Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My Sisters In Kansas

Having Caroline and Ceason in Kansas was the best present ever. Ever!

They arrived the day after Christmas. We saved our big meal for them.....ate like that we could open presents. You know, the real purpose of a holiday gathering.

Carter got the party started.

Jack waited ever so patiently for the signal to start.

Trains from CiCi! Jackpot.

He opened this set from Caroline. Admired it and looked mildly impressed......then noticed it was actually a train set.......and screamed, "It's a TRAIN. It's a TRAIN!!!!!!" Lord help us.

Possibly my favorite gift of the season......and certainly one of the most thoughtful.....a popcorn bowl from Ceason for my Tuesday evening "Bring Your Own Bowl" movies.

I love her for this.

Carter got both aunts these slippers. Lainey stole Caroline's. Such a sweet little two Carolines.

Sunday morning. Breakfast and play dough, anyone?

Ceason brought her sweet dog, Lucky, who was adored.

The kids liked "Yucky Dog's" cage as much as her.

Lainey donned her princess gear for us.

And, while we all visited, Blake hid in the boys' room for a nap. I walked in to find him in this tent. Ok.

We spent the afternoon and evening sans Jack and Lainey. Saw a movie and briefly shopped the Plaza. Caroline kept things interesting by wearing this fur hat.

She helped Carter buy this sweet present from Anthropologie for me.

Plaza lights, baby.

Here we are on Day 3. Lucky bravely curled up with Lamby. Lamby, people.

You know what that means. Bossy Laine made an appearance and told her what's up.

Later on, the 3 fought over who got to sit in the dog cage. Our kids are getting smarter by the day.

Lucky did her best to ignore their absurdities and concentrate on catching squirrels.

Train tracks in the cage. I don't even know.

We tried the Santa gear on Yucky Dog.

Batman prefers it on himself, though. Another smug look....

We could have done this for hours.

(Why is the bottom of my table splattered with milk and food? How do the legs of a table get dirty?!)

Carter tried his best to create a friendship. Batman was not interested. Heard him hiss for the first time ever.

Ceason commented on my stellar parenting skills when she saw Jack sitting 12 inches from the TV. Later that day, I told her I owed her a nickel and she said, "No worries. I found it in your daughter's mouth." Note to self: Work on list of resolutions.

Once the shenanigans at home were over, we ventured into Kansas City for a visit to Union Station. Caroline and Ceason were very impressed. It's such an awesome place.

My sisters. (and creepy Jack peaking in from behind)

Ceason took the kids out onto the bridge.

You know that bridge I'm always posting pictures on? Here it is. Crossing train tracks galore in downtown KC.

Lainey sat by Swiper again. (Tights comment, anyone?)

We shopped at the museum store.

Lainey worked hard to pick up a dirty rag on the floor Lamby with the robot claw. I wish I remembered each year to buy our kids these claws for Christmas. They LOVE them. Someone please remind me next year.

Next stop, the Harvey House Diner for some sugary goodness.

Made it home in time to welcome Blake with a pizza dinner from The Stonewall Inn, compliments of Ceason.

"Not Dad's urtday. It's MY urtday!" Silly Blake.

Sooner than we liked, it was time to say goodbye. Carter fed Lucky another round of doggie treats.

One from Jack, too. (Caroline, here is your shirt pic for Ryan!)

We tried for some last minute photos on the stairs. Ceason, you look a little nervous. Like a child might be falling on you?

There she goes.

The girls. Wish I was not in my pjs and that I was sporting some makeup (or a bath), but I ended up loving this picture. I love these girls. So happy they made it to Kansas.

Lucky was ready to make her way back to Texas. "Mom, can we go now? Please?!"

They arrived just in time for another round of Dallas snow. After trekking through over a foot on the ground here. We're missing them already and planning another visit hopefully before our trip to Texas in April. Ceason, tell Lucky we'll bring the Prozac next time. And, more dog treats. Promise.


Allyson and Dave said...

Looks like a fabulous visit. Sister time is always fun.

aunt caroline said...

Such a good visit. Can't wait for the next!

The Jones Family said...

So happy you all had such a wonderful time!

Shannon said...

Hey, Case, buy that claw thing for your kids.

Kim said...

I wish I had sisters! What a fun visit. I do love Lainey's tights and her piggy tail holders. Have a fun New Years Eve!

timmonstimes said...

