Friday, July 31, 2009

The Days are Long but the Years are Short

Today is the last day of July, 2009 and it has been an eventful and exciting month! We have had two birthdays, a family reunion, museum school, swim lessons, lots of nights out with our friends, and just all sorts of fun! I am a little sad that today is the last day of July because next month school starts and summer officially ends and this has been a really busy, really wonderful summer. The boys are getting bigger and it makes the days long in a different sort of way than with feedings and naps, but I know these years are going to pass quickly. When I take the boys out and I'm about to lose my marbles because one of them is climbing a shelf, one is dumping something out and one of them is screeching at the top of his lungs, a little old lady will look at me and smile and say: Honey, these days will be over in no time and these are the moments you will miss most. Sometimes it is difficult to believe but I know it's true.

A few funny quotes from Colin...

Colin: Carter,that girl's name is Natalie. And Mommy's name is Natalie. So there are two Natalies.

Colin (after I agreed to do a science experiment with him): Mommy, you're the best person in the whole world.

Colin: Mommy, are you happy I'm six years old?

After swimming lessons the instructor gives me a report on how the boys did. The other day after his lesson, Colin looked at his instructor and said, "How great was I?" =)

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Spice of Life!

Colin's birthday party was SO much fun! Thanks to Uncle Rick and Mindy who let us have a pool party at their house and to everyone who helped us celebrate in one way or another! Andy and I still can't believe we have a six-year-old!
Funny story: The other day I found dirt in Carter's bed. It felt like sand but looked like soil and I couldn't figure it out.
Me: Carter, do you know what this is in your bed?
Carter: Pepper.
Me: Why do you have pepper in your bed?
Carter (throwing his head back crying): I'M IN HUGE TROUBLE!!!!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Terrible Twos, Hissers and Croakers

This summer is flying! We had a fun weekend with firworks at home and Clayton's second birthday with Nana and Papa, Aunt Bertie and Uncle Dukes. Then Colin had museum school this week. Yesterday was his last day of "Hissers and Croakers" and today he is occassionally tearing up when he remembers it is over. He LOVED it! If you have little ones, check out Fort Worth's Museum School. Today we're relaxing at home: it's 100+ degrees outside so we'll probably stay indoors or else go to Uncle Rick and Aunt Mindy's pool down the street!
And tomorrow? The Weatherford Peach Festival!!

My best friend Stephanie had her second baby (a little boy!) this morning--congratulations, Steph!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

No Bull

Happy Fourth of July!! Last night we went to Canyon West with Uncle Rick and Aunt Mindy to see fireworks and it was a total blast! There were tons of things to do for everyone and we all had fun. The fireworks display lasted about 22 minutes and it was set to Christian music and patriotic music that was awesome. There was even an occasional breeze which made the night even more relaxing. (At 7:45 yesterday it was still 97 degrees!) As you can see, the boys got to sit on a bull with enormous horns (named Oreo). My camera died after our pictures with Oreo, so I don't have pictures of the fireworks but I do have quotes for you!
Colin: These fireworks are making me happy!
Carter: I wish I was a firework.
And Clayton pretty much sat there in awe with a huge smile on his face.

Today Nana and Papa are arriving from Tampa for Kristina's surgery on Tuesday. (Please pray Kristina's kidney transplant goes well on Tuesday!) We are meeting Nana and Papa, AUNT BERTIE (there, Bert, you happy now?) and Uncle Nick, and Uncle Dukes for dinner tonight and then we'll light some locally bought fireworks here at the house. (The boys are super excited!) Happy Fourth everybody!

Sunday, June 28, 2009


Wow, so much has happened since my last post. School let out at the end of May, so we have been super busy with fun stuff the last month. We went to Disney World and Daytona Beach with Nana and Papa; we also visited with Sammy and CJ on that trip. We had a great time! Then YaYa visited us and we went swimming and relaxed at home, which was so nice. On Father's Day we went to the zoo, then last week I had APSI (training) at TCU all week. This weekend Nana and Papa are visiting for the Fourth, then Clayton's birthday is on Monday the 6th of July. I'm hoping to post again before Colin turns six on the 25th...we'll see!

The boys have gotten to be so funny because they're like little people rather than babies. Their personalities are hilarious! Colin is all about animals: he caught a bird the other day and let it go because it was "whining." (Ya think?!) I wouldn't have believed him if it weren't for the little gray feathers in his hand. When we go for walks he pretends to be a lion in the tall grass and he'll try to sneak up on and tackle our lab Cooper, the other day he picked up a dead snake like it was a piece of string, and he prays for God to bring him a "baby fawn." Colin's favorite place to go is the zoo; he particularly loves the area where he can touch sea creatures like horseshoe crabs and starfish. He loves sea creatures like the octopus, sting ray and whale shark. He'll be heading back to kindergarten next year and he is already excited about his animal project!

Carter is our quiet, sweet, sneaky one. Carter is still convinced he is batman and will correct anyone who mistakenly calls him Carter instead of batman. He wears his mask and cape around the house (and the grocery store, and church, and the park) all the time! Carter is fine playing by himself whereas Colin is a social butterfly. Also, if there are ever sweets around the house (homemade cookies or brownies) I can count on Carter waking up late the next day with chocolate smeared on his face. He's very honest about his sneakiness, though, if that's possible...
"Carter, did you sneak brownies?"
"Well, please don't do that any more."

Clayton is almost two and he definitely has a big personality. He is more like Colin than Carter, I think, although his interests are more similar to Carter's. He loves sports and trains. If I ask Clayton to put his own dirty diaper in the trash, he wrinkles his nose and says, "Ewwww." He is starting to potty train because he wants to do everything like his big brothers. Clayton says his name is "Tayton" and the big boys have fun getting him to say words. (I always hear: "Clayton, say ...!") He loves balls and books and, like his big brothers, he is a total Daddy's boy!

In the upcoming weeks we have birthdays, Museum School and swim lessons! We are LOVING summertime!

Happy birthday to Nana!