Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Here's our house as of this morning. The front and right side of the roof is done, so they still need to do the left and back side. They should be doing the electrical and plumbing next week, and I guess shingles somewhere in there soon.

In case you're wondering about the layout:
The little window on the left side of the house is the master bath, right above the bathtub. The small window on the left front of the house is our master closet. Next window to the right is the guest bedroom (bedroom of a future child), then the front door. To the right is the dining room, then Eli's room, then Ethan's room.
Our bonus room above the of the things we're most excited about. It will be a combination media room/playroom.

Garage Sale Finds

We've gotten on a big kick of going to garage sales lately, and we've found some really cool stuff!

One of my favorite finds...Mr. Potato Head! Two big bags for a buck!

We've also gotten a lawn mower for Shad, a lawn mower for Lonnie's mom, a workout bench for my exercise room at the new house, Lincoln Logs, lots of board games, books, a booster seat to keep at my parent's house, and other little miscellaneous stuff.
Yay for cheap stuff! ;)

He's just so stinkin' cute! (and he knows it...)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

White Water

We went to White Water yesterday for our last hoorah of summer. I still have a little bit of time left before starting back, but nothing else big planned. Of course, we were too busy having fun to take pictures, but Lonnie grabbed the camera for the last few minutes before we left and got a few good pictures...

Five minutes after getting in the car to head home...

Sprinkler Fun

House Progress

They're almost done framing!!!

Bath time

I realized I haven't taken any bath pictures in a loooong time. Eli has grown so much since the last bath pictures. (and Ethan has gotten quite the tan!!!)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

At the Movies

On Saturday we took Ethan to see Cars 2 at the movie theater...his first time. We were a little nervous about how he'd do, simply because he won't watch movies at home. But he did great! The plot of the movie was a bit over his head, but he enjoyed it nonetheless. I think he ate an entire tub of popcorn during the movie! (thanks, Dustin!)
Thanks, Peyton and Allison and fams for joining us!


How exciting it is to finally see progress on the house! They started framing today and one of the guys there told us it would take about 8 days. They've gotten the right half of the house done in just the first day.
Ethan in his room...

The garage...

Around the house

Don't worry, Lonnie wasn't really mowing. We would NOT let our child that close to a running lawnmower! :)

Friday, July 8, 2011


So what do you do to survive a hot Arkansas summer??? SWIM!!! We've been to the pool almost every day this summer. The pool at the clubhouse by our new house has THE BEST POOL for kids. It's a beach entry pool, which means it starts with just an inch of water and gets progressively deeper. There's an island in the middle, too. At first I was nervous to take 4 kids to the pool by myself, but Caden and Keira are completely independent in the pool, and although Ethan can't swim, he is 100% comfortable in the water and is independent with his floaties on. So really I only have to keep my eyes on Eli.
I have a weekly swim date set up with my friends and all the kids get to play together. It's been a wonderful way to spend the summer!

He loves these goggles, even they're too big for him and don't protect him from the water whatsoever. :)

I love this picture!!!! Cracks me up everytime...

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Summertime Fun

I realized that we've been having too much fun this summer that I haven't gotten out the camera very much to document it. I'm going to try to do better.
Let's see...this summer we've been swimming A LOT, reading lots of books, telling lots of stories, going to storytime at the library, going to JumpZone, bowling at Fast Lane, donuts at Krispy Kreme, playing at parks, working puzzles, playing Play-Doh, and riding bikes.

Here we were yesterday morning and this morning doing puzzles and playing Play-Doh.

7 years of happiness and fun!

On June 26, Lonnie and I celebrated our SEVENTH wedding anniversary. Wow, how time flies! To celebrate, we took a MUCH needed break from the kids and headed for Kansas City for 3 full days and two nights away. My parents watched the kids during the day on Friday, but the Grubbs took over once they got off work that afternoon and kept them the rest of the weekend. I probably don't say it enough, but I LOOOOOOVE having my sister here, and I don't worry a single bit when she's caring for the boys. And now that my parents are here, too, I've got more people to love on our boys!

Anyway, back to AWAY from the kids. We stayed at a hotel close to the Plaza, so Friday during the day we enjoyed walking around, going in shops, eating lunch, and just enjoying each other's company without being interrupted. We found a little cupcake shop and ate a fancy French Toast cupcake at a cute little table outside.
Dinner was something we were REALLY looking forward to. We had reservations at The Melting Pot, a fondue restaurant. If you're not familiar, you get a 4 course meal that you basically cook and eat at your table. You start with cheese that you get to dip bread and veggies in. Next they bring you a salad. For the entree, you get a plate of raw meat and you just cook it in your pot for a minute and a half each. DELICIOUS!!!!!! For dessert they bring you chocolate that you can dip cheesecake, strawberries, bananas, brownies, rice krispie treats, etc. I was too stuffed at that point and didn't even do the chocolate, I just ate the stuff plain! The atmosphere was awesome, and it was just a wonderful experience. It's super expensive, so it's probably not something we'll do again, but was perfect for our weekend away!

Saturday we had planned on going to Schlitterbahn (a waterpark), but woke up to dark and dreary skies, followed by rain. Boo. But no problem. We just piddled around throughout the day, doing whatever we wanted just because we could! We had breakfast at IHOP, went shopping at a mall, went to a casino, and laid out at the pool (by the afternoon it had cleared up).
For dinner that night we had found a Brazilian steakhouse at the Plaza and were excited to try that out. It was delicious, of course! We ate a lot of meat!

Sunday was sunny and clear, so we headed to Schlitterbahn. It was a blast! The coolest part was that the lazy river and wave pool were combined, so every 15 seconds you had a big wave that sent you down the lazy river - awesome! After several hours we headed back home to pick up the boys. It was loads of fun, but we missed them, too!

I'm shocked if anyone is still reading...I know no one really cares about our weekend away, but it was one of the best weekends I've ever had, so I had to document it! :)

Of course, I hardly got any pictures, but here we are at The Melting Pot.

At the Plaza...

Happy anniversary to the love of my life!!!!