Monday, July 28, 2014

Working/Fun Weekend

Usually when we head down to grandma's house just outside Orlando, our visit coincides with Donna's audit schedule at work. She is part of a team that audits stations within her district to make sure they are up to par for a corporate audit. There are a number of stations in the Orlando area, so we get to visit sort of frequently, Donna doesn't have to worry about leaving us behind & missing the boys & I don't get left home alone with the boys. It works out well :)

This past Thursday & Friday Donna had an audit in Orlando, so we packed everyone up & headed to grandma's. Our plan is to not have to take the cats with us now that they have each other for company but we had to take them this time because Cecil Cat is still too young & has to be fed softened food a few times a day. So 3 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats & 2 moms later, we were all loaded up & on our way...

top left Caden & Kellan, bottom left Garren, top to bottom right Eason, Murphee, Haddie & Cecil

Upon arriving grandma had just discovered her air conditioner wasn't working, it was running but the house wasn't cooling, actually it was getting warmer & warmer by the minute. Got to love a 100 degree summer day! It took a little bit of time to find an after ours air conditioning company but once we did, they were there in an hour. It was about 9pm when he finished the repair & we were all cooling off again :)

Garren & Cecil at Grandma's house

Friday morning when grandma got off work, she met me at a photo studio to attempt to get a group portrait of the boys. I'm not much of a fan of portrait studios bit the controlled environment made it so much easier to get the boys to sit together for a photo. We LOVE LOVE LOVE the photos we got of the boys for their 3rd birthday but we didn't have a group shot of just the boys & wanted one to give to all the grandparents & aunts & uncles. The photographer at the studio actually got some really great shots of the boys & even had Kellan, mr serious giggling. I was so happy with the photos we got, even with the fake background, hehe. 

Garren, Caden, Kellan

That afternoon, Aunt Pat & Aunt Ro came for a visit. They played with some very sleepy boys who went to bed late the night before & woke up early that morning. We had dinner & a really nice visit before we finally put the boys to bed a little bit early. The boys were out quickly & we were all able to enjoy desert quietly & visit some more.

Saturday the boys were up a little early again but in good spirits. We wanted to take them to splash pad but I didn't pack 'real' bathing suits & they had a pretty strict "swim shorts with liners & drawstrings, not past the knee" policy. The boys have had some pretty major chaffing from their bathing suit liners so I've been letting them swim in some mesh athletic shorts. We decided to just go get a kiddie pool for the backyard instead. Donna changed out the lighting fixtures in Marie's (grandma) bathroom for her before Aunt Pat & Aunt Ro came back over for a cookout. We had hoped our triplet BFFs from Tampa would be able to come but they couldn't make it :( So Donna grilled, while grandma set up the cold stuff inside & the boys played in the kiddie pool, showing off all their moves until it was time to eat. We relaxed & watched a movie, the boys played & snuggled with grandma, Aunt Pat & Aunt Ro who the boys have started calling Aunt Rosie (Rosemary condensed)

Garren, Kellan & Caden helping MomMom put up lights.

Caden, Kellan, Garren





Garren enjoying a chocolate "hot cake" aka cupcake

Caden's "hot cake" face

Aunt Pat & Garren

Grandma & Kellan

Kellan giving Aunt Rosie some snuggles

Aunt Rosie, Kellan, Aunt Pat & Garren

Sunday morning the boys helped Grandma make breakfast & we spent a little more time with her before packing up to head home.

Garren helping Grandma beat the eggs

Garren testing out the OJ

Kellan making sure Garren did a good job

Caden eating a morning "hot cake" with no hands

Caden with another "hot cake" face

Kellan with his morning "hot cake" mustache

It was a really nice, relaxing weekend of visiting & we all really enjoyed spending some quality time with Grandma, Aunt Pat & Aunt Rosie!!!

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