Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Sneaux Day 2014

For all of the northerners reading today, please don’t laugh at us. No matter how minor it seems, we just don’t always know how to handle ourselves when things like this happen down here in the South!

Yesterday (and today, for that matter) New Orleans experienced uncharacteristically wintry weather. The entire city basically shut down on account of freezing rain and sleet moving through the area.


Riley was off of school, Kenny worked from home, and I tried to come up with fun ways to keep two kids entertained all day. Hence, Sneaux Day 2014.


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The really cold stuff didn’t get here until 2pm, but we sadly didn’t see any snow. A decent amount of freezing rain fell and accumulated a bit in our gardens, but that’s about it. After both boys were up from their naps, we bundled up and headed outside to check it out…..


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…..but our field trip lasted approximately 6.2 minutes before Riley had a meltdown saying he was cold. So we came back inside. This does not bode well for our future ski vacations.


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We fed the boys dinner, gave them a quick bubble bath, and tucked them warm and snug into their beds. Then we were finally able to taste what had been cooking in the crockpot all day long and settle in for a relaxing evening catching up on The Blacklist (our new favorite show).


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The rest of the weather moved through overnight and, in typical Louisiana fashion, it’s supposed to be in the 70s by Saturday. Riley is off of school again today, so we’ll spend one more day inside. As for me, I’m going to try my hardest to remember these two days when I’m sweltering in the summer heat.

Happy Sneaux Day, y’all!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Video Monday: Little Boy Laughter

Riley and Rory have been playing so well together lately. Riley actually requests Rory’s presence a lot of the time, and he is dismayed whenever I tell him that Rory has to nap or eat or have a bottle. So sweet.

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One of their favorite things to do these days is chase the ________. This involves Riley driving around his remote control dump truck or crawling around with his electric toy drill or “rolling” around Rory’s musical cube.


Inevitably, Rory will start to crawl after whatever Riley has, which Riley thinks is just hysterical. Rory gets a kick out of it, too, and he’s so cute when he takes off after his big brother, putting his head down, crawling as fast as his hands and legs will let him, and giggling as he does so.


The only problem is that Riley gets too far ahead of Rory a lot of the time, so Rory ends up stopping, sitting up, and looking around in confusion until Riley deigns to move closer to him to start the game up again.


There has been much laughter as of late, and I love hearing those two boys enjoying spending time together. (Yes, I put them both in the ball pit yesterday afternoon and no, it didn’t break!) Their giggles, screeches, and laughs echo throughout the house and fill my heart with joy.


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Of course there has also been much mess in the house as of late, and I don’t love that so much. That doesn’t fill me with joy. But Riley has been a champ at cleaning up in the evenings before he goes to bed. And I also know a good mess is often a sign of good fun.


I had prayed that Riley would be a good big brother, and so far he is surpassing what I had hoped for. Sure, he and Rory have their not-so-good moments, and I know there will be plenty more of those to come. But they also seem to genuinely enjoy being around each other, a feeling which I hope continues for a long time.


Kenny took a little video of the brothers playing their new favorite game over the weekend, so please enjoy.

Happy Monday!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Random Rory Plus Another Tooth

Bathtub booty!


Doing a great job holding his own bottle


Standing man in his crib, so we dropped it down to the lowest setting last weekend


Wagon ride through the mall with Mama and Nola


Ready for Valentine’s Day in his cute Nola heart onesie passed down from Kate

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Knees and toes

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Rory has been chewing on anything and everything these days. A worklight, a wrench, his sleeve…..


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…..even a slinky. He doesn’t care what it is; he doesn’t discriminate.

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Even though I knew the reason, I discovered the actual latest culprit a couple of days ago: another front bottom tooth is poking through. No wonder he’s been cranky lately.

By the way, how freaking cute is this child in his preppy little outfit?

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I can hardly stand the preciousness.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Oh, and a very Happy Birthday to Grams today. We love you lots!

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