May 31, 2011

My First Post from My iPhone

We're enjoying a nice evening at the ballpark with friends. Stella and Molly weren't very interested in Aaron's game, so they decided to head over to the playground.


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The Family Softball Social

May 7th our family got together for a little softball, a few crawfish, and a ton of fun!  Unfortunately, in my mad rush to leave the house on time and remember all the accessories that we needed for the day, I forgot the most important accessory: my mother-in-law's camera.  Thank goodness Kelli was there with hers!  All these great photos are compliments of Teer Photography.  Here are Anna and Stella looking so sweet...
Pam makes any party more fun!  I am pretty sure she enjoyed the bouncer at least as much as the kids did...
Yum...
Troy taught me how to eat crawfish like an Indian.  Seriously, if this man had lived when buffalo roamed the plains he would have been carving drinking glasses out of horns.  He wastes NOTHING...
Uncle Benny wanted to know why they didn't fill up his tray...
The lovely lady behind the lens and her mom...
We always enjoy hanging out with this cute couple...
Madison and Cade taking a time out in the bouncer...
Sibling love...
Pawpaw's two favorite girls...(I am third, of course)
Kayla and the furriest member of our family, Pancake...
Mawmaw, Lacie, and the TWINS!!!!  (Your secret is out now, Lace!)
Benjamin was in the zone playing horseshoes, with Jeremy and Dad coaching nearby...
Grace doesn't need a coach. She can take Benjamin down all by herself...
Cille was unsure about how excited she was, but boy Lacie and I were pumped to be there...
It was wonderful to see A.J. getting around so well.  Our God is a mighty healer!
You can probably tell from this picture which sister is always ready for her close-up...
Selena and I had the distinction of being the only two people at the social to accidentally kill our truck batteries and have to be jumped off by Jeremy.  Go us!
I just feel like something's missing in this picture of Benjamin...
We had a great time catching up with our extended family!  Hopefully this will become an annual springtime event.

May 20, 2011

Cille's Dedication

Cille was dedicated on Mother's Day at First Baptist Church of LaPlace.  Her friend Evans was dedicated with her, and she really wanted him to wake up for the ceremony...
Here Cille is making eyes at Evans's dad.  She's a little bit of a flirt sometimes...
We gained a child during the ceremony!  Mattie Ann joined our family briefly.  Cille was super excited to see her...
I am not sure what was so funny, but apparently Brandi and I thought it was hilarious...
Cille was very proud of her certificate and wanted to hold it all by herself...

May 19, 2011

Our "Ill"-Fated (Pun Intended) Strawberry Patch Trip

Some of you may know that the week of spring break both girls got sick while we were in Grand Isle. Fever, cough, lethargy-the whole nine yards. Anyway, we came back and went straight to the doctor for a double co-pay visit. Fun times. I had been planning to take the girls to the strawberry patch on Thursday, and I figured I would have to veto that idea, but Thursday morning Stella seemed to be feeling a lot better and Cille is always happy, sick or not, so I decided that we would chance a trip. We loaded up and headed to Mrs. Heather's. Boy, did I live to regret that decision...
When we arrived, the worker informed us that most of the strawberries had already been picked and that we would have to pick in the back of the field to really find anything.  Awesome.  After struggling to push the stroller over the uneven dirt to the proper location, I realized that I left the camera in the truck.  I took Cille out of the stroller and hiked all the way back with both girls so we could immortalize our visit on film.  When we got back to the stroller, already sweaty and a little disgusted, Stella informed me that she did not want to pick strawberries; she had changed her mind.  She was tired and she wanted to take a nap in Cille's stroller.  Wonderful.  So, while Stella napped in Cille's stroller, Cille lounged on my hip and fussed, and I picked strawberries.  Tiny strawberries.  I thought I would never fill up that half flat!  I finally did, and we prepared to head back to the truck.  As we were walking back, I noticed a giant mud puddle directly in Stella's path.  It was like time slowed down.  I started saying, "Stella, stop!  Stop walking!  Wait! Go back!  Pay attention!" BUT, I guess she was too out of it to hear me because this is what happened...
It should go without saying that three-year-olds who get their light-up sparkle shoes covered in mud at strawberry patches while they are simultaneously sick get a little upset.  After that "tempest in a teabag" (Bye-Bye Birdie reference-try to keep up!) Stella rallied and wanted to ride a tractor...
That lasted about one minute.  I did manage to get a picture of the girls with the strawberries back at the truck.  If you have ever wondered how you can tell if Stella has a fever, look at her eyes in this picture..
Before heading home we also got to make a joyful stop at the outhouse. From now on we will be convalescing at home instead of on field trips.

May 17, 2011

One.of.the.Longest.Nights.of.My.Life.

Where should I begin? I guess at the pooping in the bathtub. That's when things first started to go south. Yesterday after school I took the girls into town for a make-up gymnastics class for Stella. We ate at Izzo's on the way home. By the time we made it back, it was bath time and Daddy was home, so yay, I would have help. We decided to bathe the girls in our bathtub so that we could both get to them more easily. Stella requested the Imagination Movers and we were a couple of minutes into the episode when I noticed that Cille was making her poop face. I sounded the alarm, shoved Stella out of the way, and snatched Cille out of her bath seat in time for one piece of poop to fall into the tub and another to fall onto a pile of clothes on the bathroom floor. I sat her on the potty, where she screamed until Damon got me some wipes and I was able to lay her on the floor and clean her up. Obviously, we were going to have to change tubs at this point. I took Cille with me to the girls' bathroom and started running another tubful of water. Cille took this opportunity to pee on the bathroom floor, soaking a rug in the process. After cleaning up this mess, we bathed the girls. By 10:00 p.m. both of them were asleep in their beds, which is pretty good for us. Damon had had a headache all afternoon so he decided to take a bath. I ended up talking to him for about 30 minutes and then hitting the sack. When I first got in the bed I was too keyed up to sleep, so I read until around 10:50 and then went to sleep. The rest of my night was as follows:

11:30 PM Cille wakes up crying. I retrieve her from her bed and bring her to my bed to soothe her back to sleep.

