Monday, August 3, 2015

Daddy's home and pool day!

Lucas came home today from a 9-day trip to Alaska.  So of course, after having no sleep in over 24 hours and literally an entire day of travel, we let him crash and played quietly so as not to wake him.  Juuuuuust kidding - we made him take us to the pool.

Xander has been asking about going to this pool pretty much the whole summer, but since it's a public pool (with many other kids around), I knew it would be difficult to keep my eyes on all 3, so I've needed back-up before we could go.  So today we went.  And we had a blast.

Even Paxton, Mr. Cautious, had so much fun.  He started slowly but eventually took the puddle jumper off and ran around in the splashing water parts.  He didn't want to leave!


Piper, of course, loved it.  She just got mad that she wasn't allowed to jump off the diving board.  Really - she was so mad.  But Daddy throwing her was almost as fun.  She'd put her face directly in the line of shooting water and just laugh and laugh.

 
Xander had fun, too, and I'm so glad Lucas was able to come with us.  Xander slid down this slide and jumped off the diving board for a while, but after about an hour he said he was ready to go.  Lucas asked if he was kind of bored and he said yes.  So after that he and Lucas dove together and tried new tricks and just goofed around together.  We ended up staying about 2.5 hours total and no one was wanting to leave.



It was a very fun afternoon and a great way to celebrate Daddy coming back from his trip.

Now let's get to the catching up.  Here's the next 10 in my Project 365.

Day 341 - This was Mothers' Day and I took several cute pictures of me and the kids in our church clothes, but I think this is a better representation of us.  Blurriness, not looking at the camera, no pants.  Yep - that's us.

Day 342 - These guys are acting more and more brotherly.  Which does include love, like this, but also fighting.  But I really don't even mind at this point, because I love that they're acting like brothers.

Day 343 - Totally my fault.  Not sure what I was thinking.  We bought pink marshmallows and I decided to give Piper and Paxton each one for the ride home.  (Xander was at school.)  Paxton was fine with his.  This is what happened to Piper.  Again I say - messiest child alive.

Day 344 - Are y'all familiar with Shopkins?  They are tiny rubbery toys shaped like different things you can shop for.  From veggies to appliances to shoes.  And my kids love them.  This day Paxton lined them all up and was making them talk to each other.

Day 345 - I was trying to take a picture with my 3 kids, but Piper refused and Raja and Donatello wanted in.
Day 346 - This used to be a sand and water table.  Then it was just a water table.  Now it's pretty much a kiddie pool.
Day 347 - We went to the mountains for a friend's birthday party and the kids were looking awfully cute.
Day 348 - This is what I'm talking about.  Brothers.
Day 349 - I let the kids play in the rain in the summertime (if there's no lightning).  This time, though, Piper got a little chilly.  I looked out and saw Xander warming her up with a hug and yelled for them to smile.  This is what I got.

Day 350 - Oh, this smile.  And that hair!  I still miss that hair.  Love this boy so much.
Man - just 15 days left!  Maybe I'll put them all in tomorrow's post.  See you then!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Project 365: 331-340

Wow; we're so close to rounding out the Project 365.  And when I started this project, I intended to post pretty much every day and just pick a picture.  Clearly, that didn't happen.  Some may think it's pointless to go back and pick one, but the truth is, I've already done the legwork.  I've still been taking pictures every day and as I organize them I'm going ahead and choosing one each day and putting it in the P365 folder.  So even though I realize this isn't the way I wanted this to go down, I want to finish it out on here so they're all in one spot. 

I have to be fast tonight though because there's a brand spanking new Lego set that is begging to be put together, so I've got to get on that.  So here we go:

Day 331 - This was the day before we left for vacation.  Paxton had a cold and it was kicking his little tail.  I was a bit worried about the 5+-hour drive the next day, but by this same afternoon he was feeling much better, thankfully.

Day 332 - The beach!  My parents came with us for a long weekend at the beach.  After we checked out the ocean, we came back in and the kids wrestled with Big Papa.  (See Piper's legs?)

Day 333 - This was early May, and I just love the weather that time of year.  I'm not a big fan of being really hot, so 80 degrees is perfect for me.  And it's less crowded, too.

Day 334 - This is about how it went - Piper and Xander in the water (this time with Lucas), and Paxton, well, NOT in the water.  He hung out in the sand and on the steps of the pool. 

