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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The Ranch, and Nate is 2!

We took our kids and our friends to the ranch last weekend.

Thursday afternoon, I checked Aaron out of school a little early and headed down to Houston. We were going to go spend the night with their cousins in Pearland. Joe was flying to the Houston airport so the plan would work out perfectly.

The children had all fallen asleep about an hour into the drive. All was quiet. I pulled over to drive through a BK for a large DP so that I would not fall asleep too. When they hand me my drink, Nate (still asleep) decides to throw up all over the place. EWWWW. I asked them for their largest trash bag and pulled into the parking lot. I stripped him down, pulled the carseat out and wiped him off as best as I could. Wrapped up the carseat and clothes in the big bag, tied it off, and put Nate in Charity's booster seat and hoped for the best. About an hour later, he puked again - so I pulled over, wiped him down and threw a blanket on him. AGGHHHH. nothing like the smell of vomit on a long drive. So, I called my sister in law who we were going to go down and play with and told her the situation. They were leaving the next day to go on a trip along with my neice who has lukemia, so I was not going to bring the stomach flu to them so they could bring it to her. We decided to go stay the night with Joe's dad. To be honest, it saved me a few hours of driving, so I was kindof relieved. I was mean and didnt feed my kids dinner (didnt want to clean up more puke) put them to bed and picked Joe up from the airport.

Friday morning, we checked out the new house Joe's dad is building and then headed up to the ranch. The Walls and the Eastmans got there that afternoon for our weekend of fun! We had so much fun together enjoying how beautiful it is, playing rock band, fishing, four wheeling, riding bikes, riding horses, shooting guns and just hanging out! It really was a fun time!

Becky is a photographer, so we came back with a MILLION pictures.

Fishing:


I thought it was so funny that Greg got her to kiss the fish!!!

Here are some pics of other various activities:









Here are some pics of riding horses - one of the horses was having a bad day, and actually bucked Joe off!!





We managed to get pics in the bluebonnets- except Charity freaked out because she got bit by ants... and then wouldnt step foot on the ground again.

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Anyways, today is Nate's birthday!!! I can't believe he is two! He is getting so big! I love him so much and I am so glad he is my son. He brings so much joy to our home!!! He is always dancing or singing or laughing. I love to hear him as he is learning new words. I love when he comes into my bed in the morning for cuddles. I love his beautiful blue eyes. I love how sweet he is to other little babies - he is always so concerned about them! I love how sweet and tender he is. I love how easy going he is too! He is tough and such a BOY! I am amazed at how he is able to hang with all the older kids we have around here. so, HAPPY BIRTHDAY NATE!

16 comments:

Meredith said...

Happy birthday Nate! I can't believe he's 2 already, that's crazy! Looks like y'all had such a fun weekend!

Amy said...

What beautiful pictures! Lovely piece of country.

Nate turning 2 makes me sad because I realize it won't be long before Adam is 2! Yikes! I still think of him as my tiny baby.

Valerie said...

I love the picture of Nate where he is smiling. He looks so grown up in those pictures. Happy Birthday Nate!

Kiera said...

Happy Birthday Nate! He is such a cutie! It is crazy that it has been two years since they were babies! They grow up way too fast!

Jennifer said...

Wow that Ranch looks amazing!! I love all the pictures, especially the ones in the purple flowers. Happy Birthday little Nate! Can't believe he is already 2. where does the time go???

Matt, Karin, and Sienna said...

That looks like such a fun weekend. What a beautiful ranch.

Karin

Amy said...

that looks like way too much fun! Becky took some amazing pics...I love her work. I can't believe how grown up and precious all your kids look, but especially lil Nate. I can't believe he is 2. Seems like just yesterday! The ranch is gorgeous and oh those horses make me way jealous. Glad you had a good weekend.

Carie Ann Wall said...

All the time! We loved it. Thanks emily!!!

Dan, Lydia, Kaitlyn said...

looks like you had tons of fun! I'm a bit jealous of the nice weather, but not for too long because i'll be at the beach soon!

Natalie Hall said...

Rough life! Those are gorgeous pictures. I am sure your kids feel like they are in paradise when you go there.

BTW, great haircut Emily! You look fabulous, never aged an ounce, so jelous!

Sorensens said...

Hi Emily, WOW what a good time it looks like you guys had. The pictures are amazing, tell Becky I said Hi.

Leisha said...

How cool to have Becky as your personal family photographer for the weekend! I love Charity's pig tails especially!

Looks like a beautiful place!

P.S. Sorry about the puke...how disgusting!

Courtney said...

Absolutely beautiful pictures of the ranch...insane! I am so jealous! AZ is soooo boring!
Happy belated birthday Nate!

Angela said...

Wow that looks like fun, and the pics are great. I can't believe your bad luck when it comes to traveling and vomit. Sorry about that!

Ek Family said...

Oh my gosh, the throwing up thing is the worst! The carseats are never the same again! Looks like you had a good time at the ranch, what a fun place for kids!!!

Melanie said...

what a beautiful place to go to, especially after such a horrible ride up there! feel for you! your kids are so cute!