Wednesday, July 23, 2014

8 Weeks In; We Have Plumbing

On our way home from Jacksonville this weekend we stopped by our lot to see what was going on with our soon to be house. We knew that our permits were finally in & that the first bit of work was finally starting. We should have weekly progress from here on out, the next 3 months will be very exciting!!!

We also noticed that they have trenches dug for the footer, so we should have a slab any day now :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer Bucket List; The Zoo

Friday morning Garren woke up asking to "go to the shoe (zoo) & ride the zebra?" I didn't have anything really planned for the day, just maybe some swimming if we could dodge the thunderstorms. So I called Donna to what the earliest time she could be done for the day. She could leave right after lunchtime so the zoo became our plan giving us the opportunity to check another item off our Summer Bucket List.

It is so amazing to me that Garren even remembered this idea. The last time we were at the zoo, in April, he noticed the carousel. I told him that they could ride it the next time we went, when Donna was with us. The carousel at the zoo has zoo animals instead of houses which is where he got the idea of riding the zebra.

Garren asked all morning when we were going to the zoo & soon Caden & Kellan chimed in. 1 PM could not come fast enough! We picked Donna up at work & headed directly to the zoo.

When we arrived, we of course had to go directly to the carousel. The boys had never been on one before & their expressions showed they had no idea what was about to happen. Once the ride was over though, none of them wanted to get off! 

Kellan & Garren





Donna hadn't been to the zoo with us since the new Tiger exhibit opened, so we headed to see the Tigers & Wart Hogs from the carousel. The boys were so excitable, I think it was because Donna was with us but it was so funny to watch them & hear them (mostly Garren) screech each time they saw another animal.  

Tiger ;)

Children's viewing cave

The tigers are all the way at the back of the zoo, so after we finished seeing them we just wandered back towards the from seeing animals along the way. It was a very hot & humid day so we didn't stay too long, not to mention the zoo closes at 5. It's not a huge zoo & we've been there enough that a couple hours is more than enough in the summer months.

Monday, July 21, 2014

28/52; Three's A Crowd

At the grocery store this week the boys insisted on a 'driving cart' a car shaped shopping cart with stealing wheels. I warned that they wouldn't all 3 fit but they weren't hearing any of it.

Project 52; Three's A Crowd {g,c,k}

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

7 Weeks In; Cutest Builders Ever!!!

We drove by our lot last week & not much had changed but we knew it hadn't. We were still waiting on permits to come in & our design plans to be finalized. (There was a monetary change in our favor allowing us to add/upgrade a couple things) 

The boys expressed their disapproval with how long it was taking to build the house. Garren declared he wanted a new playroom NOW! When we explained that it takes a little bit of time & he'd have to wait he said he wanted to build it. So this week when we drove down he had his tool box in hand, equipped with a hammer & screw driver for each of his brothers & himself.

Garren & his tool box

Kellan, Caden & Garren 


Kellan, he wished he had a shovel to dig in all that dirt!

Garren, determined to get it built & get his new playroom :)

Mom Mom pitching in

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

27/52; Triple Splash

I forgot to post a photo for Project 52 last week & looking back, I didn't have anything great. It's hard to get good photos of the boys at the pool & since that is where we spend a lot of time now that it's 95+ degrees everyday, I didn't have anything but I did have some cute videos of. I've shared this one on Facebook already but it's my favorite since it is all 3 of the boys jumping together :)

Project 52; Triple Splash!!!

Friday, July 11, 2014

To Nap or Not To Nap???

Seems like a pretty simple question with a very easy answer, of course NAP!!! That is until you have 3, 3 year olds who's sleep patterns are changing & are very messed up as far as sleeping all night, waking up WAY too early & are just plain cranky. Mommy doesn't do well without adequate sleep either, so we have been a pleasant group the past few months!

Around the first of the year, Caden started waking up in the middle of the night crying, I would go in & console him without getting him out of bed & would usually end up laying with him until he fell back to sleep. Most nights he would wake again & I'd have to go back & console him again. It took a few days to figure out but I believe he was having growing pains. It went on for a couple of weeks & then one day we were at the doctor for a cold or something & found out he had grown 2 inches.

Kellan loves to snuggle!

It wasn't long after Caden finally started sleeping all night again that Kellan started waking up anywhere between 2 & 4:30am & thought it was morning. At this point I was at a loss. He didn't seem hungry & he wasn't crying, just awake & ready to play. I decided our days could NOT start that early & after a couple days I just started telling him it was still night time & he had to go back to bed. It was a fight & involved screaming on his part & sleeping on the floor, blocking him from opening the bedroom door on my part. Fun right?! :(

After a few weeks of this I decided something had to give. I REALLY DID NOT want to give up naps but I really couldn't go on getting up every night or sleeping on the floor, not to mention I'm sure our neighbors were not fond of the toddler screaming in the middle of the night. So I finally gave in & gave up on naps. The first few days were tricky & finally I figured out timing was everything. I did not want them dozing off. If we weren't going to have naps then I had to keep them awake all day. Come late afternoon they all wanted to sleep, dozing in the car or on the couch. So I changed up our days a little & we started going to the pool during the time they were wanting to fall asleep & staying right up until dinner time.

