"I should not talk so much about myself if there were any body else whom I knew as well."
-Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Christmas at John's

I'm trying to get caught up on my posts and pictures.  Last week we had a belated Christmas get together at John's. Alison's daughter sent her son's walker for Eleanor to use. She hasn't figured out that she can make it move, but was cute sitting there. 

Hanging with Uncle Pat. 
Me & Jessica 
Ready to open gifts. 
Drew opened Eleanor's gift for her and even modeled it. Haha. 
She slept through the whole thing. 
JR 
Uncle Jason & Eleanor 

Road Trip: Part 2

I never finished posting about our trip to Casey & Sasha's, so let's do it.

Sasha has a dog that's been injured and  can't nurse her 3 week old puppies, so Sasha is bottle feeding 9 puppies 4 times a day.  Eleanor wasn't impressed, but those pups were fluffy and adorable. 
 
Y'all, bottle feeding tiny, hungry puppies is hard.  I couldn't get the hang of it.  When I finally did, Sasha took my pictures.  
The kids were so funny together.  Tessa is like a little momma and Payson just seems interested in the fact that he's no longer the youngest.  


 Tessa showed us how to do the whip nae nae.  Also, how cute is she in her overalls? 
 Eleanor was really checking out Uncle Casey.  (And see Sasha feeing a puppy in the background?  That girls knows what she's doing.) 

 Sasha was more than happy to love on Eleanor while Drew & I went outside to watch Casey work a dog Saturday morning.  That could sound bad if you don't know what Casey does.  He raises stock dogs (border collies) and working a dog means exercising/training them to work livestock.  They work on sheep and what they do is pretty amazing if you ask me. 
Meet the sheep...
 and this is Liz...







Saturday wasn't freezing, but it was in the 30's and the wind was blowing.  Casey said it really wasn't that windy, but for an Arkansas girl, it was windy.  In the Oklahoma panhandle, there's nothing to break the wind and what they consider a light breeze feels windy to me!  We bundled Eleanor up because we spent so much time outside.  She didn't love the suit and I can't say that I blame her.  She was like the little kid from A Christmas Story who is so bundled that he can't put his arms down. 
 After you are done admiring what a cute little family I have, take note of the flatness.  There aren't hills or trees to stop the wind.  Just my face, which is now chapped.

 I'm still his older sister and I can make him take a selfie with me if I want to. 
 Casey & Sasha
 Saturday's lunch was cooked on the grill and the best part were these jalapeno stuffers wrapped in bacon.  So good. 
 Drew helped Casey do some repairs on his truck, but they had to pause when Tessa smashed her finger while playing and was convinced that only a band aid could help.  Casey told her that a mechanic's band aid would be best and tore off a piece of electrical tape.  Tessa was miraculously healed after that.  Some things only a daddy can fix. 
 
 By this time I was wearing Eleanor in the Moby (nap time and being outside in the cold weather make for the perfect excuse to snuggle in to Mommy) and Sasha put the kids on their horses for a while.  Tessa's pony is named Magic, but she periodically declares that the pony's name is now Black Beauty. 
 Payson was so tired.  He didn't make it long before he was asleep on Sasha's shoulder. 

 That evening we went to town for some of the best ribs I've ever had at Hunny's.  It's a big open place with a chalkboard wall for the kids to write on and these pig statues for them to climb on. 



On Sunday morning we checked out of the hotel, stopped by  Casey's on the way out and then started the drive home.  It's a 7 hour trip, longer if you have to stop often.  Eleanor did great, but I sat in the back seat with her a lot to keep her entertained and/or comforted.  This momma doesn't budge on when it comes to car seats.  If the car is moving, the kid is buckled in.  By the time we were 1 hour and 20 minutes from home, she had reached her limit. 
 We made a short stop to get her out of her seat and stretch and then made the last leg of the trip.  She did amazing and I couldn't be happier with how our trip went.  This little girl sure was happy to be home. 
It was a great weekend and I'm so glad that we went.  We're already planning our next trip out in the spring.