Sunday, November 26, 2017

Turkeys & Trees...and Poop.

Hey Friends, 

I'm currently sitting in a Panera all by myself...oh my goodness. Yes. 

I love my people, like really love them BUT a little bit of time all to myself after a productive nap time-is such a gift. One of my friends asked if she could take them for a chunk of time today for me. Yesssssss. Thank you Leanne!!! 

It has been beautiful here. I always love Fall but I do have to say that North Carolina has an award winning Fall. The area I grew up in was not full of trees like here. It's just so so so pretty. 

Nora loves everything colorful. When you ask her what her favorite color is, she'll tell you its all the colors of the rainbow. We were driving down the road the other day and she started talking about how God likes colors too because he made everything with all the colors. We then spent the next 5 minutes talking about different things and what colors they are. 

Cale added how even people are different colors and guess what Nora said...

"and they're all beautiful!" 

I agree Nora. I agree. 


at this age, baby food is the BEST messy stuff to play in. I had made a mixture for Nora to have a dinosaur swamp to play in but because Easton puts EVERYTHING in his mouth, giving him some baby food that he could squish and smear was perfect because he can put it in his mouth over and over and Mommy is totally ok with it! 











We went to the tree farm. We didn't plan to get a tree, we just went to run and play. Our friends were going to get a tree so we did plan to visit with them and hopefully get some pictures. My goal was to try to get a really good one of Nora and Easton. We just had our family pictures done and we did get great photos but I didn't get any of just the two of them that I really loved. 

You can see in the last picture how that went...ha! 

At one point before our friends arrived, I tried to get some pictures of the two kids. Easton was walking around like a big boy exploring and I was trying to get a picture of Nora. I looked over and Easton had a huge smile and started walking back towards me. "Easton, what do you have? Did you find a stick? Come show Mommy!" was said in a high pitched overly excited voice. He was so cute and seemed so pleased. He came even closer and my eyes focused clearer on what he was holding. Oh, it wasn't a stick. Nope. A stick doesn't squish between fingers. It was poop. Like a big poop. It went up to his face and I did a quick ninja move to swat it from his hand before it reached his mouth...but unfortunately it did hit his cheek. 

I'm grossed out and Nora is grossed out. 

I ran over to where our stroller was sitting and of course I had left the wipes in the car. Awesome. 

I did have one tissue that I tried my best to wipe his hands with. I plopped him on my hip and put the poopy hand behind me and had Nora sit on the stroller. I pushed with one hand through grass and hills and trees-why were we so far from the van?!

The whole way as we're walking by people and I'm smelling an unwanted aroma, Nora is yelling "Gross! Easton picked up poooooooop!" 

Oh.yes.poop.

I ended up calling Mama saying that I knew she couldn't help with the situation but I needed emotional support. Hahahaha. 

We were able to get the boy all cleaned up and went back to the trees-we had a blast! :)


Me and this guy had a date at home. We played Ticket to Ride and both ended up in Raleigh! It wasn't planned and made it extra fun :)


"Everything is so beautiful and the leaves and all the rocks too!" -Nora


He wanted to be throwing rocks in the lake too...but watching sissy will have to do...







We went for a walk last week and Mama walked 2 miles!! Her knee is healing and at this point she's already walking better than she was before her surgery! During the last mile, Nora would ride on the walker and yell out "Go Grammy Go! You can do it! Go Grammy Go!" She's a good encourager :)





We ran a neighborhood 5k Turkey Trot. Nora ran 1 lap out of the 3 for the kids and then she ran a little bit during Mommy's run. It was fun and relaxed :) 


Happy Thanksgiving! 

One of our friends invited us over to join her family and it was perfect! Easton played with the "big" girls for part of the time...which was a little bit of a heart jerker. Whew. 

I think he changed a lot this last week in his looks. He looks like a little boy walking around and not so baby looking anymore. 


Every Thanksgiving we watch a Christmas movie. The kiddos were exhausted after we left Courtney's house so we put them to bed a little early and then made some hot cocoa and watched White Christmas to launch us into Christmas season! 




