Riding out the Storm

Labor Day weekend wasn’t such a beautiful weekend considering TS Lee parked himself over South Louisiana and dumped a ton of rain on us all.  Hayden and Wade had headed down to the camp to spend the weekend with his dad and Michael so Em and I headed to mom and dad’s to spend the weekend with them.  We had intended to go to the camp on Saturday, but the roads got flooded and the rain was so heavy that we couldn’t make it down there.  It was a weekend of sitting around, trying to keep kids occupied and adults from going crazy.  Mandy and I were able to get a little shopping done on Saturday between squalls (or whatever they call them … one weatherman said “petty showers” whatever that is).

Avery

Yes, my niece Avery is still the sweetest and most gorgeous baby ever. She actually falls asleep on anyone and then … get this … lets you put her down in a crib! Out of the 5 grandchildren, she’s the only one that does that!! Its amazing to see LOL

Grammy set up a special Princess tea party for the girls:

And they got to play in the rain

While watching the LSU game on Saturday night, Avery learned the ins and outs of the IPad:

On Monday, we went to my grandparents house so that I could go through some boxes of things that were mine. While walking up the porch steps, we noticed this in the concrete … my 2 year old footprint :-)

And finally, on the way home that afternoon, the sun came out … we hadn’t seen it in almost 4 days!

What a dull, gray, wet weekend that was! But there was good company and plenty of good food (mom cooked roast and chili, dad cooked us some chicken and sausage gumbo).

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Snapshots and an iPhone

A couple of weeks ago, I finally caved and got an IPhone.  I was always one of those devoted Droid fans who said I did NOT want to get an iPhone, ever.  But after debating for literally 3 months about what phone I would upgrade to (I had an original Motorola Droid), I finally just decided to make an easy decision and get an iPhone 4.  There were several Android phones I was going back and forth with and just could not make up my mind.  I wanted simplicity, but I wanted all of the features I loved in my Droid …  once I figured out that I could still have turn by turn GPS navigation, streaming Netflix, Skype and plenty of other things I wanted, I decded to do the iPhone.  The kids have iPods and Wade has an iPhone, so it just made sense.  Yes, I do love it though its taking some getting used to … I hate that it doesn’t really multitask …a couple of examples I have come across is that I can’t download my Audible books and do anything else, if I close the app, its stops downloading.  There is also a cap on the phone which doesn’t allow me to download books and apps over 20MB without connecting to WiFi – I HATE HATE HATE this feature.  I’m on Verizon, so I have unlimited data and should be able to do this … many people don’t care about this, but I do, I did it often, especially with audiobooks in the car.  Also, when I was riding my bike yesterday, I had my bike GPS running and couldn’t use that and Rhasody at the same time, annoying.  I’ll get used to it though, I love much more about it than I hate, I guess, especially the ease and entertainment of taking pics with it!

I love Instagram and Hipstamatic and use it several times a day just to document what we’ve been doing.  I love being able to scroll through my pics and remember what we did each day, then I can go back and post about it here :-)

A couple of weekends ago, we all stayed at my parents’ house so we could attend a couple of birthday parties.  My mom was watching Adalyn and Ethan, too, so the kids got to hang out and play all weekend:

Mom taught Em and Addie how to play jacks:

At one birthday party, the kids got to play on a water slide and at the next one, they had a fun jump … it was a fun weekend for both of them!

Emelyn even got to see her future husband:

I’ve already posted about our Mommy School activities, which is mostly what Em and I have been up to.  She also had to accompany me to a bridal session last week at Oaklawn Manor in Franklin.  I was a bit nervous about it, but it was a rescheduled session and in the morning, so I couldn’t really find a babysitter or reschedule again.  I knew that most likely she would be ok and was really only worried that she would get clingy and whiny, wanting me to hold her.  I packed a bag of snacks and loaded up my phone with games.  Thankfully, the bride and her mom, as well as the lady who works at Oaklawn, were very sweet and liked having her there.  She sat back most of the time and ate her snacks or played on the phone.  She was very, very good even though she did sit on some very old (100 year +) furniture and make herself comfortable with her snacks LOL

