Thursday, August 23, 2012

Water Carnival 2012!!!

Can you believe it has been a year since our first Water Carnival?  Well it has, and 2 weeks ago we were at our second Water Carnival! 

We got there super early, because we wanted the best seats.  In fact, Mimi, Johnny Gramps, and Wee Wee were the first ones there other than the workers!  So yes, they did get the best seats!  Here are a few pics before the grand event.

 Look at the smiling faces just waiting to see Lily Kate and Ella...





These two were excited just to run and play...


Almost her time to shine!!!...



Sweet Jordan (Haley's sister) put some make up on Lily Kate, which she looooved!


Even though she was dressed up in her fancy swimsuit and had make up on, she still had her blanket close!!!



Daddy and Lucy Cullen just waiting...


And here we go, Lily Kate Gibson...











Here are the group shots...



And YAY, Lily Kate got 3rd place!!!  She loved her trophy...





And the winners are...

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This is Grace (Meg's sister).  Lily Kate gave her a new name, Grapes!!!


 Meg and her man, Jake...


And now Miss Ella...




YAY again, Ella also got 3rd place!!!


After the Water Carnival, we alllll went and ate at the new mexican restaurant.  It was so late when we got home, and the girls were so tired, that I just put them in bed in the outfits they had on.  No pjs that night.  These next pics are from the next morning.  Lily Kate loves for Lucy Cullen to get in her bed when they wake up, and I love to see them loving on each other...








Taylor decided to plant a flower bed Saturday afternoon.  He put Johnny Gramps and Poppy to work too!  Poppy had a little help with the tractor...






and we couldn't leave Lucy Cullen out...





Sunday we went to church with Phillip.  They don't have a nursery, so when Lily Kate had to be taken out (not for a spanking, just so she won't interrupt others) Taylor let her play outside.  I am so proud of him, because he pulled out my camera and snapped some pictures!!!



Ok, that's all for today!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Say what Lily Kate???

Lily Kate talks.  And talks.  And talks.  Mrs. Ann even says that she talks all day, non stop.  Poor Mrs. Ann.  She has the vocabulary of a 3 or 4 year old and can repeat anything you say.  We are tickled every single day about something that she says.  I have mentioned them in the past on my blog, but here are some that I just don't want to forget...

** Lily Bites -- When she is eating we tell her to take little bites.  Well, she has changed it to "Lily Bites".  She will hold her spoon up and ask us "Is this a Lily bite?" and we just love it!

** Tayla Boo -- when she is talking to and about her Daddy.  We do correct her, but we also can't help but giggle.

** Pillar Pillar -- One of her favorite snacks is pillar pillar (peanut butter).

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** "I want to hold you" instead of "I want you to hold me".  This one melts my heart.

**  She loves to sing, she just makes her own version of the song.  Some of her favorites are "Posie Rosie" instead of Ring around the Rosie and "Row row you gently" instead of Row your boat.

** She says her blessings at meal time and her prayers at night.  But she has a bit of a southern draw.  She says "Dear Lawwwwd" instead of Dear Lord.  I think He is ok with that!

** She loves to help me put on my make up every morning and always asks what each item is.  She is drawn to my mascara.  The cute thing is that she thinks I am saying "My scara" and so she calls it "Mama's scara".  Cute!

**  She eats cereal for breakfast sometimes.  MOST of the time they are healthy cereals.  One of her favorites is "Cheri chos".  Yum!

** Did you know that she has "bingers"?  Yep.  And she knows that something hot will "Burn my bingers" and that some animals will "Bite my bingers".  Love it!!!

I am sure there are many many more, but those are just some of the funny things that Lily Kate says.  I am trying to do better about writing them down so I hope to update and have more soon. 

Lucy Cullen is growing and moving.  She is standing and holding on, and has really started playing with Lily Kate lately.  It is so super cute to see them play together. 

I downloaded pics today of the Water Carnival, will try to post this week!

Monday, August 20, 2012

We took a little trip...

Ninnie and I gathered Haley and the 4 kids and went to see Aunt Ann and Uncle John in Houston.  Just like the Nashville trip, it took 9 hours instead of 7.  I don't think that is too bad, considering we had such a large group and so many were kiddos!  On the way there, we only made 2 stops!!!  They were two well thought out stops, which is why it was a 9 hour trip and why we only had to stop twice.  We stopped in Baton Rouge at a Chick-fil-A to eat, and also let the kids play in the play area for a good while.  Then we stopped at the huge Texas welcome center (you know everything is bigger in Texas haha!) for a break.  On the way to Florida we stopped at least 437 times, so this was a huge improvement! 