Garren just can't keep up after a swim.

This worked out well for a few weeks, the boys were falling right to sleep at bedtime & sleeping all night without any interruptions. Kellan wasn't waking super early anymore either. Garren however was suffering a bit. Of the 3 boys, Garren really likes to sleep & is a good sleeper. He also requires a little more sleep than his brothers. So he slowly started losing his cool. He wasn't listening well, he was crying at the drop of a hat & was becoming an all out brat! Caden had started waking in the middle of the night crying again & Kellan was starting to wake a little earlier again. So I decided to let them try napping again to see if they would revert back to not sleeping all night & to help with the overly tired & cranky Garren.

So far so good this week. Most days all 3 boys have napped, one day Kellan didn't fall asleep & another day neither he or Caden did. Garren has napped every day though. They are going to bed pretty good, they fall right to sleep once they settle down but aren't as exhausted so it takes a few minutes to get them to settle down. They are also still sleeping ALL night. Caden wakes in the wee hours, around 5 or so, calling for me but lays right back down once I go in their room. I just sleep the last couple hours with them & that's just fine with me. It's WAY better than waking in the middle of the night to party! Hopefully it stays like this, or even improves past Caden's cry outs & we don't have to go back to no naps.

Monday, July 7, 2014

The 4th Will Never Be The Same

The 4th of July will never be the same for us, it was my Dad's birthday. Up until we all started having babies (now that my nephew's birthday is the very next week we wait & get together then) we always got together for the 4th & celebrated my dad, BBQs, cookouts on the beach, fireworks, you name it. I loved celebrating my dad & I loved that his birthday always ended with a big bang & usually a wonderful show.

Happy Birthday in Heaven Grandpa!
Clark, Tucker, Aliyah, Grandma holding Nadia, Kellan, Caden, Chandler & Garren.

This year to remember my dad, my sister hosted a cookout at her house. My bonus mom Marie & my 2 bonus sisters & their families traveled in for the day (some for the weekend.) 

The girls; Aliyah & Nadia

Aliyah & Clark

Tucker, Clark, Garren & Aliyah

Tucker, Aliyah, Clark & Kellan.
Grandma got everyone a 4th of July shirt for the occasion :)


Tucker, Uncle Aaron & Chandler

After we all ate lunch we celebrated our niece Aliyah's 3rd birthday which was on July 3rd. My bonus sister Meg made beautiful & delicious cupcakes for the occasion.

Tucker, Chandler, Kellan, Clark & Aliyah, as we all sang Happy Birthday

Clark helping Aliyah blow out her candle

After eating & celebrating everyone changed into their swimsuits & we headed to the clubhouse for some bounce house bouncing & swimming pool fun! My sister's community put on a nice 4th of July party with bounce houses, some carnival games, a cookout, snow cones, cotton candy & so on... 
The boys are new to loving bounce houses, the few times we've been places that have had them we've had to sort of shove the boys in & they never would stay in long. My nephew has one & the few times my sister & BIL have babysat recently the boys have all played in it. So when we encountered the bounce houses at the 4th of July party the boys dove right in. All the kids loved bouncing & ran from bounce house to bounce house. 

Clark, Garren (in back), Kellan, Aliyah & Tucker

Garren & Aliyah

The boys & Clark

Aliyah & Garren

After working up a good sweat, we all headed to the pool. Our little fish barely got their puddle jumpers on before running & jumping right into the deep end. Everyone, even the grown ups enjoyed cooling off in the pool.

Grandma, Clark, Tucker & Garren

Aunt Mindy, Kellan, Aliyah, Garren & Caden

Uncle Steven & Chandler in the water, Grandma & Mom Mom keeping a close eye on everyone

Our little fishies :)

Donna & I & the boys had to call it quits a bit early. We had the dogs at home that needed to be let out, figuring in drive time we wanted to be sure not to leave them more than 8 hours so we headed out about 4pm but not before Grandma got the boys their first ever cotton candy & snow cones. Just what they needed, a sugar rush before an hour & a half long ride, lol... They loved both & have been asking for snow cones ever since.


Kellan (that belly! lol) Caden & Garren


Kellan & Caden, his expression is so funny!
***checking snow cones off our summer bucket list!***

Our plan was to come home, let the dogs out, eat some dinner & head out to one of the beaches to see the fireworks but the boys were beat. They had so much fun playing with all of their cousins , aunts & uncles & their grandma that they just couldn't handle a late night out, so regular bedtime is what they got & Donna & I watched a movie & relaxed.

It was a great day & I loved that everyone was able to come & be together for what was still an emotional day but a whole lot more fun together & that's what my dad would have wanted.


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