Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Summer Fun Week Six-Ice Cream, Friends, and Pool Time

The last week of June was all about hanging out around our house and making fun summer memories. Nothing spectacular happened but we chose to celebrate each day and try to make it fun. For the past seven summers I've always had the school yearbook to work on in the summer. It usually made me feel like an awful mom because I was never "present" for my son because I was spending hours in front of the computer. I remember begging my principal for a planning period for yearbook so I could spend school time working on it instead of personal time. That never worked out so I had to use my summer time (pretty much the ENTIRE month of June) to work on the yearbook. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy working on the yearbook. It was a fun creative outlet for me and I loved the end result. This year though that all changed since I switched schools :) No more yearbook for me! YAY!!! While I did love creating a book of memories for my school kids and friends at school, nothing compares to having my summer with Eli. I have LOVED being able to wake up and not have a "plan". Here are some of the pictures from our last week in June. Man, that month went by FAST!!

Some concoction Eli created from marshmallows and chocolate chips. 
This was a "Yes Mom" moment for me.

I used fresh blueberries and strawberries to make The Pioneer Woman's berry scones.

We went to story time at the library and then Eli played on their computer afterwards for a little bit.

We caught the ice cream man again :)

Fresh peaches and homemade jelly from the Farmer's Market

I let Eli pick out a new Lego set and he wanted one from The Lego Movie. 
He loves creating and building with Legos.

Playing Monopoly Jr. with Tigger

Our only plan this week was a play date with Eli's friend, Thomas on Friday. I picked Thomas up around 10 Friday morning and we went to the park for them to play. At one point Eli picked a flower and brought it to me. I put it behind my ear like I've done ever since he first started bringing me flowers and then got all sentimental. It made me wonder how much longer he'll continue to bring me flowers and demand I stick them behind my ear. (For the record, he better continue doing this for the rest of my life! Haha!) Watching Eli grow up is so bittersweet. I love seeing him grow and develop into his own little person, but there are days I long for that sweet little baby/toddler/preschooler so I can hold him and cuddle him once again. 

My sweet flower from my sweet boy :)

Love these boys and their friendship so much!

That afternoon after I took Thomas home, Eli and I spent some time playing in the pool. Barkley decided to make himself at home on my lounger by the pool. He likes attention just a little bit if you couldn't tell ;)

Saturday was July 4th, so we woke up and had another pool day. These hot summer days make me so thankful for our pool in the backyard. I think Barkley appreciates it too! There are many times during the day I'll look out the window and see him just sitting in the water on the steps. He loves the water :) After a couple of hours by the pool, we went to Josh's grandmother's house for the day and then later that night we went to the riverfront to watch the fireworks. It was a great day and a great week!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Summer Fun Week Five-Spending Time with Tinsley and Friends

We made the trip to Grammy and Pop's house and this little kid stayed awake the entire trip until we were about 15 minutes away from my brother's house. Since Grammy and Pop were working, we went to pick Tinsley up first so she could stay the night with us. 

Eli and Tinsley LOVE spending time with each other. My brother installed her car seat and I had two happy kiddos in my backseat. 

We drove to Grammy and Pop's house to drop off our bags and to wait for Pop to get home from work. Once he got home, we went to eat some pizza and then stopped and got frozen yogurt for dessert. 

The next day we went to see the movie Inside Out. This was Tinsley's first movie experience and she was so excited about getting to see Inside Out. Eli and I had been prepping her for all of the fun things she'd get to experience at the theater and she couldn't wait to get there.

Quick picture before we got out of the car :) 
Don't they look cook in their sunglasses??

Crazy nuts

We're still working on Tinsley's "cheese" face :)

As soon as we walked into the theater, Tinsley breathed in deeply and said, "Yummy, popcorn!!" She was excited about getting her own kid's box of popcorn to eat during the movie.

Waiting in line for popcorn and drinks

The movie was really cute. I think I enjoyed it more than the kids because there was a lot of adult humor about the "little voices" in our heads and it made me laugh. Tinsley managed to stay awake during the entire movie even though it fell right during her normal nap time. They both came out of the theater talking about how funny the movie was and how much they enjoyed it. We took a few pictures with some of the props advertising upcoming movies and then we went back to Grammy and Pop's house. We'd had a very fun day!

The next morning we made plans to go to a local trampoline park that had just opened.

Quick picture before leaving Grammy and Pop's house.

We made it to the trampoline park, paid for our jump time, and they were off! They had lots of fun jumping and playing. There were a few things I wasn't too impressed with (they were EXTREMELY STRICT) but overall the kids seemed to enjoy their jumping experience. It definitely wore them out and they were super hungry for lunch :)

We met Andrea for lunch and then let Tinsley go with her so she could take a good nap at her house. We left to go straight to Grammy and Pop's house but then we found out about another trampoline park near us and decided to go check it out. Two trampoline parks in one day is totally okay because SUMMER VACATION :)

This second trampoline park was MUCH BETTER! Eli had such a fun time here and if we go back this is the one we'll definitely go to. There was just so much more for kids to do here besides just jump. We played here for an hour and then we headed back to Grammy and Pop's house. 

