Wednesday, August 22, 2012
After a fun summer of family visiting, we finally took an opportunity to be the visitors. For a fleeting 24 hour period, we visited the Harrison's house on Galveston Bay. It was so nice to have some time away from home. And we loved catching up with friends. And, of course, our weekend was really helped by some good friends of ours that helped out with Scout while we were gone. We're lucky. What can I say?
What would a weekend with the Shuler family be without me baking or testing out a new recipe? Last week, I helped a friend build her wedding registry at Williams Sonoma. To say the least, it was a dangerous environment for me. I bought a couple of small items (including decor for the new dining room table I get to pick up in ONE month!), but I steered mostly clear of the things I could have gotten in trouble with.
One of the items that intrigued me was a Brookster pan. It's a special pan that looks like an over sized muffin tin. It's specially made for these fantastic little brownie/cookie treats. You could even buy the mix if you wanted to be really lazy. Since we all know that I am cheap and like the more difficult route, I went home and made my own Brooksters from scratch. With a pan I already own. Winning recipe right here.
Cullen's greatest excitement about Galveston was getting to see boats, so we made the pier our very first stop. Cullen got to see so many boats, and he really loved watching them go on the water.
Of course, Cullen was thrilled to find a swimming pool in their backyard. As a mom, it was such a relief to know that we didn't have to get into the open water. Cullen was even a good sport for sunscreen application.
He couldn't be any happier here. Not at all.
Of course, Cullen and James shared some deep talks before Cullen decided that it was time to go upstairs.
After a short passage of time, he passed out next to me on the couch. I cherish moments like these.
We all know that Cullen looks like his daddy. He also snores like his daddy.
After Cullen's late afternoon nap, James wanted to take Cullen fishing. We didn't catch anything, but Cullen enjoyed watching the fish jump.
The next morning, we woke up to an amazing rainstorm. I took Cullen out to the seawall, and we sat in the car and watched the surf roll in. It reminded me so much of loving the beach as a kid.
Of course, Cullen enjoyed lunch over the water before we left town. I felt so classy walking into a restaurant holding the hand of the kid carrying a bag of Cheetos. He was happy, so I think it worked.
After his Cheetos snack, he played with a plantain. He loved making his sad face and happy face. His favorite was pretending to be Grandpa Wiley, because Grandpa Wiley has a mustache.
Considering my remarkable job of feeding him earlier in the day, Cullen passed out of the car ride home with a jalapeno chip in his hand. I promise we feed him nutritious food...
Last night, Cullen and I met my mom for dinner at Piatto's to celebrate her birthday. Cullen was such a great sport for a long dinner. He ate loads of bread and played with Wiki Stix. I've never seen them before, but I don't understand why every restaurant doesn't have them instead of crayons. I spent the entire meal making new shapes for Cullen while he played quietly. Such a precious boy and great time with my mom.
This weekend, James is headed to the deer lease, and Cullen and I get a quiet weekend at home. I'm holding out hope for a nap together on Saturday!
Friday, August 17, 2012
Does anybody remember this little guy from last week?
Of course, there was leftover fluff, and James didn't see the merit in eating the fluff straight out of the bowl. So we made s'mores. Tell me you wouldn't have done the same thing.
This has been a fun week filled with time with friends. Lunches, dinners, Williams-Sonoma shopping/registering... I love getting to spend time with our friends, and I've been blessed with lots of that time this week. Next up, we have a weekend filled with more friend time. Can't wait!
Sunday, August 12, 2012
We have really been keeping busy this summer, and we had so much fun while I was at home. I got so many projects done (and so many more started), and we got in a ton of family time.
In July, we got to go to precious Joshua's firefighter themed birthday party. It's a pretty rare occasion that we can get Cullen to wear something other than James' Baylor hat on his head, so I was so happy to see him wearing a firefighter's hat and a smile.
For my birthday, I bought myself an iPad. Since it seemed pretty redundant to have the iPad and a Kindle, I sold my old Kindle on Amazon. I was sad to see it go, but I am loving the iPad, and the Kindle app is really great.
