What is it like to raise 3 kids so close in age? A little like this...
Monday, March 21, 2011
Weekend with my brother and family
My brother, sister-in-law and two nephews were in town this weekend. We had a good time. They got in late Friday night after my kids had already gone to bed. Jon Wesley (my oldest nephew) went straight to bed. I think the ride from Alabama wore him out. I finally got to hold Aarron again. I hadn't held him since the day he was born. He was so sweet and just chilled out with his Auntie Em. We didn't get in the bed until well after midnight. Saturday we went to a local park that has walking trails and bike trails and ponds. The ponds have turtles and little alligators in them. The kids had a good time running all around and finding the turtles. This time we finally got to see an alligator. We actually saw three. It was pretty neat and the kids got a kick out of it. After running around there, we headed over to Chick-fil-a for some lunch and more playing for the kids. By the time we got home, Nathan was asking for a nap. So while he took a nap everyone else played outside or in the playroom. Once Nathan got up from his nap we took the kids to the local neighborhood park. They played for a good bit and one of Zoey's friends from school was there. After playing for a while we headed back to the house to grill out for supper. The kids all went down fairly easily for bed. No surprise there. The adults got to chat and watch some basketball. We also turned on the XBOX kinect and my brother cut a rug with the dance game. It was seriously, SERIOUSLY the funniest thing ever. I laughed so hard. I slept good that night. Sunday we went to church. Everyone got to meet my brother and all said he looked just like my daddy. And that I couldn't not claim him as my brother because we did favor a lot. Still not sure how to take that.. ;o) We relaxed and napped in the afternoon time while the kids were all napping. Then we ordered pizza and just hung around. After the kids went to bed we had some seriously funny times. I haven't laughed that hard and much in a long time. My brother was on a roll, that is for sure. This morning they all left around 9am or so. They are already back home. We had a good time and I am glad they got to finally come for a visit. I am counting down the days until I get to go "home" for spring break and see them all again.
I'm Emily. I'm a Christian. I'm 30 years old. I'm a wife to my soulmate, Kent. I'm a SAHM to my 3 beautiful children: Jon Kent-9, Zoey-8 and Nathan-5. I'm from a small southern town where we say ain't and y'all. I love my southern roots and wouldn't trade it for all the cream of wheat you've got. We currently hang our hats in South Carolina because of a job promotion my husband was given. So come along for the journey that is my life.
Kent is my wonderful husband of 10 years. In those 10 years he has provided for his family unselfishly. He is a wonderful daddy to our 3 small O'villers. He loves me despite my many flaws and I truly believe he sees me for who I am. I fully intend to spend every last second of my life with him.
Jon Kent is 8 years old. He is a 2nd grader now and I am beyond proud of what a great little boy he is becoming. He loves to learn and figure things out. Jon Kent is an amazing big brother. He is caring and compassionate. He likes to make friends and has really come out of his shell over the past year. Jon Kent loves playing basketball, football and soccer. He is a wonderful, compassionate, kind kid. He is truly a blessing to have as a son.
Zoey is 7 years old. She is my baby girl. My love that only a mother and daughter could have. She is my tomboy who likes sparkly things. Zoey is in 1st grade and she is a social butterfly. She doesn't meet a stranger and the more friends she has the better. Zoey loves to play with bugs, lizards and frogs. She also likes to play with her brothers and tell them what to do. Zoey loves singing and dancing. Anything to make someone smile. This past year she has really gotten into art and I am truly amazed at her ability to draw and color and bring out details that many would leave unnoticed. Zoey is our surprise blessing that I am continually grateful to God for.
Nathan is 5 years old. He is the baby and uses that fact to his advantage. He is a cuddlebug and a wrestler. He adores his big brother and makes it his mission to do everything that Jon Kent does. Nathan is a momma's boy and I wouldn't have it anyother way. His favorite pass times currently are playing with action figures, crewing on his "banket" (blanket) and getting as dirty as possible. Nathan marches to the beat of his own drummer. He is stubborn and strong willed, but doesn't like going to time out. He is a leader and I pray God can use him to lead others to Christ.