Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Infinity's edge

I've always wanted to swim in an infinity pool, having been impressed with how they look in pictures. And I got my chance in Gulfport. It was beautiful, with the infinity edge overlooking the beach. The boys sure loved hanging out at the edge too, fascinated with the waterfall on the other side.

 Jack goofin' off on his back

Conner loves the pool, always happy to float around

 We got to practice his kicking skills on this trip; I'd tell him to "kick, kick, kick!" and he'd do it.

Jason has been apprehensive towards the pool this summer, preferring to stay on dry ground or clinging with a death grip to the nearest adult while in the water. Luckily, this pool had zero entry and a large shallow end so he had plenty of space to splash and play without freaking out.

 I believe I already mentioned my boys' curiosity with the infinity edge? Here's Conner trying in his umpteenth attempt to go over the edge.

 I appreciate the irony of the sign with Jason below it

Friday, August 1, 2014

The difference between a firstborn boy and a thirdborn boy-

The difference between my 1st son and my 3rd son:

                                        My 1st son, as an older baby, played with his baby toys.

                                        My 3rd son, as a now 14 month old, picks up random toys and
                   pretends they're some sort of weapon, while making the accompanying sound effects.

The benefit of having older brothers.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summer fun at the beach

We just returned home after a week away, visiting the beaches of Mississippi, and family in Georgia. The boys had a great time enjoying our little adventure, despite the long hours in the car spent traveling.

We spent a few days in Gulfport, MS, a beach town next to Biloxi. The boys loved being on the beach, digging in the sand, splashing in the water, and chasing bubbles around.

Conner digging around

 Jack was an attentive architect, carefully crafting his castle with his dad.
 And then like any true boy, he reveled in destroying the castle upon its completion
 And like any good brother, Jason was right there to aide in the castle's destruction
 I love this shot of Jack catching the bubbles!

 Jason needed a little convincing to get in the water. He insisted we not go to the ocean, and go to the pool instead. (Because sharks and whales live in the ocean.) He also thought the surf at first were sharks swimming around, haha. After a few minutes though, he forgot his fears and enjoyed "swimming" in the water. ("swimming" refers to his crawling through the water, which he proudly described as swimming)

More stories will follow about our vacation fun!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Spring Wildflowers

Spring brought us some amazing sights to see this season, with a colorful variety of wildflowers in full bloom across the city. Lucky for us, there were a few fields of them at our neighborhood park for us to enjoy on our walks. I borrowed my dad's SLR camera and took the opportunity after church one day to snap some shots of the boys in the flowers. The wildflowers seemed to be a sea of red- it was really beautiful.

 Conner wasn't too thrilled to be set down at this moment, but it's still adorable-

There's my little self-soothing thumb sucker, resigned to his fate in the wildflowers-

When we went for walks around the park, the boys really were impressed by the flowers' colors, pointing them out and asking to go pick them. I hope they're this beautiful next year!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Turning 3

Jason had his 3rd birthday in April and is now officially a big boy. We spent the days leading up to his special day practicing his new answer to the question "how old are you?," getting 3 fingers up instead of just 2. Where does the time go? I still think of him as my baby, proven by the fact that I constantly call Conner- my actual baby- Jason half the time! In fact, one of Jack's friends asked me the other day after one such name calling slip-up, "Is your baby's name Jason Conner?" Yeah, no. No, it's not, I'm just confused. So anyways, it's hard to believe Jason is the big 3.

Jon and I snuck into Jason's room while he slept the night before his b'day, and decorated with balloons and streamers. It was so fun and it paid off. Jason was so enamored with it the next morning that he stayed in his room, content to stare at the party decorations, while I slept in. An awesome side effect, I won't lie. When I went in to his room that morning, he was so happy and exclaimed, "Mommy! There's a party!" He kept referring to the balloons thru out the house, as a party. So cute.

 So for his b'day breakfast he ate waffles soaked in butter and syrup and scrambled eggs, yum. We had put up balloons (including some tiger-striped ones, reminding him of one of his favorite t.v. characters Daniel Tiger) all over the house, and he just loved it and felt so special.

That night, when Jon came home from work and Mimi & Pappaw arrived, we took the boys to Red Robin's to celebrate. We enjoyed burgers, while Jason ate mac 'n' cheese and Jack had a grilled cheese sandwich, paired with chocolate milkshakes. When dinner wrapped up, the wait staff came by to sing to Jason, and he was delighted by all the attention.

