Monday, October 29, 2012

I love FALL!

I love FALL! Everything about it.... the cool weather, the leaves, the fall festivals, carnivals, pumpkin parties, Halloween, hayrides, you name it! It is by far my favorite time of the year. We had such a great weekend. One of those unexpected wonderful weekends where everything just came together and everyone had fun!!!

Friday night we had Palmer's Fall Festival at school! It sounds crazy even saying it that he is old enough to have fall festivals at school! It was a great event and I love every chance I get, to see Palmer in his element or see him interacting with his little friends. I have to admit big crowds make me a little crazy and I did walk out thinking to myself what in the heck just happened? but I am pretty sure fun was had by all :) At least I know there was no meltdowns and that was a win for us at this point! I went to take a picture that night and realized my cameras batteries were dead, go figure...

Saturday was the carnival! Palmer's school put on their first ever carnival complete with real carnival rides (you know the ones that scare you to death because they look like they could fall apart at any moment) and funnel cakes! ( I ate two this weekend!) It was SO fun!

Since it was sunny but cold Chandler got to wear her bear outfit that her BFF Sophia let her borrow, thank goodness because we didn't have anything to warm for her to wear. I might be bias but I think she is the cutest darn bear in the whole wide world!

It is so fun having family that goes to the same school... it pretty much guarantees that the kids get to see their cousins at all of the events and my kids think Ethan and Katelyn hung the moon! Katelyn is so sweet to Ann Mason and at almost 10 years old she is so nice and lets Annie tag along with her, no questions asked! This is the girls before they went on the Ferris wheel. Yes, Ann Mason rode the big Ferris wheel sans parents!

This is Ethan, Palmer and Dallas on the Ferris wheel. I love my Palmer but I was pretty sure he was going to make it to the top, scream like a girl and make them stop the ride. I stopped from being the crazy mom and let him go anyway despite my feeling of impending doom :) and guess what... he did AWESOME!~ Like, hands up, leaning OVER the side and waving kind of awesome!

I also talked Palmer into going on the "hurricane" and holy cow that was a bad move! I was the one screaming and came close to having them stop the ride. Palmer just kept saying, "I'm closing my eyes mom, I'm closing my eyes!" We both got off of the ride about 10 shades paler :)

Sunday we did church, lunch and decided at the last minute to take everyone to a trunk or treat. I got the girls costumes together in record time :) Since we didn't want anyone to get their real costumes dirty we improvised. Annie and KK were 80's punk rock chics. They were so cute and Ann Mason thought she was SO cool and I think both girls loved the fact that I put make up on them!

Chandler went as Miss Kentucky which will also make it's debut on Halloween night but I was pretty sure she wasn't going to get it dirty. She is the cutest little beauty queen ever! haha

Boys will be boys when it comes to Halloween. Gone are the days when I could talk Palmer into being something cute or something that would match his sister. Him and Ethan were ninjas and played the role well! We sword fought our way thru the crowds!

I loved this weekend and was so sad when it was over. I forgot how chaotic and not fun Monday mornings are :) We've got Halloween plans for Wednesday and another fun weekend planned so I am sure the week will fly by!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Back To Reality

Well, I am back from my 3rd and probably final maternity leave. It is so bittersweet. I think I have definitely learned a lot about myself over this maternity leave. I was telling my friend last night that when I grew up all I wanted to be was a stay at home mom and after three babies I have figured out that it doesn't work for me. That was a hard realization, not that I don't LOVE every minute I spend with my children but I need a routine. I need structure and I know that most stay at home moms I know have both of these and do an AMAZING job but I just don't do so well. I just felt "off" for some reason and a little anxious. This is probably because me with extra time on my hands is a recipe for disaster. I tend to think and obsess a little too much and this does nothing for my crazy anxiety. 

Although, I felt a little crazier than normal I would never have traded these last 10 weeks for anything in the world! I literally held Chandler, slept when she slept and just basically loved on her.  This little sweet pea has been the light of my life (along with her brother and sister) for the past almost 10 weeks!
After 5-6 weeks of A LOT of screaming, acid reflux, etc... this little pumpkin decided to turn it around :) and this is pretty much how she is all of the time now... happy, smiley, content and wonderful!

Everyone LOVES Chandler! It's kind of crazy, we may be creating a monster! Annie and Palmer can't get enough of her and neither can Tex or I. I mean who doesn't love a precious baby?

This is her at her 2 month dr appointment!!! She weighs 10 lbs 15 oz (50%) and is 23 inches long (75%) she is perfect and healthy aside from a clogged tear duct and newborn congestion which are both completely normal! She passed with flying colors!

Here she is with Aunt TT, I can't believe my big girl is already 2 months old it feels like she has been a part of me forever!

This is my favorite part of the day which happens a lot now. Watching this sweet baby smile, I don't know if there is anything better!

We have lots of exciting things coming up with birthdays, Halloween, school activities and the start of sports we are going to be one busy crew! I can't wait to get back to blogging. I have missed it but I just couldn't get it together at home. Already at work today I have done more "computer/blogging/paperwork" stuff that I have been needing to do in all of the 10 weeks that I was home!

So glad to have the first day back to work jitters out of the way and can't wait for the excitement I will have when I see her today in a few hours!