11:50 PM Damon wakes me up to inform me that he now has fever. Thanks, Husband, for waking me up to tell me something that I was already expecting to happen has indeed happened. This may not seem so annoying now, but keep reading and it will.

12:30 AM I try to put Cille back in her bed. She is not having that and comes back to bed with me.

1:30 AM Mission accomplished. Cille is back in the baby bed.

2:00 AM Stella joins me in "Daddy's bed."

2:30 AM Cille wakes up and screams for 5 minutes. I let her soothe herself back to sleep in spite of Damon's protests and suggestions that I "go get her."

3:00 AM Damon wakes me up to alert me that Stella has wet "Daddy's bed." I vaguely remember a comment he made to me about giving her lemonade at bedtime. Why? Why would you do this to me? I have cooked, cleaned, and born children for you for the past ten years and this is how you repay me? Lemonade at bedtime? Way harsh. I also must admit at this point that I have ridiculed Damon in the past for sleeping through Stella wetting the bed. I will no longer do this, because I now realize just how relaxing a big puddle of Stella's urine can seem when you're really tired. Stella and I evacuate to her bed after a tear-filled trip to the potty. I set the alarm on my phone so that I can wake up at 4:50 for work.

3:30 AM Cille screams some more. I follow same plan as 2:30 screaming.

4:15 AM Cille begins to scream, refuses to soothe self back to sleep. I retrieve her from her bed and take her to the loveseat in the living room. We "rest" there together.

4:50 AM My phone alarm goes off, at which point I try to put Cille back in her bed, fail, and must surrender her to "fever boy" out of sheer desperation.

So now you know why Damon and I sometimes seem a little "out of it." It's because we haven't slept much in the past 3 years. For those of you keeping score, that was 6 hours of "sleep" with 10 interruptions. Parenthood is not for the faint of heart.

May 16, 2011

The Spillway

We've been blessed with a number of friends who live out of state or out of the country and many have contacted us regarding the news reports on the rising Mississippi River. We're happy to report that for now, we (and the rest of LaPlace) are sitting high and dry.

Since we had a bit of free time yesterday afternoon, we decided to make the short trip to the Bonnet Carre Spillway and check things out. Even though Damon narrates the video, we thought that an additional image may help put things in their proper context. On the image below, you'll notice where we live, denoted as "House" in red. The "A" marker is the location of the pavillion that is discussed in the video. We've also added red lines which show the spillway levees that are supposed to contain the flow of water, which heads from the river to the lake. Finally, we've also added "Spillway Bays" in red to denote the location where we went to view all of the action. The footage that was taken while we were driving is along the stretch of Airline Highway (61) between the spillway levees. If the image is too blurry, just click on it for the full size version, which should be a little easier to use.


Now that you know where all of this is happening, check out the footage.


Chad Ourso and his fiance, Alaina Chustz, went to the Morganza Spillway yesterday afternoon. His pictures are even more dramatic than the ones shared in the video above, but since the Morganza is so far away from us, we will leave coverage of it to the local media outlets.

Additional pictures of us playing at the pavilion area that is depicted in the video are here and here.

Some of Cille's First Steps

For a few days before Mother's Day, I had been hearing rumors of Cille taking steps.  That Sunday, she took a few in front of a group of witnesses including Grandma Tonie, Mawmaw, Pawpaw, Mawmaw Shirley, Stella, and Daddy.  So basically, everyone except me, since I was doing housework in the other room.  Later she was kind enough to do her new trick again.  I think it was the best Mother's Day present ever...


She is growing up too fast!

May 3, 2011

More Communal Living

Our token boys went fishing with Mr. John. Here they are showing off their catch...
Here are Stella and Molly, pretending it is their catch...
The fish were slimy...
I love how Molly and her dad are basically making the same face...
For some reason, the girls started dancing and giggling by the fish...
I have no idea...
Funny girls...
Back inside, Talia and Cille hung out together...
Talia is such a helpful friend...
Sweet Sadie is only 6, but she'd already make a great mom...
Sweet girls...

May 2, 2011

Back to the Beach!

The wind was high and the water was choppy, but that didn't stop us from having a great time on the beach...
If you think there are a lot of kids in this picture, you should keep in mind that four of them are missing...
Cille tested the waters...
While Stella already knew how much fun running from the surf can be...
See?
She's so athletic.  It was just like Chariots of Fire...

She loves to hang out with Emma.  I think Stella believes herself to be just as old as Emma...
"Come on, come on!"
This was the best family shot we could manage.  No, Sarah, my face is not really that white.  I went a little overboard with the sunscreen...
Four of the big kids.  Where was Aaron?
The view from a distance.  Check those waves...
Going to get water...
Sand castle time...
So industrious...
Even Cille got in on the action...
Sisters, working together...
Cille didn't quite know what to make of the sand...
Three of the "little" girls...
Cheese!
What is this stuff?
Teamwork!
Back at the camp, there was more sliding and some outdoor showering...
This picture is especially for Matt.  I just wanted you to see that Stella's first outdoor shower was nothing like my own...