Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Prayers please

I find myself checking the blogs but I am no where close to updating ours. I just can't bring myself to talk about what our family has been doing knowing that a super dear friend of mine is suffering right now. Instead, I am constantly checking her blog for updates. Her 5 year old little girl has been in the hospital for almost a week battling for her life because of a horrible case of pneumonia and still isn't out of the woods yet. You can hear their story on her blog HERE and get updates. Please, please say a quick word of prayer for a most precious little girl, Harper, and her parents, Nick and Mandy (Arnold) Cauley.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

First beach trip of 2011

I looked at the weather forecast for Orange Beach and it was calling my name!! With the weather warming up and seeing everyone's spring break beach pictures, it really made me miss the beach. I really didn't want to take the kids down by myself so I looked into flying my 15 year old cousin, Caitlin, in from Dallas to join us. Since she is being home schooled, she was able to come and was super excited about seeing the Gulf Coast for the very first time. I just picked her up from the monroe airport on our way out to the beach. I think my kids were extremely excited about seeing her since we haven't seen her in a couple of months. And Kennedy LOVES some Caitlin!

We left last Thursday knowing that Lance will join us late Saturday night and having no idea when we will return home. Having Caitlin with us allows us to be flexible since she was going to stay the week with us no matter where we were. It will probably be Wednesday so we can get ready for a dinner party at our house Friday night and then to Dallas on Saturday for the Kenny Chesney concert and to take Caitlin home.

The first three days at the beach there was fog ALL DAY LONG! It was really weird and I had never seen anything like it. But it was still plenty warm (actually looking back at it, it made it so more pleasant!) and didn't keep anyone from playing on the beach. You may be able to see it on one of the pictures.

I was glad the kids picked up where they left off last Fall with their swimming. They were great. The water was too cold at the outdoor pool, but we were able to spend some time in the indoor pool. I can tell they have both grown a lot and Landon seems stronger. Kennedy loved to finally be able to touch the bottom.

Looking at the calendar this month, we may be spending more time at the beach this month than at home. We come back again next week for Easter weekend with my parents for a really long weekend. It should be fun egg hunting in the sand and condo! And then the following week it will be my annual girls trip to the beach in the Seaside area (i am hoping i can stay down here while everyone goes back and then i meet up with my girls!!).

here are a few candid shots of the week!

kennedy wanted to get buried over and over!

Landon admiring this man's pet snake. L had no fear and K didn't want to get near it!

landon explaining what pets he wants but him mom won't let him. This man was so nice to listen to him ramble on!

You can really see the fog in this picture of landon

just a shot that i took right before we left the house

Friday, April 1, 2011

Spring Break Week

The weather wasn't as near as warm as it was last week, but it was still nice enough to enjoy our spring break! Lance was gone three nights this week and I will be glad we he makes it back home late tonight. I need a break from play fighting with Landon and pretending to be a dog with Kennedy! But I have loved how kennedy's imagination has kicked in this past month. I love the conversations she has with her toys.

With the rain and colder weather in the beginning of the week, I was able to clean out closets of clothes and even toys. Love being organized!! I'm sure it won't last too long, but everything is in it's place now.

Tuesday the kids had a blast at a the jungle gym for a birthday party for Kennedy's best little buddy from school, Jack Robbins. They are too cute together. Thursday was a FULL day as we spent our day in Shreveport while i did a basketball lesson and then took kids to Chick fil A for lunch (Holly, if you read this, I loved seeing your mom and sweet Bailey!!! super cute!). And then to Brownlee park and I was able to spend the day with my sorority Big Sis, Kerri Tynes, and her kids. Then it was back to ruston to have dinner and playdate at Nancy's house (both hubby's were out of town). We had a blast playing different games with the kids.

Today we had a perfect day at the zoo with Nancy Hunt and Holly James. The kids were so cute and the weather was warmer and couldn't have been better. The kids were so excited that they just about ran through the entire park. I didn't mind...I was able to be back home in time for naps!
This is Kennedy's face watching the tiger swim
Landon and Ava watching the tiger
Finally the alligators!!

For those who have been to the Monroe zoo, you know that peacocks roam freely throughout and I thought it was pretty special that we were able to see all the feathers
We laughed so hard as the kids tried to act like flamingos!
Zoo picnic!

I think this weekend will be great weather and I love so glad! It will be filled with a soccer game, Spring football game and birthday parties. Hmmm, I think I need to throw in a date night..I need some one on one time with my man!