Monday, August 31, 2015

The Rest of August

The last of August has been a pretty mellow and low key. A happy low key. I am really excited though, for August to be over and September to start.  September means fall. It means the start of exciting festivities and another month closer to baby X coming! So as much as August has been enjoyable, I am ready for it to go. 

BUT... I cannot leave August behind satisfied if I can't get all photos on the blog and properly put in their proper folders. So here is the rest of our August. 

I found this kid nail polish at Walmart. And though it is nail polish, and I learned the hard way that it stains clothes, It still has been in Junes hands non-stop. It actually cleans up really really easy (other than clothes) and peels off fingers super easy. We change our toe and nail color every day. And that includes daddy's toes. 

June gets her turn as well 

We love getting out early in the morning before the heat hits and go to the park. Usually we leave pretty abruptly, so we go in whatever the kids are dressed in. 

One afternoon, during quiet time, I hear June just going nuts in her room. She wasn't crying or angry in anyway, she was just playing with basically every toy in her room all at once. I let her be and then I realized it was really quiet. I go in to check on her and she is out cold. Her bed completely unmade and her room trashed. She played so hard she wore herself out! 

Flying June's kite one afternoon. Thats about as high as we got it. I was just impressed we got it out of the ground. 

One night in the pool, June and daddy doing tricks. They got pretty good at it! 

A usual hangout at our local Museum. 

We sadly had to say goodbye to one of our friends. Yes again. Another little friend gone and we are extremely sad. EVERYONE IS LEAVING US!

I have so many pictures in the blue truck at the museum, but the kids are just so cute in it and Owen was so happy that he had it to himself for a while. 

Until June came over and took over! From Owen's face he didn't seem to mind. 

Recently June has learned to spell and write her name. She has been writing it for a while with magnets and playing on her iPad, but she now writes it on paper and I am SO IN LOVE with it. It is just so cute and to watch her learn a new skill is always the greatest. She is writing so many letters now and recognizing words when we are reading. I have a feeling she will be picking up reading pretty quickly. 

This does mean now though, that she writes her name on everything. She is pretty proud she can write it. So any chance she gets she writes her name. 

One night the weather was cool and we stayed at the park until the sun went down. It was fun and we were out super late with the kids. It was awesome and what summer is all about!

When did they get so big?! Owen does everything June does. It makes him seem to grow up so quickly. He even now refuses to sit in his booster at the table and just sits on a regular chair. Just like June. 
Brushing their teeth is nothing different. Every night I get this adorable sight of the two of them brushing away, together. 

A bit blurry but he's just really really really cute and never wears pants. 

I was out one night and Dan sent me this picture, June drew out whole family and I literally laughed out loud. It was so so adorable! I mean Look at Dan holding little Owen, June and I are wearing sunflower hats, and she even drew a belly on me for the baby! Dan said he laughed to when she brought it to him. It's just so cute and now is proudly hanging on our fridge. 

The same night that I was out late. Daddy is pretty great. 

June has taken an interest in planets and solar systems. We look at pictures of the solar system all the time and she loves pointing out the different planets. She asked if we could make a solar system one day, so a solar system we made. We worked with what we had. We first went for a walk around our neighborhood until she found a stick that she was happy with. Then we got to work! I cut out the planets and she decorated all the planets, and Pluto. Because if I don't make a point to say that Pluto is not a Planet then Dan might have a heart attack. He pretty much did when he saw that I included it. But I like Pluto and June liked how small it was so we included it. Don't worry, Dan had a good discussion with June to let her know, Pluto was a dwarf planet. 

Anyways... Our solar system turned out pretty awesome for working with stuff we had around the house. June did a fantastic job decorating the planets. 

And now it hangs proudly in her room. 

Owen helped at first but then got bored with arts and crafts, so we got him a more intriguing activity. Q-tips in a parmesan bottle. It kept him busy for the remainder of the activity. 

I took my June bug on our second annual school shopping trip. It was so great just spending time with my little lady. She has so many funny things to say and she keeps me laughing all day long. It was a great day of lunch, and shopping through the stores and letting her pick clothes for school. 

We went to two different stores but in the same parking lot, So I let her ride up front with me to the other store. I drove pretty close to 5 MPH, but she was in heaven! Once we parked she asked to just hang out in the front for a while and so we did. We had the sun roof open and she was loving reaching her arms out! We probably played in the car for 20 minutes. School shopping was fun and spending one of one time with my little lady doesn't happen nearly enough. School starts tomorrow. More on that later. 

