Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Haircut Wednesday

Haircut Wednesday is not a tradition in this house but it became a bit of an event this week.  How?  Well it has to do with our hard-headed 2 year old who hair was getting a bit shaggy.  We've been trying to get her to let us trim her hair for a while, even going to haircut appointments with daddy and Owen but every time she was there she would brush her hair with her hands and say, "I no need a hairtut!" and there was no telling her otherwise!
Sunday we were eating dinner and her hair came up in conversation.  I think Brad asked her when she was going to get a haircut and her response was "Wednesday".  So we confirmed this, "You want to get a haircut Wednesday?" and she said, "Yes!"  So, it became official, we were preparing for the rest of the week for Haircut Wednesday!  This was our chance!!!
During breakfast Wednesday morning Addyson and daddy talked about getting her hair cut and when I woke up she told me she was going to get her hair cut today!  All was great!  She woke up from a nap about 4:30 and we rushed off to Pigtails and Crewcuts!  We got there at 5:20 and they close at 5:30... Whew!  Just in time!  We NEEDED to get her hair cut today, it was our one chance!  She happily picked out a chair, let the lady spray her hair (this was the same lady that gave her her first hair cut in December which Addyson did great for), and then the lady started to snip away.
Everything was okay until she was asked to look at her feet and she didn't want to.  The lady kept asking her to look down and Addyson wasn't interested and then Addyson started screaming and crying and that was that. : (  I had to hold her so the lady wouldn't poke her with the scissors!  To cut her bangs she just did a quick snip straight across.  There was sweat and tears but it was all over with before long and she got a trim up.
Once she was done the little stinker then requested the sucker I was trying to bride her with.  What do I do?  Give it to her???  She wasn't good but, I guess it could have been worse!  I asked the lady to give it to her so Addyson would remember that for next time and maybe the next cut (in 6 months) will go smoother!  Not sure I'm in love with her new bangs but, it will do for now and hopefully the trim up with inspire her hair to grow some more!  I know it helped after her last cut!  Now, I just have to figure out what to do with her hair as it slowly grows out so it doesn't look so shaggy around the ears as it flips up.  She won't wear bows... any tips???   Here's hoping next Haircut Wednesday goes a bit smoother!

