Monday, October 12, 2015

a wedding weekend

It seems like it has been forever since I have been able to sit down to blog. I have come to really enjoy and look forward to the time I [usually] get to spend reading about what's going on in your lives and sharing little bits about what's going on in my life. Even if I'm the only one to look at these posts, I enjoy writing them and I love being able to look back on them. Today I thought I'd share our weekend fun and tomorrow I'll be posting a four month update on Oliver! How in the world is he already four months old?!

This weekend was a busy one. We started it a little bit early too, I took Friday off and on Thursday afternoon Landon and I packed the car and headed towards his parent's house in Kentucky. A good friend of ours was getting married on Saturday so we went in to go to the wedding and of course, visit family and friends. One of Landon's projects for school is observing professors at a number of universities, so he had arranged to spend Friday morning with a professor at the University of Cincinnati, not far from where his parents live. Thus the reason for leaving on Thursday.

We left our house later than we had planned to on Thursday, but we did the best we could with feeding schedules, naps, and all that goes along with traveling with a baby and toddler. We stopped for dinner, fed Oliver, and then we were off again. Though, our stop was an hour long - it seems nearly impossible to make shorter stops with little ones. We didn't make it to my in-laws house until around eleven o'clock that night. Late. Late. Late. Of course the boys had fallen asleep in the car [some more peacefully than others, though I won't name names] but when we got to Gigi and Poppy's house - sleep was the last thing a certain little boy wanted to do. He refused to sleep and quickly mastered climbing out of his pack n play. Good gracious. Poppy ended up laying in the bedroom with him for an hour, but to no avail. Emerson chatted and played the whole time. Finally Landon went up to sleep in the bedroom and Emerson was out within a minute. That boy amazes me sometimes.

The next morning we woke bright and early and went with Landon to UC. The campus is right next to the Cincinnati Zoo so we planned to have some fun while he did some work. It hadn't been difficult at all to convince Landon's parents to take the day off work and his youngest sister to skip classes for the day and join us at the zoo. It couldn't have been a more perfect day for the zoo. Although the forecast had called for rain, there wasn't a drop to be seen and we had the beautiful sunshine to enjoy. Going to the zoo couldn't have worked out more perfectly - when I needed to feed Oliver, Gigi and Poppy took Emerson and they went to see all the different animals and have some fun. One really wonderful thing about the Cincinnati Zoo? They have a "Nursing Nest" - a place for nursing mamas to go and feed their babies. It was so nice! There was a room with couches, a sink, a changing table, and two little rooms off to the side with curtains for even more privacy. I loved it and didn't have to stress out about feeding Oliver while out and about.

he was so brave and pet a snake - this happened while I was feeding Oliver so I didn't get to see him do it. 

We spent the better part of the day at the zoo and had even stopped for some lunch. While I was in the middle of feeding Oliver lunch, Landon called to say he was finished, so we left the zoo and went to pick him up and head back home. Emerson had walked around the zoo and had gotten lots of energy out, so it wasn't surprising that he dozed off on the way back to the house.

That evening grandparents, aunts, and uncles stopped by to see us the boys. It was nice to visit with family and enjoy a change of pace.

The following morning more family came over to the house - we're pretty popular people, at least, thy boys are. hah. After some visiting at the house we took Emerson to Papaw's house so he could ride the tractor, four wheeler, and ring the dinner bell [a new addition to the farm]. After he took off in the tractor with Landon and his Papaw, I walked back to see them in the field and saw the tractor swerve from side to side - it was obvious that Emerson was at the wheel! We went for a little ride in the four wheeler and then Emerson rang the dinner bell over and over and over. And was so sad when it was time to leave.

We went back to the house after a while and laid Emerson down for a nap - the boy did not sleep. Not a wink. Aunties, Poppy, Gigi, and Daddy all took turns going in the room with him or rocking him in hopes of getting him to sleep - to no avail. I was a little worried that his no nap would make for a ruckus during the wedding we would be at that evening, but thank goodness it did not. After "quickly" feeding Oliver before the wedding, getting dressed and dressing him - because we all know you can't put on your pretty clothes before you feed a baby, because the one time you do it, they will need to be changed and I did not have a change of clothes for either of us [well, that were wedding appropriate]. At the wedding Emerson did a wonderful job of playing quietly at the pew and towards the end of the ceremony he said, "Me need to potty." Landon whisked him out of the church and that was that. But other than that both he and Oliver were wonderful and didn't make a peep during the service.

my nephew was the ring bearer - a little boy in a tux?! How much cuter can you get?! 
He did such  good job. 

The reception was in the fellowship hall and we were able to visit with friends we hadn't seen in a while and I got to spend some time talking to my sister [the groom was her husband's cousin]. I hardly even saw the boys at all during the reception as they were being shown off to all of Landon's parent's friends. We all enjoyed ourselves and then headed back to the house a little early so the boys could eat and get to bed.

me and my sister. She sang at the wedding and it was beautiful! As always. 

Sunday morning we woke up and started packing our bags to head back home. It was such a short little trip, but so full of fun, family, friends, and even a little bit of rest. Somehow we managed to make pretty good time on the way back and stopped for a picnic lunch at a halfway point. Once home we did some unpacking [though there is more of that to do] and made a trip to the grocery store for some much needed food.

The weekend was definitely different from our normal ones, but it was so nice and fun to mix it up a little bit. I love that we are nearing the holiday season and that Fall means we get to do more fun things like visit family.

Happy Monday to you all! I hope your weekend was a good one!


Amy said...

Look at those handsome matching boys! Heart melted!

Also, I swear Oliver is the happiest baby ever in all of your pictures. And Emerson with the tractor equals happy boy!

Courtney said...

You look so great, Mama! We have a wedding this weekend and I'm hoping I can pull myself together for it :p

Don't you just love the zoo? We love going!