Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Another busy weekend

Well, we are about halfway through our marathon of busy weekends! We have a few more to go! I’ll be ready for a weekend with nothing planned where we can just be lazy!

Friday night, Ava wanted to read the bedtime story to Reed. He loves to give me the side-eye.IMG_5876

Grant is still such an easy to please baby. He ate saturday morning and then promptly fell asleep for a three hour nap!  IMG_5882

Later that afternoon, he was ready to cheer on the Hogs. Too bad they let him down!IMG_5892 

Sunday morning we got up and left the house by 7:00 to head up to Stephen’s. He had Ainsley baptized Sunday morning and we wanted to be there for them. Precious girl. It was sad listening to their pastor announce Stephen and Leslie as her parents and that Leslie had been gone for two months. It made me cry when he said that and watching Stephen up there all alone. IMG_6028 

Caroline was funny and didn’t want to take pictures with Stephen and Ainsley.IMG_6030 IMG_6039 

The last time all the grandkids were together since Grant was born was at Leslie’s funeral and we didn’t get to take a picture of them. Trying to get seven little kids to look – ain’t happening! This is as good as it gets!IMG_6143

We stayed for lunch to celebrate AInsley, and we also celebrated little Caroline’s 2nd birthday with Leslie’s family.IMG_6043 IMG_6045

All the kids really had a great time playing together!IMG_6047 IMG_6052IMG_6054

Caroline was excited to open her birthday presents. She had fun getting some new toys and getting to open her packages. Almost everything she opened, she asked “Open?” because she wanted to play with it!IMG_6079 

She also loooooooved her birthday cake! After it was set in front of her, she kept eating icing off it. We sang and she went right back to the icing! :)IMG_6088IMG_6140 IMG_6097  Singing happy birthday to her was very sad. I just kept thinking of her momma and how it was surreal that she wasn’t there. I posted a picture of Cee on instagram and a couple people mentioned they were happy to see Stephen moving ahead with life even though he probably felt like not. And that’s just it – life is going on and moving on. Without her. And it still hurts. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about her or miss her. It’s only been a little over two months but it feels like it’s been an eternity. I was nursing Grant upstairs in Ainsley’s room and there’s a photo in there of Leslie and Ainsley from Mother’s Day when Leslie was in the hospital and it was just so hard sitting there looking at her photo. I could see the toll her illness had taken on her physically and it was just hard to see. I’ve been sad lately thinking of what Ainsley and Caroline are gonig to be missing in life. My sister said it so perfectly when she said  that Caroline doesn’t realize what she doesn’t have in life right now. But my heart aches for the day that she will realize. And Ainsley, too. Wow. Totally didn’t see this going here but it is what it is.

Me and the almost birthday girl! She was saying cheese but no smile was showing! ha!IMG_6120

It was an absolutely beautiful day and the kids had so much fun playing outside together. They were just running and laughing and being carefree. We are going to a cabin at a lake in Missouri in two weeks and they will have a couple days to play together non-stop and we are excited for that!IMG_6126

Our niece, Katie, is an absolutely doll! She’s so sweet and OH so spunky!IMG_6128 

These girlies love Uncle Zach. Caroline has grown to love him and pretends she’s scared of him, but when no one’s looking, she is his buddy! ;)IMG_6130 

Sweet Ainsley bug. This girl doesn’t like to sit still and she is busy, busy, busy!IMG_6134

These sweet cousins are only a couple weeks a part in age and are so cute together. They both like to say no a lot and I have a feeling they will be big time friends as they get older!IMG_6138

It was a hard weekend, but a sweet weekend. It was great to see my siblings and their families since we are all spread out. We still have much to be thankful for, and I think Leslie was there today – we felt her presence. It was nice visiting with her parents, and brother and SIL, and all being there for Stephen and the girls. Those three are very loved and I know that we will see beauty from their sad story. God is good!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Reed’s birthday

Reed had a great day celebrating his birthday! For months, he’s been telling us that you get breakfast in bed on your birthday, so that is what we did! I had told him the night before he had to wait and not get out of bed, but that morning he came in while I was drying my hair! I wished him happy birthday and then told him that he wasn’t supposed to get out of bed. He said “I just got up so you could tell me Happy Birthday!” ha! I love his bed head! IMG_5697 IMG_5700 

