Thursday, March 30, 2017

Everyday Cuteness

Freddy helping me practice preschool lessons and take promotional pictures.

One morning I went to wake Gwen up for school and found her and Charlie already awake, reading books to Freddy all cuddely on the floor in the corner.

Freddy loves his giant turtle stuffed animal he got for his birthday from G&G Archibald.

Freddy hung up all his stuffed animals before falling asleep for a nap.

The kids rescued old fan blades from the dumpster and thought they would be perfect Cricket bats (Chris has recently enjoyed watching Cricket on the ESPN roku app)

Gwen sometimes lets me do her hair for church and then asks me to take a picture of it so she can see it.

Charlie and his soccer team during half time...Charlie likes to hide from me when I try to take pictures of him.

Frederick had been upstairs in his room during naptime for about 40 minutes before yelling, "I need to go poop!" Chris was home for lunch and helped him go potty and came down to tell me that Freddy told him, "I totally slept for a long time. Is nap time over? I already slept!"  I didn't push him to sleep more but my suspicions that he didn't sleep at all were 'totally' confirmed when he feel asleep within 1 minute of getting buckled on the way to pick up the kids from school.

One afternoon, while waiting for me to pick him up from carpool, Alec folded a paper into 4 little compartments, filled them with dirt and 'planted' a flower and some grass for me...he's so creative and thoughtful.

I love Gwen's ballet outfit. She insists on wearing her boots because they slip on and off so easily. She's always so concerned about being on time and wants to be at least 10 minutes early every Tuesday afternoon. 

One day, Charlie decided to be extra safe and triple buckle himself in after school. Such a cute, silly boy.

We had a cub scout hike one Saturday morning. These rambunctious boys wanted to do a 'dab' pose for the picture.

I've not been able to upload videos from my phone very easily before on the blog but here's an attempt at some cute vidoes I took of Freddy recently. He is working on the trick of raising his eyebrows up and down fast. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Break

We are totally submersed in the remodel and planned to have our Spring Break just working on the house. We hired most everything out but we were going to do the painting ourselves. We thought the schedule was going to work out perfectly for us to have Spring Break to paint. But not so. I forgot how long the process of mudding and drying for the drywall can take. We did take one day to go do something fun with the kids. We went to Columbus and bowled, and then ate out at Waffel House for lunch.  It was good to get out of the house. 

 I loved watching Chris help Frederick bowl.. those little bums are sticking out are the cutest.

Charlie spent his own money on a virtual roller coaster game. That kid spends money so easily, on the funniest things.

We had sort of planned to go camping one night someone local but it was SO COLD AND RAINY. We mostly ended up staying inside our little playroom, watching movies and making messes.  We had my good friend's teenage daughter stay with us for a couple of nights since her family left for New Orleans and she wanted to stay to attend the multi-stake dance in Birmingham. We took advantage of a babysitter in the house and after the kids were in bed Chris and I went out to eat and then stopped by Lowes to check out this or that for the remodel. On Saturday, we drove her out to Birmingham early and took her up on her offer to babysit the kids for us so we could do a session at the temple together! It was great.  Its always a long day to drive 6 hours and have 2 hours at the temple, but it feels good to be in such a quiet and peaceful place.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

YSA Shotgun Shooting Activity

We have some pretty cool YSA's in our branch right now. We've really enjoyed having this young single adults over to our house for FHE a few times this year.  One of them, Garrett, thought our yard would be a prefect location for a shotgun shooting activity. I've never shot a gun before and have always wanted to try so I full heartedly supported the idea.  It got postponed a time or two so we tried hard to make the current date work, no matter the weather. With the renovation fully underway and no kitchen to speak of, hosting a big BBQ was really only a good idea when I thought we'd do everything outside. The day came and it was SO COLD and RAINY.  I got out all our umbrellas and let people congregate in our one room that has heating and seating and look out the windows at the people brave enough to shoot.    I was a little nervous about stray bullets and what the neighbors would think of all the sounds of shots coming from our house. I went ahead a texted them all that morning to give them a heads up on our activity and everyone was really cool about it.. texting back for us to have fun and hit some squirrels if we could.

 Charlie tried it a few times and did well... then one time the gun kicked back and moved a bit on his shoulder so the back of the gun hit him under his eye and he didn't want to try anymore. Alec was brave enough to try shooting too and enjoyed it as well... until the gun moved on the kickback again and bruised him pretty bad on the arm.

Turns out Chris is quite the marksman! He said he'd shot a couple times before and was able after a few misses to hit a the flying clay pigeons 3 times in a row! My friend leaned over to me and told me I wouldn't have to worry in the apocalypse because Chris would obviously protect us all well enough.  The thought made me smile and I told her we'd probably need to own a gun first and she was SHOCKED to discover we didn't already have one.  It is such a normal thing down here in the South to have a gun or a dozen of them.

I tried my hand at shooting a shotgun too. I missed A LOT.  Garrett gave me some advice and I eventually did better and I hit the clay pigeon twice in row.  I tried to go for a third to match Chris, but couldn't deliver. I'd love to own a shotgun and practice some more, it was tons of fun.