She got a bag of Skittles as a treat for being so good and fell asleep on the way home with them still in her hand:

Hayden’s open house was last Thursday and my mom came to stay with the kids so we could go (a whole 15 minutes, quite useless in my opinion). Em went home with mom that night, so Hayden had us to himself all weekend, which he really enjoyed. Friday night, Gabi and Mike came over and we stayed up very late playing Dance Central. Hayden stayed up with us until after midnight and the next day, fell asleep watching TV in bed with me around 3pm. I still love watching him sleep.

When he woke up, he spent some time snuggling mommy and daddy and we all stayed up late once again because he had slept until 6pm.

This past week, Em and I did some more mommy school and lots of shopping / errand running. On Monday morning, I wanted to visit a little kids boutique in Thibodaux but we got there way before it opened, so I took Em to the library, which has a boardwalk along the bayou. We watched the ducks, climbed up and down the stairs and walked around, back and forth.

That afternoon, there was some excitement at Hayden’s school when 6 firetrucks pulled up as we were waiting for him to get out of school. It turned out to be a faulty alarm or something:

Tuesday, Em and I visited my friend Corine and her new baby, Mia. She’s so beautiful and it was great to spend some time with Corine. We don’t get together nearly enough and I miss the friendship we had years ago.

Hayden finally got a new booster seat, a Cybex X-Fix which has side impact protection and a LATCH system. Its really neat and comfy, Hayden loves it and I feel so much safer with him in it.

Em and I discovered a Pinkalicious doll on clearance at Walmart yesterday!

And I think (hope) I finally found an exercise that I enjoy – I bought myself a new bike yesterday along with a seat for Em so she can ride with me. I can’t believe how much it actually works me out, just a 15 minute ride and I was dripping with sweat LOL Emelyn loves riding with me!

Now, if we could just get rid of this so I can actually ride it:

Darn hurricane season …. it just better all go away before October 1 when we leave on our cruise!

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“M” for Monster – Mommy School

Emelyn and I have started Mommy School and have been working on it casually over the last 2 weeks.  Alison, the creator of Mommy School, is generous enough to allow you to download her packets for free.  She is gradually adding letters, and since we are taking about 2 weeks for each letter, I think we’ll be ok for a while!  The packet includes ideas for art, science, math, activities, songs, snacks, books and also include links to print outs and some print outs of her own.  We had a great time with the “M for Monster” pack over the last couple of weeks.  I sat down a while back and mapped out which activities we’d do each day as well as a list of supplies needed.  Emelyn and I went shopping for all the supplies at one time and I tried to make as many preparations before as I could.  I wound up typing up each days activities and slipping them along with any print outs into page protectors into a binder.  Once we are finished with a letter, I slip any additional supplies I had along with any pre-made activities into the pockets and plan to pass it on to my sister so she can  use it for my niece.

We are being very laid back and casual, having lots of fun.  In addition to “M,” we’ve done activities with the number 8 and squares.  Some of the stuff takes a bit more preparation than others, like the flannel board activities, but its all fun and worth it!  Here are some of our activities over the last couple of weeks:

One of our first activities was to search for colored google eyes in play dough and sort them onto colored monsters.  Em enjoyed this and after finding them all, she glued them onto each monster and counted the eyes.

We visited the library on the hunt for MONSTER books and Em played on the touch screen computers while I checked out the shelves:

She made flannel board monsters out of various felt shapes:

Created shape monsters using colored foam shapes, google eyes and markers:

We now own a plethora of google eyes:

We did another flannel board activity where Em had to feed a monster felt shapes when I called them out in a song:

And we made Monster Cookies which are called that because of all the ingredients in them (peanut butter, choco chips AND mms) …

We did plenty of other activities over the couple of weeks but didnt’ take photos. Next, we are moving on to “I for Insect!”

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