Friday, June 25, 2010

Bath Junkie

Bath time has become one of my favorite things! Anna-Kate has always loved to take baths but not as much as Thomas does! He absolutely cracks me up.

Sometimes Thomas get's really froggy and starts jumping all over the place instead of sitting in my lap. It's really cute because he's so serious about getting the toys!

Last night I got brave and decided he could take a bath by himself. I ran a little bit of water and put him in. I kept a good watch on him but he was doing really good so I gave him a little space. Then I saw his toys float away. Instead of reaching for them he just flopped over on his tummy and tried to crawl after them! It was so funny. He was moving so fast! He did it 3 times while he was in the bath last night! I didn't let him do it for long because I was so afraid he would swallow some water.

I'm still laughing about it!

This cracked me up too because he was just sticking the letter in his mouth and going on to play with another toy!

I love her!

Our new pup, Maddie was curious about their baths!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Sweet, Busy Summertime

I am really enjoying this summer! I've been keeping Derek's sister Monday- Thursday from about 10-4. Although I might cut it down to just three days a week. Most of our days are spent just around the house or playing outside.

The girls are still figuring out how to share, so I spend most of my time trying to make peace. I've been thinking a lot about how to get them to treat each other nicely. Especially my little rascal. Anna-Kate is really a sweetheart but she gets frustrated easily and usually acts aggressively by hitting or screaming. Whew that's hard to admit! I've begun to realize that she understands the idea of friends so I've been trying to approach things from that angle. Kristen is our friend, we don't hit our friends, we love our friends. We want our friends to be happy, so we share our toys.

It's really neat to see how the girls are growing and developing. They are starting to understand how we treat other people, so I know it will soak in eventually.

Derek has been home on Fridays and boy did I love it! It was so nice to have a break and get an extra day of family time! It really made us feel like we actually got a weekend! Derek and I spent most of those days working in the yard! We just finished the front yard, so look for a post about that soon!

Derek started one night class in Little Rock the first of June. Tuesdays and Thursdays he's able to come home and get dinner to-go then he's gone until about 10:30 or later. On top of that he's got an online class with deadlines on Wednesday nights. He has one more meeting of this class in Little Rock. They got tonight off since they have a paper and presentation due Thursday. Last week he finished one online class on Wednesday (with a paper and final on top of his usual postings) and then he turned right around on Thursday and started yet another online class. Thankfully that one is his LAST ONLINE CLASS!! Yipee!! Poor Derek also had a portfolio due last Friday. That required him to write a paper and turn in an updated resume. Poor thing had a really rough week! He starts another class that meets in Little Rock sometime in July. Then HE'S DONE! Wahoo!! We could not be more proud of him! He will be graduating with his Master's of Business Administration on July 31.

Two weeks ago Derek and his dad and brother got to go on a float trip! They left around 8 or 9 in the morning and did not get back until about 8:00 that evening! That was actually part one of his Father's day gift. They all had so much fun. I was really glad that they got the day to bond. I did not sit at home though! :) Derek's mom and I took Thomas and went to Little Rock! We went to the Container Store (my favorite) and then to Garden Ridge and finally to Sams. It was a lot of fun! The girls stayed at the house and had so much fun playing with the babysitter! Cara and I got in around 4 and unloaded and then I made homemade pizza for us girls!

Last weekend we went on a trip to Saint Louis!! It seemed to hit right when Derek needed it, so I was really excited for him to get a break! Derek LOVES the STL Cardinals... I don't even know if love is a strong enough word!! I think he's counting down to the day that he can have a room in our house to put all of his Cardinals things! He was just so excited to get to share that with the kids. We left on Friday morning and drove to Lepanto, where we stopped for lunch and then drove on to STL.