We ended up getting Tinsley back for the night because Eli wanted to play with her some more before we left the next day. I told you they love each other :) 

The next morning we had to go back home (Eli's friend Thomas was having a birthday party and we needed to be there) so we dropped Tinsley off at her house and I got some sweet smiles from this little guy. It's hard to believe that we were going to be back in just two short weeks to celebrate his first birthday. Where did that first year go?!?!

We got on the road and it wasn't long before I got this text from my Dad. This is just one of the many reasons why he's the best dad ever. He always prays for us before we get on the road and if he can't be there in person he sends you his prayer in a text. I love this guy a lot :)

It was nice to be home :) We made monster cookies that night and checked that off our "Summer Fun List." They were super yummy!

Then the next day we celebrated Thomas's 6th birthday. These sweet boys are growing up so fast! They've been friends for a long time and I love being able to watch their friendship grow every year. Eli ended up going home with the birthday boy for a play date, so I'd say he had another great week of summer vacation! 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Summer Fun-Father's Day Weekend and More

We left the beach Friday morning and got home late Friday evening. Whew! There's nothing like coming home after being away for a week. I was so ready to sleep in my own bed, drink our coffee, and just enjoy being in our space. 

Before we left for the beach, we boarded Barkley at our local vet's office. We also scheduled for him to be neutered while he was at the vet's office because "ain't nobody got time for puppy business over here". I called to check on Barkley on our way home from the beach and they reported that he was having a blast and that he was full of energy. Tell me something I don't know...haha! Our vet's office was closed when we got home Friday so Eli and I picked him up Saturday morning. Barkley was quite thrilled to be back with his family :) I took this picture of the two of them when we got home. Barkley doesn't understand how to ride in the back of my car like a normal dog. He feels he's got to be touching you at all times. I'd say these two boys were quite happy to be back together :)

Sunday was Father's Day and we enjoyed celebrating Josh all day long. I posted this picture on Instagram of all the fathers in Eli's life. He is one blessed little boy! Each one of these men have poured themselves into Eli's life and he adores them all!

Sunday afternoon Josh, Eli, and I went to the golf course so they could play some Father's Day golf. I went along for the ride and had fun spending time with my boys. 

On Monday life went back to normal-Josh went to work and Eli and I hung out at the house. While I was out in the garden working, Eli had a movie date with all his Toy Story friends. He loves to set them up while he watches the movie so they can watch with him. I came in to check on him and this was what I saw. It was too cute to not take a picture of it. 

After the movie, it was time for us to run some errands in town. First up was the pool store. Our pool decided to turn green on us while we were at the beach so we needed to fix that ASAP. It turns out that our flow sensor on our salt system stopped working so it wasn't producing chlorine like it was supposed to be. Rather than spend hundreds of dollars replacing that sensor, we decided to just add the chlorine to our pool manually until we decide what to do about the salt system. 

I wanted to get a pedicure, so I called Tammy to see if she wanted a "Mammy Day" with Eli after lunch. She said yes so after our lunch I dropped Eli off with Tammy. She's kept him since he was 3 months old and he loves going over to her house to spend time with her and Uncle Clare. 

Tammy and Clare have a couple cats in the house and Eli loves playing with a calico named Matilda. Matilda is B-A-D! She won't let you rub her or pet her and if you try she's going to attack you. She is as mean as a hornet! Eli uses the laser pointer and gets her to chase it around the house. It makes him laugh to see her chase after that tiny red ball of light. When I came to pick up Eli, Matilda was laying across his bag of toys and wasn't budging. I ended up moving her with my foot because I was scared she was going to claw my hand to death. Badness!

When we got back to the house, Eli asked me to draw a new picture of Buzz, Woody, and a martian so he could color it and hang it on his wall. It wasn't perfect but I sketched something out quickly for him to color. He seemed pleased :)

Tuesday I made an impromptu decision to go visit my family for a couple of days, so we woke up and packed our bags for Grammy and Pop's house. We didn't leave until after lunch though because the Snakeman was coming to the library that day and we had to go see him! Our friends, the Atkins, (there's too many of them now to list, haha) were there too and Eli sat with him during the show. The Snakeman showed the kids tons of snakes that are native to Louisiana like the corn snake, the pine snake, the king snake, and more. He taught them about respecting snakes in the wild and he encouraged the kids to use the resources at the library to learn about the things that interest them, like snakes, bugs, space, horses, etc. I sure hope snakes aren't one of the things that interest Eli. Momma can't have a snake in her house!

Cooper and Eli

The Snakeman is always a huge hit at the library and tons of kids come. I weeded my way through the kids after the show to get a picture of him with the kids. I grabbed Eli and two of the four Atkins' kids (Avery and Clayton) and they took a picture with the Snakeman. I love how Avery is looking at him...too cute!!

We left the library and met Josh at a restaurant for lunch. Then we loaded up and made the drive to see Grammy and Pop. We were excited about having a fun rest of the week. 


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