Matt had to work in Chattanooga this week, so at the last minute we decided to follow him for a mini-vacation.  The plan was to leave after lunch so the kids would sleep on the way.  That plan did not happen.  Chloe did not sleep at all, and Cole only slept for 15 minutes, so I knew the trip would be interesting.  The kids were so excited when we checked into the hotel running around and jumping on the beds.  We had a quick snack and headed to the aquarium.  We stayed there for a couple of hours, and of course, the kids loved it.  Chloe was her usual scaredy-cat self and was afraid of the sharks.  Cole, on the other hand, couldn’t get enough.  He ran around the entire time saying, “Mama, shark!”  “Dada, shark!”  Chloe didn’t want to pet the fish or the stingrays, but Cole had no problem with that either.  The best part about going on a late Monday afternoon was that we were literally the only ones in certain exhibits.  At other times, there were only a few other people around.  It was perfect!

After we finished the aquarium, we headed to the IMAX.  This was not the best of ideas.  I thought the kids would be worn out enough to sit and watch the 45 minute movie.  We even got popcorn to make sure they would sit still, but to no avail.  Neither kid would keep the 3D glasses on, and neither would sit still or be quiet.  Luckily, the theater was almost empty and no one was sitting nearby.

After the movie we walked to Mellow Mushroom for some pizza.  It was getting late by this point, and the kids were in meltdown mode.  We had to scarf down our food and get creative to make it through dinner without losing them.

Here’s Cole spitting out his water everywhere (which he did for quite some time).

And then he began screaming (for quite some time).

Chloe was equally as unhappy.

And she finally just laid down in her seat.

Matt played “Beauty and the Beast” on his phone for Chloe, and that did the trick.

After dinner we walked down to the Riverfront to show the kids what Papa Rod built.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get and pictures.  We were in survival mode at this point.  We headed back to the hotel to settle in for the night.  You would have thought as exhausted as our kids were that they would have been ready for bed.  Nope.  We turned the tv on in the bedroom and let them watch tv together for a while to calm them down.  We finally put them to bed (Chloe in the hotel bed and Cole in the pack-n-play).  That didn’t go so well.  Cole kept climbing out of the pack-n-play, and Chloe kept getting out of the bed and turning the lights on.  Then, they would both walk out into the living room area where we were.  This went on for a while, and we finally had to punish Chloe to get her to stay in the bed, and around 10:30, we didn’t hear any more from them until the next morning at 8:00!



Cole has two obsessions right now.  1.  shoes (and much, much more on that in a later blog); and, 2. soap.  All bathroom doors must stay closed in our house when Cole is awake for several reasons, but the main reason is because he gets into the liquid soap.

The house got very quiet (for too long), and then all of a sudden I heard Matt upstairs very loudly say, “Aw, Cole!”  He had climbed on top of the bathroom counter and squirted the majority of the soap on his hands and hair.  Straight into the bathtub he went!

A Weekend of Celebrations

Since Mom and Dad were in Nashville last week for doctor appointments, they took Chloe and Cole home with them on Wednesday.  Matt was also out of town, so I had the ENTIRE house all to MYSELF.  It was eerily quiet!  Matt came home Thursday night, so we had a date night and then traveled to Mom and Dad’s Friday night.  We had a busy weekend ahead of us.

Dana had her first baby shower Friday night at Aunt Debbie’s house.  It was given by family, and as usual, Mom and I both forgot about taking pictures until everything was over.  I did manage to get one profile shot of Dana before the night ended.  Baby Mize is one growing boy!

The next day was spent swimming and playing with the kids, and then cooking/preparing for Austin and Dana’s next baby shower that Matt and I helped host.  Once again…. you guessed it…  I was preoccupied and didn’t take pictures like I should have.  We had a great time, though, and Austin, Dana, and Baby Mize were showered with a ton of gifts from great friends and family.  Chloe was right in the middle of opening gifts, and she and Cole actually ended up acting quite “crazy” as the night went on.


The next day we all went to church and had a lazy afternoon of napping and more swimming.  Uncle D made it home that afternoon, and we all took Pappy and Papa Rod out to dinner for their 40th wedding anniversary.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take my camera to dinner.  Boo!

