Thursday, May 15, 2014

Kicking it with the kiddos

About two weeks ago now (wow, I am behind), I went to Norfolk to visit with the little guys.  Tiffany had planned to work a consignment sale on Saturday while Josh and I stayed home with the kids, well after those 5 hours, I have a new-found respect for my sister--I literally do not know how she does it!

Three little boys all under the age of 4 makes for a LOT of energy, but it was quite the fun weekend anyhow!  Since I know yall are going yeah, blah blah blah, bring on the pictures of the cuties, here they are:

Corbin would plug his ears when mom was making him a smoothie

Most precious moment ever, we were on a walk/motorcyle ride and he parks it, gets off, picks a flower and says here Auntie Lala, I got you a flower!  
Be still my beating heart!

Training to be just like Uncle Andy!

Yummy sweet potatoes!  Who cares if they go in your mouth or not, they look better as makeup anyway!

A little less messy!

Cool Dude glasses

Horrible Selfie of me, but Garrett was so enthralled by the camera, it was too cute of him not to post!

Straight chilling!

Let the belated Easter Egg hunt begin....

For the next 6 or so hours, it was all about the candy and him asking about 52 times if he could have some more candy!  Whoopsie!

About to stand!
 On Sunday, I requested a trip to the zoo, with which my sister responded "We can go, but know up front that it is going to be horrible."  I was like it's the zoo, it cant be that bad!  About an hour later as we were totting two babies in our arms while pushing the stroller and having a 3.5 year old complaining that he is still hungry, I got it!  Although, I still managed to enjoy the few good moments we had!
Minutes later, he squeezed the neck and goes, I looove loooove looove this turtle

Peacock with feathers down

Peacock with feathers out!  This was the first time I had seen this in real life!

This was the best of about 4 of these pictures that I took!  And I think it captured the day pretty well!  Corbin with his hands in the cereal, Holden on the edge of crying, Garrett not sure what is going on and my beautiful sister just grinning and bearing it all :)

My hope is that one day life will be easier and simpler for her and Josh, but until then, I will still enjoy capturing the absolute craziness of 48 hours in their household!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A great surprise...

I hope all of you mothers out there had a fabulous Mother's Day!  We kept ours pretty low key, I had my brother over, along with two friends (aka "adopted daughters") to celebrate my mom.  We grilled steaks, enjoyed baked potatoes and salads and she even got her favorite dessert--homemade Shoney's hot fudge cake!  But probably her most favorite part of the day was her mother's day surprise.

So, a little background: I moved back home last year after first selling my house, then second having the rental house I was living in sold out from under me.  So instead of finding yet another temporary address within 6 months, I just decided to move home (assuming this would be much more temporary than it has become, however life happens and you blink and it's a year later).  Anyway, my mother has graciously allowed me to live here rent free, so as to save for a future house, well I wanted to pay her back in a big way, so alas her mother's day surprise:

This will be pretty hard to top when her birthday rolls around....

Friday, May 2, 2014

Racin' Weekend

Well I feel like you are all due an update on what's been going on in my life and since it is about to be ANOTHER weekend, I figured I better get on that!  

Last Friday, I was able to babysit Kristi and Mike's little girl, Bethany while they went out to dinner for Restaurant week.  Bethany was an angel and we had fun, we even took a selfie:

On Saturday, I had the morning to get some errands and projects done and then spent the afternoon/evening with 86,000+ other Richmonders for the NASCAR race.  We had a great time, unfortunately Denny Hamlin did not pull through with a win like I had hoped for, but it was still a beautiful night for some Racin' (as a random aside, while tailgating before the game, we ran into a Candian dad and son duo here for their first race and the dad asked if it was an accent why some people call it racin' and not racing.  I told him with all the pride I could muster that us southerners do not always see fit to put the 'G' on the end of things, in fact we aren't always just racin', sometimes we are grillin' or fishin'.  I thought it was funny that even people from other countries pick up on the subtleties of our unique language down south!)
Me and Kathryn

Sunset over the racetrack

Me and Andy (he is looking very much like a die hard race fan here)

Lap # 1

Kathryn and I with our headphones on (and my sweet American Flag Sunglasses compliments of Andy)

The group watching the race!

The rest of the weekend was equally as great, we had some beautiful weather and even enjoyed a cookout with friends on Sunday, though I do not have any photographic proof of that!  But it was just such a pleasant weekend, but did not prepare me enough for the rain we would have almost all week long!

Despite the rain and tornado threats, the show must go on, we had tickets to Wicked on Tuesday night, so Kristi, Anna, CJ and myself went to dinner before hand and then attended the show in our THIRD ROW seats!  It was a really good show, I think my expectations were up too high, but I enjoyed it nonetheless!

This weekend I am off to Norfolk again to see those cute little babies and Corbin, I literally cannot wait...8 hours and counting....