  My pregnancy with him in so many ways feels like it was years ago.  To think that last summer I was big bellied and waiting with anticipation to meet this grand little guy is almost crazy to me.  But...to know that he is no longer considered a baby seems impossible, too!  He was just born yesterday, right?  Isn't it crazy how time can seem slow and fast in regards to the same topic?  I guess what it boils down to is this...my pregnancy feels like forever ago, but his actual birth day feels like only moments ago!  
Anyways...That saying I have said 100 times, is no longer true!  This time last year, I did know you Brooks!  I knew just how sweet your button nose was.  I knew just how sweet your little lips were to kiss.  I knew just how blessed we were to have you by our side!  God has truly blessed us with you!  It is honestly hard to imagine the days before you!  You are such a perfect addition to our family and fit in just wonderfully.  Almost to the point where it feels like I've always know you!  
This time last year we were all recuperating from a hard (and painful) day.  But...let me tell you Mr....you were well worth every painful moment!  I cannot express to you just how much joy you have brought into all of our lives!  You may have left your mark on my body, but have left your mark on my heart also!  I love you more than words can say!  Happy birthday big boy! 

Today...we celebrated you and your very first birthday at the Black Eyed Pea restaurant with family!  You had a fun time eating as usual and loved being the center of attention!  We decided to go with a teddy bear theme.  Here are some cute pics of the day so far.




































Since we had mostly adults, I gave these magnets out as party favors.































Thursday, August 1, 2013

Mixed Emotions...




Sometimes the days drag...like really drag on and on and on!  Especially when I'm at work or when the kids are acting like hooligans!  But today...I sit here and think, please lord, drag out these next few days!  Let this next week go by so slowly! Let me relish in these last few moments of having my babies be babies! Let every second feel like forever!  All too soon my babies will be grown!
 
 




I obviously know and understand that my kids are going to grow up one day!  What I don't know, is how I feel about it.  I also don't know how it seems to happen without you even realizing it.  It's like you blink and they are going off to college.  Or well...in my case...kindergarten!!!  
 
 
 



Yes sir!  Parker is going to kindergarten this year!  I have, on one hand been so excited for my little "Park Park" to begin to really experience the world.  To learn.  To make friends that he could have for the next 18 yrs or more. To let him make his mark on this town the way that he has already left his mark on my heart!  On the other hand though, I want him to never have to experience the life and restriction of a schedule.  I want him to forever be the sweet and innocent child of mine who is only exposed to the things that I say are okay.  And most of all, selfishly, I want him to always be my baby who tells me 100 times a day (literally) that he loves his Dad and me!  







I have so far been okay with the idea of starting school, but now as it approaches I find my heart getting a little heavy.  I so pray that he is blessed with a teacher that loves him almost as much as I do. I pray he meets a little buddy that makes him look forward to going to school. And I pray that he just enjoys this new adventure to the best degree that any kid can.  
 


So...my sweet Parker, go and show the world the little guy I know.   This is the beginning of the next chapter in your book.  Make your story you own, with God at your side.  Let his light shine in all you do, and don't forget just how much we all love and wish the best for you!   Good luck babe!