More Fall Weather

It was a perfect Saturday weather-wise, and I couldn’t resist getting a few pics of the kids enjoying the weather.

This looks really, really strange, but Cole loves sticking his face to the screen on the outside patio.  Of course, when we laugh, it only encourages him to do it more.

Mommy Wins!!

This has been the week from H-E-double hockey-sticks!  A while back, Cole learned how to jump out of his crib, but Matt and I quickly grabbed him and told him no and had a big talk with him.  He didn’t try it again, so I figured he understood and would obey.  Well, I figured wrong.  Monday of this week he began jumping out of his crib at nap time.  After I put him back in a few times, he evetually fell asleep.  Tuesday was the same thing, but it took me a little longer to get him to sleep.  Wednesday, after TWO hours of putting him back in the crib and one spanking later (I know…. terrible), he finally fell asleep.  Then, early Thursday morning I awoke to him crawling on our bed saying, “Hey, Mama!”

It was then I decided something had to be done.  I thought about just going ahead and turning his crib into the toddler bed, and I would have done that if he was staying in his room; however, when he jumps out of his crib, the first thing he does is open his door and run through the house.   And, I was afraid he would do this in the night or in the morning before we were awake because he has started opening the doors to go outside (and yes, we have found him outside in the driveway recently…  the boy doesn’t stop!).

I found a crib tent and paid the heavy fee to do a rush delivery.  That was money I did not mind spending!  It arrived right before bedtime on Friday, but since I’ve only had trouble with Cole at nap time (not at night), I thought I would wait until Saturday morning to install it.  Plus, Matt was out of town for work, and I wanted him to help me.  Well, of course, that night Cole decides to jump out of the crib.  After about 20 minutes of trying to get him to bed, I got to work putting the tent on the crib.

I know it looks cruel, and the first few times I put Cole in the crib with the tent, he boohooed!  I broke the poor little guy’s heart.  But, it did the trick.  There has been no more escaping the crib or the room, and Mommy and Daddy are sleeping easy again!

Finally Fall!

It has been so, so, so, SO hot lately, but today we finally got some nice, fall weather, and I couldn’t wait to open the windows.  Cole must have been equally as excited because when I walked into the living room, I found him here.  He sat and looked out the window for a very, long time.  I think he was enjoying the feeling of fall.

The Model

These next pictures crack me up.  Hallie came over, and all 3 kids were having so much fun climbing on and over each other on the big, comfy chair.  I got out the camera, and when I started clicking, Hallie immediately started posing.  Can you tell her mom is a photographer?  Ha!


Charlotte is our new “friend.”  Chloe and Cole discovered her, and she has been in the same spot for a week.  I’m not sure exactly what she is doing… laying an egg sac, possibly?  But, she is BIG and has been the source of nightmares for me, even though I know she is harmless.  Sorry, but this is the best picture I could get because I was NOT going to get any closer than that!

Birthday Weekend

My family spoils me.  For real!  We started off my birthday weekend Friday night by going out for Mexican and ending the night with a dance party.  Dance parties are part of the norm at our house, and there are usually one or two (possibly three) that breaks out each week.  My kids absolutely love them, and I’ve got to post some videos of these hilarious events.  Chloe and Cole reeeeally get into it, air guitars and all.  This night, though, we all got into it, complete with dancing on top of coffee tables, couches, and chairs.  And yes, I know…. starting a bad habit.

The entire Saturday was spent grilling, eating, eating more, watching football, and watching more football.  We were all ready to watch the Vols play, and even though we started out well, a rain delay killed our momentum along with our game.  Final score – Vols: 13, Oregon: 48.  The worst beating in Neyland history; however, we all had on our UT gear and supported Dooley and his boys.

Sunday, my actual birthday, Matt let me sleep in (which is the best present I could ask for) and cooked breakfast for me when I awoke.  The rest of the day consisted of church, naps, Titans football, outside play, and then more Mexican (we just can’t get enough) with Ninnie and Big Poppa.  Then, we came home and I was surprised with a Ben & Jerry’s chocolate brownie ice cream cake.  Boy, does my husband know me or what?!?  It was the perfect ending to the perfect day and the perfect birthday weekend!