So during this big break, we had visitors! My mom and dad (from Ohio), and sister (Kate), brother-in-law (Jason), and cutie pie niece (Ellie) (from Florida).
Here's my beautiful sister!
Cutie cousins playing together Ellie (2) and my Ginny (5)
My handsome Sebastian (12)
Congregating around the boob tube.... Its what our family does best! lol
Even Lotte is in on the action! lol
PawPaw Trotter met his 6th grandchild for the first time.... Needless to say, he is smitten.
She is pretty comfortable with him too :)
MawMaw got some cuddle time as well.
Here we are enjoying some of the yummy pie that Trevor made earlier that day whilst playing Monopoly Deal. Yep we are a board game kinda family! lol
The Hubs, brother-in-law and Dad played a lil horseshoes. It was an intense game of uncoordinated champions... lets just say they are all winners in my eyes....
Gathering to watch Thor. Def worth the price of admission!
Somewhere between these pictures my mother and father-in-law came for a visit too. I don't know how I managed to not get a single picture while they were here. But I promise they really were here! lol To prove it they also brought us a pickup truck and a riding lawn mower. These were 2 HUGE needs for us so it was an AMAZING blessing! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Lotte and I in the bathroom mirror.
I remember taking pics like this with my other little girls when they were tiny lil things... and now Tempe is almost 2 and Ginny is 5!!!! Just look at these comparisons:
Ginny and I in the bathroom mirror
Tempe and I in the bathroom mirror
*HUGE SOBS* Oh where has the time gone?!?!Ok back to the present.. or at least the more recent past....
Tempe the turd sitting on my new Little House on the Prairie books. She took them off the shelf and set them there. I said "Tempe what are you doing?" She told me to "ssshhhh" then she backed up slowly and sat down on them. Like I said... turd
But it's okay because she makes up for it with her sweetness and cuddles :)
Ginny and Bunny. For those of you who know Ginny personally, you also know Bunny, as she can NOT exist without it. For those of you who have not met her, Bunny is gross as she often gets sucked on and dragged around (like any child's lovey I imagine), but she has had it since birth and will probably depart for college with it in her hand (but hopefully not in her mouth)
The Hubs getting some cuddle time with his girls.
Mommy's morning cuddles. Tempe was totally cheesing it up! lol
Oh and lucky me, I had a Dr appointment that I got the honor and privilege of taking ALL of my kids to... by myself. My (local) endocrinologist's teeny tiny little office all the way in Elizabeth City (about 45 mins away) is only ever filled with old people (never children). I desperately tried to keep my brood quiet and entertained, but seriously.... they are 5 CHILDREN.... There is only so much I can do. So I'm fairly sure I annoyed the crap out of a large group of senior citizens, and only heard half of what my Dr said, but it is what it is! In fact I'd say that they were pretty good considering...
Here is the gallon of vanilla extract I am working on. It takes 4-6 months to brew. I got the recipe from Heavenly Homemakers. Its super easy and I cant wait till it's all done. I'll keep you updated on the progress.
I was putting Lotte to sleep in my room when Tempe fell and got a boo-boo. No one could fix it except Mommy so up she climbed. The boo-boo healed very quickly however when she got distracted by the adorable baby to hold hands with....melted my heart. Then Ginny ran in and said "Oh let me get the camera!" Needless to say, she took this picture.
So the story behind this one: recently the girls doorknob broke, so that the door no longer latches. Tempe has discovered that because of this, she doesn't have to stay in her room at naptime now and immediately leaves her bed when we lay her down. So, everyone has been trying to assist at naptime. This time Trevor was laying down with her until she fell asleep, but then he fell asleep before she did.... and the end result is.....
And here is Hubby's method... yes it did present with similar results...
And of course... Sebastian's method. He held the door closed by holding the bottom of it, causing her to sit on the floor and play with his fingers. Obviously Tempe 1 Naptime 0. I am definitely open to suggestions at this point.
Sebastian fell asleep watching Lotte sleep in her bouncy seat.
So cute and snuggly
Until her big sister starts playing with her...
And the end result of that is...
Lotte dancing in her bed... lol
So our next adventure begins on Sunday. I'll be driving myself and kiddos to Columbus, Ohio (a tiny little 12 hours drive time, 16 probably with stops) for a Dr appointment at OSU. Its going to be a lot of fun (once we get there) as my Momma is planning all kinds of fun stuff for us to do, movies, pool, zoo, etc. We will be in Delaware for a few days with my parents, then off to Wheelersburg to spend time with the in-laws for a few days. We are all very excited, including Hubby who has the house to himself to work on all kinds of home improvement projects around the house and farm, including....
Building a dog house and pen! Because just last night we bought this beautiful purebred border collie puppy. She is 15 weeks old. The kiddos love her (obviously... I mean what kid doesn't LOVE a puppy... right?) The breeder is hanging on to her for us until we get home, so now the kiddos will even be excited when the trip is over! lol