Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Still Remodeling

We are still working hard around the house and I feel like in the past month we have been able to cross a bunch of stuff off of our list! We are almost done with the Kids Bath, Laundry Room, and Guest Bath. I'm so ready to be done! I'm tired of all the dust, dragging stuff in and out of rooms, and chaos that goes along with remodeling. And I know Travis is tired of me adding things to the list as soon as he is done with something else.

Cooper helping Daddy install the sink in the guest bathroom.

Today I finished a project I've been wanting to do for the Guest Room. The best part of the project is that it was free! I started by arranging picture frames that I already had. I found an arrangement I liked and then I painted all of them with three different colors of paint that we already had from sampling paint around the house. Once they were dry I distressed them with sandpaper and hung them on the wall. Here are the before and after pictures:

Before- Playing around with the arrangement


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Happy Birthday, Cooper!

Yesterday was Cooper's 3rd birthday! Cooper has been telling us that he wanted to spend his birthday at the beach, so that is what we did! We packed up and headed out early yesterday morning and met Grandma, Kelsey, Callie, and Aunt Ann. We had a good time, but we didn't last too terribly long. We had a tent, but it still got really hot and we thought it was best to not have Claire in the heat too long. The boys had a blast and Claire got to show off her new swimsuit!

Claire chillin' in the stroller and showing off her new suit!

Posing for a picture

Cooper found the perfect seat.

Callie loves the sand- so much that she was eating it by the handful!

We headed home after lunch and took naps. Grandma, Kelsey, and Callie came over to the house to eat dinner, have cake, and open presents.
Cooper was so excited about his new front loader tractor!

Showing off his crop dusters!

Cooper eating his birthday meal in his new Batman goggles! And yes, Cooper doesn't have a shirt on- he spilled something water all over it and I just stripped him down and we didn't bother to get him dressed after that!

Finding Nemo Cake

Do you think he enjoyed his cake?

Friday, July 16, 2010

3 Months!

Baby Claire is 3 months old today! Time is flying by with this precious baby girl and I'm trying to soak it all in before she gets any bigger. At three months she is:

  • Starting to sit in her bumbo and loves it! She wants to be apart of the action.
  • Is smiling and cooing at anyone who will give her attention
  • Is a great in the car and pretty much anywhere else
  • Still waking up once to eat in the night, but otherwise a great sleeper
  • Loves to be swaddled when sleeping
  • Putting herself to sleep by herself. I just swaddle her up and give her a paci and she drifts off to la la land
  • Has started grabbing for things
  • Is a very fast eater! Most of the time she gobbles her milk down in 5-10 minutes. I'm always wondering if she has had enough, but I'm pretty sure her cheeks answer that question!
We are all in love with this baby girl and can't wait to see her little personality develop even more. Today we dressed her up and had a little photo shoot!

The boys decided that they needed to be in on the pictures!

Swaddled up for a nap!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Trip around Texas

The past couple of weeks the kids and I have been traveling around Texas visiting family and friends. It was a great trip and we fit a lot in while we were gone. I have to say Claire is the greatest little traveler we have had- she did amazing on the drive. We were in the car for over 22 hours total there and back and she was such a trooper! I was very thankful since I drove over 14 hours of that time by myself. We started the trip by stopping in Katy to visit one of my dear friends, Callie. She had twin girls 11 days after Claire was born and I was dying to see them! She also has a 2 year old little boy who my boys loved to play with. Callie is doing an amazing job with all three of them! Unfortunately I didn't get any pics with the girls! UGH!!! I don't know how that happened. Here are some pics I got at bedtime. We put all three boys in Carson's room and we didn't know if they were ever going to go to sleep!

Callie reading a bedtime story

The next day we headed up to Tyler to visit Gram and Papa. Christine and her boys came the next day and we planned an action packed week to keep the kids busy and on the go. Claire was so happy to see her Aunt Christine again! And Will was SO excited about meeting his first girl cousin! He wanted to hold her right away.

We hit up Chuck E. Cheese to celebrate Cooper's birthday a little bit early. Who knew that Chuck E. Cheese opened at 9 am??? We decided to go at 9 so we could let the kids play tons of games and be able to leave before we would have to eat lunch there! :) We met some of my cousins and their kiddos there. We had the whole place to ourselves and it was awesome. The kids (and Papa) ran around and had a blast playing all the games.

Christine and I found the game that was on Bozo the Clown for the grand prize and we just had to play and compete against each other! We talked about how we always wanted to be the kid to play the grand prize game.

Oops! Definitely wouldn't have won the grand prize!

Dance Dance Revolution- We are still horrible!

One day we headed to Kilgore to visit Great Gramm and Grandpappy. Gramm has been dying to get her hands on Claire! It was a little chaotic because the backyard was wet from all the rain and 5 boys running around my grandparents house was a little crazy. I hope my grandparents survived the chaos!

We had to have a tea party while we were there!

Gramm finally got her hands on Claire!

Grandpappy's turn

One morning we headed to the children's museum and the boys had a blast.

I got a horrible flash to the future when all the boys are old enough to drive and they are cruising around town together!

We also broke out the Slip N Slide and spent many afternoons out there. The boys had never played on a Slip N Slide before and they kept just running on it, so finally Christine and I decided to show them how it is supposed to be done! We were fully dressed, but went for it anyway. I'm sure it was a comical sight. I took a picture of Christine sliding below.

The boys making cookies one afternoon with Christine!

After a great week in Tyler we headed back to The Woodlands/Spring to stay with our good friends the Mings. Travis flew up for the weekend and we had a fabulous weekend seeing friends and going to our old church. Unfortunately I didn't unpack the camera that weekend and so I left without getting any pictures! On Sunday we started heading back and we finally made it home 8 hours later. We had such a great trip and it was so wonderful getting to see so many people that we love!


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