Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Live - Laugh - Love

I stayed at the lake for Spring Break, while Dad and the twins went home. They will be back on Wednesday for more Spring Break fun.

I decided that staying at the lake would be a very good way to have some special time with my 2 smallest children - some time to relax and have fun.

Alexis and Little Billy often fight, like siblings do. This time at the lake is proving to mend a relationship that has been torn a bit, over the past several months. They have needed this time - the two little ones. I have needed them to care about each other more - play with each other nicely - be friends again.

So far ... it was a great decision to stay at the lake to spend time alone with my youngest children. They have been happy and that makes mom happy.

(Their Granna is also at the lake with us)



Do you see that smile - some baby teeth, some big girl teeth - that's a happy girl, hanging out with her Mom at the lake.














We went out and took a drive. We stopped here to see the fish in the stream and take a picture for mom.

Alexis wanted to give her brother a kiss.
















He let her - but he was not happy. He said, "I'm just not that kinda guy."

I asked, "What kinda guy are you, then?"

He smiled and said, "I'm a tough guy - you know - not a kissing kinda guy."

Well ... okay then.








Alexis and I won - she got a kiss and a hug. I think he was really okay with both and just had to put the pained look on his face to make sure his "tough guy" image wasn't too tarnished. He's such a cutie!








Alexis has the best modeling poses - I think she has a runway in her future - she is quite a little ham!















There he is - the tough guy - showing his stuff.








I had to beg the both of them to stay dry - they wanted to jump in and wallow around in the cold water. It was just too chilly.















Went back by the house to get Alexis a smoothie - gotta have a smoothie for a long road trip.









There's that smile - I'm so happy you are happy, my sweet boy!!









More posed pictures for mom - so many beautiful spots to take pictures.








Seems strange to have only the two little ones in pictures, but nice to see them together and having fun. Nice to see them getting along.














Another pool of water I had to beg them to stay out of. Kids are so drawn to water - aren't they. This fountain is not for swimming in, but if I had let them, they'd have both been tromping around in it - clothes on and all.








There's the Mom again! She's never happy having her picture taken. But, look at that little doll leaning over Mom's shoulder - she is a little cutie pie! She had just had a giggling fit - couldn't stop giggling. Had Mom laughing pretty hard as well.











More time near the water - looking for turtles and treasures. Rocks are always gathered and collected - sometimes even a fossil or two.















Dinner at Chili's, on the river, with Granna. We ate too much queso and chips - as usual.















Had to hurry and eat - didn't want to be late for the movie.














Ready for the movie - Horton Hears a Who!















It was a great movie! Mom and Granna enjoyed it as much as Alexis and Little Billy. Alexis couldn't stop talking about it after we came out; naming all her favorite characters and favorite parts. Little Billy said he'd like to have it on video when it comes out. It was one of the best animated movies I've seen in a long time - really good!







It was a fun day - Monday, at the lake. I really enjoyed spending time with my youngest children (and my mother too, of course). It's nice to be able to play all day - laugh - take walks and rides - go to the movies - eat nachos and chips ....

It was not a bad day at all!

70 comments:

Missy said...

What a fun day! I love the photos!
Glad to hear that you liked the movie - we plan on taking my daughter this weekend to see it.

Dawn said...

What beautiful pictures of your sweet kids. I think getting siblings away from the distractions of daily life and other friends occasionally, so that they have no choice but to get along or be lonely is a great tool for bringing them closer.

Eagles' Wings said...

So many nice photos. Its nice to just hang out and relax AND enjoy each other. When siblings get along, Mommies are in heaven!!!

Andrea said...

I love taking photo shoots of my kids! They co-operated for you so well!!

They are beautiful kids, Kellan!

Karen MEG said...

What a wonderful day, Kellan. It's so great that you took your "babies" out on their own just for their special time with each other and with their mom and Grandma. It's moments like these that they'll really cheris (even though they wouldn't admit that now!)

Kelli said...

what a perfect day. PERFECT. Thanks for sharing it with me.

missy said...

Good for you guys! What an awesome time you must have had together!

jennifer h said...

Such cute kids. I love that your girl wanted to kiss her brother and he had to protest. Very sweet.

You guys are having a great spring break!

Brittany said...

So fun!
I love the sequence of photos, leading up to the kiss. haha. TOO CUTE! :)

I also love those sunglasses! I just bought red ones, just like them! :)

Melanie said...

