Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Summer fun in Ruston

Whew! I really can't seem to find enough time during the day to catch up on our blog!! I think with these long days, we don't get inside until late and then I am just exhausted once I get the kids down!!

Let's see, the kids and I spent a week in Shreveport while I did a basketball camp a couple of weeks ago. We had a great time and Landon was in hog heaven at my parents house. Although, we are still recovering from chigger bites all over his body. But, it hasn't slowed him down yet!

Then last week, I hosted our monthly 'girls night out' party at our house and I spent most of my free time getting ready for that. I hate that i didn't take pictures!! Since it's Peach Festival time in Ruston, I played off of the peach theme and it turned out great. We had a wonderful time too!

Kennedy turned 9 months (16th), said her first word (bye bye), and cut three teeth all in about 2 days. She is also clapping now and I forgot how cute that is!!! I will have to post a video from my new iPhone!! She is interacting more with Landon and I just love it. But, she is at the stage when she wants mama around all the time...yikes! Let's hope that doesn't last long.

Landon has been enjoying his new waterslide. We keep it out for the weekends and it has been a great buy! I think we are going to get our money's worth out of it (if we haven't already). But for now, he will have to get to feeling better before he gets on it again. I took him in this morning to the doc office and poor guy has strep throat. I have never heard of kids getting strep in the summer, but I guess it happens! But give him a shot of motrin and he is as good as new!

Well, the peach festival is this weekend and I hope to do a better job of posting more. Hope everyone has a great week...

Some pics... this first one is in Shreveport at my cousins neighborhood feeding the swan

Kennedy enjoying the warm weather while brother plays on the slide

Sweet daddy and Kennedy

Landon and our neighbor, Alec, taking a break from playing

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Farewell Friends

For a number of reasons, I have not blogged in over two weeks. I did a basketball camp in Shreveport for a week, getting ready for a party at my house (which is an ordeal since I never host anything), dealing with Kennedy who is cutting 4 teeth at one time, and fighting off early bedtimes due to our extreme workout program we have going on. But I think the number one reason why I haven't blogged is because I know I have to send a BIG farewell to a very dear friend of mine and her son, who just happens to be Landon's best buddy. If you have followed any of my blog entries, then you have seen Hayden all over them. Although, it's funny that the picture below is the first picture that Shannon and I have taken together!!

Shannon and Hayden Russell are starting a new adventure in Lubbock, TX where Eric, Shannon's husband, just took a job on the Texas Tech football coaching staff. Even though we had a party to say farewell, we have both decided that it's not goodbye because we plan on meeting up half way in Dallas.

I will miss our numerous playdates, potty progress calls, eating dinner, fighting over the motorcycles, "oh yeah" dance, twisting hair while drinking, "eating" golf clubs, and most of all, our conversations. That list could go on...and so will our friendship. We will miss you dearly!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Potty bootcamp and waterworld

Well, like everyone else, I think the last two weeks of May was crazy!!! Two weeks ago we started potty training Landon...cold turkey. We threw away all diapers and he has been in big boy underwear ever since (except for a car ride to my parents house). Someone gave me a 3 day potty training ebook and it has helped a ton. We had tons of accidents at first, but i have to say that it has paid off. The only thing that we are struggling with is going '#2' but I understand that will take a while. But at least we have had ZERO accidents at night and during naps.

With the potty training, I have to constantly be by his side to watch his cues. So, I had zero free time during the day to blog or surf the net. All my free time was at night and by then I had laundry and other chores to take care of.

I have to brag on Lance...we started a 90 day workout plan and we have conquered week one and it was a rough one! It's called P90x and it has taken a lot out of us...early mornings and early bedtimes. But I think we are motivated and want to keep it going! This week, I am also going to do Sharon's Bootcamp twice a week too so I will really be wiped out!! But at least the kids will be at mother's day out to give me a little break time!

Also, during this past two weeks, both kids caught a cold and Kennedy ended up with an ear infection that has gotten her up early every day (yawn). Now, I am just waiting to see if Landon gets one too.

Well, this past weekend, we had an absolute blast playing in our backyard with several different water toys. Even Lance and I got into it and just loved it. Here are some pics from this past weekend outside in the water. I hope to get to walmart this week to purchase a big water slide because I think it will be a great summer to have one so I can keep Kennedy here during her naps instead of dragging her out and missing naps.

Landon and his buddy, Hayden, who is moving away in a week!! :(

Kennedy LOVED the water!!

We got creative and put together a 'water slide'

Landon going backwards