Sunday, November 20, 2016

A Saturday in Tuscaloosa

Entering the stadium
Saturday, Steve and Preston drove to Tuscaloosa to catch the Bama-UT-Chattanooga game.  It was supposed to be a blowout, but Preston didn't care.  He was dying to go to a game! 

Since the temperature dropped the night before, they bundled up and spent the afternoon tailgating with family.  They ate, drank, walked around the quad, and finally went into the game.  During their walk, Steve was able to score two club level passes so he and Pres lucked out with food and drinks.  Even though the kick wasn't until 6pm, Preston amazingly hung in there and enjoyed the whole complaining about being tired or cold.

Of course, eating nachos, drinking coke, and eating candy and ice cream sandwiches helped his mood, and energy level.  What a fun father-son day!

Right before he got on the jumbotran!

Really?  Look at all of that candy!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Halloween 2016

Ever since Walker was born, the children have happily chosen to dress in a theme for Halloween.  Thanks to their Daddy, they dressed as various Star Wars characters for the past two years.  However this year, they went with something a little different.  Thanks to our local Costco store, who has the best made costumes for inexpensive prices, I got Walker a SWAT officer costume.  He loved it, and has been dressing up in it since I brought it home in September.

Bennett thought it would be cute if she and Preston were his prisoners, so she searched the internet for something cute.  I ordered them their costumes, and everyone looked great together!  And thanks to the witches ride the night before, the kids had a HUGE head start on their candy gathering.

Our Halloween started like most, with a quick trip to Mimi and Papa's.  Then they came back, ate a quick dinner, and we were off by 5:30.  Since Halloween fell on a Monday this year, we wanted to
get an early start.  We walked towards Louis and Michelle's, and then walked back to the Smith's house where they had friends gathering.  We finally called it around 8:15, and headed home.

Another fun Halloween, with enough candy to last them to at least Easter!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Homewood Witches Ride!

Wow, another fun night for the ladies of Homewood and surrounding areas!  The 4th Annual Homewood Witches Ride had beautiful weather (it was actually a hot 80+ degrees), over 470 witches flying (riding their bikes), and lots and lots of children and neighbors lining the streets!  The race raised over $10K for the American Cancer Society, and it was fun for all involved.

I decided to switch up my costume a little this year, and was happy for the slight change that allowed me to be a little cooler.  After getting ready, I rode over to Chris Newell's home for a pre-party.  Then around 5:15, we pedaled over to Homewood Park to line up for the ride.  Once the party planners, Janie and Daphne, arrived - we began our short jaunt around Homewood promptly at 5:45.  We concluded at Little Donkey, where our sparkling margaritas awaited us.

The witches at the pre-party!

me with Lauren Tanner

Just before we started
Look at all of those people on Roseland!
Look at these cuties waiting on us!
The after-party at Little Donkey

Monday, October 24, 2016

Papa is 87!!

Papa and his boys!
Steve and I have been together for 12.5 years now, and though everyone has aged (as it unfortunately works that way), we have watched Big Lou stay about the same.  Steve swears it is because of the six grandchildren.  They watch our children regularly, and we know how much of a handful they can all be.  They still tailgate like champs at all home Alabama games, and entertain the entire family for every holiday.  That is a lot of responsibility for a man who just turned 87, and his bride of over 58 years who is almost 82 years old!

On October 23rd, Papa celebrated his 87th birthday alongside of family, and we celebrated him the day before in Tuscaloosa while watching Bama beat A&M.  Myra cooked all of Papa's favorites for his birthday - a Lebanese feast!  We sang Happy Birthday to Big Lou, as well as Steve and Louis since she didn't have an opportunity to bake them a cake (she believes that everyone should have their own we had three)!  We love you Papa!  Happy Birthday!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Flag Football

For the second year in a row, Preston played flag football.  It is such a fun sport to watch, and as a
parent, I feel better that it is unlikely he will get hurt.  He had some sweet boys on his team, but unfortunately they weren't good enough to triumph in the tournament.  Pres had fun trying the quarterback position out this year, and he scored lots of touchdowns throughout the season.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Walker's Wild Side

So our timid little two year old has been growing up a lot lately.  Walker's vocabulary continues to explode.  He has become quite the little parrot, repeating things that each of us say.  It started off cute, with him singing several verses correctly from popular songs on the radio, or saying fun things that the big kids say like "burn" correctly. But then he started getting carried away, and has been saying things like "stupid, shut up, butthead."  We initially ignored him because he thought it was funny and would say it more often, but then it became obvious he wasn't going to stop unless we punished him for it. Telling him not to say those words hasn't been working, spanking doesn't work, time-out doesn't work, thumping him doesn't work, so we decided to try something different....sassy juice.

Friends told us that their children didn't like the taste of vinegar, so we told Walker that the next time he said a "bad word" we were going to give him "sassy juice."  It didn't take long for the opportunity to present itself, so Steve got out the white vinegar and stuck his finger in it and then in Walker's mouth.  He said "mmm, that was yummy."  Oh Lawd!!!  We gave each other a look, and then Steve dipped his finger in the apple cider vinegar and rubbed it on his tongue.  Again, "mmm that's yummy."  So, that didn't go as expected, and we needed to pull out the big guns!  Steve poured a teaspoon of the white vinegar and poured it down his mouth.  He immediately began coughing, his eyes were watering, and then he asked for water.  Needless to say, he didn't like it.  Sadly, his behavior didn't immediately correct, but we have threatened the "sassy juice" several times since then and it is just a matter of time before he receives another dose of the now disgusting juice.  At least now he recognizes when he says a "bad word," and talks about getting sassy juice if he says it.

I guess if the juice doesn't work, the next thing to go will be his coveted outside time riding his scooter, bike or jeep.  The boy LOVES keeping up with the big kids and all of their friends.  Though he is only 2.5 yrs old, he can ride his scooter pretty darn well.  He is fast, is learning to brake and doesn't tire easily while riding it.  He races the big kids on their scooters, and can hit a turn like a champ!  However a couple of weeks ago, Walker couldn't keep up with Preston while Pres was on his bike, so I asked Steve to pull out the old Spider-Man bike.  He had to put air in the tires and reattach the training wheels, but it didn't take long for Walker to begin riding a big boy bike!  Bennett was patient with him one afternoon too, and he finally started getting the hang of the pedal brakes.  It is the cutest thing to see his tiny body pedaling that big boy bike on the sidewalks of Homewood.  He still needs a little help going up hills, but he gets it and is improving everyday.  Though he still likes his battery operated jeep, he is starting to prefer his other modes of transportation.  But when he chooses to drive his jeep, he does it well....maneuvering through our gate easily, around cars without hitting them, and all around our backyard.  He even likes to pretend like he is running over things like his Uncle Brian does in his jeep.

Walker is growing up quickly, and I hate that I haven't been documenting all of his little antics over the last several months.  He is a funny kid, and is starting to act more and more like Preston with all of his facial expressions, his temper, yet his love for his family.  Love watching him grow up and develop his personality.