Thursday, July 23, 2009

Beaver's Bend

A few weeks ago, while aaron was in Houston, the family got together and went to Beavers Bend. We have gone there for as long as I can remember for family reunions, spring break, fall break, you name it. We would use any excuse to go. So, it was a lot of fun to go with the girls and show them all the places and things me and my sisters thought were so fun when we were younger. And between you and me, I'm really trying hard to "country-fy" my children. My parents got a great cabin so we were all able to stay in the same place. It was wonderful place although it did me no favors in my mission to country-fy. Here are some pictures of the trip...
Here we are, majorly overexposed and packed into the minivan like sardines. Mom and me were determined to get everything in one car.The cabin.

This is the morning after we got to the cabin. We went out to look around and stopped for a sit at the fire pit. This is classic Ainsley. Look at the amount of flesh she has in those hands. I really did not mean to capture this moment. Saving my baby's cheeks does take priority of a picture.

These are pictures of steph and her man scott fishing for crawdads. They found one. I'm sure steph will be thrilled that i posted this pic but they are just so cute i couldn't resist :)

Here we are at our nightly campfire. It was only about 110 degrees outside, but the girls were excited about it anyway. They got really good at roasting marshmallows.

This is after beth and nathan got there. The girls were very excited to see them :)

Here is alivia thinking about sticking her feet in the freezing cold water.

This is abbey in the freezing cold water. (I'm trying to be informative yet to the point. I mean this has definate clay family vacation "boring slide show" potential. Hang in there...i could have posted more ;) )

We ate breakfast on the balcony every morning. So nice. Here is Scott holding alivia while she pretends she is shy. We all know she is not. And a picture of Alivia with what i am guessing is 2 powdered donuts crammed in her mouth. That's just how she rolls.

And the girls dancing with paper plates on their heads. I will never understand why we buy expensive toys.

We had a blast and I'm so grateful we had the chance to do this!

Love, Audrey

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

July 4th take 2...

As I live and breathe, someone in our neighborhood just shot off some fireworks, on July 22. Clutch. That just really gets me in the mood to write about our holiday in Durant. Like I said we had a great time with our family. I just love them. We always have the best time and we always laugh. Unfortunately most of my cousins were in town because their sweet granny passed away and the funeral was that weekend. I just have the best memories of my Aunt Beverly's mom and dad. It was always such a treat to get to go spend the night at their house with my cousins. Praise God that death is not final!

We didn't have a huge 4th of July party. Alivia was already in bed, so my mom stayed home with her. My dad and me took the girls to his office so we could watch fireworks from the parking lot. The idea was to be as far away from the noise as possible yet still be able to see the show. Because you see, loud noises are just one of the many things on a long list of fears for these girls.

1. Bugs of all kinds (if it even resembles a bug, but is not, say a small dark rock, it will evoke screaming, crying, and climbing up the nearest pair of adult legs)
2. Snakes (and by snakes i mean the dried up worms that you see on the street after a good rainand then a hot day)
3. Frogs (and by frogs i mean frogs)
4. Shots (of course)
5. Timon and Pumba crying at the end of "can you feel the love tonight"
6. King Triton yelling at Ariel
7. Blood
8. Washing their hair
9. Brocolli

And after today I know that they also fear my new electric drill.

So here are some pictures of us at our firework stakeout...
We had a blast. The girls were all dressed up, of course. Great weather, great fireworks. Before the fireworks, we swam. We swam a lot that week. My mom wanted me to get the girls some goggles so i scored some at walgreens that had ariel and flounder on them. The girls loved them. Abbey called them her "gobbles". She loved them so much that she even wore her "gobbles" out of the pool...And here is one tired girl...
Love ya'll, Aud :)

Next up...July 4th in Durant!

We spent the Fourth in Durant this summer. We had the best time seeing family, swimming, and (my new hobby) buying other people's junk. There is a great new store in Durant called Bremer's Variety Depot. And they are not kidding. They have all kinds of cool stuff. I went at least three times that week looking for things to fill the shelves of my new kitchen. I found some great stuff but here is my favorite thing that happened in Bremer's. My sister Beth and i were browsing and I spotted what I thought was a type of comb. Let me back up a little. Does this bring back memories for anyone else?

Beth I know you feel me. Steph, I think you managed to escape this although you did fall victim to the bowl cut for a little longer than us. Spending the day a Irma Lee and Ike's house, handing Irma Lee perm papers so we could get our perm on. Anywho, someone told my mom that we needed a certain type of comb to care for our lovely fried locks lest they snap off and fall on the floor. So she introduced us to the "rake comb" which you may know as this little number...
and we used that rake like it was our job. (Our looked slightly different. It was the same shape but metal and the handle was what I now know to be a material called bakelite.) And we called it "The Rake". I'm sure it still echos through the halls of 111. "I CAN'T FIND THE RAKE! I'VE GOT THE MOUSSE, THE RAVE, AND THE SUPER SKINNY CURLING IRON, BUT I NEED THE RAKE! MOM, DO YOU KNOW WHERE THE RAKE IS?! I can hardly stop myself. I mean, my hair routine deserves it own website. The crispy bangs, the srunching, and crimping, the frito chip perm smell in my hair, to perm the bangs or not to perm the bangs, I could go on and on. But, the show must go on.

