Saturday, July 31, 2010

Mommy and Daddy Break

This weekend we are relaxing at the beach "kid free" to celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary. We are having a great time getting some much needed R&R. The kids are not lacking in the fun department. They have gone to the pool and are going to a movie tonight with Grammy
and Pops. It is a win-win for everyone!

**Also I have to note that I spoke to Wesley on the phone and I am so impressed with his phone manners. Not only that for the first 20 seconds I couldn't tell if it was Lawson or Wesley they sound so much alike (on the phone!)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Reaching for the Goal

Having a tall Daddy and a non-regulation height basketball goal = lots of fun for Wesley!!

I love this picture because I plan on sharing this picture with Wesley when he can dunk a basketball one day!!
He will think I am cheesy- but that is my job!!  I will tell him "One day we helped you reach for the goal but  now you are able to do it all on your own."

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

July 4th Slip n' Slide Fun

I am a LITTLE bit behind but I will catch day. Over July 4th we made the most of our time at home.  Collins was golfing and I decided to pull out the Slip n' Slide Grammy and Pops had given the kids for Easter.  I thought it was pretty exciting to see the improvements from our version of the Slip n' Slide.  First they come with boards so no more cut up stomachs.  Then this one has two slides so two kids can go at the same time!! I can just imagine how much fun my brothers would of had with this set up!

Here they are getting ready and trying to figure everything out. 

Lawson was the first brave one down the slide. 

This is Wesley 30 minutes into playing.  The boy refused to get wet.  Then after I dumped water all over him (because I am nice like that) he was more willing to slide. 

Go figure...this is fun.  He never used the board.  Good thing I checked for rocks and pine cones. 

They did start racing.  It was so fun to watch them squeal with delight.

No matter how hard Wesley tried he never won.  This round.  I set up the slide again this weekend and Wesley was lightening fast!!

Fun times trying to keep cool!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

It's Time For A Big Boy Bed

(1st picture) This is how I found Wesley at nap time today--Yes, he is sleeping sitting up...yes, our crib has a box spring and mattress. After this scene, I decided it was time for him move to his big boy bed.

Wesley, was more then ready. I am happy to report he did not make one attempt to get out and is currently sound asleep!

The big test will be nap time tomorrow. The big boy mattress is not quite as light as the crib mattress!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Wesley Time

This week has allowed Wesley and I get to spend some great quality time together. He is loving the extra attention but asks every day "when Daddy is going to bring sissy back! Cause I love Sissy." ~ so sweet!

Lawson update: She is having a blast!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Lawson Spreading Her Wings

Today my little girl is off to the big city (outside DC) to spend some quality time with her grandparents.  I am sitting here with lots of mixed emotions.  One because a week ago and even 2 days ago I was probably TOO excited about her time away.  I was looking forward to a "Lawson break."  I know you are thinking what an awful thing to say about your daughter...well trust me life isn't always peaches n' cream here.  I would even go as far to say that she is more difficult at times then my true 2 year old.  She is sassy, talks back, does not listen, puts her hand on her hips...shall I go on?  I often think to myself  "I thought this junk started at 13 not 5."   Now this isn't all day everyday, it is just enough to realize this MIGHT. NOT. BE. A. STAGE!!  I seriously might have 15 more years of this mess!!

Lawson was watching Madeline on Netflix and they were talking about finishing school and she asked if she could go to finishing school.  My smart remark was "where do we sign up??"

Then as the hours were winding down before she left our day went like this...

My little girl wakes up at 7:40AM comes into my room to announce she is making and packing her lunch for her trip up to VA.  She made her sandwich, Peanut Butter and Jelly with a few Marshmallows (her specialty), banana, crackers, and water.  Collins heard all the noise downstairs and asked what was going on I told him and he laughed and said "Lawson is growing up." Then she went straight upstairs got dressed without fussing, brushed her hair and teeth, moved her bags to the hallway and was ready to go!

 She explained to Wesley she was going to Nana and Dah's and she will call and write!  Wesley's response was "I wanna go too!"   But then Wesley said "Okay sissy, I love you sweetheart."  Now there was a little hitting and pushing but if we didn't have that in between, our morning would not be complete.  I think hitting is the sign language for love.

Then when Lawson left the house with her daddy I cried like a baby!  Why?  It is not that I am worried because the girl is going to have a fantastic time!  She is going to the Kennedy Center to see Mary Poppins!  I think I realized Lawson really is growing up and I seemed to wish her away.  Not forever...I just need a break. However, in that final moment of sweet goodbyes all that was forgotten and I wished she was not leaving.   As I sit her and reflect I realize all the sassy talk, not listening and other junk that gets on my last nerve is truly her testing the water to see how far I will go.  I need to learn to be more patient with her as this probably is a stage (I hope).  I need to concentrate on the good more then the bad...Lawson is the most helpful child and can normally see the need before she is asked.  She is so loving and so kind.  She gives out the best compliments to people and they really make you feel good about yourself! Her teachers from school to ice skating say she is the most well mannered and sweet child, so she really only does the bad stuff at home (my mom reminds me this is the way you want it!!)   She is growing is not always easy for anyone involved but it a process and  I need to remind myself to always be thankful.

**Lawson just called and she is now at Nana and Dah's house.  She sounds so grown up on the phone!!** 

I think that this week away will be good for both of us.  I am not looking at is as a "Lawson Break" anymore.  I am looking at as a week to grow... I need to reflect and pray for us both. I need to grow  as a mother and learn to REALLY be thankful for the good and the bad!! Not everyday is going to be a walk in the park but one to always be thankful for.   Lawson also will be growing this week and spreading her wings!

We love you Lawson!! Have a fabulous time!!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Fitts Family - Party of 5!

Our new addition will be here Feb 2, 2011.

Friday, July 9, 2010

July 4th Fun

This past weekend our plans changed a little bit. We were suppose to spend the 4th with our family at the beach but it didn't work out.  Not a problem.  Luckily we have friends, the Spesshardts, who have connections, or a house close enough to see the fireworks and just far enough to avoid the crowds.  Bonus!  They were nice enough to accomidate us last minute so we gathered the troops and headed over there Saturday after dinner. 

These were the outfits I made for the kids and planned on them wearing at the beach.  They are still cute here in Raleigh!

A group shot of the kids. It has already been mentioned on Heather's blog about the yellow jackets, but I have to mention it again here for my memory.  Half of these kids have been stung by yellow jackets- can you tell? Quinn 3 times, Holden 4, and Wesley once. Wow, they are good sports!  I too got stung in the hand and probably had the worse reaction out of all the kids-at least it was me and not them!  My hand for 3 days was swollen, unbendable and HURT!! Oh well, gives me something to remember this July 4th. 

Once the drama was over it was time for Fireworks!  The kids loved Brant's Firework display. 

Lawson watching with her daddy. 

I love these guys!

This picture is so cute- Holden loved giving Lawson hugs and Quinn is also giving hugs! These two boys are so loving!!

Then it was time to walk up the street for the firework display.  The youngest ones are ready!

The oldest ones are settled in too...

We had a great time watching the Firework Display and it was quite impressive!!  We could here the orchestra playing as well.  That was neat!  Wesley is either saying the sign for "yellow" or "cowabunga" Not real sure about that one!
Spesshardt Family, thanks for the invite to enjoy the firework display!!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Friday, July 2, 2010

Camoflauge Fashion

Do you think both of them will enjoy hunting one day? Who knows but they sure are cute in camo!