Friday, October 24, 2014

St. Augustine Pumpkin Patch

Since the weather has been so beautiful here lately, I decided to take the boys to another pumpkin patch after school on Tuesday. Dana and Claire met us there, as did Aunt E and Kate a bit later.

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We’ve frequented this particular patch for a few years now. Remember when Riley had so much fun running through the rows? That was three years ago.

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Kate’s first trip here was two years ago. This time, all she wanted to do was follow her older cousin around and try to pick up pumpkins practically as big as she.

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And remember Rory’s first visit to this patch last year? My goodness, he was little. Now he can run right alongside his brother.

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After the kids ran around for a while and had a snack, Riley, Kate, and Claire each picked out a small pumpkin to decorate. They suckered their moms into buying a sheet of stickers to do so and also pilfered some leftover glitter from tables still set up from weekend events. Riley’s pumpkin proudly sits on our kitchen counter.

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Such a fun way to spend an October afternoon. Even if it was 76 degrees outside.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Birthday Party and Football Game

After a late night out at Riley’s school on Friday, the boys blessedly slept in a bit later than usual last Saturday morning. However, once we were all up and moving, the hours went by quickly. Before I knew it, we were on our way to drop Rory off at Nola and Nopsi’s and then take Riley to Alcee’s birthday party at BooKoo Bounce.

Riley still wasn’t completely recovered, especially after so much activity the night before. His appetite wasn’t back to normal either, so he was sluggish. But he perked up when we got to the party and he saw Claire and Alcee. They had a great time together.

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Nopsi actually came to pick Riley up from the party; both boys stayed the night at Nola and Nopsi’s house. Kenny and I had somewhere else to be.

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Kenny was given tickets to the LSU-Kentucky game by a work contact, so we spent the rest of the day in Baton Rouge. It was so great to be back on campus again; things have changed so much since we graduated. For instance, we didn’t fly drones at our tailgates back then. Alcohol and piloting expensive electronics probably don’t mix well. (Am I right, Scotty?)

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Our seats for the game were fantastic: on the west-side 30-yard line about 30 rows up. We got into the stadium early enough to see pre-game, and the whole atmosphere just brought me right back to all those games we went to when we were students. So many good memories.

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And look who was sitting just a few rows behind us….LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri!

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LSU actually played really well this game and beat Kentucky 41-3. Kenny and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to see the Tigers play in person, even though we didn’t get into bed until after midnight.

But both of us being able to sleep in the next morning was absolutely glorious. Thanks for watching the boys, Nola and Nopsi!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Our Second SCR Boo Bash (Or the One That Almost Wasn’t)

The big Halloween tailgate party at Riley’s school was held last Friday night. We had a great time out there last year, so there was no question we would go again. I had been planning for weeks: getting our costumes together, securing a spot, coordinating with Dana and Diana about food and decorations, etc.

Then Riley got really sick on Thursday night.

He caught a stomach bug that is going around and threw up eight times between 7pm and 3am. I kept him home from school on Friday and made him lay low. He understandably didn’t eat much of anything, just some Cheerios, a bit of bagel, and a few animal crackers, but he did drink water and juice to stay hydrated. He napped for two hours and was basically out of it all day.

Riley talked about going to Boo Bash practically every day for two weeks, so I knew he would be absolutely crushed if we couldn’t go. Kenny and I decided we would go for it, with the understanding that we would leave if he started to feel sick again.

I took the boys over to Nola and Nopsi’s around 4:30 so they could help me get us ready. Riley was hanging in there and starting to get excited, which I was glad for. Nola shoved some dinner into Rory, I painted both boys’ faces, and everything came together at the last minute.

As you might have guessed by last week’s Things post, we decided to dress up as Scooby Doo and the Gang for Halloween. I think we ended up pulling it off quite nicely.

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Kenny pulled up just after I had strapped the boys into their seats. He hopped in with us, and we headed to SCR, parking right next to Dana. Claire looked so cute as Elsa. These two just slay me.

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We checked in, went to set up our spot, and put finishing touches on costumes. Diana got there a bit later, the sun started to go down, and the music was cranked up. The Halloween parking lot party had begun!

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Once the sun went down, the kids decided they wanted to go trick-or-treating. Claire and Jack ran off ahead, but Alcee and Riley stuck together. They were so cute walking around asking for candy. When they had all made a complete circuit, Claire and Riley decided to take over manning our spot’s candy station. They did a good job, too!

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Riley got TONS of suckers, which made him so happy. Kenny and I were reluctant to let him eat a lot of his loot since he still wasn’t feeling 100%, but he did sample a few pieces. However, all the running around he did right when we arrived eventually caught up to him. At one point he told me it felt like he had to throw up, so I took him into the cafeteria bathroom. When we got in there, though, nothing actually happened, except that he yawned hugely. Whew.

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Lots of Riley’s friends attended the Bash, and they were all so excited to see each other outside of their classrooms. We saw Jack, Aiden, Kolston, Samuel, Sarah D., and Zoe. I also got to meet Scarlet and Cece for the first time.

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But the Three Musketeers stuck together for most of the night. They’re all in different classes this year, so they were very excited to get to spend so much time with each other.

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They even all got pixie dust from Tinkerbell, which Riley and Alcee were kind enough to show me.

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Ah, those three. We had such a good time hanging out with Alcee’s and Claire’s families, and I am so, SO glad we were able to make it this year. Riley was not completely himself, but I think he had a lot of fun.

Kenny and I, however, were downright exhausted from chasing Rory around all night. All that child wanted to do was walk. If we tried to corral him somewhere or hold him for an extended period of time, he got really fussy. But if we just let him go, he was perfectly fine. Crazy fries.

Needles to say, everyone slept really good that night.

But there was no rest for the weary the next day…..we had quite a busy schedule.

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