August 2013 (week 2)

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It was crazy hair night at church. There really isn’t too much I can do to Sam’s hair to make it crazy. Given that it is blonde, I am NOT a fan of spraying hair color in it and risking it not easily washing out. Therefore, I just sprayed gobs of hair spray and spiked his hair. I think it worked pretty well.

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Sam decided he wanted to snuggle on the couch with me during G’s nap. Apparently, it became his nap time too!

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She is so cute and I love gingham!

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Since the sewn sun blocker for the HHR was a bad idea, I decided to make trash bags for Nancy! They are great! they are the size of a little picnic paper bag and attach to our head rests. I put one on the head rest in front of Sam’s seat and one on the head rest of Gabrielle’s seat so that regardless of where Sam sits, he has access to a trash bag. :)

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After requesting an iPod passcode, Sam was allowed to create his own lock number. Only problem… he changed it and didn’t tell us what the new one is AND he can’t remember it either. According to the iPod, Sam should be somewhere in his 70s before he can try to unlock the iPod again. HA HA HA!

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They are so sweet. I pray they stay like this.

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Shh…

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I thought this was a cute picture. Sam wanted to sit beside his “sissy” at Five Guys.

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Sam likes to go talk to G first thing in the morning. I like to “watch” them on the baby monitor.

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He still loves his GeoTrax.

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He also still loves putting together strange outfits.

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We’ve had GOBS of rain lately. Being that Louisiana is built over a swamp, drainage is a problem. However, Alexandria DEFINITELY drains better than New Orleans. Sam and I went out on the balcony and snapped a few pictures of all the rain.

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Also, when you’ve had a lot of rain and are “trapped” in your apartment, you start doing crazy things like downloading the Duck Dynasty beard app and giving everyone beards. We had way too much fun with this!

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Sam, Gabrielle and I went to the movies to see TURBO. I nursed G shortly after the movie started and she slept through the whole thing. Sam thought the movie was hilarious and I agree. It was bright and sunny when we went into the theater and then we had to run back to the van because it was pouring when we came out!

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That’s life in Louisiana for ya!
:)
Steph

August 2013 (week 1)

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We’ve been trying to convince Gabrielle that rolling over is a good thing. I will lay her on the floor and put toys she likes around her so she will look at them. However, instead of rolling, she just uses her arms and scoots herself around so she can look at her toy and smile.

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Pillsbury has finally introduced ready-made GF cookie, pie, and pizza doughs. Now, I can FINALLY just bake A COOKIE whenever I am in the mood for a little bit of chocolate. They are delicious!

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The biggest excitement of this week was the addition of “Nancy” to the family. I had previously shared about how we’ve kind of outgrown the HHR since Gabrielle entered the family. Well, Travis has been doing research and was torn between a GMC Acadia and a Nissan Pathfinder. I didn’t feel comfortable with the price tag of either. :) I didn’t particularly like the Pathfinder, which he LOVED, and the Acadia just felt MASSIVE. During our test drive, Sam sat on the 3rd row and had to shout to us. This morning, we just casually mentioned that getting a van would be the most reasonable thing to do. We drove around to the various lots, stuck G’s carseat in behind the driver’s seat to see if Travis could still comfortably drive and we found only one van that met that criteria. Then, Paul (the salesman) showed us “the hole” and we were SOLD. The floor of the trunk lifts and there is a GIGANTIC storage bin in underneath. The greatest thing is that the hold EASILY stores the stroller and other travel “niceties.” So, during nap time, Travis went back to the Nissan place and bought Nancy. Once he brought her home, I made her a part of our family- and gave her Apple stickers. I decided to be funny and do an “Apple Family” instead of a stick figure family. Travis and I are the big apples and Sam and G are the little apples. We are pretty excited about Nancy and can’t wait to “break her in.” I’ve just got to learn where all of her controls are located. :)

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Nancy can talk to my phone via bluetooth and auxiliary input. While waiting in carpool at CATS, I messed around with it some and figured out that I could list to our church’s podcasts through the car speakers- and the picture of our church is actually displayed on the screen! So neat!

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Magnum (and his mess) have struck again…

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Sam was using his SAFETY SCISSORS to try to pry open the hood of one of his Transformers. The scissors slipped and he cut himself. I have never heard him scream so loud in my life. I knew it wasn’t super deep but due to where it was located, I wasn’t sure if it needed stitches. I called the pediatrician’s office and they put me on hold. HA! Meanwhile, Travis and I loaded Sam and Gabrielle into the van and headed to the pediatrician’s office. Since we live less than a mile away, we were there before I ever got off hold. Thankfully, it was a night that had extended hours. They quickly took Sam back and said that he definitely needed some glue to help heal the skin because it was just deep enough. So, Sam is officially the first member of our family to have ever had something glued back together. I went back with him and watched the whole process. It was pretty neat. Sam is SO GLAD it is over.

