Wednesday, November 9, 2016

4th week of October

The last week of October we had our first visitors stay with us. It was Gary's Mission President's daughter and her husband from Brazil, Vicky and Igor. They were coming to American to take dental courses at UF. They arrived Sunday night and left Friday morning. We enjoyed having them here and Gary loved speaking Portuguese. Thankfully they spoke English as well and Austin just loved to talk to them and learn new "porkagese" words. Austin kept telling them "I speak normal". One night they made a traditional Brazilian meal of beans and rice and it was like we were visiting Brazil! No need to go!!! (just kidding Gary, kinda) We were all sad to see them leave on Friday and Austin was so sad. Austin loves having someone knew to talk and who hasn't grown a little tired from all his questions. Even Lennox, our shy child, warmed up to them. 
Right after this picture, I took a picture with Vicky's phone and Lennox had the biggest grin- he is such a weirdo

That Friday afternoon Gary got off early and we decided to take full advantage of it and the fact he had the weekend off to so we headed to Disney!
We hadn't been to Epcot yet so our plan was to explore Epcot and last until the fireworks. The weather was beautiful with a light breeze. We were able to go on a lot of rides and check out the huge aquarium. Lennox loved running from one fish to another fish. The day was perfect. Lennox did not like the fireworks and scream and held onto me for dear life. The minute we got back to our car Lennox fell asleep for the rest of the night and Austin soon followed. 

While waiting for Dad and Austin to get done with a ride, Lennox and I explored the Chevy exhibit. He loved it and pushing all the buttons. 
 The next day we set out for Magic Kingdom. We were tired from our exhausting day yesterday but we did our fast passes and some other rides but decided to call it quits around 3. We wanted something really good for lunch and found a Chevy's! And oh my... it was SOOOO good. And the best part was the boys were good too. We traveled back home with happy dreams and a fully belly.
This is by far his favorite ride of the whole park
Sunday we went to the Granto's for dinner and carved our pumpkin. Austin picked out the design and Gary carved it. Lennox wasn't being himself and was starting to sound awful.

That night around midnight Lennox work up with a raging fever and vomiting. We were up for several hours with him. Every time we gave him medicine he would throw it up 5 minutes later. Thankfully we eventually got some little sleep but were nervous what that morning would bring.
It was Halloween Day and Lennox was feeling ok but still had a slight fever. I decided to risk it and take him and Austin to Austin's school parade. Austin decided to be a fireman since he couldn't be anything that promoted violence. Austin was in heaven and Lennox was just content to sit in the stroller and never move, so it actually worked out. 
sick baby

Happiest boy on earth
Lennox struggled the rest of the day and by the time it was ready to go trick or treating he had decided he was done! He just fell apart and could not be consoled. I wasn't really to fight him into his costume but Gary wasn't giving up so I pinned him down and wrangled him into it. We took him outside to go get pictures and Gary ask me, "are you going to take his binky out?" and I looked at him and was like "H*ll no". So we are calling the binky his mouth guard and it explains the tears in his eyes.




Gary took the boys out for an hour and then brought Lennox home and took Austin out alone for another hour. Austin came back with quite the loot. It was a great Halloween for Austin and an exhausting one for Mom, Dad, and Lennox.

Monday, October 24, 2016

3rd Week of October

All of Gainesville shuts down for UF's homecoming so Austin didn't have school that Friday. The school's homecoming parade was that afternoon and I decided to turn into a play date and embrace the fact that we live in Gator Country and we need to celebrate too.
We car pooled with some friends and got there early to find a shady spot and enjoy a snow cone. The parade was really fun for the first hour. My boys loved all the sounds, trucks, and waving they got to do. However, it started to get really hot and we were all done and the parade was getting really slow. So we ditched out and went home for afternoon naps, I felt like we gave it a good shot.




Gary and I attended the football game the next day and we got soaked. I tried to be a good sport about it but after the 3rd quarter of getting rained on I was done and wanted something yummy to eat and to be dry.
The whole next week consisted of going to the gym, school, and sleeping (repeat). We pretty much do the same thing everyday to stay busy. We also went to the library one day and the splash pad another day. We also go to go swimming!!! in OCTOBER! I could have never said that in Iowa. 
Saturday Austin had T-ball. He loves it. He has a huge smile on his face for the whole hour. The whole hour is comical to the parents because the kids are uncoordinated and have no clue what they are doing so we all have a good time. Even Lennox is a good sport about it and will walk around and watch. After T-ball we went to Coon Hollo. It is a pumpkin patch, kinda. It doesn't grow pumpkins but has all the other stuff pumpkin patches have. The boys loved it all. Lennox's favorite part was the tractor rides. Austin's favorite part was the slide. Gary and I even split up so the boys could do their favorite thing over and over again. They had a swing thing, pony rides, feed the cows, and pig races. It was a fun Saturday with our little family that we hadn't had since September with Daddy working. I will say Iowa knows how to do fall and pumpkin patches a lot better then Florida and we were all missing it that day. 









