Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend

We had a fabulous weekend. =)

I can say that because after a long nine days of JC being gone he returned home on Thursday and didn't have to go back to work until Tuesday... It was great!!!  Just having him home made our weekend extra special and so much fun.

Friday we ran errands, caught up on sleep (I don't sleep when JC isn't home), and went to the movies.  We saw Mirror Mirror... not what I had hoped it would be.  Not good... at all.

Saturday we promised Zenock a trip to the Rocket Ship museum... I laugh and say that the moment I walk through the door I am yawning and bored beyond belief.  For some reason though, my boys love it.  Kamden loves when we drive past the big rocket ships on the freeway and pretends to blast off.  They had a new exhibit just open, "Mammoths and Mastadons" and it had lots of fun things to see.  So we went.

Later that evening we headed out to the Alabama Jubilee with some friends.
It included a Hot Air Balloon festival, Arts/Crafts show, Antique Car Show (which we never made it to), and lots of good (heart burn for the pregnant lady) type of food.

All we really ended up seeing/enjoying were the Hot Air Balloons.  When we got there there was one balloon up and they were blowing up a 2nd.  Soon, we were surrounded by at least 50 hot air balloons.  It was so fun and interesting to watch.  My little Kamden loves balloons and all we heard was, "Ba-oon! and Cool!"  He was so excited.  It was a HOT, hot, humid, hot evening, but it was lots of fun.

As awesome as it was to watch, I would never in my life get in a little wicker basket and go for a ride. =)
You couldn't pay me enough...


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It is so cute to watch these two as they get older.  They are such good friends... they tease each other like no other, can wrestle and pin one another, talk the other one into doing something, and have some serious deep "adult like" conversations.  It was cute watching Mason teach Zenock how to use his camera.  Life is definitely more fun with Mason and his family around.

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After it got dark, they would count down and light up all the balloons at once.

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We celebrated Memorial Day with friends, a bbq, slip n' slide, and  little water fight.  I thought I was safe from getting wet... holding a camera, taking pictures, and enjoying watching little boys stick together and squirt their Dads, but apparently five year olds have a different view and I ended up soaked.  Needless to say, the camera got put away real quick and I didn't get too many pictures.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Water Party

Last week we had a water party with some of our friends from school.  It was a perfect way to start off our Summer vacation!  Our friends have possibly the coolest backyard (it's pretty much like a beach).  They also have this massive blow up water slide and pool.  Heaven on Earth for any little boy.

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They spent a good three hours or more climbing, jumping, sliding, and swimming.

My little Kamden didn't want too much of the water, so he played on the regular slide, in the sand, pushed his wheelbarrow and cars, and was happy and content to eat watermelon in the shade.

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We love our school friends and are excited to have more free play time with them this Summer. 

(We are also so grateful for them for distracting us and the fact that JC was currently flying 30 plus hours home from Saudi Arabia and I hadn't talked with him in at least 48 hours.... more about that later.)

Monday, May 28, 2012

Me and baby.

I mentioned this with Kamden, but I never took pregnant pictures with Zenock and now I wish I would have.  So here is a little peek at what I look/looked like at 16 weeks and 20 weeks.

Just a couple of things to note... I felt both Zenock and Kamden move really early.  I didn't feel this baby move until 19 weeks.  I was starting to get really nervous for my twenty week appointment.  I felt 3 kicks in a row with this little guy and since then he has definitely let me know he is there. =)

It is amazing how different each of my pregnancies have been.  This one seems very routine.  I feel very blessed for that.  To date we have had six ultrasounds just to make sure.  My Dr (and me) are still both shocked that everything has gone so well with this pregnancy and that I haven't needed to take or do anything.

I am pretty sure I am at least a month bigger in size at this point than I was with Kamden.
That scares me just a bit...

Other than feeling tired and having no energy I am feeling great.  =)  I am feeling super guilty that I am not decorating a nursery, making blankets, buying clothes, etc for this little one.  It just seems that there isn't a need for any of that.  Kamden barely used the blankets that were made for him... he loves his fluffy blue blanket and I have more baby boy clothes than I know what to do with.  All that is left to do is buy some diapers, new paci's, and most likely a few fun little things just so that I feel somewhat prepared. 

Time has gone by fast with this pregnancy and I know he will be here before I know it. 
My boys are complete opposites and I am excited to see where this one will fit in or what his interests will be.


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sixteen weeks.

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twenty weeks.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Nashville

We loved every minute that my sister Emily was here! 
(Thank you Ryan!  Best Christmas present EVER and it wasn't even mine. :)

I asked Emily what she wanted to do when she came and she said, "Just chill."  So we did that a lot and kept the week pretty low key.  Which worked out well, since both of my boys got pretty sick the day after she got here.  Kamden had a double ear infection and slept for about two hours the night she came.

