July 23, 2012

Confessions Part II--Usher



Tristan is almost 2 1/2. I decided he was ready for an interview. Here are his answers:
Favorite Book: "Grandma, Grandpa and Me"
He LOVES the Little Critter books by Mercer Mayer
Favorite Movie: "Daddy's movie, Star Wars!"
Favorite TV Show: "Mickey Clubhouse"
Favorite Food: after much thought, "Barbecue." This wasn't that surprising. He ate most of the meat from my sandwich yesterday!
Favorite Toy: "My cars and my diggers and my dump trucks and lots of toys!"
Favorite Song: "I Want to Be a Christian"
Favorite Thing to Do Outside At Home: "Chalk! Chalk!"
Favorite Thing to Do At The Park: "Swing and build in the sand...all kinds of stuff!"
There you have it! Ten minutes with Tristan!

July 18, 2012

Saturday in the Park--Chicago

Ok, so it isn't Saturday, but yesterday we went to the park...Camden Park! Tyler, Tristan and I met Tim, Brittany and Addi at Camden Park for a day of big kid fun. Tim's cousin Jason and his son Jackson just so happened to come on the same day. It was a blast!

We walked in and headed straight to Kiddie Land. First they rode the boats.

Then we headed to the Little Whip. Let me just say this alone was worth the price of admission! Tristan squealed and giggled every time the whipped around the curve.


They rode the little cars and then the fighter planes. Tristan made a mean face a said, "Boom, boom, boom!" as he shot his gun.

We headed to the carousel.

Then, Tyler and Tristan rode the Paratrooper. We weren't sure how Tristan would react because it is fast, high and drops, but he loved it!

Next, Addi wanted to ride the haunted house. Tristan, of course, wanted to do whatever she was doing. I told to bury his eyes on Momma if he got scared and it would be over soon.

Here was his face when he came off the ride:

I asked him if it was scary and he said, "A little bit," haha!
Then we rode a different car ride before heading to the train. Tristan loves trains and we all could ride at the same time, not to mention by then it was getting hot so we needed a little break.

Next, Tristan wanted to ride the Little Dipper. It's a roller coaster! I wasn't sure what to think when we got on and he didn't seem to like it much.

When the ride ended he had a mean look on his face. I said, "Didn't you like it?" To which he answered, "I want to ride it again!" He whined until we said yes! This time he rode with his Daddy.

Tyler insisted on riding the Tilt-a-Whirl.

Addi chickened out at the last minute and Tristan wished he had. He got 3/4 of the way through the ride, but hit a particularly hard spin and wanted off. He fussed, but no actual crying and no meltdown.

We couldn't pass the pony carts without a ride, complete with Tristan singing the old song, "Pony Boy" that my Mom taught him.

After that, Tristan rode The Whip (the big one) with Tyler.

We hit the little planes, the Little Whip and the boats again before calling it a day. This all only took 2 hours...no lines!

We went to McDonald's for lunch before heading home.

What a great day! Here's my last conversation with Tristan as he fell asleep tonight:
Tristan: I had a lot of fun at Camden Park.
Me: Me, too.
Tristan: Me, too.

I think that says it all.

July 15, 2012

Down to the River to Pray--Appalachian Spiritual

Today was a special day! My Dad's friend Ernie was baptized! Our church had been praying for him for a long time before he got saved, to the point that when he did there was clapping and shouting! Can you tell I'm excited?!? The spirit is moving in our church.


I love this picture! Those are his grandkids and his daughter getting a front row seat. So sweet!


Coming out of the water. Amen!

The Foxfire Suite--John Denver

Today was unexpectedly great. At about 11am Scarlett fell back to sleep and I put her back in the bed. Tyler and I had talked for a while about showing Tristan Star Wars and today turned out to be the day. Here's how our conversation went:

Me: We're gonna put in Daddy's favorite movie, do you want to watch it.
Tristan: Yeah! I do!
Runs toward the living room squealing and runs back.
Tristan: Yee-Haw, Daddy! I'm so excited! Yee-Haw!

I really wish I had been recorded when the DVD menu came up. He was totally enthralled and it was just the menu!


We watched about 20 minutes of it and got a call from Tyler's dad asking if we wanted to go to a picnic at Foxfire Campground. We said yes, stopped what we were doing and loaded up. It was a blast! We had lunch then took Tristan to play on the splash pad.


He just didn't like getting his face wet.

Scarlett stayed in the shelter with the family. She laid on a towel on the table for a while.


And here she is with Mawmaw Carolyn.


There was even free ice cream!


I wanted to try all the amenities (especially the paddle boats), but Tyler wouldn't leave the shelter area.


When we got home we finished Star Wars. Tristan immediately asked to watch it again.

Super fun day!

July 5, 2012

Jungle Boogie--Kool & the Gang


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