Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Babymoon and other October Smatterings

Isaac and I made a quick trip to the beautiful Rosemary Beach. Where we read and sat and read and ate and sat and read some more. Perfect activities for this 8.5 month preggo lady. 

The Pearl Hotel

Thankful for a husband who prioritizes our marriage, grandparents who took care of our 1,4, and 5 year olds, and for the God given TIME to relax and enjoy His goodness.  

We were back to our sweet reality after 3.5 days of pure vacation. 

We were hiding here inside a closet during a tornado warning. 

We've painted pumpkins to get in the fall spirit...

Field tripped to the pumpkin patch...

And enjoyed all this amazing weather.

It's hard to believe that in a little over a month we will have another baby to love. 

Set, you'll be learning some new roles ;)

Meanwhile, Annette seems ready to be a big sis again. She is reading and writing up a storm every day and night. I'm soaking up this learning stage with her. 

Our easy going Charlie. Little sister is going to be so glad she's got one of him, too. 

������Change is in the air ��������

Monday, October 6, 2014

Razorback block party and other Fall Smatterings

I'm a week or so late. Still want to document these recent smatterings.

With the help of neighbors, we 'blocked off the block' so we (dads mostly) could watch the game outside and let the kids run around in the streets and yards.  
It was the perfect weather... Cloudy and warm. 

I can't help but take pictures when I look out my front door and see all these people gathered,... Doing life together... Connecting,,, raising kids together.... Making sweet memories,... I know these moments are a gift. 

Confetti in that pretty blonde hair. Makes me smile. 

Babies everywhere... On hips, on quilts, in go-pods. 

Lots of cheerleaders too

We even had a piƱata. We were in shock at how long this kept the kids interested and occupied. After about 45 mins of turn taking, we finally had a dad break it open for us. 

Already looking forward to the next time we do this.

In other very noteworthy news, this guy has been loving Saturday soccer games, AND his Monday evening tball games. 

While adding organized kid activities to our schedules makes things a bit more hectic, I know we will look back and cherish these laid-back, no-score kind of games. I have such fond memories of softball tournaments and cheer camps and all things 'team'. My sister's teams (the Rankin Rebels for example) always won, while mine (the Polaris Players for example :) always lost. Ha! 

Set is starting to act like a big boy in lots of ways. This is one of the last pics of him with a paci. (Pink is cool for boys, too, now, right?!) He gave it up last week without a fight at all. My baby is growing up. 

Matchy matchy makes me happy :))

My mom watched Annette and Set the other night, so Isaac and I got to spend one evening with just Charlie. We went to big orange, target, and played his favorite Bird Bingo game. The quality time was a treat for all 3 of us.

Annette got her turn a few days later. I took her to the painted pig (we have a mutual affection for all things crafty) and then went to Zaza for dinner. 

One on one time is not that easy to find, which makes is all the more special. 

Ole Settie boy. He's into rocks, and balls, and jumping lately.  Saying lots more words, but not really stringing two together yet. He's close though. 

I love looking down at his perfect baby legs and toes. So so squeezable. He barely fits on my lap right now, which frustrates him :)  I just have a few inches on free leg left! My belly is out-of- control big....

...Full of this precious girl. I'm 32 weeks Now, So, it won't be too long before we meet her. Praying she makes a healthy arrival when the time is right. 

I've had this verse on my mind lately. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Indian Adventure Princess

Several of the girls at Annette's school joined an Adventure/Indian Princess 'tribe' this year. Thanks to a kind and very fun dad, Mr. P, for organizing this group of fathers and daughters. 

Their first outing was a camp out near hot springs. I so wanted to go, but alas! The brothers and I were not invited. 

I did get to help assemble the vests. 

"Nettie Moonbeam"

The Hogs were a must. 

Tents were packed, but the girls/dads ended up taking advantage of the cabins/bunks that were available. 

PK grills, another must. 

This Yorktown Bay place looks like it was the perfect setting. 
Thankful Isaac took these pics for me (which I pleaded for in advance:)

"Isaac Fuzzy Fingers"

Isaac says she was in awe the whole time. Loved every minute.

Meanwhile, the boys and I got lots of quality time in too. 

I'm so grateful Annette got to have such a fun weekend with her Daddy. And super glad to have them back home.  I don't do as well without my two biggest helpers around the house.