After dinner, we came home to perhaps the best part of the day- PRESENTS! Jack eagerly helped Jason open his gifts, showing him just what to do. Jason got a cool new Mater tee, a speed boat with accompanying race cars for the bathtub, an airplane from Planes, and a lifelike Mater toy that talks and drives around, complete with rockets and machine gun attachments (courtesy of the grand Mimi).

 The day after Jason's b'day, Jack leapt off the school bus and ran inside the house, and proceeded to plead with Jason to play with the new Mater toy. Jason flipped back and forth between being gracious and sharing, and tyrannical and yelling NO! Drama ensued for a few days, until the luster of the new toy wore off some. Seriously, the drama.

For his b'day cake this year, I forewent the traditional cake route, instead opting for iced sugar cookie sandwiches. They were delish. (Our family's b'days are all in a 2 month cluster, so cake can get a bit tiring.)

 Conner was bound and determined to get himself some cookies too.

It was so fun to help Jason celebrate his b'day this year. He's at such a fun age for anticipating fun events, and getting giddy with excitement. It's contagious and I hope it sticks around for awhile. Happy Birthday to our ever-growing 3 year old boy!

And for the memory book- at Jason's annual check-up, he weighed in at 29 lbs (20th%) and measured 38.5 in (75th%). Long and skinny.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Christmas 2013

What better time is there to post about Christmas morning than when on the brink of Spring? Hopefully you agree with me, since this is our official post for Christmas 2013.

We didn't travel for the holidays this year, which was totally okay with me. My sisters and bro-in-law were in town, staying at my parents' house. So before our little family joined the rest of the fam at my parents' house, we had our own Christmas celebration at home with just the boys. They opened a few presents from me and Jon.

Jack got some Lightning McQueen slippers, while Jason got a Lightning McQueen pillow. They enjoyed racing their respective Lightning McQueen's around the house, "driving" the slippers and pillow around. Then they pretended to nap on top of their McQueen's, since one of them was an actual pillow; so Jack was fake snoring with his head on his slippers. So silly these boys.

Conner got a baby piano and some rolling balls to crawl after-
 Jon gave me a clock for our living room, and I surprised him with a cool gadgety flash light that practically talks. Sorry for the lack of pictures, they came out a bit blurry and then my videos wouldn't upload to blogger.

After our initial celebrations, we drove to my parents' house and had even more present opening, probably taking close to 2 hours. Seriously, my children want for nothing when it comes to their grandparents. But they're not that spoiled, the 2 hours wasn't solely devoted to them, the adults got plenty of gifts too. Eric had one of the best surprises that morning- an iPad Air! He didn't even ask for it, but was pretty excited opening that box.

Teri and Eric holding baby Conner
 Jack perfectly posing his new chic tie

 Jason getting Pappaw's help opening a remote control truck

Conner intrigued by his new octopus-

 Jack got a few artistic gifts this year since he's shown an interest in drawing and writing, this one present is a color by numbers concept, using different colored magnets to create pictures.
 And the biggest, top-secret present of the day, saved for last when all of the other presents were open, was...........

A police car power wheel!
 A present for both Jack and Jason, it has 2 seats (no fighting over it!), 2 speeds plus reverse, sirens, and walkie-talkie action. They LOVE it, as do I.
 Since we live in a cul-de-sac, Jack gets to drive it in the street around the circle, and we also take it up to the park. They are so cute in it, and Jack's actually a very skilled driver.

 Below Pictures Feature Each Boy Modeling Some of Their Presents:

 I'm not sure why Conner is sitting with his back to his toys, as if he's ignoring them, but it's sure funny!

Jason got some great wooden blocks with which to build, and there's his McQueen pillow-

Jason showing me his Dracula Mater. In case you hadn't picked up on it, my boys are Cars obsessed, especially with these specialty Mater toys where he dresses up as different characters. So Dracula Mater is one of his personas, among others like Astronaut Mater, Daredevil Mater, wrestling Mater, etc. They're really annoying to step on in the middle of the night!

 Jack tried to show me his new present- but got photobombed by Jason!
 Let's try that again. There you go- Jack's McQueen slippers.

 Jack pointing to the magnetic dog he constructed with one of Jason's toys

I almost forgot! My parents so generously gifted me and Jon with an elliptical machine! Yay!! We had both been thinking about getting some type of exercise equipment to help with getting in shape, and this was perfect. We've put it to good use, and I'm only a few lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight. Just in time for my birthday shopping trip I'm planning soon!