Sunday, July 27, 2014

sunday night randoms

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I’m in a bullet point kinda mood. Here goes…

  • Ramsey wants to wear her hair down more and more.  Its kind of wild and so is she.
  • Brady stopped sleeping with Minnie Mouse a few weeks ago.  She hasn’t ask for her and I haven’t offered.
  • Brady also stopped drinking her beloved cup of milk before bed.  We kind of nipped that in the bud over vacay.

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  • After my Vacay Hangover post, things turned around.  I still have my mind and haven’t shipped my children to China.
  • School starts in 24 days.  I’m freaking out.
  • I worked on my house the entire weekend and it feels great to get so much accomplished.  Closets and dressers were cleaned out, rooms were organized, and things are bagged and boxed for donation.
  • Once again, I hate to admit it, but it’s true what they say---the healthier I eat, the more energy I have and less sleep I require---this makes for a very productive momma.

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  • Daddy D has the BIGGEST golf tournament of the year next weekend.  He’s been golf obsessed---yep, more than usual.  Standby on that one, results in 6 days.
  • I’m completely burned out of TV and Facebook.  Blogs and books get most my time after the girls go to bed.

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  • Brady is 2 years, 5 months old---the exact age that Ramsey was when Brady was born.  Wow, these girls are total opposites.  Brady is still such a baby and Ramsey was such a big girl ready to be a sister.  Weeks leading up to Brady’s birth, Rams would say, “You’re going to go to the hospital and that doctor’s gonna pull that baby out!”  Haha!  
  • Speaking of, our baby furniture is sold and will be picked up Tuesday---guess this means no more babies at the Hurt house.

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  • Daddy D keeps talking about putting in a pool.  I’m thinking he’s a genius---let’s do it!
  • Kiley is the best cousin my girls could ever ask for.  She takes such great care of them.

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Alrighty, I’d say that was a good ole fashioned brain dump!  Off to order some Halloween costumes…. {You think I’m crazy, but October is just around the corner and I have a feeling these two costumes are going to be snatched up fast!}

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Vacation Hangover?

Well, I'm not sure if we're suffering from a vacation hangover....or something I like to call---Momma needs to go back to work ASAP. Kidding....sort of. Nevertheless, it has been one heckuva week. Oh, what's that you say? It's only Wednesday? Shoot. Me. I mean---oh shoot! 

{Brady crying for "mik in a baby baba"---she hasn't had a bottle in 9 months so this is just crazy talk}


So back to keepin' it real----this week the fighting, screaming, whining, and destroying has been at an all time high. Really, all things negative that are usually just sprinkled throughout our week have been rampant. I haven't cracked the code on the reason behind this insanity. I do think our constant entertainment, no schedule, and minimal sleep for 6 days on vacay are probably playing into the equation.

{Church---we visited our old location to see The Lego Movie decor--it was so neat! And it was so fun seeing lots of familiar faces.}





In the midst of all this girl drama, we have had a few sunny summer moments....
Choo-Choo...cousin train comin' through! 



We went to a super fun, superhero pool party of two sweet boys. That, friends, is a cookie too cute to eat.



We swam with cousins, of course.


We went to Walmart in snow boots and rain boots with a headband for a necklace and an entire can of cashews in tow. This is the moment momma threw in the towel.


Ten deep breaths. Okay, this too shall pass.....and tomorrow will be fantastic! 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

a branson vacay {the end}

We ended our last full day in Branson with some outlet shopping.  It was glorious. 

There was a pit stop to ride a carousel---we made the 9 year old Kiley partake.  Hehe.

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That evening, we went to Dixie Stampede.  We LOVE Dixie! 

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We attempted a group picture---Ramsey was sad that we wouldn’t let her lay in the middle of the butterfly for the pic.  Ha!

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After Dixie, the big girls taught the little girls a dance.  It was terribly cute. 

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The next morning we checked out bright and early and ventured to Fantastic Caverns. 

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Mason wasn’t thrilled—he just knew a bat was going to suck his blood at some point during the tour.

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The rest of us really enjoyed seeing it---and darn the luck, we didn’t have any bat sightings.

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Stopping at the cave was a great way to end the trip!

As always, we are so happy to be home sweet home!! 

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

a branson vacay {part two}

Each morning of our vacation, we woke up to visitors outside our backdoor.  We paid them in bread for making our kids squeal with delight each morning.

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Before I go any further, I need to backup.  Brady seemed to have picked up Ramsey’s horrible fever virus just days before we left for Branson.  She wasn’t as miserable as Rams, really her struggle was a stopped up nose that came with it.  So she was almost over the fever part by vacation, but she wasn’t sleeping well at night…which meant I didn’t get to sleep at night.  The first two nights were horrendous and the second two were much better.  As with any vacation, and a change in routine, beds, and surroundings, I just pretty much don’t count on great sleep with my kids.  Keeping my sleep expectations low, always.

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Days two and three we ventured to Silver Dollar----holla!  We LOVE us some SDC.  Daddy D and I have done Disney and we seriously think SDC is a very close second.  Just sayin’.  Obviously, they’re totally different, but I mean as a family friendly vacation spot.

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We got to the park before it opened both days---just another perk to having kids who wake up at the crack of dawn.  We rode rides ah-plenty and didn’t wait in any lines, had rollercoasters to ourselves, and just had a hay-day.

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The lack of sleep caught up with my kids around noon, especially Brady since she wasn’t completely well, and we left the park by one. 

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After naps, we had some more pool time…

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Daddy D and Miss B hiding behind the waterfall…

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Sidenote:  The weather was gorgeous.  It was mid-70’s, no rain whatsoever, and just amazing for July---which also meant lots of dips in the hot tub in between swimming in the chilly pools.

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We actually cooked out on day two, which worked great. {More on my packing strategy later….}

Day three was our second day of SDC. 

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Since we had hours of rides on day one, I was happy to explore everything else SDC has to offer on day two.  I LOVE all the little shops, buildings, and of course, we rode the train.  Now day two---oh honey---it was busy.  It was Thirty-Dollar-Thursday and errr-body and their momma came to the City.  Around two o’clock, we were ready to get the heck out of there, but the girls begged to ride one ride---so we did. 

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Then, more swimming---surprise, surprise….

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We deviated from our vacation itinerary that evening for a dinner out.  It just so happens, David’s cousin’s family were also enjoying some Branson time so we met up for dinner.  Ramsey just loves Halley and Emmy so much.  At this point, Ramsey’s week couldn’t get any better---Kiley all week, sharing living space with her cousins, and then hanging out with these gals!  She was in Heaven!  {yes, Ramsey did some rock climbing while we waited for our table}

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Stay tuned as we end our trip on a high note………

a branson vacay {part one}

We just got back from *seriously* one of our best vacations ever. 

Rewind five days---these gals were ready to for our Branson vacation…

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We stayed at our very favorite Branson resort, Still Waters.  We love the pools and the lake…

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My nephew, Mason, and niece, Kiley with Bray….

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Our condo was the one on the far right, ground level {hallelujah}.  It was perfect for our combined families, it was basically two full condos with a door connecting them.  They loved locking out our early risers and sleeping in each morning.  Meanies.

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My brother giving kayak lessons….

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My niece, Zoe, brought a friend, Abby.  Let me tell you---best thing ever.  All tweens should travels in twos.  Really, I have an entire tween post brewin’ in my head, stay tuned for that.

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After a fun-filled afternoon on the water, we ordered pizza from the resort---and holy pepperoni! it was delish—and ended a perfect day one.