Sunday, June 26, 2011

McWane center

While in Birmingham, we took the kids to the McWane center. We all had a lot of fun!
Isabel would have stayed in front of this thing the entire time if we had let her. She loved dancing in front of it and watching herself on the screen

Will had no idea that this was measuring his height with sound waves (or something like that) but he thought it was fun to stand there anyway

Water is always fun!

Will and Avery had fun standing next to huge vegetables. Who wouldn't?

I would like to explain this but I actually have no idea what it was. The kids thought it was hilarious that all 3 of them were laying in it though.

We spent some time digging for dinosaur bones

Yes, I realize that neither of my children are actually looking at the camera but it is the only picture I have of us from the entire week so it made the blog anyway!


While most kids were making hand prints, Will decided to make a belly print.

Will and I enjoyed the wind tunnel. ha ha!

Will really liked looking at the sharks and stingrays. Actually I don't think he cared a whole lot about the animals. He just liked climbing on the wall by himself!

Camp Grandmas

Last week Josh took the students from our church to camp. It was a great time for Josh and so many teenagers. God definitely worked in so many of their lives and it is exciting to see! Instead of sitting at home missing daddy while he was gone, the kids and I packed up and headed to Birmingham for a week with my mom. Of course we got to see lots of other family and friends too. It was a great week!
Uncle Brad was in town for a few days and Isabel and Will loved playing with him. I was happy for someone else to throw the ball to Will for a while!

It was HOT outside so we spent a lot of time with water. The kids played in the sprinkler, played with spray bottles and the hose and even "washed" the cars.

We got to skype with Josh a few times and the kids LOVED it. It was fun for them to get to see daddy but I think seeing themselves on the computer was just as exciting

Yes, they can fight but they love each other too

Since I would not let Will hit things with his bat inside, he resorted to bowling. Please notice Isabel's face in this picture. Will wasn't so great at only knocking down his pins. He liked to "help" Isabel knock hers down and she didn't always appreciate that so much.

Josh and I celebrated our 9th anniversary while we were there. I know, romantic huh? I asked that we try to be in the same state for our 10th! Isabel is all about weddings now and she LOVED seeing my wedding dress and veil.

My cousin, Charlie, and his new wife live in Birmingham now so we got to spend some time with them too!

Isabel and Audrey

We had a playdate with 2 of my best friends from college and their children. It was a lot of fun! I love these girls so much and I love seeing my kids play with theirs too.
We also spent a lot of time with Uncle Matt, Aunt Lauren, Avery and Ansley but I didn't take any pictures.  I love that at this age Isabel, Will and Avery have so much fun actually playing together.  They are so cute together and make us laugh constantly.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to the greatest husband and daddy ever!! There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about how lucky I am to be married to an amazing man that is also such a wonderful father! He loves our children so much and is totally involved in every aspect of parenting them. We are definitely a team and I'm so thankful for that!
Isabel is such a daddy's girl. She made him a card and said that she loves her daddy because:
  • he puts her to bed
  • he reads her stories
  • he teaches her how to be nice to Will
  • he loves her and hugs her and tickles her!
I pray that she will always compare every boy she even considers dating to her daddy. Maybe I will be ok with her getting married someday as long as she is marrying a Godly man that truly loves her the way her daddy loves us

I think that as Will gets older he loves his daddy more and more. Mommy does not tackle as good as daddy and he lets me know regularly. He loves to play baseball and basketball with Josh and would wrestle with him all day if he could. I am so thankful that Will has Josh as a role model and pray that he grows up to be a man just like him some day!

Will and Isabel have no idea how lucky they are to have a daddy that loves God, puts his family first and spends so much time with them. Last weekend I went out of town for a wedding. Josh took the kids to play putt-putt and to get slushies. They loved every second of their time with him!

This is the picture you get when both kids are more interested in seeing the funny faces daddy is making rather than look at the camera!

