Monday, June 29, 2009
This is such a cute pic of Drew - too bad Brady wasn't paying attention.
Friday, June 26, 2009
On Thursday, we met Paula and her kids at Incredible Pizza in Pasadena. We had never been before, but will be going back soon for Drew's birthday. They have indoor minature golf, mini bowling lanes, bumper cars, go karts, and a ton of arcade games. Drew didn't get to make many choices when we went, simply because there were 6 kids and three of them were older and made their opinions known! So, I want to go back and let him ride the go karts and anything else he wants to "drive." He loves all those rides where you put your token in and steer - even though he can't reach any of the pedals or stay on the road at all...lol.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Drew always wants to be in the pic, but isn't too interested in smiling...
Friday, June 19, 2009
I planned a quick trip to the mall after exercise to finish up my father's day shopping. It was fine for the first 15 mins. and then everything went to heck fast. The boys shared a chocolate milk, but Drew threw a fit because Brady got the last drink. I went to get myself a salad at Chick-Fil-A, and when I went to put my drink in the holder, I put a hole in it and it was gushing everywhere - mainly onto my diaper bag. We finally made it out to the car to discover that somehow it was all wet and muddy around it. When Brady got into the car, he walked right on top of the seat to get to the back - why he would do that I have no idea! Of course, the only reason he got busted was because there were two wet footprints on it... I was rather irritated, to say the least. Then, Mallory threw her blankie and it got all muddy - this was really my fault, I should have closed the car door before she had a chance to throw it out. By that time, of course, she was pretty tired and had no blankie to hold onto, so we listened to her cry most of the way home. Good times!!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Drew is so funny these days... He injures himself countless times a day and always comes crying to me - "I hurt myself!" Most times, it's something really small like Brady stepped on his foot, he hit his head (not hard), or whatever else he gets into because he never seems to pay attention! For whatever reason, he just started stuttering some of his words. We noticed it on vacation - it's limited to a few words so far. Cuz, cuz, cuz. So, so, so. I vaguely remember Brady doing it for a while, so I'm pretty certain it's just a phase. He's also really whiney and gets frustrated really easily. I have to constantly remind him to just ask for help instead of getting so irritated - it's like 0 to 60 in 2 seconds. One minute he's fine, the next, the world is ending because he can't get the lid off the playdough. He's got a few phrases in his arsenal that we hear all the time. "Don't tell me!" (with a scowl on his face) and "Don't shush me!" are probably the most frequent. Of course, he always wants to be the first at everything - first in the car, first to turn the tv on or off, first through the door, and the ultimate first - to be the winner (at everything - racing with Brady, playing wii, playing games, etc.). Thankfully, he's not too much of a sore loser because you know Brady loves to win at everything and he normally does - I continually point out that Drew is only 2, but Brady doesn't care the reason behind his winning :) Anyway, just a few observations about Drew - seems like it's been a while since I wrote anything specifically about him... can't imagine why!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
We took Mallory to her appointment at the dermatologist today. The doctor didn't seem overly concerned, and thinks the "lumps" on her chest are probably just hemangiomas underneath the skin. This is basically what her pediatrician also thought, but we are going to take her for an ultrasound to be sure. The most stressful part of the day was finding a place to park in the garage :)
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
The boys really enjoyed the Veggie Tales show we saw. It was perfect because Mallory took a little nap during the show, we got to sit in the air conditioning, and the show was over before it lost Drew's interest.