Day 335 - Lucas's birthday, and I think a pretty good one.
Day 336 - This day we traveled home from the beach and came back to our floors being refinished!  We had cleared out several rooms before we left and Lucas's dad worked his tail off and re-did our 85-year-old floors by himself in the few days we were gone.  They look amazing!
Day 337 - The home-from-vacation funk.  Twins had a chill day with a little Curious George while Xander was at school.
Day 338 - Pretty little thing wearing Daddy's new hat

Day 339 - Just hanging out on the playset

Day 340 - Mimi came over and played on the trampoline.  She was trying to get them with the "Tickle Monster" here.

Lego time!!!  Hope you had a good weekend, friends.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Project 365 catch-up. Still.

We had a really fun Saturday today.  Even though it started way too early for me at 5:45, waking to Mike Wazowski saying, "Hey!  Watch the eye!"  I guess very few people have to wake up to the sound of Billy Crystal's voice, but let me tell you - it's not very pleasant. 

So I hear Mike Wazowski, coming from the monitor (coming from a stuffed monster that talks) and then I wait. . . Yep, Paxton's crying.  So I comfort him and he goes back to sleep.  But I couldn't.  For the first time in 3 years I could not go back to sleep.  Very frustrating.

But I got up, cleaned a bit, ate something, then Xander got up.  Then the twins.  Then we all got dressed, picked up my mom, and went shopping for a bit.  We weren't really on a big mission to find anything specific besides a pencil box for Xander for school (we got it), but I did score an outfit - tunic and leggings - for Piper for $0.13.  Not thrift store.  Just good shopping.

Then we came home and ate lunch and hung out a little while, then went to a friend's house.  Well, the house of many friends.  It's actually our youth leader's house and there was a meeting for the small group leaders (I lead the high school girls), but since Lucas is still gone I brought the kids too.  They have a boy who is just 5 months older than Xander and they played hard.  They had so much fun.  And they have 3 girls who are older than that, and they watched and played with the twins.  And they have a kitten, so there's an hour of entertainment right there. 

So all that to say - great day, but I'm so tired.  I came home, did a super quick bath and bedtime for the twins, and it was already 9:00.  So I'm going to throw some pictures up here then me and Xander are heading to bed too.  Here we go.

Day 321 - This girl. 

Day 322 - Soccer games!  Xander rocked at soccer this year.  He was really aggressive and scored a bunch of goals.  And we know a lot of players on all of the teams, so it was really fun to watch.

Day 323 - This guy.

Day 324 - Just hanging out on the trampoline, peeling apart "helicopters."  (I have no idea what those are actually called, but that's what we've always called them.
Day 325 - Funny picture, but they wouldn't sit still for a good one.  We rarely go out to eat, but this day we met Mimi for lunch because a) she's always up for a chance to see grandkids and b) I'm always up for a chance to eat pizza.
Day 326 - I co-threw a baby shower for the lovely friend in the middle there.  (My lovely co-host is on the left.)  She is the mama of the twins' good buddy Evan and now to another sweet boy, Salem.

Day 327 - My cousin Chase got married to this pretty gal and we celebrated with a crazy-long edition of The Newlywed Game (in which they beat us in Round 428) and with food, family, and mustaches.

Day 328 - Field trip day!  Xander and 3 others got chosen to stand in front and close their eyes, and they put a snake around all their shoulders.  Everyone else bolted, but Xander loved it!

Day 329 - Last day of soccer for the season.  This was his team - the Teal Flames (yeah, I don't know).  I love these kids and the way the boys have their arms.

Day 320 - Me and Paxton had a trip to Walmart - just the 2 of us.  Among the impulse buys were a roll of fun wrapping paper for me and some mini cookies for him.

Bed tiiiiiiiiiiime!  Peace out, homies.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Minecraft Lies and more P365

Y'all.  I have terrible news.  The rocket we spent nearly 4 hours on won't shoot to space.

I'm sure if you've ever played Minecraft, you're probably like, "Yeah, duh," because apparently it's a known fact that you can't really fly around.  But to my 6-year-old, who saw a video of this awesome rocket shooting to the moon (made with lots of editing) and who doesn't have a ton of experience with Minecraft, well, he had no idea.  And he told me it could happen, so I never questioned it.  Mistake.

We finished the rocket.  With painstaking detail.  It looked amazing.  Then my sweet boy followed the steps to set it off into space.  Nothing.  He tried again.  Nothing.  And again.  Nothing.  So - I Googled.  And my heart sank.   The actual launch was edited and it's not possible to shoot into the air, much less to the moon.  (Note to self:  next time, Google FIRST.)  There were tears.  And Xander was upset too.

But seriously.  That was several hours ago and I think we're already over it.  In fact, he's watching more Minecraft videos as I type and telling me all the stuff he wants to build next.  Stationary things, of course.

I need to get this one to bed, so let's get to the pictures!

Day 311 - New sidewalk chalk!  Everyone got in on the action.