Derek reserved the room through what is called a blind booking. Basically that means he chose a general location (downtown STL) and the rating (3-4 stars) and then you book the hotel without knowing any other details. We had heard this was a great way to get a nice deal on the hotel. We ended up with the Crown Plaza Hotel, just a few blocks away from the stadium. The room is not actually assigned until check-in. When we went up to the room we opened the door and realized we had been booked in a suite! So we really did get an amazing deal! We spent about 20-30 dollars less than a regular room would cost!

We changed clothes and then went swimming on the roof! That was Thomas' first time to get to swim! At first he just clung on but after a bit he started kicking and splashing. That didn't surprise me though because he LOVES bath time!

After the pool we got cleaned up and then ate dinner and went to the ballgame. Poor Thomas was tired before dinner, so I worried he'd be a challenge! It was a really hot evening and the seats were packed but the kids did really great! Thomas fussed a bit but we held him off with Cheerios and one of Anna-Kate's toy cell phones. He would have gone to sleep but there was just so much to look at! Anna-Kate loved so many aspects of the game. She did really good until about the 8th Inning and then she was asking to go back to the hotel. We stalled and got to see the end of the game. The Cardinals won, so it was pretty awesome!

We walked back to the hotel and gave them a bath and then got their jammies on. Anna-Kate slept on a pull out sofa bed and Thomas got to sleep in a little crib. Both of them went right to sleep around 10 and slept until 8 the next morning.

Saturday we woke up and checked out of the hotel and then made our way to the Zoo! Anna-Kate was so excited to see the animals! We got a Safari Pass so we could see the Sea Lion show, get into the children's zoo and ride the train. We could have gone on a motion simulator ride and rode the carousel but we were all too tired! We also got to see a penguin exhibit! That was my favorite part. We actually got pretty close to them.

Derek took Anna-Kate to see the giraffes while I fed Thomas. When she got there she said "oh no! I forgot to wear my giraffe shirt!" Derek told her that it was okay, that Mr. Giraffe would understand. Anna-Kate then said "Can I talk to him?" Of course Derek said that she could. So she said "Hi Mr. Giraffe! I have a shirt that's just like you but I forgot it." haha! She's so cute! :)

The zoo was tons of fun, but it was SO hot!! We were almost miserable, but thankfully there was plenty of shade and a few indoor exhibits! I'm not a fan of being hot and it seems like I'm increasingly hot natured these days, so I'm not sure how I survived! :)

After the Zoo we ate and then headed back to Lepanto. We stopped in Sikeston and ate at Lambert's, where they throw the rolls and pass around all of the food! There was an hour and 45 minute wait, but it was worth it!! I have a large appetite, so it was my kind of place!

Monday we picked up our newest addition! Her name is Maddie and she is a yorkie/ poodle mix. She was adopted almost a year ago from a puppy mill by a family with four younger children. The husband left the mom and she was a little overwhelmed and needed to get rid of the puppy, so we took her! She is SO sweet and loving! She sleeps all night in our bed. Anna-Kate is so excited to have her! She has followed her around and made sure Maddie is taken care of! Last night at dinner she said, "I'm going to let Maddie watch my beggie tales, hers going to borrow it. Maddie's going to think it's funny when that boy falls on the tb" haha... Derek and I were rolling!

So June is almost over and hopefully things will calm down after the baby shower and wedding shower that I've got this weekend! But who knows, things seem to stay a constant pace of crazy around here!

Well I'm sorry for the long update, but I think that about brings everything up to speed! I'm afraid that this post is too large to upload photos without it being crazy, so stay tuned for another post with just pictures!

My Wonderful Cuties

I could not think of a blog post around these pictures, but I think they're too cute not to share!!

I took these the Sunday I got back from Franklin... so about a month ago. When Derek picked Thomas and I up the plan was to go to our house but we got delayed in Franklin and ended up leaving later than we though. It was midnight by the time we made it through Memphis so we decided that we would just go on to Lepanto. One of the benefits of having a "second" home! :) Lepanto is only 30 minutes away from West Memphis, so our house there has come in handy!

