Thursday, October 23, 2014

from La to LA

little Townsey has conquered his first flight(s)!
and did so with flying colors!
 except for the landings- those were rough, but otherwise he was a champ, easy keeper and a complete joy to be around.
We jetted out Sunday morning to LA.
not big L, little a...Louisiana
big L, big A...the city of Angels.
we made the trip to see our Sadie do her thang on Dancing with the Stars!
She is doing so well and making all of us so proud (like always).

We landed in the afternoon and went to the hotel where my parents would be staying.
what a terrible view, huh?

Townes took a little nap, then we took a stroll around the beautiful property
we had about an hour to hang out before everyone joined us for dinner at the hotels delicious italian restaurant.
Jonathan (in the top left photo) is my 3rd brother. 
people always say we look alike (i kid, i kid).
he was Josh's best friend growing up and lived with us during their high school years and my middle school years.
since we fought so often, he easily gained brother status in my book.

He and his wife, Jenn (who i truly enjoy being with), and their children live in Santa Monica.
We miss them so much!
they joined us for dinner and it was just perfect.
 Lillian and James Everett are smart, funny, cute as can be and incredibly happy kids. 
I wish we could be with them more, our time together was way too short.

Townes and I stayed at the apartment with Sadie, Chrys, Johnny and Korie an i'm so glad that we were able to!
I have missed them while they have been in LA, so it was wonderful to stay up late talking and getting caught up on their lives.

Monday morning, Townes woke Sadie up and we just lounged until she had to leave for the studio.
Korie and I walked to the Coffee Bean and oh man, i am so glad that we did.
that white mocha.
We both meant to take a photo of our little outing, but we were too caught up in our conversation and forgot.
Ha! too caught up being together to document it with a selfie. ain't that crazy?!

we cleaned up and went to the Grove, which is close to their apartment
those men in the top right photo are troopers
pushing strollers and carrying purses.
good men, right there.

LA is famous for their year-round beautiful weather (and other things)
and it did not disappoint on our trip
i wanted to stay outside the entire time. the temperate is perfect, the air is clear and the skies are blue
and the fall decor was spot on

Tdubs was rather fond of the weather, as well
or perhaps it was all of the attention

we took lunch to Sadie, oh wait, no we didn't.
actually, we went to a specific restaurant to get her a sandwich that she likes.
when we showed up to her little trailer at the studio and started to unload all of our meals, we realized that no one ordered hers. whoops.
so much for star treatment.
luckily, she's a trooper and shared with my dad.

there were a few hours to kill until we needed to be back at the studio for the show, so we stopped back by the Grove for some shopping/walking/touristing

then, traffic was really bad so we were in a super hurry (i.e. no time to fix my hairs how i'd like to when i'm possibly going to be on national television. but nobody really cares, so i don't either. but, i really do. anyways......) to get ready for the show.
but, we made it in time to give Sadie the pep-talk that, i'm sure, helped her get a 10 from the judges.
you're welcome.

my aunt Chrys kept Townes in the viewing trailer/room so that i could watch the live show and i am so thankful that she did! 
Thanks Chrys!
it was such fun to watch this incredible production take place.
really, it's fascinating to watch the show come to life.
there could be more clothing on the dancers, but other than that, it was awesome!

and, of course Sadie was the star of the show!
wasn't she beautiful? i mean, stunning! i love watching her dance, she is talented and with no training...crazy, huh?

the best part was getting to see just how well she is taken care of out there.
we adore her, i adore her, everyone that knows her adores her
but it was encouraging to see people that we don't know take such good care of her.
that girl. she shines bright like a diamond. 

we ended the night with some burgers that left me smelling like truffles
not a bad thing.
then i was done. 
it was a fast and furious trip
and so good
so so good
i'd do it again tomorrow
well, actually next week. Townes and I need a few more days to recover
he was such a good little travel buddy 
i'm pretty sure he didn't mind the travel, since it meant that he slept on me the majority of the time.
i didn't mind either.

once again, we were allowed to have an awesome experience because of the kindness of our family.
Korie and Sadie are so generous to involve us in everything that they do.
i'm truly grateful to them for allowing us to join in on the fun!
my cousins are pretty great and i am beyond blessed to have them as friends.
being with them is one of my favorite things to do, regardless of the situation or location.

in La or LA, i'm always proud to say, "i'm with Sadie"

Friday, October 17, 2014

fun fall farm

well, it's not fall until you go to the pumpkin patch, right?
i'm still not sure that it's fall, since it's 85 degrees outside.
but, compared to the previous weeks it's cool, but still not fall.

still, we made the trek to a pumpkin patch farm and had a grand ole time, but never actually made it to the pumpkins.
and sweated through it. that's a Louisiana autumn for ya.

