Summer Vacation 2015…more pictures than words

Wow! I had no idea it’s been 4 months since I have written. It’s been so crazy around here getting the house ready to sell, that I just haven’t found the energy for anything else. From building and decorating to organizing and hiding away toys, our time has been completely consumed. Finally, it’s on the market and waiting for the right buyer to see it.

After all that work we needed a vacation. Here’s a glimpse:

We only planned on visiting Tennessee since we were going to attend Dave’s cousin’s wedding. However, after unsuccessfully trying to find stuff in TN that would excite the kids, we decided to head to Disney World following the wedding. We figured that we were already half way there.

First, Tennessee and this beautiful wedding:

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Madelyn is a HUGE fan of American Pickers and one of their stores happens to be in Nashville. A stop there was at the top of her list of things to do.

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We also decided to take a quick hike before the evening wedding. Sadly, I don’t even know if we walked a mile.

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Isn’t this venue beautiful???

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Can you see how sweaty we all are? Asher’s hair was sopping wet! It was a bit hot in TN.

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I danced just about every song with Madelyn. She was out there even when I took a break. On the other hand, Asher didn’t like dancing nearly as much as he didn’t appreciate being photographed.

The next day we were off to Florida with an extra passenger, my mother-in-law. I’m surprised after the trip down with my children who professed about every 30min that they needed to stretch their legs, go potty, or they’d ask “How many more minutes until we get there”, that she didn’t take the first plane back home. Thankfully, she persevered through our kids breakdowns and hopefully, she had a good time.

We played games and posed for pictures in-between rides. We took frequent trips back to the hotel room to unwind and swim.

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We ate with princesses and met as many characters that the kids were willing to wait in line for. We even had a night to ourselves park hopping, thanks to my wonderful mother-in-law who watched the kids for an evening.

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We rode some great rides. We didn’t ride as many as we had in previous years, but it was so hot that we weren’t willing to wait an hour for a ride. Madelyn was always my roller coaster partner and I’m not sure what happened when we stepped onto Disney property this year, but she was terrified of any roller coaster ride. I figured that she would remember how much fun these rides were if she would just ride them. So, I did what any good parent would do, I forced strongly encouraged her to ride. Sure, there was some begging midst ride to let her get off. There may have been some screams and a tear or two. But, as you can see from some of these pictures, she is terrified having the time of her life! Asher had fun on the coasters this year, though. Maybe he’ll have to be my partner next time.

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All in all, we had a great time and we can’t wait to go back.

Golden Four

My sweetest Asher,
I wish I could freeze this moment. I’m worried that if I don’t, you will not be so cuddly tomorrow. Or there won’t be hundreds of kisses adorning my face as you perfectly place each one with a smacking sound while holding my head with you’re small, soft hands.

From three to four, you have changed so much. You are so different from your sister, but when both of your tempers flare, you two are combustible. You are not as easy going as I thought you’d be. You can be defiant and stubborn on a daily basis, just like your momma.

You’re priorities are so different from your sisters. Please forgive me when I compare you two, I try really hard not to. You are concerned with which superhero is going to defeat Vector or Joker instead of what letter you learned in school, let alone how to spell your name. There’s plenty of time for letters when the safety of your imaginary world is at stake.

Everything is exciting to you. During Christmas, you received a movie and the look on your face seemed like Santa gave you a ticket to visit his toy shop. You were beyond excited!

Every morning that you wake, you say “cuddle with me, momma” in your sleepy, raspy voice. My heart grows with each word as you snuggle your warm body against mine and whisper “I love you”. Now, I can’t just simply reply “I love you”. If I do, you will slowly raise your voice and repeat “I love you” until I say “I love you, too”.

You sneak into our bed every night, whispering that you had a bad dream, I pick you up and you settle in-between me and daddy. We rarely get much sleep after your nightly appearance, as you like to assume the letter H with your dad and I on either side while you lay primarily across us; however, I can’t just take you back to your room right away. I love knowing that you still need us to chase the monsters away. Your sister no longer comes in our room at night and soon, you won’t either. So, I’ll hold on as long as I can.

You still can’t stay still for pictures. I’m pretty sure there are at least a thousand little ants in your pants that wake up the second a camera is pointed your way.

You build the best lego towers and when I am at work, you make sure that dad knows to show me that you made them for me. You are a mommy’s boy through and through.

You love fiercely; especially your sister. How else would you endure her dressing you up to play house and her makeup skills?

You, sir, are a goofy boy. A goofy boy that has added an extra beat in my heart. Momma loves you to the moon and back.

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Happy birthday, sweet boy. 

Leg Hair

The kids made a spa in their bedroom and while my feet are soaking, Madelyn starts this conversation:

Madelyn: mom, you’re legs are sharp!

Me: sorry, Madelyn. I didn’t shave today. Don’t worry Madelyn, one day you’ll have sharp leg hair.

Madelyn: no I won’t! I’m just going to let it grow.

Me: one day you’ll want to have smooth legs.

Madelyn: to attract the boys?

Me: maybe.

Madelyn: so then when I find my boy, I can stop shaving and let the hair grow?

Me: {laughing} you’ve got the right idea, Madelyn.