It sounds like such a fun day. I really enjoyed the pictures- you don't show pictures of your kids very often so it was really nice to see these!

MamaGeek said...

What a BLAST! I give your son so much credit for letting her kiss him. What a good sport! I just love that!

Steph said...

Kellan,

It looks like you are having a wonderful week with your 2 youngest. I hope that you have a wonderful week with the kids for spring break.

Steph

Rachel said...

Perfect title for this.
The pictures are so perfect. She has so much character in her face, such a beauty there. You. are. too. cute. I love the white glasses!
Handsome man, even in his reluctance :-)
Glad y'all had fun sweetie.
You ate at chili's. Oy. :-)

Karen said...

What a wonderful day! And so perfectly captured in photos. I really like when I'm down a few kids and the ones remaining get some together time. Sometimes they need that.

Melek said...

how fun! great pics. looks like a really good bonding day for the kiddos...and mom!

My Goodness said...

How wonderful!!
Time is so much more pleasant when the kids get along...I'll let you know when that happens for me!! :)

Enjoy!

Joanna said...

What a fun day! Granna looked like she had fun too! The look on little Billy's face is funny. I could almost hear his loud sigh. :)

Amy said...

They look like pretty close friends! They are so fortunate to have each other. Seems like you had a great day. I hope the rest of your week is just as nice!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

It looks like a great time.

Hillary said...

Those are the CUTEST pictures ever!

Val Cox said...

wow, what a day, thanks for sharing your stories and photos!

girlytwins said...

Looks like so much fun. I can't wait for days like that with my girls.

Alexis really is a ham. She surely has some potential for a cover girl :)

The picture of her smiling over your shoulder is adorable.

Tammy said...

I love that you are a picture-posting-blogger! I like seeing your family having so much fun.

And, your WARM, SPRINGY pictures give me hope that our snow will be gone soon!

bermudabluez said...

What a perfect day, Kellan! And I SO enjoyed all the pictures!!! What a riot....your Little Billy...the tough guy!! And I really love seeing you in your super cute sunglasses cruisin' along in your cute little cart!! Looks like Granna had fun too. Glad y'all had a nice day and thanks for sharing it with us!! It sure looks pretty there at the lake...

Becky said...

You all look like you are having a ball! Your kids are darling, Kellan, and yet again...when I saw your picture, I immediately thought...MOVIESTAR!

Hope your little nephew's baby is doing well. I continue to pray for him.

Are You Serious! said...

♥ I love that your son has to put on his pained look but is really okay with the hugs & kisses! :)

I think Little Billy and You have the same smile!

Your kids are so dang cute!

TheVasquez3 said...

oh Kellan...this is MY kind of post! all the cute poser-iffic pics...YAY!! such awesome bloggy goodness!

looks like a FABULOUS time you are having on spring break!!

kim-d said...

Thank you, Kellan Renee! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE when you share pictures. And I especially love to see some of you; talk about a Cutie Patootie :)!!! I love the one of Alexis smiling over your shoulder. She is such a little beauty, and it is so sweet to see her and Little Billy having a good time together. I can tell that, even though he HAS to protest a little, he doesn't mind getting attention from his little sister at all! And such beautiful surroundings, too. Thanks for letting us enjoy Spring Break right along with you!

Have a wonderful day, Kellan Renee!

Laura said...

It looks all so perfect - thank you for sharing. It is so wonderful that you can spend time with the younger ones. It is so good for the kids and mom to do that. Good for you!

Can I come visit...I need - yes NEED that lake...

Mary Alice said...

It looks like a great day - and may I say you and your Mama look beautiful.

One Scrappy Chicklet said...

I loved all the great pictures. Those little one's of yours are so cute. Love Alexis' poses. And tell lil Billy not to worry we could tell he was Mr. Tough Guy but that it was awful sweet of him to allow his lil sister to give him a kiss anyway.

Enjoy the rest of your spring break.
Tami

Jen said...

What a fun day! Thanks for letting us know about the movie.

HRH said...

Sounds like an absolutely magical day...

Kathryn said...

Those pics are priceless! Little Billy's expression when Alexis is kissing him is TO DIE FOR! So cute!!! I love it!
Sounds like you had a fabulous day! :)

OHmommy said...

Cute kids. Palm trees. Relaxed Mama. Palm trees.

Does it get any better?

:)

Cheeky said...