Day 312 - The boys crack me up here.  We went to visit good friends and the boys were running around like crazy while Piper played with Brooklyn (their girl).  I made them all stop and sit down so I could take a picture.  Clearly, the boys were thrilled by this.

Day 313 - We made a quick trip to Boone this day.  I can't remember why we went, but we had fun, as always, at Grandpa Ted's house.

Day 314 - Xander got to meet Baby Wade, whom he was SO excited for.  I stayed home with the twins this time, but Lucas sent me several pictures and it was adorable.

Day 315 - I love when he sits like this and plays.  I don't know why exactly, but I think it's just the cutest.

Day 316 - You know what this play kitchen needs?  Real spices.  Like an ENTIRE JAR of them.  Nice job, Pax.
Day 317 - This dude wore his sister's underwear like a hat ALL day.  Seriously, almost every picture of him from this day feature these lovely Hello Kitty panties.  So awesome.

Day 318 - Ah, a long-awaited day.  Lucas introduced Xander to Star Wars.  And you guys - I was nervous.  You don't understand how much Lucas loves Star Wars.  LOVES.  So if Xander didn't like it?  He would be crushed.  That sounds ridiculous to most of you, but I'm serious.  Luckily - the kid genuinely enjoyed it and wanted to watch the next one the next night.  Whew.  Dodged a bullet there.

Day 319 - The twins are slowly starting to like costumes and I am so happy.  Xander was big into dressing up, and I've been hoping the twins would like it too.  This day they battled each other for quite a while.

Day 320 - And since I've featured a Piper bath selfie collage, I had to throw a Paxton one in too.  He's pretty cute too.

Those were kind of Paxton-heavy, huh?  Funny how that works out sometimes.  We'll see who shows up most tomorrow.

Hope you have an excellent weekend, free of Minecraft drama. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Moving into April

The title of this is funny since we're actually moving into August.  But I mean as far as the Project 365 goes.  We're in the 300s!

Here in the real world, in the end of July, I've been working on Minecraft for an hour.  And I'm not a fan of Minecraft.  Let me clarify:  I love that my son loves it.  And it's actually a lot more "educational" (still a loose term, hence the parentheses) than I thought it was.  There's a lot of building things and a lot of imagination.  It's like Legos on a screen. 

Anyway, Xander found this cool tutorial - 24 minutes long - on YouTube for a giant rocket ship that you can blast into space.  So I thought, "Okay, 24 minutes isn't too bad."  But we have to watch what the guy does, then pause it, then try to do it.  And I don't actually touch the controller so I'm just sitting here like, "No, he put the block over there.  Yes, there.  Nope.  Nope.  To the left.  Yes, there.  Wait, no.  Okay, there."  And I would MUCH rather be putting together actual Legos.  Or eating a bag of cheese popcorn and watching Law & Order:  SVU. 

It took us 3 hours (over the course of 2 days and nights) to get through the 24-minute video.  And then we found out:  that's part 1 of 2.  Part 2 of 2 is also 24 minutes long.  And I kind of want to cry.

But you know what?  My son loves it and he has said, "Thank you Mommy" about 14 dozen times since we started so by golly, we'll sit here each evening after the twins go to bed and work on it until we get this blasted rocket built.  (See what I did there?)

I'm exhausted though, from the Minecraft and swimming today and single parenting all week (hubby is on a business trip) and only getting 5 broken hours of sleep last night.  So here's numbers 301-310 in my Project 365.

Day 301 - Happy boy playing on the trampoline

Day 302 - Have we been over the fact that the twins won't nap anymore?  It's been quite a while, but I'm not sure if I ever mentioned it on here.  It's Piper's fault - she doesn't need as much sleep as Pax, and she keeps him up.  And he won't fall asleep if she's not in the room.  So he'll crash from time to time on the couch, like so.  But she almost never does, so I had to document it.

Day 303 - Always taking time to stop and smell the flowers

Day 304 - Xander is hanging on for dear life while his dear brother pries his fingers from their final grip

Day 305 - Playing with ponies with no pants on.  The usual. 
Day 306 - Easter 2015 with the family
Day 307 - Fun new game:  Jumping with plastic eggs.  This resulted in several splintered eggs, but surprisingly no blood.

Day 308 - My friend with the Mexican-themed baby shower?  Here's her little family!  This was the day her baby, Wade, was born.  We went to see them for about an hour and he didn't make a peep.  (He made up for that in the coming months though.)
Day 309 - Story Time with Bubby

Day 310 - Swinging at the park on a pretty day

Okay, friends - I'm off to bed.  Hope you've had a great Thursday.  Thanks for stopping by.