mom and i took Judson, Townes, Luke and Beau to Curry Farms and it was awesome.
the boys had a grand ole time
Judson ran everywhere
which was fine, since i could keep an eye on him from basically anywhere

Townes' enthusiasm kept us going

love these boys!
Luke and Beau have got the smiles down
we're still working on JR

Beau! our fearless big cousin leader

they wore themselves out
a snack of cheetos and fruit punch! 
five-star parenting decisions

then the sno-cone truck arrived!

i can't tell you what Judson is doing here. no idea.

this was JR's first experience with a sno-cone.
and he doesn't like sweets. i can't explain this one, but i'll take it.

of course, i offered him a taste of the sno-cone. he said "no danks"
i finally talked him into trying it. again...5-star parenting...coercing my child into liking sugar.
he took one bite, his face lit up and he said, "again!"
and then he took over.

thumbs up.
or something like that.

if you find yourself in the Start, Louisiana area, i suggest that you stop off at Curry Farms
it will not disappoint
once the weather cools off a bit more, i think we'll be making another trip

there was so much to do, we left a few things to try next time
the pumpkin patch, hay ride, tricycle rides, bouncy-thing, rope swing in the hay barn and a family portrait (if i can talk GT into going) and because i'm ambitious
here's to cooler temps and fun excursions

Sunday, October 12, 2014

maternal rambles

1. sometimes i get tired of trying to create an artsy instagram photo or have a creative, over-the-top idea for a party or wear something completely unique, or do something original, etc, etc, etc. 
and i just want to take a crappy picture on my iphone while having a mundane day or week and wear a t-shirt, my (maternity jeans) and crocs.
and say, this is what i got. and be ok with it

2. GT has been out of town since Tuesday, except for a few hours Friday morning.
 as much as i love and enjoy my boys, there's a lot of energy and effort that goes into making life work with them. (blah, blah, blah...a mom-blog grumbling about mom-life. get over it!) 
i've been home with the boys by myself before, but for some reason, it felt a tad bit more hectic this time. probably because Townes is getting older, i've been working on a paper or there's been a full moon.
i don't know. 
ready for my partner to get home.
but, i was feeling pretty confident in my parenting the other night. both boys were on the path to be in bed by 8. i can't remember if they were bathed or not...whatever, i was feeling cocky.
 then i noticed judson was jamming to "Single Ladies" music video on my phone and Townes had some left over poop on his foot from who knows when. you realize that Townes could be sitting up independently in 3 months?
he was JUST born.
and 3 months is basically tomorrow.

it's the little things...
like when Judson figures out how to take a photo of himself.

As we were walking up to my house from my parents, I was holding Townes and Judson was taking his little toddler time as i kept saying, "come on, keep walking. no, not to the barn. no, not in the dirt. let 's go. keep walking. no, don't follow Woodrow..."
and my Mamaw Lou, who was standing outside, said "what a joy! just think about how much fun you're going to have with these boys!"

we are having fun! even if it ain't pretty, it's fun.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

3 months with Townes

Townes Wesley, you are 1/4 of a year old!
and the sweetest 3 month old that i know
you did it!!!!
you, my darling boy, are a delight.
we are enjoying every moment (besides car rides) with you and are completely smitten with you and your smiles.
and awesomely expressive eyebrows

you are "talking" so much and i can't get enough of your raspy little coo voice
you are very observant
and will strain your neck to see what interests you

when you get close to our faces, you open up wide and plant a big kiss
perhaps you're trying to eat our noses, but i'll take it as a kiss

you're starting to get some chunk on you

you have beautiful, big, navy blue eyes

you already know how to turn on the charm

you are not a fan of the carseat
either you are asleep or unhappy about laying on your back
Woodrow keeping watch over you
this nap lasted 4.2 more seconds, then you realized what was going on

you sleep on your belly in your cradle right next to our bed
you and your brother take long naps around the same time in the afternoon, which is golden!
at night, you can sleep from 8 or 9pm to 4 or 5am, then until 8am. i'll take it!

sometimes when i think you're ready to go to bed, i'll put you in your cradle sleepy but still awake and lay down in my bed next to you. then, i'll hear you stirring and look up to see this...
ha! you're too cute.
so we just talk for a while until you're ready to go to sleep

when i heard you waking this morning, i peeked over and saw this...
little dude rolling over
happy as a clam

your brother LOVES for you to get in his bed
he always props up his pillow in the corner, just for you and says "Townes in"
then he ignores you and plays with something else, occasionally acknowledging you
he just likes to know that you're there
the basis of your relationship at this point

you are already entertained by watching Judson and he is pretty fond of your company, too

Sesame Street trance

Townsey, Tdubs, Townser, Townes-rooskie...
we are really enjoying this stage of your life and i am so not ready for it to pass
but, your sweet nature sure points to a lovely little future with you.
i still just can't get enough Townes