Month: June 2015
Alex kept digging these awesome holes and Kaitlyn kept sitting in them.
It’s tough being the biggest brother.
Teague’s latest “mad” face.
(He’s in timeout and not too happy to be there.)
Bubbles. Everybody loves bubbles.
It was a crazy night trying to sleep four cousins in the same room (only three made it all night long). Amazingly they didn’t wake up at the same time and I was able to snap a few pictures of the last two sleeping.
Then we began our day long ping-pong of eating, beaching, napping, pooling, and repeating. What fun we are having!
Kaitlyn let it be known early on that she wasn’t a fan of the sand. She screamed if you put her on the sand and was only happy sitting in someone’s lap or being held. I finally figured out the kick board was an acceptable alternative as a place to sit on our second trip down to the beach. I snapped some pictures of her getting used to this new sitting place. Then a few minutes later I turned around and she was happy as a clam walking around and playing on the beach. The fickleness of an almost-one-year-old!
Gram got to read a bedtime book to almost all of her grandkids at the same time.
Kaitlyn couldn’t leave Granny’s without getting into her dishwasher one last time.
About every other year my mom, sister, and all the kids head to the beach. This year we are vacationing in Rosemary Beach, FL and we all arrived at about the same time. The kids couldn’t wait to explore the house and the grownups were really excited to be done with traveling! We ordered pizza, unloaded the cars, let the kids run wild, and then tucked them into bed. Vacation is off to a great start.
The boys love playing with Wade’s old legos. Today’s building projects all involved planes.
Kaitlyn and Pop.
I decided late yesterday afternoon that the heat, hot house, and no hope of an AC was too much. We are packing up for our beach trip early and staying a few extra days with Granny and Pop in Memphis. The packing was a little thrown together, but the kids were awesome on the drive and we arrived in time for some fun and visiting before bedtime.
Pop’s cool idea for an evening activity.
Teague’s newest favorite expression.
Granny’s cabinets are just as fun to explore as Mom’s.
Tonight was the last t-ball game of the season! I am beyond excited. So happy to never pack up all three kids to sit out in the hot sun after Kaitlyn’s bedtime! On the downside, I think Alex was starting to enjoy it at the end. We’ll see what next year brings and regardless it should be cooler in Chicago!
Hot. T-ball in Kansas City in June is hot.
I was adjusting the water temperature for the boys’ shower. I got sidetracked in helping with a tricky button while the boys undressed. When I turned back around Kaitlyn had helped herself to the shower. This girl loves water and takes an open shower door as an invitation.
The good news is we sold our house! We had two people interested before it was officially on the market. (I love small towns.) Last weekend we had four showings and yesterday the original two people entered a bidding war. (I didn’t realize these things still happened!) We accepted an offer last night and couldn’t be more excited. We were hoping to make a little more than we paid for it, but it turns out last year was really good to us real-estate-wise!!
Trying to beat the heat.
Poor Teague can’t catch a break when it comes to bites and bumps.
We had a second repairman (from a different company) out today about our AC. He was nice and knowledgeable and unfortunately agreed with Mr. Grumpy from yesterday. It turns out we need an entire new AC unit. (Did I mention our house is currently on the market and we are in the middle of a bidding war?) Ugh! The worse news is nobody has one in stock and it will be a week (at least) to order the necessary equipment. Wade rented us an industrial AC unit used for job sites and we are hopeful it will help. Nobody is sleeping well and everybody is pretty miserable.
Kaitlyn didn’t seem to enjoy our sprinkler activities.
As we were cooking dinner last night we realized the house was a little warm. We adjusted the air and an hour realized it was even hotter than before. By this morning we were miserable and knew we had a problem with our AC. Wade left messages with every place he could find claiming to work 24/7 (at least 4 or 5 businesses). By the end of the day we had had two return phone calls and one person actually showed up (and was incredibly grumpy and rude at having to work on Father’s Day). At this point it was high 90s outside and our house felt even hotter. Wade had rigged up some of our old window AC units in a doorway (all of our windows are casement windows – ugh!) but it was still extremely miserable inside the house.
But more importantly, it was Father’s Day. The boys had been so excited to buy Wade the biggest card they could find. They had spent a good chunk of time coloring the card and making it extra special. (Please forgive the lack of clothes for reasons stated above.)
Happy Father’s Day
(We might have had a cute posed picture but our AC went out and everyone refuses to wear clothes.)
The Harper side will now claim Kaitlyn. She’s had her first bite of cookie dough and loved it.
It’s 7:15 (and the boys think 7:30). Wade and I are internally rejoicing and looking forward to a quiet house with everyone in bed.
Another afternoon at the pool. Poor Kaitlyn was worn out!
We’ve been spending a lot of time at the pool. Kaitlyn is happy if she has a pair of goggles. The boys seem to find someone they know most days or make new friends pretty quickly. (Today it was a meeting of the red swim trunk club.)
Teague found some car stamps and decided to draw pictures for the grandparents. (He really really wanted to use those stamps.)
Working on Father’s Day Cards.
Brother hugs almost always deteriorate into wrestling.
Alex figured out a novel way to get rid of the peas on his plate. It turns out Kaitlyn loves peas.
Kaitlyn gets into more things than Alex ever did. It makes my method of “wait and see” a little more difficult. I also don’t really want to tackle any baby proofing – especially anything difficult or time consuming – knowing it will all have to be undone and then redone after we move. I walked into the kitchen today to find Kaitlyn playing with the soap from under the sink. I’ll just be thankful it was the soap the she got out. Maybe some basic baby proofing is necessary after all.
Alex agreed to babysit while I cooked dinner. I got an entire 30 seconds before he needed help.
This suitcase is all Teague has wanted to play with since I got back from my trip.
Kaitlyn discovered a light switch at exactly her height – let the fun begin.
Kaitlyn has been fully capable of climbing stairs for a while. I was doing everything I could to make sure this activity was not encouraged. I have no desire to install baby gates weeks before we move to a new city. For the most part she doesn’t even go near the stairs, but today I caught her halfway up them…