Razorback Basketball

Monday, my friend Angela called and said she had 2 tickets to the last Razorback basketball game on Tuesday.  I was super excited to be able to take Owen to another game and had even talked with Brad about me being able to take Owen instead of Brad.  As we were talking about it I knew that Addyson was a bit sad that she wasn't going to get to go...again.  I thought I'd put out a request for 2 extra tickets to my MOMS Club and was lucky to get a reply!!!
Thanks to Angela and Valerie, we were able to go to the last home game as a family of 5!!!  Ethan got to go to his first basketball game and he did great!  Since we were taking all three kids, I was thankful that it was a 6pm game and not an 8pm game!!!
We arrived just in time to call the Hogs!!!
Brad went a few rows up, without me asking, to take some pictures.  No matter how many times he called Ethan's name the little boy would not look!!!  He was too busy looking around!  There were SO many sights and sounds to take in!!!
I was glad to have a picture of me with my kids!!!  It seems like most times I'm the person behind the camera and if I happen to be in a shot it is because I self took it or begged Brad too!!  Not tonight! : )  Again, Ethan has found some bright flashing light to look at instead of the camera! ; )
This was Ethan's first basketball game and second Razorback event (he went to a Gymback meet a few weeks ago).  Tonight he did great!  He had a nice nap before we left and then was completely in awe of it all when we got there!  He helped that he had a ticket to chew on and keep him occupied for  while!! : )
 Addyson wasn't a huge fan of the game.  She pretty much asked to go home after we sang the fight song and called the Hogs. : ( I was trying to figure out what I was going to do to get her into the game when she figured it out herself.  She found the perfect seat, right on the edge of the steps and from there she could watch the Pom girls!!! : )  She was in awe!!  She sat there most of the night!!!
Everyone around us was smiling at her and she even caught the eye of the camera guy and made it on the jumbotron!!!!  Owen was impressed and wanted to know why he wasn't up there too! : )  That face is the face of a little girl that is studying the every move the Pom girls make!!!  Wonder if she'll be a Razorback cheerleader one day!
At one point the girls went out and did a dance on the gym floor (it was Senior night so they didn't do a big half time show) so Addyson moved over in front of me so she could get a better look!  Awe, finally she was having fun and into the "game"!  At this point though it was 7:30 (now officially past everyone's bedtime and my bedtime is fast approaching ; )  ), the Razorbacks were ahead, there was a storm coming in, and we had 10 minutes left on the clock.  We decided to leave early to beat the crowd and make it home before meltdowns occurred, we always try to leave right before meltdowns so we leave on a positive note!  We also didn't want to get caught in the rain!
Our plan worked!!!  We all went home happy!  We beat the rain but, it was a bit windy so Owen got to wear daddy's jacket to the car!  He got a kick out of that!  The only downside is that we told Owen the game was almost over and the Razorbacks had won and he later found out they lost by  a basket. : (  Bummer!  It was a great season with our new coach and I look forward to next year!  I know we'll be great!
Our Razorback basketball fun didn't stop there!!!  Today the kids had Razorback day at school!  They are studying the letter "R" so the school brought in 2 basketball players to talk to the kids!!!  Parents were invited to come so I took the opportunity to go have some fun with the big 2 while Ethan stayed home and napped with daddy!!!  That is one of the perks of Brad being home!!  When he works from home I can leave Ethan for an hour or so if he is napping and get in some quality time with the big two!
First, #20 Kikko Haydar who is from Fayetteville, read the kids a story about Big Red!
Then we all stood up and called the Hogs!!  It was so cute to watch all the little ones with their Razorback spirit!!!  I love how our town just breeds that spirit in the little ones... most of them don't have a choice!!!  See the big guy in the gray shirt in the background calling the Hogs?!?!
That is Scotty Thurman!!!  He is currently the director of student-athlete development but, that is not the real reason we love him!  If you are a Razorback fan, you know that Scotty hit the most famous shot in Arkansas basketball history sealing our win at the 1994 Championship game!!!  Our kids have no idea who he was but, they were excited to meet a "real life Razorback basketball star" and I was excited to get a chance to listen to him speak to the kids!
See who they are looking at... in her "cheerleader" and tutu???  That is MY Addyson!  Why are they listening so carefully to her and smiling???  Because her teachers and the director of the school,were SO impressed that she can sing the Fight Song without help (she did this in her class before they came to the auditorium) that they were bragging on her and got her to sign it SOLO for them!!!  That's my girl!
Before the guys left they stayed for pictures with the class!!!  Addyson made her way up to a spot on Kikko's lap!!!
 Addyson's class
Owen's class
We've got a great love for Razorbacks!!!!  Sad that basketball is over but excited that the weather is nice and we are looking forward to taking the kids to other Razorback sporting events before the end of the school year!  Go Hogs!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Maiden Voyage of the SSB

