Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Annual Camping Trip

Well, I'm skipping ahead past end-of-school year activities (mostly because there are very few pics to show for it), to get to our fun mini-vacation and big vacations!

One week after school got out, we headed to Oklahoma for our annual camping trip at my parent's house with friends.  William and Hudson left a few days early to take a detour with my parents to go see their cousins in Houston, and then headed straight to OK from there.  Crew and I headed up on Thursday. We ended up getting there only about 45 minutes after my parents and the big boys.  But, a lot can happen in 45 minutes!

My dad has bought each of the boys a pocket knife.  The knife is kept in Oklahoma, and is only used under strict supervision.  Well, as soon as they got there, they both made a bee-line for their pocket knives.  As my parents were still unloading the truck, they gave strict instructions to NOT open the knives until Papa was finished and could supervise.  William, too excited to heed the advice, proceeded to "whittle" a stick, and consequently, also "whittled" a hunk out of his leg:

8 stitches later, and we are ready to rock-n-roll:

After the drama of yet ANOTHER Dennison ER visit, we ate dinner, and went to visit my grandma and take her for some ice cream.

My grandma's first selfie!

Friday afternoon all of our friends arrived, and after dinner we headed to Kiddie Park.  Sadly, William and Hudson have outgrown quite a few of the rides.  Thankfully, some of them are still fun for them, but now it's Crew's turn to thoroughly enjoy the park.

I absolutely love taking my kids to this little rinky-dink amusement park.  I have such fond memories coming here as a child, and now my kids get to enjoy the same rides.

We continued our weekend with some late night lightning bug hunting, s'mores, camping, a bit of rain, riding the cruiser around the property, a huge family game of kickball, golf, swimming at the country club, and generally just enjoying spending time with our friends.  

What a great weekend! We are already looking forward to next year.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Things are happening

Things have been busy around here lately! It always seems that with Spring comes busy busy busy. We like it that way, but it definitely makes me excited for the dog-days of summer!

The biggest news?

Yep, we are crazy and pregnant with #4. The first pic was our first sonogram, which I think is probably the best sonogram at this stage of any of our kids. The second was a week later, just to be sure things were moving along. Again, I think it's a great picture!

We're doing things differently this go-around.  With William, Hudson, and Crew we wanted to (and did) find out the gender as soon as was humanly possible.  And most people know that when I was pregnant with Crew, I was desperate for a girl.  So with him, I wanted to know so that I could wrap my head around the fact that I was going to have another boy. And I'm glad we did because I really needed that time to change my perspective.  My heart has changed (only by the grace of God), and I do not find myself longing for a girl anymore.  The same cannot be said for all of the males in my house, unfortunately! In spite of that, we have decided that we are going to keep the gender a surprise until delivery. I'm a little nervous about that 20wk ultrasound, but I figure if I put it out there for the whole world, I have to stick to my guns.  Right? On top of the fact that I'll be happy with another boy (and who are we kidding? Of course it's going to be a boy!), this is our last baby, and we thought it would be fun to have 1 pregnancy that we experience without finding out the gender. So, here is goes!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Visiting Mimi

A little over a week ago, of course while Dave was out of town for work and my dad was up in Oklahoma, my mom needed to be taken to the ER for severe abdominal pain.  Thank goodness for babysitters that drive and have their own cars! One of my sitters was able to come spend the night with the boys, while I took my mom in.  
She ended up having blockage in her intestine, and she was in the hospital for 3 days.  Thankfully, all is well now.
Anyway, once she was feeling up for visitors, I took the boys up for a visit.

William, asking 47million questions:

The hospital is in the flight path for the airport, so Crew enjoyed checking out the landing planes:

And what's a visit with Mimi without a good back scratching session?

After-School playing

The past month or so the weather has been completely schizophrenic.  One day will be 30 degrees and the next is 80.  The weather can't make up its mind if it wants to keep having winter or move on to Spring.  A couple of weeks ago when it was acting like Spring, we took advantage and went to this great park near school.  The boys were excited because lots of their friends were there as well (nearly half of William's class was there!)
A friendly game of tag:

Crew figured out how to swing himself:

and climb on the playground equipment, just like the big kids:

Monday, February 24, 2014

Just Crew and me

I find myself not taking just Crew to do fun things, like I did with the older boys when they were little.  Perhaps it's because we are just so much busier these days, so I don't slow down enough to think about taking him to do these fun outings.  
Last Wednesday was such a beautiful day, so I decided to forget chores and errands, and take Crew to the zoo.  He was EXCITED. The whole way there, he kept saying "oo. oo."
He was most excited about the "efants":

The lion was lazy, and Crew was disappointed that he didn't ROAR like last time:

The Orangutans were particular entertaining- playing catch with the onlookers.  He would throw a small stick up to the people, and then point for them to throw it back.  He did this for awhile- it was hilarious!

The cheetahs were on the prowl!

It was a beautiful day at the zoo with my little guy!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SO excited

Things are about to get really exciting in about a month.  Well, I'M going to be really excited in about a month.  Dave's great Aunt Anne is handing down to me her precious baby grand piano.  I have always wanted one, but I wasn't sure if it would ever happen. Aunt Anne knew I loved her piano (She used to be a piano teacher, and she has 2 baby grand pianos), and I had told her that I would be thrilled to have it one day, if she ever wants to get rid of it. But, honestly, I didn't think it would happen.

A few weeks ago, I got the call from her, saying that she would like to give it to me.  Her house has sold, so it's time to clear out the house. So, we are about to clear some space, and make room for my dream-come-true!!

Dave's cousin, Lisa, sent me a pic today of the piano, since it's been a few years since I've seen it.


We hosted an Olympics Watch party this past weekend with friends who are fellow Olympics lovers.  It was so fun planning and finding decor to go with the theme.  

We had about 40 people over for the afternoon/evening, and it was a blast.  The weather was beautiful, so the kids mostly played outside while the adults ate, chatted, and watched the Olympics.

Go USA!!!