Monday, June 21, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

Josh and I are both extremely lucky to have fathers who really love being dads. They are emotionally available to us, respectful to our mothers, and wonderful role models. One of the many things I love about seeing our dads as grandpas, is that it has become even more clear to me what loving fathers they were and continue to be. We love seeing our children around their grandpas and watching their faces light up. We love our Grandpas. And now that I get to see Josh as a dad, he is exactly the kind of father I envisioned for my children. He loves being a dad and that shows in all that he does every single day. The boys are so very blessed to have a father who loves them with all of his might. Josh recently told me that one night when he was reading Jaden stories that Jaden said out of the blue "Dad, you're my best friend" And even though the offhand comment was made by a very silly (and fickel) three year old little boy, somehow in my heart I doubt a truer statement has ever been spoken. Thanks to all the wonderful Dads in our life for all that you do to make life a little sweeter!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Backyard Fun

It's never to early to start playing golf
One of our favorite things about the new house is that we have an enormous backyard, the biggest one in our neighborhood. It is almost an acre. We are all enjoying it. Josh just got a new riding mower for father's day so that the yard work is a little more manageable.

I took these when we first moved in. The grass looks better now, more green from all the rain. This picture is from the right side

This picture is from the left side, there is a playscape that stays shaded most of the day and the kids love it

Climbing the trees

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

What do you do when it's really hot outside?

Eat popsicles of course! And share them
Can I have a lick?
Sure, here you go Jaden
Just kidding, I am going to pull it away from you now and think it's really funny
Ok Brody, try mine! Sweet boys!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Date Night

Grandma B was gracious enough to watch our kids Friday night so that Josh and I could have a date night. We needed it! Thank you Grandma, you are awesome! We went to Cafe Blue on Lake Travis. The lake is 3 minutes from our new house which means we will be able to frequent places like this more often. The food was mouth watering, and the lake and sunset were beautiful. I can't wait to go back!
The whole restaraunt is outside overlooking the lake

There was a tram to get down Cafe Blue. I would definitely recommend this place. Just thinking about it makes me want to go right now!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Words of Wisdom from my house to yours

1. Amazingly, I have experienced a number of messes (care of my 1 year old) that even the famous Shamwow cannot touch. I guess everything has it's limits.
2. It is probably not a good idea to hand your car key to your baby, shut the car door, walk around to the other side of the car, snap your 3 year old in the car seat, and shut that door. I can assure you that it is doubtful that you will make it back to the other side of the car before you hear the click, click of a locking car.
3. If you do make the unfortunate mistake of the above, I can also assure you that there is no better feeling than convincing your 1 year old to hand the key to your 3 year old and then hearing the click, click of an unlocking car.
4. If you think that putting a movie in will give you plenty of time to take a quick shower...think again. During your 5 minute shower...your 3 year old will probably have to poo poo, your 1 year old will definitely dump his milk on the floor, and most likely every single tampon you own will be put in a pair of your husband's boots.
5. Do not underestimate the persuasive influence of an older brother...he can convince his younger brother to take a bite out of a shoe, give him his only Oreo cookie, and drink the bath water out of a Monster truck.
6. If you think it's a good idea to take your 1 year old's diaper off and then walk into his room to grab a new diaper/wipes, then don't be surprised by the "surprise" he has lovingly deposited on the carpeted floor.
7. If you have been dealing with sick kiddos all day and the first thing your husband asks when he gets home happens to be "is that a booger on your cheek" try your best to not get offended.
8. Don't ever think that you are having the worst day ever because just when you think it can't get any worse, you might end up on the losing end of a very bad case of diarrhea in both of your kids, or worst yet a stomach bug that causes your children to take turns throwing up in different places of the house.
9. Don't ever try to put your son (who is not exactly cooperating) in "time out" close to the automatic door at the entrance of the store. It is a little embarrassing when it continues to open and close showcasing your own private hell.
10. Do not ever serve blueberry applesauce to a toddler next to any piece of furniture, wall, or ceiling.
11. Always take pictures before a breakfast buffet, not after.
12. Don't ever leave the dishwasher door down because you will be surprised how quickly a 1 year old can climb on to it and begin to wave to you with a steak knife.
13. There is no sweeter sound than the sound of your children laughing together and it doesn't even matter that with that sound comes the knowledge that you are officially dead meat. : ) These two just make me smile. They make me smile even when I am dog tired and I look at the clock to find out that it is only 9 a.m. They make me smile even when I walk through a pile of sand that has randomly been unloaded in our living room. They make me smile even when I am catching bites of chewed up food in my hand. They make me smile even when the 30 minute bed time routine is now pushing an hour. They make me smile even when I realize I have been sleeping on top of 5 cheerios and a blue snake all night. They make me smile even when I have just picked up the millions of blocks, walk out of the room for two seconds, and then return to find the millions of blocks are back all over the floor. They make me smile even when I have seen a whole lot of poop and wiped a whole lot of bottoms and then I look at the clock to find out it is only 9 a.m. These two just make me smile from the inside out, blue snakes and all.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Girls Night

Last Thursday a few of us headed to the premiere of Sex in the City 2. There was suppose to be a whole group of us, but only 3 of us were able to get our tickets online before they sold out. This is us waiting in line outside of the Alamo to be seated. The movie was really cute, and a total chick flick. It's fun to watch with a big group of girls who cheer, and clap and laugh together. The Alamo went all out to with special drinks and cups and even set up a camel desert display at the front. It's fun to get out and do something girlie since at home it is all boys all the time.