Nate’s last day of school

by Courtney on June 20, 2012

OK, so his last day of school was a month ago, but I’m just now getting around to posting the pictures!  Oops!  But here he is, along with Will, in all his last day of school cuteness!

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And here they were last year on Nate’s last day of school.  Oh. My. Goodness…

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How my days go

by Courtney on June 18, 2012

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A box arrives for Daddy.  We take it and place it back by his office door.  The boys decide to sit on it and pretend it’s a horse (“Giddy up, horsey, giddy up!”  “Nate, Daddy is trying to work.  Let’s not be so loud.”)  But look at what nice, sweet brothers they are!

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Will has had enough and wants the horse all to himself.

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But Nate is back, and Will decides to kill him with kindness.

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Awww…so sweet!

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And now he’s really done and wants Nate off.

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Happy with his success!

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But Nate is back again, and this time he comes with an arm squeeze.

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Will has been wronged and wants to tell me all about it.  I sympathize, but then remind him that he actually started it with all that pushing.

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Nate is pleased with his victory!  Which was short-lived, because he then got an earful about how he’s four, his brother is one, he shouldn’t twist his brother’s arm, he should set a good example for Will, yada, yada, yada.  And that’s how it goes.  All. Day. Long.  One minute they are best friends and the next someone is screaming bloody murder.  I have recently started to cherish the best friends moments, and while I enjoy some quiet, I send a little prayer of thanks up to God.  I’m hoping He is taking note and will soon start to reward me with more best friends moments and less my-brother-is-trying-to-kill me moments…

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No pictures today, thanks

by Courtney on June 15, 2012

The other night, right after bathtime, Nate was looking especially cute with his hair perfectly tousled and wearing his Iron Man bathrobe.  I took him out to the backyard hoping to get a few photos, but he was being silly and was in no mood for pictures!  This is the best I could get!

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Sand

by Courtney on June 13, 2012

My children don’t do well at restaurants.  Well, they just don’t do well with having to sit still, quietly, for long stretches.  And by “long stretches” I mean “two minutes.”  So we really don’t go out to eat that often.  Or, if we do, we eat very, very quickly and ask for the check as soon as our food arrives so that we can pay and leave as soon as all hell starts breaking loose (which of course it will…it always does).

But sometimes we like going out to eat, to just get out of the house, do something different, try to have a little fun.  This, thankfully, has pretty much all been accomplished by us visiting our local Joe’s Crab Shack.  Not four star dining, mind you, but the food is pretty good.  The best part, however, is that they have a play area!  With sand!  Outside!  It’s so nice because Matt and I can sit and eat and talk, and still watch the boys playing on the playground.  And then they come back occasionally for a bite of chicken nugget or a sip of juice, and then they are off again.  It’s been nice.

The only problem is that, like I mentioned, it’s outside.  So we probably won’t be visiting Joe’s Crab Shack again until October when it’s cool enough to actually be outside again in Texas.  But, oh yeah, we’ll definitely be back.

The last time we went Will somehow ended up with a face full of sand (I say “somehow” because we didn’t actually see Nate throw sand at Will, but I think it’s pretty much a given!).  He didn’t seem to mind too much, and it certainly didn’t interfere with his eating!

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(He takes his french fry eating very seriously.)

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iPhone photos

by Courtney on June 11, 2012

I’ve been trying to make more of an effort to take photos with my iPhone, especially when I don’t have my big camera with me.  As I was going through my phone the other night I realized how many pictures I had on there!  Some are over a year old!  I know that I’ve posted a few on Facebook, but I haven’t put any on the blog here.  So get ready to be inundated with iPhone photos!  (These were all edited using Instagram.  My username is AccordingToMommy if you ever want to follow along and see what I’m up to.)

Also, these are in no particular order…they are kind of all over the place and definitely very random!

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Nate started swim lessons last week.  So while he takes his lesson in the big pool…

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…Will and I play in the little kid area.

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We are at the pool almost every day, so the coat hook things in our laundry room, the ones that normally hold jackets and coats, now hold drying towels.

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This was on Nate’s last day of school last month.

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They had a little party at the end of class where they got to do a fun craft.

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They also got to have a fun snack.  The mom who brought the snacks was nice enough to let Will have one.  This is when I caught him grabbing a second one!

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We have season passes to Six Flags, and it is definitely one of Nate’s favorite places to go.  Now that Will is taller he is starting to be able to ride more of the rides, and now he loves it, too!

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Fun on the swings at Six Flags!

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Not sure when this was taken, but judging by the bib and the fact that he’s wearing jeans, I would guess about 5-6 months ago.