Friday we picked out our tree! 

I always love Christmas but this year I may be the most excited I've ever been. Experiencing Christmas with kids is more and more fun! This year Nora is even more excited, understands a lot more and just gets so excited about all of the fun things. We have a list of all the fun things we'd like to do and we're talking a lot about ways we can be a blessing. 

I just love it so much! 

I really do try to get pictures of them together...and...well...this is what we get. 

This was Friday morning and we went to pick out a tree Friday around 4:30. Both kids were still in their dinosaur jammies because that's how cool we are. 



















Friday, November 17, 2017

A surgery, a birthday and some other things

Here we go! 

I'm going to get this update DONE today. I've literally written on my to do list every single day for the last week and every single day it has been moved to the next. 

Last week Mama had knee surgery. I told someone this morning that it was two weeks ago...sure does feel like it! It was originally scheduled in December which would have been the week right before Christmas. I am so so so thankful that it was moved up, it's done and behind us now! 


There are new toys to enjoy at home :)






We celebrated Easton turning ONE!!! 

Nora planned the party. Yep! I gave her some options or helped guide a few things but she chose what needed to happen! One of the things she had said we needed was a real gecko. Uh...

I gently let her know I wasn't quite sure that was going to happen. BUT I decided to get on one of the moms groups on FB and just see if anyone had one we could borrow for a few hours-and we found one! The sweetest family let us come meet Echo the Gecko a week before the party and then they brought her over and the kids enjoyed seeing her :) As you can see, it was a party for Easton but it was mainly Nora's friends ;)





Soccer season ended! I think these two friends may have enjoyed seeing each other every week way more than playing with the balls :)


This is fun! Last year on Halloween, Easton joined the world and later that day mommy made him dress up like Mickey. Poor kid. Ha!



Trick or Treat! Nora went with Luke our neighbor last year while I was home with Easton...and you know, recovering. She talked about going with Luke again all year. 


Grammy & Nora bought Easton his first car for his birthday. This dude is ready. 


My friend Shawna took this picture when we had gone to the pumpkin patch with her and her kids.  So fun! :)


We build a lot of forts in this home and I LOVE it. We built another one recently and we stayed in our pjs for a long time and I think I loved it even more. :)


Can you see us??



Cutie.


Sweet friends :)


Some days are just lay on mommy days. 


Thank you for those of you that asked about my race! I ended with 2:04 which was good for me! I had been keeping my eye on my watch and at one point I was thinking I could PR but about mile 10 I knew it wasn't going to happen-and that's ok! It was still a great race! Another 13.1 done! 


One of our friends had given these little Mickey Mouse shoes to Nora. You may remember seeing them in pictures. Well, this little guy gets to wear them now! 


I remember when Nora was a baby. I would stare at her and think that I was going to memorize everything about her and never forget. Oh how I wish I couldn't forget. I watch her now and think those same things. She has so many opinions and her own thoughts about things. We try to write things down but I know we miss so much. Every age has been so fun with her. Challenging-yes. But I have really enjoyed every age with her. 

Easton, ha. This boy. He does things that Nora never ever did. He climbs the front of the stove. He stands in his little rocking chair to rock. He is so so so different and we love him like crazy. It cracks me up how different he is from when Nora was at this age. 



Cale has been able to go to a few different hockey games which is always a favorite! We also went on a date last week to see Jim Gaffigan. Lots of laughing! 

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Ok, I had written about this last year and I'm going to put it out there again. During the holiday season there is a LOT of amazing things to give towards. If you are interested in donating towards the sled hockey program that Cale is involved in click here and scroll to the bottom of the page. On the right side is a link you can click to donate. The program is getting ready to do one of the biggest fundraiser nights they have. Cale and I have been trying to think of a fun idea to help raise money for the team as well...but we're not agreeing on the ideas...uh...haha. We'll keep thinking though! 

Also, this picture popped up on my FB memories from 3 years ago! Oh man. My heart!