Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Museum of Discovery

Since we have moved into the house and have weekends free, Joey and I have been trying to find things to take the kids to. Yesterday, we took the kids to the grand re-opening of the Museum of Discovery here in Little Rock. We had a great time and the kids loved it. I can't wait to get our membership cards in the mail so we can take the kids. It actually was not that crowded when we go there. We went right when it opened. The feature exhibit was about dinosaurs. Connor loved it and walked around saying "dinosaurs, dinosaurs" until we saw the exhibit.

In the middle of the museum, there is a huge set of air tubes that kids can put balls and scarves in and they can watch the objects go through the tubes and shoot out. Both kids loved it and Bailey kept on trying to catch the balls as they shot out of the tubes. They would not actually put the balls or scarves into the tubes, the air was moving to fast and it freaked them out a little.

There is one room for kids their age that they loved. They could play with blocks, read books, jump on a little trampoline, and more. I wish I had been able to get pictures of the kids enjoying that room, but the batteries in my camera died. Oh well, we will be going again soon. After the museum, we took the kids to see the fish and turtles at the nature center for a few minutes. It is very close to the museum. We all had a wonderful morning. It is so amazing to start creating these memories with Connor and Bailey. God bless!!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Merry Christmas

We had a wonderful Christmas. We did our family Christmas Thursday night. We have decided to carry on one of my family's traditions and read Luke 2 before we open presents. It is a good reminder of what Christmas is really about. Of course, the kids really did not understand much of it, but they sat still for it and our family prayer. I love instilling our faith in them. The kids opened our gifts for them and the gifts from my side of the family. Thanks to all of you for your wonderful gifts. I will send out thank you notes soon.

Friday afternoon, after Joey got home from work, we packed up the van and headed to Germantown to spend the Christmas weekend with his family. We had a great time. The highlight of the trip out for Bailey was turning her carseat to face forward. She can finally see DVDs when we play them. Connor enjoyed a "special drink" on the trip. They are both starting to do much better on longer car rides.

The time with Joey's family was wonderful. Bailey loved Grandma and Papa's dogs. Connor was a little wary of them. Aunt Carley was a big help showing Bailey the dogs and how to pet them. We had a great family dinner Saturday afternoon. The kids enjoyed spending time with all their aunts and uncles and their cousin Cruz. Joey and I got to meet up with some friends Saturday night after the kids went to bed. It was so great to fellowship with them.

Sunday morning, we opened presents. The kids were much more into, since they had practice Thursday. They were even kind enough to help us open our gifts. The big gift we got was from Joey's parents. They got us a swingset for the backyard. Can't wait to have it up so the kids can burn energy and take good long naps.

We drove home Monday after lunch. Thankfully, the kids slept a little on the ride home. They were worn out. We had a wonderful Christmas. We praise God for all the blessings He has provided for us this year. We look forward to seeing what He has in store for 2012. Hope everyone has a great and safe New Year's Eve. We will be ringing in the new year in high style, SLEEP!!! God bless!!!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Last Saturday, we took the kids to Pinnacle Mountain State Park. There is a playground there that I have been taking the kids to when we go just the 3 of us. There are several nice things about this park: no water for the kids to try to walk into, great equipment, and we usually have it to ourselves when go since we go so early. There are also walking trails that you can go for a hike on. The playground is designed to look like it is made from tree trunks and rocks. On the support for the big slide, the tree trunk has a raccoon carved into. Connor is always asking to go see the raccoon. He gets so excited to go see it and can find it right off. We decided to show the playground to Daddy. Connor was so excited to show Daddy the raccoon. He kept on saying "Da raccoon" all the way up there. Here are a few pictures from our trip. I did not get a picture of the raccoon, however.

We also went for a quick walk. The kids enjoyed seeing all the leaves, trees, sticks, and rocks. We had to cut our time short as it started to rain. Despite the rain, we had a great time at the park as a family. God bless you all!!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Welcome Home Daddy!!!