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Here is Will at Easter trying on some cute bunny ears I found at Target.

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Here is Will last Easter trying on another cute pair of bunny ears!  (And those cheeks!  Love them!!)

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So just barely topping Six Flags as his most favorite place to visit, would be Great Wolf Lodge.  We’ve been twice now, and Nate pretty much loves it and wants to live there.  Here he is in the bunk bed the first time we got to visit.

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This was taken probably a year ago, Will and Daddy playing games at Chuck E. Cheese (yet another Nate favorite!).

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This was last Christmas.  My mom bought the boys this picnic table, and they love it!  We had it in the house for several months, and they ate every meal at it.  Once it started to get warmer we moved it outside, and now they like to sit out there and eat popsicles.

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This was also at Christmas.  For the Christmas Eve church service they have a little bit for the kids where they get to dress up like a Biblical character, and then as they read the story of the birth of Jesus, all the kids get to come down and sit at the front of the sanctuary.  Some kids dress up like Mary or Joseph or the Wise Men…Nate was a donkey.  A Christmas donkey.  He had this really cute blanket given to him by my mother-in-law, and it worked perfectly!

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I’m sure this was probably taken at the same time as the donkey picture, judging by Will’s jeans and sweater.  He went through this phase where he ripped off his socks and shoes as soon as we got in the car, no matter how cold it was.  And then occasionally he liked to chew on his toes!

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This was the day after Thanksgiving.  Will and I are sharing a slice of cherry pie.  For breakfast.  Yep, that’s the kind of thing you do on the day after Thanksgiving!

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Last fall my sister and her husband took us with them to a Cowboys game, where they have season tickets.  It was so much fun, and Nate had a blast!

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Probably taken a year ago, since Will is still crawling here.  He is either trying to steal the ball away from Merchant or trying to share with him.  There’s no way to know!

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This was taken last summer, I think.  We had gone to the doctor’s office, and as we were leaving Nate said he was tired of walking and wanted to get in the stroller.  This is just our regular stroller, not our double stroller, so I just dropped the back all the way down and shoved him in there with Will.  Problem solved!

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Last summer…cute boys!!

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Will is probably 5 or 6 months old in these pictures.  We had gone to Chick-Fil-A, and while Nate was playing Will and I ate and took some pictures with my phone!

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This was just last week.  The boys playing so nicely together!

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Nate jumping off the couch onto a pile of pillows!

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The boys sitting on the end table (!) watching TV.

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This was just a few days ago.  Will and I took a little walk and then ended up at the park where he played and showed off his jungle gym skills.

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Will likes eating watermelon wedges with a fork.  He likes eating most things with a fork.  If it can possibly be eaten with a fork, he will give it a try.  He’s going to be like George Costanza from “Seinfeld” eating his Snickers bar with a knife and a fork if I don’t watch it!!

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And finally, Nate looking oh-so-Nate with some sunglasses and a crazy pirate hat.

How thankful I am that I have my iPhone and am able to capture these fun, everyday moments!

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Last week I took the boys to a local place called Coo Coos which is just a big building filled with giant, inflatable slides and bounce houses.  The boys, of course, loved it!

I tried to get a few pictures of them, but it was a little hard because the lighting was pretty terrible in there, they were moving way too fast!, and they wanted me to come play with them.  I may not always handle my stresses very well, but I’ve been working on it.  I pray, often, about all kinds of things, and a lot of times my prayers center around how to be a better wife, a better mother, how to let go of the stresses that I allow to bring me down, and how to enjoy my role as a mother more.  This day at Coo Coos I decided to have fun with my boys, to jump on a giant trampoline with them, to ride down a big inflatable slide, and to just enjoy the moment.

I am not always successful at overcoming the stress and embracing the joy, but I’m still working…and I’m still praying.

And then a few days later I read this passage in my daily devotional, and I knew that God was hearing my prayers and working on me.

“Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

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He gave me these two amazing boys for a reason.  He gave them to me.  Yes, they can be challenging and wild and more than a little crazy, but they are awesome and beautiful and they are mine.  I think God is trying to remind me not to focus so much on the challenging aspects of being their mom but on the wonderful, amazing parts of being their mom.  I am trying.  I am working.  Those boys are pretty cool.  I am one lucky momma.

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And here are a few I took with my iPhone:

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Looking for bunnies

by Courtney on June 7, 2012

One of the things the boys love doing first thing in the morning is opening the shutters in Nate’s bedroom and looking for bunnies.  There are usually at least one or two in our yard, and then always more across the street.

And sometimes you have to grab your camera and catch a shot whenever you can and not worry about whether everyone is fully dressed or still in just their undies!

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