Friday, September 21, 2012

More shenanigans

"helping"

















































Lexi's new interest is the dog kennel. She loves to drag toys in there and go sit. I love how Rudy is looking at her:

















A sick day at home. Both girls had fever, and Lexi is now a pro at getting her temp taken under the arm. Apparently she's ready to use the thermometer too. I hope the temp of my collar bone is ok...

















My love:

















More kennel time.




























It's amazing how time (and additional children) changes you as a mother. When Natalie was a baby, I would discourage her from playing in the kennel, and then go wash those little hands right away to get all the dog germs off. Just the thought of dog hair on her clothes made me cringe. (Don't judge me! I didn't grow up around animals. I have a love/hate relationship with dog hair) Anyway, now Lexi crawls in and I'm just thankful it's quiet and she's occupied with something other than climbing. And really. She'll be taking a bath that evening anyway...








It also helps that she's so stinking cute.



























Speaking of stinking, Lexi now laughs when she (or anyone for that matter) toots. Daddy is proud of her.















...and for her latest trick, bubbles!!!



























Mike texted me that picture and said she was just watching TV, and he sat and watch the bubbles get bigger and bigger. He was impressed and needed a picture of that. *sigh* Daddy's! :)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Carnival

Oh, how I wish the title of this post had something to do with a recent cruise we took. But that didn't happen. :) We went to an actual carnival. Natalie's school had a homecoming, and they set up all the rides on their playground. There was NO way we were going to escape hearing about this! So we took the girls out for an evening of fun. The first thing Natalie did was the super slide. She saw two boys from her class going, so she joined them. I don't think she realized what she got herself into. Mike and I raised our eyebrows at each other and shrugged. She'd find out soon enough!















This is where it got kind of fast and scary for her. We were trying hard not to laugh at her facial expressions:






























Onto something much more her pace! They loved this:















My favorite picture from the whole night:






























Apple spinning:















Bounce house:















The elephant ride. This thing went up, around a couple times, and back down. Literally less than 30 seconds.















Natalie muttered that she liked 'the dumbo' ride better. Yes, she just compared an old carnival ride to Disney World:















Daddy took her on the scrambler. I was surprised she wanted to do it.















While waiting for her turn, the song "Call Me Maybe" came on and both our girls started dancing. Natalie knows just about every word to this song b/c we sing it obnoxiously loud together (and dance) on the way to school every morning.















Lexi dancing to "Call Me Maybe" Ha!



























With Nani:















Before the ride started:
















We strategically placed Mike on the outside so he wouldn't squish her. Natalie looks good-and-smooshed here anyway:































She wanted to do it again. This time with me. Oh dear.















I finally forced Natalie to do my favorite: the swings. She huffed and puffed but finally agreed. As I was getting her buckled, her friend swooped in and took my seat! So I'm sitting about 4 rows behind her:















Lexi & Pop watching the swings:















My hand has a mind of its own, apparently:

Natalie LOVING it:















Still no control over my hands...















LOL, the ride just ended and Natalie looks half-passed out.















After we were done with rides, we enjoyed some funnel cake on the sidewalk with live music in the background. Awesome night!













Friday, September 14, 2012

Wedding festivities

So Lexi didn't even make it to the start of the wedding. She was done sitting still while people were being seated. Hah! No surprise there. Mike took her out so she could run. Natalie was sitting up a few rows with Uncle Cory (who else?!) and my parents. I couldn't see too much of the wedding, the ushers seated the family in the mid-back of the church and left the first 4 rows empty. But what I could see was lovely. I only wish I could have taken a few pictures!

While waiting to be dismissed, I snuggled with Evan for a bit.















At the reception, MawMaw got him!



























Lexi was very curious. She wasn't jealous at all, just wanted to see his little face. I love how she is standing up on her tip toes:




























Snapshot of us. We wish Chase could have been in this one!















Katie and Cory:















Mike and I:















Entertaining Lexi with the dinner napkins:















MawMaw was grandchildren hopping that entire night and it was so fun just to watch her. She'd snuggle Evan, talk to Chase, talk to Natalie, and sneak some kisses from Lexi:



























Natalie anxious to get out on that dance floor!



























(click on this to see) Lexi dancing to the dinner music:
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They finally got out there after dinner and entertained quite a few people with their cuteness.















(click on this) More dancing. They have the moves:
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Bouquet toss! Lexi is making her escape:















Doug with his boys:



























Last picture of the night, Lexi in the beautiful gazebo: