Friday, September 12, 2014

4th of July 2014...

We flew into Atlanta, and didn't get in until like midnight. Ben told us that he hadn't wanted his parents to come so late to get us, like they usually do, so he had gotten us a hotel by the airport. We shuttled it over, and went up to our room, and lo and behold, his mom, sister and 3 nephews were all in fast asleep!!! He had taken us to their room, and our room was right next door. We chatted with them for a bit, and went to bed. We woke up the next morning with the plans to go to six flags, but Taylor started throwing up, so we decided to just head back to Wetumpka. I felt bad that Ben didn't get his six flags trip, I think that may be the only real reason he came! :) ha ha
By the time we got to Wetumpka, and gave ourselves a day to recover from traveling, before we knew it, it was the 4th of July.
Cute little charming Wetumpka has a little 4th of July celebration ever year. They have a big river that goes right through the town, and usually they shoot off the fireworks from the middle of the river, and everyone can watch from the banks and the bridges, but this year for some reason they sent them off from somewhere in the trees over there...
Jackson wasn't quite sure what to think of the fireworks. But he sure did love snuggling with grandma, and I'm pretty sure grandma loved the snuggling, too!
My best shot of the night! I love the reflection of the fireworks in the river and the people on the dock and in the boat.
The best part about the Wetumpka fireworks is that they are over in like 20 minutes, so we're not out super late with the kids.
After the show we went back to grandmas house, of course, and had to get a pic of the gang...
They also found some frogs which they were super excited about...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Alabama bound...

After Grandma Kelly's birthday celebration, we headed to Bama! Our yearly summer trip was about to begin! We didn't think that Ben was going to be able to come, so, like usual, I packed up and did EVERYTHING myself only to have Ben show up AT THE AIRPORT to surprise us! He told me that he was busy at work and wouldn't be able to make it this summer, so I asked my dad to take us to the airport. I checked us in, and the lady asked me about our other person in our party, Ben Pyper. I told her that he wasn't coming, and that maybe he originally purchased himself a ticket, but that I'm sure that he cancelled it because he wasn't able to come. I was still totally clueless. So, she told me that I should call him to make sure that he really wasn't coming because it looked like he was already checked in. So, I called him and I told him what the lady said and he assured me that he wasn't coming. I was waiting for him to come out any minute, and he wasn't and he wasn't. Then they started calling us to board, and still no Ben...
And, literally, right after I took this picture, and right before they called family boarding, he comes walking down the hallway!!! We were so excited, although I was a little bitter that I had already done so much work on my own that he could have helped me with!!! :) The kids obviously immediately got to work on their new little trinkets that I had gotten them for the airplane ride...
Jackson was so excited to be on the plane...

Our layover was in Chicago, and we had to stop and get some Chicago dogs. Ben was also showing off one of the many many loom bracelets he made on the plane ride.
This little dude was having a ball with his new found crawling skills...
I love me a good plane sunset! I've seen many in my day. Unfortunately, the camera on my phone sucks!!!
I wish the flight to Atlanta wasn't QUITE so long...but I guess it's a small price to pay...

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Grandma's B-day...

Grandma had come up to see Nathan and Angie, and we decided to all go out to dinner to celebrate her birthday. Hu Hot is a family favorite, and that's where we ended up!
Selfie with my Carter boy!
Cute cousins! They sure do love each other!
Jackson eating a lemon for the first time. I got it at the exact right moment! That face! :)
After dinner we came back to our house for cake and ice cream, and the Maughans came over to celebrate with us!
Tucker and is Paola...
The birthday girl getting help with her candles from her two big grandsons:
Chase went outside and found our sidewalk chalk paint:
Eating their Strawberry Shortcake out side! Oh how I miss those summer nights!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Monday June 30, 2014

Oh man, how I love this chubby face! At papa's house hanging out with Carter and Chase who are in town visiting! We love cousins!!!
Starting to drink out of his bottle like a big boy, all on his own! Yay for freedom for mommy, sad for baby boy getting big!
Papa and Chase! Chase looks enthused, as usual! :) ha ha (Papa has enough enthusiasm for them both, apparently!) :)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sunday June 29, 2014

Sunday, we got to go to a BBQ at my aunt and uncles house to see some of my cousins who were in town. Rachel is moving back up to the NW (yay!) and so is staying at her parents house for a few weeks until all their stuff gets up here in their moving truck. And Lori was just visiting with her girls for a few weeks. I love seeing my cousins, and having all of our kids play.
The kids picking cherries....
They opened up the pool for the kids to swim, but only my kids were brave enough to actually get in the water. Well, not brave enough, but crazy enough. For these California and Florida kids, the weather was freezing! And we were basking in the sun! :) My kids, being Washingtonians! :)
Tucker, the lone swimmer!
Playing croquet with Auntie Lorraine and Cousins Rachel and Lucy...
Two babies; Jackson and Eli...
Tucker loved all the attention from his crazy girl cousins!! :)
Sweet Eli:
Cute Uncle Leif had all the kids and they were loving on him:
It's so fun to have cousins in town!
I especially love the older ones who are fun to keep in touch with on Instagram! :) Love ya Lucy!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Saturday June 28, 2014

Now that this guy is crawling, having Scout here while the McLaughlins are in Utah for the week is an extra special treat for him! I'm not so sure that Scout loves it, though! :)
Those who know me know I love the cloud pictures! And Spokane has some beautiful sky! 
Our branch had an activity at the home of a family up North who own a family petting farm. It's like on your way up to Mt. Spokane. It was so much fun for the kids! (me, not so much...I'm not an animal person...) But it was still a beautiful summer evening, and we had a great time with friends. The downtown branch was also invited, so it was fun to see old friends!
Of course, Tucker's conjoined twin, Owen came with us! (and we wouldn't have it any other way!)
Taylor even got to ride on a horse for the first time in her life! She loved it!
She was very serious about her horse riding!
It was a just a gorgeous evening!
Ben, of course, had to get in on the action. GQ style! :)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Friday June 27, 2014

Friday was a big day at our house! This little man FINALLY, after months and months of physical therapy, started crawling!!!!! woo-hoo!!!!! He is so cute and sweet, and he is so happy and proud of himself for being mobile now. I love it!

We were all just playing in the play room/Tuckers room and he went for it! He had been doing these pivot moves for a few days, where he could move to where he wanted to go, but it was all over the place! :) And now he is an official crawler! woo-hoo!!!
So happy with himself:
We got Gomer out to join in the fun:
Then the kids went down for lunch and I brought lunch up to Gomer. He sat right on it and went to town...
Speaking of animals, we had this guy for a week again. My kids love him so much! And yes, I was sitting on the toilet going to the bathroom when I took this picture, because this is seriously how he would follow me in and sit in the bathroom waiting for me!
That afternoon we went to daddy's warehouse to pick him up and played on the forklift with him for a while.

Since it was the last Friday night before the kids and I would be leaving for Alabama for 3 weeks, I went on a hot date with my hubby! The sky was so amazing as we were driving out of our neighborhood:
I had asked my good friend, Katrina's oldest daughter, Riley to babysit. She is like 12.5 and so sweet. She brought games for them to play and had my house cleaned when we got home, and the sweetest, is that she left this little note for them when they woke up the next morning. So awesome!