Thursday, September 26, 2013

August Outtakes

This is the last of our summer recap. Although this post is mostly just random pictures versus adventures, but I wanted to document them nonetheless. 

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Here is a picture of Harper's very first wall art. That chica is sneaky...she dug through my purse to get a pen out and then went to work. And she was very proud of her masterpieces. Harrison's never once attempted to draw on anything but according to my mom, Harper got it from her mom. Ahem.

Me: Which one of you scribbled all over the wall right here?!?

Harper (with a huge smile): Barper did it! (Then she grabbed my hand and led me to another room) In here too, Mommy! Look!

It was hard to hold back a smile. That girl knows what she's doing...nobody ever stays mad at her for more than 30 seconds. :)





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I have no idea how they sleep the way they do. Neither one of them wants to be under covers and they both insist on flopping and flailing and kicking and thrashing. We have Family Night at our house every Friday. It's a night where we do fun things together and then in an attempt to keep them out of our bed the other 6 nights of the week, it's the one night they are allowed to sleep with Mommy & Daddy. Possibly the worst idea Rick & I have ever come up with. Ha!



She is such a nurturing little mama. Even though she was still half asleep she reached over and started running her fingers through her brother's hair and rubbing his back. So sweet.



For someone who refuses to sleep under covers like a normal person...I'm a little confused by this next picture. Where's Waldo?


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This picture makes me laugh. I was prepared to get out the crisco to get that helmet off Rick.


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This is a typical afternoon during "Quiet Time". Which is never, ever quiet...but he has such an imagination and plays so well in there so I don't complain. What I do complain about, however, is the fact that it's a fight every. single. day. to get him to clean up his mess, but that's beside the point. Here he was deconstructing his room to make his "rock band." This little boy sure does love his music!


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I sent this picture to my dad because he always used to tease me about my pouty lip. When I would sulk he would pretend he was fishing and would cast a rod and pretend to reel in my lip. Man, it used to piss me off! But mostly because I wanted to be mad and he would always manage to make me laugh instead. Harper seems to have inherited my dramatic pouting gene. This was because I fixed her hair with one pony tail instead of two pig tails. I know, I know. I am so mean.

 


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Using a princess wand as a machine gun. In typical boy fashion. He is fascinated with guns and swords and weapons and I have zero idea where he gets it from because he's not exposed to anything violent...I guess it is just embedded in the DNA of boys??




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LOL...that is all. 
(He is constantly cracking me up)


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This little monkey loves climbing all over her daddy.



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The kids and I met some friends at NASA. As we were walking through the parking lot, Harrison & Harper grabbed each others' hand and I wanted to freeze time. I am so thankful they are best friends and I hope they stay that way.


When we were waiting in line, she reached over and hugged him and patted his belly. I love these tender moments.


Harper was excited to do this little obstacle course. She's our fearless one. Her brother wanted nothing to do with it, ha!



She kept hugging this screen and telling it that she loves it. "I love you so much, purple tv" :)





Friday, September 20, 2013

Summer Recap, Part 2

Continuing with our Summer 2013 recap, here's a little more of what we were up to in July:

This next picture sort of deserves it's own post. This is record-breaking history right here, folks. Kooter is a very "special" cat. He is like no other cat I've ever known. He has zero feline instincts; scared of the outdoors, doesn't hunt, doesn't jump, and can't even climb trees or wooden fences. Many years ago he actually got "lost" in our backyard when he went under the fence into our neighbor's yard and couldn't figure out how to get back into our yard. He was frantically meowing from the other side of the fence and I was trying to coax him up. Needless to say, his cat-like instincts were not at all cat-like (didn't even attempt to jump or climb) and I had to reach my arm through the post and the fence and shimmy him up to the top where I could pick him up. Then he proceeded to have a full-on panic attack. We're talking panting, drooling, the works. All because he got "lost" one yard over and didn't think to just come back the way he went...so yeah, he's very Special. Extreeeeeeemely smothering loveable and affectionate, but dumber than a box of rocks. So anyway, all that to say that when I walked in and saw him sitting on top of this 4 foot tall bookcase, my jaw hit the floor. Granted, I'm sure he just climbed up there from the couch, but this is the first time he's acted like a cat in a long time. Definitely blog-worthy :)



I posted about the 4th of July but we also celebrated the weekend before down at Rick's parents' and at his aunt & uncle's big lake party they have every year.  Last year Harrison was terrified of the fireworks but he did great this year. Covered his ears a little but there was no screaming and crying so it was definitely a huge progress. Harper loved them!









 



One night Harrison had a sport camp at a local church and so we took Harper to dinner. She definitely loved all of the attention.







And I think it's safe to say that his sport camp wore him out:






 

We took them to their first circus. After about 45 minutes they started getting a little restless so I brought out the big guns at intermission. One way to get kids to sit quietly in their seats is to give them a giant lollipop. Never underestimate the power of sugar (or it's awful effects when the crash comes on, lol).







he was amazed by the motorcycle on a tightrope...love his expression







 


My mom had a birthday in July. She had a couple of candle-blower-outer-helpers. They also gladly assisted with the consumption of the ice cream cake. They are nice like that.






A few more random pictures in July:

Boyd Pyramid

celebrating National Ice Cream Cone Day

Checked out the Dinosaur Exhibit at Moody Gardens while waiting for the rain to pass
Lots of couch snuggles

And one of the best parts about a laid back summer is that when your fully dressed children turn on the water hose without permission, instead of getting frustrated you grab your camera and sit back and relish them being silly kids enjoying the simple pleasures in life.


I really want a drink of this water but can't figure out what's stopping it from spraying near my mouth.

Maybe if I bend my head down I can reach it?

water slide!

happiness.
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