Joey has been out of town for the past 6 days. He just got home this morning. This was the first time that the kids and I have been by ourselves while he has been gone. The past few times he has been gone, we have gone to Kansas and once, my wonderful friend Dara came and stayed with us. We managed to make it through his absence. We decided to make Daddy a welcome home sign since we were so excited to have him home. Here are a few pictures of the kids in their painting smocks (old t shirts of mine) and the finished product. Unfortunately, I did not get any pictures of the kids actually using the fingerpaints. I did not want a mess all over the apartment.

Welcome Home Daddy!!! We love you and missed you so much!!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Fish and Turtles

Connor loves fish and turtles. He is always asking "where fish go?" or "where turtle go?" When he goes down for a nap or to bed, we have to pray for fish and turtles, aside from family. In my last post, I mentioned that my mom and I took the kids to Cabela's while we were in Kansas to see the fish they have there. Connor loved it. Some of Joey's co-workers told him about the Witt J. Stephens Nature Center just down the street from his office. Since we did not have to house hunt, we decided to take the kids and check it out. Connor loved it. Bailey was in the stroller.

After we finished at the nature center, we took a walk down by the river. Bailey even got out and walked.

We had a wonderful family outing. Praying everyone is doing well. God bless!!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Fall Fun

Once again, a couple of months has gone by. Where does the time go? I can't believe it is fall already. In September, Joey had to go out of town, so that meant road trip to Kansas for the kids and I. We had a great time. My mom and I took the kids to Cabela's to see the fish that they have in their aquariums. Connor absolutely loved it. He kept on asking "where did fish go?" and "where did turtle go?" I wish I had gotten some pictures of it. We also took the kids to the Kansas City Zoo. We did not have a great experience. We did not know the layout very well and did not see many animals. We kept trying to find the monkeys, but only found the gorillas. Oh well, maybe next time. Connor did enjoy walking around with his twin (aka Grandma). Bailey enjoyed walking around too and hated being in the stroller.We had a great time, but we were so glad to be back with Daddy.

Last Saturday, we joined a friend of Joey's from work and his wife at a chili fest in Little Rock. The kids enjoyed walking around and playing with balloons. We did not try any chili, too hard chasing after the kids. Bailey showed no fear and made friends with a couple of dogs that were walking around. She was also fascinated and horrified with a life size dancing Santa dressed as a Grateful Dead fan. She did not know what to think.

Since the weather has been so nice, I have started to brave taking the kids to the park by myself. I say brave because it is an adventure. Connor has started to get the hang of playing on a playground. He loves to go up and down the slide. Bailey has started climbing on the stairs of the playground equipment I have to watch out for the two of them. Really wish sometimes I had eyes in the back of my head. Oh well, we are getting the hang of it and enjoying ourselves. Of course, they both like to play in the dirt.
Connor has started learning about civic responsibility (taught by me). When he sees trash on the playground, he likes to throw it in the trash can. Bailey wants to try too, but I have to hold her. We pray you all are doing well!! God bless!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Bailey's First Birthday

Yesterday, we celebrated Bailey's first birthday. It is hard to believe a year has gone by. I still remember the night she was born. She was born at 3:17 am, almost 3 weeks early. She has been such a joy since the day she was born. She loves to be around people and, once she gets to know you, smiles a lot. She does much better in the morning than the rest of us. She is walking all the time now and is trying to climb onto furniture. I think she wants to be like her big brother. We have had a few tantrums, especially when she wants something Connor has, but cannot have it. She loves her big brother. They are starting to play together more. Sometimes it just boils down to Connor trying to wrestle with her like he does with Daddy. I love to hear her laugh and say "mama." She says "dada" every once in a while.

We had a quiet celebration, just us, here at the apartment. She still did not quite grasp the concept of opening presents. Connor wanted to open them for her. He also wanted her new books and dvd.
She got some new clothes for the fall/winter. We will see how long she fits in them. She seems to get longer everyday. She really enjoyed all of her gifts.

We tried cupcakes with her. I don't think she really liked them. She did not really know what to do with them. She just played with the frosting.

I guess she thought she could use the frosting to style her hair. We are so blessed to have this little girl as our daughter. I thank God for her everyday and am honored to be her mother. We love you Bailey!! Happy Birthday!!