We are back from a long trip, and I’ll try to fill in as best as possible. We left home last Sunday and have just gotten home today. Last Sunday we headed to Pappy and Papa’s house and hung out there for most of the week. We got to see Uncle Au-tin (Austin) and Danie (soon to be Aunt Dana) a few times, and Chloe always loves hanging with them. Cole will soon love seeing them, too.
We went to Uncle Aus’s pond every day to feed the fish, and I think that was Chloe’s favorite thing to do. She begs to feed the fish, and I told Austin at the end of the week that I didn’t think he would have to feed his fish for a while!
B-Bob even met us at the pond one day to feed the fish.
We also got to see Granny and Grandan while we were visiting, but sadly, I didn’t get any pictures of them. I hate that I didn’t have my camera with me. Granny was confused and asked me how many kids this would make for me, and later she asked me when my baby was due. YIKES! 🙂
Cole had a big week. He’s not completely crawling….. yet, but he is so close. So close. He had his first tooth pop through, and the next day he had his second tooth pop through. He wasn’t feeling himself, and his teeth made him grumpy, uncomfortable, and gave him a slight fever. He did start holding his bottle by himself for short periods of time, and he took his first bath in the big tub…..and his first bath with Chloe. She made sure he was rinsed clean of soap. She loved pouring water on Cole, and he loved it, too.
We did get to have a picnic with Aunt Kim and Lily at the park, but we were sad because Macy had to miss out. She was at school. Isn’t this a great picture of Lily? Such a sweetie!
We left Thursday and headed to the lake. Before we left, Uncle Aus called and said we needed to take Chloe to his pond. We took her by there on our way out, and there were two adult female geese swimming on the pond with four baby geese. They were very sweet and so cute, but they must have been scared of us because they stayed away. And, I have not studied up on my new camera lens (shame on me) enough to get some good, close up shots of these babies.
Finally, we made it to the LAKE! Pappy even had a new table and chair for Chloe to eat on outside. Talk about a patio view! Doesn’t get much better than that.
Cole’s teeth were hurting him while we were there, and this picture pretty much sums him up.
Pappy had Chloe some cool, new shades for the water, and for some reason she will only wear them upside down. We keep trying to show her how to wear them, but she refuses to wear them correctly.
We ended up at the state park Friday to let Chloe play at the park, and we saw more baby geese. There were a ton of them!
Here are some pics of our lazy mornings (and entertainment) at the lake house. Good times!
Cole had his first boat ride while we were there. He did okay, but he was a bit uncomfortable in his life jacket, and I can’t say I much blame him. I don’t think I would be comfortable wearing a life jacket that was as big as me either. He’s just going to have to get used to it, though, because it’s not coming off. Chloe didn’t like wearing it when she was a baby either, but we kept it on her. She now has a Dora life jacket that she wore the entire time, and it didn’t bother her a bit. She never complained.
Can you tell we are a family of Vol fans?????
We tried to meet up with the Ross family and the Glass family the entire visit, but it just didn’t happen. The weather did not cooperate like we wanted it to, but hopefully it will work out next time. We have all summer, right? The Glass family did make it over for a little while today, and all the girls got to play. Chloe had a blast.
Mom, or Pappy, had 3 goals for my kids this weekend. 1. Cole will crawl. 2. Chloe will stop sucking her thumb. and 3. Chloe will be potty trained. Well, I don’t guess one out of three is bad. Chloe stopped sucking her thumb!!!!! Aunt Kim gave us something to put on Chloe’s thumb, and I don’t know if it is FDA approved, but it worked! We had already bought some polish from Wal Mart and CVS, but Chloe just sucked it right off. It did nothing. Well, Kim passed along this polish that worked for Lily, so we decided to try it. Mom and I put it on our thumbs to try out as well. All I have to say is….YUCK, YUCK, YUCK, YUCK, YUCK! It was the worst tasting stuff I have ever put in my mouth, and it lingered. When Mom and I went to bed the night we tried it, the taste was still in the back of our throat. Poor Chloe. I really felt sorry for her. She wasn’t quite sure what had happened, and she had the worst look on her face. She kept asking for juice and would look at her thumb and say, “Yucky thumb!” This was Thursday night, and she still hasn’t sucked her thumb….which is a record. She sucked her thumb all the time, so for her to go that long is a huge feat. We’re keeping our fingers crossed it continues!
We never really made any progress with the potty training. I think Chloe is scared of the big potty. Matt and I went out on the boat all day Saturday with Uncle D, so Pappy, Papa and all the other guests kept the kids for us. While we were gone, Chloe pooped in her diaper, and Pappy told her, “You know better than that!” So now, every time Chloe poops or pees in her diaper, instead of telling us she needs to go, she waits until after she goes and comes up to us and says, “Eww know betta an da-at.” (You know better than that). I’m afraid to push it with her, but I think she knows better (obviously….. she tells us she knows better), but she’s scared.
We got home today, and as we were getting close to our house, she was saying, “Almost home! Chloe’s house! Franklin house!” Then, when we got home she repeated over and over and over and over….. “Daddy! Where we are? Where we are?” It’s so long since we have been here, I don’t think she knew what to do. That wore off, though, and she was excited. We went out for Mexican, and of course, both kids were extra crazy. We got home and played on the swing set and in the yard a while before baths and bedtime. While tucking Chloe in, she said she liked her room and was happy to be home. I think we all are!
And, I know I left out a ton of things from the week, but that’s just what happens when Pappy and Papa don’t have internet service at the lake house (wink, wink, Pappy and Papa!). 🙂