Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sunny With A Chance Of Puddles

We've definitely been spending more time outside. I love Spring! Next to Fall it's my favorite season. Our winters are pretty mild, but it gets downright HOTTT in the summer. So, it goes without saying, we're getting as much out of this nice warm weather as we can.

It won't be long, however, and there will be trips to the pool, river, and beach.  I hope Gentry likes the water as much as Jubal does.  Jubal is already asking to go to the river.  We haven't been to the beach since right before Jubal was born so it's time.  I can't wait to see my baby boys digging in the sand and running in the great wide open. :)


Jubal and Gentry have been soaking up the sunshine lately.  I caught Jubal catching some rays while we sat out on our back deck last weekend.  He's so cute!

Gentry absolutely loves it outside.  When we take him inside, he cries for at least five minutes.  He enjoys crawling around in the grass, but his favorite thing is the wagon.  He loves for anyone, especially his daddy, to pull him around in the wagon.

Even when it rains, we try to have a good time outside.  Jubal loves running in puddles.  I seriously think he has an obsession with water.  It was funny, though, just seconds after taking these pics, it came a downpour and Jubal was caught right in the middle of it.  He was soaked.  All he could do was pout.  He was in pure shock.  Hilarious!

Thankfully, Larson was close enough to the car with Gentry that he just hopped in it.  I had walked inside and missed everything, but I bet it was a sight to be seen.

We are really enjoying our time together.  The weather, rain or shine, has been wonderful.  I can't wait to make all kinds of great memories in the coming weeks.  Thank you, Lord, for these precious times with my family.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Zoo

We went to the zoo this past Sunday and had so much fun.  I wasn't sure if Jubal would enjoy it as much as we were anticipating for him to, but he had a blast!  Gentry even enjoyed it.  He stayed awake the entire four hours we were there and never even whined.  Nope, not even a little whimper.  He was into watching everyone and checking everything out.

We had such a wonderful time!  It was overcast and only got up to 71 degrees and the wind was blowing pretty good, which made for a very comfortable time.  It did sprinkle on us near the end of our visit, but we didn't mind.  We were having too much fun. ;)

The first thing Jubal wanted to see was the lion.  We talked about going for almost two weeks before we actually went and all he kept talking about was lions and gorillas.  So, we saw the lion first.  It was so cute hearing Jubal roar like a lion.  He was so excited.  Only one thing would have made it any better to him and that's if he could have petted the lion.  Yes, Jubal, NO! ;)

These pictures crack me up.  Jubal was so ready to see the real gorilla and when we put him up on this fake one, I could not get a smile out of him.  I tried.  Ha!

He was all smiles when we got to see the real gorilla, though.  The gorilla seemed sad that day.  He wouldn't get up or walk around or anything.  He did look up at us a couple of times, but otherwise he just sat there looking down.  Poor fella.

We also got to see the new baby monkey with its mama.  Jubal thought it was funny how the baby climbed up on the mama and she walked around with him hanging off of her.  The baby finally got down so I could get a picture, but it wasn't long before the daddy came out and took him away from his mama and made him go inside.  So cute!

Next up was the alligators.  I didn't get any pictures of the actual gators, but there was one that looked like the one Troy caught on Swamp People when he whooped the Texans. HA! ;)

The sweet deer just stood there.  The baby was lying nearby.  Larson was really into showing Jubal all of the animals.  He's been talking about visiting the zoo since we found out we were having a boy when I was pregnant with Jubal.  He's such a great daddy!

My favorite are the giraffes.  They are just beautiful creatures to me.  So friendly.  Not intimidating at all.  Jubal was absolutely thrilled to get to feed one.  I was pretty excited that he got to feed one, too.

Even though he wasn't too happy with the fake gorilla, he actually liked the fake elephant.  He liked climbing on his trunk, really.

We couldn't get too close to the live elephants because, as we were told, they like to throw rocks and such.  I was pretty happy we weren't close because one of the elephants picked up a tire with his truck and threw it over his back.  Yeah, I'm glad we kept a distance.

That poor leopard walked back and forth on one short little path all day long.  Every time we passed it, it was still walking back and forth.  Finally, when we passed by on our way out that afternoon, it had finally gotten tired because it had decided to lie down on a branch of the tree.

Those pink flamingos were so pretty.  I had to get a picture of them just because they remind me of my BFF, Darla. ;)

Larson made a pit stop for a funnel cake and coke so we sat down beside the fountain to munch out.  Jubal had just had his one & only meltdown of the day after we left the play area.  I will give it to him, though, it was well past his nap time and he held up fabulously the whole time up until then.  Anyway, he was still catching his breath from being so upset when he saw the fountain.  He wanted to touch the water and it was beginning to sprinkle on us anyway, so why not?

I finally got to get in a couple of pictures. Yay, me! Proof I was really there. ;)

I'm so happy I got to ride the merry-go-round with my boy.  Usually Larson gets this pleasure, but this time it was me & my big boy.

These pictures were taken on our way out after we had gotten wet from the rain.  I'm really loving my hair.  NOT!  The first pic was bombed by a kid, but I like it so I'm keeping it.  I'm just glad to have a picture of us together, wet & all.

It was a good day.  A very, very good day.  My boys were fascinated, the weather was awesome, and the memories are worth more than any money could buy.  Gentry was asleep before we ever even pulled out of the parking spot we were parked in.  Jubal was asleep before we made it back to the interstate.  They were worn out.

Yes, it was a good day. :)


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Fun At The Park

The weather has been gorgeous lately so we've been trying to get out as much as we can to enjoy the nice sunshine. 

Last Sunday morning I was up with Gentry and heard Jubal wake up.  He came pitter-pattering through the house and found his place up on my chest beside Gentry.  I love these times.  My boys won't be little forever, so I want to hold them close for as long as I can.

Anyway, I asked Jubal what he wanted to do today.  He looked up and thought for a second or two and said, "Park!"  So you can bet that's exactly what we did that afternoon. 

Even Gentry had a fun time in his little wagon and crawling around.  He was so cute when he was picking up pine needles and putting them in his wagon.  He's getting so big.  I can't believe he's about to be one.

Here's a few (a lot) of pictures from our day at the park. :)

This weekend we're taking them to the Jacksonville Zoo.  I don't know who's more excited, us or Jubal.  Larson has been talking about taking Jubal to the zoo since Jubal was still in my tummy.  Now we have two sweet boys we get to take. :)

Be still my heart!

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