We kind of laugh about it, but when Zenock gets sick he becomes a seriously sweet/calm/obedient child.  The day he got really sick we had gone shopping and I told Emily I knew something was wrong with him, because he only asked for one thing and threw ONE tantrum the entire day!  I love my Zenock and he is a good sweet boy, but he is no where near calm and peaceful... although, I think he has gotten lots better in the last year.

We did lots of shopping while Emily was here... it's kind of our thing. :)  We also had lots of good sister time, talks, good cries, and ate plenty of cookie dough and ice cream.  She is so much fun and we think so much alike.  I am excited to see what her future holds.  

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A couple of weeks before Emily came I was checking my e-mail and had gotten my monthly newsletter from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.  I had already checked to see who was playing when she was here... they didn't have anyone listed who I even knew, so we were still planning on a day in Nashville, but were going to skip the Opry.  It just so happened that they announced Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley to perform for the exact day we were going to be in Nashville.  The decision to go was a no brainer.

Oh my goodness... Carrie is kind of another one of our sister things.  We (and my Mom) watched every episode the season she won and bawled like babies when she did win.  We kind of think of her as a sister, if only she knew about it...  AND, well, Brad Paisley has always been my favorite.  I kind of love his wife too.  It was all too good to be true... I called up the Opry and got tickets as soon as they opened for the day.

Did I mention we are an hour and a half from Nashville.

Kind of crazy to think this was our first trip... The Washington DC us would have been there at least 10 times already.  Owning your own home and actually having responsibilities to do on the weekend kind of puts a stop to your fun sight seeing adventures. 

It also hasn't been too long since they reopened everything from the 2010 Spring floods, which put the Opry under TEN feet of water.  The mall just reopened in March.

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We had heard lots of good things about the Rainforest Cafe at the Opry Mills mall, so we decided to not rush the morning and get to Nashville in time for lunch.  We knew the day would be long.  Our concert didn't start until seven (when my kids normally go to bed).

The Rainforest Cafe was seriously awesome!  We had to wait an hour and a half for a table, which was ok since the cafe was in the mall and we could just walk around and wait for them to text us when our table was ready.  The cafe has all sorts of big/huge moving animals, trees, aquariums and the ceiling is covered with jungle looking stuff (like the picture below).  Every fifteen minutes the animals start to move and make noise and every 30 minutes (all while you eat) there is a rain/thunder storm and the lights go on and off, etc.  My boys loved it!


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We loved the $14.00 dessert JC decided to buy us... It was huge, fed all of us, and was worth every penny.  It is called the Volcano. :)  I wanted to take more pictures, but it was a little awkward taking pictures of the scenery with strangers eating at their table right next to it.

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After we stuffed ourselves with lunch, we walked over the the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.  (Everything was right next to each other within walking distance.)  In the center of the hotel is an enormous atrium and gardens to walk through.  There are three levels of walkways, a riverboat tour, and tons of little shops and restaurants to browse through... all in the hotel.  When we walked in Zenock told us it was the best surprise/present ever... It must have been, because I have never seen him smile so much for pictures.  It was gorgeous and pretty awesome.

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Next was our concert at the Grand Ole Opry. :)

I'm sure some are thinking, "They took their kids to a concert?"  BUT, I assure you it was very kid friendly.  It was a fairly small venue and everyone stayed seated.  There were a lot of older/grandparent couples who were there and told us afterwards how well behaved our children were.  I laughed... "My kids?!"  They were still recovering from being sick. :)

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Kamden was hilarious when the concert started, he was SO excited.  He stood up on our laps and clapped and yelled, "Yeah!" for most of the evening.

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We were nine rows back from the stage... awesome seats. :)  Scotty Mcreery (American Idol winner) sang a couple of songs.  I honestly can't stand the kid, but I admit he has a good voice.

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Enjoying the show... At about eight my boys started their nightly routine of hugging, laughing, and wrestling with each other.  They were so funny.

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Emily and I were so excited to see Carrie and even Zenock cheered with us when she came out.  I opted against posting the picture Emily took of me possibly crying... I admit it... It is so sad.  I totally blame it on the pregnant hormones.  I cry over everything these days.  You also know you have good seats when you can see the performers legs and think... Good heck, I need to start jogging - as soon as I have this baby.  Carrie is so little, has awesome legs, (I say that in an I need to get in shape, I have a husband and am married kind of way), she is also really darn pretty.

Zenock is a fan forever. :)  He gets excited now when she comes on the radio or when they mention her name.

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Mr Brad Paisley. :)  At the end Carrie came out and did a duet with Brad.  I would post video, but pretty sure I read something about that being illegal and I kind of need to stay out of jail and set an example for my three sons.  

Some of the other performers were Kristen Kelly and Love and Theft.  (Check out Kristen's song "Ex Old Man" and Love and Theft's song "Angel Eyes"... They are on my ipod playlist favorites.  They were JC's favorite of the night.)  Both of which are new up and coming country artists with songs on the billboard charts.  We really liked them.  It was such a fun concert.  

We loved everything about Nashville!  So fun to share it with Emily. :)