Isabel's wedding

No, my 4 year old did not get married. However she did get to go to her first wedding this past weekend and from her excitement level, you would have assumed it was her own. All day long she asked me what dress she should wear and then immediately started asking about "jewelry" once she was dressed.
She loved EVERY SECOND of the wedding and I loved experiencing the whole thing through her eyes. I think I answered about a million questions but they were all precious. Isabel's only exposure to weddings before this was seeing parts of the royal wedding and of course watching Cinderella so it wasn't surprising that she had a hard time using the terms "bride" and "groom." Instead she called them the princess and prince! :) She asked why the back of the princess's dress was so long, why the maid of honor (that we knew) had to walk by herself and why they didn't dance immediately after the wedding like Cinderella and Prince Charming did. She loved getting cake but was really confused why they needed to feed it to each other!
I loved this time with my sweet girly girl who is getting so grown up. I have to admit that I had to hold back tears as the bride walked down the aisle. I couldn't help but think of Josh walking my baby girl down the aisle MANY years in the future...whew, not sure how I will handle that! To be honest, I'm not even sure how I would handle a first date! I will just enjoy my little girl being a little girl for a while longer and pray that when she does get married someday, she marries someone as wonderful as her daddy!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Fountain Fun

The shopping area near us has a fountain area in the middle that kids can play in. Our kids love it! We took them this afternoon and I actually remembered my camera this time. I'm so glad I did because I love these pictures. They make me laugh!

I love Isabel's face. The fountains are constantly getting bigger and smaller so the kids often get surprised when all of the sudden they get sprayed in the face!

Can you tell how much she loves this?

Pretty girl! She is getting so big!

I love this sweet face
 (and please notice the hair cut!!)

My little man spends a lot of his time fighting the water!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

pictureless update

I have not been great about taking pictures recently. Maybe it is too hot to carry it around or maybe my brain just doesn't work as well when it is this hot.  Who knows?  I'll try to be better but for right now I'll just write about some happenings that I want to remember and you can use your imagination to picture what it looked like.

*SWIMMING LESSONS: Isabel has been taking swimming lessons for the past week and she is doing great!  She was really afraid of the water last year and at the beginning of day 1 she wouldn't leave the stairs.  However her teacher is amazing and had her out by the end of that first day.  Now she is able to blow bubbles and hold her breath and go underwater.  She is learning to tread water and float on her back and kick her legs while blowing bubbles.  I can't tell you how proud of her I am.  I know there are times when she is really scared but she is doing it anyway.  My scared little girl is turning into a fish!  We joined our neighborhood pool this year and Isabel is all about using a floaty and going all over the pool.  Will, however, has decided to be scared of the water this year.  Mainly he doesn't want to get his bathing suit wet.  I really hope he gets over this quickly!!

* HAIR CUT: We took Will for another hair cut yesterday.  I wish I had taken a before and after picture.  The before picture would involve a ridiculous amount of hair over his hears and in his eyes plus the beginnings of a rat tail in the back.  Yes, it was time. Anyway, I wouldn't say it was a pleasant experience but so much better than the previous hair cuts.  He basically sat in my lap with his head on me and let her cut his hair that way.  We both ended up with hair ALL.OVER.US (he is not a fan of the capes) but there was no screaming and no need for Josh to completely restrain him.  Maybe one day he will actually enjoy getting a hair cut.  Who knows?  Anything is possible right?

*MOVIES:  Our theater shows kids movies every Tuesday and Wednesday mornings of the Summer for $1.  Isabel has been to the movies twice and loves it.  She does really well sitting still and watching it.  Will has not been yet....for a reason!  He has a hard time watching a 20 min show on TV without playing a little baseball in the middle of it.  I decided to risk it and take them both to see The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything.  Lauren and Avery were in town so they came too.  Overall I would say it was a success.  Will didn't really trust those chairs so he didn't sit a whole lot but he wasn't running around everywhere either.  I finally gave in and bought candy after about 30 minutes and that made the last 45 min way more enjoyable for all! :) 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

definition of skinny

The other day Isabel was sitting on the bathroom counter looking at the mirror while I dried her hair.
Isabel: Mommy, I'm skinnier than you.
Me:  ummm what?
Isabel:  I'm skinnier than you
Me:  Isabel that isn't really a nice thing to say to people
Isabel:  (looks at me like I'm crazy)
Me:  Isabel, do you know what skinny means?
Isabel:  ummm, (rubbing arm) ...skinny.  My skin is lighter than yours.

After talking to Josh I found out that another time she told him she was skinnier than him because she was wearing a sleeveless dress and was showing more skin than he was.

I have to admit that I didn't really give her a better definition of the word.  I started to but then I decided that I didn't really want her to think in terms of "skinny" or "fat."  I don't want her to think of herself or others that way and I certainly don't want her to call someone fat so if my child informs you that she is skinnier than you, please don't be offended.  Her definition of skinny is a little different than ours!