Boy Mom Pride

Friday, October 30, 2015

Lately, I have been having HUGE moments of boy mom pride. I am sure I would have these same moments if I had two girls or a boy and a girl but for whatever reason things keep happening that make my heart swell with the thought of having these two hilarious, sweet, and precious boys.

Last week I witnessed my first TPS Powderpuff dance off between the senior and junior boys. Take a little 30 second peek here. As I watched these boys strut their stuff I could not help but smile from ear to ear because not only was everyone cheering but these boys were having SOOOOO much fun. It seriously made my day. As I was watching these teenagers, I was secretly thinking "I can't wait for my boys to be out there someday!".

If you are not following the Falling Creek Instagram account, you should. Every picture brings out the happiness and joy that comes along with being a little boy. When we received our copy of the beautiful publication that Falling Creek produces my heart swelled when I flipped the page to this perfect moment...
2015 Father/Son Weekend

We had Duncan's parent/teacher conference this week. It went well and he is doing great in school. As we were wrapping up and talking about his friends the teacher paused and said "Duncan talks about his brother Wip all of the time...he really looks up to him". Well, if that doesn't just melt your heart then I have another story for you...
Wip's school picture
Duncan had his first flag football practice today. We arrived at the field a little early and noticed a little boy in a green Park Maitland shirt hanging out near the practice field. Wip was not with us and I was surprised when the little boy ran up to us and said "are you Wip's brother, Duncan?". The little boy happened to be in Wip's class. I asked if he had ever met/or seen Duncan he replied, "no, he just told me what he looked like so I knew it was him". I mean seriously. A complete stranger knows who his friends little brother is because he talks about him...I think that kid is pretty smart and I also think I have the best two little boys that a mama could ever dream for...hilarous, sweet, precious boys.
Duncan's first practice and he LOVED it. 

The Perfect Saturday

Thursday, October 29, 2015

He cheered "lets go Wip, lets go Daddy" about 100 times in the 8 minute car ride

I had a pass to hang out with Duncan for Wip's tee ball game. We still have about 3 games left and Patrick said there was no reason for us to head up to the game. After Wip and Patrick left Duncan looked at me and said "where did they go?". I explained that they went to Wip's tee ball game and Duncan exclaimed "we need to go and cheer them on!". Of course we did, who needs a morning of reading the paper and sipping coffee? We rushed to brush our teeth and get dressed and head out to the game. The entire way, Duncan was practicing his cheers for Wip with his "megaphone" he also looked at me and said "mommy, if we are all at the game we will be able to be there as a family". That kid. Just like him to put it into perspective for me. He is a character. 

After the game we got home and when I asked the boys if they would like to watch "Inside Out" (this was of course so I could get some cleaning done)...Wip exclaimed "mommy, will you please snuggle with me while we watch the movie". Jees!  This was turning out to be the most perfect Saturday in which I got nothing accomplished:)

The movie time was perfect. Perfect. I love that movie so much and the boys know there are some parts that I find a little tear jerking. Each time one of those parts would come on they would look at me and say "don't cry mommy!". 

Patrick brought home lunch from Swine and Sons (amazing) and after lunch it was time for a dip. It was a BEAUTIFUL day. I bought a donut float for the upcoming Trunk or Treat that we are hosting and the boys took full advantage of the new toy in the pool. After about an hour in the pool I bribed them with another movie (this time Aladdin). Patrick came home from his haircut and gave me the rest of the afternoon to go to the gym and run errands. 

Time with the boys. Time with my husband. Time for myself. This truly equals the perfect Saturday!

Duncan pointed out that the bird poop on my car looked like a flamingo head

Of course I will snuggle with you...the laundry can wait!

Perfect movie

Little donut float play time before the next movie:)


Saturday, October 24, 2015

I think one of the best compliments I have heard in a while is when we had some friends stay with us and the house was a mess and the children were running around like crazy and she looked at me and said "I feel so at home here".

One of the great things about moving to the happiest place on earth is people come to visit! Seriously. We love it. We have room. We have a pool. We even have an extra fridge in the garage that I almost got rid of when we moved in, but it has proved to be a necessity for holding casseroles, beer, and any other extras.

A few weeks ago Mike Arnett (army major and doctor) and his family came over for dinner because they were on a Disney vacation. Doc Arnett and Patrick met at KCD through the Bridges to Fort Campbell project that brings together the KCD community and the soldiers and families of Fort Campbell. Doc is such a great guy...down to earth, brilliant, and kind. He has seven children and one on the way. Seven. Almost eight. When Patrick said that they were coming over for dinner I was a little nervous. What a silly thing to be nervous about. The children were WONDERFUL. All seven. His wife was nice and engaging and awesome. In fact, the adults were able to sit on the patio for about three hours while all of the children played with legos and magna tiles in the house and you would have never even known that they were there. It was pretty cool. So they have six boys and one girl...any guesses on what number eight will be?
kids playing

adults catching up
Next up...some of my most favorite people on the planet came to stay with us. The Robertson crew surprised their daughters with a Disney vacation for fall break. Alice is eight and Lulu is six. The girls love the movie "Dolphin Tale" and I thought it would be fun to visit Winter the dolphin featured in the movie. Winter lives in Clearwater and when I inputted the information on my map it said it was 45 minutes away. As we piled in the car and Patrick put the address on his phone it was 2 hours and 30 minutes away. OOOOOOOOOOPS. Major oops. I have no idea what I did. Unfortunately, I know a couple of sweet girls that were not very happy that Winter was not feeling well that day (cough, cough).  It did not put a damper to our time with them. Instead, we visited Kappy's the greasy spoon of Maitland, explored the Winter Park Boat Tour, and did a lot of swimming and visiting. So much fun. Miss this crew.
Robertson's take on Disney

Coop takes care of books tonight

This was discovered in Lulu's journal. I might feel a little lot guilty about it. 
I went to high school with a pretty little red head named Ann. How lucky am I that over 20 years later we are still great friends? She and her sweet family also did a surprise Disney fall break trip and we met up with them for the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and then they stayed with us for the weekend and we had so much fun! Thankfully Ann married a music lover (like Patrick) and our kids are almost the exact same ages. Could not have been more perfectly planned. Good times!

Devil and Toothless #literallyandfiguratively 

Trying to get that sword out (for a long, long, time) 

On to the tea cups. Notice that all of the children are in one cup which means all of the adults were in another cup (I will spare you the picture:)



He is also DONE but you can hardly tell with the mask on

Parker and Wip gettin crazy at the Halloween store

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School Dayz

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The school year has taken off. From field trips to homework we are in a groove. Here is a little sneak peak at the school year (so far)....

these two...even though they are no longer in the same class they are thick as thieves

Wip keeps losing teeth

Wip was the first to get to take home the class pet...Molly Mouse is in the house

She took a dip

Built her a hotel

She even got a medal

Went down the slide

Took a ride on the skateboard (safety first)

Had a little swing time

She was the first ever to have face time

Bikin' in the basket

Good food

Then it was time to go back to school

We recreated the volcano experiment from science class

Duncan went to the grocery store for a field trip

He got lots of goodies

class pic

Wip's version of mommy and daddy

Johnny Appleseed Day

taking it in

He just keeps losing teeth

Field trip to a local restaurant

Wip and his buddy

Learning about the restaurant

Planting some herbs

Duncan went to a farmers market/petting zoo (he loves his buddy Owen)

Nice bunny

Bass in the house

Group pic
So there you have it in a nut shell (so far:)...lots of fun trips, lost teeth, and memories.