November 19, 2013

mistakes at the lake 2013

for those of you who don't know, matt has had the same group of friends his entire life. unfortunately, we don't all live in the same town, so in order for our children to be life long best friends, we decided to have a weekend-long playdate. yep, a weekend-long playdate. 

our good friends invited us to join them at their lake house. we used to take yearly trips together before any of us had kids. it was so interesting to see how trips change when you have almost as many children as adults. early mornings, adventure walks, life jackets, feeding the fish, sharing sippy cups, cleaning up toys, pack n' plays for days, chasing toddlers, entertaining babies, nasty matt's pizza, chicago deep dish STYLE pizza, tyler's pancakes instead of waffles (my mistake at the lake), rock climbing and being too exhausted to finish the tech game. 

overall, i would call it a success. a weekend-long, successful playdate. it was great to see the beginnings of life long friendships being made. looking forward to doing it all over again and making new memories. and who knows, maybe there will be new additions for our next weekend long playdate.
hugs and kisses~ MATL 2013 crew

November 9, 2013

apple orchard

experiencing all things fall means an obligatory visit to the apple orchard. mclain loved it...and aplin slept right through it.
we got to explore, sample the local produce, and ride on a hayride. mclain would much rather drive the tractor instead of sitting on a pile of hay in the back of the trailer. but you get what you get--
life lessons on the farm :)
^^^mclain is all about the free samples--just like his mama^^^
part of me wants to start decorating for christmas, but i have held off so i can enjoy fall a little bit longer.  i want more pumpkin flavored everything before i move on to peppermint and eggnog. i also want more apple orchards and pumpkin patches before i move on to christmas trees and twinkle lights. i'm making an effort to embrace the season we are in and savoring every moment.
if you need an apple pie, we use the betty crocker recipe--that lady knows what's up. 

hugs and kisses~m, s, mc, a, t, m, b, b, b, m, bc and m

November 5, 2013

did you think i forgot about you?

i know, it's been awhile. don't worry, i haven't forgotten about just you. it seems i have forgotten every thing lately. i have forgotten to celebrate all things fall, including halloween (well, almost). i have forgotten to get out my 'new to me' fancy camera that i got for my birthday. i have forgotten how every night my family expects to eat a warm dinner.  my brain is mush. i get on my phone to call or text a friend i've been thinking about, only to get distracted by instagram. i forget to rsvp to weddings and showers, or write thank you notes because by the time i go to the other room to get said invitation or said thank you note, I have been distracted by eighteen other things. and don't even get me started on paying bills. that's why i got on the computer and somehow i ended up writing this blog post. oh well.

this past weekend we had friends come visit.  they were our first overnight guests since we've moved into our home 6+ months ago.which means, the "guest room" that was serving as our storage unit as well as aplin's temporary room needed a lot of attention.  i've been consumed with unpacking and organizing the last of our moving boxes and getting mclain and aplin's shared room put together.  the guest room is officially a guest room and mclain and aplin are officially sharing a room.  i'm patting myself on the back as i type this.

enough of my are some recent photos:
our costumes took 6 1/2 minutes to put together. they would've taken less time if aplin would have cooperated a little more when it came to drawing on her whiskers. and look at those cheeks--i can't get enough!

last year, i made my costume. we went to 3 different fall festivals. carved a pumpkin and passed out candy.  this year we did none of that. we put on these very 'modest' costumes and went to marmee and grandad's for candy but mainly so they would take our picture. sorry kids, i promise next year will be better.

like i said earlier, this past weekend we had friends in town.  we ate a lot of good food: jalisco's, one guys, and josie's. and i got to cross two things of my lubbock to-do list: pictures with buddy holly and dancing at chances r. all were a success.
^^^yes, mclain has his guns up^^^
 ^^^these kiddos have the BEST aunts and uncles^^^
^^^he's been asking for dana ever since she's left.  come back soon!!!^^^
^^^please note i cropped out will's gig'em--that will not be tolerated in raider land^^^
^also, i look pregnant--i am not^
the game was a bust, but hey, you win some, you lose some. right? my gun was up the whole time! and that's what really matters.

hope y'all had a wonderful halloween, weekend and past couple months....ttyl!

hugs and kisses~m, s, mc, a, b, b, t, m, m, b, bc and m