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That’s my boy!

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Gabrielle will probably kill me one day for sharing this picture. However, she has started rolling to her side when you change her diaper. It is hilarious and a bit frustrating.

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:)
Steph

July 2013 (last few days)

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Sam started CATS camp. This is an academically gifted camp that LC hosts for two weeks in the summer. He is technically too young but, since Travis’ secretary is the coordinator and his EBC preK director is the director, he was allowed to attend. He’s definitely been enjoying hanging out with the big boys and girls. Travis takes him each morning and I pick him up in the afternoon.

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I tried on some shorts. These are a size 10. It thrilled me to fit in them. Hopefully, I can stay this “small” but I am not holding my breath. I remember losing gobs of weight while breastfeeding Sam only to gain it all back when he stopped nursing. Only time will tell…

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I bought uniforms for Sam while he was at CATS camp. It seems unreal that our son will be starting Kindergarten. This whole age cut-off difference between NC and LA still doesn’t sit well with me. However, academically, he is more than ready. Socially, well…

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Go Clemson!

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I got this “brilliant” idea to sew a sunshade that is the size of G’s window. During nap time, I whipped one up. I am very pleased with how well it turned out.

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However, once I “installed” it, Travis informed me that it was just about the worst blindspot creator ever. Oh well… I will chalk this up to a #sewingfail

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HA! HA!
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Steph

July 2013 (week 4)

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It’s 3 month picture time!!!

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I think the next few are more indicative of the last month though. She has cried more in her short life than her big brother has his entire life! I hope this isn’t indicative of her teenage years. :)

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This brother has the power to stop her crying though. It is so sweet!

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We signed Sam up for a “Little Passports” subscription. Every month, he will get a package from two kids named Sam and Sophia that shares about a country that they “visited” on Sam’s aunt’s magic scooter. It is cute! This first month, he received his suitcase to store his souvenirs in, his map to keep up with where Sam and Sophia have visited, and some other information. He is excited!

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He wrote his name in his suitcase.

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He also received a passport to keep up with the “stamps” he receives each month.

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Working on his first LP activity sheet.

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Our apartment complex has been getting a new roof. Travis’ car will be getting a new windshield as a result.

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Since a Corona bottle apparently fell off the roof and busted a hole in the windshield right at the rearview mirror!

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Thankfully, the apartment complex will cover the cost of the new windshield. I just can’t get over the fact that they drink alcohol while laying shingles on the second story roof!!! Insane!
This is Gabrielle’s happy face after she finishes nursing.

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This is our big baby being carried to bed by his very loving father.

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The addition of the bow to the outfit has definitely upped the girl factor with the LC football jersey. :)

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Sam attempted to mail Mum Jubie a letter. She still hasn’t received it. I am thinking the postal machine can’t read the font “4 year old.” :)

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When we bought the HHR, Gabrielle was no where in the picture. Needless to say, I think we might have outgrown my most favorite car I’ve ever had. The stroller takes up half the trunk and I had to rearrange and stuff things in the shotgun seat in order to get our groceries home. Usually, Travis keeps the kiddos and so I can completely empty the trunk. However, that wasn’t possible this week and so this occurred.

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I have discovered making my own yogurt in the crock pot! It is SO delicious and much cheaper than buying it from the store. Yummy!!

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We had a crazy guest for dinner one night…

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I was slightly excited when I discovered that my hair had gotten long enough to wear three rubber bands in it. It really helps keep my fine, thin hair out of my face (and off my neck) in the summer.

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I went to the bathroom and when I returned, Sam had dressed Gabrielle up as a “minion.”

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Travis has been filling in for our friend Philip at FBC Lecompte. I am so proud of my husband and his service to God. He is an amazing preacher/teacher.

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July 2013 (week 3)

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When you live in Louisiana and it is summertime, splash pads are the most wonderful invention ever!! We went to ours this morning and Gabrielle enjoyed lounging in her stroller watching her big brother run around in the water.

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She has also enjoyed lounging at the pool at our apartment.

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Sam has this Hawaiian shirt and shorts outfit that he absolutely loves. He’s worn it for 3 summers now. Needless to say, this year it is a bit too small. We now refer to it as his “Magnum PI” outfit.