We stayed at Pappy and Papa Rod’s house until Tuesday (mostly swimming) while Matt worked in Memphis.  Matt had to stay downtown Monday night, so I actually spent the night with him had a good dinner together.  This was our second date night in less than a week!  Wow…. I could get used to that!  But, we all had a great trip and a great time, and it’s always good seeing the family.  Chloe and Cole just love being at the grandparents house, and they love having Uncle Aus and Aunt Danie spoil them.  When we got back home, and since it had been almost a week since Chloe and Cole were home, they were excited to see all their toys and their rooms.  I think we were all happy to be home!

Chloe’s First Date (cont’d)

Daddy and Chloe were able to  pick up the pottery they made on date night.  She made a mug for Mommy’s morning coffee.  It says…

Dad & Chloe (and on the bottom – First Date 2010).

Chloe specifically used the following colors:  orange for Daddy, Big Poppa, and Papa Rod’s favorite color;  green for Mommy’s favorite color;  blue for Pappy and Cole’s favorite color; yellow for Ninnie’s favorite color; and, pink for Chloe’s favorite color.

Not bad, huh??

Don’t Mess with the Belle Dress

Chloe is very, very, very into anything “princess” lately and loves wearing her “Belle” dress.  We keep all of her dress-up clothes in one drawer, and she was looking for her “Belle” dress.  She couldn’t find it, and when I walked into her room, she was sitting in the middle of her floor pouting and had emptied every single drawer into the floor.  And I had just recently cleaned out her drawers and folded everything.  Grrr.

Weekend in Atlanta

Since I haven’t seen Carrie since Jazzfest, a visit was in order.  We decided (after Matt was able to hobble around without crutches) that we would pack up and head to Atlanta for a weekend visit.  Wow…. how times have changed!  We were completely worn out after the weekend, but we didn’t do it to ourselves this time.  It was our kids that wore us out!

We arrived Friday evening a little after 6:30, and we were so excited to see Carrie, Ryan, and Layla.  Layla has grown!!!  We hung out and visited for a while before heading to Abby’s birthday party.  We moved car seats around so we could all ride together, and that was an adventure in itself.  We knew we couldn’t stay at Abby’s party too long with the kids, but the kids behaved wonderfully.  Once we got back to Carrie and Ryan’s house and got the kids situated in their beds, it was after 11:00.  And since Matt, Chloe, Cole, and I all slept in the same room, Chloe was expected to sleep in her sleeping bag on the floor.  We had talked this up all week, and Chloe seemed genuinely excited about sleeping on the floor in her sleeping bag for the first time; however, that’s not how it went.  We COULD NOT get Chloe to sleep.  I repeat, we COULD NOT get Chloe to sleep.  Every time we thought we had succeeded, she would appear in the living room where we were and look at us and say, “But I can’t fall asleep.”  This went on until we finally went to bed with Chloe at 1:00.  Yes.  That’s right.  Chloe was up until 1:00 A. M.  A new record for her.  And, if Chloe wasn’t in the middle of Matt and me in a full size bed, Cole was.  Needless to say, no one slept much.

The next day we all went to the airport.  Not just any ordinary airport, but an airport complete with park, restaurant, bar, and outdoor seating to watch the airplanes take off and land in front of us.  And, the kids LOVED it!  Actually, we all did!  Everyone enjoyed watching the airplanes take off and land.  We played until we were all hungry and then headed to Mexican for lunch.

The rest of the weekend consisted of frozen yogurt, naps (finally!), outside play, making cupcakes, a shrimp boil, baths, and then again….  Chloe NOT going to bed.  We begged, we pleaded, we bribed, we punished, we did everything we knew to do, until we finally let her stay up.  Eventually, at midnight – and after Layla decided to join us – I finally called it a night and took Chloe to bed with me.  Again, Chloe slept in the bed with us, and the majority of my night was spent with Chloe snoring in my face with her feet in my ribs and I trying not to roll off the bed.  Another night of very little sleep.

Even though we didn’t sleep very much, it was a very fun weekend.  I knew it was going to be crazy, and so did Carrie.  Much to my surprise, though, it was Chloe that made everything crazy.  Chloe is the easy, model child.  Cole is a totally different story.  This weekend, however, the roles were reversed.  Cole was the sweetest little thing, and Chloe was…. well….  she was not the easy one.

Chloe loved being with Layla, and she acted like a little mother around her.  Both Chloe and Cole enjoyed playing with all the toys and with Izzy.  Like I always say, I should have gotten more pictures.  But, Layla is an absolute doll, and we were all so excited to see her, Carrie, and Ryan.  We’re already working on our next get together that involves some UT football.

Oh, and when we got home Sunday night, Chloe was in bed before 8:00 and slept the next day until 10:00.  The little stinker!