Well we didn't officially name our new ride the SS Brewster but it sounded catchy as a title of this blog post!! : )
We did it!!!  We took our maiden voyage in our RV (insert fireworks here) and we survived (insert huge sigh of relief here!)!!!  We went for an overnight trip to work out the kinks and determine what other RV items we might need before we head out on our big Spring Break trip.  One thing I learned is that I need to get organized.  This was just a mini trip so thankfully we didn't have much we needed to bring with so it wasn't too crazy however, the little that we did have ended up in a heap on the booth that then needed to find its way to its RV home before departure.  I had a week's notice and was up all morning..... why, oh why, did I wait to the last minute to pack up/load up??
I knew our first trip would be super exciting for the kids so I wanted them on the tired side to help keep them "calm".  We went to 2 birthday celebrations this morning, Uncle Ryan's and Walker's, before heading out of town.  On the way home they were falling asleep and I tried SO hard to keep them awake.  As soon as we got in the RV they were WIDE awake... I had a feeling that was going to happen!
"Mom, I'm not tired anymore!"
Hoping they would eventually fall asleep we went ahead and set up the RV as two beds so they could buckle up and lay down.  I actually really liked this way of traveling.  I felt like we had a lot of space and the kids ended up sleeping most of the way there and they way home!  Our original plan was to drive to a no-name camping site in Sarcoxie, MO, stay the night, and then get up and drive to BassPro shop in the morning.  Owen fell asleep 30 minutes outside of Fayetteville, Ethan 45 minutes outside of Fayetteville, and Addyson fell asleep 10 minutes from the camp site... UGH!!!  Since everyone was finally sleeping I told Brad to keep driving!
We knew there was a KOA in Springfield and that would let the kids get a good nap in before stopping.  We wanted to avoid paying the extra $25 for a trial night (hence the original stop at the no-name site) but, in the end I'm glad we did!!!  As we got off the highway the kids woke up and were SO excited we were almost there!!!  As we pulled into the KOA we were all ready for our big adventure!!!
Brad bought a membership to the KOA campgrounds (I think this is the 3rd campground we have a membership to.... I hope we get our money's worth out of all of them!) which ended up saving us $4 this trip so I think it will pay for itself before too long and really, I was impressed with this campground so we will be staying at another KOA before long!  The gentleman drove us to our site (he rode ahead in his cart) and then stayed with Brad to help him hook up and answered his questions since this was our first time doing this.  I was thankful for that!!!  Unfortunately he left before we asked how to turn on the hot water heater so this trip we survived on only cold (VERY cold) water..... that means I'll be showering tonight at home!! : )
See, this is why we took this mini trip.  To work out the kinks, know what we need to learn, and learn what we need to buy before we spend a week without hot water or have to chase Shilo for the uptenth time.  See, our door gets left open a lot (as we learned) and when the door is open Shilo jumps out and runs.... and runs.... and runs!!!  We chased him for 15 minutes before we finally caught him.  Note to self, leave a leash on Shilo until we are all in for the night and the door is locked!
After leashing up Shilo, the kids and I headed to the park to play while daddy finished setting up and started cooking dinner.
I was totally impressed with the clean playground and so were the kids!!!  One thing we made note of is to request a site closer to the playground so the kids can play while we are at our site instead of one of us having to walk the kids over to play.  In addition to a kids' playground they had a puppy playground!!!  Shilo was just as impressed as I was!  This was when I knew the extra $25 was worth it!
The sun was going down and I could tell that Shilo and Ethan were getting cool so we headed back to the campsite to see what daddy was up to!  Owen wanted to be big and walk Shilo back to the campsite by himself.  As I was walking behind him he told me he wanted to go alone, like a big boy, he had this so, I had to pretend to be walking a different way and then just sort of walk a few more steps back.  There are lot of signs posted about walkers and speed limits of 9mph and there were not many campers there so I didn't worry to much about him.
While we were playing daddy made an impressive dinner for our first dinner as a camping family!  I laid Ethan down to nap and joined them for a dinner of hamburgers, noodles, and salad!!!  Dinner ended up being a minor disaster... it got cold and we weren't prepared!  I packed during the day when the temperature was 65 so I didn't think about cooler evening temperatures!  Oops!!!
Daddy started a fire and the kids sat next to that wrapped up in their blankets and then they were warm enough to finish dinner.  Knowing what was for dessert help motivate them a bit as well!! : )  The nice thing about the RV verses tent camping is that we don't really have to pack light.  I need to go ahead a make a drawer just for warm evening gear/ rain gear so we have it when we need it!