Ava made him a card and read it to him!IMG_5707

They got to have a free dress day at school for selling raffle tickets and it just so happened to be on his birthday! We told him he could open one of his presents before school and he was excited!IMG_5709IMG_5710 

Big four year old!!!!!IMG_5744 

His teacher makes birthdays very special and he was very anxious to get to school!IMG_5739

When we asked him what he wanted to do for his birthday evening, he first said he wanted to go eat at a pizza place (not Geno’s surprisingly!) that he loves, and he wanted his two best friends to go there. Then he changed his mind and said he wanted to have the party at the “yellow park” which is his favorite, and he wanted us to bring pizza, and he wanted his two best friends to come. So that’s what we did.IMG_5753 IMG_5755 IMG_5758 IMG_5760 IMG_5763 

Grant had fun at the party swinging with Hamaw!IMG_5790 IMG_5791 IMG_5801 IMG_5803IMG_5821 IMG_5829 IMG_5831IMG_5833

He had an awesome birthday!!!!!

However, over the weekend, he fell and skinned his knee. After he finished crying, he said, “I’m just not very good at being four years old yet!” hahahaha! IMG_5903

Then when I was putting some antibiotic ointment on him, he told me, “Mom, you’re embarrassing me!” I’m not sure what that was about. He then got up off the couch and tried to hop to his room on one foot!IMG_5907

So he may not be very good at being four years old yet but he is still really great at making us laugh!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Jam packed weekend

This past weekend was the annual two night carnival at the kids’ school. It’s the school’s biggest fundraiser and we all help. Zach and I are the ticket collectors and counters – we’ve done it for four years now, and we have it down to a science. We’ve made changes on counting so there’s no more staying up until 4:00 a.m. to count and getting up to finish the next day. Since we have that job, we have to be there both nights, which of course, the kids love.

On Friday night, Ava’s cheer squad performed. This was her first performance and she was beyond excited. She was also nervous and told me she was “nerv-cited”! Ha! I cannot believe how grown up she looks in this uniform. IMG_5549 IMG_5553 

She did so great during her dance and I was impressed at how well she knew the choreography! Girlfriend loves to move. After it was over, she told me she was really proud of herself. ;)IMG_5564

Reed enjoyed the games and his favorite part was picking out a prize. He spent several minutes after each game to peruse through the bucket to pick the most perfect prize (most of which are probably already either lost or in the trash).IMG_5555

Ava played some games with her best friend and she came up to show me she won a gold fish. Wooooo….. two years ago we got one from the same carnival and that darn fish lived over a year…. until we got another one last year and put it in the bowl and then they both died. Reed has named this one Bubbles so we’ll see how it fares…IMG_5571

Grant was such a trooper. He just rode around in his carseat attached to the stroller all night. He was such a good baby.IMG_5581 

We headed back for more fun on Saturday. Reed decided he wanted to get his face painted and the person who did it was a sweet teenage girl at our church who sometimes babysits for us. He was so serious and so still while she painted.IMG_5586 IMG_5587 

I absolutely love this picture of his reaction to seeing what he looked like!!!!!!IMG_5589 IMG_5591 

I think the best part was that he really thought that people thought he was Spiderman and not Reed. On our way home, i told him we had to wash it off and he cried because he said people would be able to see was Reed again and not Spiderman. Oh, to live in the land of make believe!IMG_5595 

Grant didn’t last quite as long on Saturday night but he was still a happy baby until he was ready to go. Look at how blue his eyes are!!IMG_5603IMG_5607

We ended the night with a train ride. Ava wasn’t too thrilled about having to ride with her brother and this is a completely fake smile from her. Just keeping it real. IMG_5609

Both nights I left to take the boys home and we let Ava stay with Zach to keep playing so she got home late both Friday and Saturday nights. Sunday afternoon, she went to a three hour cheer/dance clinic at Zach’s school.

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She said she had a good time, and I think she did, but I also think she was WORN OUT. She came home, ate an early dinner, finished reading a book for school, and then went to lay down. I went to check on her, and found her asleep before 6:00.IMG_5652

It was a fun and busy weekend! We have busy, busy weekends from now through the first weekend of November. We will look forward to a weekend where we have absolutely nothing to do (if the others don’t fill up between now and then!). But we’re making memories and that’s what matters!

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