Ya'll have such cute names :) We want all of our kiddo's names to start with a C too. Well, at least with the hard C sound. My mom's maiden name is Keller and there aren't any boys to carry on the last name so if we have a boy it will be, Keller (does it sound like I'm preg? I'm not :) But if we have a girl next, we are thinking of C names :) I love all three of your names! Sisters are awesome!

Jodee said...

I wish I had sisters too! What a fun visit! It looks like you had a blast!

Unknown said...

That's it... I'm coming to visit! You have so much fun! By the way... loves- the name, Ceason, the dog kennel pics(I have some too!), and that Blake went to sleep in the "tent!" Happy New Year!

Unknown said...

by the way, thebaird5 is "Dan"... was logged in under the wrong account!

SASS said...

I am tearing up.
This post is so....Casey.
I could hear your voice so many times. So precious. I can FEEL how much you love your sweet sisters. Oh, and Yucky.
Popcorn bowl is so you!
Yainey adoring her Aunt Caroline. Such sweetness in those eyes.
Okay, Yucky's cage? It's called a CRATE or KENNEL. Cage is cruel. No matter how many toys your kids stuff into it. Just tellin ya.
Blake in the tent tickles me.
Love love love the picture of the 3 of you! (or 4 if you count creepy Jack...)
Um how did you cross out those word for Lamby? And how does Lainey look so sassified? Did she have a babysitter to show her how to do that? Hm.
The child falling on Ceason? HILARIOUS.
I love you and your family and your sisters.
And yucky.

Coco said...

Such a fun visit!!! You and Caroline look so much alike!! You are so lucky to have sisters.

And the only comment over the tights was when they looked terrible and didn't match at all. It needed to be stopped, Lainey looked crazy. The tights in these pictures are precious. Target? We have them

FROGGITY! said...

cute, cute, cute, and more cute! um, y'all are definitely related, by the way!!

have a happy new year!!

Heather said...

That's just sweet. You are cracking me up with all your sarcasticness. Do you get more sarcastic when you are with your sisters? Hmmm, is sarcastic the exactly the word I'm looking for here? Anyway, I can feel that love for your sisters coming through the computer. Glad you had a blast. What a great present - the popcorn bow! love it! You better not have been the one carrying the crackpot to the movies for your popcorn!!!!!!!

Heather said...



Heather said...

don't you remember that story? please tell me you do. Everyone's gonna think I'm a druggie now! (how do you spell druggie, druggy???)

starnes family said...

Heather! I do remember. I thought of it immediately when I read your comment. So funny!

Tutus and Choo-Choos said...

What a fun visit with your sisters! That is so funny that Blake went back to sleep in the tent.

Dee Stephens said...

OKay.. so you know that I LOVVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEE this post! Lucky is a beagle weagle!!! Did the kids overwhelm him? Too cute. Looks like a dog might be just perfect for your family!?
And.. love the picture of Jack watching TV. Too funny.
Happy New Year!

Merry Mack said...

Looks like you guys, minus Lucky, had a great time! Fun. We lost our lovey and I think I am more sad about it. I like the tights and Missy has some new ones to sport around here but I am in need of a skirt to go with.

Carrie Darney said...

Casey, I love this post!

Love how LC is eating the snow on the bridge, love her tights, love Jack's train love, love Carter and his sweet personality, love your hot hubby (oh, wait...was that inappropriate), love the pics with your sisters, Hate that you still look human without makeup...WTH? I look like a ZOMBIE!!

Great post

Sara said...

What a fun post!! Love Jack in the cage...oops, I mean kennel. Sorry Sass. Looks like y'all had a great time together. And I LOVE the picture of Lainey eating ice cream. Those sweet little cheeks! So cute. And I'm so glad that your sis got you a popcorn bowl. I always wondered what kind of bowl you took to the movies??? Please tell.
Happy you got to spend some quality Sis time. Y'all all look so much alike!

merrilee said...

Sisterly, love--the best! LOVE Lainey's tights, they look adorable(actually this child ALWAYS looks adorable). Was cracking-up at Blake hiding in the tent to sleep. . . .what is it with men and naps? Oh--and my table has food/drink spillage EVERYWHERE. . .not sure why that happens with children.

Anonymous said...

boys seem to come with this built in love for trains. is it weird that i've already decided that on my five month old son's first birthday to dress him up like a conducter and make him a train cake? probably.

donatelli98 said...

The tights look fab with that outfit! That is so awesome you have such a wonderful relationship with your sisters (I have none ... so don't completely understand that bond). I sure hope my girls share the same bond!!

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