Another thing we learned, keep an eye on Shilo and the grill!!!!  He thought it was him job to clean up after Brad cook.  I appreciate his willingness to help however, he was then covered in stinky grease and we had NO warm water to clean him up!!!  It seemed like every new event in the evening we were learning something new about what do to or not do or a tool we would need to make life easier.  Note to self- when traveling with a dog make sure to bring along doggie shampoo!!!
Once we had everything cleaned up it was time for dessert!!!  Owen said our s'mores tonight were better than Hu Hot's!!!  The atmosphere probably had something to do with that!!!
After seeing them in the light after desert maybe I need to pack along s'mores clothes as well!!!  Their jackets, pants, and faces were covered in chocolate... and so was mine!!! : )  This was when I was glad we were RV camping with our little ones and not tent camping.  The ease of having soap and running water in the warmth of our RV was SO nice on this cold evening!
The downside... the sink full of dishes!! : (  Too bad we didn't buy the fancier RV that came with a dishwasher!!!  We try to do things as environmentally friendly as possible, I can't remember the last time we bought paper plates.  Even when we throw parties we use re-usable plastic plates that we wash along with the bowls and plasticware.  However, I think we might be looking into some sort of plates and bowls that are decomposable and as environmentally friendly as possible to help cut down on some of the work after a meal.  This trip, since it was just one night, I was going to leave the dirty dishes and take them home and put them in the dishwasher but I ended up not having to do that.  Apparently I did bring my dishwasher with me, my sweet husband did the dishes after making me coffee this morning!!! : )
After a long day we were ready for bed!!!  Well, I'm not sure if anyone was "ready" but, it was an hour past bedtime so we had the kids brush their teeth and go to bed.  As we were getting ready for bed I was thankful we had gone for the bigger RV, the 30 foot verses 24 foot!!!  The couch serving as an extra bed was nice to be able to split up the kids.  Not only that but, the door from the bathroom opens up and serves as a divider between our "room" and the lounge room where the kids slept!  There is also a curtain between the bathroom and our room that we can open which makes the bathroom more private when the door is swung open and allows up to turn the bathroom light on to act as a nightlight.  We tucked the kids in and retreated to our room to read/blog.  All was well until I hear counting and giggles and realized that Addyson was jumping from bed to bed in the dark... it was now 9pm... where those kids ever going to go to sleep????
Yes, they were.... it just took a while!  Finally by 9:30 everyone was asleep and everyone slept!!!  Ethan woke up at 5 and I was shocked that we had all made it through the night despite being right next to the train tracks that had trains coming and going every 30 minutes!!!  I was thankful we had remember to pack our sound machine!!!  We fell back asleep and everyone was up at 6 and ready to go!!!
And after this.... I was ready to go too!!!  We almost ended up having to make coffee in our room!  The outlets in the kitchen are on the ceiling and the coffee maker we bought was the smallest one we could find and with the small size came a small cord that didn't reach to the ceiling!  Ugh!  I was glad we had this empty bin that had yet to be filled.  Not sure what we are going to do for our next trip, get some kinds of small extension or find a different coffee maker but that too is on our list to figure out before the next big adventure!  All in all, I'd say this was a successful trip! 
 Owen said his favorite part was eating dinner next to the fire last night.  My favorite part was that I didn't see Brad have his phone once this whole trip and I only used my phone to play games while putting Ethan to bed and the quality time we had with the kids in this 24 hour period was priceless!!!  I'm no longer overwhelmed at the thought of spending a week plus in this small space with 3 kids, a husband, and a dog!!!  I'm looking forward to it!!!!  Owen is counting down the days until our next trip and so am I!!
And it must have been a great trip... all kids were asleep within 20 minutes of being on the road.... even Addyson!!! : )

Saturday, February 25, 2012

New Adventures, New Look

As we hit the road in our RV headed out for new adventures I wanted to add a new spin on the blog that included our travels as well as our daily life events!  I wanted to be able to document our life on the road; what works and doesn't work, nice places to go and places to avoid, tricks for traveling with little ones, and must-do memory makers and I want this blog to be a place people can turn to when looking for things to do with their little ones.  So, for my new idea, I wanted a new look!  Thanks to Delightful Designs for helping me put my ideas on paper when I didn't have any pictures of our new adventures to help her out!  I hope you like our new look and new adventures!!!  Grab a button, follow me, and enjoy the ride!!!
Full Speed Ahead!

Friday, February 24, 2012

iPhone Pics of the Week

 Love me a sleeping baby!!!!
 First feeding of the year
 Teetering between winter and spring
 Ash Wednesday dinner with old friends
 My kind of morning
Ethan has more than one mommy's helper watching out for him!!!