Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Destin 2012

*Note:  these pictures are in completely random order due to the fact that I don't know how to move them once I've uploaded them...  With that being said:

This June, we took a little trip to Destin, FL with some good great friends of ours.  Yep, 4 children ages three and under (3, 2, 1, and 2 months!).  Good times...  No, seriously, it really was a good time!  We stayed at a condo that turned out to be super perfect for our clan, and it was RIGHT on the beach.  I mean, literally, we were on the first floor, walked out our door and were on the beach!  You can't beat that with a stick!
I wondered how these two yahoos would take being at the ocean, and as it turns out, they both loved it!  The sand... Oh, the sand...  They could've stayed in it all day!
And Lincoln really liked the ocean as long as you were holding his hand and didn't get too deep in.
You're welcome for this lovely picture Jaclyn...
Liam's favorite spot.  When he wasn't sleeping in the tent at least!

 These are two cool dudes right here...

 Ellison and Lincoln had a blast!  They played really well together (at least 70% of the time) and kept each other great company at the beach.  Liam and Emmerson were pretty darn good, too - however, were a *tad* bit more high maintenance...
 We made the guys turn around at the Florida line for a picture or two... Sure they loved us for that!
 And here is the first time these two are seeing the ocean.  They were so excited!  This was also the ONLY day it rained while we were there, which was super awesome.
 "come see mom!"
 Yep, just a little windy that first day...
 Even though it was a little rainy that first day, we pulled the pool out on the patio and had our own beach party!
 We had all kinds of big plans for places we wanted to visit.  What were we thinking?  We didn't make it to half of them, I can't imagine why (cough, cough LIAM/EMMERSON cough cough).  But we did get to try some pretty great restaurants.  We went to Captain Daves (?) where the couple next to us asked to be moved due to Liam's incessant screaming.  We went to McGuire's where we ended up cutting out due to Ellison punching the waitress (HAAAHAAA - I actually snorted typing that one).  And we went to Pompano Joe's (please, please try the grilled crablegs!) which actually went mostly smooth.
These two...  Something else I tell ya.

 So, this is the whole crew.  We took a trip to Panama City for Dolphin world.  The kiddos had a blast!  It was also some awesome food at some random little place by the pier.  Can't remember the name, but it was goo-ood.

 Also walked the fishing pier and watched a few fish heads get smacked on the deck.  To say Lincoln was intrigued would be putting it mildly.
 Bedtime snacks!

 One night we took the kiddos to a little amusement park up the road.  Lincoln was loving it until he rode the airplanes, which were slightly loud.  Needless to say, he freaked.  Didn't ride anything other than the train (which he obviously covered his ears for, just in case) for the rest of the night.  Poor Ellison was stuck riding everything by herself!
 You can't keep this kid out of anything!
The only drama:  One afternoon we were heading out to dinner and Lincoln and Ellison were running just a tad ahead of us in the condo hallway.  They wanted to hit the elevator button and we told them they could, TOTALLY not thinking the doors would close before we got to them.  I guess you can imagine where I'm going with this.  Doors closed one second before we could stop them and kids were riding, alone, to some unknown floor.  Matt ran up, Ashley ran down, and we were stuck there, holding babies and panicking!  When we found them, Ellison was crying and Lincoln was FREAKING OUT.  He talked about avoiding the elevator for the rest of the trip...
It was an awesome trip, and definitely one to remember.  Can't wait for the next one!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

We actually made it past the one year mark before the first haircut this time!  Mammaw Cassidy woulda been so proud! 
We took a trip to see miss JuJu for a little trim, and Liam did awesome.  He wasn't frightened in the least and ended up with a cute big boy haircut.  Can't believe he sat still that long...
 "Hey you, quit takin my picture!"

What a big boy!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Big Boy Bed...

It's a sad day for this mommy...  We are finally transitioning to a big boy bed for Lincoln.  It's probably way later than most people, actually, but he's never tried to climb out, so we hung in as long as we could.  He's past the 2.5 year mark, so I figure it's time to give it a go.

Pray for us!  We may be getting some middle of the night wake up calls!

Update:  6/23 -  Lincoln got out of the bed VERY few times in the first week of transition.  And I was able to go in, tell him to get back in bed, kiss him and that did it.  Once, he woke me up really early one morning saying that he had gotten cold.  I couldn't figure out why he would've gotten cold, but when I entered his room, his ENTIRE train set was put together - bridges and all.  I said, "Lincoln, where did you sleep?"  To which he responded, "ummmmm, right there" while pointing at the floor in front of his door... Directly in front of the fan...  Oops. 
No other difficulties - every once in a while, he'll wake me up a little earlier than normal saying, "the sun is up - it's wake up time!"

Friday, June 1, 2012

Mother's Day 2012

How lucky am I to have such an awesome mom?  Seriously, she can't be beat. 

I hope I'm half the mom that she's been to me...  :) 
Happy Mother's Day everyone!