Sorry for the delay in a new post, but we’ve been really busy just doing life! The kids take a little longer to fall asleep at home vs. in a hotel room for some reason and by the time we get them down for bed, it hasn’t left much time (and some nights we’ve fallen asleep trying to get the boys to sleep…) – although Wes and I did sneak in the season finale of Downton Abbey the other night! And have caught up on a few episodes of Madame Secretary. It’s pretty good if you haven’t seen it.
Also, April is one of my busiest months! I have not one now, but TWO boys with birthdays coming up, window boxes/planters to be planted and my garden to plan – these are a few things I really look forward to all year!!!
It’s a good thing our car didn’t have room for more or we’d go broke. I think I would be really happy working at a nursery/garden center some day. There is something about plants and greenhouses that I can’t resist.
In addition to the window boxes/planters, we planted 30 hosta and 30 ferns for some little “shade gardens” in the new landscape plan.
We also celebrated Easter! Since we’ve been staying in for the most part in order to teach Philip we are his parents, and to not overwhelm him, we hadn’t planned to go to church – it’s not like he will be able to go to nursery or Sunday School for a while (without one of us), BUT Easter morning, at breakfast, Wes and I decided we couldn’t NOT go to church so we decided to go get dressed and give it a try! Rand went to nursery and Philip sat with us. He did really well, considering every time I tried to tell him, in Mandarin, that he needed to be quiet, he thought I was telling him “I love you”…Mandarin is HARD y’all!!!
After church we went to “Ema and Pops” house for Easter lunch and then took the boys home for naps. After lunch, Ema and Pops and Uncle Sam and Aunt CeCe did an Easter egg hunt in our yard for the boys and Uncle Fred and Aunt Tina, along with Uncle Wellborn (Rand and Philip’s great, great uncle!) came over to meet Philip and see the egg hunt go down.
The candy and toys were a big hit – Philip caught on right away and wanted to eat as he went…thankfully Ema only put one or two jellybeans or one gummy worm or one graham cracker bunny in each egg!!!
And Uncle Sam helped the boys work out some of the sugar rush.
We’ve also taken some walks in the past few days, one to our local Arboretum – as I shared on Instagram (follow me @annafranklinsmith I post a lot more often on Insta!) – on that first walk together, Wes and I marveled at how many walks we’d been on with just Rand and Nina and talked about Philip the whole time and what we needed to do, what was the next step, dreamed what things would be like…etc. We waited a long time for this inaugural walk!!!
It was “very real” too – because we had to get on Philip at one point about throwing sand and he wasn’t happy that we made him get back in the stroller…so he threw 2 shoes and a sock…But all in all, it was a good outing!
Rand’s been enjoying helping make popcorn – a snack we eat just about every day. We’ve been really liking this recipe for a healthy version. I omit the pepper and coconut oil (we have an air popper – $20 on amazon…) and drizzle with melted Ghee (you can see it melting in the top of the popper!) + turmeric mixed in and a sprinkle of sea salt! YUM.
And we’ve been taking good naps every day (keeps everyone happy). Sorry for the scary pic of me half asleep. I’m not good at selfies, but I wanted to document how Rand likes to cuddle when he’s fast asleep. I’m not sure how much longer he’ll be doing this, so I’ve been trying to soak it all in while I still can, it’s just about as sweet as it gets!
Yesterday, we needed to run an errand in a nearby town, so we took the boys with us on a mini day trip and stopped at Smithfield’s on the way. The waitress brought both boys a balloon. I’m pretty sure they think that’s why we made the trip.
Philip thankfully is really content to ride in the car. I’m thinking we have TWO great travelers on our hands! He even caught a little snooze on the way home…
Best shot I could get of the boys. Wes is happy, Philip has a “hand up/peace sign” reaction every time we bring out a camera and Rand is getting down to eating his drumstick. Apparently with some texas pete?!?!
I’m thankful for my boys and all of our moments of real life (even if some are without a shoe or two).
Thanks for continuing to follow us even though I’ll only be posting “often” and not always daily!