Wednesday, September 26, 2012

It's Fummer Here In Texas

Yes, fummer.  That's Fall/Summer.

Case in point- a couple days ago we went to 'wing and swyde in da pawk.'  We'd been inside a lot of the day and everybody needed to get out and about.  You know Ella has been sporting a lot of tights and swing tops so I can pretend it's cool like I mentioned before.

Ella and Witten sharing a single jogging stroller.

Well thank goodness they both had shorts on that day.  We got there and sweated on the swings for a while.  Then Wyatt saw the splash pad and said he wanted to go swim.  At first I told him we couldn't since we didn't bring our swimsuits (and since mommy is locked in an epic battle with the weather, literally willing it to be cold, I wasn't thinking summer thoughts).  But then I remembered...

I had extra swim diapers in the car! 
So we went swimming nekky.  Plus a bow. 

Because no one else was there.

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Second Tri

Rob completed his second triathlon this past Saturday.  To say I'm proud of him is an understatement.  

This was a sprint distance tri which means a:
-750 meter swim (1/2 mile)
-20K bike
-5K run

A friend from church, Matt, competed too and they both did great!! They started the swim right off of a spillway and my camera was at max zoom with our super zoom lens.  He's the one with his arms raised fixing his swim cap.  Matt was in the old man wave of contestants that was after Rob's.  Joke, joke, we're just really young. ;)

Just out of the water and running to the transition area to get on his bike.

She was with him in spirit.

During the bike section we had a lot of down time since the biking course was quite a ways from the finish area.  We kind of had to choose to take biking pics or pics of them running and finishing.  Lori had a blanket so they entertained Ella while Wyatt and I played soccer.  Ella had a preoccupation with Ms. Lori's empty coffee mug...

Just starting his 5K.  He ended up running 7 minute miles!

Mr. Matt hi-fiving Jillian.

Rob came in somewhere in the 60's out of 295!

The victor.

Woot-woot!  I think Matt was 69th?

 Colette and the kids came out to see the guys finish and brought warm donuts right out of the oven!

Way to go honey, we're so proud of you!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Longing for Fall

Maybe someday we'll live in a place with four real seasons.  Including the elusive fall and spring.  Because here in east Texas, we've got summer. A lot of it. And winter.
Or summer and a harsh fall.  

I mean Phillipians 4:11 and all, I'm working on it.  

So during nap time today instead of mopping the floors I pinned an Autumn board and looked up cheap flights to Chicago and Seattle.  Chicago because a sweet friend of mine is an incredibly talented professional dancer who performs at the Paramount Theatre- currently she's Cha-Cha in Grease!!  

And Seattle, well Seattle because of Sleepless in Seattle and Emily Jones Design blogged about lattes and cool weather.  And because as a kid we took a vacation which I completely did not fully appreciate to Alaska and on the way we stopped in Seattle and visited Pike's Place market.  And I've wanted to go back ever since.

But if I went back you can bet I'd post an extra large picture of me in fall boots and a scarf standing in front of the original Starbucks.  Ahhhhh.  

via Seattle Times

Rob told me we probably couldn't take a last minute trip and leave our nursing daughter to be abruptly and rudely weaned.  Plus he's swamped.  But as a consolation prize he agreed to watch You've Got Mail with me!  Because it's a fall movie.  

"Don't you just love fall? It makes me want to shop for back to school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address."

Gah.  Thank you Tom Hanks.  Gets me every time.  :)

I've even started dressing Wyatt in jeans and Ella in long sleeve tunic dresses with tights.  Maybe if I represent fall to the general public then the weather will cooperate?  

Despite the lack of cool weather and scarves in my life right now there is MUCH to be thankful and excited for.  Rob runs his second triathlon tomorrow!  He's excited and nervous and I'm really excited!  I'll take lots of pics.  

I just started a fantastic Bible study with a great group of ladies called The Wisdom of God, Seeing Jesus in the Psalms and Wisdom Books by Nancy Guthrie.  It's kind of a grown up version of the Jesus Storybook Bible.  It's a kids Bible in which they emphasize that 'Every story whispers His name...'  And every time I read out of it to anyone whether it's Wyatt or a Sunday school class, I tear up.  And all the kids think Ms. Meredith is a little cooky.  But it is that sweet and full of truth.  Needless to say I'm excited about our study.

So bring it on Fall!  

Even the east Texas version.  My fall wreath is up.  Just in case you'd like to cool down, Texas.


Monday, September 10, 2012

The Tail

See it.

Grab it.


Get the stink face in return for your efforts!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

First Day of Preschool

Wyatt has been going to the same preschool for about a year now.  But this year, he really understands what it means to 'go to school'.  And he got excited!  Partially because Rob and I made it sound like he won the lottery to be able to go to school.  But he's a Cautious Carl about a lot of stuff and we wanted him on board with it all.

He LOVES his backpack and insists on wearing it despite the fact that it almost outweighs him and frequently topples him over.  I've got to get one of those cute but almost useless 'junior' backpacks that everybody else seemed to have with their kid's name monogrammed on it. 
Come to think of it, Wyatt's is monogrammed but it's not very noticeable.  I'm not bashing the practice, I have an unnatural affinity to monograms.

He was excited all the way up until we pull in the long drive on the church property and he starts saying, "No, Mommy! No!".  I knew what was coming.  

I carried him moaning/whining into the building while pushing a mystified Ella in the umbrella stroller.  No small feat, mind you.  Then the teacher peeled him off of me and tried in vain to distract him from the fact that he's in a new room with new teachers and mostly new kids.  

But I didn't stick around or loiter by the door to see what happened.  I knew he'd cool down quickly and me popping in every 30 seconds would only exponentially complicate the situation.  

Small nudge to helicopter moms. 
I used to teach preschool Sunday school in college...

When I went to pick him up, I expected a happy child, if not sleepy from his recent nap.  I was wrong. He was standing up just crying to beat the band saying, "Mommy, mommy, mommy" over and over. 

*remove knife from heart, try to staunch bleeding*

A very nice lady named Stephanie explained that his teacher had put him down for his nap and then she relieved the teacher.  So Wyatt woke up to a stranger.  Hence the melt down.  Stephanie was really nice and said she'd do the same thing if she woke up to a stranger in her room. 

While Wyatt was at school, Ella and I had had a fun girls day with our friends Colleen and baby Autumn at Goodwill and Schlotzky's.  I found a kid's size Cars sleeping bag that rolls up into a Cars backpack for when we go camping.  So when we got home, I showed Wyatt the sleeping bag and he spent the afternoon running and sliding onto the bag on the wood floors.  Dressed like this: