Though we have had a blissfully busy summer of visitors, there have been a FEW days here and there where it was just us at home. We were usually changing sheets, cleaning up, and getting excited for the next bunch of company to arrive, but here's a few things we've done while we waited!
I had been feeling like Jaylie could potty train, but I was worried I wouldn't have any time this summer to do it since we'd be busy with friends and family in town. But I had a 3-4 day window between when Kanyon got out of school and when our first crew of people arrived so I decided to use those days to see what we could do. I didn't know if we would just get in some good practice and then for real train after summer or if she would actually do it. The good news is she did great! So we have kissed diapers goodbye! (other than sleeping).
This was the first day she wore her panties and I told her to smile REALLY big and pretty for the camera so we could send Paw Paw a picture of her being big in her panties. This was the REALLY big and pretty smile I got:
Haha! We sent it to Paw Paw and when I commented on her "beautiful smile" his totally grandpa appropriate reply was "Any picture of Jaylie is beautiful but this smile does leave room for improvement. haha"
I just couldn't stop snapping pictures of that cute little hiney.
Wearing panties is a big rite of passage...followed closely by the next one: Your first wedgie.
We spent LOTS of time with this green sand stuff Gram gave Q for his bday. They love it and so do I! It feels so cool!
The Briscoes gave this KU tshirt to one of the boys so I had to send them a picture of Jaylie June wearing it too. We love our KU gear (and the Briscoes!)
Y'all this chick is bad news. Gay Gay gave her a water gun and it took her about 2.3 seconds to find her brothers on the trampoline and torture them with it! Haha! They were screaming and squealing and she was loving every second.
Q was "reading" to them one day. Just stare at this picture and pretend they're always so sweet, calm, nice, and peaceful when they're together. Maybe I'll do the same and forget all the screaming, picking, fighting, and torturing.
In early summer, the mornings were still cool, so here's my baby girl wearing one of my sweaters from when I was a baby.
Yogurt mouth+dirt+naked baby was too much for this camera ready mama to pass up.
June LOVES to call my mom. Anytime I'm on the phone she says "Da Da?" which is Gay Gay in jjp language. She begs to call her or face time her multiple times a day. I love Face TIme and all, but with 3 kids all wanting to talk/show off/see/be seen with one of those 3 being almost blind so he has to be SUPER close to the iPad.....sounds fun huh? But sometimes it all works out and we get to do it. Here's jjp propped up on the iPad talking to her "Da Da".
Now that June has *some* hair, I've tried to clip some little bows in her hair. She didn't like them until I showed her that one of her dolls wore a bow so then she was all of a sudden interested in a bow in her hair. Here she is saying "bow" pointing to her bow in her. (and wearing another one of my old shirts....it says "Jaymie" on it.)
Leonardo (or some other 2 sword carrying tough guy) showed up for lunch one day. This boy and his weapons.
We had gone to the ranch to pick some pretty wild flowers/weeds (I never know the difference....but who cares? They're pretty) but they were all gone. So we just played on the hill and picked a few little flowers here and there.
Speaking of Quinn and his weapons, it seems as though his sister likes to arm herself as well. Even when she sleeps. This picture was NOT posed at all. This was the real deal....she's armed and dangerous even when she sleeps.
For my birthday, we went to this hole in the wall place in the middle of nowhere that has yummy burgers. While we were there, Chief was teaching his granddaughter to dance on tables.
Now that Juney has the hang of the potty thing, she's making sure her dolls get it too. She said, "Mommy!!! Baby TT!"
This was the inside of my birthday card from the kids...they told Kory what to write to me. Quinn said, "Tooties McDoodies" and klp said, "Dear Daddy, I love you."
Its always so nice to hear heart felt words of love and appreciation from your kids. hee hee.
We have ridden MILES on our bikes this summer. Its been so great. We have lots of great places to ride and several parks that we can ride our bikes to. Its been lots of fun for all of us. This is my typical view. Its a good thing there's no pictures of us crossing major (for our town) streets. Its quite a circus...me, stroller, Q, and klp who needs help getting across the streets with ramps, etc. Its a spectacle and it makes my armpits sweat. Oh well. Its worth it.
It was July before we were HOT. I took a picture of Q riding with no shirt because this was the first day he complained of being hot. WOHOOOOO!! FINALLY! June was a little frustrating to this Texas girl because I felt like I was being robbed of my summer as I wore jackets,jeans, and was chilled by a cool breeze. I was ready for heat and all that goes with it. July has been nice. Hot, but not oppressive, which has been perfect!
First day of HOT summer??? We better go get a snowcone!
I'm typing this as we prepare for our visitors of the summer season. It has been a BLAST having so many people come through. We have LOVED IT! So don't wait around for an official invitation, you're always welcome!! COME ON!