Owen and his little bum in the air was just too cute to not take a picture. We think his two year molars are coming in, because he's been struggling with sleep lately, but when he does sleep he makes my heart melt. 

Playing outside and being goof balls. 

During quiet time June asked if she could watch a movie on our bed. June was watching "Frozen" with her "Frozen" blanket and Anna and Elsa in each arm. She thought it was pretty awesome having so many things "Frozen" while watching "Frozen". What a lady. 

Like I said, August has been good, but Oh how I love this festive season about to approach. With Dan's birthday starting it off, things are about to get real real good.
What's funny is that I think I am mostly excited about changing the wreath on my front door. I have had the same one up since July and I am ready for the change, but I couldn't change it because my next wreath is Fall and I couldn't put a Fall wreath up in Summer... Obviously. Oh my gosh, I need to get a life. These are my problems people. 

Happy End of August! 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

80 and Below in August

In the six years we have lived in Texas... (six years!! Crazy right?!) We have just learned to endure the month of August. You survive by taking it one day at a time and hoping to keep your electricity bill to somewhat of a minimum... It usually doesn't happen, but you try by surrounding yourself with fans, wearing swimsuits all the time, and just putting your head down and pushing your way through the month of August. It's just how you do in Texas...
But today. Oh the glorious-ness of today. We had a slight bump in our forecast and a cold front had slowly made its way through, hitting us last night. I actually put clothes on Owen to sleep in because we knew it would get a bit chilly. He usually sleeps with hardly anything on. It's just hot. 

This morning we woke up, it was cloudy and a cool 67 degrees. I felt a slight chill in the air, and it made me get goose bumps with excitement of fall and Christmas. It just felt so good.
Honestly, I had low expectations for this drop in weather, simply because when storms roll in like this, yes it drops the temp. But then the humidity is almost worse, so I wasn't expecting too much. My expectations were blown away! 

The kids and I spent every waking minute that we possibly could outside. It felt spectacular being able to just play outside without feeling like death was upon us. You think I am exaggerating, but it really sometimes feels like you could just die from the heat! 

As soon as we were up and at 'em, we were outside in the backyard playing to our hearts content. 

We played and played, had breakfast and then got ready for a walk to our little local park, down from our house. 

I packed us a lunch and I had planned on staying there until the littles were ready to head home. We played hard and we actually stayed a lot longer than I thought we would. Owen even managed to stay happy past his usual nap time because we stayed at the park too long. I think he was happy being able to just roam, and play! 

chomping away on lunch!

June even conquered a fear of hers today. She went down the steep slides! 

I even put Owen in pants today. Mostly because I think he's adorable in pants and Fall fashion suits our family rather well. And he's adorable. I tried getting June to wear more warmer clothes, but she awesomely dresses herself and there is no changing her mind once an ensemble is chosen. 

Owen who has no fear, went down the slides first try and loved it. He loves going fast and really anything that might cause him harm. He did leave the park with a pretty good size goose egg on his head. He said "Owe Mama" and then continued playing. 

I finally decided to be a mean mom and basically drag the kiddos from the park. It was getting way past nap time and I worried with the walk back we might miss our window. So we speed walked all the way home. Nap time is golden mommy time. I need nap time to survive the day. 

Once Owen woke up from his nap, we headed out to do a nature scavenger hunt. I printed off a checklist that I had found online and we went on our hunt. 

This was a heart bursting moment for a mother... June, (without being prompted) told Owen to hold her hand to cross the street so that he would be safe. It was too cute to not hurry and take a picture of June being such a big sister. I loved it. I mean I just really love them. Ps. I made sure no cars were even close when taking this picture ;) 

We found all our items except for a butterfly. 

Owen just kept asking for "ducks" or "Quack quacks" 

Chasing down bugs and trying to course them out of the cracks in the sidewalks. I love how they have no fear of bugs. From a mother who jumps on the tub and screams for Dan until he comes and kills the nasty creatures, or hurries and puts a cup over them until Dan does get home, I'm glad they aren't incredibly terrified! 

So the scavenger hunt was fun and we ended up playing the rest of the evening outside. I sadly dropped my phone on the cement and shattered the screen into little tiny pieces... I was sadly mortified and now more bugged that I have to go make a trip up to Apple at some point this weekend... 
BUT it did not ruin this splendid day of perfect weather. I can always fix my phone and there was no way it was going to ruin this day. I refused. 