LOVE those pics - do you scrapbook cause if you dont' you should - those pics are worth it!

Glad ya'll are having a fun time!

Kelly said...

Those are just the sweetest pictures!! You really captured some good ones. I'm so glad you liked the movie. I've heard mostly negative comments so far and was getting discouraged b/c I had promised the boys I'd take them and didn't want to waste the time and money if it wasn't good.

Steph said...

You have a great looking family, and I love that the kids are spending som much needed borther sister time.

Courtney said...

I love the pictures and the sweet story about how they needed this time to get along again! Great post as always!

Holly said...

great pictures. Looks like you all had a great time!

Marie said...

Loved the pictures....what a fun day!

suchsimplepleasures said...

what wonderful pictures!! i can't wait to see that movie!!
you have really adorable kids!!
hope all is well with you...and, you're enjoying your vacation in a BIG way!!!
xoxo

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

What a beautiful family you have!

Hallie :)

Melissa said...

You've got bling!

Toni said...

I wanna come! Such fun!

JO-N said...

I just love the photos of Alexis and Billy. They look like a couple and it's really nice to see siblings so close. I have just came back from watching Horton with my children. They love it as much as I do.

Laurie M. said...

Wow, that looks like so much fun. Love all the pics of your kids.

Kami said...

What a great day! I enjoyed all the pictures of Alexis and Billy and especially you :-)

Mmmm, we are getting a Chili's here very soon, I can't wait!

Patti said...

Awww love all the pics and it sounds like you all are having a fantabulous time at the Lake!

Janice said...

Super cute pictures- I want to go see that movie too,

Sheri said...

It looks like you guys are having so much fun and some quality time. They are too sweet, your kiddos.

my wonderful men... said...

Looks like you all are having fun on spring break!

We start spring break next week, can't wait.

amanda said...

ahhh spring break :) so glad you guys are enjoying some quality time!

thanks for sharing :)

Maria said...

Sounds great, Kellan! I'm starving here waiting for my pizza and that Chili's looks yummy! We have a lake nearby, but no Chili's restaurant and they have commmercials for them all the time!

Crystal said...

Kellan, your Spring Break looks wonderful. I love the pictures of Little Billy and Alexis, you would never know he is not a kissing kinda guy. LOL
Enjoy the rest of the week you lucky lady!

CY said...

Wow, yr kids r so cute. The lake is so nice n so beautiful Kellan.

Pam said...

Those are wonderful pictures! you have beautiful children! I am glad you are enjoying the time with the two of them....it is a special memory!

joan said...

Great photos Kellan! So glad you are having such a nice time with your family,

Rachel said...

Oh it looks like it was such a great idea to stay with them. They and you too look like you are having so much fun and so relaxing. I love the smiles, kisses, eating and laughs. Thanks Kellan!!

Steph said...

Kellan,

Please stopy by my blog when you have a chance, I have something for you. I hope you are having a wonderful time at the lake.

Steph

girlymom said...

Your day sounds simply wonderful! I love all the smiles! It's great to see everyone so happy. Enjoy the rest of your vacation!

The Boyds Family said...

Great pictures of your two youngest. Looks like everyone had a nice, relaxing time.

I'm so glad to hear that "Horton Hears a Who" was good - I'm planning on taking the girls tomorrow.

Take care!
Yvette

Bren said...

I had to smile at your Alexis striking all of those poses. She really is a lot like my Lily!

Stacie said...

what an awesome day, I am glad you all had a great time!!

multipleblessings said...

Sounds like an awesome day to me! You got some great photos, and made some great memories!!!

Julie

BeachMama said...

Wow, what a wonderful lake. I just went through all of your lake posts and it looks like something I would love to be doing right now (opening up a summer home as opposed to shoveling). I hope to see more fun photos from your visits to the lake.

onthegomom said...

Loved all your pictures! It looks like you guys had a great time. I took the kids to see Horton Hears a Who, also. Very cute movie!

Ann(ie) said...

what fun pics!!! Her little poses are super cute! Happy Easter!

bren j. said...

You are lucky to have kids who are so indulgent when their mother has a camera. My brother and I were NEVER like that. We'd see a camera and run the other way!

So Lil' Billy isn't the kissing type.....won't that be a funny thing to remind him of when he gets to high school! Hah!

Anna said...

It looks like you three (or four?) had the BEST DAY...great photos of the little ones Kellan!

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