At the Texas welcome center.  See that huge Texas star in the background...


When we finally got to Aunt Ann and Uncle John's, we visited with them and then we went to Ihop to eat.  No pictures that night!

Day 1 was a trip to the Woodland's Children's Museum, which was such a learning experience.  Gage thought he would be too old, but just believe me when I say that they ALL had a blast!  Here we go...


It was set up with different stations. This first one is a mini "home" that had brooms and a kitchen table, food, a sink, etc.  Everything is labeled.  As you can see, Lily Kate loved the broom...



She and Ella swept the front porch...

And here she is washing dishes...  (I wish, maybe one day!)

And then there was a mini fire truck...



Oh, and here is Miss Lucy Cullen.  At first we didn't know there was an infant play area, but she was quite happy in her stroller watching the others...




This is the market.  It was probably Lily Kate's favorite, because of the buggy.  She was so cute pushing it, and going to buy her fruit and veggies, and paying for them at the register! 

First she had to stop at the ATM and get some cash...



Please notice she brought the broom with her!


And then she oh-so-carefully chose her fruits and veggies...



 



And then it was time to check out.  Look at this super cute and friendly cashier, Ella!



And this station had books and dress up clothes and lots of fun props...



Lily Kate loved the buggy from the market so much that she took it with her to each station!  Here she is taking her buggy in the castle with her.  So cute!





Leaving the dress up station, passing the mini home, and onto the sand! 








Here is Lucy Cullen again, happy and content as can be!




A few more stations...  and please note the buggy is still with her!






Here was a "truck" they drove...




I have no clue who this is, but Lily Kate made him her friend!


Gage and Ella "fishing"...





And the final station was Gage's favorite, but everybody enjoyed it.  It was chipped up tires that were the "dirt" and it had shovels, big trucks, dump trucks, and even buried dinosaurs!












It was a fun station but made a huge mess.  So much that Lily Kate went to the mini home and got the broom to clean up!  If only she did this at home...



 Ninnie and Lucy Cullen found the infant area and had lots of fun...


Lucy Cullen also met a friend.  His name was Liam...






Even though Lily Kate had a blast in the "big kid" section, she also had fun in the infant area.  Lucky her got to enjoy both!













Day 2 was the circus, and I mean the REAL circus!  It was at the Reliant Stadium (which is absolutely huge) and was so much fun.  I don't have many pics because we had to park 782 miles away and once we got inside and found our seat they turned the lights off.  Lily Kate loved the music and dancing.  Gage and Ella loved it too.  Lucy Cullen wasn't too sure about it.  I think it was a little too loud for her, but she was a good sport anyway.

Of course the elephants were my favorite.  They might have been Lily Kate's favorite too...








After the circus we went back to Aunt Ann's and Uncle John's.  Ninnie, Aunt Ann, and Lucy Cullen rested at the house while Uncle John took the rest of us swimming.  The pool at their country club is just beautiful.  But again, no pics.  I'm sorry, I really failed at taking pics this trip!

Uncle John took Gage and Ella riding in the golf cart.  They loved it!


Our last full day in Houston was spent at the Galleria Mall.  We had plans to meet my Grandma Doris and Debbie at the Rain-forest Cafe.  My sneaky Aunt Ann pulled it all together and made our "lunch date" turn into a birthday party for my mother.  I won't let her secret out and tell you how old she is!



The birthday girl with Aunt Ann and Uncle John...


and with Debbie and Grandma Doris...


And here are just random pics taken throughout the party...






Lily Kate loved the elephants and tigers, just like at the circus!  Hay Hay and Grandma Doris took turns taking her to see them when they were active.




Ninnie got some great gifts.  The best was the "old grandma" doll that Grandma Doris gave her.  It sang songs, but only in Spanish!!!  It was so funny, and anybody that knows Grandma Doris would understand that she got it because it was "old" and just happened to only sing in Spanish!  She is hilarious!


















We had a wonderful trip.  Thank you Aunt Ann and Uncle John for having us.  We can't wait to see y'all again!!!