Goodbye amazing weather. We are now sky rocketing back into the high 90's and 100's by the end of next week. 

Until we meet again.. hopefully in the next few months to come. I mean come on, help a pregnant lady out here! 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Mid August Randoms

As I read other family member's or friend's blogs, I read all about how summer is slowly coming to a close. How the weather is starting to cool down and fall is slowly creeping in...
Not here. Not even close. August is probably our hottest month in Texas and it seems like this heat will never go below 100. Though we are expected to have some storms roll in later this week, which will drop the temps to the lower 90's. So though summer seems to be wrapping up for some, we are still going strong. 

August has so far been a steady month for us. Our days are ours to do as we please, with very little scheduling conflicts. I know, in about two weeks, once school starts and our other fall extracurricular activities begin, we won't have these easy laid back, lazy days. So I am really trying to suck in as much of these days as I can before it changes.

This kid!  He definitely has a mind of his own already, and it's rather hard to change it once he gets an idea. He's adventurous and not scared of anything. It's terrifying. I mean the things he is already climbing and attempting to do, gives me a heart attack. I am shocked he hasn't had a broken arm or any stitches yet. We could be in trouble with this kid. 

With this heat we have obviously been living in the pool. 

Reading books 

I needed to get some cleaning done... so the best thing is to do, is let the kids make a mess somewhere  else. Oatmeal and flour. It keeps them busy for so long! It's a huge mess, but my bathrooms sure looked spectacular!

While prepping our room to paint, Owen was playing with some figurines in the window. He was being so sweet and it was cute to watch him play. 

The kids were helping me paint our room (Owen's belly and legs are proof of that) but with the fumes I was a little worried about their brain cells, so we took a break and played outside all afternoon. We have been really loving animals frozen in water, ever since our friend showed us this fun little trick. The kids love squirting water bottle on them and playing "Rescue". Owen more like throws his until the ice breaks, whatever works little man. 

While at Lowes getting our paint mixed, I was looking at all these colors. It makes me excited and anxious to get started on June and Owen's room. I would start now if I felt Owen was ready for a big bed, but I still think it will be a while. Still though, all those colors just get me all giddy inside. 

Lunch at Chick- Fil-a one afternoon. 

And play places when the kids don't want to swim 

This little boy and Owen played together the whole time. They were super cute together. 

The kids helping me unload the dishwasher. It takes double the time to get in unloaded but they were enjoying themselves, so I couldn't stop the fun. 

Though we may do other things, 90 percent of the time we are outside by the pool.

Saturday morning we took the kids to get my car washed and cleaned out. 

We then hit up the library. One of my books that I have had on hold for like six months finally became available! So we made a morning of it. 

Then we hit the pool for the remainder of the day. 

We stayed outside until the sun slowly went down. When we realized that it was 7pm and hadn't had dinner or baths we attempted to wrangle in the kids, but they were having so much fun, so we stayed out even longer. 

taking selfies on mommy's phone 

We had a movie night and brought out the air mattress for the kids to lay on. More like bounce on. They were loving it when we deflated it. 

Sunday after church, Dan went out and got the grill ready for dinner. June went out and kept him company. 

Owen stayed in and helped me prep dinner. 

playing lego's 

 My energy level has finally come back and it feels so so good! I have started getting back into working out, like yoga and small pregnancy cardio workouts and walking/running in the mornings with the kids. I am only going like 2 miles... so nothing big, but compared to doing nothing at all is a huge improvement. If we get out the door by 8am then we can actually enjoy the park for a little bit. It has been so nice and the kids have been loving playing at the park again. 

Recently June has taken it upon herself to completely dress herself. And she does awesome. Ok when I mean awesome, I mean nothing matches and it's great going out in public in some of her outfit choices but she loves it and feels like such a big girl. I just moved all of her clothes down to her lower drawers so she can have all the choices of her clothes. 

Lastly we have been painting our finger nails and toe nails non-stop. We found this nail polish that is super easy to clean up and June has loved painting her finger nails ever since the first time I painted her nails, so it has been rather fun for the kids. Owen does anything that June does. It keeps both of them busy for quite a while. Owen usually gets it more places then just his fingernails but it cleans up good enough that I don't mind. He just walks around with a colorful belly most mornings. 
So we are good. Surviving the heat and soaking in summer since we seem to have a couple more months of warm weather.