Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Our September

September is always a pretty great month with the cooler weather, pumpkins everywhere and football starting. This one was full but so fun!

Now that football season has started, you can find the boys decked out in crimson every Saturday. Paxton has shown some interest in the games this year and we have started explaining the basic principle to him. Porter just cares about lighting and blowing out the fall candles during the games.

Since Paxton (the picky eater) is at school during our Friday lunches with Jared, we have started branching out with our restaurant choices. One Friday, we went to our favorite sushi place and attempted to get Porter to try some. He chickened out at the last second but loved his teriyaki chicken and rice.

Porter has started soccer after asking to play for a solid year now. It is mostly a circus. His team has five little boys on it and aside from the boy who is the star of the team and scores all the points, they rotate between playing and being wild. Most of the time the other four are either hugging each other or refusing to play or just running aimlessly. Porter spent the vast majority of his most recent game engaged in a game of tag with a teammate.

Paxton had the Fun Run at school and he actually liked it this year! He ran the entire time and chalked up 24 laps. All the boys ran together and they wouldn't even slow down for the walking laps.

Lincoln turned five months old!

He is in one of my favorite stages right now. He is starting to play with toys and getting so close to sitting up on his own! He has had a few bites of food here and there but hasn't officially started solids yet. He loves to talk and he smiles all the time.

Paxton has also been doing Scouts with Jared. He's a Lion this year, it's the first year for the kindergarteners to get to participate so they are trying to find the balance between entertaining kids that young and getting them ready for Boy Scouts...he doesn't love it yet but we know he will once they start going hiking and camping and all that fun stuff!

Porter is still accessorizing with his favorite pink goggles.

Our best friends in Texas were having a birthday party for baby Breck the same weekend Jared's cousin was coming into town for the first time in years, so I decided to take the boys solo while Jared hung out at home for a Man Weekend. After Porter's game and breakfast, we loaded up the van and hit the road. We made it right in time for the party and had a blast!

After the party, we went to check into the hotel but had a little drama involving the credit card being missing from a certain little boy hiding it in the glove compartment...we thought I had left it at home and were going to have to try to make it home that night with only a half a tank of gas but I knew I had put it in my wallet! Finally I asked Paxton and he admitted that Porter had been playing with it while we were loading the car. We finally got into our room around 9 that night. I felt much better once everyone was showered and fed.

The next weekend, we hosted an adoption party for Teighynne and Mallory to celebrate the kids officially being theirs!!

The boys love to help me cook and bake so we decided to make some chocolate chip cookies with our secret family recipe.

Paxton and Lincoln love watching Porter's soccer games. Paxton was so excited that Porter was the one playing and he was the one sitting and eating snacks.

Lincoln fits in a t-shirt I have from when I was a baby and those big blue eyes and that bald head make him look a lot like I did.

We celebrated my birthday! Jared got me an Apple Watch and took the boys to pick out what they wanted to get me. Paxton had been talking about getting me a new candle for weeks. He sniffed every one before settling on a Caramel Latte one. Porter had his heart set on getting me a new bed, but settled on some bracelets to go with my watch.

We went to Louie's on the lake for lunch. It was 75 when we left, so a perfect day to sit outside by the water. However, during lunch, it quickly dropped to 65 and Paxton was wrapped in my nursing cover and Porter's lips were blue.

We met my family for dinner at Poblano Grill and it was Lincoln's first time to sit in a high chair! He only lasted about 5 minutes before he wanted to be held.

On Monday night, we met Granny V, Papa and Aunt Madi for dinner at Jo's Pizza. Paxton randomly asks to take pictures in front of signs sometimes and I always say yes.

And on Friday morning, Jared got a call from Paxton's school that they suspected he had pinkeye and needed to be picked up...he totally didn't have it, his eye never even turned red, his eyelid was just a little puffy from his cold/allergies, but it was nice to have him home! He got to come to Friday lunch and help clean the house up in the afternoon.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Catching Up

I keep telling myself I need to get back on keeping this blog updated! It's basically the only way we can remember what we did for a certain holiday or when Paxton was however old...so here's an epic catch up post of everything noteworthy that we have been doing. 

Paxton finished teeball with his his best game of the season. His last hit went all the way to the outfield which is quite annaccomplishment with the squishy balls they use! He also made a good stop in the field! It was so good for him to play on Coach Darrin's team (our neighbor from our old house) and he says he had fun but he's ready to take a little break and watch Porter play a sport while he eats snacks. Haha love him!
I know when the weather finally starts to cool off, I'll miss all our pool days! We went a ton this summer and it was awesome! Teighynne and Mallory and the kids moved to our neighborhood so we almost always had cousins to hang out with at the pool!
My two goals for Paxton this summer were for him to learn to swim and learn how to read and he accomplished both! He has been great swimming in his puddle jumper for a few years now, but at the beginning of the summer, he had never really swam without it. He can now swim from one side to the other completely on his own, or jump in and swim to the steps or wherever in the pool he wants to go. He can navigate the whole pool on his own! I'm so proud of my big boy!