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Gabrielle has started joining us at the table during meals. She is sitting in her Bumbo chair beside her daddy. He keeps a close eye on her to make sure she doesn’t spazz out and fall off the chair. :) I think she was wanting this really strange “meatloaf in the crockpot” recipe that I made. It was greasy and gross.

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I find it very random that our Hobby Lobby has Appalachian State fabric. I am excited because it is in the clearance section (probably because our family is the only one in CENLA that has ever heard of App State) and therefore, I can make a cute dress, or two, for my cousin Kyle’s little girl who should be here next month.

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“Magnum” talking on his cell phone. The outdated green stove in the background blends in GREAT in this picture.

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I am very proud of my first attempt at making Mickey Mouse pancakes!!

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We tried to take pictures after church of the kiddos in their outfits that the Threatts gave them. Walton and Hannah were the ring bearer and flower girl for our wedding. It was quite funny. Gabrielle was not wanting to be cooperative and Sam is still a bit uneasy when holding her by himself.

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After G calmed down from the picture taking episode, she let me put some sunglasses on.

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When we got home, we had girl snuggle time on the couch while the guys worked on tagging consignment sale clothes. It was quite nice!

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Steph

July 2013 (week 2)

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I know that Gabrielle looks like a boy in her football jersey. However, LC’s bookstore doesn’t sell any girl clothes for babies.

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She loves her Ducky.

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Living in an apartment is kind of crazy when you want to ride a tricycle.

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Thankfully, his Daddy let him ride to check the mail.

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Sam is participating in Grace Presbyterian’s VBS this summer. He missed going to First Baptist’s due to being out of town. We thought it would be a good idea for him to go to Grace so that he could 1) attend a VBS this summer and 2) hopefully meet some kids that will be in Kindergarten with him next year. He had a blast. They had a medieval times theme and learned about being strong and courageous for God.

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We also walked down to our favorite sno-ball stand! We LOVE Sneaux on the Geaux! You can’t beat a $1 sno-ball two blocks from home!

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So far, Gabrielle has kept up with Sam in height. Thankfully, she hasn’t caught up to him in weight though! Whew!

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Sam LOVES going to Five Guys (so does his dad) and finally, he made a little index card sign to hang on their board. His is the one smack in the middle that is held by a blue pushpin.

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I’ve been trying to decide how to display Sam’s fancy artwork from PreK. I finally came up with the idea to us it to decorate the downstairs bathroom. It is just a half-bath so humidity won’t be a problem. Plus, it will allow guests and family who visit to enjoy some of his artwork that he is very proud of. I really like how his little “art gallery” turned out!

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Cow Appreciation Day!!!

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Sam wrote down the words to his favorite VBS song…

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Sam and I went on a mommy-son date to see “My Imaginary Pirate” at LC. I thought Sam would enjoy it since it was geared toward kids. However, apparently it scared him a bit and he has decided he doesn’t like pirates because they are mean. I think the scary part was the smoke machine. He would grab my hand and make sure things were ok whenever it started blowing.

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Our cute little snoozer…

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Sam helped me make homemade ice cream. For some silly reason, known only to him, he “had” to wear his gardening gloves.

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July (week 1)

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(* Please note it is January 2015 when I am actually updating this blog- I have backdated so everything shows up correctly but, from now until I get completely caught up, I will do “hodge podge” posts to speed the process up.)

Sam loves dressing up as various rescue people. He also loves cheesing for my camera.

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In the picture below, he was trying to look “mean and rough.” HA!

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I LOVE the convenience of having a zoo just down the street from our apartment. We visit ALL THE TIME. Today, we couldn’t find the African porcupines until we discovered they were moved indoors while their regular area was being cleaned. (Trust us, you want them to clean the porcupine area- it S.T.I.N.K.S!)

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Happy Fourth of July!! He was so proud of his shirt!

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We attempted to go watch the fireworks on the river. Last year, we were still living in Pineville and so we just went down the street from LC and watched them. This year, we thought we would go to the parking garage in in downtown Alexandria for a different point of view. It was actually crazy crowded and the 9pm fireworks still hadn’t started by 10pm so we left. We weren’t sure how much longer Gabrielle would cooperate. :)

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I still can’t get over just how blessed we are that this little girl is now a part of our family. She is so stinkin’ cute!

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Sam is all about iPod security these days. Apparently, he didn’t like that we didn’t put a passcode on the iPod he is allowed to play with.

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Since we just got back from our trip to TN, we kept this week super low-key.It was GREAT!

:)
Steph

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