Thursday, January 5, 2017

Christmas, Christmas, Christmas...And a Happy New Year!

Whew. What a busy, yet fun time of year. Our holiday season was filled with travel, fun, family, and two happy little boys when it came to gift opening time : )

Christmas Round One.

Started off with a bang with a trip to the ER for Jesse. He crashed on a dirt bike right before we were going to do our family of four Christmas. He damaged his shoulder (later to learn he had a separated shoulder). All is OK now.

The accident sure didn't stop these boys from being excited about opening gifts. Henry was the shocker this year. He LOVED all of it and got super excited when he would open anything. It was adorable.

Christmas Round Two.

A stop in Nashville to spend some time with Aunt Molly, Uncle Jonathan and Cassidy. A quick visit with Jesse's grandparents on the farm as we drove out of Nashville, and then it was on to Knoxville to see Gramma, Pops, Uncle Evan, Aunt Lea, more great grandparents...and Aunt Molly, Uncle Jonathan and Cassidy again.

Cassidy was full of sweet hugs for her aunt!

Only at a great-grandparents house do you get away with eating ice cream and cookies at 9 a.m.

Playing on Gramma's Dulcimer very carefully. This boy was born to play music.

On our way to Jump Jam trampoline park.

We think Pops had the most fun.

This is what happens when you spend an hour jumping and then decide to skip nap. He finally crashed around 5 p.m.

Baking our cake for Santa.

A Merry McKee Christmas!

Christmas Round Three.

My parents came to visit us around New Years weekend to celebrate a late Christmas with us. Always so nice to have family willing to travel to you after lots of car time.

Love Henry's face : )

Playing Memory Match game with Grammy.

Henry and Granddad reading the same book over and over. Henry was very content until I whipped out my camera.

And lastly, a very happy New Year! We celebrated with a Netflix countdown, sparkling white grape juice, party hats and an early bed time. Just the way it should be.

Now it's January. Happy detoxing everyone!

Friday, December 9, 2016

O Chritstmas Tree, 2016

Ah, nothing beats a fresh Christmas tree! And finding one, well that's just all part of the fun that helps me get into the Christmas spirit. I love going to a tree farm on a cold day, with the sun shining bright, and trailing through rows and rows of trees, evaluating each one (twice) before decided on the perfect one. And the perfect "one" is always a Fraser Fir.

This year was nothing like the scene I described.

We made a mad dash, past the kids bedtimes, to Home Depot and grabbed one of few Fraser Firs that were left. The kids were cranky (and rightly so), and no one really wanted to take a family photo that I was making them take (see photo below).

The experience of shopping wasn't as wonderful, BUT I still love my fresh tree, and loved getting to pick it out as a family and decorate it. It's always the start of our Christmas season tradition.

If looks could kill, Henry's just might!

 Traditional "binging it through the door" photo.

Time to decorate!

I love this one just because Henry is in the background with his toy cell phone saying "cheese" while he snaps the button. Obviously he's from a generation where only cell phones are used as cameras.

Emerson was all about decorating the tree this year, and he did so well. He was very gentle with each ornament he hung...and only broke one. Success.

Henry had no interest in decorating the big tree, but...
 ...he did enjoy decorating his little felt tree.

Happy December, Everyone!

P.S. it took has a whole week to complete the process, hence all the different outfit changes we had : )

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Thanksgiving, 2016

It's a cold and rainy day at our house. It has rained all day and all night with more rain to come. There has been very minimal activity going on, and I love it. We ALL slept in (very rare), we stayed in pj's till noon, cleaned house, ate waffles, watched football (Bedlam!), and decorated our Christmas tree (to be blogged about at a later date). It's been a great day.

Since it's a lazy day, I decided I'd better hop on my blog and update. Latest adventure for us was traveling to Grammy and Granddads house in Oklahoma for Thanksgiving.  

The kid table.

Henry got to sit with the adults. Pretty sure all he ate was mac and cheese, but I was too busy chowing down to notice or care.

There was lots of this going on...

 and this...

 We swung, climbed and jumped for hours outside. Thank goodness it was a nice weather visit.

 We also took a trip to the Holy City with cousins and went up Mt. Scott.

And of course it wouldn't be a trip to Grammy and Granddads house without feeding the cows,

and riding our new favorite toy, the Viking, which brings thrill and fear for our two children, especially when daddy is driving. 

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! On to Christmas and more holiday adventures.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Oh, Brother!

God blessed me with a son (Emerson) who is sweet, emotional, considerate of others (mostly), likes quiet play, loves his momma, and making others happy.

God also blessed me with another son (Henry) who is loud, rambunctious, active, snuggly, mischievous, funny, and loves his daddy.

These two brothers are night and day. Not only in personality, but in looks. Emerson has thick light hair like me, and Henry has brown wispy (and once very curly) hair like his daddy. Both have big brown eyes that have very different shapes when they smile and cry. Both different smiles and nose scrunches.  I don't think anyone will ever look at them and ask "are you brothers?". Just not going to happen.

When it comes to discipline, Emerson gets super sweet and is very remorseful. He usually tells me (with big tears in his eyes) that he loves me after he gets in trouble, which of course melts my anger away and I scoop him up and hug him. Henry, not so much. He usually just runs away yelling "no" to me when I tell him he needs a timeout, thus sky rocketing my blood pressure. Sigh.

Emerson's the rule follower and Henry's the rule breaker.

There's the relationship they have with each other. Where to begin with that one. My role in life right now is a referee. These two are at each others throats most of the time, but then they flip a  switch and will play so nice together and give each other hugs and kisses. They will greet each other in the morning with a "Good morning, Brother!" and give big waves as they come down the stairs. They also hate when they are apart. Henry will cry if he wakes before his big brother after nap and will keep crying most days until Emerson wakes up to play. Hot and cold.

Then there's the individual relationships they have with us, momma and daddy.  Emerson is like me in personality in almost every way and he seems to know that as well. He usually prefers me at night when it's bedtime, where as Henry is just like his daddy in personality and prefers him at night when it's time for bed.

Because of all their differences, I constantly ask myself  "how in the world am I supposed to raise these kids?" and "how in the world am I going to keep them out of counseling due to all our parenting mistakes?".

And then they have these moments with each other...

... and all my worries about raising them go away. God loves them, they love each other and they are loved by family and friends. They will survive in this world together because they have each other.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Fall Fun

Ah, I just love this time of year. In Southeast Texas we don't get the beautiful cool weather or get to see the leaves change, BUT we still get all the fall fun that comes with the turning of the season. 
Pumpkin patches, Trunk-or-Treats, dressing up for Halloween, Costume parties and even a trip to the beach. Because who doesn't go to the beach and swim in the water in October?

Our trip to Crystal beach with Gramma and Pops

The water was so warm!

Fall party at Grammy and Granddads house.

At the pumpkin patch.

And yes, I realize my son needs a haircut. He's starting to look a little hillbilly-like.

 The bounce house was the best part of the pumpkin patch trip.

 Costume parade and parties at school.

This is our pathetic attempt of letting the boys jump in the leaf piles : ) They were happy with the small pile we had gathered.

Pumpkin painting and carving.

Happy Halloween from the Wright brothers!

Trick-or-Treating time!  First time for either of the boys to go trick-or-treating.
Emerson preferred to pass out the candy.

More fall fun to come in November!
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