Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday happenings

I've been battling myself with whether or not to get Paxton's hair cut.  It's fairly long, but it's really pretty, y'all.  I know it won't stay blonde long, and it's just so cute.  I envisioned him having cute, shaggy, surfer-boy hair.  (You know what I mean?)  But it won't flip out or look cute, really - it just hangs over his ears looking like a helmet.  So this morning I bribed the twins with suckers and "Mimi Coke" (which is Coke) and we headed to the barber shop and Pax got a little trim.

He sleeps on his back, so his hair is always crazy back here, even after a trim

He did better than I expected.  His first haircut was torture and the next "trim" didn't last long, because he kept shaking his head back and forth and swatting at Big Papa.  Oh, and yeah - my dad, their Big Papa, is a barber.  So that helps.  So yeah - this time I sat him on my lap, gave him a sucker and my phone, and he looked down and played Angry Birds while my dad worked.

I like it!  I wanted to keep it long on top (he'll let me trim his bangs every now and then so I wasn't worried about that) but get it off his ears.  It looks very cute.

After that we came home and gave the dog a bath, which means I have had a crazy productive Tuesday so far!  And look, now I'm blogging.  I should take a nap. 

Here are pictures from the last few days for my P365 project.

Day 136 - Probably our last day of playing outside in shorts (and some of us topless) for the year

Day 137 - Xander and his cousins at our local fall Carnival.  Right after I snapped this, Xander knocked that giant spider off the dude's hand.

Day 138 - The top part of this was my very first Instagram post.  The bottom was taken almost exactly 2 years later.

Day 139 - I went to get them up from nap yesterday and walked in on this nonsense.  They're so fun.

That's all for me, folks.  I've met my quota on getting things done.  Except for getting Xander from school, getting diapers changed, snacks doled out, playing with the kids, getting everyone ready for the soccer game tonight, dinner, baths, and bedtime, of course.  ;)  Hope you're having a productive Tuesday too! 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Quick Post

I've got about 10 minutes before I have to get the twins up and get Xander from school, so this will be quick - like this week.  I can't believe it's Friday.  It flew by.  We didn't do too much, really.  I got to hang out and watch a movie with my pal (with no kids around), we had a tornado warning and crazy storms, we had a make-up soccer game, we had small group.  Yep.  That's about it.

Here's some pictures of the day(s) - all taken with my phone because I've gotten lazy with my camera again.

Day 131 - The only picture I "took" (off the nursery cam) of Paxton napping and Piper reading a book.  After she pushed her bed against the door.  This was Sunday and I have no idea why, but I rarely take pictures on Sunday.  Isn't that weird?

Day 132 - Reading before (the twins') bedtime.  Xander likes to help put them to bed too.

Day 133 - This girl is suddenly all about some baby dolls.  She plays with them a lot and they do what she does (get in the tent, eat, watch Curious George, etc.).  It's pretty cute.

Day 134 - They found Daddy's and brother's drinks that were left on the kitchen table from the night before.  They were so excited and proud that I let them have a few sips (and took a few pictures) before I took them away.

Day 135 - This boy's bedhead has no equal.  It's amazing.

Gotta run.  Hope you have a great weekend!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Family Pictures

These were supposed to be anniversary pictures.  August 14 was our 10-year anniversary, and so I had this idea of going back to the place we got engaged and the place we got married to have our pictures made.  It was going to be mostly me and Lucas, and a few of the kids, too.  But as time got closer, I realized - I want more pictures of my kids.  So it turned into mostly family/kid shots, and a couple of me and Lucas (thanks to my mom who came along to watch the kids while we did a few of just us). 

The weather and some sickness made us reschedule several times, but a few weeks ago we finally had the pictures made.  Our dear friend Kelly of Kelly Harmon Photography took them for us again.  She is quite pregnant, but hiked and stepped in cow patties and lugged camera equipment up several big hills to get to these locations.  And even though it was really gross and drizzly outside, you really can't tell (except if you look at my hair - UGH).  But Kelly really worked some magic with the lighting and everything.  I love the results. 

So here you go - a few of my favorites from the shoot.

We got engaged under this tree 11 years ago
And we got married here 10 years ago

Jumping, of course

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Apples and Showings and Ghosts, Oh My

So last time I posted, I went ahead and chose a photo for that day, even though the day was just half-way over, and I said I wouldn't take anymore pictures.  But then I got my new phone in the mail, and we went outside to play, and I took more pictures with the phone.


Xander tried to wrestle Paxton, but Pax just wanted to cuddle.

On Friday, the twins stayed with my father-in-law all day so I could chaperone a field trip with Xander's class.  I walked him into the classroom and saw his "Star Student" display by the door.  (Each week a "Star Student" is randomly drawn, and they get to be the line leader and a few other special tasks throughout the week.  This just happened to be his week.)

Then we went to the apple orchard.  We started by hearing from the owner about how the apples are grown and harvested, then we went to the orchard and got to pick apples.  We also went on a wagon ride, ate a packed lunch in the orchard, and the kids ran around on hay bales and played in a giant sand pit.

Rylei and Izzy are Xander's friends from school and church

The field trip was fun and when it was over, we still had a few hours before the twins would get home from their grandpa's house.  So me and Xander got some frozen yogurt and ran to Walmart and just hung out together a while.  It was nice.  After dinner we went to our friends' house and got to hang out and fold some t-shirts for church (random, right?  We know how to party) while the kids all played together.  It was a full, fun day.

Saturday morning I took Xander for a haircut (that he FINALLY agreed to), then we cleaned the house, because we had a showing at 3:00 that afternoon.  During the showing, me and the kids went to my parents' house while Lucas went to his second job for the night.  We grabbed dinner, ate it, then my mother-in-law came to watch the twins and put them to bed while me and Xander went to Ghost Train at Tweetsie Railroad.  They have all the regular rides, like the Ferris Wheel and Tilt-A-Whirl, but you get to ride them at night, which is pretty cool.  Then they have extra stuff, like a haunted house (which I got unreasonably scared in - it was bizarre), spooky people walking around (even ones that don't work there), and of course, the Ghost Train.  The train ride is dark, foggy, and spooky.  And people jump out and scare you.  We like it.

Xander, Rylei, and my sister's kids, Kate and Riley

Rylei wanted me to ride the Ferris Wheel with her

Xander and his cousins waiting on the train (obviously it was very dark, so I didn't get many pictures)

So that was our weekend so far.  Tonight I get to hang out with my high school girls (from church - I co-lead their small group) and eat Mexican food.  Pretty great weekend, really.

Here's my picks for the past 2 days:

Day 129 - Xander and his pal Louie played hard at the field trip

Day 130 - On our golf cart ride, we went by my sister's house to see her Halloween decorations

I hope you are having a good weekend too.  See you next week!