Arkansas Tag Along
The drive up was just crazy. Took us forever, made tons of wrong turns. There are endless jokes and stories about our adventure in the car for hours and hours through the 2 lane roads of Oklahoma but none that should be shared here :-) Ha! Regardless, we made it to his cousins The Bowers Family early Saturday afternoon. I have to admit Saturday night I was kinda out of it and totally exhausted. I didn't really even take my camera out to record any of the cuteness and fun we had or the delicious food! A couple of Justin's extended family came over who also work for JB Hunt and brought their 2 precious daughters, Ruthie (6) and Ryan (18 months). Along with the Bowers kids, Hadley (3) and Noah (15 months) they had a blast!
On Sunday morning after a great nights sleep, we all were ready for a fun day. We went to church and Hadley was so excited to show the boys here Sunday School class.
|Before church. Noah (15 months) Hadley, Eli, and Beckett (3)|
|attempting to take pictures with the "pig" outside church|
|Eli and Hadley held hands everywhere|
Sunday evening, The Bowers had small group for their church at their house and we made plans to go see a bestie that I had not seen in 4 years and her sweet family. The McClure Family lived in Huntsville at the same time as us a little over 8 years ago at Lauren worked at Target with me. She is mom to Lawson (4) and Spencer Kate (8 months) who is was born this past May on my birthday! I cannot believe this is the first time I have met her beautiful children but I love keeping up with them on her blog.
|sweet girls share the same birthday. 33 years apart :-)|
|oh how hard we tried to get a good shot. Even with 2 cameras going :-)|
Funny story. Eli thought Lawson was the the coolest. Ever. They sat together for dinner on the bar stools and I heard Lawson say "Mom, can I teach him the bad words?" To which he said no. I am rolling my eyes over at Lauren like "what?" This goes on for awhile and finally Lawson starts with the "bad words". Fortunately they involved things like "poopy pants" and "stinky poop" and generally potty talk but Eli thought this was the BEST. Look at him looking at his new best friend.
After such a fun night it was surprising when we got in the car that Eli started complaining he was cold. When we got home, he only wanted me to carry him and said he wanted to go to bed. If you know Eli, this is a shocker. I put him in his requested fuzzy pj's, tucked him in the bed with his blanket and cartoons and went downstairs to finish getting ready for bed. When I came back up and hugged him, it was clear he was running a fever :-( Little guy did not feel good at all.
After a long night Dad decided on Monday morning to take him to the doctor. Beckett was super fussy too but no fever for him. We seriously had the craziest morning ever with the kids. We were so excited when reinforcements arrived. Although they were cautious because we didn't have a diagnosis for Eli yet, Justin's aunt Mary Jane, cousin Leslie, and her little one Silas came over from Harrison to spend some time with us.
|Aunt Mary Jane reading to Beckett|
|lots of playing|
|Hadley has a trampoline in her playroom|
|Silas (2) .. What. A. Cutie!|
|with cousins Shannon and Leslie|
|Justin getting some Noah love|
|and more shopping|
|a little checker playing with mommy|
|wondering if he will ever wake up??|
And all too soon it was time for them to go. But not with out the required cousin picture Here are the bloopers. Notice they pretty much all involve Eli not wanting to take a picture. We bribed them. Yep, cookies all around!
And here are the winners :-) Can you believe these stair step cousins all have October birthdays??
|Eli (3), Hadley (3), Beckett (3), Silas (2), Noah (1).. All October birthdays!|
|Beckett and Silas|
|The three 3 year old amigos. Hadley is 2 weeks older than the boys|
|First time bowlers|
|my two little ringers|
|even Noah got in on the action|
|also doubles as a slide|
|What a fun bowling trip! Love this pic of all of us together|
After bowling and lunch, we hit the arcade for a few games. It was awesome that the kiddo lunch came with 100 tickets so we didn't have to pour in a ton of money to win tickets. I think they all loved shopping the ticket store the most and enjoyed their winnings.
|Eli chose the monkeys|
|sucker for Noah|
|candy tube for Hadley|
And of course a house full of 4 kids under the age 3 makes for some fun bloopers and good times!
|Little boy pillow fights|
|Noah LOVED this!|
|playing in Shannon's pantry|
|funny meal time conversations|
|walks in the woods|
|minivan full of babies|
|comparing belly buttons|
|always chasing the big boys|
|Cruising neighborhood in the Cadillac Escalade|
|Sweet baby snuggles. Only happy near his big boy friends|