Saturday, February 22, 2014

Kidnapping Papa!

Well...We kidnapped Papa the other day so that I could go to the dentist without 2 kids running wild in the lobby!  When Parker found out that Papa was going to babysit the younger boys while he was away at school, he was devastated.  I didn't tell him, but my plan was to surprise Parker with a surprise visit for lunch after we were done.  Only problem was, my appointment was at 10 am, and Parker eats lunch at 10:40.  I wasn't sure we would make it, but we were there by 10:45.  Just in time!

Parker was happy to see me and the boys walk in to the lunch room.  Papa was kinda hidden by me and the big stroller.  You should have seen just how thrilled Parker was when he realized that Papa was there, too!  He jumped up and gave Papa the SWEETEST hug and said his name like he hadn't seen him in months!  He was so excited.  He raised his hand for the lunch lady, and asked, "would it be okay if I take my Papa through the lunch line?".  She said yes of course.   So we went through the line and soon had ourselves a delicious meal of pork chops and gravy, green beans, oranges, and sweet tea. 
Brooks and Easton chose pizza!

This little girl is Marissa.  She is one of Parker's best friends, and also lives 2 doors down.  It's funny though, bc we didn't even know she lived there until Parker saw her getting on the bus.  She is a sweet girl.

Easton had so much fun seeing his brother and eating in the cafeteria.  He kept saying to all of the kids, "Parker is my big brother."  They both gave each other a few hugs.  I can't wait till Easton and Parker both go to school together.  I know Parker will take great care of his little brother.

After lunch we all headed to the park.  This was the first day that was actually nice out.  It has been so cold here all winter, and let me just say, we all cannot wait until the warm weather is here to stay.  

This was the first year when I felt like my (Mr. Clumsy) Easton was 90% safe climbing on ALL of the equipment at this park.  I like this park, but they do have many tall and pretty sketchy things to play on for the younger kids. 

                   Sweet smile!

This was also the first year where Brooks could run around and play.  Last year this time he was only about 6 months old and spent his time in the stroller.  It was lots of fun seeing him run around.

I thought about taking Papa to Walmart and even to wash my car, but Brooks needed a nap after all of the fun.  And I knew...Papa would need a nap soon, too, so we headed on home.  It really was a fun fun day.  Thanks again Papa for watching the kiddos while I was at the dentist!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

February Fun!

Valentine's Day was lots of fun for us!  We didn't do anything extremely extravagant, but it was still a Lovely day!  The boys each made a Valentine's Box for school and really had lots of fun doing them.  We actually spent most of the superbowl cutting on cardboard!  Parker wanted to do the monster truck, and we used tinker toys to even make it roll!  They both turned out pretty cute if I say so myself! 
This is the end of dinner that night.  I tried to make something for everyone.  Parker requested his favorite...Salisbury steak;  Easton wanted Spaghetti O's (nice and easy one there, huh?); and I made Steven a yummy yummy cake. 
Easton and I have been cooking together each night almost.  He loves to cook, and I love cooking with him!  He loves every part of playing kitchen...real or pretend.  He got tons of cooking toys for Christmas and makes us all pretend meals every day practically!

Easton helped bake the cake for Steven on Valentine's! 

Below is a picture of him at Mother's Day Out with his good friend Hannah!  He says that they are kitchen buddies!

And here is just a random cute picture of my littlest man of the house!  Isn't he sweet!


A few weeks ago, Steven and I gave the boys their early Birthday present.  They have enjoyed this so much, and I honestly have too!  It really is so fun to see them being good ole boys who love the outdoors!

Parker said "look at me...I am meditating!"   He then kept posing and saying "Omm".  They things they learn from friends!

Little Brooks has lots of fun just roaming around with his hands in his pockets, exploring the land!
Here we all are bundled up getting ready to go!
Here is Steven on the kids four wheeler.  He looks so big on it.  Of course, it was only about 3 weeks before Steven convinced me to let him by one of his one.  Steven and I both had a blast riding it last weekend.  Steven said that he didn't know I was such a speed demon.  I really wasn't doing anything too crazy, but I guess he was just surprised to see me having as much fun as the boys!  Parker and Steven went on an hour long trail ride and even saw an armadillo!  I know that we are going to make lots of memories with these two machines!  Makes us all want to move to the country!
Anyways...I am once again going to try to post a little more often. 
I am also trying to let go of some of the things that require so much of my time and focus again on just enjoying life.  Sometimes I get caught up in what everyone else thinks of me, that I forget to please myself and worry about pleasing others.  So...for a while, I am going to try to not worry about that.  So...please know that if you stop by for a surprise visit, my house may be a complete and total disaster area!  But hopefully we will all be having fun or maybe just relaxing instead of running in the hamster wheel of cleaning!  TTFN!