So there we are a Bremer's, browsing, and I spot "the rake". I yell to Beth, because she is 10 or 15 feet away and also I am super excited, "Oh my gosh Beth! It's a rake!" And then I proceed to comb my hair and reminisce about all the great times we had right there in the store. Sophisticated, I know. About this time I start to wonder what a hair comb is doing in a booth full of kitchen items and I think Beth smelled somethin fishy too because she goes, "What does the tag say it is?" I check and it says "SPONGE CAKE CUTTER WITH BAKELITE HANDLE". I feel embarrassed for about half a second that I was just combing my hair (quite loudly) with kitchen utensil in the middle of the store. Then I get over it and decide somebody's got some 'splainin' to do. My mom still swears it was a hair comb but I searched google images and the ONLY rake i found that looked like our rake was this one...
loving life right in the middle of a sponge cake.

I know this has nothing to do with the title, I got a little side tracked.

Audrey :)

It's 7 o'clock in the evening and I just brushed my teeth for the first time today...

I really feel like that may explain my absence from the ol' blog. I mean, if you know me at all you know I'm not a hygiene freak ( I even had to look that word up to spell it correctly), but I do like to give my teeth a good once over in the morning for the sake of those I might encounter during the day. You know, the walmart check out lady with the bright red hair and latex gloves (or man who loves to make jokes the entire time I am checking out), the ups/fedex/usps delivery person, or one of the many "evangelists" who roam my neighborhood, and of course my family :).

All of that to say, that unfortunately, "blogging" has taken a back seat around here. You've probably noticed that I even deleted my face book account -GASP!!- It was a major news source for me and I was very sad to see it go. In fact, if I had been on facebook I can guarantee you that I would have been the one to inform my husband that his Beloved Michael Jackson had passed away instead of him finding out from a youth group member via text (which I might add he didn't even believe. I had to say, "Give me that phone. I will find the truth!") However, even if I hadn't initiated my own investigation, the 25 text messages saying "sorry for your loss" in the next two hours might have tipped him off.

So face book is gone and blogging is neglected because we have been BUSY! But we have been having fun. This will be an attempt to catch you up and show you some pictures of what we have been up to. I have no idea how this will take shape. Maybe one massive post that you will have to print off, bind, and read like a book. Or maybe I'll do a bunch of short ones...I'll just wing it...I'm crazy like that.

I think I'll start pre-traveling. And I'm just going to skip over the "aren't my kids so cute" pictures and go straight to the "they are so much like their dad" pictures. ;)

Here is Ainsley washing the bricks with her clothes.

Here is Alivia helping remove tile from the kitchen wall.

Here is Ainsley drinking her milk and holding her nose. She has been doing this for the last 6 weeks and that is not an exaggeration. I made the fatal mistake of buying the target brand milk instead of Borden milk from walmart one time when I was in a hurry. Ainsley swore it tasted like "Abbey's milk" which is soy milk which has never gotten within 5 feet of Ainsley's apparently extremely refined palate. So being the fabulous mom I am, I told her to hold her nose and she wouldn't taste anything. So she did. And when that girl finds a good thing she does not let it go. She has continued to hold her nose when drinking milk despite the fact that I have long since replace the target brand with borden and even showed her the jug. Does this remind anyone of the glove? Here is that story...Ainsley was at granna and granpas and fell. She swore she had a scratch on her hand and at that point in time she DID NOT want to see the boo boo. We could not see it, but she was so convinced it was there that she put her hand behind her back and left it there....for three days. She ate with it behind her back, she bathed with it behind her back, she tried to get dressed with it behind her back, you get the picture. So I had another one of my brilliant ideas. I really was concerned she was going to fall and smash her face in with out that hand to catch herself. So I told her to wear a mitten so she could still use her hand but not have to see the "boo boo". Apparently she loved that idea almost as much as holding her nose because we had a child who wore one fuzzy pink mitten for about a month in the middle of the summer. She even slept in it. Ok, I've got to get one of abbey girl in here.
Well, this is Alivia, not Abbey. But I do have some great ones of abbey for a later post. Alivia loves to put things on her head and try to walk. Here she is with the library book bag on her head about to walk into the island.

Well, I think I'm going to move on to another post. By the way, see that craziness going on in the kitchen? I'll do a before and after post when it's done. It looks TOTALLY different!

Love you all, Aud :)