We finally moved Porter out of his toddler bed and into a big bed. He picked out his own sheets and comforter and loves it so far! 
Taking evening neighborhood walks or walking to the park was our favorite way to try to burn off some energy so certain little boys would go to sleep! 
Jared lost his wedding ring on a work trip, so we picked him out a new one and ordered it. When it came in, we knew we had to try to make this one special so the boys and I left him a note to meet us at the chapel we got married at one evening. The boys thought it would be awesome to hide in the bushes and then surprise Daddy when he got there, but as soon as they saw his Jeep, they were jumping out and waving his ring at him. I don't think he was surprised. 
But we did get a cute family photo in front of the chapel. Seven years and one month later...I would do it again! We had dinner at Taco Bueno which was a perfect representation of our life right now and then headed home for some wedding cake cupcakes. It was not quite the same as the first time I gave Jared a wedding ring, but it was a sweet memory. 
At the end of July, Uncle Mason and Steasha had their baby, Georgia. Lincoln got to meet her, but Pax and Porter had runny noses so they had to stay behind. 
We ended most of our summer evenings at our neighborhood park and met a lot of neighbors! 
Porter was being quiet one morning and everyone knows that a quiet 3-year-old is dangerous. I went to find him and could smell the baby powder as soon as I walked into our room...he had found baby powder that I didn't even know we had and had spread it EVERYWHERE! It was in the toilet, in the tub, all over the cabinets and floor, and there were tiny white handprints on the walls and tiny white footprints walking into our closet. 
We have been enjoying our back yard and the amazing sunsets we can see over the pond behind our house. The boys have played in the sprinkler and the slip and slide a ton!
Lincoln had his 4 month check-up and was in the 65th percentile for height and only the 5th for weight so we are trying to bulk this guy up! 
Saturday breakfasts at Old School Bagel are Paxton's favorite. Porter always picks Johnnie's. 
One Saturday we met T&M and the kids at the playground at Lake Hefner. They had a blast!
Paxton came home from his second day of kindergarten with both pockets bulging. He immediately started emptying them on the table and showed us all of the playground rocks he had collected. The next day, I checked his backpack and found a stick, a leaf and more rocks. He's a collector. 
The boys love when Lincoln lays on the floor in the playroom and watches them play. They can't resist getting in his bubble. 
While Paxton is at school ALL DAY, I have these two to keep me company. They are both the cuddliest little boys and I love it so much. Now that Pax is officially in school, I know that these mornings snuggling with them on the couch in our jammies for way too long are the ones I'll miss the most. 
Another Saturday, we went to Martin Nature Park with the cousins. Everybody had a blast on the playground and hunting for huge turtles and fish in the water. 
Lincoln got to float in his floatie for the first time. He was mostly indifferent. He prefers warmer water. 
Porter misses his big brother while he's at school and isn't great at playing without him. We have filled his days with lots of arts and crafts and water play. 
He starts soccer this week so after he met his coaches last week, we took him to Dick's to pick out his supplies. Neither of us grew up playing soccer so shin guards and a size 3 ball were a little out of our league. Porter found a bright yellow ball and has been obsessed ever since. He kicked it around the back yard the first night until bedtime and now he sleeps with it every night. We'll sell this picture to the media when he's famous. 
Paxton finished his second full week of Kindergarten last Friday and it was spirit day. He got to wear his school t-shirt and jeans...his dream come true! He looked huge, so we had to document!
Brooks left early that day and it was our first family Friday lunch without Paxton. It was so sad! Jared and I both might have teared up a little when he got in the car and Paxton's seat was empty. We miss him so much! But, we decided it was a perfect opportunity for some sushi since those are not his favorite restaurants. Porter loved using the chopsticks and even considered trying some sushi. He chickened out at the last second but loved his teriyaki chicken and rice. 
We celebrated some exciting news with Teig and Mal and the kids that night with dinner at Red Robin and some park playing in the dark. 
Saturday was the first OU game and it kind of felt like fall outside! We ate breakfast at Panera and it was perfect weather to eat outside! 
We came home to watch the game and it was the first time for all three boys to be in their OU gear together and my first time to get a picture of all three smiling!!
On Monday we woke up to a super hot house and quickly realized that our AC wasn't working. Paxton had been asking for some Trader Joe's Apple sticks and it was too hot to stay home, so we made a quick trip to Tulsa. We shopped at Trader Joe's and had lunch and let the boys play and then we headed home. 
Back at home, Jared did some googling and was able to fix the AC himself!