Friday, October 14, 2016

1st half of October

The cooler temperatures have been so nice, it is only 10 degrees less but you can tell!
We've been playing outside more and getting way too many mosquito bites to count (zika!!!).
I am bound and determined to clean up the back yard so I can start planting things and maybe put a garden in. The boys are loving being outside and playing in the dirt (really it is sand) and when it is time to come in I basically have to hose them off. 
Gary is working a lot. This has been his hardest rotation and thankfully, we only have little less than a week and half to go. Unfortunately, he has the rotation 3 more times.
I got a job sewing pillows for an etsy company and I am enjoying doing something I love and making money. This job has also kicked in my gear to start sewing blankets again and it has been fun finding new things I want to make.
Austin is still the same boy. BUSY BUSY. The moment he wakes up until the minute he closes his eyes he does not stop. On the days he doesn't have school are tough. He wants to be entertained and be told what "fun" activity are we doing next that I am exhausted and truthfully, done with him. He has the sweetest heart and I am always impressed on what comes out of his mouth. The boy has never met a stranger. The neatest experience is realizing your son is color blind to the human race. I always made it a point to never describe someone by the color of their skin but I didn't think that would stop him from noticing the differences. He doesn't have a clue. One day at the gas station he was being Austin and started up a causal conversation with with two African Americans about why he got to pick out a treat. As they were leaving they both came up to me and told me that I am raising my son to be an upstanding man. This isn't the first time I've been told this by someone of the different race, the first time was back in Iowa when he was a year and half and waved to man getting his mail. I feel like I haven't contributed to Austin being that way at all (I'll still take the credit though, wink wink) but he was born this way! I hope and pray he remains color blind for the rest of his life. On a funnier note, he says some funny things like- I've got to put bug spray on him and he stands up straight with his arms wide out and says "stand like Jesus on the Cross" and then lets me spray him.
Lennox is such a cute little boy. He is slowly becoming less and less baby. He has a favorite TV show (paw patrol and says it like pa, pa), books, and toys. He does not like his brother's affection and honestly, Austin is a little over board with it. He started interlocking his fingers for prayer. He only lets Mommy put him to bed. He is going through the stage where he fights getting into his car seat EVERY TIME. He will give me kisses if I ask for it. He loves to help with chores, especially putting the laundry away. He is either happy or grumpy, no in between.
Well, that's about the best update I can give since there is no way I will back blog so here is to hoping I stay on top of it!


 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tuesday Tidbits

:Austin:
1. You just finished your first week of VPK (volunteering preschool) and you absolutely love it! You wish you could go on the weekends too.
2. You still ask more questions than any 4 year old I know.
3. They say at the gym that you are a great older brother and watch out for Lennox.
4. We keep practicing your swimming and your getting more confident.
5. At of the blue you will tell me you love me and it always is such a wonderful surprise.
6. Your imagination is going wild!
cuddles with mom


first day of pre-k

:Lennox:
1. Right now is a tough age, we are both frustrated with one another because the lack of communication.
2. The best thing to come out of this right now is that you have not learned to say "NO" but can say "ya". However, you are very good at letting us know "no" regardless without having to say the actual word.
3. You give the best 2 second cuddles and will lay your head down and Dad and I love it.
4. I was looking back at what Austin was like at this age and Austin was in love with trains and Thomas the Train! You like trains, and trucks, but do no have infatuation like Austin did with Thomas the Train or any T.V show for that matter.
5. You started going to nursery by yourself and you do not approve. You always say "ya" to nursery but when it comes time for Dad to skip out than you want nothing to do with it. I think the gym child watch has gone well is because you have Austin to help keep your happy.


the beach was too exhausting to stay awake for dinner

first day of nursery

being a cute little stinker and wont hold still

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tuesday Tidbits

:Austin:
1. You started swimming lessons and you are rocking it!
2. You've gotten really into telling long made up stories and teasing people in a funny way.
3. You told swim teacher that you were tooting on her and that just describes your personality right now... just a big tease.
4. I am having a really hard time getting anything done outside the house these days because you detest any type of errand.
5. They say at the child watch that your a good big brother.
6. Grandma Kaye and Grandpa Brady took you to Disney World and it was quite magical and hotttt.




:Lennox:
1. You and I are very frustrated right now. You can't communicate and we are both struggling because of it. This age is hard. 
2. You have learned a few words like: belly button, car, bird, fish, push, teeth
3. However, you do understand a lot more words.
4. We always new you were an animal, loving boy but you really have no fear on when it comes to dogs... you love them!
5. You are still a good little sleeper and I am SO grateful for that!

it is very rare that you do not have a goose egg on your head


you love smoothies and....

feeding yourself

lining up the trains and be so proud

carousal at Disney and being very tired

looking at the animals