Sunday, May 31, 2009

Home Sweet Home.

We finally made it home after a long weekend.  The last 15 minutes were a struggle, but we made it none the less.

It was hilarious that once we arrived and took the car seats out of the rental, our children wanted to sit in the car seats.  They also wanted to play IN THE CAR.  Sheesh.

Needless to say everyone was excited to back home...even Regan.

Animal Safari

We woke up Sunday morning bright and early at 7:00 a.m. It was time for breakfast. As the kiddos were running around the hotel we decided to take them to the Animal Safari.

This is the camel that followed us until she saw another car with more food.

Scout really enjoyed the breeze.

Darby is letting know how "cute" the animals are.

We tried really hard to feed every animal that came our way.

Lama's have REALLY soft lips, and they love food as much as the camel.

She is just too cute!

Scout just enjoyed throwing food out the window.  Sometimes there weren't even animals around.

Family trip!

Saturday morning we woke up at 4:30 a.m. to start loading up and heading to Springfield.  Our children were not thrilled that they had to wake up and start getting ready before the sun was even awake.

We went to Springfield, MO to celebrate my Aunt Sandra's 50th wedding anniversary. It was a HUGE event, because most everyone in the family was able to attend making it a very special time. My great-grandmother is 99 years old, and she is one of my ultimate heros. We were able to take 5 year generation photos, and I was so excited to have her meet my children. As my children grow up, I look forward to telling them about Grandma Hightower and what an amazing woman she was to everyone.

The kiddos has so much fun meeting everyone, running around in circles, eating cake, and loving life. Several times Darby and Scout bumped heads, but through the pain and bruises they kept running and playing.

After the 50th wedding anniversary party, we took a trip out to the farm. We were hoping we would be able to get our children down for a nap-especially since they woke up at 5:00 a.m.  Yet the only nap our children would take was the car ride from the city to the farm.

Scout really loved playing in the grass and running around the house.  She really didn't care for the cows much, but she loved Aunt Michelle's dogs.

Darby wanted the keys for the tractor.  He wasn't fooled for a bit that he was driving a tractor.  He knew keys were needed to turn the tractor on.  He also loved playing on top the hay.

Around 9:00 p.m. we headed back into the city. In all honesty, I must say our children did amazing. They woke up at 5 o'clock, took an hour nap, and passed out in literally seconds of loading them in the car a little after 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

YIKES! Family, friends and fun equals long time no blogging.

We have been having a blast staying busy with family and friends.  Uncle Ryan, Aunt Jennifer, and Aunt Rita came to town to visit for Memorial weekend.  It was wonderful!  Darby and Scout were able to play with Taylor and Aiden-Scout held her own with all the boys!  She is super tough.

We spent some time at the pool...

Darby loved hanging out at the pool, and did not really want to leave.

Scout wanted nothing to do with pool.  It was too cold for her precious little body.

We also spent some time at Mimi's house celebrating Ryan's birthday.

Kids in the tub after playing.  Go MIMI!  Bathe all those kiddos at once, superwoman.

We tried to put Scout in pigtails.  She would dance and have fun until she realized their was something odd about her hair.

Then she immediately tried to remove her pigtails.  I tried really hard to put them back in, but she was NOT having it!

Memorial Day we spent some time with friends, and enjoyed GREAT food!

Darby had a GREAT time in the Princess bedroom.

He also had a GREAT time playing in the pool.

Again, Scout was not pleased with the cold water.

She was happier driving.

WAIT-Stephanie was able to keep Scout in the pool AND keep her happy.  YEAH!!!!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

It's been too long.

I would like to blame the weather for not posting a blog sooner. We have had some very nice days lately; therefore, we have taken full advantage of spending time outside with the kids. Trust me-they have enjoyed every minute!

I would also like to blame our calendar for not posting sooner. We have been crazy busy ever since Mother's Day weekend.

6:15 am Wake up, get ready, drink coffee, get kids ready, make lunches, etc.
7:20 am Leave for work
3:00 pm Workout
4:30 pm Pick up kids, snack time, juices, play outside for awhile, etc.
5:30 pm Eat dinner, bathe, play some more

At this point we normally start evening routine getting the kids ready for bed and then doing what we need to do to prepare for the next day. However, this was Mother's Day weekend and the beginning of  graduation month!

Friday evening:

6:30 pm Reagn took the kids to Jim and Karen's house, while I ran to there house from our house to get in my workout.

Then we went to celebrate, because Ryan Walker graduated! Although I felt bad because I was so exhausted from a long week-I didn't chat much. We did have a sensational time, and it was a wonderful gathering!

