Vesper’s smile has not lost its allure, it probably never will. My heart still swells when I hear Peyton and Conner laugh, and their smiles are the highlight of my mommyhood. And no one will ever get tired of this guy’s smiles.
Trek’s first smiles (and wearing his favorite shirt again:)
I got bored of being home for the first time since her birth this past week. Usually an outing required us all to recoup for at least 3 days (seriously-we are such babies). But this week we hit the road every day and we all felt great! Vesper and her pacifier-let me say again-thank you paci! We can now go in the car all over town with a happy baby sucking on her pacifier, its such a relief.
Galveston just opened a children’s museum. It’s nothing fancy or high tech, but we spend hours there. So many play and learning and building stations. They recommend the play for up to 10 years old, so I worried about my almost 9 year old Peyton. But he jumped right in and they both get so excited to go each time we do. At $75 for a family membership for the whole year, well, we are there a lot.
making pizza with their friends
We had a fun cousin pool day at Aunties house this week. I recommend every one have a sister with a pool, its awesome. Especially since my sister is so sweet and held Vesper, so I could swim, well, float around in a floatie.
When I say cousin day, I mean cousins. Mine and Amanda’s 2 first cousins came with their kids, so there were 13 cousins hanging around.
thank you Preston (my 6 year old nephew) for getting this awesome shot of Peyton diving!
While we have moments that we intensely miss traveling, and will do it again. It’s days like this that remind me of why we decided to stay a little while here in America.
Vesper is wearing her cousins, Haylie’s dress (on the left) from when she was a baby!
Jarrett took an extra day off this week, so we had a little staycation on the island. We hit up the beach and went out to eat a few times. It was very relaxing and a great mid-summer break. He has been working on a new book, so we also gave him some alone time to write.
I didn’t know this at the time, but Peyton told me later that Conner and him were talking about how if Trek was here, he would be sitting right in between them
out to dinner at our favorite fancy restaurant-The Grotto
this is Conner’s food haven-its the only place we let him order cheese (he is allergic), his stomach is usually a little upset, but he is in the BEST mood from the happiness of getting spoiled and ordering all his favorite food
Vesper had her first dip in the ocean, she seemed to like it. I was waiting until she started to smile, so I could tell if she liked it or not. There were no smiles, but the ocean is bath-tub warm and she kicked her feet around in the water and smooshed her toes in the sand, so I am pretty sure she is going to be a beach babe.
the Aquarium with my sister and nephews
And then the rest of the time we were home doing our usual. Being complete lazy bums. I let Vesper nap on my chest while I read Kindle books (wasn’t that nice of me?) ha!:) The boys played toys, made messes, played the Wii, and played outside. I cooked simple meals, kept the house clean, the laundry done, fed the baby, played board games, had photo shoots with Vesper, and watched movies with the boys. It was nice. And then at the end of the day, our favorite guy came home, and we snuggled and played with Jarrett until bed time.
the boys and I had a deep cleaning day for their room. We dumped every box and bucket out in the middle, and then put it all back a little more organized than before.
Amanda and I had a slumber party. Since we each have a baby that is dependent on our boobs, we decided to invite all the children too. The husbands were not invited. It was fun.
I ordered Vesper Honest Company diapers-we LOVE them
Auntie making us all homemade M & M blizzards
Peyton even gave me and Amanda feet massages (his idea!)
I don’t know why I love this photo so much, it makes me smile. If I had any more wall space for more photos, I’d frame it.
Jarrett was in charge of dressing Vesper for the day, this is how she emerged from the room:) Conner even found the matching Cinderella head band all on his own from the headband box.
Vesper had a long nap in our guest bedroom downstairs while I set up our new outdoor hanging furniture. I have been patiently waiting for Jarrett to give me the go-ahead to order a new hammock and some hanging chairs for awhile. This week was the week, and he even upped the ante and bought a grill.
the small blue hanging foot rest got its own spot. we had one on our lanai in Maui, the boys LOVED it for a swing
Peyton on Maui almost 3 years ago
I am pretty sure no house we ever live in will be complete with out hanging chairs. Me and Trek fell in love in our one on Maui, as you can tell, we used it so much I had to patch it. I ordered 2 for this house for me and Vesper to now swing in.
Have a wonderful week!!!