Monday, July 25, 2016

Eli - 4 years, 23 weeks; Ava - 3 years 8 weeks; Mae - 35 weeks - Mae's first word

Since Mae couldn't get in on the redneck waterslide fun, I'm re-sharing a couple waterslide pictures for Eli and Ava's weekly shot.  They had an amazing time were even more excited that we left the slide up for a couple days so that they could enjoy it when we got home at night. 


Mae's photo this week, was taken early one morning.  She is my happy baby girl and wakes up smiling!  This makes mornings not so terrible. 

The big news for this week is Mae can now say "Dada".  All 3 of my kids' first word was "Dada".  They love when they figure this out and it's so adorable.  As for me, I've accepted that "Dada" is way easier to say than "Mama" and have decided to use it to my advantage...

Me: "Mae, who do you want to change your stinky diaper?"
Mae: "Dada - dada- da -da."

By the third kid you learn a thing or two... I may never teach her to say "Mama"!

And now, for your entertainment, Mae's first word.

Redneck Waterslide Party 2016

Another summer week another opportunity for summer fun! This week we had some redneck waterslide fun.  What's a redneck waterslide you say?  You take nice hill, add a super-long roll of heavy plastic, pour on some baby shampoo and add a sprinkler at the top to wet things down.  What you get, is a lot of fun...

Friday, July 22, 2016

Eli - 4 years, 22 weeks; Ava - 3 years 7 weeks; Mae - 34 weeks: Happy Father's Day at Springville Splash Pad

For Fathers' Day we made the drive to Birmingham to spend an afternoon with Pawpaw Frankie and Granny Debbie.  After some visiting and playing at their house, we took the kids to the splash pad down the street.  It was a huge hit! 

Things started rather timidly... 


Mae was really tired and ready for her afternoon nap, so she hung out in the stroller watching.  We tried getting her out a couple of times but a tired cranky Mae wanted nothing to do with the water. 

Soon, Harley arrived to join in the fun.  She needed less time to warm up to the water.  

Once they found the slide, things began to get interesting!

After about 30 minutes there, we were all wet and ready to have some serious fun!

Warrior decided to get in on the action as well!

Ava was in love with the mushroom waterfall!

 Eli liked hanging out underneath as well!

 After playing in the splash pad for an hour or so, the kids wanted a break and joined Pawpaw Frankie for some fishing.

 Eli is a master fisherman and almost caught a huge fish... it slipped away just as we were pulling it up to the bank.

Fishing was short-lived... they wanted to get back in the water.  All too soon, it was time to dry out and head home.  They had a huge time and can't wait to go back again!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Eli - 4 years, 21 weeks; Ava - 3 years 6 weeks; Mae - 33 weeks

This week's pictures come from a stop at our someday home.  We're in the process of building and it's a long and slow process to say the least.  I've been meaning to get some house posts added to show the progress along the way and share thoughts and feelings about it but right now I just can't find the time or energy.  Maybe someday I'll be able to go back and add that but today ain't that day. 

We stop and the "new house" every day on the way home.  While Brian and I look around the kids play and run around.  Eli brings his Avengers with him everywhere he goes lately, so he has been playing with them.  The day these pictures were taken we had finally gotten the garage floor sealed and ready to be walked on. 

Ava found a piece of string and thought that made for great entertainment.  So the whole time we were there they just sat in the shade on what will someday be a garage floor and played. 

While Eli and Ava play, Mae hangs out on my hip with one eye on her Daddy's badge for work and one eye on her brother and sister.  It's a good thing she is easy going because things could get bad if she wasn't. 

Next week is Father's Day and we have a special day planned with the kids.  More on that next week.  Until then, hope you are staying cool in this hot summer weather.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Eli - 4 years, 20 weeks; Ava - 3 years 5 weeks; Mae - 32 weeks

The last picture I have of Mae this week is a leftover from Memorial Day.  I also have big news.  Mae got her first two teeth.  Yep, she's cut two at one time and now has both bottom front teeth. I tried to get a picture but this is the best I could do since they are still very very small. No teeth in the picture but it's still a smile worth sharing.

One afternoon this week when we got home, Lane and Kylie had spent the day with Joey.  They were ready to play and it was obviously pretend time.  Eli outfitted the big kids with Nina Turtle gear, and Ava became Doc McStuffins. (I guess she was going to patch up anyone hurt in the battle.)  They had the best time and were completely wild and crazy.  I guess it's safe to say they can't wait to do that again. 

That's it for this week.  Hope your summer is off to a great start.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Happy Memorial Day 2016!

Memorial Day week has finally come and they kids are all in full summer mode.  Again, we spent a majority of the weekend with Granny Reba and Pawpaw John.  Then on Monday morning, we loaded the kids in the car to go to Uncle Woo's for a Memorial Day party at the lake.

Check out these three! That's a car-load of cuteness.

Mae received more than her fair share of attention.  Aunt Teressa had lots of extra loving to provide.  Mae loved the attention. 

Brian took the kiddos swimming in the lake.  These kids love them some water. 

Brian even helped out niece, Harley, jump in off the dock for the first time.  She was so excited!

Uncle Woo's dog, Toby loves to swim.  Then when Toby gets tired, he hangs out on the float. 

After lake time was over, Eli, Ava, and Harley found the kiddie pool. 

When Mae got hot, I pushed her around in the stroller for a while.  It gave her a break from being held and let everyone else cool down for a while.  Mae had a big time too watching the older kids and enjoying the sunshine.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Eli - 4 years, 19 weeks; Ava - 3 years 4 weeks; Mae - 31 weeks

This week's photos were taken in the car on the way to daycare.  Not much new to report this week.  Just another week of tired kiddos from staying on the road during the weekends. 

Eli and Daddy have a new game.  Eli is "Little Cap (Captain America)" and Daddy is "Big Cap".  Eli has assigned each of them one of his toy shields and they have this whole ritual with what to do with them at certain times of the day.  For instance, when Eli goes to bed at night he hangs each shield on one of two nails on the wall.  Then when he gets up in the morning he gets them down and as soon as Brian is dressed he hands "Big Cap" his shield.  Brian has to wear this thing the whole drive to daycare and then again from daycare home.  When we get home Eli runs around playing and frequently comes to tell "Big Cap" something. 

Ava sometimes gets in on the action of the Avengers game and sometimes not.  She's usually pretty content to hold her baby dolls and play house.  She is the best little mama pushing her babies in strollers and feeding them and laying them down for naps.  All her babies are named "Mae" including the one she says is a boy baby and his name is "Brother Mae".  Ava's babies are the only people she'll share her special blanket with.  The blanket Granny Reba made her when she was born goes with us everywhere.  She even wants to cuddle with it in the car on the way to daycare.  It's 80 degrees outside and Ava is snuggled under this flannel blanket. 

Mae is teething this week and has been a little cranky.  These will be her first two teeth.  She's also getting really good at saying "Dada" and practices a lot.  Right now Mae's favorite toy is a toy caterpillar that hangs on her car seat. It plays music when you pull on it and she is obsessed with it. Her brother and sister do a great job of making sure she gets to listen to it most of the time we're in the car.