Saturday, May 9th

Darby woke up and crawled into bed with us. At first I was ecstatic because I thought the kids had let us sleep in. The clock did read 8:00'ish. Our bright eyed child was bouncing with energy exclaiming, "I want donuts. Get up, mommy, get up. I want donuts." So, Regan being the wonderful Dad he is crawled out of bed and took Darby to Daylight Donuts. We were both wondering why we so incredibly exhausted...then Regan noticed the clock in the car read 6:15 am. UGH! The kids messed with our alarm clock!!!

Later on that morning, I received a phone call from my mother. She decided to fly in and spend the evening with us for Mother's Day weekend. I tried to clean up the house the best I could. The kids of course refused to take a nap. We took Leo to the airport. We went to McNellie's to celebrate with Corey and Katy (more graduates). Then we went to the airport to pick up my mom and went to eat dinner at Sumo's. Came home, did laundry, bathed children, tried to sleep.

Sunday, May 10th: Mother's Day

Darby woke up with a very wet bed at 2:00 am. My mom's alarm went off at 5:00 am, 5:10 am, 5:20 am, 5:30 am, etc. We all woke up at 6:30, ate breakfast, played, and took mom to the airport at 8:00 am.

We then spent the afternoon at Mimi grandma's house.

Monday-Friday: Same as before.

However, this Friday evening we had kickball games rescheduled. Therefore, after I ran we went to go play kickball. It was great! Two of our former students came to visit, and they went to play with us. We actually came to close to winning this time. Of course, the 2nd game was called off due to the massive thunderstorm.

Saturday, May 16th

Regan had Edmond Memorial's graduation.
We (the kids and I) went to Corey Ayers graduation party.
Later in the evening we went to another graduation party.

Then the Jewel's over for some hang out time. The kids played, and then we put them to bed. This allowed the grown-ups to watch The Wrestler. It was great-depressing-great!

Sunday, May 17th

I was lazy and wanted to sleep the day away...
Yet again we had more visitors.  It was exciting to see Alex Spears and his lovely girlfriend (Mallory).  He graduated as well. This was our 4th visit in just a few weeks from former students. Finals must be over!  That means we can call for babysitters!!!  Right?

The month of May just gets a little crazier from here on out. So, bare with us as we sparingly log on to post photos and make updates. After May, the June weddings approach.  In July, Max and Caster will bless us with their arrival, and my children will have playmates.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


It is about time!

My children were so bored being confined to our inner walls, they had resorted to playing in Lola's kennel.

Therefore, when the sunshine came out today, I knew it was a time to satisfy everyone!

Instead of running, I took the day off to take my children on a walk and enjoy the weather.  It was fantastic.  Darby was so excited to be outside: "I go the park, Mommy?"

So, I decided to head home and ask Regan if he wanted to play at the park after dinner.  However, I was surprised to see one of my favorite people in the world-Sam Rohr!  We decided to load up the family and go to dinner, and of course the park.

Overall, it has been a joyous day, and I do not regret at all...skipping my afternoon run.

Finally-sunshine!  YEAH!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Cabin Fever

Rain, rain go away!

Wednesday was the last day my poor children were outside, even then it was sprinkling.  However, I let them go outside because both children were by the door whining.  

I had just finished my afternoon run-therefore, I was wearing a headband.  Before we could go outside, Darby was begging me to put a headband on him.  So, I did-man style.  At first he did not enjoy it so much, but once he looked in the mirror he loved the idea of looking like daddy.

Our time outside was short lived.  The sprinkle turned into a light rain-besides it was dinner time.

TODAY-SUNDAY...still no sunshine.

I want to give my children away-for a few hours.  Scout is not only cutting her molars, but BOTH children have been diagnosed with Cabin Fever.  The rain and mud have kept us trapped in a box.

Two little ones can only play with each other for so long before they start tormenting one another.  Trust me, Scout loves to torment Darby.  Once they realize tormenting has lost its fun, they start the destructive phase.  If I didn't know any better, I would say someone drugged my children with steroids.

So, Regan and I decided to go grocery shopping and let the kids run around the store.  So, we loaded up the family and headed to Crest.  At the stop light on 2nd & Blvd, we were distracted by the Edmond Arts Festival.  PERFECT!  We parked and let our children run around, stomp in puddles, bump into strangers, fall down, exhaust themselves, etc.

Darby rode the ferris wheel.  I was afraid he would stand or panic-something.  Instead he sat and enjoyed the ride with a huge grin!

After 45 minutes passed, we loaded the family up and still went to Crest for more fun!

Awe.  This is the life, and I'm loving every moment.