This one is too cute! It was $8. I would have bought one for Kate, too, but the only other size they had was a 5.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
On Tuesday, the women and babies went shopping at a couple of the outlet malls. We spent all of our time shopping for the kids and have lots of clothes to show for it! I got Mallory a lot of cute stuff - some REALLY good deals, some pretty good deals, and one outfit that wasn't on sale at all (but I kept going back to it!). The kids and men hung around the resort and spent most of their time at the pool. That afternoon/evening, everyone except myself went to the Dixie Stampede. I wanted to go, but thought it was a smarter decision to stay behind. The last time I went to a show involving horses and dirt flying around everywhere, I thought I was going to end up in the hospital because my asthma was so bad. Anyway, the kids loved it - I was sad that no pics or video were allowed... oh, well. Late Tuesday night we had a tornado scare. About 11 p.m., the sirens started going off - come to find out, a tornado was literally headed right towards us. We had until about 11:30 to decide what to do - problem was we are on the 4th floor, but didn't know where else to go other than outside underneath the stairs. Needless to say, the thought of waking up all the kids and scaring the crap out of them didn't appeal to us, but obviously we wanted to do what was best. We heard from some others staying here that there was a basement in one of the other buildings. Scott went to check it out, and by the time we were deciding about heading other there, the tornado made a turn and we were pretty certain we were out of the woods. Thankfully, we had not woken any of the children - so, we were very fortunate in that respect, and also the obvious one (that the tornado didn't come our way). We never told the kids. You know how much Brady would worry about that, and Hannah is even a bigger worrier than he is....
Wednesday morning we went to see a show called Amazing Pets. It wasn't so amazing... there weren't nearly enough animals in the show and it was way longer than it should have been. We went out to lunch and then the women and oldest kids went to see Peter Pan. The girls tried to collect every piece of pixie dust off the floor after the show was over (Peter Pan flew over the audience after the curtain call), and we all tried to convince Rachel she couldn't fly after we got home. Scott explained to her how Peter "flew" during the show, but I'm not sure she really believed him, and we've been keeping an eye on her ever since...
Today, we took our kids to Silver Dollar City. Scott and Holly took theirs to a water park. We both had a great day, and I think everyone got to do what they wanted that way. We rode rides, played a few carnival games, saw two shows, rode the train, and Brady and Drew came away with their own personalized bats. Brady has been chomping at the bit to spend the money I gave him for vacation (plus whatever he had of his own), so I'm glad he found something that he will actually use after we get home.
Tomorrow we are renting a boat all day. The weather has held up all week (other than the thunderstorms the night of the tornado), so we all figure it will rain tomorrow. We specifically put off renting the boat until tomorrow because it was the least chance of rain, so hopefully that won't come back and bite us in the rear.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Rachel volunteered right away to drive the boat.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Waiting for our tram tour to start...
Feeding the trout - Drew kept going back to the driver for more food
More pics tomorrow... right now I'm tired of waiting for them to upload. Today we did a tour of part of Branson called "Ride the Ducks." I'm just realizing I should have taken a pic of the "duck" we rode on - the vehicle can go both on land and water. The kids got an opportunity to drive it in the water, so they were thrilled with that. Actually, Hannah and Brady were hesitant, but once Rachel and Drew drove, they wanted to see what it was all about. We went to lunch and then played minature golf at a place called Pirate's Cove. Needless to say, this was right up Brady's alley - we had to play the harder course to play on the pirate ship they had, so I was feeling like I got my daily exercise after all the stairs we climbed. We headed back to the resort in the afternoon and all the kids except Drew chose to go to the pool - Drew wanted to go fishing instead.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Today we went to a place called Dogwood Canyon and went on a guided tram tour. It was a two hour tour, which I thought might be a little on the long side, but everyone enjoyed it, even the babies! We saw a lot of neat scenary, trout, and wildlife like elk and bison. The kids got to feed the trout, so they were excited. Brady lost his Astros hat on the tram ride - apparently that happens a lot because the tour guide was happy to stop and get it. Aunt Holly was nice enough to get off to get the hat and found herself face to face with a deer. It was particularly humorous because the deer had been hiding from us earlier, and she was obviously quite surprised to see it!
We headed to lunch after that, and then stopped on the way back to get fishing licenses. The men took the kids fishing here at the resort, while we went grocery shopping (I know, terribly exciting!) Rachel managed to fall off the pier and in the lake, so it wasn't without excitement. Hmm... now that I'm reading it, it doesn't sound like we did that much, but we didn't eat dinner until 8 p.m. so I guess it was a fuller day than it reads!
Friday, June 5, 2009
Bryan will have his laptop, so I will most likely post a few times while we're gone. Not sure about pictures, though - Bryan was able to download pics to his laptop while he was in Spain last summer, so hopefully that will also work with our "newer" camera.