Sunday, July 6, 2014

The 4th

Since Jared and I have been together, we have only spent one Fourth of July doing anything except the Edmond parade, a cookout, another cookout and the UCO fireworks. This year it was up to us to find our own traditions. 
Breakfast on the Fourth is donuts. It just is. It's American. I haven't had a Krispy Kreme in probably a decade...and after this visit I remember why...but the boys loved them. 
We headed to Carrboro for the morning. Our friend's husband's band was playing there and it sounded like a fun festival. 

We got tattoos...
And Porter played in the water table while Paxton jumped in the bounce house. 
Then as we were walking out to the car, we passed the fire station and the garage was open. There was a firefighter standing there and he told the boys they could look around and gave them little fire hats. 
Even the bounce house couldn't beat a fire hat and seeing the inside of a fire truck for a certain three-year-old. 

Since we were so close to Trader Joe's and since I have been begging Jared to take me since moved here, we got to stop and get some groceries. Paxton got to push his own cart. He loved it. The people whose ankles and carts he bumped into didn't. 

After naps, we cooked out and then had cake. Paxton helped me make our flag cake the night before and had been talking about it constantly. He thought it was a birthday cake, so we stuck candles in it and sang happy birthday to America (well, Paxton sang happy birthday to me). 
Then we did some smoke bombs which Paxton thought were amazing....
...especially when Jared would throw them up in the air after he lit them...

We also let him hold a sparkler when he asked (after I made Jared hold one to make sure the sparks wouldn't burn him). 
He and Porter both got to do Pop-pops too. 

Then we gave our sticky boys baths and loaded up for the fireworks. We went downtown and watched from the top of a parking garage. 
Porter was obsessed and kept pointing at them and then looking at us to make sure we saw. Paxton thought they were awesome and kept asking for more when they were over. 

It was a really fun day!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Pullen Park

Our weekends have been really busy for the past few weeks with Jared playing football on Saturdays and then me helping at the church nursery on Sundays, so this weekend we decided to take Sunday and have a family day. 

We started the morning with brunch at Benetis.  
Paxton couldn't stop talking about the pancakes. 

Then we went to Pullen Park. It's a park with a train, a carousel and a kid's boat ride in Raleigh. It was pretty awesome!

We let Paxton ride the boat by himself the first time. He had a blast. 
The second time, Porter got to go too and he loved it even more. 
They waved at us every time they saw us. 
And Porter cried when we got him off. 

Paxton started begging to ride the train as soon as he saw it. We tried to get him to play on the playground a little first, but when he wants something, he wants it. 
Our last stop was the carousel. Paxton was really excited at first and picked out a horse to ride. 
Then I told him the horse would go up and down and he looked incredulous...
...and nervous...
He hated it. He cried the entire time. 

We took him straight to the sand and water area where he skinned his knee and seemed to forget all about those scary horsies...until that night before bed when he got tears in his eyes and said "no have a bad dream about horsies. Horsies are scary" and shattered our hearts into a million pieces. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

June in Review

June was a busy month for us which made it fly by even faster than the last few months. 

We found a Sonic 10 miles from our house and tried it. 
We joined a new mom's group and played at a park and at Stay and Play Cafe with our new friends. 

Porter perfected the art of self-feeding. 
Paxton started preschool exactly 10 days before the school year ended. He went twice and brought home two adorable art projects.


Porter took lots of high chair naps as we made the transition to one nap. 


We took an anniversary trip to Wrightsville Beach where the boys got to put their toes in the ocean for the very first time. 

We played with our friends. 

We went to Virginia Beach and had a blast!


We cooked out with friends. 

We visited Duke Park again now that it's warm, got Duke shirts and ate at Elmo's. 

We celebrated our favorite guy on Father's Day. 

And enjoyed a whole month with him home without work trips. 

The boys and I went to Toys R Us one Saturday while Jared was playing football and came home with a water table. 

We spent most nights outside. 

We got our money's worth out of our science museum membership. 

And since we couldn't make it to Vegas to see it live, we watched Grandpa Mark's wedding on TV. 

We went to Hillridge Farms with April and Ben and Emeline. 

We finally tried Locopops and now Paxton asks to go to the Popsicle store daily. 


We went to the pool with our original Mom's group. 

And tried out Pullen Park. 

Porter started picking out books and bringing them to me to read. 


June was fantastic. It was full of awesome weather and good friends and new adventures and quiet family time. We aren't homesick anymore; in fact, when I think of home I finally think of this house instead of the one we left behind. July will bring us another trip to Oklahoma complete with a family lake trip, a first Fourth without family, and maybe a day or two in the triple digits and possibly a baby taking his first steps. We're ready.