i went in to laney's room this morning and greeted her as usual. upon my entrance, she grabbed on to the crib and pulled herself up to a standing position. that's a first. watch out world, here she comes...
We made a quick trip to Nashville this weekend. So quick that we were there less than 24 hours. We met up with Ron at the hotel Friday night when we got into town. He got there ahead of us to pick up his race packet. Sam desperately tried to find something to watch on the tube, Luke ran around with excitement, and Laney explored while sitting on the floor.
Ron ran in the Country Music Marathon Saturday morning. Fortunately the rains held off until lunchtime, so me and the kids got to see him at the race. He ended up running the half marathon with a time of 1:25:19. He came in 54th of 24636 runners and was happy with that. Yea Ronzo!
We stopped for lunch in Franklin to visit with my Uncle Robert and Aunt Vicky. Their kids and grand kids also came, so it was a small family reunion. The boys really took to my cousin Renita. Here they are at the door with her, about to welcome Houston inside.
My cousin Rae turned 25 a couple of days ago. She's married and is very content having a dog; she doesn't have a huge desire to have children. We threw Laney in her lap for kicks and couldn't believe it when she said it was the first time she'd ever held a baby. I had to get a picture of that!
On a less personal note, I have to include these stackable stools. I don't remember a time when my aunt and uncle didn't have these. I love them! I decided after seeing them yesterday that I need to make some for myself. I don't know when I'll find the time to do it, but I'm adding it to my project list.
Luke loved them as well...
Sam decided he wanted to play ice hockey. So we got a piece of ice and he and Luke proceeded to play while Laney watched on. He told me "I'm using my imagination Mom".
The main reason we went to Birmingham was to see Thomas the Tank Engine at the Calera Railroad. I've taken Sam the last 2 years, but this was Ron and Luke's first time to go.
One of the first things we saw when walking in was a small petting zoo. The boys kept waving at the cow and they thought the baby duck was adorable!
A visit with the cousins... (and Uncle Stannon and Aunt Jennifer).
My boys love their cousins. And thanks to Pops' creativity they always find something fun to do. Dave pushed them around the street in a wheelbarrow and they had a blast. He was sweating by the end of it all; they sure can wear him out.
We went to Birmingham this past weekend and I have way too many pictures for one post. So I'll share one event at a time.
After getting in town Saturday just in time for lunch, all the kids took a nap while Ron and I drove around town and shopped at the Summit.
Pops decided he would take the boys out on the canoe for the first time. I planned on going to take pictures, but I ended up enjoying a ride on the water with the boys. Sam decided he needed to go potty while Pops was unloading the truck. Well, there weren't any facilities nearby so I talked him in to pulling his pants down and going in the grass. (He's gonna' kill me some day for showing this picture!)
We got to see a real beaver home. They loaded up the sticks all on their own. Sam was amazed at the holes along the bank leading the beavers to their shelter.
I felt a little sorry for Luke. The life jacket looked like it was practically choking him. He ended up riding without the jacket.
sam asked me at the lunch table why we die when we get old.
instead of an easy answer like "our body just gets worn out", i told him about the fall of man (again). yes, it seems like the fall of man somehow works its way into a lot of our conversations. basically, i reminded him that adam and eve sinned against God. the consequence of their disobedience is that we can't live forever; our earthly bodies will die.
sam's response: "maybe God should have just spanked them instead"
i'm still laughing out loud...
We went to a local playground yesterday to play and have a little picnic. It was such a beautiful day!
Laney crawled over to Luke's plate and ate a little of his frosted Animal Cracker. She got a taste of the good stuff for sure...