Of course, the day after I paid off a huge chunk of debt, our dryer started to smell like it was on fire. Since we are SO handy (but not at all), James and I took the opportunity to pull the back off of the dryer and check things out. James Googled some things, and I think that made us experts. I'm not sure what was wrong, but it isn't wrong anymore.
Cullen and Scout have been best friends for almost three years now. They're pretty keen on parallel play. Here, Scout chews on a rawhide while Cullen plays on my phone.
By next spring, Cullen will be eligible to get started in all sorts of sports. He's been happy to practice catch with James, so I decided to take a video. How cute, right? Father and son play catch with a baseball in the upstairs living room. Mom sits at a safe distance while videoing. Until it wasn't cute anymore, and Cullen popped me in the knee with the ball.
The next day, I bought Cullen a tee ball set. Hollow ball. Outdoors. Much improved.
Yesterday, we went out to the children's museum to celebrate Noah's birthday. It was such a fun place for a birthday party, and Cullen had a great time. As usual, James managed to look like fun to the other kids. This little boy asked James to help put his power ranger on the jet ski. Cullen was not pleased. I love it. Possessive little thing.
Next, we went inside and played in the pretend HEB for a while. Cullen picked out lots of different foods and checked out with Daddy.
Funny enough, Cullen decided that he loved this fish. I'm got half a dozen better pictures of him, but I love this expression on his face when I asked him to show me his fish. So excited!
After play time, it was on to pizza and koolaid and cake and presents. Cullen had never had Koolaid before, and I think he's in love.
He even let us stick some Mickey ears on him for a couple of seconds.
After the party, we stuck around for just a little bit to play independently. Cullen and James built a great little log cabin. Cullen had a great time.
As always, Scout is staying busy. Here are just a few of the highlights of the last couple of weeks.
I had two baby showers on the same day for two precious baby girls. We had wedding cake cupcakes with a white frosting and pink fondant flowers.
And we had the same cake with a raspberry frosting. Yum.
Yesterday, I got to make cupcakes for a precious three year olds birthday party. Noah loves Mickey, and I was really pleased with how these turned out. A little army of Mickeys.
For a nine year olds spa planned birthday party, I made these precious cake pops that looked liked ice cream cones. They were a new project for me, and I had a great time with them.
My fun Scout purchase this week was this precious little blow torch. James has a huge one for BBQ, and I've got a little one for indoor use. The butane arrives tomorrow, and I'm anticipating a lot of melted marshmallows and fun things in my future. Can't. Wait.
For the end of July and the beginning of August, James' parents got to come in town for a visit. It is always nice to have some extra family time, and Cullen loves seeing his Grandma Lynn and Wiley. For the most part, Cullen has dropped the Grandpa from Grandpa Wiley. As the first grandkid, I think he gets naming rights, and he's taking full advantage.
Lynn got Cullen an adorable firefighter outfit complete with jacket, boots and umbrella. I'm hoping the outfit still fits Cullen for Halloween, and he can use it as a costume and for fun around the house.
Cullen also got to spend some extra time with Papaw. Papaw was such a good sport with Cullen. He watched Cars with Cullen on the way to dinner.
And a couple of days later, Cullen showed Papaw how to work the iPad.
Cullen also learned how funny Daddy can be. Cullen stacked up every pillow on James, and then James would pull the imaginary string.
The pillows go flying, and Cullen giggles like crazy. It's been so fun to watch his laugh make the change from baby giggle to little boy laugh.
One of the days Lynn and Wiley were here, Corie and Will and John and Connie came into town, so we all got together for a quick lunch.
Cullen thinks he is so sneaky. He loved standing behind Grandma Lynn on the couch and then popping up in front of her.
For our last meal together, we had a great dinner at the new Rudy's out by our house. Cullen ate bread, a brownie, and a huge sucker. Sometimes Cullen being happy is all that counts.
Before we know it, we'll be celebrating Cullen's birthday, and we're hoping to have James' parents back in town then. We can't wait!
I've got two weeks down at the new job, and it isn't so bad. I've gotten in a day trip to the Dallas office, and I got an award at the annual bowling event. Maybe it was an award for being a part of the lowest scoring team, but we don't need to worry about that.
I've got a great job with a great company. I'll just call it lucky.