Derek had a dress shirt in the car that he left in Franklin a while back so we stopped and grabbed him some khaki's. My cousin bought Anna-Kate a little outfit for the 4th of July and I didn't want it to get crushed when I sent her back so I had that for her to wear.

It was SO cute on her!! I absolutely love that outfit! I had to get several pictures of her wearing it to share.

I love my chubby cheeked kiddos!!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

7 Months Old!!

Seems like I am always playing catch up...

Thomas turned 7 months May 14 when we were in Franklin! It seemed like he was doing all kinds of new things while we were there!

I took him to the doctor for shots last week and he weighed 18 pounds 9 oz. He was 27" long. Both of those are in the normal range but he still seems so big to me!

He's wearing size 6-12 months or 9 month things. He can wear some 12 month onesies too.

Thomas has started eating solids twice a day now. He still nurses the rest of the time. Some days he pigs out and other's he doesn't seem interested in food. He started eating Cheerios in Bible class on Wednesday nights. I made zucchini and pears today (not mixed!) and Thomas went crazy over the pears! He was hesitant about the zucchini but eventually he chowed down on those. He's not really picky, he just doesn't like different textures very much.

While we were in Franklin he had a lot of time playing on the floor and was really happy. I got so tickled watching him just roll and roll. He was pretty proud of himself too! He loves to throw himself on his tummy when he's sitting down. He has been army crawling but still is not raising up on his knees. I'm not at all anxious for him to crawl because I'm pretty sure he's going to be into everything! He's a very busy little boy!

He started pulling up in Franklin just a little but hasn't really done it since. He also learned to clap! It's so sweet! All you have to do is say patty-cake and he'll start clapping.

Thomas has been sleeping SO good!! He sleeps about 10-12 hours at night, wakes up to eat and then will sleep for another 2-3 hours!

I feel like Thomas has just really come to life this last month. He's just so happy and full of energy! I've loved watching him play. He is just so sweet! He absolutely loves his big sis! She makes him laugh and squeal!

I know this is crazy, but I did not have a baby bathtub for Thomas. I got in the habit of taking a bath with Anna-Kate because it helped calm her down when she was fussy and she would nurse really well after. So I just didn't worry about it with Thomas. If I'm in a hurry I just give him a bath in the sink! My sister had a bathtub for her baby, so Thomas got to use baby Luke's tub! I got some really cute shots of him in it!

I love his eyelashes...

and all of the rolls!!

Sweet boy!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

End Of School Events

Anna-Kate has finished up her semester at Curtis Kindergarten!! I can't believe how quickly the time flew by!

I am so grateful that we were able to send Anna-Kate to school. It was amazing to see how much she was learning just from going 3 days a week. She loved singing and the art projects. I think her favorite thing was playing outside with all of the boys and girls!

In the fall my baby will start Harding Academy! I am really excited to be able to send her to their early learning program. I think that she is going to love being with the other kids and getting to learn and play. She loves being at home but she really is a social little thing.

A few weeks ago, she had her end of the year program at school. All of the 3 and 4-year olds got to sing some of the songs they learned this year. It was really cute!

Ready to go!

She didn't really know what to think of things!

It didn't take long for her to really get into it!

See the bracelet she insisted on wearing...

About halfway through she decided she wanted to put it in her pocket. She spent the rest of the program with her shirt pulled up, twisting around to put it away. haha

All of the kids got back on stage to sing together

The girls after the show

Goofy girls!

I'm so glad she wanted to take a nice picture with me!

All four of us!

Derek with his brother and sister!

Anna-Kate's school also had a picnic at the park! It was on a day that Anna-Kate didn't usually go, but we all went to see Aunt Kristen! Thomas had fun watching all of the kids play. He did really good!

Kristen was excited to be at the park!

Not so sure about this one!

But she loved it!

Lunch time!!

It was a fun afternoon at the park! Anna-Kate certainly did not want to leave!

It's sad that school is over for her, but I'm so glad we have to summer together!! She's growing up too fast!

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