Thursday, October 22, 2009

Continuous Twirls and Incoming Teeth


Have you ever seen anything cuter in your whole life?? Just look at those faces! This past weekend, Brad and I had the chance to join my dad in a visit with my brother's family, up in Illinois. I can't even begin to describe how much we've both missed our precious niece and nephew!

Rachel is 2-years-old, and she's definitely all girl. She absolutely loves all things princess. She would be completely content to live out the rest of her life in a princess dress. "Please, I can wear my priddy dress?? Please take a picture! Please, I can see it?" She twirled around and around (holding the dress with one hand, just like all the princesses do in the movies), saying "CHEEEEEEEESE!!!" the whole time for the pictures, and clearly loved being delighted in. That worked out just fine for me; I could have taken a million pictures of her little shining personality, and shown her every single one right afterward...


Clinton is already 8 months old! He's completely chunky, crawling all over the place, pulling himself up on everything, and even has a couple teeth peeking out of his grin! When he's happy, his whole face lights up. In general, he's pretty content to occupy himself, steal his sister's toys, and explore every inch of the room. (Unless he's sleepy, hungry, or poopy. Then he cries, screams, and screeches. Sheesh. He is such a baby!)


We had good intentions of carving pumpkins, so we girls headed out to gather some for the crew. Sadly, the regular pumpkin farm burned down, so a trip to the nearest pumpkin patch would have required quite a drive out of town. However, luckily, Walmart was busy price-matching, and they had some ginormous pumpkins on sale for $1.98 each! Can't argue with that deal! So we loaded up our cart (literally) with a giant pumpkin per person, and then a few additional small ones just for good measure.


Well, a regular 2-day weekend is just too short for a sufficient visit with the fam, and we didn't get the chance to actually carve our jack-o-lanterns before Brad and I had to head back to Tennessee. But don't fear! We definitely used the photo op to our advantage! Look at these two little darlings posing in our own pumpkin patch!


Of course, Brad, Chester, and I had to take advantage of the family photo as well. Duh.


It was such a blessing to get to spend some leisurely time with my dad, TJ, Jennie, and the kids. Usually, when we're together, it's for a reason, and whatever that reason is, it takes up all our time. But, this weekend, we were able to just hang out, visit, eat delicious Jennie-cooked meals, and love on the little ones. We're definitely going to have to make a point to plan more Just Because Visits. At the rate Clinton is growing, we'll need to go back next weekend to witness is first steps!

8 comments:

emily said...

Oh MY! this was sooo fun to read! i LOVED all the pictures! they are adorable. i know you had so much fun!!!

Bryan said...

The regular pumpkin farm burned down? That must have smelled bad.

Kids are so cute might make you wanna have your own....

Brad Mehaffey said...

Rachel and Clinton ROCK!

Frank'n'Berry.

Elaine said...

What cute kids!!! Boy, does Rachel look like Trevor or what?!

It sounds like you all had a good time--sorry you didn't get to carve the pumpkins :(

Dad said...

I had a FABULOUS time! Thank you sooo much for bringing Chester(arguably the GREATEST dog ever!) I can't wait to see you 3 again!!

Our Life...Taking it one experience at a time said...

What a great post! Rachel is the spitting image of Uncle Trevor and what a beautiful princess she is! Can't believe Clinton is 8 months old - cute, cute, cute! So glad you had a fabulous visit with your family!

Erin Howell said...

how stinking adorable are they! yay for fall moments with the family. :)

Leslie said...

I love the pic at the bottom with you, Brad and Chester because Chester looks like he's smiling! And it's true, you have the cutest niece and nephew ever

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