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

Friday, October 3, 2014

forever isn't that far away

i was sitting on my bed, feeding Townes, when i glanced at my feet
they are looking rough
toenail polish is hanging on, almost a reverse french manicure look
calluses are present on the ball and heel of each foot
some toenails are too long, some too jagged
and my cuticles are creeping in from every direction
i think dirt is permanently embedded in the calluses
sounds lovely, huh?

i started to think, "when is the last time i had a pedicure?"
it wasn't too long ago (pre-children) that i got a pedicure on a regular occasion
it was pretty routine and i enjoyed going with friends
no big deal to just hop in the car and go to the nail salon
those days are gone and i think that they are FOREVER away in returning
a different season of life

anytime someone has both boys at the same time, i use those few hours to clean the house, work a shift, go grocery shopping, run miscellaneous errands, do homework/study/write a paper, go to or host a bible study, go to a movie or dinner with GT, etc.
it's funny, but i really don't want to waste that time getting a pedicure.
i can think of a lot more productive things to do with those precious hours.

although it seems like FOREVER until my feet are in good repair, all it takes is someone keeping the boys and to just drive to a nail salon, sit in a chair and pay the lady for a pedicure.
then, all of a sudden....i'm getting a pedicure and it really wasn't forever away.

dramatic enough?

in order to preserve any opinions that you might have of me- that i'm not that dramatic or materialistic- let's make an analogy of this pathetic situation.
shall we?

Judson will be 2 this month.
2 whole years 
this morning my brother Josh remarked that it seems like Judson has been here for 5 years or more.
He is a lot of personality.
He has lived a lot of life in 2 years.
He has filled our lives and our hearts in 2 years with 2394802 years of memories, laughs, excitement, dangers and joy.

the first 3 months of his life i was soooo tired and sooo ready for him to not be a newborn. 
i was ready for him to interact and sleep. 
mostly sleep.
i was tired of trying to get him to sleep and get him to nurse and get him to wake up and get him to not cry and do something interesting.
then he did.
he slept, he smiled, he played, he crawled, he laughed, he ate, he walked, he ran
and all of a sudden, that feeling like the morning would take FOREVER to get here when he was awake at 2am ended. and it was morning. and forever wasn't so far away.

sometimes forever is the next morning
sometimes forever:
is the end of car ride with a screaming baby
is when you will graduate and it's been a really tough semester
is when you'll feel well and you're battling an illness
is your wedding date when you have a 10 month long engagement
is the arrival of a long-distance friend or relative
is when your husband gets home from work and all the kids have had a rough day
is the end of a 12 hour shift and you haven't gone to the bathroom all day
is when you need to be somewhere else in an hour and you are at the DMV
is when you'll get the call or email about a job after an interview
is when the baby is due and you're 36 weeks pregnant
is when you think your house will be clean again

when you're waiting for something, forever is typically when it will arrive.
or so you think
it's all relative. forever means something different to everyone in each situation.
but, the thing is-
forever always gets here
it does

it really won't be forever until i get another pedicure
i could probably go get one this afternoon, if i so wanted.
and my house could be clean today. i just need to start cleaning (and close the laptop!) and hope that the boys sleep long enough.

my boys won't be babies forever
it seems like i am literally watching them grow daily.

waiting for something that is (seems) forever away is really tough.
but just remember, it isn't that far away.
because when it finally arrives- it will be over with.

on that chipper note...
Happy Friday!

Monday, September 29, 2014

a September update

this post is brought to you by Bella

who texted me the other night, saying "POST A BLOG...please (smiley face emoticon)" you go Bella.

our family is all over the place these days
with one of our finest out in California for a rather well-known dance competition, people are flying cross-country on the regular.
it's hard to know who's coming and who's going.
i still haven't decided if i'm going to make the trek or not...leaving the boys here doesn't sound good.
but, neither does flying with them across two time zones. 
we shall see.
i'm rather content to watch the show from my living room, but i sure do miss my people and would love to hug their neck!

on the homefront, we have had some pretty great weeks here lately.
GT has started up the hunting season with a few trips and will hopefully have something to show (and in our fridge) for his efforts soon. 

we celebrated our bdays and GT came through, once again, with an exemplary cookie cake design!

we have been with Jake, Jamie, Beau and Luke quite a bit and that makes for a great month!
Judson gets intensely excited when he knows that we are going to see them!
his cousin-brothers
they are quite entertaining when all together.
that middle picture cracks me up. JR and Luke are only allowed to use their pacifiers when they go to bed, but somehow they managed to sneak some and were huddled together trying to defend themselves...ha!

the train museum in Tyler

GT's parents came for a visit last weekend! 
the boys are so well loved by them
JR can't get enough of Grammy and PaPa

they came in for Townes baby blessing at church
i'd like to say that i wasn't a bit perturbed by GT in the top right photo
...i'd like to say that

the tractor was returned after some time in the shop
a certain little tike was happy upon it's return

Townes took his first bath in the big tub
i mean....

we started our Monday night girls group back up after a summer break
i sure did miss these gals

the new barn is going up!

and Tdubs is still the cutest little thing i ever did see

along with his brother, of course
who, apparently, has been watching his mama very closely
nothing like a toddler for some self-reflection.