Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Beach with Batesies

Haylea's family rented a beach house for a week and were gracious enough to let us crash for a couple of days with them. The worst part was Daddy didn't get to go with us. This was just a couple of days after we got home from Puerto Rico, so he needed to stay and work. :(

For anyone who doesn't know....Gage is 2 mo older than Levi, and Chloe is 3 mo older than Audrey. They were SUPER fun to watch!! Each time we get together they love each other more and more and it fills my heart with joy!

Silly girl! Terrified of the inflatable turtle!

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Beautiful view!

Gage really didn't want Levi to have to sit in time out alone!

It's almost impossible to get pics of the 2 of them!!

How cute are they sitting together at their tiny table?!?!

This is one of the most beautiful babies I've ever seen in my life. You should see her eyes!!!

(Picture courtesy of Aunt Lulu) There was this awful seaweed mess. Evidently it's an annual thing. I couldn't believe how brave Levi was this trip! He just walked right through it!

Gorgeous beach babies!!!

Chloe actually hated the beach part. She didn't like the sand, she didn't like the water. I have no clue where she gets that from? (The last time we went down, I put one of those bamboo mats down for her. She much preferred sitting on it! And then she actually splashed in the water.)

Us and Gooma and Audrey!

These little stinkers!!!

We decided to take the kids to Moody Gardens the next day. They all LOVED IT!!

Watching the "sea-whales" as Levi called them. (seals)

I knew Levi would dig it, but Chloe was totally into it!!!

Chloe is terrified of Audrey, haha! Audrey is sooooo lovable, but it scares Chloe to death! It cracks me up that she even wanted to be touching Chloe in their strollers!

The Chloe turtle!

Two pretty cool frogs if you ask me!

Of course we weren't fast enough to catch Gage...instead we caught the 2nd attempt gone wrong.

Last time we went to Moody Gardens we had no children and the Rainforest Pyramid was closed because Ike destroyed it. Quite a different experience this time!

I love taking them to experience new things! My hope is that when they get in school, they won't get that awful blank stare on their face when their teacher asks them "Have you ever seen a.....?"

These crazy frickin monkeys!!! At first I thought oh that's cool! They get close. Well then we found out that they like to jump on strollers and it jumped on the door handle right behind us trying to follow us inside!

Look how happy he is!! Sorry for the terrible pic.

Chloe had so much fun!! She pointed at each and every exhibit and then was thrilled to run around when I let her out of the stroller!

They also had a little dinosaur exhibit. Levi really wanted to go...and then of course got scared. Can't blame him, they scare me a little too!

Then it was on the big paddle boat! Everyone was excited at first, but it quickly escalated to the "Meltdown Cruise."

I spend so much of my time trying to teach them to be kind to each other. Seeing this literally turns me into a puddle on the floor!

Then we went from this.....

to this....

and this.....

and this....

and finally this....(before I finished buckling Levi in!) Obviously they missed their naps and had tons of excitement!!!

Then we headed back to chill for one more night!

If you're happy and you know it...

clap your hands! These two definitely have a love of music in common!!

Party under the table!!! They're all 4 under there!

We let the boys stay up extra late to go crab hunting with us. I can't even tell you how proud I was of Levi! He did decent with the crabs, but he was awesome in the water! He was holding my hand and trying to drag me out further in the water! Lester was fishing way off the shore (still only knee deep) and he so wanted to go with him! We all know I wasn't going!

What a wonderful week with some of my favorite people! They are such blessings in my life!!!

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Random Catch Up...

Our two sweet babies are growing up so incredibly fast! These are just some random happenings from lately.

Daddy and Levi went on a man date to see planes, so Sissy and I got to have some girl time! (Well, really we just went to the grocery store...)

She was darn adorable doing it though!!! This girl has so much spunk! She's absolutely hilarious!

When the boys got home, we cooked supper and had the Nelson clan over for supper. We got an extra big surprise when Uncle Brent called and said he was coming too!!!! Wonderful Sunday evening!!!

She doesn't normally have that odd pony tail sticking out the side of her head, but that's how I have to pull her hair back when she wears a head band. She was extra fabulous at church, but we had to lose the ruffles for play time!

These two are bffs! They grin so big when they see each other! Lucas is soooooo much taller than her!! So crazy how kids are all so different!

I've become slightly obsessed with this humongous wasps. The first sighting was at Steve and Kristie's. Mom and I FLIPPED out and made everyone come inside. Steve wasn't so worried because they'd had them the year before.

We had them flying around the porch that night we were all having dinner. We figured they'd made a nest under the porch. When I got home from the beach last week there were like 7 dead locusts on the porch. Well, after a little research I've discovered they're called "Cicada Killers." They have a very short adult life span and only live as adults from July-August. They dig holes in the dirt, kill 3 or 4 cicadas, put them in the hole and lay eggs on them. The eggs live on the cicadas and complete the other 3 stages under ground, then show up again in July. I'm fascinated that they just carry the cicadas around like this! I don't want the darn things around, but I kind of feel sorry for them! We probably won't have to worry about them next year because they can't get the cicadas down there!

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These kiddos are BUUUUUUSY these days! Levi acted like he didn't want in the picture, but he really did!

I was trying to catch the cuteness of this outfit...but she just wouldn't sit still!

This morning I took some of the clan to the playground since the weather has been so nice. This is the first time we've been since Chloe's walking good. She LOVED the slide!!!

Nathan made sure I got him going up AND down these bars....

I informed him I only got his butt. haha He wanted to make sure I sent it to his Momma!

They're all decked out in Rangers gear because the big boys got to go to the game with Nana and Grandpa tonight.

And Levi just crawled right up this like it ain't no thang!!

I leave you with this....At first glance I was ready to rip into Levi, but as you can tell it was most definitely a sibling love kind of moment. Even if it's a weird kind of love! haha.

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