Wednesday, May 26, 2010


As we were driving out to our picnic last night, Blake spotted a limo on the highway. "Look kids! A limo!" Lainey replied, "Hey. Dat not Nemo." That pretty much sums up our romantic 10 year anniversary celebration. Kid-filled. I mean, really, who needs to jet off to Mexico and spend 4 days staring all googly-eyed at each other with pina coladas in hand? Times are tough, peeps! We had fun, anyway.

Found a few more pictures from the resurrected memory card. Lainey Bug in her high chair. I typically bawl like a baby with each passing phase of our kids growing up, but this is one thing I do not miss. Do you see the perma-funk of food on the arm? Yuck.

Carter snapped this picture of us while hiking through the Rocky Mountain National Park. I miss my baby bjorn.

We celebrated Carter's last day of school with a zoo trip. Lainey is in cute-overload mode. And, I think Carter looks just like his Daddy here.

Think Jack is excited about the train? Nice glamour shots pose, Blake.

The Kansas City Zoo is crawling with snakes. Literally. And, not in cages. This guy was by the swan's nest.

Back to the train. Tunnel!

Punks on our stop mid-way to pick up more passengers.

Loving it.

We went to Africa this time.......on the far end of the zoo.

Cutie husband. Of 10 years and 1 day.

Lainey showed Meow Meow the elephants.

And, clung to Carter for a bit.

Meow Meow got a ride on Lainey's shoulders.

Waiting for the tram back.

We grabbed dinner on our way out and then headed to our favorite picnic spot. Have you noticed how much we love picnics? Outside.....under the trees.....with the fam. Doesn't get much better.

Later that night, we found this on our couch. I have no idea.

So, the job search is going well. And, if the sheer necessity of an income and benefits doesn't persuade Blake to find something, his need to leave this house every day will. The children are driving him insane. It must be them.......certainly not me.

This week has been jam packed with dentist appointments. Although, they're early for our 6 month check-ups, we're getting them in before Cobra takes over. The kids did well.....glowing reports as before......Jack and Lainey even got full cleanings this time. Then Jack refused the x-rays. Our dentist told us that he will definitely be our orthodontist-needing kid. His teeth are so perfectly straight right now.....there's not a lot of room for his adult teeth to fill in. And, all of this makes sense because he's absolutely our easiest kid.

Kansas suddenly turned very hot. I don't like the heat. And, I really don't understand how kids can play and play outside until their hair is sopping wet with sweat. Weirdos.

Off to sing Marty Moose, the fake theme park song from the movie, Vacation. That, or Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. As lullabies. Because it's bedtime.

Our kids really have no hope with us as parents. Later!


Becca Jane said...

Yes, Carter looks so much like your hubby in that one picture!

We will have to go on COBRA next year while Nate is student teaching. I'm nervous!

Limo - Nemo...that's adorable! I really just can't get over how much I want our families to hang out!!

Merry Mack said...

Glad to hear the search is going well.
I just love that pictures of Carter and Lainey.
Fabulous pictures as usual.
I don't like the heat either.
I love the AC.

If the shoe FITZ said...

I miss seeing/reading about Carter....
Cute pic of him and LC

The Luis Family said...

If you don't like the heat... we have room for guests!! They are predicting snow for us on Friday and Saturday! We will be hanging in the mid 40's tomorrow for our trip to the zoo.

You guys are off to a great start for the summer. Picnics under the trees.. sounds fabulous! Loved the pics!

Jodee said...

Cute pictures of the punks at the zoo! It looks like you had a great day! We love to picnic too!

Kim said...

Loved the picture of Carter kissing Lainey,! Have a great weekend!

Kristen said...

Blake's Glamour Shots pose had me in tears... ahhahahaha... I love it.

And the pic of Lainey clinging to Cater. Sigh. I melt. I adore your punks...

I despise being this busy. I have missed so much, I can tell from this post. I am off to read more.

The Lenzers said...

nemo/limo...its all pretty close! heat sucks, but the kiddos never mind. HOW??? we are heading to okc today to find a house! yikes

cococ said...

Love the picture of Carter and Lainey!!!!

The Soladay Family said...

Carter and Blake....identical twins.

I was on Cobra coverage when pregnant with The Teenager, and it was super expensive, geez! You know, if if weren't for the idiots who aren't responsible enough to pay their hospital bills, it wouldn't have to cost so much!

Limo and Nemo...I can see the connection. =)Love the pics!

Dee Stephens said...

Carter on the couch is hysterical! where did he get the mask?

Moni said...

There was a news story on this morning about how there are tons of snakes around Dallas this year....they also said that most people are bitten while trying to kill them!

I like the heat, but not when I have to be out in it for long periods without a pool nearby. Field day tomorrow in 95 degree heat should be AWESOME for me. Us teachers think there should be margarita popsicles available to us at the hydration station.

Cute pics of the kiddos...Carter is getting so big!

Sara said...

That picture of Jack on the train is great. His little face is so lit up and excited. And the pic of Carter holding LC?? Love that one. Almost as much as I love the Glamour Shot pose of Blake.

And by the way, is your phone broken dude??? You can't leave me a message like that and then make me wait 2 days!! WTH?

Shannon said...

Yea, Carter is alive! But wth is he doing?

I'm with Sara - wtf is up w/your phone? I texted you but no reply.

Clare said...

Our highchair has the perma-nasty arm also, yuck! Glad it's "normal".
I'm glad to hear that the job search is going well so far. Let me know if I can help with anything.
And the heat is terrible, Fiona wants to play outside all the time. It would have been nice to have some spring.

Katherine C. said...

I am just glad to see that somebody else's highchair is as nasty as ours!

Carrie Darney said...

Marty Moose that!

I am in LOVE with that picture of Carter holding Lainey and kissing her cheek. That boy...he is going to be such a good man when he grows up...just like his Daddy.


Tutus and Choo-Choos said...

Picnics are the best! My kids love to eat lunch on our deck or in their playground fort!

merrilee said...

The picture of Lainey and Carter is pure LOVE--maybe one of my favorite pics EVER! Also, love the rain boots on Jack and Lainey. There is a reason why the mom typically stays go crazy at home after a few days.

Monica said...

I love the picture of Carter holding Lainey. What a sweet brother.

Brittny said...

Oh my gosh!!! That's her!!! That's the "mom-who-had-enough-and-ran-away" lying right there on your couch! It was all over the news. You didn't hear about it?

She hadn't showered in days, her husband couldn't remember the last time he saw her out of her robe and slippers and the kids said they were screaming, fighting or whining (can't remember which one it was) so loud they didn't even notice she'd left. I'm so glad she's ok!!!

Now I know where to go when I'm pushed over the edge. I'll sneak over to your house while your family is off at the zoo and having picnics. She's smart! : )

donatelli98 said...

I am surprised Blake has lasted this long in the house ... glad to hear his search is going well! Cute pics as usual!

FROGGITY! said...

cute pics lady!

glad the job search is going well.

LL could stay outside ALL. DAY. LONG. if i let her. seriously... but it's so DANG HOT.

good job getting the dentist over with! we just did optometrist since we won't have an 'eye plan' for the next year (here it's free).

Lauren W said...

Love and miss you, friend. And I love love love that picture of Carter holding Lainey. So incredibly sweet.

The Rand's said...

Great pics, as always! You've got lots of framers in this one!
Carter. Such a hoot!