Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Easter Parties

Today the boys both had Easter parties at school. I am so blessed to be able to join both boys and watch them interact at school. Maddox's party was first today. His party started off by making Salvation bracelets. These bracelets had different colored beads that the kids placed on them while Mrs. Colley talked them through the meaning of each color of bead.
Purple-Jesus is the king
Green-God made everything
Orange-God makes each new day
Yellow-Jesus is the light and the way
Black-the sin in our hearts
White-Jesus washed our sins away and now we are white as snow
Red-reminder of the blood Jesus shed for us
Pink-Jesus loves us

I loved watching Maddox make this bracelet and repeat back to his teacher what all the colors meant! After the bracelet making the kids had a snack while the moms hid their eggs. They then hunted the eggs and played with their friends! It was a great party. After the party Maddox, Harper, Brad and I went to lunch and then Maddox and I headed to Paxton's party. (Thanks again mom for letting Harper nap at your girl was all partied out!)

Paxton's party was this afternoon and his was simply an egg hunt. All the kids were super excited and Paxton didn't skip a beat. He found a lot of eggs and had a great time!! Maddox really enjoyed watching Paxton hunt for eggs and they had fun checking out Paxton's goodies.
Fun day!!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Photo Dump

I wanted to post a few more pictures from our trip to Cancun (thanks mom for sharing your pictures with me). I'm hoping when the kids look back at this blog when they are older, they will have fun memories.

Saturday, March 23, 2013


Welp, the inevitable has occured. We have a mobile infant in our house. EEK. Harper Grace has started crawling. The world as we knew it is changing as our youngest now maneuvers her little body around the house. She is pretty content (for the time being) to stay near her toys and where we are, but I am sure that time is limited as her curiosity begins to take over. I suppose it is time to create a gated community for her and limit the ability to obtain a smaller toy from one of her brothers. She has also mastered the task of getting to a sitting position all by herself. This is a huge help and she enjoys being able to get to a toy and then sit back up. The video monitor in her room has been so fun as I am able to watch her in action as she attempts to sit and crawl in her crib. It is such a bitter sweet milestone for me. On one hand I am so happy to watch our baby girl grow and conquer new tasks and get stronger while on the other hand I know that this new found means of transportation is a clear sign that our little one is getting bigger and growing up. Is it inappropriate to gently push her down as she tries to crawl simply so I can have a few more months with my baby? I kid. I guess it's time to strap my boots on and prepare myself for a new part in our journey!! Oh sweet and newly mobile Harper Grace, we are so proud of your new found skills!!!

Such a happy crawler

Crawling in her crib

Excited to get to her toys all by herself

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring Break 2013

We had such a wonderful Spring Break! We were blessed with such a wonderful opportunity to go to a private condo in Cancun, Mexico with my mom and step dad Paul! What a blessing and certainly a trip of a lifetime and something so special for our kids. We would not be able to rent out a 5 bedroom condo with its own private beach!
The trip started out a bit bumpy as we (Brad, myself, Carol, Maddox, Paxton and Harper) arrived at the Lubbock airport to start the process of our trip only to find out our flight out of Lubbock was already 2 hours delayed. This meant we would miss our connecting flight in Houston. It was Spring Break weekend and there were no flights available where all 6 of us could travel together. They split our reservation up meaning Brad and Paxton would fly out the next evening and Maddox, Harper Carol and I would fly into Mexico the next afternoon. I held it together in front of our kids, but I was terrified to arrive in Mexico with two kiddos and NOT my husband or my other son! Not something I was looking forward to. Luckily, my hero husband kept talking to customer service people in the Houston airport and they got us all on the same flight for Sunday afternoon!! Whew. So, we stayed the night in Houston and started the rest of our trip just a day late! I must brag on my super amazing kids!! They are such troopers. We spent nearly 12 hours in the airport waiting in lines to figure out what we were going to do. Yes, they got a bit whiney at times, but I certainly felt the same way! I must give a huge thank you to Carol (CICI) because she was such an amazing help with the kids on the entire trip. We honestly could not have made that trip without her amazing help. Thanks again Cici!
Once we arrived in beautiful Cancun, all the craziness from the day before was totally worth it!! Such a beautiful ocean, such an amazing condo and grandparents that love the kids so much to provide such an amazing trip for them to experience!!
We spent our days at the beach. Maddox was fearless in the ocean (scared me a little, but he loved it). He loved the waves hitting him and swimming with Brad and Papa in the big Ocean. Paxton was a completly different kid on this trip. He was so talkative, he loved the ocean and was a champ in the swimming pool. Harper was such a doll. She seriously blew me away with how laid back and easy going she was the entire trip.
We went on an excursion where Maddox could snorkel and see some fish. Maddox had a great time swimming with Brad, Gigi and Papa. (Thanks again Cici for hanging out with Harper, Paxton and myself while the others snorkeled!!!) After the snorkeling fun we all got to explore the excursion site that was absolutely beautiful. The kids got to feed some fish, play on a kids water play ground, watch the dolphins swim and see a manatees. It was such a wonderful experience for the kiddos and I'm so thankful we took the risk and went on the excursion. Harper's favorite part of the excursion was trying frozen yogurt for the first time! She LOVED it and kept grabbing my hand to bring the ice cream cone closer to her!
We enjoyed eating at various restaurants close to the condo and our favorite was Carlos and Charley's. We visited this same restaurant last year and it is very upbeat, the servers sing and dance, there are balloon hats and sombrero pictures. It is loud without being obnoxious. AND the food is delicious!! Last year, Paxton HATED it. He was terrified of the loud noise and did not at all enjoy the dancing or singing going on around him. This year, he had a great time. He clapped and danced some. We actually at at the restaurant twice this trip and the second time he got up from the table and went and danced with the servers (of course Brad and Papa were there with him and his "dancing" consisted of standing there clapping occasionally....but hey, if any of you really know Paxton, you know what a huge deal this is for him!).
After dinner we would all head back to the condo, get the kids to bed, open a bottle of wine and sit and visit. Such a wonderful, beautiful and memorable vacation!
Thankfully, the trip home to Lubbock went much smoother than the trip there! The flights were all on time and we even had the privlige of having Phil and Miss Kay from Duck Dynasty on our air plane flight home! Ha. Maddox recognized Phil and said "hey mom, you know that guy that makes those big duck whistles on TV....I think he was on our flight" I am still disappointed that I did not take a picture with him and the boys...but Harper blessed the flight with her awesome lung abilities and cried most of the flight home....ha....I felt like I just needed to leave everyone alone!! HAHAH. Seriously though, our kiddos were SO good on the air planes!!! Harper was just beyond exhausted and could not fall asleep that last hour home! So thankful for easy travel buddies!!
Thanks again Mom and Paul for such a wonderful opportunity for our family! These are memories that will last a life time.

It might not be clear what facial expression Harper is giving here, but as soon as I sat her in the sand she started to she is laughing!!!