These two photos are from a Touch a Truck event in VA Beach in Sept. I did not go to this personally, because I actually "kicked" everybody out of the house, so I could do some badly-needed deep housecleaning. You ever clean a tiny house with 4 other people in it? Yeah, uh, not happening. "The kids will have fun at this event!", I told my mother and Brad. Unfortunately, it also happened to be a super steamy Summer-like day, but everyone managed to survive. I like these two photos, because the kids just look so dang cute.
|Ahhh! Look at how "wittle" he is!|
The following weekend in Sept, when we heard that "Nana and Papa" (Chris and Debbie, Brad's dad and stepmom) would be visiting NC, we dropped everything to bustle over there, so the kids could spend time with grandparents they don't see very often. Strider took a shine to Papa, and made himself QUITE comfortable on Papa's lap. And both kids had a blast with Nana that involved Hot Wheels cars, a ramp, and a bucket of cold water. When the excitement of the car ramp wore down, the bucket of cold water became stone soup of whatever "ingredients" the kids found on the ground. Nana had many "helpings" of that! LOL.
|Yep, I'm comfortable. And you?|
|Fun with Nana!|
|Serenity took this photo|
|Grammy and Serenity giggles|
|Looking more like 13, instead of 3.|
The next day, Robbie and Tracey had their rehearsal dinner at a local pizza place (yummy pizza!), and I made them minion cupcakes for the rehearsal party. They didn't come out exactly the way I wanted (I was pulling out my hair and gnashing my teeth), mainly because I did not have time to "practice" making them beforehand, however, my brother happily ate them, so I guess I can call that a success!
|The bride- and groom-to-be|
Strider, however, wanted none of it. It fell around his naptime, he was surrounded by a lot of people he didn't know, in a unfamiliar place, with loud music. To say he wasn't a fan of it all, and was cranky, is a tad understatement. He was super clingy on me, and I tried everything to placate him. Poor kid didn't know what he wanted. Finally, I just asked Brad to take him out to the air-conditioned car for a nap. Brad, being an introvert, happily obliged. LOL.
|I love this photo of my brother and I, with my kids|
|the happy couple|
|Serenity was captivated.....or waiting for her turn to dance....either way. LOL|
|Deliriously happy to hold the bride's bouquet!|
|If you want to be Strider's BFF, just race cars with him. :)|
|Look at those smiles!|
|enjoying the sun, sand, and water|
|The kids with Grandpa Bob and Grandma Cindy|
|Serenity is in the red shirt|
Thanks for reading about our adventures so far! More photos and blog updates to come soon!