Our little genius was happy it was finally cool enough inside to wear his favorite pants. 
On Saturday, Paxton and Porter were playing on the top of Uncle Mason's storm shelter and Porter jumped off and immediately collapsed onto the ground crying that his foot hurt. We watched him Sunday as he limped around and complained a little but he was still walking on it. Then Monday, he woke up and it was bruised on top and on the side and he was still limping and complaining so I took him to convenient care that night for a quick x-Ray. He was everyone's favorite guy that night. He was talking to everyone and just being so sweet and hilarious. We got so many compliments on how adorable he was. He did great at the x-ray and when the doctor came back and told us that it was just bruised, she offered him a sucker and he said "no thank you, but can I have an ahh stick please?" So she let him pick out his favorite tongue depressor. He ended up with a sucker too. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Two Great Weekends

The two weekends before Paxton started kindergarten were pretty awesome! We tried to pack in as many fun things as we could think of. 

The first weekend, Brooks wasn't with us so we decided to try something new for Friday lunch with Jared. We went to the Myriad Botanical Gardens and ate lunch at Ice House. It was a nice day and we got to sit outside to eat and the boys ran around while we waited for our food. 
After we ate, we walked over to the splash pad and let the boys play. 
That night, Jared suggested dinner at Chuck E Cheese to finally use the rest of the tokens left over from Paxton's birthday party. Everyone was excited! The boys had so much fun playing while we waited for our pizza and they both came to the table to eat so nicely! They got to play more after dinner and they exchanged their tickets for Tootsie Rolls and a tiny snake and a tiny starfish. 
When we got home, they decided they needed to introduce their tiny creatures to water and played in the dry tub with cups of water for their guys to splash in. 

The next morning, Porter asked for Johnnie's for breakfast. Paxton noticed that it was right by Barnes and Noble and asked if we could go play with the trains after we ate. 

We happened to get there right before story time with Biscuit the dog. Paxton wasn't interested in meeting him, he wanted to play trains but Porter nervously approached for a picture! 
After that, we went home and got Kevin and Scarlett and took them to the dog park. The boys had a blast playing on the obstacles for the dogs and watching them chase balls into the pond, but their favorite part was walking over the bridge and through "the forest" to get to the dog park. 

That night was Madi's birthday dinner at Jo's Pizza and she asked Paxton to go to the Dodgers game with her afterwards. Jared, Porter and I stopped at Old Navy and then grabbed some Icees and headed home to play with the kids! 
Porter had a fun evening playing with his cousins, followed by a bath with 4 kids! Paxton got home late but was excited to tell us about the magic ice cream he had and that the game was "super boring". 

Sunday was the weekly pool day with the whole family!

The next weekend was super fun too. We started on Friday night with dinner at Cici's. Paxton loves the apple pizza and they both love the pasta. After new little monkeys, we stopped to get some candy and headed to the drive-in! We have been trying to go all summer but the movies have all been adult movies...we finally found a kid's movie and even though it was Ice Age, we decided to go. We folded down the back seats in the van and spread out blankets and sleeping bags and pillows and all snuggled in with our candy. The boys got restless off and on but we made it through the whole movie and they said they had fun! 
The next morning, we hit the road early for Sulphur. Jared has been wanting to take the boys to Sulphur Springs and ever since he showed Paxton a video of the waterfalls, he's been begging to go too.  
Paxton had a blast splashing around and sending leaves and sticks down all the small waterfalls. Porter loved it too, but thought the water was a little too cold for him. He didn't let that stop him though! 
We packed sandwiches for lunch and towards the end of the afternoon, Jared took the big boys exploring while Lincoln, Kevin and I hung out on our blanket. He loves being outside. 
We stopped in Norman for dinner at my favorite place, Bison Witches and then headed home to put our boys to bed. 

On Sunday, it was time to take Paxton to get his school supplies. Porter stayed with Granny V while we took Paxton to Target. He picked out a Paw Patrol lunch box and a blue water bottle and we found everything on his list. Then it was time for his surprise. He has been begging for the Playmobil school and even told Jared I said he could do chores for me (like the dishes) and then he could have it. I don't know where he got that idea, but we decided that it might be great for him to get excited about school so we went to Toys R Us and told him he could have it! Once we got to the Playmobil aisle, he decided that he wanted the school bus instead. He picked out a Hot Wheels for Porter so he wouldn't be sad and then we picked up Porter and headed home for early bedtimes. 

Now that school has started, I'm already looking back to our busy and fun weekends fondly!